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Timeline of Alverno College History

1960

 

Upon the retirement of Sister Jutta Hollenbeck, Sister J. Dolores Brunner (then known as Sister M. Providencia) became Alverno's second Vice President of Academic Affairs/Academic Dean in 1960.

 

This is a black and white photo of sister J. Dolores Brunner, Alverno's second Academic Dean

Sister J. Dolores Brunner  (1920 - 2012)

 

 

The Society of Fine Arts (SOFA), later called Alverno Presents, was founded by Sister Laura Lampe (then know as Sister M. Laudesia) in 1960. It was the longest running performing arts series in Milwaukee when it closed its doors after 56 seasons in 2016.

 

This is a black and white photo of Sister Laura Lampe, founder of the Society of Fine Arts (SOFA) in 1960

Sister Laura Lampe (1899-1996)

 

1963

 

Alverno President Sister Augustine Scheele was invited to Washington D.C. by President John F. Kennedy to meet him and fellow educators to discuss Civil Rights issues facing the nation on June 19, 1963.

 

This is the telegram sent by President Kennedy to Sister Augustine inviting her to the White House meeting on June 19, 1963.

This is the telegram sent by President Kennedy to Sister Augustine inviting her to the White House meeting on June 19, 1963.

 

1964

 

A special institute was held on March 11, 1964 entitled, "Racism - Reason- Response." The one-day conference was dedicated to the memory of President John F. Kennedy and the civil rights program that he encouraged educators to initiate.

Learn more about the Alverno community's involvement with causes of social justice by visiting the exhibit, "...alone doesn't matter if you are standing up for others"--Social Injustice, Activism and Alverno College [PDF]

 

This is page 2 of the program for the special institute, "Racism Reason Response" held on March 11, 1964

This is a page from the program for the special institute.

 

 

1965

 

Because of a need to house more students, Austin Hall, originally called Loretto Hall and later the Campus Center, was constructed from 1964-1965. It opened to residents as Loretto Hall in the fall of 1965.

Learn more about Alverno's buildings by visiting the Archives exhibit,
What's in a Name? The Names and Places of Alverno College. [PDF]

 

This is a black and white photo of Loretto Hall, now Austin Hall, shortly after opening in 1965
Loretto Hall (now Austin Hall) as it looked after opening in 1965. It was the first west-facing building on campus.

1966-1967

 

Construction of the Nursing Education Building (now Christopher Hall) was begun after the College was awarded a $563,450 federal government grant under the Health Professions Assistance Act of 1965. The total cost of building was estimated at $1,400,000. A ground breaking ceremony for the new building was held on March 2, 1966.

 

This is a black and white photo of an aerial view of Christopher Hall under construction

This is an aerial view of the construction site for the Nursing Education Building (now Christopher Hall)

 

 

The Nursing Education Building opened in September 1967. A dedication ceremony featuring the Honorable Clement Zablocki, U.S. Representative for the Fourth Congressional District of Wisconsin was held in the new building in Wehr Hall on October 15, 1967.

Learn more about Alverno's buildings by visiting the Archives exhibit,
What's in a Name? The Names and Places of Alverno College. [PDF]

 

This is a black and white photo of the September 1967 Christopher Hall open house and the old East Entrance to the building

This is a photo of people filing into Christopher Hall via the old east entrance to the building for the building dedication ceremony.

 

 

Sister Celeste Raspanti’s drama, A Place of Springs, (now known under the title I Never Saw Another Butterfly) had its world premiere on the newly opened Wehr Hall stage on November 10, 1967. The play is based on the true story of Raja Englanderova who was one of 15,000 Jewish children interred at the German concentration camp, Terezin.

 

This is a copy of the Alverno Campus News article from November 5, 1967 about the new play, "A Place of Springs"

 

1968

 

History was made when the School Sisters of St. Francis transferred leadership of Alverno College to the first Lay Board of Trustees in February 1968.

 

This is a blackand white photo of Alverno's first lay board of trustees from February 1968
Alverno's First Lay Board of Trustees (from Left to Right): Sister Samuel Nalefski, Sister Maureen Hartnett, Dr. Barbara Ramusack, Dr. Robert Byrnes, Mr. John Sisk, Sister Joel Read, Mr. Frank Zeidler, Dr. Kathryn F. Clarenbach (Chairperson of the Board), Sister Augustine Scheele (Alverno College President), Judge Leo Hanley, Father William LaDue, Dr. Edward Bachhuber, Sister Francis Borgia Rothluebber (President of the School  Sisters of St. Francis)

 

 

On July 1, 1968 Sister Augustine Scheele retired as Alverno President.

 

This is a black and white photo of Sister Augustine Scheele, Alverno's 5th President
Sister Augustine Scheele

 

On July 1, 1968, with the retirement of Sister Augustine Scheele, the Board of Trustees
appointed Sister Joel Read  as Acting President of Alverno College.

 

This is the formal announcement for the appointment of Sister Joel Read as interim President of Alverno College

This is the formal announcement for the appointment of Sister Joel Read as Acting President of Alverno College

 

Sister Joel Read was named Alverno's sixth president  by the Board of Trustees in November of 1968.  The formal announcement to the faculty and students came on December 13, 1968.

Click here to learn more about Alverno College Presidents.

 

Sister Joel Read, Alverno's 6th President

Sister Joel Read (1925 - 2017)

1969

 

 

This is the September '69 Logo

 

The "September '69" program came about as a forum for discussion between students, faculty and administration to effect beneficial changes in the Alverno learning process. Ideas that sprang forth from these dialogues eventually became the framework for Alverno's ability-based curriculum.

Click here to learn more about September '69.