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Timeline of Alverno College History


The January 3, 1990 press release below announced the results of a survey conducted by Alverno's Career Development and Placement Center. The most important finding was that 90% of Alverno's 1988-89 graduates reported employment in fields related to their college major. Surveys were mailed to 274 graduates from December 1988 and May 1989 and 254 or 93% were returned.


This is a press release dated January 3, 1990 descibing the results of a survey that demonstrated a high job placement rate for Alverno grads.



In 1991 enrollment topped 2500; 21% were minority students.



In 1992 because of a growing workload, the position of Vice President of Academic Affairs/Academic Dean was split in two. Sister Kathleen O'Brien became Alverno's sixth Academic Dean and Sister Austin Doherty remained as Vice President of Academic Affairs.


Sister Austin Doherty in 1991       Sister Kathleen O'Brien
Sister Austin Doherty and Sister Kathleen O'Brien




On February 21, 1994 TIAA-CREF presented Alverno College with the prestigious Theodore M. Hesburgh Award in Washington, D.C. It is an award given annually for faculty development to enhance undergraduate teaching. Accepting the award for Alverno and shown in the March 1994 Alverno Today photo below are Academic Dean, Kathleen O'Brien and Philosophy Professor, Tim Riordan. Miami University of Oxford, Ohio, shared the award with Alverno.


Hesburgh Award announcement from March 1994 Alverno Today



Also in 1994, the Alverno Commission on Education in the 21st Century delivered its final report (to be used in future planning for the college) to the Board of Trustees.




In 1996, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation awarded a grant of $750,000 to Alverno College for its "distinctive approach to liberal arts education." Below is an article that appeared in the June 1996 issue of Alverno Magazine.


Article from the June 1996 issue of Alverbno Magazine about Alverno's MacArthur grant



Alverno's first Masters Program--a Master of Arts for Teachers/Trainers was offered for the first time in the 1996-1997 school year. Here is the cover for the first College Bulletin for that program.

First Master of Arts Bulletin cover



Alverno broke ground on October 15, 1997 for the construction of the new Teaching, Learning & Technology Center (now known as the Sister Joel Read Center).


Sister Joel Read at the 1997 groundbreaking for the Teaching, Learning & Technology Center
In the photo above, Sister Joel Read directs traffic at the Teaching, Learning & Technology Center groundbreaking ceremony held on October 15, 1997



Taken in January 1998, this photo shows the Teaching, Learning & Technology Center (now the Sister Joel Read Center) under construction. It was completed a year later.


Teaching, Learning & Technology Center under construction in January 1998



The Teaching, Learning & Technology Center (now known as the Sister Joel Read Center), which includes science, computer, and multimedia labs, and a conference center, opened in January and was dedicated with grand opening festivities on April 17, 1999.


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


Spring 1999 issue of Alverno Magazine featuring the new Teaching, learning & Technology Center
The cover story in the Spring 1999 issue of Alverno Magazine was on the opening of the new Teaching, Learning & Technology Center.



In September 1999, Sr. Austin Doherty left her post as Vice President of Academic Affairs to become the director of Alverno Institute, Sr. Kathleen O'Brien became the new Vice President, and new ground was broken in the appointment of Zohreh Emami, an Economics Professor and Tim Riordan, a Philosophy Professor as Associate Vice Presidents of Academic Affairs.


Zohreh Emami       Tim Riordan
 Zohreh Emami and Tim Riordan



The Alverno Diagnostic Digital Portfolio (DDP), a web-based electronic tool that allowed a student to save and access selected key performances related to her learning as well as internships and volunteer work, was introduced in Fall 1999. Learn More about the DDP...


The DDP was replaced by LiveText in Fall 2015.