A letter from President Kathleen A. Rinehart

As I complete my first full year at Stritch and look forward to this fall’s inauguration events in October, I am most grateful for the people who have joined me on this journey. First and foremost, the Sisters of St. Francis of Assisi have provided a guiding light and tremendous support as I have navigated the challenges of this new role and embraced their hopes for the future of a University they created more than 80 years ago from a vision of service and love. I have been honored to join them at numerous events, for business meetings and for lunches at their residence. The Sisters’ dedication to the manifestation of Franciscan Values in their daily work and in the work of this University is inspiring. In addition, the breadth of their knowledge, the depth of their passion and the wealth of their wisdom established the firm foundation for the success of a University that has transformed thousands of lives for more than 80 years. Those of you who learned from them, lived alongside them and loved them understand the obligation we bear to carry this legacy forward through the success of our programs, commitment to our students, and service to the communities in which we choose to live, work and lead.
 
My journey so far also has been marked by many meaningful encounters with students, alumni, faculty, staff, board members and community leaders, each of whom has played an integral role in shaping the Stritch Community and reflecting our vibrancy, welcoming spirit, energized and innovative teaching, and commitment to scholarship. If you have not had the opportunity to visit campus recently, I invite you to explore the pages of this digital issue of Stritch Magazine, where a number of Stritch Community accomplishments, expertise, events and updates are provided. A few highlights in this issue are:
           
* A new feature, “Multiple Lenses,” that showcases how faculty experts from different disciplines examine the same topic. For this issue, faculty from communication, psychology, sociology and religious studies consider factors that shape identity.
 
* An opportunity to learn more about artifacts on display in our University Archives. Sister Margaret Ruddy, OSF, offers audio narration to highlight little-known details about some valued Stritch historical pieces.
 
* An in-depth profile on alumna Charity Yang, whose work as the administrator of the St. Theresa Opportunity Center in Taiwan incorporates not just the lessons but also the heart of what she has learned as a lifelong student of Cardinal Stritch University.
 
* A celebration of our theater program, with a special focus on student Monty Kane who stands on the cusp of his professional career and gives our magazine readers behind-the-scenes glimpses into his lead role in the spring production of “Tartuffe.”
 
* A story about the Butscher family, whose family tree winds deeply through Stritch history, and how they chose to provide a lasting tribute to the University through a meaningful gift.
 
I know you will find this issue of the Magazine to be not only informative, but also a tangible reminder of the valuable role Stritch plays in the lives of so many. Please stay in touch with us through our website and social media channels, where you will learn about other wonderful work and service being done by our students, alumni, faculty, staff and campus leadership. In addition, we provide important information regarding a wide range of upcoming events and options to participate in campus activities that are meaningful to you. I am honored to serve the University at this point in its history and am fully committed, along with my campus colleagues, to ensuring the ongoing vibrancy of the Franciscan Values and University’s success over the long-term.