Cardinal Stritch University
|St. Clare College|
Cardinal Stritch College
|Motto||Latin: Ut probetis potiora|
Motto in English
|To value the better things|
|Established||1937 (82 years ago)|
|Affiliation||Sisters of St. Francis of Assisi (Roman Catholic)|
|Endowment||$27.8 million (2013)|
|President||Kathleen A. Rinehart|
|80 full time|
|Students||2,464 (Fall 2016)|
|Campus||Suburban – 40 acres|
|Colors||Red and white|
|Athletics||NAIA – CCAC|
|Sports||15 varsity sports|
(7 men's teams & 8 women's teams)
Cardinal Stritch University is a private Roman Catholic university in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The university also offers courses in Brookfield, Wisconsin; Madison, Wisconsin; and has outreach programs throughout Wisconsin. Its motto, Ut probetis potiora ("To value the better things"), is taken from Philippians 1:10.
Cardinal Stritch University was founded in 1937 as St. Clare College by the Sisters of St. Francis of Assisi on Milwaukee's south side as an institution to help the order's sisters effectively train as teachers. The sisters opened a reading clinic in 1943 to help promote literacy in the area, still existing today as the Cardinal Stritch University Literacy Centers operating throughout the Milwaukee area.
In 1946, the college was renamed Cardinal Stritch College in honor of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee's Cardinal Samuel Stritch. The college opened its programs to lay women for the first time and was subsequently accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools in 1953.
Stritch established its first graduate program in 1956, offering majors in special education and reading. The university also opened its doors to men that year, becoming fully co-educational in 1970.
Stritch moved to its current campus in the northern Milwaukee suburb of Fox Point in 1962. This new campus allowed the college to begin many new programs such as the nursing program in 1980 and its College of Business and Management in 1982.
Cardinal Stritch College was renamed Cardinal Stritch University in 1997 with the university's first doctorate program offered the following year, the Doctorate in Leadership for the Advancement of Learning and Service. A $14 million expansion and renovation of the university occurred in 2006 with the introduction of online degree programs.
In addition to campus, Cardinal Stritch University offers degree programs online and at other locations.
The campus is located on a 40-acre campus 9 miles north of Milwaukee in the suburbs of Fox Point and Glendale. The campus sits on private land accessible from roads on the eastern and western edges. Lake Michigan is less than one mile east of campus.
- Bonaventure Hall – home to the University's administrative offices including the Office of the President and departmental offices for the College of Arts and Sciences, College of Business and Management, and the College of Education and Leadership.
- Duns Scotus Hall – the University's main academic building housing classrooms and the International Education office
- Roger Bacon Hall – home to the College of Nursing and labs for biology and chemistry
- Library – includes Information Commons, main collection, Instructional Materials Center collection, Franciscan Center Library, and other resources
- Joan Steele Stein Center for Communication Studies/Fine Arts – houses the communication, music, theater, and art departments housing classrooms, offices, studios, and the University's theaters
- Fieldhouse – the hub of Stritch Athletics housing athletic offices, gymnasium, workout facility, locker rooms and indoor running track
Residence halls/student union
- Clare Residence Hall - also home to the Department of Residence Life and student health services
- Assisi Residence Hall - converted into a residence hall in 2009 from the old College of Education building
- Serra Hall - dining hall
- Campus Center - home to the student union, bookstore, the Bean coffee shop, Dean of Students, and campus ministry offices
Cardinal Stritch University offers more than 60 fields of study throughout four colleges, offering bachelor, master, and doctorate degrees. Programs are set up for traditional undergraduates, adult undergraduate, graduate, and online programs
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Stritch teams, nicknamed the Wolves, compete in the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). Men's sports include basketball, cross country, soccer, golf, tennis, track and field and volleyball; women's sports include basketball, cross country, soccer, softball, tennis, golf, track and field and volleyball.
Previously, Stritch was a member of the now-defunct Lake Michigan Conference of the NCAA Division III level and won the men's basketball championship in 1987. The men's team was also five-time National Little College Athletic Association (now United States Collegiate Athletic Association https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Collegiate_Athletic_Association) Great Lakes District men's basketball champion from 1983 to 1987.
Stritch's men's basketball team won the NAIA Division 2 National Championship in 2013. After being ranked number one in seven straight polls, they were knocked out of the 2014 NAIA Men's Division II Basketball Tournament in the second round.
In 2016, the men's indoor track and field team accomplished a first in Stritch history with a seventh-place finish at the NAIA indoor track and field nationals.
- Rosemary Hinkfuss – Wisconsin State Representative
- John E. McCoy – U.S. Air National Guard brigadier general
- Harold J. Nevin, Jr. – U.S. National Guard brigadier general
- Kimberla Lawson Roby – author
- Anthony Shumaker – Major League Baseball player
- Dr. Marijuana Pepsi Vandyck – American education professional
- Tamara Grigsby – Wisconsin State Representative
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