Waukesha news briefs: April 24 issue

Published on: 4/21/2014

Position posted for city administrative job

Waukesha city administrator Ed Henschel gave the Common Council an update at its April 15 meeting on the community development director position.

The position, which will be open with longtime Community Development Director Steve Crandell retiring this summer, has been advertised internally as well as externally within the state and across the nation, Henschel said.

Applications for the position are due May 19.

Crandell, who has worked for the city since 1976, has been the city's community development director since 1998.

Women's Center joins clothes-related efforts

As part of both Sexual Assault Awareness Month and National Child Abuse Prevention Month, the Women's Center in Waukesha took part in Denim Day, a nationwide sexual violence prevention and education campaign, on April 23.

In the campaign, participants wear jeans to send a message that what a woman wears has nothing to do with her consent to sexual activity.

In addition, The Women's Center will partner with rthe University of Wisconsin-Waukesha and WCTC to display the Clothesline Project, which allows women who are affected by domestic or sexual violence to express themselves by writing and decorating powerful messages on shirts.

The Women's Center provides free resources for those affected by assault and abuse, including individual and group counseling, a 24-hour hotline, and parenting classes and support groups.

Catholic Memorial hires new development director

Catholic Memorial High School has hired Jessica Karis as director of development.

The school said Karis has a proven track record of excellence in fund growth and development. She previously served as a development officer at the Milwaukee School of Engineering and the director of growth and development at Northwestern Mutual Financial Network.

Karis said she plans to immediately start taking advantage of opportunities to meet members of the Catholic Memorial High School community and will put her expertise to use in the Crusading for Excellence campaign, which will fund key initiatives out of Catholic Memorial High School's strategic plan.

Project Rainway auctions art-sy rain barrels

Delafield — Fifty rain barrels painted by more than 25 artists and students from 15 local organizations will be on display at the Delafield Public Library the week of April 26-May 3.

Throughout the week, the public is invited to bid on these one-of-a-kind works of art in a silent auction fundraiser. Final bids must be submitted by 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 3.

Project Rainway 2014 is a collaborative effort to raise awareness of water as a limited natural resource and to connect local schools, arts and sustainability communities. Proceeds from the rain barrel art auction will benefit the Delafield Public Library, SummerStage of Delafield, and the Waukesha County Green Team.

The Waukesha County Green Team is a volunteer, non-profit organization. For information, contact Brian Walsh at bwalsh@waukeshacountygreenteam.org.

Literacy Council needs volunteer tutors

The Literacy Council of Greater Waukesha is seeking volunteers to tutor children and adults in reading, writing, math and English as a second language.

LCGW has two informational meetings scheduled: from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 8, and from 1 to 2 p.m.Wednesday, May 14. All informational sessions are held at the LCGW office at 217 Wisconsin Avenue, Suite 16, Lower Level in Waukesha.

Those who cannot attend an informational meeting but would like to become a tutor can email Cathy at cathy@waukeshaliteracy.org, call LCGW at (262) 547-7323 or visit the agency website at www.waukeshaliteracy.org.

Carroll announces Class of 2014 speaker

Dane Mariani, a history major with a philosophy minor, will be the studemt speaker during Carroll University's Commencement Ceremony on Sunday, May 11.

Faculty members nominated Mariani, of Pulaski, based on academic and leadership achievements, and the graduating class voted him as its representative.

"I'm incredibly honored to have been chosen as the class speaker," Mariani said. "I want to talk about the way that each of the people sitting in front of me have found their own brand for success."

After graduation he hopes to preserve and restore artifacts in historical collections, and continue to graduate school after he gains some field experience.

Carroll's Enactus team places at national expo

Carroll University's Enactus team finished as opening round finalists at the 2014 Enactus United States National Exposition in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Jordyn Herzog, a junior from Abrams, led the Carroll team against 200 other teams from around the country April 1-3 at the expo, in which business students receive professional feedback on their research in the field while competing and interacting with their peers.

This is the second consecutive year the group has won at the regional level. Last April, Carroll's team won the regional competition in Chicago, based on projects that had the greatest impact on the local community, and advanced to nationals.

This year, Carroll's team included freshman Brittany Radish from Muskego; senior Kaylor Detert from Waterloo; sophomore Alison Lambrecht from Muskego; junior Jenni Vu from Hanoi, Vietnam; junior Ben Vickman from De Pere; and freshman Jacob Lail from Racine.

Enactus is an organization of student, academic and business leaders committed to using the power of entrepreneurial action to transform lives and shape a more sustainable world.