Campus Life

It is the mission of the Division of Student Affairs to build a culture of success by engaging students in activities and educational opportunities designed to support and empower each student to reach her unique potential as an effective citizen and leader. We believe the Alverno educational experience extends beyond the classroom to students’ co-curricular involvement.  Students who engage in student affairs programs, activities, and services will achieve personal, interpersonal and community learning outcomes in the areas of leadership, life skills, and multicultural development. 

The Division of Student Affairs includes the Dean of Students Office, Campus Ministry, Campus Safety, Counseling & Health Services, the International & Intercultural Center, New Student & Family Programs, Residence Life, and Student Activities & Leadership. The Division of Student Affairs supports students and the Alverno Community by:

  • Providing leadership opportunities for students
  • Providing educational opportunities for students to use the skills they learn in the classroom
  • Serving as a resource to students and families
  • Communicating college policies and procedures
  • Assisting with student grievances

The Division of Student Affairs prepares students personally and professionally for success at Alverno College and beyond. Students and their families are encouraged to take advantage of the various programs and services available to them on campus. 

Student Activities & Leadership

Students can join one of more than 40 student organizations and interest groups and have an active voice in what happens on campus. Following are examples of student groups:

Academic and Professional

  • Alverno College Student Nurses Association
  • Alverno Women in Business
  • Alverno Student WI Education Association
  • Artourage (visual arts)
  • Association for Women in Communication
  • Club Clio (history)
  • Global Studies Club
  • Music Therapy Club
  • Pre-Professional Women of Alverno
  • Psych Forum
  • Hispanic Professionals of Greater Milwaukee Student Chapter

Multicultural

  • Black Student Alliance
  • C.H.I.C.A. (Latina organization)
  • Muslim Student Association
  • Women of Asian Ethnicity
  • World Languages Club
  • Multicultural Women of Alverno

Special Interest

  • Alverno College Democrats
  • Alverno College Republicans
  • Alverno Inferno Dance and Cheer Teams
  • Circle K International
  • Co-Exist
  • Gay–Straight Alliance
  • Creative Writers
  • R.A.I.S.E. (builds awareness of homelessness)
  • Team Green

Student Publications

  • AlvernoINK (online creative writing magazine)

The Student Activities Board (SAB) works with Student Activities & Leadership to program events such as the Student Involvement Fair, Homecoming, weekly Funday Monday afternoon events, Wednesday Night Main Stage events, Community Service Day, Student Group Council, Alverno Idol, and a variety of family programs.

Students are encouraged to become involved in Alverno Student Government (ASG) through elected or volunteer positions. ASG works to represent the student voice on campus by developing different initiatives such as student organization funding and by sponsoring a variety of civic-minded events. Elections are held every fall and spring semester. Inquiries can be sent to asg@alverno.edu.

Students may also serve as Alverno College ambassadors, peer leaders, or community advisors. Ambassadors are student representatives who, under the auspices of the Admissions Office, work with prospective students during the recruitment process, primarily by giving campus tours. Peer leaders are current students who work with a campus committee to welcome and introduce new students to campus resources during orientation events throughout the summer and before each semester. They continue working during the academic year by serving as leaders in the First Year Seminar courses. Community advisors, sponsored by the Residence Life department, serve as resources, peer counselors, and program planners in the residence halls. 

Relaxing and Gathering on Campus

There are a number of different locations on campus for students to gather, study, and relax. The Inferno Café is the perfect place to meet up with friends and enjoy top-quality lattes, espressos, and cappuccinos along with fresh bakery in a setting that includes comfortable seating and free Wi-Fi. The Inferno Café offers great grab-n-go food selections—or it can be a quiet place to sit before heading back to class or to the library.

In addition to the Inferno Café, there are other areas throughout campus that offer small meeting tables and chairs or other soft furniture for impromptu meetings or study sessions.

Developing Body as Well as Mind

Alverno has a strong focus on wellness. Each semester, one-credit wellness courses are offered, including yoga, meditation, leadership, developing stress resilience, and study skills. Wellness courses are also offered through other college departments, such as Dance and Theater Arts, and through the college’s continuing education program. These classes range from sculpting and painting to meditation, and from ballet, jazz, and tap to yoga and belly dancing.

The Alverno Fitness Center houses state-of-the-art FreeMotion equipment for weight training as well as cardiovascular equipment including elliptical machines and treadmills. Membership in the Fitness Center includes an equipment training session and use of locker room facilities. 

Counseling and Health Services

The office of Counseling and Health Services assist students in assessing their personal, physical, and emotional needs and in making healthy life choices. They oversee the student health insurance plan and resident students’ immunization records. They provide wellness workshops and programs for all students. Many students also seek out the counselors and nurse for information on health-related topics for papers and class projects.

Counseling Services provides confidential individual counseling. Students seek counseling to help them deal with the challenges of life, such as adjusting to college life, depression and anxiety, relationship issues, time and stress management, and grief and loss. Counseling Services also provides consultations for special problems such as eating disorders, stress-related illnesses, and alcohol and substance abuse.

Health services are available to all students. The nurse can do assessments for illnesses such as bladder infections, strep throat, mononucleosis, upper respiratory tract infections, allergies, and rashes. When appropriate, she can give students over-the-counter medications and antibiotics for the most common illnesses. The nurse can administer immunizations, TB tests, flu shots, and some allergy shots.

Appointments are appreciated. Walk-ins are taken on a first-come, first-served basis.

Dining Services

Dining Services strives to prepare meals to meet a variety of tastes. Every day in the Hudson's Servery, several different entrées, including health-conscious and vegetarian options, are available, and favorite sandwiches and appetizers are available from the grill. The made-to-order deli station includes various breads, wraps, deli meats, and salads. Hudson's Servery also offers fresh-made soups, a create-your-own salad bar, and hot and cold beverages. The Commons is open late for studying and socializing. If you have special dietary needs, or if you have questions regarding dining services, feel free to contact the director of Dining Services at 414-382-6304.

Expanding into the Community

We believe that what you experience at Alverno is a classroom without walls. Your learning can happen on campus in Milwaukee and in another country if you choose to study abroad. Located on the shores of beautiful Lake Michigan, the city of Milwaukee offers a wide range of recreational and cultural activities. Milwaukee is the home of major league baseball and basketball teams, natural history and art museums, a ballet company, a symphony orchestra, numerous theater companies, wonderful restaurants, and beautiful parks.

Milwaukee is known for its clean and friendly communities and for its rich ethnic heritage. This diversity is celebrated throughout the year with many festivals and special events. All the benefits of one of the Great Lakes — strolling the beach, sailing, and fishing — are likewise available to students. A clean and convenient public transportation system enables the student to get to all these activities quickly and cost effectively. She will find unlimited opportunities to grow, play, and relax. (For additional information about Milwaukee, see the following websites: www.visitmilwaukee.org & www.onmilwaukee.com.)

Whether she lives on or off campus, the Alverno student’s life experience involves a network of men and women — students, staff, faculty, and administrators — who share her desire to achieve her goals and expand her horizons.