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Carroll University

Carroll University, Waukesha, recently received a $100,000 Wal-Mart College Success Award to build on its success in graduating first-generation college students. Carroll’s First-Generation Student Success Program, based on its successful nursing program for Hispanic students, addresses the recruitment, retention and graduation of first-generation Hispanic students. Carroll will use the grant funds to collaborate with Milwaukee’s United Community Center, which operates Bruce Guadalupe Middle School, a charter school with 97 percent Hispanic students. Carroll students will be mentors, tutors and advisers to Bruce Guadalupe students as they move from middle school to high school, and will invite Bruce Guadalupe students to visit Carroll for classes, workshops and extracurricular activities. The award also will increase Carroll scholarships for first-generation students. Carroll is one of only 20 institutions selected from 217 that applied for the Wal-Mart College Success Award program, administered by the national Council for Independent Colleges (CIC) and made possible by a generous grant from the Wal-Mart Foundation. According to the U.S. Department of Education, only 24 percent of first-generation students nationwide succeed in earning a bachelor’s degree compared with 68 percent of students whose parents received bachelor’s degrees.

Clear Verve Marketing LLC

Clear Verve Marketing LLC, Menomonee Falls, moved to Elm Grove. Since 2006, Clear Verve has been specializing in promise marketing. The company’s clients include professional service firms, not for profits, custom manufacturers, hospitals, or anyone else who sells the promise of a product or service to be delivered in the future.

C2 Graphics Productivity Solutions

Milwaukee-based C2 Graphics Productivity Solutions is hosting the 2008 Creative Transitions Conference. It will be held August 13-15, at the Hilton City Center, 509 W. Wisconsin Ave., in downtown Milwaukee. The conference is focused on an audience of print and web designers, video editors, creative and art directors. Thirteen industry thought leaders from around the country will present two days of seminar-style sessions on the latest trends in topics from animation to InDesign, Acrobat to Flex, followed by a third day of related hands-on training. Attendees will experience three days of presentations and discussions by Adobe experts and creative professionals. Along with C2, the Creative Transitions Conference is sponsored by Adobe, the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design, O’Reilly, Traxion, Widen, Proven Direct, iStockphoto, Shutterstock and Big Shoes Network. Seating for either the two-day or three-day package at the 2008 Creative Transitions Conference is limited.  To register, please visit 

Utrecht Art Supply

Internationally renowned Utrecht art supply store will open its second Wisconsin location on the campus of the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design. MIAD alumnus Steve Lubahn, an exhibiting artist and assistant manager of Utrecht’s east side store for seven years, will be the new store’s manager. The store will be located at 143 N. Broadway in a building owned by the college adjacent to the Student Union. Store hours will be 7:30 a.m. – 7 p.m. Monday – Friday; 10 a.m. – 6p.m. Saturdays; 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Sundays. In addition to its own line of products, Utrecht also offers an extensive assortment of fine art materials and supplies from the leading national brands available. For more information on Utrecht, visit

Concordia University Wisconsin

Concordia University Wisconsin, Mequon, recently announced that its new doctor of nursing practice degree has been approved by the Higher Learning Commission. Concordia has offered a popular undergraduate nursing degree since 1982 and a graduate nursing degree since 1994. The new doctor of nursing practice degree will begin being offered this fall in an e-learning format to post-masters, practicing family or geriatric nurse practitioners. This is the second doctoral program that Concordia has received approval for in recent years. The university has been offering a doctor of physical therapy degree since 2001. 

Aurora St. Luke’s Medical Center

The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association recently recognized Aurora St. Luke’s Medical Center for its performance in treating cardiac and stroke patients. Aurora St. Luke’s is one of only 26 hospitals to receive “triple gold” recognition. The criteria used to identify this recognition were based on the association’s Get With The Guidelines (GWTG) program. GWTG is a hospital based quality-improvement program designed to ensure that hospitals consistently care for cardiac and stroke patients following the most up-to-date guidelines and recommendations. The program provides three modules for recognition, including coronary artery disease, heart failure and stroke. Currently more than 1,450 hospitals use one or more of these modules. 

To receive triple gold recognition, Aurora St. Luke’s Medical Center had to meet 85 percent of performance measures, in all three categories, for two or more years.

The Medical College of Wisconsin

The Medical College of Wisconsin, Wauwatosa, has received a four-year, $2,043,302 grant from the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for continued technological innovation and state-of-the-art instrument development. This new award provides the project with 33 straight years of funding and continues to open up new directions for biomedical research in cancer, neurosciences. The grant extends a long-standing award for years 30 through 33, entitled Development of Biomedical Electron Paramagnetic Resonance (EPR) Instrumentation. James S. Hyde, Ph.D., professor of biophysics and director of the National EPR Center, is the principal investigator.  This instrumentation will be available to researchers throughout the nation and world, as is required by the EPR Center’s designation as an NIH “Research Resource.” This is the third NIH award the EPR Center has received in 2008, representing a combined total of more than $9.3 million. Hyde is the principal investigator for all three. The EPR instrumentation that will be developed under this new award will enhance studies of protein structure and dynamic interactions by examining actual samples of human tissue at the molecular level. The researchers are examining the mechanisms of complex biological systems. One area of research that has generated much interest is the field of free radicals because of its suspected role in aging. EPR is the only physical technique that can unambiguously detect free radicals in biological systems. Additionally, the Center is studying prions, the causative agent in Creutzfeldt-Jakob (Mad Cow) disease.

Boettcher/Trinklein Television

Milwaukee-based Boettcher/Trinklein Television recently received a national Emmy nomination from the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences for their PBS series Pioneers of Television. The series was nominated in the Outstanding Nonfiction Special category along with productions from HBO, CBS and Pixar. Pioneers of Television is an ongoing PBS series that melds new HD interviews with rare archival clips to offer a fresh take on TV’s founding celebrities. Boettcher and Trinklein interviewed more than 100 celebrities for the series—including Merv Griffin’s final interview before he passed away.  Celebrities interviewed on the show in the past have been icons like Andy Griffith, Dick Van Dyke, Jonathan Winters, Mary Tyler Moore, Bob Barker and Betty White. The winner will be announced at the televised 60th Annual Emmy Award Ceremony Sept 21st.

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