The Inauguration of Dr. Cindy G. Gnadinger

Carroll University celebrated the Inauguration Ceremony of Dr. Cindy G. Gnadinger as its 15th president on Friday, March 16, 2018. During Presidential Inauguration Week, March 10–16, our campus community participated in activities that focused on connecting with intent through engagement of our university mission and ethos.

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Presidential Inauguration Week  |  March 10–16, 2018

Making Connections

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Saturday, March 10

Connecting Through Stewardship

Washington Park Clean Up
12:30–5:30 p.m.  |  Washington Park, Milwaukee |  Students, Faculty and Staff
In partnership with Milwaukee’s Urban Ecology Center, we’ll work together in Washington Park to improve and restore a portion of this 124-acre location to natural and habitable land. Dinner at the Milwaukee Public Market is included. University transportation will be provided or you may choose to use your own vehicle. Sign up is full. Thank you, Carroll Community!

Connecting Through Heritage

To Thine Own Self Be True: An Inauguration Celebration
7–8:15 p.m. Performances  |  8:15–9 p.m. Reception  |  Otteson Theatre |  Students, Faculty, Staff, Alumni and Community
Live theatre is one of the most powerful forms of communication. It connects us to one another by reminding us of the shared human experience. Join us for a theatrical revue that recognizes our heritage as a performing arts pioneer. The Carroll Players represents the first active student theatre organization in Wisconsin, founded in 1896 by professor May Nickell Rankin. Performances will include: "Ode to Man" from Antigone, HAMLET (A Cover) preview, Theatre Dance Medley: The Icons and student-directed 10-minute plays. Afterward, mix and mingle with the directors, cast and crew. Tickets are sold out!

Sunday, March 11

Connecting Through Faith

4–5 p.m.  |  Humphrey Memorial Chapel  |  Students only
Our weekly spiritual life gathering for students will feature an opportunity to meet President Gnadinger and engage in a celebration of faith through music, conversation and prayer.

Monday, March 12

Connecting Through New Traditions

Hippity Hop Inauguration Derby
4–6 p.m.  |  Van Male Field House  |  Students, Faculty and Staff
As Wisconsin’s Pioneer college, Carroll is steeped in tradition. Join us as we initiate a new one celebrating one of the most famous traditions of President Gnadinger’s home state, The Kentucky Derby. Cheer on racing students, faculty and staff or grab your own inflatable steed and experience the thrill of Hippity Hop Derby competition. Activities will include snacks and derby hat crafting.

Tuesday, March 13

Connecting Across Cultures

Cards of Hope for Senior Citizens in Guatemala
11:30 a.m.–1 p.m.  |  Campus Center, Ratzow Room  |  Students, Faculty and Staff
Join us for this SEC-sponsored event with an international service focus. Learn more about student Cross-Cultural Experiences and their work with Hearts in Motion, a non-profit organization that provides a variety of services to children and seniors in Zacapa, Guatemala. Faculty and students who have participated in this CCE will be on hand to describe their work and answer questions. You’ll have an opportunity to connect by writing cards of greetings and well-wishes that will be distributed in the senior centers on future trips.

Connecting Despite Our Differences

Presentation and Reception with Theo Wilson
6–8 p.m.  |  Campus Center, Stackner Ballroom  |  Students, Faculty, Staff, Alumni and Community
Theo Wilson, an award-winning poet and activist, will discuss what he learned going undercover in the Alt-Right, his experience as a police brutality survivor, and what it looks like to embrace our history and move forward. His journey has been chronicled on the TED Radio Hour, NPR and in the Washington Post, among others. Wilson will also conduct a slam poetry workshop as part of Inauguration Week events.

Wednesday, March 14

Connecting Like Family

Photos with Truman and Dog-Bone Cookie Decorating
11 a.m.–1 p.m.  |  Campus Center, Lobby  |  Students, Faculty and Staff
This one is just for fun! Truman Gnadinger, first dog extraordinaire, has already become a beloved part of the Carroll family and a familiar furry face at campus events. Here’s your chance for a photo opportunity with the top dog. You can also unleash your inner pastry chef by trying your hand at dog-bone cookie decorating. And don’t forget to pick up your complimentary inauguration Frisbee in the MDR—a great way to get ready for spring break!

Connecting To Our Future

Dedication of the SHARP Literacy Mural
2–3 p.m.  |  Campus Center, Stackner Ballroom Lobby  |  Students, Faculty, Staff and Community
Help us welcome area elementary schoolers for the official dedication of a special piece of art—a mosaic mural crafted by dozens of children from the Waukesha area with artist Sally Duback. Created especially for Carroll, and with the help of Carroll student volunteers, the mural will feature Waukesha landmarks and points of interest, connecting our past, present and future. Our partnership with SHARP Literacy also includes Reading with the Pioneers, in which members of the men’s basketball team visit area elementary schools and read to students. Through engaging lessons, hands-on interactive projects and visual arts, SHARP Literacy helps children identify as confident, capable learners and achieve success throughout life. Watch a livestream of the dedication at the time of the event.

Connecting With Colleagues

Faculty and Staff Reception
4–6 p.m.  |  Campus Center, Stackner Ballroom  |  Faculty and Staff only
Enjoy a mid-inauguration week break to mix and mingle with your colleagues, connect with President Gnadinger and enjoy the talents of the Carroll University Jazz Ensemble.

Thursday, March 15

Connecting With Strategic Vision

"Charting an Institutional Course in Turbulent Higher Education Times"  Presentation and Light Lunch with Jim Newberry
11:30 a.m.–1 p.m.  |  Campus Center, Stackner Ballroom  |  Students, Faculty, Staff, Alumni and Community
As a former mayor of a college town and an attorney now representing multiple colleges and universities, Jim Newberry will discuss the legal, financial and operational challenges confronting America’s institutions of higher education and how community engagement can serve as a guiding light for Carroll University and other institutions of higher education.

Friday, March 16 | Inauguration Day

VIP / Delegate / Platform Party Continental Breakfast and Robing
9 a.m.  |  Humphrey Memorial Chapel and Narthex  |  Invited guests only
Invited guests will gather for continental breakfast, final preparation for the Inauguration Ceremony and robing prior to assembling in Shattuck Music Center.

Inauguration Ceremony
10–11:45 a.m.  |  Shattuck Music Center, Auditorium  |  Students, Faculty, Staff, Alumni and Community

Inaugural Luncheon
Noon  |  Campus Center, Stackner Ballroom  |  Invited guests only
Invited guests will gather to celebrate the installation of Carroll’s 15th and first woman president, Dr. Cindy Gnadinger.

Happening throughout Inauguration Week

Connecting to Our Past

Archived Items Display
Todd Wehr Memorial Library and Stone Creek Coffee  |  Students, Faculty, Staff, Alumni and Community
Check out historic displays from the Carroll University archives. Featured displays will include Carroll Memories, a vintage ephemera collection, and Legacy of Leadership—memorabilia from past Carroll presidents.

Connecting to Our Present

Community Celebration
Downtown Waukesha  |  Students, Faculty, Staff, Alumni and Community; Age 21+
Step into the here and now with a variety of beverage specials from downtown establishments celebrating Kentucky-style, including:

Post-Inauguration Week

Connecting to Our Community

Habitat for Humanity Volunteering
March 19–23  |  9 a.m–4p.m.  |  Students, Faculty, Staff, Alumni and Community
Join in making a difference in the lives of people in our community by building strength, stability and self-reliance through shelter. Each day, teams of 10 will partner with the Waukesha chapter of Habitat for Humanity to build hope through the improvement of a nearby local neighborhood. To sign up, contact Shannon Thomson, assistant to the vice president of advancement, at


Carroll University Shattuck Music Center

Additional Inauguration Details

Directions and Accomodations

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