Alumni National Awards: 48 individuals to be honored this year -- find out who got the nod (and why)

May 2017





Sister Maria Marciano, O.P., will deliver Marquette Commencement address on May 21

Sister Maria Marciano is a Dominican sister from Brazil who serves Haiti’s poorest citizens.

“What difference can one individual bring to the life of nations?” asked President Michael R. Lovell. "Marquette University is so honored that Sister Maria will demonstrate the answer with a message of hope and progress for our graduating students and their families.”

Learn more about Sr. Marciano's work in Haiti, including improvements to infrastructure, schools, and more.

Marquette scientists discover new insights into the early stages of neurodegenerative diseases

New research by Marquette University biologists and mathematicians has found that newly formed prion amyloids are infectious, a discovery that provides insights into the early stages of neurodegenerative diseases such as "mad cow disease" and Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease.

Read more about the discovery, including its implications for treating Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease.

SAE Baja Racing: MU students design their own race car, go through 'entire engineering process'

Story by Kaitlyn Sharkey, Fox 6 News Milwaukee

Inside the engineering building at Marquette, a group of students are bringing their studies to life.

"It's -- hey, I designed that. I machined that," said Brandon Ollhoff, junior and president of the SAE Baja Team. "I welded that. And it actually works and we actually do well at competitions and it makes it through an entire endurance race and we don't have a failure."

Watch the Marquette engineering race vehicle in action.

Real Chili meal inspires impromptu performance by Marquette a capella group Gold 'n Blues

Marquette’s coed a capella group, the Gold 'n Blues, entertained fellow diners at the campus Real Chili location in April when they spontaneously performed three songs in the restaurant.

Hear the Gold 'n Blues' serenade at Real Chili.

Men's lacrosse heads to NCAA tournament this weekend; faces fourth-seeded Notre Dame

The Golden Eagles (8-7) defeated Providence, 10-9, in the BIG EAST title game on May 7 to earn their second NCAA automatic bid in as many seasons. The team heads to Arlotta Stadium at Notre Dame University to take on the Fighting Irish at 11 a.m. CST. The game will also be broadcast on ESPNU.

Learn more about the men's lacrosse team's rise to the NCAA tournament.



May reflection for recent graduates

For four or more years you’ve worked and studied, played and partied, volunteered and served. Whether you were involved in everything or stayed pretty much to yourself, you have been a part of something bigger.

Take this opportunity to thank God for your Marquette education. Give thanks for the friends you made and the experiences you had. Give thanks for all those people who helped make your Marquette experience possible -- parents, family and friends who may have helped pay for your education and Marquette alumni and benefactors who contributed to scholarships and provided facilities on campus. Don’t forget hundreds of faculty, staff and service workers.

Join me in celebrating and praying for all the new graduates of Marquette. They will "Be The Difference."

Frederick Zagone, S.J.
Chaplain, Marquette University Alumni Association

Marquette student interdisciplinary project celebrates the history of St. Joan of Arc

Story by Mac Vogel, Marquette Wire

“Hearken to My Voice,” a night of performances that tell the history of Joan of Arc and the chapel on Marquette’s campus, was held in April. The multi-disciplinary show featured elements of dance, song, costume and theater. The students who worked on this project all semester come from Ballet II, composition and choreography classes, a theatre senior capstone, costume technology, an English capstone and MU Chorus.

Learn why students believe in the importance of St. Joan of Arc's history.



Marquette establishes cyber security center

Marquette University has established a Center for Cyber Security Awareness and Cyber Defense to serve as the university’s primary hub for cyber security education and research. It is the only such center in the Milwaukee metropolitan area. 

“We must find ways to protect our personal information, and evaluate the costs of privacy enforcement," said the center's director, Thomas Kaczmarek, director of Marquette’s Master of Science in Computing program. "There is not a vigorous defense against Internet attacks, and we are facing a plethora of changes in information privacy law.”

Learn more about the pioneering Center for Cyber Security Awarness and Cyber Defense.

Sheldon and Marianne Lubar give $5.5 million to fund Marquette Law School public policy initiative

”Marquette University has long been an important part of the Milwaukee community,” said Sheldon Lubar. “In recent years in particular, Marquette Law School has played a leading role in significant discussions and research on important topics. At the same time, there is so much more to be done. We are pleased to expand our support of this work.”

Find out how the public policy initiative fits in to larger community efforts.

Research at Marquette: Life behind the label
Researcher explores how prejudice, discrimination and state policies affect the daily realities of Arab and Muslim Americans

Louise Cainkar was completing her doctorate in criminology when a trip to Morocco changed her career. “I was fascinated by everything I saw,” she said.

Since then Cainkar has dedicated herself to Arab American and Muslim American studies, focusing on the daily realities of being Arab and Muslim in America.

Read more of Cainkar's observations of the affects of prejudice on Arab and Muslim Americans.

Career Experts post: Knowing your worth

"Am I paid fairly for the kind of work I do?" I have seen this question on many employee survey forms over the years. While we may respond to this question, I am not certain we can articulate what is "fair pay."

Read the full story by Brian Noviskis, Bus Ad '82, plus many other Marquette Career Experts posts.



MU Club of Northeast Ohio works to prepare garden for the season at local high school

Marquette alumni and families in the Cleveland area gathered at St. Marin de Porres High School on April 29, ready to get their hands dirty in the school's garden. They brought their own tools and gloves and worked to clean and prepare the garden for the spring season.

Follow the MU Club of Northeast Ohio on Facebook.

Marquette students give back at the 27th annual Hunger Clean-up

About 1,200 Marquette University students participated in the 27th annual Hunger Clean-up on Saturday, April 22. Students volunteered at more than 25 agencies in the Milwaukee area, organized by a team of students committed to service. The students will volunteer at food banks, homeless shelters and other organizations to help better the community and connect with others. The group also does fundraising and annually selects a community agency to receive grants to support their work or start a new project.

See photos and video from this year's Hunger Clean-up efforts.


upcoming events

Tuesday, May 23

Chicagoland: Forward Marquette: Groundbreaking Autism Research
Sunset Ridge Country Club, 2100 Sunset Ridge Rd., Northfield, Ill.

Monday, June 5

MU Club of St. Louis: Sixth Annual Scholarship Golf Tournament and Reception
Persimmon Woods Golf Club, 6402 Weldon Spring Dr., Weldon Spring

Friday, June 23

Milwaukee: Marquette Men's Basketball Hoopla Centennial Celebration
BMO Harris Bradley Center, 1001 N. 4th St., Milwaukee

Monday, June 26

Beloit, Wis.: Forward Marquette -- Innovation
Irontek Building, 635 3rd St., Beloit, Wis.

June 28 to July 2

Cleveland: World Union of Jesuit Alumni International Congress
John Carroll University, 1 John Carroll Boulevard, University Heights, OH

See the complete events calendar to search for upcoming Marquette events in your area!


Alumni Spotlight

Jacqueline Oraedu, PA ’11, was crowned Ms. Woman Wisconsin United States 2017. She will compete at the Ms. Woman United States pageant in July. Jacqueline is a physician assistant at Aurora Healthcare and lives in Franklin, Wis.



Sarah Schilke Haroldson, M.D., Arts ’97, and Derek Haroldson, welcomed son Ben Andrew Haroldson, born in China on April 17, 2013. He became part of the family through adoption on March 23, 2017. He joins sister, Leah, 4. The family lives in New London, Wis.


Kathy Jo (Jarantowski) Jackson, Nurs ’82, was honored by Park University with the President’s Award for Teaching Excellence in recognition for excellence in teaching. Kathy Jo is an assistant professor of nursing in Park’s Ellen Finley Earhart Department of Nursing and assistant chair of the Associate Degree in Nursing program. She lives in Independence, Mo.

Tell the Marquette community what you've been up to lately. Send in a class note today!


Guess the year


Graduating seniors gather outside St. Joan of Arc Chapel.

a. 1976
b. 1978
c. 1982
d. 1985

Answer: b. 1978



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