Department of Intercollegiate Athletics Award Recipients
M Club Hy Popuch Memorial Service Award
PAUL R. NOWAKOWSKI, ARTS '87,
Paul Nowakowski’s experience at Marquette reinforced the values that were instilled in him by his parents: Help others, and give back to the community whenever possible.
Since graduating, Paul — who attended Marquette on a track and field scholarship — has put these values into action personally and professionally, providing energy and leadership to the university and community. He is a strong supporter of Marquette athletics, most notably through the M Club, for which he is a board member and chaired the Hall of Fame Committee in 2004, ’06 and ’09 (the only three-time chair). Paul is also a member of the Marquette Track Club — and past president — and has been a men’s and women’s basketball season ticket holder for many years.
Paul’s sense of service extends beyond Marquette, and he has held executive leadership positions at the St. Joseph Foundation, which supports local disadvantaged children, and the parishes of St. Alexander and St. Monica. He also has been a counselor for couples planning to marry.
Paul believes in Marquette’s mission so much so that he would have attended even if he hadn’t received an athletic scholarship. “I love the institution and the values it teaches its students,” he says.
The individuals who seek Paul’s legal help through his firm, Nowakowski Law Offices, clearly benefit from this philosophy, as well. “It is extremely rewarding to solve a client’s problem, to help someone who is struggling at a point in their lives,” he says.
Paul’s father, Richard B. Nowakowski, Arts ’42, Law ’48, began his family’s Marquette legacy and is followed by five of Paul’s siblings and three nieces — “and counting!”
Fun facts: During his time on campus, Paul liked to study in the gardens around St. Joan of Arc Chapel or in the track locker room before practice. When he was not studying or running, Paul was with his friends at the Mug Rack in the Union, at the Gym Bar or at Real Chili.