MU CONNECTIONS - The Official Marquette University Alumni e-Newsletter
 August 2009 

Marquette kicks off its Centennial Celebration of Women

Centennial Celebration of WomenIn 1909, Father James McCabe made a pioneering decision to admit women alongside men in the bachelor of arts program at Marquette University, becoming the first Catholic university in the world to do so. We invite you to join us in commemorating this milestone during our Centennial Celebration of Women at Marquette!

Sunday, August 30
Student Centennial Celebration Kick-off

Mass of the Holy Spirit - 4:00 p.m., Church of the Gesu
Welcome Back Picnic - 5:00 p.m., Central Mall

Thursday, September 24

All-University Centennial Celebration Prayer Service
11:30 a.m. Alumni Memorial Union, Westowne Square
Followed by a brown bag lunch

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MULTIMEDIA: Alumni Reunion Weekend 2009 Photo Slideshow

Reunion Weekend Slideshow
More than 2,000 alumni and families visited Marquette's campus July 23-26 for the 2009 Alumni Reunion Weekend, including the Ethnic Alumni Association Reunion. View some of the highlights in this fun slideshow and see more photos of the weekend's activities on MU Connect. Want to share reunion photos of your own? Upload them to Marquette's Facebook page.

Boys & Girls Clubs of AmericaMarquette University partners with Boys & Girls Clubs of America
Marquette is teaming up with the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, one of the nation’s largest youth development organizations, to provide three full-tuition scholarships annually to winners of BGCA’s Youth of the Year program. Each scholarship, renewable for four years, is valued at more than $110,000. Read more.

Legends of the NileEmbark on an unforgettable journey

Choose your destination and get ready to explore the globe amid the camaraderie of alumni and friends. The 2010 alumni trips include:

Cruise the Panama Canal, January 23 - February 3

Legends of the Nile, January 26 - February 6

Oberammergau Passion Play and River Cruise, July 27 - August 6

Grand Journey: Israel and Jordan, November 5-17

Visit MU Connect for additional destinations and program details or to request a brochure.

  • Newest residence hall opens
    McCabe Hall, a renovation of the former Marquette Apartments at 1628 W. Wisconsin Ave., will open for more than 200 sophomores this month. The residence hall is named in honor of James McCabe, S.J., whose leadership led Marquette to become the first Catholic university in the world to offer coeducation as part of its regular undergraduate program. Read more
  • Marquette named one of Princeton Review’s "Best 371 Colleges"
    In its annual guidebook for 2010, The Princeton Review again named Marquette University one of its "Best 371 Colleges." Based on institutional data, student surveys and Princeton Review staff visits, the ranking places Marquette among about 15 percent of the nation’s 2,500 four-year colleges.
  • Alumna honored for high CPA exam score
    More than 85,000 people took the CPA exam last year, and Jennifer Luchs, Bus Ad ’08, was among the top 10 in the country. Luchs was recently honored by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants with its Elijah Watt Sells Award, given annually to the top performers on the exam. Read more
  • Marquette in the news
    A team of three professors in Marquette’s College of Health Sciences received a two-year, $1.4 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to study and develop novel compounds for the treatment of cocaine addiction. The grant, which was part of the federal stimulus act, was publicized in local media, the Chicago Tribune and on at least 49 other Web sites. Read more or listen to Dr. John Mantsch speak about the science of addiction.
  • University experts captured on video
    Marquette’s professors are frequently called upon to share their expertise on hundreds of topics. The Marquette News Center features short videos highlighting university experts on topics such as the nursing shortage, business ethics, family communication, mechatronics and more. Check out the videos

What are your classmates up to?

Wagner-Drake wedding
Wagner-Drake wedding

Jodi Wagner, Bus Ad '99, married Tom Drake on July 8, 2009, in a private ceremony on the Hawaiian island of Maui. The couple lives in San Francisco. Full Note

Robert Falardeau, Arts '76, was promoted on June 2, 2009, to fire chief of the Village of Palatine (Ill.) Fire Department. Falardeau is a 29-year veteran of the department. Full Note

Stella and Chloe Parsons

Stella and Chloe Parsons

Paul Parsons, Bus Ad '02, and Amy (Sattler) Parsons, Arts '96, welcomed their second daughter, Stella Lynn Parsons, in June. Stella joins big sister, Chloe. Full Note

Monica McDonald, Bus Ad '87, received a Master of Arts in teaching degree from George Fox University in June. Full Note

Serena-Dermody wedding

Serena-Dermody wedding


Cassi Serena, Comm '05, and Nick Dermody, Eng '05, were married June 6, 2009, at St. Olaf Catholic Church in Minneapolis. Full Note

Elizabeth D'Amato, Comm '92, was the digital paint supervisor on the latest Star Trek film. Currently she is working on James Cameron's Avatar, to be released in December of 2009.

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Healing Circle

Law School offers Healing Circle video

The Restorative Justice Initiative created a first-of-its-kind documentary about the pain caused to victims and the greater church community by the sexual abuse scandal. It is designed to facilitate conversation among parishes, victims' organizations and other faith- or community-based organizations. Read more



M Club Hall of Fame

Join the Marquette faithful as we celebrate the 2009 M Club Hall of Fame induction class.

Dwyane Wade

Inductees include Jim Allen, Bill Cords, Kate Gordon McGeeney, Lisa Oldenburg Kanning, Dwyane Wade and the entire 2002-03 Final Four Men's Basketball Team.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

5:30 p.m.

Bradley Center, 1001 N. Fourth Street



Featured Events

See what events are happening in your area.
Check out the Event Calendar and register online.

A Journey Back to Campus

Date: Sunday, August 16, at 10:30 a.m.

Location: Marquette campus

Minnesota Club's 16th Annual Golf Gathering

Date: Thursday, August 20, at 11 a.m.

Location: Hillcrest Golf Club, St. Paul

New Britain Rock Cats vs. Reading Phillies

Date: Sunday, August 23, at 1:35 p.m.

Location: New Britain Stadium, New Britain, Conn.


Save the date for Family Weekend, October 2-4, 2009


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