MU CONNECTIONS - The Official Marquette University Alumni e-Newsletter
 December 2007 

MU Basketball'Tis the season for Marquette basketball


Watch the 2007-08 season with fellow alumni!

Alumni, families and friends will gather in game-watching spots around the country all season long for Marquette men's and women's BIG EAST basketball.

Don't miss the fun! Check the MU Connect site regularly and watch your e-mail for updates.

  Welcome, December graduates!


   Another 570 students will become alumni when they graduate from Marquette on Sunday,        December 16. Rev. Bryan Massingale, associate professor of theology, will be the     commencement speaker.

    Graduates of Marquette are automatically entitled to the many great benefits of the Marquette     University Alumni Association (MUAA), including discounts both on and off campus and free     access to MU Connect, Marquette's online alumni community.

  • Another Wisconsin Professor of the Year
    Dr. Kristina Ropella, chair of the biomedical engineering department in Marquette’s
    College of Engineering, has been named the Wisconsin Professor of the Year. This is the
    second consecutive honor for a Marquette professor. Last year, Dr. Donald Neumann,
    professor of physical therapy at Marquette, earned the title. Read more
  • Keyes funds business deanship at Marquette
    James H. Keyes, retired CEO and chairman of the board at Johnson Controls, Wednesday announced a gift of $7.2 million to Marquette University to fund the deanship in the College of Business Administration. Read more
  • Marquette adds music minor
    Next fall, students will have an opportunity to begin a minor in music through the
    Department of Performing Arts in the Diederich College of Communication. More than
    400 students are currently enrolled in various music classes, and about six percent of
    Marquette’s undergraduates perform in vocal and instrumental ensembles. Read more
  • Make it a Marquette Christmas
    Browse the Marquette Spirit Shop to stock up on great gifts for the Marquette
    fans in your life, or replenish your own collection.
  • Miracle on the Mall
    Marquette recently rang in the Christmas season with Miracle on Central Mall.
    See photos of this annual holiday tradition.
  • Marquette in the news
    “MU encouraging entrepreneurship: Effort focuses on innovation, local outreach.”
    Read more
  • Midnight Run will celebrate its 20th Anniversary in October of 2008
    Midnight Run is a student initiative which began in 1988 and continues to serve the needs
    of hungry and homeless people in the local community.

    If you have volunteered or served in the leadership of Midnight Run, we would love to hear
    from you and have you join us for the celebration on October 25, 2008. E-mail us about
    your involvement with Midnight Run and what parts of the experience have stayed with
    you! We would like to create a display at our event to share insights of your Midnight Run
    experience and help depict the spirit and history of this highly respected organization.
    Please share your stories and indicate your interest in participation in this celebration by
    contacting Gerry Fischer at


News from your fellow alumni

Byrne McElroy engagement

Byrne - McElroy

Erin Byrne, Comm '01, is engaged to be married to Sean McElroy. The wedding will take place on August 31, 2008. Full Note

William L. Weber, Jr., Arts '56, was appointed executive director of Professional Resolution Experts of Michigan. Full Note

Lilianne Rose Ziino

Lily Ziino

Rebecca Walker, Arts '03, married Brian Cline, Comm '03, May 27, 2007, in Stillwater, Minn. Full Note

Kate (McGrady) Ziino, Eng '97, '99, and Jim Ziino, Comm '98, welcomed Lilianne Rose on June 27, 2007. Full Note

Kalitowski DiSandro wedding

Kalitowski-DiSandro wedding

Kevin Kalitowski, Eng '04, and Rhonda DiSandro were married on August 10, 2007, at St. Mary Catholic Church in Huntley, Ill. Full Note

John "Jay" McGill, Jour '76, was appointed senior vice president of Hearst Magazines International, based in New York City.

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Featured Events

Want to see what events are happening in your area?
Check out the Event Calendar and register online.

AMUW Advent Luncheon
Date: Thursday, December 13 at 11:30 a.m.
Location: Haggerty Museum of Art, Milwaukee, Wis.

Chicago Club Service Project

Date: Saturday, December 15 at 9:30 a.m.

Location: Mission of Our Lady of the Angels, Chicago, Ill.

Holiday Cookie Exchange in Minnesota

Date: Saturday, December 15 at 10 a.m.

Location: Dunn Bros Coffee - Freight House, Minneapolis, Minn.

San Diego Club Planning Meeting

Date: Wednesday, January 9 at 6 p.m.

Location: Cozymel's Mexican Grill, San Diego, Calif.


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