MU CONNECTIONS - The Official Marquette University Alumni e-Newsletter
 December 2008 
"Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer," as sung by four seniors from the Marquette men's basketball team.

Welcome graduates!Welcome, December graduates!


Graduates of Marquette University 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.


Tuesday Mass


Tuesday Night Mass

Swing by St. Joan of Arc Chapel at 10 p.m. on a Tuesday, and you’ll likely find it packed from wall to wall. The Tuesday evening Mass, celebrated by Rev. John Naus, S.J., is a perennial favorite among Marquette students.

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  • Mid-year Commencement
    More than 450 Marquette grads will accept their diplomas at Mid-year Commencement on
    Sunday, December 14. Dr. Steven Goldzwig, professor of communication studies, will give
    the keynote address. Read more
  • Follow Marquette on Twitter
    Many of you have already found us on Facebook and YouTube. Now you can get your latest
    Marquette news fix through our feed on the social networking site Twitter. Run by the Office
    of Marketing and Communication, the Marquette Twitter feed is another way for students,
    alumni and the university to stay in touch.
  • More reasons to come back to campus
    Enjoy a free concert as the Marquette carillon rings out Christmas carols at noon on
    Sunday, December 14 and Sunday, December 21. The Haggerty Museum of Art opens
    Whatever is There is a Truth: Robert Rauschenberg’s Prints
    on Friday, December 12, and
    the Department of Performing Arts presents the children’s classic The BFG (the big friendly
    Saturday, January 10 and Sunday, January 11 at the Helfaer Theatre.
  • Looking for a good read?
    The staff of Raynor Memorial Libraries share their picks in the latest issue of Ex Libris.
  • Marquette in the news
    Law professor Jay Grenig and his wife were featured in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
    for their tradition of hosting Thanksgiving dinner for students, colleagues and "anyone in
    search of a warm Thanksgiving hearth." Read more
  • Innovations: Marquette technology fuels breakthrough device
    The i-SPECTM Q-100 Handheld Biodiesel Analyzer, developed by Milwaukee-based
    Paradigm Sensors LLC, with technology acquired from Marquette University, was recently
    honored with an R&D award from R&D Magazine as one of the most technologically
    significant products of the year. Read the story on


What are your classmates up to?

Ella Simone Giard
Ella Simone Giard

Daniel Giard, Arts '98, and Brielle Giard were blessed with their second child, Ella Simone, on June 6, 2008. Big brother Nathan is thrilled! Full Note

Christine (Kubicki) Rodriguez, Sp '81, received first place in the Arizona Authors Association 2008 Literary Contest. Full Note

Wayman Robana wedding
Wayman - Robana wedding

Rick Wayman, Bus Ad '01, and Aida Robana were married in ceremonies in Brattleboro, Vermont, and Djerba, Tunisia, in summer 2008. Full Note

Daniel Murray
, Arts '71 was a speaker at the recently concluded Third Annual Conference on "Immigration Enforcement in the Workplace" sponsored by the Federal Bar Association.
Full Note

Jocelyn Emily Gafner

Jocelyn Emily Gafner

Alison (Brcak) Gafner, Comm '99, and husband Kenneth welcomed a daughter, Jocelyn Emily, on May 10, 2008. Full Note

Mary Barder, Nurs '96, and Mike Leahy were married on October 25, 2008, at Holy Name Cathedral in Chicago, Ill. The couple resides in Chicago's South Loop neighborhood.

What Are YOU Up To? Submit a Class Note TODAY!

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StudentsHelp current students find the right path
As a Marquette student you may have asked yourself, what can I do with my major? How can I find an internship in my hometown? What is it really like to work in my chosen profession?

Share your career story with current students by answering eight simple questions. You may be featured in an "Alumni Highlight" in an upcoming Career Services Center newsletter that will be e-mailed to all Marquette University students.







Saturday, Dec. 13

Marquette vs. Wisconsin

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Tuesday, Dec. 16

Big East/SEC Invitational


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Congratulations to Jerel McNeal, BIG EAST Player of the Week, after leading MU to a 61-58 victory over Wisconsin.

Featured Events

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

Washington, D.C. Holiday Party

Date: Sunday, December 14 at 1:00 p.m.

Location: Top of the Hill Club, Washington, D.C.

Marquette Men vs. North Carolina State

Date: Monday, December 22 at 5:00 p.m.

Location: RBC Center, Raleigh, N.C.

AMUW Book Club

Date: Wednesday, January 14 at 6:30 p.m.

Location: Raynor Library, Marquette Campus

Parents Association Luncheon and MU vs. DePaul
Date: Saturday, January 24 at 11:00 a.m.

Location: Hilton Milwaukee City Center and Bradley Center, Milwaukee, Wis.

Economic Leadership Forum

Date: Tuesday, January 27 at 7:30 a.m.

Location: Alumni Memorial Union, Marquette Campus

College of Business Administration Reception and Game

Date: Saturday, January 31 at 11:00 a.m.

Location: Bradley Center, Milwaukee, Wis.

Save the date for National Marquette Day, Saturday, January 24 - Marquette Men's Basketball vs. DePaul


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