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

Northwestern Mutual donates $1 million for Law School building

Northwestern Mutual Foundation has announced a $1 million gift to Marquette Law School for the construction of its new building, Eckstein Hall.

"This investment from Northwestern Mutual Foundation further reflects its commitment to supporting Milwaukee’s future. We are grateful for its recognition of the importance of a premier law school in our community," said Law School Dean Joseph D. Kearney.

The building is under construction at 12th and Clybourn and is targeted for completion by the Fall 2010 school year. Read more


"Marquette Voices" begins with Mission Week

Provost Pauly

Visit the Mission and Identity Web site for new weekly podcasts hosted by Stephanie Russell, executive director of Mission and Identity, and Rev. Frank Majka, S.J., associate director of Campus Ministry. Listen online to interviews with the following five remarkable individuals:

      • Provost John Pauly (pictured)
      • Law Professor Janine Geske
      • Rev. Bryan Massingale, Department of Theology
      • Dr. Irfan Omar, Department of Theology
      • Women's Basketball Coach Terri Mitchell

What would Ignatius say?
In celebration of Mission Week 2009, a special, 60-second video was produced about the meaning of Jesuit education in today’s information-saturated world. Click here to view the video.

  • Ellis breaks scoring record
    Senior Krystal Ellis broke Marquette's all-time scoring record last Tuesday night as the Marquette women's basketball team defeated USF, 71-56, at the Sun Dome. Learn more
  • Accolades for Jerel McNeal
    Last Tuesday, Jerel McNeal - named BIG EAST Player of the Week for the third time this season - scored 26 points and the men's team beat DePaul for its 12th straight victory, matching its longest winning streak in seven years. McNeal is one of 10 finalists for the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award, based on his accomplishments across four areas: classroom, competition, character and community. You can vote NOW online or by texting MB7 to 839863. The men's team takes on St. John's at home this Saturday.
    Click here
    to build your team spirit!
  • Multimedia: "Doc" on Excellence
    Marquette alumnus and trustee (and head coach of the Boston Celtics) Glenn "Doc" Rivers
    discusses the drive for excellence that is instilled at Marquette. Watch the video

  • Promentis licenses Marquette and UWM technology
    Promentis Pharmaceuticals, a company launched by Drs. David Baker and John Mantsch of the College of Health Sciences, recently licensed technology developed by Marquette and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee that could lead to a novel treatment for schizophrenia and other central nervous system conditions. It is the third example of technology commercialization applications resulting from Marquette faculty research. Read more about the licensing agreement. Read more about Baker’s research
  • Marquette faculty at Pecha Kechu
    Twenty slides. Six minutes, 40 seconds. Five Marquette faculty. Come cheer on Drs. Bill Cullinan, Bill Henk and Ed de St. Aubin, and Laura Kestner and Linda Menck as they race the clock to present on a range of topics at the Pecha Kucha event on February 24 at a Bay View tavern. Pecha Kechu, a growing movement among young professionals around the world, combines learning with a fast-paced night on the town. Learn more
  • Marquette engineers honored
    The Engineers and Scientists of Milwaukee organization has named Marquette Interchange project director Don Reinbold, Eng ’64, Engineer of the Year, and Dr. Michelle Johnson, a research assistant professor of biomedical engineering, Young Engineer of the Year. A student project to bring clean water to La Garrucha, Guatemala, is a finalist for a national award from the American Society of Civil Engineers.
  • Marquette supports K-12 Catholic education
    Marquette, Alverno College, Cardinal Stritch University, Marian University and Mount Mary College recently formed the Greater Milwaukee Catholic Education Consortium to provide academic resources and professional expertise for the 132 Catholic K-12 schools serving more than 33,000 students in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee. Learn more
  • Haggerty Museum loans out Pieta
    The Haggerty Museum of Art will loan its copy of Michelangelo’s bronze Pieta from its permanent collection to the Italian Community Center. The sculpture will be on public display in the Ignazio and Maria Crivello Galleria at the ICC for the next five years. Read more
  • Marquette in the news
    Dr. Christopher Stockdale, assistant professor of physics, explains the physics of sledding on WUWM’s Lake Effect. Listen to the segment
  • What does “Be The Difference” mean to you?
    Marquette asks students to think about how they will Be The Difference when they graduate. Now we want to hear from alumni who respond to that call. Tell Marquette Magazine in 50 words or less how you — a poet or accountant or ad executive, you fill in the blank — make it a point in your professional life to Be The Difference. Your story may be shared in an upcoming issue of the magazine. Send your comment to


What are your classmates up to?

Jackson Jerome Hayes
Jackson Jerome Hayes

Joe Hayes, Bus Ad '99, and his wife Emily welcomed their son, Jackson Jerome, on September 18, 2008. Full Note

Greg Donaldson, Sp '80, facilitated a first-ever pan-African media summit between health care journalists and cancer experts from African non-governmental organizations. Full Note

Mayer - Henry Wedding
Mayer - Henry Wedding


Rebekah Mayer, Comm '03, and Joshua Henry were married June 28, 2008, at Kawaiaha'o Church in Honolulu, Hawaii, the bride's hometown. Full Note

Stacie Shaw, Arts '88, relocated to the Minneapolis area to open Minnesota's first Central Bark Doggy Day Care.
Full Note

Adam Anthony Cuellar

Adam Anthony Cuellar


Michelle Formanek, Eng '92, married Phillip Aiello on October 17, 2008, at Sacred Heart Church in Milwaukee. Full Note

Maja (Smigiel) Cuellar, Eng. '04, and husband, Chad, announced the birth of their first child, Adam Anthony Cuellar, born October 18, 2008. Full Note

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

make a Difference

Hopes and Dreams


Hopes and Dreams

It’s a brand new year, with a brand new president and brand new expectations. President Obama adopted “hope” as a theme for his presidency, and now Marquette students reveal their own hopes and dreams for 2009.

Watch the video



On the Issues with Mike Gousha

Marquette University Law School Distinguished Fellow in Law and Public Policy Mike Gousha hosts On the Issues, a series of events that invite news makers and policy shapers to interact with students, alumni, faculty and community members. Learn more about on-campus events

Baseball Commissioner Bud SeligCouldn't attend the events? Listen to podcasts on the Marquette University Law School Web site. Listen now to:

Save the date for CIRCLES

Madison, Wisconsin

Monday, May 4
Panel to focus on the economy from a
local, national and global perspective.

San Jose, California

Wednesday, May 20

Joint event with Santa Clara University
featur ing a panel comprising alumni
from Marquette and Santa Clara.


Chicago, Illinois

Wednesday, May 6

Keynote from the COO of the Chicago
2016 Olympic Committee and industry
breakout sessions.

Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Thursday, May 28

Keynote from Marquette Trustee Jeff
Joerres, Bus Ad ’83, chairman and CEO
of Manpower Inc.







Feb. 28 at DePaul


Feb. 21 at Georgetown

March 4 at Pittsburgh

Featured Events

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

College of Engineering Auction and MU vs. St. John's

Date: Saturday, February 14 at 4:30 p.m.

Location: Hyatt Regency and Bradley Center, Milwaukee

Health Sciences Game Watching, MU vs. Georgetown
Date: Saturday, February 21 at 12:30 p.m.

Location: Zim's Sports Bar, Milwaukee

Alumni at the Alley in San Diego

Date: Saturday, February 21 at 6:00 p.m.

Location: Mira Mesa Bowl, San Diego

Marquette is Coming to Florida!

Wednesday, February 25 - Friday, February 27

Ash Wednesday Mass and Lenten Luncheon in Naples

Longboat Key Luncheon

Milwaukee-Style Fish Fry in Clearwater


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