MU CONNECTIONS - The Official Marquette University Alumni e-Newsletter
 January 2008  

Mission Week 2008Mission Week: Faith Doing Justice

FEBRUARY 3 - 8, 2008

This year’s Mission Week theme is Faith Doing Justice, reflecting our commitment to a Marquette education that integrates intellectual rigor, spiritual depth and concrete action for a more just and peaceful world. Don’t miss the keynote event, "War, Peace and People of Faith," at 4 p.m. Thursday, February 7 in Marquette’s Varsity Theatre.

With CNN’s Soledad O’Brien as moderator, four distinguished panelists will discuss how faith affects our decisions about how to deal with conflict and injustice. Tickets for the general public are available January 30 at the Brooks Lounge, Alumni Memorial Union, first floor.

Learn more about Mission Week '08 topics

For the full Mission Week schedule, watch

Visit the Office of Mission and Identity Web site

  • Marquette launches two new graduate degrees
    Beginning this fall graduate nursing students can work toward a doctorate in nursing
    - the first such program in Wisconsin. Also starting this fall will be Marquette’s
    new non-thesis master's degree in biomedical engineering, a program specifically
    designed for engineers working full time for medical device companies.
  • Get out the photo albums
    Were you a part of Milwaukee history at Marquette? In honor of the city’s 162nd birthday,
    the Milwaukee Press Club is seeking amateur photos for a "Milwaukee Moments"
    contest. Share your snapshots of Marquette’s 1977 NCAA Championship, Al’s Run, the
    reconstruction of St. Joan of Arc Chapel and other memorable Marquette events by
    January 15. Learn more
  • Law School attracts newsmakers
    Whether it's Milwaukee's new police chief, business and community leaders or
    politicians, you'll find today's newsmakers at the Marquette Law School. Check out the
    spring schedule
    or log on to hear podcasts of the latest events.
  • Marquette to host Kennedy Center theatre festival
    The Helfaer Theatre is playing host January 9-13 to the Kennedy Center American
    College Theatre Festival for Region III, which includes college theatre programs in
    Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Ohio. With 1,500 participants, the Region III festival is the
    nation's largest. Learn more
  • New exhibit at the Haggerty
    Don’t miss the award-winning photography of artist Don Doll, S.J., who is the Marquette
    University Wade Scholar Lecturer for the spring semester. The Haggerty Museum of Art
    will feature the exhibit, titled "The Grandeur of God,” from January 31-April 13. Learn more
  • Marquette in photos
    Remember the sound of bells ringing across campus? Go inside the carillon with this
    musical slide show.
  • Marquette in the News
    "Engineering more engineers: Marquette’s efforts aimed at shortage," says the
    Milwaukee Business Journal. Read more


News from your fellow alumni

Austin Tyler Yourek

Austin Tyler Yourek

Gregory Yourek, Eng '99, and wife Adrienne received an early Christmas present. They welcomed their first child, Austin Tyler Yourek, on December 4, 2007. Full Note

Steven Rushin, Jour '88, 2007 Marquette commencement speaker, former Sports Illustrated columnist and current Time magazine columnist, and his wife, Rebecca Lobo, 1996 Olympic Gold Medalist, will speak Friday, February 29 in Northbrook, Ill. Full Note

Catherine Rankovic

Catherine Rankovic

Bill Robers, Bus Ad '97, was married to Paige Kollen on January 20, 2007 in Cypress, Calif. Fr. Albert DiUlio, former Marquette president, presided over the ceremony. Full Note

Catherine Rankovic, Jour '78, published Island Universe: Essays and Entertainments (Wingspan). Full Note

Tauskey-Zeirke wedding

Tauskey-Zeirke wedding

John Daniel Zeirke, Eng '05, and Jessica Marie Tauskey, Eng '05, were married at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Decatur, Ill. on October 27, 2007. Full Note

Lee Lira, Arts '92, Dent '97, and Faith (Gabriel) Lira, Dent '99, are happy to announce the birth of Scarlett Kathleen Lira on July 25, 2007. Scarlett has a four-year-old sister, Grace.

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Midnight RunMidnight Run to celebrate its 20th Anniversary in October
Midnight Run
is a student initiative which began in 1988 and continues to serve
the needs of hungry and homeless people in the local Milwaukee 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 participatiing in this celebration by
  contacting Gerry Fischer at




Help cheer on the Golden Eagles at these January basketball events. And check the basketball events page for more fun in February!

Saturday, January 12 - MU vs. Notre Dame
View game-watching sites

Thursday, January 17 - MU vs. Louisville
This game is sold out
View game-watching sites

Sunday, January 20 - MU vs. Connecticut

This game is sold out
Go to the alumni reception
View game-watching sites

Saturday, January 26 - MU vs. DePaul
Go to the game & reception
View game-watching sites

Saturday, January 26 - MU Women vs. USF
Go to the game & reception


Featured Events

Want to see what events are happening in your area? Check out the Event Calendar and register online, or call the Alumni Relations office at (800) 344-7544.

David Mamet's The Frog Prince NATIONAL MARQUETTE DAY
Date: Sunday, January 13 at 2:30 p.m.
Location: Marquette Campus, Milwaukee, Wis.

Marquette in Florida: Three Events

Dates: February 6 - 8

Location: Events in Naples, Sarasota and Clearwater

Sharks vs. Bluejackets in San Jose

Date: Friday, February 8 at 7:30 p.m.

Location: HP Pavilion, San Jose, Calif.

San Diego Alumni at the Alley

Date: Saturday, February 9 at 6 p.m.

Location: Mira Mesa Bowl, San Diego, Calif.


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