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

Marquette holds Economic Leadership Forum
January 27, 2009
Economic Leadership Forum

College of Business Administration faculty and area business leaders will engage in a free Economic Leadership Forum on January 27. These experts will provide insight on the economic challenges and opportunities we face in the year ahead, locally, nationally and globally. The panel will be moderated by Dr. Linda Salchenberger, James H. Keyes Dean of Business Administration. Panelists include:

  • Dr. Abdur Chowdhury, Professor of Economics
  • Dr. David Clark, Chair/Professor, Department of Economics
  • Jim Imhoff, Bus Ad '66, CEO, First Weber Group
  • Dr. David Krause, Director of Applied Investment Management Program
  • Mary Ellen Stanek, Arts '78, Managing Director and Director of Asset Management, Robert W. Baird & Co.

Click here for additional event information and registration.

Dr. Shirin EbadiMISSION WEEK 2009
February 1 - 8, 2009
iAct: Consequences of Faith

The Marquette community will celebrate this year’s Mission Week theme, "iAct: Consequences of Faith," February 1-8. The keynote speaker is Dr. Shirin Ebadi, a human rights activist who was the first Iranian and first Muslim woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize. Get your free tickets to the February 5 event starting January 27. Also part of Mission Week, the William R. Burleigh Media Ethics Lecture on February 4 features Clarence Page, a Pulitzer Prize-winning syndicated columnist of the Chicago Tribune and regular contributor to PBS’s The News Hour With Jim Lehrer and News and Notes with Ed Gordon on National Public Radio.

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  • Marquette ranks among Kiplinger's best values in private universities
    It its annual ranking of Best Values in Private Colleges, Kiplinger's placed Marquette No. 44 among the Top 50 private universities for 2009. Learn more

  • "On the Issues" with Mike Gousha
    The Law School’s Mike Gousha, distinguished fellow in law and public policy, has three great speakers lined up for the next month: Milwaukee Police Chief Edward Flynn on January 21, recently retired Milwaukee County judges Michael Brennan and John Franke on January 29 and Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig on February 3.
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  • Prospective students compete for scholarships
    Know any high school seniors who have applied to Marquette? Encourage them to learn more about Marquette’s colleges - and potentially earn big money - at our scholarship competitions and open houses in January and February. Learn more
  • McNeal tabbed BIG EAST Player of the Week
    Senior guard Jerel McNeal was named the BIG EAST Conference Player of the Week on January 5. The accolade is the second of the season for McNeal, who also garnered the honor on December 8. McNeal now owns three career weekly recognitions from the league, which ties him for the most honors of this type by any active BIG EAST performer. Teammate Dominic James also owns three awards. Learn more
  • Progress made on dean searches for Arts, Communication
    Three finalistsfor dean of the Klingler College of Arts and Sciences will be on campus this month for interviews with faculty, students and administrators. Similarly, five finalists for dean of the J. William and Mary Diederich College of Communication will visit Marquette in January or February.
  • The Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra in concert at Gesu Church
    The Diederich College of Communication, in partnership with Gesu Church, is sponsoring the fourth annual MSO concert especially for the Marquette community, February 10. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.for a free 7:30 p.m. performance. The Marquette University Choir will also perform several pieces at 7:00 p.m. Please contact Helen Boomsma with questions at (414) 288-4514 or
  • Marquette in the news
    The College of Business Administration’s Applied Investment Management program was recently featured on PBS’s Nightly Business Report.

Marquette's Christmas MessageMarquette's Message of Peace

University President Robert A. Wild, S.J., received wonderful feedback from this year's Christmas greeting. Catherine O’Connell, Bus Ad ’86, wrote, "That was the best e-mail I have ever received!" Bob Jeffcot, Arts '84, said it was "just another reason why I love my alma mater." And Peg Heinzmann Ekerdt, Arts ’72, wrote, "Thanks for maintaining the Marquette spirit."

Thank you to all of our alumni and friends who responded to Marquette's message of peace. Didn't have a chance to see it? Watch it online.


What are your classmates up to?

Josephine Clare Hench
Josephine Clare Hench

Maria-Romina (Figueras) Hench, Comm '99, and husband Michael welcomed their first child, Josephine Clare, on August 13, 2008. Full Note

Charles R. Gallagher, S.J., Ph.D., Arts '88, Grad '98, has had his Marquette history doctoral thesis published by Yale University Press under the title, Vatican Secret Diplomacy: Joseph P. Hurley and Pope Pius XII.

Pasternak - Kegg engagement
Pasternak - Kegg Engagement


Joseph C. Reichenberger, PE BCEE, Eng '64, was elected to his 6th term to the Board of Directors of the San Gabriel Valley Municipal Water District. Full Note

Victoria Pasternak, Comm '98, and Jason Kegg announce their approaching marriage. Victoria is assistant director of Housing and Residence Life at Indiana University-Purdue University.
Full Note

Byrne - McElroy wedding

Byrne - McElroy Wedding

Erin Byrne, Comm '01, married Sean McElroy on August 31, 2008 at St. Mary's of Vernon and the reception followed at Boulder Ridge Country Club. Full Note

Paul Christin, Bus Ad '85, and his wife, Julie, adopted daughter Genevieve Marie, who was born October 26, 2008, and welcomed home December 5, 2008. A very Merry Christmas!

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Have you heard?

Thanks to the generosity of an anonymous donor, the Marquette carillon rang out this holiday season with carols for our campus and surrounding community. For three Sundays in December, Carillonneur Mark Konewko performed seasonal songs from different cultures.

Marquette University’s carillon—located atop the Marquette Hall tower—comprises 48 bells and sounds at noon every Wednesday. The Marquette carillon is one of only three such instruments located in Wisconsin. To hear a sample of the carillon, visit “Inside the Carillon.”


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Jan. 21 at Georgetown

Feb. 28 at DePaul


Jan. 17 at Providence

Feb. 3 at DePaul

Feb. 6 at USF

Feb. 21 at Georgetown*

*Milwaukee game watching

Featured Events

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

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

Business Administration Reception and MU vs. Georgetown

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

Location: Bradley Center, Milwaukee

Young Alumni Career Planning Seminar

Date: Wednesday, February 4 at 6:00 p.m.

Location: John P. Raynor, S.J., Library, Marquette Campus

Northeast Ohio Club Mass and Brunch

Date: Sunday, February 8 at 11:00 a.m.

Location: John Carroll University, University Heights, Ohio

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


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