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

Marquette launches Women's Women's Centennial Web siteCentennial Web site

In anticipation of the August kick-off to the Centennial Celebration of Women at Marquette, the university launched a dedicated Web site, Through pictures, recollections, mementos and historical facts, the Centennial of Women Web site allows visitors to relive the true-life moments of women at Marquette over the past 100 years.

Help us honor Marquette women

A highlight of the site is "Women at Marquette Today," a page dedicated to Marquette women who are making a difference at the university and beyond. Do you know of another Marquette woman -- perhaps a professor or an alumna -- who should be recognized for her contributions and achievements? Share her story. Selections will appear in the August MU Connections.



Robert McChesneyIntellectuals, the Media and the Crisis of Our Times

The print journalism industry is in crisis. Readership is down. Who's to blame? What can be done? Robert McChesney, author of Rich Media, Poor Democracy, suggested some causes and solutions at the J. William and Mary Diederich College of Communication Nieman Lecture. Watch, discuss and share this video on The Difference Network.

Also on The Difference Network is Peter Turchi, award-winning author of Maps of the Imagination: The Writer as Cartographer. Turchi compares an author's ability to guide a reader through a fictional narrative to the way a mapmaker charts the physical world.


buzz bbqNearly 2,000 fans attend Buzz Williams' Texas-style Bar-B-Q

Marquette men's basketball players and coaching staff joined fans for an evening of food and fun June 24 on Marquette's Central Mall.

Were you there? Watch video highlights and a photo slideshow.

  • Law School introduces foreclosure mediation program
    Marquette Law School will receive $310,000 to implement the Milwaukee Foreclosure Mediation Program for lenders and residential borrowers facing foreclosure. The funding results from the proceeds of the successful Countrywide Financial Corp. lawsuit. The City of Milwaukee approved $100,000 in funding for the same effort. Read more
  • Marquette named founding partner in Cristo Rey Initiative
    The Cristo Rey Network launched its University Partner Initiative with Marquette as one of seven founding national partners. The initiative seeks to deepen Cristo Rey’s strategic relationships with colleges and universities. Partners will help the Cristo Rey Network expand support for its graduates and schools through scholarship programs, job sponsorship, pre-college summer enrichment programs, academic support programs and more.
  • Marquette named a "Best Buy School" by Fiske
    Marquette University is one of 44 schools selected to be in the 2010 edition of the Fiske Guide to Colleges as a "Best Buy School." According to the Fiske guide, these institutions are based on the quality of academic offerings in relation to the cost of attendance.
  • Provost appoints diversity adviser
    Dr. William C. Welburn joined Marquette as senior adviser to the provost for diversity initiatives. Welburn is responsible for implementing systems and procedures to advance the recruitment and retention of faculty and students from diverse backgrounds. Previously he was associate dean at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Graduate College.
  • Marquette named a Great College to Work For
    Marquette University has been recognized in The Chronicle of Higher Education’s Great Colleges to Work For Program. The program identifies four-year colleges and universities, grouped by enrollment size, for specific best practices and policies in 26 recognition categories.
  • Marquette engineering professor receives research award
    Dr. Robert Scheidt, associate professor of biomedical engineering at Marquette University, has received the university’s 2009 Way Klingler Faculty Fellowship Award in the sciences. His award provides $50,000 annually over three years to advance his research and scholarship. Read more
  • Marquette receives nearly $900,000 to attract STEM teachers
    Marquette University was awarded an $899,514 Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program grant from the National Science Foundation to attract and train 24 science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) graduates to teach in high-need middle or high schools. Read more

  • Eckstein Hall topped off

    Eckstein Hall, the future home of Marquette Law School, located on the southeast corner of Marquette’s campus on the Marquette Interchange, was "topped off” with its final internal beam on June 26. More than 200 Law School alumni, faculty, staff and students signed the final beam during Alumni Awards weekend in April. Read more. View the building's progress online.

  • Five postseason squads highlight Marquette's 2009-10 BIG EAST home schedule
    The Marquette University men’s basketball team will face Georgetown, Louisville, Notre Dame, Pittsburgh and Villanova in home 2009-10 BIG EAST Conference play, highlighting the team’s 18-game conference schedule. Read more

  • Book chosen for First Year Reading Program
    To honor the 100th anniversary of co-education at Marquette University, the Manresa Project has chosen Persepolis I: The Story of a Childhood by Marjane Satrapi as the text for the 2009 First Year Reading Program. Read more
  • The MUAA welcomes new volunteers
    The Marquette University Alumni Association National Board of Directors welcomes new members Vanessa Brown, Eng '81; Belton Flourney, III, Bus Ad '03; Michael Grimaldi, Jour '71; Brian Healy, Eng '96; Jessica Koth, Comm '99; Eugene Kroeff, Arts '74; Mary O’Toole, Eng '79; and Paul Poretta, Arts '81. Charlie Bell, Arts '62, is the new board president, following 2008-09 president Lisa Flynn Ross, Bus Ad '95.

    Father Massingale receives MU's top teaching award
    Associate professor of theology Rev. Bryan Massingale received one of the university’s highest teaching honors, the Robert and Mary Gettel Faculty Award for Teaching Excellence.
    Wade to headline Hall of Fame inductions
    Former MU great and current Miami Heat star Dwyane Wade will be on hand as he and the rest of the Class of 2009 are inducted into the M Club Hall of Fame on August 22 at the Bradley Center. Read the full story in the Golden Eagles Sports Blog on July 4, 2009.


What are your classmates up to?

Stango-Stoffel wedding
Stango-Stoffel wedding


Theresa E. Stango, Comm '06, and Brian Stoffel were married April 25, 2009, in Okauchee Lake, Wis. Full Note

Paul LeSage, Eng '60, was recognized for his career contributions to excellence in radio and television with induction into the Wisconsin Broadcasters Hall of Fame. Full Note

Leinenkugel and group

Leinenkugel and group


Richard J. Leinenkugel, Bus Ad '80, spoke at the 2009 Annual Dinner of the Plymouth Chamber of Commerce (Plymouth, Wis.) honoring Sartori Foods as the Plymouth Chamber Business of the Year Award recipient. Owner James C. Sartori, Bus Ad ’77, accepted the award. Full Note


Rory Fitzpatrick, Comm '92, just finished his first full year as the athletic director at St. Ignatius High School in Cleveland, Ohio.

Millicent Coughlan Mario

Millicent Coughlin


Jim Schufreider, Arts '83, and Chris Mario welcomed a daughter, Millicent Coughlin Mario, on June 13, 2009. Full Note


Karen M. Geary, Sp '79, recently joined Johns Hopkins University as property manager within the Office of Facilities Management. Full Note

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See who's coming to Reunion Weekend!Minocqua Cocktail Reception with Father Wild

Please be our guest at the sixth annual cocktail reception for
Robert A. Wild, S.J., president of Marquette University, in
beautiful Minocqua, Wis.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

4 to 6 p.m.

Minocqua Country Club

9299 Country Club Road


Featured Events

See what events are happening in your area.
Check out the Event Calendar and register online.

Young Alumni Association Margarita Boat Cruise

Date: Friday, July 17, at 5:15 p.m.

Location: Milwaukee River Cruise Line

San Francisco Giants vs. Philadelphia Phillies

Date: Sunday, August 2, at 1 p.m.

Location: Willie Mays Plaza, San Francisco

Minnesota Club's 16th Annual Golf Gathering

Date: Thursday, August 20, at 11 a.m.

Location: Hillcrest Golf Club, St. Paul


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