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

Marquette College of Engineering to receive $5 million for

chair in energy systems

A California couple has pledged $5 million to the Marquette University College of Engineering to

establish an endowed chair in secure and renewable energy systems, Opus Dean of Engineering

Stan Jaskolski announced at a Marquette alumni event in San Jose, Calif., on Wednesday, May 20.

"Our gift will have a lasting impact in attracting new talent to the pursuit of renewable energy/

sustainability solutions at an institution we believe will make a difference," said Thomas H.

Werner, chief executive officer of SunPower Corporation. "My wife Suzanne and I believe both in the power of education and in the importance of scholarship and research in engineering and

applied science." Learn more


Jeff JoerresMULTIMEDIA: Manpower chairman and CEO speaks at Milwaukee CIRCLES

Manpower Chairman and CEO and Marquette University Trustee Jeff Joerres, Bus Ad '83, spoke at a Marquette CIRCLES event on May 28. Joerres addressed the changing trends in today's marketplace, like talent shortages, technology and employee power.

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Dick EnbergMULTIMEDIA: Dick Enberg addresses the Class of 2009

Legendary sports broadcaster, best-selling author and critically acclaimed playwright Dick Enberg presented the Commencement address to Marquette University's Class of 2009 on May 17. He spoke to an audience of more than 2,000 graduating students, their families and friends, and members of the Marquette community. The event took place at the Bradley Center in Milwaukee.

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including the Ethnic Alumni Association Reunion Weekend

JULY 23 - 26, 2009

Come back to campus next summer for a weekend of fun! We promise to pack your

reunion with events, social hours, moments to reconnect with classmates and

plenty of opportunities to see how much your campus has grown.

Visit the Reunions Web site for more information.

What's your favorite reunion memory?

Those of you who have attended your reunion in the past know that the weekend is a

terrific time to make new Marquette memories. Please share your favorites.

Selections will be featured in an upcoming MU Connections.

  • Marquette alumni gather in Paris
    Nineteen Marquette alumni from five different countries came together in Paris, France, on May 23 for the first event of its kind. Alumni and their guests attended a Mass at St. Joseph's Cathedral celebrated by Rev. Brien McCarthy, Arts '74, and afterwards strolled down the Champs Elysées to Le Boudoir Restaurant. At dinner they were welcomed via teleconference by Marquette University Senior Vice President Greg Kliebhan,
    Arts '73. Click here for a group photo and to learn more.
  • President Robert A. Wild, S.J., to receive Dei Gloriam Award
    Rev. Robert A. Wild, S.J., president of Marquette University, was honored with the 2009 Dei Gloriam Award at Saint Ignatius College Prep’s graduation ceremony Sunday, May 31, in Chicago. Father Wild is a graduate of Saint Ignatius.
    The award, which is the highest honor bestowed by Saint Ignatius College Prep, was given in recognition of Father Wild’s commitment to the Church, Jesuit education, promotion of social justice and leadership of Marquette University. Learn more
  • Honorees receive 2009 Faculty Awards for Teaching Excellence
    Rev. Bryan Massingale, Arts ’79, associate professor of theology, received the Robert and Mary Gettel Faculty Award for Teaching Excellence. Dr. Christopher Foley, Eng ’86, Grad ’89 and ’96, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering, and Dr. Chris Shaw, Nurs ’72, clinical associate professor of nursing, were awarded the John P. Raynor, S.J., Faculty Award for Teaching Excellence.
  • Rev. Andy Thon, S.J., to return to campus
    Rev. Andy Thon, S.J., former vice president for student affairs, will return to Marquette as a clinical associate professor of higher education and student affairs this fall. Father Thon will teach and advise for the College Student Personnel Administration Program in the College of Education’s Department of Educational Policy and Leadership, as well as promote and recruit for the CSP program. After stepping down as vice president for student affairs at the end of the 2008 academic year, Father Thon took a year’s sabbatical to write and serve as president of the Jesuit Association of Student Personnel Administrators.
  • Marquette In the News:
    Marquette students started a Slow Food chapter on campus in April, linking them to the international movement that promotes the pleasures of home cooking and leisurely meals and advocates for sustainable methods of producing food. Stories appeared in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on May 27 and the University Business Magazine’s Web site on May 19. Learn more

    The Law School’s new foreclosure mediation program, which provides mediation between lenders and residential borrowers facing foreclosure, received wide coverage. Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen and Marquette Law Dean Joseph Kearney announced $310,000 in funding, and Mayor Tom Barrett said Milwaukee is also providing $100,000 for the school to implement the program. The Associated Press story appeared in several news sources on May 27 including,, The Business Journal of Milwaukee and

  • Van Sickle earns All-America First Team, Byron Nelson Honors; U.S. Bank Championship will mark his first PGA Tour Event

    Congratulations to 2009 alumnus Mike Van Sickle, considered the most-decorated golfer in Marquette history, for the following honors in the past month:

    • PING All-America First Team
    • Granted a sponsor exemption into this year’s U.S. Bank Championship, July 13-19, at Brown Deer Park Golf Course. It will mark his first PGA Tour event. Click here for today’s Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
    • Recipient of the 2009 Byron Nelson award, which honors a graduating senior and is based on the nominee’s entire collegiate academic and golf career, combined with the character and integrity that he displayed in college.


What are your classmates up to?

Grayson Turner Wucherer
Grayson Wucherer

Shannon (Sobieski) Wucherer, Comm '03, and Nicholas Wucherer, Comm '04, welcomed son Grayson Turner on April 27, 2009. Full Note


Sarah Schilke, Arts '97, and Derek Haroldson were married October 25, 2008, in Menasha, Wis. Full Note

Savignac-Wycklendt wedding

Savignac-Wycklendt wedding


Cory Lee Savignac, Comm '06, and Daniel John Wycklendt were married on May 2, 2009, at Gesu Church. Full Note


Dr. James L. Gutmann, Arts '66, Dent '70, was recently awarded Professor Emeritus in Restorative Sciences at the Baylor College of Dentistry, Texas A&M University Health Science Center. Full Note

Chase Sebastian Reti

Chase Reti


Sean Reti, Arts '02, and Jennifer (Lada) Reti, Comm '02, welcomed their first child, Chase Sebastian, on January 8, 2009. Full Note


Bob Kohl, CJPA '89, is the director of broadcasting for the Nashville Predators of the National Hockey League.

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Nine Words of Advice

On behalf of Marquette's newest graduating class, thank you to all the alumni who shared thoughtful words of advice. A sampling of your comments is highlighted here. Visit MU Connect to view all of the responses.

Keep God and family foremost; work, play, listen and learn.

- Barbara (Rydberg) Brown, Nurs ’55, Grad ’60, Ed.D. ’70

Take MU with you everywhere you go. Cura personalis.
- Liz Jorgensen, Comm ’05

Read! Investigate! Evaluate! Be transformed, and, in turn, inspire!
- Rev. Edward R. Ward, Arts ’69


North Woods Reception

Texas-Style Bar-B-QFeatured Events

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

Tailgate and Royals vs. Reds in Kansas City

Date: Saturday, June 13 at 4 p.m.

Location: Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City

College of Business Administration Golf Outing and Dinner
Date: Monday, June 15 at 10:30 a.m.

Location: Tuckaway Country Club, Franklin, Wis.

Chicago Club 25th Annual Golf Challenge

Date: Monday, June 22 at 10 a.m.

Location: River Forest Country Club, Elmhurst, Ill.

Young Alumni Association Margarita Boat Cruise

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

Location: Milwaukee River Cruise Line


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