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

Congratulations, Seniors!Congratulations Seniors

Join us in recognizing the accomplishments of our graduating seniors from the men's and women's basketball teams. Send them a few words of thanks and encouragement
via e-mail. We will highlight select responses in the April MU Connections.


12 Dwight Burke
1 Dominic James
23 Wesley Matthews

- All-BIG EAST Second Team
22 Jerel McNeal

- All-BIG EAST First Team


20 Krystal Ellis

- All-BIG EAST Honorable Mention
5 Erin Monfre
42 Marissa Thrower


MU BIG EASTCheer for Marquette in the

BIG EAST Men's Basketball Championship


Second Round:

St. John’s vs. Marquette
Wednesday, March 11 at 2 p.m. EDT

Local Café is the official Marquette gathering place of the BIG EAST Tournament, located at 33rd Street and 8th Avenue. Meet there before and after the games!

Learn more about game times and nationwide alumni events throughout the tournament.

Thursday, March 12
Alumni and Fan Extravaganza
Madison Square Garden, Theater Lobby
11 a.m. to 9 p.m. EDT

Non-stop buffet, coffee, dessert and cash bar.

Click here for event details

Friday, March 13
BIG EAST Career Fair
Madison Square Garden, Theater Lobby
10 a.m. to 3 p.m. EDT

Exclusively for BIG EAST students and alumni

Click here for event details


Rev. Robert A. Wild, S.J.Father Wild to be honored by St. Aloysius School in Harlem

Robert A. Wild, S.J., president of Marquette University, will be honored at the school's annual scholarship dinner on Wednesday, March 11, 2009, for his commitment to educating inner-city children.

St. Aloysius School in Harlem offers education to 265 underserved children at great risk of not meeting their potential. St. Aloysius serves youth from ages 2 1/2 to 14, while also providing financial support and services to its alumni in high school. Learn more

  • Buzz Williams, eight alumni named to Milwaukee Business Journal’s "Forty Under 40"
    Nine of the 40 individuals selected by The Business Journal’s 2009 "Forty Under 40," which recognizes young leaders in the Milwaukee area, have Marquette connections. Buzz Williams, men’s basketball coach, was selected along with eight alumni:

    - Julie Ledger, Eng ’99, Opus North Corp.
    - Jennifer Mattes, Grad ’00, Johnson Controls Inc.
    - Laura (Ellen) Piotrowski, GSM ’07, Robert W. Baird & Co.
    - John Reinke, Grad ’04, Generation Growth Capital
    - Ann Marie Ronsman, Nurs ’97, Froedtert & Medical College of Wisconsin
    - Christine Specht, Arts ’96, Cousins Subs
    - Leslie Stewart, Jr., Comm ’05, Grad ’07, V & J Holdings Co.
    - Andrew Wronski, Arts ’91, Foley & Lardner LLP

  • New communication dean named
    Dr. Lori Bergen has been named dean of the J. William and Mary Diederich College of Communication. She previously served as director of the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Texas State University-San Marcos.
  • Marquette to train Teach For America participants
    Teach For America will expand to Milwaukee this fall, bringing 90 top college graduates to teach in the city’s highest-need schools. Marquette has been named a Teach For America university partner and will provide teacher training. Read more
  • Haggerty Museum to offer Current Tendencies exhibit March 12 - June 14
    Current Tendencies: Ten Artists from Wisconsin will present works in diverse mediums by emerging, mid-career and established Wisconsin artists. The featured artists include Jennifer Angus, Peter Bardy, Anne Kingsbury, Colin Matthes, Shana McCaw, Brent Budsberg, T. L. Solien, Sonja Thomsen, George Williams, Jr., and Xiaohong Zhang. For this exhibition, the lower level of the Haggerty Museum will be divided into 10 separate galleries.
  • Follow Marquette on Twitter
    Many of you have already found us on Facebook and YouTube. Now you can get your latest
    Marquette news fix through our feed on the social networking site Twitter. Run by the Office
    of Marketing and Communication, the Marquette Twitter feed is another way for students,
    alumni and the university to stay in touch.
  • McGuire play is back
    Dick Enberg's play, Don't Undress Until You Die: The Wit and Wisdom of Al McGuire, about the legendary Marquette basketball coach, will return to Milwaukee, Chicago, Las Vegas and Los Angeles this spring. Read more
  • Marquette in the news
    Marquette men’s basketball coach Buzz Williams was profiled recently in the New York Times and USA Today.

    As featured in, a team of students from Marquette University will compete
    at the national Chartered Financial Analyst Society’s annual competition in New York City on March 18.

What are your classmates up to?

Natalie Marie Zofkie
Natalie Marie Zofkie

Mike Zofkie, Bus Ad '89, and his wife, Sarah, warmly welcomed the birth of their second child, Natalie Marie. Natalie was born on Veteran's Day, November 11, and weighed 7.9 pounds. Full Note

Christopher Nemeth, Arts '71, had two texts published by Ashgate Publishing, Improving Healthcare Team Communication, and Remaining Sensitive to the Possibility of Failure. Full Note

Ian and Harper Antikainen

Ian and Harper


Lindsay (Littler) Antikainen, Arts '03, and Michael Antikainen, Law '05, welcomed twins Ian Michael and Harper Lynn. Full Note

Brian Dwyer, Grad '98, married Sara Neufeldt on October 18, 2008, at Christ King Parish in Wauwatosa, Wis. Brian is a senior I.T. test analyst for Manpower in Milwaukee. The couple lives in Wauwatosa.

Rachel Rosalie Hirsch

Rachel Rosalie Hirsch

Michael P. Maxwell, Law '01, Grad '01, has been elected chairman of the Board of Directors of the $1.4 billion dollar Landmark Credit Union, based in New Berlin, Wis.

Rebecca (Begley) Hirsch, '99, and her husband, Jonathan, are proud to announce the birth of their first child, Rachel Rosalie. Full Note

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

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Celebrate  Alumni National Awards Weekend - April 23 - 25, 2009

Joseph Zilber

Each year we celebrate our classmates' achievements - both personal and professional - that not only set them apart in their fields and social circles, but define them as true leaders. For their exemplary dedication to the mission of Marquette University, we honor them with the Alumni National Awards Weekend.

- View the 2009 Alumni National Award recipients

- Learn more about the weekend's events




New worlds await you

The Marquette University Alumni Association Travel Program offers group excursions each year to alumni, families and friends. Whether you’re looking for leisure and luxury, education and discovery, or simply a window into a new culture, you’ll find it easy to embrace the Jesuit spirit of exploration on these exciting and enlightening programs.


China and the Yangtze River, May 27 - June 8, 2009

Amalfi: The Divine Coast, July 15 - 23, 2009

Treasures of Tanzania, September 28 - October 8, 2009

Contact Alumni Holidays International at (800) 323-7373 or visit MU Connect to learn more about alumni travel.





Good luck to the Men’s and Women’s Basketball teams in the post-season

Congratulations to the women's team for giving it their all in the

BIG EAST Tournament!


for all post-season updates.


Featured Events

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

Admissions Calling - Volunteers Needed!
On behalf of the Admissions office, call students who have been accepted to Marquette but have not yet committed to attend.

Dates: March 10, 11 and 12 at 5:30 p.m.

Location: Marquette Campus

Milwaukee St. Patrick's Day Fish Fry

Date: Friday, March 20 at 5:30 p.m.

Location: Alumni Memorial Union, Marquette Campus

Mortgages: The Good, the Bad and the Optimal

Anthony M. Yezer, Ph.D., George Washington University

Date: Friday, March 20 at 8:00 a.m.

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

International Media and Conflict Resolution Conference

Date: Saturday, March 21 at 8:30 a.m.

Location: Law School - Sensenbrenner Hall, Marquette Campus

A Night of Wine Tasting in Chicago

Date: Thursday, April 16 at 6:10 p.m.

Location: Webster's Wine Bar, Chicago

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