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

Robert A. Wild, S.J.Marquette president wins leadership award

Marquette University President Robert A. Wild, S.J., has won the
Chief Executive Leadership Award for Region V of the Council for
Advancement and Support of Education. The annual award honors
university presidents "who have provided sustained and successful
leadership and vision to their institutions."

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Marquette BasketballAre you ready?

The 2008-2009 season of Marquette Men's and Women's Basketball is here, and your Marquette University Alumni Association is hosting fun game-watching events at locations around the globe. Put on your favorite MU sweatshirt and cheer on the Golden Eagles with fellow alumni!

Want to know where to watch the games in your town? Visit the Basketball Events Web page for event details. Check back often for updates.

  • Dental school opens new clinic
    This week the Marquette School of Dentistry will open a state-of-the-art community
    clinic to serve adolescents and adults on Milwaukee’s northside. Dr. Albert Abena
    will oversee the clinic, which will be staffed with part-time dental and dental
    hygiene faculty members as well as Marquette dental students. Read more
  • Undergraduate admissions deadline is December 1
    Is there a high school senior in your family? Encourage him or her to apply to
    Marquette before the December 1 undergraduate admissions deadline. We're
    proud that nearly one quarter of MU freshmen are legacy students, and our Admissions
    office is always eager to talk to sons and daughters of alumni. For more information,
    go to
  • Law School holds Restorative Justice Initiative Conference
    City leaders, criminal justice experts and others convened at the Law School today
    to look at the successes and challenges of Milwaukee’s Safe Streets initiative.
    Read more

  • Nursing alumni honored
    The College of Nursing recently honored the area’s most outstanding nurses with its first
    Cameos of Caring Awards Gala. Six Marquette alumni were among the 13 winners.
    Learn more
  • Friday is the deadline for Business Plan Competition
    The Kohler Center for Entrepreneurship is accepting submissions for Marquette
    University's 7th annual business plan competition through Friday, November 14. The
    competition provides a learning environment in which budding entrepreneurs develop their
    business ideas and receive feedback from faculty and experienced entrepreneurs.
    Learn more

  • Marquette in photos
    It was a full house at Marquette Madness last month, when more than 4,000 fans gathered
    to help the Golden Eagles kick off the basketball season. See the photo slideshow
  • Marquette in the news
    Marquette’s Faculty Seminar on Catholic Higher Education was featured in Inside Higher
    . Read the story


What are your classmates up to?

Gavin Matthew Loucks
Gavin Matthew Loucks

Ryan Loucks, Eng '98, and wife Erin welcomed their first child and future Marquetter, Gavin Matthew, on August 5, 2008. Gavin was nine pounds, 13 ounces and 22 inches long. Full Note

Rebekah McPherson, Comm ’03, married Bret Ingraham on May 17, 2008, in Temecula, Calif. Daniel Lazarz, Bus Ad '01, presided over the ceremony. Full Note

Trochelman - Soiney wedding
Trochelman - Soiney wedding

Shann Trochelman, Grad '02, married Andrew Soiney on Friday, October 3, 2008. They were married in front of friends and family at Geneva National in Lake Geneva, Wis. Full Note

Keith Barth, Arts '84, Grad '89, received the 2008 Annual Patient Privacy Leadership Award from Spectrum Health in Grand Rapids, Mich.
Full Note

Edward Pontacoloni

Edward Pontacoloni

Edward Pontacoloni, Arts '72, has been elected to the Board of Directors of Meritas, an integrated, non-profit alliance of more than 170 independent commercial law firms. Full Note

John R. Toepfer, Grad '92, Grad '00, and Bindu V. D'Souza were married at St. Andrews Catholic church in Apex, N.C. on April 19, 2008. They are expecting their first child in March.

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

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Nominate a Marquette Engineering Luminary As Marquette College of Engineering marks its Centennial Year (1908-2008) we wish to uniquely honor our distinguished alumni, the leading lights who transform technology, industry, education and everyday life through advances, and through service and leadership. We invite you to nominate Luminaries of Marquette Engineering.

To learn more and to nominate a Marquette Engineering Luminary, please visit or call (800) 344-7544 by December 31, 2008.



Young Alumni EventsYoung alumni

Join us for two fun events on one festive night...

"It's Been Six Months Already?" Reunion
for the class of 2008 at 5:30 p.m. Learn more

Holiday Happy Hour
for all young alumni at 7:30 p.m. Learn more

Thursday, December 4, 2008

The Social

Milwaukee, Wis.






Friday, Nov. 28

Men's Chicago Invitational Challenge

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Saturday, Dec. 13

Marquette vs. Wisconsin

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View schedules for men's and women's soccer, volleyball, and men's and women's basketball.

Featured Events

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

Virginia Wine Tour

Date: Saturday, November 15 at 10:30 a.m.

Location: Wineries in Fauquier and Prince William Counties

Health Sciences Fall Brewery Tour

Date: Saturday, November 22 at 12:45 p.m.

Location: Sprecher Brewery, Glendale, Wis.

Phoenix Mass & Brunch
Date: Sunday, November 23 at 9:15 a.m.

Location: Franciscan Renewal Center, Scottsdale, Ariz.

Advent Luncheon Reflection

Date: Tuesday, December 2 at 11:30 a.m.

Location: Haggerty Museum of Art, Marquette Campus

Milwaukee Christmas Mass & Brunch

Date: Sunday, December 7 at 9:30 a.m.

Location: Alumni Memorial Union, Marquette Campus

San Diego Christmas Party

Date: Sunday, December 7 at 5:30 p.m.

Location: Home of Julia Uhll, Arts '85, San Diego, Calif.


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