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

Best Colleges 2008
Marquette moves up in U.S. News ranking

Marquette ranks 77th among the top national universities in the 2009 edition of America’s Best Colleges, released by U.S. News & World Report. Marquette, which ranked 82nd last year, was listed among the 262 U.S. universities that offer undergraduate majors as well as master’s and doctoral degrees. Marquette was once again one of only 25 schools recognized for service learning under "Programs to Look For."
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Marquette Basketball2008-09 Marquette Basketball Schedules Announced


A total of 14 games against postseason teams from last season, including seven matchups at the Bradley Center, highlight the 2008-09 Marquette University men's basketball schedule. Learn more


Eighteen dates with teams that earned postseason berths highlight the 2008-09 Marquette women's basketball schedule announced by head coach Terri Mitchell. Learn more

  • New building to be named for Zilber
    The corner of 12th Street and Wisconsin Avenue will become student central when a
    new building brings together the offices of the Bursar, Registrar, Student Financial Aid
    and Undergraduate Admissions, along with other administrative offices. The four-story
    structure, which is expected to open in January 2010, will be named in honor of
    Milwaukee real estate developer and philanthropist Joe Zilber and his wife, Vera.
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  • Center for Real Estate established
    The new center will be housed in the College of Business Administration under the
    direction of Dr. Mark Eppli, Bell Chair in Real Estate. It will foster research in areas such
    as predatory lending, credit availability and the effects of tax incremental financing
    districts. Read more
  • Notable writers come to campus
    Ann Patchett, best-selling author of the novels Bel Canto and Run, spoke at New Student
    Convocation as part of the First Year Reading Program. Renowned sports writer and
    commentator Frank Deford, whose credits include Sports Illustrated and National Public
    Radio, will present the Pete and Bonnie Axthelm Memorial Lecture, “Sports: The Hype and
    Hypocrisy,” on September 17. Novelist Richard Russo, author of Empire Falls and Bridge
    of Sighs
    , will speak at Marquette on October 5 as part of the Milwaukee Book Festival.
  • They’re back!
    Campus is crawling with students once again. Get a glimpse of the back-to-school
    festivities in this photo slide show.
  • Marquette in the news
    Imagine that tuition bill times five. The Brigman family of Elm Grove has five children
    studying at Marquette simultaneously. The latest arrivals are triplets Blake, Cara and
    Elyise, who were featured along with older siblings Garrett and Logan in a recent
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel story. Read the story
  • Happy Anniversary, Father Naus!
    Fr. NausRev. John Naus, S.J., is celebrating his 45th year with Marquette
    University this month. Over the years, thousands of students have
    learned from Father Naus' life of love and faith. Naus, a Milwaukee
    native, was ordained a priest at Gesu Church on Marquette 's
    campus in 1955. After finishing his studies, Naus returned to
    Marquette in 1963 as Dean of Students. He has been here since
    that time serving in many capacities, including 40 years spent
    working in the office of the president and 28 years as chaplain for
    Schroeder Hall. He has been the director of spiritual welfare,
    associate professor of philosophy, Tumbleweed the Clown, and
    the faculty advisor of Marquette's chapter of Alpha Sigma Nu as
    well as Marquette's chapter of Evans Scholars. He currently serves
    as chaplain for the Alumni Memorial Union staff, which includes more than 400 students.
    Every Tuesday night at 10 p.m. Father Naus can be found celebrating Mass at the St.
    Joan of Arc Chapel, as he has done for the past 25 years.

    Please join us in congratulating him by sending a note, card, photograph or letter:

    Fr. John Naus
    Marquette University
    AMU 213
    P.O. Box 1881
    Milwaukee, WI 53201-1881


What are your classmates up to?

Camden Rashelle Dolvig
Camden Rashelle Dolvig

Nikki (Wetzel) Dolvig, Bus Ad '98, and husband Andrew welcomed a daughter, Camden Rashelle, on July 4, 2008. Full Note

Christopher Oliver, Eng '85, is assigned as the chief of Army Programs, Security Assistance Office, Baghdad, Iraq. He is responsible for overseeing the re-equiping of the Iraqi army.

Retzlaff Randall wedding
Randall-Retzlaff wedding

Timothy Blazek, Bus Ad '98, married Kristine Jacobs on August 2, 2008, in Naperville, Ill. at St. Peter and Paul Catholic Church. Full Note

Jennifer Retzlaff, Eng '05, and Tim Randall were united in marriage on Saturday, May 31, 2008, at First Congregational Church in the bride's hometown of Wauwatosa, Wis. Full Note

Gervais family in Beijing

Gervais family in Beijing

Sheri Colas-Gervais, Arts '79, proudly wore her Marquette shirt as she and her family recently attended the 2008 Olympic games in Beijing, China. Full Note

Anthony Gill, Arts '87, was recently promoted to full professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Washington (Seattle). Full Note

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

make a Difference

Alumni in Service

Marquette alumni were busy this summer! In communities around the country, alumni have gotten together to serve others through important projects sponsored by the Marquette University Alumni Association. Here are just a few ways in which alumni are making a difference:

Boston Boston, Mass., May 10, 2008 - The Food Project: Alumni helped in the efforts to build a sustainable food system. The Food Project grows over a quarter-million pounds of organic food annually and donates half of it to local shelters.
Raleigh Raleigh, N.C., June 7, 2008 - Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina: Alumni inspected and categorized donated food products, labeled food packages and repackaged food items.

St. Louis St. Louis, Mo., June 21, 2008 - St. Matthew the Apostle Parish: Alumni and their families helped to clean up the parish grounds.

Coming up in early fall...

Hilton Head Hilton Head, S.C., September 27, 2008 - Pedal 4 Kids Bike Ride: Alumni and families will volunteer or ride to benefit the Hilton Head Boys & Girls Club.

Minneapolis Minneapolis, Minn., September 28, 2008 - Game Night at Catholic Eldercare: Alumni will join the residents in a game called Pokeno.

Learn more about alumni service on the Alumni for Others site on MU Connect.



AMUW Vegas Night

Hit the jackpot!

Join fellow alumni for an evening of

Vegas-style fun.

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Alumni Memorial Union

1442 W. Wisconsin Avenue

CLICK HERE for details and registration






Sunday, Sept. 21

Valley Fields

Double-Header Soccer Contests

Men vs. St. John's

at 12:05 p.m.

Women vs. Pepperdine

at 2:15 p.m.


Marquette Challenge

Sept. 12-13

Al McGuire Center

Featured Events

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

Happy Hour on Capitol Hill

Date: Thursday, September 18 at 6:00 p.m.

Location: Dubliner Restaurant and Pub, Washington, D.C.

Brigg's & Al's Run & Walk for Children's Hospital

Date: Saturday, September 20 at 8:30 a.m.

Location: Alumni Memorial Union, Milwaukee, Wis.

Raleigh Mass, Brunch & Reflection

Date: Sunday, September 21 at 10:30 a.m.

Location: Sacred Heart Cathedral, Raleigh, N.C.

CIRCLES in Green Bay

Date: Tuesday, October 7 at 5:00 p.m.

Location: Oneida Golf & Country Club, Green Bay, Wis.

North Texas Mass & Reception
Date: Saturday, October 11 at 5:00 p.m.

Location: Bergan residence, Lewisville, Texas


Family Weekend is October 3-5, 2008

Visit the Marquette Parents Web site for updates.


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