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

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New Centennial video

New Centennial videoWomen at Marquette reflect on the past 100 years and on what the Centennial celebration means today. Watch the video

Centennial Opportunities On Campus

Visit the rotating Marquette women authors' exhibition September 1, 2009, to May 1, 2010, at the Raynor Memorial Libraries.

Register for the September 22 Business Leaders Forum luncheon titled The Opportunity to Lead, featuring Angela F. Braly, president and CEO of WellPoint Inc.

Join us for the Pete Axthelm Memorial Lecture featuring Christine Brennan, USA Today sports columnist, best-selling author and commentator for ABC News, ESPN, NPR and Fox Sports Radio on September 22.


Dwyane Wade joins Marquette in support of scholarships

Dwyane Wade videoFormer Marquette basketball standout, NBA All-Star and Olympic gold medalist Dwyane Wade and his Wade’s World Foundation were on campus last month in support of a new partnership between the university and Boys & Girls Clubs of America. The announcement also included a basketball clinic with 50 members of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee.

Read more and see the Dwyane Wade program video

  • Welcome, freshmen
    The campus is buzzing with excitement as we welcome 1,950 freshmen to Marquette. Academically, the Class of 2013 may be the strongest entering class yet—414 students (or 21%) are first-generation or the first in their families to go to college; 360 are from legacy families. Students in this class will come to us from 40 states, Puerto Rico and Guam; about 90 will come from countries outside the United States; 61 are high school valedictorians and 391 ranked in the top 10% of their high school graduating class.
  • Men's and women's basketball schedules announced
    The 2009-10 Marquette University men's and women's basketball schedules have been finalized, following the announcement of the league schedule by the BIG EAST Conference office on Thursday. View the men's and women's schedules.
  • College of Engineering dean retires
    Stan Jaskolski, Opus Dean of Engineering, recently announced his intention to retire June 30, 2010, or when a successor is named. Jaskolski will continue to raise money for the $100 million Discovery Learning Complex. Last month, the university began site preparation for the proposed new engineering facility. Read more
  • Student wins Fulbright
    Chris Hallberg, Arts ’09, has won the prestigious Fulbright scholarship. He is one of roughly 1,500 U.S. citizens who received a Fulbright scholarship to travel abroad during the 2009-10 academic year. Hallberg will study economic development programs in northern El Salvador, considering why some programs flourish while others fail. Read more
  • Marquette ranks 84th nationally
    Marquette University ranks 84th among the top national universities in the 2010 edition of America's Best Colleges, released by U.S. News & World Report. Marquette was listed among 262 U.S. universities that offer undergraduate majors as well as master's and doctoral degrees, the premier category of institutions ranked by the publication.
  • Color us green
    Marquette is promoting the recycling of debris on campus construction sites, including those for Zilber and Eckstein halls as well as the College of Engineering’s proposed Discovery Learning Complex. And it’s well worth the effort. University Architect Tom Ganey said that when the 1212 Building on the corner of 12th and Wisconsin (site of the new Zilber Hall) was demolished last year, 90 percent of the materials were recycled.

    To further the university’s recycling efforts, a new Single Stream Recycling program makes it easier than ever for campus community members to recycle. Each recycling bin in classrooms and next to desks can now accept aluminum, plastic and glass alongside the customary paper recycling without the need for separate bins. Our campus-wide goal: recycle 30 percent of all waste by July 2011.

  • Marquette in the news
    A historic partnership between Marquette, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and the Milwaukee School of Engineering to form a Midwest energy research center drew media attention from the Chicago Tribune, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and other media outlets.


What are your classmates up to?

Wyatt Daniel Moakley
Wyatt Daniel Moakley

Kathleen Newcomb, CJPA '93, Robert Moakley, Law '99, and big brother Dillon welcomed Wyatt Daniel Moakley on July 28, 2009. Full Note


David Ira Kagan, Grad '75, authored his second book, Middletown Borough, in the Images of America series by Arcadia Publishing Company. Full Note

Wierzbicki-Leverentz wedding

Wierzbicki-Leverentz wedding

Jennifer Wierzbicki, Arts '04, and Scott Leverentz were married July 12, 2008, at Prince of Peace Catholic Church in Lake Villa, Ill. Full Note


Tim Wilson, Jour '80, has completed his first year as editor at the Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship at the Carroll School of Management. Full Note

Frances Richards

Frances Richards


Frances (Agnew) Richards, Sp '78, president and CEO of Arlean & Company, LLC, was one of the expert career coaches at the 3rd Annual Women of Color Conference in Las Vegas in August. Full Note

Maureen (Bissing) Bergan, Arts '92, and Pete Bergan, Bus Ad '91, are happy to announce the birth of their second son, Patrick William, on June 19, 2009. Older brother John is very happy to have a new baby brother!

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

make a Difference

Mauritanian ConnectionMauritanian connection

from Marquette Magazine, Spring 2009

Rebecca Lorentzen, Arts '07, and Adam Fiebelkorn, Arts ’03, continue Marquette’s mission of service halfway around the world.

Fiebelkorn and Lorentzen never met at Marquette. It took joining the Peace Corps and moving to Mauritania, an Islamic republic in West Africa, for them to connect. There they realized they had in common something besides their country of residence — they also shared their alma mater.

Help build a legacy
Are you a Marquette graduate who has a high-school-aged child? Or are you a Marquette student who has a sibling in high school? If so, he or she could be a part of Marquette’s future as a legacy student. Add your high schooler to the Marquette legacy student mailing list.



Family Weekend

Family Weekend is October 2-4, 2009

Share in the Marquette experience together! For those alumni who are parents of current Marquette students, you and your families are invited to a very special weekend on Marquette's campus.

Visit the Marquette Parents Web site for details and registration information.



Upcoming Marquette CIRCLES events

Featured Events

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

Chicago Coaches Luncheon

Thursday, September 17 at 11:30 a.m.

Union League Club, Chicago

Mass and Dinner in Charlotte

Saturday, September 19 at 5:30 p.m.

St. Peter's Catholic Church, Charlotte, N.C.

Indianapolis Mass and Brunch

Sunday, October 18 at 10 a.m.

Brebeuf Jesuit High School, Indianapolis

J.R.R. Tolkien Manuscript Exhibit at Fordham University
October 5 – November 19

Literary manuscripts from Marquette University’s renowned J.R.R. Tolkien Collection will be exhibited this fall at Fordham’s Gerald M. Quinn Library at Lincoln Center. Special access rules apply for off-campus guests after October 11. Marquette alumni must present an Alumni ID card to enter the Quinn Library. To obtain an ID card, please contact the Alumni Association at (800) 344-7544 or via e-mail.



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