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Alumni Newsletter | April 2013

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Reunion Weekend

Alumni Reunion Weekend - July 25 - 28

Join us as we welcome the five- to 45-year reunion classes, our 50-year Golden Jubilee class and several affinity groups back home to Marquette University. Alumni Reunion Weekend will include class parties, a Saturday Block Party, city and campus tours and more!

All alumni, regardless of reunion year, are invited back to campus for the inaugural "Marquette Fest" on Saturday night, featuring live music, food and fun in Westowne Square.


Remembering Marquette moments

How many images do you recognize from this special video celebrating Marquette landmarks, students and special moments during the school's history? Find your way back home to connect, celebrate and reflect on campus.

Reunion slide show



Freedom Project connects past to the present

TessaOral history as well as that recorded in books helps us learn from the past and develop practices for today. Marquette continues to teach and celebrate the Sesquicentennial of the Civil War through the Freedom Project.



Class Notes

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GoyetteKitty Goyette, Jour '88, is communications director for the Greendale (Wis) School District. In this role, Goyette works with district and school administrators to develop and execute effective communications to meet the information needs of the district’s varied audiences and stakeholders.

Marron wedding

Emily (Padden) Marron, Comm '08, married Brad Marron, Bus Ad '08, on November 10, 2012, in Chicago where they also reside. (Photo credit: Jeremy Lawson Photography)

Kate JurgensKate (Sankovitz) Jurgens, Nurs '88, published Mo: A Loeys Dietz Syndrome Memoir, a book chronicling her and her family’s struggle with her daughter’s diagnosis of Loeys Dietz syndrome. The book is available through, Barnes & Noble and Boswell Books.

Alumni Reunion Weekend

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  • Be The Difference

Be the Difference and volunteer for your reunion
A reunion celebration is only successful if your classmates join in the fun. Help create a buzz about Reunion Weekend! No matter the amount of time you are able to commit, there are opportunities for everyone.

For more information about volunteering, complete the Volunteer Form or contact Taylor Schult at or
(414) 288-0389.

Start the reunion conversation now through Class Facebook pagesFacebook logo
Gear up for the big weekend and reach out to classmates or post pictures from the past. Connect with classmates on Facebook: Class of 1973, Class of 1978, Class of 1983, Class of 1988, Class of 1993, Class of 1998, Class of 2003, and Class of 2008.

What's in store for Reunion Weekend?
Marquette alumni reunion weekend activities are being finalized. Visit the reunion website for a list of events and ways you can get involved in your class reunion.

Find your way back home
Find your way homeThis university-produced video has the most views to date for 2012-13. Plan to walk these campus spots in person at Alumni Reunion Weekend.


Bill Cosby is spring Commencement speaker

Bill CosbyBill Cosby will be the Commencement speaker at this year’s spring ceremony, which will be held Sunday, May 19, at 9:30 a.m. in the BMO Harris Bradley Center. As part of the ceremony, Cosby will receive an honorary doctor of letters degree. "Bill Cosby was a pioneer in breaking down racial stereotypes on national television," said Rev.
Scott R. Pilarz, S.J., Marquette University president. "That commitment to breaking boundaries combined with his deep commitment to education is a powerful example for our graduates." (Photo credit: Erinn Chalene Cosby)

Share your Marquette colors on the road less - or more - traveled

Traveling this summer or planning to return to campus for Reunion Weekend? Post your reunion photos, or show your blue and gold spirit from wherever you are at our Global Marquette gallery on Pinterest. Also share your favorite images on our Facebook page or Twitter account.

Real Chili voted runner-up in Best College Eats contest
Considered a long-time institution by many, Real Chili hit the national spotlight last week as the runner-up in the Cooking Channel's Best College Eats contest. The Marquette and Milwaukee favorite reached the finals among 32 top college eateries nationwide.

Marquette in the News
Marquette University President Scott R. Pilarz, S.J., shared insights about fellow Jesuit and recently elected Pope Francis on the March 14 broadcast of CBS Morning News.

Ever wonder about the science behind the dancing knuckleball pitch? John Borg, associate professor of mechanical engineering, explains the physics behind this mysterious throw in a segment on Daily Planet, which airs on Discovery Channel Canada.

Events are currently being scheduled and will be posted online as soon as they are confirmed. Refer to the Alumni Reunion Weekend website for ongoing updates.

Milwaukee: Alumni Reunion Weekend Class Kickoff Parties
Friday, July 26

Class of 2008
8 p.m. - Westowne Square

Class of 2003
7 p.m. - Central Mall

Class of 1998
7 p.m. - Milwaukee Public Market (400 N. Water St., Milwaukee)

Class of 1993
7 p.m. - MOTOR at the Harley-Davidson Museum (at the crossroads of 6th and Canal Streets, Milwaukee)

Class of 1988
7 p.m. - Harley-Davidson Museum, The Garage (at the crossroads of 6th and Canal Streets, Milwaukee)

Class of 1983
7 p.m. - Milwaukee Community Sailing Center (1450 N. Lincoln Memorial Dr., Milwaukee)

Class of 1978
7 p.m. - Bacchus, Conservatory (925 E. Wells St.)
Valet parking available.

Class of 1973
6 p.m. - Eckstein Hall (1215 W. Michigan St., Milwaukee)

Class of 1968
6 p.m. - Eckstein Hall (1215 W. Michigan St., Milwaukee)

Class of 1963 Golden Jubilee Events

Marquette CIRCLES returns this spring
Network with Marquette alumni, parents and friends doing business in or providing services to a variety industries. Coming to these locations, this spring: Chicago, Northeastern Wisconsin, Washington and California.

Hunger Clean-up marks 23rd year of service to the Milwaukee community on April 20
Since 1989 Hunger Clean-up has grown to be Marquette’s largest day of service- bringing the university and Milwaukee community together to address issues of homelessness, hunger and poverty. On Saturday, April 20, Hunger Clean-up will bring together 2,000 students to make a difference at over 50 Milwaukee service sites.

Vigil held for captured journalist James Foley, Arts '96
A campus vigil for Marquette alumnus and captured journalist James Foley, Arts '96, was held on April 5 to appeal for his safety and release. Foley, whose parents attended the vigil, was captured while working as a freelance journalist in northwest Syria, reporting on the civil war in the country. His whereabouts are currently unknown.

Foley spoke about his experience as a captive in Libya in a December 2011 visit to Marquette. Portions of his presentation, along with a letter he wrote to the Marquette community after his release in Libya, are available online. Community members can show their support by signing an online petition for his release at