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Alumni Newsletter | April 2014

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Marquette to recognize outstanding alumni at national awards weekend

The Marquette University Alumni Association will honor 55 individuals who live the Marquette mission at this year's Alumni National Awards weekend, April 24-26.

See all of this year's award recipients and find out how to attend a celebration.

Lovell elected 24th president of Marquette

On March 26, the Board of Trustees elected Dr. Michael R. Lovell as the 24th president of Marquette University. Lovell will assume office Aug. 1. Watch the official announcement and more on the presidential search website.

Dr. Michael Lovell Videos

Marquette Magazine - Mentorship
Alumni give back to help students move forward

Marquette's alumni mentorship program has successfully matched almost 350 students and alumni pairs in the past year. Read the full story.




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Peppur Chambers, Comm '92, published her debut novella, "Harlem's Awakening,” with Black Hill Press. The story is about a woman's personal journey to freedom in 1940s Harlem. It will be performed as a live stage-reading in May at the Prague Fringe Festival. Chambers lives in Valley Village, Calif.

Andrew RajecAndrew M. Rajec, Bus Ad '64, Law '70, was named Slovak-American of the Year at a celebration in Washington, D.C., by the Slovak Embassy and the Friends of Slovakia.  Rajec is the president of the First Catholic Slovak Union of the United States and Canada. He has expanded FCSU activities into 27 states.

Rypel BabyStephen Rypel, Arts '96, and Angela Rypel welcomed daughter Genevieve Morgan on November 8, 2013. She joins sister Dorothy Joni. The family lives in Waukesha, Wis.

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Step back and be quiet!
By Mary Alice Tierney, Sp '72, management consultant and executive coach

A truly great leader knows the importance of having some quiet time to reflect and thoughtfully consider how best to lead.

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Duke's Steve Wojciechowski named Marquette men's basketball head coach
Steve WojciechowskiSteve Wojciechowski, associate head coach under Mike Krzyzewski at Duke University, was named the 17th head coach of the Marquette University men's basketball program on April 1.

"I come from an environment where the expectation is to win, and that is why I chose Marquette," Wojciechowski said. Read more about Wojciechowski.

Marquette receives largest-ever humanities research grant

Dr. Nancy E. Snow, professor of philosophy in Marquette University’s Klingler College of Arts and Sciences, is the recipient of a $2.6 million grant that will fund interdisciplinary research on virtue, character and the development of the moral self.

According to Snow, the project will study how individuals develop virtue in their lives and how it is translated into practical efforts such as education. The researchers hope their work will ultimately impact important societal issues, such as bullying. Read the full story.

Marquette students partner with campus departments to pilot crowdfunding initiatives
Humanoid Robot CrowdfundingStudents in Marquette's Diederich College of Communication worked to plan, launch and manage crowdfunding projects to support research, service and innovation at the university. After months of planning, the initiatives were launched April 1 and will run through April 30. The crowdfunding pilot program provides hands-on, real-world experience for students in the Social Media Analytics and Measurement class while benefitting Marquette departments. Learn more about the crowdfunding initatives.

Magazine - "Big"
With more than one-third of Americans classified as obese, Marquette researchers MOVe to tackle the epidemic in a big way
Discover Magazine - Obesity For Dr. Linda Vaughn, obesity is more than a significant problem. Vaughn, a professor of biomedical sciences, is director of the Marquette Obesity Venture - MOVe for short - a collaborative network of faculty working on different aspects of obesity.

Vaughn would like to see the venture become a vehicle to pursue interdisciplinary grants, streamline Marquette's obesity-related community outreach efforts and foster student involvement. Read the full story.

Free webinar: Leadership as Communication
Wednesday, April 16, at 1:00 p.m. CST
Join Marquette assistant professor Jeremy Fyke to discuss ways communication can increase the effectiveness of your organization. By the end of this session, attendees will be able to explain a communication-centered approach to leadership as well as practice and enact framing and feedback as two key leadership-related communication skills. Register online.

Guess the Year!
Guess the YearMembers of the Marquette sailing club go for an early-morning cruise on Lake Michigan.

a. 1983
b. 1985
c. 1986
d. 1988

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See which Marquette events are happening in your area. Check out the full calendar for more events!

Alumni Reunion Weekend: Find your way back home
July 24- 27, 2014
Did you graduate in a year ending in 4 or 9? It's your reunion year! Marquette will welcome five- to 45-year reunion classes, the 50-year Golden Jubilee class and alumni of the Educational Opportunity Program back home to campus. The weekend will include class parties, a Saturday Block Party and evening celebration, and many more activities. Visit the Alumni Reunion Weekend website.

Western Washington: Jesuit Alumni Day of Service
Saturday, April 26, from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Seattle University, Pigott Auditorium, 901 12th Ave., Seattle
Marquette group site: Nature Consortium, 4408 Delridge Way SW, STE 107, Seattle
Join Jesuit alumni in your area for a nationwide day of service and help with spring clean up at the Nature Consortium. Register now.

Milwaukee: Marquette Presents - Spinal Cord Injury
Tuesday, April 29, 2014, from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
Marquette University, Alumni Memorial Union, Monaghan Ballroom
1442 W. Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee
Join fellow Marquette alumni, parents, students and community members for a panel discussion about spinal cord injury. Register now.

Chicago: Authors Program with Jonah Burger
Tuesday, May 6, at 11:45 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
The Union League Club
65 W. Jackson Blvd., Chicago
Join Professor Berger as he reveals the secret science behind word-of-mouth and social transmission, distilling six key principles that drive the contagion factor behind consumer products, policy initiatives, workplace rumors, and YouTube videos. Register now.

Philadelphia: Aberdeen Dad Vail Regatta
Friday, May 9, from 7:00 a.m. to 5:45 p.m.
Saturday, May 10, from 7:00 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.
Cheer on Marquette Crew and join alumni, parents and friends at the Marquette tent for the races! For additional information, visit and the Dad Vail Regatta website.

April reflection: Looking beyond the empty tomb
Easter LilyWhen the women arrive at Jesus’ tomb on Easter morning, they see what isn’t there. The story is a metaphor for personal, spiritual and community renewal.

We have been invited to take part in this miracle; not as passive observers, but rather, as full participants in the death and resurrection of Jesus. Lent is our time of preparation that we might be ready to enter Jerusalem with Jesus and his disciples. Easter is our time to share in the glory of God. The glory of the empty tomb. The glory of the presence of the risen Jesus who is with us here and now.

It was a teaching moment as Jesus revealed himself in his absence. It allowed those gathered to confirm their faith in the fact that this man was the Son of God.

Resurrection didn't end the day Jesus rose from the dead. It ended when he said: "Go out to the world and tell all people." Our voices are reflected not only in what we say, but more importantly, in what we do. Easter is only the beginning. It is a new springtime. It is a new life. Happy Easter.

Frederick Zagone, S.J.
Chaplain, Marquette University Alumni Association

Alumna Burgess to host CIRCLES event at Elevate97 featuring co-founder
BurgessMarquette thanks Kate (Kuehl) Burgess, Comm '91, for hosting the upcoming CIRCLES - Northeastern Wisconsin networking event at her company, Elevate97, in Green Bay, Wis. The event on Thursday, May 8, will feature keynote speaker Jeff Hoffman, entrepreneur and co-founder of, plus time to network with Marquette alumni, parents and friends in the area.

Find your volunteer passion
As a Marquette graduate, you know what it means to live life as a person for others. Share the excitement and camaraderie of Marquette with your community! Volunteering can take as little or as much time as you would like, in a group or on an individual basis. Explore your volunteer options and sign up to learn more about volunteering with Marquette.

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