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Alumni Newsletter | August 2014

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Thanking alumni volunteers

"Your service to Marquette makes a difference ..."

Dr. Michael R. Lovell

A thank-you letter to our alumni volunteers from Dr. Michael R. Lovell, president, Marquette University.

Read the full letter here.

Find your volunteer passion

As a Marquette graduate, parent or friend, 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.

Crowdfunding at Marquette
Crowdfunding is crowd fun

What do a robot, a South African student and a library database have in common? They were part of Marquette students' first attempt at crowdfunding. Read the full story.




Submit a Class Note

Sabrina BovayAs the outgoing MU Club of Colorado president, Sabrina Bovay, Bus Ad '03, worked to plan events that appeal to myriad alumni interests and build a core group of very active alumni. Events include Jazz in the Park; Colorado Rockies game outing; Marquette ski trip; Wisconsin-style fish fry and more. Follow the MU Club of Colorado on Facebook.

Steve BriggsSteve Briggs, Bus Ad '08, MU Club of New York president, keeps the Midwest spirit alive on the East Coast by collaborating with the University of Wisconsin New York alumni club to plan joint events. Many of Steve's events include a giving element with support for the club's scholarship fund. Steve is also a member of the young alumni President's Society. Follow the MU Club of New York on Facebook and Twitter.

Hattie Portis-JonesHattie Portis-Jones, Bus Ad '77, served on the host committee for this year's Educational Opportunity Program 45th Anniversary and gave the invocation for guests at the Friday night dinner and dance. Hattie has also served on the Atlanta host committee for Marquette's premier networking event, CIRCLES.

Publication of the achievements of our alumni does not constitute endorsement by Marquette University.

Club Scholarships


Career health - The "Bop It" syndrome
By Brian Noviskis, Bus Ad '82

If your career development progress is similar to playing the game "Bop It," follow these practical steps to help point you in a new direction. 

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Engineering Summer Send-off in Milwaukee
Engineering Summer Send-off
Each year, alumni and friends across the country host incoming Marquette freshmen and their families at Summer Send-off events. This year, Billie, Eng '85, and Dave Smith hosted an event at their home in suburban Milwaukee for College of Engineering freshmen. Current students were on hand to answer questions; plus alumni and faculty were available to talk about the college and the Marquette experience. The Smiths are also President's Society members. Read more about Summer Send-offs.

Marquette Club of Washington, D.C., president excels at volunteer recruitment
Otto HeckOtto Heck, Arts '04, leverages his leadership skills as the MU Club of Washington, D.C., president to recruit local alumni to join his volunteer efforts and organize stellar events. Under Otto's leadership, D.C.-area alumni have enjoyed baseball outings, Marquette game-watching parties, happy hours and more. Connect with the Club of D.C. on Facebook, Twitter and Linkedin.

25 years of Milwaukee baseball fun - in Phoenix!
Phoenix Tailgate

The MU Club of Phoenix celebrated its 25th annual Milwaukee Brewers spring training tailgate and game event in March under the leadership of April, Comm '92, Grad '93, and Phil, Bus Ad '92, Ariola. More than 100 Marquette alumni and friends tailgated at Maryvale Baseball Park with food and drinks plus a raffle and silent auction to benefit the club's scholarship fund. Five lucky Marquette individuals even got to compete during the seventh-inning stretch as the famous Racing Sausages. Connect with the MU Club of Phoenix on Facebook.

Got coffee?

Chicago Breakfast ClubThe Marquette Club of Chicago’s quarterly Breakfast Club events are a popular draw for alumni. Events are held at city and suburban venues and recently attracted nearly 100 attendees. "The Breakfast Club offers the opportunity to network with alumni from all professional backgrounds and age groups," said club Co-president Taylor Trovillion, Comm '12. Connect with the MU Club of Chicago on Facebook, Twitter and Linkedin.

St. Louis hits the links for Marquette scholarships

St. Louis Golf Outing
Peter Palumbo
, Bus Ad '95, (pictured above left) served as chair of the volunteer committee and led fellow alumni to raise more than $30,000 for the St. Louis Endowed Scholarship Fund at the club's third annual golf outing. Follow the MU Club of St. Louis on Facebook and Twitter.

Reunion chair's outreach efforts bring together the Class of 1984

Scott EvertzScott Evertz, Arts '84, chaired his 30-year reunion committee and led efforts to raise more than $225,000 for the Class of 1984 reunion gift. Scott mobilized his committee to reach out to classmates via social media, postcards, phone calls and more. His efforts paid off - hundreds of alumni from the Class of 1984 found their way back home to Marquette for Alumni Reunion Weekend. Scott is also a member of the St. Ignatius Legacy Society and the President's Society.

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

Inauguration Events for President Michael R. Lovell
Thursday, Sept. 18, and Friday, Sept. 19
Marquette University campus
Join the Marquette community as we warmly welcome Dr. Michael R. Lovell as the 24th president of Marquette University. Visit the inauguration website.

Alaska: Second Annual BBQ
Tuesday, Aug. 19, at 6 p.m.
Home of Patrick, Eng '80, and Debbie, Nurs '80, Seidl
14001 Buffalo St., Anchorage
Join us for food, fun and yard games under the midnight sun! Attendees are asked to bring their own items for the grill and are welcome to bring a dish to share. Find out more.

Minnesota Club: LaCrosse Area Golf Outing
Sunday, Aug. 24; Noon Lunch, 1 p.m. Tee Time
Golf Club at Cedar Creek
2600 Cedar Creek Ln., Onalaska, Wis.
Join alumni, parents and friends for a day of golf. Sign up as a single, double or foursome. Find out more.

Washington, D.C.: Networking Gathering
Wednesday, Aug. 27, from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m.
Murphy's Grand Irish Pub
713 King St., Alexandria, Va.
Join fellow alumni for the Marquette Club of Washington, D.C., August networking event and beat the summer heat with an evening with Marquette friends. Respond via Facebook. Please direct any questions to Michael Strain, Arts '04, at

Northern California: Levi's Stadium Tour and Game-watching
Sunday Sept. 7
Noon Tour of Levi’s Stadium
4900 Marie P. DeBartolo Way, Santa Clara
1:30 p.m. Game-watching, 49ers vs. Cowboys
Michael Mina’s Bourbon Pub, Levi's Stadium
Gather with fellow MU alumni and friends for a tour of and game-watching at the San Francisco 49ers new home, Levi’s Stadium. Register now.

August reflection: Blessing our volunteers
August reflectionAs we begin a new academic year, we are reminded of the many people who have worked very hard to get the campus ready for the arrival of more than 2,000 new Marquette students (the class of 2018): groundskeepers, faculty and staff.

Another group of people whose efforts make not only the everyday life of Marquette a reality but guarantee the future of Marquette and our Catholic and Jesuit education for years to come are our volunteers.

Volunteers for local alumni clubs and interest-based alumni groups work throughout the year planning, implementing and hosting all types of events and fundraisers. We thank God for your efforts and ask God to continue blessing you and your work for Marquette.

We ask God to send blessings on Marquette that future generations will have the opportunities we have had; the education we’ve received; the recognition of God’s presence that we share. We ask God to bless us as our new year begins because We are Marquette! Amen.

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

Alumni gave back for Reunion WeekendReunion Weekend Giving
From those who served on class committees to alumni who volunteered as onsite event coordinators to everyone who contributed a gift to Marquette, we thank you for making Alumni Reunion Weekend an enormous success! Class gifts surpassed each goal set for a total of $2.3 million in support for Marquette initiatives and scholarships.

Helping the arts thrive for the Marquette community via the Haggerty Museum

Betty Arndt
As president of the Haggerty Friends board of directors, Betty Arndt, Arts ’72, works to advocate for education programs and exhibitions at the Haggerty Museum of Art. In the coming year, the Haggerty Friends board will lead the charge to raise funds to renovate gallery space and museum facilities. Betty also is an advocate for the Waukesha (Wis.) County Women's Scholarship Fund, which was endowed last year; proceeds support a female undergraduate student from Waukesha County. Betty is a member of the Marquette University President's Society.

Meet a new Marquette international student and help them get to know the greater Milwaukee community

Marquette's International Friendship Program is looking for individuals and families interested in spending time with a new international student over the course of the academic year. This is a great opportunity to learn about a new culture while participating in your usual social or family activities. Get more information and submit your application by Sept. 15.