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Alumni Newsletter | December 2016

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Merry Christmas from Marquette

Advent is the season of light

This is the season of light, the season of hope.

The winter solstice is celebrated by many people because of the happy coincidence of the celebration of the birth of Jesus along with the change of seasons. Just as the light of the sun begins to grow stronger, so too our Advent prayers strengthen as we greet the new light of Christ at his birth.

Read the full reflection by Rev. Frederick Zagone, S.J., chaplain of the Marquette University Alumni Association.

Merry Christmas from Marquette University

Now is the time.

At Christmas, we do naturally what merits doing all year long: come together. Watch the video.

Merry Christmas from Marquette

Potholes and Pivotal Moments: Marquette Magazine
Potholes and pivotal moments

A grieving brother sets out to find renewed hope and purpose in Guatemala. Read the full story.




Submit a Class Note

Maureen DaunMargaret Daun, Bus Ad '99, Grad '00, was appointed corporation counsel for Milwaukee County. She lives in Milwaukee.

Wojno couple

Dan Wojno, Eng '09, is director of advanced quality at Pandora in Bangkok, Thailand. He manages a staff of 70 employees and oversees manufacturing and engineering practices. Ashley Niedringhaus, Comm '09, is a freelance travel journalist and global correspondent for Travel + Leisure magazine. The couple lives in Bangkok.

Compton Baby

Gina (Vangelisti) Compton, Arts '09, and Adam Compton welcomed son Grant James on Aug. 8. He weighed 8 pounds, 2 ounces and was 21 inches long. The family lives in Richardson, Texas.

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When is the best time to talk about compensation in the interview process? Read the full story.

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National Marquette Day is Saturday, Feb. 18! Plan a game-watching party in your area
16 Ways to Know You're a Marquette Fanatic
Ring out ahoya with Marquette alumni, parents and fans on Saturday, Feb. 18 - National Marquette Day! Now's the time to plan a local game-watching party and cheer on Marquette men's basketball as they take on Xavier at home in the BMO Harris Bradley Center.
Plus: 16 ways to know if you're an #MUBB fanatic.

Blue & Gold Fund Auction raises record-setting $700,000 for student-athlete scholarships

Blue & Gold Fund Auction on Facebook Live
On Dec. 10, nearly 500 Marquette fanatics (and online donors) brought the annual Blue & Gold Fund Auction on the Marquette campus to a record-setting $700,000 raised for student-athlete scholarships. Thousands more joined in the fun by watching a portion of the event on Facebook Live. Check out the video and contribute your own support for student-athletes.

Marquette to construct seasonal dome over portion of Valley Fields facility
Seasonal dome to be constructed at Valley FieldsThe seasonal dome, which will provide practice and training facilities for intercollegiate athletes as well as club and intramural participants, is expected to be completed in January 2017.

"This project is a positive step forward as it will free up athletic space for both our intercollegiate athletes as well as many students who play intramural and club sports," said Bill Scholl, vice president and director of athletics. Read the full story.

Magazines at Marquette:
100 years of students delivering the news

100 Years of Student Media at Marquette For aspiring journalists across a century, the charge has been the same: Do everything it takes to put out the news, from start to finish. As Marquette University’s Diederich College of Communication celebrates 100 years of student media of all types — tied to the founding of the Marquette Tribune in 1916 — we asked 10 notable alumni to share what’s stuck with them from their student media experiences. A lot, it seems. Read the full story.

Marquette program focusing on teaching nonviolent behaviors expanding in Milwaukee
Story by Amanda Magnus,
For more than two decades, Marquette University's Peace Works program has worked to educate school children about "the causes of violence and how to respond nonviolently to conflict," according to the program's website.

This year, the program is once again expanding. Under a one-year $240,480 contract with the Milwaukee Public Schools, Peace Works is more than doubling its work with the school district. Read the full story from

Marquette basketball players give back to kids through 'Reading with the Golden Eagles'
Story by Julie Collins,
Reading with the Golden Eagles
When the Marquette men's basketball team isn't on the court playing or practicing, they're in the classroom reading to first and second graders. It's part of the SHARP Literacy program called "Reading with the Golden Eagles." The program takes Marquette basketball players off campus and into classrooms around Milwaukee. Read the full story from

Guess the Year
Guess the Year
The Marquette University Chorus celebrates the holidays in front of the the St. Joan of Arc Chapel at the annual Christmas tree lighting.

a. 1991
b. 1993
c. 1996
d. 1997

Get the answer.

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

Reunion Save the DateSave the Date for Alumni Reunion Weekend - Oct. 5 to 8, 2017
If your class year ends in "2" or "7" - it's going to be your best year ever! Find your way back home to Marquette University for Alumni Reunion Weekend and Homecoming on campus next fall. Volunteer today!

Madison, Wis.: Lunch Bunch

Wednesday, Jan. 4; Noon
Nakoma Golf Club, 4145 Country Club Rd., Madison, Wis.
Gather with alumni, parents and friends for a casual monthly lunch - meet at noon and be back at your desk by 1:15 p.m. Sign up today.

San Diego: Real Chili Party and Game-watching Gathering
Saturday, Jan. 7; 3:30 p.m.
Home of Emilio, Bus Ad '85, and Kerrie Arechaederra
Kick off the new year with fellow Marquette alumni, parents, students and friends for good food, great company and game-watching. Enjoy a meal from Real Chili – with all the fixings – while watching Marquette men’s basketball take on Villanova. Sign up today.

Milwaukee: Fancy Nancy The Musical - Performance and Ice Cream Social
Saturday, Jan. 14; 2:30 p.m.
Evan P. and Marion Helfaer Theatre, 525 N. 13th St.; Marquette University campus
Bring your children, grandchildren and friends to this wonderful family event, based on the best-selling Fancy Nancy book series by Jane O'Connor. Wear your fanciest attire and get your tickets early.

Chicago: Beer Tasting, Game-watching and Fundraiser Event
Saturday, Jan. 21; 2:30 p.m.
Emmett’s Brewing Company, 121 W. Front St., Wheaton, Ill.
Celebrate Marquette and join fellow alumni, parents and friends at Emmett’s Brewing Company, which is owned by a Marquette family. Enjoy beer, food and game-watching, all while raising money for Marquette students. Sign up today.

Northern California: Sharks vs. Avalanche Hockey Game
Saturday, Jan. 21; 7:30 p.m.
SAP Center, 525 W. Santa Clara St., San Jose, Calif.
Join Marquette alumni, parents and friends in the South Bay for an exciting San Jose Sharks matchup against the Colorado Avalanche.
Sign up today.

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

#MUThanksYou: Giving Tuesday
Giving Tuesday 2016 results
On Nov. 29, the Marquette family came together to celebrate Giving Tuesday. Through their generosity, we met the matching gift challenge from Gregory, Arts ’81, and Cindy Archambault and received $100,000 in matching dollars, bringing our grand total to $232,018 — a 93 percent increase in dollars raised from our Giving Tuesday efforts last year! These gifts will truly make a difference in the lives of our students.

#MUThanksYou: Annual Supper for 12 Strangers events bring together students, alumni for a friendly meal
Supper for 12 Strangers hosted by Ethnic Alumni Association
One of Marquette's tastiest traditions since 1973, each fall the Association of Marquette University Women's Supper for 12 Strangers events bring together members of the Marquette family who arrive as strangers and depart as friends. The Ethnic Alumni Association served as one of the hosts this year, holding their Supper event at the Ambassador Hotel in Milwaukee. Learn more about the Ethnic Alumni Association.

#MUThanksYou: Business Administration, Nursing galas raise nearly $200,000 for scholarships and community care
Live auction bidders at the College of Nursing Nightingala
In November, the Business Administration Alumni Association and College of Nursing each hosted galas in Milwaukee to benefit Marquette scholarship aid and community care. The galas welcomed hundreds of guests who enjoyed live and silent auctions. Thank you to all who participated to Be The Difference.

#BeTheDifference: MU Club of Minnesota service project at Feed My Starving Children
MU Club of Minnesota Service Project

Alumni and friends from the Twin Cities area volunteered at local food bank Feed My Starving Children on Dec. 10. The group packed boxes for children in need of a nourishing meal. Learn more about the MU Club of Minnesota.

#BeTheDifference: Association of Marquette University Women annual Advent luncheon benefits Milwaukee's Penfield Children's Center
AMUW Advent Luncheon donations for Penfield Childrens Center
On Dec. 2, alumni and friends gathered for the annual AMUW Advent luncheon in Milwaukee. The group welcomed Dr. Lisa Edwards, associate professor in Counselor Education and Counseling Psychology at Marquette, who asked that attendees contribute an unwrapped small toy or children's book for the families at the Behavior Clinic of Penfield Children's Center. Thank you to all who attended.