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Alumni Newsletter | February 2013

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National Marquette Day is March 2 vs. Notre Dame

Ring out ahoya for National Marquette Day on Saturday, March 2. as alumni and friends gather worldwide. Marquette Men's Basketball hosts Notre Dame and thousands of fans- from Malaysia to Minneapolis and Rome to Los Angeles- unite at game-watching parties worldwide. See the 70 game-watching locations to date and learn more about organizing an event in your area.

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Share goal ideas for Marquette’s strategic plan

Led by university President Scott R. Pilarz, S.J., Marquette is moving to the next, critical stage of its strategic planning process – developing ideas for university-wide goals to be considered for inclusion in the final strategic plan. Contribute to the strategic planning process by sharing your ideas for university-wide goals via the online goal suggestions form by Friday, Feb. 22.

Students, alumni getting LinkedIn to CIRCLES eMentor Network

Kathleen and KatieSometimes all a recent grad needs to land a job is an introduction. Just ask Katie Simoncic, Comm '12, who met an alumna who helped her land an event planning job at Northwestern University after she posted on MU's LinkedIn eMentor Network.


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The NelsonsThomas H. Nelson Arts '61, Grad '63, and Marianne (Balasty) Nelson, Arts '63, will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on May 11, 2013. They were married in the Church of the Gesu by Rev. Bernard Cook, S.J., who celebrated their wedding mass in English and Latin. Tom retired in 1999 as vice president of First Chicago Corporation (now J. P. Morgan Chase Corporation) in Elgin, Ill. Marianne retired in 2006 as executive director of Fox Valley Land Foundation in Kane County, Ill. They live in Portland, Ore.

Tim VetscherTim Vetscher, Comm '98, accepted a new position as the managing editor at KJRH-TV in Tulsa, Oklahoma as of January 1, 2013. He also married Amie (Zanck) Vetscher on Saturday, November 10, 2012 in Sedona, Ariz. Vetscher serves as the Southwest representative of the Marquette University Alumni National Board of Directors.


Nora Ivory, Arts '12, is serving as a Jesuit volunteer in Portland, Maine at The Bridge a 12-bed transitional housing facility for homeless adults with a major mental illness, providing a safe, supportive environment, comprehensive treatment and connection to community resources. Ivory has also been nominated to the Peace Corps.

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Marquette University College of Communication receives $8.3 million gift to fund fellowship in public service journalism
A Minneapolis couple has donated $8.3 million to the Marquette University J. William and Mary Diederich College of Communication, Marquette President Scott R. Pilarz, S.J., announced today. Read the university press release or today's post in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Observance of Lent begins today, online resources available
May the Lenten season be one of discernment and reflection for you and your loved ones. Other Lenten resources are available through, including a Lenten prayer.

Signed, sealed, delivered: admission decision letters arrive
Search Map Marquette marks another banner year of freshman applications and admission letters have been received by the Class of 2017. See how many students from your area have been accepted to Marquette. The deadline for students to make their decision is May 1.

Guess the Year
Guess the Yeara. 1978
b. 1983
c. 1987
d. 1990

See the correct answer.


Young alumni enjoy dinner and game with Father Pilarz in support of scholarships
Dinner and a GameMarquette young alumni celebrated a Dinner and a Game promotion with Marquette University President Scott R. Pilarz, S.J., at the Marquette vs. USF basketball game in January. Young alumni who donated $20 or more qualified for the program. Marquette Director of Athletics and Vice President Larry Willams also visited with alumni at the game. The promotion generated more than $17,000 toward scholarships from nearly 180 donors. Show your support.

Boylan, member of '77 champion team, named head Bucks
head coach
Jim Boylan, Arts '79, has been named head coach of the Milwaukee Bucks for the remainder of the season. He was the starting point guard of the Marquette 1977 national champion men's basketball team.

Community mourns passing of Walsh, longtime Gesu pastor
Rev. Patrick E. Walsh, S.J., longtime associate pastor at the Church of the Gesu, passed away on Feb. 6, 2013. He served the Gesu community for nearly 40 years and was highly regared by many, including Marquette students who attended his Sunday 6 p.m. Mass.

Professor recipient of state's prestigious MLK Heritage Award
Dr. Howard Fuller, distinguished professor of education and founder and director of Marquette's Institute for the Transformation of Learning, was honored by Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker with the Martin Luther King, Jr., Heritage Award. The annual award recognizes and affirms those who have made significant contributions in the areas of race relations, justice and human rights.

Marquette Magazine is online
Marquette MagazineIn case you missed it, check out the new issue of Marquette Magazine for a download of alumni stories. If you didn't receive the latest edition, please remember to update your contact information. Let us know if you got married to a Marquette sweetheart and are celebrating a big anniversary; a new addition to your family; a new career move or a new position by submitting a Class Note!

Marquette Tribune offers latest campus news
Get a sense of what's happening on campus and beyond from the student-run Marquette Tribune.

Marquette In the News
A member of the Green Bay Packers Super Bowl champion team and medical experts discussed concussions and their impact on athletes at a Marquette University College of Health Sciences forum on Jan. 28. The panel included George Koonce, Grad '12, former Green Bay Packers linebacker and Super Bowl XXXI champion, Dr. Bill Cullinan, dean of the College of Health Sciences and several medical experts. Koonce also serves as a director of development in University Advancement at Marquette.

Stories aired on WITI-TV and WDJT-TV (Milwaukee), and WLUK-TV (Green Bay) on Jan. 28 and 29.

See which Marquette events are happening in your area. Check out the full Alumni Event Calendar and register online.

Milwaukee: National Marquette Day - Nothing But Net Challenge
Saturday, March 2

Join fellow alumni for a free throw shooting competition at the Old Gym to raise scholarship dollars for the Blue & Gold Fund and support student athletes.
Register online.

St. Louis: Leadership Forum
Wednesday, March 6
Join Marquette alumni, parents and friends to hear from Marquette alumni St. Louis’s business leaders as they share insight on the state of the regional, national, and global economies as well as their own forecasts on the future of the St. Louis business community.
Register online.

Four New Exhibitions at Haggerty Museum of Art
Jan. 16 - May 19

If you're in the neighborhood, check out the four new exhibits featured at the Haggerty Museum of Art: Dark Blue: The Water as Protagonist, Images of the Virgin Mary, Read Between the Lines: Enrique Chagoya's Codex Prints, and Perimeter

Marquette Law School Restorative Justice Conference
Feb. 21 - 22

The Death Penalty Versus Life Without Parole: Compairing the Healing Impact on Victims' Families and the Community

Freedom Project
As Marquette continues its commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, the Freedom Project will explore this idea of freedom as a social and political construction that meant--and still means-- different things to different people at different times.

Programs in March and April include:

Challenging Freedom: The FBI, U.S. Intelligence Services, and Individual Freedoms in Modern America
Thursday, March 21

Urinetown: The Musical
April 18 - 28

Mission Week 2013 reminds us The World is Our Home
Mission WeekEach year, Marquette University devotes a week to the exploration of its Catholic and Jesuit mission. At Mission Week 2013: The World is Our Home, the university honored the 10 recipients of the Opus Prize in faith-based social entrepreneurship. They have saved and inspired millions and their stories, leadership and service captured the hearts of students, faculty and members of the Marquette community who attended the week-long series of programs, some of which are highlighted in this Mission Week video.

Men and Women for Others
Did you know that Marquette's Center for Community Service provides students the opportunity to take action and lead in the community? The center offers assistance in planning events and is a resource for a number of service organizations.

MLK Days of Engagement Widely Attended
Martin Luther King, Jr. program
Over 200 students, faculty and staff participated in Marquette's annual MLK Days of Engagement, in late January. Activities included a lecture on King's "Letters from the Birmingham Jail"; an inaugural Unity Dinner, where prior to the dinner, students wrote their dreams for the future on a MLK Days of Engagement t-shirt. Students also gathered for a candlelight vigil outside the Alumni Memorial Union and paid tribute to King by reciting lines from his speeches and letters. Poet, author, Professor Emeritus, and civil rights activist Peggy Rozga delivered a keynote address on her work in enacting fair housing legislation on a local and national level.