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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 March 2 as Marquette Men's Basketball hosts Notre Dame. Fans in Palo Alto and Tucson to London; Denver and Seattle to Rome- and many cities in between--will unite at game watching parties across the globe. See the 70 game-watching locations to date, and learn more about organizing an event in your area.

We are Marquette!

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 e-Mentor Network.


Class Notes

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Brendan Howell JohnstonBrendan Johnston, Arts '98, has been named Regional Coach of the Year by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America and will now compete against seven other finalists for National Coach of the Year. Johnston is foreign language department chairperson, shepherd program director, and head soccer coach at St. Augustine High School in San Diego.


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 on May 11, 1963, 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., where Tom pursues nature photography and Marianne enjoys calligraphy.

Tim Vetscher

Tim Vetscher, Comm '98 accepted a new job 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.

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West Coast Marquette CIRCLES dates announced
CIRCLES, the award-winning and innovative business networking program that connects Marquette alumni, parents and friends returns to the West Coast on May 22 in Seattle and Palo Alto, Calif., (Northern California) on June 3. Back by popular demand, save the date for these two programs, with more information available soon.

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.

Signed, sealed, delivered: admission decision letters arrive
Search MapMarquette 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 freshman acceptance deadline is May 1.

Observance of Lent begins today; Online Lenten
resources available

May the Lenten season be one of discernment and reflection for you and your loved ones. In addition to the prayers, other Lenten resources are available through

Hamburg Ballet's Little Mermaid director, Marquette alumnus gathers with fellow alumni and friends
Wylie Aiken and John NeumeierBette and Wylie Aitken, Law '65, hosted a group of alumni, parents and friends at an Orange County reception prior to Hamburg Ballet's performance of The Little Mermaid, directed by John Neumeier, Arts '61.


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 regarded by many, including Marquette students who attended his Sunday 6 p.m. Mass.

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 new position by submitting a Class Note!



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

Marquette in the News
Packers' Super Bowl champion and medical experts discussed concussions and their impact on athletes when Marquette's College of Health Sciences hosted a forum on Jan. 28. The panel included George Koonce, Grad '12, former Green Bay Packers' linebacker and Super Bowl champion, 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.

Colorado: Marquette on the Mountain
Saturday, Feb. 23

Join the Marquette Club of Colorado for a day of skiing at Keystone followed by an evening of Marquette basketball game watching.
Get more information.

Phoenix: Spring Training Tailgate Party and Game

Sunday, Mar. 10

Head to the ballpark with the Marquette Club of Phoenix! Join us for food, fun and baseball. Alumni, friends and families are welcome.
Register online!

National Marquette Day!
Saturday, Mar. 2

Marquette takes on Notre Dame. If you don’t see your area listed below or on our game watching sites, contact Kim Perez at to plan your own National Marquette Day celebration!

Duke's Sports Bar
7607 E. McDowell Road

The Fox and Hound
7625 N. LaCholla Boulevard

Yard House, Irvine Spectrum
71 Fortune Drive

Buffalo Wild Wings
1000 S. Fair Oaks Avenue

Callahan's Pub and Brewery
8111 Mira Mesa Blvd.
San Diego

Kezar Pub and Restaurant
770 Stanyan Street
San Francisco

The Old Pro
541 Ramona Street
Palo Alto

1111 Lincoln Street

Scooter’s Pub
6200 S Rainbow Blvd
Las Vegas

Macadam's Bar and Grill
5833 SW Macadam Avenue

Buckley's Queen Anne
232 1st Ave., West

Peanut Farm
5227 Old Seward Hwy.

Lulu's Surf Club Waikiki
2586 Kalakaua Avenue

San Diego Club Takes to the Streets
Embrace the Streets ServiceThe Marquette Club of San Diego teamed up with Embrace the Streets for a service project in November, collecting and distributing clothes, blankets and more for the local homeless community.


Mission Week 2013 is a reminder 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.