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Alumni Newsletter | February 2014

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National Marquette Day

Find your local National Marquette Day party this Saturday, Feb. 15

Ring out ahoya with fellow fans on National Marquette Day this Saturday, Feb. 15. Alumni and friends worldwide will gather to cheer on Marquette Men's Basketball vs. Xavier plus men's and women's lacrosse on the East Coast.

Find a game-watching party near you, learn about the history of National Marquette Day and show us your Marquette spirit.

Battle of the Beaks challenge kicks off Feb. 19

Battle of the BeaksMake an impact on current students and support your Golden Eagles during the Battle of the Beaks challenge, Feb. 19 - March 11.

During the Battle, St. John's, Creighton and Marquette will face off to be the school with the most donors. Become a Battle of the Beaks ambassador and help Marquette spread the word.

Marquette Magazine
MU Law professor to help resolve disputes at Sochi

As one of nine international arbitrators at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Matthew Mitten will work to resolve athlete disputes within 24 hours to avoid delays in the games. Read the full story.




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Nkozi Knight

Nkozi Knight, Prof St '09, established the Support Veterans Wisconsin - Veteran Team Member Network. The network's mission is to support veterans, active duty service members and the community through efforts that include financial education and veteran awareness.

Moloznik BabyJohn Moloznik, Bus Ad '04, and Catherine (Michalek) Moloznik, Bus Ad '04, welcomed their first child, Jack, on October 20, 2013. He weighed 6 pounds, 8 ounces. The family resides in Chicago.

Pete ReillyPeter B. Reilly, CPA, CVA, Bus Ad '78, was elected president and managing partner of CBM, a leading Bethesda, Md.-based full-service CPA and business advisory firm. Reilly will lead the firm’s operations, focusing on business development, process improvements, client satisfaction, and employee development.

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


How healthy is your career?
By Brian Noviskis, Bus Ad '82

It's your career. How healthy is it? Vibrant and growing or stagnant and slowing? Since you own it, you are fully in charge of your career's health.

Read the full article.

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Marquette receives $10 million gift to build new Jesuit Residence, support need-based scholarships
Marquette University received a $10 million gift from an anonymous benefactor to build a new on-campus residence for its community of Jesuit priests and to support scholarships.

The gift marks the beginning of a university effort to build a new Jesuit Residence and renovate the center of campus. The project will total $15 million and will be funded entirely from donations. Construction and work will begin after an additional $7.5 million is raised. The remaining $2.5 million of the gift will be dedicated to support need-based scholarships, a key priority identified in the university’s strategic plan that was unveiled in May 2013. Read the full story.

Marquette Lawyer Magazine
- Faculty insights: Changing things for the better, step by step
Marquette Lawyer MagazinePhoebe Williams remembers her father coming home from his job as a schoolteacher in an unusually happy mood on May 17, 1954, the day the
U.S. Supreme Court issued the historic
Brown v. Board of Education
decision on school segregation. Williams
was eight years old and living in thoroughly segregated Memphis, Tenn.

"I wanted and expected change immediately," she recalled.

Williams, a Marquette lawyer and a member of the Marquette Law School faculty since 1985, has been an initiator of change, a participant in change, a witness to change - and a witness to the frustration of hopes for change. Read the full story.

Presidential Search Committee chair John F. Ferraro updates Marquette community on search progress

Since the Board of Trustees' approval of the Presidential Position Description in early December, the Presidential Search Committee, in partnership with Jesuit leadership and our national executive search firm, Witt/Kieffer, have been actively engaging with prospective candidates – both Jesuit and lay.

The pool is strong and includes a majority of sitting presidents as well as provosts, deans and other distinguished leaders. The process is on schedule; we continue mutually discerning with candidates as we move toward our recommendation to the Board of Trustees. Read the full letter.

Free webinar: 50 Years of the Beatles
Wednesday, Feb. 19, at 1:00 p.m. CST
Beatles WebinarJoin Marquette professor and pop culture expert Dr. James South as he discusses the 50th anniversary of the Beatles' debut on the 'Ed Sullivan Show.' The webinar will consider the Beatles' intersection with 1960s movements like Eastern mysticism, the drug culture and student activism; and the band's continuing appeal across generations. Secure your spot now.

Guess the Year!
Guess the YearStudents wait in line to register for classes.

a. 1977
b. 1979
c. 1981
d. 1983

Get the answer.


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.

Atlanta: Marquette CIRCLES Presents: A Man and Woman for Others
Thursday, Feb. 27
, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Grand Hyatt Buckhead
3300 Peachtree Rd. NE, Atlanta
In an interview with Greg Donaldson, Sp '80, Betty, Arts '69, and the Hon. W. Greg Ryberg, Arts '68, will share why they’re so passionately committed to their community. Register now.

Florida: AMUW Book Club in Naples
Tuesday March 4, at 2 p.m.
Collier's Reserve Country Club
11711 Colliers Reserve Dr., Naples
Join Rev. Frederick P. Zagone, S.J., of University Advancement and hosts Pam Peters, Bus Ad '70, and Donna Farrell, Arts '70, to discuss the acclaimed bestseller The Light Between Oceans: A Novel by M. L. Stedman. Light refreshments will be served. Register now.

Phoenix: Spring Training Tailgate Party
Saturday, March 22
, 11:30 a.m. - Tailgate; 1:05 p.m. - First pitch
Maryvale Baseball Park
3600 North 51st Ave., Maryvale
Head to the ballpark with the Marquette Club of Phoenix! Join us for food, fun and baseball. Alumni, friends and families are welcome. Register now.

Northeast Ohio: Mass and Brunch
Sunday, Mar. 23; 10:30 a.m. - Mass; brunch to follow
Saint Francis Chapel, John Carroll University
20700 North Park Blvd., University Heights
Gather with fellow Marquette alumni and their families for a very special day. Rev. Frederick Zagone, S.J., of University Advancement, will celebrate Mass. He will also give a university update during brunch. Register now.

Find a Marquette basketball game-watching party near you
Come out of the cold this winter and gather with fellow alumni, parents and friends at a men's or women's basketball game-watching party.

February reflection: The season of love
The season of loveAre you in love? Are you looking for love? Sometimes I think we listen to too many love songs or watch too many movies where the expectation is to live happily ever after. Love can be a wonderful thing. We just have to accept that love is never perfect.

Think of the words of St. Paul in his letter to the Corinthians. "Love is patient; love is kind. Love is not jealous, it does not put on airs, it is not snobbish. Love is never rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not prone to anger; neither does it brood over injuries. Love does not rejoice in what is wrong but rejoices with the truth. There is no limit to love’s forbearance, to its trust, its hope, its power to endure. Love never fails."

A few years ago the cartoon For Better or for Worse ended original syndication and concluded the story with this: "And although it's not easy, this is all part of loving someone, with all your heart... and with all you have to give! It’s a promise to be there, one for the other, no matter what happens, no matter who falls, for better or worse."

From my windows in Humphrey Hall I have watched the sunrises through the glass tower of Engineering Hall. A reminder that the days are getting longer and springtime is coming! The season of love.

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

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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