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Alumni Newsletter | January 2017

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Mission Week 2017

Marquette community to celebrate annual Mission Week in February

Marquette students, staff, faculty and members of the Milwaukee community will gather Feb. 5-10 for a series of programs related to racial justice.

Participants will engage in a week of study, listening, dialogue and prayer as they seek to become better informed and transformed human beings related to the complicated history and reality of racial justice in contemporary times. Learn more about Mission Week.

Being the difference begins at home

Marquette's mission invites us to relate, to listen, to boldly engage. See why community engagement is a critical part of Marquette's Jesuit tradition.

Being the difference begins at home video

Startups Mogul - Marquette Magazine
Startups mogul

Startups jockey to catch the eye of Joe Kirgues, Bus Ad '05, cofounder of gener8tor. The company boasts a portfolio of 42 successful high-growth startups that have brought 400+ jobs to Wisconsin. Read the full story.




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Elizabth PoronskyElizabeth Haynes Poronsky, Arts '99, spent last summer studying the ecological, cultural and spiritual landscapes of the Western Ghats in India. She is creative director at Forces for Nature and lives in Tipp City, Ohio. She is pursuing her master's degree from Miami University's Global Field Program. 

Brian Luther

Rear Adm. Brian E. Luther, Arts '84, was assigned deputy assistant secretary of the United States Navy for budget; and director, Fiscal Management Division, N82, Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, Washington, D.C. He previously served as commander of Carrier Strike Group in Norfolk, Va.

Thompson Baby

Laura (Heyrman) Thompson, Nurs '07, and Paul Thompson, Bus Ad '06, Grad '07, welcomed son Ivan James on Nov. 5, 2016. He was 6 pounds and 19.25 inches. The family lives in Cambridge, New Zealand.

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Career health - the 'Bop It' syndrome

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. Read the full story.

By Brian Noviskis, Bus Ad '82

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'This is your year': Mom's encouragement helped me find my place at Marquette
By Tyler Vicknair, Marquette senior
This is your year - Marquette on MediumJunior year was a turning point for me at Marquette. My mother told me, "this is going to be your year!" and that she had a good feeling she couldn’t explain. I took those words to heart, changed my mindset, and watched my luck rearrange. Since learning to embrace my journey, I have contributed to Marquette, and it has changed my life in unimaginable ways. Read the full story.

National Marquette Day is Saturday, Feb. 18!

National Marquette Day is Feb. 18Ring 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: Support Men's Basketball Head Coach Steve Wojciechowski and Camp Hometown Heroes in the Coaches Charity Challenge. The coach with the most votes receives $100,000 for his charity of choice. It only takes a couple of clicks - vote now.

Marquette names new executive vice president for operations
Dave Lawlor Marquette University named Dave Lawlor as its new executive vice president for operations, President Michael R. Lovell announced on Jan. 5. Lawlor, who most recently served as vice chancellor and chief financial officer at the University of California – Davis, will begin in his role on Jan. 10. Read the full story.

'We are Marquette' on Medium:
Breaking bread and bridging divides with the Kantian Dinner Party Initiative

Kantian Dinner Party initiative Nine sets of silverware are rolled into nine napkins, resting on nine little plates in front of exactly nine chairs. Immanuel Kant was very specific about the number of guests that were appropriate for a proper dinner party, and he’s the one making the rules for this gathering.

Guests from all walks of life in Milwaukee, representing a wide breadth of ages, genders, and ethnicities, prepare for a meal unlike any they've had before. Read the full story.

Marquette College of Communication and ASNE establish O’Brien Fellowship Award for Impact in Public Service Journalism
Inspired by the Perry and Alicia O’Brien Fellowship in Public Service Journalism, the award aims to reward an individual or team whose work helps to solve a community or societal issue, and leads to changes in laws, regulations or other demonstrated results.

"This partnership between the O’Brien Fellowship and ASNE is good for Marquette, for the industry and especially for a citizenry that needs a renewed emphasis on journalism that improves our democracy," said Dr. Kimo Ah Yun, dean of the College of Communication. Read the full story.

Marquette purchases rare first edition, first printing of 'The Hobbit'
Hobbit Dustjacket
Marquette University has acquired one of only 1,500 first edition, first printing copies of The Hobbit to add to its J.R.R. Tolkien Collection. The copy of the children’s fantasy novel, obtained by the Department of Special Collections and University Archives, features artwork drawn by Tolkien himself.

The Hobbit was published on Sept. 21, 1937, to wide critical acclaim and is recognized as a classic in children's literature. The first printing sold out before the end of 1937. Read the full story.

Guess the Year
Guess the Year
Rev. John Gebhard, S.J., offers the daily noon Mass in the Schroeder Hall chapel.

a. 1960
b. 1963
c. 1965
d. 1968

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!


Milwaukee: National Marquette Day Pregame Receptions
Saturday Feb. 18
Join us at one of these National Marquette Day pregame receptions:
Business Administration Alumni Association Reception
College of Engineering Reception
College of Nursing Reception
Young Alumni Association Reception

Omaha: Men's Basketball vs. Creighton Blue and Gold Pregame Reception and Game
Saturday, Jan. 21; 11:30 a.m. Reception
The Old Mattress Factory Bar & Grill, 501 N. 13th St., Omaha
1:30 p.m. Tipoff: Marquette Men's Basketball at Creighton University
CenturyLink Center, 455 N. 10th St., Omaha
Join Marquette alumni and fans for a Blue and Gold pregame reception when the Golden Eagles face the Creighton Bluejays. Sign up today.

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. 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.

Minnesota: Mass and Brunch
Sunday, Jan. 29; 10:30 a.m. Mass
St. Thomas More Catholic Church, 1079 Summit Ave., St. Paul
Noon Brunch
Bonfire Wood Fire Cooking, 850 Grand Ave., St. Paul
Join the Marquette Club of Minnesota at a Jesuit Mass at St. Thomas More celebrated by Rev. Warran Sazama, S.J. Following Mass, join us for brunch at Bonfire. Sign up today.

Chicago: Men's Basketball vs. DePaul Blue and Gold Pregame Reception
Saturday, Feb. 4; 10:30 a.m. Reception
Hofbrauhaus; 5500 Park Pl., Rosemont
Join Marquette alumni and fans for a Blue and Gold reception before the annual “DePaul Brawl” when the Golden Eagles face the Blue Demons. Sign up today.

Naples, Fla: Association of Marquette University Women Book Club
Tuesday, Feb. 28; 10 a.m.
Collier's Reserve Country Club
11711 Collier's 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 Old Heart by Peter Ferry. Sign up today.

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

January reflection: Answer your call
January reflectionWay too many of us get a call and let it go to voicemail. We figure we’ll listen to it later. We'll follow up on it when we get around to it. Last week I celebrated Mass for the students traveling to Nicaragua as a part of Marquette's Global Brigade. The students chose a different path on which to spend their winter break. They answered the call.

There are lots of reasons for making this choice. For some it is humanitarian. For some it is the desire to simply do good for others, or to have a new experience. Still others do so for religious or spiritual reasons. At Marquette we look to our Catholic and Jesuit ideals to motivate us in the spirit of action.

St. Ignatius called us to "go and set the world on fire." In these days after Christmas, we continue to acknowledge and live our Christian beliefs that started with that baby in the manger. As we celebrate the Epiphany, the Gospel story of Jesus' baptism in the Jordan marked the beginning of his public ministry. In much the same way, the service provided by members of the Marquette community are the start, or maybe the continuation, of our ministry.

In February, Marquette will celebrate our annual Mission Week. This year's theme is "Racial Justice: Black, White and Call of the Church." It is a call to each of us to share in the opportunity to study, listen, dialogue and pray as we seek to become better informed and transformed human beings related to the complicated history and reality of racial justice in contemporary times.

Don't ignore your call. Happy new year.

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

#WeAreMarquette: Marquette looks back on an exciting, sometimes turbulent 2016
Look back on Marquette's 2016
Our campus is often reflective of the world around us, and as a Catholic, Jesuit university, Marquette has a unique duty to address those issues that test us as a society. University leaders this year rose to the opportunity, calling for dialogue, not division; standing tall with our students; and reminding everyone that Milwaukee is our home. Look back on Marquette's 2016 milestones.

100 Years of Basketball: Members of the 1977 men's basketball championship team honored at recent game
1977 Men's Basketball Team Honored
This year, Marquette celebrates 100 years of men's basketball tradition. Part of the celebrations included a mini-reunion of players from the 1977 championship team, who were honored on court with jerseys at a recent game at the BMO Harris Bradley Center. Explore 100 years of Marquette basketball.