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Alumni Newsletter | March 2013

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National Alumni Awards Weekend

Chicago-area alumni among national award recipients

The Marquette University Alumni Association will honor 11 Chicago-area alumni as part of Alumni National Awards Weekend, April 25-27. Awardees include Dr. John Wakerly, Eng '70 (Glenview) for All-University Professional Achievement, plus 10 others who will receive college-specific honors. See all recipients from Chicago and beyond, join the celebration, make a gift in their honor or send a kudos note with one click at the Alumni National Awards Weekend website.

National Marquette Day win, conference title cap exciting March

National Marquette Day SlideshowHundreds of Chicago-area alumni and thousands around the globe celebrated a National Marquette Day win on March 2. See some of the 75 global gatherings. The men's basketball team also claimed a share of the regular season BIG EAST conference title on March 9. Join Chicago-area alumni, too, at tourney game-watching venues.

Chicago-area alumna helps grad begin career through 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 alumna Kathleen Dunne Balducci through the Marquette CIRCLES LinkedIn eMentor Network. The result: a job for Katie at Northwestern.


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ChristensenStephanie (Rau) Christensen, Bus Ad '09, and David Christensen, Ed '10, were married Sept. 29, 2012, at the Geneva National Golf Course in Lake Geneva, Wis. Stephanie works at MillerCoors and David is employed at Coldwell Banker. The couple lives in Argyle, Ill.


McCostlin BabyAdam McCostlin, Bus Ad '06, and Elizabeth (Feste) McCostlin, Arts '06, welcomed their first child, William Ignatius, on December 28, 2012, in Chicago. Will weighed 7 pounds, 12 ounces and measured 20 inches long.

Rich WoodsRich Wood, Arts '96, is national director of Microsoft SharePoint practices at Perficient, a business technology solutions firm in Chicago.

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New College of Arts and Sciences dean named; currently associate dean at Loyola University Chicago
Marquette University President Scott R. Pilarz, S.J. announced Dr. Richard Holz, associate dean for resources and planning and professor of chemistry at Loyola University Chicago, has been named dean of Marquette University’s Helen Way Klingler College of Arts and Sciences. Learn about the incoming dean who has served more than 6,000 students, 395 full-time faculty and 50 full-time staff members within Loyola’s College of Arts and Sciences.

Joan of Arc Chapel Marquette's most shared Facebook photo yet
"St. Joan of Arc Chapel in the Snow" was taken by Marquette student athlete Zach Gaugert,
Bus Ad '16. This photo appeared on the Marquette University Facebook page Feb. 26. Join more than 300 individuals who have shared or the 2,400 who have "liked" this image.

Strong Marquette alumni contingent continues at Union League Authors Group luncheon; Emanuel on April 5

In collaboration with The Union League Club, Marquette Chicagoland alumni are invited to the Authors Group luncheon and programs. The monthly book presentation luncheons, feature leadership authors and are followed by a book signing. Join many Marquette alumni on April 5 when Ezekiel “Zeke” Emanuel presents his book, Brothers Emanual, A Memoir of an American Family. Get connected, engaged and register.

Breakfast Club attracts record attendance - again
The Marquette Club of Chicago's quarterly Breakfast Club attracted an all-time high of 65 alumni at the Feb. 21 gathering. Alumni from classes from 1977 to 2012 represented industries ranging from finance to nonprofit. "The new Breakfast Club series is an excellent venue to meet more Marquette alumni and friends, expand your network and stay connected to the university," said Steve Sussina, Eng '84. Join us for the next meeting April 25.

Marquette University Board of Trustees elects four new members
Patrick S. Lawton, Bus Ad '78, Grad '80, Kelly McShane, Arts '68, Scott H. Schroeder, Bus Ad '92, Grad '96, and Owen J. Sullivan, Arts '79, have been elected to the Marquette University Board of Trustees. Learn more about these extraordinary alumni

Are you among the 800 alumni in the Chicago club LinkedIn group?
LinkedIn LogoThe Marquette Club of Chicago LinkedIn group has grown dramatically to 800 members. The group includes an active job discussion board, so get connected.

See the world with Marquette alumni
Marquette University offers alumni and friends the opportunity to travel abroad each year. Marquette partners with AHI Travel to offer tours to exciting cities and countries around the world. Travelers not only visit historic landmarks, but also get to experience different cultures first-hand and expand their knowledge about interesting lands. There is always an educational component on each trip. Local guides and experts make the history of the region come alive.

DISCOVER: Marquette University Research and Scholarship 2013
From engineering better devices for children with orthopaedic disabilities and research activity at Chicago's Shriners Hospital to healing the broken spine, these are among dynamic research initiatives faculty are developing on campus. Read about these and more cutting-edge research and scholarship through Discover.

Marquette in the News
William Thorn, associate professor of journalism; Steven Avella, professor of history; and Patrick Carey, professor of theology, commented on Pope Benedict XVI's resignation announcement.

Stories appeared in the Wall Street Journal, WISN-TV, WITI -TV, WDJT-TV, WTMJ-TV, WUWM-FM, Wisconsin Radio Network, WTMJ-AM.
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Join Marquette alumni for many upcoming gatherings in the Chicago area. Visit the full Alumni Event Calendar and register online.

NEW DATE: Marquette Club of Chicago Meeting - Open to all Chicago alumni!

Wednesday, March 13
6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Marquette University Chicago office
140 S. Dearborn St., Ste. 320, Chicago

Share your passion for Marquette and help plan our spring service project, network with other alumni and help plan future events in your area. Register now.

Chicagoland Big East and NCAA Tournament Game-watching sites
Beginning Thursday, March 14
Many locations

Cheer on the Big East champs during post-season play at one of the many game-watching sites in the area, including Chicago, Arlington Heights, Downers Grove, Forest Park, Glenview and Oak Lawn. Marquette opens BIG EAST tournament action at 8 p.m. CT on Thursday, March 14, (opponent TBD).

Mass and Brunch
Sunday, April 14
10:00 a.m. Mass; brunch to follow
Fenwick High School
505 W. Washington Blvd., Oak Park

Connect, reflect and worship with other Marquette alumni and families. Rev. Fred Zagone, S.J., from Marquette University will celebrate Mass and share a campus update.
Join other alumni by registering now.

To volunteer the morning of Mass, please contact

Chicago CIRCLES: A View from the Top: The Power of Principled Leadership and Civic Engagement
Tuesday, May 7
Mid America Club, 200 E. Randolph Dr., 80th Floor, Chicago

Check back to soon for more event and registration information or contact for advance notice when registration becomes available.

MAP imageSpringing into action
During spring break, 182 students will travel to 19 sites nationwide as part of the Marquette Action Program. They will teach, farm, feed and build, furthering recovery in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy and comforting those in need.

MARDI GRAS heads to New York
Nearly 100 individuals from the student-run MARDI GRAS (Making A Real Difference in the Gulf Region) organization will support various service agencies in New Orleans this week during spring break, and h nearly 15 others will collaborate with New York Cares for Hurricane Sandy relief efforts.

Marquette makes Education Community Service Honor Roll for seventh year
Marquette University was named to the 2013 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll by the Corporation for National and Community Service for exemplary service efforts and service to disadvantaged youth, logging more than 455,000 hours of service to the community each year.

40 days to discover what needs transforming in your life
Lent ImageLearn how college and new friendships challenged the university's director of liturgical programs to find deeper meaning in the seasonal practices of prayer, fasting and almsgiving.