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Alumni Newsletter | March 2014

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NASA selects Marquette satellite to launch into space

NASA has chosen Marquette as one of 16 organizations to launch a CubeSat. The student-built satellite, named Golden Eagle One, will be the first satellite built by Wisconsin college students to be launched into space.

"The College of Engineering wants to inspire students to reach for places they normally wouldn't, including space," says Dr. Robert H. Bishop, Opus Dean of Engineering and adviser on the project. Read more.

Marquette in the BIG EAST tournament: alumni events

BIG EAST Tournament 2014Find a place to watch with fellow fans when Marquette takes on BIG EAST foe Xavier on Thursday, March 13, in New York.

In the New York area and/or planning to attend the game? Check out the events planned in New York for Marquette fans.

'Bob the Barber' Celebrates 50 Years
'Bob the Barber' celebrates 50 years at Marquette

"The meaner you are, the more our customers like it,"says Bob Krebsbach, the man who has given 367,000 haircuts to the Marquette community. Read the full story.




Battle of the Beaks

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Marcie Eanes

Marcie Eanes, Jour '84, of Racine, Wis., took part in the Winter Local Authors Day panel at Racine Barnes & Noble Booksellers. She read selections from her latest poetry collection, "Passion's Zest," and talked about making the transition from newspaper reporter to poet.

Rich Wedding Ashley (Spingola) Rich, Comm '08, and Brandon Rich married May 26, 2013, at the Harley-Davidson Museum in Milwaukee. The couple resides in Omaha, Neb. Ashley is a marketing coordinator for Nebraska Furniture Mart and Brandon is an electrical engineer. Together they have a photography and videography business.

Chris WachotzChris Wachotz, Nurs ’79, of Durham, N.C., was named CEO of Divers Alert Network Asia-Pacific, a health and safety non-profit organization that serves the scuba divers in the Asia-Pacific and is based in Melbourne, Australia.

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


How will I know when I'm making progress on LinkedIn?
By Wayne Breitbarth, Grad '86

If you’re accomplishing the LinkedIn goals you've set, then you're making progress. What numbers should you track to see if you are working toward your goals?

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National awards weekend to honor alumni, friends
The Marquette University Alumni Association will honor 55 alumni and friends at Alumni National Awards weekend, April 24-26. Recipients include Rhona E. Vogel, Bus Ad '72, All-University Alumna of the Year. Learn about the other award recipients, join the celebrations, make a gift to Marquette in their honor or send them a congratulatory note.

Watch National Marquette Day fan highlights

National Marquette Day 2014 Slideshow Marquette fans across the world rang out Ahoya on National Marquette Day, Feb. 15. From 79 international game-watching sites to thousands of social media conversations, Marquette students, alumni and friends turned out in force to cheer on Marquette men's basketball as they bested Xavier. Marquette women's basketball also beat Xavier on National Marquette Day, while men's and women's lacrosse fought away-matches on the East Coast.

Marquette Education
Magazine - "Hope works"
Education Magazine - Hope WorksKnown as "America's foremost researcher on hope," Dr. Shane Lopez says hope "is an ancient virtue."

Lopez visited Marquette in November 2013 to deliver the College of Education's Tommy G. Thompson lecture. He sat down with his former student Dr. Lisa Edwards, associate professor of counseling at Marquette, to discuss the role hope can play to help those who are struggling.

"Hope is one of the few things that comes close to an equal-opportunity resource," said Lopez. "Hope cuts across income levels. It cuts across IQs. It cuts across social groups." Read the full story.

Free webinar: Leadership as Communication
Wednesday, Apr. 16, at 1:00 p.m. CST
Join Marquette assistant professor Jeremy Fyke to discuss ways communication can increase the effectiveness of your organization. By the end of this session, attendees will be able to explain a communication-centered approach to leadership as well as practice and enact framing and feedback as two key leadership-related communication skills. Register online.

Guess the Year!
Guess the YearMarquette fans cheer for the Great Midwest Conference Champions at the Bradley Center.

a. 1989
b. 1991
c. 1992
d. 1994

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.

Seattle: Alumni Day of Prayer
Saturday, March 22, from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Seattle University, Campion Hall (Ecumenical Chapel)
914 E. Jefferson St., Seattle
Retreat and renew during this ecumenical, Ignatian day of reflection designed for Jesuit–educated alumni, friends and family who are 50 and older. Register now.

Boulder, Colo.: Fish Fry
Friday, March 28, from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Rocky Mountain Flats Lounge
Colorado 93, Boulder
Join the Marquette Club of Colorado for a Friday fish fry. All are welcome. Guests are responsible for purchasing their own meals at Rocky Mountain. Contact Sabrina Bovay, Bus Ad '03, at

Miami: Heat vs. Raptors Game
Monday, March 31, at 6:30 p.m.
American Airlines Arena
601 Biscayne Blvd., Miami
Join Marquette alumni, and friends for live NBA action. Watch former Marquette players, Steve Novak, Comm '06, and Dwight Buycks of the Raptors, take on Dwyane Wade and the Heat on their home court.
$40 price includes a $5 donation to Marquette University. Purchase tickets and use passcode: EAGLES. Ticket offer expires March 14.

Washington, D.C.: Marquette Women's Lacrosse vs. Georgetown
Saturday, April 5, at noon
Multi-Sport Field
Georgetown campus, directly north of the Southwest Quad
Washington, D.C.
Cheer on the Marquette Women’s Lacrosse team when they take on Georgetown! Purchase tickets.

March reflection: Lent and forgiveness
Lent ReflectionWe begin each Lent begging for “the blessing of forgiveness.” St. Ignatius reminds us that we are all sinners but adds, “We are sinners called to be companions of Christ.” God touches our lives and shows us that we are forgiven. A change takes place. How do we show the world that we have changed?

Prayer, almsgiving and good works are part of the formula the Gospels offer to assist us in forming our minds and hearts in relationship to our faith, and sacrifice is a great demonstration of our love for the Lord. We are called to commit these acts conscious of our relationship with Christ and remember that God loves us.

If we accept Christ’s invitation, we open ourselves to the change that takes place through the forgiveness of sins. All of this helps us to begin Lent.

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

Rybergs discuss community engagement at CIRCLES - Atlanta
RybergsIn an interview with Greg Donaldson, Sp '80, Betty Ryberg, Arts '69, and the Hon. W. Greg Ryberg, Arts '68, shared why they're so passionately committed to their community and how to be a man or woman for others. A crowd of 50 Marquette alumni and friends gathered in Atlanta on Feb. 27 for the talk; a Marquette men's basketball game-watching gathering immediately followed the event. MU thanks Betty and Marquette Board of Trustees member W. Greg Ryberg for their inspirational contribution to CIRCLES - Atlanta.

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.

Ted Rogers at Marquette