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Alumni Newsletter | March 2017

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Marquette gospel choir

Finding purpose through Marquette’s Gospel Choir

By Marquette student Tyler Vicknair

My mother encouraged me to attend Mass at Gesu to maintain a relationship with God as I did every Sunday back home. The aura of the place was spectacular, but it wasn’t what I was used to.

Listening to recorded gospel music was not fulfilling the fellowship gained through musical interaction. Then I found Marquette Gospel Choir. Read more.

Photo by Marquette student Matthew Serafin

Women's basketball claims BIG EAST title

With the win over DePaul on March 7, Marquette (25-7) earns its first conference tournament title since joining the BIG EAST in advance of the 2004-05 campaign. They also punch their ticket to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2011. Read more.

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Marquette Magazine - Being Human
Being human

"The more years I spend as part of a Jesuit institution, the richer this experience grows," wrote Dr. John Pustejovsky." Read the full story.




Submit a Class Note

Carole CastoCarole Casto, Arts ’92, was named vice president – communications at Cummins Inc. She will oversee the company’s global communication strategy, executive speech writing, crisis communications, digital, visual and internal communications and media relations. She lives in Indianapolis.

Marcos Molina

Marcos Molina, Bus Ad ’14, is marketing/communications coordinator at Quinn Evans Architects' Washington, D.C., office. His experience includes web-based marketing, social media, graphic design, and client relationship strategies.

Monica Conners

Monica Conners, Bus Ad ’88, Lawrence Group senior director of client development, was selected to serve on the Commercial Real Estate Women Network Foundation Board of Directors for the 2017-18 term. Monica joined Lawrence Group in 2016, after nearly 20 years in economic development at the state, regional and local level. She lives in Webster Groves, Mo.

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

$3 Million Challenge by Marcus Lemonis


3 Ways to Build Confidence

Whether you’re starting your career or are a seasoned professional, consider these practical tips to bolster your confidence. Learn more.

By Monica Oliver, Sp ’81

Get more insights from Marquette alumni through the Career Experts Network.

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Marquette basketball sophomores Allazia Blockton and Amani Wilborn stick together
By Lori Nickel, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
WBB Players Friends Since 4th Grade
It was a pretty bold request from a 17-year-old in braids, but Allazia Blockton could only think of the possibilities.
So she told the coaching staff at Marquette University: "If you get Amani, I will definitely come."

And just like that, Marquette coach Carolyn Kieger, who has traveled as far away as Sweden and Finland to land a recruit, picked up two great players within the 414 area code. Read the full story.

Sting and J. Ralph's 'The Empty Chair' is a bittersweet ode to journalist James Foley
By Rebecca Keegan, Vanity Fair
James FoleySting and J. Ralph wrote "The Empty Chair" for the documentary Jim: The James Foley Story. A quiet song for a small movie, “The Empty Chair” provided one of Oscar night’s more intimate moments when Sting performed at the Academy Awards. If the songwriters have their way, it will also intrigue a global audience to learn more about [Marquette alumnus] Foley than merely the way he died. Read the full story.

Pep Rally before National Marquette Day draws thousands to campus
Pep Rally
Students joined Marquette alumni, fans and friends for a Pep Rally on campus Feb. 17 prior to National Marquette Day. Participants enjoyed complimentary s'mores, a Bollywood dance lesson, appearances from student-athletes and coaches, an alumni men's basketball game and more.

Keeping college dreams alive
Levine Mark Levine, Marquette's assistant financial aid director, hopes to ease the anxiety over how to pay for college by making sure every high school senior in Milwaukee knows what FAFSA means — and why it’s essential to keeping each of their college dreams alive. Teaming up with Milwaukee Succeeds, a data-based non-profit organization focused on improving education, Levine has taken his own personal time to go out into Milwaukee Public Schools to educate families about the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, without which many Milwaukee students are unable to afford higher education. Read the full story.

Marquette grad school holds its first Three-minute Thesis competition
The Graduate School and Marquette University made history this February by holding its first Three-minute Thesis competition. The Three-minute Thesis is a global research communication competition developed by The University of Queensland in Australia. It is an academic competition for doctoral and master’s degree students that require each participant to explain his or her research effectively in three minutes, using one slide, with no animation. Learn more.

Guess the Year

Guess the Year
Members of the Marquette cheerleading squad snap into formation during a basketball game break.

a. 1970
b. 1975
c. 1977
d. 1981

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!

Northeast Ohio: Mass and Brunch

Sunday, March 19; 10:30 a.m. Mass; brunch to follow
Saint Francis Chapel, John Carroll University
20700 N. Park Blvd., University Heights
Join fellow Marquette alumni and their families for a morning of faith and fellowship. Rev. Frederick Zagone, S. J., chaplain, Marquette University Alumni Association, will celebrate Mass and provide a university update during brunch. Sign up today.

St. Louis: Business Leadership Panel
Thursday, March 23; 5:00 p.m. Registration and networking; 5:30 p.m. Program; 6:30 p.m. TechShop tours
Cambridge Innovation Center, 4240 Forest Park Ave., St. Louis
Dr. Kris Ropella, Eng '85, Opus Dean, Opus College of Engineering, Marquette University, returns to St. Louis and will join Chris Ruzicka, Jour '82, director of business development at TechShop, Inc., to discuss innovation in higher education. Sign up today.

Chicago: Forward Marquette Innovation
Wednesday, April 5
5 p.m. Reception; 6 p.m. Remarks
Union League Club of Chicago, Crystal Room
65 W. Jackson Blvd., Chicago
Join Dr. Jeanne M. Hossenlopp, vice president for research and innovation, staff and students to learn more about the Office of Research and Innovation. Find out about the infrastructure that supports idea generation, entrepreneurship and commercialization across campus as well as securing increased research funding. Sign up today. Sign up today.

Marquette in Boston: The Road to the Boston Marathon
Saturday, April 15
4:00 p.m. Reception, 4:30 p.m. Program
District Hall - Assembly Space, 75 Northern Ave., Boston
Join us for an inspirational conversation with Marquette University President Michael R. Lovell and Ian Kloehn, a senior in the College of Health Sciences who will share their journey to running the 2017 Boston Marathon. Their discussion will be moderated by Trenni Kusnierek, Comm '99, sports anchor and reporter at Comcast SportsNet New England. Sign up today.

Join us again on race day in Boston:
Monday, April 17
10:00 a.m. - Fans begin to gather
Heartbreak Hill, West of Waban Hill Road along Commonwealth Ave.
Join Marquette alumni, parents and friends to cheer on Dr. Lovell and members of the Marquette community along with all Boston Marathon runners. See a map.

North Texas: Mass and Reception
Saturday, April 22
5:30 p.m. Mass, reception to follow
The home of Carlos, Eng ’84, Rodriguez-Garcia and Laura Cruz y Celis-Rodriguez, Plano
Join the MU Club of North Texas for a special Mass and reception hosted by Carlos, Eng ’84, and Laura Rodriguez-Garcia. Rev. Frederick Zagone, S.J., chaplain, University Advancement, will celebrate the Mass and provide a university update. After Mass, network, reminisce and reconnect with fellow alumni, parents and friends. Sign up today.

2017 Maui Invitational Ticket Information
November 20-22, 2017
Lahaina Civic Center, 1840 Honoapiilani Hwy., Lahaina, Hawaii
Marquette men's basketball will be taking part in the 2017 Maui Jim Maui Invitational. Tickets and travel packages are now available. Marquette men's basketball will join California, Chaminade, LSU, Michigan, Notre Dame, VCU, and Wichita State in this eight-team, three-day tournament. Each team is guaranteed to play three games (one game each day from November 20-22).

Tickets must be purchased by Friday, March 31. Get more information and purchase tickets.

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

March reflection: Teach Me Your Way
Joan of Arc Chapel LentTeach me your way of looking at people:
as you glanced at Peter after his denial,
as you penetrated the heart of the rich young man
and the hearts of your disciples.

I would like to meet you as you really are, since your image changes those with whom you come into contact.

Remember John the Baptist’s first meeting with you?
And the centurion’s feeling of unworthiness?
And the amazement of all those who saw miracles
and other wonders?

How you impressed your disciples,
the rabble in the Garden of Olives,
Pilate and his wife
and the centurion at the foot of the cross.

I would like to hear and be impressed
by your manner of speaking,
listening, for example, to your discourse in the
synagogue in Capharnaum
or the Sermon on the Mount where your audience
felt you “taught as one who has authority.”

— Pedro Arrupe, S.J.

Excerpt from Hearts on Fire: Praying with Jesuits, edited by Michael Harter, S.J..

#WeAreMarquette: You are welcome here: Office of International Education shares new video
You Are Welcome Here video
Marquette University’s Office of International Education released a new video titled "You are welcome here," highlighting that Marquette is currently home to more than 700 international students from around the world.

"This video and message is particularly timely, given the continued changes in our immigration policies as well as the latest executive order," said Provost Dan Myers. Learn more and watch the video.

#WeAreMarquette: MU Club of Central Texas one of more than 50 National Marquette Day game-watching parties
MU Club of Central Texas
For more than 20 years, the National Marquette Day global celebration gathers the Marquette nation united together in pride, spirit and sport to honor the values we cherish throughout the year. More than 50 alumni clubs and individuals organized game-watching parties for this year's National Marquette Day on Feb. 18 to watch Marquette men's basketball take on Xavier. Follow the MU Club of Central Texas on Facebook.

#BeTheDifference: Young Alumni Association collects donations for Hunger Task Force at National Marquette Day pregame reception
Young Alumni Association at NMD
The Young Alumni Association included a food drive in their National Marquette Day pregame reception in Milwaukee and were able to raise 87 pounds of food in just one day, iincluding 40 jars of peanut butter, which was the special ask from Hunger Task Force. Above is Young Alumni Association board president Jim Love, Comm 13, with YAA service chair, Hayley Barber, Comm '07. Learn more about the Young Alumni Association.