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Alumni Newsletter | May 2013

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CIRCLES - Chicago

CIRCLES - Chicago finds right mix of learning, networking

Marquette alumni and friends gathered at two spring CIRCLES - Chicago programs: April's Innovation Workshop and yesterday's leadership and civic engagement panel. See a slideshow from both events.

Save the date and get advance notification for the fall CIRCLES - Chicago program on Oct. 29.

Board of Trustees endorses strategic plan

The Board of Trustees endorsed the Marquette University strategic plan, Beyond Boundaries: Setting the Course for Marquette’s Future, on May 1, following a campus-wide, 18-month planning effort. University President Scott R. Pilarz, S.J., thanked "everyone who contributed their time, talents, energy and input to ensure the plan reflects our collective hopes and dreams for Marquette." Read more about the strategic plan as reported in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Want to see Chicago?
Call an alum

ChicagoWhether it's the official sales and marketing agency for Chicago or such popular Chicago destinations as the Shedd Aquarium, the Museum of Science and Industry, Navy Pier, Gibson’s restaurants or Hyatt Hotels, you'll find a Marquette alum who's rolling out the red carpet.


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Landry Patrick Landry, Arts '08, was recognized by the Museum of Science and Industry – Chicago’s Center for the Advancement for Science Education for his commitment to science education. He was also named as an "Honored Staff" for his commitment to science education, participating in the Science Minors Club for at least three years. Landry is a 6th grade teacher and assistant principal at St. Gall’s Grade School in Chicago.

Bestor and TownsendChristine Elizabeth Bestor, Arts '06, and (Steven) Todd Townsend, Comm '05, of Chicago were engaged on May 15, 2012 in front of the St. Joan of Arc Chapel on the Marquette campus. They will be married in June in Milwaukee.

Brynda Anniversary Chris Brynda, Bus Ad '88, and Eileen (Lynch) Brynda, Arts '89, of Willow Springs, Ill., celebrated their 20th wedding anniversary. The couple was married on April 24, 1993, at St. Vincent DePaul Church in Chicago. There were 42 Marquette alumni in attendance.

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Networking Breakfast Club slated for June 13
Save the date for June 13 at the next Marquette Club of Chicago's quarterly Breakfast Club at the Marquette University's Chicago office at 140 S. Dearborn. Register here. Also look for a future extension of these popular networking events hosted by the Marquette Chicago office at a suburban location in the summer. Details coming soon.

If you knew then what you do now; offer advice for the
Class of 2013

It's a rite of spring. For several years, Marquette alumni have offered their words of wisdom to graduating seniors. The challenge: do it in 13 words or less for the Class of 2013. Share your advice here or post it on Marquette’s Facebook page by May 13. Select responses will be highlighted in June’s general and special graduates alumni newsletters welcoming them as the most recent members of the 110,000 Marquette alumni worldwide. Ring Out Ahoya!

Parents Roundtable and networking program debuts in Libertyville
Join fellow Marquette parents and engage in the student experience through interactive roundtable discussions. Topics include:
- The Power of EQ, Not Just IQ: Cultivating Success in Your Student
- The Infusion of Ignatian Spirituality in Campus Life Today
- Giving Your Student Wings: Growing, Learning and Leading on Campus to Mastering Life Off Campus

5:00 p.m., Wednesday, June 19
Independence Grove Audubon Hall/Visitors Center

Marquette alumni and friends are also invited. Join the discussion.

Reconnect, reminisce and celebrate at Alumni Reunion
Weekend, July 25 - 28

Join us as we welcome the five- to 45-year reunion classes, our 50-year Golden Jubilee class and several affinity groups back home to Marquette University. Alumni Reunion Weekend will include class parties, a Saturday Block Party, city and campus tours and more!

All alumni, regardless of reunion year, are invited back to campus for the inaugural "Marquette Fest" on Saturday night, featuring live music, food and fun in Westowne Square.

A closing salute to Chicago-area graduates and all awardees at Alumni National Awards Weekend
Alumni National Awards 2013 Video
More than 2,500 Marquette alumni and guests attended Alumni National Awards weekend, April 25-27, to honor 53 extraordinary leaders, including Dr. John Wakerly, Eng '70 (Glenview), for All-University Professional Achievement, and ten other alumni awardees from Chicago. See who you may know from Chicago and beyond as university awardees; make a gift to Marquette in their honor; or send a congratulatory note.

Weather doesn't stop outstanding CIRCLES entrepreneurship program
Despite flood conditions throughout Chicago on April 18, the CIRCLES "Entrepreneurship and Innovation in the Workplace" program was a highly successful gathering of alumni and friends. Special thanks to Acquity, which hosted the event, for live streaming the program and including panelists who could not attend via video conference.

Guess the Year
Guess the Year
Students enjoy the freshman picnic at Maryhill during Welcome Week.

a. 1959
b. 1962
c. 1966
d. 1970

See the correct answer



Are you among the nearly 1,000 alumni in the Chicago club LinkedIn group?
LinkedIn LogoThe Marquette Club of Chicago LinkedIn group has grown dramatically to nearly 1,000 members. The group includes an active job discussion board, so get connected.

Offering thanks: Scholarship Celebration unites students
and benefactors
Scholarship Celebration Luncheon
For many Marquette students, scholarships can be imperative to receiving a college education. The April 11 Scholarship Celebration Luncheon, led by Marquette President Scott R. Pilarz, S.J., set the stage for 150 students to meet, reminisce and offer sincere thanks to benefactors who help to make their Marquette experience possible.

College of Nursing dean named a Woman of Influence
Margaret Callahan, dean of nursing, was named a 2013 Business Journal Woman of Influence, honored in the "Mentor" category. She and other awardees will be honored at an awards event at the Delta Center and in The Business Journal feature, both on June 7. She joined Marquette in 2008 after serving as both professor and chair of adult health nursing and program director for the nurse anesthesia program at the Rush University College of Nursing.

Four professors honored with Teaching Excellence Awards at Père Marquette Dinner
Four Marquette faculty members were honored with Teaching Excellence Awards - the university's highest teaching honor - at the Père Marquette Dinner on May 2: Dr. Stephen Franzoi, professor of psychology; Dr. Douglas Lobner, professor of biomedical sciences; and Dr. Robert Lowe, professor of educational policy and leadership; received the John P. Raynor, S.J., Faculty Award for Teaching Excellence. Dr. Richard Jones, professor of social and cultural sciences, received the Robert and Mary Gettel Award for Teaching Excellence.

Marquette in the News
An article in the March entitled "When a parent is stage struck," featured Todd Denning, Marquette University director, instructor in the performing arts department. He discussed how some "stage parents" push their children too far.

See which Marquette events are happening in your area. Check out the full Alumni Event Calendar and register online.

Chicago Club Meeting
Wednesday, May 15
6:00 p.m. - Meeting
7:00 p.m. - Optional Networking

Marquette University Chicago Office
140 S. Dearborn St., Ste. 320

ALL alumni are welcome to help plan future events and make new connections. Join us at this brainstorming session and share your ideas for alumni activities in your neighborhood.

Chicago Authors Club Program to feature Phil Jackson
Friday, May 24
11:30 a.m. Reception
Luncheon and Program to Follow
Union League Club of Chicago
65 W. Jackson Blvd., Chicago

Eleven Rings: The Soul of Success by Phil Jackson In collaboration with the Union League Club, Marquette alumni are invited to attend the Authors Group luncheon and program. Phil Jackson will present his book, Eleven Rings: The Soul of Success. During his storied career as head coach of the Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Lakers, Phil Jackson won more championships than any coach in the history of professional sports by never straying from his coaching style of inspiring and challenging his players.

Join the Marquette table to learn from this Chicago and NBA legend.

Chicago Service Day
Saturday, June 1
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

The Night Ministry
4711 N. Ravenswood

Join the Marquette Club of Chicago for a service day at The Night Ministry. For questions or more information please contact James Sullivan, Bus Ad '05, at

Milwaukee: Piano Sale
Marquette community members pre-sale:
Saturday, May 25 - Sunday, May 27 by appointment. Call 414.288.4884
General public sale:
Monday, May 28
12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Varsity Theatre, 1342 W. Wisconsin Ave.

A large selection of used grand, baby grand and other pianos used on campus by Marquette students, as well as other keyboards, orchestral string insturments and guitars will be on sale as part of a partnership between Marquette and the Rockley Family Foundation.

Marquette Campus: First-ever Marquette Fest
Saturday, July 27; 7:30 - 12:30 p.m.
West Town Square

All Marquette alumni who love a good street festival are invited to relive their days on campus, at the all-new Marquette Fest!
Find out more and register now.

Marquette students clean up, raise $20,000

On April 20 more that 1,400 students participated in Marquette's Hunger Clean-up, the university's largest single day of service for the year. Read more about "one of the most successful events of its kind in the nation."