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Alumni Newsletter | May 2014

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Student start-up focalCast earns Trailblazer Prize at business plan competition

FocalCast is a mobile app that allows users to wirelessly present PowerPoints from a tablet or smartphone directly to a display device. It's a venture by mechanical engineering major Devin Turner and fellow engineering student and chief technology officer Charlie Beckwith. Nicholas Winninger, Marquette MBA student, joined the team as business analyst.

Read more about the app, the students and the competition.

Ferraro elected chair of Board of Trustees; Thomas is vice chair

John F. Ferraro, Bus Ad '77, global CEO at Ernst & Young, has served on the Board of Trustees since 2006. Cherryl T. Thomas, Arts '68, CEO of Ardmore Associates, joined the board in 2003. Read more.

Board of Trustees Election

James Martin is 2014 Commencement Speaker
From The Colbert Report to Commencement

Rev. James Martin, S.J., is a priest who posts and prays, a Jesuit who jokes and tweets. Read the full story.




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FischerAdelheid Fischer, Arts '80, received the 2014 Ellen Meloy Fund for Desert Writers award and a $3,000 grant to help support her current work, The Ecology of Grief. Fischer lives in Phoenix where she serves as manager of InnovationSpace, a product-development program at Arizona State University. She leads the program's biomimicry initiative, which introduces students to the use of biology as a means of sustainable innovation in design, business and engineering.

Carson TwinsMichael Carson, Bus Ad '94, and his wife Margaret welcomed twins on April 4: son Finbar (Finn) Raymond Carson was 7 pounds, 1 ounce and 19.5 inches long; daughter Irene Virginia Carson was 5 pounds, 8 ounces and 19 inches long. The family lives in Los Angeles.


Richard RytmanRichard Rytman, Law '94, was named director of global security for Chrysler Group, LLC, in Auburn Hills, Mich.


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Strengthen your ability to journey down a career path
By Brian Noviskis, Bus Ad '82

Traveling down a successful career path requires the right tools. Equip yourself with these skills and qualities to establish a solid foundation.

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Kieger named women's basketball head coach
Carolyn Kieger Former Marquette University women’s basketball standout Carolyn Kieger, Comm '06, was named the fifth women’s basketball head coach in MU history.

"Carolyn is a rising star in the profession and we are excited about the future of Marquette women’s basketball under her leadership," said Interim Vice President and Director of Athletics Bill Cords. Read more about Kieger.

Your 14 words of advice to the Class of 2014
Marquette alumni have so much experience to impart. Share your 14 words of advice for the Class of 2014 via the alumni website or post it on the Marquette University Alumni Association Facebook or Twitter accounts by May 31. Select responses will be highlighted in June's newsletter to welcome new grads as the most recent members of the 113,000 Marquette alumni worldwide.

Inauguration of President-elect Michael R. Lovell is Sept. 18-19

The inauguration of Marquette University's 24th president, Dr. Michael R. Lovell, will be held Thursday and Friday, Sept. 18 and 19. Mass will take place Thursday, Sept. 18, at 4 p.m. at Church of the Gesu, with the inauguration ceremony following on Friday, Sept. 19, at 3 p.m. in the Al McGuire Center. A reception for the Marquette community and guests will follow Friday's inauguration ceremony. Read more.

Magazine - "One Step at a Time"
Collaborators seek to improve the functionality of individuals with spinal cord injuries
Discover MagazineAs a professor of biomedical engineering, Dr. Brian Schmit understands that using a combination of approaches is often the best way to answer questions and solve problems. For his latest research initiative, Schmit drew collaborators from across Marquette - in fields like physical therapy, exercise science and statistical mathematics - to study cardiovascular systems during exercise in people with incomplete spinal cord injuries. Read the full story.

Diederich College of Communication students contribute to 'Seattle Times' series focusing on battle to reduce carbon emissions

Months-long in the making, reporter Hal Bernton’s "Losing Ground: The Struggle to Reduce CO2" kicked off in early May an occasional series of reports on the challenges of reducing carbon emissions.

In December, Marquette graduate student Zhu Ye, a native of China, accompanied Bernton to Inner Mongolia, where she served as translator, photographer and videographer during two weeks of reporting amid brutal weather. Ye narrated two videos she produced as part of "Losing Ground" – one looks at a coal-to-gas plant in Inner Mongolia and the other profiles a wind farm in that region. Read the full story.

Guess the Year!
Guess the YearGraduating seniors look to the future.

a. 1955
b. 1960
c. 1965
d. 1967

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
Thursday, July 24 - Sunday, July 27
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, the Block Party and Marquette Fest, and many more activities. Visit the Alumni Reunion Weekend website.

45th Anniversary of Educational Opportunity Program
Friday, July 25 - Sunday, July 27
Marquette University campus
Whether or not you are celebrating your reunion, join us for three days of fun on campus as we welcome all EOP alumni back home to Marquette University. Register now.

Milwaukee: Marquette University Business Administration Alumni Association - Meet the Dean
Wednesday, May 21, from 4:30 to 7:00 p.m.
Frederick J. Miller Pub (located in the MillerCoors office building)
3939 W. Highland Blvd., Milwaukee
Join the Marquette University Business Administration Alumni Association to meet Interim Keyes Dean of Business Administration, Dr. Mark J. Eppli. Register now.

New York: Off-Broadway Play - Dolores
Thursday, May 22, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
The Dorothy Strelsin Theater
312 W. 36th St., New York City
Join the Marquette Club of New York for a benefit performance of Dolores, by Edward Allan Baker featuring Marquette Alumna Sarah Nedwek, Comm '03. Tickets: $14.50 with promo code "GOMU" (May 22 show only). Purchase tickets.

Chicago: CIRCLES Innovation Workshop
Entrepreneurship and Innovation in the Workplace
Wednesday, May 28, 3:00 p.m.
1447 Conference Center, The Merchandise Mart
222 Merchandise Mart Plaza, 14th Floor, Chicago
Join us as real-world, cutting-edge entrepreneurs and industry leaders share tips and strategies about how to innovate and grow your business. Register now.

San Diego: Golf Outing
Sunday, June 1, from 11:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Twin Oaks in San Marcos
1425 N. Twin Oaks Valley Rd., San Marcos
Join Marquette alumni, parents and friends for an afternoon of golf at Twin Oaks in San Marcos. Lunch included! Space is limited. Register now.

May reflection: Graduation brings a new celebration of life
GraduatesThere is something very disappointing about graduation day. Yes. Disappointing.

For years students have worked and studied, played and partied, volunteered and served. Whether they were involved in everything or stayed mostly to themselves, they have been a part of something bigger.

When the pomp and circumstance are finished, when the last of the guests have gone home from the party, graduates sit in their residence hall or apartment presumably packing to move to the next frontier. Perhaps a moment of sadness and the disappointment sets in because it is all over. This is part of the college experience. It is the closing of a chapter. The good news is that the next chapter begins!

A new celebration begins - the celebration of life that moves (sometimes pushes) one into the real world. But it is now a new beginning as graduates join the ranks of 113,000-plus Marquette alumni.

Join me in celebrating and praying for all the new graduates of Marquette. They will "Be The Difference."

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

Another round of applause for our 2014 Alumni National Award recipients
Alumni National Awards VideoCongratulations to the 55 remarkable award recipients honored at Alumni National Awards Weekend, April 24-26. Your achievements exemplify the Marquette pillars of excellence, faith, leadership and service. We Are Marquette!

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.