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Alumni Newsletter | September 2013

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Marquette welcomes the Class of 2017

Marquette's incoming freshman class numbers just over 2,000 students hailing from 40 states as near as Illinois and as far as Alaska.

The Marquette community welcomes the Class of 2017 as they begin their journey to "Be the Difference" in the classroom and beyond.

See a photo slideshow of move-in day.

Back to school

Watch President Scott R. Pilarz, S.J., tour renovations to the campus's historic core, chat with the new dean of the Klingler College of Arts and Sciences, visit the expanded School of Dentistry and meet the Class of 2017.

Back to School Video with Fr. Pilarz

Marquette Magazine Dancing Feet
Ballroom dancing to fight effects of MS

A study at Marquette is testing whether ballroom dancing can help people who have MS fight fatigue, improve balance and build confidence. Read the full story.


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jacksonNell T. Jackson, M.A, L.P.C., Arts '80, graduated from the Center for Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis of New Jersey where she now serves as a faculty member. She continues to maintain a private practice in Bernardsville and Summit, N.J.

Gastine BabyEmily Gostine, Bus Ad '09, and Michael Brann of Grand Rapids, Mich., welcomed son Rory Gerard on July 24, 2013. He weighed 6 pounds, 8 ounces and joins brother, Jack, 2, and sister, Charlotte, 1. Aunt Anna Gostine, Comm '11, is a proud godmother.


KernDavid Kern, Arts '76, of Quarles & Brady LLP Milwaukee, was named one of the Best Lawyers 2014 "Lawyers of the Year." Kern practices employment law – management for the firm.

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Marquette to launch its first free Massive Online Open Course starting Sept. 23; registration still available
MOOC video introductionMarquette will move into the area of open online education with an introductory course in investing. Dr. David Krause, director of the Applied Investment Management program in the College of Business Administration, will teach "Introduction to Applied Investing," a short, self-paced course intended for individuals who want to be more informed and savvier about investing. According to Krause, Marquette is believed to be among the first institutions to offer a MOOC on the topic of applied investing. Read more about Marquette's MOOC and sign up for the course.

Marquette and MIAD to collaborate on innovative curriculum for industrial designers and engineers
Marquette University College of Engineering and the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design are pursuing a collaborative curriculum model that will excel in educating design and engineering students to meet the multidisciplinary challenges of the global marketplace. The collaboration across the two independent institutions may be the first of its kind in the nation.

"It’s clear the world faces complicated global challenges," said Dr. Robert H. Bishop, P.E., Opus Dean of Engineering at Marquette. "[This partnership] will help produce more creative and collaborative graduates with the skills needed to develop solutions for these pressing issues." Read more about MU and MIAD's plans.

Guess the Year!
Guess the Year A group of students sing together during Welcome Week.

a. 1964
b. 1966
c. 1968
d. 1969

Get the answer.

EOP gears up for 45th anniversary celebration; honors program founder Mitchem
More than 75 alumni, faculty and Marqutte leaders, including President Scott R. Pilarz, S.J., gathered Sept. 8 in Chicago to honor the work of Dr. Arnold L. Mitchem, Grad '81, the founding director of Marquette's Educational Opportunity Program. Alumni reconnected with friends and learned about campus initiatives in the lead up to EOP's 45th anniversary celebration, which will be held during Alumni Reunion Weekend in summer 2014.

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

Washington D.C.: Les Aspin Center 25th Anniversary Dinner
Thursday, September 19, at 6:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
The Willard Hotel
1401 Pennsylvania Ave. N.W., Washington, D.C.
Join us as the inaugural presentation of the Les Aspin Center Distinguished Alumnus Award is made to Patrick J. Souders, Comm '91, chief of staff and assistant majority leader to U.S. Senator Richard J. Durbin. Register now.

San Diego: Wine Tasting
Saturday, September 21, at 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
At the home of Dr. Suzanne Popp, Dent '87
823 San Luis Rey Ave., Coronado
Join alumni, parents and friends as we celebrate the end of summer with a wine tasting hosted by Level I Sommelier Suzanne Popp. Register now.

Philadelphia: Women's Soccer
Sunday, September 29, at 1:00 p.m.
Villanova Soccer Complex, West Campus (located off Spring Mill)
Gather with Marquette alumni, parents and friends for some Division I NCAA Women’s Soccer action. Tickets can be purchased at the gate or prior to the match.

Atlanta: Service Project - Hands on Atlanta Day
Saturday, October 5, at 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Sawyer Road Elementary
840 Sawyer Rd., Marietta
Join other Marquette alumni, parents and friends for the 23rd annual Hands on Atlanta Day. Register now.

Carolinas: Mass and Fellowship

  • Saturday, October 12, at 5:00 p.m.; Dinner to follow
    St. Peter's Catholic Church in Raleigh
  • Sunday, October 13, at 10:30 a.m.; Brunch to follow
    Sacred Heart Cathedral in Charlotte

Join fellow Marquette alumni, parents and friends for Mass and dinner in the Carolinas. Rev. Frederick Zagone, S.J., assistant to the vice president for Marquette University Advancement, will celebrate Mass. Guests pay for their own meals following Mass. Register now.

Students make a difference through Urban Connection
Urban ConnectionsAs a component of New Student Orientation, Urban Connection, organized through the Office of Student Development, is a great way for new students to learn about service at Marquette, make a difference in the Milwaukee community and meet new classmates.

This August, nearly 390 students volunteered at 23 sites including the Habitat for Humanity ReStore, St. Hyacinth Food Pantry, The Guest House, Hunger Task Force Farm, Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee and the Urban Ecology Center. When students returned to campus, they attended a reflection about the role of service during their time at Marquette.

Reunion classes raise $2.7 million for Marquette students
Thank you to the more than 2,200 alumni and friends who attended Alumni Reunion Weekend, July 25-28. The 10 classes celebrating a reunion this year raised more than $2.7 million to benefit scholarship aid for current Marquette students. All alumni are welcomed back to campus next July for Reunion Weekend and Marquette Fest!

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.

Mentors help young professionals get ahead
This recent Wall Street Journal article reiterates the value and importance of a mentor. Be the Difference and support a Marquette student through the CIRCLES eMentor Network on LinkedIn.

September Prayer for Alumni: Peace on Earth
"…All men and women of good will are bound by the task of pursuing peace. I make a forceful and urgent call to the entire Catholic Church, and also to every Christian of other confessions, as well as to followers of every religion and to those brothers and sisters who do not believe: peace is a good which overcomes every barrier, because it belongs to all of humanity!"
- Pope Francis

Hall Ministers at Marquette University organized a prayer service on Saturday, Sept. 7, for the day of fasting and prayer for peace in Syria, the Middle East and throughout the world called for by the Holy Father. In addition, there were prayers for peace at each of the campus Sunday Masses. As we remember the 12th anniversary of the 9-11 acts of terrorism, we are all invited to continue praying for peace in our world, in our country, in our homes and in our hearts.

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