Greg Ryberg, South Carolina state senator, was elected to the Marquette University Board of Trustees Wednesday.
Ryberg, now serving his fourth term, is a 1968 graduate of the College of Arts & Sciences. Upon graduation he worked at Kimberly-Clark in Neenah, Wis., and at the Sanford Corporation in Chicago before moving to South Carolina in 1977. He also served in the United States National Guard from 1968 to 1974.
In 1977 Ryberg purchased an oil distributorship in Aiken, S.C., and started a convenience store business. He built 53 stores employing more than 550 people before selling to a public company in 1999.
Ryberg has served on the National Association of Convenience Stores Board and as a member of the Petroleum Marketers Association of America. In 1998 he was named a national finalist for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year.
He has also been the recipient of the South Carolina Friend of the Taxpayer Award; National Transportation Safety Leadership Award; Business and Industry Political Education Committee Guardian of Small Business Award; and State Farm Alliance Seat Belt Champion Award. Ryberg is active in community affairs, including co-founding Junior Achievement of Aiken County and serving as finance chairman for St. Mary Help of Christian Parish in Aiken.
A native of Eau Claire, Wis., Ryberg met his future wife, Elizabeth (Betty) Denkewalter, while studying for a bachelor of science degree in mathematics at Marquette. They have three children.
Cpl. J. R. Martinez, a veteran of the war in Iraq, will speak at Real People, Real Stories, tomorrow, Sept. 19, at noon in AMU 227. Martinez was wounded when the Humvee he was driving hit a land mine, causing extensive burns to his body. He is now the national spokesperson for an organization helping wounded soldiers and their families. The event is free and lunch will be provided.
Past volunteers from the Jesuit Volunteer Corps, Capuchin Corps and the Peace Corps will share their stories, Monday, Sept. 22, at 6 p.m. in the Lunda Room, AMU, with a free dinner provided. They’ll discuss lessons learned and struggles after a year or more of service as full-time volunteers. The event is sponsored by the Manresa Project. No RSVP is necessary.
The Career Services Center will sponsor a Career Fair Sept. 23-25 in the AMU ballroom for sophomores and juniors to find internships and for seniors to seek full-time, post-graduate positions. More than 200 companies will attend. Students should dress professionally and bring resumes.
• Tuesday, Sept. 23, 4 to 6 p.m. — organizations offering post-graduation volunteer programs
• Wednesday, Sept. 24, 4 to 8 p.m. — business, communication, government and nonprofit employers
• Thursday, Sept. 25, 4 to 8 p.m. — engineering, computer science and technical employers
The Law School will host an information session for prospective students Friday, Sept. 19, at 12:30 p.m. in Sensenbrenner Hall. The session will provide information about admissions and financial aid, curriculum, intellectual and student life and more. A brief tour of the Law School led by a current law student will follow each session. No registration is necessary.
The Department of Chemistry will hold a colloquium tomorrow, Sept. 19, at 4 p.m. in Todd Wehr Chemistry Building 121. Dr. Robert Pascal, assistant professor of chemistry at Princeton University, will present “Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons in Unusual Molecular Architectures.”
The Department of Philosophy will hold a colloquium Friday, Sept. 19, at 3:30 p.m. in Raynor Conference Center A. Dr. Anita Superson, associate professor of philosophy at the University of Kentucky, will present “Justice and the Feminization of Global Poverty.”
University Advancement is seeking seniors to serve on the 2009 Senior Challenge Committee, which works to educate members of the senior class on the importance of giving back to Marquette. It has been a Marquette tradition since 1987.
UA is looking for a diverse group of 10 to 15 seniors who understand the importance of supporting Marquette and can make a monthly commitment to assist in fundraising events.
Contact Michael Kelly, annual giving officer, by Oct. 1.
The Office of Public Affairs and the Les Aspin Center Alumni Council are offering several opportunities to register on campus to vote in the Nov. 4 presidential election. Voter registration tables will be in front of the Brew in the AMU on Tuesdays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Wednesdays from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. until Oct. 15. The staff in the Office of Public Affairs, 1616 W. Wells St., can also register voters between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday until Oct. 15. Students living in residence halls can also visit their RA to register by Oct. 15.
To register before Oct. 15, voters need to bring their Wisconsin driver’s license number, Wisconsin state ID card number or their Social Security number.
Although Wisconsin voters can register on Election Day, they are encouraged to register by the Oct. 15 deadline to avoid long lines Nov. 4. For more information, contact the Office of Public Affairs at 8-7491.
The Marquette’s men’s and women’s tennis teams will host Wisconsin, Northwestern, Alabama, Texas A&M and Ball State Sept. 19 to 21 at the 33rd annual Milwaukee Tennis Classic. Matches are at 9 and 11 a.m. and 1 and 3 p.m. each day at the Western Racquet Club, 1800 Highland Dr., Elm Grove. Rain location is Moorland Tennis Center, 2900 S. 163rd St., New Berlin.
The Marquette soccer teams will host their only doubleheader of the 2008 season Sunday, Sept. 21, at Valley Fields. The men's team will face St. John's at 12:05 p.m. and the women will take field at 2:15 p.m. against Pepperdine.
MUSG will sponsor the movie Made of Honor at the Varsity Theatre on Friday, Sept. 19, at 10 p.m. and Saturday, Sept. 20, at 10 p.m. Admission is $2 with a valid MUID and $3 for general admission.
The 31st annual Brigg’s & Al’s Run & Walk for Children’s Hospital is Saturday, Sept. 20. Day-of-event registration is from 8 to 10:30 a.m. at Westowne Square, between AMU and McCormick Hall. Wheelchair participants start at 10:15 a.m. followed by the runners at 10:30 a.m. and then walkers. Cost is $20 for adults and $8 for children under 12.
The Evans Scholars student organization will host a fundraiser for Christian
Appalachian Project following Brigg’s and Al’s Run/Walk on Saturday, Sept. 20,
at the corner of Wells and 13th Street. The $5 cover charge for food will
benefit CAP, which helps build homes for people living in poverty in 13
Appalachian states. Raffle prizes will also be awarded.
For more information contact Emily Daus at 847-271-9917.
MU Radio will host the Post-Jiggles Jam at the Union Sports Annex beginning at 9 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, featuring live performances by Surrender Dorothy, Freezone, Joe's Jiggles Jazz Combo and MCBO. The event is free and open to the public.