April 2018





Alumni National Awards: Honoring Marquette alumni and friends who embody "Be the Difference"

Each spring, Marquette University sets aside one special weekend to honor distinguished alumni from every college and school who represent the heart, soul and spirit of Marquette. Some have impacted the world through professional excellence, while others quietly and steadily revolutionize the lives of others one at a time.

Learn more about our honorees and sign up today to attend an awards ceremony on campus.

Marquette students help transform family home in Oklahoma with Habitat for Humanity

During spring break, a group of students from Marquette continued the school's longstanding tradition and visited Enid, Okla., to work with Enid Habitat for Humanity. Marquette students have been coming to Enid to volunteer for spring break for the last 20 years. This year 10 students chose to spend their spring break renovating a home in the Brookside Addition, which will be handed over to a family in need this summer.

Read the full story by James Neal, Enid News & Eagle.

Marquette alumna reaches the top of the tallest mountain in the Western Hemisphere: Aconcagua

Aconcagua is a long way — horizontally and vertically — from Milwaukee, where Chelsey Berg, Bus Ad '08, lived after graduating from Marquette University. But she carried Milwaukee with her — a photo shows a beaming Berg standing at the top of the Western Hemisphere holding an American flag and a Milwaukee Home shirt. While it's not a technical climb (no ropes), weather conditions are brutal, with temperatures regularly dropping below minus 20 degrees and winds topping 60 mph.

Read the full story by Chelsey Lewis, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Watch: Marquette Forum keynote lecture - 'Making Milwaukee Healthier for All'

The March 27 Marquette Forum keynote speaker, Dr. David R. Williams, is the Florence and Laura Norman Professor of Public Health at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Professor of African and African American Studies and Sociology at Harvard University. Dr. Williams is an internationally recognized authority on social influences on health. He served as key scientific advisor to the award-winning PBS film series, Unnatural Causes: Is Inequality Making Us Sick? and his 2016 TED talk, How Racism Makes Us Sick, has been viewed nearly a million times.

Watch Dr. Williams' Marquette Forum lecture.


What is Cura Personalis?

At Marquette University, you’ll hear a lot about cura personalis. But, what exactly does that mean? We asked a few members of our Marquette community to tell us what it means to them.

Watch the video and see Marquette students, faculty and staff explain Cura Personalis in their own words.

April reflection: Christian celebration didn't end on Easter Sunday

By Rev. Frederick Zagone, S.J., chaplain, Marquette University Alumni Association

A fellow member at the Marquette Rec-Plex recently said how sad that Easter is already behind us. I reminded him that as Christians we celebrate Easter for 50 days, so we have a long way to go. And through our belief that baptism offers us a share in the resurrection of Jesus, we celebrate Easter throughout this life, and through the eternal life we share. The resurrection story reminds us that no matter what we face, no matter what our fears, we can look forward with hope. Hence the phrase "looking beyond the empty tomb."

When the women arrive at Jesus' tomb on Easter morning, they see what isn't there. The story is a metaphor for personal, spiritual and community renewal. We are called to witness the resurrection through the potential that we renew our hearts, our homes and our communities.

With this in mind, our students look to the final weeks of the semester. Graduating students look forward to becoming Marquette alumni as they move on to new jobs, maybe graduate or professional school, and new lives of experience and adventure.

Later in April we will celebrate Alumni National Awards Weekend when we recognize some often ordinary Marquette alumni who have done some very extraordinary things. It is appropriate that we honor these fine individuals as we celebrate the new life and breath of spring and this beautiful Easter season.

Easter is our time to share in the glory of God. The glory of the empty tomb. The glory of the presence of the risen Jesus who is with us here and now. The resurrection may be described as the greatest miracle of Jesus. In reality, the greatest miracle is our recognition that God loves us and God is present in our lives each and every day. We may see God in the eyes of a student pulling an all-nighter in the Library or in the words of an alumni award winner in their speech. God is there to see all around us and Easter is only the beginning. It marks an end to the cold dark death Jesus experiences. It marks an end to the sinfulness that we experience.

It is a new beginning. It is a new springtime. It is a new life.



Sports Illustrated writer Steve Rushin, Jour '88, reflects on his career and Marquette education

Steve Rushin, a longtime Sports Illustrated columnist, visited Marquette on Feb. 21 for "Adventures in Sportswriting," a discussion of his childhood, sports journalism career and novels. Rushin, a member of the Marquette University Alumni Association Mentor Program, also discussed the value of a Jesuit education with WITI-TV (Fox 6). “Being in a city where you saw a lot of poverty in a less sheltered existence than I had growing up, it made me look outward to doing things for others.”

Watch Steve Rushin discuss the future of media and the value of his Jesuit education (from Tim Van Vooren, WITI-TV (Fox 6).

Marquette University President Michael R. Lovell championing new ideas to address core Milwaukee problem: trauma

Dr. Michael R. Lovell wants to inject new intellectual muscle into Milwaukee’s efforts to break the cycle of poverty, crime and joblessness with programs that focus directly on the city's crippling epidemic of trauma. The university will create collaborations with community groups, which can compete for funding for test projects. Lovell predicts they’re almost certain to include treatment for neurological trauma — a condition that exists on an epidemic level in Milwaukee, where children in some districts routinely are exposed to homicide, neglect, abuse, violence, incarceration, alcohol and drugs as well as gunfire and police sirens, statistics show.

Read more about how the "President's Grand Challenge" seeks to address the acute needs of Milwaukee's population (by John Schmid, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel).

AHPRC breaks ground; construction begins soon on new Physician Assistant Studies facility

Construction is underway on the new Athletic and Human Performance Research Center on campus, which broke ground on March 6. Located across the street from the Al McGuire Center, the mulitpurpose facility will include laboratories for researchers as well as athletic department locker rooms and strength and conditioning space.

To help address the provider gap in primary care, Marquette will begin construction this spring on a new facility for its nationally ranked Physician Assistant Studies program, which will be located on land the university owns on the northwest corner of West Clybourn Street and North 17th Street. The building will facilitate program growth to position it as one of the largest such programs in the region and nation. The groundbreaking ceremony will be held on Wednesday, May 9, and is open to the public.

Read more about the Athletic and Human Performance Research Center and the new Physician Assistant Studies building.

Career advice: Live your life by design, not by default
By Maribel Langer, Bus Ad '89
Principal, Korn Ferry Hay Group

We all have a finite amount of time on this earth, and there was something about turning 50 that made me realize I needed to start living my life by design and not by default. I realized I had been in the passenger seat, raising kids and not really looking up. I decided to get into the driver’s seat.

Read the full article.


Alumnus carries on his father's mission to feed Chicago's homeless

After the tragic death of his father, Mike Roche, Arts '97, picked up Mike, Sr.'s, mantle and began to distribute burgers and coffee to the homeless on Lower Wacker Drive in Chicago. Just as his father before him, Roche purchases hot food from his own funds and personally hands it out to those who need it each Thursday evening. "If [my father] were sitting here right now, he would tell you the true measure of a person is the impact that they leave on others,” Roche said. “Yes, he may have technically delivered the food to the homeless, but they fed him.”

Watch the video for the full story of the legacy of "St. Michael" and his food deliveries (by Julie Unruh, WGN-9).

Marquette Magazine: Rookie season
Dan McGrath, Jour '72, forges a new career from sports journalism to president of Leo High School on Chicago's south side

"I was nearly 60 when I took over at Leo, in over my head once again," said McGrath. "I’m figuring it out by adhering to one guiding principle: I care. The kids know I do, and if they know you care, you’ll get their best effort. It’s good enough that we have graduated 100 percent of our seniors for eight years running, with more than 90 percent of them going on to college."

Read about McGrath's path from Leo student to journalist to school president in Marquette Magazine.

Hunger Clean-up is Saturday, April 21

Hunger Clean-up began in 1989 as an effort by Marquette students to combat hunger and homelessness in Milwaukee. Hunger Clean-up has grown to be Marquette’s largest day of service, bringing together 1,500 people to volunteer with over 50 agencies each April. But Hunger Clean-up efforts aren't limited to Milwaukee -- many alumni clubs across the country also hold service projects on the same day.

Join the Hunger Clean-up service project events in New York; Northern California; Denver; San Diego; Los Angeles; Washington, D.C.; and Milwaukee.

Share your gifts with the Ignatian Volunteer Corp

Marquette is proud to support the important work of IVC in Milwaukee, Chicago and other key regions around the country. IVC is a faith-based non-profit that was founded in 1995 by two Jesuits who desired to match the life experiences and spiritual longings of men and women (50 or older) with community organizations serving the poor and marginalized. IVC’s emphasis on service and personal reflection is very familiar to those educated in the Jesuit tradition.

To learn more about IVC, visit ivcusa.org or contact Tom Ulrich, director of programs and regional development, at (301) 801-8271 or tulrich@ivcusa.org.


upcoming events

See a complete list of upcoming alumni events.

Monday, April 16

MU Club of Boston: Marquette Cheering Section at the Boston Marathon
Join Marquette alumni, parents and friends to cheer on Dr. Lovell, members of the Marquette community and all Boston Marathon runners.

Saturday, April 21

Washington D.C.: Marquette Women’s Lacrosse Reception and Game
Join alumni, parents and friends from the D.C. area at Rí Rá before cheering on the Marquette women’s lacrosse team as they face Georgetown. Food and beverages will be available for purchase - be sure to wear your Marquette colors!

Hunger Clean-up Projects
Join the Hunger Clean-up service project events in New York; Northern California; Denver; Los Angeles; and Milwaukee.

Monday, April 23

Chicago: Marquette CIRCLES Roundtable
Network with Marquette alumni, parents and friends in business sectors of interest to you; connect with industry leaders and academic experts; and develop business contacts.

Thursday, April 26

MU Club of New York and New Jersey: Mass and Dinner
Celebrate Mass with alumni and friends in New York. Then join us for dinner at a local restaurant.

April 26-28

Milwaukee: Alumni National Awards Weekend
Honor the remarkable award recipients who will be celebrated at Alumni National Awards Weekend, April 26-28. Their achievements exemplify the Marquette pillars of excellence, faith, leadership and service.

Sunday, April 28

MU Club of Washington, D.C.: Service Day - Honor Flight Welcome
Join Marquette alumni, parents, and friends, along with other Jesuit alumni groups and volunteer organizations assembled at the gate at Reagan International Airport, to welcome veterans as they arrive to D.C. on the Honor Flight.

Wednesday, May 2

A Path to Peace: Forum for Dialogue Among the Jewish, Muslim and Christian Religions. Sponsored by CM CARES, the Church Mutual Insurance Company Foundation, and Marquette University
Join community members from a variety of faith backgrounds as we dialogue across our differences and create respect and understanding toward each other’s backgrounds and beliefs. This complimentary interreligious forum is dedicated to promoting understanding and peace through thoughtful discussion.

See more upcoming alumni events.

Save the date for Reunion + Homecoming: Oct. 4 - 7, 2018


Alumni Spotlight

LundeAnalena (Valdes) Lunde, Arts '90, was named Dickinson State University's Nurse Educator of the Year for 2018. She lives in Dickinson, N.D.


MillerEmili (Ballweg) Miller, Eng ’06, and Brian Miller, Bus Ad ’06, welcomed son Colin Thomas on Nov 26, 2017. The family lives in the Twin Cities, and Colin has already attended his first Marquette alumni event.

HoffmanMary Schatz Hoffman, Dent Hy ’79, was chosen as 2017 Educator of the Year by the American Dental Hygiene Association. She is employed as co-program director of Dental Hygiene at Madison Area Technical College in Madison, Wis.

Tell the Marquette community what you've been up to lately. Send in a class note today!

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


Guess the year


Guess the Year - April 2018

Marquette students dance with senior citizens at the Senior Prom.

a. 1987
b. 1988
c. 1991
d. 1993

Answer: C. 1991


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