December 2017





Marquette 2017 Christmas Video

Merry Christmas from Marquette

Pope Francis has given us a simple equation: "Joy multiplies when it is shared!" He's also given us insight on what to do with this equation: "Joy received as a gift asks us to bear witness to it in all our relations ... everywhere."

As we travel to see or await to host family and friends for Christmas, may we all experience the joy of the birth of Jesus as a constant reminder of God's love for us, and share that joy with everyone we meet.

Dr. Michael R. Lovell
Marquette University

Watch the 2017 Marquette Christmas video, and learn more about the featured singer, first-year student Ariana Madson.

Generous Marquette alumni and friends contribute to Giving Tuesday, Blue & Gold Fund Auction

On November 28, the Marquette family came together to celebrate Giving Tuesday, and the results were amazing. This year, 478 donors contributed $124,981 in support of Marquette students. Marquette met the matching-gift challenge from Dennis Klein, Bus Ad '73, and received $50,000 in matching dollars, bringing the grand total to $174,981! 

The 26th annual Blue & Gold Fund Auction took place on Dec. 8 in the Alumni Memorial Union with a crowd of more than 475 guests. Over $625,000 was generously raised to support student-athlete scholarships at Marquette. This event has raised over $4 million to support student scholarships since its inception and has been taken to new levels recently, generating nearly $2.2 million in the last four years. Your gift to Marquette helps ensure that the Marquette experience you enjoyed is accessible to current and future students. Make a gift online today.

Save the date: National Marquette Day is Saturday, Feb. 3

For more than 20 years, this global celebration gathers the Marquette nation united together in pride, spirit and sport to honor the values we cherish throughout the year. Cheer on Marquette women's basketball on Feb. 2 and Marquette men's basketball on Feb. 3 when both teams take on Providence.

Visit for more information as it is added and sign up to organize a game-watching party in your area.

Road tested

What happens when the Big East Championship meet collides with finals week? Well, the student-athletes hustle even more and so does their academic adviser, with 56 final exams packed in her carry-on bag.

Read the full story from Marquette Magazine.

Marquette's Board of Trustees approves groundbreaking for athletic performance research center

Marquette University's Board of Trustees approved groundbreaking on the first phase of construction for the athletic performance research center. The new site will be strategically located near the southwest corner of West Wells Street and 12th Street, across from the Al McGuire Center and just north of Zilber Hall.

View a rendering of the APRC and learn more about the scope of the project.



December 2017 Reflection

December Reflection: God is radiance

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

Recently It's a Wonderful Life was on television. It is the quintessential Christmas story with a hero and a villain and we all know that the good guy wins in the end. That Christmas Eve in Bedford Falls reminds us all of Christmases past as we look to the coming of the baby Jesus this year, and Christ who is to come in the future.

Like George Bailey, we sometimes focus on the negative. Our world today can present us with many reasons to lose hope with opportunities, attractions and distractions that make it easy to miss the true meaning of the Christmas season. But in fact, this is the season of light, whether from the lights of the Christmas tree, the glow of the Advent wreath candles, the flame of the menorah, or perhaps simply the sky on a rare day of sunshine in a Milwaukee December. All of these can remind us of the presence of God and the promise of hope that is fulfilled in this holy season.

Remember that behind the packages and the lights is the radiance that is our God. See the hope in the faces of the people around you. See it in the faces of your family and friends and coworkers. See it in your own face when you look in the mirror. Doing this will allow each of us to welcome that little baby on Christmas, the way that Mary and Joseph so willingly welcomed him into their lives. And know that God so lovingly welcomes us into His.

May the peace of God rule in your dreams. May your joys be fulfilled and your prayers answered. May you have healing, health, happiness and prosperity in the New Year. Have a graced Advent and a Merry Christmas from all of us at Marquette University.

Mass in Maui with MU alumni

Hundreds of Marquette alumni, family and friends gather for Mass in Maui

As part of the series of events held in Hawaii in November surrounding the Maui Jim Maui Invitational Tournament, hundreds of Marquette men's basketball fans converged for Mass on the beach. Passersby were welcome to join the service as well -- and they did! Other events included pregame parties to celebrate the Marquette men's basketball team, tournament games and a luau.

For more Marquette men's basketball fan fun, sign up today to attend pregame receptions when the team plays Providence, Villanova and Butler.

Marquette to install grotto of Blessed Virgin Mary behind St. Joan of Arc Chapel

Marquette University President Michael R. Lovell recently completed an intensive 18-month Ignatian Colleagues Program based on the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius, integrating university mission into the way leaders lead, teach and live. Lovell said his vision for the grotto was connected to his final project for the ICP program. The grotto will be in place by the beginning of the 2018-19 academic year.

Learn more about the grotto and see a concept of the space.




Marquette nursing leader selected to address Congress on Project BEYOND-2

Garcia will focus on impacting public health concerns through nursing workforce development

Marquette University Project BEYOND-2 Coordinator Terrie Garcia, MEd, RN, PhD(c), was selected by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing to represent an interdisciplinary Health Professions and Nursing Education Coalition to address members of Congress at an event in Washington, D.C., on Nov. 28.

The panel discussion focused on how Title VII and VIII grantees are helping patients with opioid use disorders, increasing access to care for rural communities, practicing preventative medicine, and promoting health equity.

Learn more about Garcia and Project BEYOND-2, which encourages students from underrepresented backgrounds to pursue a nursing career.

Marquette's College of Health Sciences receives $1 million estate gift to establish depression research fund

The gift will be used to establish the Michael and Jeanne Schmitz Family Depression Research Fund. The fund will support depression research efforts in the college's Charles E. Kubly Mental Health Research Center, including supporting the BioDiscovery Imaging Core and BioDiscovery Cellular and Molecular Core, each of which are key discovery centers for the underlying neurobiological causes of diseases like depression.

Learn more about the Schmitz family and the university's growing culture of philanthropy to support life-changing research at Marquette.

Career advice: is the fear of feedback holding you back?

By Mary Alice Tierney, Sp '82

It's something every manager must do ... often. It's also something many leaders dread and desperately want to avoid. Sorry. You cannot avoid or defer this critical part of your job as a leader. The performance, accountability, growth and development of the people who report to you depend on your skillful delivery of feedback.

Get tips and techniques to help you better frame your feedback to employees.


Nattie the police dog greets students at the Brew Cafe

Marquette police dog Nattie brightens students' days during holidays and exam week

By Julie Parise, CBS 58 Milwaukee

Nattie is the Marquette University Police Department's dog. Since she was sworn in back in August, she's been brightening the days of both students and staff at the school. She's good at comforting crime victims, but Nattie's primary focus is community outreach, bridging the gap between students and officers.

"It's probably the best part of my day, honestly, running into the dog," said Marquette freshman Alex Quiles. "She's the cutest thing in the world."

Watch a video from CBS 58 of Nattie greeting students and visiting the MUPD offices and follow Nattie on Instagram.

Ethnic Alumni Association volunteers at breakfast with Santa

Ethnic Alumni Association members serve food and hand out gifts at UMOS breakfast with Santa event

On Dec. 9., members of the Marquette University Ethnic Alumni Association volunteered their time at South Division High School in Milwaukee for Breakfast with Santa, organized by United Migrant Opportunity Services. EAA members served food, cleaned up and handed out gifts to families.

Learn more about the Ethnic Alumni Association and get involved with the group.


upcoming events

Tuesday, Dec. 19

Fox Valley, Wis.: Christmas Gathering
'Tis the season to gather with Marquette alumni and friends for fellowship, holiday cheer and networking while enjoying a relaxing Christmas luncheon in the Fox Valley.

Wednesday, Jan. 3

Providence, R.I.: Marquette Men's Basketball vs. Providence Reception and Game
Gather with fellow alumni and fans when your Marquette Golden Eagles take on the Providence Friars. Enjoy food and drinks before the game, then cheer on Marquette at the Dunkin' Donuts Center.

Saturday, Jan. 6

Philadelphia: Marquette Men's Basketball vs. Villanova Reception and Game
Join Marquette alumni and fans for a blue and gold celebration before the Golden Eagles face the Villanova Wildcats. Let's show Philadelphia that #WEAREMARQUETTE!

Friday, Jan. 12

Indianapolis: Marquette Men's Basketball vs. Butler Reception and Game
Cheer on the Golden Eagles in true blue and gold fashion! Join fellow Marquette alumni, parents and friends for a spirited Blue and Gold pregame gathering before the Marquette Golden Eagles take on the Butler Bulldogs.

Thursday, Jan. 18

MU Club of Chicago: Breakfast Club
Join Marquette alumni, parents and friends in downtown Chicago. Hear from Dave Murphy, vice president for the Office of Marketing and Communication, Marquette University.

Saturday, Feb. 3: National Marquette Day

Gather with Marquette alumni and friends across the globe for a game-watching party near you when the Marquette men's basketball team takes on Providence at 1:30 p.m. CT.
Visit in the coming weeks for more details.

Save the date for Reunion + Homecoming: Oct. 1 - 7, 2018


Alumni Spotlight

Anderson weddingAmber Danek Anderson, H Sci '11, Grad '14, and James Anderson, Arts '11, Law '14, were married on Sept. 9 at Church of the Gesu in Milwaukee. Former Marquette President Robert A. Wild signed the couple's undergraduate and graduate diplomas and honored them by officiating at their wedding and signing their marriage certificate. Jim is an attorney for Milwaukee Tool and Amber is a physical therapist in Milwaukee. 

LuckMelissa Luck, Comm '99, was named executive news director at KXLY-TV in Spokane, Wash. She manages news content and promotions for television, digital and social media. She has been with the station for 15 years as a reporter, anchor and executive producer.

ellingsonAshley Schweikl Ellingsen, Comm '09, and Kyle Ellingsen, Comm '09, welcomed son Jett Joseph on February 18. He weighed 8 pounds, 9 ounces and was 22 inches long. The family lives in Las Vegas.

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 - December 2017

Members of Chi Sigma Chi enjoy a Christmas dinner.

a. 1965
b. 1968
c. 1970
d. 1972

Answer: c. 1970


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