February 2018





Marquette student speedskater Emery Lehman competing on Team USA in Olympics

Engineering student Emery Lehman (pictured at right) once again is competing for Team USA at the Winter Games in Pyeongchang. Lehman, 20, began skating at age 9 and trains at Milwaukee's Pettit National Ice Center. He's already competed in the men's 5,000 meter race and now looks to the team pursuit on Feb. 18.

Watch Lehman speak to WISN 12 News about his Olympic medal hopes, and check out a full roundup of students from Jesuit schools competing in the Olympics from the AJCU.

Follow Emery Lehman on Twitter for his firsthand account of life at the Winter Games.

More than 60 cities draw Marquette alumni and basketball fans for National Marquette Day

This year's National Marquette Day saw thousands of your fellow alumni and friends gather together on Feb. 3 to celebrate Marquette pride and cheer on the men's basketball team as they took on Providence. From Los Angeles to New York to Honolulu to London, alumni suited up in blue and gold at game-watching parties. In Milwaukee, students and alumni got pumped at the Feb. 2 on-campus Pep Rally followed by a Marquette women's basketball game at the Al McGuire Center and a fireworks show.

See photos and reactions to National Marquette Day on Twitter.

Marquette sets groundbreaking for Athletic and Human Performance Research Center

Marquette University will officially break ground for its new Athletic and Human Performance Research Center at a ceremony Tuesday, March 6, at 11:30 a.m. The event will take place at the project site, located on the southwest corner of West Wells and 12th streets, across from the Al McGuire Center.

In moving the project forward, Marquette also adjusted the facility’s name — it was formerly known as the Athletic Performance Research Center.

Read the full story and see a new rendering of the building.

Foxconn’s downtown Milwaukee office aims to draw Marquette graduates

Foxconn Technology Group's decision to buy a Milwaukee office building marks yet another business coming to the downtown area, where it can better recruit and keep younger employees. Foxconn’s downtown building, to be called Foxconn Place, will provide a place for innovation. It also will serve as a magnet to attract young talent from Marquette University, the University of Wisconsin and other universities.

Read the full story from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.



February reflection: Lent is a time to make changes in our lives

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

We begin Lent begging for the blessing of forgiveness. God longs for us to return to him with our whole heart. God has not cast us out of his presence. Rather, he desires us to be reconciled with Him. God invites us to pray, "Create in me a clean heart Oh God." So how should we begin to cleanse our hearts, our souls, our lives, and turn to God?

Lent is a time for us to reflect on the importance of having an intimate relationship with Our Lord, about engaging in and exercising discipleship from the heart, motivated out of a sincerity of heart and a love for God.

Lent is a time to make changes in our lives, to grow in our faith, to grow closer to our God. The Lenten disciplines of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving which we will hear about throughout the Lenten season are meant to help us develop and grow in our relationship with God and with our neighbor, to help us live out the two greatest commandments of all: To love God above all things, and to love our neighbor.

But even Lenten disciplines can be a shallow or hollow act. Are we more concerned with making sure that we give up something? Do we make sure that everyone sees we are observing Lent? Or are we focusing on our overall actions and motivations to become closer followers of Jesus? Lots of people give up things for Lent. But is there any real change in who they are as a person of Christ.

Father JJ O’Leary from the St. Camillus Jesuit Community gave me permission to use his Lenten mantra. Give up things that make you sad. God wants you to be happy. Give up anger, give up hurt, give up grudges, give up discontent, give up negative feelings. God really does want us to be happy and then he wants us to share that happiness with others.

Lent is a time in which we can reflect upon where we are, who we are. The Father who is hidden will see us. And the Father who is hidden will be revealed to us. Amen.

Above the rim: Marquette chaplains provide a calming presence for student-athletes

Meet Marquette University’s game chaplains, a crucial sideline presence for both men’s and women’s basketball programs. Watch the video from WDJT 58 Milwaukee.



Paths to the pipeline: Marquette’s College of Education is paving the way to address the teacher supply challenge

College of Education Dean Bill Henk and Marquette aren’t standing by, waiting for a demographic or cultural shift. To address the demand for qualified teachers, the College of Education has gotten creative, systematic and resolute, with strategies designed to attract additional highly qualified applicants and help finance their preparation.

"We want to do our part to get as many Marquette graduates in the classroom as we can because schools report that they are outstanding," Henk says. "We turn out a high-caliber brand of teacher."

Read the full story from the Marquette University College of Education magazine, and watch the video in the story to see kids explain "what makes a great teacher."

Marquette remembers Rosemary Petranech, the university's longest-serving diversity officer

As Marquette's diversity officer from 1977 to 1999, Rosemary Petranech was known for her fierce commitment to equal opportunity. She died of lung cancer Jan. 10 in Milwaukee at the age of 82.

"Probably what grabbed her soul first and foremost, both in the Roman Catholic Church and the wider world, was equity for women," said Marquette University Chancellor Robert A. Wild.

Read more about Rosemary's life and career from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Marquette Magazine: Educating Adam
Alumnus credits his path to the company of Hollywood’s 'A-list' to time spent with wonderful people.

"When I see somebody who inspires me and is going to be a good person to learn from,” explains director Adam Stockhausen, Comm ’95, "I tell them I’d love to spend some time learning from you. You meet this wonderful person and they introduce you to the next wonderful person and it just goes like that. You try to work as hard as you can every single day and try to do right by those good people. And I guess it works out.”

Read more about Stockhausen's career and path to Hollywood in Marquette Magazine.

Career advice: Pulling out of autopilot

By Tim Cigelske, Comm '04

To think different and innovate - and just know you’re alive - you have to come up for air, question the process, and think about the goal. You need to get your brain off autopilot.

Read the full article.


Alumni and student mentees network together in Milwaukee

More than 100 Marquette University Alumni Association Mentor Program participants and partners attended a networking social on Jan. 28 in Milwaukee. The gathering was held at the Froedtert & The Medical College of Wisconsin Sports Science Center (the new, year-round home for Milwaukee Bucks basketball). The event was made possible by co-hosts and mentors (from left) Bill Krueger, Eng ’87; Franklin, Tenn.; Mentor Maribel Langer, Bus Ad ’89, Chicago; Kelly Kauffman, Arts ’97, Milwaukee; and mentee parents Dan and Heidi (not pictured) Jaffee, Michigan City, Ind. Learn more about the MUAA Mentor Program.

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 events in New York and Northern California or schedule your own by contacting Alysia Dvorachek at alysia.dvorachek@marquette.edu.


upcoming events

Saturday, Feb. 17

Twin Cities: Service Day at Second Stork
Volunteer with the MU Club of Minnesota at Second Stork. Package diapers, wipes and critical newborn care items, which will be distributed to families in need.

Omaha: Marquette Men’s Basketball Blue and Gold Reception at Creighton
Join Marquette alumni and fans for a Blue and Gold reception before the Golden Eagles face the Creighton Bluejays.

Wednesday, Feb. 21

Milwaukee: Adventures in Sportswriting with Steve Rushin
Hear from Steve Rushin, Jour '88, feature writer and columnist for Sports Illustrated. During his 27 years at SI, Steve has filed stories from all seven continents and covered events like the World Series, Super Bowl, World Cup, and Winter and Summer Olympics.

Friday, Feb. 23

Denver Jesuit Alumni Friday Fish Frenzy
Celebrate a Lenten tradition – a Friday fish fry with Marquette and fellow Jesuit alumni and friends in the Denver area.

Saturday, Feb. 24

Milwaukee: Marquette Men's Basketball vs. DePaul Bus Trip to Chicago
The Blue and Gold Fund invites you to join fellow alumni, friends and family for a bus trip from Milwaukee to Chicago when Marquette men's basketball takes on DePaul.

Chicago: Marquette Men’s Basketball Blue and Gold Reception at DePaul
Join Marquette alumni and fans for a Blue and Gold reception before the annual “DePaul Brawl” when the Golden Eagles face the Blue Demons.

Sunday, Feb. 25

Washington, D.C.: Second Annual Capital 5K Run/Walk
Join the Club of Washington, D.C., Running Club for a 5K run/walk around the capital. Runners of all skill levels are welcome.

Monday, Feb. 26

Washington, D.C., Marquette Men’s Basketball Blue and Gold Reception at Georgetown
Join Marquette alumni and fans for a Blue and Gold pregame reception when the Golden Eagles face the Georgetown Hoyas.

March 3-6

Chicago: BIG EAST Women’s Basketball Tournament
Join fans to watch the excitement and fast pace of reigning BIG EAST champions Marquette women's basketball when they compete in this year’s tournament.

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


Alumni Spotlight

ChauvierexCloë Chauvière, Grad ’03, (Sister Mary Therese of the Divine Mercy) made her First Profession of Religious Vows on Jan. 27 at the Monastery of the Infant Jesus in Lufkin, Texas. The monastery is a community of cloistered Dominican Nuns dedicated to a life of adoration and intercession.

certoCatherine Certo, PT, ScD, FAPTA, PT ’68, received the Oscar and Shoshana Trachtenberg Award for Sustained Service to the University at the University of Hartford. Catherine joined the university in 1997 and is chair of the Department of Rehabilitation Sciences in the College of Education, Nursing and Health Professions and director of the physical therapy program.

SerfasAndrew Serfas, Eng ’17, and Mary Agnes DeAsis Serfas, Nurs ’15, wed on Oct.. 28, 2017, at the Basilica of St. Josaphat in Milwaukee. Andrew is a functional test engineer at Plexus Corp., and Mary is a registered nurse.

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


Guess the year


Guess the Year - February 2018

Students compete in a Greek (life) Olympics race.

a. 1989
b. 1991
c. 1993
d. 1995

ANSWER: b. 1991


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