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February 2019



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Thousands of alumni and fans across the globe celebrate National Marquette Day
Keep the spirit rolling on Give Marquette Day - Feb. 21

You Rang out Ahoya! On National Marquette Day, Feb. 9, thousands of alumni and fans gathered to celebrate Marquette's values and cheer on athletic excellence. Alumni organized more than 60 Marquette Men's Basketball game-watching parties across the globe, while in Milwaukee, fans donned blue and gold and packed Fiserv Forum, the Al McGuire Center and Valley Fields. All told, National Marquette Day weekend saw wins by men's and women's basketball and men's and women's lacrosse.

Keep the Marquette spirit strong as we head into Give Marquette Day on Feb. 21, a day to come together and make a big impact on students through philantrhopy.

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Allazia Blockton overcame an ankle injury to become the first Marquette women's basketball player to exceed 2,000 career points.

Dr. Lovell announces new university initiatives during January Presidential Address

President Michael R. Lovell spoke to nearly 500 students, faculty and staff members about the state of the university and implementation of Marquette’s strategic plan, Beyond Boundaries, and also announced several new initiatives and three Difference Maker Award winners. At one point, he brought up the student entrepreneur behind Headphones+, the first product invented in the 707Hub to be available on Amazon.

Read about the exciting initatives in store for 2019 and watch Dr. Lovell's address.

Dr. Jay Goldman elected Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors

Dr. Jay Goldberg, clinical professor of biomedical engineering and director of the Healthcare Technologies Management program at Marquette University and the Medical College of Wisconsin, was elected fellow of the National Academy of Inventors in recognition for engineering patents and contributions to design, innovation and entrepreneurship in education.

Learn more about how Dr. Goldberg brings his real-world experience into the classroom.

Campus life: Marquette Dining Services

College and university dining halls are changing along with students' increased awareness of nutrition and variety.

See what Marquette students are cooking, eating and creating by following Marquette Dining Services on Instagram.





Opening up
Butterflies around campus remind us of the fragile beauty yet tremendous strength within us to fly free

By Kathleen Coffey-Guenther, Ph.D., Senior Mission and Ignatian Leadership Specialist

It was a great weekend to celebrate all things Marquette, especially the gritty spirit of our talented Marquette athletes and the lifelong friendships, community and gifts that we have been blessed to enjoy through our Marquette education.

This past week on campus, our students and faculty and staff were invited to share the richness of our Catholic and Jesuit tradition through a series of talks, reflections, meal time community gatherings and service projects that comprised the 16th annual Marquette Mission Week. This year’s Mission Week was accompanied by a lovey flock of butterflies — yes, butterflies!  —  daring to visit on our cold winter days.

Read the full reflection.

February reflection: Seek to see the will of God in your life

By Rev. Frederick Zagone, S.J., Vice President for Mission and Ministry

How have you been touched by God? Our theme for Mission Week this year was Open to your Life’s Purpose. Be open. Look. Listen. Reflect. As the winter turns to spring, see the changes that take place in your life. We continue to pray that we all might be open to the saving action off God in our lives.

Read the full reflection.

Church of the Gesu to begins yearlong celebration of 125th anniversary

The anniversary events began with a Mass on Jan. 27 in the Church of the Gesu presided by Jim Flaherty, S.J., and a special blessing of the 61 recently refurbished stained glass windows. In the coming months, Gesu will host a series of special Masses that will be led by various former parish pastors. Additionally, there will be be service and outreach opportunities, organ concerts, church tours and stories shared about Gesu’s rich history.

Learn more about the celebrations planned for Church of the Gesu's anniversary.



My struggles became my superpowers
Strategies from Dominique Jordan Turner, Grad ’06, president and CEO of Chicago Scholars and a 2018 Obama Fellow

Walking across the stage as a first-generation high school and college graduate remain among her most memorable accomplishments.Her most important may be happening now — guiding a new generation of high school students to college and beyond with the Chicago Scholars Program and working as an Obama Fellow. She believes every person can leverage their superpowers if they have at least one person who supports their journey.

Read about how this former Marquette Trinity Fellow uses her experience to educate current students.

Marquette hiring up to nine professors this semester to bolster race and ethnic studies program

The Race and Ethnic Studies cluster hire is a collaboration among the Office of the Provost, the Klingler College of Arts and Sciences, the Diederich College of Communication, the College of Business Administration and the College of Education. Cluster hiring involves recruiting multiple scholars into one or more departments based on shared, interdisciplinary research interests. Beyond helping to establish Marquette’s RAES program, cluster hiring will also help advance faculty diversity, a key priority in the university’s strategic plan, Beyond Boundaries.

Learn about how building this mass of critical scholars helps the Marquette community grapple with societal changes.

Why we need both God and medicine to overcome trauma
An op-ed from America Magazine by Marquette President Michael R. Lovell

Without taking time to be quiet and reflective in prayer, it can be easy to miss the signs and calls from God. For [my wife] Amy and me, our call to serve was [a] trauma panel [at Marquette] in late 2017. Shortly after attending this panel, we pulled together a group of 30 people to discuss the topic of trauma. We called our group Scaling Wellness in Milwaukee (SWIM) and started meeting every six weeks.

Read about how Dr. Lovell hopes to use SWIM to make Milwaukee the most trauma-informed city in the country.

Career advice: Knowing your worth: It's worth knowing

By Brian Noviskis, Bus Ad '82
Vice President of Human Resources at Signode Industrial Group, LLC in Glenview, Ill.

“Am I paid fairly for the kind of work I do?” I have seen this question on many employee survey forms over the years. While we may respond to this question, I am not certain we can articulate what is “fair pay”?

Read the full article from the Marquette Career Experts Pool.


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See a complete list of upcoming alumni events

Wednesday, Feb. 20
Denver: Marquette Men's Basketball vs. Butler Game-watching Gathering

Pull on your favorite blue and gold spirit wear and join Denver-area alumni and fans at Roo Bar to watch Marquette men's basketball take on Butler. More basketball game-watching parties will be held at Roo Bar for later in the season. Register today.

Saturday, Feb. 23
Providence, R.I.: Marquette Men's Basketball vs. Providence Blue and Gold Reception and Game

Join Marquette alumni and fans for a Blue and Gold reception before the Golden Eagles face the Providence Friars. Let's show Providence that #WeAreMarquette! Register today.

Tuesday, Feb. 26
Milwaukee: President's Panel on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion featuring Soledad O'Brien

Join President Michael R. Lovell, faculty, staff and students for a panel discussion and Q&A on race and gender in media and society moderated by award-winning journalist, speaker, author and philanthropist Soledad O’Brien. Register today.

Wednesday, Feb. 27
Philadelphia: Marquette Men's Basketball vs. Villanova Blue and Gold Reception and Game

Join Marquette alumni and fans for a Blue and Gold pregame reception when the Golden Eagles face the Villanova Wildcats. Let’s show Pennsylvania that #WeAreMarquette! Register today.

Saturday, March 2
Milwaukee: Marquette Physician Assistant Alumni and Community Partners Spring Benefit

The Marquette University College of Health Sciences Physician Assistant Program invites you to the 2019 Marquette PA Alumni and Community Partners Spring Benefit and silent auction to support Repairers of the Breach Medical Clinic and student scholarships. Register today.

Tuesday, March 5, and Wednesday, March 6
Naples, Fla.: AMUW Book Club
and Ash Wednesday Mass and Reception

Join fellow Marquette alumni and friends in the Naples, Fla., area for these annual traditions: Book Club hosted by the Association of Marquette University Women and Ash Wednesday Reception and Mass. Register today.

Tuesday, March 5
Chicago: Forward Marquette: Stress, Trauma and Mental Health

Please join Dr. William Cullinan, dean of the College of Health Sciences, to hear from experts leading the way in mental health research and learn how they are making a difference. Register today.

March 9 - 12
Chicago: Marquette Women's Basketball in the BIG EAST Tournament Fan Events

Ring out Ahoya in Chicago when Marquette Women's Basketball competes in the 2019 BIG EAST Tournament. Join fellow fans for pregame receptions at Kroll's South Loop and tournament action at Wintrust Arena. Register today.

Sunday, March 10
Phoenix: 30th Annual Spring Training Tailgate and Baseball Game - Milwaukee Brewers vs. Chicago Cubs

Head to the ballpark with alumni and friends for a spring training tradition – the MU Club of Phoenix annual tailgate and baseball game. Join Marquette alumni, friends and families for a day of food and fun with special guest Marquette President Michael R. Lovell. Register today.

March 13 - 16
New York: Marquette Men's Basketball in the BIG EAST Tournament Fan Events

Ring out Ahoya in New York City when Marquette Men's Basketball competes in the 2019 BIG EAST Tournament. Join fellow fans for team sendoffs prior to each Marquette game, pre- and post-game celebrations, a Marquette CIRCLES networking event, and Lenten Lunch and Reflection. Register today.

Thursday, March 21
Milwaukee: June and Herman Loebl Women Business Leaders Speaker Series

Featuring Becky Frankiewicz, President of ManpowerGroup North America. Register today.

See more upcoming alumni events.


Alumni Spotlight

Thompson-BoydKristyAnne (KAT) Thompson, Law '11, married David Boyd on Dec. 1, 2018, in Fort Worth, Texas. KAT is a member of the Marquette University Alumni Association National Board of Directors. The couple will honeymoon in Italy in May.

KristanJohn Kristan, Arts ’10, began a new role as a federal lobbyist with the American College of Cardiology. He lives in Washington, D.C.



Singh BaldwinShauna Singh Baldwin, Grad ’81, was awarded the South Asian Literary Association Distinguished Creative Writer prize. She is the author of three novels, two collections of short stories, and two works of non-fiction. She lives in Milwaukee.


MU Love HeartsDid you meet your significant other at Marquette?

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Guess the year


Guess the Year - February 2019

Marquette students perform a dance for Black History Month.

a. 1987
b. 1989
c. 1991
d. 1993

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