May 2018





Jeannie and Jim Gaffigan to serve as Marquette’s spring Commencement speakers

Jeannie, Comm '92, and Jim Gaffigan, a wife-husband team who have collaborated on a wide variety of comedy projects, will serve as Marquette University’s Commencement speakers on Sunday, May 20. As part of the university’s graduation ceremony, they each will receive an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree.

"We know the Gaffigans best for their humor," said Marquette University President Michael R. Lovell. "But I’m sure we’ll also learn from their insights and humility that through their Catholic faith they have a foundation for their relationship that holds their family together through good times and very difficult times."

Learn more about the plans for Commencement on May 20.

Marquette spring sports make their mark in BIG EAST and NCAA tournaments

  • Men's tennis claimed their first BIG EAST title and look to make their NCAA Championships debut on Saturday, May 12, vs. Illinois.
  • Women's tennis reached the BIG EAST semifinals for the third time in four seasons and celebrated several BIG EAST player awards.
  • Track and field looks to the BIG EAST Outdoor Championships May 11-12 in Ohio and celebrates players claiming three of four weekly BIG EAST awards.
  • Women's lacrosse took their first-ever trip to the BIG EAST Championship and set single-season standards for goals, assists, points, draw controls and ground balls.
  • Men's lacrosse competed in their fifth consecutive BIG EAST tournament with a 4-2 all-time postseason record.
  • Men's golf freshman Hunter Eichhorn claimed the individual BIG EAST Championship while the team finished as runners-up to Georgetown.

An evening of gratitude for benefactors and students at the Scholarship Celebration

In April, nearly 400 scholarship benefactors and student scholarship recipients gathered in thanks and celebration of the power of philanthropy. Students shined all evening – some showcasing their remarkable work in the classroom and community; several sharing their personal stories during the dinner program; all expressing heartfelt thanks to the benefactors who make Marquette possible for them.

Check out the event photos to see why Marquette’s annual Scholarship Celebration is so memorable and learn more about making a gift and consider making a gift online today.


Marquette Magazine: Stained glass glory at the Jesuit Residence

They lean over the light table and touch brilliantly colored cuts of glass that are being painted, brushed and fired into the puzzled beauty of a stained glass window for the Donald J. Schneider Chapel in the Dr. E.J. O’Brien Jesuit Residence. The massive window will be installed in 2018, and that date, when it comes, will be celebrated with fanfare. But this stage of the process is stirring to view.

Read the full story from Marquette Magazine.

May reflection: Thank and pray for your mothers

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

Recently I spilled a glass of red wine. I thought about the wine we consecrate at Mass. With Mother's Day approaching, I was reminded of celebrating Mass with my mother the night before she passed away several years ago.

People say holidays are difficult after the loss of a loved one. Most holidays get easier. We can celebrate birthdays, Thanksgiving or Christmas. But it is hard to celebrate Mother's Day without Mom. On this Mother's Day, take the opportunity to thank your mothers, living or deceased, for the most precious gift possible. We pray for our mothers. We pray to our mothers. And remember those who have been like a mother to you. They deserve this recognition, too.

At commencement we might use that same red wine to toast the graduates. Not for what they have accomplished so far; rather, we toast them for what they will do in the future. For years they have worked and studied, played and partied, volunteered and served. Whether they were involved in everything or nothing, they have been a part of something bigger than themselves. Now, they join the ranks of the 110,000 living Marquette alumni. They are a part of a group where some have done important things everyone knows about, and others have done simple things that only touched the lives of a few. Please join me in praying for all the new graduates this spring. May they go forth with passion in their hearts and souls to Be the Difference.

Finally, the wine reminds us of the blood spilled by those who have lost their lives serving our country. We remember their heroism and sacrifice as we pray for peace in our world this Memorial Day. Amid all of this we have May flowers, weddings --all kinds of things to celebrate. Let us remember that God is good.

Happy Mother's Day.
Congratulations to the 2018 graduates.
Bless those who serve and protect.



Marquette-produced podcast series explores connection to Milwaukee, the pursuits of faculty members, and voices of the university

Would you like to know more about Dr. Lovell's challenges surrounding community engagement? How about meeting faculty member Shion Guha, who can speak Elvish and deadlift 500 pounds? Or maybe learn about how the Counseling Center's fluffy therapy dog eases students' anxiety? You can get it all from one of Marquette's podcast series.

Preview and listen to all three of Marquette's podcast series online.

Alumni couple donates $2 million to grow mental health research and launch engineering student success center

Marquette students and faculty now have heightened research and support resources thanks to the generosity of alumni Jim and Kelly McShane. The McShanes, both of whom graduated from Marquette in 1968, made two specific $1 million gifts focused on mental health research in the College of Health Sciences and on the development of more comprehensive academic support within the Opus College of Engineering.

Read more about how the gift aims to work toward shattering the stigma of mental illness.

A&S Magazine: The Discoverers: For Arts and Sciences undergraduates, research conducted with professors is a path to knowledge and discoveries --  and a key to unlocking their futures.

Follow along as the research journeys of four students from four disciplines take them to rewarding places  —  and pay off in confidence and abilities they apply in situations ranging from presentations to national experts to big moments in their post-college careers and more.

Read more about the research paths of four students in the fields of biological sciences, English, philosophy and physics.

Career advice: How do I get to the top of the list on LinkedIn?
By Wayne Breitbarth, Grad '86

I cannot tell a lie—there is some "magic" involved, kind of like Disneyland. Only LinkedIn knows exactly what goes into their search algorithm, but my research and professional experience have helped me roll back the magic curtain a bit so I can share some helpful tips with you.

Read the full article.


Chicagoland alumni partner with local grade school as part of Hunger Clean-up efforts

On April 14, more than 30 Marquette alumni and friends participated in the MU Club of Chicago service project. This event at St. Nicholas of Tolentine, in partnership with Big Shoulders Give Back Day, provided an opportunity for volunteers to “Leave their Marq” by assisting with various cleaning and organizing projects as well as landscaping.

Learn more about the MU Club of Chicago's upcoming events and follow the club on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

PLUS: Many other Marquette alumni clubs and groups held service projects around Hunger Clean-up, including the MU Club of San Diego, MU Club of Southern California, MU Club of Washington, D.C., MU Club of Northeast Ohio, the MU Club of New York and New Jersey, the MU Club of Northern California, the MU Club of Minnesota and the LGBT+ Alumni Council.

MU Club of Northern California service day is June 2

Join Marquette alumni in San Francisco for a day of service as women and men for others. Prepare bag lunches at Glide Church for the city's homeless and those in need.

Sign up today for the service project and learn about club volunteering and leadership opportunities.


upcoming events

See a complete list of upcoming alumni events.

Nurses Week: May 6-12

Happy Nurses Week!
Join the College of Nursing as we celebrate the reasons our students are becoming nurses or became nurses. If you'd like to contribute your reason, send your selfie to

Wednesday, May 16

Milwaukee: Center for Peacemaking 10-year Anniversary Celebration
Learn how you can celebrate the Marquette University Center for Peacemaking during its anniversary year and support its work moving forward.

Thursday, May 17

MU Club of Washington, D.C.: Spring Networking Happy Hour on the Hill
Celebrate spring; get ready for summer; and connect with Marquette alumni, students and friends at Capitol Lounge.

Saturday, June 2

MU Club of Northern California: Day of Service in San Francisco
Join Marquette alumni in San Francisco in a day of service as women and men for others. Prepare bag lunches for the city's homeless and those in need.

Monday, June 4

MU Club of St. Louis: Golf Outing and Reception
Support scholarship, hear from Marquette men's basketball Head Coach Steve Wojciechowski and enjoy a day on the links at the MU Club of St. Louis seventh annual golf tournament.

Saturday, June 9

Chicago: Ethnic Alumni Association and the Club of Chicago Matinee and Reception
Enjoy the theatrical performance "Having Our Say: The Delaney Sisters' First 100 Years" followed by a post-show reception at the historic Goodman Theatre - Chicago's oldest and largest not-for-profit theater.

See more upcoming alumni events.

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


Alumni Spotlight

WaymanRick Wayman, Bus Ad ’01, shared in the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize, which was awarded to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons. Rick actively campaigned throughout 2017 for the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, which led to ICAN’s award. He lives in Santa Barbara, Calif.

MahlockCol. Lorna Mahlock, Comm ’91, of the United States Marine Corps was nominated for brigadier general by President Donald Trump. Mahlock served 30 years in the Marine Corps and is the deputy director of Operations, Plans, Policies and Operations Directorate in Washington, D.C. Photo courtesy of Makenzie Fallon/U.S. Marine Corps.

RyanGina Maier Ryan, Arts ’63, received the Outstanding Association Executive Award from the New York Society of Association Executives in April 2018. Gina served on the Marquette University Alumni Association National Board of Directors from 2008-2012. She lives in Westport, Conn.

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 - May 2018

Graduating students converse at commencement.

a. 1995
b. 1996
c. 2000
d. 2001

Answer: a. 1995


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