November 2017





Explore the world with the Marquette alumni travel program

Be an explorer! In the spirit of Father Jacques Marquette, famed Jesuit explorer and Marquette University's namesake, we invite you to take full advantage of your alma mater's exciting travel program. Explore unique and interesting areas of the world with old classmates and friends; learn about other people and cultures; or simply relax in beautiful surroundings. 

Learn about upcoming Marquette trips, such as Cuba, Australia, Scotland, the Swiss Alps and more.

Trying to give farmers a new option, Marquette professor harvests state's first commercial rice crop

Neither geese nor raccoons nor federal customs agents could keep Michael Schläppi from harvesting the state's first-ever cultivated rice crop this week in a one-acre paddy at the Mequon Nature Preserve. The successful harvest of around 1,200 pounds of grain shows that rice can be commercially grown in Wisconsin, said Schläppi, an associate professor of biology at Marquette University.

He expects to double that volume of rice next year from the same one acre with lessons learned about water and nutrient requirements, weather and animal vandals.

Read about Schläppi's hopes for convincing farmers to grow rice in cold weather in the full story by Don Behm, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Marquette School of Dentistry receives $5 million gift, the largest in the school's history

The pledge, made by Dr. Paul Andrews, Dent '74, was presented during the recent celebration honoring School of Dentistry Dean William K. Lobb's 20th anniversary and will focus on scholarships for veterans and their families.

Learn more about how Andrews' gift was inspired by his godson and high school classmates who served in the military.

Strange attraction

Will this special delivery attract mosquitos? It may be the only time we hope the answer is yes.

President Michael Lovell paused during his remarks and raised a Ziploc sandwich bag above the lectern and into the light. Tucked inside was one pair of soiled socks — his own socks — worn two weeks earlier running the Boston Marathon. Lovell handed the sealed specimen to Dr. George Corliss.

Read the full story from Marquette Magazine.

Second annual NightinGala in Milwaukee supports Marquette nursing students

The College of Nursing hosted 240 guests at the NightinGala on November 3 in Milwaukee. The event raised over $95,000 through live and silent auctions as well as a paddles up appeal. The event supports College of Nursing students who care for Milwaukee’s most vulnerable through featured community care programs such as the Marquette Clinic for Women and Children and the Sojourner Family Peace Center.
Special thanks to Anne Lent and Dave Watson whose vision and passion inspired this event.

Consider making a gift to the College of Nursing to support student scholarship.



November Reflection: A prayer for the Thanksgiving table

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

If we can realize that everything is God's gift, how happy will our hearts be! Everything is his gift. He is our strength. Saying "thank you" is such an easy thing, and yet so hard! How often do we say "thank you" to one another in our families? These are essential words for our life in common. -- Pope Francis, October 13, 2013

Thanksgiving has the distinction that its celebration is not limited to a single religion, race, or ethnic origin. It is truly an American celebration that can be celebrated by all. As we rejoice in Thanksgiving, let us be mindful of the many gifts and graces that God has given us individually, and as a community. We thank God for these. May they nourish us and strengthen us as we strive to build the kingdom of God in our lives, in our homes, in our hearts. May your Thanksgiving table be graced with family, good food, and good friends.

A Prayer for the Thanksgiving Table

O gracious God, we give you thanks for your overflowing generosity to us. Thank you for the blessings of the food we eat and especially for this feast today. Thank you for our home and family and friends, especially for the presence of those gathered here. Thank you for our health, our work and our play. Please send help to those who are hungry, alone, sick and suffering war and violence. Open our hearts to your love. We ask your blessing through Christ your son. Amen. -- From Celebrating Faith: Year-round Activities For Catholic Families, by Mary Cronk Farrell.

May you have a blessed, holy Thanksgiving.

Remember loved ones with prayers during November

Beginning with the Feast of All Saints and the Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed (All Souls’ Day) at the beginning of November, a centuries-old tradition calls for remembering our deceased family and friends in prayer the entire month. If you have deceased loved ones whom you would like remembered by the Marquette community throughout the month of November, submit your prayer request below and it will be shared with the Marquette community. Prayer requests will be placed before the altars in campus chapels.

Send your prayer request to the Marquette community.

Discover chapels, artwork and sacred spaces on campus

Take a virtual pilgrimage of the religious spaces on campus, and see how the Marquette community lives its Jesuit and Catholic identity every day.

Visit Marquette's Sacred Spaces webpage, and see a video of President Lovell leading a campus tour.



You really are creative

Wish you were one of those people blessed with creativity? You’re already one of them, says a life-altering college course.

Taking Linda Menck’s Introduction to Visual Communication class is like learning to be a kid again, one poised to succeed in a grown-up profession.

Anthony DiSanto, Bus Ad ’17, signed up for her class in the final semester of his senior year, and it transformed his worldview. “It brought me back to when I was younger, to when everyone used to draw and build,” DiSanto says.

Read the full story from Comm Magazine and learn how Menck's students are encouraged to view the world through a childlike lens.

Marquette in Milwaukee: Dr. Lovell's podcast shares stories of campus and the city

Marquette and Milwaukee with President Michael Lovell is a new podcast that explores connections between Marquette University and the city it calls home. In the first episode, President Lovell sits down with Athletics Director Bill Scholl and Marquette soccer student athlete Madison Dunker to discuss how Marquette gets involved in the community beyond the field.

Listen to the first two episodes of Dr. Lovell's new podcast online.

Career advice: Why your emotional intelligence matters, and 4 ways to improve it

By Monica Oliver, Sp '81

How do our actions at work affect our success? The truth is, no matter how smart or skilled you are, your career can be derailed if you just rub people the wrong way. The good news is anyone can apply a few simple tools to improve how they're viewed by others. It all starts with becoming self-aware.

Get tips and techniques to improve your emotional intelligence.

Tax reform provisions may impact higher education

While Marquette University has no position on tax reform legislation overall, we want alumni and friends to be aware of several items in the tax reform bill that — if passed — would have a significant negative impact on higher education, students and families. At a time when Congress and the American people are asking institutions of higher education to control cost increases, these provisions will put further pressure on colleges and universities, students, and families.

Read more about how new tax reform provisions could affect Marquette, and what you can do to take action.


Marquette alumni and friends open homes to students for Supper for 12 Strangers

Since 1973, the Association of Marquette University Women's Supper for 12 Strangers program has brought together members of the Marquette family who arrive as strangers and depart as friends. Students enjoy this great opportunity to meet and network with local Marquette alumni, staff and friends, while enjoying a free meal, good conversation -- and sometimes even card games. This year, 125 students and 15 hosts participated.

Supper for 12 Strangers is held annually in early November. Learn more about the program and consider hosting next year if you live in the Milwaukee area.

College of Health Sciences alumni join community members to volunteer at south side Milwaukee food pantry

On Saturday, Nov. 4, College of Health Sciences faculty, alumni and physical therapy students volunteered at Dispensa de la Paz Food Pantry on Milwaukee's south side, handing out food, clothing, personal care items to neighborhood residents and the city's homeless. Other members of the group were stationed in a parking lot at 8th and Michigan streets near the Marquette campus, where they provided a hot meal of chili and hot dogs.

To get involved in the College of Health Sciences alumni association, contact Martha Moore at


upcoming events

Monday, Nov. 13

MU Club of Washington, D.C.: Forward Marquette -- "Modern Plagues"
Hear about Marquette University neuroscientists translational research which they hope will lead to the development of novel, more effective treatments of addiction, obesity and depression.

Tuesday, Nov. 14

Milwaukee: Dr. John K.C. Oh Memorial Lecture on Asian Affairs -- Peace and Security on the Korean Peninsula
Join Ambassador Wendy R. Sherman for the fourth Dr. John K.C. Oh Memorial Lecture on Asian Affairs.

Friday, Nov. 17

MU Club of Southern California: Reception with Marquette Men's Basketball Team
Get the inside scoop on the team and the season as the Marquette men’s basketball team makes a special stop in Southern California en route to the 2017 Maui Jim Maui Invitational. Join us at the team hotel for a reception and panel discussion at this family-friendly event.

MU Club of New York and New Jersey: Brooklyn Brewery Tour
Join Marquette alumni and friends for a fun evening at the Brooklyn Brewery. Enjoy a private brewery tour and two drink tokens. Stick around afterward for networking in the tasting room.

Saturday, Nov. 18

MU Club of Northern California: Brewery Crawl
Join Marquette alumni in San Francisco for a brewery crawl that includes four stops. Food and drinks will be available for purchase along the way.

Sunday, Nov. 19

MU Club of Phoenix: Morning Mass and Brunch and Afternoon Golf Outing
Gather with Marquette alumni and friends for the club's annual Mass and Brunch in Phoenix. Afterward, join us for our sixth annual golf outing. Golfers of all levels are welcome.

Wednesday, Dec. 6

MU Club of New York and New Jersey: Christmas Mass and Annual Holiday Party
Join fellow Marquette alumni, parents and friends for a special Christmas Mass and the ninth annual holiday party. Join us for Mass, the party or both.

Friday, Dec. 8

Milwaukee: Blue & Gold Fund Auction
Enjoy a special evening with Marquette coaches, student-athletes, administrators and friends. The evening will be highlighted by an elegant dinner as well as a silent and live auction.

Saturday, Dec. 9

Cities across the country: Marquette Men's Basketball vs. University of Wisconsin Game-watching Parties
Ring out Ahoya with fellow alumni and friends in your city when Marquette Men's Basketball takes on in-state rival University of Wisconsin. Put on your blue and gold and gather with fellow fans for a game-watching party in your area.

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


Alumni Spotlight

Francesca Reed, Comm ’14, and Michael Cianciolo, Comm ’16, were married at the Church of the Gesu in Milwaukee on Sept. 30. Both come from Marquette legacy families: the bride’s mother attended Marquette, as did the groom’s parents and grandparents. The couple lives in Menomonie, Wis.


Jennifer Konkol Goforth, Eng '95, was a keynote speaker at the SAE International New Energy Vehicle Forum held Sept. 12 in Shanghai, China. She is the chief engineer for China Electrification for General Motors. She lives in Shanghai with her family.

Phil Gloudemans, Arts '74, was named associate director, University Communications, at Boston College following seven years as director of strategic communications at Brown University's Annenberg Institute. Phil lives in Marblehead, Mass. with his wife and daughter.

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

Members of Marquette's soccer club spar on the field with hopes of joining the Midwest Soccer Conference the following year.

a. 1949
b. 1956
c. 1960
d. 1964

Answer: d. 1964


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