A prayer for your Thanksgiving table

November 2018





AMUW's annual Supper for 12 Strangers program brings together students, alumni for a hot meal and friendship

Each November, the Association of Marquette University Women coordinates Supper for 12 Strangers. Celebrating 45 years of tradition this year, 90 students were graciously hosted by 12 Marquette alumni and friends at their homes in the Milwaukee area. Hosts provide a tasty meal for a group of Marquette students while making inter-generational connections.

Learn more about the Association of Marquette University Women.

'Silicon Valley Experience' gives students a unique, immersive opportunity to learn from alumni and friends in Northern California

A small group of Marquette alumni in Northern California devised an opportunity for students to be immersed in the startup, venture capital and corporate innovation industries. Dubbed "the Silicon Valley Experience," five students representing multiple Marquette colleges were selected from more than 30 applicants to travel to California in October to network and learn from alumni, parents and friends. One of the highlights of the trip was a reception and panel emceed by Tom Werner, Eng ’86, Marquette University Trustee and president, CEO and chairman of the board, SunPower Corporation.

Thank you to the following alumni, parents and friends who facilitated key connections and made this transformational experience possible, including but certainly not limited to: John, Bus Ad ’91, and Amy Underwood; Tom, Eng ’86, and Suzanne Werner; Victor, Eng ’89, and Jolanta Szczerba; Scott, Bus Ad ’91, and Gina, Comm ’90, Van De Velde; and Harvey Anderson, Eng ’84, and Denelle Dixon.

Get involved with fellow alumni and friends in the MU Club of Northern California.

Marquette 'Illuminating Intellect' podcast features Bob Fox, pioneer in the pediatric mental health field

Dr. Robert Fox began studying parenting shortly after his first child was born. This evolved into working with families in poverty and then for families of young children with mental health issues. In 2003, he founded the Behavior Clinic in partnership with Penfield Children’s Center, a community-based, birth-to-three agency. The professor emeritus in the College of Education discusses the importance and legacy of his work.

Listen to Illuminating Intellect and discover more Marquette podcasts.

The letter that changed everything

First-generation college student Markie Pasternak and her parents worked hard to save enough money to send Markie to Marquette. But after the devastating loss of her father, Markie's education became uncertain and her future at Marquette was thrown into doubt.

Learn how immediate-impact scholarship aid enabled Markie to finish her degree, and how Markie is paying it forward.



November reflection and prayer: Rejoice in Thanksgiving

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

Can you believe Thanksgiving is next week? Even with the barrage of Christmas advertising already before us, it seems too early for the holidays to be upon us.

It is also difficult thinking about what we have to be thankful for this year. Just look at the news. The mass shootings across the country -- Pittsburgh, Kentucky, California. The abuse (and cover-ups) within our own church. The massive wild fires in the west. So many have lost so much.

But in thinking about Thanksgiving, we must rely upon and remember that we are people of faith. It is faith that led the Israelites out of Egypt. In was faith that prompted people to follow Jesus. It was faith that led our ancestors to come to this great country. And it is faith that gives us a reason to have hope. To believe. To give thanks.

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

Marquette receives $1 million 'Thriving in Ministry' grant to support Christian pastors in congregational ministry

The five-year grant from Lilly Endowment, Inc., will propel Marquette to both create and strengthen programs that support pastors by helping them connect strategically with other clergy who can serve as role models and mentors. The goal is to better support Christian clergy to promote their well-being as church leaders.

Learn more about the grant and Marquette's pastoral support program.

Upcoming faith events for alumni



Athletic and Human Performance Research Center construction continues despite chilly fall temperatures

The Athletic and Human Performance Research Center (located just west of the Al McGuire Center on campus) continues progress toward completion in early 2019. The $24 million, 46,000-square-foot AHPRC building will provide dedicated space where Marquette faculty and partners from the health care industry can collaborate on cutting-edge research in elite athletic performance, human performance, rehabilitation, fitness data analytics and other related disciplines. It will house a world-class strength and conditioning area as well as much-needed locker rooms and support space for the lacrosse programs and golf team.

Visit the AHPRC website to learn more and check out the construction webcam.

College of Nursing receives $1 million estate gift to support scholarships

The College of Nursing received a $1 million planned gift in October from Barbara Regan, a 1959 alumna. The estate gift will benefit scholarships for undergraduate and graduate nursing students. Regan’s father-in-law, late husband, brother, son-in-law and daughter also attended Marquette, so the university has a great deal of significance in her family. “I wanted to honor what would have been my 50th wedding anniversary and could think of no better way than to help the future nurse leaders in our community receive a Marquette nursing education,” said Regan.

Read the full press release from Marquette Today.

Marquette's premier networking program - CIRCLES - returns to the Northeast with roundtables in New York

Marquette's award-winning CIRCLES networking program connects professionals based on industry and business interests. More than 200 attendees in New York this October enjoyed a roundtable discussion format on topics including sports writing, corporate communication, finance technology, equity investing, women in leadership and more. The evening was capped by a feature presentation about leadership with Vice President and Director of Athletics Bill Scholl; Marquette Men's Basketball Head Coach Steve Wojciechowski; and Marquette Men's Lacrosse Head Coach Joe Amplo.

Be the first to learn about upcoming Marquette events in the Northeast by following the MU Club of New York and New Jersey on Facebook, Twitter and Linkedin.

Career advice: Tips to build confidence

By Monica Oliver, Sp '81
Leadership Consultant and Certified Executive Coach

Does the thought of an upcoming presentation, a job interview or a networking opportunity make your brain go into panic mode? You're not alone.

Read the full article from the Marquette Experts Pool.


MU Club of Minnesota partners with Ronald McDonald House to serve meals

Kudos to alumni and friends in the MU Club of Minnesota who volunteered at Ronald McDonald House on Nov. 4. Volunteers came together to help prepare and serve meals to families staying at the Ronald McDonald House, which provides a place to stay for families to stay close to a hospitalized child.

Be the first to learn about upcoming Marquette events in Minnesota by following the MU Club of Minnesota on Facebook and Twitter.

Marquette students help Milwaukee residents with fall chores

By Rick Barrett, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Trimming bushes and putting away patio furniture for the winter were two jobs that 90-year-old Lydia Russ of West Allis just wasn’t up for this fall. Fortunately, a group of Marquette University students came to her home on Nov. 10 to take care of things. The students were part of Marquette’s “Make A Difference Day” aimed at helping Milwaukee area senior citizens with various chores before winter sets in and some of the work can’t easily be done. About 375 students participated, with many of them raking leaves trapped under the snow.

Read the full story from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Upcoming service project events for alumni



See a complete list of upcoming alumni events

Nov. 21 - 23
New York: Marquette Men's Basketball in the NIT Tipoff Tournament

Join fellow alumni, parents and fans at pregame receptions prior to tipoff for all Marquette Men's Basketball games in conjunction with the NIT Season Tipoff tournament in Brooklyn. Plus - don't miss a special Marquette Thanksgiving Mass and dinner. Register today.

Friday, Nov. 30
Milwaukee: Association of Marquette University Women Advent Reflection Luncheon

Celebrate the joy of the Advent season by joining fellow alumnae and friends at the Association of Marquette University annual luncheon and reflection. This year's reflection, "The Gifts We Bring," will be provided by Kate Trevey, Bus Ad ’04. Register today.

Tuesday, Dec. 4
MU Club of New York: Advent Prayer Reflection

Join Marquette alumni in New York for an Advent reflection led by Brother Joseph Hoover, S.J., Comm ’94. Register today.

Wednesday, Dec. 5
MU Club of Madison, Wis.: Lunch Bunch

During a casual lunch, network and spend some time with your Marquette family. Rev. Frederick Zagone, S.J., Vice President of Mission and Ministry, Marquette University, will give an Advent reflection. Register today.

Thursday, Dec. 6
Milwaukee: Young Alumni Association Christmas Party and Toy Drive

Pull out your Christmas sweater, enjoy some friendly competition over arcade games and try your luck by partaking in the raffle. Register today.

Friday, Dec. 7
Milwaukee: Blue & Gold Fund Auction

Be a part of an evening like no other alongside Marquette coaches, student-athletes, university leadership and friends. Highlighted by an elegant dinner as well as a silent and live auction, the Blue & Gold Fund Auction is a pinnacle representation of excellence among student-athletes in the Marquette community. Register today.

Saturday, Dec. 8
Marquette Men's Basketball vs. Wisconsin Game-watching Parties

Find a game-watching party near you! Register today.


See more upcoming alumni events.


Alumni Spotlight

SoberalskiMelissa (Longamore) Soberalski, Law ’12, and Garrett Soberalski, Law ’12, welcomed their second daughter, Sonia Alice, on June 1, 2018. The family lives in Brookfield, Wis.

HofmeisterBob Hofmeister, Bus Ad '82, received the 2018 One Smithfield Foods Presidents Award for top national accounts manager in the U.S.A at the Smithfield Foods national sales conference. Bob lives in Flower Mound, Texas.

RyansStephen “Steve” Ryan, Arts '08, and Elizabeth "Beth" (Warmuth) Ryan, Arts '08, received the Sprout Social 2018 Agency "Always Be Growing" Award on behalf of RyTech for its continued growth in social media services - management, strategy, audits, listening and more. Steve is CEO and founder of the company; and Beth is social media director. They live in Western Springs, Ill.

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


Marquette students celebrate Diwali -- the Hindu festival of lights -- at the Weasler Auditorium.

a. 1986
b. 1989
c. 1993
d. 1995

Answer: d. 1995


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