September 2018





Reunion + Homecoming is Oct. 4-7: Come home to Marquette

This fall, Marquette alumni, students, parents and friends will converge on campus for a weekend of fun during Reunion + Homecoming 2018. We'll welcome those with undergraduate class years ending in "3" or "8," including the Golden Jubilee Class of 1968 celebrating their 50th reunion. With class parties; bed races; the block party; Glow Blue and Gold 5K Run/Walk; Rock the Mall Concert featuring the All-American Rejects; Masses; and so much more, Reunion + Homecoming will celebrate Marquette's history and old friendships while exploring innovations in academics and research looking to the future.

Explore Reunion + Homecoming programs and register online today!

Thank you to our Reunion + Homecoming 2018 sponsors.

Specialized program for Marquette undergraduates with autism disorders gifted $450,000, set to launch fall 2019

By Jennifer Walter, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Weeks after DJ Castillo started his freshman year at Marquette University, he stopped eating in the dining hall. It was too much to handle. This wasn't the first time he felt overwhelmed in college, and it wasn't because of academics. DJ was a bright kid — he graduated high school with just shy of a 4.0 GPA and was accepted to Marquette's honors program.

DJ has Asperger's syndrome. It's not always obvious, and his mother, Kelli Castillo, said he just comes off as shy. But he struggled adjusting to social aspects of college in ways that many of his peers did not.

Learn more about the transformational gift from John and Kate Miller to fund the On Your Marq program, which helps undergraduate students on the autism spectrum.

College of Nursing networking reception brings together students and alumni for career exploration

More than 50 nursing students attended the first-ever College of Nursing networking reception in May. Fifteen alumni from four different nursing fields led breakout sessions with smaller groups of students to give them the opportunity to ask questions of Marquette nurses practicing in the field. The event was so well received that Dean Janet Krejci will host another alumni-student networking reception on Nov. 28 -- to get involved, contact Adrienne Roche at

Catch up with the College of Nursing during Reunion + Homecoming with Explore Marquette on Saturday, Oct. 6.


Faith events during Reunion + Homecoming 2018

  • Tuesday Night Mass: Oct. 2 at 10 p.m., St. Joan of Arc Chapel
  • Golden Jubilee and 50-plus Alumni Rosary Prayer Circle, Mass and Brunch: Oct. 5 at 9:30 a.m., Alumni Memorial Union
  • Churches and Chocolates Bus Tour: Oct. 6 at 9 a.m., Alumni Memorial Union
  • Sacred Spaces Pilgrimage Walking Tour: Oct. 6 at 1:30 p.m., St. Joan of Arc Chapel
  • Reunion Mass: Oct. 7 at 9 a.m., Church of the Gesu
  • Homecoming Mass: Oct. 7 at 6 p.m., Church of the Gesu
Register today for Reunion + Homecoming programs.

Join the MU Club of Chicago for upcoming faith events

The MU Club of Chicago has an active alumni volunteer leadership group that works throughout the year to bring Marquette friends together for networking opportunities, service projects, athletics events and faith-based events:



Spinning playlists in Afghanistan and beyond
Kimberley Motley [Law '03] is the only American litigating in Afghanistan's courts. The former Milwaukee public defender and former Mrs. Wisconsin now has an international practice on six continents

By Joe Forward, Wisconsin Lawyer magazine

"You have to be in the prisons with the prisoners, and it makes a lot of people uncomfortable” Kimberley Motley said. “If you are weak over here, you’re going to make me weak and then I’m going to get hurt. I’ve been discouraged about hiring other foreign lawyers. You can be scared, but you can’t show it. You have to work through the fear.”

Motley’s fearlessness has roots in Milwaukee, where she grew up.

Learn how Motley's career aspirations went from DJ to pro bono lawyer in Afghanistan.

Working as a team, Mike and Amy Lovell tackle Milwaukee's epidemic of psychological trauma

By John Schmid, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Marquette University President Mike Lovell and his wife, Amy, sit at a table, discussing the epidemic of psychological trauma that overwhelms social agencies in Milwaukee and disables much of its workforce. They’re talking about their role in addressing the crisis, a role that’s been growing since January, when the Lovells began hosting monthly brainstorming sessions. The meetings draw social service workers, therapists, university researchers, leaders of nonprofits, criminal justice authorities and health care representatives.

Seemingly every month, more chairs are added.

Learn why the Lovells aim to make Milwaukee one of the country's few trauma-responsive communities.

Plus -- Join the Lovells and other community leaders at the "Healing Trauma, Healthy Communities" conference in Milwaukee, Sept. 26-28.

Sports broadcast professionals Minnaert, Kasper welcome journalism students at Miller Park

Two of Marquette’s leading alumni in the sports journalism and broadcast fields, Sophia Minnaert, Comm '09, and Len Kasper, Jour '93, welcomed Marquette journalism students to a reception at Miller Park in Milwaukee on Sept. 5 prior to the Cubs vs. Brewers game.

Sophia has covered the Bucks and Brewers for Fox Sports and now works as a sideline and feature reporter for the Milwaukee Brewers. She hosted the students, Diederich College of Communication Dean Kimo Ah Yun and faculty and discussed her Marquette experience, her professional journey and advice on how to progress in the field. Len is one of Major League Baseball’s leading announcers, calling play-by-play for the Chicago Cubs. Students got to ask questions and watch Len call the first two innings of the game.

Catch up with the Diederich College of Communication and explore its state-of-the-art student media and television production facilities with the Explore Marquette program during Reunion + Homecoming, Saturday, Oct. 6.

Career advice: Networking is not a dirty word
By Maribel Langer, Bus Ad ’89
Principal, Korn Ferry Hay Group, Chicago

Recognizing networking as a valuable asset rather than an inconvenience can pay significant dividends in your professional development.

Read the full article.


Through IVC program, alumna Brennan works to counsel Cristo Rey students in Chicago

Marquette is proud to support the important work of the Ignatian Volunteer Corps – in Milwaukee, Chicago and other key regions around the country. IVC is a faith-based non-profit that was founded in 1995 by two Jesuit priests who envisioned matching the life experiences and spiritual longings of men and women (50 or older) with established community organizations serving the poor and marginalized.

Joan Brennan, Nurs ’81, has served for the past three years as an IVC volunteer at Cristo Rey Jesuit High School in Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood. Joan manages a full caseload of students, putting her extensive background in school counseling to work. According to Joan, her IVC experience has created “a very powerful sense of God’s presence that not only helps guide my counseling [at Cristo Rey], but also enriches my life.”

Find out if volunteering with the Ignatian Volunteer Corps may be right for you.

Real Estate alumni help launch case competition for Marquette students

The REALM Network (Real Estate Alumni Marquette) helped launch the inaugural “Judgement Day” case competition last December for students in the REAL 4120 Cases in Commercial Real Estate course. The competition featured six teams of five students each delivering a development proposal for a real site at the Pabst Brewery complex near the Marquette campus. Special thanks to several alumni for handling all the details of this competition and serving as mentors to the students: Andy Sinclair, Bus Ad ’11; Michael Kelly, Bus Ad ’07, Law '13; Andy Schoene, Bus Ad ’04; Rick Stoll, Comm ’11; and Max Schultz, Bus Ad ’13; among others.

Learn more about the Center for Real Estate and the REALM Network.



See a complete list of upcoming alumni events.


Thursday, Oct. 4

Golden Jubilee and 50-plus Alumni Reception and Dinner

Friday, Oct. 5

Saturday, Oct. 6

Sunday, Oct. 7



Tuesday, Sept. 25
MU Club of New York Reflection and Dinner

Join Marquette alumni in New York for a reflection led by Brother Joseph Hoover, Comm ’94. Afterward, guests will head to The Perfect Pint for dinner. Register today.

Saturday, Sept. 29
MU Club of San Diego SeptemberFEST

Spend an evening tasting a variety of San Diego’s best craft brews and wines. The event includes tasting notes and an engraved Marquette tasting glass. Food, music and fun provided. Register today.

Sunday, Sept. 30
MU Club of Green Bay and Fox Cities Packers Tailgate Party

Join Marquette alumni and friends for the 15th annual Green Bay tailgate party in the shadow of Lambeau Field, when the Packers face the Buffalo Bills. Don’t miss this annual tradition! Register today.

Friday, Oct. 19
Milwaukee: College of Business Administration Alumni Association Sip & Savor Gala

Enjoy a night out including dinner, drinks and a show while you bid on live and silent auction items. Register today.

Saturday, Oct. 20
MU Club of North Texas TUPPS Brewery Tour and Networking Event

Join the MU Club of North Texas for a private brewery tour and social outing that includes family-friendly activities and games. Don't miss the fun! Register today.

Sunday, Oct. 28
MU Club of Southern California Rams vs. Packers Tailgate and Game

Join Marquette alumni and friends when the Packers come to town to take on the Rams! Enjoy a tailgate before the game near the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Register today.


  • Blue & Gold Fund Preseason Luncheon: Wed., Oct. 31 at Fiserv Forum, Milwaukee
  • NIT Season Tipoff Men’s Basketball Tournament: Wed., Nov. 21, through Fri., Nov. 23 at Barclays Center, Brooklyn, N.Y.
  • Blue & Gold Fund Auction: Fri., Dec. 7, Marquette University campus

See more upcoming alumni events.


Alumni Spotlight

ThomasDanny Thomas, Arts ’99, Law ’03, was promoted to shareholder at von Briesen & Roper S.C. He lives in New York.

DeRosaAmy Luther DeRosa, Jour ’92, worked with Emory Healthcare and the Atlanta Hawks on the planning and opening of the 90,000-square-foot Emory Sports Medicine Complex. The complex provides a sports medicine center and physical therapy services and includes the Atlanta Hawks front office and practice facility. Amy lives in Lombard, Ill.

VerreEmily Gahn Verre, Arts ’09, and John Verre, Arts ’09, welcomed daughter Thea Helene on June 23. She joins big sisters Juliet Annalee, 4, and Adeline Jeanne, 2. The family lives in Grand Blanc, Mich.

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 - September 2018

Marquette cheerleaders fire up student spirit during Homecoming.

a. 1985
b. 1987
c. 1992
d. 1993

ANSWER: a. 1985


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