MU CONNECTIONS - The Official Marquette University Alumni e-Newsletter
 April 2009 

Celebrate  Alumni National Awards Weekend: April 23 - 25, 2009

Alumni National Awards WeekendJoin us on campus for the 2009 Alumni National Awards Weekend, honoring fellow classmates for their exemplary dedication to the mission of Marquette University.

- View the 2009 Alumni National Award recipients

- Learn more about the weekend's events

- Register to attend one or more events throughout the weekend

Can't make it to Milwaukee?

Learn all about our remarkable award winners at


MUA fitting farewell to the seniors

Thanks to everyone who shared their words of encouragement to the seniors from the men's and women's basketball teams. A sampling of your comments is highlighted here. Visit MU Connect to view all of the responses.

“The tremendous team spirit you have displayed throughout the year will remain a
legacy and it will be the foundation on which your teammates will build.”
- Pat Sullivan, Sp ’66, and Karen Sheen Sullivan, Sp ’66


“I am sure you will all do very well in life because excellence cannot be confined to just a basketball court.” - Tom Pedtke, Eng ’66

"This season was the culmination of four years of commitment, school pride and absolute excellence." - Andy Fields, Grad '02


MULTIMEDIA: Economic Leadership Forum
The current financial crisis has been called the worst since the Great Depression. To shed light on these difficult economic conditions, Marquette University held an Economic Leadership Forum in January, bringing together a panel of industry leaders and faculty experts to examine the economy from a macro as well as regional perspective, discuss projections for the future, and field questions from an audience of over 400 attendees. The panel, moderated by James H. Keyes Dean of Business Administration Dr. Linda M. Salchenberger, included:

Dr. Abdur Chowdhury, Professor, Economics
Dr. David Clark, Chair and Professor, Economics
Jim Imhoff, Bus Ad ’66, Chairman and CEO, First Weber Group Inc.
Dr. David Krause, Director, Applied Investment Management Program
Mary Ellen Stanek, Arts ’78, Managing Director and Director of Asset Management, Robert W. Baird & Co.

View extended video highlights from the event.

  • Career services available for alumni
    While the Marquette University Career Services’ primary mission is to serve current students, it also provides service to alumni needing assistance in these trying economic times. There are three service options for alumni, who may use one, two or all three options as part of their searches. All services are outlined in depth on the Career Services’ Web site. Learn more

  • Marquette University and Engineers Without Borders finalist for national award
    What began as an endeavor to improve the day-to-day life of a rural community in Guatemala resulted in national acknowledgment for the Milwaukee chapters of Engineers Without Borders-USA (EWB-USA) and their completed Rio Motagua Bridge project.
    Learn more
  • Marquette’s Applied Investment Management students earn top honors
    Five Applied Investment Management (AIM) students, Alison Bettonville, Chris Cebula, Brian Finnie, Maggie Hughes and Anna Toshach, are part of a team that recently won the CFA Institute’s Wisconsin region’s Global Investment Research Challenge. Learn more
  • Haggerty Research Award and Way Klingler recipients announced
    Professor of biological sciences Dr. Stephen Downs was awarded the university’s top research award, the Lawrence G. Haggerty Award for Research Excellence. Additionally, six faculty members received the Way Klingler Fellowship and Young Scholar Awards. The Way Klingler Faculty Development Program supports the advancement of research and scholarship at Marquette. Learn more
  • Call is out for Centennial of Women oral histories
    University Archives and Special Collections is gathering first-person accounts to document the experiences of women at Marquette since 1909 in six areas: campus life, memories of female faculty and staff, women’s athletics, Association of Marquette University Women, experiences of religious women, and women who enrolled in academic programs that historically served male students. To submit a memory, use the online forms.
    A selection of the submissions will be recorded as oral histories.
  • Jayne Grebinski named BIG EAST Outdoor Track Athlete of the Week
    For her efforts at the Georgia Relays on March 21, Marquette distance runner Jayne Grebinski was named as the first-ever women's BIG EAST Outdoor Track Athlete of the Week. Learn more
  • Marquette among seven NCAA schools with 100 percent graduation rate
    In a report released March 16, 2009, by The Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport at the University of Central Florida, Marquette was among seven NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament schools that achieved a graduation rate of 100 percent among players. The graduation rates were based on whether freshmen who entered school between the 1998-99 and 2001-02 academic years earned diplomas within six years.
  • CNN names Milwaukee a top five college basketball hometown
    CNN calls Milwaukee one of the top five great basketball towns to visit. Also on CNN’s list are the hometowns of Duke, Kansas, Indiana and Gonzaga. Read all about what makes Milwaukee great for fans.
  • Marquette in the news
    Nursing Dean Margaret Faut Callahan comments on the national shortage of nurses in a report on WISN-TV, the ABC affiliate in Milwaukee. Learn more
  • Engineering summer academies offer a new take on summer camp
    This year the College of Engineering’s popular series of summer academies includes sessions on The Science of Toys, Shrinking, Stretching, Oozing and Bouncing — The World of Polymers, Introduction to Robotics Engineering with LEGO Mindstorms RCX and much more for students in grades K-12.


What are your classmates up to?

Hayley Paige Robers
Hayley Paige Robers

Bill Robers, Bus Ad '07, and his wife, Paige, are proud to announce the birth of their first child, Hayley Paige Robers, on March 1, 2009. Full Note


Annlia Tronca Way, Nurs '95, and Ricky Way welcomed a son, Mathias Edward, born February 21, 2009. Mathias joins big sister, Adriella, and big brother, Thomas.

Margaret Fehrenbach

Margaret Fehrenbach


John Barron, Jour '80, was named publisher of the Chicago Sun-Times.


Margaret (Rudolph) Fehrenbach, Dent Hy '77, is the proud recipient of the 2009 ADHA Award for Excellence in Dental Hygiene. Full Note


Don Wadewitz

Don Wadewitz

Gerrie Nosalik Gustafson, Jour '63, will retire after 32 years in the marketing/communications department of OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center, Rockford, Ill., on May 1. Full Note


Don Wadewitz, Comm '00, Prof St '03, was named the play-by-play announcer for the Wisconsin Wolfpack of the Continental Indoor Football League (CIFL). Full Note

What Are YOU Up To? Submit a Class Note TODAY!

make a Difference

Hunger Clean-up

Celebrate 20 years of Hunger Clean-Up - Saturday, April 18, 2009
In 1989 Hunger Clean-Up began as a modest effort on behalf of proactive students to combat hunger and homelessness in Milwaukee. Twenty years later, Hunger Clean-Up has grown to be Marquette’s largest one-day service project. Having forged relationships with over 150 agencies around and in the city, Hunger Clean-Up has made as big an impact on Milwaukee as it has on Marquette students and alumni.


How are you making a difference?

Have you participated in Hunger Clean-Up, an Earth Day initiative, or have you found

a unique way to serve the community in which you live? Share your story.

We will highlight select responses in the May edition of MU Connections.






Saturday, April 18
At Texas A&M University
2:30 p.m. vs. Stephen F. Austin
7:30 p.m. vs. Texas A&M

Sunday, April 26
At Soldier Field, Chicago
9:45 a.m. vs. DePaul
3:50 p.m. vs. Wisconsin



Featured Events

See what events are happening in your area.
Check out the Event Calendar and register online.

Magnolia Theatre Event in Chicago
Date: Saturday, April 18 at 6:30 p.m.

Location: Goodman Theatre, Chicago

St. Paul Chamber Orchestra at the Ordway Center

Date: Saturday, April 25 at 6:00 p.m.

Location: Ordway Center, St. Paul

Mass and Brunch in St. Louis

Date: Sunday, April 26 at 10:00 a.m.

Location: St. Louis University High School Chapel, St. Louis

2008-09 Men's Basketball Banquet SOLD OUT

Date: Monday, April 27 at 5:30 p.m.

Location: Alumni Memorial Union, Marquette Campus

The Distinguished Eleanor H. Boheim Lecture

Date: Wednesday, April 29 at 7:00 p.m.

Location: John P. Raynor, S.J., Library, Marquette Campus

Night at the Pops with the Boston Club

Date: Saturday, May 23 at 6:00 p.m.

Location: Symphony Hall, Boston

Golden Jubilee Reunion

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