MU CONNECTIONS - The Official Marquette University Alumni e-Newsletter
 May 2007 

Raymond and Kathryn Eckstein

Marquette receives $51 million gift

An alumni couple, Raymond A. and Kathryn A. Eckstein, will
donate $51 million to Marquette University toward construction
of a new Law School facility, Marquette President Robert A.
Wild, S.J., announced Friday. The donation is the largest gift
ever made by individuals to a Wisconsin college or university
and is one of the largest ever to a law school in the United


Welcome, Class of 2007!

Congratulations! As a graduate of Marquette, you are automatically
entitled to the many great benefits of the Marquette University
Alumni Association
, including MU Connect, our online alumni

Joining MU Connect is free and easy. Once you're signed up, you
will have access to cool features like career resources, a monthly
e-newsletter, online event registration, free MU e-mail accounts
and an online directory so you can keep in touch with classmates.


Welcome, new grads!
  • Remembering victims of Virginia Tech
    The Marquette community mourned the victims of the recent Virginia Tech tragedy.
    University Ministry’s Web site offers a reflection by Frank Majka, S.J., and prayers for all
    victims of violence.
  • Three faculty members honored for teaching excellence
    Three faculty members received awards for teaching excellence at Marquette University ’s
    Pere Marquette Dinner on Thursday, May 3. Dr. Scott Reid, professor of chemistry,
    received the Robert and Mary Gettel Faculty Award for Teaching Excellence. Dr. Linda
    Laatsch, associate professor of clinical laboratory science, and Ralph Anzivino, professor
    of law, received the Rev. John P. Raynor, S.J., Faculty Awards for Teaching Excellence.
  • Faculty honored with research awards
    The university recently recognized Dr. Charles Wilkie with the Lawrence G. Haggerty
    Award for Research Excellence in honor of Wilkie’s research in fire retardancy. Four other
    faculty members won the 2007-2008 Way Klingler Young Scholar Awards, which provide a
    one-semester sabbatical. Those awards went to Dr. Iqbal Ahamed, Dr. David Baker,
    Dr. Sandra Hunter and Dr. Irfan Omar. For more on Marquette’s latest research, go to
  • Marquette Pep Band releases CD
    If you can’t get enough of “Ring Out Ahoya,” you’re in luck. Marquette’s pep band has
    recorded a CD, Game Time with the Marquette University Pep Band. Order it online
  • Looking for a good book?
    The staff of Raynor Memorial Libraries have posted their latest picks in the April issue of
    Ex Libris, which features fiction and non-fiction highlights as well as two recent books
    by faculty.

What are your classmates up to?

Jackson Paul

Jackson Paul Morris


Gary and Karin Morris, Bus Ad '00, proudly announce the birth of their son, Jackson Paul, on October 24, 2006. Full Note

Peter Bergan, Bus Ad '91, and Maureen Bissing, Arts '92, were married on July 29, 2006 in Chicago. Full Note

Sandra McDermott, Nurs '78, has created and produced two CDs
for guided relaxation, sleep problems and pain. Full Note

La Merenda Dining Room

La Merenda

A. Peter Sandroni, Arts '93, recently opened a restaurant in
Milwaukee. La Merenda, which serves international tapas, is
located at 125 E. National Avenue. Full Note

John Cracraft, Bus Ad '85, wife Michelle, and sisters Lovie and
Marian welcomed Nolan James on March 30, 2007. Full Note

Lackey Mocarski wedding

Mocarski Lackey wedding

Mary Mocarski, Comm '02, and Jay Lackey, Comm '01, were
married on October 21, 2006 at Old St. Patrick’s Church in
Chicago. Full Note

James T. Areddy, Bus Ad '85, was among a group of reporters for
The Wall Street Journal awarded the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for
International Reporting. Full note

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Spirit of Ignatius

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MU Connect launches Spirit of Ignatius page

Developed by the Spirit of Ignatius Committee of the Marquette Alumni Association National Board of Directors, the Spirit of Ignatius page will be a useful tool for alumni of all faiths.

Use this page to make connections with fellow alumni, post prayer requests, find opportunities for daily reflection, and gain access to
online vocational resources.


Golden Jubilee Reunion

Class of 1957, it's time to come "home" for your

Saturday, May 19 & Sunday, May 20, 2007

Marquette University Campus

Celebrate your 50th reunion with campus tours, college receptions and a Mass, along with special recognition at the 2007 commencement ceremony and a dinner with Marquette University President Robert A. Wild, S.J. Learn more


Featured Events

Want to see what events are happening in your area?
Check out the Event Calendar and register online.

Young Alumni Community Volunteer Fair

Date: Tuesday, May 15 at 6:00 p.m.

Location: Union Sports Annex, Milwaukee, WI

Cocktails & Conversation with Dean Pauly

Date: Wednesday, May 23 at 7:00 p.m.

Location: Glen Ridge Club House, Bel Air, CA

CIRCLES Event Featuring Best Buy Executives
Date: Thursday, May 24 at 5:30 p.m.

Location: The Westin Chicago River North, Chicago, IL

Brewers vs. Padres in San Diego

Date: Saturday, May 26 at 7:00 p.m.

Location: PETCO Park, San Diego, CA

AMUW Book Club Event

Date: Wednesday, May 30 at 6:30 p.m.

Location: John P. Raynor, S.J., Library, Milwaukee, WI

An Afternoon at the Winery with the Houston Club

Date: Saturday, June 2 at Noon

Location: Pleasant Hill Winery, Brenham, TX


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