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Alumni Newsletter | August 2012

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Father Naus retires after 50 years at Marquette

Rev. John Naus, S.J.Rev. John Naus, S.J., has retired after serving Marquette for nearly five decades. From his days as Tumbleweed the Clown, his famous Christmas cards and long tradition of celebrating 10 p.m. Mass at St. Joan of Arc Chapel, he has touched many lives. View the slideshow, share a memory, honor him by making a gift to the Rev. John Naus, S.J., Endowed Scholarship Fund or join him at his birthday and retirement celebration on Tuesday, Aug. 28.

Thousands return for Alumni Reunion Weekend

Alumni Reunion WeekendMore than 2,000 alumni and guests returned to campus for Alumni Reunion Weekend, July 26-29, to reconnect, reminisce and celebrate. Alumni including the 50-year Golden Jubilarians, the class of 1987 commemorating 25 years since graduation, the Class of 2007 marking five years and many classes in between gathered to share many special memories. View the slideshow.

Tweeting from London


London OlympicsNancy Armour,
Jour '91, has a cool job.

From Gabby Douglas’ pre-Olympics shyness to the wash-ability of gymnasts’ hair glitter to the giggles caused by a tweet from Justin Bieber, Armour shares the inside scoop about the Olympic gymnasts in London. Read more.


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Regina Dixon-ReevesRegina Dixon-Reeves, Ph.D., Jour '82, has accepted a position as faculty development/

diversity specialist for the University of Chicago Biological Sciences Division and The Pritzker School of Medicine.


Ken ThompsonKen Thompson, Bus Ad '89, of Milwaukee recently opened My Yo My! Frozen Yogurt in the Walker’s Point/Historic Third Ward area. He is also managing director of Quinn David & Associates, an IT and business consulting firm. 

Sarah Wapole GraySarah (Walpole) Gray, Comm '95, received a 2012 Cicero Speechwriting award for “Best Written Speech for a Nonprofit Organization. The speech is titled “A Wounded Iraq Veteran’s Journey through Failure and Success” and a transcript can be read online at


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Prayers for victims of the Sikh Temple shooting
Marquette University President Rev. Scott R. Pilarz, S.J., offered his prayers to the victims and families affected by the tragic events at the Sikh Temple in Oak Creek, which took the life of Mr. Satwant Kaleka. He is the father of two Marquette alumni. "It is at our most challenging and tragic hours that we must turn towards our God and to each other as a community to gain strength and comfort," Pilarz said. Please join us in prayer to heal the suffering of our brothers and sisters.

"Who’s up, who’s down and what are the voters thinking in 2012?" is featured CIRCLES Webinar; Latest poll results released Aug. 8
Get your political fix in this free CIRCLES Webinar on October 18 as you hear about the Marquette Law School Poll, the largest independent polling project in Wisconsin history. Learn about the latest poll numbers for the presidential race, Wisconsin’s open U.S. Senate seat, and the broader outlook nationwide. Get a chance to ask two leading experts about this political season, how to make sense of the polls we see every day, and get their take on the historic 2012 election year. Learn more and register today.

Latest poll results released on Aug. 8.

Dr. Linda Salchenberger taking on new role as associate provost for academic planning and budgeting
Dr. Linda M. Salchenberger, who is currently serving as the James H. Keyes dean of the College of Business Administration, has been appointed to a new role as associate provost for academic planning and budgeting effective Aug. 15. Salchenberger brings extensive experience in budgeting and strategic planning to this new position.

Guess the YearGuess the year this photo was taken:

a. 1982
b. 1983
c. 1985
d. 1987

Click here for the answer.

iPad winner announced as part of data update initiative
Thanks to 23,000 Marquette alumni, parents and friends who provided their latest information to remain connected with the university. Congratulations to Jim Zavadsky, Bus Ad '80, winner of the iPad 3 drawing. To update your latest information join MU Connect, our online alumni community.

Marquette Club of Atlanta
Marquette Club of Atlanta
The Marquette Club of Atlanta gathered at Turner Field on July 29 for an Atlanta Braves game. Erin Sheehan, Comm '08, of the Braves led a tour of the stadium.  

Marquette In the News:
Professor calls on TSA to allow for more research on airport body scanners
The Transportation Security Administration says airport body scanners are "safe for all passengers" because they emit low doses of radiation. But Taly Gilat Schmidt, assistant professor of biomedical engineering at Marquette, wondered how much radiation enters the body during a scan. Story appeared on and in the Chicago Tribune.

See which Marquette events are happening in your area. Check out the full Alumni Event Calendar and register online.

Fall CIRCLES dates announced
Save the date for Marquette’s award-winning CIRCLES business networking program for alumni, parents and friends. Fall locations include Milwaukee, Minnesota, New York, Chicago and Atlanta. View dates and locations

Living Ignatian: Transitions in Life
Saturday, Sept. 8
9:00 a.m.: Retreat and reflection; Noon: Lunch and fellowship
1442 W. Wisconsin Ave., Marquette campus

Participate in this new series focused on Ignatian spirituality in everyday life. Dr. Stephanie Russell, vice president for mission and ministry, will guide alumni and friends through a reflection on the transitions of life and presence of God within them. Space is limited. Register here.

San Diego: Wine Tasting
Saturday, Sept. 22
6:00 p.m. PT
Home of Dr. Suzanne Popp, Dent ’87
823 San Luis Rey Ave., Coronado

Join alumni, parents and friends wiith a wine tasting hosted by Level I Sommelier Suzanne Popp, Dent ’87. Come enjoy wine from around the world paired with specially prepared food to enrich the taste.
Register now.

Washington, D.C., Political Panel
Tuesday, September 27
6:00 p.m. Registration; 6:45 p.m. program
The National Press Club
529 14th St., Washington, D.C.

Join Marquette University for a timely discussion about the upcoming election. Through the Marquette Law School and Les Aspin Center for Government, learn what’s behind today’s political polarity. Dig deeper into the latest poll numbers for the presidential race, Wisconsin’s U.S. Senate seat, what’s happening nationwide and what it means for Congress and the federal outlook. Register here.


Marquette Club of Boston

Nearly 10 alumni from the Marquette Club of Boston along with alumni from other universities showed their support for Magazine Beach at a beautification clean up on Aug. 5. Share your club service projects for potential inclusion in a future alumni newsletter.

Thank you Thursdays
Each Thursday, Marquette features an alum who has given back to their alma mater in their own way. See their stories at Do you have an alum you'd like to nominate? Contact Michael Kelly in University Advancement at

Marquette inspiration found in Redbook Magazine
The work of the Rev. Grant Garinger, S.J., appears in the new issue of Redbook Magazine. Father Grant, Artistic Assistant Professor in the Diederich College of Communication, posted an inspirational flier during finals week filled with tear-off sheets of patience, hope, courage and other values. See his poster.