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Alumni Newsletter | May 2015

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Majerus family's $1 million gift to Marquette creates scholarship in his honor

The gift from the Majerus Family Foundation established the Rick Majerus Endowed Scholarship, honoring the late Marquette alumnus and college basketball coaching legend.

The scholarship will provide tuition support to first-generation students in Marquette's Helen Way Klingler College of Arts and Sciences who demonstrate financial need. It is the largest scholarship gift in the Klingler College’s history. Read more.

MU wins 2015 BIG EAST men's golf championship

Junior Pat Sanchez drained a 20-foot putt from the fringe of the green on the 18th hole to save par on April 28 and seal up Marquette's second BIG EAST men's golf team championship in school history. Read more.


Refugees Reunion
Fugee farewell

Marquette's student improv group, the Studio 013 Refugees, invited alumni back for one last show before Humphrey Hall transitions from residence hall to apartments. Read more.




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John KrensonCol. John Krenson, Arts '86, is the executive director of Operation Stand Down Tennessee, which provides services for honorably discharged military veterans and their families. Krenson completed tours in Iraq and Afghanistan and was a project officer at the Joint Forces Headquarters for the Tennessee Army National Guard in Nashville. He lives in Nashville, Tenn.

Ebony SsalliEbony Ssali, Comm '03, and the Ethnic Alumni Association hosted a screening of the Vel Phillips documentary Dream Big Dreams on April 27 in Marquette's Weasler Auditorium. Prior to the screening, Marquette hosted a reception for students, faculty, staff and alumni who heard perspectives on campus diversity.

Dave Garino

Dave Garino, Jour '63, was inducted into the St. Louis Media History Hall of Fame in the public relations category. He has been a specialist in financial and corporate communications with Fleishman-Hillard for more than 27 years and also spent more than 16 years at The Wall Street Journal as a reporter. Garino lives in Kirkwood, Mo.

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Marquette releases preliminary design concepts of new world-class athletic performance research center
Athletic Research Facility RenderingPresident Michael R. Lovell emphasized that the preliminary design concepts may change in scale, appearance and function as the university continues to define the scope of the project. In the coming months, the university will focus on developing more refined design concepts for the facility that complement the character of the existing campus and respect the urban context.

"We have committed to doubling our research in the next five years and we aspire for the center to become a destination where renowned scientists, athletic trainers and elite athletes will come together," President Lovell said. Read more.

Welcome the Class of 2015 to the Marquette alumni family

Sister Margaret "Peggy" O’Neill, S.C., a Marquette alumna, will be the keynote speaker at Marquette University’s 134th Commencement ceremony. Sister O'Neill is the founder of El Centro Arte Para la Paz in El Salvador, an agency dedicated to helping the country’s poor and marginalized. Watch the commencement live via webcast on Sunday, May 17, at 9:30 a.m. CT and read 15 words of advice for the class of 2015 on the Marquette Alumni Twitter page.

Xavier’s Brian Till named next Keyes Dean of Business Administration; Kristina Ropella named next Opus Dean of Engineering
Till and RopellaDr. Brian Till, dean of the Williams College of Business at Xavier University, has been named the next James H. Keyes Dean for the College of Business Administration and Graduate School of Management. Till will begin in his new role on July 13. Read more.

Dr. Kristina Ropella, interim Opus Dean of the Opus College of Engineering and professor of biomedical engineering, has been named the next Opus Dean. She will assume the permanent role on July 1. Read more.

Educational Opportunity Program moves to new collaborative space in Coughlin Hall
EOP Student LoungeThe Educational Opportunity Program held an open house in April to show off its new space in Coughlin Hall. EOP is a federally funded academic program that motivates and enables low-income and first generation students whose parents do not have a baccalaureate degree to enter and succeed in higher education. Learn more about EOP.

Marquette police department commissioned on May 1
Formerly the Department of Public Safety, the Marquette University Police Department is taking a phased training approach to converting the university’s public safety officers to fully commissioned police officers. Marquette expects to have approximately 35 commissioned officers in place by the start of the 2015–16 academic year. Learn more.

Marquette Dental Images Magazine
: "Seven Smiles for Marquette's Pediatric Clinic"

Vogls find affordable care for children they adopted from China
Dental Images MagazineDan and Nancy Vogl's adult children were raised and out of the house. But they couldn't help but feel that something was missing. So they prayed -- a lot. And they found their answer thousands of miles away. Dan and Nancy were going to expand their family: they adopted seven children from China. All had teeth that needed attention, and Dan had heard great things about Dr. Majelle Susler, Dent '07, at Marquette's Pediatric Dentistry Clinic. Read more.

May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month
Tell us your stories about personal career successes, service to your community and life events. If you are interested in possibly being featured on Marquette's website celebrating history made by Asian American and Pacific Islander Marquette alumni, please contact John Jentz at You can also submit a class note.

Guess the Year
Guess the Year
Excited students anticipate commencement ceremonies.

a. 1989
b. 1992
c. 1996
d. 1998

Get the answer.

See which Marquette events are happening in your area. Check out the full calendar for more events!

Marquette: Athletics Backyard BBQ
Monday, June 29; 5 to 8 p.m.
Marquette's Central Mall
Join Marquette Athletics coaches, staff and student-athletes at this annual summer event. Registration details coming soon.

Marquette: Reunion Weekend: July 23-26
Did you graduate in a year ending in 0 or 5? It's your reunion year! Marquette will welcome five- to 45-year reunion classes and the 50-year Golden Jubilee class back home to campus. The weekend will include class parties, a Saturday Block Party, Marquette Fest and many more activities. Visit the Alumni Reunion Weekend website.

New York: New Game-watching Location Kick-Off
Wednesday, May 20; 6 to 9 p.m.
Reservoir Bar
70 University Pl., New York
Come and enjoy drink specials and check out the new ‘Marquette game-watching spot’ of the MU Club of New York—the Reservoir Bar, owned by a Marquette alumnus. Get more information

Washington, D.C.: Summer Networking Gathering
Thursday, May 21; 6 to 8 p.m.
Capitol Lounge (back patio)
231 Pennsylvania Ave. SE, Washington, D.C.
Make connections with fellow Marquette alumni in the shadow of the Capitol dome at the MU Club of D.C.'s first monthly summer networking gathering. Get more information.

Chicago: Breakfast Club
Thursday, May 21; 7:30 to 9:00 a.m.
Elmhurst Art Museum
150 S. Cottage Hill Ave., Elmhurst
Gather with fellow Marquette alumni, parents and friends for an opportunity to casually connect at a light networking breakfast before your work day begins. Special thanks to this month's hosts: Kim West Eck, Comm '13, and Bob Eck, Arts '80. Register now.

Milwaukee: Young Alumni Association Tailgate, Brewers Game and Concert
Friday, May 29; 5:00 p.m. Tailgate; 7:10 p.m. First pitch; Post-game concert
Miller Park 
1 Brewers Way, Milwaukee
Gather your Marquette friends for a tailgate and join us as the Milwaukee Brewers take on the Arizona Diamondbacks with a free post-game concert by Joe Nichols. Get more information.

St. Louis: Fourth Annual Scholarship Golf Tournament and Reception
Monday, June 22; 11 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Persimmon Woods Golf Club
6401 Weldon Spring Dr., Weldon Spring
Join us for golf while helping St. Louis students attend Marquette. This annual event features authentic Sobelman’s Bloody Marys, a live broadcast of the KTRS 550 AM show, auction and much more. Register now.

A reflection for recent graduates
Joan of Arc with Tulips For four or more years you’ve worked and studied, played and partied, volunteered and served. Whether you were involved in everything or stayed pretty much to yourself, you have been a part of something bigger.

Take this opportunity to thank God for your Marquette education. Give thanks for the friends you made and the experiences you had. Give thanks for all those people who helped make your Marquette experience possible -- parents, family and friends who may have helped pay for your education and Marquette alumni and benefactors who contributed to scholarships and provided facilities on campus. Don’t forget hundreds of faculty, staff and service workers.

Join me in celebrating and praying for all the new graduates of Marquette. They will "Be The Difference."

Frederick Zagone, S.J.
Chaplain, Marquette University Alumni Association

Former Marquette in Madrid students return to Spain for program's 50th anniversary
Madrid Reunion Group
To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Marquette in Madrid program, more than 20 alumni and family members reunited in Spain for a weekend of tours and meals in March. Marquette in Madrid alumni also will have a special event during Alumni Reunion Weekend on the Marquette campus in July. For more information, contact Martha Moore at

MU Club of Northeast Ohio preps the garden at Saint Martin de Porres High School for fifth consecutive year
MU Club of NE Ohio Service ProjectAs part of the National Jesuit Alumni Day of Service on April 25, alumni and family members from the Marquette Club of Northeast Ohio spent a day weeding and mulching the garden at Saint Martin de Porres High School in Cleveland. The garden provides greens for students and neighbors to eat during the school year, and students seed the garden themselves after it is prepared. Thank you to MU Club of Northeast Ohio president Joe Kowalski, Bus Ad '75, for organizing the effort. Follow the MU Club of Northeast Ohio on Facebook.