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Alumni Newsletter | April 2013

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Alumni spring into action with days of service

In conjunction with the April 20 Marquette Hunger Clean-up, where 2,000 students will participate at 50 Milwaukee service sites, alumni representing several clubs including Atlanta, Chicago, Cleveland, Raleigh, N.C., San Francisco and Seattle will also roll up their sleeves and pitch in to support their communities this spring. The Marquette University Alumni Association salutes all clubs and chapters for their many hours of community service.


Bill Cosby is spring Commencement speaker

Bill CosbyBill Cosby will be the Commencement speaker at this year’s spring ceremony, which will be held Sunday, May 19. As part of the ceremony, Cosby will receive an honorary doctor of letters degree. "Bill Cosby was a pioneer in breaking down racial stereotypes on national television," said Rev. Scott R. Pilarz, S.J., Marquette University president. (Photo Credit: Erinn Chalene Cosby)

Freedom Project connects past to the present

Freedom ProjectOral history as well as that recorded in books helps us learn from the past and develop practices for today. Marquette continues to teach and celebrate the Sesquicentennial of the Civil War through the Freedom Project.



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Juan HernandezGriselda Aldrete, Arts '02, was named one of the 2013 Milwaukee Business Journal's 40 under 40. She is executive director of Hispanic Professionals of Greater Milwaukee and serves on the board of directors for the Cream City Foundation, where she also served as the interim executive director. She is pursuing her J.D. and M.B.A. from Marquette University.

MclearchnMike McEachern, Bus Ad '84, was appointed executive vice president and CFO of Brainshark, Inc., a sales enablement platform provider, in Waltham, Mass. He leads Brainshark’s accounting, finance, HR and business operations functions, and manages relationships with the company’s investors, outside counsel and financial institutions.

Krista StockmanKrista Stockman, Jour '97, has been named to the Greater Fort Wayne (Ind.) Business Weekly’s 40 Under 40 list. She is the spokesperson for Fort Wayne Community Schools, the state's largest school district, and is the chair of the board of trustees for Northeast Indiana Public Radio.

Alumni National Awards Weekend

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Marquette's most viewed video to date in 2012-2013
Find your way homeWatch Marquette's most-viewed video to date from the 2012-13 academic year. How many campus scenes do you remember?

National awards weekend to honor alumni, friends

The Marquette University Alumni Association will honor more than 50 alumni and friends at Alumni National Awards weekend, April 25-27. Recipients include Donald Layden, Jr., Arts '79, Law '82, All-University Alumnus of the Year. See who you may know and learn about the other All-University Award recipients and all awardees, join the celebrations, make a gift to Marquette in their honor or send them a congratulatory note.

Guess the Year

Tug of Wara. 1970
b. 1973
c. 1976
d. 1979

See the correct answer.



Marquette graduate programs are ranked among nation's best
Three Marquette graduate programs made considerable gains in this year’s “Best Graduate Schools” rankings by U.S. News and World Report. The College of Business Administration’s part-time MBA program moved from 65th to 50th place, the College of Education’s graduate program moved up 14 places to its current rank of 65th, and the Law School’s part-time program is now ranked 18th.

Alumni celebrate Marquette's remarkable run to Elite Eight
Marquette alumni, students and friends rang out ahoya as the Marquette Men's Basketball team reached the Elite Eight in the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2003. Alumni around the globe cheered on the team at 55 official game-watching events, including Anchorage, Boston and Texas. This March 30 television story highlighted Marquette pride nationwide.

Marquette will compete in the new 10-team BIG EAST Conference, as announced on March 20, beginning in 2013-14.

Scholarship initiative is team effort for Northeast alumni
The Marquette Club of New York recently generated support toward its Cristo Rey Network scholarship to help deserving students from the three Cristo Rey high schools in New York and New Jersey to attend Marquette. “Supporting the Cristo Rey scholarship helps provide the Marquette experience to outstanding students in the area, many of whom will be first generation college students,” said Marquette Club of New York President Steve Briggs, Bus Ad '08.

'Pin' your Marquette colors on the road less - or more - traveled
Traveling this summer? We'd love to see your blue and gold spirit around the world for our Global Marquette gallery on Pinterest. Also share your favorite images on our Facebook page or Twitter account.

Real Chili voted runner-up in Best College Eats contest
Considered by many as a dining spot synonymous with Marquette, Real Chili hit the national spotlight last week as the runner-up in the Cooking Channel's Best College Eats contest. The Marquette and Milwaukee favorite reached the finals among 32 top college eateries nationwide.

Marquette recognizes Sexual Assault Awareness Month
April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, and Marquette is hosting lectures and awareness-building efforts on campus to give voice to this important topic. This video highlights the sexual violence education and awareness initiatives Marquette University has undertaken to ensure the safety and well-being of all students. While Sexual Assault Awareness Month is recognized on campus each April, the university’s important work around sexual violence education continues year-round.

Marquette in the News
Marquette University President Scott R. Pilarz, S.J., shared insights about fellow Jesuit and recently elected Pope Francis I on the March 14 broadcast of CBS Morning News.

Ever wonder about the science behind the dancing knuckleball pitch? John Borg, associate professor of mechanical engineering, explains the physics behind this mysterious throw in a segment on Daily Planet, which airs on Discovery Channel Canada.

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

Marquette CIRCLES returns this spring
CIRCLES, the university's award-winning and innovative business networking program that connects Marquette alumni, parents and friends returns April-June in Chicago, the Fox Valley (Wis.), Seattle and Palo Alto, Calif.

Back by popular demand, save the date for these valuable programs to network and learn more from key thought leaders.

Milwaukee: Axthelm Memorial Lecture
"Inside the Life of ESPN's NFL Insider" with Guest Speaker Adam Schefter
Thursday, April 11
4 p.m.
Alumni Memorial Union, Weasler Auditorium

Schefter joined ESPN as an NFL Insider in August 2009, and appears on SportsCenter, NFL Live, Sunday NFL Countdown, Monday Night Countdown and other programs throughout the year in addition to contributing regularly to other platforms, including and ESPN Radio

Milwaukee: Marquette Men's Basketball Banquet
Wednesday, April 17
5:30 p.m. reception with Coach Buzz Williams and players; heavy appetizers and cash bar
6:30 p.m. program and awards ceremony
Marcus Center for the Performing Arts Bradley Pavilion – 3rd Floor
929 N. Water St.

Welcome players and coach and celebrate a great 2012-13 baskeball season. Join the celebration.

Minneapolis/St. Paul: 80s Reunion
Thursday, April 18
6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
The NewsRoom
990 Nicollet Mall

Join us as we gather alumni in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area from the classes of ’80-’89. Get connected with classmates and register now.

Northern California: Service Project
Saturday, April 20
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Presidio of San Francisco
50 Moraga Ave.

Join Marquette alumni, parents and friends for an afternoon at the Presidio of San Francisco to restore the native plant habitat. A group picnic will follow the restoration. Register now.

Milwaukee: Dorothy Day and 80th Anniversary of Catholic Worker Movement

“Editing with Dorothy Day: What I Learned from Christie Street to Commonweal
Wednesday, April 24
4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Marquette campus, Raynor Memorial Libraries, 1355 W. Wisconsin Ave. Special Collections and University Archives’ Reading Room, Third Floor

Dorothy Day: Don’t Call Me a Saint documentary
Friday, April 26
2:30 p.m.
Raynor Memorial Libraries, Beaumier Suite A, 1355 W. Wisconsin Ave.

Milwaukee: Liturgical Choir Spring Concert
Saturday, April 20
7:30 p.m.
Church of the Gesu, 1145 W. Wisconsin Ave.

The Marquette University Liturgical Choir will perform its annual spring concert, The World is Our Home. Doors will open at 7:00 p.m. Admission to the concert is free, but donations for Heifer International will be accepted. For more information on Heifer International, please visit

Hunger Clean-up marks 23rd year of service to the Milwaukee community on April 20
Since 1989, Hunger Clean-up has grown to be Marquette’s largest day of service, uniting the university and the Milwaukee community to address issues of homelessness, hunger and poverty. On Saturday, April 20, Hunger Clean-up will bring together 2,000 students to make a difference at more than 50 Milwaukee service sites.

Vigil held for captured journalist James Foley, Arts '96
A campus vigil for Marquette alumnus and captured journalist James Foley, Arts '96, was held on April 5 to appeal for his safety and release. Foley, whose parents attended the vigil, was captured while working as a freelance journalist in northwest Syria, reporting on the civil war in the country. His whereabouts are currently unknown.

Foley spoke about his experience as a captive in Libya in a December 2011 visit to Marquette. Portions of his presentation, along with a letter he wrote to the Marquette community after his release in Libya, are available online. Community members can show their support by signing an online petition for his release at