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Alumni Newsletter | January 2013

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Mission Week 2013

Mission Week celebrates “The World is Our Home”

For approximately 10 years, Marquette University has celebrated the exploration of its Catholic, Jesuit mission through Mission Week. This year’s celebration, Feb. 3-9, will honor the 10 winners of the annual, $1 million Opus Prize in faith-based social entrepreneurship. Mission Week initiatives will include each of the undergraduate colleges hosting one or more Opus Prize winners as “visiting chairs,” for students, faculty, staff and alumni to engage with these extraordinary leaders.

Educational Opportunity Program benefits students and communities

EOPEstablished in 1969, the Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) is considered a national model in providing access to a college education to low-income, underrepresented and first generation studies. Today, the program continues to serve as a valuable resource to Marquette students.

Being part of "The 12" at The Washington Post

TessaJournalism student Tessa Fox found herself tumbling through the 2012 election as one of 12 college students selected by The Washington Post to provide a young voice to their campaign coverage.


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Juan Hernandez

Juan Hernandez, Bus Ad '06 is working as a management consultant for Alexander Proudfoot, an international firm based in Atlanta which specializes in the design and execution of programs to achieve changes in operational and financial performance. Through his work with Alexander Proudfoot, Juan has traveled to Canada, South Africa and Peru.

Christina RothChristina Roth, Comm '02, is the new strategic seasonal marketing team member for Kohl’s Department Stores headquarters in Menomonee Falls, Wis. Her role includes managing the strategic development and execution for the Holiday and Back to School marketing plans.

Victor BlasVictor Blas, Arts '12, is a computer programmer with Acuity Insurance in Sheboygan, Wis. He works on projects related to the company’s claims website system and assists the accounting and marketing departments with creating programs/reports for various claims data.

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Alumnus returns to Marquette as professor in the
College of Engineering

Andrew WilliamsFrom Spelman College to Apple, Andrew Williams, Grad '95, has a wealth of experience teaching and advocating for engineering education. He returned to Marquette last fall in the College of Engineering as professor and the John P. Raynor, S.J., Distinguished Chair in computer and electrical engineering.

BMO Harris Bank Donates $600,000 to Marquette and Boys & Girls Clubs to bolster education and leadership programs

bmo harrisIn an effort to provide underprivileged youths with access to educational opportunities, leadership training and mentoring, BMO Harris Bank has committed to a five-year, $600,000 partnership with Marquette University and Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee and Marquette University. This strategic partnership will provide the target population with greater access to higher education along with the necessary support to help students reach college graduation. Story appeared in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on Nov. 13.

Our Lady of Guadalupe Mass offered as bilingual service
Intercultural Engagement, Campus Ministry and Marquette students Christian Villanueva and Roberto Rojas helped to organize the inaugural Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe Mass on Dec. 12 at the Chapel of the Holy Family in the Alumni Memorial Union. More than 100 students attended this special bilingual Mass for fellowship, reflection and celebration.

Alumni can serve as valuable resource to students providing career advice, networking through CIRCLES eMentor Network
Is there an individual who helped guide your career path? Share your professional expertise, like Ebony Ssali, Comm '03, who served as a speaker at the November CIRCLES eMentor Speaker Series. "It's a great way to get involved and help current students," she says. By participating in Marquette’s CIRCLES eMentor Network, a mentor can help guide a student by sharing their career and industry advice, networking opportunities and more. Register today.

University remembers alumnus Jerome Whitehead
Marquette University mourns the loss of Jerome Whitead, Bus Ad '78, who died in December in the San Diego area. He was considered a key member of the 1977 men's basketball NCAA championship squad. A moment of silence was observed at the men's basketball game against the University of Connecticut on Jan. 1.

Rewind: Wishing you Amazing Grace; Go behind scenes of production
Marquette Merry Christmas 2012Last month, Marquette University President Scott R. Pilarz, S.J., extended best Christmas wishes to all members of the Marquette community. In case you missed it, see the video that wishes you Amazing Grace and take a sneak peek at a slide show of the video production.

A Prayer for the New Year
Marquette University offers best wishes for a blessed, healthy and prosperous 2013. Read A Prayer for the New Year from Frederick Zagone, S.J., chaplain of the Marquette University Alumni Association.

Marquette In the News: Big ideas 2012
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel editorial board recognized three Marquette projects as great ideas from Wisconsin in 2012: the Marquette University Law School Poll, the Dental School expansion and the College of Nursing's Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare Center for Clinical Simulation. Opinion piece appeared in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Dec. 30, 2012.

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

Martin Luther King, Jr., Days of Engagement
MLK Days of EngagementMartin Luther King, Jr.'s proclamations for humanity in a time rife with social injustice and racism were revolutionary acts. Participate in the second annual MLK Days of Engagement, sponsored by Intercultural Engagement and other partners. On-campus programs during this weeklong commemoration include:

King's Birmingham Jail Letter 50 Years Later
Tuesday, Jan. 22
Rev. Bryan Massingale, Marquette professor in the department of theology, will give a lecture on Martin Luther King Jr.’s landmark document, “Letter from the Birmingham City Jail.”

MLK Days of Engagement Keynote Address: Milwaukee's History
of Civil Rights, presented by Dr. Margaret Rozga
Wednesday, Jan. 23

Dr. Rozga will share her experiences as a civil rights advocate and activist in Milwaukee, working alongside with Fr. James Groppi and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. In working with the NAACP Youth Council, Rozga helped to secure the passage of federal and local fair housing legislation. She will detail her involvement in social justice activism and advocacy and will share her perspectives on Milwaukee's rich history of civil rights.

Freedom Project
As Marquette continues its commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, the Freedom Project will explore this idea of freedom as a social and political construction that meant--and still means-- different things to different people at different times.

Programs in January and February include:

Scenes from the Journey of Oscar Michaeux
Tuesday, Jan. 24

"Can I Sing for You Brother?"
Performed by Stephen Scott Wormley, Arts, Comm '10
Thursday and Friday, Jan. 25-26

Exhibit: The School Choice Movement
Monday, Jan. 28 through Saturday, May 11

International Women’s Day: Fourth anniversary in Milwaukee
Sunday, March 10
Hosted by several local women’s organizations, "Women and Girls Gaining Momentum for Change" is a celebration of women in our communities who are creating a positive, safe and innovative environment for their family and others.

Marquette’s new Gender & Sexuality Resource Center is participating in the planning committee. Please contact Susannah Bartlow for more information at or (414) 288-0704.

Mark calendars for Ethnic Alumni Association Reunion Weekend
Reconnect with friends and classmates while enjoying a full weekend of reunion activities July 25-28, including camaraderie and dancing on Friday night, a family-friendly block party on Saturday and an all-alumni reunion mass on Sunday. Visit the Alumni Reunion Weekend site for more details soon.

Submit a prayer request to the Marquette community

St. Joan of Arc Chapel
Are you or a loved one in need of strength or support? Submit your prayer request to be shared with the Marquette community.