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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 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 the undergraduate colleges hosting one or more Opus Prize winners as "visiting chairs," giving students, faculty, staff and alumni an opportunity to engage with these extraordinary leaders.

Alumni invited to provide leadership, insights at Chicago Club Meeting

Start the New Year with a renewed commitment to support Marquette’s Chicago-based alumni efforts! All alumni are encouraged to attend the Marquette University Alumni Association Club of Chicago meeting on Thursday evening, Jan. 17, at the university's Chicago office at 140 S. Dearborn St. Network with other alumni and help plan future events in your area. Share your talents and help Ring Out Ahoya by registering to attend the meeting.

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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Larry and Carol GamberCarol Slater Gamber, Arts '85, and Larry Gamber, Arts '86, celebrated their 20th wedding anniversary as Marquette sweethearts. They met freshman year and became friends but didn't begin dating until they saw each other at their five-year Marquette reunion on campus. They reside in Glenview, Ill.

Tom DigenanTom Digenan, Bus Ad '86, has been named head of the U.S. Equity team for UBS Global Asset Management. He is the lead portfolio manager and heads up a team of 15 people managing more than $5 billion. He previously served as U.S. Equity Strategist for his UBS team. He also is a Marquette CIRCLES Host Committee member and an adjunct professor at Marquette.

Mike ButlerMichael Butler, Eng '95, was named to Crain's 40 Under 40: 2012. Michael founded his spinal-implant company, Life Spine, eight years ago in Indianapolis, but has since moved the busines to Hoffman Estates, Ill. Life Spine is his fourth

start-up operation.

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Business dean to present national real estate forecast
in Rosemont

Join Mark J. Eppli, Ph.D., Interim James H. Keyes Dean of Business Administration and Robert B. Bell, Sr., Chair in Real Estate, who will present the National 2013 Real Estate Forecast for the Commercial Real Estate Development Association on Jan. 17 in Rosemont.

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.

Networking breakfast continues to attract, provide value to alumni
The Chicago Marquette office and the MUAA Club of Chicago hosted its quarterly networking breakfast on Dec. 13. Thirty-five alumni ranging between the classes of 1977 to 2012 representing industries such as finance, human resources and nonprofit connected to learn more from each other and explore potential business opportunities. Some attendees in job transition found that the Marquette network was abuzz with fellow alumni willing to help jumpstart their searches through their own personal and Marquette alumni connections. Mark your calendar for the next breakfast on Feb. 21 to reserve your space for this valuable networking breakfast.

Ronald McDonald House Service Day
Service day at Ronald McDonald HouseMarquette alumni joined in a day of service at two Chicago area Ronald McDonald Houses, which provide a 'home away from home' to keep families of hospitalized children together during their greatest time of need. Volunteers prepared a meal for families and also had a chance to meet with them. The event was considered a success, with special thanks to Marie Witten, Comm '09, and Sam Totten, Comm '11, for their leadership.

National Marquette Day is March 2
Mark your calendar March 2 as Marquette alumni and friends gather worldwide for National Marquette Day vs. Notre Dame at the BMO Harris Bradley Center. Game-watching parties are again scheduled across the globe and this year’s event takes on special meaning as Marquette will host Notre Dame in BIG EAST conference play for the final time. Learn more about game-watching locations in the February alumni e-newsletter.

2012 at Marquette: The year in pictures
Marquette year in reviewIt's been another exciting year at Marquette. From Hank Aaron's Commencement speech in May to the Marquette Law School poll, view the year in pictures that celebrates We Are Marquette 24/7.

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.

Marquette In the News: Professors provide expert advice in The Chicago Tribune and WBBM Newsradio
Lynn Turner, Marquette professor of communication studies, discussed how holiday times can often spark family conflicts. "One of the biggest reasons is our expectations for a family gathering are always so high, we're bound to be disappointed. These Hallmark visions of how these things are supposed to be bump up against the reality of our families." Story appeared on on Dec. 11.

Science of SleddingChristopher Stockdale, Marquette associate professor of physics, also discussed the physics behind sledding and how and where to pick out the perfect sled. According to Stockdale, the things to consider is how much friction the sled will cause, the sled's shape and the conditions you are sledding under. Story appeared on on Dec. 12.

Andrew Hanson, associate professor of economics, discussed the mortgage tax deduction as it relates to the fiscal cliff. Interview appeared on WBBM Newsradio's "Noon Business Hour" (Chicago) on Dec. 13. (Hanson's interview begins at the 26:00 mark.)

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

Author’s Program and Luncheon to feature Nobel
Peace Prize Recipient

Friday, Feb. 8
11:30 a.m.
Union League Club of Chicago

In collaboration with The Union League Club, Marquette alumni are invited to attend the Authors Group luncheon and program. First in a series, these events will provide networking opportunities with other Chicago club and civic institution members and gain a better understanding of world affairs, historic events and personal development.
Register and learn more.

Save the Date: Hunger Clean-up, Chicago Style!
Saturday, Apr. 20
Join the Marquette Club of Chicago for a morning of service, reflection and fellowship at multiple sites throughout the Chicagoland area.
To get involved, please contact Alison Altmeyer at or Lori Rogers at More details coming soon.


Submit a prayer 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.