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Alumni Newsletter | November 2013

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Thank you, alumni

In this season, we look back with appreciation on a year made special for current and future students through the generosity of alumni. On behalf of the Marquette University Alumni Association, thank you to all who gave their time, talent, and treasure to support our future alumni and our alma mater.

Mary Kerr O'Toole, Eng '79
MUAA National Board of Directors

Visit and the MUAA Volunteer Opportunities page to learn how to get involved.

Search committee seeks alumni input about next Marquette president

Ferraro videoAs the Board of Trustees prepares to hire the 24th president of Marquette University, the Board and the Presidential Search Committee request input from the Marquette community.

Contribute your thoughts about Marquette's next president by Thursday, Nov. 14.

Marquette Magazine Fall Leaves
Attitude of gratitude

"Ignatian spirituality is so much about gratitude and thanksgiving," says Rev. Ed Mathie, S.J., interim pastor at the Church of the Gesu. "Everything we have, every gift and talent, we clearly say is from God." Read the full story.




President's Society Honor Roll 2013


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Frances RichardsFrances Richards, Sp '78, received her Ph.D. in business from Jacksonville Theological Seminary in Jacksonville, Fla.

Brady and Smith-VandergriffMark Brady, Arts '84, and James Smith-Vandergriff, Eng '01, competed with their barbecue team, Roadkill BBQ, in the American Royal Barbecue Contest held in Kansas City, Mo. The contest is known as the "World Series of Barbecue." Brady's and Smith-Vandergriff’s team took 12th place out of 170 contestants in the invitational pork contest and 4th place out of 562 contestants in the open pork competition.

Micki Napp

Mary “Micki” Napp, Bus Ad '70, retired from IBM and moved to Lake Tahoe, Nev. There she teaches aqua fitness and kayaks with her husband, Phil, and their poodle, Louie.

Publication of the achievements of our alumni does not constitute endorsement by Marquette University.


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Prayer requests throughout November
If you have a loved one whom you would like remembered throughout the month of November, submit your prayer request and it will be shared with the Marquette community. Prayer requests will be placed before the altars in the St. Joan of Arc Chapel and the Chapel of the Holy Family.

Find a game-watching gathering near you for this season's Marquette men's and women's basketball games
Go Marquette
Visit the MUAA Athletics Events website throughout the season to search for a game-watching gathering near you. Will the teams be visiting your city? Find a pre-game reception for alumni and fans and reconnect with friends in your town before heading to the game.

Come home for Thanksgiving at Gesu

Whether you live in the Milwaukee area or will travel to visit family and friends on Thanksgiving, please join fellow alumni and friends for Thanksgiving Day Mass at the Church of the Gesu at 9 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 28. Start off the day of Thanksgiving by giving thanks to God. Free parking will be available in Lot F (enter on 12th Street).

Marquette Engineer
: Paying it forward
Alumni who gained pivotal experience through Marquette co-ops help introduce a new generation of students to real-world engineering
LoeffelAfter Sarah Loeffel, Eng '09, finished the first term of her co-op experience at Baxter Healthcare in Round Lake, Ill., she returned to Marquette with a head start on some of her classmates. And she knew it immediately. "I could relate something from every single engineering class I was taking back to the work I was completing at Baxter," Loeffel said. Read the full story.

Get Writing with MarqUWriMo: Marquette University Writing Month
Is there a novel in you? Maybe a dissertation chapter? Or perhaps the memoir you've always meant to begin? November is National Novel Writing Month - and Marquette University's first annual writing month. All creative and academic writers - Marquette students, faculty, staff, and alumni, as well as surrounding community members - are invited to participate online and in person in this community building, writing-inspiring event. Learn more about MarqUWriMo.

Guess the Year!

Guess the YearMembers of Marquette's dance team attach balloons to their float.

a. 1987
b. 1989
c. 1990
d. 1992

Get the answer.


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

Alumni Reunion Weekend: Find your way back home
July 24- 27, 2014
Did you graduate in a year ending in 4 or 9? It's your reunion year! Marquette will welcome five- to 45-year reunion classes, the 50-year Golden Jubilee class and several affinity groups back home to campus. The weekend will include class parties, a Saturday Block Party and evening celebration, and many more activities.

North Carolina: Service Day in Raleigh
Saturday, Nov. 23, at 9:00 a.m. to noon
Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina
3808 Tarheel Dr., Raleigh
Volunteer at the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina, an organization that provides food to people at risk of hunger in central and eastern North Carolina. Inspect, categorize, label and package donated food. Register now.

Phoenix: Mass, Brunch and Golf Outing
Sunday, Nov. 24, at 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Orange Tree Golf Resort - Mariposa Ballroom
10601 N. 56th St., Scottsdale
Gather with alumni, parents and friends in the Phoenix area for this annual tradition. Rev. Frederick Zagone, S.J., will celebrate Mass and join us for brunch to share the latest Marquette news. Register now.

New York: Game-watching Party
Monday, Nov. 25, at 9:00 p.m.
Windfall, 23 W. 39th St., New York
Join the Marquette Club of New York for a game-watching party as Marquette takes on Arizona State. Please contact Steve Briggs, Bus Ad ’08, at with questions or special needs.

California: Marquette Men’s Basketball Wooden Legacy Tournament Pre-game Happy Hour
Friday, Nov. 29, time to be determined. (Tipoff for the Friday Marquette vs. Miami/George Washington game will be determined by the outcome of the Marquette vs. Cal State Fullerton game on Thursday.)
Round Table Pizza
2506 E. Chapman Ave., Fullerton, Calif.
Put on your Marquette gear and cheer with alumni, parents and friends as Marquette Men’s Basketball competes in the Wooden Legacy Tournament. Register for the happy hour and get your game tickets.

Milwaukee: Mass and Christmas Brunch
Sunday, Dec. 8, at 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Weasler Auditorium, 1442 W. Wisconsin Ave., Marquette campus
Brunch to follow in Monaghan Ballroom.
Join alumni and friends for Mass, brunch and a visit from Santa as we celebrate the Christmas season. Register now.

A prayer for the Thanksgiving table
As we celebrate Thanksgiving, let us be mindful of the many gifts and graces that God has given us individually and as a community. May they nourish us and strengthen us as we strive to build the kingdom of God in our lives, in our homes, in our hearts.

Most merciful God, Your gifts of love number like the stars in the sky and Your goodness infinite. On this Thanksgiving Day we come before You with gratitude for Your kindness: open our hearts to concern for others, so that we may share Your gifts of loving service with all Your people. Bless this food before us as we remember those who will be hungry or lonely today.

May your Thanksgiving table be graced with family, good food, and good friends.

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

Marquette and ROTC to celebrate Veterans Day
AROTCThe Marquette community is invited to celebrate Veterans Day on Monday, Nov. 11, with a breakfast and ceremony to honor the service of BG (Retired) Stephen Gonczy, Eng '69; MG Luis Visot, Arts '78; and MG (Retired) Pat Kelly, Eng '59. We'll also pay tribute to the newest cadets as they contract with the ROTC and make their commitment to the Army and Marquette. Get more information about the event.

Find your volunteer passion

As a Marquette graduate, you know what it means to live life as a person for others. Share the excitement and camaraderie of Marquette with your community! Volunteering can take as little or as much time as you would like, in a group or on an individual basis. Explore your volunteer options and sign up to learn more about volunteering with Marquette.