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The Friends and Alumni/ae of Marquette English is dedicated to promoting a lifelong love of reading and writing as a crucial element in Marquette University’s mission of excellence, leadership, faith and service. FAME is committed to enhancing the high quality of education in literature, language and writing offered by the Marquette Department of English and ensuring its future excellence. In the spirit of Jesuit hospitality, FAME seeks to support a community of undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, alumni/ae and friends through public readings, speakers, social occasions, and community service, and to reach out to wider audiences.




2015-2016 UPCOMING EVENTS: Please join us!



Wednesday, April 25

4:00 p.m.

Weasler Auditorium

reception to follow in AMU Henke Lounge/Lunda Room

This show, which has been performed locally and will be featured in the American Players Theatre 2012 schedule, is Jim DeVita's adaptation of Sir Ian McKellan's script "Acting Shakespeare." It blends together the story of Shakespeare's life and soliloquies, and DeVita's own story of how the works of Shakespeare led him from working on fishing boats off of Long Island to a career on the stage. 

For more information, you may want to check out Jim's website


April 29, 5-7 PM, Raynor Library Conference Center

Proceeds go to support "What You Will, a partnership of performers in education."

R.S.V.P. and questions to



Story corner

book swap

Members of the Marquette neighborhood flooded into the AMU carrying gently used books to swap. Guests were encouraged to take home half as many books as they donated, which left over 1,000 books at the end of the afternoon! These books, and the donations FAME collected, were given to two local agencies which promote literacy and learning:CrossTrainers Academy (part of the Milwaukee Rescue Mission) and Sojourner Family Peace Center. All of the English faculty and graduate and undergraduate students who helped run the event were thrilled with the success of the Book Swap!

    • Americana and Folk singer-songwriter, Marquette alumnus, (and Dr. McCabe’s      

    nephew, no less) took a break from his popular touring to treat us to an    

    evening of his critically-acclaimed music

    • Free and Open to the Public. 

    • Freewill Offerings Accepted

    • Tuesday, Nov. 16, 7:00 in the Weasler Auditorium

2010 Events:



book swapbook swap



[Alumni/ae: Please let the English Department know how you are doing.  Contact Wendy Walsh with any updates on your career or announcements you would like to share with your fellow alums.]

Marc Diefenderfer (MA, 2013) entered the PhD program at Purdue University

Joanna Pfahler
(MA, 2013) - Content Marketing Specialist at MSI Data

Megan Swanson (MA, 2013) - Marketing Assistant at Capstone Publishers

Maurene Damm
(BA WINE, 2013) is a customer service specialist at bswift, a software company in downtown Chicago.

Timothy Hoff (BA ENGL, 2013) is a benefits verification specialist for CVS/Caremark.

Nicolas Lopez (BA WINE, 2013) is a social media consultant at Capstone National Partners

Taylor Behnke (BA WINE, 2013) is the Marketing Outreach Coordinator at United Way of Dane County

Megan Marren
(BA ENGL, 2013) went on to grad school at DePaul University

Sarah Babcock (PhD, 2012) is an Assistant Professor of Humanities at Trine University in Indiana

Magdalen McKinley (PhD, 2012) is an Assistant Professor at William Rainey Harper College in Illinois

Jarrod Hurlbert
(PhD, 2012) - Adjunct faculty at Boise State University

Mark Kelley
(MA, 2012) is Managing Editor at Journal for Early Modern Cultural Studies and working on his PhD at the University of California, San Diego

David Klonne (MA, 2012) is a District Manager at Cook Medical Inc.

Kelsey Squire (PhD, 2011) is an Assistant Professor at Ohio Dominican University in Columbus, Ohio

Eric Dunnum (PhD, 2011) is an Assistant Professor at Campbell University in North Carolina

Andrew Czachowski (MA, 2011) is the Director of Marketing at Proline Fiber Optics

Dawn Freese (MA, 2010) is an English instructor at UW-Platteville

Emily Blanchard (MA, 2010) is an Editor at American Appraisal Associates

Mary Willenbring (PhD, 2009) is an Assistant Professor at Eastern University in Philadelphia, PA

Martin Brick (PhD Marquette, 2009) Tenure track position at Ohio Dominican College in Columbus, OH.

Marcia Eppich-Harris (PhD Marquette, 2006) Tenure track position at Marian University in Indianapolis, IN.

Received Doctorate Degrees:

May 2014
Emily Blaser
Kathleen Burt
Shaunna Wilkinson

May 2013

Carly Anger
David Harden

August 2013

Stephanie Stella

December 2012

Karen Ann Galbraith
Paul Wakeman

May 2012

Brandon Chitwood
Jarrod Hurlburt
Susan Muse
Sarah Nestor
Rebecca Parker-Fedewa

August 2012

Magdalen McKinley

May 2011

Eric Dunnum
Michelle Felix
Denna Iammarino
John Malloy
Kelsey Squire

August 2011

Joshua Steffey

December 2010

Daniel Bergen
Colleen Fenno

May 2009

Martin Brick

August 2009

Mary Willenbring

December 2008

Tenille Nowack

May 2008

Marcia Eppich-Harris
Dana Edwards Prodoehl
Mark Zunac





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