Alumni News


Phil Angelo (MA, 1975) has written editorials for the Kankakee, Ill., Daily Journal, for the past 25 years as well as two books on local history.

Tony Antao (BA, 1966; MA, 1968) is retired and enjoying his golden years babysitting his grandchildren.

Carol P. Aquino-Stryker (BA, 1972) has been teaching social studies, mainly US History honors and Advance Placement historyat John F. Kennedy High School in her hometown of Paterson, NJ, since January of 1976. She and her husband plan to retire to the rebuilt Jersey shore in a couple of years.

Jeralyn H. Baran (BA, 1984; MA, 1986; Law, 1990) has been working as a commercial litigation attorney since 1990 in Chicago, Illinois.

Kevin Barry (BA, 1962) went to Fordham Law Evening School for 11/2 years before being drafted.  Returning home in 1965, he worked on Wall Street for over forty years and in real estate in Bernardsville, NJ, where he continues be active in the business.   

Jodi Bertram (MA, 2011) has been an associate lecturer in early American and modern World history at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point since 2012.

John Blazek (BA, 1988) is currently the President of the Greater Illinois Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

David S. Bovee (BA, 1974) has, since 2005, taught history at Fort Hays State University in Kansas.  He earned promotion to associate professor in 2011 and married fellow Marquette alum Marianne Fulop Szabo on August 4, 2012.

Vin Bradley (MED, 2002) is currently the Chair of the History Department at Catholic Memorial School in Boston and owner of the Bradley College Solutions in Andover.

Colleen Brown (BA, 2006; Law, 2009) works in the Clark County District Attorney's Office in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Jim Burns (BA, 1979) is the Managing Attorney of the Corporate Department of Stroock & Stroock & Lavan, LLP, a law firm in New York City, and is presently enrolled at George Washington University's Masters Degree Program in Law Firm Management. He expects to receive his degree in June 2015.

Stephen Butler (BA, 1968) writes thatMy years @ Marquette are with the stardust and my career has nothing to do with history but after many years of abstinence I have a renewed interest in especially the Civil War (Dr. Klement was my prof) and WWII. . . .  I can’t get enough of the 2nd World War especially the early economically depressed Germany of the late 1930’s and early 1940’s which provided fertile ground for the eventual rise of the third Reich. Without a poor economy Hitler may have been just a passing fancy.”

Mary Fran Cahill (BA, 1962; MA, 1963) worked as a journalist for the Cedarburg News Graphic and, for twenty-eight years, at The Milwaukee Journal. She retired in 1995. Since 1996 she has been president of Cats Paw Communications, which specializes in media relations, photography and graphic design. She serves on the board of the Milwaukee Tennis & Education Foundation and is executive vice president of Milwaukee Tennis Classic, Inc. Returning to a profession that helped pay her way through Marquette, she recently recorded Over Easy, a smooth jazz CD with the Dan Dance Trio +1. Released in March of this year, it is available to sample or purchase at:

Kathy Callahan (BA, 1995; PhD, 2005) is associate professor of history at Murray State University in KentuckyShe has written several articles and made several conference presentations regarding the UK and Women and Gender studies in the last several years.

Jill Cerone-Marisie (BA, 1987) spent sixteen years as an attorney, specializing in criminal law, before being elected as a Full Circuit Court Judge in Cook County, Illinois, in 2006.

Ryne Chua (BA, 2009) currently lives in Washington, D. C., where he works on national environmental and conservation issues.

Paul F. Cole (BA, 1961) began his career as a history teacher, then held the second highest office in the New York State labor movement—Secretary-Treasurer of the 2.3 million member New York State AFL-CIO—from 1984 through 2005. He is the founder and Executive Director of the American Labor Studies Center (ALSC) and currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the Alliance for Retired Americans and the board of directors of the New York State Alliance for Retired Americans.

Andrew Demshuk (MA, 2005) published The Lost German East: Forced Migration and the Politics of Memory, 1945-1970 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013).

Helen Herominski Engelbrecht (BA, 1970) received Teacher of Excellence in Math at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic School in Peoria, IL.

Bridget Erickson (BA 2001) is a literacy specialist in the Wayzata (Minnesota) Public Schools, and she is completing a Masters in English as a Second Language at Hamline University in St. Paul.

Albert Erlebacher (BA, 1954; MA, 1956) taught in the history department at DePaul Universit in Chicago from 1965 to 2007. He is now retired and doing some volunteer work.

Brian J. Faltinson (MA, 1998) is employed as a Project Manager and Historian with Heritage Research, Ltd. in Menomonee Falls, WI. He is also a captain in and Command Historian of the Wisconsin National Guard and serves on the Wauwatosa Historic Preservation Commission.

John Feehery (MA,1988) is President of QGA Public Affairs, one of the top bipartisan public affairs firms in Washington DC. He appears regularly on MSNBC's “Hardball with Chris Matthews” and writes a column for The Hill newspaper and for the blog, “The Feehery Theory.”

Robert J. Finley (BA, 1989) joined Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP in November 2003 and became a partner in 2008. He is a member of the Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA). Since 2012 he has been a member of the ISBA Workers Compensation Law Section Council. Mr. Finley is also a member of the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Lawyers Association, the Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel and the Defense Research Institute.

James S. Frey (BA, 1960) received the Counselor Education and Counseling Psychology Achievement Award from the College of Education of MU on April 25, 2013. Dr. Frey retired as founder and president emeritus of Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc., in January 2012.

Monica Gallamore (PhD, 2012) will spend the next academic year as a Visiting Assistant Professor at Oklahoma City University, where she has worked part-time for several semesters, teaching Issues in Women's Studies, US women's History, the US survey, and World History. In spring 2014 she will teach a course on Rome, Italy, which will be followed by a study tour in Italy.

Dr. Laura Gellott (BA, 1974; MA, 1976) retired from the University of Wisconsin-Parkside in May 2012.  She taught at UW-Parkside for thirty years and chaired the History Department for eight of those years. 

Anthony Gill (BA, 1987) is currently hosting a free, weekly podcast series entitled “Research on Religion” ( that includes numerous historical episodes. His most recent book, The Political Origins of Religious Liberty (Cambridge University Press), is also being translated into an Arabic edition. He also received a very large grant from the John Templeton Foundation in conjunction with Georgetown University’s Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, & World Affair’s Religious Freedom Project. The three year project will examine the relationship between religious liberty, economic development, and other aspects of social flourishing. Historical perspectives on this topic area are being included.

Joseph Golombek (MA, 1996) works in the City Council and teaches part time at Buffalo State College in their History Department. 

John J. Gosling (MA, 1991) taught for 5 years in Milwaukee Public Schools. Then, he served the Hmong population in the Fox Valley (Appleton, WI) for 3.5 years and now serves as a Guidance Counselor within a High School and often sub excelling and preferring SS assignments in this same area (Appleton).

John Grant Ph.D (BA, 1988) is currently leading the Global - Organizational Change Management (OCM) initiatives associated with the Global Business Solutions group at General Motors in Grand Blanc, MI.

Arthur Heimbold (BS. 1958) Veteran ‘62, six children, 11 grandchildren, Retired business executive: advertising then healthcare: patient education, marketing, specialty-care facility development, and co-founder of an Assisted Living Company. Active in family genealogical research and writing. German-Irish ancestry, arrived in U.S. 1854, ancestors traced to 1563 in Saxony. Have vivid memories of Dr. Roman Smal-Stocki teaching history with great intensity, especially the day that Sputnick was announced on October 4 ,1957. Two other brothers also graduated from Marquette.

Erik Heinrichs (BA, 2000) is joining the history department at Winona State University as an assistant professor in fall 2013.

Ruth Henahan (BA, 1961) and her husband Art will be celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary July 6th. Two daughters, two sons and associated family members will join in the festivities on Lake Keowee, SC in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Ricardo A. Herrera (PhD, 1998) received the Distinguished Writing Award from the Army Historical Foundation for his article “Foraging and Combat Operations at Valley Forge, February-March 1778.”

Mike Hiestand (BA, 1987) will be embarking on a nationwide bus tour with Mary Beth Tinker to talk with students/teachers/professors at schools and colleges across the country about free speech/press and civics education generally. The National Constitution Center has invited the group to kick things off on Constitution Day this fall on Independence Mall in Philadelphia.

Thomas J. Imray (BA, 1961) attended the Medical College of Wisconsin and spent most of his long career as a professor of radiology at the University of Minnesota, Teikyo University in Japan, the Medical College of Wisconsin, the University of California at Irvine, and, for almost a quarter century, at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, where he retired as emeritus professor in 2009 (although he still volunteers in the hospital's department of radiology). He was elected president of several professional organizations and earned several outstanding teacher awards. He and his wife Carla have three adult children and three grandchildren.

Chrissy Jaworski (MA, 2006) is currently an event manager for Henry Schein, Inc. She participates in extensive business travel, planning and executing large-scale events and conventions. She also frequently ghost-write for the company and participate in many of the charitable programs sponsored by Henry Schein.

Maja Jurisic, MD (BA, 1976; MD, 1980) worked as an Emergency Medicine physician for 20 years until 2001 when she discovered her passion for occupational medicine and is working for Concentra. She is currently the Medical Director for the National Accounts and an Assistant Vice President.

Andrew Kurt (BA, 1988) obtained his Ph.D. in History from the University of Toronto and is currently an Assistant Professor of History at Clayton State University in Morrow, GA

Anthony Kuzniewski (BA, 1966; MA, 1967; Ph.D, 1973) is currently Professor of History, Province Archivist, chaplain to the Athletic Department and to the Varsity Club.

Patricia J. Lane (BA, 1983; Law Degree, 1986) is a partner in the Milwaukee office of Foley & Lardner LLP concentrating on the representation of issuers and corporate borrowers in financing transactions.

Stephen Leahy (MA, 1994) is an Associate Professor of History at Shantou University, Shantou, China.  He is also on the board of directors of the Polish American Historical Association.

Pete Leenhouts (BA, 1976) went on to 27 years in the Navy; retired as a Captain following two sea-going commands. After completing three years as a student at the Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding on Washington's Olympic Peninsula, several years as a volunteer and two on the Board of Directors, I am now the Executive Director.

Julie Leonard (PhD, 2009) will be spending this summer working on and hopefully completing her first novel based on her dissertation research on early 18th-century Parisian women.

Stan Lester (MA, 2008) is Library Resources Coordinator at Vatterott College in Oklahoma City.

Steve Lindsay (BA, 1995) is the managing director for First National Wealth Management’s Private Banking group, leading a team of twenty-five professionals who deliver customized banking solutions to affluent clients. He and his wife Amy co-founded Kicks for a Cure, a soccer-based fundraiser benefitting local cancer research.

James Lowder (BA, 1985) is a writer, whose credits include the bestselling, widely translated dark fantasy novels Prince of Lies and Knight of the Black Rose. As an editor, he’s helmed essay collections about hobby gaming and pop culture. His work has been a finalist for the International Horror Guild Award and the Stoker Award, and has received five Origins Awards and an ENnie Award.

Tom Madden (BA, 2004) is working as a Social Studies Teacher at Bethlehem Academy in Faribault, MN.

Chris McFaden (BA, 2010) passed his doctoral comprehensive exams at the University of Iowa is off to France this summer on a Social Science Research Council grant for pre-dissertation work.

Edward J. Morris (BA, 1971) is currently a legal aid attorney in Chicago and as a part time arbitrator for the Cook County Mandatory arbitration system.

Dick Morrow (BA, 1969) worked in management for UPS, retiring after 35 years in 2002. In 2004 Carol, his wife of 46 years, and he started traveling throughout the world.

Charles C. Mulcahy (BS, 1959) continues to be active in local history circles.  His most recent project is General Douglas MacArthur Memorial Week on June 3-6, 2014 in Milwaukee.The General, his father, Arthur MacArthur, and his grandfather, Judge Arthur MacArthur, all considered Milwaukee their ancestral home. 2014 event will include an all-day program for academics and MacArthur scholars on MacArthur’s Japanese Constitution and include presentations on the process of developing constitutions in the aftermath of war. Mulcahy and Marquette Law school professor Peter K. Rofes have invited national and international speakers to participate in the program.In addition to Japan, the event will also include discussions of: MacArthur and Australia, the general’s life-long commitment to The Philippines, and the Korean War, as well as discussion of the current situation in all four countries which the General positively impacted.  Marquette history alums are invited to participate in planning and/or attending the event which will be presented primarily at the War Memorial Center and the Marquette Law School with the rededication of the MacArthur statue at MacArthur Square. For additional information contact Chas Mulcahy at

Rick Novak (BA, 1966) has a career in advertising and marketing. His career began as part of a recording group signed to Capitol Records, also songwriter; held several positions in major ad and promotional agencies and Fortune 500 companies (J. Walter Thompson, USA, Sears) working with blue-chip clients; spent 10 years at Playboy as National Promotion Manager. Currently serving as marketing consultant for a group franchise owner of QSR (Dairy Queen).

John E. Nowak (BA, 1968) is Professor of Law and the Raymond and Mary Simon Chair in Constitutional Law at Loyola University Chicago.  Professor Nowak joined the Loyola faculty in 2008, after having taught at University of Illiniois for thirty years, the last nine as David C. Baum Professor at the College of Law.  Professor Nowak is the author, or coauthor, of more than a score of law review articles, including articles in the California, Columbia, Georgetown, Michigan, U.C.L.A., and Virginia Law Reviews and the Supreme Court Review (published by the University of Chicago Press) and co-author of several books on Constitutional law.

Bill O’Connor (BA, 1971) taught history for 19 years in the Milwaukee Public Schools. Through the years, and has also been a singer/songwriter/entertainer. He and his band specialize in Irish songs done in American folk style. His history background has prompted him to write and perform songs which are historical in nature.

Barbara Otto (BA, 1988) has been the Executive Director (subsequently CEO) Health & Disability Advocates since 1994. In 2011, she was appointed by President Obama to the Advisory Group on Prevention, Health Promotion and Integrative Public Health whose charge is to facilitate implementation of the nation’s first National Prevention Strategy created under the Patient Protection & Affordable Care Act of 2010.

Kathy Partlow (BA, 1965) began teaching in Milwaukee at Wells St. Jr. High. In 2011, she was part of a team who went to Meru, Kenya to teach at St. Clare Centre for Girls and St. Francis School for Boys. While there she taught freshmen and sophomores a unit on the American Civil War.

Bill Peters (BA, 1956) died in 2012. He taught at Greenfield High School chairing the English department. He eventually went on to receive his Master's in English Education from the University of Wisconsin, and then a doctorate from the University of Virginia. He taught at the University of Kentucky from 1968-1981. He then moved to Texas A&M, chaired the department of Curriculum and Instruction and taught English Education until his retirement in 2005.

Jim Pingel (Ph.D, 2008) is currently serving as Executive Director of Sheboygan Area Lutheran High School and also as Adjunct Professor of Concordia University Wisconsin.

Elizabeth Quick (BA 2008, MA, 2010) received her MA in 2010 from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is currently in Peru conducting research for her dissertation on Catholic girls' schools in the city of Arequipa during the twentieth-century.

Jason Rae (MA, 2009) recently founded and now serves as executive director of the Wisconsin LGBT Chamber of Commerce. In December, he was also appointed by County Executive Chris Abele and the Milwaukee County Board to serve as the Chair of the Milwaukee County Human Rights Commission.

Rob Rasmussen (BA, 1975) tutors phonics and GED at the Milwaukee Literacy Services four days a week in his retirement.

Daryl Scott (BA, 1984) is currently working on a study of white nationalism in the American South, teaching at Howard University, and serving the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH).

James Scott (BA, 1992) is currently a librarian at the Sacramento Public Library and has written three books on Sacramento history and have a fourth coming out in Feb. 2014 entitled "El Dorado in a Shot Glass: Sacramento's Gold Rush Saloons"

Robert Shimp (BA, 2011) will be one of the keynote speakers on July 11th at the official wreath laying ceremony commentating the birthday of John Quincy Adams at the First United Parish Church in Quincy, MA. He is currently working as a park ranger at Adams NHP and has just finished his coursework at Boston University and he is preparing for the qualifying exams in January.

Elizabeth Simpson (MA, 2009) is an instructional designer for the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.

Greg St. Arnold (BA, 2007; M.Ed. 2010) joined Teach for America in 2008 and taught middle school special education for two years in Phoenix, AZ. In 2010, he and fellow MU alum, Matt Manning, founded Arcos Milwaukee, a nonprofit organization that provides global citizenship training and international travel opportunities for high school students in Milwaukee. In 2011, we traveled to Nicaragua and this summer our students will visit El Salvador. He currently teaches at Carmen High School - Northwest Campus.

David Strittmatter (BA, 2008; MA, 2009) is beginning his PhD in history program at the University at Buffalo this fall.

Heather Stur (BA, 1998; MA, 2003) is currently on the History faculty at the University of Southern Mississippi, where she has been promoted to associate professor beginning in Fall 2013. She will be a Fulbright Scholar in Vietnam for the 2013-14 academic year. During her Fulbright year, she will teach and do research for two forthcoming books.

Calvin Tanck (BA, 1988) is a naval reservist, he is now the Commanding Officer for the reserve support detachment for the United States Navy History and Heritage Command in Washington, DC.

Michael J Tatalovich (BA, 1963) taught English in the Milwaukee Public Schools retiring in 1998 and is still in contact with Fr. Paul Prucha.

Eugene Thompson (BA, 1998) is the first director of the Alexandria, Virginia, Black History Museum.

Susan D. Tilka (BA, 1970; MA 1976) has been a senior lecturer in the Department of English at Texas State University in San Marcos, TX for the last 30 years.

Nathan Viehl (Law Degree, 2012) has been working for the past year as a corporate attorney in Chicago specializing in the representation of startup companies.

Rev. Baskara T. Wardaya SJ (PhD, 2001) has published a good number of popular op-eds for the media; journal articles; and books. He has also been presenting papers in a number of seminars and conferences, both in Indonesia and other countries. In the summer of 2013 I am one of those who are nominated as candidates for Sanata Dharma University's president for the2013-2017 term. I am currently involved in a research project sponsored by the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) called Pacific Rim Research Project (PRRP) for the human rights archives.

William Wei (PhD, 1978) is a Professor of History at the University of Colorado at Boulder.  He is the author of COUNTERREVOLUTION IN CHINA: THE NATIONALISTS IN JIANGXI DURING THE SOVIET PERIOD  (Michigan, 1985) and THE ASIAN AMERICAN MOVEMENT  (Temple, 1993), and many other publications.

Robert Whalen (BA, 1981; MA, 1983) and his wife have been teaching at the Walworth Barbour American International School for the last eight years. After finishing his Masters in 1983 he had the chance to serve in the U.S. Peace Corps for three years which was difficult but extremely rewarding.

Joe Wippl (BA, 1966) In 1972, he joined the CIA as an Operations Officer in the National Clandestine Service and had a 35 year career there. Currently he is a Professor of the Practice in the International Relations Department of Boston University.

Bette Worley (MA, 1967) has had administrative assignments at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Alverno College, and Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne. Since 1972 have administered the National Student Exchange. I have served as NSE president since 1976. I was honored by NSE last year for 40 years of servant leadership. In 1982, I founded the National Faculty Exchange and served as its president through 1996.




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