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Alumni Newsletter | August 2013

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pilarz'Alumni volunteers make Marquette stronger ...'

A thank-you letter to our alumni volunteers from Scott R. Pilarz, S.J., president, Marquette University. Read the entire letter here.

Find your volunteer passion

As a Marquette graduate, parent or friend, 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.

Working for peace

When members of a nonviolent social movement in Afghanistan reached out for advice, what else could Marquette do? A small alumni delegation from the Center for Peacemaking booked flights. Read the full story.


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kliebhan flournoyKelly Kliebhan, Arts '99, and Belton Flournoy, Bus Ad '03, played key roles in establishing the Marquette European Alumni Network. Kelly coordinated the first European alumni event in 2009 in Paris. Since then, alumni have met in Geneva, London and Rome. Belton, who relocated from Wisconsin to London in 2011, has hosted events for alumni and study-abroad students.

brostromLeif Brostrom, Comm '10, of Minneapolis, uses his professional social-media savvy to keep Twin Cities alumni informed of local club events. More than 180 people attended the club's Elite Eight game-watching event in March, including 30 current students during Easter break who learned about the event via Twitter. Read more about Leif in Marquette Magazine.

sallaberryMatt Sallaberry, Bus Ad '00, led alumni in the St. Louis area to endow a regional club scholarship fund in just two years. Through its annual golf outing fundraiser, the club fostered community relationships to rally St. Louis alumni around the spirit of giving to Marquette. Join the Marquette Club of St. Louis Facebook group to connect with area alumni and learn about upcoming events.

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MUAA Board of Directors starts new year with September conference; 9 first-time directors join the effort
O'TooleFor 120 years, the Marquette University Alumni Association National Board of Directors has guided activities for alumni. Today, the board is a 29-member advisory body dedicated to creating a passionate community of Marquette alumni in service to the university and each other. Directors represent college-based chapters and regions of the country; the group gathers on campus for tri-annual conferences. Mary Kerr O'Toole, Eng '79, of Inverness, Ill., began her presidency in July and will lead the board in 2013-14. Learn more about the MUAA Board of Directors.

Alumni extend a Marquette welcome to incoming freshmen at Summer Send-off events around the country
Mike, Bus Ad '90, and Karen Rhodes of Plymouth, Minn., hosted their 17th Marquette Summer Send-off this July. Each summer, alumni across the country host local incoming Marquette freshmen and their families at fun, informal gatherings to ensure that no student arrives on campus without knowing a few friendly faces. "A Marquette education is more than academics," Mike said. "It's the values learned to support others to be successful." View an interactive map of all 2013 Summer Send-off cities.

San Diego burns brightly with blue and gold
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Lisa Luczyk, Comm '05, has mobilized San Diego alumni to coordinate an array of Marquette gatherings throughout the year. Lisa, the Marquette Club of San Diego president since 2008, taps into alumni interests and strengths to lead volunteers to organize and attend golf outings, wine tastings, horse races, polo matches and Marquette athletics game-watching parties. San Diego is known as "America's Finest City" - could it also be home to one of Marquette's finest alumni clubs? Join the Marquette Club of San Diego Facebook group to find out.

Ruder family turns basketball bonding into scholarship fund

Megan Ruder Roche, Arts '97, and her husband, Mike Roche, Arts '97, have a passion for family and Marquette. In 2012, Megan and Mike helped resurrect a beloved Ruder family Marquette basketball tradition called "James Weekend" in memory of Megan’s father, James Ruder, who passed away last December. But the legacy didn’t stop there. To further honor James' memory, the James P. Ruder Family Scholarship was established to help support deserving students desiring a Marquette education. Learn more about endowing a named scholarship at Marquette.

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

Boston: Service Project - Cradles to Crayons
Saturday, August 24, at 10:00 a.m. – Noon
Cradles to Crayons
155 N. Beacon St., Brighton
Join the Marquette Club of Boston for a service project at Cradles to Crayons. Help inspect, sort and package all new and like-new donations for "KidPacks." Find out more.

Chicago: Club Planning Meeting
Tuesday, September 17, at 6:00 p.m.
Marquette University Chicago Office - Marquette Building
140 S. Dearborn St., Suite 320, Chicago
Brainstorm and share your ideas for alumni activities in your neighborhood. There are many volunteer opportunities for busy schedules and ALL alumni are invited and welcome! Register now.

Chicago: College Planning for High School Students

Wednesday, September 25, at 6:30 p.m.- 8:00 p.m.
Marquette University Chicago Office - Marquette Building
140 Dearborn St., Suite 320, Chicago
Encourage your high school students to attend this valuable college planning workshop for children of MU alumni. Members of Marquette's admission staff will offer tips and advice on college selection, the application process, interviewing and college visits. Register now.

Atlanta: Service Project - Hands on Atlanta Day
Saturday, October 5, Time and location to be determined
Join other Marquette alumni, parents and friends for the 23rd Annual Hands on Atlanta Day. More details to come!
For questions, contact Jeff Colburn, Arts '94, at or Caryn Steinman, Comm '10, at

Northern California: Service Project - Solar Installation
Saturday, October 12 or Sunday, October 13
9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Location to be determined.
Join the Marquette Club of Northern California for a service project with GRID Alternatives and SunPower Corp. Space is limited and participation will be reserved on a first-come, first-served basis for alumni only. Register now.


Be a leader in the CIRCLES eMentor Network

No matter where you are or how much time you have, you can help lead a new generation of current Marquette students and young alumni to excellence. Become an eMentor through the Marquette Alumni Association on Linkedin and join more than 400 alumni and students to provide your professional expertise and insights. Learn more about the eMentor Network.

MU Club of Washington, D.C., honors veterans each December with wreath laying in Arlington National Cemetery

wreath layingFrom Kerry M. Connor, Arts '96: "Wreaths Across America is a beautiful tribute to the men and women who have sacrificed everything to make this country great. We cannot forgot their lives and this is a simple gesture where I can show my humble appreciation." Pictured from left: Stewart Walsh, Arts '99, Kerry M. Connor, Arts '96, and Patrick Walsh, Eng '96. Join the Marquette Club of Washington, D.C., Facebook group.

National Marquette Day 'Shoot-out' event grows Texas scholarship
berganMaureen (Bissing) Bergan, Arts '92, devised a way to tie giving to National Marquette Day last March: she coordinated a "Free-throw Shoot-out."The event netted almost $500 for the North Texas regional club scholarship, which helps deserving students from the area attend Marquette. Find the Marquette Club of North Texas on Facebook.

Why I represent Marquette at college fairs

by Cindy Cain, Arts '70
In 1978, Marquette asked if I would represent the university at a college fair in my hometown, Rochester, N.Y. I said "yes" immediately. The next year and many years after, I did the spring and fall college fairs in Rochester as an alumni representative. Now that my husband and I live in South Carolina, I have represented Marquette in college fairs there and in Savannah, Ga.

Volunteering can be a small part or a large part of your time. It costs you nothing. Acting as an alumni representative for Marquette University is one of the most rewarding things you can do for your alma mater. Seeing the eager high school students rekindles the excitement I felt when I applied to Marquette. Learn more about admissions volunteering opportunities.