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Alumni Newsletter | November 2012

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Game-watching event generates more than $4,000 toward scholarships

Despite the unexpected cancellation of the Carrier Classic, it didn't stop the MUAA Club of Chicago annual fundraiser and game-watching events. Many thanks to the alumni and sponsors who generously contributed more than $4,000 on Friday night. Proceeds benefit the Marquette Club of Chicago Endowed Scholarship Fund which is awarded annually to an incoming freshman from the Chicagoland area.

Look for future men's basketball game-watching parties.

Living Ignatian Retreat in Wheaton: Walking into Advent with St. Ignatius

Living IgnatianJoin Marquette alumni and friends in Wheaton on Dec. 1 in preparation for Advent. Rev. Douglas Leonhardt, S.J., Marquette associate vice president for mission and ministry, will introduce ways of praying in this sacred time, drawing upon the wisdom and legacy of St. Ignatius. The retreat includes talks, quiet reflection, and conversation followed by lunch. Register here.

Serving others a goal for soccer standout, Naperville native Ciesiulka

SoccerOne could say Marquette men's soccer star and Naperville native Bryan Ciesiulka does it all on and off the field. He's been instrumental in the team's best season in history and maintains a 3.8 grade point average. His bold service initiative is also getting noticed. Learn more.


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breyTamara De Leon Brey, Eng ’96, received her Juris Doctor at Loyola University Chicago School of Law on May 19. She also passed the 2012 Illinois Bar and was officially admitted by taking the oath on admission on Nov. 1.


foley Lauren (Jasculca) Foley, Comm ’03, and Dan Foley recently celebrated their fifth anniversary as Marquette sweethearts. They met at Marquette as students and live in Park Ridge, Ill., with children Will, 4, and Annie, 7 months.

fritzLauren Fritz, Comm ’08, and Colin Walsh, Law ’09,
are engaged to be married on Aug. 17, 2013, at St. Benedict Parish in Chicago. Colin proposed to Lauren on April 1. Three Marquette alumni will be in the wedding party.


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CIRCLES - Chicago attracts another full house
he sold-out 8th annual CIRCLES - Chicago event on Oct. 30 attracted more than 350 Marquette alumni, parents and friends at the Union League Club. The event featured 12 roundtables led by industry experts and Marquette faculty, with topics including social entrepreneurship, real estate and digital media, in addition to networking with other attendees.

Watch for future CIRCLES – Chicago programs scheduled in spring 2013.

A Thanksgiving Prayer
The Marquette University family extends blessings for a safe and joyous Thanksgiving season.

Oh God, on Thanksgiving Day we bow our hearts to You and pray.
We thank you for the many gifts and graces you have provided for us.
We pray for those who do not recognize or appreciate all that you have provided.
We pray for those who have less than we do.
We pray for continued health and happiness in our lives.
We pray for our family and friends, especially those who cannot be with us or are far from home.
We thank you for the food that we are about to receive. Amen.

Networking Breakfast Club sees increased attendance
Chicago Breakfast ClubAlumni of all ages continue to see the value of the Marquette Breakfast Club. On Sept. 13, nearly 40 alumni attended, ranging in class year from 1979 to 2012 and from a range of industries including finance, marketing, non-profit and real estate. Plan to attend the next Breakfast Club on Dec. 13 at Marquette's Chicago office in the Marquette Building.

Couldn't attend? Follow alumnus Mike Scarsella, Bus Ad '03, from Elmhurst (home of more than 250 alumni, parents and friends) to the September Breakfast Club at the Chicago Marquette office.

BMO Harris Bank Donates $600,000 to Marquette and Boys & Girls Clubs to bolster education and leadership programs
bmo harrisIn an effort to provide underprivileged youths with access to educational opportunities, leadership training and mentoring, BMO Harris Bank has committed to a five-year, $600,000 partnership with Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee and Marquette University. This strategic partnership will provide the target population with greater access to higher education along with the necessary support to help students reach college graduation. Story appeared in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on Nov. 13.

Planning for Chicago club events underway; alumni invited to participate
Nearly 30 Chicagoland alumni gathered at the Marquette University office on Sept. 19 to begin planning for the MUAA club year, including the annual scholarship fundraiser and service days. “Thanks to many alumni, club events and programs in the area are generating great interest to network, connect and celebrate Marquette,” said Chicago club president Jessica Thunberg, Comm '03.

Contact Thunberg at, or Randi Bergey, Marquette senior engagement officer, at if you’d like to attend the Nov. 14 meeting or future planning sessions. Alumni of all ages are invited to participate. 

Signed book by NFL Hall of Fame member, entrepreneur and university trustee Willie Davis available to Marquette alumni and friends
Closing the Gap, by Willie Davis Willie Davis: Green Bay Packer legend and NFL Hall of Fame member, Marquette trustee emeritus, entrepreneur, and now author. Closing the Gap chronicles his extraordinary life on and off the field- including some of his encounters against the rival Chicago Bears.

Marquette alumni and friends can receive a signed book from Willie Davis in time for the holidays if pre-ordered through the Marquette Spirit Shop by Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012. Book orders, which are $36.95 and include shipping and handling, can be placed by calling (414) 288-3050 during regular store hours.

Hear his story on Dec. 6 at the University Club in Milwaukee. Register for this free event.

Women's soccer team, with three Chicago-area members, advances to NCAA second round
The number four seed Marquette women's soccer team, which includes members Rachel Brown (Lake Zurich, 2012 All-BIG EAST First Team), Rachael Sloan (Elk Grove, 2012 All-BIG EAST Second Team), and Ann Marie Lynch (Arlington Heights), have advanced to the second round of the 2012 NCAA women's soccer tournament on Nov. 15 against Princeton in Provo, Utah. The team also won its first BIG EAST Championship title in program history.

University mourns loss of Theatre Arts Professor Phylis Ravel
Phylis Ravel, artistic associate professor in the Department of Theatre Arts, passed away Nov. 6. She joined the Performing Arts faculty in 1997 and throughout her 15 years of leadership and inspired teaching, helped students explore creativity, talent and countless social justice issues. Read more.

Oliver Captivates Marquette
Venerated American poet Mary Oliver makes very few public appearances. But she came to Marquette on Nov. 12, and experienced something that made her feel “giddy.” The witty 77-year-old kept the audience engaged with her humor and charm and spent 45 minutes reading from her collections and answering audience questions. Read more.

Marquette In the News: Economics chair featured on WBBM Radio
Abdur Chowdhury, chair and professor of economics, recently spoke with Chicago’s WBBM Newsradio’s “Noon Business Hour” about jobless claims and pending home sales, as well as durable goods orders on Sept. 27.

Stay tuned to WBBM’s “Noon Business Hour” for future interviews with Chowdhury and other Marquette Business faculty.

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

Mass and Brunch
Sunday, Nov. 18
10:00 a.m. Mass, brunch to follow

Connect, reflect and worship with fellow alumni Rev. Michael Class, S.J., Marquette adjunct assistant professor in the College of Professional Studies, will celebrate Mass.
Register and learn more.

Ronald McDonald House Service Day
Sunday, Dec. 2
Loyola University Medical Center
4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago
4:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
211 E Grand Ave., Chicago

Join fellow Marquette alumni at the Hines or Lurie locations of the Ronald McDonald House, which provides a 'home away from home' to keep families of hospitalized children together during their greatest time of need. Volunteers prepare a meal and are invited to join the families for dinner.
Learn more and register.

Webinar: Tools for Stability on the Fiscal Cliff
Thursday, Dec. 13
1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Join our panel of experts for a discussion of the impending “fiscal cliff,” its potential impact on the U.S. and international economies and the investment and charitable planning opportunities it presents.
Register online.

Remember those who have passed in 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 Chapel of the Holy Family and remembered in our communal prayer this month.

Share feedback about University's strategic planning efforts
As Rev. Scott R. Pilarz, S.J., begins his second year as Marquette president, the development of a university-wide strategic plan is underway to help guide the university's priorities and decision-making for the next five to seven years. Review the planning efforts and share your feedback.

Vatican Council
Office of Mission and Ministry unveils new Vatican II website

The Office of Mission and Ministry has unveiled a new website highlighting events documents commemorating the 50th anniversary of Vatican II.