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Alumni Newsletter | October 2012

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CIRCLES - New York is October 25

CIRCLESCIRCLES, Marquette's popular award-winning business networking program, is Oct. 25 at the New York Yacht Club. This year's event is the fifth time CIRCLES will be held in New York. Topics include health care, finance, entrepreneurship, leadership development and athletics.

Visit the CIRCLES - New York website for complete descriptions of all roundtables and speakers.

Get your political fix! Webinar offers look at latest presidential poll; Boston event is Nov. 1

Marquette Law School is getting national buzz with its political polling project. With the election just weeks away, don't miss this free Webinar on Oct. 18 or event in Boston on Nov. 1 for insights about where the candidates stand. Hear from Charles Franklin, director of the Marquette Law School Poll and an ABC News polling expert, and Mike Gousha, Marquette Law School distinguished fellow. Get the latest on the presidential race, key Senate seats and ask your questions.

Calling all dwarves, wizards and cave-dwelling goblins


The HobbitDo you know a lonely mountain from a misty one? Are you good at solving riddles in the dark? Are you as proud as Thorin Oakenshield when it comes to your hobbit knowledge? Here's your chance to test your


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Steve BriggsSteve Briggs, Bus Ad ’08, has been promoted to associate at Kelso & Company in New York City.

He is assisting in the analysis of prospective investments as the firm is currently investing its eighth investment partnership, with $5.1 billion of committed capital.

Marquis StarksMarquis Starks, Arts ’01, is presently enrolled in the Pro Bono Attorney program in the Civil Enforcement section of the Washington, D.C., office of the Attorney General. In this capacity, he performs civil prosecution work on behalf of the District of Columbia and its citizens. He previously worked as an assistant public defender in
St. Louis.

Edward Mortimer Williams, Dan, Comm ’92, Kristen and Eleanor Williams proudly announce the arrival of Edward Mortimer Williams, “Teddy”. He was born Sept. 28 and weighed 7 lbs., 9 ozs.

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Alumni, friends gather to generate Urban Scholars support

Urban Scholars event, New YorkNearly 50 alumni, friends and leadership from the Cristo Rey Network gathered last month to generate support toward the university's Urban Scholars program to send a current Cristo Rey Network senior to Marquette next fall. The event was hosted by Dan, Comm '92, and Kristen Williams. More than $50,000 has been raised to date toward an initial goal of $160,000. To learn more, contact Jon Paparsenos at or 414/288-4509.

Big East schedule announced for men's and women's basketball; National Marquette Day is March 2
St. John's, Seton Hall, Rutgers and Villanova are among Marquette men's basketball road games on this year's Big East Conference schedule. Conference play begins on New Year's Day at home against UConn. See the entire men's season schedule as well as the women's slate. And mark your calendars for National Marquette Day on Saturday, March 2, when the Marquette men host Notre Dame.

Marquette ranks 83rd among national universities
Marquette was recently recognized in the recent U.S. News & World Report’s 2013 “America’s Best Colleges” as 83rd among national universities. In addition, two of the College of Business Administration’s programs are ranked in the top 20: Supply Chain Management (16), Finance (17) and Accounting has cracked the top 25 for the first time (23). The university's undergraduate program is ranked 87.

Northeast New Parents/Student Reception draws crowd
Marquette studentsNearly 150 new Marquette students, parents and other family members from the Northeast gathered at the Milwaukee Sailing Center on Aug. 21 to kick off the school year. Legacy families that attended the event included Mary, Arts ’83, and sons, Peter, (freshman) and Berent (sophomore) Kowarick from Bronxville, NY; Fritz, Arts ’82, Lee, Arts ’82, and daughter Micaela Winans (freshman) from Morristown, NJ; and Bob, Sp ’77, Law ’80, and son, Thomas Wright (freshman) from Franklin Lakes, NJ.

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.

Marquette welcomes Class of 2016; Area's top feeder schools include Xavier High
The Class of 2016 arrived on campus at the end of August to begin their transformational education at Marquette.  Here’s a snapshot of freshmen whom we welcomed to campus for the first time.
- 1,927 incoming freshmen
- 361 legacy students
- 326 first generation college students
- 43 states are represented, plus Guam and Puerto Rico
- 33 high school valedictorians
- 1 set of triplets
- 6 sets of twins

Area top feeder schools for the freshman class include Xavier High School (NY), Fordham Prep (NY), Fairfield College Prep (Conn.) and St. Peter’s Prep (NJ).

Poet Mary Oliver to receive honorary degree, give reading
Mary OliverRenowned poet Mary Oliver, winner of the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize, will receive an Honorary Degree from Marquette on Nov. 12. Oliver, described by the New York Times as “far and away, this country’s best-selling poet,” also will read from her poems. The event is free and open to the public with a limited number of tickets remaining. Learn more.

No. 4/2 Marquette men's soccer team remains unbeaten
With Tuesday's 1-0 victory over Northern Illinois University, Marquette men's soccer currently holds the nation’s longest winning streak. Marquette is now 12-0-0 on the season and 20-3-1 in its last 24 non-conference matches.

Men's and women's lacrosse begin action
The Marquette men's and women's lacrosse teams have begun competition for its inaugural seasons. See the men's and women's schedules.

Marquette In the News: The Freedom Project
James Marten, chair and professor of history, and William Welburn, associate provost for diversity and inclusion, are leading the Freedom Project, marking the sesquicentennial anniversary of the Civil War and looking deeply at the meaning of freedom. Story aired on WUWM's "Lake Effect," (89.7 FM), Sept. 26, 2012.

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

Washington, D.C.: Marquette Soccer Tailgate and Match
Saturday, Oct. 13
11 a.m. Tailgate
1 p.m. Match start

North Kehoe Field
Georgetown University
Washington, D.C.

Kick it up with fellow D.C. alumni, parents and friends with a potluck-style tailgate party and soccer match: #2 Marquette vs. Georgetown Men’s Soccer. Register and learn more.

Boston: What Do Voters Want in 2012?
Thursday, Nov. 1
5:30 p.m. ET

The Langham Hotel
250 Franklin St.

Through the Law School, we are uncovering what’s behind today’s political polarity. Dig deeper into the latest poll numbers for the presidential and other key races, and hear from Dr. Charles Franklin as he shares what we’ve learned from the largest independent polling project in Wisconsin's history. Register and learn more.

Washington, D.C.: Navy Football Tailgate and Game
Saturday, Nov. 17
1 p.m. ET Tailgate
3:30 p.m. ET Kickoff

Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium
550 Taylor Ave.
Look for the Marquette flag flying by the club's yellow tent

Join Marquette alumni and friends from the Baltimore and Washington, D.C., areas for a Wisconsin-style tailgate party and Navy football game. The clubs will provide genuine Wisconsin beer brats and the fixings; you bring your own beverages. Register and learn more.

Boston Pops Concert
Friday, Dec. 7
8 p.m. ET

Symphony Hall
301 Massachusetts Ave., Boston

Join the Marquette Club of Boston for a holiday Boston Pops concert. Enjoy classic holiday music and the company of fellow Marquette alumni, parents and friends. Limited tickets available. Register and learn more.


"The World is Our Home" is 2013 Mission Week theme
Highlights for the university's Mission Week 2013, Feb. 3-9, will include honoring the ten recipients of the annual, million-dollar Opus Prize in faith-based social entrepreneurship. The week-long celebration will also celebrate the generous participation of senior leaders from Ashoka: Innovators for the Public, who will be present on the campus to facilitate conversations on faith-based social entrepreneurship.

University to join in commemoration of Vatican II
In 2012-13 the Catholic Church will mark the 50th anniversary of the Second Vatican Council (Vatican II), which has had a deep impact on the self-understanding of Catholics and has influenced their relationship to the wider world. Declared by Pope Benedict XVI to be a global "Year of Faith," the formal commemoration of this anniversary will begin Oct. 11, the 50th anniversary of the Council's opening, and end on Nov. 24, 2013, the Feast of Christ the King. Learn more.