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Alumni Newsletter | October 2012

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October 2012

Metcalfe Scholarship recipients honored

The Ethnic Alumni Association has awarded the Ralph H. Metcalfe, Sr. Scholarship to Amber Powell, Arts
14, Andrew Babb-Fowler, Arts 13, and Pierre-Carole Tchouapi, H Sci
13. The scholarship is awarded to outstanding minority students based on academic performance and demonstrated commitment to promoting diversity within Marquette and the community. The scholarship is named in memory of Ralph H. Metcalfe, Sr., Arts 32, 1932 Summer Olympics medalist and political leader in Chicago and the United States Congress.

Get your political fix! Webinar offers look at latest presidential poll

Marquette Law School is getting national buzz with its political polling project from coast to coast. With the election just weeks away, don't miss this free Webinar on Oct. 18 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 Shire-smarts.


Class Notes

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Rebeca LopezRebeca Lopez, Arts ’04, Law ’12, has recently been named as an associate in the Labor, Employment and Immigration Practice Group in the Milwaukee office of Godfrey & Kahn, S.C. Previously, she served as a caseworker, regional coordinator and office manager for U.S. Senator Russ Feingold.

Rev. Bryan N. Massingale, S.T.D. Rev. Bryan N. Massingale, S.T.D., Arts 79, has been promoted to professor in the Department of Theology at Marquette University. He specializes in social ethics and teaches courses on Catholic Social Thought, African American religious ethics, liberation theologies, and racial justice.

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.

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Freedom Project highlighted as year-round initiatives kick off
The Freedom ProjectCommemorating the sesquicentennial of the Civil War and the emancipation proclamation, the Freedom Project is a year-long series of campuswide events and programs, including exhibits at the Haggerty Museum of Art and Raynor Memorial Libraries through January and lectures led by Marquette faculty and other visiting professors.

Admissions booklet available in Spanish
Admissions brochure in SpanishThe Office of Admissions recently published an Admissions booklet in Spanish for prospective Marquette students. The piece provides an overview of the admissions process, special academic programs, deadlines, financial assistance and more.


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.

ConexionesMarquette, Hispanic professionals launch partnership
Marquette, through its nationally award-winning CIRCLES program, and the Hispanic Professionals of Greater Milwaukee (HPGM) teamed up Oct. 4 to offer a multicultural roundtable networking event, Conexiones, covering topics ranging from careers and education to health and politics. Marquette and HPGM leadership exchange program topic and speaker ideas, and cross promote events – a true community partnership built on mentoring and collaboration.

Marquette welcomes Class of 2016; Ethnic minorities up overall
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
  • Hailing from 43 states, plus Guam and Puerto Rico
  • 33 high school valedictorians
  • 1 set of triplets
  • 6 sets of twins

In addition, 1,961 undergraduate and graduate students at Marquette self-identified as ethnic minorities in 2012-13, an increase from previous years.

Know of an outstanding multicultural student who would be a great fit at Marquette? Contact Latrice Harris in the Office of Admissions or (414) 288-6798.

Guess the Year
Guess The YearWhen did these members of the Black Student Council get together for a photo in the Marquette Hilltop?

a. 1983
b. 1986
c. 1988
d. 1992

See the answer.

Gender and Sexuality Resource Center opens
The university's newest addition to the Office of the Provost, the Gender and Sexuality Resource Center has a twofold mission. Learn more about this new center.

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.

Metcalfe chairs
Since 1981, the Ralph H. Metcalfe, Sr., Chair has been selected as an outstanding scholar of color who visits campus to highlight their contributions to their field and enrich the Marquette community. This year’s scholars, Richard Blackett (Vanderbilt University, on campus Nov. 12) and A. Van Jordan (University of Michigan, on campus Jan. 24) will teach as part of the university’s Freedom Project, while Robert Warrior (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) completed his American Indian Studies teaching at Marquette in September.  

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.

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.

CIRCLES making the rounds
CIRCLES networking events will be held in Minneapolis, New York, Chicago and Atlanta in the upcoming months. See the locations, dates and learn more.

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

Kick it up with fellow D.C. alumni, parents and friends with a potluck-style tailgate party and soccer match: No. 4/2 Marquette vs. Georgetown Men’s Soccer. Register and learn more.

North Kehoe Field
Georgetown University
Washington, D.C.

Marquette campus, Boden Lecture: "Reconstruction and the Origins of Birthright Citizenship"
Thursday, Oct. 18
4:30 p.m.

Eckstein Hall
Marquette campus

Led by Dr. Eric Foner, Dewitt Clinton Professor of History, Columbia University

Colorado: Mass and Brunch
Sunday, Oct. 21
10 a.m. Mass
Brunch to follow

St. Ignatius Loyola Church
2305 Gaylord St.

Connect, reflect and worship with Marquette alumni, parents and friends. Afterward, join us for brunch in the Gesu Room in Brady Hall. Register and learn more.

Marquette campus: Haggerty Curtis L. Carter Art and Social Change Lecture
Wednesday, Oct. 24
6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Featured artist Elisabeth Subrin of the Haggerty Museum of Art’s fall exhibition of Thenceforward, and Forever Free will present Recreating Missing Histories. Register and learn more.

Marquette University
Lecture in Eckstein Hall Appellate Courtroom, reception to follow in the Haggerty Museum galleries

Milwaukee: Ethnic Alumni Association Networking and Book Signing
Friday, Dec. 14
5 p.m.

Haggerty Museum of Art
Marquette Campus

Join fellow alumni for a pre-holiday evening of socializing and networking, including a special book signing by Nicholas Dillon, Comm ’90, motivational speaker, coach and author of Who Do You Think You Are? – The Power of BELIEVING in Yourself.



Check out MU Connect for registration details that will be available soon.


"The World is Our Home" is 2013 Mission Week theme
Among 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.