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Alumni Newsletter | October 2012

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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.

Remember those who have passed on All Souls' Day and in November

If you have a loved one whom you would like remembered this All Souls' Day and 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 altar in the Joan of Arc chapel and Chapel of the Holy Family and remembered in our communal prayer this November.

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. She previously 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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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.

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.

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.

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
  • 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.

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 University and Wheaton Franciscan create simulated hospital for students
Marquette University and Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare are partnering to offer Marquette nursing students a unique educational experience with a simulated hospital environment on the Marquette campus. You are invited to the blessing for the Simulation Center on at 3:30 p.m on Friday, Oct. 19, in Emory T. Clark Hall.

Story aired live on "Real Milwaukee" (WITI-TV, FOX 6), Oct. 2, 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: #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

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


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

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.

St. Ignatius Loyola Church
2305 Gaylord St.

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

Marquette campus: Global Entrepreneurship Week
Keynote Presentation: John Burke, CEO of Trek Bicycle Corp.
Thursday, Nov. 8
5 p.m. Reception
6 p.m. Program
Eckstein Hall, Marquette Campus

Register and learn more.

Charleston, South Carolina area: Carrier Classic Game-watching Party
Friday, Nov. 9
7 p.m. ET Tip-off

If you're in the Charleston, S.C., area, join Marquette alumni and friends at a game-watching party when Marquette men's basketball tips off against Ohio State aboard the USS Yorktown.

The Shelter Kitchen and Bar
202 Coleman Blvd.
Mt. Pleasant, S.C.

Register here or contact Francie Reding, Arts '92, at

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.