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Alumni Newsletter | September 2012

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Rewind: Do you remember move-in day at Marquette?

A few weeks ago, the freshmen class moved to campus, where they now call Marquette home for the next four years.

View this time-lapse video featuring North Chicago's Jahi Brown, which captures the excitement and anticipation of freshman move-in day on Aug. 22.
move-in video

Who's up? Who's down? Free Webinar offers latest on university's presidential polling project

Alumni won't want to miss this free Webinar on Thursday, October 18, offering the latest news about the nationally recognized Marquette Law School Poll. Learn about poll numbers for the presidential race and Wisconsin's open U.S. Senate seat. Get a chance to ask two leading experts about this political season, how to make sense of the polls we see every day and get their take on the historic 2012 election year. Learn more and register today.

Secret sombrero


Schroeder HallFor three decades there’s been a rumor about something hidden in one of the residence hall rooms, almost like an heirloom passed onto the next generation. Have you found it?


Class Notes

Submit your Class Notes

Sarah MattSarah Matt, Law ’12, was hired at O’Neil, Cannon, Hollman, DeJong & Laing S.C. in Milwaukee, where she assists clients in a variety of commercial and business litigation matters.

John J. PilchJohn J. Pilch, Grad ’68, ’72, is a lecturer in the Odyssey Liberal Arts Program at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. He previously taught theology as an adjunct professor at Georgetown University. He has also published a new book, A Cultural Handbook to the Bible.


Jeffery Zalar Jeffery Zalar, Arts ’95, was named assistant professor of History and the Ruth J. and Robert A. Conway Endowed Chair of Catholic Studies at the University of Cincinnati.


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Marquette dental school expansion project moves forward
The Marquette University School of Dentistry expansion project is moving forward, with construction expected to begin Sept. 4, with a groundbreaking event scheduled on Sept. 18. Learn more.

Poet Mary Oliver to receive honorary degree, give reading
Mary Oliver. Photo credit: Rob HowardRenowned 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 but tickets are required. Learn more.

Marry your Marquette sweetheart and celebrating an anniversary?
If you married your Marquette sweetheart and celebrating a milestone wedding anniversary (5, 10, 25, or any "5" or "0" occasion), share the news with your classmates in this new Class Notes feature. It may be featured in the Class Notes section of the monthly alumni online newsletter and in Marquette Magazine. Alumni couples submitting a recent photo of themselves in one image will be considered for the online newsletter. Submit your milestone anniversary.

Guess the year this photo was taken:Guess the Year

a. 1984
b. 1987
c. 1989
d. 1991

See the answer.


Big East schedule announced for men's and women's basketball; National Marquette Day is March 2
Marquette men's basketball opens the Big East Conference 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 take on Notre Dame at the BMO Harris Bradley Center.

A father first
Dwyane WadeDwyane Wade, former Marquette basketball standout, returned to campus on Sept. 11 to sign copies of his new book. Hear what he has to say about his role as a father.

Marquette In the News:
How to make a baby laugh
Marquette's Dr. Amy Van Hecke appeared in the Sept. 4 Chicago Tribune regarding the importance of making social connections from birth.

Share your feedback
We welcome your feedback on the content of the online alumni newsletter as well as news you'd like to see. Please include your name, college and graduation year.

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

CIRCLES dates set for fall
CIRCLES programs in four cities nationwide are scheduled this fall. See the locations, dates and learn more.

San Diego: Wine Tasting
Saturday, Sept. 22
6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Join alumni, parents and friends to celebrate the end of summer with a wine tasting hosted by Level I Sommelier Suzanne Popp, Dent ’87. Enjoy wine from around the world paired with specially prepared food to enrich the taste. Register and learn more.

Home of Dr. Suzanne Popp, Dent ’87
823 San Luis Rey Ave.; Coronado

Marquette campus: Business Leaders Forum
Wednesday, Oct. 3
11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
John Schlifske, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Northwestern Mutual, presents "For All Economic Seasons.” Register and learn more.

Marquette University
Alumni Memorial Union; Monaghan Ballroom

Marquette campus: PR + Social Media Summit
Wednesday, Oct. 10
8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

The PR + Social Media Summit returns to campus with keynote presentations from Olympian Nick Symmonds, Prudential Financial Director of Social Media Augie Ray and General Motors Social Media & Digital Communications Director Mary Henige. Register and learn more.

Marquette University
Alumni Memorial Union and the Tony and Lucille Weasler Auditorium

Kansas City Mass and Brunch
Sunday, Oct. 7
10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Connect, reflect and worship with Kansas City-area Marquette alumni, families and friends as Rev. William Sheahan, S.J., Arts ’89, of Rockhurst High School celebrates Mass followed by brunch. Register and learn more.

Rockhurst High School
9301 State Line Rd.; Kansas City, Mo.


Thank you Thursdays
Each Thursday, Marquette features an alum who has given back to their alma mater in their own way. See their stories at Do you have an alum you'd like to nominate? Contact Michael Kelly in University Advancement at