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Alumni Newsletter | August 2012

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CIRCLES returns to

New York October 25

CIRCLES, Marquette's popular award-winning business networking program, will take place on Oct. 25 at the New York Yacht Club in New York City.

This year's event marks the fifth CIRCLES - New York program to connect Marquette alumni, parents and friends in the Northeast. Topic areas include health care; finance; entrepreneurship; leadership development; and athletics. Learn more and sign up now for priority registration.

Father Naus retires after 50 years at Marquette

Rev. John Naus, S.J.Rev. John Naus, S.J., has retired after serving Marquette for nearly five decades. From his days as Tumbleweed the Clown, his famous Christmas cards and long tradition of celebrating 10 p.m. Mass at St. Joan of Arc Chapel, he has touched many lives. View the slideshow, share a memory, honor him by making a gift to the Rev. John Naus, S.J., Endowed Scholarship Fund or join him at his birthday and retirement celebration on Tuesday, Aug. 28.

Tweeting from London


London OlympicsNancy Armour,
Jour '91, has a cool job.

From Gabby Douglas’ pre-Olympics shyness to the wash-ability of gymnasts’ hair glitter to the giggles caused by a tweet from Justin Bieber, Armour shares the inside scoop about the Olympic gymnasts in London. Read more.


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Kurt D. AnnernKurt D. Annen, Ph.D., Eng '74, is director of Aerodyne Research, Inc.’s Center for Energy and Propulsion Technology in Billeria, Mass. He has 31 years of experience in combustion research and technology and has been with the company since 1981.


Peter Hosinski Where Are They Now? Peter Hosinski, Arts '77 Peter Hosinski was an active Marquette student, including as a DJ and then general manager at WMUR; joining Alpha Sigma Nu and Phi Beta Kappa; serving as a resident assistant in McCormick Hall and participating in intramurals. See where Peter is today.  

Tracey ThomasTracey R. Thomas, Eng '86, is chief intellectual property strategist and chief executive officer of the Intellectual Property Zone (IP Zone) at American Express in New York City.



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Marquette Class of 2016 represented by many from Northeast
Among Marquette’s freshman class of 2016 will be approximately 100 students from the Northeast, with top feeder schools including Fordham Preparatory School (N.Y.), Saint John's Preparatory School (Mass.) and Xaverian Brothers High School (Mass.).

Special pre-orientation in Milwaukee reception welcomes incoming Northeast parents
While Marquette freshmen will be making new friends during orientation on campus, incoming parents from the Northeast are cordinally invited to an exclusive, complimentary reception on scenic Lake Michigan to connect with other parents. RSVP to Molly Eldridge at

Tuesday, Aug. 21
7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Milwaukee Sailing Center (along Lake Michigan)

Thousands return for Alumni Reunion Weekend
Alumni Reunion WeekendMore than 2,000 alumni and guests returned to campus for Alumni Reunion Weekend, July 26-29, to reconnect, reminisce and celebrate. Alumni including the 50-year Golden Jubilarians, the class of 1987 commemorating 25 years since graduation, the Class of 2007 marking five years and many classes in between gathered to share many special memories. View the slideshow.

"Who’s up, who’s down and what are the voters thinking in 2012?" is featured CIRCLES Webinar; Latest poll results released Aug. 8
Get your political fix in this free CIRCLES Webinar on October 18 as you hear about the Marquette Law School Poll, the largest independent polling project in Wisconsin history. Learn about the latest poll numbers for the presidential race, Wisconsin’s open U.S. Senate seat, and the broader outlook nationwide. 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.

See the poll results, released on Aug. 8.

Help current Marquette students and join other Northeast alumni
as eMentors
Is there an individual who helped in your career journey or served as a mentor? Join the more than 200 alumni who have registered to assist current Marquette students or recent graduates through the CIRCLES eMentor Network. According to Chris Pardon, Comm '92 and, senior director-CNN Strategic Integration Group-Turner Broadcasting, in New York City, "I want to provide the same level of warmth and hospitality that the Marquette alumni I reached out to for career guidance upon graduation extended to me. In a very short time, this network has proven to be an incredible resource to both current students seeking internship opportunities and newly minted grads looking for their first entry level jobs alike." Join alumni like Chris and register today.

Marquette Summer send-off in Manhattan
Summer send-off in New York
Incoming Marquette freshmen received a warm send-off by alumni, current students and parents in Manhattan on Aug. 2. The annual event was hosted by Robert Wright, Sp '77, Law '80, at White and Williams LLP in Penn Plaza.

Dr. Linda Salchenberger taking on new role as associate provost for academic planning and budgeting
Dr. Linda M. Salchenberger, who is currently serving as the James H. Keyes dean of the College of Business Administration, has been appointed to a new role as associate provost for academic planning and budgeting effective Aug. 15. Salchenberger brings extensive experience in budgeting and strategic planning to this new position.

Guess the year this photo was takenGuess the year

a. 1982
b. 1983
c. 1985
d. 1987

See the answer.

Prayers for victims of the Sikh Temple shooting
Marquette University President Rev. Scott R. Pilarz, S.J., offered his prayers to the victims and families affected by the tragic events at the Sikh Temple in Oak Creek, Wis., which took the life of Mr. Satwant Kaleka. He is the father of two Marquette alumni. "It is at our most challenging and tragic hours that we must turn towards our God and to each other as a community to gain strength and comfort," Pilarz said. Please join us in prayer to heal the suffering of our brothers and sisters.

iPad winner announced as part of data update initiative
Thanks to 23,000 Marquette alumni, parents and friends who provided their latest information to remain connected with the university. Congratulations to Jim Zavadsky, Bus Ad '80, winner of the iPad 3 drawing. To update your latest information join MU Connect, Marquette's online alumni community.

Marquette In the News:
Professor calls on TSA to allow for more research on airport body scanners
The Transportation Security Administration says airport body scanners are "safe for all passengers" because they emit low doses of radiation. But Taly Gilat Schmidt, assistant professor of biomedical engineering at Marquette, wondered how much radiation enters the body during a scan. Stories appeared on and in the Chicago Tribune.

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

Washington, D.C., Political Panel
Tuesday, September 27
6:00 p.m. Registration; 6:45 p.m. program
The National Press Club
529 14th St., Washington, D.C.

Join Marquette University for a timely discussion about the upcoming election. Through the Marquette Law School and Les Aspin Center for Government, learn what’s behind today’s political polarity. Dig deeper into the latest poll numbers for the presidential and other key races, what’s happening nationwide and what it means for Congress and the federal outlook. Register here.

Marquette Men's Basketball Big East home and away dates announced

While the dates, times and schedule layout is to be determined, home and away Big East opponents for the men's basketball 2012-13 regular season have been announced:

HOME GAMES: UConn, DePaul, Georgetown, Notre Dame, Pittsburgh, Providence, Seton Hall, USF, Syracuse

ROAD GAMES: Cincinnati, Georgetown, Louisville, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, St. John’s, Seton Hall, USF, Villanova

View the confirmed scheduled dates and opponent.

Marquette Club of Boston

A group of alumni from the Marquette Club of Boston along with graduates from other universities showed their support for Magazine Beach at a beautification clean up on Aug. 5. Send photos from your Marquette club service projects.

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

Marquette inspiration found in Redbook Magazine
The work of the Rev. Grant Garinger, S.J., appears in the new issue of Redbook Magazine. Father Grant, Artistic Assistant Professor in the Diederich College of Communication, posted an inspirational flier during finals week filled with tear-off sheets of patience, hope, courage and other values. See his poster here.