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Alumni Newsletter | December 2012

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Marquette Merry Christmas 2012

In the care we show each other and the ways we serve those in need in our community and the broader world, God's transforming grace is with us. Best Christmas wishes to all members of the Marquette University community, to their families and to friends of Marquette everywhere.

Scott R. Pilarz, S.J.
President, Marquette University

Alumni non-profit organizing Superstorm Sandy service trip

Next Step MinistriesA non-profit co-founded by two Marquette alumni will organize Superstorm Sandy student service trips in 2013. Next Step Ministries was established by Marquette alumni Nick Cocalis, Comm '07, and Andy Atwell, Law '09, and is based in Madison, Wis. The alumni were also featured in the Fall 2012 edition of Marquette Magazine.

MU-Wisconsin rivalry spills into social media

University of WisconsinMarquette University recently celebrated its heated rivalry on the basketball court against Wisconsin. Marquette's social media manager helped fuel the fire with #BeatBucky week activities.


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Nick AshoohNick Ashooh, Jour '76, of Norwalk, Conn., received the Honoring Milestones in Mentoring Award in the corporate category from the Plank Center for Leadership in Public Relations at the University of Alabama. The award recognizes leaders in the public relations industry who are dedicated to expanding opportunities for public relations students.

Bridget and Thomas Day Philip, Arts '93, and Wendy Day welcomed Thomas Bennett Day to their family on July 8, 2012. He weighed 6 pounds, 12 ounces and was 19 inches in length. He joins sister Bridget Louise, 6. The family resides in Old Greenwich, Conn.

Hill BabyJacqueline (Curley) Hill, Nurs '08, and Brad Hill welcomed their daughter, Leighton Mary, on March 10, 2012. She weighed 8 pounds, 9 ounces. The family lives in Cape May Court House, N.J.

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An emerging strategic theme
Scott R. Pilarz, S.J., Marquette University presidentOn Nov. 28, Marquette President Scott R. Pilarz, S.J., shared key elements of the emerging vision for the university with Marquette alumni and friends as part of the university-wide strategic planning process. This video explores the urgent way the campus community must collaborate and innovate to ensure that our students are ready to assume lives as agents for change and problem solving in a world of growing complexity.

The Season of Hope: A Christmas blessing
From Father Frederick Zagone, S.J., chaplain of the Marquette University Alumni Association.

A Season of HopeOur world today can present us with many reasons to lose hope with opportunities, attractions, and distractions that make it easy to lose sight of the true meaning of the Christmas season. But in fact, this is the Season of Hope, whether from the lights of the Christmas tree, the glow of the Advent Wreath candles, the flame of the Menorah, or perhaps simply the sky on a rare day of sunshine in a Milwaukee December. All of these can remind us of the presence of God and the promise of hope that is fulfilled in this holy season. Read the entire blessing.

Finance alumni help pave students’ way to Wall Street
Students visit Wall StreetFor 10 years, Marquette Business finance students have spent three days in Manhattan to meet alumni at some of the world’s most prestigious financial services firms. This growing group of nearly 150 alumni provides a unique opportunity for two dozen students each year to network, explore Manhattan, and gain firsthand insights into this complex, fast-paced industry.

Tools for Stability on the Fiscal Cliff: Dec. 13 CIRCLES Webinar
Join our panel of experts for a discussion of the impending “fiscal cliff,” its potential impact on the U.S. and international economies and the investment and charitable planning opportunities it presents.

CIRCLES - New York attracts more than 150 alumni, parents and friends
CIRCLES, Marquette's national award-winning business networking program drew another outstanding group of alumni, parents and friends at the New York Yacht Club on Oct. 25. Along with pre-event receptions for parents and the Applied Investment Management program, there was a post-event gathering with young alumni; roundtable discussions that included industry experts from finance, health care, communications, and career transitioning; as well as sessions with Chuck O'Neil, director of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, and Larry Williams, Marquette vice president and director of intercollegiate athletics. Many alumni, parents and friends served as Host Committee members and sponsors.

Marquette community mourns loss of Rick Majerus
Members of the Marquette family and broader community mourn the death of former Marquette basketball coach and alumnus Rick Majerus, Arts '70, on Dec. 1. A Mass of Christian Burial was held at the Church of the Gesu on Dec. 8. Former Marquette standout Glenn "Doc" Rivers, Arts '85, Marquette University trustee and Boston Celtics head coach, shared his thoughts on the inspiring leader who gave him his nickname.

Get social (media) with Marquette
Did you know ranked @MarquetteU as one of the top 10 most influential university Twitter accounts in the country? Plus, with nearly 14,000 graduates in the Marquette University Alumni Association LinkedIn group and 24,000 Marquette fans on Facebook, you can always stay connected with the university and each other.

Holiday reading, gift ideas from Raynor Memorial Libraries
Looking for a new book or a gift idea for Christmas and the holidays? Read a few suggestions to consider from staff at Raynor Memorial Libraries.

Puppies help relieve stress during finals week
Pet therapy at MarquetteConsidered by many to be man's best friend, dogs visited Raynor Memorial Libraries last week to provide pet therapy sessions for students preparing for finals, as reported in the Marquette Tribune.
Photo credit: Vale Cardenas.

Marquette In the News: Fuller named one of America's most powerful educators
Howard Fuller, distinguished professor and director of the Institute for the Transformation of Learning, was called one of the most powerful educators in America for his impact on fighting for school equality and school choice. Story appeared on in early November.

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

Join other Marquette alumni and friends in your area to cheer on the Marquette Golden Eagles’ men's and women's basketball teams!

For events happening around the games, please visit the MUAA Basketball Events website.

Marquette Club of New York
Barrow Street Ale House
Contact: Steve Briggs, Bus Ad '08 at
Visit the MU Club of NYC Facebook page for updates!

Marquette Club of Boston
Contact: Brad Hogan, Arts '99 at or Megan Carver, Comm ’08 at
Check out the MU Club of Boston Facebook page for updates!

Marquette Club of Connecticut/Western Massachusetts
Contact: Bob Gagnon, Eng '91 at
Check out the MU Club of Connecticut and Western Massachusetts Facebook page for updates!

Marquette Club of Rochester
Contact: Kevin LoCicero, Bus Ad '90 at

University to join in commemoration of Vatican II
Vatican Council IIIn 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 concludes on Nov. 24, 2013, the Feast of Christ the King. Learn more.