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Alumni Newsletter | September 2012

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Summer Send-off

Circle of networking: CIRCLES - Chicago returns

The award-winning CIRCLES networking event returns to Chicago for its eighth year on Tuesday, Oct. 30, at the Union League Club. CIRCLES will feature roundtable discussions led by industry experts and academic leaders. Registration for CIRCLES opens soon - sign up to be notified of priority registration.

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?


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NIck DeMonteNick DeMonte, Comm 08, is an account executive at Momentum Worldwide, a full-service marketing agency in Chicago, for NASCAR sponsor Office Depot Racing. Previously, he was marketing and operations coordinator at Arlington Park Racecourse.


Kerry O'HareKerry O'Hare, Bus Ad 91, was married to Michael Shawn Leist, Esq., on July 6, 2012. They reside in Chicago where Kerry is senior vice president and controller of Oxford Capital Partners, Inc. and Oxford Capital Group, LLC. Shawn is a financial advisor associate at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney.

Beth SomersBeth Somers, Comm 01, is a culinary specialist in the test kitchen at Wilton Industries, a food-crafting company based in Woodridge, Ill. She and a friend were selected as winners on the popular Food Network show Cupcake Wars in August. They catered an event with their winning cupcake recipes and received a $10,000 prize.

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Chicago area alumni send incoming Marquette freshmen off in style
Summer Send-off, EvanstonIn July, Chicago area alumni hosted three successful Summer Send-offs in Evanston, Naperville and Chicago with nearly 110 students, parents and alumni sharing the excitement. Thank you to all who attended these events to welcome these new students into the Marquette family. Special thanks to Mary, Eng ’82, and Chris Bedford, Eng ’81, in Naperville for hosting their 25th consecutive Summer Send-off. Ring out ahoya!

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 and a groundbreaking event on Sept. 18. Learn more.

Loyola Academy, Fenwick, St. Viator and New Trier among top area high school feeders for Marquette's freshman class
A few weeks ago, 273 freshmen from the Chicago area moved to campus, where they now call Marquette University home for the next four years. Top area high schools with the most incoming Marquette freshmen include Loyola Academy, Fenwick, St. Viator, New Trier and St. Ignatius Prep.

View this time-lapse video featuring North Chicago's Jahi Brown, which captures the excitement and work that took place Aug. 22 when individuals like him packed up their belongings and made the trip from Chicago to Milwaukee.

All alumni invited to MUAA Club of Chicago meeting
The MUAA Club of Chicago meeting, open to all alumni, is an opportunity to collectively plan future events, make new connections or take a leadership role in an upcoming event. Many volunteer opportunities are available to fit busy schedules. Please contact club president Jessica Thunberg, Comm ’03, at to learn more or register now.

Wednesday, Sept. 19
6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Marquette University Chicago Office, 140 S Dearborn St., Ste. 320, Chicago

Marry your Marquette sweetheart and celebrating a milestone anniversary? Share it in new Class Notes feature
Calling all Marquette alumni who married their Marquette sweetheart. If you're celebrating a milestone anniversary (5, 10, 25, or any in "5" or "0"), share the news with your classmates in this new Class Notes feature. Class Notes is highlighted through 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.

Alumni Association president among directors from Chicago area
Greg CurtisMany alumni from the Chicago area serve on the Marquette University Alumni National Board, including president and Chicago native Greg Curtis, Comm ’92 (Alexandria, Va.); vice president/president-elect Mary O’Toole, Eng ’79 (Inverness); Brian Healy, Eng ’96 (Park Ridge); Mary Kay McMahon, Arts ’74 (Chicago); Chicago native and West Coast director Rondell Sheridan, Sp ’80 (Los Angeles via Chicago's South side); and Gail Zielinski, Nurs ’76 (Arlington Heights).

Big East schedule released for men's and women's basketball; National Marquette Day March 2 as men take on Notre Dame
Marquette men's basketball opens the Big East Conference on New Year's Day as host 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.

Guess the year this photo was taken:Guess the year

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

See the answer.

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 be receiving an Honorary Degree from Marquette University on Monday, Nov. 12. The ceremony will begin at 4 p.m. in the Alumni Memorial Union’s Monaghan Ballroom.
Oliver, described by the New York Times as “far and away, this country’s best-selling poet,” will also read from her poems during the event. The event is free and open to the public but tickets are required. Learn more.

A father first
Dwyane WadeDwyane Wade, Chicago native and 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. 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.

MUAA Club of Chicago Networking Breakfast tomorrow
The Marquette University Alumni Association Club of Chicago provides alumni an opportunity to connect personally and professionally with other alumni on a regular basis. Stop by the Chicago Marquette office this Thursday in the Marquette Building for a light breakfast and casual networking before your work day begins. Register here. You never know who you'll meet!

Marquette Building, 140 S. Dearborn, Suite 320
Thursday, Sept. 13
7:30 a.m. – 9 a.m.

PR + Social Media Summit
Wednesday, Oct. 10
8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Alumni Memorial Union and the Tony and Lucille Weasler Auditorium

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.

MUAA Club of Chicago Carrier Classic
Friday, Nov. 9
6 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Schoolyard Tavern and Grill, 3258 N. Southport Ave.; Chicago
Peggy Kinanne’s Irish Restaurant & Pub, 8 N. Vail Ave.; Arlington Heights

Marquette men’s basketball tips off against Ohio State aboard the U.S.S. Yorktown in Charleston, South Carolina. Join MUAA Club of Chicago alumni for the first game-watching party of the season in two locations. The event helps raise scholarship support for an incoming Marquette freshman from the Chicagoland area and will feature raffle items to benefit the Marquette Club of Chicago Endowed Scholarship Fund. If you’re interested in sponsoring the event, donating raffle prizes or volunteering, please contact Club President Jessica Thunberg, Comm ’03, at

Mass and Brunch
Sunday, Nov. 18
10:00 a.m. Mass; Brunch to follow
Benet Academy, 2200 Maple Ave.; Lisle

Connect, reflect and worship as Rev. Michael Class, S.J., adjunct assistant professor in the College of Professional Studies, will celebrate Mass in the chapel at Benet Academy. Volunteers are needed to help plan this time of worship and fellowship with Marquette families and friends. Please contact Club President Jessica Thunberg, Comm’03, at for further details.

Ronald McDonald House Service Day
Sunday, Dec. 2
Details coming soon

Save the date for our next Service Day at Ronald McDonald House locations (Lurie in downtown Chicago and Hines near Loyola Medical Center).

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