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Alumni Newsletter | November 2012

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november 2012

A Thanksgiving Prayer

The Marquette University family extends blessings for a joyous and safe Thanksgiving.

Oh God, on Thanksgiving Day we bow our hearts to You and pray.

We thank you for the many gifts and graces you have provided for us.

We pray for those who do not recognize or appreciate all that you have provided.

Read the entire prayer.

Tools for Stability on the Fiscal Cliff: Dec. 13 CIRCLES Webinar

Like rock climbing, navigating the impending fiscal cliff without falling is physically and mentally demanding, testing taxpayers’ strength, endurance, agility, balance and mental control.

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.
Register now.

Oliver Captivates Marquette

oliverVenerated American poet Mary Oliver makes very few public appearances. But she came to Marquette on Nov. 12 to receive her honorary degree, an event that made her feel “giddy.” The witty 77-year-old kept the audience engaged with her humor and charm and spent 45 minutes reading from her collections and answering audience questions. Read more.


Class Notes

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bunczakJulie (Kapinski) Bunczak, Comm ’92, is a lecturer of French at University of Wisconsin-Marathon County. She is the recipient of the 2012 University of Wisconsin Colleges and University of Wisconsin-Extension Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching. She has been teaching French at UW-Marathon County since 2005.

fehrenbachMarquette sweethearts Margaret (Rudolph) Fehrenbach, Dent Hy ’77, and Jon P. Fehrenbach, Eng ’77, celebrated their 35th wedding anniversary this year. They met during freshman orientation, held hands on the orientation zoo trip and have been together ever since. They reside in Burien, Wash., with their two children.

If you married your Marquette sweetheart and are celebrating a milestone wedding anniversary (five, ten and every five years thereafter), share it in Class Notes.

gregoryJP (John Paul) Gregory, Comm ’06, and Maggie LaSelle, were married on May 5 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Dayton, Ohio. The reception was held at the Dayton Art Institute.

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BMO Harris Bank Donates $600,000 to Marquette and Boys & Girls Clubs to bolster education and leadership programs
bmo harrisIn an effort to provide underprivileged youths with access to educational opportunities, leadership training and mentoring, BMO Harris Bank has committed to a five-year, $600,000 partnership with Marquette University and Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee and Marquette University. This strategic partnership will provide the target population with greater access to higher education along with the necessary support to help students reach college graduation. Story appeared in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on Nov. 13.

Remember those who have passed throughout November
If you have a loved one whom you would like remembered 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 altars in the St. Joan of Arc Chapel and Chapel of the Holy Family and remembered in our communal prayer this month.

Signed book by NFL Hall of Famer and entrepreneur Willie Davis available to Marquette alumni and friends
Closing the Gap, by Willie DavisWillie Davis: Green Bay Packer legend, NFL Hall of Fame member, Marquette trustee emeritus, entrepreneur and now author. Closing the Gap chronicles his extraordinary life on and off the field.

Marquette alumni and friends can receive a signed book from Willie Davis in time for the holidays if
pre-ordered through the Marquette Spirit Shop by Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012. Book orders, which are $36.95 and include shipping and handling, can be placed by calling (414) 288-3050 during regular store hours.

Hear his story on Dec. 6 at the University Club in Milwaukee. Register for this free event.

Women's soccer team advances to NCAA second round; men's soccer earns first NCAA bid since 1997
The number four-seed Marquette women's soccer team has advanced to the second round of the 2012 NCAA tournament on Nov. 15 against Princeton in Provo, Utah. The team also won its first BIG EAST Championship title in program history.

The men's soccer squad will also compete in the NCAA tournament on Nov. 18, hosting a second round match. It's the team's first NCAA bid since 1997.

University mourns loss of Theatre Arts Professor Phylis Ravel
Phylis Ravel, artistic associate professor in the Department of Theatre Arts, passed away Nov. 6. She joined the Performing Arts faculty in 1997 and throughout her 15 years of leadership and inspired teaching, helped students explore creativity, talent and countless social justice issues. Read more.

Marquette wins Gates Foundation grant for New York Times partnership
Marquette University received a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to support a new partnership between the university and the authors of The New York Times "Fixes" column, called FixesU, which combines Marquette's Social Innovation Initiative with the journalism prowess of authors David Bornstein and Tina Rosenberg.
Story appeared in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on Nov. 1.

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

CIRCLES - Atlanta
Tuesday, Dec. 4
6:30 p.m.
New format! Hear from four distinguished Marquette professors as they share stories about their journey to the university and the fascinating research that has inspired their careers, our students and our communities. Then network with fellow attendees.
Register and learn more.

Madison, Wis.: MU Women’s Basketball vs. Wisconsin
Wednesday, Dec. 5
5:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Join alumni and friends from Madison and Milwaukee to watch the Marquette women’s basketball team take on in-state rival Wisconsin.
Register and learn more.  

Boston: Holiday Boston Pops Concert
Friday, Dec. 7
8:00 p.m.
Join the Marquette Club of Boston for a holiday Boston Pops concert at Symphony Hall. Enjoy classic holiday music and the company of fellow Marquette alumni, parents and friends.
Register and learn more.

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.

Office of Mission and Ministry unveils new Vatican II website
Vatican CouncilThe Office of Mission and Ministry has unveiled a new website highlighting events documents commemorating the 50th anniversary of Vatican II.