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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

An emerging strategic vision

Scott R. Pilarz, S.J., Marquette University presidentOn Nov. 28, 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 solvers in a world of growing complexity.

MU-Wisconsin rivalry spills into social media

University of Wisconsin avatarMarquette 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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Tom CanaleThomas Canale, Bus Ad '95, affiliated with the McTigue Financial Group in Chicago, was honored by Northwestern Mutual with membership into its 2012 Forum group. Only the top five percent of Northwestern Mutual’s more than 6,000 financial representatives receive this annual honor.


BruggenKempfMargaret Brueggen, Bus Ad '12 (left), received the Ursuline Academy St. Louis Young Alumna Serviam Award for her service through the Marquette MARDI GRAS organization and other service efforts while studying at Marquette. The award was presented to her by Ursuline Academy Alumnae Director Katie Balek Kempf, Comm '05 (right), on Nov. 20, 2012.

John Hager

John F. Hager, Bus Ad '79, Law '82, has been selected for the 2013 edition of The Best Lawyers in America®.  He focuses his practice on corporate and estate planning law and is with the Green Bay, Wis., office of Hager, Dewick & Zuengler, S.C.

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

Candle 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.

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.

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, shares his thoughts on the individual who gave him his nickname.

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.

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

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.

San Francisco: Mass and Fellowship
Sunday, Dec. 16

Join the Marquette Club of Northern California for a holiday Mass and fellowship opportunity with Rev. Daniel Hendrickson, S.J., associate vice president, Office of the Executive Vice President.

Green Bay: Happy Hour and Game: Marquette Men's Basketball vs. University of Wisconsin- Green Bay

Wednesday, Dec. 19

Join fellow alumni, family and friends for happy hour followed by the Marquette men’s basketball as they take on University of Wisconsin-Green Bay at the Resch Center.

Indianapolis: Service Project and Game-watching
Saturday, Jan. 12

Join Marquette alumni, family and friends at a local food bank followed by a game-watching event as Marquette men's basketball takes on Pitt.

Kansas City: Men's Basketball Game-watching
Saturday, Dec. 22: LSU at Marquette

Saturday, Jan. 5: Georgetown at Marquette

Tuesday, Jan. 1: UConn at Marquette

The Marquette Club of Kansas City invites alumni and friends to several game-watching events during the 2012-13 men's basketball season.

Alumni organizing Superstorm Sandy student service trip
Next Step MinistriesA non-profit co-founded by two Marquette alumni is organizing 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 based in Madison, Wis. The alumni were also featured in the Fall 2012 edition of Marquette Magazine.