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Alumni Newsletter | June 2014

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Commencement 2014

Alumni give 14 words of advice to the class of 2014

Whether you graduated last month or 50 years ago, a few words of encouragement and advice are always welcome.

Read 14 words of advice from 14 Marquette alumni to the Class of 2014 on Marquette University's Pinterest "Inspiration" board.

"We were made to love, serve and grow. Make mistakes. Be imperfect. Have fun!"
- Briana Colton, Comm '05

See which of your friends have already registered for Alumni Reunion Weekend

Alumni Reunion Weekend is July 24-27 for alumni whose class year ends in "4" or "9." Register now to save time on campus and get to the party sooner.

Reunion Weekend 2014

Marquette Magazine Web Exclusive
The economic case for playing hard to get

Research by associate professor of economics Dr. Andrew Hanson found that a player’s early commitment was linked to less playing time. Read the full story.




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Megan KamerickMegan Kamerick, Jour '95, was named producer of New Mexico In Focus, a weekly public affairs program on New Mexico PBS/KNME in Albuquerque, N.M. Her TED talk on women in media was also named among the Top 10 TED Talks for Women by The Celebrity Cafe website.

Lukas PagenkopfSandi (Swincicki) Pagenkopf, Nurs '98, and her husband Kelly are proud to announce the birth of their first child, Lukas Gabriel, on February 4, 2014. He weighed 10 pounds, 9 ounces and was 21 inches long. The family lives in Waukesha, Wis.


Brian SuerthBrian Suerth, Bus Ad '93, was promoted to president for Technology Assurance Group, an international organization of unified communications companies based in San Diego. Brian is also partner at Voice Smart Networks, a Southern California technology company.

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Develop your occupational target

Having a clear sense of the type of job you’re seeking is critical, according to Laura Kestner-Ricketts, director of the Marquette University Career Services Center. The outcome can help with better networking contacts and a better focus toward the job search. Learn more and create your own occupational target.

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Celebrating Marquette's new president - Update on inauguration and president's picnic
Plans are taking shape for the September inauguration of Marquette’s 24th president, Dr. Michael Lovell. Due to the inauguration scheduling, the president’s picnic, normally held in mid-August, will not take place this year. You may find full details of inauguration activities online; the inauguration ceremony will be webcast on Sept. 19. Visit the inauguration website.

President-elect Lovell will begin his full-time presidential role on July 1. Rev. Robert A. Wild, S.J., former president of Marquette and current interim president, will continue to work part-time at Marquette in University Advancement, fundraising and maintaining the long-standing relationships he has with alumni and friends of the university.

Watch Martin's upbeat commencement address
Martin Commencement VideoIn case you missed it - or want to relive the moment - watch Rev. James Martin, S.J., deliver the commencement address to the Class of 2014.

"Joy, humor and laughter are underappreciated virtues in the spiritual life and represent an essential element of one's own relationship with God," Martin said. "In other words, lighten up! ... Humor is a part of how Christians live out their spiritual lives." Watch Fr. Martin's commencement address.

Marquette 2014 graduate wins prestigious Fulbright Award

Somer Nowak, Arts '14, was awarded a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship to supplement local English language instruction and to provide a native speaker presence in classrooms. She will work and live with the people of Brazil, directly interacting with students in the classroom. Read the full story.

Soccer-playing robot built by Marquette students to compete in global competition

RoboCupStudents from Marquette University’s College of Engineering have qualified for RoboCup 2014, an international humanoid robot soccer competition. The event will be held in Brazil, July 19-25, following the FIFA World Cup soccer tournament. The Marquette students are the only American team to qualify in the teen size division of the competition. Read the full story.

Marquette Nurse
Magazine - 'The Ripple Effect'
The cutting-edge simulation center has become an interdisciplinary hub for students, faculty and professionals
Marquette Nurse Magazine Student nurses aren't the only ones relying on the Marquette simulation center for vital practice. From ROTC cadets and biomedical engineering students to university professors and practicing professionals, the "sim lab" has attracted interest from across disciplines beyond Marquette. Read the full story.

Guess the Year!

Guess the YearThe Junior Varsity women's rowing team work on strengthening during practice.

a. 1987
b. 1989
c. 1990
d. 1993

Get the answer.





See which Marquette events are happening in your area. Check out the full calendar for more events!

Alumni Reunion Weekend: Find your way back home
Thursday, July 24 - Sunday, July 27
Did you graduate in a year ending in 4 or 9? It's your reunion year! Marquette will welcome five- to 45-year reunion classes, the 50-year Golden Jubilee class and alumni of the Educational Opportunity Program back home to campus. The weekend will include class parties, the Block Party and Marquette Fest, and many more activities. Visit the Alumni Reunion Weekend website.

45th Anniversary Celebration of Educational Opportunity Program
with Documentary Film Screening - Open to the Public

Friday, July 25 - Sunday, July 27
Marquette University campus
Whether or not you are celebrating your reunion, join as we welcome all EOP alumni back home to Marquette University. Enjoy a dinner dance with old and new friends. Plus join the community for a screening of a documentary demonstrating the impact of EOP and similar programs at Marquette on graduates and the community. Register now.

Milwaukee: Athletics Backyard BBQ
Tuesday, July 1, from 5 to 8 p.m.
Central Mall, Marquette University campus
Join Marquette Athletics coaches, staff and student-athletes at this annual summer event and meet new head basketball coaches Steve Wojciechowski and Carolyn Kieger! Register now.

Minnesota: Golf Outing
Sunday, June 29, 11 a.m. Registration
Oak Glen Golf Course
1599 McKusick Rd. N., Stillwater
Head to the golf course with Marquette alumni and friends. This casual, all-day event is for golfers of all skill levels. Register now.

Northern California: Giants vs. Reds Baseball Game
Sunday, June 29, 1:05 p.m. First Pitch
AT&T Park
24 Willie Mays Plaza, San Franciso
Join Marquette alumni, parents and friends for an afternoon of family fun as the Giants take on the Reds. Register now.

June reflection: Summer is a time to celebrate
McCormick HallCommencement is several weeks behind us. On campus we have welcomed our summer school students and other visitors for camps and programs. Last week Marquette hosted more 350 Jesuits from around the Midwest as we celebrated the ordination of five Jesuits as priests, two of them Marquette alumni: Paul Shelton, Arts '03, and Nathan Wendt, Comm '01.

And did I mention weddings? It is surely the season for couples to make a commitment to one another. Many choose the beautiful letters of St. Paul to be read at their nuptials. Paul describes love and assures us that love will never fail. Together we ask God for what we need; give thanks for what we have received; love one another; forgive each other; rejoice and be at peace.

As the month of June moves ahead, don’t forget Dad! Happy Father’s Day. We remember our fathers who are no longer with us. The births and deaths, the summer ahead, the years ahead, present us with all kinds of opportunities and challenges. Through all of this, we will hopefully become a little wiser having learned from our experiences.

Frederick Zagone, S.J.
Chaplain, Marquette University Alumni Association

Thank you to Tim Mahone

Meet a new Marquette international student and help them get to know the greater Milwaukee community
Marquette's International Friendship Program is looking for individuals and families interested in spending time with a new international student over the course of the academic year. This is a great opportunity to learn about a new culture while participating in your usual social or family activities. Get more information and submit your application by Sept. 15.

Find your volunteer passion

As a Marquette graduate, you know what it means to live life as a person for others. Share the excitement and camaraderie of Marquette with your community! Volunteering can take as little or as much time as you would like, in a group or on an individual basis. Explore your volunteer options and sign up to learn more about volunteering with Marquette.