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Grill sergeant

One night after a city council meeting, Pat Harris, Arts ’88, was having dinner at Mancini’s, a steakhouse in St. Paul, Minn. What a shame, Harris thought, that U.S. soldiers deployed overseas can’t enjoy a night like this. That led Harris to create Serving Our Troops, an organization that has served more than 75,000 steak dinners to soldiers and their families since 2004. They’ve even served simultaneous dinners to military families at home and to troops overseas, connected by video. “So a soldier who’s in an active combat or security force theatre comes up to our grill and says, ‘I’ll take mine medium rare,’” Harris says. “It’s pretty unique in a war zone.”

Remote reunion

Even in the middle of the Pacific, Brad Rentz isn’t far from Marquette. Rentz, Arts ’11, is one of five recent alumni serving in the Federated States of Micronesia with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps. Education is the main focus of the volunteers’ work in the remote nation, a group of islands between Guam and Papua New Guinea. Rentz teaches eighth grade and recently started a school science club. The five Marquette volunteers are split up on different islands, but a planned spring retreat will bring them all together. “We are going to have a mini Marquette reunion,” Rentz says.

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