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DUST UP President Michael Lovell stands on the site of the planned $120 million athletic performance research center. Aurora Health Care will contribute $40 million to the facility that will extend Marquette’s reach eastward on Michigan Street toward downtown Milwaukee. MILWAUKEE BUSINESS JOURNAL PHOTO BY SCOTT PAULUS





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Three questions underlie Kathleen Cepelka’s commitment to Catholic school children.

Faith Kohler wanted to tell Harold Sloan’s story. That’s how it began.


Good neighbors Need something? That’s when you call a neighbor. This special issue shows some ways Marquette and Milwaukee are calling on each other to learn and grow better together. F E AT U R ES

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Near West Side Partners initiative grows out of mutual love for Milwaukee.

Reshaping education is leading to a revolution for Milwaukee’s Catholic schools.

22 Near West Side Partners A near crisis touches off a much-admired Milwaukee partnership and community redevelopment.

30 Streetwise What began as an iPhone recording of homeless men becomes an entry in the Milwaukee Film Festival. SPECIAL SUPPLEMENT

35 2016 Alumni National Awards

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Marquette and Marcus Lemonis, Arts ’95, star of CNBC’s The Profit, challenged the university community to raise $1 million between Jan. 5, and March 12, 2016, with Lemonis donating up to $300,000 of his own funds.

on the Web

More than 3,000 donors helped raise $1,301,029. See how they did it at muconnect.marquette.edu/milliondollarchallenge.

Stay connected and up to date with all the news at Marquette by visiting marquette.edu to find fun stories and photos about the Marquette women’s track and field team capturing its first-ever Big East team title, National Marquette Day 2016 and a shout-out welcome home to Steve Novak, now a new Milwaukee Buck.


we are marquette 6 being the difference

> Neu-beginnings — learning runs two ways

> News we don’t want to lose

> Campus replay with St. Joan of Arc Chapel

> The banished bounty

> Water world

> An idea spawns a movement,


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8 campus + community

The Commons

> Trinity’s harvest

> Pediatric dental clinics keep

12 focus on research kids smiling

> Give these Girl Scouts a new badge — 

for computing

> Lightning round with a Milwaukee impact

> Play that Milwaukee tune

> French bliss


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Editor: Joni Moths Mueller Copy Editor: Becky Dubin Jenkins Contributing Writers: Alan Borsuk; Lauren Brown, student-intern; Tim Cigelske, Comm ’04; Joe DiGiovanni; Brian Dorrington; Becky Dubin Jenkins; Nicole Sweeney Etter; Chris Jenkins; Megan Knowles, student-intern; Dr. Susan Mountin; and Christopher Stolarski. Design: Winge Design Studio, Chicago Photography: Amenson Studio; BatPowered Productions; Maggie Bean; Robert Colletta; Mike De Sisti/Milwaukee Journal Sentinel; Jessica Farrell; Mike Gryniewicz; Michael Hickey; John Karpinsky; MillerCoors Caves; John Nienhuis; Kevin Pauly; Royal Brevväxling; Kathrine Schleicher; Ben Smidt; and Visit Milwaukee. Stock photography: Copyrighted © Coffee and Milk/ Getty Images, p. 12; Philip Gatward/Getty Images, p. 1.


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in every issue 3 Greetings From Dr. Michael R. Lovell 43 Class Notes > Matt, Comm ’03, Grad ’11, and Katie, Arts ’07, Wessel PAGE 43 > Jim Zsebe, Eng ’90 PAGE 45 > Pete Cooney, Bus Ad ’10 PAGE 49 > Weddings PAGE 48 > Births PAGE 51 > In Memoriam PAGE 52 55 Letters to the Editor Readers weigh in with their views 56 Tilling the soil Exploring faith together

and into the future demands an ever-expanding circle of



So much of what Marquette is doing to move forward now


partners. Partnerships do not happen overnight. They happen when individuals and organizations with similar objectives find ways to trust each other.

Building trust is not easy. Stephen M.R. Covey outlines

the work involved in his book, The Speed of Trust. I’ve found the apparently simple concept expressed in the book’s title expertly describes how quickly — or slowly — almost any partnership initiative moves forward based on participants’ trust levels.

At a university the need for trust is important both

internally and externally. This issue of Marquette Magazine

This issue of Marquette Magazine shares many stories about how our faculty, staff, students and alumni interact with the Greater Milwaukee community.

shares many stories about how our faculty, staff, students and alumni interact with the Greater Milwaukee community. There’s also much to be said about how we interact with each other and how much we trust each other — starting right here on our campus.

More than a year ago we established the President’s

Task Force on Equity and Inclusion. One of my continuing realizations pertaining to the work of the task force is just how different this corner of the world responds to me —  a college-educated white male — than to other people. The conversations among faculty, staff and, especially, students who are part of the task force make clear the many differences.

I had the opportunity to see an even more precise view

of the differences in the world early this semester when

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Provost Dan Myers and I sat down for an informal lunch with approximately 30 faculty of color. Each individual had a chance to share his or her race-related experiences on campus. They covered the spectrum. Some reported decades of favorable interactions, while others reported what they felt amounted to routine surveillance based on little more than skin color. Yes, many times the negative experiences described were subtle. Yet they exist and they are very much worth surfacing, understanding and taking action to address. Working through our Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion, we will make steady progress.

The Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion also is

leading an analysis of the climate study that was undertaken on campus last year. We must create a culture at Marquette

Marquette has many initiatives under way to transform our university and community and prepare our students for the decades ahead in their personal lives and professional careers.

that celebrates and embraces our differences and encourages collegial dialogue about difficult topics. This approach will help guide us toward improving our weaknesses. The Climate Study Working Group is very close to releasing three action steps, recommendations for what we should address at Marquette during coming months. To get the latest information about the action steps, visit marquette.edu/climate-study.

Marquette has many initiatives under way to transform

our university and community and prepare our students for the decades ahead in their personal lives and professional careers. These initiatives will only be truly successful if they prepare every student. I have been a co-chair of the executive committee of Milwaukee Succeeds, which has worked to bring about lasting change to the way education works for K–12 children in Greater Milwaukee since it was founded in 2011. The vision of Milwaukee Succeeds is “success for every child, in every school, cradle to career.” Our objectives at Marquette can be no less.

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we are marquette O U R T O W N We take in her festivals and roasted coffees, farmers markets and hoppy brews,

local music, ethnic neighborhoods and naturally beautiful shore. And we try to give back: 10 stories explore how much students and faculty learn from our Milwaukee neighbors.

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JaQuawn Seals, featured in garden left, was 15 years old when he joined Neu-Life’s staff.

someone who is shy or really distrustful come out of their shell and find something they’re excited about,” Hrajnoha says. The eclectic programming is largely driven by students’ interests, but at its Learning runs two ways core is a mission to teach kids to make good between Marquette students and choices. Neu-Life is known for its effective alcohol and drug prevention programs, and students at Neu-Life. approximately 90 percent of the participating middle and high school students report a It’s Thursday night at Neu-Life Community Development, and the decrease in alcohol and drug use after attendyouth organization’s headquarters on Milwaukee’s north side is hopping. ing Neu-Life. A new program centers on A couple dozen young people stay for dinner, a fettuccine alfredo cookpreventing human sex trafficking. off led by the young chefs in Farmfork, Neu-Life’s culinary and urban agri During the past decade more than 60 culture club. A poetry class prepares for a black history program. A young Marquette students have worked with Neuman teaches dance. The Neu-Life basketball team preps for a game. Life through service learning or work-study Between Neu-Life’s three sites — its main location at Bethel Baptist programs. Among them is Marie Keiner, a Church, Gwen T. Jackson Early Childhood and Elementary School, and biomedical sciences major who has tutored Milwaukee High School of the Arts — the organization annually serves at Milwaukee High School of the Arts for more 1,200 Milwaukee children ages 3–18 and beyond. Kids gather at than three years. “Whether it’s tutoring Neu-Life after school every weekday. “It’s a family atmosphere,” says students in math, teaching them important Tracy Hrajnoha, Arts ’08, director of partnerships and community life skills or just being there to listen, I feel development. “It’s not a drop-in center; we really want kids to engage like I’m helping,” Keiner says. and stay with us for years.” “I’m also learning more about And they do: Nearly one-third of the organization’s staff During the past myself from the students. I have first started by attending Neu-Life themselves. Hrajnoha decade more than a very different background than offers a great example in JaQuawn Seals, who was just 60 Marquette most of the students, and it is 15 when he showed up looking for a part-time job to help students have interesting putting myself in support his mom and siblings. Like many kids, Seals was their shoes, seeing the world initially guarded and unsure of whether the organization worked with Neufrom their perspectives and would deliver on its promises. Soon he was attending NeuLife through service helping them with the many ups Life programs outside of his work shifts. Now in his 20s, learning or workand downs in high school.” Seals is still part of Neu-Life’s staff and going to college m NE study programs. to become a youth worker. “There’s nothing like seeing


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news we don’t want to lose Neighborhood stories others may overlook The fourth floor of Johnston Hall is home to the small bustling newsroom for the Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service. From this base journalists and studentinterns with Marquette’s Diederich College of Communication report on stories developing in neighborhoods in the city that may be underrepresented in the media.

THEIR GOAL? Tell stories that may not otherwise be heard. Headlines say it best: “Mentoring program gives at-risk boys guidance, role models,” “Homeless families struggle to find shelter,” “Local art co-op encourages artists to invest in themselves.” The college partners with the Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service by providing training, staff and equipment, including four cameras purchased with funds raised by an advertising and public relations class. Sarah Neighborhood McClanahan, Comm ’15, News Service worked on the project to reporting earned provide the new cameras. recognition “I truly felt like we were from an admired being the difference source as a while working with such a passionate group of Milwaukee people striving to make an Press Club 2015 impact on the Milwaukee award winner. community,” she says. m TC READ MORE

stories at milwaukeenns.org.

Celebrating the 50th anniversary at Marquette

campus replay

St. Joan of Arc Chapel, a lovely example of 15th century architecture, is a beloved building on campus. The chapel, originally known as the Chapelle de St. Martin de Sayssuel, was built in the small French village of Chasse. It fell into severe disrepair after the French Revolution, when it was spotted by Jacques Couëlle, a French architect. Couëlle worked with Gertrude Hill Gavin, the daughter of American railroad magnate James J. Hill, to transfer the chapel to Gavin’s estate on Long Island, N.Y. The chapel was dismantled and moved once more when Marc and Lillian Rojtman gave it to Marquette in 1964. In materials prepared for a dedication ceremony, then-professor of English Dr. John Pick wrote: “Each stone was marked in three places: green for the top, red for the bottom, the inside carrying the number of the stone in relation to the others.” Eighteen thousand terra cotta roof tiles were packed for shipment and a fleet of trucks drove west, bearing this gift to Milwaukee, where reconstruction began in July 1965 and workers lovingly toiled to reassemble the pieces. The chapel was dedicated to St. Joan of Arc on May 26, 1966. It stands in a garden spot at the heart of campus and attracts visitors from around the world. For students and alumni, the serene setting remains a favorite place to pray and relax — inside or in the surrounding gardens. m MK

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water world At the forefront of Milwaukee’s water research work stands an alumnus and Marquette Law School.

The banished bounty Supermarkets with aisles of super foods are super rare around Marquette. While he was a business student, Andrew Terenzio, Bus Ad ’15, learned campus stands smack dab in the middle of a food desert, a federally designated area with low-level access to grocery stores. The struggle to buy healthy food locally really hit home when Terenzio moved out of student housing. “I moved into a house with some of my buddies at 20th and Michigan Street, was no longer on a meal plan, and had to fend for myself and put food in my own refrigerator,” he says. “It gave me a glimpse of what a food desert is from outside the classroom.” He decided to do something about it. With financing help from Marquette’s Strategic


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Innovation Fund, Terenzio spent a year researching his idea for a mobile market dubbed Public Marquette. Terenzio is working with Kelsey Otero, Marquette’s social innovation coordinator, on ideas for breaking the barriers and bringing groceries to the low-income/low-access neighborhoods surrounding campus, with thoughts ranging from gassing up a mobile van to acquiring a brickand-mortar storefront. He also is researching other innovative grocery models and community partnerships. He will submit a comprehensive proposal to Dr. Jeanne Hossenlopp, vice president for research and innovation, in late June and hopes to start the forprofit business within two years. “Healthy foods are important, but it’s also important for us to be as much of a full-service grocery supplier as possible,” Terenzio says. “The real long-term plan is to show viability in certain areas of the neighborhood and evolve into a full-service grocery store that doesn’t skip out on any of the basics.” m JD

Who better to put Marquette in the middle of the world’s most challenging water policy issues than an alumnus with a track record for working on water treatment facilities as well as environmental law? David Strifling’s cross-training made him a perfect fit. After he graduated with an engineering degree in 2000, Strifling helped design waste water treatment facilities. He returned to Marquette to earn a law degree in 2004, training that allowed him to work on environmental issues and the law. Strifling brings that dual focus to his role as director of Marquette Law School’s Water Law and Policy Initiative. “My whole career has been focused around water,” he says. “This is a unique opportunity to build something that’s unlike anything else in the country — and do it here in Milwaukee, which is positioning itself as a world water hub. This is the perfect job for me.” Strifling teaches a workshop on water technology law and policy in the Law School that is open to students in other colleges — such as engineering. He is also helping introduce Marquette law students to environmental-themed internships. His efforts are an extension of the Law School’s extensive public policy work, and in support President Michael Lovell’s goal to increase the university’s involvement in Milwaukee’s growing water research efforts. “It’s the right thing at the right time,” Strifling says. “When you look at what President Lovell is trying to do with the university calling This is a unique for greater engagement by opportunity the different units in water to build matters, it’s a really good fit something for me, personally and that’s unlike professionally.” m CJ

anything else in the country —  and do it here in Milwaukee, which is positioning itself as a world water hub.

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“hacksters, hipsters, hustlers and handlers” THE COMMONS DEFINITION: An organization

where students develop entrepreneurial talent and pursue ideas for startup companies. STRATEGY: Harness potential at

22 higher education institutions in southeast Wisconsin.

As executive director of Innovation for Milwaukee and co-founder of The Commons, Michael Hostad devotes countless hours to connecting the region’s most entrepreneurial and innovative students with top area companies and venture capitalists. “We need to make sure we have an innovative workforce to support jobs that are being created,” he says. “That is where we’ve found our sweet spot.” The “sweet spot” known as The Commons was launched after President Michael Lovell hosted a symposium of university leaders on campus in August 2014 to trigger thinking about collaborative opportunities. The idea was universally applauded. The Commons now gathers approximately 80 students from 22 colleges and universities in southeast Wisconsin twice a year.

“We look for the hacksters, hipsters, hustlers and handlers,” Hostad says, noting that they seek students who aspire to build startups or innovate for companies. For hacksters, think engineers. Hipsters are gifted at branding and creating graphics, and hustlers know how to sell and market. Handlers? They keep the projects moving and the trains on the tracks. “This is about preparing the next-generation workforce for the innovation economy,” Hostad says. Students attend a kickoff weekend and then meet for nine consecutive weeks to work on real-world projects across disciplines. These encounters build experience and develop fundamental skills necessary to create a successful new venture or innovate within an existing company. “The level of commitment from every campus is remarkable,” Hostad says. “The result is an incredible group of students and talent. We have something special here.” So special that The Commons is hiring a full-time director and creating a new curriculum and database of all of the connections. m BD

COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITY MEMBERS OF THE COMMONS • Alverno College • Bryant & Stratton College • Cardinal Stritch University • Carroll University • Carthage College • Concordia University • Gateway Technical College • Lakeland College • Marquette University • Milwaukee Area Technical College • Medical College of Wisconsin • Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design • Milwaukee School of Engineering • Mount Mary University • UW–Milwaukee • UW–Parkside • UW–Sheboygan • UW–Washington County • UW–Waukesha • UW–Whitewater • Waukesha County Technical College • Wisconsin Lutheran College

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Sowing a legacy of activism and social justice for 15 years LEGACY IN ACTION

TRINITY’S HARVEST Take a handful of Marquette graduate students with a proven commitment to service  — veterans of the Peace Corps, AmeriCorps, Jesuit Volunteer Corps and similar volunteer organizations. Give them free tuition and an opportunity to work for nearly two years with a local nonprofit. Watch what blooms in both the students and the community.

For 15 years that combination has proved fertile soil for Marquette’s Trinity Fellows Program, which was founded by the late Richard A. Burke, Bus Ad ’56, former president of Trek Corp. and a Marquette trustee emeritus. “Dick Burke’s goal was to attract talented, emerging leaders who are committed to social justice,” says Carole Ferrara, director of the Trinity Fellows Program. “He knew that most would want to go into the nonprofit sector, where they may not earn the kinds of salaries they would in the for-profit sector. Trinity enables students to graduate without debt so they can make that choice.” This fall the Burke Foundation gave $1.65 million to enlarge the Trinity Fellows Program. The funds will allow the program to broaden its community

Carole Ferrara, director of the Trinity Fellows Program

reach by expanding from 10 fellows per two-year cohort to 15 fellows, as well as add an assistant director and alumni programming. Since the program was established Trinity Fellows have worked with more than 60 organizations. “Many times our agencies talk about the legacies students leave,” Ferrara says. And Trinity Fellows have gone on to everything from diplomatic positions in the foreign service to activism to nonprofit leadership at local and national levels. m NE

Meet some past Trinity Fellows who continue to make a difference in Milwaukee. >>>

“Many times our agencies talk about the legacies students leave.” — Carole Ferrara


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Jesuit Volunteer Corps member

Director of partnerships and community engagement at the Center for Youth Engagement NOW


Joseph and Vera Zilber Family Foundation

“My academic and workplace experience really changed my thinking on nonprofits. I came in thinking that good management translated to social impact. Now I realize that even well-run organizations need the right partners — and engaged community members — to have any real impact. There’s so much potential to make change when we all work toward the same goal. Now I help bring dozens of organizations together to increase opportunities for youth, and we’re getting somewhere.” ›› TRINITY’S IMPACT


AmeriCorps VISTA member

American director of Diaconia ECCB – Center of Relief and Development, a Czech organization NOW


Adult Learning Center

“The fact that I’m still in Milwaukee and have a lot of personal and professional connections here is a testament to the Trinity Fellows Program. I’ve relied very heavily on my Trinity connections for advice and to provide inroads to foundations in my fundraising work. … I also absolutely adored the history program at Marquette. Working with nonprofits, I feel like every single day I’m seeing the current consequences of historical inequalities.” ›› TRINITY’S IMPACT


Capuchin Volunteer Corps member

Director of social justice and outreach for a four-parish family of churches — Our Lady of Divine Providence, Three Holy Women, Old St. Mary, and Sts. Peter and Paul NOW


Interfaith Older Adult Programs

“It’s hard to overemphasize how much of an impact Trinity has had on my present and my future. … Trinity gave me the outlet to learn more about the nonprofit world and to be a more productive and useful member of the third sector. It really gave me entry into this world of people committing their time, energy, resources and hearts to doing service and making this a better community. That’s what I’m still doing today and hope to do for the rest of my life.” ›› TRINITY’S IMPACT

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EAR TO EAR Pediatric dental clinics keep kids smiling. Marquette pediatric dentist Dr. Cesar Gonzalez met Julianna Vogl five years ago, when the five-year-old’s bright smile masked tricky dental issues. Her teeth had no enamel, a condition caused by a lack of vitamin B, and she needed multiple root canals and crowns.

Lightning round Highlighting some faculty research and scholarly honors.


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Department of Biology —  Assisting Milwaukee Christian Center to help Hmong older adults grow


Julianna was the first of seven children adopted from China by Dan and Nancy Vogl of Slinger, Wis. All seven arrived with a range of oral and physical health care needs. The Vogls are lucky a family friend knew about the School of Dentistry’s Pediatric Clinic. Julianna’s siblings, Grace, Annie, Cade, Kiwan, Talia and Wen, needed fillings, bridges, implants, extractions, restorative procedures and lessons in oral hygiene. Wen didn’t know what a toothbrush was when Dan and Nancy met her. Most of her teeth were in a state beyond repair. The first time Gonzalez saw Wen in Marquette’s campus clinic, he had to use general anesthesia to begin treatment. “It really showcases our mantra — not just at the School of Dentistry but also at Marquette —  to care for the whole person,” Gonzalez says. “The children come to us in tears, and we see them leave the clinic with a smile.”

Dr. Patrick McNamara, assistant professor of civil, construction and environmental engineering, with Dr. Daniel Zitomer, director of Marquette’s Water Quality Center,

rice in a small community

and Dr. Krassimira Hristova, assistant


professor of biological sciences — Linked antimicrobial agent commonly found in hard


soaps to antibiotic resistance. Their findings Dr. Michael Schläppi, associate professor of biological sciences — Earned $500,000 federal grant for genetics and genomics research focused on growing rice in cold climates like Wisconsin.

were published in Environmental Science and Technology.



“The children come to us in tears, and we see them leave the clinic with a smile.”

Give these Girl Scouts a new badge — for computing. About 15 percent of computer scientists are women; less than 10 percent of the women are African-American. Marquette wants to upend that trend in Milwaukee. Dr. Dennis Brylow, associate professor of mathematics, statistics and computer science, worked with the Girl Scouts of Wisconsin Southeast to bring 240 Girl Scouts to campus in spring 2015, many from Milwaukee’s disadvantaged neighborhoods, to learn computer coding. In addition the Opus College of Engineering opened the class Girls Who Code. The scouts who came to campus learned the basics of computational thinking and coding. They used beads to encode their initials into fashionable binary bracelets, demonstrating one of the ways computers use ones and zeros to represent information. They used dance and movement to explore iteration and other fundamental components of computer algorithms. With a simple, blockbased programming language, they worked TO LEARN MORE VISIT


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More than 7,400 smiles each year, to be exact. That’s how many pediatric appointments are scheduled in School of Dentistry urban and rural clinics statewide. Milwaukee benefits most from having a dental school in the neighborhood. Faculty and students provide an estimated $15 million in services each year to residents — adults and children — who come to Marquette clinics for dental care. For Gonzalez and the dental staff who help ease children through the process, Talia Vogl’s reaction to receiving dental care makes their work worthwhile. According to Nancy, the then five-year-old walked around smiling and pointing at her teeth for days after her appointment.

together to solve online coding puzzles, such as helping a bee collect nectar and make honey. This effort is all about reaching girls at a young age. Research has shown that girls typically discount computer science as a prospective career as early as middle school. Yet the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that 60 percent of the job growth in STEM from 2012–22 will be in computer-related fields. “We have to change those perceptions early on,” Brylow says. “It’s a huge gamechanger for us to bring the girls to campus at an early age, before they’ve tracked themselves out of these fields completely.” m JD


Dr. Amy Van Hecke, associate professor of psychology —  Trained TSA officers to work with travelers who have autism to simulate checking in for a flight, security and boarding processes at Milwaukee’s Mitchell International

with the Milwaukee Public Museum

Airport. See the Wings for Autism video at

Center for Wisconsin Biodiversity


and Environment — Exploring the state’s changing natural resources, climate and environment.

See much more at marquette.edu/research.


Dr. Krassimira Hristova, assistant professor of biological sciences — Led team of local researchers studying antibiotic-resistant bacteria in Milwaukee’s waterways. Tests find sediment at the harbor is a “hot spot” for the abundance of fecal bacteria resistant to antibiotics.

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PLAY THAT MILWAUKEE TUNE Marquette memorializes Jean Cujé in a way the bassoon player, who died in 1992, would’ve loved — with an archive dedicated to Milwaukee music, musicians and concerts. It has grown, nurtured lovingly by archivist Bruce Cole, who maintains the trove of 2,000 cataloged recordings or memorabilia related to artists ranging from the Bo Deans to The Violent Femmes to Jim Spencer to the Symphonic Chamber Orchestra to Les Paul to Pee Wee King and the Cowboys, who wrote the haunting Tennessee Waltz. Who knew the ode to lost love was penned here? Or that the world’s first, yes, first, million-selling piece of sheet music, After the Ball, published in 1892 by Charles K. Harris and Co., was produced in Milwaukee? Another 1,000 items stand cued, awaiting Cole’s cataloging attention. “You think ‘Milwaukee, how much can there be?’” Cole posits. “But each decade has its wonderment.” The Jean Cujé Milwaukee Music Collection is held at Raynor Memorial Libraries. 14

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College of Education’s influence has never been more evident than now, when a revolution is under way to strengthen Milwaukee’s Catholic schools. KATHLEEN CEPELKA often poses

questions that are very simple and very complicated at the same time. Consider this one: “We’re pursuing the ideal here. But why pursue anything else?” Or this one: “If we don’t do something now, when will we do it?” Or a third one: “And if not this, what?” Cepelka is superintendent of schools for the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, and all three of the questions underlie a major new effort called Seton Catholic Schools that aims to improve the success of 26 Catholic elementary schools in Milwaukee that serve large numbers of low-income students. The questions also underlie Cepelka’s role in working with the other 87 elementary schools and high schools in the 10-county Milwaukee Archdiocese. Several decades into her career, Cepelka is both skilled and smart as an education leader and ambitiously idealistic in pursuit of better futures for children. “From my perspective, it’s about justice,” she says. Kids and families should get what they need “to allow them to be and do their best.” >>

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epelka says Marquette University has played a big role in developing her professionalism and her idealism. That makes her a prime example of something broader to say about Marquette: From its top leadership to its newest students, the university is playing a big role in the challenging work of helping students in the city. That includes students in the public schools, as well as Catholic schools. At the top, there’s President Michael Lovell, one of the co-chairs of Milwaukee Succeeds, an everyone-at-the-table effort of education, business and civic leaders to improve the lives of the city’s children.

There’s Dr. Bill Henk, dean of the College of Education, who has played key roles in launching collaborative efforts such as the Greater Milwaukee Catholic Education Consortium and in advocating for positive developments such as the opening in 2015 of Milwaukee’s first Cristo Rey Jesuit High School, part of a growing network nationwide of successful Catholic urban schools. There’s Dr. Thomas Kiely, director of Marquette’s Catholic Leadership Institute, which works with school leaders across the archdiocese and beyond, helping them improve their education programs and work in faith formation for students. There’s Kris Rappe, retired We Energies Corp. chief administrative officer and a longtime member of the Marquette Board of Trustees, who led the archdiocese task force that put forward the Seton Schools plan and who heads the recently launched Seton Board of Directors. There’s the College of Education itself. A large portion of the principals at Catholic schools in the Milwaukee area earned degrees or received advanced training at Marquette. And three-quarters — and, in some semesters, many more than threequarters — of field placements for students majoring in education are in schools in the city of Milwaukee. And there’s the 250 or so Marquette


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students who do service learning each semester in schools in the city. In addition, many more volunteer in settings such as Boys & Girls Clubs, where they help, for instance, in tutoring students in reading. Consider Cynthia Anaya, a junior from Milwaukee who is majoring in Spanish for the health professions and minoring in business administration. She tutored students at Nativity Jesuit Academy on the south side as part of her service learning commitment. “Marquette students care, they want to help, and, besides being a requirement, students get attached to the sites and the people,” she says. “It’s a heart-warming experience to see how we are able to help people — and possibly help them decide what they want to do for their future.” Brian Huback, a freshman from Chicago, has helped 4th- and 5th-grade students at St. Anthony Catholic School on the south side with their homework. “Children’s minds are always running,” he says. One thing he learned was “the care Marquette has, not only for its students but for Milwaukee students in general.” The launch of Seton Catholic Schools is one important place to see the connection between Marquette, its alumni and the work of addressing Milwaukee’s education needs.

In the big picture, Catholic education leaders in Milwaukee, starting with Archbishop Jerome Listecki and Cepelka, realized things needed to be done to improve the overall record of Catholic elementary schools. “We had a lot of schools languishing,” is how Kiely puts it. Thanks to Milwaukee’s first-in-the-nation private school voucher program, there were not Catholic school closures in Milwaukee in the last couple decades to the extent that occurred in other urban centers. Overall enrollment in Milwaukee Archdiocese schools has been generally stable in the last several years. In the city of Milwaukee thousands of parents have taken advantage of the school choice program, as it is often called, to send their children to private schools with public money, rather than tuition, paying for each child. “Choice kept the schools open,” Kiely says. “Now we want to make them better.” What does that mean? As Cepelka outlines it, Seton Schools will take a strikingly different approach. Business and financial matters largely will be handled by the Seton

“SETON IS ABOUT GIVING to these families and their children the best we have.”

administration and not individual schools. Hiring, placement and training of school principals and teachers will be handled generally by Seton, and not each school. Seton is also undertaking a fundraising campaign, both to pay for the initiative itself and to provide more to schools. And leaders hope that the fundraising will combine with increased enrollment to provide resources for putting more staff in schools, including more aides to help teachers in classrooms. More will be expected from staff and students, more will be done to enable them to meet such expectations — those are core elements of the efforts’ mission. Each school will retain its own identity, Cepelka emphasizes, and ties between schools and parishes will continue. But

St. Catherine School Principal Mike Turner is pleased his school and students are in the first cohort of Seton Schools.

when fully implemented the 26 schools will operate more like a school system than the loose association that has been the reality for many years. Plans call for nine schools to be involved directly in the 2016–17 school year and all 26 elementary schools to be involved by 2018–19. The initiative has its own administrative leaders, including a chief academic officer, William Hughes, former superintendent of Greendale schools. Cepelka, who had central roles in developing and launching the initiative, is Archbishop Listecki’s representative on the Seton Board. Cepelka says she is troubled that, nationwide, disadvantaged students often aren’t stretched intellectually in school as much as they should be and are not given what they will need to get ahead in life. “Seton is about giving to these families and their children the best we have,” she says. Cepelka has been giving children the best she has since she was a child herself. When she was around seven, she would gather kids from her neighborhood and teach them reading. “I’m a West Allis girl,” she says. She grew up in the shadows of the Allis–Chalmers factory that dominated the Milwaukee suburb then. She describes her family as working class; her father was a shoe salesman. As a member of a religious community, Cepelka taught in a Catholic middle school in Fond du Lac, Wis., for four years before being sent to Yonkers, N.Y., to teach at a

high school. You might not guess it from her generally reserved demeanor, but she oversaw 35 student theatre productions in that period, including seven musicals. She also coached cheerleading and basketball. She returned to Fond du Lac as an elementary school principal. After a few years, she decided to expand her capabilities and enrolled in Marquette as a graduate student. “I really was changed by Marquette,” Cepelka says. Her course work was only part of that. She says she learned a lot about the dimensions relationships can and should have and about collegiality — in other words, about Ignation life, culture and spirit. “It was a transformational period in my life,” Cepelka says. She received a doctorate of education policy and leadership in 1992, with a minor in business administration. And she says she left with stronger footing for serving the church and its schools. Cepelka was principal of Catholic Memorial High School in Waukesha for eight years before returning to Marquette to become associate dean of the College of Education. She praises Dean Henk. “He challenged me in ways he’ll never know,” she says. “His standards are so high.” After several years with the College of Education, she got a phone call from Jerry Topczewski, chief of staff for Archbishop Listecki. The archbishop wanted to meet with her. She became superintendent of the 113 schools in the archdiocese in 2010. She continues to teach one course a year at Marquette, a semester class on education leadership. What needs to be done is so simple. And it’s so complex. It would be of such value on every level for more Milwaukee children to achieve more success in school. It’s so hard to achieve that. At a point in her career where many would be stepping away from such undertakings, Cepelka relishes what she is doing with undiminished senses of idealism and commitment. “It’s a daily challenge,” she says. “I love what I’m doing.” m

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THE MISSION IS CLEAR — Revitalize and sustain

Milwaukee’s Near West Side as a thriving business and residential corridor. SO ARE THE STRATEGIES — Collaborative efforts to promote economic development, improved housing, unified neighborhood identity and branding, and greater safety for residents and businesses. BY JONI MOTHS MUELLER


Why five corporations united to found and support the Near West Side Partners Inc. HARLEY-DAVIDSON


I can tell you, whether it’s faculty, staff or students — everyone is excited about this initiative, how they can get involved, how they can make a difference. I’m very proud of this initiative. I think it’s the most important initiative I’ve been involved in in my career.

This is the birth place of HarleyDavidson. People come and get married on our doorstep. When you think of what that facility means to our passionate riders globally, it is an incredible asset for us to be where we are.

We are celebrating 160 years this fall, which is a momentous achievement. When we look back at the history, Fred Miller had a huge role in developing this community. We have so many people committed to Milwaukee, to the neighborhood — there was no debate about stepping up and making sure that we do something to improve the neighborhood.




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Chief Legal and Corporate Services Officer, MillerCoors


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THE NEAR WEST SIDE , as defined by the city of

A Neighborhood of Neighborhoods

Milwaukee, is bound by I-43 (east), Highway 41 (west), Vliet Street and Highland Boulevard (north) and I-94 (south).

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Caring for a neighborhood is a direct extension of caring for people, which is what we do every day. We’ve rolled up our sleeves along with the other anchor institutions and the people and business leaders of the neighborhood, and we’re seeing real success. That’s something we can all be proud of. NICK TURKAL, M.D. President and CEO, Aurora Health Care


I want this to be the best neighborhood in the city of Milwaukee. Take McKinley Street, take State Street, take Wells Street, take the beautiful historic homes — they’re gorgeous. Five, 10 or 15 years from now we’ll all wish we had invested in this neighborhood. TOM DEVINE CEO, Potawatomi Business Development Corporation

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draws institutional stakeholders, civic leaders and residents together.

A bullet pierced a window and landed in a conference room at Harley-Davidson’s Milwaukee headquarters where, ironically, a group was gathering to interview a candidate for a crisis communication position. This news reached Marquette, and, together, President Michael Lovell and Harley-Davidson’s then-president and CEO Keith Wandell chose to retool the near crisis into a pincer movement. Lovell and Wandell cohosted a meeting of 18 corporate leaders in October 2014 to take a hard look at what was happening in seven nearby Milwaukee neighborhoods and how it was affecting the lives of people who want to live happily, raise growing families, run thriving businesses, work or study in an area suffering from an influx of crime. Out of that initial conclave emerged a powerful idea. Five anchor corporations that have thrived in the neighborhoods for cumulatively hundreds of years united to create a new entity called the Near West Side Partners Inc., a collaborative model of community redevelopment. The partners committed funds, personnel and vision to give this pact power. They decided to work on safety, certainly, but also on other issues repressing quality of life. “You can’t create economic development with only more law enforcement,” says


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Marquette Vice President for Public Affairs Rana Altenburg, Arts ’88, and president of the NWSP Board. “The assets of this area are many and rich and the business leaders saw this as a great opportunity. We’ve been in the same neighborhoods for more than 100 years and never worked together like this before.” Altenburg is especially enthused by the sweeping involvement of students, alumni, faculty and staff. “When we introduce ourselves at meetings, people say, ‘Hey, I’m a Marquette alum or I’m a Marquette student.’ It’s unprecedented; our little Marquette is making such a big difference,” says Altenburg.


The Near West Side Partners’ work includes greening of neighborhoods and increasing safety. Seen here with Vice President for Public Affairs Rana Altenburg (far right) are NWSP board members and members of the Milwaukee Police Department.

Marquette asked students, alumni, faculty and staff to contribute their thoughts to initiatives identified as crucial in the Near West Side Partners’ strategy. Think safety, housing, commercial corridor development, and neighborhood identity and branding. They did — and Marquette people or programs are now critically involved in each initiative in ways that leverage the assets of a Jesuit university. Here are some examples.



Klingler College of Arts and Sciences wins a three-year $354,000 Career Ready Internship grant from the Great Lakes Higher Education Guaranty Corp. The grant will fund 170 paid and for-credit internships for students with financial need, especially those in the Educational Opportunity Program, with an emphasis on companies on the Near West Side. TRANSITIONAL HOUSING

Psychology professor Dr. Ed de St. Aubin, graduate students Lauren Yadlosky and Travis McCuddy, along with 35 undergraduates rehab a house that will serve as transitional housing for men and women coming out of prison. KIDS NEED HEALTHY TEETH

School of Dentistry delivers free dental exams and screenings for kids in Milwaukee Public Schools Head Start program. The children receive a cleaning, fluoride treatment, complimentary toothbrush and a lesson in oral health. SAFE HAVEN

College of Nursing provides health and wellness services at Sojourner House of Peace, a safe haven for Milwaukee victims of domestic violence.

Student Veterans Association hosts the third annual mental health summit, “Leave No Woman Behind,” to bring community stakeholders together to address mental health care needs of women vets and their families. ENROLLMENT BRIDGE

Opus College of Engineering academies offer Milwaukee’s K–12 students a wide variety of challenging programs and courses that teach critical-thinking and STEM skills, and explore the engineering design process. BOOST FOR BUSINESS

Marquette Boost Program helps social ventures in southeastern Wisconsin make a greater impact through honing their business skills and strategic thinking. In 2015 the program worked with 11 organizations and will work with a new cohort each year. GOOD BEHAVIOR

College of Education collaboration with Penfield Children’s Center on the Behavior Health Clinic for children with developmental disabilities who are experiencing significant behavior and emotional problems.

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HEARD OF PARC? YOU WILL. PARC, which stands for Promoting Assets and Reducing Crime, is a three-year $1.5 million initiative to revitalize and sustain the Near West Side as a thriving residential and business corridor.


These neighborhoods are home to nearly 40,000 residents, including 10,000 Marquette students. More than 25,000 people work at its 450 businesses. More social service agencies are located within the 380-block grid than anywhere else in the state. Resident income ranges from $13,000 to $90,000. “But there is a perception that people have no money and crime is high,” says Patrick Kennelly, Grad ’12, director of Marquette’s Center for Peacemaking. “Is there really a safety issue or is there a perception issue?” he asks.


PARC is employing two innovative tools to answer Kennelly’s question. The first is dig-deep research. Dr. Amber Wichowsky, assistant professor of political science and director of the Marquette Democracy Lab, is leading faculty, students and local stakeholders in conducting social science research to assess the civic engagement of the people who live in these communities with an end goal of improving neighborhood well-being. Student Shivani


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Chokshi, a junior majoring in peace studies, distributed surveys during a day-long fair last August that asked residents questions about safety concerns, desired neighborhood improvements and quality of life issues, such as, “If you saw kids cutting class, would you report it?” People took the job seriously, Chokshi says: “They spoke about wanting to see differences in their neighborhoods and wanting to have a voice” in the process. Compiling all of the data will help identify the improvements that carry weight with residents.

Another of PARC’s tools is a full-on investment in safety and security. The Near West Side Partners worked with the Milwaukee District Attorney’s Office to hire a community prosecutor who is dedicated to the area. The prosecutor works full time out of an office embedded in a neighborhood storefront called a “way point.” The close proximity to residents helps build a new level of communication. When neighbors have concerns or sense a crime trend, they have a resource now who can react quickly — to prosecute violent offenders, close down hot spots for criminal activity and help nonviolent offenders find the resources they need before committing another crime. Milwaukee has earned a spot on the justice map for this concept. The community prosecution program was initiated in 2000 by the Milwaukee District Attorney’s Office, with funding from the Department of Justice.

PARC features collaborative efforts to promote economic development, improve housing, unify neighborhood identity and branding, and provide greater safety for students, residents and businesses. “What’s innovative about PARC is you map good things, areas of civic strength, too, and you involve police and prosecutors in community revitalization,” says Patrick Kennelly, Grad ’12, director of the Marquette Center for Peacemaking, where all PARC data is archived. Kennelly and his wife, Emily Malloy, Arts ’06, Nurs ’12, live in Concordia, one of the neighborhoods on the Near West Side.

Under District Attorney John Chisholm, Arts ’86, it has grown to become a national model, according to Jeff Altenburg, Arts ’86, deputy district attorney for Milwaukee County. The Near West Side Partners saw how well the model worked to reduce crime in a neighborhood further north in the city and, according to Altenburg, sought a similar strategy. “We made the argument that if you want to make a significant difference in a short period of time, you really want to have a full-time prosecutor and assistance from Safe & Sound working in your neighborhood. It made a lot of sense to them,” Altenburg says. PARC funded the position. Though it is too early to tell if the system is working, Altenburg can point to already apparent outcomes: Hot spots for crime are being identified; problem housing is being addressed; and communication between police and prosecutors is happening more quickly. “A project like this helps make the case that this is the way we want to do business in Milwaukee and, frankly, it is a key and essential element of government service. This opportunity is a game changer,” he says. ✤


WHIRLWIND OF A YEAR When the Near West Side Partners gathered for a meeting at Marquette Law School in November, Keith Stanley remarked: “I can’t believe it’s been a year; well, yes I can.” Even for the young, energetic and passionate executive director of Near West Side Partners Inc., it was a whirlwind year.

A community prosecutor was embedded in a “way point” office and the Milwaukee Police Department reported on 570 interventions to stop criminal activity in a year; asset mapping began to identify the resources most valued by residents; the new Marquette Police Department succeeded in reducing crime in the neighborhood surrounding campus by 50 percent in its first eight months of operation; and conversations about finding a grocery partner for the Near West Side were so extensive that Marquette President Michael Lovell admitted to having learned more about the grocery business than he cared to know. Stanley, a member of Marquette’s first ACRE (Associates in Commercial Real Estate Program) graduating class, brings excitement for Milwaukee’s commercial real estate market to reigniting the Near West Side. “There are always people who say ‘Let’s try.’ I’m one of those people who says ‘Let’s do.’” For a cheerleader, the partners couldn’t have chosen better. Stanley draws a map of the seven

neighborhoods on his desktop and points to some highlights. “I can go to Piggsville and enjoy lunch at the Valley Inn. I can go to Ruby G’s for coffee in Avenues West.” Then there is The Pabst Mansion, the Rave, the Queen Anne Victorian homes. “If we had a billion dollars, we couldn’t recreate them,” Stanley says of the architecture lining many of these neighborhood blocks. Commercial corridor development is his top priority. “We’re promoting the fact that 40,000 people travel through the 27th Street intersection daily, including 15,000 weekly bus riders. These are numbers retailers look for,” he says. “How do we take advantage of the fact that we are near the largest tourist attraction in the state, Forest County Potawatomi Hotel and Casino, and that six million people come through their doors each year?” But the neighborhoods also have a heavy concentration of rental units and few options when it comes to markets, coffee shops, dine-in restaurants — the accommodations that Stanley says “people need to have productive lives.” So, no resting on a year of laurels. Stanley is focused on the year ahead and what’s possible. He has a list of anticipated collaborations: adding green space at eight locations, a shark tank-like business plan competition to create new business on the Near West Side, a “Walk to Work” housing program, a design charette engaging students at the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee, the Department of City Development and NWSP in reimagining six locations that would be catalytic for development along 27th Street, and a grocery store — one with a long produce aisle. ✤ R EA D MOR E

at nearwestsidemke.org.

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“I walked through the buildings, not even thinking that I’d be interested. Then I suddenly thought, ‘This is going to be fun.’”


BRINGING LIFE BACK Some graduates never truly leave. Take Rick Wiegand, Bus Ad ’81, whose nose for investing in Milwaukee real estate earns gasps ranging from “really?” to “who knew?”

He loves flipping doubters but not as much as he loves uncovering opportunities. Take for instance his transformation of the Ambassador Hotel at North 24th Street and Wisconsin Avenue. The art deco landmark had deteriorated beyond recognition to all but Wiegand, who saw beneath the blight of neglect and invested $14 million


Visitors and parishioners enjoy stunning stained glass windows that were made in Munich, Germany, as well as a Pietà statue and the tremendous pipe organ.


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It opened in 1946 and still holds the title as one of Milwaukee’s most memorable steak houses.

in its turnaround. Wiegand Enterprises’ latest purchase is the three-building City Campus on the corner of North 27th and Wells streets. The trio — a two-floor structure with a theatre, a five-story built in the early 1900s as Doctors Hospital and the ninefloor addition that was Family Hospital. The county placed the buildings up for auction with the offer to financially support demolition of the nine-floor building. Then Wiegand took a tour. “I walked through the buildings, not even thinking that I’d be interested,” he says. “Then I suddenly thought, ‘This is going to be fun.’” The location is pivotal to the Near West Side’s rehabilitation, with the buildings perched at a major focal point for commercial corridor development. Where others saw a demolition opportunity, Wiegand spotted something retrievable. He is gutting the building but leaving the structure intact to, he says, “bring life back to that corner of the neighborhood.” These investments are only a sample of Wiegand’s weighty impact on the Near West Side. “Rick Wiegand is a true believer, and he believes in the potential of this community,” says Rana Altenburg, Arts ’88, Marquette’s vice president for public affairs and president of the NWSP Board. ✤


The German-influenced brewing giant helped put Milwaukee on the map as a beer bastion. A visit to the iconic home of MillerCoors

may even lead to a ghostly encounter; it’s been said that founder Frederick Miller and two lovers who met at Miller Valley haunt the caves where kegs are stored.


WORKING BY INSTINCT Ghassan Korban, Eng ’84, boarded a plane in Beirut, Lebanon, and a dozen hours later grabbed a taxi for the short ride from Mitchell International Airport to Mashuda Hall. It was the 20-year-old’s first visit to this country — and Marquette. Talk about taking a leap of faith.

As a member of the Near West Side Partners Board, Korban’s instincts have helped notch some quick wins. The Cold Spring Park Residents Association campaigned for a couple years to transform a vacant lot into a community garden. Progress came when NWSP pulled Korban into the conversation and asked: “How can we get this done?” Almost instantly, Korban had an answer. The Cold Spring Park project aligned perfectly with Mayor Tom Barrett’s Strong Neighborhoods Program. That success set a high bar.

NWSP has a list of green projects for Korban — and the city — to consider that range from small neighborhood beautification projects to a major one, reconstruction of Wisconsin Avenue, starting from the edge of Marquette’s campus to North 35th Street. Korban says the partners are driven by a desire to do good things. “They all love Milwaukee. They all love the Near West Side. It’s very contagious,” he says. “You can’t sit in a room with them and not want to do things. They are relentless in a very good way.” ✤

Today Korban calls Lebanon his birthplace and Milwaukee his home and, with enthusiasm equal to a Marquette admissions tour guide, ticks off projects that have transformed the corners and corridors of Milwaukee during his 28 years logged working in the Department of Public Works. There are favorites, of course: the Sixth Street viaduct bridge, Canal Street and what it did to the Menomonee Valley, the Beerline project, Erie Street Plaza, the Wisconsin Avenue beautification project through Marquette’s campus, the Third Ward and many more.

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From a venue for big band music and theatre to an athletic club with a swimming pool and bowling alley, the historic Eagles Club has championed entertainment since opening in 1927. Today this remarkable building is a live music hot spot for Milwaukeeans —  and Marquette students.

unusually beautiful neighbor is a reminder of the Near West Side’s illustrious past and America’s Guilded Age. The mansion, completed in 1892, was home to Capt. Frederick Pabst and his family. Today it is an award-winning house museum.


replica of the Taj Mahal in India was built in 1928. It is the headquarters for Milwaukee Shriners International and features a breathtaking grand foyer where hand-placed mosaic tiles grace the domed ceiling.

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Faith Kohler, Law ’97, exposes truths about Milwaukee’s chronically homeless men.

How an iPhone recording became a featured documentary at Milwaukee’s Film Festival


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SHINING A LIGHT ON HOPE AND THE HOMELESS It was the coffee that hooked her first. After hearing on the news that a local shelter needed coats and boots to help the homeless survive another brutal Wisconsin winter, Faith (Mondry) Kohler, Law ’97, went to Repairers of the Breach, intending to drop off her donations. Then a shelter worker offered her a tour and a cup of coffee brewed on the stovetop.

“It tasted like my mother’s coffee,” Kohler says. “My mom passed away a bunch of years ago. That was how she made her coffee, on the stovetop. I stayed a little longer because the coffee was the best I’d had in years.” >>> She returned the following week and then kept coming back to visit the shelter’s residents. One of them was Harold Sloan, a homeless man who would change her life forever. BY NICOLE SWEENEY ETTER

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A New York native, Kohler majored in sociology at Wellesley College before settling in Milwaukee and starting law school at Marquette. After running her own law practice for a few years, the mother of three spent nearly 13 years as a federal agent for the U.S. Postal Inspection Office, investigating crimes related to the postal service, from narcotics trafficking to identity theft to post office robberies. “It was very hands-on, dirty, dangerous work sometimes, and I loved all of it,” says Kohler, who is now a corporate security manager. But no matter how grueling her work schedule, Kohler made time to volunteer and connect with the city’s most needy. She became a familiar presence at Repairers of the Breach, though many residents kept their distance after spotting the badge on her belt, wary because of previous interactions with law enforcement. One day Harold Sloan stopped to ask her a question about his driver’s license. Kohler realized that her legal training and law enforcement background could help many, and she recruited attorney friends to staff mini clinics at the shelter. “It took a couple of years to build trust with the community there,” she says. Eventually Sloan opened up to Kohler about his decades of sleeping outdoors. He served time in prison for drugs and had drifted along ever since, sleeping under a freeway exit ramp, keeping warm with small fires and alcohol. He challenged her to walk across the bridge from the Milwaukee County Safety Building to the Milwaukee County Courthouse and look down at the evidence of homelessness all around, at the feet and sleeping bags sticking out from under bushes. He told her about how he and other homeless men would “walk the trail” downtown from St. James Church for


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breakfast, to the Central Library, and then to St. Ben’s Church for dinner. “They had this endless loop,” Kohler says. The only occasional deviation from the pattern: trips in and out of jail for petty crimes often committed for survival. Kohler began to see the men’s interactions with the criminal justice system as a symptom of homelessness — not the cause. “We had all these programs to help with a meal for a minute, a bed for a night — but there weren’t any long-term solutions,” she says. And that irked her. “I like to fix things,” she admits. “It’s just my nature.” This was something she couldn’t fix. So instead, she clicked on her iPhone audio recorder and started capturing Sloan’s story, without any idea of what she’d do with it.


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Kohler to other homeless men. Determined to share their stories with a wider audience, Kohler decided to direct a documentary — despite having no film experience. She teamed up with University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee film graduates Jessica Farrell and Alex Block. The trio immersed themselves in Milwaukee’s homeless community for six years, ultimately

filming thousands of hours of footage. There are an estimated 1,500 homeless people on any given night in Milwaukee. That number includes many women and children, but Kohler’s crew decided to focus on chronically homeless men. Their diversity astounded her. Some had mental illness, such as paranoid schizophrenia that made them unsuitable for shelters, and substance issues, but many were also bright, charming and well-read. She grew adept at recognizing the chronically homeless — the scent of smoke clinging to the men’s clothing from cooking over a fire, sun-weathered skin and overgrown hair. At times the film project was emotionally exhausting. One frigid winter morning Kohler stopped at Sloan’s “sleep spot” beneath the freeway with a cup of hot coffee, fearful of what she might find and relieved to discover him still breathing. “Harold, how come I care more than you do if you freeze to death?” she asked him in frustration. It was a relief when Sloan moved into a rooming house. Soon he and Kohler were spending Saturday mornings volunteering together at Despensa de la Paz, a food pantry on Milwaukee’s south side. Afterward they’d visit those still living on the streets.

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KOHLER’S ADVICE: “Do something, do anything.” Here are some ideas to get you started:

The words turned out to be tragically prescient when 59-year-old Sloan was discovered dead in his apartment in January 2015 from a heroin overdose. Officer Jim Knapinski with the Milwaukee Police Department’s Homeless Outreach Team, who is also featured in the film, called Kohler with the news. “I can’t even describe how I felt,” says Kohler, who was among the crowd of about 50 who gathered at Guest House shelter for Sloan’s memorial service. Another homeless man featured in the film died from a violent beating, while N A TUESDAY NIGHT last fall, another of the film’s subjects is serving time. Milwaukee Film Festival patrons Municipal Court Judge Derek Mosley, lined up around the block to see Law ’95, who is featured in the film because the premiere of Kohler’s documentary, he frequently hears cases involving the 30 Seconds Away: Breaking the Cycle. After homeless, told the audience the film shines the screening, Kohler and other contributors a light on issues he sees in his courtroom to the film, including two of the featured every day. “I’m just glad we’re able to homeless men, answered questions. showcase what goes on when the sun goes Kohler wiped away tears while standing down, what goes on in the corners and beside Macarthur “General,” one crevices of Milwaukee,” he says. of the film’s subjects who found City and county officials work and housing. “What we are working to address go through every day, we’re homelessness, and much There are an trying to look for help, not changed during the years estimated 1,500 a handout,” General told Kohler’s crew filmed. homeless people the audience. “Don’t treat In 2010, the Milwaukee on any given night us like parasites.” Police Department created in Milwaukee. Orlando “Tay” is still its Homeless Outreach working his way out of homeTeam, and in 2015 the lessness. “Some people are Milwaukee County Housing happy stuck in the rut, but others, Division launched a new Housing we want to work ourselves out of it,” First initiative, which aims to provide Tay said. “All we need is a chance.” stable housing for 300 chronically homeless Even more noticeable were those missing individuals followed by support services from the stage that night, including Sloan, to address the root causes of their homethe film’s inspiration. In an interview after he lessness. “It’s a very unique approach to got back on his feet and found housing, Sloan chronic homelessness,” Kohler says. told Kohler, “I’m just 30 seconds away from A few weeks after the documentary’s the wrong decision and being homeless.” premiere, county officials announced the


î Make a financial contribution to a local organization that supports the homeless. î Donate new or gently used clothes to a local shelter. Winter gear is especially needed, and business attire can help those interviewing for jobs. î Donate towels, pots, bedding and other household items to a shelter that provides “starter kits” to those who are just entering housing. î Carry bottled water and nonperishable food in your car and hand it out when you meet someone who is homeless. î When you see someone who is homeless, make eye contact and share an encouraging word. î Volunteer your time at a local shelter or food pantry.

housing program was ahead of schedule and had significantly reduced the chronic homeless population at local shelters. Kohler has witnessed the program’s impact on some of the homeless men she knows personally. “For some of them, it’s like night and day, the difference between how they felt sleeping outside and how they feel now with a roof over their heads and a quiet environment. It’s been amazing,” she says. “Some of them come to the food pantry where I volunteer on Saturdays, and to see them going home afterward gives me a lot of hope.” m SEE THE FI LM

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Margaret Conway Sibbernsen, Eng ’72, and Richard D. Sibbernsen, Arts ’71 H I G H L A N D PA R K , I L L .

Dick and Meg don’t let geography stand in the way of their work and volunteer activities. Dick teaches at business schools on three continents, they have dual U.S. and Australian citizenship, and work every day to Be The Difference. Retired from a 33-year career in human resources at Tenneco, BellSouth and Sydney, Australia-based, TNT Limited, Dick is active in the Ignatian Volunteer Corps of Chicago and teaches a “rethinking your thinking” course to inmates of the Lake County Jail in Waukegan, Ill. Meg provides free tax preparation assistance for low-income individuals through Moraine (Ill.) Township and knits blankets through Project Linus for children in need. The couple has supported Marquette in various ways, including committing scholarship support for women in technology. Read more online.


Donald A. McGovern, Jr., Arts ’72 L O S A LT O S , C A L I F.

After earning a history degree, Don planned to go to law school. While waiting to apply, he took an undergraduate accounting class. “Accounting came naturally to me,” says Don, who retired from a 33-year career with PricewaterhouseCoopers. He shepherded PwC’s Silicon Valley initial public offerings, directing services for large public company clients, and eventually was named vice chairman, global assurance leader and a member of the PwC Global Network Executive Team. Don and his wife, Irene, Arts ’72, have established scholarships at Marquette and DePaul. “We feel very blessed to have had no debt when we graduated from college,” Don explains, adding that this inspired them to give back and help ease the financial burdens of students. Read more online.


Veronica “Ronni” Zeps Pruhs, Nurs ’75, and Ronald J. Pruhs, D.D.S., Dent ’64, Grad ’74 C L E V E L A N D, W I S .

Ron and Ronni consider service a spiritual calling. The couple married in 1962 while Ron was studying at the School of Dentistry. During his residency in pediatric dentistry, Ron found their first opportunity through the Catholic Medical Mission Board, and the two set up a hospital dental clinic in Malawi. After returning to Milwaukee, Ron joined the Dental School faculty full time and Ronni began studying nursing. Every seven years, they leveraged Ron’s sabbaticals to travel to places like Brazil and Uganda to provide basic dental care. In the mid-1990s, the Pruhs began focusing on Haiti and providing pediatric dental care in an orphanage, eventually establishing a clinic at St. Damien’s Children’s Hospital near Port au Prince. Read more online.


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Louis J. Andrew, Jr., Law ’66 FO N D D U L AC , W I S .

Louis’ energy and advocacy have advanced Marquette. Louis, who has practiced real estate law in Fond du Lac, Wis., for nearly 50 years, began assisting with Law School fundraising more than two decades ago, offering to help then-dean Howard Eisenberg. The two established the Law School’s first advisory board, which Louis chaired for 15 years. When it became clear the Law School needed a building to advance its world-class education, his efforts kicked into high gear. The Law School’s Eckstein Hall is visible evidence of his ability to get things done. As part of the team that influenced the building’s design, Louis is particularly pleased with the four-story Zilber Forum, which functions as “a centerpiece for talking about problems in Milwaukee and how Marquette can help solve those problems.” Read more online.


Dr. Shital Chauhan Vora, H Sci ’04, PT ’06 O A K PA R K , I L L .

Shital is co-founder of Global Brigades, the world’s largest student-led international development organization. The 450 university chapters work in six countries and deploy more than 7,500 students annually to provide medical care, advance public health and economic development, address environmental issues, and champion human rights. Shital formed the first Marquette Medical Brigade by rounding up 25 classmates and two health care professionals for a 2003–04 winter break mission trip. By 2005, there were nearly 80 campus chapters across the country. Today, she runs Global Brigades with co-founder Steven Atamian and a leadership team that includes her husband, Pallav Vora, and an international board of directors. Read more online.


Burke Foundation, Inc. M I LWA U K E E

Dick Burke, Bus Ad ’56, founded Trek Bicycle Corp., one of the world’s premier bicycle companies. His foundation has given $15.7 million to scholarship programs that incorporate volunteer service. Dick served as a Marquette University trustee from 1996–2005 and was named a trustee emeritus. He was recognized as a distinguished alumnus in 1995 and received an honorary doctorate of letters in 2006. He died in 2008. Dick established the Trinity Foundation in 1995 to make a positive difference in the lives of children and youth with a focus on education access and character development. The foundation established two scholarship programs for Marquette students: The Trinity Fellows Program is dedicated to developing urban leaders with a commitment to social and economic justice, and the Burke Scholars annually awards up to 10 scholarships to Wisconsin high school seniors who exhibit exceptional commitment to community. Read more online.

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Distinguished Alumnus of the Year Award

Professional Achievement Award

A Person for Others Award

Dr. Herman J. Viola,

Jay O. Rothman, Arts ’82

Arts ’79

Seth T. Gurgel, Arts ’02

Arts ’60, Grad ’64

W H I T E F I S H B AY, W I S .



Richard C. Shadyac, Jr.,

Young Alumnus of the Year Award

FA L L S C H U R C H , VA .


Distinguished Alumnus of the Year Award

Entrepreneurial Award

George H. Juetten,

Bus Ad ’91

Bus Ad ’69

Mark S. Rampolla, R E D O N D O B E A C H , C A L I F.

B O I S E , I DA H O

Professional Achievement Award (posthumously)

Young Alumna of the Year Award

Robert M. Bordeman,

Karin Synold Morris,

Bus Ad ’78

Bus Ad ’00

H I N S DA L E , I L L .



Communicator of the Year Award

By-Line Award

Len J. Kasper, Comm ’93

Jour ’87


Michael C. Hiestand, F E R N D A L E , WA S H .

Professional Achievement Award

James T. Tiedge Memorial Award

Katherine Kuehl Burgess,

Brian C. Wensel, Bus Ad ’81

Comm ’91

S I M I VA L L E Y, C A L I F.

G R E E N B AY, W I S .


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Distinguished Alumnus in Dentistry Award

Outstanding Dental Service Award

Young Alumnus of the Year Award

Distinguished Alumnus Award

Patrick M. Lloyd, D.D.S., M.S.,

Robert P. Kustra, D.D.S.,

Ryan T. Braden, D.D.S.,

Dent ’78, Grad ’89

Dent ’57

Dent ’05

John K. Wilson, Arts ’92



L A K E G E N E VA , W I S .

Awarded October 2015 B R O O K F I E L D, W I S


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Distinguished Alumna of the Year Award

Counselor Education and Counseling Psychology Achievement Award

Educational Policy and Leadership Achievement Award

Arts ’79

Julian M. Swartz, Grad ’08

Dr. Mark T. Joerres,

L O U I S V I L L E , K Y.


Arts ’85, Grad ’89, ’94

Dr. Donna Knipple Hargens,



Distinguished Alumnus of the Year Award

Edward G. Parrone, Eng ’70 E A S T R O C H E S T E R , N .Y.

Entrepreneurial Award

Mark A. Gehring, Eng ’86 MONONA, WIS.

Professional Achievement Award

Young Alumnus of the Year Award

Adonica Henley Randall,

Jason A. Schoen, Eng ’05

Grad ’79



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Professional Achievement Award

Service Award

Dr. Paul F. Reuteman, PT ’91

Med Tech ’80

Dr. Amy E. Liepert, H Sci ’02




Janice Robinson Moreland,

Young Alumna of the Year Award


Distinguished Alumna of the Year Award

Lifetime Achievement Award

Young Alumna of the Year Award

M Club Hy Popuch Memorial Service Award

Robert L. and William P. McCahill Award

Dr. Anne M. Hanneken,

Thomas M. Braatz, Arts ’58

Kareeda Chones-Aguam,

Michael P. Sucharda,

Charles J. Lyon, H Sci ’14

Arts ’78

FO R T L AU D E R DA L E , F L A .

Comm ’98

Bus Ad ’69

S T. C H A R L E S , I L L .

M E N O M O N E E FA L L S , W I S .

R AC I N E , W I S .

L A J O L L A , C A L I F.


Alumna of the Year Award

Lifetime Achievement Award

Hon. Diane Schwerm Sykes, Law ’84

L. William, Bus Ad ’58, Law ’61, and Mary L. Staudenmaier, Law ’71


WA U WAT O S A , W I S . A N D M A R I N E T T E , W I S .

Howard B. Eisenberg Service Award

Bernard J. Westfahl, Jr., Bus Ad ’01, Law ’04 F O X P O I N T, W I S .

Charles W. Mentkowski Sports Law Alumnus of the Year Award

Brent C. Moberg, Grad ’04, Law ’04 S O U T H B E N D, I N D.


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Distinguished Alumna of the Year Award

Service Award

Janice Hudson Ancona,

Nurs ’59, Grad ’64

Jamie J. Skipper, Nurs ’97

P E WA U K E E , W I S .

B OW I E , M D.

Nurs ’75, Grad ’95

Dr. Darlene Thier Weis,

Young Alumna of the Year Award

Friends of the College of Nursing Award

John J. Glowinski, Bus Ad ’83, and Stacey Stocker Glowinski, Bus Ad ’84 CAROL STREAM, ILL.

R AC I N E , W I S .



Spirit of the College Award

Rosemarie E. Meagher, Prof St ’04, Grad ’10 E L M G R OV E , W I S .

Leadership Excellence Award

Pedro Arrupe Award

Inspector Jutiki C. Jackson,

Awarded September 2015

Prof St ’09

Jayger McGough Tomasino,


Eng ’16 S A N S A LVA D O R , E L S A LVA D O R

Mary Neville Bielefeld Award

Mary J. Weller, Arts ’61, Grad ’64

Service Award

E L M G R OV E , W I S .

Dr. Darlene Thier Weis, Nurs ’59, Grad ’64 P E WA U K E E , W I S .

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pretzels that are vastly different from the ballpark variety, the Wessels point out.

“It’s a very artisan product,”

Matt says. “It’s been touched by human hands, and each one looks a little different.”

What makes it a true Bavarian

pretzel? “Our ingredients parallel what they use in southern Germany. Our process uses much of their time-honored techniques, and we use the same solution to coat our pretzels before baking to give a crispier, darker exterior and a denser, chewier interior,” Katie explains. “We’re obsessed with our product being authentic German.”

In their third year of operation

business is good. Matt and Katie gave up their previous day jobs to work in the bakery full time, and they’ve tripled production

Tasty twist of fate

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annually. Milwaukee Pretzel Co. distributes independently and through brokers to some of Milwaukee’s busiest restaurants and taverns, including Mader’s German Restaurant, the Milwaukee Ale House, and Sprecher Brewery and its pubs and beer gardens.

Matt and Katie Wessel brought Bavaria to Milwaukee.

The couple credit much of the

success to their Marquette business education. “It’s everything  — supply chain and logistics, pricing and costs, e-commerce, marketing, all of it,” Matt says.

Matt, Comm ’03, Grad ’11, and Katie, Arts ’07, knew something was missing from Milwaukee’s well-known German heritage: authentic Bavarian pretzels.

The alumni couple fell in love with the staple while living in Munich

for a year and decided to bring the tradition home. Today they own

“Sometimes it feels like we’re in the longest M.B.A. capstone course ever.” — Christopher Stolarski

and operate Milwaukee Pretzel Co., a fast-growing bakery on the city’s north side with 10 employees, customized imported German equipment and their signature product — hand-rolled, hand-twisted

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1949 Dorothy (Myers) O’Neill, Bus Ad ’49, celebrated her 90th birthday with 90 friends and relatives at an Aug. 1 lunch at the Milwaukee Athletic Club.

1960 John Linehan, Eng ’60, was appointed to a four-year term on the national advisory council of the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering.


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1962 William Beaudot, Jour ’62, published In the Bloody Railroad Cut at Gettysburg: The 6th Wisconsin of the Iron Brigade and its Famous Charge (Savas Beatie; reprint edition July 2015).


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Gregory Gorak, Sp ’62, was inducted into the Wisconsin Aviation Hall of Fame in recognition of his 45 years as a flight instructor.


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1967 Lou Smith, Eng ’67, was elected to the Coronado (Calif.) School Board.

1968 Frank J. Daily, Law ’68, retired senior partner and chairman emeritus of the national products liability trial practice at Quarles and Brady, was named chairman of the Wisconsin Judicial Commission. The body is responsible for investigating and prosecuting allegations of misconduct or disability by Wisconsin judges and court commissioners, including Supreme Court justices.

Paul T. Kirner, Bus Ad ’69, Law ’72, retired as magistrate of the Berea, Ohio, Municipal Court and was appointed commissioner of the Supreme Court of Ohio Unauthorized Practice of Law Commission. Steve Seidl, Bus Ad ’69, was one of 10 people who received the National Association of Realtors Good Neighbor Award. He is chairman of the Miracle League of Green Bay, Wis., an adaptive baseball program for disabled children, for which he helped raise $750,000.

1970 Daniel Carpenter, Jour ’70, published his book of poetry, The Art He’d Sell for Love, with Cherry Grove Collections.


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Pat Kraninger, Sp ’68, and Dave Kraninger, Eng ’68, received the Walsh Jesuit’s Manresa Award, the school’s highest honor presented to members who are outstanding exemplars of its mission.

Philip Gloudemans, Arts ’74, was one of 60 individuals and organizations honored at a November 2015 gala celebrating the 60th anniversary of the Arc of Massachusetts, a statewide advocacy organization for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. He founded Play on the Parquet, a basketball fundraising event at Boston’s TD Garden sports arena that has raised almost $1 million in 25 years for the Arc.



Michael Felt, Sp ’69, Grad ’71, was elected chairman of the board of trustees at Halifax Community College in Weldon, N.C.


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1977 Margaret (Rudolph) Fehrenbach, Dent Hy ’77, completed new editions of her oral biology textbooks for Elsevier: Illustrated Anatomy of the Head and Neck (fifth edition, 2017) and Illustrated Dental Embryology, Histology, and Anatomy (fourth edition, 2016). She is working on a new edition for the Dental Anatomy Coloring Book (third edition, 2018). She looks forward to spending her free time on Puget Sound Island with her husband Jon, Eng ’77, Grad ’79, a retired Boeing manager. Gary M. Ruesch, Sp ’77, Law ’80, received the 2015 George Tipler Award for Distinguished Service in School Law for his advocacy on behalf of Wisconsin public schools from the Wisconsin School Attorneys Association. He is a shareholder with Buelow Vetter Buikema Olson & Vliet LLC in Waukesha, Wis., and was nominated by several Wisconsin school boards he represents.

1978 Patrick Cronin, Jour ’78, Grad ’87, founded Anam Consulting LLC, a global business consulting firm based in Milwaukee. He has more than 25 years of experience in international business, specializing in the BRIC markets, and has traveled to more than 45 countries. Greg Kot, Jour ’78, co-authored the second edition of the Survival Guide for Coaching Youth Basketball. He is the Chicago Tribune’s music critic and co-hosts the nationally syndicated rock ’n’ roll talk show Sound Opinions on public radio.

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1979 Dan Weinfurter, Bus Ad ’79, Grad ’85, published “The Best Ways to Hire Salespeople” for the Harvard Business Review. He is CEO of Growth Play and teaches at Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management. Neil Wojtal, Law ’79, in-house counsel at QPS Employment Group, was named best corporate counsel in the private company category by the Milwaukee Business Journal.


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William O’Driscoll, Arts ’80, Law ’86, and Katherine (Muhr) O’Driscoll, Bus Ad ’79, were named 2016 Irish Rose and Irish Man by the Greater La Crosse (Wis.) Area Shamrock Club.

Jim Zsebe, Eng ’90, knows flying the



friendly skies begins before buckling up.

Travelers park their cars, navigate terminals, delegate baggage, find food and entertainment, plug in at business suites, locate gates, and listen for boarding calls long before returning their tray tables to the upright position. And with each step they touch aspects of Zsebe’s work as airport engineer at Milwaukee’s General Mitchell International Airport.

Zsebe leads a team of engineers, construction coordinators and other

personnel in maintaining the airport infrastructure according to FAA standards. He oversees systems from HVAC to water quality to lighting, and he manages critical upkeep from paving to remodeling. For projects that are too big to handle inside, Zsebe works with outside consultants.

Runways and taxiways are built to withstand air carriers that can weigh

up to 750,000 pounds. “Field coordinators inspect each runway three times in a 24-hour period, looking at lighting, pavement conditions and markings,” Zsebe says.

It’s up to the engineering team to design, construct and modify the heavily

used pavement and keep a vigilant eye on modernizing terminal architecture, such as the baggage claim building that was completed last July and was an update on a terminal built in 1984. “It all comes down to customer service,” he says. “Traveling is stressful enough; we do everything we can to make it easier on travelers.”

The diversity the airport offers, Zsebe says, makes for an intense and

interesting job. “Every time I turn around it’s something new.” — Joni Moths Mueller

Doug Reed, Arts ’81, is president of Heathrow Scientific in Vernon Hills, Ill.

1982 Marc Cohn, Dent ’82, was appointed a dental consultant to the Commission on Dental Competency Assessments. Rev. John Puodziunas, O.F.M., Arts ’82, was elected economo general for the Order of Friars Minor (Franciscan Friars) in Rome.

1983 Ted Chapin, Grad ’83, ’84, is celebrating 25 years as a psychologist in private practice and co-authored, with his wife Dr. Lori Russel-Chapin, Neurotherapy and Neurofeedback: Brain-based Treatment for Psychological and Behavioral Problems (Routledge Publishing).

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1985 Thomas Lenz, Arts ’85, attorney at Atkinson, Andelson in Cerritos, Calif., was elected officer of the State Bar of California Labor & Employment Section. He is an adjunct professor at the University of Southern California School of Law. Mary Ellen Podmolik, Jour ’85, was named associate managing editor/business at the Chicago Tribune. She joined the paper in 2008 as a business reporter and columnist specializing in housing and real estate and was promoted in 2015 to deputy business editor. She previously worked for the Chicago Sun-Times, Daily Southtown and Kokomo (Ind.) Tribune.


Jim Kubicek, Arts ’86, is vice president of operations at Rogers Memorial Hospital in Brown Deer, Wis., which includes a new inpatient hospital and partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient programs.

1987 Laura (Greve) Pappas, Jour ’87, is instructional strategies specialist at IDE Corp. in Naples, Fla., an educational consulting company focusing on the learneractive, technology-infused classroom, which promotes student-centered learning and student responsibility.

1988 Mike Klug, Arts ’88, Grad ’98, is president of the Brain Injury Alliance of Wisconsin Board of Directors. He is vice president for community outreach and program development at MCFI NEXDAY Neuro-Rehab, which focuses on recovery and


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regaining independence after acquired and traumatic brain injuries. Scott R. Letteney, Law ’88, was promoted to city attorney of Racine, Wis., for which he was previously deputy city attorney. He is a retired U.S. Air Force lieutenant colonel and a municipal judge in Geneva, Wis.

1989 Darrell Davis, Dent ’89, was appointed a Central Regional Dental Testing Service dental examiner in Missouri. Elizabeth (Crowe) Kaplan, Arts ’89, is a family law attorney in northwest Cincinnati. She is a public speaker and has presented to the local chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. She is also writing a book about how she uses her life experiences to help her clients in crisis.


Christopher Ott, Arts ’93, is chief medical officer at the Hospital Corporation of America’s physician services group and works in the Nashville, Tenn., corporate office.

1995 Thomas Canale, Bus Ad ’95, is a member of Northwestern Mutual’s 2015 Forum Group, which recognizes individuals for an outstanding year of helping clients. He is a wealth management adviser affiliated with Chicago’s McTigue Financial Group. Anthony Staffaroni, Arts ’95, is a public policy analyst with the Central Arizona Project in Phoenix.


Matthew Donovan, Arts ’96, was one of 13 Farrell Fritz attorneys named to the 2015 New York Metro Rising Stars list.

the NCAA’s Initial Eligibility Waiver Committee and International Student-athlete Eligibility Subcommittee. He is assistant athletic director for compliance and student services at the University of Portland.

1999 Rachel Monaco-Wilcox, Arts ’99, Law ’04, finished first in her age

group in her first marathon, the North Face Endurance Challenge held in November in Eagle, Wis. Mary Morse, Grad ’99, was promoted to professor of English at Rider University in Lawrenceville, N.J. She is serving her second term as director of Rider’s Gender and Sexuality Studies program and recently published “‘Thys moche more ys oure lady mary longe’: Takamiya MS 56 and the English Birth Girdle Tradition” in Middle English Texts in Transition, editors Simon Horobin and Linne Mooney (York UP, 2014).


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1992 Todd Thiel, Grad ’92, is vice president of information technology at Secura in Appleton, Wis.

1993 Robert Glowacki, Arts ’93, Grad ’96, was named Nonprofit Executive of the Year in the Nonprofit Excellence Awards awarded by Milwaukee’s BizTimes. Kathleen Newcomb, Comm ’93, is senior account executive at Milwaukee’s Mueller Communications.

Greg Heller, Law ’96, was promoted to chief legal officer for the Atlanta Braves. Donn Maiorino, Comm ’96, is professional development manager with Dixon Hughes Goodman LLP in Charlotte, N.C. Peter Marik, Arts ’96, was appointed assistant regional chief for region 3, which comprises Milwaukee County, for the Wisconsin Division of Community Corrections.

1998 Timothy Blazek, Bus Ad ’98, is senior director of national accounts and channel expansion at Lineage Logistics. Ryan McAlvey, Arts ’98, was appointed to a four-year term on

Elizabeth Haynes Poronsky, Arts ’99, studied Buddhism and spiritual connections to nature in the old world rainforests and diverse cultural environments of Thailand during a graduate course as she pursued her master’s degree from Miami University’s Global Field Program. She is founder of and creative director at Forces for Nature in Tipp City, Ohio.

2000 Terrell Clark, H Sci ’00, exhibited his photos for the first time in a museum setting at the Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia on Dec. 10, 2015. Erin (Waldron) Grossi, Arts ’00, successfully defended her doctorate in November 2015 at Georgetown University with

Thomas Kurtz, Comm ’00, is director/general manager for the Time Warner Cable Sports Channel in Wisconsin, which covers high school, college and professional sports. Tom Walsh, Comm ’00, is a financial adviser with Edward Jones and opened his own office in Chicago’s Mount Greenwood neighborhood in August 2015. He has been in the business since 2001. He lives in Blue Island, Ill., with his wife Joy.


2002 Sara Dill, Arts ’02, Law ’05, spoke at the Modern Warfare Conference in January 2016 at the Hague in Holland about her work as a human rights observer/rule of law consultant at the Guantanamo Bay Detention Center and Office of Military Commissions. Phillip Olsson, Arts ’02, works in the Indianapolis office of Reminer Co. LPA. He defends employers before the Indiana Worker’s Compensation Board and represents employers in state and federal courts in matters ranging from wage disputes to employment discrimination. He also advises employers on their rights and duties under Indiana’s worker compensation law, wage issues, employee termination and drafting of employment-related contracts.

2003 Lydia Chartre, Law ’03, was admitted to the College of Community Association Lawyers in Milwaukee, making her one of fewer than 160 attorneys nationwide in the organization.

located in Lake County, Ill. The organization works to develop confident and competent young adults by providing mindset development education and leadership training, which he and his team of former Navy SEALs learned during their Navy careers.

2004 Jonathan Hackbarth, Arts ’04, was named a partner at Milwaukee’s Quarles & Brady LLP.

2005 Melissa Nussbaum, Arts ’05, was among 102 St. Louis educators who received an Emerson Excellence in Teaching Award.


Scott Kitun, Comm ’06, is creator, producer and host of WGN’s Tomorrow’s Business Today, which features Chicago tech and innovation leaders and is the fastest growing show of its kind in the city. He also owns Techfacture, a business accelerator at Chicago’s 1871 that helps early stage companies to big enterprises develop and launch new business concepts.


Melissa Buldak, Bus Ad ’01, was promoted to strategic sourcing manager of the BIS procurement team at MillerCoors in Milwaukee, for which she has worked for three years. Jeffrey Eadie, Dent ’01, and Pauline Eadie, Arts ’99, opened Northshore Dentist in Kenilworth, Ill. They live in Winnetka, Ill., with their three children. Benjamin Kent, Grad ’01, was co-recipient of Gateway PGA’s 2015 Professional of the Year Award.

Belton Flournoy, Bus Ad ’03, traveled to Tokyo, Hong Kong and Singapore to present his first publication, Minimising Spreadsheet Errors. He lives in London. Megan (Kelley) Hille, Comm ’03, was elected to the Wisconsin Society of Association Executives Board of Directors, the state membership association for professionals in nonprofit management. Her term runs from 2015–18.

Teryn Tilque, Arts ’06, is coauthor of Whoo is Ready for Bed? with her mother, Judith Watermolen.

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a focus on international commerce and trade and a specialization in U.S.–Mexico affairs. She is chief economist and director of innovation at Underwriters Laboratories LLC in Illinois. In 2015 Underwriters published her white paper on the global transition to distributed power technologies titled “Putting the Pieces Together: Transition and Transformation in Global Energy Markets.” She was also recognized in 2015 by Midwest Energy News as part of the “40 Under 40” cohort for her influential work in support of a clean energy economy.

Zea Urbiztondo, H Sci ’06, is assistant program coordinator at the High Intensity Tactical Training Center at the Marine Corps Air Station New River in North Carolina.

2007 Jim Gribble, Arts ’07, wrote the children’s book The Innovative Engine, which is about young writers who travel by train and meet fairytale characters who share their “true” stories with the kids who blog about them. Peter Joel Radakovich, Arts ’07, graduated cum laude from Chicago’s John Marshall Law School and was admitted to the Illinois Bar. He is an associate attorney at Chicago’s Grotefeld Hoffman LLP. Molly (Baker) Savage, Eng ’07, Grad ’13, and Zach Savage, Eng ’08, celebrated their third anniversary in June 2015 on the summit of Mount Rainier. Katie Shay, Arts ’07, joined Yahoo! as legal counsel for business and human rights, working to execute initiatives that promote privacy and free expression on the Internet and identify innovative solutions to human rights challenges.

Nights like these remind me how much I love college and all the friends I’ve made here @MarquetteU. BECCA SCH APS, CU RREN T STU DEN T, ON T W I TT E R

Michael Keppen, Arts ’03, is president of Thrive Project for America, a new nonprofit

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Robyn (Keuler) Dunn, Comm ’09, Grad ’11, is associate director of the Fund of Agnes Scott at Agnes Scott College.

Kyle Sucevich, Arts ’13, does research and development for Pokémon Company International in Bellevue, Wash. He is also a commentator for the official Pokémon Trading Card Game live streams on Twitch TV.

Laura L. Ferrari, Bus Ad ’09, Law ’15, works at Milwaukee’s Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek. Chris Mermigas, Arts ’09, is deputy legal counsel for North America at Valid USA Inc., a world leader in manufacturing credit cards, SIM cards, gift cards, and digital marketing and identification solutions.


Rea Katz, Grad ’11, is associate vice president of faculty development at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science in North Chicago, Ill. Chris Puglessi, Comm ’11, is a collateral specialist at Chicago’s Options Clearinghouse Corp.

2012 Allison Glaubke, Bus Ad ’12, is a marketing strategist at Chicago’s Solstice Mobile. She recently coordinated the company’s first client symposium and traveled to Nairobi, Kenya, to work on tech consulting projects. She is on the associate board of OneGoal, a Chicago nonprofit. Tom Kelly, Bus Ad ’12, is a portfolio specialist at Chicago’s Christian Brothers Investment Services. He also is vice president and director of operations of the Chicago chapter of the Young Catholic Professionals, which encourages young professionals to work in witness for Christ through speaker events, panel discussions and networking.


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2014 Sarah B. Arnold, Prof St ’14, Grad ’14, is manager of athlete development at the Colorado Springs, Colo.-based U.S. Figure Skating Headquarters, working for the organization that introduced her to her passion 21 years ago. Rachel Markwiese, Comm ’14, is SEO and social media associate at L2T Media in Evanston, Ill. She lives in Chicago.

2015 Julia Cushing, Arts ’15, Ryan Knott, Arts ’14, Jenelle Vondrashek, Nurs ’15, Zachary Tanaid, Arts ’15, Madeline Kunkel, Arts ’15, Chloe Sugino, Arts ’15, and Danielle Olsen, H Sci ’15, are in the Jesuit Volunteer Corps in Baltimore and Portland, Ore., working for social change in a reflective and spiritually supportive communities while serving people living on society’s margins. Angela B. Harden, Law ’15, works at Milwaukee’s Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek S.C.

Comm ’06; and Maureen Manning

Schiel, Bus Ad ’06. Danny Manson, Comm ’06, Grad ’10, ’11, and Rebeccah (Schweers) Manson, Grad ’06, May 30, 2015 at O’Donnell Park in Milwaukee. The couple lives in Fox Point, Wis.


Jennifer (Jen) Pennock, Arts ’99, and Scott Cullmann, March 6, 2015 in Whitehouse, Jamaica. Several alumni attended a reception in fall 2015 at the Thatcher Pavilion in River Forest, Ill. The couple lives in Chicago’s Logan Square neighborhood. Rhegan Hyypio Nunez, Arts ’01, and George Nunez, Oct. 18, 2014 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Tampa, Fla. The couple lives in Washington, D.C. Courtney Hattan, Arts ’06, and Kevin Fryer, June 6, 2015 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Annapolis, Md. Several alumni attended, including the bride’s father, Michael Hattan, Eng ’77, and members of the inaugural South Africa Service Learning Program group. The couple lives in Arlington, Va. Laura Lanzerotti, Bus Ad ’06, and Brian Droste, Oct. 24, 2015 at St. Clement Church in Chicago. ALUMNI IN ATTENDANCE

Jessica Droste, Arts ’03; Sara Pellicori Zasowski, Comm ’06; Amy Drozda, Bus Ad ’04; Brandon Alsup, Bus Ad ’06; Kelly Reiser Alsup, H Sci ’06; Jenny Horan, Bus Ad ’06; Meredith Hollihan, Bus Ad ’07; Megan Moore, Comm ’06; Holly Allen Limbaugh, Arts ’06; Marie Derdzinski Cardenas, Bus Ad ’06; Efren Cardenas, Bus Ad ’07; Maggie Tobin, H Sci ’02; Patrick Cary, Law ’94; Molly Kean,


Brian Salgado, Arts ’02; Dan Maciejewski, Arts ’07; Adam Kirby, Arts ’03; Michael Sever, Arts ’06; and Brian Baranowski, Bus Ad ’05. ALUMNI IN ATTENDANCE

Nicholas Shingleton, Arts ’02; Kari Race, Law ’05; Philip Van Ermen, Arts ’07, Grad ’11; Betsy Benson, Bus Ad ’09; Joseph Schumaker, Arts ’05; Scott Genz, Bus Ad ’06, Grad ’15; Monica Weber, Bus Ad ’06, Grad ’14; Matthew Zuchowski, Comm ’06; Ray Allen, Grad ’08; Zheng Zhu, Grad ’12; Kyle Stanley, Arts ’12; Monica (Charleston) MacKay, Arts ’07; Don de Camara, Comm ’06; Luke Junk, Bus Ad ’08; and Katie (Kelleher) Junk, Arts ’09. Theron May, Bus Ad ’07, and Kristine (Shimon) May, Comm ’07, Nov. 8, 2015 in Riviera Maya, Mexico. Many alumni attended, including the groom’s father, Robert May, Bus Ad ’72, and three groomsmen. Karissa (Vogel) Young, Arts ’07, and Peter Young, Bus Ad ’09, Jan. 24, 2015 at Milwaukee’s Turner Hall Ballroom. ALUMNI IN ATTENDANCE

Krista (Brantmeier) Hensue, Bus Ad ’07; Julie (Mliner) Shinners, Nurs ’07; David Grande, Comm ’07; Phillip Van Hoven, Arts ’07; Mark Johnson, Comm ’09; Devin Dobie, Eng ’07; Brendan Cummins, Bus Ad ’07; Michael Kelly, Bus Ad ’07, Law ’13; Stephanie (Kersey) Kelly, Arts ’07, Grad ’12; Natalie (Bruders) Young, Eng ’09; Matthew Young, Bus Ad ’07; Amy

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(Hammer) Mliner, Nurs ’09; Patrick O’Conner, Bus Ad ’09; Dan Horvath, Arts ’09; Sean Cheema, Bus Ad ’09; Jesse Davis, Arts ’09; Jim Howard, Bus Ad ’10; Jason Miller, H Sci ’07, Grad ’09; Kennedi (Graham) Miller, Arts ’07, Arts ’09; Mary Anne Young, Arts ’85; Charles Young, Bus Ad ’78; Leigh (Vogel) Levas, H Sci ’04; Mitchell Reis, Bus Ad ’09; Adriana Galvan, Arts ’92; and Austin Guy, Bus Ad ’09.

Pushcart purveyor


Pete Cooney, Bus Ad ’10, brings

pops to Milwaukee’s palate.

Cooney harbors no illusions that his side gig is anything but — still, it’s a cool take on fun. Cooney owns Pete’s Pops, an all-natural frozen fruit popsicle company that makes the summer rounds at Milwaukee farmers markets, street festivals and more. He had the idea for fruity pops but didn’t pursue it until he met a vendor hawking a similar ware at a farmers market in his hometown of St. Louis. “It really started as only a concept, maybe even a joke,” says Cooney, who is assistant controller — full time — for Milwaukee’s Bartolotta Restaurants. “I thought it would be funny,” he says of making popsicles that have little in common with the highly sweetened frozen treats pushed by other vendors. His first product was an avocado pop frozen for a friend’s July 4 party. Everyone raved. Cooney was a finalist in the Milwaukee Area Technical College’s 2013 Hottest Kitchen Entrepreneur Challenge. The next summer, pushing a blueand yellow-accented paleteria, or pushcart, with a chalkboard describing the deliciously untraditional flavors of the day, he debuted Pete’s Pops on a street outside the Milwaukee Public Market in the Third Ward. “People didn’t know what to expect,” Cooney says of customers who took a taste. “At the heart of this is trying interesting food combinations.” It shows. Cooney plays mixologist in his downtown Milwaukee commercial kitchen, combining fresh, seasonal ingredients to concoct fun flavors such as cantaloupe ginger, bourbon iced coffee and blackberry mint. His most popular pop since launching in 2014? Still that first avocado crowd pleaser. — Becky Dubin Jenkins

Stacy (Klotka) Ostromecki, Arts ’08, and Marcin Ostromecki, June 13, 2015 at the Schmid Ranch in Telluride, Colo., where they live. Many alumni attended. Sarah Matula, Arts ’09, and Brian Kennedy, Dec. 5, 2015 at the Piper Palm House in St. Louis, with Joseph Sullivan, Arts ’09, officiating the ceremony. Several alumni attended. She is a data analyst at the Midwest Health Initiative, and he is an electrical engineer at Boeing. Kelsey Naber, H Sci ’11, ’12, was in the wedding party. Katelyn Molitor, Comm ’09, and Tyler Molitor, Sept. 6, 2015 at Church of the Gesu in Milwaukee. She is a registered client specialist for RW Baird, and he is a molecular geneticist for the Parkinson’s Institute and Clinical Center. They live in San Francisco. ALUMNAE IN THE WEDDING PARTY

Holly (Peterson) Danielson, Bus Ad ’10; Jillian (Boor) Neumann Arts ’09; and Lora Seibold, Bus Ad ’10. ALUMNI IN ATTENDANCE

Daniel Rynne, Bus Ad ’10; Melissa Fox, Arts ’01; Elizabeth Weiler, Comm ’01; Kathleen (Cullen) Ritter, Arts ’09; and Patrick Ritter, Law ’13.

Veronica (DeBiase) Zimmer, Nurs ’09, and Joseph Zimmer, Sept. 12, 2015 at St. Anthony on the

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Stephanie Wittliff, Bus Ad ’10; and Kalyn Robbert, Bus Ad ’10. ALUMNI IN ATTENDANCE

Betsy DeBiase, Comm ’01; Raymond DeBiase, Arts ’76; Rev. Anthony Zimmer, Arts ’81; Brittany (Diekvoss) Hawley, Bus Ad ’10; Lindsey Finklang, Comm ’10; Kate Miller, Bus Ad ’08; and Allison Keough, Arts ’10. Jayne (Grebinski) Briggs, Bus Ad ’10, and Steve Briggs, Bus Ad ’08, Oct. 9, 2015. Several alumni attended. The couple met on the varsity cross-country and track teams at Marquette and live in Melbourne, Australia. ALUMNI IN THE WEDDING PARTY

Ben Somers, Bus Ad ’98; and Anna Weber, Arts ’11. Emily (Krueger) Johnson, Arts ’10, and Benjamin Johnson,

Eng ’09, Oct. 17, 2015 in Mil-


waukee. The ceremony was officiated by former university vice president for student affairs Dr. Chris Miller. She is a budget analyst for Chicago Public Schools, and he is a mechanical engineer at Sargent & Lundy. Cecilia Ehlenbach, Arts ’10, was in the wedding party.

Jim Jennings, Eng ’10, Grad ’14; Jacqueline Keidel, Arts ’10, Grad ’12; Mary (Pintozzi) Naidicz, Comm ’11; and Olivia Pintozzi, Comm ’13.


Mother of the bride Wendy Krueger, Grad ’92, and Joshua Krueger, Arts ’14. Erin (Barth) Pintozzi, Arts ’10, Grad ’12, and Joseph Pintozzi, Eng ’10, Aug. 29, 2015 at Pier Wisconsin in Milwaukee. More than 40 alumni attended, including the groom’s father, Anthony Pintozzi, Jr., Bus Ad ’84, and Regina Dolan, Comm ’10, who introduced the couple in 2010. The couple lives in Minneapolis, where he is a computer programmer and she is a digital project manager.

Philip LaRosa, III, Eng ’11, and Anna (Luetmer) LaRosa, Arts ’12, July 24, 2015 at St. Hedwig Catholic Church in Milwaukee. More than 60 alumni attended.

Lauren (Schultz) Woelfel, Comm ’10, and Joe Woelfel, Comm ’10, Oct. 3, 2015 at Holy Cross Church in Mishicot, Wis. The couple lives in Milwaukee.

Elizabeth (Treutler) McEvoy, Arts ’11, and Michael McEvoy, Oct. 10, 2015 at the Acquaviva Winery in Maple Park, Ill.


Chelsea Bode, Comm ’11; Caroline Hopkinson, Arts ’11; Emily Lundquist, Comm ’11; and Colleen (Hastings) Turtenwald, H Sci ’11.

Jeffrey Hatke, Bus Ad ’10; David Hohs, Bus Ad ’10; Katherine (Sternke) Tretow, Arts ’10; Sarah (Woelfel) Clendening, Arts ’06; and Rachel Catoe, Bus Ad ’10. Matt Cotter, Arts ’11, and Ashley Hryckowian, Aug. 29, 2015 at Resurrection Catholic Parish in Green Bay, Wis. ALUMNI IN THE WEDDING PARTY

Eric Cotter, H Sci ’13; Nick Raukamp, Arts ’11; Nick Schaffran, Bus Ad ’11, Law ’14; and Josie Rukamp, Nurs ’11.


Carl Anderson, Ed ’12, and Kristin (Lastres) Anderson, Comm ’11, Aug. 8, 2015 at Church of the Gesu in Milwaukee. They live in Milwaukee, where he works for Greenfield High School and she for Uline. ALUMNI IN THE WEDDING PARTY

Spencer Gantz, Eng ’12; Mark

SHARE THE MOMENT Katherine “Katie” Reiss, Eng ’13, and Matthew Kortes, May 23, 2015 at Church of the Gesu in Milwaukee. Rev. D. Edward Mathie, S.J., presided. Consider sharing a wedding moment with Marquette Magazine. Photo by Amenson Studio. Please obtain permission before sending professional photos.


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Rick Lastres, Eng ’79; Kathy (Ravenscraft) Lastres, Sp ’79; Grad ’80; Kevin Grzieowski, Eng ’11; Maggie (Brueggen) Grzieowski, Bus Ad ’12; Brian Falk, Bus Ad ’11; Kelli (Geisler) Falk, H Sci ’11, Grad ’13; Sam Warmuth, Eng ’11; Chris Colla, Bus Ad ’11, Grad ’12; Beth (Cornille) Geerling, Nurs ’11; Justin Hofmann, Ed ’12; Nick Alonge, Bus Ad ’12; Meagan (O’Hara) Alonge, Nurs ’11; Nick Freter, Arts ’11; Nick Hookham, Bus Ad ’11; Kate Thometz, Arts ’11, Law ’14; Dominic MertinsPellitteri, Comm ’11; Chris Puglessi, Comm ’11; Cy Kondrick, Arts ’11; Dave Neugent, Arts ’11; Cindy Chacko, H Sci ’11, Grad ’12; Sara Buser, Bus Ad ’11; Sarah Schmeling, H Sci ’11, Grad ’13; Joey Parker, Bus Ad ’11; Mike Weber, Bus Ad ’11; Hannah Weber, Bus Ad ’11; Kelly Verstat, Bus Ad ’13; and Saville Meuli, Arts ’15. Brittany Binsfeld, H Sci ’12, and Dan Hensgen, Nurs ’06, Grad ’14, May 16, 2015 in La Crosse, Wis. Parents of the bride are Tony Binsfeld, Eng ’74, and Barbara Binsfeld, Sp ’74, Grad ’75. Ryan Bratt, Eng ’12, and Lacey Van Syckle, Bus Ad ’12, Sept. 26, 2015. The reception was at Pabst Best Place in Milwaukee. Faculty members Dr. Marilyn Bratt, assistant professor of nursing, and Jon Pray, associate vice provost for educational technology, attended. ALUMNI IN THE WEDDING PARTY

Ryan Conway, Eng ’12; Dean Nowalis, Eng ’12; Eric Bratt, Bus Ad ’09; Tara Holderness, Bus Ad ’12; and Taylor Trovillion, Comm ’12.

Mary (McGuire) Driscoll, Nurs ’12, and Johnny Driscoll, Nurs ’12, at Saints Faith, Hope and Charity Church in Winnetka, Ill. The reception was held at the Michigan Shores Club in Wilmette, Ill. She is a registered nurse in the intensive care unit at Chicago’s Swedish Covenant Hospital, and he is a registered nurse in the hospital’s cardiac catheterization lab. ALUMNI IN THE WEDDING PARTY

Elizabeth Sullivan, Arts ’12; Mary Clohisy, Arts ’12; Kathleen (Allgeier) McGuire, Bus Ad ’08; Mark McGuire, Bus Ad ’08; Timothy O’Brien, Arts ’12; Kyle McElwee, Bus Ad ’12; Brian Kane, Bus Ad ’12; Michael Gagliardo, Bus Ad ’12; and Scott Benedetto, Bus Ad ’12.

Michael Laing, Eng ’12, and Lizzie (Picciolo) Laing, Bus Ad ’11, Aug. 8, 2015 at Old St. Mary’s Church. The reception was at Milwaukee’s Pfister Hotel. Many alumni attended. She works in the buying department at Kohl’s, and he is studying patent law at Marquette Law School. Katherine Reiss, Eng ’13, and Matthew Kortes, May 23, 2015 at Church of the Gesu in Milwaukee. Rev. D. Edward Mathie, S.J., celebrated the Mass. The bride’s parents, Thomas Reiss, Arts ’70, and Mary Schaefer Reiss, Arts ’70, met in a chemistry lab at Marquette and celebrated their 45th wedding anniversary this year. Thomas Reiss, Eng ’05, is the bride’s brother.

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Parilla, Arts ’11; Katie (Barker) Parilla, H Sci ’11, Grad ’12; Sara Paulus, H Sci ’11, Grad ’12; Allison Odders, Ed ’12; Patrick Garvin, Bus Ad ’12; and Michael Garvin,

Richards, Feb. 5, 2015. He joins sister Cordelia Davoren, 3.


Jennifer (Hollenbeck) Sarhaddi, Comm ’96, and Darius Sarhaddi, Arts ’96: sons Cameron Cyrus and Spencer Jack, Oct. 9, 2014. Both weighed more than 6 pounds and were 19 inches. Mark Andres, Bus Ad ’98, Law ’01, Grad ’01, and Annie (Nolan) Andres, Comm ’06: son Thomas Ignatius, Nov. 8, 2014. Timothy Blazek, Bus Ad ’98, and Kristine Blazek: son Ryder Marshall, July 28, 2015. He was 9 pounds, 7 ounces. He joins brother Chase, 4, and sister Emma, 2. The family lives in Naperville, Ill. Richard Lucas, Eng ’98, and Lauren Lucas: daughter Liza Leigh, Sept. 23, 2015. Sandi (Swincicki) Pagenkopf, Nurs ’98, and Kelly Pagenkopf: son Benjamin Michael, June 7, 2015. He was 9 pounds, 10 ounces. Julie (Swanberg) Heinrichs, Arts ’99, Grad ’01, and Erik Heinrichs, Arts ’00: twin daughters Sofie Juliet and Willa Solveig, June 30, 2015. They join sisters Elsa, 6, and Clara, 4. Bridget (Moore) Michlik, Bus Ad ’99, and Geoffrey Michlik: son Robert Charles, June 11, 2015. He was 7 pounds and 19.75 inches. Casey (Barrett) Welsh, Comm ’99, and Evan Welsh: son Albert

Jeff Blahnik, Arts ’00, Law ’03, and Ruthy (Rauchenstein) Blahnik, H Sci ’02, Grad ’07: daughter Maeve Marie, Sept. 3, 2015. She was 9 pounds, 8 ounces and 21 inches and joins sister Molly, 5, and brother Charlie, 2. The family lives in Norman, Okla. Megan (Janssens) Herbert, Bus Ad ’01, and Kenyon Herbert: son Callan Brach, June 19, 2015. He joins brother Nolan, 3. Robyn Molaro King, Arts ’01, and Tim King: son Enzo Robert. He was 10 pounds, 4 ounces and 23 inches. He joins brother Rocco, 7, and sisters Luciana, 5, and Francesca, 3. Dan Waters, Bus Ad ’02, and Brenda Waters: son Will, August 2015. He joins sisters Madeline, 7, Lucy, 4, and Charlotte, 1. Jason Harwig, Arts ’03, and Megan (Cleland) Harwig, Ph.D.: daughter Gemma Lynn, Dec. 18, 2015. She was 5 pounds, 13.8 ounces and 19 inches. The family lives in Bay View. Alexandra (Kokolus) Hersey, Arts ’03, Grad ’06, and Heath Hersey, Arts ’05: son Henry Heath Joseph, May 18, 2015. He was 7 pounds, 12 ounces and 21 inches. John Hoeveler, Arts ’03, Grad ’05, and HaiJing Qin: daughter Nora Diane, Sept. 29, 2015 in Washington, D.C. She was 7 pounds, 5 ounces and 21 inches. She is the couple’s first child. Katie (Jordan) Fisher, Comm ’04, and Eric Fisher: son Alexander Thomas, Sept. 15, 2015. He was 8 pounds, 13 ounces and 21 inches. He joins brother Drew.

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in memoriam

Eileen M. Curtin Beier, Jour ’38 Catherine A. Schroeder Doleschal, Arts ’39 Janis C. Malone Robedeaux, Sp ’39 Herman J. Glinski, Law ’40 Jean E. Sommers Angel, Arts ’42 Shirley A. Brettschneider Cooper, Nurs ’42 Marjorie E. Esser Frederick, Arts ’42 Marjorie J. Dess Thompson, Arts ’42 Ruth E. Gass Hunter, Arts ’43, Grad ’44 Kiesl K. Kaufman, Arts ’43, Med ’46 Betty J. Kelley Kuhnmuench, Arts ’43 Patricia A. Martin Minch, Dent Hy ’43 Mary P. Patti, Arts ’43, Grad ’46 Frank G. Schiro, Med ’43 Adeline A. Johann Ashman, Bus Ad ’44 Pearl B. Bruns Elder, Bus Ad ’44 Edward B. Heckenkamp, Eng ’44 Robert J. Millard, Dent ’44 Jean L. Van Hercke Bonifas, Jour ’45 Virginia M. Zingsheim Durkin, Arts ’45 Robert F. Goodman, Eng ’45 Lenard O. Rutz, Eng ’45 Vincent J. Sanner, Dent ’45 Margaret M. Regan Bach, Arts ’46 Robert D. Sundin, Eng ’46 Carol J. Werner Thill, Arts ’46 Edward E. Westerdahl, Eng ’46 John G. Bartholomew, Law ’47 Alfred D. Buerosse, Eng ’47 Gloria K. Zafis Charles, Bus Ad ’47


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Milton J. Fox, Arts ’47, Med ’49 Antoinette B. Bonafede Lippert, Arts ’47 Robert J. Maertz, Eng ’47 Eleanore M. McCarthy, Sp ’47 Virginia F. Funk Schneider, Arts ’47 Lloyd J. Skagen, Bus Ad ’47 James A. Steinke, Eng ’47 John H. Weber, Bus Ad ’47 Joseph T. Weinfurter, Jour ’47,

Law ’49

Marjorie E. Tweedt Brown, Med ’48 Richard K. Crissman, Med ’48 Joseph T. Dorsey, Arts ’48 Virginia M. Kubacki Engbring, Arts ’48, Grad ’49 Dennis J. Frost, Bus Ad ’48

William J. Schendt, Bus Ad ’50 James M. Thielen, Bus Ad ’50 Patricia A. Hust Ake, Dent Hy ’51 John P. Buckley, Law ’51 Gerold J. Fuchs, Arts ’51 Avrom Kniaz, Dent ’51 James E. Lasonde, Eng ’51 Willard E. Lawrence, Arts ’51,

Grad ’53

Joseph R. Matejicka, Arts ’51 Edna B. Robson, Jour ’51 Raymond G. Scharpf, Bus Ad ’51 Harold P. Stoiber, Eng ’51 David J. Baldwin, Arts ’52 Richard S. Cackovic, Bus Ad ’52 Robert W. Cannon, Bus Ad ’52,

Law ’54

George R. Cero, Bus Ad ’52 Carolyn L. Britz Cooper, Dent Hy ’52

Patricia C. Dunn Gesser, Sp ’55 Irene L. Lawler Hogan, Grad ’55 Thomas F. Makens, Bus Ad ’55 Edward S. Pan, Eng ’55 Therese A. Olatta Rozga, Grad ’55 Donald A. Schlicke, Bus Ad ’55 Albert J. Turner, Jour ’55 Edward W. Cherry, Arts ’56 Margaret A. Newman Daniel, Jour ’56 Charles H. Harbutt, Jour ’56 Gordon P. Hetzel, Bus Ad ’56 Joseph W. Kennebeck, Eng ’56 Earl F. Krause, Eng ’56 Marko M. Mato, Bus Ad ’56 Jean E. Ferrel McDonald, Dent Hy ’56 Mary G. Micke, Arts ’56, Grad ’62

The Marquette University community joins in prayerful remembrance of those who have died. May the souls of the faithful departed rest in peace. Eternal rest grant unto them, Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. Joyce R. Werner Harnett, Jour ’48 Stanley A. Korducki, Arts ’48,

Med ’49

Patricia A. Kennedy Lehman, Nurs ’48 Richard W. Ramseyer, Arts ’48 Marilyn T. Thornberry Salmon, Jour ’48 M.G. Hayes Shaughnessy, Nurs ’48 Robert C. Koch, Arts ’49, Law ’51 Janette F. Koepsel, Bus Ad ’49 Richard J. Lederer, Jour ’49 Michael J. Pirozzi, Med ’49 Henry J. Di Sante, Eng ’50 Joseph B. Forrestal, Law ’50 Joseph T. Glab, Arts ’50 Edward A. Mangotich, Eng ’50 Raymond T. Morris, Bus Ad ’50 David Z. Nettesheim, Bus Ad ’50 Daniel M. Nowicki, Arts ’50 Helen J. Kiernan Popalisky, Nurs ’50 John E. Rosenberg, Arts ’50 Raymond S. Ross, Arts ’50,

Grad ’50

Clarence J. Dahlen, Arts ’52 Avis D. Decker Johnson, Grad ’52 Mary E. Wiggin Lawton, Arts ’52 Norman F. Rohter, Arts ’52 Richard V. Rosendale, Med ’52 Robert Wenke, Bus Ad ’52 George A. Brown, Bus Ad ’53 Charles H. Coveney, Bus Ad ’53,

John W. Rabby, Grad ’56 Francis S. Ryan, Dent ’56 Walter J. Willrodt, Eng ’56 Elizabeth A. Daley Zarse, Nurs ’56 Noel J. Biesik, Eng ’57 Allison R. Diebels, Eng ’57 Nancy M. Engelhardt, Arts ’57,

Robert E. Fox, Arts ’57 Wayne E. Frederich, Bus Ad ’57 Daniel P. Hanley, Jr., Jour ’57 George R. Sell, Arts ’57, Grad ’58 Frank E. Szymanski, Grad ’57 Eugene R. Van Himbergen, Eng ’57 Arthur G. Barbier, Arts ’58 Charles M. Bergschneider, Arts ’58, Med ’61 Kathleen J. Cullen, Med Tech ’58 Thomas C. Glover, Dent ’58 William J. Howard, Arts ’58 Thomas M. Jungbluth, Arts ’58 George F. Lawrence, Eng ’58 Robert F. Manti, Grad ’58 Michael P. Murray, Law ’58 Janet A. Fagan Navin, Nurs ’58,

Grad ’62

Howard W. Fidler, Bus Ad ’53 Arthur E. Marquart, Dent ’53 Mary E. Huck Ralph, Nurs ’53 Mary W. Crook Bergin, Grad ’54 John I. Draves, Dent ’54 Patricia L. Annen Friday, Arts ’54 James J. Hart, Bus Ad ’54 William J. Hnath, Bus Ad ’54 Paul H. Latz, Bus Ad ’54 John F. Leising, Eng ’54 Wilfred J. Lepeska, Eng ’54 Dennis G. Pierce, Eng ’54 Phuoc B. Vo, Eng ’54 James R. Barron, Bus Ad ’55 Barbara E. Boothe, Arts ’55 Ronald J. Drzewiecki, Arts ’55 Thomas L. Flanagan, Bus Ad ’55

Grad ’64

Grad ’68

Grad ’65

Jerome K. Muller, Bus Ad ’61 Thomas R. Peelen, Arts ’61 Linda A. Burkett Suppelsa, Arts ’61 Frances A. Baumbach, Grad ’62 Louise K. Brown Bender, Arts ’62 Joanna K. Conrardy, Arts ’62 Ronald Horkheimer, Eng ’62,

Med ’67

Nancy A. Poggenburg Kasper, Arts ’62 Frank W. Morton, Grad ’62 Sharon A. Marx Muth, Bus Ad ’62 Donald L. Spring, Eng ’62 Walter B. Valacich, Dent ’62 Alicia F. McCormick Arakelian, Arts ’63 Gregory P. Blum, Bus Ad ’63 Marie A. Brang, Grad ’63 Leo G. Dillon, Eng ’63 Edward N. Leonard, Arts ’63 Curtis W. Miller, Grad ’63 Roberta A. Kindt Schlidt, Med Tech ’63 Thomas R. Acheson, Arts ’64 George E. Devine, Grad ’64

Elizabeth A. Dunn, Grad ’64, ’67 Medi K. Koehler Hoover, Arts ’64 Catherine J. Walsh Marino, Sp ’64 Ronald J. Vogel, Grad ’64 Frank L. Wadas, Arts ’64, Dent ’67 John D. Galligan, Bus Ad ’65 Albert G. Jacobbe, Grad ’65 Michael E. Long, Grad ’65 Mary B. Wilhelm, Grad ’65 Andrew R. Zinkl, Arts ’65 Joseph V. Caputo, Arts ’66 Michael J. Knoeller, Arts ’66,

Law ’69

David W. Leifker, Law ’66 Duilio A. Stricca, Dent ’66 Russell J. Trader, Arts ’66 Richard P. Wisniewski, Bus Ad ’66 Mary A. Dietzel Carman, Nurs ’67 Roma M. Gineitis, Nurs ’67 William A. Kestell, Bus Ad ’67 Robert R. Mason, Bus Ad ’67 Cabrini Schmitz, Grad ’67 Robert D. Straszewski, Arts ’67 Michael J. Zimmer, Law ’67 Mary A. O’Meara Blackburn, Nurs ’68 Rose T. Huelsman, Grad ’68 Harper L. Jones, Grad ’68 Robert M. Powers, Eng ’68 Marilyn R. Perkins Barreto, Jour ’69 Martin Beil, Arts ’69 William J. Fledderman, Eng ’69 Francis C. Golier, Med ’69 Alice C. Kaiser, Grad ’69 David P. Killen, Grad ’70 Nancy R. Russell McDade, Grad ’70 Betty A. Amundsen Waring, Grad ’70 Thomas R. Bolduc, Nurs ’71 John L. Brugman, Arts ’71 Charles J. Hayes, Arts ’71 William R. Mordaunt, Arts ’71 Michael J. O’Brien, Arts ’71 Mary T. Regler, Nurs ’71 Margaret M. Kotarski Felber, Arts ’72 Yahya M. Hariri, Eng ’72 William E. Mick, Arts ’72

Jack M. Priester, Law ’72 Michael S. Bunting, Arts ’73 William F. Cronin, Arts ’73 Byron F. Daniels, Eng ’73 William F. Granger, Arts ’73 Doris D. Jakubowski, Grad ’73 Robert E. Jaques, Bus Ad ’73 Robert Walek, Bus Ad ’73 E.C. Walsh, Grad ’73 Michael J. Kelly, Arts ’74 Arthur W. Lemm, Arts ’74 Michael J. Collins, Grad ’75 Susan M. Brostowitz Lownik, Nurs ’75 Gerard J. Girdaukas, Arts ’76 John R. Miles, Eng ’76 Paul F. Ohrenberger, Jour ’76 Joan M. Schumack, Jour ’76,

Grad ’89

Michael Budyak, Jour ’77 Gerard F. Manning, Arts ’77 Robert M. Bordeman, Bus Ad ’78 William W. Knickmeyer, Dent ’78 James W. Blake, Grad ’79 James A. Rendon, Arts ’79 Beverly J. Day Boyer, Law ’80 Paul F. Linn, Arts ’80, Grad ’82 Mark R. Reitz, Arts ’80, Law ’83 Suzanne M. Sikora, Dent ’81 John T. Miller, Eng ’82 Anthony A. Graff, Bus Ad ’83 Jill C. Hammerlund Hanses, Arts ’84 George W. Hilliard, Grad ’85 Frances E. Stelling, Grad ’85 Robert E. Kortsch, Dent ’86,

Grad ’88

Wayne R. Fulleylove Krause, Law ’89 Stacey L. Wise, Arts ’90 John M. Isom, Arts ’91 Mark K. Carr, Law ’92 Patrick S. Conklin, Arts ’95 Clarence G. Rzezotarski, Grad ’95 Kevin L. Ferguson, Law ’96 Adam R. Rohleder, Bus Ad ’96 John M. Egan, Eng ’05 Philip M. Theisen, Law ’07 William S. Scheid, Bus Ad ’14

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Harvey N. Tengler, Eng ’58 James C. Adamson, Eng ’59 Susan L. Gentleman Gagliardi, Nurs ’59 Wilber G. Gill, Dent ’59 Kathryn L. Graeff Hannon, Dent Hy ’59 Alanna Ring, Nurs ’59 Bernard U. Roels, Law ’59 Robert E. Snyder, Arts ’59 Frank S. Tarantino, Bus Ad ’59 Sylvester N. Weyker, Eng ’59 Roger C. Abbott, Arts ’60 James T. Cotter, Jour ’60 Robert E. Cregan, Bus Ad ’60 Robert E. Finn, Jour ’60 Donald E. Keuler, Dent ’60 Robert C. Korosec, Eng ’60 Anthony M. Napolet, Arts ’60 Ralph D. Quinney, Bus Ad ’60 M.L. Trombley, Grad ’60 Joseph J. Vlachina, Arts ’60 John H. Colman, Arts ’61 Kathleen A. Fallon Garr, Eng ’61 James J. McDonald, Bus Ad ’61,

Justin Harwig, Arts ’04, and Mary (Butwina) Harwig, Comm ’04: daughter Anya Marie, Oct. 24, 2015. She was 6 pounds, 7 ounces and 20.5 inches. She joins brother Alexander, 2. The family lives in Franklin, Wis. Aaron L. Peters, Bus Ad ’04, Grad ’05, and Meghan Peters: son Aaron L. Peters, Jr., Dec. 9, 2014. He was 8 pounds, 5 ounces and 21.7 inches. Sara (Yaeggi) Beringer, Nurs ’05, and Matthew Beringer: daughter Aimee Evelyn, Aug. 24, 2015. John Dahmen, Bus Ad ’05, and Sara Dahmen, Comm ’05: son Jonathan “Jack” Lewys, Nov. 18, 2015. He was 10 pounds, 2 ounces and 23 inches. He joins brother William and sister Hannah. Rachel (Weiler) McQuillan, Bus Ad ’05, and Pat McQuillan: son Keegan Caffrey, Oct. 20, 2015. He was 6 pounds, 6 ounces and 19.5 inches. The family lives in Mequon, Wis. Iain McPherson, Eng ’06, and Rachael: son Alasdair Liam Sheldon, Oct. 21, 2015. He was 8 pounds, 4 ounces and 21 inches. Christine (Bestor) Townsend, Arts ’06, and Steven Townsend, Comm ’05: daughter Charlotte Elizabeth, June 25, 2015. She was 6 pounds, 3 ounces and 19.5 inches. Ashley (Lupo) Cajthami, Comm ’07, and Michael J. Cajthami, Jr., Comm ’07: son Cameron Michael, Aug. 4, 2015. He was 6 pounds, 15 ounces and 19.75 inches. The family lives in Overland Park, Kan.

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Sean Wolf, Bus Ad ’07, and Katy Wolf: daughter Harper Lorelai. Emily (Schmidt) Hare, Comm ’08, and Daniel Hare: son Declan Charles, July 7, 2015. He was 7 pounds, 9 ounces. The family lives in New Berlin, Wis. Kathryn (Zoulek) Prill, Nurs ’08, and Benjamin Prill: son Andrew Thomas, Oct. 26, 2015 in Shreveport, La. He was 6 pounds, 4 ounces and 18 inches. He joins brother Austin. Meghan (Farmer) Wilkins, Bus Ad ’08, and Justin Wilkins, Bus Ad ’08: daughter Emilie Jean, June 11, 2015. She was 9 pounds, 9 ounces and 21 inches. She is the couple’s first child.

Liz (Blair) McGowan, H Sci ’09, Grad ’11, and Tony McGowan, Bus Ad ’11: son Brayden Matthew, Oct. 14, 2015. He was 7 pounds, 10 ounces and 21 inches. Kristina Biggs, Arts ’10, and Logan Biggs: son Jackson James, Dec. 6, 2015. He was 7 pounds, 8 ounces and 20 inches. He joins brother Alexander, 2. Tania Silva, Comm ’10, and Craig Doescher, Eng ’10: daughter Reina Jade Silva-Doescher, Sept. 8, 2015. She was 7 pounds, 10 ounces and 20 inches. She joins brother Lucas. Ryan Conway, Eng ’12, and Eilish Conway, Arts ’12: daughter Catriona Leigh, Nov. 30, 2015 in Honolulu, Hawaii. Megan (Paterkiewicz) Luke, Nurs ’12, and Scott Luke, Bus Ad ’12: daughter Avery Juliette, Oct. 16, 2015 in Jacksonville, Fla. She was 8 pounds, 3 ounces and 21 inches.

Kathleen (Scannell) Immen, Arts ’09, and Robert Immen, Bus Ad ’09: daughter Eileen Clare, April 30, 2015. She was 7 pounds, 10 ounces and 20 inches. The family lives in Seattle. Kate (Kelleher) Junk, Arts ’09, and Luke Junk, Bus Ad ’08; daughter Eleanor Grace in August 2015. She joins brother Nate.

Tara Tompkins, Grad ’12, and Wayne Tompkins: daughter Avery Skylar, July 31, 2015. She was 8 pounds, 11 ounces and 19.5 inches. She is the couple’s first child.

Everyday I look around and think to myself how lucky I am to be able to attend such a wonderful school. @MarquetteU. KELLY O’M A LLEY, CURRENT STUDENT, ON T W ITTER



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letters to the editor Twirling legacy

my goals, one of which was

merely to have described

to earn a degree in nursing

him as having been “killed”

How delightful to read your

from Marquette.

in Syria.

piece on the Daley sisters,


twirlers extraordinaire (alumni

a diploma nursing school,

profile and back page picture

I worked as an R.N. while


in the Winter 2016 issue). It

pursuing studies in nursing

took me back to the 1940s and

Your point is well-taken. We

and liberal arts at Marquette.

’50s when I was obsessed with

have covered James Foley’s

I became engrossed in those

twirling, practicing for hours

murder several times in the

courses, in the discussions,

magazine and failed in this

on end, performing solo, in

my professors, my classmates.

instance to provide a full

I was very happy to see the

duets, in a Green Bay Drum

They enrich my life to this

explanation. Thank you for

article on John Neumeier

and Bugle Corps twirling

day. Such wonderful memories

writing and sharing your

(Winter 2016 issue). I wish you

group, and in baton contests.

of twirling and of Marquette.


had included something about

In one contest in Pewaukee,

Thank you so much for

his early training. John studied

I competed in the same age

bringing them back.

at the Roberta Gunnis Dance

group as Sherry Daley. To my

We welcome your feedback

Studio in Milwaukee when he


amazement I scored higher

on the contents of Marquette

was young, and Roberta was

than she did. What a thrill,

my cousin. I also studied there

placing ahead of the national

and remember how we all

champion. That would never

In your Winter 2016 edition

knew that John was destined

have happened had she not

you had a short article on

for great things. Glad to see

dropped her baton five times

the first recipient of the

he’s getting the recognition

during her routine. As she

James Foley Scholarship.

he deserves.

says, you toss the baton and

From the standpoint of a


pray that when it comes

scholarship for journalism,

John neumeier’s moment of truth

“Who are you? you’re a dancer.”

Six words from Rev. John Walsh, S.J., director of Marquette’s then-renowned Teatro Maria theatre program, removed doubt for John Neumeier. By Joni Moths Mueller Marquette Magazine


2 Features Winter 2016 FINAL V1.indd 19

12/29/15 11:12 AM

Neumeier’s art apparent

After graduating from

Loss of James Foley

down, you “capture” it. As

I believe it would have been

How wonderful to read the

we twirlers know, that baton

more accurate and informa-

article about John Neumeier.

can get away from us. Picking

tive for the writer to have

John’s first dance instructor,

it up and continuing on was

mentioned that he was

Roberta Gunnis, taught at a

a life lesson for me, teaching

savagely and unjustly

neighborhood dance studio

me perseverance in achieving

murdered by terrorists, not

Magazine. All letters considered for publication must include the sender’s first and last names. We reserve the right to edit letters for length and will print only letters that are thoughtful and relevant to the contents of the magazine. Write us at: Editor, Marquette Magazine P.O. Box 1881 Milwaukee, WI 53201-1881 Email us at: mumagazine@marquette.edu

on Howell Avenue, across the street from Humboldt Park. He was one of just two or three

Pledging to Be the Difference next

boys enrolled. My ballet class shared the stage with John in one of our annual dance recitals in the early 1950s. He was a brave young man as he soloed in tights before the blue collar dads in the audience. Even then his talent was apparent, but we never imagined what heights could be achieved by a South Side kid with a dream. PENNY CROWL SOUHRADA, ARTS ’60

Ryan Murphy

Mary Hill

Jonathan Gromowski

Son of Sheryl (Piotrowski) Murphy, Arts ’96, Law ’99, and Matt Murphy

Daughter of Jackie (Duffy) Hill,

Son of Lilly (Agopian) Gromowski, Comm’ 07

Nurs ’08

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Tilling the soil

“Reflecting on experience” is

a key concept in Ignatian spirituality

exploring faith together

and pedagogy.


Spring 2016

Alumni surveys often indicate that the personalities and influences faculty members have on students are remembered long after the content of their courses is forgotten. Alumni recall professors who, they say, helped them learn and grow as human beings and influenced who they are as adults. That experience is central to Ignatian pedagogy. There is growing interest among Marquette faculty to learn and practice the traditions of Jesuit education and Ignatian pedagogy. During the past seven years approximately 70 faculty members — across disciplines — have joined faculty learning communities in person and online to read, discuss, and design assignments and even whole syllabi drawn from the model of Jesuit education that has flourished for more than 450 years. They explore the history as well as contemporary directions of Jesuit education and learn about the Ignatian pedagogical paradigm, to both focus on the purpose and goals and to use a teaching method of thinking and learning that has stood the test of time. They grasp the roots and purposes of Jesuit education, which seeks to fulfill Ignatius’ dream of transforming the world by transforming the lives of individuals to be more moral, competent and caring. This teaching template is based on aspects of Ignatian Spirituality. In prayer St. Ignatius learned that using his senses of sight, smell, taste, touch and sound, along with imagination, helped him to meditate on and place himself in the Gospel stories about Jesus and experience them more deeply. He encouraged people to reflect on their experiences, to assess the movements in their lives that helped them become more or less aware of God’s presence in a daily “examen.” Faculty at Marquette are adopting this framework as a pedagogy to help students learn ways to read and pay attention at deepened levels to what they are reading; to reflect at deeper levels on service learning and clinic experiences; to relive or imagine experiments and interviews, mock trials, internships, debates, and innovative approaches to problems. They provide key words from the method to help students guide the process, such as context (the student’s personal life and the culture they live in); experience (reading a text, listening to a lecture, going to a clinic setting, doing service learning, performing in theatre or music, conducting an experiment); reflection (using senses and attention to think back on the experience); action (thoughts, beliefs and values the reflection suggests); and evaluation (contemplation of where all of this leads). “Reflecting on experience” is a key concept in Ignatian Spirituality and pedagogy. The process of looking back to go deeper in responding to what one has learned, experienced, seen, smelled, tasted, felt and heard brings meaning to the experience that might not be immediately evident. This method draws us into becoming more human, more the women and men God created us to be. Ignatius had a dream for his companions summed up in the First Principle and Foundation of the Spiritual Exercises: “All the things in this world are gifts of God, presented to us so that we can know God more easily and make a return of love more readily.” Ignatian pedagogy provides tools to encourage students to engage that world, finding God in all things, especially their studies. By Dr. Susan Mountin, director of Manresa for Faculty in the Office of Mission and Ministry

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