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The doctor is in, Lloyd Walton, Ed.D. PAGE 38 BELOW

Always in the back of his mind, U.S. Ambassador John Tefft thought about one hoped-for destination. PAGE 24


24 Vice President Xavier Cole’s advice

to the Class of 2020? “You will be asked

to be attentive, loving and empathic

to the experiences of others.”


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“There’s a saying that a well-loved child has many names. Jesuit education seems always to be finding itself named afresh.”





Seeding discovery 16

30 31 ABOVE

Bill Kraus sets his example of a “greater good.” PAGE 31 LEFT

Daniela Castillo’s passion for pups is packaged as Dogs MKE. PAGE 28

The Bryon Riesch Paralysis Foundation makes possible what researchers worldwide dream about — and Marquette is a beneficiary.

Being human 20 Something special happens at a Jesuit university — “When I had learned to teach by just asking questions, I realized a genuine question can call forth from a student not only intelligence and insight, but also courage.”

Two nomads 24 Four decades is plenty of patriotism. But when the country has a special need, John and Mariella Tefft get a phone call.


THE BIG DIG Shovels broke ground in November for the new 375-bed residence tower on the northwest corner of campus. Architectural renderings available “On a church rooftop on the fringes of the Marquette campus, the marriage of meal program participants, students, urban beekeeping and pro-bee advocacy seems like a match made in heaven.” ONLINE @ STORIES.MARQUETTE.EDU, SEARCH “BEES.”


Did we catch your eye? Welcome to the new Marquette Magazine. It’s brighter, bolder and more story-driven than ever. We begin with a social media catch-up called “Seen+Heard,” move to bite-size news in “MU/360°” and build to our blown-out “Class Notes” brag book, with dozens of moments to swell your Marquette pride. You’ll spot broad campus coverage, deep looks at research and innovation, peeks inside classrooms, introductions to students, conversations with alumni breaking boundaries or jumping career tracks, and a loyal focus on Catholic, Jesuit values. We need one more thing — your input. The magazine is full of opportunites to share stories and snapshots, nominate alumni who deserve recognition and answer curious questions so that we can share your thoughts. It’s your turn. We’re waiting to hear from you. Connect with us at

Editor: Joni Moths Mueller Submissions by Garrett Gundlach, S.J., Arts ’09; student-intern Megan Knowles; Dr. John Pustejovsky, Arts ’76; Christopher Stolarski. Design: Winge Design Studio. Photography © Sidney Baumann, p. 2; Mina Bloom, p. 43; Jaclyn Borowski, pgs. 1, 31; Maggie Bean, p. 5; CIEPRO/Getty Images, cover, p. 16; Chris Guillen, p. 1, 38; ITAR-TASS Photo Agency/ Alamy, p. 1, 24; Peter Mauney, p. 6; John Nienhuis, pgs. 1, 5, 8,

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Joni Moths Mueller, editor 15, 19, 26, 28, 35; Prisma Bildagentur AG/Alamy, p. 10. Illustrations © Matthew Cook, p. 14; Eraxion, p. 18; Joyce Hesselberth/The iSpot, p. 12; Ryan Huddle, p. 21; Pete Kowalski, cover, p. 16; Mike Rohde, p. 13. Marquette Magazine (Winter 2017, Vol. 35, Issue No. 1), for and about alumni and friends of Marquette, is published three times a year by Marquette University, 1250 W. Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee, WI 53223.

Postage paid at Milwaukee, WI. Address correspondence to Marquette Magazine, P.O. Box 1881, Milwaukee, WI, 53201-1881 USA. Phone: (414) 288-7448. Publications Agreement No. 1496964

See winners of the International Photo Contest, with all photos submitted by Marquette students studying abroad. Take a look at photos.


+ SEEN HEARD news online


Catch up! The latest issues of several college magazines are available online. Keep up with them all at

“This is just what we do at night.” There is no sleeping through Marquette’s new TV commercial. Watch for it during televised Big East games, or see it now at

In regard to “Fulbright firsts” in the fall magazine, I would like to offer the following information: While at Marquette, I received a student Fulbright award to the University of Munich Germany for the 1960–61 year. … It was a marvelous and life-changing experience. My wife Julie (Early) and I got married two weeks before we left for Germany —  a truly extraordinary honeymoon. PATRICK C. BOYDEN, GRAD ’66 EMERITUS PROFESSOR, KENT STATE UNIVERSITY

I just saw the cover of Marquette Magazine, and my heart sank. I feel like I missed the boat. I proposed to my wife using 23 strands of Christmas lights strung up to spell “Giovanna will you marry me?” on the side of McCormick Hall. This was in 1998. … The two of us spent a combined five years in that hall as residents and RAs, and it carries so much meaning and so many memories. Thanks for honoring this special place. CEVIN MOSES, ARTS ’98

delivers a timeline of communication firsts that need to be read and celebrated. COMM

explores the passion that ignites new teachers. EDUCATION


celebrates two decades and 5,482 graduates.

5,482 LAWYER examines the

separation of powers in the Bush and Obama eras. NURSE explores broad-

based alliances with neighborhood health centers.


Be the reason. Be the solution.

BE THE DIFFERENCE. Marquette University fosters the formation of the mind and heart so that our students graduate prepared for a life without limits. They become fearless leaders, willing servants and effective doers. They fully understand what it means to be a force that acts for good in the workplace, in the community and in the world.




nergy, imagination and innovation are qualities I see every day across the Marquette campus and Milwaukee community. We’ll be seeing more of all of them in the pages of the redesigned Marquette Magazine. Since I learned about a redesign of our alumni magazine, I’ve been looking forward to how the publication will more completely chronicle our work to create a student learning experience that’s second to none. We have made distinctive progress in enhancing the student experience throughout November. First, we sank shovels into the construction site for a new residence hall — a development you’ll learn more about in coming months. It was followed by two outstanding events that further connected us with the community. Both were part of our new Marquette Forum ( and allowed us to share a meal with people we might not otherwise have met. A full house gathered at Redeemer Lutheran Church near campus to consider race and segregation in Milwaukee. The conversation gave me and others at the university insights into better understanding the challenges faced in the community — especially in the wake of unrest a few miles north of campus

last summer — and how Marquette can better use its time and talents to help work toward solutions. The Marquette University Student Government screened the documentary Two American Families. From the film and subsequent conversations it was clear that a great many opportunities in life depend on education. The words I heard made me even more conscious of and committed to a founding principle of Marquette: to provide educational opportunities to first-generation college students. Finally, in late November, the annual Forward Thinking Poster Session and Colloquy drew faculty, staff and students together to discuss future research, which offered ideal opportunities for interdisciplinary partnerships. These November events and conversations had in common a focus on a better future: a better place for students to live, a better understanding of the world around us, and a better approach to working together on research. I know alumni share a deep interest in what happens on campus and a commitment to pitch in wherever and whenever possible. Please stay connected, watch our progress, and write to let me know what you think at

Dr. Michael R. Lovell PRESIDENT


NEXT UP Contemporary artist Jeffrey Gibson is best known for sculptures and paintings that intermingle traditional Native American art with contemporary art and culture. The Haggerty Museum of Art will present Look How Far We’ve Come!, a solo exhibition of Gibson’s work, Feb. 2 – May 21, 2017.


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trading places


engineering grads: getting down to business Business, engineering and a Milwaukee manufacturer join forces for engineering grads. B Y C H R I S T O P H E R S T O L A R S K I


hese graduates are very competent engineers, but they don’t have enough appreciation for the business side.” That’s what Keyes Dean of Business Administration Brian Till says his college often hears from businesses that employ engineering graduates. The Opus College of Engineering, College of Business Administration and Milwaukeebased manufacturer Rexnord are joining forces to address that shortcoming with a concept that Till says has been “bubbling up for years.” The result is Bridge to Business, an immersive, four-week experience to give early career engineers business fundamentals. “As engineers advance in their careers, their leadership of major projects and new ventures is greatly influenced by their business acumen and their ability to see how innovation and technology development fit into the bigger picture,” says Dr. Kristina Ropella, Opus Dean of Engineering.

Bridge to Business is supported by a $1 million gift from Rexnord. The first cohort of approximately 20 participants is set to begin this summer, soon after most members of this inaugural class pick up their engineering degrees from Marquette. Through a blend of classroom and real-world interactive learning opportunities, program participants will study the integration of business disciplines, including finance, marketing, supply chain management and information technology — all with an engineering overlay. “Bridge to Business was designed specifically with engineers in mind, with input from faculty and leadership from both colleges, as well as our business community partners,” says Kevin Walsh, adjunct instructor of business and a professional engineer who helped lead the program’s development. “What’s more, it represents an excellent example of the productive partnership between engineering and business to advance Marquette’s vision of innovation and collaboration.” ¤

Rev. Gerald Thomas “Tom” Krettek, S.J., rejoined campus as the new vice president for mission and ministry, succeeding Dr. Stephanie Russell, who joined the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities as vice president for mission integration. Father Krettek was an associate professor of philosophy in the Klingler College of Arts and Sciences and rector of the Marquette Jesuit Community from 2000–05. He was provincial superior for the Wisconsin Province of the Society of Jesus from 2005–11. PEACEMAKING

doubling down The Center for Peacemaking is more than doubling its work in Milwaukee Public Schools. The work is committed to helping students who have been assigned to alternative schools due to serious disciplinary violations to modify their behavior, improve attendance and decrease suspensions.




mission week 2017 The theme, Racial Justice: Black, White and the Call of the Church, calls the Marquette community to explore racial disparity and injustice through the lens of the Catholic Church, which challenges us to live the Gospel through love, atonement and redemption as we seek to treat each human being with dignity, respect and deep care. All events are open to the public. Visit missionweek-2017 for the full slate of events.


freshman snapshot Marquette’s enrollment of 11,294 students includes 8,238 undergraduates. This year’s freshman class is 2,002 full-time, first-time students, with 29 percent students of color, 55 percent women, and 22 percent firstgeneration students.

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rising up Nicole Grehn lost control of everything when her heart stopped. She’s taking it back now. B Y J O N I M O T H S M U E L L E R


ad she been in a car accident or running a marathon Nicole Grehn says it might be easier to understand. But she was standing — literally — in a gas station in Minocqua, Wis., when she collapsed. Her heart had suddenly stopped beating. Then a collection of lucky coincidences fell into line: the gas station attendant recognized the emergency and called 911; an ambulance driving past at that exact moment was empty; and Howard Young Medical Center stood directly across the street. Grehn was swept up and placed in the hands of ER doctors within minutes. That was just the beginning. She was flown to regional magnet Aspirus Wausau Hospital, where she coded 40 times. From there she was rushed by ambulance to Milwaukee’s Froedtert Hospital adult trauma center, where she flatlined 30 times. Her body began shutting

down, her organs failing, sepsis spreading and her legs dying. Doctors hoped to save her life with bilateral above-the-knee amputation of her legs. It worked. Almost immediately her heart responded. Four days later, she woke from an induced coma. “For two days I didn’t know my legs had been amputated,” she says. “Then I lost it.” Just nine days had changed everything. It took nearly four months to figure out what went wrong for the seemingly ultrahealthy 24-year-old. It was catecholaminergic polymorphic ventricular tachycardia or CPVT, with a mutation doctors hadn’t seen before. But that’s the past, maybe fewer than two years in calendar days but light years ago in Grehn’s mind. Now she’s at Marquette in the generalist entry master’s program for non-nursing graduates. She’s going to be a nurse, a darn good one. She knows it because she saw the best nurses do their best for her. Of course it took her some time to arrive here. “I thought I’m never going to be able to do anything again. I’m screwed,” she says of the early days of

MU/360° trying to accept this contortion of her life. After she got her first set of prosthetic legs, things began to change. “That was one of the best feelings in my entire life,” she says of the moment she stood. She still had to rely heavily on her wheelchair and crutches because standing was tough and painful. She wasn’t satisfied. She began surfing the web to watch YouTube videos of bilateral above knee amputees walking comfortably and smoothly. “I saw that and said, ‘I want that to be me.’” She traveled to Hanger Clinic in Oklahoma City for a boot camp for amputees and began putting a plan in motion. “I rolled into the room and saw about 40 kindred amputees.” Because of extreme phantom pain she was reluctant when asked to try standing on her amputated legs. But she decided to push on when a doctor coaxed her into stepping onto the palms of his hands. “There was no phantom pain for the first time in eight months,” she says, still incredulous. “The minute I saw that, I thought I can do this, I’m ready. I applied to Marquette that very night. I was nervous, but I hit ‘send’ on my application.” The acceptance email came days later. “I was validated. They believe in me, believe I can do this, and they don’t even know me,” she remembers thinking. “That was a key factor in my recovery.” Grehn says that losing her legs made her find a purpose in life and more confidence than she felt before losing her legs. “I’ve made a family of people I never would’ve had if this hadn’t happened to me,” she says of her friends at Hanger Clinic. In three years she’ll be a nurse — no doubt in her mind — a nurse because she says it was nurses who got her through this awful ordeal. And she’ll be an orthopedic nurse because that’s where she can make a difference. “I’ll be able to give something totally different, to walk into the room of a fresh amputee and tell them that they can do this, that their life isn’t over,” she says, “that, yes, it’s going to suck, yes, it’s going to be hard work but it’s going to get better. I wish I’d had someone who could’ve told me that.” ¤


religions + relevance “I thought I knew my religion.” — That type of dawning can make a teacher sing. It was vocalized by a student in Dr. Irfan Omar’s Theology, Violence and Nonviolence class and expresses volumes about what Omar and faculty colleague Dr. Michael Duffey set out to achieve in their book, Peacemaking and the Challenge of Violence in World Religions. The book explores traditions of peacemaking, violence and nonviolence in the practices of the seven great world religions in front-to-back chapters of essays written by scholars of each tradition: Buddhism, Christianity, Confucianism, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism and Native American. Students don’t get enough exposure to other religions, according to Omar, an associate professor of theology. He uses this book as the textbook for his course to address that void. “Readers get to unpack” the religious practices, Omar explains, and see their similarities, differences and rationales for violence as well as commitments to peace and justice. Ultimately, he says, the goal is to open up new ways of thinking in students. “In a theology course it is my responsibility to help students see religious traditions as part of the solution and a fundamental resource to understand the challenges we face in the world today,” he says. ¤

clean sweep Dental faculty and students pitched in at Give Kids a Smile Head Start Day, when thousands of low-income families brought children to the School of Dentistry for free dental exams, cleanings and other treatments. T H E AT R E

curtain, curtain The upcoming spring portion of Marquette Theatre’s 2016– 17 season features Thornton Wilder’s 1943 Pulitzer Prizewinning The Skin of Our Teeth comedic mix of satire, burlesque and farce. The season closes with the Cole Porter song-laced comedy musical Anything Goes. Call the box office for tickets (414) 288-7504.



Three-time international traveler and commu-

nication senior Michelle Miller studied in Madrid, Spain, and Santiago, Chile,

before reaching Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The media studies and Spanish major learned many things, but one stands out: Don’t believe stereotypes and assumptions about other cultures. “The world is a lot more beautiful and complicated than we know,” she says. “We always think other people are exotic. The surprise is people of other cultures think that of us. It’s really cool to be part of an exchange of cultural awareness.”

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MU/360° E D U C AT I O N

defining trauma Has your child experienced trauma? That was a key question Behavior Clinic staff and graduate students asked when they sat down in the home of a family seeking help addressing a child’s serious behavior issue.



ive years ago it was rare for a family to answer yes, remembers Dr. Robert Fox, consulting psychologist at the Behavior Clinic, a partnership between Marquette and Penfield Children’s Center in Milwaukee. But after one of Fox’s doctoral students found a trauma screening inventory, a list of explicit questions to ask when interviewing families, that changed — radically. Has your child ever undergone any serious medical procedures or had a lifethreatening illness? Has your child ever been separated from you or another person your child depends on for love and security for more than a few days? Has your child ever seen or experienced domestic violence or abuse? The inventory surfaced a startling reality. It turned out 75–80 percent of the children the Behavior Clinic worked with had experienced trauma. Knowing this helped the Behavior Clinic staff and students enhance practices. They learned to spot and address symptoms caused by trauma, such as regression,

inconsolable crying, staring spells, incontinence and nightmares. They expanded the already excellent Early Pathways program to include a trauma component. “We get in there with real practical strategies and see significant symptom improvement,” says Fox, a professor of counselor education and counseling psychology in the College of Education. “If you don’t address it early, it doesn’t go away. You can’t just wait and hope they will grow out of it.” The Behavior Clinic’s track record for evidence-based practices was recognized by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, which called it a “nationally replicable model” and awarded a five-year grant for $1,930,732 to provide trauma-focused treatment for children from birth to age 6 in Milwaukee County. The grant makes so much possible, says Fox. The clinic will expand outreach to Milwaukee families by continuing to work with community-based agencies. The clinic also will train community providers, giving them the tools to intervene and support children in need of mental health services. Over the life of the grant, Fox says, the clinic will train 400–500 professionals and serve 1,500 more children. ¤


first-generation scholars Donald, Eng ’66, Grad ’68, and Frances Herdrich have a soft spot for first-generation engineering students at Marquette. Their $3.5 million gift will provide endowed and current-use scholarships for first-generation students in the Opus College. The Donald J. and Frances I. Herdrich Endowed Scholarship for Engineering will fund a full room-and-board scholarship for an incoming freshman each year from 2017–21. After five years, up to five engineering students will simultaneously be Herdrich scholarship holders. NURSING

welcome back Dr. Janet Wessel Krejci returned to Marquette as the new dean of the College of Nursing, effective Jan. 1. Many nursing alumni remember Krejci, who served as associate dean for undergraduate programs in the college from 2004–07. Most recently Krejci was vice president for academic affairs and provost at Illinois State University.

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MU/360° illustration on civil DISCOURSE


a gift for innovation A $1 million gift from Dennis, Bus Ad ’73, and Barbara, Bus Ad ’72, Klein, established the Dennis and Barbara Klein Health Sciences Innovation Fund in the College of Health Sciences. It will support scientists in exploring new areas of study and help expand research, particularly of neuropsychiatric illnesses. L AW S C H O O L

domestic violence Marquette Law School gathered restorative justice experts and survivors of domestic violence on campus in November to discuss the magnitude of the issue and pathways to healing. Stay up-to-date on upcoming conversations and conferences. Visit marquette. edu/ontheissues.

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talking justice This is about talking and listening even when opinions may be hard to hear. This is about being a university.


uring the fall semester the university seized the moment when issues of racial justice and inequality were central in the national and local consciousnesses to launch a conversation format designed to inspire thinking — together. The Marquette Forum yearlong series this year joins national and local experts with the university in discussions about justice issues. It began in October with Dr. William Welburn, executive director for institutional diversity and inclusion at Marquette, hosting a conversation with Sam Pollard about his film Two Trains Runnin’, which was featured at the Milwaukee Film Festival. The event was sponsored by the Educational Opportunity Program. November events began with a panel discussion “Segregation in Milwaukee: A Conversation with Leaders on the Near West Side.” The panel, emceed by Vice President for Student Affairs Xavier Cole,

focused on historic issues of racial injustice and segregation facing the Milwaukee community and the ways leaders on the Near West Side are thinking about and addressing issues of inequality and striving for a more just community. After the panel President Michael Lovell and other administrators participated in a dialogue dinner with community and faith leaders. The second November event —“Two Families. One Dialogue.”— was sponsored by the Marquette University Student Government and Midnight Run. It featured a showing of the film Two American Families, which depicts the lives of two Milwaukee families, one white and one black, and their struggles with the U.S. economy and the declining middle class. Students, faculty, staff and community members discussed the challenges seen in the film and ways individuals create positive change. The Marquette Forum will welcome Dr. Angela Davis to campus on March 29th to deliver a distinguished lecture on social justice issues. Stay up-to-date at forum. Most events are open to the public. ¤




Professor Andrew Williams invited sketchnote guru Mike Rohde into his class for an unusual assignment. Williams wanted to teach his engineering students to add empathy for clients to their design thinking. Taking notes is old school. Draw them. Take a pen — not a pencil — make it permanent, commit. Vary typography based on context. Highlight important ideas with simple icons — a smiling face, a furrowed brow — to show emotion or movement and reflect your thought in that moment. “Sketchnotes capture thinking, ideas. They are not fancy, not art,” Rohde explained. “Now try it.” Students raised their pens and went to work.

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what I nearly missed BUS AD

creating connections “As a dean, I think often about the future of business education, and it should come as no surprise to those of you in the business community that much of that time is spent thinking about collaboration. How do we connect our students with industry? How do we connect students with each other? And how do we make it make sense for them? Tours like the one I was privileged to join are unique opportunities for us to begin answering those questions. ... A cool helicopter ride doesn’t hurt, either.” Ride along by reading Keyes Dean of Business Administration Brian Till’s story @, search “Birds.”

“There’s no such thing as monotony when you’re a bus driver for kindergartners. I’m the 3 p.m. bus 5, packing three to a seat in the first two rows of my yellow school bus — squeals, laughter, tiny backpacks and all.”


o you remember where I live? What about me? I hear the same questions all the way around town until almost everyone is home, the din falling to a whisper by the final neighborhood. I cue the flashing lights and call: “Braedon!” Nothing. I look in the mirror. Ah, not yet used to the full school day, he’s knocked out, asleep, in a full slump, drooling onto his Batman shirt. “Layla, can you wake him up?” Eyes back on the road, then back to Layla —  her look is panicked. I can’t get him up! I make a three-point turn in front of his house, pull the parking brake, click out of my seatbelt, kneel beside him and cup his shoulder. “Braedon …” With a few sturdy shakes, he finally wakes, his eyes blinking, confused. Where am I? What time is it? I smile. “You’re home.” He swipes at his drool with a wrist and hobbles down

the bus stairs, bag dragging behind. I’m not sure whose role is more privileged here — to wake from a long day to a smile and Daddy waiting at the door, or to wake a loved child and tell him he’s home. I’d take the first again in a heartbeat. But these days, I’m a bus driver, so I count my blessings all my way home in the silence. ¤ ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Jesuit Scholastic Garrett Gundlach, S.J., Arts ’09, teaches at Red Cloud High School on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. He also writes monthly for The Jesuit Post online newsletter. When invited to write a recurring column for Marquette Magazine, he proposed sharing personal moments about “where God speaks to me extraordinarily in the ordinary.”

When invited to write a recurring column for Marquette Magazine, Garrett proposed sharing personal moments about “where God speaks to me extraordinarily in the ordinary.”

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hats off to the costume shop The cluttered Helfaer Theatre wardrobe closet is a mother lode of make believe. Jam-packed racks of costumes. Box after box of hats fit for pirates, pioneers, dream wraiths and Elizabethan ladies-in-waiting. Period, character, mood and moment are clothed in this confectionery. MARQU E T T E M A G A Z I N E / 15


To get a true fix on fright think about a freshman college student careening across a slippery slide then coming to a stop and instantly guessing that the worst had happened. His brain took logical leaps. He was a born competitor and he was competing. He’d run, jumped, splayed his arms out to gain an aerodynamic edge, landed and bumped his chin — bumped it hard —  against the ground. The bump forced his neck backward and suddenly all feeling running from his arms and legs ceased. He felt what he later called a “ring of fire” erupt and circle his chest below the nipple line. He asked friends standing nearby to call 911. They held the phone to his ear so that he could explain to emergency responders exactly what he was feeling. The paramedics came quickly, immobilized him

and transported him to Froedtert Hospital in Milwaukee, where five days later doctors operated on his C5 spinal cord injury. “They said the surgery went great but told me I would never walk again,” says Bryon Riesch, Bus Ad ’01. He spent 25 days in the ICU. He remembers this best, and this is important because it’s where his path takes a turn. “My dad asked me, ‘Bryon, do you still want to live? Do you think you can still be productive, have a good life?’” Riesch admits it wasn’t easy hearing his father ask. “I thought about it and said yes.” His dad then told Bryon to reach out his hand, wherever he goes and to whomever he meets, and make contact, and, “I bet you’ll be amazed by what you get back.” Riesch has lived that practice ever since that day in 1998. “In the position I’m in, you can’t be afraid to ask for help,” he says. “You’re not going to get better, do anything, especially with a tragedy such as mine, without help from someone else. I’ve tried to live that, to ask for help and give help whenever I can.”




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“Cancer is growth where you don’t want it; spinal cord injury is a failure of growth where you do want it,” Dr. Murray Blackmore explains. “So maybe the same genes that cause inappropriate growth in one condition can be tweaked so that they cause appropriate growth in another condition.”

An excellent five-part series on Blackmore’s work that ran in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel in 2014, “Murray’s Problem,” shared the science, its starts, stops and stutters with exacting, insightful detail. Read it at murraysproblem.

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Riesch greeted me at the door of R&R Insurance Services in Waukesha, Wis., a family-owned company where he has worked for the past 10 years. He raised his hand toward me and we touched. Later I learn the symbolism of that contact. I wanted to talk to Riesch about one way he is making good on his promise to give back. Marquette has been a beneficiary. Of course it took some time. He had a lot to work through in adapting to living in a wheelchair, to needing assistance to perform many tasks, such as getting into bed at night, but also more personal passages, and to getting back to Marquette to finish his degree, which he began working toward just four months after his accident. Riesch’s hometown community held a fundraiser back then to help defray some of the astronomic costs of his medical care. One year later the fundraiser committed the dollars to the Christopher Reeve Paralysis Foundation. In 2001 the Riesch family decided to keep the funds local and started the Bryon Riesch Paralysis Foundation. The foundation has grossed a little more than $4 million in 15 years, which has been committed almost entirely to funding spinal cord research at research institutions, including Marquette and the Medical College of Wisconsin, and charitable grants and scholarships for people coping with paralysis. The foundation makes possible what researchers worldwide dream about. It provides seed funds to make it possible for researchers to test new ideas.

To people who know nothing about funded research, that may sound inconsequential. Why would a researcher be interested in small grants, such as those awarded by the Bryon Riesch fund, when the National Institutes of Health have the wherewithal to commit millions to medical research? The answer is a bit like the chicken and egg analogy, explains Dr. Murray Blackmore, assistant professor of biomedical sciences in the College of Health Sciences. Research is costly. It can take hundreds of thousands to millions of dollars to complete a research project. But to even catch the eye of the top funding agencies — the NIH, Department of Defense and Nielsen Fund are good examples — the research must have preliminary data to show that the research described in a funding application is likely to succeed. How do you compile preliminary data? That’s where the Bryon Riesch fund comes in.


lackmore’s lab illustrates perfectly the crucial intersection of seed funding and research. Blackmore’s interest in spinal cord research has always been fueled in part from experiencing the trauma of this devastating injury firsthand, after his mother suffered a C5 injury to her spinal cord when Blackmore was 13-years-old. He came to Marquette in 2011, lured by the collegial culture and support in the College of Health Sciences for his research into traumatic spinal cord injury and paralysis. For the past five years Blackmore’s research team has been working, challenging hypotheses, testing new theories, studying data, coming up with ideas, hoping to find a path forward. The Bryon Riesch fund has awarded $190,000 to Blackmore’s lab since 2013 in four small grants that helped researchers push a novel idea onward or make a hard stop. The first two grants, awarded in 2013 and 2014, allowed researchers to test using gene therapy to coax adult neurons into regenerating axons and restarting communication between the brain and the injured spinal cord. Embryonic neurons have the ability to regrow axons. Blackmore hoped to artificially induce the process in adult neurons. “Let’s call a spade a spade,” Blackmore says,

and explains that the first two grants funded projects that didn’t pan out. “That’s the nature of seed funding. Not everything is going to work. It helps a lot that we did succeed with the third grant.” The most recent and exciting development in the lab is focused on genetically manipulating injured neurons, with a focus on cellular pathways that have been linked to cancer. “Cancer is growth where you don’t want it; spinal cord injury is a failure of growth where you do want it,” Blackmore explains. “So maybe the same genes that cause inappropriate growth in one condition can be tweaked so that they cause appropriate growth in another condition.” This research is possible because of seed funding. “If you can get $50,000 to try something — even if it’s crazy like cancer genes or something you’ve never done before — the NIH will laugh you out of the room, but the Bryon Riesch fund will say that’s a good idea, why don’t you try it. “It’s already paid off,” Blackmore adds, clearly excited by the direction the research is taking. “The Bryon Riesch fund provided seed funding for the

cancer idea, which we turned into a $480,000 federal grant. And I’m hoping lightening will strike twice because I’m very excited about a new project using stem cells, and we will definitely aggressively try to convert that seed project into continued funding.” Tragedy put Riesch in the position of lending his name to a foundation to support spinal cord research; it also admittedly brought him and Blackmore together. Riesch says he is particularly happy to support someone at Marquette who is so committed to the fight. “A lot of our funding has led to millions and millions of dollars in additional funding,” he says. “Hopefully with Murray, we’ll see, you never know when you’ll get returns. … It’s kind of like people reaching back to you, just like my dad said. I reached out to Marquette, to Dr. Blackmore, and I’ve been amazed at what I got back.” ¤

Dr. Murray Blackmore, left, and Bryon Riesch have teamed up on spinal cord research. Riesch’s foundation makes possible what researchers worldwide dream about. It provides seed funds to make it possible for researchers to test new ideas.


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hat I know of Jesuit education  — that experience common to all members of Alpha Sigma Nu — I’ve learned as a student in this university, as a teacher in this same university, but also as a father, a son, a spouse, a friend, a Catholic, as a colleague. What I can say about it, any one of you can say equally well. What’s most important for me to say is, I know, what you would say: It changed me. It continues to change me. The more years I spend as part of a Jesuit institution, the richer this experience grows, and the clearer it becomes that this is about one thing, and about one thing only. As an undergrad I was in love with philosophy. Michael Vater and Jim Robb were my teachers. To me they seemed wonderfully unafraid to ask what Father Francis Wade, S.J., called the “eternal questions,” and to go at them not sideways, not

known he has. And now I am changed: Admitting what I don’t know and can’t answer for myself shows me the generosity of an honest answer. My first German teacher at Marquette was Gisela Benda. She carried with her a quiet, visible energy, an enthusiasm for being in the classroom, an unembarrassed happiness to interact with young people as they learned. When I found myself in a classroom of my own, and began to translate my own delight in being there into a way of teaching larded with bits of clowning, improvisation and jokes about bald men, I discovered that students responded with more than laughter. They enjoyed coming to German class; and they accepted my goofiness and my teaching as a kind of gift meant only for them. And now I am changed because it is plain that whatever learning goes on comes from the student’s own freedom, an irrevocable declaration that she is at home in the world and means to understand it.

It is difficult to describe how distant was the world I found in my first German literature class: Germanic tribes, epics of blood and revenge, the madness of the Thirty Years’ War. But my teacher, Esther Hudgins, a native German who had herself lived in the mostdangerous places and the most-dangerous years of the 20th century, somehow caused these strange works to reveal a world with the same depth and beauty, joy and heartbreak as our own. I learned from her to teach literature as the lived experience

There’s a saying that a well-loved child has many names. Jesuit education seems always to be finding itself named afresh. piecemeal, but head-on. The asking — What is the nature of a human person? How should I live? —  and the answering, even when difficult and slow, became an occasion, truly something to witness, because there was both courage and purpose in the questioning. Years later, when I had learned to teach by just asking questions, I realized that a genuine question  — one for which I don’t have an answer — can call forth from a student not only intelligence and insight, but also courage, courage he may not have

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of others. I have learned to let it speak, and to let it ask its own questions rather than me trying to speak for it. I have seen my students’ wonder when they recognize there the same world, the same unanswered questions. Even though the poem may be 500 years old, students receive these ancient lines as gift meant for their hearts. This, too, has changed me. I have discovered that I am better at listening than at talking. That I am grateful for the stories my senior colleagues share when they stop at my office, because the

I have discovered that I am better at listening than at talking. That I am grateful for the stories my senior colleagues share when they stop at my office, because the story is the world as they have lived in it. I trust their experience as much as I trust my own. story is the world as they have lived in it. I trust their experience as much as I trust my own. Even now when students seem more likely to seek company in a smart phone than in the person sitting next to them, they recognize the invitation that an honest question presents or a story from someone’s own life presents. I’ve learned how fiercely these allegedly indifferent students hold on to the stories of others — whether belonging to parents, a child, a spouse or a stranger met at a service site. In some unexplained way we all know that we assume a responsibility for holding onto that experience when we make others part of our lives. In it lies something of the truth in being human that each of us knows and is born to tell. It keeps us restless, even as we think we’ve begun to get what life is about. There’s a saying that a well-loved child has many names. Jesuit education seems always to be finding itself named afresh: Men and women for others. Magis. Cura personalis. For my part the clearest and best name is not a Latin phrase but a rather clunky sentence I heard many years ago from Father John Padberg, S.J. He said: “A Jesuit

institution is responsible for providing the experience of loving and being loved based on the enduring worth of the person.” By being here we all carry this responsibility  — not just those of us who are formally part of Marquette. Father Padberg said Jesuit institution not university, meaning all of us touched by this wonderful enterprise — teachers, students, accountants, dentists, managers. It gathers us into one single endeavor: to know how deeply and in what countless ways we are loved, and to let the certainty of this love become the sign and certainty that make the world livable and lovable for others. It is about one thing only: to grasp — as Jesus did — how wide and long and high and deep is the love of God. ¤

Dr. John Pustejovsky, Arts ’76, began teaching German to Marquette students in 1982. He received the John P. Raynor, S.J., Faculty Award for Teaching Excellence in 2004.


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Retired. Wait, maybe not. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is on the phone. Your country asks for one more favor. It’s a big one. “We need an old hand,” the secretary explains. But it means deferring retirement. It means getting back into diplomatic form. The Teffts answer, “OK. We have some practice at that … certainly more than we have at retirement.” John Tefft, Arts ’71, and Mariella (Cellitti) Tefft, Arts ’70, are soft touches when it comes to love of country. When asked, they’ve answered, leading lives in the U.S. Foreign Service for 44 years, hopping continents, hosting missions, MUELLER staffing embassies and shuttling children, two beloved daughters born during this career that has been a family affair from the start.

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Four decades is plenty of patriotism. But when the country has a special need, the Teffts table a months-old test of retirement for one more term of service. They once again go through the State Department’s approval process. They get cleared by the FBI. They are interviewed and vetted by the White House. They accept the president’s bidding — “Russia is important,” Obama tells them — and find themselves in Moscow, with Ambassador John Tefft serving his fourth ambassadorial post in a career that was imagined during a train trip the summer after his junior year at Marquette. Beware of traveling abroad. It opens eyes and ears to possibilities. For John, a European trip with his college roommate became a launch pad for thinking about career goals. It was another passenger on the train, a complete stranger, who spoke the words, “Have you thought about the foreign service?” What is the foreign service? John admits he hadn’t a clue. But an idea was planted, one he took home and cultivated with Mariella. “We decided we should give it a shot,” they recount, during a recent visit — their first time back on campus since Commencement in 1971. While sitting in the Alumni Memorial Union, they chat and smile about all that has happened since they met in an Honors Program philosophy course and John came to Mariella’s rescue by answering a question about metaphysics that she couldn’t. The professor called John her “knight in shining armor.” He knew only half the story. John’s interests were history and literature; Mariella’s mathematics and science. They outlined their future, and it began with the idea that John would go to graduate school — he was accepted into a master’s program in history at the University of Chicago. “That was the plan,” John says. They smile at the thought. The plan changed.


fter intensive studying and training for diplomatic service and the extensive preparation required to move a household halfway around the world, the Teffts became a Foreign Service family, working in the office of the U.S. Consulate General in Jerusalem. It was 1972, the year of the Munich massacre at the Summer Olympics when 11 Israeli athletes were killed by terrorists. The Yom Kippur War broke out in October 1973. In Jerusalem there was no access to telephones, no internet invented yet, “no nothing,” Mariella says. The Teffts were able to send one message home to family: “We’re fine.” It was a fascinating time, they say. After the war then-U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger began what became known as “shuttle diplomacy,” relaying messages back and forth between Jerusalem and the White House to broker peace. “Every night I’d go into work about

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10 or 11 p.m. and sit and wait for a phone call asking me to come to the King David Hotel to pick up Kissinger’s report for President Nixon,” John says. “It was double enveloped. I’d fall asleep until about 5 a.m. and then get Nixon’s instructions to take back to Kissinger. There was no email back then; everything was cabled.” There also were no disposable diapers for their baby, born in Jerusalem in June 1973. Mariella used a ringer washing machine and hung diapers on the line to dry in the blowing sand. She had to sweep sand out of the house, shake every rug, every day. The Foreign Service is not necessarily glamorous, but it does live up to many of its other nomadic promises. The Teffts have shuttled the globe in this peripatetic life, picking up and putting down roots over and over again. Back to D.C., where John worked in the office of United Nations Ambassador Andrew Young and where their second daughter was born in 1977. On to three years in Hungary. There Mariella, who had added nurse to her resume, became the embassy nurse in Budapest. They returned to Washington to serve a congressional fellowship before being sent to the “hardship post,” Mariella jokes, from 1986–89 as counselor for political-military affairs in Rome. Then again returned to D.C., where John served as deputy director of the Soviet desk at the State Department, and later, director of the Office of Northern European Affairs from 1989–92, the years when the Soviet Union ceased to exist. “It was a really big period to be working on these issues,” John says.

Always in the back of John’s mind was one destination. He’d become enamored with it while in high school after viewing the film Doctor Zhivago. “That movie was mesmerizing; it had an impact on me,” John says. He took an elective in Russian history at Edgewood High School in Madison, Wis., and his teacher, who believed that the only way to learn history is to also learn culture, chaperoned a class trip to Chicago to see the Lyric Opera perform Boris Gudunov, featuring Bulgarian Russian baritone Nicolai Ghiaurov. After that experience, John says, “I decided that if I could get to Russia I would do it.” His chance came in 1996–97 when he was picked to serve as deputy chief of mission and charge d’affairs in Moscow. Next John was assigned as ambassador to Lithuania from 2000–03 and then ambassador to the Republic of Georgia from 2005–09. Mariella put her skills as a nurse and biostatistician to work in the Republic of Georgia on a reproductive-age mortality project to identify the underlying cause of death among women who died in 2006. The cause of death was either unrecorded or not recorded correctly on death certificates. “What we found is more women died of breast cancer than any other cause between the ages of 15–45, the prime reproductive years,” Mariella says. The study had an enormous impact and resulted in the country committing more funds to health care for breast cancer. John occupies a place in diplomatic history, earned after having served as ambassador to four countries: Lithuania, the Republic of Georgia, Ukraine and, yes, finally the top spot in Russia. The phone call from Secretary Kerry came in 2014. The department needed someone to not just work with Russia but also manage the embassy of

John Tefft occupies a place in diplomatic history, earned after having served as ambassador to four countries: Lithuania, the Republic of Georgia, Ukraine and Russia.

1,500 employees. The secretary’s message was simple: “This is a very difficult time. I hope you and Mariella will do this for your country.” Holding the post in Russia has been challenging, Mariella and John agree. There isn’t much privacy and there’s no spontaneity to life because of tight security. “There are always times, because of the hectic pace of everything, that you have to stop and say to yourself, you’re not representing yourself, you’re representing your country — and therefore you do it,” Mariella says. Always their focus is on making embassy guests feel welcome and comfortable, and planning embassy events to focus on what unites Americans and Russians, such as mutual love of the arts, literature and space travel. Mariella manages the household staff at the official ambassadorial residence, Spaso House. She manages finances and plans events and menus. Every year the Teffts put on a Fourth of July picnic in the embassy garden. They pick a state or region of the United States, prepare food representing that place and host a band to play regional music. Their record of service is dizzying and, in their case, John says, the country gets a two-for-one bargain with Mariella. “Representing America is a big part of this,” Mariella says. “We’re proud of what America stands for, but we also like to meet and engage with people from other countries, not just ambassadors but also children and citizens.” To illustrate the point John shares a story about a high school boy from the Republic of Georgia who won an international writing competition sponsored by the Peace Corps. His prize was a year studying at a rural high school outside of Emporia, Kansas, while living with an American family. A few years later, John met him again and they caught up. “How was it?” John remembers asking. “School was good; the girls were gorgeous,” the boy replied. “But I want you to know that I went out for the football team. They needed a kicker, and I could kick. The last game of the season we played our arch rival and with just 10 seconds left, they were leading 21–20. My coach told me that this is the moment you’ve been waiting for. Get in there and win the game for us.” The boy kicked the winning field goal and was carried off the field by fans chanting his name. “I just want you to know that was my American dream,” the boy told John, “and it came true.” John calls that story an example of what “we Americans, from the goodness of our hearts, can do. With all the problems, all the things we get criticized for, we do good things and we represent the values that matter. “And I would argue,” he continues, “we represent the things that America cares about. It’s amazing that even in autocratic Russia, you still have people who respond directly and still look to us as leaders, and it’s always about our values.” ¤

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OFF&RUNNING Daniela Castillo, Arts ’14,

turned a lifelong passion for

animals into her own business,

Dogs MKE. “There’s nothing quite like walking into someone’s house and being greeted by wagging tails,” she says.


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Growing up with breeds ranging from collies to beagles, Castillo developed a knack for pet care, one that led her from Marquette to working in veterinary offices to opening the doors of Dogs MKE in 2015. In its first year the dog walking and pet sitting business has taken care of more than 500 dogs and 100 small animals, working 365 days to provide care during the day and overnight visits when

pets are home alone. “It’s a competitive industry,” she says. “There are tons of pet care businesses out there, and it’s just doing what you have to do to make sure you stand out.” Despite the competition, Castillo’s love for her work shines through. “I mean, how often can you say that your boss is rolling over in excitement to see you?”


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Paul Salsini, Jour ’58, Grad ’85, has pub lished The Fearless Flagthrower of Lucca: Ten Stories of 1990s Tuscany. It is the sixth and last volume of A Tuscan Series that began with The Cielo, set during World War II.


Phil Famolaro, Eng ’60, completed Biking for Babies, a 26-mile pro-life bicycle marathon in Long Beach, Calif., that provides financial support to expectant mothers. R E U N I O N



Margaret Ann (Romeo) Hughes, Arts ’62, was inducted into the inaugural class of Northern Arizona University’s College of Education Hall of Fame in 2015. The lobby of the new undergraduate admissions and student services building was named for her, in recognition of her role in revolutionizing the university’s outreach and


♥ Kay Gilbert, Sp ’78, and Roger Kohn, wed Dec. 19, 2015. They have been together since 1991 and live in Manhattan Beach, Calif.

recruiting efforts through nearly 25 years of dedicated service to students and parents.


Thomas Schultz, Sp ’64, collaborated on a book about champion race car driver Augie Pabst titled Behind the Wheel: Augie Pabst Racing Biography, published by Dalton-Watson Fine Books.


Joel Kriofske, Jour ’69, wrote a child ren’s story illustrated by his brother, Kris Kriofske, Eng ’65. He submitted the book, An ‘Awful’ Beautiful Day (In the Time of Chicken Pox!), to agents for publication.

Margo Williams, Arts ’69, released her second book, From Hill Town to Strieby: Education and the American Missionary Association in the Uwharrie “Back Country” of Randolph County, North Carolina, published by Backintyme Publishing. It documents the educational advancements of a rural African American community from 1850–1940 led by Rev. Islay Walden, a blind poet. Her first book, Miles Lassiter, an Early African American Quaker from Lassiter Mill, Randolph County, North Carolina: My Research Journey to Home, won the 2012 Award for Excellence in Publishing for a Family History Relevant to North Carolina, from the North Carolina Genealogical Society.


Michael Neville, Jour ’70, had his play Dracula vs. the Nazis produced by Milwaukee’s In Tandem Theatre in October 2016. In Tandem produced Lamps for My Family in 2015 to acclaim. His plays have been done on and off Broadway and in regional theatres around the country.


HOW CAN NEWBIE GRADS FIND THEIR WORKPLACE PASSION? Marquette Magazine asked staff in the Career Services Center to weigh in. Be bold: What are your strengths? Are they obvious to co-workers and supervisors? If not, make them obvious. Be vocal: Admire someone’s professionalism? Tell them, incorporate it into your practices. Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. Look within: If something hasn’t been going your way, think about how you can change it.

Terry Kelly, Arts ’78, was re-elected township assessor in Palatine, Ill.


William Donigan, D.D.S, Arts ’79, received the Outstanding Provider Award from the North Carolina Community Health Center Organization. The award recognizes commitment, compassion and superior contributions to the health care community. He lives in Gastonia, N.C. Mary (Kerr) O’Toole, Eng ’79, was honored with the prestigious Maverick Award at this year’s Energetic Women Conference. Energetic Women is an organization dedicated to preparing women within the energy industry for leadership roles in operations and engineering. The Maverick Award was developed to recognize leaders who have excelled in promoting, connecting and strengthening female leaders in energy operations and engineering.


Chuck Frey, Jour ’80, was named director of content marketing for Cultivate, a content marketing agency in Brookfield, Wis. R E U N I O N



Regina Dixon Reeves, Jour ’82, was named assistant vice provost for diversity and inclusion at the University of Chicago. Previously, she served as the executive director of diversity and inclusion at the University of Chicago Medicine

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and Biological Sciences. She is a past president and current treasurer of the Association of Black Sociologists and served as chair of the organization’s professional development committee for 14 years. She is a member of the editorial board of Issues in Race & Society: An Interdisciplinary Global Journal, and an executive board member of the Illinois College Access Network. She holds a doctorate in sociology with a concentration in higher education from the University of Chicago. Her areas of expertise include mentoring of early career faculty and graduate students, strategies to increase academic productivity, and student support programs that increase college retention of firstgeneration students.



Michael Bartley, Sp ’84, was pro moted to executive vice president of Steeltown Entertainment Project in Pittsburgh.

Monica (Ford) Eppinger, Arts ’84, was named director of the Free Public Library of Woodbridge, N.J. Previously she was assistant director of the Elizabeth, N.J., Library. In this position she will manage a main- and three-branch system, which is one of the largest library systems in the state. She and her husband Ray, Arts ’84, live in South River, N.J.

of being certified by NADONA and inducted as academy fellows. She serves as vice president of Lifespace Communities Successful Aging and Health Services, and is responsible for providing strategic vision and leadership for process development and administration of all clinical health care, home health and resident services programs.

Edward Manning, Arts ’84, Mark Mitchell, Eng ’87, and Jeff Springman, Eng ’83, are retired U.S. Army colonels whose children are enrolled in Marquette’s Army ROTC program.

Eugene Killeen, Arts ’85, was named on the list The Best Lawyers in America for 2017.

Theodore Ruzicka, Sp ’84, moderated the Missouri Catholic Conference 2016 Annual Assembly in October 2016. Steve Susina, Eng ’84, and Mary Clare Riordan, Arts ’11, head the marketing department for Lyons Consulting Group, a full-service eCommerce digital agency headquartered in Chicago. He is department director and she is marketing manager. They promote the company through demand generation, branding and thought leadership, and are well-known around LYONS CG for their love of all things Marquette.


Sara Hamm, Nurs ’85, Grad ’88, is one of 13 Lifespace Community leaders named fellows of a prestigious national nursing administration academy. This year the National Association of Directors of Nursing Administration gave Lifespace an award for being the only organization with all of its nursing directors holding the double distinction

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Katherine (Ciesemier) McKeon, Bus Ad ’85, earned a graduate professional certificate from Harvard University Divinity and Extension schools in religious studies and education in May 2016. She is pursuing a doctorate in international education from George Mason University, Fairfax, Va., with specialization in social science pedagogy, global studies, and religious studies and education.


Thomas Wichgers, Dent ’86, retired after more than 30 years in the U.S. Army. He lives in Texas with his family. R E U N I O N



Elizabeth Marsh Hampton, PT ’87, earned both her DPT as well as private practice management certification through Evidence in Motion in 2016. She celebrates 12 years in private practice at her clinic, CorePhysio, in Bellingham, Wash., where she employs 12 clinicians specializing in orthopedic manual therapy and pelvic health. She has taught for Herman Wallace Pelvic Rehab Institute since 2006 and



COMM ’92

The top mission at 40 MISSION BBQ restaurants established by Kraus and business partner Stephen Newton is honoring American heroes. They do it with hiring practices that welcome veterans, a menu that honors the service and sacrifice of men and women in the armed forces, walls peppered with tributes families bring to post and share stories about heroes, and a noon broadcast of the national anthem. MISSION BBQ’s website says it simply: “proudly serving those who serve.” ¤

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WHAT MU STUDENT EVENT DO YOU MISS MOST? “BINGO!!!! Freshman year through senior year I went to bingo every single week!” WHITNEY

“I miss movies at the Varsity.” SUSAN

“Camping out for the lottery for basketball tickets.” JOHN

“Varsity Varieties.” BILL

“I really miss the feelings you get when going to and leaving Tuesday night Mass.” AMANDA

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has been published in the JSOWH as well as Physical Therapy Journal. She lives in Bellingham with her husband Mike and children Davis and Liv.

Michael Lehman, Grad ’92, founded the CIO-for-hire consultancy ParachuteCIO after nearly 17 years working as the top IT strategist for Batteries Plus Bulbs.



David Borowski, Arts ’88, Law ’91, is presiding judge in the Milwaukee County Civil/Probate Division. He also is a member of the Wisconsin Trial Judges Association Board of Directors. Peter Garson, Law ’88, was chosen to serve on DeWitt Ross & Stevens S.C. Executive Committee, where he joins other members assisting with governance and strategic direction for the firm. Joyce King-McIver, Grad ’88, received her doctorate in May from Cardinal Stritch University’s Language and Literacy Doctoral Program. Her dissertation title was Incorporating Self-regulated Strategy Development in the Class of an Adolescent with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Karen Stephanites, Jour ’88, is a library resource sharing technician at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. R E U N I O N



David Hornick, Comm ’92, has been with Shorewest Realtors for more than two years and has more than $2 million in sales. Frank Kowalkowski, Law ’92, and William Woodward, Bus Ad ’86, Law ’89, are new shareholders at von Briesen & Roper Law firm in downtown Green Bay, Wis.

Perry Rettig, Grad ’94, published his third book, Reframing Decision Making in Education: Democratic Empowerment of Teachers and Parents, published by Rowman & Littlefield. He is also in his fourth year as vice president for academic affairs at Piedmont College in Demorest, Ga.


Michael Bergstein, Dent ’95, opened Plaza Dental in Lakeville, Minn.

W John Bogdan, Eng ’95, and

Christi Bogdan: daughter Noli Brinn born July 5, 2016. She was 7 pounds, 13 ounces and 21 inches. She joins brothers Rylan John and Casey John.

W Brian Davis, Eng ’95, and

Brenda Davis: son Timothy Andrew “Tad” born Dec. 9, 2015. He joins brothers Colin and Gavin. Danielle Grant, Arts ’95, was named president and CEO of AchieveMpls, an organization dedicated to strengthening public education and ensuring the success of young people in Minneapolis. Previously she was executive director of educational and cultural services and Indian education for Minneapolis Public Schools.

W Sarah (Walpole) Gray,

Comm ’95, and Ross Gray: daughter Jocelyn Rose born June 24, 2016. She joins brother Callum.


Brian Faherty, Comm ’96, will co-star in roles on Showtime’s Billions, season two, and Hulu’s The Path, season two. Allison O’Neill, Arts ’96, was promoted to president of ChanceLight Behavioral Health, Therapy and Education.

W Maura (Benson) Strickler,

Comm ’96, and Heinz Strickler: daughter Riona Mary born Jan. 27, 2016. She was 4 pounds, 13 ounces and 17.75 inches. She joins brother Heinz Winston. Richard Wood, Arts ’96, was appointed national director for digital content and commerce solutions with the newly launched Perficient Digital Agency, an arm of Perficient Inc. in Milwaukee. Previously he was a solutions director in Perficient’s Microsoft consulting practice. He has received numerous awards and recognition for his contributions in the enterprise software industry. R E U N I O N



Erika Brown, Arts ’97, was hired as the statewide recruiting specialist for Milwaukee Center for Independence home care. She has been in the position since June 2016.

W Loriann (Miller) Madison,

Arts ’97, and Trent Madison, Eng ’96: daughter Vivian Cecilia born Oct. 22, 2015. She was 9 pounds, 1 ounce and 22 inches. She joins siblings Austin, Dylan, Nina and Carson. Drew White, Eng ’97, earned a certified construction manager credential. He was named chief


of construction, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Washington, D.C., in charge of construction policy throughout the military and civil works directorates, and serves as the technical adviser to senior officials on matters of construction. Prior to his move to headquarters, he was the area engineer for USACE in Kaiserslautern, Germany, where he supervised construction for the U.S. Army and Air Force in Belgium and the southwestern portion of Germany.



¤ They summited Mt. Ebert, the highest point in the North American Rockies, and then celebrated the moment with a Marquette salute. Congratulations to (left to right) Meghan ( Yohann) Weiss, Arts ’11; Bill Daniels, Bus Ad ’11; Tom Kaminski, H Sci ’11; Matt Weiss, Arts ’11, PT ’13; and Angela Schrubbe, Bus Ad ’11, Grad ’13. The 13-mile round-trip took about seven hours to complete. “It is amazing when you can see mountains for miles in all directions —  really makes you appreciate the natural beauty in this world and reminds us that we are such a small piece of something so much bigger,” wrote Schrubbe. Q

Rachel Monaco Wilcox, Arts ’99, Law ’04, completed her first ultramarathon 50K race, the North Face Endurance Challenge, in Eagle, Wis., in September. She finished first in her division, 12th female of 97, and 39th overall out of 245 runners.

W Jeanette (Auld) Schabel, Arts ’99, and Christopher Schabel, Comm ’99: son Cru Alexander born March 22, 2016. He was 8 pounds, 10 ounces and 21 inches. He joins sisters Violet, 9, and Noelle, 7. R E U N I O N



Patrick Henneger, Law ’02, and Thomas W. Moniz, Law ’09, were promoted to shareholders of von Briesen & Roper S.C.



Mary Dabros, Eng ’03, and Dennis Dabros, Eng ’03: daughter Andi Marie born Jan. 24, 2016. She joins brother Calvin, 2. Jason Wilcox, Eng ’03, is director of data services for LenderLive, a national mortgage services company with headquarters in Denver.


Jennifer Donohoe, H Sci ’04, Grad ’06, is a financial adviser at Edward Jones in the Chicago area, where she works with individuals and business owners to make plans to reach long-term financial dreams.

John Rathouz, Comm ’04, was a golf caddie in the Rio Olympics for Seamus Power from Ireland. He has 11 years of experience caddying for the PGA Tour and Tour. He has top-10 finishes in the Masters, U.S. Open and PGA Championship, and three wins on the Tour. Jimmy Shanahan, Arts ’04, Grad ’05, joined Taft Stettinius & Hollister as a partner in the firm’s Chicago office. His practice focuses on municipal finance and bond work in Indiana and Illinois. He serves as bond counsel, underwriter’s counsel, bank counsel, issuer’s counsel, disclosure counsel and special counsel for a range of transactions. He has worked on short-term and long-term tax-exempt and taxable financings, and on financings for schools, towns, counties, wastewater reclamation districts, water and sanitary districts, and park districts.



Kathryn (Hadley) Brown, Comm ’05, and Patrick Brown, Bus Ad ’04, Grad ’12: son Colin William born Aug. 3, 2016. He was 8 pounds, 11 ounces and 22 inches. He joins siblings Connor, 4, and Katie, 2. The family lives in Mequon, Wis.

W Carolynn Gellings, Eng ’05:

daughter Shaelyn “Shae” born Oct. 1, 2015. She joins brothers John and Fritz.


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AWAY WE GO Whether 100 years or 100 miles the best milestone moments in life are worth celebrating. For William Hinsdale, Arts ’72, and lifelong Chicago sports fan, attending the third game of the World Series, in Cleveland, was a dream fulfilled. He doubled the fun by repping Marquette well.

♥ Daniel Lytle, Arts ’05, and Matthew Zinkil, wed Aug. 6, 2016 in Noblesville, Ind., at Mill Top Banquet and Conference Center. Daniel is an assistant professor of criminal justice at Ball State University. Matthew is an IT consultant. The couple lives in Fishers, Ind. Aaron Peters, Bus Ad ’05, Grad ’05, was named one of the Top Five CPAs Under 35 by the Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants.

W Melissa (Gerum) Ryder,

Eng ’05, and Brian Ryder: son Wesley Vincent born May 31, 2016 at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center in Baltimore. He was 7 pounds, 4 ounces and 21.25 inches. He joins sister Mary Ann.


Shannon Gilroy, Comm ’06, was named executive director of advancement at Brownell Talbot School in Omaha. Brownell Talbot is Nebraska’s only private, preschool through grade 12

independent, coeducational day school.

W Meggie (Ryan) Kopplin,

Arts ’06, Grad ’10, and Andrew Kopplin: son Conor Daniel born July 6, 2016. He was 7 pounds, 5 ounces and 21 inches. He joins brother Ryan Andrew, 2.

W Colleen (O’Donnell) Maynard,

Comm ’06, and Timothy Maynard, Arts ’06, Law ’13: daughter Bernadette Grace born April 8, 2016. She joins brother Sean Owen, 2. The family lives in Whitefish Bay, Wis. Grant Moore, Bus Ad ’06, Grad ’10, was named on the “40 Under 40” list for 2016 by InvestmentNews. He is a financial adviser at Savant Capital Management and the firm’s first employee to receive the honor. R E U N I O N



Gregory Booth, Bus Ad ’07, joined the law firm of Meyers & Flowers in St. Charles, Ill., as a partner. He practices primarily in the areas of workers’ compensation and personal injury.

W Amanda Speck Malmberg, Nurs ’07, and Patrick Malmberg, Comm ’05: son Finley Carrol born May 12, 2015. He was 6 pounds, 6.3 ounces and 19.5 inches. He is the couple’s first child.

W Lyndsie (Schwanebeck)

Schultz, Comm ’07, and Michael Schultz, Arts ’07, Grad ’09: son Oliver William born Dec. 7, 2015. He was 6 pounds, 14 ounces and 19.75 inches. He joins sister Tessa. Trevor Tarsa, Arts ’07, and Tim Boston, Arts ’07, are on active

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duty with the U.S. Navy, as surface warfare officers on the USS Spruance and USS Paul Hamilton, consecutively. They have remained friends since their days at Marquette and frequently cross paths in their Navy careers.

W Katherine (Shanahan)

Wagner, Arts ’07, and Matthew Wagner, Bus Ad ’07: son Brendan Matthew born July 17, 2016 in Lake Forest, Ill. He was 8 pounds, 10 ounces and 21.5 inches. He joins sisters Sloane, 4, and Colette, 2.


♥ Ivan Ambriz, Bus Ad ’08, and Mary Ambriz wed on July 9, 2016 at St. Mary of Vernon in Indian Creek, Ill.

W Jonathan Bateman, Arts ’08,

Law ’11, and Ashley (Gaughan) Bateman, H Sci ’08, Grad ’10: daughter Mara Marie born May 21, 2016. Ryan Drescher, Arts ’08, is an enterprise account executive at Jellyvision in Chicago. Perhaps best known for the You Don’t Know Jack and Who Wants To Be A Millionaire computer games, Jellyvision now offers ALEX, a SaaS-based benefits communication platform for human resources departments.

W Emily (Meckes) Hawkinson, Arts ’08, and John Hawkinson: daughter Frances Wright born Dec. 14, 2015. She was 6 pounds, 13 ounces and 19.5 inches. The family lives in Quincy, Ill.

W Beth (Warmuth) Ryan, Arts

’08, and Steve Ryan, Arts ’08: daughter Margaret Sweeney born June 25, 2016. She joins sisters Kate and Genevieve.



THE “VOICE” OF MARQUETTE’S TV COMMERCIAL, MEGAN BIANCO, MIXES STUDIES, STICKS AND SERVICE. What’s it like to hear your voice on TV — and the Jumbotron? It was really strange in the beginning. The first time they played it back to me, I didn’t even recognize it was me. It’s only two sentences, but two good ones. Was it tricky? I’d never done it before. It was a super fun, cool experience. I just repeated the sentences over and over for about an hour, and they told me different words to emphasize until they got what they wanted. Who caught on? Everyone. People texted to tell me they recognized my voice before they saw my face. Why lacrosse?

What’s your lacrosse edge? Defenders play low and shuffle. I’m only 5-feet so it’s easy to get low. Other hidden talents? I sing. I’ve sung the national anthem at all of our home games and for all the other Marquette sports except basketball. Study ritual? I dance it out before I sit down to study. I light a candle to create mood. Sometimes I take pictures to send and show I’m studying. Favorite Milwaukee spots? Walking out on the breakwater at the marina on the lakefront, and I love, love, love the Milwaukee Art Museum. Best Marquette experience? Service has become a big part of my life. I changed my major to public relations because I want to be that person out in the world advocating, communicating for people.

I started playing when I was 5. My sister played at Northwestern so I came to Marquette to be close to her.

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♥ Megan (Carver) Thibaudeau, Comm ’08, and Michael Thibaudeau, Bus Ad ’05, wed July 23, 2016 at Quechee Inn Marshland Farm in Quechee, Vt.

 DAILY DIFFERENCE Joan (O’Connor) Brennan, Nurs ’81, a trained school psychologist, heard a comment 14 years ago about a need for student counselors at Cristo Rey Jesuit High School in Chicago. She volunteered then — and still does —  now as a member of the Jesuit Volunteer Corps, advising a caseload of 65 students each year. NOMINATE A SPECIAL ALUM

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Kaelan Ward, Arts ’08, was appointed director of business development for Sikich LLP in Chicago, representing the firm’s team of more than 800 professionals who identify business solutions for clients throughout the country.



Kyle Clark, Grad ’09, and Amanda Clark: son James Harrison born Jan. 27, 2016. He was 7 pounds, 15 ounces and 21 inches. He is the couple’s first child. ♥ Elizabeth Cohen Printup, Comm ’09, and Stephen Printup wed Aug. 13, 2016 at the Grotto in Portland, Ore. The couple lives in Denver.


♥ Kristie (Nichols) Coonce, Arts ’10, and Jesse Coonce wed July 9, 2016 in Niwot, Colo. Jesse

works as an IT specialist, and Kristie is a clinical assessment specialist at Eating Recovery Center. The couple lives in Arvada, Colo. ♥ Amanda (Wolff) Gutiérrez, Arts ’10, and José Gutiérrez wed June 11, 2016 at St. Ignatius Catholic Church in Portland, Ore. The couple met in Portland in 2011 during Amanda’s year as a Jesuit volunteer. The couple moved to Colorado, where Amanda will begin a graduate program in speech-language pathology at the University of Northern Colorado. ♥ Patrick Jackson, Bus Ad ’10, Grad ’11, and Amber (Hardy) Jackson, Nurs ’10, wed July 23, 2016 at George Town, Grand Cayman Islands. ♥ John Lytle, Eng ’10, Grad ’16, and Mallory Fetta Lytle, H Sci ’11, Grad ’13, wed June 18, 2016 at Church of the Gesu in Milwaukee.

W Allen O’Connor, Eng ’10, and

Pamela O’Connor: daughter Francesca Rose O’Connor born July 14, 2016. She was 7 pounds, 10 ounces and 20.5 inches.

W Patrick Volkert, Arts ’10,

and Joanne Volkert: son Chase Patrick born July 26, 2016. He was 6 pounds, 6 ounces and 20 inches. ♥ Amy (Haffner) Zimmerman, Bus Ad ’10, and Joshua Zimmerman wed Aug. 13, 2016 at the Hilton City Center in Milwaukee. Amy is a project manager for Robert W. Baird. Josh owns a local business, Brown Dog Gadgets, where he designs and sells educational science kits. The couple lives in Milwaukee’s Bay View neighborhood.

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♥ Christine George Catlin, Arts ’11, and Steven Catlin, Arts ’11, wed Oct. 3, 2015 in Egg Harbor, Wis. They met through the Marquette Sailing Team. Several close friends from the sailing team were in attendance. Steve co-founded and runs the urban farm Grow Local, and Christie works for the international nonprofit Global Brigades. The couple lives in Milwaukee. Erin Ruckoldt, Comm ’11, is an administrative assistant at WISN–12, ABC affiliate in Milwaukee, and thrilled to be back in the city she loves. You can also catch her around town hosting various pub trivia events. Aaron Schmalzle, Grad ’11, is mission developer and co-founder of Castle Church Brewing Community, a craft brewery with a Word and Sacrament ministry. The brewery focuses on the faith community while completing construction of the brew house that will be Orlando’s largest destination brewery and taproom. The brewery tagline is “Building Community. Fermenting Love.” The brewery plans to donate all of its profits back to the community for mission and ministry. Noelle Skowron, Arts ’11, is deputy sheriff with the Berkshire County Sheriff’s Office, Pittsfield, Mass.

♥ Josh Spaunhorst, Eng ’11, and Blair (Thorp) Spaunhorst, wed Aug. 27, 2016 at the Weston Red Barn in Weston, Mo. The couple lives in Kansas City.

W Maria Rose Wright, Nurs A LU MN I C LU B S

WHAT’S SHAKIN’? Check out these alumni activities and more. Visit



Club of Phoenix 28th Annual Spring Training Tailgate Party and Game — Saturday, March 18, 2017.

National Marquette Day is Saturday, Feb. 18. Alumni worldwide are mobibasketball. While cheering the Golden Eagles to a (hoped for) win over Xavier, alumni coast-to-coast also will be raising scholarship dollars for Marquette students. Get in on this good work at a game-watching party near you. Visit for details. We Are (clap, clap) Marquette! SEE ALL UPCOMING EVENTS AND MAKE THE SCENE!




Matt Bogovich, Bus Ad ’12, is an associate at Deutsche Asset Management, the commercial real estate investment business of Deutsche Bank in Chicago. He focuses primarily on new acquisitions in the Midwest and Southeast, as well as debt transactions for new and existing properties. He is an Evans Scholar alumnus and involved in the Commission of Wicker Park Bucktown, Chicago. Elyise Brigman, Comm ’12, was promoted to assistant account executive at Mueller Communications LLC in Milwaukee.


lizing now to support students AND

’11, and John “Johnny” Wright, Bus Ad ’11: son John “J J ” Michael, IV, born Oct. 19, 2015. He was 5 pounds, 9 ounces and 18.5 inches. He is the fourth generation of John M. Wrights, including John M. Wright, I, Arts ’57; and John M. Wright, II, Sp ’82.


Club of Northeast Ohio Mass and Brunch — Sunday, March 19, 2017. W I S CO N S I N

♥ Mikhaila (Norton) Carbajal, Bus Ad ’12, and David Carbajal, Bus Ad ’13, wed April 30, 2016 at Bettendorf Presbyterian Church, Bettendorf, Iowa. More than 50 alumni attended. David is a senior associate at PwC, and Mikhaila is a senior consultant at Optum. They live in Wauwatosa, Wis.

Ethnic Alumni Association Hosting on campus pre-reception before lecture by scholar and activist Dr. Angela Davis — Wednesday, March 29, 2017.

♥ Craig Maechtle, Bus Ad ’12, and Katie Maechtle wed June 18, 2016 at St. James Catholic Church in Madison, Wis. Craig is an accounting manager at Epic, and Katie is an executive team leader at Target. More than 20 alumni attended.


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SECOND ACT He answers the phone “Dr. Lloyd Walton,” which would elicit a delighted chuckle from Coach Hank Raymonds. Though Walton, Ed.D., Arts ’76, stacked up impressive stats for Marquette basketball — and recently was inducted into the Athletics Hall of Fame — he lacked the stat that mattered most to his former coach. Walton left Marquette still five credits shy of completing a degree. BY J ONI MOTHS M U E L L E R

“Coach Raymonds called my mom and said I was to get my ‘so and so’ up to Marquette to get this done,” Walton says. That was after his career with the NBA, playing for the Milwaukee Bucks and Kansas City Kings, ended. But life continued. He took Raymonds’ advice. “I hated school but I fought through,” Walton says. That’s the message Walton  — the doctorate holder — delivers to incoming recruits as an NBA Players Association counselor. “Plan for the future,” he tells them. “I don’t think we athletes understand the transitions. We go

from high school to college, then one team to another. The last stop is the most significant, and basketball probably won’t be a part of our lives anymore. I tell the recruits to prepare while they’re playing for what they want to do next.” Walton takes his own advice. He’s always planning for what’s next. First up this time is launching a private consulting firm with focuses on transitioning, motivational speaking and life coaching. Then comes publication of his first book, due to be released this spring. ¤


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♥ Courtney (Kelly) Malloy, Bus Ad ’12, Grad ’13, and Patrick Malloy, Bus Ad ’12, wed July 16, 2016 at Church of the Gesu in Milwaukee. Jacqueline Messler, Law ’12, was named a 2016 Up and Coming Lawyer by Wisconsin Law Journal. She is an attorney in the Milwaukee office of Weiss Berzowski LLP. Her practice focuses on estate planning, tax law and business law. Chelsea Real, Comm ’12, is senior account executive of social media at Social@Ogilvy in Chicago. In addition to social media, she serves as owner/ creative director at Big Red Boutique, a vintage clothing and accessories store run on Etsy. Konrad Siczek, Bus Ad ’12, is a health care insurance contract analyst at Advisory Board Co., where he assists hospitals in managing payer performance. He enjoys volunteering at Chicago HOPES for Kids, where he provides homework help and literacy support to students staying at a Chicago shelter.

W Melissa (Longamore)

Soberalski, Law ’12, opened her own practice Soberalski Immigration Law LLC on July 1, 2016 in West Allis, Wis. She and husband Garrett Soberalski, Law ’12, had a baby girl, Susana Rosemarie, on Oct. 18, 2015. Tony Tholl, Bus Ad ’12, is a financial analyst with the National Association of Realtors in Chicago. He is responsible for budgeting, forecasting and financial analysis for the association and their subsidiaries. He lives in Chicago.

Amanda Woodman, Comm ’12, is a sales engineer at Connecture, a health care software company providing technical expertise on health insurance automation and distribution. In addition, she is a founding member of an early stage startup that aims to improve business relations and productivity for sales teams across all industries.


Joseph Birdsall, Law ’13, joined Lindner & Marsack S.C. and is part of the growing team of leading labor and employment attorneys. He defends clients on workers’ compensation claims and advises on exposure reduction strategies and Wisconsin workers’ compensation law developments. He has experience in handling subrogation issues, unreasonable refusal to rehire claims and safety violation claims. Katelyn Bleach, Eng ’13, continues her service with the Marquette Club of Chicago leadership team as its new co-president. She previously served as the club’s social events coordinator and is a transportation engineer at Jacobs Engineering Group in Chicago. Elizabeth Buckton, Bus Ad ’13, is a private wealth analyst at BMO Private Bank in Chicago. She lives in Lincoln Park and is a member of the Ravinia Associates Board. ♥ Stephanie Grassel Hampton, Ed ’13, and Mark Hampton, Bus Ad ’13, wed July 9, 2016 at Church of the Gesu in Milwaukee, with Rev. Jim Radde, S.J., presiding. Stephanie is a fourth–fifth

IT’S KIND OF A SIMPLE QUESTION… WHAT INSPIRES YOU? “Hard work. Successful people. Pontoon boats; I love being on the water.” MICHAEL

“The prospect of a more inclusive, amicable world, but only if I act and inspire others to act.” AMY

“People who live their lives from their heart and manage to be of service to others along the way.” TERI TELL US MORE!

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grade teacher at Soulard School, and Mark is a financial adviser at Merrill Lynch. The couple met before freshman orientation at a Christian leadership retreat organized by Campus Ministry. They remained friends and began dating their senior year at Marquette. The couple lives in Creve Coeur, Mo. Kevin Kroeger, Bus Ad ’13, is an equity research associate at William Blair, an investment bank in Chicago. He covers internet and media stocks. He lives in Chicago’s Wicker Park area and is a mentor in the Chicago area as part of the iMentor program. Monica Lawton, Comm ’13, is a senior account executive at Grisko, a marketing and communications agency in Chicago.


♥ Meghan (Teich) Caballero, Eng ’14, and Mark Caballero, H Sci ’14, wed June 25, 2016 at St. Hedwig Church in Milwaukee. Many Marquette alumni attended. Michal Gawlik, Eng ’14, is a patent agent at Flener IP Law, a woman-owned boutique law firm in Chicago. Jilly Gokalgandhi, Arts ’14, works as a community school coordinator for the United Way Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County. She works toward implementing the community schools model at Bradley Technology and Trade High School in Walker’s Point. ♥ Kayla (Schwieterman) Gundlach, Nurs ’14, and Trevor Gundlach, Arts ’14, wed July 11, 2015 at St. John the Baptist Church in Maria Stein, Ohio.

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LET’S CELEBRATE THESE ALUMNI MILESTONES Send your wedding photo of the happy couple or photo of the newest addition to your family. We’ll share as many as possible here on the Milestones page for everyone to enjoy. 1 Sarah (Lakowske) Hafner, Ed ’12,

and Thomas Hafner; 2 Heidi (Klancnik) Farmer and Sam Farmer, both Eng ’14; 3 Guinevere, daughter of James Packee, Bus Ad ’07, and Ashley (Foy) Packee, Comm ’07; 4 Drake Kakar, Bus Ad ’12, and Kaitlyn (Smyth) Kakar, H Sci ’12, Grad ’14; 5 Benjamin, son of Sandi (Swincicki) Pagenkopf, Nurs ’98, and Kelly Pagenkopf; 6 Paige, daughter of Anette Boughner, Arts ’06, and Randy Boughner; 7 Shaelyn, daughter of Carolynn Gellings, Eng ’05; 8 Madeline (Dudek) Elich, H Sci ’09, and Samuel Elich, Bus Ad ’11; 9 Eli, son of Valencia (Lynch) Laws, Arts ’11, and Johnathan Laws; 10 Josh Spauenhorst, Eng ’11, and Blair (Thorp) Spauenhorst; 11 Sophia, daughter of Allison Ardolino, Comm ’04, and Kevin Higgins; 12 FROM LEFT TO RIGHT: Finley, son of Amanda Speck Malmberg, Nurs ’07, and Patrick Malmberg, Comm ’05; Jennifer, daughter of Melissa (Batzner) Krische, Bus Ad ’10, and Brian Krische, Eng ’10; Paxton, son of Wendy (Cipolaro) Haile, Grad ’08, and Sean Haile; Noah, son of Jill (Johnson) Ligocki, Comm ’05, and Ryan Ligocki, Bus Ad ’05; Josephine, daughter of Bridget (Hannon) Reuth, Comm ’02, and Chad Rueth, Arts ’02; Roman, son of Fabiola (Torres) Boche, H Sci ’08, Grad ’09, and Edwin Boche.

♥ Rebecca (Pachuta) Maag, Eng ’14, and Patrick Maag, Bus Ad ’13, wed Aug. 1, 2015 at Old St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Milwaukee. Patrick works as a senior financial analyst at Grace Matthews in Milwaukee, and Rebecca is a math teacher at Whitnall High School in Greenfield, Wis. ♥ Rachel (Rouse) Malak, Comm ’14, Grad ’16, and Peter Malak, Eng ’14, Grad ’16, wed July 30, 2016 by Rev. Robert Wild, S.J., at Church of the Gesu in Milwaukee. The couple met at Marquette Preview. Approximately 75 Marquette alumni attended. Rachel is a career counselor at Concordia University Wisconsin, and Peter is a design engineer at Milwaukee Tool. ♥ Nicholas Simonis, Eng ’14, and Natasha Sahr, Arts ’13, wed at Fergus Chapel, Oshkosh, Wis. Natasha is a doctoral student in biostatistics at the Medical College of Wisconsin, and Nicholas is a mechanical design engineer for Caterpillar in South Milwaukee. The couple lives in Milwaukee. Nicholas Vukmir, Bus Ad ’14, is one of the platoon leaders leading approximately 40 soldiers through live fires and training in Senegal for Africa Readiness Training, an exercise involving some 400 troops from the U.S. Army’s 3rd Infantry Division and the Senegalese 1st Paratrooper Battalion.


Rachel Berkowitz, Comm ’15, was promoted to account coordinator at Mueller Communications LLC in Milwaukee.

W Alex Frain, Grad ’15, and

Elizabeth Frain: son Stephen Albert born Sept. 4, 2016. Tyrell McGee, Bus Ad ’15, is a research analyst at Newmark Grubb Knight Frank in Chicago, where he conducts trend analysis of commercial leasing and capital markets and quarterly real estate market reports covering industrial, office and retail. Outside of work, he is involved with the Harold E. Eisenberg Foundation and a member of the Chicago Lions Rugby Club. Julia Otto, Comm ’15, was promoted to account coordinator at Mueller Communications LLC in Milwaukee.


Shivam Patel, Bus Ad ’16, and Kelly Helf, Bus Ad ’15, were engaged Aug. 30, 2016 aboard the Odyssey at Navy Pier in Chicago. The couple recently moved to Washington, D.C., where Shivam is pursuing a master’s degree in applied economics at Johns Hopkins University, and Kelly works as an associate merchandise planner at Under Armour World Headquarters. Rose Tobin, Bus Ad ’16, is an account manager at CDW, a leading multibrand technology solutions provider, in the company’s downtown Chicago office. She lives in Lincoln Park and is a member of the Marquette CIRCLES eMentor Network.

MATCH MADE AT MCCORMICK Shannon (Sullivan), Bus Ad ’08, and Sean Heffernan, Arts ’07, brought daughters Honora and Mairead to see McCormick Hall before it’s gone. This is where they met as students and love blossomed.

Photos must be 300 dpi at 2 x 3.”

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CLASS NOTES Rees, Eng ’51; Gerald A. Rynders, Eng ’51;

M. Aronson, Dent ’56; Marianne Regine

Alice Kathleen Seidenstricker, Arts ’51;

Cosgrove, Arts ’56; Patrick L. Crooks, Arts

James D. Smith, Bus Ad ’51; Margaret

’56, Law ’58; Frank A. Grzybowski, Arts ’56;

Geraldine Smith, Bus Ad ’51; John J. Waldron,

James T. Schulz, Med ’56; James W. Schwerdt,

Eng ’51; John E. Bittman, Arts ’52; Daro A.

Eng ’56; Ernest R. Vogel, Eng ’56; Richard E.

Buchanan, Dent ’52; Patrick A. Cusack, Arts

Zerkel, Bus Ad ’56; Ronald E. Babros, Eng

’52; Elaine A. Dittmar, Arts ’52; James H.

’57; Dennis L. Buckett, Eng ’57; Terrence

Flaherty, Eng ’52; Henry J. Gefke, Bus Ad

Coyle, Med ’57; Monica Lee Ingwersen, Nurs

’52, Law ’54; George J. Hoynacki, Arts ’52;

’57; Peter W. Meza, Eng ’57; Edward L. Streit,

William G. Knudsen, Eng ’52; Arthur D.

Bus Ad ’57; Vernon J. Travis, Bus Ad ’57;

William E. Merkow, Arts ’39; Frances M.

Lastofka, Bus Ad ’52; Robert H. Nowak, Bus

Thomas R. Anderson, Dent ’58; Paul P.

Sweeney, Sp ’39

Ad ’52; Joseph F. Seng, Arts ’52; Donald B.

Bernicky, Bus Ad ’58; Patricia Lee Diorio,


Smith, Dent ’52; M. Arlene Strom, Bus Ad

Dent Hy ’58; Daniel A. Elandt, Arts ’58;

’52; June Martha Vercellotti, Nurs ’52;

Charlene Fay Frohna, Nurs ’58; Richard J.



Eugene E. Krueger, Eng ’38;

David A. Winkowski, Jour ’40;

Anthony D. Bogus, Eng ’42; Mary Jane

William F. Hanneman, ’53; Bernard O. Jaeger,

Mathews, Arts ’58, Med ’62; Norbert J. Reis,

Conway, Arts ’43; Ronald T. Fath, Bus Ad ’43,

Dent ’53; John E. Kertzman, Arts ’53; Mary J.

Eng ’58; Arlene Joan Roth, Nurs ’58; Sally

Law ’48; Harold A. Laatsch, Dent ’43; Russell

McCarragher, Arts ’53; Andrew J. Nuesslein,

Ann Slavik, Arts ’58; Elizabeth L. Tadych,

D. Libert, Eng ’43; Paul B. Lohr, Eng ’43;

Bus Ad ’53; Andrew P. Potos, Arts ’53, Grad

Nurs ’58; Ronald L. Jacobus, Eng ’59; Sheryl

Eileen V. Doherty, Arts ’44; Donald C.

’62; Donald J. Reed, Arts ’53; John D. Roehl,

Ann Montavon, Jour ’59; Robert J. Silah,

Donohoo, Arts ’44; Russell M. Ruetz, Arts

Eng ’53, Grad ’73; Christopher S. Young, Eng

Bus Ad ’59

’44; Dorothy H. Tomsyck, Arts ’44; Joseph R.

’53; Edward D. Armstrong, Bus Ad ’54, Grad

Evans, Dent ’45; John T. Hotter, Med ’46;

’59; Donald L. Gerth, Dent ’54; Elmer K.

Bernard D. Ottenstein, Dent ’46; Robert H.

Jaindl, Eng ’54; Thomas M. Linnan, Eng ’54;

Rech, Eng ’46; Grace Marian Brophy, Jour

Robert E. O’Leary, Bus Ad ’54; Eugene T.

’47; Howard H. Elder, Bus Ad ’47, Law ’49;

Sonnleitner, Dent ’54; Leon J. Bevers, Bus

Elsie B. Patterson, Med Tech ’47; Carla Rae

Ad ’55; Thomas D. Borgwardt, Eng ’55;

Quiery, Jour ’47; Benjamin F. Storer, Med

Lawrence S. Galka, Eng ’55, Law ’58;

’47; Gordon R. Agne, Bus Ad ’48; Remo Z.

Kassandra Kersting, Arts ’55; Ann M. Kuehn,

Cameranesi, Law ’48; John A. Christnacht,

Arts ’55; Rudolph J. Mudroch, Bus Ad ’55,

Jour ’48; Kathleen Nevins Feierstein, Arts

Law ’57; Constance Mary Roehrman, Sp ’55;

’48; Joseph William McGuire, Arts ’48; John

Ruth Mary Ann Rudd, Grad ’55; James R.

C. Polasek, Eng ’48; Rosemary Ann Geraghty,

Sattler, Arts ’55, Med ’59; Frank J. Spinozzi,

Jour ’49; Rita Lysen Gilmore, Grad ’49;

Sp ’55; Donald F. Tschabold, Eng ’55; Robert


James J. Brophy, Med ’60; Roger

H. Brus, Med ’60; James A. Clemence, Med ’60; Timothy J. Crooks, Arts ’60, Med ’63; Patrick S. Donahue, Arts ’60; Ralph E. Klopatek, Eng ’60; Gerald F. Moynihan, Bus Ad ’60; Lawrence E. Schweitzer, Eng ’60; Isabelle A. Stelmahoske, Grad ’60; Sandra Elizabeth Bourdet, Arts ’61; Peter J. Clancy, Eng ’61; James S. Fitch, Grad ’61; William J. Mattek, Bus Ad ’61, Grad ’73; Edward J. Raychel, Bus Ad ’61; Loren B. Willard, Arts ’61; Marjorie A. Bialk, Arts ’62; Kenneth C.

Joseph J. Leben, Arts ’49; Hubert E. Sauter,

Campbell, Arts ’62; Mary Elaine Coulon,

Eng ’49; Walter J. Weyres, Arts ’49

Med Tech ’62; Carl M. Greco, Bus Ad ’62,


Law ’65; James F. Kreissl, Eng ’62; Dorothea Donald G. Berger, Arts ’50;

Milbrandt, Grad ’62; Mary J. Monahan,

Kathleen A. Colgan, Jour ’50; Raymond P.

Arts ’62; Roger E. Panther, Arts ’62; Jerome

Fetherston, Bus Ad ’50; Eugene A. Flynn,

P. Richards, Arts ’62; Gerald M. Stein, Law

Arts ’50; William N. Schmid, Bus Ad ’50;

’62; Raymond K. Timm, Arts ’62; Edward P.

Leonard P. Anhalt, Eng ’51; James J. Fay, Bus

Cichosz, Arts ’63, Grad ’74; Geraldine M.

Ad ’51; William T. Gaus, Arts ’51, Law ’54;

Clancy, Grad ’63; James M. Kenney,

Virginia R. Krznarich, Arts ’51; Norman A.

Arts ’63, Med ’67; Joseph F. Geniesse,

Nestler, Arts ’51; B.B. Reak, Eng ’51; Clark H.

Grad ’64; James D. Greiff, Arts ’64;

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Graduates make plans but then things happen. You torqued your path, why? All along I thought I wanted to be a political science professor. But then I realized I didn’t want to make sense of public life; I wanted to be active in public life, which led me to Teach For America and then Harvard.


Where do you find tools to help you work for the children at Jenner Academy? I was knocked off my feet by my Jesuit education, particularly the ideals of cura personalis, which I connect with our holistic approach to teaching children and not treating them like test-takers, and men and women for others, which is about serving and supporting others in the community.


If you could wave a magic principal’s wand, what would be your first wish? I would change the political will to finance the education of poor children of color. This conversation began 60 years ago and the political will, in my humble opinion, is just not there. Marquette responded to the civil rights call to educate children of color with EOP and the McNair programs, and I’m the fruit of that. What if Marquette never got involved?


Winning strategies from our alumni expert

Robert Croston


Principal at Jenner Academy of the Arts Chicago Public Schools

He’s driven by a commitment the children in his predominantly black, low-income school express as “Be the NEST.” Be neighborly. Stay engaged. Be scholarly. Use teamwork. It guides his leadership when greeting children or seeking resources to restart science classes — his first win — and fulfill the plural noun “arts” pledged in the school’s title with the addition of dance and music to the existing classes in visual arts. EXPERTS SHARE HOW THEY PLAY THE GAME OF LIFE.

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Janice F. Koelzer, Grad ’64; Richard J. Little, Arts ’64, Grad ’68; Thomas C. Mack, Bus Ad ’64; Thomas William Rauch, Eng ’64; Robert P. Carlisle, Eng ’65; Richard A. Holmes, Grad ’65; Mary Ellen Jennik Kramer, Arts ’65; Virginia Marie Oswald, Arts ’65; Janet Margaret

Grad ’68, Grad ’69; James R. Winberg, Grad ’68; Raymond N. Nemoir, Grad ’69; John M. Schuetz, Jour ’69; Paul P. Serketich, Arts ’69; Leonard J. Wojtecki, Arts ’69


Feighan, Sp ’77; David C. Stangel, Dent ’78


Andrew P. Schultze, Dent ’80;

Michael D. Lue-Hing, Eng ’81; Linda M. Raymonds, Bus Ad ’82; Margaret Mary Fox,

William E. Biebel, Arts ’70; John

Bus Ad ’84; Felicia B. Blasi, Grad ’85;

O. Dermody, Arts ’70; Kenneth J. Roy, Grad

Edmund R. Steinike, Eng ’85; Anna Marie

Starks, Grad ’65; Thomas G. Tuohey, Dent

’70; Robert A. Brevard, Dent ’71; Catherine

Dixon, Grad ’87; Richard E. Nell, Law ’88;

’65; Gerald J. Gross, Arts ’66; Kent T. Herbert,

M. Daly, Grad ’71; Richard E. Marx, Bus Ad

Michelle L. Beckman, Arts ’89; Jonathan J.

Bus Ad ’66; Joe Kamalick, Jour ’66; Thomas

’71; Patrick T. McMahon, Arts ’71; Patricia

Wilmot, Bus Ad ’89

E. Meade, Dent ’66; James A. Rademacher,

Antoinette Chase, Grad ’72; Willene L.

Eng ’66; Richard L. Whitehouse, Dent ’66;

Grossaint, Grad ’72; Kathleen Ann Hopp,

Robert H. Yamachika, Arts ’66; Ruth C. Blair,

Arts ’72; Dennis P. Pandl, Arts ’72; Thomas

Nurs ’67; David E. Blankenheim, Arts ’67,

R. Arend, Bus Ad ’73; Mary K. Feeney, Nurs

Grad ’71; Henry P. Hahn, Grad ’67; William J.

’73; Paul Veto Girdes, Arts ’73; Gary M.

Jacobs, Eng ’67; Bruce C. O’Neill, Law ’67;

Socha, Bus Ad ’73, Law ’75; Leonard L.

Aloysius P. Schimmer, Grad ’67; Tatjana

Lausten, Dent ’74; John E. Elfers, Dent ’75;


Budimir Flynn, Arts ’68; Mary G. Hagerty,

Melinda Marie Kay, Sp ’75; Larry J. Maloney,

’01; Craig A. Handwerker, Eng ’02; Todd J.

Grad ’68; Karl G. Heine, Arts ’68; John J.

Law ’75; Barbara Marie Corbett, Jour ’76;

Pogorzelski, Grad ’09; Brianne C. Schwantes,

Pilch, Grad ’68, Grad ’72; Thomas S. Ruh,

Bradley D. Scott, Arts ’76; Christopher R.

Grad ’10; Matthew V. Thompson, Arts ’10


Christina Maureen Bloomer, Dent

Hy ’92; Christopher D. Finn, Arts ’98; Karen Jean Weir, Arts ’98

Geoffrey J. Gnadt, Law ’01, Grad


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