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My year as a carny Slinging iron and pushing plush across America






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Brunch and a bike ride on Milwaukee’s lakefront — what a perfect weekend break for students.







Michael Sean Comerford spends a year pushing plush and thumbing the highways of 36 states to discover this American story.

Meet Rev. Nathan Wendt, S.J., and Rev. Paul Shelton, S.J., our newly ordained members of the Society of Jesus.


24 My year as a carny Michael Sean Comerford, Arts ’81, puts everything on the line to tell stories about Midway marvels — those that spin in the air and those who spin wild tales. F E AT U R ES

16 “Here I am, Lord” Jesuits Paul Shelton, Arts ’03, and Nathan Wendt, Comm ’01, prepare for a holy and heady celebration.

20 An attentive life

20 Training as a nurse taught the sacred art of paying attention.

An essay by Barbara Mahany, Nurs ’79, is a call to notice the brush strokes of the divine that sweep up against us.

28 Salt & Light How 42 students explore their Catholic identity begins with copying Jesus’ most intimate act of service.

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The ordination of Father Wendt and Father Shelton was beautiful. So beautiful, we have to share some moments in this slideshow.

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46 Letters to the Editor Readers weigh in with their views 48 Tilling the soil Exploring faith together



My return to Marquette in September as interim president happened to coincide with an important moment in the life of this university — the visit that occurs every 10 years by reviewers considering the university’s reaffirmation as an accredited post-secondary institution.


In fact, the first day of the team’s visit was my first day

back on campus. At a meeting that morning, in I walked to greet them: the old, or make that, new occupant of Marquette’s President’s Office. After that surprising start, the visit, by all accounts, went very well. This winter, the accrediting body in question, the Higher Learning Commission, reaffirmed

Among all the

Marquette’s status. Although visiting team members wouldn’t

outstanding work that

be doing their job if they didn’t offer some constructive criticism,

occurred this past

their report is by far the most positive such document I’ve

year, it is impossible

seen over the years. It describes “a mission-driven university” distinguished by “sound fiscal stewardship” and “a strong

to overlook that of the

faculty that ‘lives’ the mission and helps ‘guide and shape’

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students for their roles in society.”


This outcome was hardly left to chance, of course. Members

of our university community spent the better part of two years on the reaffirmation effort, including months compiling an insightful 250-page self-study report on Marquette. Thorough preparation for the site visit revealed Marquette at its best and helped establish a tone of excellence and purpose that continued through the year. By the time final exams rolled around this spring, I was pleased to look back on a year of progress for this university community.

Among all the outstanding work that occurred this past

year, it is impossible to overlook that of the Presidential Search Committee. As you know, this was the first such search to consider both Jesuit and lay candidates, following wise action by the Board of Trustees in 2011 to amend Marquette’s bylaws to allow for that. Given the declining number of Jesuits in North America and the reduced pool of Jesuits qualified to lead

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a major university, it was inevitable that Marquette come to this transition, one for which we were well prepared. And so in selecting Dr. Michael Lovell to be Marquette’s next president (he officially assumed office July 1), the committee did exactly what it was charged to do: find the best possible person to lead Marquette at this point in time.

Years ago, our then-Opus Dean of Engineering, Stan Jaskolski,

introduced me to Mike, and we hit it off immediately. I thought to myself that UW–Milwaukee had really landed a star to lead their engineering program. So I really wasn’t surprised when Mike was named UWM’s chancellor.

Although he was happy in that role and not looking for a

change, it was a pleasure to help him consider how leading this major faith-based university could be the unique challenge toward which he was building in his career. In addition to being a truly gifted academic leader with an impressive record of encouraging excellence and innovation, Mike is a man of deep faith. A passion for the Catholic identity and Jesuit mission of Marquette will be something felt in his DNA, just as Search

So don’t be completely surprised if you receive a phone call later this year and find me on the other end.

Chair John Ferraro anticipated it would be. I have no doubt that you will be amazed and delighted to be a part of the future he and our university community create together.

When I completed my 15 years of service as Marquette’s

president in 2011, I never thought I’d be back for an encore. Nor could I have guessed that my return as interim president would lead to an even newer position, helping the team in University Advancement achieve Marquette’s goals for philanthropy. I am very pleased to be staying on and look forward to working with Marquette’s wonderful benefactors to address critical needs such as student scholarships.

So don’t be completely surprised if you receive a phone call

later this year and find me on the other end. For now, know that I treasure your support, your friendship and the work we have done together to advance this great university. May our good and gracious God bless you and your loved ones and always keep you in His loving care.



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we are marquette C O N TA C T S They are intellectual, spiritual, emotional, visual, even profitable. Read about

crowdfunding campaigns designed by students, see a new Visualization Lab that lets us see  — and teach — in a 3D world, meet a priest who believes in teaching students in the nation’s capitol (yes, even now), and then get acquainted with the new faces leading Marquette basketball. Find all this and more inside.

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Olympic-level scrutiny Could shaping pants provide a competitive advantage to an Olympic ski racer? That was one of the questions Law Professor Matt Mitten pondered as an international arbitrator at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. As one of nine members of the Court of Arbitration for Sport ad hoc division, Mitten had to be available on short notice to quickly resolve disputes that arose during the Games. He served on two panels. Decisions had to be issued within 24 hours to provide a timely final adjudication and prevent a disruption of scheduled events, which meant working through the night without breaks. “It was a very collaborative process that was fun and exciting to be involved in, and it was fueled by latenight lattes and cappuccinos,” says Mitten, director of Marquette’s National Sports Law Institute. Mitten was on a CAS panel that heard the Sochi Games’ first case, a protest from half-pipe freestyle skier Daniela Bauer, who was not selected for the Austrian team and felt she should have been. The panel ruled against Bauer, citing the fact that there were no published qualifications for making the Austrian ski team, giving

Mitten has been a member of the pool of approximately 300 CAS arbitrators since 2007. This was his first time at the Olympics. He calls the experience one of the biggest honors of his career.


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the Austrian ski federation the right to subjective judgment about those selected. The second case Mitten arbitrated involved a protest from the Canadian and Slovenian ski cross teams. They alleged that the French team violated a rule prohibiting the shaping of pant legs to give competitors an aerodynamic advantage. The Canadian and Slovenian teams said the French had coaches cuff athletes’ pants into a fin-like shape just before the event started. According to International Ski Federation rules, a protest must be filed within 15 minutes of the finish of an event. In this case, the protest was filed six hours after the finish. The panel ruled against the complainants because there was no justification for the delay. According to the CAS panel: “Holding the contrary would contravene the natural expectation of athletes, sports governing bodies, spectators and the public that competition results are final unless promptly and properly protested within a reasonable period of time after the competition ends.” “It would have been a very interesting case had we been able to consider its merits,” Mitten says. Mitten has been a member of the pool of approximately 300 CAS arbitrators since 2007. This was his first time at the Olympics. He calls the experience one of the biggest honors of his career. It wasn’t all work. He attended several Olympic events and met medal-winning U.S. athletes and Thomas Bach, president of the International Olympic Committee. Though concerns about security and freedom of expression dominated headlines here and abroad going into the Olympics — and Russia-U.S. tensions have escalated since the Games concluded  — Mitten’s experience was positive. “It wasn’t a nationalistic ‘us versus them,’ like I remember from the days of the intense athletic competition between the Soviet Union and the United States,” Mitten says. “It was more of an international feel — we’re all in this together in the true spirit of Olympic sports competition.” m CJ

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Life size and 3D Computer images spring to three-dimensional life in the Visualization Lab that opened in January.

The Visualization Lab in Engineering Hall added a dimension to how Dr. John LaDisa studies cardiovascular disease, an advantage he knows other researchers and medical doctors will appreciate. Now physicians who want to study a cardiac patient can use the lab to virtually step inside the patient’s artery for a closer look, says the associate professor of biomedical engineering, and simulate potential effects of a treatment. Though 3D visualization has nearly unlimited applications for engineering students, faculty and industry contacts, this lab was built to be used by the entire campus. And colleges ranging from Nursing to Communication have developed applications to enhance academics. For example, visualization technology allowed nursing students to step onto the platform and experience realistic renderings of emergency situations. The Department of Digital Media and Performing Arts applied the 3D technology in an unusual production of the play Zoo Story by Edward Albee. Instead of pulling all of the scenery and sets onto a stage, the advantages of 3D technology allowed the use of computer-

generated scenery and sets — that appeared and moved — with the flick of a switch. “I went to the opening night, which was phenomenal,” says Opus Dean of Engineering Robert Bishop. “They plan to submit a technical journal paper on that because of the interpretation the director was able to add to the play. She had the ability to manipulate the lights so that while we were sitting there, the trees suddenly start disappearing. Then everything gets kind of blurry and you realize the character’s mind is starting to have these issues. That wasn’t written anywhere in the play. It added a layer of complexity to theatre through technology.” Chester Loeffler-Bell, artistic assistant professor of digital media and performing arts, says students enjoyed working in the unique venue, even if they had to be more careful than usual. “In the theatre, they break stuff all the time,” he says. “But, here, we can’t break anything.” The lab size has already made it a campus asset. It can host a large audience of about 30 people at a time, which is more than similar labs around the country. The university expects industry users to line up and take advantage of the technology.

The real showcase of the space is the versatile large-scale immersive environment. The projection area is 10 feet tall, 10 feet deep and more than 18 feet long.

“People say, ‘This is your lab.’ I try not to let that comment go,” says LaDisa, who is the director of the Visualization Lab. “I was the person who went around and figured out who was interested and what they wanted to use it for and then distilled that down to what we need for today. I happen to be one of those users. I’m the one who is facilitating access.” m CJ

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A new era of Golden Eagles basketball begins with Coach Steve Wojciechowski (pronounced woe-ju-HOW-skee) and Coach Carolyn Kieger, Comm ’06.

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Coach Wojo gets started “Before you can talk about how you want to play, I think it’s important to talk about how you want to live. Because they’re connected.”



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he bond between Steve Wojciechowski, who was named head coach of men’s basketball at Marquette, and Duke Coach Mike Krzyzewski grew during two decades — while Wojciechowski was a standout player on the Blue Devils and later a member of the coaching staff under one of college basketball’s most iconic coaches. Wojciechowski wanted to become a head coach, but it took the right opportunity to pry him away from Coach K. And Marquette came calling. “Leaving Duke, because of the memories and all the things that went into Duke for me, was difficult,” he says. “Coming to Marquette was easy.” Wojciechowski was named the 17th coach in program history April 1, replacing Buzz Williams. He waited until Duke’s season-ending awards banquet to say goodbye to the program that was part of his life for more than 20 years. In a speech at the banquet, Krzyzewski wished Wojciechowski well — and said he felt like he was losing a son. “There are certain people who are put on this planet for specific things,” Krzyzewski said, according to the Durham (N.C.) Herald-Sun. “Steve was put on this planet to make the people with him better.” So why was this the right move for “Coach Wojo”? “I think Marquette is a place a kid can get the best of all worlds,” Wojciechowski says. “First of all, you can get an amazing education and a very supportive community, and you can play elite-level basketball. A kid who wants excellence in every way in his life — Marquette can deliver all that.” As is the case for any coach taking over a new program, the early weeks are hectic. Added to the job-related adjustments are the everyday realities of moving to a new city, a new campus and meeting new people.

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“My favorite time, though, was the first time I was able to walk in the locker room and meet the team,” Wojciechowski says. “That was something as a first-time coach. That was very exciting.” Wojciechowski’s top priority was building relationships with current players. He relied on his playing experience and trying to imagine what he’d want to hear if he were in players’ shoes. “Relationships aren’t built in a day,” he says. “I wanted them to give me the opportunity to get to know them, and for them to get to know me on a daily basis — through workouts, meetings, interactions at a meal — and see if they think that I’m somebody they can play for and, for me, to see if that’s a great fit. And it has been,” he says. “The kids in the program have been terrific. I’ve been proud of the way they’ve handled this transition. I’m excited to work with them. I think everybody around here is excited for a fresh start.” Wojciechowski wants to play “fun and fast,” with a wide-open offense that creates transition opportunities off the defense. He’ll adapt to fit the strengths of the roster — and style will always take a back seat to the substance of an attitude he wants to reinforce. He recalls his experiences with Krzyzewski coaching USA Basketball from 2006–12, helping rebuild the national team after its disappointing showing in the 2004 Olympics. The team won gold in 2008 and 2012. “The first thing he did with that group was to try to establish a way of life,” Wojciechowski says. “Before you can talk about how you want to play, I think it’s important to talk about how you want to live. Because they’re connected. So if you live with the pursuit of excellence each day, with respect, responsibility, accountability, pride — if you live with those things each day, in everything you do, that will be reflected when you step on the court.” m CJ

“Coach” Kieger — like the sound of that “The emphasis on character and integrity is what drew me to this institution in the first place and has drawn me back.”


arolyn Kieger, Comm ’06, returned to Marquette — as head coach of the Golden Eagles’ women’s basketball team. Befitting the fiercely competitive style that characterized her career as a player at Marquette from 2002–05, Kieger sees no reason her team can’t contend for championships. “If there’s pressure, bring it on,” she says. “I welcome that.” Kieger was named the fifth head coach in program history on May 1. She replaced Terri Mitchell, who was at Marquette for 23 years, including 18 seasons as head coach, and served as a valued role model for Kieger. “She taught me how to lead with my heart,” Kieger says of Mitchell. And in a tribute to her former coach, she promises: “I will continue to build upon that tradition you have built, and I hope to make you proud as we enter this new era.” Kieger spent the previous six seasons as an assistant to Katie Meier, head women’s basketball coach at the University of Miami, and was primarily responsible for guard development. She is ready for the move from Miami to Milwaukee. “I just wish I hadn’t given all my coats away six years ago,” she jokes. Kieger returns to the school where she set records that still stand tall. She was team captain for three of her four seasons. She is Marquette’s all-time assists leader and the only player in program history with at least 1,200 career points, 400 career rebounds and 600 assists. In 2007, she received the McCahill Award, which is presented to a graduated senior studentathlete who demonstrates the highest performance in scholarship, leadership and athletics. “Marquette has always been a perfect fit for me,” Kieger says. “Values, family atmosphere, investment in people. The emphasis on character and integrity is what drew me to this institution in the first place and has drawn me back.” Interim President Robert A. Wild, S.J., fondly remembers Kieger’s playing days. “I hadn’t seen her for a while,” Father Wild says. “It was really fun to connect with her. You just see a terrific person as a student who has now developed into a very gifted and capable individual who I am confident will give great leadership to our women’s basketball team.” m CJ

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Storyteller’s legacy Jeannie Hayes, Comm ’02, held onto

her inner child’s imagination. her dog, who gave her a wink.” The main characters of both stories are searching for something, says Jeannie’s dad, Phil Hayes, Eng ’77. “They end up finding it right under their noses.”

This is Jeannie. She wants to play. The sun is out. It’s a fun, fun day.” And she let that inner child play throughout the pages of two children’s stories: Jeannie’s Missing Shoes and Shelly the Turtle. Hayes wrote the children’s stories to submit to a writing contest. She contacted a publishing company but died suddenly and unexpectedly in 2012 and never saw her stories produced.

Jeannie has a problem —  She can’t find her shoes. For going outside, this is very bad news.” Several months after her death, the publisher, Jungle Wagon Press, offered to help the Hayes family publish the stories in a flip-style hardcover children’s book. The first release was Nov. 8, 2013, exactly one year after Hayes’ death.

Cristo Rey Milwaukee Would a Cristo Rey school fit in Milwaukee? Would Milwaukee’s business

They’re not in the closet. Where else could they hide? Then she stopped, and turned, and smiled nice and wide. Of all the places, every cranny and nook, the closet was one place she never did look. She opened the door, and there were her shoes! The most obvious place, without any clues.”

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After graduating from Marquette, Hayes went on to a career in broadcast journalism and specialized in finding and producing heartwarming community stories while working for the NBC affiliate in Rockford, Ill. She also co-anchored a morning radio show and did freelance work for Harpo Studios. “Many broadcasters are passionate about their work, but very few have a mission of being kind to all of God’s creatures. That was Jeannie,” says Phil. m JMM

students will begin studies at Cristo

She looked in the kitchen. And looked in the sink. She looked at Jeannie Hayes Endowed Scholarship Fund Hayes’ book was reprinted this year and is available on or at Profits from sales are directed to the Jeannie Hayes Endowed Scholarship Fund in the Diederich College of Communication at Marquette. It awards a scholarship every year to a junior in broadcast and electronic communication who meets this criteria: “passionate about their field and has a kind heart.”

that requires students to work in entry-level professional jobs five days each month with their salaries directed to pay tuition costs? Yes and yes. And in 2015, the first class of 100 Rey Milwaukee High School.

Early in 2012, Dr. Bill Henk, dean of

the College of Education, Marquette trustee Anne Zizzo, Jour ’87, and Andy Stith, Comm ’01, led a feasibility study to determine if the city could sustain the Cristo Rey model that unites local businesses with a school to provide underserved students with a faith-based, college prep, leadership-focused education.

“I’ve never seen anything quite like it

in my decade of service at Marquette,” says Henk of the number of Marquette deans, vice presidents and other staff members plus community leaders and generous foundations and donors who helped complete the feasibility study. “The success of the study signifies the community’s support for K–12 Catholic education in Milwaukee.”

This is the first time a Cristo Rey fea-

sibility study was led by a Jesuit university. Cristo Rey Milwaukee High School will open at 1215 S. 45th St., the site of the former St. Florian’s School, becoming the first coeducational secondary Jesuit school in Milwaukee. m AB


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Rube Schulz, Terry Rand and Russ Wittberger played in Marquette’s first postseason NCAA tournament game.


Only the most avid basketball fans will remember the first game Marquette played in the postseason NCAA tournament. The recent passing of Terry Rand, Bus Ad ’56, brought a flood of memories of that game in 1955. Terry and I were teammates for two seasons, 1953–54 and 1954–55. In the preseason, we both started on Coach Jack Nagle’s new 1-3-1 offense, with Terry at the high post at the free-throw line and me at low post underneath. But three weeks before the opener, I got pneumonia. Rube Schulz moved onto the starting lineup, a spot he kept for the rest of the season. It started with a loss on the road to Michigan State, followed by 22 consecutive wins, a record that held until the Al McGuire years. Toward the end of the streak, we were selected to play in the Midwest sectional of the NCAA tournament. We had to play a qualifying round against Miami, winner of the Mid-American Conference. If we won the game in Lexington, Ky., we would advance to the final 16 in Evanston, Ill. I vividly recall the Miami game. Miami held a 39–29 lead at halftime and led by as much as 13 in the second half. But Marquette came on with less than a minute to play, and the score was 72–69 when Don

Bugalski was fouled. Bugalski was to make the first free throw and miss the second to give us a chance for a tying rebound basket. He made the first shot. He missed the second shot and the ball was knocked out of bounds by a Miami player. That left Marquette with possession and 15 seconds on the game clock. We set up an out-of-bounds play that hadn’t been used that season. While the three big men — Rand, Schulz and I — created a diversion across the free-throw line, Bugalski inbounded the ball to one of our sharpest long-range shooters, Pat O’Keefe. When O’Keefe got the ball, he wasn’t open. He looked at the three giants at the free-throw line for help. He threw the ball to Rand, who had never taken a shot from a 20–foot distance. Rand let it fly. Schulz and I crashed to the basket for a possible tip-in. I don’t think either of us dreamed Rand’s shot would go in, but it did. We were tied at 72. In the five-minute overtime, Rand went wild, scoring 12 points and bringing his total for the game to a record 37 points. His 16 field goals set a new record. Marquette won 90–79. Rand also broke two school records — both of them were mine. I forgave him. And three days later, Marquette defeated No. 2 Kentucky and finished in the Elite Eight. m

Russ Wittberger played four seasons at Marquette (1951–55). At his graduation, he was the highest scorer in university history. He also set a record for most rebounds.

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The residence on Capitol Hill where the Aspin Center student-interns live was donated to Marquette by Robert Lewis and Jackie Ennis Lewis, Arts ’60. This spring, the building was dedicated and named O’Brien House.

teaching men and women of faith how they can also be men and women of influence. How many students live and study at the Aspin Center? We have 18 students per semester and 30 in the summer session. We also have the Africa Program and the Kleczka Internship Program in Milwaukee. We have more than 2,200 alumni of the program. They always remember their experience and what they learned here.


How do you teach civility today?

Rev. Timothy J. O’Brien, Ph.D., Catholic priest and professor, teaches at the nexus of American politics — Capitol Hill. The director of Marquette’s Les Aspin Center for Government in Washington, D.C., came to the nation’s capital once as an intern himself, which explains his commitment to bringing student-interns to the same portal to learn what it means to be a public servant.

my summers working on the civil rights movement. I was deeply interested in human rights and public policy and how both are intimately tied to the guarantee of civil rights. I always felt a call to serve God’s people through public policy.

How did your interest in politics begin?

Why is this the right job for you?

My family came from Ireland and settled in Eden, Wis., where we built a 200-acre farm — established in 1865 and still operative today. My father was an elected official of the Eden Township and also the Fond du Lac County Board, so local politics was always a family discussion. Then, while I was studying in the seminary in the mid-60s, I spent

No. 1, I love teaching. No. 2, I thoroughly enjoy giving students opportunities they wouldn’t have without a program like this. Why is the Aspin Center important? I think the center is a significant elaboration of what we teach students about serving others. This is an academic program about serving others through public service and

It’s not nearly as much fun to teach in an environment this toxic. Partisanship is highly distasteful and we try not to have it become a part of what we do at the center. I believe there is still opportunity for us to find common ground because we are here to educate and help students clarify what they can do with their lives, what difference they want to make. All of that gets inhibited if you get into narrow political arguments, partisanship and sloganning. Why does the center present awards to public figures and legislators? We like to be a platform for acknowledging people who distinguish themselves in the public policy arena. Hopefully, our students learn that serving the common good is noble and that the women and men who do that often do so at great personal sacrifice and deserve recognition. The awards offer us a forum for that and also good opportunities to raise scholarship dollars to assist students who otherwise couldn’t attend. m JMM

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Searching for savings “This course taught me how to apply class to real life, which was often harder than I thought it would be,” says Christina DeRoose, Bus Ad ’14, a new hire at Snap-On Tool in Milwaukee.

companies, including Brady Corp., HarleyDavidson, Milwaukee Tool, Johnson Controls and Kohler Co. Though not all companies put the savings plans the students suggest into practice, many do, says Dr. Doug Fisher, director of the Center for Supply Chain Management. The sponsor companies DeRoose participated in the comare critical to the success petitive Applied Procurement 12 STUDENTS of the course, says Lee course offered by the College Marks, adjunct instructor of Business Administration. and global vice president Only 12 students get the $2.8 MILLION of operations and supply chance each semester to work SAVED chain at Brady Corp. “We in partnership with local get access to these premiumcompanies. Their goal: help the brand companies, who, in companies cut costs. turn, gain a connection to our students Students set a new record for success in and receive tangible cost-savings plans,” the spring semester. They identified $2.8 Marks says. million in cost-savings mechanisms for

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Marquette’s operations and supply chain management students identified more than $7 million in savings for Milwaukee-area companies during the last four semesters.

In the search for savings, students examined seven “levers” in the supplierbuyer relationship, including spending consolidation, negotiation and product redesign. Students can run up against unexpected challenges, according to DeRoose. “The bumps and road blocks that I dealt with through this class really prepared me for my future,” she says, “and taught me skills that will put me ahead in my career.” Graduate student Ashley Tiffany valued the opportunity to connect with industry. “The class is taught by professionals in the sourcing industry,” she says, “so everything you learn is applicable to what you’re doing in your partnered internship.” Tiffany will apply those skills immediately. She recently accepted a job at Brady Corp. m CS

Crowdfunding is crowd fun What do a robot, a South African student and a library database have in common? They were part of Marquette’s first attempt at crowdfunding. Students in Social Media Analytics launched seven campaigns on Indiegogo, a crowdfunding platform, and raised more than $23,000 to support autism research, student service trips, childhood literacy, international student housing and robotics. “I was really surprised by the power of social media and how we can reach so many people who want to help,” says Liz Fitzgerald, Comm ’14, who helped raise money for the Hartman Literacy and Learning Center in the College of Education. The center works with Milwaukee-area elementary school children on reading skills. Donated funds will be used to buy an electronic database system for the library. Crowdfunding is a new way to fund philanthropic, entrepreneurial and personal projects. It harnesses connections on the Internet. Groups or individuals “crowd source” funding by

asking for small donations from a large number of people. It leverages the tools of the Internet, which make it easy for a donor to “click” on a project, designate a dollar gift and give. One project raised more than $6,000 for the Humanoid Engineering and Intelligent Robotics lab in the College of Engineering, which builds “personal trainer” robots. With the help of these funds, the HEIR lab built a robot to represent the United States in the RoboCup 2014 Soccer Games and Conferences in Brazil in July. Another project supported social and behavioral skills therapy for teens and young adults with autism spectrum disorders. The Marquette Program for the Enrichment and Education of

Relational Skills lab in the Department of Psychology studies the connections between therapy and brain activity with fMRI scans. Marquette is the only site in the nation doing this type of research, says Dr. Amy Van Hecke, PEERS research director and developmental neuroscientist. In their crowdfunding pilots, students planned social media strategies, then launched and promoted websites highlighting their projects. Using analytics to measure the success of their tactics was a priority for instructor Tim Cigelske, Comm ’04, social media director at Marquette. “Analytics and big data mean nothing,” he says, “if you don’t have a clear mission and something you want to accomplish.” m EM

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The Most Rev. Richard Sklba, auxiliary bishop emeritus of Milwaukee, blesses Paul Shelton, S.J., at his ordination in June.


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to be a priest for as long as he can remember. “When he told me the first time, I thought every little boy wants to be a priest,” remembered Shelton’s mom, Sandra Rains. She calls him PJ still, the nickname of his youth, resisting his reminders that he is now “Paul.” She told PJ to keep thinking, attend a coed university and experience more of life before choosing a direction. But she took note of extraordinary moments that now seem prophetic. For instance, there was the day the collection basket was passed at Mass. The family had no money to offer, so 10-year-old PJ stuffed his sweater in the basket. Father Wendt discerned his calling later in life. He graduated from Marquette and went to work as a promotions director at radio stations 1290 KKAR and 1620 KOZN in Omaha. He was confident, successful and hard at work in a field he loved. But he was pulled toward something else. He returned to Marquette to explore it, the idea of religious life. And that’s where these two curious seekers met and began the journey that kept them moving forward together for eight of the past 11 years of Jesuit formation. In May, when their journey was nearly complete and they wrote their last final papers and took their last final exams at Boston College, they were nothing short of jubilant to be done with classes. “I still have a pretty youthful complexion, but the greys are peppering,” said Father Shelton with that infectious laugh that peppers his conversation. “It’s crazy to think about 11 years of school and that I’m going to be a priest soon. I’m excited for it. In one sense, it’s like a wedding. I’ll get to see all my family and friends. I can’t wait for my brother to meet the Jesuits or for my mom to get to be proud and brag.” Father Wendt looked forward to the change from school to active parish ministry. “I’ve been a deacon since October. I’ve been able to exercise that ministry here in Boston a bit, but it will be a welcome challenge to be a priest and administer in that way,” he said. FATHER SHELTON HAS WANTED


up the aisle of Church of the Gesu with three other Jesuits. Witnessed by family, friends and their Jesuit brothers, the five men were ordained in a holy and heady celebration of Catholic faith that spilled out onto campus. “It feels very gratifying to be at the end of such a beautiful, humbling process,” said the new Father Shelton. “There is really nothing you can do to prepare to be a priest. In one way, you know that God is really steering the ship.” The ceremony marked the end of their formation for priesthood and launched Fathers Wendt and Shelton on to new lives, a response to their mutual desire to serve as priests and ministers and listeners and strong shoulders to Catholics. They took up the challenge almost immediately, both to serve in the way they’d hoped for and prayed for — as ministers to underserved populations. Father Wendt is spending the summer at St. Anne’s Catholic Church in Kingston, Jamaica. “It will be a good place to begin my priestly ministry,” he said. “It will be an adventure and challenging, but I’ll learn a lot.” This fall he will begin his yearlong pastoral sacramental ministry at Detroit Gesu Church. Father Shelton is in Tampico, Mexico, beefing up his Spanish language skills. “I’m pretty excited to help out a poor parish. Those people will not only teach me Spanish, they’ll also teach me how to be a priest,” he said. In the fall, he will begin his yearlong pastoral sacramental ministry at St. Procopius Parish and Catholic School in Chicago. These two new priests join the ranks of scores of alumni called to religious life, many as members of the Society of Jesus. As witnesses to the vows of their newest brothers, there is little doubt that every other Jesuit in attendance recalled what brought him to the same moment, the same profession of faith, the same excitement about his first assignment as a priest. NATHAN WENDT, COMM ’01, AND PAUL SHELTON, ARTS ’03, PROCESSED


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Left: Father Nathan Wendt and Father Paul Shelton. Right, top to bottom: Father Shelton’s brother, Ron, helps change his vestment; Father Wendt hugs Sandra Rains; more than 100 Jesuits process into Gesu for the ordination; each priest lays hands on the elect.

their impatience. Jesuits Wendt and Shelton entered the novitiate in Minnesota on Aug. 23, 2003. Ahead of them stood hours and hours of prayerful discovery followed by years and years of study to earn advanced degrees in philosophy and theology — both required in Jesuit formation. Added to that was the initial testing of waters, practiced by setting out on pilgrimages alone and with little more than $30 for bus fare and trust in divine guidance to lead the way. That exercise was scariest for Father Shelton’s mom. “I called the novitiate and said I needed to talk to someone about what they were doing and whether it was safe,” Rains remembered. “They told me, ‘Well, nobody’s ever not come back.’ I told them, you don’t have a mother’s heart; I need to talk to someone else.” Rains was ultimately more than satisfied. “He’s the happiest person I know,” she said of her son. “I saw the joy he was feeling, and I can feel the presence of the Holy Spirit in my son. I hope PJ gets what he wants from God and God gets what he wants from PJ.” And then, of course, there were immersions in ministry practices called the “long experiment” that are done while living in community. Father Wendt was sent to Milwaukee to work at Nativity Jesuit Middle School on the city’s south side. He spent a semester teaching, coaching, leading Boy Scouts and living in the nearby Jesuit residence. IT’S EASY TO UNDERSTAND

“It was the first time I had lived in Milwaukee without being focused on academics or my job or thinking about a career,” he said. “That was my first experience of living with other Jesuits, living in the neighborhood — feeling more incorporated in the neighborhood — and serving people there. That helped me discern if TRAJECTORY TO I could live a life of integrity and prayer and find joy in what JESUIT PRIESTHOOD I was doing. Which I did.” Two years at a novitiate; novice studies the history, constitutions and vows of the Jesuits and then takes first vows of poverty, chastity and obedience ✙ Three years in First Studies as a brother or scholastic ✙ Three-year Regency experience in Jesuit ministry ✙ Theology studies to earn advanced degrees in theology and often philosophy before ordination ✙ After five to seven years in active ministry, the Jesuit begins Tertianship, followed by final vows to the Society of Jesus

God speaks: “You have not chosen Me, but I have chosen you and ordained you. … ” It sounds easy, clear cut, a choice made as if hardly any worries need accompany the steps that move a man to priesthood. But in truth, much care is given to help each man discern the core of his calling, and one of the guides is Rev. Ray Guiao, S.J., assistant director of formation at the Wisconsin Province. A key piece of Jesuit formation, Father Guiao explained, is matching newly ordained priests with the needs of Jesuit apostolates around the world. “It really is quite complicated mutual discernment on the part of the Jesuit and the provincial superior,” he said. “My job is to facilitate the conversations through what I know of the man, his experiences in formation and his desires.” Father Guiao may hold more frequent flyer miles than any other Jesuit in the world. His ministry keeps him hopping city to city and even country to country to visit, counsel and weigh the progression of every Jesuit in formation. He visits each Jesuit at least twice a year for lengthy conversations about his needs and desires. “It is incumbent upon us as Jesuits to make ourselves available, to serve wherever the need is greatest in apostolic obedience,” Father Guiao said. “So part of Jesuit formation is telling our desires but not holding on so tightly that we are limited in our availability, but to be willing to say ‘yes’ to what the Society needs.” Working with the homeless, working as priests to the marginalized, those were the treasured ambitions Father Shelton and Father Wendt expressed as their great desires during the years Father Guiao shadowed their development as Jesuits and watched them mature, struggle and then achieve their Jesuit vocation. The first-year pastoral sacramental ministry identified based on those deep conversations and discernment will allow Father Shelton to “walk with the poor,” which is how he expressed his greatest desire. Father Wendt can’t wait to live and work in Detroit, a city that is in the midst of hard times financially but where people have a lot of hope. “I will do a lot of learning about what people are dreaming about and what their hopes are for trying to live well in the city amongst all the difficulties,” he said with so much enthusiasm. The love the two new Jesuits express for the marginalized, Father Guiao said, is what every priest should have because, ultimately, a priest is the bridge that connects the people of God to the church. “I’m awed by their response to the spirit of God,” Father Guiao said. “The responsibility of formation some would say rests with me. But our documents say it rests — after God — with the man himself. Paul and Nathan will be fantastic priests.” ❍ IN THE GOSPEL OF JOHN 15:16,


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Until I heard my husband’s voice, sounding rattled on the answering machine, it had hardly been a newswor thy morning. I’d been out squishing through the soggy kitchen garden. I’d noticed a few green nubs pok ing through the thawing earth. I’d watched a mama sparrow dart this way and that with the dried-grass makings of her nest. And then I scrambled to my email to read the news that had put the tremor in my husband’s throat: AN


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A dear friend, one who’d just finished a year of god-awful chemo, a friend who is mother to a 17-year-old who only a week ago had scored the trifecta of Ivy League acceptance letters and to a 13-year-old who’s not too tough to cr y when soccer flattens him, had just gotten word that her cancer is back. Back with a vengeance. And her doctors haven’t much hope — only to stretch out her days so, maybe, she can pack her daughter’s college trunk and send her son back onto the soccer field for one more season. The words that won’t stop rattling through my breath, my brain, my every heartbeat are these: The holiest way to live this blessed life is by paying full-throttle attention. IF OUR DAYS ARE NUMBERED  — and they

are, though it sometimes takes the urgency of a day like today to sharpen the edge of that raw truth — we really can’t afford not to notice, not to bristle at the brush strokes of the divine that sweep up against us, leave us with goose bumps, remind us that the holy is all around and that if we listen, really listen, we just might hear the sacred breath that whispers, “Here I am.” It took me the better part of a half-century to figure it out, but I’ve come to believe that prayer is the practice of paying attention.


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Like the chambered nautilus I unearth from the sandy shore, the uncoiling of wholly attentive prayer is at once simple yet intricate. A discipline never easy, nor is it insurmountable. It’s a mindfulness, a sensory awakening that opens all the channels coursing straight to the pulse point deep inside, the one that attunes us to true knowing. It can feel sometimes as if someone is squeezing our hand in the dim darkness of our days or wrapping us in mighty muscled arms that will not let us stumble or turn to run and hide. At heart, the prayer of paying attention is a deeply human act that ushers in the otherwise unknowable. It’s what fills in the emptiness of our otherwise hollow livingbreathing selves. It comes in many forms. It’s the wideeyed scanning of sky that prompted me, one late summer’s night while driving home through a leafy woods, to notice the rising cheddar wheel of a moon and drive like

a madwoman to the edge of a lake, where I watched that lunar orb ooze tangerine strands across the inky waters, arcing toward the high point of heaven’s dome. Slackjawed, I marveled all the while. Or it’s the keen-eared concentration that allowed me not to miss when a man sitting down the row in a shadowy auditorium mentioned that, soon after his wife died, he explained to his young son: “The reason people die is because it means we have a limited number of days, so how we live matters.” I can’t imagine the text of my life absent such heaven-sent wonder and wisdom. Mary Oliver, the poet saint, writes: “Attentiveness is the root of all prayer.” And reminds us that our one task as we walk the golden-glowing woods or startle to the night song of the spring peepers rising from the wetlands is “learning to be astonished.” Ever astonished. “I want to live my life in epiphany,” says poet and Renaissance scholar Kimberly Johnson. “I want all my pores open.” This way of living at full attention, she says, “is unmediated experience. My antennae are tuned to stuff that exists beyond the social sphere.” It’s why she’d gladly spend a day nestled beside a gurgling brook on a mountain trail. It’s a way to gulp down undiluted holiness, never watered down, not dimmed by the cacophony of a world that seems to be forgetting how to listen. Celtic tradition puts a name to the places in the world where the veil between heaven and earth is lifted, where the whispers of the divine are most discernible: “Thin places,” the Celts believe, are the places to which we are pulled as if tide pools where we can bathe in that for which we are so parched. The first time I heard the phrase, I was walking between rows of runner beans with a farmer friend whose firstborn son, a U.S. Marine home on leave from Iraq, had been killed when his old car missed the bend in a

country road and he drowned in a pond not five miles from his mother’s central Illinois farm. My farmer friend pointed to the hayloft of the old barn, a gap-toothed slat-roof barn where shafts of light streamed in, a mosaic of illumination and shadow. “That’s my thin place,” she told me. “That’s where I go to cry in the arms of God.” Curiously, Celts and Jews and Ignatius Loyola, among others, share that pulsing sense that every moment of the day — the most ordinary moments of every day — are vessels of the holy. And all we need do to anoint that holiness, to make it evident, unmistakable, is to bless it with our attention. And our simple prayer. So for Jews, there are some 100 blessings stitched across the hours of the day, from the blessing for awaking to the one for slipping on undergarments. In Celtic tradition, prayers are whispered for getting up, lighting the fire, milking the cow and on through the day, until the prayer for snuffing out the candles when the house is darkened for the night. A glorious expression of that Celtic belief in abounding holiness is the insistence that we “learn to play the five-stringed harp,” that being the five senses that will bring us nose to nose, skin to skin, ear to ear with the divine. In the Ignatian way, the credo is clear: Find God in all things. Not only all good

the secular, meets the vertical, the ultimate; literally, the shape of the cross,” says Guggenheim Fellow, poet and best-selling author Eliza Griswold, the journalist who wrote The Tenth Parallel: Dispatches from the Fault Line Between Christianity and Islam. “That’s poetry, where everyday time is punctured by the sacred. And my calling is there, the places where sacred and secular meet.” I’ve long been a student in the great school of God’s world as it surrounds me. I’ve long been hellbent on breaking open the fragile — and the monumental — offered up by the limbs and the leaves and the rippling streams and the star-stitched night sky. There is metaphor all around. It’s deep and it’s profound, and I am drinking it in as if cool waters through a straw. And more than in John Muir’s woods or on the banks of Thoreau’s Walden Pond, my ears have perked to the scritch scratch of heaven on earth right here in the dappled sunlight as it pools across the wide pine planks of my old house or plays peekaboo among the tangled vines of my rambunctious secret garden just outside the kitchen door. I needn’t travel far to find the holy. Though it did take time — the better part of decades —  to learn to listen for the sacred murmurings, to let them soak deep down to where I was hungriest, most hollow, to figure out that all along I’d had the fine-boned instrument to draw the music in.

eyes, to read the muscles flinching on her face, to hear the cracking of her words as she tried to tell me how warm she liked her bath and which limb hurt too much for me to lift. And on and on the learning went. As I watched the waning light in the eyes of a 15-year-old boy at the hour of his death. As I gauged the depth of blue circling the lips of a 6-year-old girl with cystic fibrosis. As I buried the sobs of a wailing father against my shoulder while he absorbed the diminuendo of his 12-year-old daughter’s final breaths. At the crosshairs of life and death, I learned to live a life of close examination. Some three decades ago, because by then I was working in a newspaper newsroom and forgot to pay attention to the paperwork of my life, my nursing license expired. So, short of retaking my boards, I can’t claim to be a registered nurse any longer. But, the truth is, I needn’t hold a license to practice the exquisite art of paying attention. It’s a hard-won curriculum, indeed. But it’s one that’s dissolved the hard edge between heaven and messy earth. It’s the

The holiest way to live this blessed life is by paying full-throttle attention. things. All things. The great Jesuit poet Gerard Manley Hopkins wrote: “... for Christ plays in ten thousand places ... ” Thomas Merton put it: “The gate of heaven is everywhere.” In a word, it’s “hierophany,” the place where secular and sacred meet. It’s all around, and it’s a belief that dates back to ancient Greece. We’re not tripping over a novel concept here. This is no New Age enlightenment. “It’s one of the most fundamental spaces in my life, this space where the horizontal,

And, recently, it struck me that my payingattention curriculum, the part that came from syllabus as much as natural-born curiosity, began in the halls of Marquette’s College of Nursing, back at the old college, the one appended to St. Joe’s Hospital. There, in shiny linoleum-tiled classrooms in the fall of 1976, the whole lot of us began to learn to see the world through a nurse’s darenot-miss-a-detail eyes. My very first assignment, once that white cap had been bobby-pinned to my curly locks, was to bathe a woman who was dying of a cancer whose origin I can’t recall. I was taught, straight off, to look deep into her

undercurrent of all my prayer. And it’s what aligns my every breath with all that is most holy. ❍ BARBARA MAHANY, NURS ’79, once

a pediatric oncology nurse, is a freelance journalist and the author of Slowing Time: Seeing the Sacred Outside Your Kitchen Door (Abingdon Press), to be published in October 2014.

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n the Fourth of July weekend of 1981, I was a 22-year-old Marquette graduate riding my bicycle from Chicago to the Pacific Ocean when I pulled off the road to work at a traveling carnival in Cody, Wyo. On the Fourth of July last summer, at 54 years old, I hitchhiked through the Yukon Territory on my way to a traveling carnival in Chugiak, Alaska. One Independence Day led to the other and played out in the most astounding ways. Inspired by that Cody carnival and needing to change careers from newspaperman to author a little more than a year ago, I wagered all that I have to write about traveling carnivals and carnival people. Money I borrowed for rent bought a train ticket to San Francisco’s Silicon Valley.

I would live on a concept and little else.

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for a calendar year, I survived on the wages and hitchhiked between jumps. I crossed 36 states, Canada and Mexico and traveled more than 20,000 miles. I worked carnivals in California, New Jersey, New York, Illinois, Alaska, Minnesota, Oklahoma, Texas, Georgia and Florida. I had no idea how difficult it would be or the outrageous reversals of fortune in store. Traveling carnivals pop up in town squares, malls and church parking lots for annual parties and communal celebrations. Thrills. Games. Prizes. Then they vanish in the night with their traveling secrets. What better way to search for that zeitgeist that makes us Americans if not in our mirth? I RAN RIDES AND GAMES and took tickets but didn’t

perform in the freak show. Along the way, I met Cotton Candy Connie, Monster, Cockroach, Chango, Batman, Original Tommy, Breeze, Flash and a 22-inch “half man” named Short E. Dangerously. The only way to cover territory on carnival wages was by thumb. Tailwinds from 18-wheelers knocked off my hat when I stood on American roadsides. Long hikes,


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weather and cops put a price on free rides. But after empty eternities came magic rides. Denali National Park, the Rocky Mountains, California’s central valley, the deserts of the American southwest all blew past while I asked drivers for their life stories. I drove five days out of Alaska with a trucker who told bawdy Canterburylike tales of attempted murder, Russian roulette, and a wolf’s bite that turned a wolf into a man and a woman into a wife. Outside Memphis, I told a devout young Muslim driver that the only type of person who didn’t pick me up was young, beautiful, blonde women. “Oh, no,” he said, “that’s too much to ask of God.” Who picks up hitchhikers these days? Inventors, lawyers, truckers, families, grandmothers, rich and poor, young and old, black, Hispanic, and white. A lepidopterist from Princeton University regaled me on the genome of the papilio glaucus, the tiger swallowtail butterfly. Idealistic hippies on their way to the Rainbow Gathering in Montana solved the world’s problems and reminded me that idealism still lives. Several drivers had rich carnival pasts and talked about their carny days as highlights in their lives. Many drivers were in the midst of personal transitions. Big ones. At times I wondered if I was hitchhiking through self-help nation. It seemed an American trait, as if ennui is Old World.



AMERICA’S NO. 1 HITCHHIKER IN, using the Wi-Fi at a McDonald’s in Oakland, Calif. The site added immediacy to my stories. If I was in a fix and didn’t know my next step, readers felt the suspense and waited for the next installment on my action adventure reel. Daily posts on Twitter, Facebook and other social media kept my saga on people’s minds. My two most popular blogs were about hitchhiking. In one, a man living in a yellow school bus in the woods beside Pink Mountain in Canada sat for a video. In the other, I wrote about a mad-dash hitchhike from New York to Chicago for my daughter’s eighth birthday. My longest ride on one trip was with a war refugee from the Balkans. He talked about harrowing escapes that led him to America and living the American Dream. Who picks up hitchhikers? The most compelling people in the world.

My direction changed when a colorful carnival owner and former pro wrestler with the stage name Bo Paradise told me the new face of American carnivals is Mexican. About 5,000 Mexicans get H-2B visas to work each year in carnivals, motivated not by the American Dream but by survival. I learned that just as other Mexican towns send men to the grape fields of Napa Valley, Calif., Tlapacoyan empties each year, its men en route to U.S. carnivals. I vowed to go to Tlapacoyan, in Veracruz. There I attended a born-again Christian revival where carnys spoke in tongues and families told of paying protection money to “the bad men” when their own men go to work up north.

and her calf lope through camp. They stopped to look at me before SEAN COMERFORD, disappearing into a bank of spruce ARTS ’81, THUMBED and white birch trees. Depending 20,000 MILES MY SCOPE GRADUALLY on where you stand in the world, THROUGH 36 STATES expanded to see America as the moose and the cow can be conIN A YEAR AS A it looks from a Ferris wheel sidered sacred. I favor the moose, CARNIVAL ROADIE. platform and while hitchhiking and Alaska in August is carnival along U.S. interstate highways. heaven and where I became most I immersed myself in the life familiar with the spiritual side of and left my former self behind. this bruising life. Carnival work is a lifestyle. The owners of Golden Wheel Workers leave home and make Amusements in Chugiak hired their another home on the road to minister to run games. Bill Root do hard, accident-prone work preached on Sundays and held Bible for little pay. You live with your study classes along the Midway. neighbors and your work. I found a traveling apostolate of My muscles bent under the Catholic priests work with carnivals. weight of all-night “sloughs,” Father Michael Juran was a carnival the carnival slang for tear stuntman for 27 years, a stunt downs. I lifted beams above my head, scaled double for Burt Reynolds in Smokey and the poles and hauled electrical lines. I banged, Bandit II, and a stunt car driver in the James jammed and taped rides together. Rain and Bond film Man with the Golden Gun. Father wind, low pay, no pay, and heartJohn Vakulskas from Sibley, Iowa, spoke of ache morphed me into a carny. his friendship with former carnival worker It is the physically toughest job Gordon Henke. I ever worked. I slept in bunk Henke, the son of a carnival worker nickhouses that reminded me of the named Red, ran a milk bottle game. His “worst toilet in Scotland” from customers paid to knock down bottles with the movie Trainspotting. balls. He told a newspaper he learned to make Most carnival people are money in carnivals. Henke went on to make the working poor. When I ran his fortune in direct marketing of industrial rides, I lived on $225 to $325 equipment. The Henke Lounge in the Alumni a week. Jointees, the people Memorial Union, Marquette University High who run games, can make less or School’s Gordon Henke Center and scholarships more based on traffic. I couldn’t at both institutions bear his name. Red’s kid say criminally bad conditions are did alright. common. I can say I lived with them. A carny dad I knew in San Francisco said The month I started, American his son is going to Marquette this fall. Carnivals University put out a major report may be a bit retro in the digital era, but their called “Taken for a Ride” that connections live on. alleged systematic problems exist For the past year, I slung iron and pushed in the industry with housing, work hours, wage plush (carny for prizes). I worked Midways theft and unsafe work conditions. I eventually from Alaska to Florida, from California to New saw it all, including theft of my week’s pay by York. I thumbed my way, living life close to the a New Jersey carnival owner. bone. In all my writing and thinking about those hard miles, I saw the evil and the good, THE BEAUTY OF WORKING with so many but I reveled in an epiphany. I expected to see carnival companies in a single year was carnys on the make. I suspected hitchhiking seeing both the good and the bad. With my was dead — and maybe fatal. What I saw while Chicago carnival, I slept in a dirt field with 40 peering out a wide truck windshield was Black Angus cows and a bull. When it rained, America in its blazing panoramic beauty. What the living quarters along Route 30 became I heard were stories of Americans seeking “The Dirty 30,” with mud and cow dung meaning and struggling with changes in their clinging to our shins. lives. Through those vistas and those stories, Early one morning, I emerged from the in these crazy times, ran a river of people who clean bunkhouse to watch great white clouds are good at heart. ❍ tip Alaska’s Chugiak Mountains. I saw a moose 2013–14. MICHAEL




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smile new student retreat builds community I N T H E G O S P E L of Matthew, Jesus

proclaimed, “You are the salt of the earth. ... You are the light of the world.” That passage laid the foundation for Campus Ministry’s new Salt & Light Retreat, a Catholic community-building initiative funded by the Edward D. Simmons Religious Commitment Fund. During a February weekend away from campus, 42 students and leaders participated in the retreat and found new space to explore their Catholic identity. They did it by following the sacred movements of the Triduum. On the night of the Last Supper, in an intimate act of service, Jesus washed the feet of his disciples. Gathered together in the chapel of the Loyola University Retreat and Ecology Campus in Woodstock, Ill., on Friday night, this group of modern-day disciples followed his example. They took off their shoes and socks. After reading the washing of the feet passage from John’s Gospel, retreat leader Rev. Chris Hadley, S.J., invited nine fellow leaders forward to have their feet washed. Afterward, with water basins in hand, the leaders returned to their small groups to perform the ritual that is traditionally performed on Holy Thursday. “Jesus washed the feet of his disciples and then told them to go out and follow his model,” explained Sean Hegarty, who served



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as a retreat leader and graduated in May from the College of Business Administration. The ritual served to unite and cleanse. “Having our leaders follow that model and wash the feet of the retreatants built such a trust and dynamic in the small groups from the beginning,” Hegarty said. “The cleansing waters offered a way to dive into the retreat with a fresh start.” On Saturday morning, the students transitioned into Good Friday mode to participation in a Veneration of the Cross service. It was a vulnerable time of individual prayer as participants silently reflected on the crosses of their own lives. What in my life needs healing? In what ways is Christ present in my suffering? Retreat leader Brittany White opened the service by reflecting on the ways Christ wraps us in love through his suffering and death on the cross. By glorying in the cross of Christ, White told fellow students, we can find comfort and healing. “The act of venerating the cross really connects us with the humanity and the divinity of Jesus,” said White, who graduated in May from the Klingler College of Arts and Sciences. “It helps us search for the peace God can bring to us. There’s something really cool about the time of silent

Timothy Johnston, retreat leader and assistant director of Campus Ministry. During the rite, leaders took turns anointing the foreheads, eyes, ears and hands of the students. “This service was a time to celebrate our own life in Christ,” said Johnston, “and

SALT& LIGHT prayer and allowing God to enter into and facilitate that prayer.” The service concluded with a communal litany of healing during which students gathered in a circle around the cross to support each other with prayers for perseverance and strength. “Receive the sign of the cross on your ears,” Father Hadley told the gathered students, “that you may hear the voice of the Lord.” The smells of perfume and grape seed oil wafted through the chapel during a rite of anointing as individuals renewed their baptismal promises. It was Saturday night of the Salt & Light Retreat, and after a long day of journeying and waiting, one emotion dominated. “Joy erupted in the group because we had walked through the other pieces and we came to a point in our reflection together where we could say, ‘This is the risen Christ that we’re celebrating,’” said

recommit ourselves to living out our baptismal promises.” Though the retreat weekend ended the following day, Campus Ministry began offering an abbreviated format called Salt & Light Nights to help students continue connecting throughout the academic weeks that followed. Initial programming included the four-week Tuesday night Lenten series “The Joy of Waffles & the Gospel.” Each week, more than 60 students enjoyed the waffle bar and kept the conversation flowing. ❍

The Edward D. Simmons Religious Commitment Fund distributes modest grants to finance small projects or provide seed money for programs or events that deepen the Catholic, Jesuit identity of Marquette University.

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“It’s heartbreaking,” he says.

“At a kindergarten check-up, kids used to weigh 35–40 pounds. Now, some are 80–100 pounds.”

But healthy eating, Fabisiak

finds, tips the scales in a better direction. And the best way to eat better is to grow it yourself, he tells the families in his practice.

He takes that passion for

gardening out into the community, too, demonstrating how to keep costs low and harvests high. He volunteers with local schools to help kids learn how to sow seeds and plant seedlings that are fun to watch grow and much better for them to eat than chocolate bars and potato chips.

“Kids will eat veggies they’ve

grown themselves,” Fabisiak says. For children, fast growers are best, such as cherry tomatoes, green beans and radishes — 

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which show discernible change almost overnight. And a great outcome of all his persuasive

Pied piper of garden plots

power, says Fabisiak, is that families see and believe. “A number of families have decided they want a healthier lifestyle, and home gardening helps the whole family improve life and weight.” — Joni Moths Mueller

Dr. Keith Fabisiak, Arts ’83, measures healthy babies by the inch and healthy eating by the square foot. Fabisiak began pacing out square-foot gardens during his pediatric residency in Ann Arbor, Mich., sowing and harvesting the maximum possible in 144 square inches. The pediatrician whose practice serves 2,000 children, newborn to 18, became a pied piper for planting, encouraging everyone to dig in. He brings the same spirited praise for seeds and soil to his peers at the Kaiser Permanente Santa Clara Medical Center in California, where Fabisiak is assistant chief of pediatrics.

Fabisiak’s top priority is kids, particularly kids who struggle with weight.

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1959 Mike Farmer, Arts ’59, resigned as director of the Badger State Science and Engineering Fair. He received an award from the Board of Wisconsin Science Education Foundation for his distinguished service and lifelong commitment to science education for young students. Peter H. Schmitt, Sp ’59, published his first novel, The Network, which is available through Amazon Books.

Gerald Mullins, Arts ’61, and Kathy Hannan Rohan, Arts ’61, are featured in an awardwinning book commemorating 50 years of the Peace Corps. Answering Kennedy’s Call: Pioneering the Peace Corps in the Philippines received an Independent Book Publishers Award for 2012. The couple volunteered in the Peace Corps from 1961–63.

1962 Mary Fran Cahill, Arts ’62, Grad ’63, had her smooth jazz CD Over Easy accepted by Pandora.

♥ Ron Fossett, Eng ’62, and

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Bob Wieczorek, Eng ’59, Grad ’75, and his wife, Jean Anne, have explored 40 countries on six continents. They will celebrate their golden anniversary in June 2015.

Katie (Artzer) Fossett, Sp ’63, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in 2013. They met at Marquette in 1960. He graduated with an ROTC officer commission and was in Korea for a year and a half, then they were married in 1963. Four alumni were in their wedding party and three of their four children are alumni.






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William Taylor, Eng ’56, completed a 20-foot outdoor mosaic in the courtyard of Waukesha Memorial Hospital in October 2013.

Judith Marinelli Godfrey, Arts ’61, wrote an article about her scientist father, “Leonidas D. Marinelli: 1906–1974,” for the September 2013 issue of the Italian scientific journal Quaderni de Scienza e Scienzati Molisani. The article previews the book she is writing about her father’s role in the development of human radiobiology during the nuclear industry expansion.


1958 Jeanne Carley, Jour ’58, published Folk Art of Cape Cod and the Islands.

Dennis Herrick, Jour ’64, wrote a historic novel, Winter of the Metal People: The Untold Story of America’s First Indian War, published in 2013.

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Andrew Rajec, Bus Ad ’64, Law ’70, was named SlovakAmerican of the Year by the Slovak Embassy and Friends of Slovakia. He is president of the First Catholic Slovak Union of the United States and Canada. Barbara Sterning, Jour ’64, has been an entertainment journalist in Hollywood for 43 years and released her book On Chestnut Street … A 1940s Childhood in Words and Pictures with Front Row Publishing. The story is a memoir about her Deerfield, Ill., family and incorporates hundreds of her late father’s vintage photographs.


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1969 David L. Bannister, M.D., Arts ’69, wrote Journey, a historical fiction novel based on his family’s genealogical history. The book was chosen by the Granite Bay (Calif.) Book Club as its selection for June 2013

If I already miss Marquette after

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and is available at He is founder and chief physician at the Children’s Medical Clinic in Roseville, Calif. Joel Kriofske, Jour ’69, wrote the essay “My Father the G-Man” for the “Perspective” column in Milwaukee Magazine. The essay details his relationship with his father, Joseph Kriofske, Law ’35. Patricia (Whalen) Kummer, Grad ’69, published seven books for the Climates and Continents series for fourth- through sixthgrade students. Sheila (Burns) Lillis, Arts ’69, and Edward Lillis, Grad ’70, are the proud grandparents of Kavi Rohan, who was born Jan. 10, 2014. He was 6 pounds, 6 ounces.


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Dennis Zlaten, Eng ’71, and his wife, Leana, are proud to announce the birth of their first grandchildren, Elleanna and Niam.


Ross A. Anderson, Law ’78, was named a 2014 Leader in the Law by the Wisconsin Law Journal. He co-leads the litigation practice group at the Milwaukee office of Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek.

1972 John E. Donahue, Arts ’72, was named one of the Best Lawyers in America for 2014. He works in the employee benefits group at the Milwaukee office of Godfrey & Kahn, S.C. John Healy, Bus Ad ’72, was named editor-in-chief of the Journal of State Taxation, the nation’s oldest journal devoted to state taxation. He also is co-author of the Multistate Corporate Tax Guide and The Sales and Use Tax Answer Book. He is a senior lecturer at the University of Wisconsin– Milwaukee Lubar School of Business and consultant for Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek.


She gets a Mulligan In 1940, nursing student Joan Roets saw a Marquette Tribune headline trumpeting an achievement of student Jim Mulligan, Eng ’42. She recalls telling her girlfriends: “I should marry someone with such an easy Irish name.” Two years later, she met that very Irishman of her dreams when they shared a seat in a roadster to drive with a car full of friends to a concert in Menomonee Falls. They ended up sharing more than a seat — they shared 60 years of wedded bliss, until Jim passed away. “We were destined for each other,” says Joan, Nurs ’42, Grad ’68. “It was the luck of the Irish.” Send us your two-minute story! Go to and share your story.


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Maribeth (Krawczyk) Lombardi, Arts ’75, retired from Milwaukee’s St. Thomas More High School after teaching theology to juniors and seniors for 20 years. She also was a confirmation coordinator for several parishes in the Milwaukee Archdiocese. For several years, Quincy University named her among its “Who’s Who of America’s Teachers.”

1976 Chris Roska, Dent ’76, was named a CEREC mentor at the Spear Center for Dental Education in Scottsdale, Ariz.

1977 Susan Jans-Thomas, Arts ’77, Grad ’92, received a 2014 Parker Multicultural Alumni award from the University of Wisconsin–LaCrosse. She is coordinator for the doctoral program in diversity studies at the University of West Florida in Pensacola.

Randal Brotherhood, Arts ’78, was named a 2014 Leader in the Law by the Wisconsin Law Journal. He was also named one of the Best Lawyers in America for 2014. He is a shareholder, practicing corporate, securities and intellectual property law at Meissner, Tierney, Fisher & Nichols in Milwaukee. James DeJong, Law ’78, president of the Milwaukee firm O’Neil, Cannon, Hollman, DeJong & Laing, will be inducted into the Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society. The society recognizes and promotes higher education academic excellence and engages its community of scholars to serve others.

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Peter Reilly, Bus Ad ’78, is president and managing partner of Councilor, Buchanan & Mitchell, P.C., focusing on business development, process improvements, client satisfaction and employee development. Previously, he was the firm’s executive vice president, on the executive and quality assurance committees, and director of the construction and real estate practices.

1979 Chris Wachholz, Nurs ’79, is CEO of the Divers Alert Network Asia-Pacific, a health and safety nonprofit based in Melbourne, Australia, that serves scuba divers.

Never too late



Gregory “Pope” Johnson, Arts ’14,

read a story in Marquette Magazine that helped him keep a promise.

Friends call him the Pope, the nickname earned freshman year, bestowed by roommate and basketball teammate Maurice Lucas, Sp ’80. They shared big years from 1971–75 playing for Coach Al McGuire. When Johnson lost his eligibility in 1975, he left school without finishing his degree. “I was always going to come back, but I kept putting it off,” he says. Instead, he became a jazz expert. “I have one of the best jazz collections in the world,” Johnson says, “and listening to jazz washes away the dust of everyday life.” Before Johnson’s mother died in 1996, she asked him to promise to go back to school. He wasn’t ready until he read an article in Marquette Magazine about how Glenn “Doc” Rivers, Arts ’85, then coach of the Boston Celtics and a fellow basketball alumnus, evoked the African philosophy of “ubuntu” to unite his team and seize the 2008 NBA championship. “Ubuntu means I can only be the best I can be if you become the best you can be,” Johnson explains. “I was going through a bad time when I read that article. It helped push me to do something about where I was at.” He entered a 12-month spiritual life skills program. “As soon as I came out, one of my first priorities was to go back to school,” he says. Johnson applied to Marquette’s Educational Opportunity Program and began studies in fall 2010. In May 2014, he celebrated one of the most important achievements of his life. “My mom always told me to count your blessings and make your blessings count,” he says. “That’s what I want to do.” — Joni Moths Mueller


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1981 Kay Nord Hunt, Law ’81, was named Minneapolis Best Lawyers Appellate Practice Lawyer of the Year for 2012. She is on the list of the Top 100 Minnesota Super Lawyers and her appellate practice has been ranked a tier 1 in the Minneapolis region for the past several years.

♥ Tom Waldkirch, Jour ’81, and Karen (Glasener) Waldkirch, Jour ’82, celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary on Dec. 30, 2013. He is a director of private wealth management at Robert W. Baird, and she is a freelance writer and former newspaper columnist. They are the proud parents of Dan, 26, Maria, 22, and the late Andrew. They live in Wauwatosa, Wis.

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Polish Center of Wisconsin and Polish Fest.


Didn’t expect to see a @MarquetteU

Alum in the new Captain America movie

tonight. @dannypudi


1983 John Geisen, Bus Ad ’83, is a senior vice president with Aon Risk Solution’s aviation global practice group and was named to the Risk & Insurance Magazine list of Power Brokers. He is married to Maureen Donlan Geisen, Nurs ’83, and they have three children who graduated from or attend Marquette. Steve Logan, Sp ’83, is director of housing and residence life at Embry–Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Fla.

1984 Jennifer Barlament, Arts ’84, is a senior intelligence service officer leading the staff officer

recruitment program for the Central Intelligence Agency’s national clandestine service. Marcie Eanes, Jour ’84, took part in the Winter Local Authors Day panel at the Racine, Wis., Barnes & Noble. She read selections from her latest poetry collection, Passion’s Zest, and talked about her transition from newspaper reporter to poet. Steve Voyak, Jour ’84, was named Ozark 7 Conference Volleyball Coach of the Year after leading the women’s team at Southwest High School in Washburn, Mo., to a 26-5-2 season, including a 6-0 league record. He is in his 11th year at the school.

Dan Mueller, Jour ’85, celebrated his 10th year as chief development officer for the AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin, which, during his tenure, has raised more than $21 million for HIV prevention, care and treatment. He lost a brother to AIDS in 1991. He worked in Alumni Relations at Marquette from 1986–99.

1987 Guy N. Maras, Arts ’87, president of the Union League Club of Chicago, presided over the club’s 126th annual George Washington Birthday Celebration in February. U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia addressed the 400 members and guests at the event.

1988 Hon. David Borowski, Arts ’88, Law ’91, was elected vice president of the Polish Heritage Alliance Inc., which runs the

Trish Janto-Mervenne, Comm ’88, Grad ’98, was appointed to a two-year term on the Michigan Board of Speech–Language Pathologists by Gov. Rick Schneider. She is manager of inpatient rehab services at Children’s Hospital of Michigan and lives in Bloomfield Hills, Mich., with her husband, Dave Mervenne, Jour ’88, and children Tess, 12, and Will, 7.

1989 David Benz, Arts ’89, is director at Hedgeye Risk Management. He writes equity research reports covering the global gaming, global lodging and leisure sectors. He previously was a senior analyst at Waterfront Capital Partners, a Millennium Partners platform company. Phillip Jones, Eng ’89, was promoted to Midwest regional vice president for the Facility Solutions Group in Indianapolis.


50-year love connection


Jerome, Bus Ad ’70, and Mary Ann (Witt), Arts ’64, Malek, met in 1962 at a house party for students, where the small-town guy from Resholt, Wis., connected with the Chicago gal. Their kids say it was love at first sight and a lasting love the entire family will celebrate this year on their 50th wedding anniversary. Congratulations! The Malek brood are, top left to right, grandchildren Lexi, Sierra and Justus and son Mike. Bottom left to right are Mary Ann and Jerome beside their children with their spouses: Randy, Stacey, Michele, Ray, Gary and Amy. Newest grandson Drew is not pictured. Are you celebrating a milestone event? Go to and share your news.


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Party of five There are scads of legacies peopling Marquette’s family tree, but what family can boast about a surge like this one? The John, Eng ’82, and Tracy, Nurs ’82, Haberkorn family —  5/8ths of it — will be electrical engineering students on campus this fall when incoming freshmen Kyle and Luke join Cody, a junior, and seniors Joel and Ryan in the corridors and classrooms of the College of Engineering. For those of you who aren’t counting, that’s five electrical engineers in training. Their sister, Lauren, a recent Butler University pharmacy grad, is also moving to Milwaukee for a job. John and Tracy admit the pull to Milwaukee and Marquette 30 years after graduating has never been stronger. Send us your two-minute story! Go to and share your story.

Rick Parra, Eng ’89, Grad ’97, was promoted to president and COO of Milwaukee’s Pieper Electric Inc.


Meghan Kennedy, Arts ’90, is executive director of Epilepsy Education Everywhere, a nonprofit organization dedicated to raising awareness and education about epilepsy. She started her career as an epilepsy advocate after being diagnosed with the disease her freshman year at Marquette. Jay Lenstrom, Grad ’90, was appointed general manager of Marketing Werks, a Crossmark company and one of the leading consumer engagement firms in North America.

1991 Frank A. Gumina, Law ’91, is a co-leader on the health care law team at Milwaukee’s Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek.

Matt Stano, Arts ’91, received a 2013 gold award in residential landscape design and construction for a Milwaukee residence from the Wisconsin Landscape Contractors Association. Anthony Tintera, Eng ’91, was promoted to senior engineering manager at Harris Corp. in Rochester, N.Y. He and his wife, Carolyn, have been married for 19 years and have three children.

1992 Peppur Chambers, Comm ’92, released her debut novella Harlem’s Awakening, a story about a woman’s personal journey to freedom in 1940s Harlem. It was performed as a live stage reading at the Prague Fringe Festival. Edmund Fernandez, Arts ’92, was elected chief of staff of Aurora Medical Center in Washington County, Wis., for 2014–16.

1993 Coreen Dicus-Johnson, Comm ’93, was named president of Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare’s Central Market. Previously, she was senior vice president of physician and revenue operations for Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare, where she led Wheaton Franciscan Medical Group operations and revenue cycle operations in southeast Wisconsin; negotiated and managed payer contracts and relations; and helped form Quality Health Solutions. She received the 2014 College of Professional Studies Friend of the College Award. Kim Hahn, Comm ’93, Grad ’05, was promoted to director of communications for the North American Direct Channel of Johnson Controls’ building efficiency business unit. She works in the company’s Milwaukee headquarters.

♥ Craig Reynolds, Bus Ad ’93, and Melanie (Arangelovich) Reynolds, Eng ’94, will celebrate their 20th anniversary on July 23, 2014. They met at a Sigma Phi Epsilon party and began dating in January 1992. They live in Chapel Hill, N.C., with their three children, Brett, 12, Megan, 10, and Brooke, 6.

1994 Mike Moore, Comm ’94, was promoted to media relations and editorial specialist at Carthage College in Kenosha, Wis. He spent 17 years in journalism, highlighted by two state newspaper columnwriting awards. He and his family live in Racine, Wis. Jennifer Rupkey, Arts ’94, was inducted into the Legal Marketing Association Midwest Hall of Fame. She is director of marketing and business development at Michael Best & Friedrich LLP.

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Meighan Bentz, Arts ’00, was promoted to manager of the 24-suite assisted living neighborhood at St. John’s on the Lake in Milwaukee. She oversees the nursing staff and day-to-day care delivery.

Belton Flournoy, Bus Ad ’03, was promoted to senior manager in Protiviti’s London office. He specializes in IT strategy and end user application management for the business-risk consulting firm.

1996 Kelly Risser, Comm ’96, published her debut paranormal young adult novel Never Forgotten with Clean Teen Publishing. It will be released in summer 2014. Brian Tanaka, Arts ’96, is commander of the nuclear submarine the USS Minnesota, which carries more than 130 officers and enlisted sailors.

1999 Jeremy Karle, Arts ’99, was promoted to criminal justice and general education chair at the Santa Barbara (Calif.) Business College.


Maureen Conway, Comm ’00, was named marketing director of Saks Fifth Avenue in Troy, Mich. Previously, she was marketing manager for Clark Hill PLC Legal & Professional Services for 10 years.

2001 Christina McAlvey, Bus Ad ’01, was promoted to treasury manager of the Americas Region at UTi Worldwide. She is responsible for all treasury and banking initiatives for North and South America.

David Seno, Grad ’03, Law ’03, Milwaukee’s Foley & Lardner LLP. He was senior note and comment editor for the Marquette Law Review.

2004 Jayne (Bernhard) Armington, Arts ’04, received the 2013 Young Planner Award from the Massachusetts chapter of the American Planning Association. She has been with the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission in Springfield, Mass., since 2008 and was the primary author of the Pioneer Valley Regional Housing Plan, which received the 2013 Best Comprehensive Plan Award from the chapter.


Poetry with Professor Pick One sunny afternoon circa 1950, in a Quonset hut behind Johnston Hall, an English lit class led by iconic professor Dr. John Pick studied an iconic item. The students were grizzled WWII veterans, recalls Curtis Rode, Bus Ad ’52, in school thanks to the G.I. Bill. The subject of study was an old-fashioned fire extinguisher made of brass and chrome that hung on the wall. Pick told the class how the fire extinguisher related to John Keats’ poem “Ode on a Grecian Urn.” Rode says no one other than Pick could pull off such an association. “But, to this day,” he adds, “when I see a slick, red fire extinguisher, I think of that memorable afternoon.” Send us your two-minute story! Go to and share your story.


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Michael Delich, Arts ’04, was promoted to associate at Booz Allen Hamilton in McLean, Va. Otto Heck, Arts ’04, received the Manifesting the Kingdom award from Archbishop Donald Cardinal Wuerl of the Archdiocese of Washington, D.C., for his volunteer work. He has held several leadership roles with the Knights of Columbus and as president of the Marquette Club of Washington, D.C. Tiffani Mitchell, Comm ’04, is director of social and digital strategy at Marketing Werks in Chicago. Mike West, Bus Ad ’04, was promoted to senior manager in the Chicago audit department of Legacy Professionals LLP. He provides audit and tax services to nonprofit organizations.


Mike Gibbs, Law ’05, formed the firm Everson and Gibbs, LLC,

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in Fond du Lac, Wis., which specializes in personal injury, estate planning, business law and real estate.

2006 Eric Hansch, Arts ’06, was named an associate attorney at Michael Best & Friedrich LLP in Madison, Wis. Anna Stawski-Kesler, Eng ’06, is a field engineer with RJN Group Inc. in Wheaton, Ill.


Soccer’s time has come


Peter Wilt, Jour ’82, came to Marquette

hoping to become a sports writer.

He was well on his way when he covered basketball for The Marquette Tribune, the then-Milwaukee Sentinel and United Press International. “But I noticed that the PR people were having more fun and getting paid better than the writers,” Wilt says. After graduation, Wilt parlayed entry-level marketing jobs with the Milwaukee Admirals hockey team and Milwaukee Wave indoor soccer team into executive roles. He led the launch of five new professional soccer franchises, including Major League Soccer’s Chicago Fire in 1997. Wilt’s latest project is the Indy Eleven, an Indianapolis-based North American Soccer League team that debuted in April. The team’s name, suggested by a local historian, is a tribute to Indiana’s 11th Regiment, which fought for the Union Army during the Civil War. Wilt, who is president and general manager of the team, initially told owner Ersal Ozdemir that he hoped to sell a few thousand season tickets and average 5,000 fans per game. Then Wilt hit the road and met any fan or local business group that was willing to listen to his sales pitch. The team sold 7,000 season tickets before the first ball was kicked. Early sellout crowds included a hard-core group of fans in their 20s who stood, chanted and waved flags — a Midwestern version of a scene you might see at a “football” match in Europe. Wilt thinks it’s a good sign that soccer finally has arrived in the United States. “It’s past the tipping point,” he says. “The naysayers were right to an extent, in that there were a lot of kids playing the sport for generations and it didn’t translate into spectatorship. What’s different now, in the last five years, is that the kids who played soccer are now watching it.” — Chris Jenkins

Amy Ruhig, Grad ’07, Law ’08, was named to the 40 under 40 list for 2014 by the Milwaukee Business Journal. She is an attorney and manager of retail leasing at Jockey International in Kenosha, Wis. Anna Schultz, Arts ’07, graduated in 2012 from the Medical College of Georgia with a doctorate in dental medicine. She completed a general dentistry residency in 2013 at the University of Rochester Eastman Institute for Oral Health. She lives in Atlanta and practices at Stiehl Family Dental. Fan Zhang, Arts ’07, established Brook Management LLC in 2009 and owns and services the Eagle’s Nest at the Al McGuire Center and Ritz off-campus apartments.

2008 John Brunner, Bus Ad ’08, works in the Chicago office of Ubifrance North America, the French trade commission that helps companies searching for partners in the United States and Canada. He is a Midwest trade adviser for food, wine, beer and spirits.

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Nkozi Knight, Prof St ’08, established the Support Veterans Wisconsin–Veteran Team Member Network, which, through financial education and veteran awareness, helps military veterans, active-duty service members and the community.

(Anderson) Love, H Sci ’03, PT ’05; Marty Stogsdill, Bus Ad ’05; and Amy Spilski, Grad ’12.

WEDDINGS Molly McFarland, Comm ’08, was promoted to national director of affiliate sales at the Sportsman Channel in New Berlin, Wis.

2009 Laurna A. Jozwiak, Law ’09, was promoted to shareholder at Fox, O’Neill & Shannon, S.C., for which she concentrates her practice in business, trademark and family law. Ian Obermiller, Arts ’09, is a software engineer at Facebook in Seattle.



Andrea Melrose, Eng ’02, and Osmar Guimaraes, Oct. 24, 2013 at the Brazil Room in Berkeley, Calif. They live in Oakland, Calif., where she works in student affairs at Holy Names University. Desneige Larson, Arts ’02, attended. Brian O’Farrell, Comm ’03, and Alissa O’Farrell. Many alumni attended.


Brad Hampton, Bus Ad ’03; Andy Zychowicz, Arts ’03; Matt Tagliareni, Comm ’03; and Jon Sisulak, Bus Ad ’03, Grad ’04. Kathleen Mahowald, Comm ’05, and Thomas Broich, Feb. 22, 2014 at the Chapel of St. Thomas Aquinas in St. Paul, Minn. The couple lives in St. Louis Park, Minn., where she is a program manager for OptumRx. Julia Block, Arts ’05, Grad ’07; William (Butler) Block, Arts ’05, Law ’10; Maureen (Campbell) Petri, Nurs ’05; Daniel Love, Bus Ad ’05, Grad ’06; Dr. Mary

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Margaret “Meggie” Ryan, Arts ’06, Grad ’10, and Andy Kopplin July 13, 2013 at Church of the Gesu in Milwaukee.


Jennifer (Cole) Goltz, Arts ’07; Molly Gruszeczka, Arts ’07; Kyle Strozewski, Arts ’07; Ryan Goltz, H Sci ’07; Matt Dowling, Bus Ad ’07; and Blake Witkowski, Bus Ad ’07. ALUMNAE IN ATTENDANCE

Melissa Mitchell, Arts ’07; Lindsay (Davis) Dowling, Arts ’07; and Elisabeth (Winiarski) Witkowski, Arts ’07. Amy Hinricher, Arts ’07, and Justin Grange, Sept. 27, 2013 at Faith Lutheran Church in Arlington Heights, Ill. ALUMNAE IN THE WEDDING PARTY

Melissa (Lindstrum) Specht, Comm ’06, and Stephen Specht, Sept. 28, 2013 at Hubbard Park in Shorewood, Wis. ALUMNI IN THE WEDDING PARTY


Ivy Awino, Comm ’12, is the first female DJ in the history of Milwaukee’s WKKV V100.7 and was featured in an article.

Brent Baumann, Bus Ad ’06; Karen (Martinez) Baumann, H Sci ’07, PT ’09; Zach Corey, Arts ’06; Emily Etten, Bus Ad ’06; Cassandra (Tuszka) Feidt, Arts ’06; Amy Kuhl, Ed ’06; Becky (Rasiarmos) Savanovic, H Sci ’06, PT ’08; Mara (Holm) Schwartz, Eng ’06; and Peter Walker, Bus Ad ’06.



John Pokorney, H Sci ’10, graduated with his medical degree from Creighton University School of Medicine. He is an emergency medicine resident at the Medical College of Wisconsin.

Sara (Kandler) Meno, Arts ’06, and Vince Meno, Oct. 26, 2013 at St. Francis de Sales in Lake Geneva, Wis. Melanie Benesh, Arts ’06, was in the wedding. The couple lives in Chicago.

Stephen Freier, Eng ’07, Grad ’09, and Jamie (Vrba) Freier, Comm ’07, June 1, 2013 at Whitnall Park Lutheran Church in Hales Corners, Wis. The reception was held at the Miller Room in Milwaukee.

Kimberly Gotches, Arts ’06; and Beth (Tomkowiak) Brodzeller, Arts ’06, Grad ’13. ALUMNI IN ATTENDANCE

Laura (Arvelo) Patino, Arts ’05; Melissa (Perri) Basile, Comm ’06; Megan Ivers, Arts ’06; Daniel Payette, Arts ’06; Allen Burbey, Bus Ad ’06; Andrew Brodzeller, Arts ’05; and Nora Callan, Arts ’08. Timothy Wojs, Bus Ad ’06, and Christina (Mirarchi) Wojs, Bus Ad ’07, Oct. 1, 2013 at St. Mary’s Church in Dingle, Ireland. The couple met while studying in the Applied Investment Management program.

Chloe Zaitlin, Arts ’10; and Jennifer King, Bus Ad ’09. ALUMNI IN ATTENDANCE

Kate (Wells) Mitchell, Nurs ’09; Kate (Ostrowski) Biwer, Arts ’07; Casey (Harding) Helm, Comm ’07; Kate (Kelleher) Junk, Arts ’09; Victoria (Christman) Petersen, Comm ’06; Lisa (Kazmierczak) Denon, H Sci ’06; Daniel Denon, Bus Ad ’06; Beth (Schmidt) Klosinski, Bus Ad ’08; Nick Klosinski, Eng ’07; Mary (Leutenegger) Steinbrenner, Arts ’08; and Jamie Hayes, Arts ’05.


Stephanie Murphy, Eng ’07, and Corey Delaney, Nov. 9, 2013 at St. Mark’s Parish in Kenosha, Wis. They met while working on a project together at Sargent and Lundy LLC. They honeymooned in Bali, Indonesia.

Elizabeth (Mirarchi) Capuano, Arts ’04; Catherine Arata, Bus Ad ’07; Patricia Bien, H Sci ’07, PT ’09; David Trotter, Bus Ad ’06; and Aaron Newton, Bus Ad ’06.

Eric Andrews, Arts ’08, and Danyelle (Brelowski) Andrews, H Sci ’08, May 18, 2013 on St. Helena Island, S.C.

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SHARE THE MOMENT Lindsey (Jacob) Angisetty, Bus Ad ’10, and Guru Angisetty, Bus Ad ’10, tie the knot Aug. 13, 2013 at the Appleton Yacht Club in Appleton, Wis. See a Flickr gallery of newlyweds at marquette. edu/magazine, and consider sharing a wedding moment with Marquette Magazine. Danielle Burren Photography. Please obtain permission before sending professional photos.


Jay Bielanski, Eng ’08; Cody Brehm, Eng ’09; Jonathan Gasteiner, Eng ’09; Dave Dunnigan, Bus Ad ’08; Tom Brice, H Sci ’08, PT, ’10; and Elizabeth (Hundt) Udovich, H Sci ’08, PT ’10. Ashley Rich, Comm ’08, and Brandon Rich, May 26, 2013 at the Harley-Davidson Museum in Milwaukee. They reside in Omaha, where she is a marketing coordinator for the Nebraska Furniture Mart and he is an electrical engineer. The couple also has a photography and videography business. ALUMNAE IN THE WEDDING PARTY

Milwaukee, where she is a registered nurse and he works for Assurant Health. ALUMNI IN THE WEDDING PARTY

Bryce Bescher, Arts ’09; Marty Cassidy, Eng ’09; Vivian Taylor, H Sci ’09; and Maureen (Schumacher) Wery, Nurs ’09. Amanda (Pazik) Carr, Nurs ’09, and Joseph Carr, Jan. 18, 2014 at St. Clement Church in Chicago. They live in Chicago, where she is a nurse manager at the Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago and he is a strategist at Havas Worldwide Chicago.

Kally (Dunnmon) Matt, Comm ’08; and Haley Landsman, Comm ’08.


Brandon Alberti, Arts ’09, and Lindsay (Unteutsch) Alberti, Nurs ’09, Nov. 7, 2013 in Riviera Maya, Mexico. Her “something blue” was the Marquette Golden Eagle sewn into her wedding dress. They live in


Erin (Stec) Doyle, Arts ’09; and Connor Doyle, Bus Ad ’08. Samantha Bonin, Nurs ’09; Katelyn (McGill) Gomez, Nurs ’09; Tony Guzzardo, Nurs ’09; Sherlyn Mahren, Bus Ad ’09; Ellen Renfroe, Arts ’10; Jessica Schilz, Nurs ’09; Jen (Doyle)

Simonson, Nurs ’09; Mark Simonson, Arts ’07, Grad ’10; Lindsey Thome, Nurs ’09; and Sue (Littrel) Weese, Nurs ’81. Patrick Lehman, Eng ’09, and Melinda (Anton) Lehman, Nurs ’09, Nov. 2, 2013 at Church of the Gesu in Milwaukee with a reception at the Milwaukee County Historical Society. Several alumni attended.

Steve McDonald, Arts ’09, and Jaclyn (Hampson) McDonald, Comm ’09, June 30, 2012 at the First Congregational Church in Boulder, Colo. The reception was held at the Hotel Boulderado. More than 20 alumni attended. ALUMNI IN THE WEDDING PARTY

Julia (Hampson) Anderson, Arts ’07; Holly (Cory) Hampson, Arts ’02; Kevin Hampson, Bus Ad ’04; and Adrienne Wilson, Arts ’09.


Scott Passolt, Bus Ad ’09; Adam Sullivan, Eng ’09; Ben Ferrara, Bus Ad ’09; Greg Papachristou, Eng ’09; Robert Mueller, Bus Ad ’09; Katie Kasper, Bus Ad ’09; and Lindsay Foti, Nurs ’09.

Lindsey (Jacob) Angisetty, Bus Ad ’10, and Guru Angisetty, Bus Ad ’10, at the Yacht Club in Appleton, Wis. They live in Appleton, where she is manager and CEO in training for family-

Decided to wear my @MarquetteU

lapel pin to a job interview today! Hopefully it will act as a good luck Charm!

#allgrownup #idontwanttoleave J AMES CARN EY O N T W I TT E R

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Dorothy Kraftschenk, Nurs ’37 Richard F. Casper, Arts ’38 George A. Rosecky, Eng ’39 Kenneth W. Feld, Bus Ad ’40 Robert E. Fox, Arts ’40, Med ’43 Pearl S. Stanton Hickey, Jour ’40 Rosemary E. Dess Hunstiger, Jour ’40 Ralph M. Jankins, Bus Ad ’40 Leonard L. Kishner, Arts ’40, Med ’46 Marion L. Gillis High, Arts ’41 Katherine T. O’Connor Paul, Sp ’41 Ernest P. Tiboris, Dent ’41 Eunice A. Luster Conroy, Dent Hy ’43 Ruth E. Dunham Foley, Law ’43 Raymond F. Hitzel, Bus Ad ’43 John Kestly, Arts ’43 Rita M. St. Clair Amidzich, Arts ’44 Louis T. De Furio, Dent ’44 Raphael F. Baumann, Eng ’45 James J. Curtin, Arts ’45 Harriet M. St. Amand Matyasz, Arts ’45 Hazel M. Rodenburg Cagwin, Nurs ’46 Gregory J. Gallagher, Eng ’46 Cyril D. Schaller, Eng ’46, Law ’50 Audrey J. Kalweit Schweitzer, Nurs ’46 Annabelle Walker Van Gilder, Arts ’46 Dolores K. Kuligowski Cimpl, Med Tech ’47 Lyle E. Hansen, Law ’47 Charles L. Junkerman, Med ’47 James E. Mauel, Arts ’47 John P. Miller, Med ’47 W.M. O’Donnell, Eng ’47 Edward C. Zyniecki, Eng ’47 Mervin L. Binder, Med ’48 Corinne L. Karmgard Christensen, Arts ’48


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Norbert L. Doligalski, Law ’48 Patricia A. Burns Gebhardt, Arts ’48 Thomas E. Goss, Eng ’48, Law ’56 Peter W. Kersztyn, Eng ’48 John F. Monroe, Arts ’48 Eileen C. Malloy Parry, Arts ’48 Arthur J. Pejsa, Grad ’48 Robert K. Podhola, Eng ’48 William R. Rafferty,

Bus Ad ’48, Grad ’61

John C. Stolt, Eng ’48 Daniel J. Wahlen, Eng ’48, ’49 Caryl L. Buenzli Dennhardt, Nurs ’49 Edward P. De Preter, Eng ’49 Nancy L. Trupke Franz, Dent Hy ’49 Conrad E. Gigstead, Eng ’49

Robert C. Hein, Eng ’51 Florence Willett Marable, Grad ’51 Richard W. Sage, Arts ’51 Thomas J. Schimmels, Eng ’51 Joan A. Dupuis Boville, Dent Hy ’52 Doris B. Hersh Chortek, Grad ’52 Rosemary C. Hanna, Arts ’52 Robert L. Natrop, Eng ’52 Robert L. Pokorney, Dent ’52 Georgiann Sorenson, Sp ’52 Antonio J. Vazquez, Eng ’52 Robert E. Christenson, Dent ’53 Richard J. Coanda, Jour ’53, Grad ’55 Glenn R. Esenther, Grad ’53 Thomas W. Gabriel, Dent ’53 David J. Kaluzny, Bus Ad ’53 Marcella K. Kornely Bolsen, Arts ’54

Donald J. Davoust, Eng ’58 Thomas J. Fetherston,

Arts ’58, Med ’62

Barbara A. Henle Herbeck, Sp ’58 Joel P. Kimmel, Law ’58 George F. Koley, Eng ’58 Patrick H. Lawless, Bus Ad ’58 Leonard F. Lovell, Arts ’58 Einar C. Olsen, Bus Ad ’58 Gallagher Rule, Arts ’58 Priscilla Simmons, Grad ’58 F.T. Ament, Bus Ad ’59, Law ’62 Francis A. Bednarek, Bus Ad ’59 Edward F. Hacala, Eng ’59 James S. Janowiak, Arts ’59, Med ’61 Daniel J. Konczyk, Arts ’59 Richard W. Schweitzer, Bus Ad ’59 Gilbert D. Sedor, Arts ’59, Law ’61

The Marquette University community joins in prayerful remembrance of those who have died. May the souls of the faithful departed rest in peace. Eternal rest grant unto them, Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. Donald R. Grayson, Eng ’49 Gerald G. Schmidt, Bus Ad ’49 Eugene H. Seibert, Bus Ad ’49 George A. Adlam, Eng ’50 John Becker, Bus Ad ’50 Joseph P. Caminiti, Arts ’50 William H. Drischler, Grad ’50 Donald L. Graycarek, Bus Ad ’50 John M. Grogan, Sr.,

Bus Ad ’50, Law ’53

Norbert C. Kontowicz, Jour ’50 Edwin S. Marcus, Arts ’50 Alice J. McCarthy McKahan, Arts ’50 Mary L. Ruhl Mueller, Arts ’50 Charles G. Panosian,

Arts ’50, Law ’52

James F. Ryan, Arts ’50 Anton G. Stepanek, Bus Ad ’50 David L. Uelmen, Arts ’50 Robert D. Zens, Arts ’50 Arthur W. Zimmer, Bus Ad ’50 Edward W. Belt, Bus Ad ’51 Silas G. Farmer, Arts ’51, Grad ’57, ’62 Gillis W. Gerleman, Grad ’51 William F. Griesbach, Bus Ad ’51

Virginia Lange, Arts ’54 Jerome J. Pakenham, Eng ’54 Antonio M. Palomo, Jour ’54 Leon L. Grey, Bus Ad ’55 John M. Hoem, Grad ’55 Thomas E. Kavanaugh,

Arts ’55, Med ’58

Toshiyuki P. Kawaguchi, Med ’55 Milton C. Schmit, Eng ’55 Thomas H. Berghoff, Arts ’56 Roland H. Hennarichs, Bus Ad ’56 Leonard J. Kucharski, Med ’56 Richard J. Magenheimer,

Arts ’56, Med ’59

Carlos S. Miranda, Eng ’56 L.T. Rand, Bus Ad ’56, Law ’56 Irene B. Borchardt Stevens, Nurs ’56 Carole M. Dwyer Talcott, Arts ’56 John M. Tarle, Med ’56 Kenneth L. Christensen, Grad ’57 Richard M. Czarnecki, Bus Ad ’57 Carol V. Siegel Van Hout, Nurs ’57 Vito N. Vitulli, Med ’57 Edward J. Winegart, Dent ’57 Robert F. Brewer, Arts ’58, Dent ’69

Julian D. Abraham, Arts ’60 Roger G. Acra, Bus Ad ’60 Robert L. Burtard, Arts ’60 Robert C. Dressman, Grad ’60 Thomas E. Hughes, Arts ’60, Law ’63 Gerald Kujawa, Bus Ad ’60 M.F. Shaughnessy, Grad ’60 Raoul M. Barlow, Grad ’61 Margaret J. Tabor Cang, Arts ’61 Erwin W. Fonk, Arts ’61 William H. Capellaro, Jour ’62 Thomas L. Hurst, Dent ’62 Carol A. Nemmers Kurth, Med Tech ’62 Frances D. McManimon, Grad ’62 Richard J. Schlesinger, Eng ’62 James A. Treichel, Grad ’62 Sally Bowe Daubel, Jour ’63 Richard R. Dean, Dent ’63 Lawrence J. Downer, Law ’63 Ronald E. Larsen, Bus Ad ’63 Susan J. Humpert Marshall, Arts ’63 Aileen Murphy, Eng ’63 Harold W. Osborne, Dent ’63 Charles A. Ullrich, Law ’63

Mark F. Vetter, Law ’74 Camilla Menting, Grad ’75 Margaret H. Connolly Spiers, Arts ’75 Jon C. Henry, Grad ’76 Thomas J. Sanders, Bus Ad ’76 Randal N. Mauch, Bus Ad ’77 Helen T. Montana-Marson, Arts ’77 Timothy B. Staats,

Bus Ad ’78, Grad ’79

James H. Wandersee, Grad ’78 David Patrick Geary, Grad ’79 Viola J. Hartnell Wheeler, Grad ’79 John J. Hickey, Jour ’80 Mary B. Giaimo McDonnell, Jour ’80 Lee F. Dries Berg, Sp ’81 Laurie J. Bakkensen Odlum, Grad ’82 Steven T. Koons, Bus Ad ’83 Karen J. Stevens, Law ’84 Margaret M. Murphy Backus, Arts ’86 Scott M. Lyle, Bus Ad ’86 Katherine J. McCarthy, Grad ’86 Duane E. Woods, Dent ’87 Ronn Johnson, Arts ’88 James C. Hutton, Arts ’89 Robert F. Kempe, Comm ’91 Sascha M. Enyeart, Grad ’93 Christine A. Banach Hinickle, Grad ’96 Kanellos Kanellopoulos, Grad ’96 Thomas C. Tommet, Eng ’96 Timothy A. Wilimitis, Grad ’96 Cynthia L. Manlove, Law ’97 Andrea R. Carroll, Grad ’01 Christopher J. Kukowski, Eng ’01, Law ’07 Mara J. Schlief-Trampush, Arts ’12

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William L. Betts, Dent ’64 Gerald W. Dolezal, Bus Ad ’64 Thomas J. Merlock, Bus Ad ’64 Rodoljub R. Radich, Eng ’64 Mary V. Taylor Schmitz, Sp ’64 Mary A. Umhoefer, Nurs ’64 Edward J. Walsh, Grad ’65 Roy J. Wiberg, Grad ’65 Robert L. Belott, Arts ’66 Louise E. Hunt, Grad ’66 Richard D. Larson, Grad ’66 William J. Mohrbacker, Eng ’66 John S. Winkowski, Arts ’66 Kathleen B. Bohmer Clemson, Nurs ’67 Dennis A. Jankowski, Dent ’67 James P. O’Brien, Grad ’67 Lawrence J. Rinzel, Bus Ad ’67 Louis J. Szep, Bus Ad ’67 Kenneth L. Detro, Grad ’68 David W. Freund, Arts ’68 James S. Tonyan, Bus Ad ’68 John M. Adams, Arts ’69 Stephen E. Quinn, Eng ’69 Raymond O. Ryland, Grad ’69 Mary O’Holleran Voss, Arts ’69 Joseph T. Balistrieri, Arts ’70 Christopher M. Fischer, Law ’70 Ronald W. Holzwarth, Grad ’70 Thomas R. Maloney, Law ’70 Jan Skrentny, Jour ’70 Olga Tuttle, Jour ’70 April S. Stratz Burkholder, Dent Hy ’71 Cynthia G. Kordecki, Arts ’71 Joseph G. Mastronardi, Arts ’71 Richard J. Smart, Dent ’71 Thomas J. Urbanik, Eng ’71, Grad ’74 Raymond H. Vanden Bergh, Arts ’71 Evelyn A. Honore, Arts ’72 Roland T. Kowal, Arts ’73 James J. Peters, Bus Ad ’73 Daniel R. Bates, Arts ’74 Michael C. Daly, Arts ’74 Antonio Francisco Del Rio, Arts ’74 James M. Dodson, Arts ’74 Siegfriede M. Mohnl, Arts ’74 James M. Pietrusz, Arts ’74 William H. Rumpf, Bus Ad ’74 Gary M. Smith, Eng ’74

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Dr. Nicholas Contorno Students in Marquette’s bands called him “Dr. C.,” spoken with great affection because, as one former student band member remembered: He “... listened to us much like a father.” Another former student reflected, Dr. C. can be remembered for living Marquette’s mission: “But above all (for) being a remarkable man who touched thousands of lives.” The director of music at Marquette for 24 years brought joy to music and music to students. He reigned in the Varsity Theatre, at the north end of the BMO Harris Bradley Center basketball court — and in appearances on and off campus — always with his maestro’s baton raised, eyes sparkling and toe thumping. His joie de vivre was contagious, his auto license plate “MU Bands” ubiquitous for years. Dr. C. died in February, leaving behind his wife, Lucille; and daughters Gina, Comm ’91, and Camille.

Sue Michaelson, Grad ’94 The former assistant dean of the College of Engineering and director of the college’s Cooperative Education Program passed away in April. She was with the college for more than 30 years before retiring in December 2012 and is remembered as a true servant leader who managed the college’s honors convocation, graduation ceremonies and publication of the newsletter AHOYA for many years. Her dedication and commitment to student education and industry relations were integral to the success and growth of the co-op program. She also provided leadership to Engineers and Scientists of Milwaukee, now known as STEM Forward, by serving as board president from 2010 –11 and as a member of the board of directors from 2003– 13. She is survived by a community of family and friends.

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Gerald “Gerry” Rauenhorst Marquette remembers the life of one of its most illustrious and generous alumni, Gerald “Gerry” Rauenhorst, Eng ’51, who passed away in April. He was Marquette’s longest-serving trustee and provided wise counsel to the university’s top leadership,

owned Jacob Construction and he is owner and CEO of the IT firm Linkware Tech.

Church in Burlington, Wis. The couple lives in Milwaukee.


Joe Emmer, Arts ’10; TJ Hodgson, Eng ’11; and John Sykora, Eng ’10.

Jennifer Lindeke, Comm ’09; Kaitlyn Branchaw, Arts ’09; Kelsey Lawler, Arts ’09; Mary Frances Jahnke, H Sci ’09; Christina Crueck, H Sci ’09; Adam Buettner, Bus Ad ’09; Saba Sadegi, H Sci ’09; Joel Volkert, Arts ’09; and Tony Montijo, Bus Ad ’09.

Engineering and the All-University Alumnus

Kyle Ballweg, Eng ’10, and Kathryn (Smith) Ballweg, H Sci ’09, Oct. 19, 2013 at Church of the Gesu in Milwaukee. The reception was held at Lakefront Brewery.

of the Year awards, and Marquette recognized


including in the development of a campus master plan, while serving on the Board from 1970–2000, when he was elected trustee emeritus. He received both the College of

his unparalleled loyalty and commitment to the university by awarding him an honorary degree.

Rauenhorst was founding chairman of

the Opus Group, a family of commercial real estate development, construction and design companies headquartered in Minneapolis. Believing that business has a responsibility to strengthen society, he also started a group of family philanthropies that today includes the GHR Foundation, Better Way Foundation, Enkel Foundation, and Opus and Opus Prize foundations.

John Miles, Eng ’10; John Lytle, Eng ’10; Joseph Skoien, Eng ’11; Michael McConnell, Eng ’10; Hayley Wolf, Comm ’09; and Susan Ballweg, H Sci ’11. ALUMNI IN ATTENDANCE

Mallory Fetta, H Sci ’11, Grad ’13; Barb (Kerry) Gabrysiak, H Sci ’70; John Miles, Eng ’76; and Jane (Prell) Miles, Nurs ’76. Jay Emmer, Eng ’10, and Jamie (Solum) Emmer, Eng ’12, June 7, 2013 at Our Savior Lutheran


Christopher Martin, H Sci ’10, Grad ’12, and Lindsey (Page)

Martin, Nurs ’12, Sept. 21, 2013 at Saints Cyril and Methodius Church in Lemont, Ill. ALUMNI IN THE WEDDING PARTY

Michael Strigenz, H Sci ’10; Eric Furness, H Sci ’11; and Brad Arenz, Eng ’10. ALUMNI IN ATTENDANCE

Kerry McBride, Eng ’12; Alli McBride, Nurs ’09; Megan Jaskowiak, H Sci ’13; Rachel Brown, Bus Ad ’14; Joe Fox, Arts ’13; Lauryn Berry, Nurs ’12; Natalie Fuller, Nurs ’12; Colleen McCullough, Bus Ad ’09; Adam Diny, Bus Ad ’10; Elizabeth Morrisey, H Sci ’10, PT ’12; Patsy Dunaway, H Sci ’10, PT ’13; Shannandoah Ledden, Bus Ad ’13; James Clark, Bus Ad ’10; and alumnus nongraduate Patrick Cogan. Matthew Otzel, Eng ’10, and Kathleen Marsaglia, Nurs ’09, Aug. 3, 2013 at Church of the Gesu in Milwaukee.

These independent grant-making organizations help close the achievement gap through Catholic education, offering early

So thrilled that my @MarquetteU

childhood education in low-income com-

munities and countries, providing stability for children in families, and investing in

changing causes.

is doing.

Rauenhorst was preceded in death by

his wife, Henrietta Schmoll Rauenhorst. He is survived by his seven children: Judith (Lee) Doerr; Mark (Karen) Rauenhorst; Neil (Becky) Rauenhorst; Joseph Rauenhorst; Michael (Margaret) Rauenhorst; Susan (Jeff) Turner; Amy (Philip) Goldman; and 21 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.


to exceed our goal of $5,000 to help

community revitalization and other life

Summer 2014

crowdfunding group was able

support the work that the @heirlab STU DEN T PEG GY H ARRIN GTO N O N T WITT E R

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Dearly beloved Rev. Bill Kelly, S.J., helped two youngsters tie the knot at Church of the Gesu back in August 1969. He got to relive that revelry recently with the then-bride and then-groom when they reconnected at a basketball tournament in Anaheim, Calif. Dr. Joan Marie (Strassheim) Chlebowski and Dr. Rowan Thomas Chlebowski, both Arts ’67, brought the wedding album to help blow the dust off those memories. The Chlebowskis went from Marquette to medical school and both became oncologists. Joan is retired and served two years in the Peace Corps as an AIDS educator. Rowan is chief medical officer at the UCLA Harbor Medical Center and lectures internationally on women’s health. Send us your two-minute story! Go to and share your story.

Ashley (Hall) Pierce, Eng ’10, and Robert Guy Pierce, Oct. 5, 2013 in Denton, Texas. She is an engineer at Alcon Research Ltd., and he is an engineer at Bell Helicopter. They live in Mansfield, Texas. Allison Leak, Eng ’11, was in the wedding. ALUMNI IN ATTENDANCE

Michael Braunschweiger, Bus Ad ’77; Steven Braunschweiger, Eng ’85; Mary Patricia (Braunschweiger) Hall, Nurs ’87; Thomas Hall, Eng ’86; John Hall, Eng ’87; and Mary Ann (Hall) Cabrera, Sp ’88. Dr. Christian Braunschweiger, professor emeritus of mathematics, also attended. Grace Ledet, Bus Ad ’11, and Jared Widseth, Law ’14, at St. Hedwig Catholic Church in Milwaukee. She is a global portfolio manager at Sealed Air in Racine, Wis. More than 30 alumni attended. ALUMNI IN THE WEDDING PARTY

Lindsey Townsley, Comm ’11;

Ashley Moersch, Arts ’11; and Matt Martz, Law ’14. Annamarie (Nelson) Vandrevala, Arts ’11, and Cyrus Vandrevala, Eng ’09, at Saints Joseph and Paul Catholic Church in Owensboro, Ky. The couple lives in West Lafayette, Ind., where he is a graduate student at Purdue University and she is a chemistry teacher for the Lafayette School Corp. ALUMNI IN THE WEDDING PARTY

Colleen Kearney, Arts ’11; Megan Banner, Arts ’09; Katie Harvey, Nurs ’11; and Dylan Bain, Arts ’04, Grad ’11.

Carlos Vigil, who works in the Department of Public Safety, also attended. Matt Barr, Bus Ad ’12, and Bethany Quering, Arts ’12, Sept. 14, 2013 at St. Peter Parish in Pittsburgh. Almost 30 alumni attended. ALUMNI IN THE WEDDING PARTY

Kelly Boylan, Ed ’12; Benjamin Fischer, H Sci ’12; Rebecca Levernier, Bus Ad ’12; Lisa Stuebner, Ed ’12; and Scott Wilson, Bus Ad ’12. ALUMNI IN ATTENDANCE

Christie Adams, Bus Ad ’12;

Stoddard Barnhill, Bus Ad ’12; Will Bonesso, Comm ’12; Patrick Clancy, H Sci ’12; Shawn Davis, Bus Ad ’12; Aria DeBenny, Comm ’12; Laura Dowd, Bus Ad ’12; Maria Garces, Comm ’12; David Kemper, H Sci ’12; Colleen King, Arts ’12; Kristina Lee, Eng ’12; Peter Lefaivre, Bus Ad ’12; Sean McIntyre, Bus Ad ’11; Chaz McCloughan, Bus Ad ’12; Jen Meverden, Arts ’12; Lisa Miller, H Sci ’12; Alex Murphy, Bus Ad ’12; Kate Pauly, H Sci ’12; Tom Pokorney, Arts ’12; Hannah Price, Arts ’13; Justin Richardson, Arts ’12; and Kawthar Rkein, Bus Ad ’13.


Lexi Newell, Arts ’12; Katie Reiss, Eng ’13; Phillip Romei, Arts ’07; Gina Rossi, Arts ’07; Amanda Skowronski, Arts ’13; Alyson Smith, Arts ’13; Samantha (Toigo) Glaser, Bus Ad ’09; and Dan Welch, Eng ’06. Melissa Vigil, who works in the Department of Physics, and

The three words to take with us

as we leave our @MarquetteU experience: grateful, ( best) girlfriends and graduates.


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Sheila (Ahern) Galloro, Jour ’99, and Vince Galloro: daughter Margaret Jane, Oct. 15, 2012. She joins sister Rose and brother Patrick. The family lives in Chicago.


Maggie (Oswald) Paquette, Nurs ’86, and Ken: daughter Katherine Grace. She is the couple’s first child. Kevin Ford, Arts ’89, and Lindsey Ford: son William C. Ford, III, Feb. 14, 2013. The family lives in Atlanta. Steven “Chris” Strout, Comm ’95, and Kim: son Ethan Cole, Sept. 17, 2013. He was 7 pounds, 13 ounces and 20 inches long. He joins sister Kate, 5, and brother Daniel, 2. Maureen Ambrose Brackett, Arts ’96, and Nathaniel Brackett: daughter Catherine Grace, June 20, 2013. She joins brothers Jack, Tommy and Nate.

Jennifer (Genzler) Roman, Arts ’99, Grad ’01, and Jaime Roman: son Benicio, Oct. 4, 2013. He was 6 pounds, 14 ounces and is the couple’s first child. The family lives in Chicago. Katie (Thompson) Diamond, Nurs ’00, and Garret Diamond: daughter Fiona Eileen, Sept. 12, 2013. She joins sister Ciara, 3 1/2, and brother Liam, 17 months. The family lives in Oak Park, Ill. Tom Sampair, Bus Ad ’00, and Katie: sons Matthew Joseph and Peter Clarence, Sept. 14, 2013. The twins join Benjamin, 6, Mary, 4, and Danny, 2. The family lives in St. Paul, Minn., where Tom is a real estate manager for General Mills.

Stephen Rypel, Arts ’96, and Angela Rypel: daughter Genevieve Morgan, Nov. 8, 2013. She joins sister Dorothy Joni.

John Bartush, Bus Ad ’01, and Malony Bartush: son George Thomas Blaise Bartush, Aug. 22, 2013. He was 7 pounds, 6 ounces and 20 inches. He joins brother John Gary, 4, and sister Mary Jane, 2. The family lives in Muenster, Texas.

Michael Keating, Bus Ad ’97, and Michele: daughter Kathleen Shay, Nov. 20, 2013. She joins sister Mary, 3, and brother Patrick, 2.

Lisa Mueller, Dent ’01, and Stas Hammond: daughter Hailey Irene Hammond, Sept. 14, 2013. She is the couple’s first child.

Heather (Frank) Austin, Comm ’02, and Ryan Austin, Bus Ad ’01: son Carter John, Oct. 21, 2013. Erin (Griffin) Koenig, H Sci ’02, Prof St ’04, and Timothy Koenig, Comm ’02: daughter Emily Christine, Dec. 3, 2013. She was 8 pounds, 12 ounces and 21.75 inches. She joins brother Matthew, 2. Eric Kowalik, Comm ’02, and Meghan (Root) Kowalik, Nurs ’03: daughter Sylvia Helen Victoria, Nov. 7, 2013. She was 8 pounds, 13 ounces and 20.5 inches. She joins brothers Luke, 4, and Max, 2. The family lives in Milwaukee. Rebecca (Walker) Cline, Arts ’03, and Brian Cline, Comm ’03: daughter Lucy Anne, Oct. 21, 2013. She was 8 pounds, 11 ounces and 20 inches long. She joins big brother Henry John, 2. Tracy (Kurszewski) D’Antonio, Dent Hy ’03, and Luke D’Antonio, Eng ’03: son Leo Thomas, Dec. 24, 2013. He was 7 pounds, 10 ounces and 21 inches. He was born in Yokosuka, Japan, where Tracy is stationed as a dentist with the U.S. Navy. Katy (Gibson) Gavin, H Sci ’03, Grad ’05, and Sean Gavin, Arts ’03: daughter Adelaide Jane, Nov. 16, 2013. She was 7 pounds, 11 ounces and joins brothers Drew, 5, and Camden, 2.

Amber (Schmitz) Hearing, Arts ’03, and Matthew Hearing, H Sci ’03: son Brandon James, Feb. 28, 2014. He was 6 pounds, 9 ounces. The family lives in Minneapolis. Shawn Malone, Bus Ad ’03, and Candace (Nester) Malone, Dent Hy, ’03: son Patrick Parnell. He was 4 pounds, 14 ounces and 17 inches. Amy Barreda Martin, Comm ’03: son Nolan Walker Martin, Nov. 15, 2013. He was 7 pounds, 7 ounces and 21 inches. Megan (Tyryfter) Nytes, Arts ’03, and Daniel Nytes, Arts ’03: daughter Catherine Jean, Nov. 21, 2013. She joins sister Hope, 4. The family lives in Gainesville, Va. Mark Sailer, Bus Ad ’03, and Elise (Fryjoff) Sailer, Bus Ad ’04: son Travis Pail, Sept. 23, 2013. He joins brother Jacob, 2. Catherine Moloznik, Bus Ad ’04, and John Moloznik, Bus Ad ’04: son Jack, Oct. 20, 2013. He was 6 pounds, 8 ounces and is the couple’s first child. Annie (Bursiek) Tower, Arts ’04, and Ray Tower, Bus Ad ’03: daughter Lucille Anne, Nov. 2, 2013. She was 7 pounds, 5 ounces and joins sister Adeline, 2. The family lives in Wauwatosa, Wis., and both girls were baptized at Church of the Gesu in Milwaukee. Dr. Jess Thomas, Arts ’04, Dent ’09, Grad ’11, and Brooke (Haseltine) Thomas: son Beckett Hudson, Oct. 31, 2013. He joins brother Chase, 3.




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Julie (Hornbach) Funk, H Sci ’05, and Phillip: son Maximilian Thomas, Aug. 9, 2013. He was 7 pounds, 4 ounces and 19.75 inches.

Joe Farinella, Eng ’08, and Lauren: son Joseph Michael, Feb. 28, 2014. He was 7 pounds, 1 ounce and 19.5 inches.

Shane Gale, Bus Ad ’05, Law ’09, and Jamie: son Quentin Irving, Aug. 17, 2013. He was 8 pounds, 13 ounces and 21 inches.

Luke Junk, Bus Ad ’08, and Kate (Kelleher) Junk, Arts ’09: son Nathanael Lee, Aug. 24, 2013.

Jennifer (Davenport) Honan, Arts ’05, and Michael Honan, Comm ’04: daughter Charlotte Cynthia, April 12, 2013. The couple lives in Elmhurst, Ill., and will celebrate 10 years together in 2014.

Ian Obermiller, Arts ’08, and Olivia Obermiller: daughter Isla Athena, Aug. 8, 2013. She joins brother Wellington, 2. Keli (Wickersheim) Reinke, Arts ’08, and Brad: daughter Kennedi Marleen, April 16, 2013. She was 8 pounds, 7 ounces and 21 inches.

Sonia (Ramirez) Kolodzinski, Bus Ad ’05, and Scott Kolodzinski, Comm ’02: daughter Alma Olivia, Jan. 4, 2014. She was 7 pounds, 7 ounces and 20.5 inches. She joins brother Cruz.

Amanda (Apollo) Sachse, Comm ’08, and David Sachse, Bus Ad ’08: son David Peter, Feb. 3, 2014, in Grafton, Wis. He was 8 pounds, 15 ounces and 22 inches.

Sara Keeling Petre, Nurs ’05, and Samuel Petre: daughter Fiona Kathleen, May 28, 2013. She joins sister Patricia Grace.

Jenny (Merlo) Schmidt, Eng ’08, and Brian Schmidt, Arts ’08: daughter Gertrude Leona, Dec. 11, 2013. She was 6 pounds, 7 ounces.

Lisa (Noone) Schleicher, Arts ’05, and Nick Schleicher, H Sci ’04: daughter Kara Jean, Jan. 24, 2014. She joins sister Kinley, 3. Julie (Thompson) Mullen, Arts ’06, and James Mullen, Eng ’06: daughter Kathleen Anne, Sept. 4, 2013, in Salt Lake City, Utah. She was 6 pounds, 13 ounces. Kennedi (Graham) Miller, Arts ’07, Nurs ’09, and Jason Miller, H Sci ’09: son Kellen James, March 4, 2014. He was 8 pounds, 6.6 ounces and 22 inches. He joins sister Ellison, 2. Sam Azab, H Sci ’08, Dent ’11, and Jenna (Green) Azab, Arts ’08: daughter Elliot Jane, Jan. 28, 2014. She was 6 pounds, 9 ounces and 19.5 inches. The family lives in Franklin, Wis.

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Rudolph Fuss, Bus Ad ’05, and Michelle (Dreger) Fuss, Nurs ’05: son Owen Thomas, Jan. 14, 2014. He joins brother Cooper John.

Amy (Rewolinski) Taylor, Comm ’08, and Matthew Taylor: daughter Charlotte Lassen Marie, Dec. 25, 2013. She was 8 pounds, 7 ounces and 21 inches.


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Emily (Gahn) Verre, Arts ’09, and John Verre, Arts ’09: daughter Juliet Annalee, Dec. 22, 2013. She was 6 pounds, 3 ounces and 19 inches.

To learn more, contact Cathy Steinhafel at (414) 288-6501 or visit

Jennifer (Sippola) Olson, Comm ’10, and Thomas: son Thomas Norman Olson, III (Tre), Nov. 3, 2013. He was 8 pounds and 21 inches.

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letters to the editor Welcome, Dr. Lovell, to the MU family. Like you, I received three degrees

from the same institution. In my case, it was Marquette where I spent the most rewarding and memorable years of my life.








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Historic choice President-elect Dr. Michael Lovell I N S I D E






DR. ROGER T. ZEIMET, ARTS ’69, GRAD ’72, ’81


Presidential welcome You will be in my thoughts and prayers, and I wish you much success during the years to come as president of Marquette University. The Marquette family welcomes you with a joyous heart.

As an engineer and nurse couple, we welcome you and your wife, Amy, to Marquette. TOM, ENG ’59, AND JUDY, NURS ’59, DINCHER

Keep tilling

As an engineering grad, I am pleasantly surprised we now have a strong Catholic and engineering perspective to help shape and guide my alma mater. God bless you in your new endeavor.

I am so happy to read your column “Tilling the soil.” In our day, the gift of Marquette was required retreats and 12 semester hours each of philosophy and theology. That established a foundation for a life of faith. Sadly, it seems to me Marquette has substituted social service for Roman Catholic and Jesuit. It breaks my heart. Thanks for your efforts.



I would like to welcome Dr. Lovell to the MU family. I was both surprised and pleased to see that you are the first lay person to be chosen to head my alma mater. We share one academic trait in common. Like you, I received three degrees from the same institution. In my case, it was Marquette

Another priceless gift



where I spent the most rewarding and memorable years of my life pursuing three degrees in history. I have never regretted that decision. I trust that you will feel the same about your decision to come to Marquette. God bless your endeavors there.

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I’m writing to let you know how La Rabida Children’s Hospital feels about a nursing student profiled in a recent issue of Marquette Magazine. Mackenzie Conn was a nursing extern at La Rabida during the summer of 2013. Her special connection with

DR. ROGER T. ZEIMET, ARTS ’69, GRAD ’72, ’81

patients who are chronically ill was highlighted in the story “Priceless.” Though Mackenzie’s program ended in August 2013, the patients remained in her heart. At Christmas, Mackenzie returned as a donor with 25 blankets for La Rabida’s kids. She and fellow nursing students purchased the colorful fleece fabric and spent hours handknotting it. She presented the bounty of blankets to a very grateful staff at La Rabida. ZION BANKS, MEDIA RELATIONS AND EVENTS SPECIALIST, LA RABIDA CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL

Bandos remember amazing man, father figure Dr. Contorno, Dr. C., Nic, Doc — whatever you called him, if you were in the Marquette Band between 1983 and 2006, you were blessed with the opportunity to spend time with an amazing human being. From 1985–89, I was in the band, in Nic’s “early” years at Marquette. Although we practiced three days a week for a total of five hours, we didn’t get any credits for being in band (it was mentioned as a 0-credit class on the transcript). Being 0 credit, you really had to want to be there because it took precious time from classes and studying to attend all those band practices, as well as concerts, jazz band for some and basketball games. But you know what?

150–200 or more of us every year wanted to be there. Nic, in no small part, was the reason for that. He created an atmosphere in which music could flourish, while still being a total blast to hang around with. Band was a huge part of my Marquette experience. I met my husband in the band (as did at least 30 other couples during the time Nic was there, by our count). There were more than 20 band members/ band alumni at our wedding. Nic came, too. He was almost as popular as the bride and groom as he walked through the receiving line that day. He went to as many band weddings as he could and was very proud of every one of the couples the band produced. Heck, he was proud of everyone. This is what made him special. He had a way of always seeing something positive in every person and every situation no matter what. I don’t remember much about my classes individually, to be honest. But I remember all the fun I had with my band friends, many of whom I am still in touch with today. And I remember Nic. At least 385 of us “bandos” from Nic’s 24 years at Marquette have found each other on Facebook, and we are just part of a larger group. We are Marquette Band Alumni. We all remember Nic. We want Marquette to remember him, too. He deserves that. BECKY FOSTER, ARTS ’89

class | notes Doc was Marquette’s tenets. Excellence in making band a family of community servants. Faith as a devout Catholic building up his parish’s music program. Leadership of his bands and classes. Service to his community, recently collecting instruments for children in Haiti. But above all being a remarkable man who touched thousands of lives. LINDSEY M. MCKEE, COMM ’06

When I wanted to learn how to ad lib solos for jazz band, Doc said no problem. I met in his office before band a few times and learned how to approach the solos. But more than that, I learned that he believed in me, so why shouldn’t I believe in myself? BRIDGET (DORRYCOTT) FRYMAN, COMM ’03

Nick would invite me to sit and talk with him after rehearsals. We spent hours in his office talking about all matters of life. It’s those talks I will miss the most; his office door and heart were always open. I will treasure those conversations with my friend forever. PHIL ZEMAN, ENG ’97, AND “MU BANDO” FOR LIFE

Jes Res memories I had mixed emotions reading the article “New residence planned for Marquette Jesuits.” I was happy the good Jesuits would have a new, modern facility in order to enjoy life — no broken water pipes, no plumbing problems and good air conditioning. Good for them. In school terms 1954 and 1955, three of us business administration

Marquetters called the Jes Res our home. We rented an apartment at the Stratford Hotel. It is sad to see our old home being demolished and, with it, the wonderful memories of great years at Marquette. Jan Heinz, Charlie Scully and I shared the firstfloor corner apartment. What a location. The Stratford was a great gathering spot for Marquetters and Eddie Klunz, bartender at the bar in the Stratford, was a big attraction. He loved catering to the students. It was a fun time. When we visit campus and see that red brick building at 1404 W. Wisconsin Ave. is missing, the scenery won’t be the same. CHUCK RADLOFF, BUS AD ’56

Ah, yes, the Stratford. Breakfast at the little diner in the basement and Friday afternoon in the main floor bar, with the folding doors opened to the banquet hall and eightfoot tables and chairs awaiting. MICHAEL A. WEBER, SP ’61

Wasn’t the Jesuit residence known as Herrity Hall? I remember the hill next to the building being a favorite spot for students to catch some sun on a spring day so we called that area Herrity Beach.


We asked Raynor Memorial Libraries Department of Special Collections and University Archives for information and learned the Stratford Arms Apartment Hotel was purchased in 1962 and renamed Heraty Hall in honor of Dr. John A. Heraty, Class of 1914. The building was used as a women’s residence until 1973. There are plenty of details about campus buildings archived and available in the Building a Campus digital collection, available on the Raynor Memorial Libraries website. We welcome your feedback on the contents of Marquette Magazine. All letters considered for publication must include the sender’s first and last names. We reserve the right to edit letters for length and will print only letters that are thoughtful and relevant to the contents of the magazine. Write us at: Editor, Marquette Magazine P.O. Box 1881 Milwaukee, WI 53201-1881 Email us at:


At least 385 of us “bandos” from Nic’s 24 years

at Marquette have found each other on Facebook.

... We all remember Nic. We want Marquette to remember him, too. He deserves that.


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Toward the end of a seminar on Ignatian Discernment that I teach sophomore Honors Program students, I engage my class in an assignment adapted from Jesuit Robert Marsh’s article “Looking at God Looking at You” published in The Way.

Tilling the soil

Students come to this assignment after having spent the semester moving

through an adapted group experience of the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius. They have contemplated their experience and understanding of God, reveled in a deeper awareness of creation, and come face to face with sin found in their personal lives but also in the world surrounding us. They have prayed about the key moments in the life of Jesus from the Annunciation and Nativity to His death and resurrection. They have been steeped in the story of St. Ignatius, learned to use his rules for discernment and begun to apply them to their own tough life choices. So the assignment asks them to reflect on the semester that was filled with learning about Ignatius, quiet reflection, personal journaling and tentative faith-sharing with classmates.

Life is different;

we are different and we act differently when we know we are loved.

The instruction is rather simple: First, take a half hour or more in a quiet

place where you will not be disturbed and reflect on what happened to you in the course of the semester. Then, imagine God gazing at you with deep love and write a letter from God to you, knowing that it comes from a loving God who wants the best for you.

Their letters are not shared with the class, nor are they graded. And, yet,

the letters could be assessed because they express the knowledge students have gained in understanding themselves and the spirit of St. Ignatius. Their honesty and humility are evident. They write about their lives, choices, friends, families, hopes and dreams — all from the vantage point of God,

exploring faith together

who sees something in them that is very positive. In the letters, God is the


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nurturing parent who loves them unconditionally; God is the “coach” spurring them on to face their own inadequacies and encouraging their best; God is the friend who sees them as they are and walks with them; God is the mentor who imagines them as young professionals, teachers, doctors, engineers, nurses, parents and spouses continuing to grow in deeper awareness of the divine.

I am humbled by what I read in the letters, humbled by the depth of their


At several places in the Spiritual Exercises, Ignatius encourages the

retreatant to stand before God, the Trinity or Mary for imaginative meditations. Underlying each of the meditations is the gaze of God’s love. Life is different; we are different and we act differently when we know we are loved. That is the point of the Spiritual Exercises and the legacy of St. Ignatius, whose Feast Day we celebrate July 31. Dr. Susan Mountin, Jour ’71, Grad ’94, director of Manresa for Faculty, helps us till the soil of faith in a quarterly column on Ignatian values.

from the archives

Students perform Scarborough Fair during Marquette’s Varsity Varieties, 1968.

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