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Marquette Magazine Winter 2013


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    9 TO 5 | M U S I N G S O N MA RY O L I V E R | CO NG R EGAT I O N O F H E RO E S

    The networkPaving the way to Wall Street

  • Marquettes Liturgical Choir and University Chorus collaborate at the

    Advent of God concert.

    Photo by Dan Johnson

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    VO LUME 3 1 I S S U E 1 W I N T E R 2 0 1 3

    C O V E R S T O R Y

    28 The network Finance students cant help but dream of working in the nations financial hub. See how a group of finance alumni is paving the way to Wall Street.

    F E A T U R E S

    16 Musings on Mary Oliver Some Marquette faculty reflect on how a poem inspires something different in everyone.

    20 9 to 5From writing a complete new Tree of Life to landing the Curiosity rover on Mars, some jobs call for a big stretch of imagination. What fun it is to look at work that keeps these young alumni ticking.

    Finance students spend

    three days navigating around

    New York and Wall Street.28

    American poet

    Mary Oliver

    makes a rare

    public appearance

    at Marquette.


    20Time on the job is well-spent

    for these young alumni working

    in careers from space exploration

    to phylogenetics.

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    on the Web

    Craving more Marquette news? The Marquette Magazine website is updated with fresh content every week.

    See why the Best in Class award goes to four furry friends who work their tails off helping students forget finals week stress and then get behind the scenes to see the amazing work that goes into creating the universitys Christmas video.

    Plus, you can comment on stories, sign up for RSS feeds and search for old friends. Its part of our effort to keep you up on everything Marquette.

    6 being the difference

    > Congregation of heroes

    8 on campus

    > Lockett wants to be close to home

    > Heard of service learning?

    > Outpouring of love for Rick Majerus

    > Dentistry expansion begins

    > Marquettes Freedom Project

    12 arts + culture

    > Canonization connects to Marquette

    > The Hobbit turns 75

    > Fiasco at Marquette

    14 snap:shot

    > Domination

    we are marquetteN E W S F R O M C A M P U S

    Editor: Joni Moths Mueller

    Copy Editing Assistance: Becky Dubin Jenkins

    Contributing Writers: April Beane, Tim Cigelske, Becky Dubin Jenkins, Chris Jenkins, Sarah Painter Koziol, Lynn C. Sheka, Christopher Stolarski and Jennifer Szink

    Design: Winge Design Studio

    Photography: Kat Berger, Maggie Casey, Rob Howard, Dan Johnson and Allan Zepeda

    Illustrations: Copyrighted Larissa Tomlin, pgs. 22 27; Jing Jing Tsong/, pgs. 1 and 20

    Stock photography: Copyrighted Evgeniy Ivanov/Getty Images, p. 5

    in every issue

    3 Greetings FromPresidentScottR.Pilarz,S.J.

    32 ClassNotes

    > Jennifer Benka, CJPA 90PAGE 32 > Brian Wroblewski, Bus Ad 98, Grad 04PAGE 35 > Marilynn Kelly Gardner, Jour 88PAGE 39 > InMemoriamPAGE 40 > WeddingsPAGE 42 > BirthsPAGE 44

    46 LetterstotheEditor Readersweighinwiththeirviews

    48 Tillingthesoil Exploringfaithtogether

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    Mission Week

    reminds campus

    that The World

    is our Home.


    See a 6-year-old wow the crowd singing

    the national anthem before Marquette

    plays Wisconsin, then read

    Doc Rivers memories of mentor

    and coaching legend Rick Majerus.

    Online extras this issue

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    tingsB F R OM P R E S I D E N T S C O T T R . P I L A R Z , S . J .

    Marquette wont build on its

    excellence or succeed in its

    mission of preparing students

    to lead amid the complexity

    they encounter unless we

    identify whats around the

    next corner, what next great

    step we must take.

    Based on the pattern set by Jesuit institutions in places such as

    St. Louis, Boston and Washington, D.C., Marquette easily could

    have been named Milwaukee University or Tory Hill University.

    Instead, its named after one of the greatest explorers and risk-

    takers in Jesuit history, Father Jacques Marquette. Im certain

    that is not a coincidence.

    Although he could have taken a post teaching Latin amid

    the civilized comforts of 17th-century France, Father Marquette

    set sail for a vast new world, plunged himself into the languages

    and customs of its native people, and, sometimes even without

    seeking the permission of his superiors, explored its uncharted

    reaches by canoe.

    Time and again, Marquette University has shown a similar

    explorers spirit in reaching beyond what is comfortable and

    familiar to pursue its mission. In 1909, it became the first

    Catholic university in the world to admit women students

    as educational partners. In the late 1960s, it established the

    Educational Opportunity Program to support first-generation

    college students. That program became a national model and

    led to the establishment of the federally funded Council on

    Opportunity in Education.

    In fact, during its history, when the world called with

    needs for new professional fields of study engineering,

    business, dentistry, nursing, journalism and physical therapy

    Marquette was often the first American Jesuit university to

    incorporate these disciplines into its course offerings. In doing

    so, it grew from a tiny college serving the Milwaukee Archdio-

    cese into a national university pursuing excellence across

    a very broad range of disciplines.

    What are we to learn from this history of crossing new

    boundaries? Well, a good starting point is the realization that

    a drive to explore and innovate must define this universitys

    present every bit as much as its past. With our world changing

    faster than at any point in our 132-year history, Marquette

    wont build on its excellence or succeed in its mission of

    preparing students to lead amid the complexity they encounter

    unless we identify whats around the next corner, what next

    great step we must take.

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    Like Father Marquette

    before us, we are guided by

    faith, our imaginations

    fired by the prospects of

    the new world that awaits

    us around the next bend, as

    long as we are ready to

    reach for it.

    That is why I am so enthusiastic about the response of the

    Marquette community to the strategic planning process in

    which we are engaging this academic year. To develop a plan

    that helps us set sound university-wide priorities for the next

    710 years, we are insisting on an open and inclusive process

    that began with 17 listening sessions across campus and has

    since been guided by a coordinating committee composed

    of faculty and staff.

    Through these discussions, the community affirmed the

    mission of Marquette the transformative Catholic and Jesuit

    education that we always have been and always will be about.

    Moving that mission forward is an awesome responsibility,

    but in doing so we are doing what those entrusted with Jesuit

    institutions have always done: Reading the signs of the times

    asking what is Marquettes reality right now and how do we

    respond to that reality? The phrase reading the signs of the

    times is deeply rooted in Jesuit spirituality. It was Ignatius

    vision for how he would shape the mission of the Society of

    Jesus and his road map for us: Discern the worlds greatest

    needs, and determine how best to respond to them, given our

    talents and resources.

    I am pleased to share with you that a clear and inspiring

    vision for Marquette is emerging through our collective work

    on this plan. Weighing all that we have heard, we have worked

    to distill and articulate this vision. We created a video so you

    can hear directly about its key elements, including the urgent

    way our community must collaborate and innovate to ensure

    that our students are ready to assume lives as agents for

    change and problem-solvers in a world of growing complexity.

    Please view it at

    Expect to hear more about this important planning project,

    both here in the pages of Marquette Magazine and via other

    communication as the university community embarks on

    next steps, such as the formation of clear goals and the

    preparation of a draft plan for review by the Board of Trustees

    in May, followed by a formal release of the plan in the fall.

    Like Father Marquette before us, we are guided by faith, our

    imaginations fired by the prospects of the new world that

    awaits us around the next bend, as long as we are ready

    to reach for it.

    Scott R. Pilarz, S.J.


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