Marquette University: Notable Alumni Bring Marquette Experiences to Life

MILWAUKEE – As a part of Marquette’s 125th anniversary celebration notable alumni will be on campus from Sept. 20 to Sept. 27 to discuss how their Marquette education has influenced their success. The alumni who are participating in the week come from different walks of life and career paths but share a common theme: They have been shaped by their Marquette experience.

The week will begin with a talk from Darren Jackson, a 1986 graduate of the College of Business Administration and executive vice president and chief financial office of Best Buy. The week will finish with one of Milwaukee’s most prominent executives, Mary Ellen (Bolger) Stanek, a 1978 graduate of the College of Arts and Sciences and managing director and chief investment officer for Baird Advisors.

Wednesday, Sept. 20, 7 p.m.

“The ‘Best’ is Beyond the Workplace”

Darren Jackson, Bus Ad ’86, executive vice president and chief financial officer of Best Buy will share how he uses his position to help the community.

Friday, Sept. 22, noon

“Breaking Through Poverty and Injustice”

Pascual Rodriguez, Arts ’97, principal of Guadalupe Community School in Milwaukee, will discuss the work he does with his school and greater community.

Sunday, Sept. 24, 5:30 p.m.

“Following Faith to Find Your Future”

Rev. James P. Flaherty, S.J., Arts ’78, and Stephanie Russell, Arts ’83, executive director of University Mission & Identity, will speak about using your faith in shaping future decisions.

Tuesday, Sept. 26, 6 p.m.

“Different Professions; One World to Serve”

Robert Horkheimer, Arts ’97, Grad ’99, a physical therapist, Tatiana Jones, Arts ’05, a teacher at Milwaukee’s Pius XI High School, and Kathryn Renee Weber, Arts ’99, an attorney, will talk about how their varied professions have called them to serve the greater community. Horkheimer teaches physical therapy in San Salvador and offers a free clinic in Milwaukee. Jones will talk about her upcoming trip with her students to Costa Rica to distribute school supplies. Weber is an attorney in Chicago representing non-citizens before the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. She previously worked for the Center for Victims of Torture.

Wednesday, Sept. 27, 5:30 p.m.

“Women in the Workplace, in the Community and in the Home: How to do it All”

Mary Ellen Bolger Stanek, Arts ’78, managing director and chief investment officer for Baird Advisors, will share how she balances the demands of work and home and discuss how Marquette contributed to her professional success.

The Alumni in Action speakers are hosted by the Manresa Project at Marquette. The Manresa Project focuses on “vocation,” and explores the many ways Christians are called to lead faithful lives in a variety of careers and every stage of life. The Manresa Project assists the Marquette community in exploring what it means to serve God. For some, that service will take the specific form of religious life, priesthood, ordained ministry or lay ministry in the church. Others will serve God as parents or single people in a variety of professions.

More information about the university’s 125th anniversary year, entitled”125 Years of Faith and Learning in Action,” is available online.

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