M Club

The primary mission of the M Club is to provide support for Marquette athletics and to encourage camaraderie among its alumni letter winners.


2013 Athletic Alumni Awards

Distinguished Alumnus of the Year - 
William R. O'Toole

Soccer was Bill O'Toole's game as one of the first scholarship recipients of the sport at Marquette. And he has been winning on a different field since, scoring on behalf of area Catholic institutions.

Bill is president and CEO of Catholic Financial Life, a nonprofit life insurance organization/company. Previously, he served as a development leader for religious institutions in Wisconsin, including Sisters of Divine Savior in Milwaukee, St. Joseph High School in Kenosha and Sacred Heart School of Theology in Hales Corners. But his accomplishments behind the business titles are more remarkable, reflective of his winning game plan as a man of faith.

Bill always has been struck by St. Ignatius' words: "Act as though it all depends on you; trust and pray as though it all depends on God." And so Bill does. His passion for Catholic education led him to chair Milwaukee Archbishop Jerome E. Listecki's Catholic Schools Dinner in the past year and to be an ardent supporter of the Greater Milwaukee Catholic Education Consortium through Catholic Financial Life for several years. This collaborative group combines the expertise of the area's five Catholic institutions of higher education, providing a resource to K-12 Archdiocesan Catholic schools as they seek ways to enhance educational quality and institutional sustainability.

Also through Catholic Financial, Bill is committed to providing volunteer services and financial assistance that benefit Catholic schools, parishes and organizations. Outside of work, Bill takes time to coach youth soccer and serve on civic and charitable boards.

Bill O'Toole: retired student-athlete ... former director of development ... ever a man dedicated to his faith and serving his community.


Lifetime Achievement Award -
George R. Thompson III

-- Professional basketball player

-- Sports announcer

-- Business executive

A member of two athletic halls of fame and recipient of the Sports Task Force Pioneer Award bestowed by the National Association of Black Journalists, George is best known within the Marquette community for his basketball triumphs. He was a starting point guard from 1967-69 and team captain during the 1968-69 season, and he still holds the single-season scoring record with a 20 points-per-game average. He went on to play for the American Basketball Association's Pittsburgh Pipers, where he was named an All-Star three times, and concluded his career with the Milwaukee Bucks in 1975.

But George is quick to point out that his athletic success makes up only one-third of his professional career. After retiring from that world, he was vice president of corporate communications and community relations at Briggs & Stratton from 2006-09. His efforts were instrumental in promoting philanthropic relations for Briggs & Stratton, and the company has since become the lead sponsor for Briggs & Al's Run, a run/walk founded by Coach Al McGuire that has raised more than $13 million for Children's Hospital of Wisconsin.

George's philanthropic leadership extends to his alma mater. He chose to attend Marquette because of the structure that comes with a Jesuit education, which he believes is so vitally important to young people. George has helped extend the Marquette experience to other students and alumni like himself through his generosity. Though he is sometimes credited with initiating the Marquette basketball legacy of success, his support and advocacy on behalf of Marquette truly have earned him another badge of excellence.


Friend of Marquette Athletics - 
Steven R. Michels

Steve Michels may have grown up in a small town, but he always had big ideas. As a student, he appreciated interacting with individuals worldwide. "Their beliefs, cultures and habits helped me grow a philosophy to always look at the bigger picture," he says.

This might have been an early indication that Steve's aspirations went beyond Wisconsin and his hometown of Brownsville, Wis. -- which had a population of 336.

Steve's business ventures today span coast to coast. He's the owner and managing member of Michels Development LLC based in Seattle, which operates and manages non-tribal card rooms in the state of Washington, and he also leads a startup company in Jupiter, Fla., that designs temperature-monitored food safety technology for the transportation industry. In addition, Steve is developing several mobile phone applications, including doddle and ZipaClip.

Despite working on both coasts, Steve remains closely connected to Marquette athletics, other initiatives and his hometown. He is an avid supporter of the men's basketball team -- attending home and road games -- and has been a season ticket holder since 2001. Beyond basketball at Marquette, he has spoken to students about his business ventures and is an officer of the board of directors for the Delta Chi Educational Foundation and helped lead the organization's efforts to build a new fraternity house near campus in 2003.

He also hasn't forgotten his family roots and his hometown of Brownsville, where he continues to serve as an officer of Michels Corp., a leading utility contractor company that his father established in 1959.




Young Alumnus of the Year - 
Timothy M. Kummer

At an early age, Tim Kummer saw himself as a point guard on the Marquette men's basketball team. Though his days as a student didn't turn out to be on the court, he still made an impact in athletics, working with the women's basketball team and serving as the Golden Eagle mascot.

He thrived outside the Al McGuire Center, too.

Tim served the Milwaukee and international communities, traveling to Voi, Kenya, to study HIV/AIDS. He and two of his classmates were so moved by their experiences that they established Watumishi -- a Kiswahili word meaning people of service -- to raise funds for a library at a shelter. His deeds didn't go unnoticed: He received the national Howard R. Swearer Student Humanitarian Award for his work in Kenya and the Marquette University Alumni Association's Rev. Pedro Arrupe S.J., Award for serving others. His yearning for international service didn't stop, though. After graduation, he volunteered for a year as a registered nurse at a medical center in Tanzania.

"Marquette taught me that living with a sense of interconnectedness with others is what gives each of us a sense of purpose," says Tim, whose wife, Nicole Bodner; father; and three siblings -- and soon to be a fourth -- are alumni. "This strong sense of purpose has guided my success."

Today, Tim's spirit of giving continues as a nurse in Minneapolis at the Hennepin County Medical Center and Hennepin County Adult Detention Center. His Swahili language skills are imperative here, considering it's the only language spoken by some inmates. He has aspirations to pursue international medicine and attend medical school this fall.


M Club Hy Popuch Award -
Terence P. Cahill

If Terry's official middle name were "Serve," it wouldn't surprise many. He was a member of the Marquette tennis team as a student, and much of what he's done since is connected with service in one way or another.

His favorite book, Master of the Senate, is about former President Lyndon B. Johnson, a civil servant. If Terry could have dinner with anyone, it would be World War II hero and serviceman Louis Zamperini, whose remarkable story is the subject of the best-selling book Unbroken. Even as a child, he wanted to be a priest -- an act of service to God and the community. Continuing this theme, Terry is an attorney with Schober Schober & Mitchell, SC, in Oconomowoc, Wis. In his spare time, he also helps coach the Oconomowoc High School girls' and boys' tennis teams.

When he's not serving the community as an attorney, Terry continues to provide leadership for Marquette athletics. He's on the board of directors, was past president for the M Club and donates his time to the M Club Golf Outing. His Marquette ties don't end there: His father and uncle and three of his children are alumni, and his sisters married two of his fraternity brothers.

His favorite Marquette memory? "Making a shot over (Marquette and NBA great) Maurice Lucas in the then-annual men's freshman basketball team game against the intramural all-star team in 1971-72." The final outcome wasn't as successful, though. Terry recalls the intramural team losing 114-26.



2012 Athletic Alumni Awards

Friend of Marquette Athletics - 
Craig R. Kasten

Back then, he was a grade-school kid catching as many Marquette basketball games as he could on his nine-volt radio. Now, he's a CPA and entrepreneur who has contributed more than $2.5 million to help Marquette student-athletes be their best. Indeed, Craig Kasten dons the blue and gold in an unbeatable fashion.

The West Allis, Wis., native was the first in his family to graduate from college and set out to do his best after graduation, applying his father's lessons -- the value of hard work and making the most of the well-rounded education he received at Marquette.

"Preparation is always the key to success," he says. "In the case of my Marquette experience, gaining the appreciation for an education that addresses all aspects of life was most important in preparing me for my personal journey."

Craig's professional journey led him to explore using technology for solving problems -- the focus of many companies he has founded, including Wonderbox Technologies, Scion Dental and American Therapy Administrators. From developing solutions for delivering health care benefits to all citizens at affordable costs to employing more than 700 people in southeastern Wisconsin through his enterprises, Craig has achieved success in many ways.

So it's no surprise that he contributes financially to help others and his alma mater succeed. He is a generous benefactor of the Blue & Gold Athletics Scholarship Fund and has made it possible for countless student-athletes to achieve their dreams of attending Marquette. To provide them with top-caliber facilities, Craig was a lead donor in building the Al McGuire Center, where a practice gym proudly bears his name. And to celebrate and promote the rich tradition of Marquette athletics, Craig sponsored Dwyane Wade's induction into the M Club Hall of Fame.

Craig R. Kasten

Lifetime Achievement Award - 
Kevin M. Byrne

Kevin Byrne was the youngest director of public relations in the NFL when he joined the then-St. Louis Cardinals in 1977. It was a sign of great things to come.

An integral part of the Baltimore Ravens franchise for 31 years, Kevin today oversees the Ravens' public and community relations departments, the content for baltimoreravens.com, and many of the team's print publications. His duties have included contract negotiations, directing the team's marketing and broadcasting department, and serving on committees to interview and select Ravens head coaches. At the NFL's request he has provided media relations assistance at 25 Super Bowls and two Pro Bowls.

Kevin's Ravens staff was honored with the annual Pete Rozelle Award by the Pro Football Writers of America, and he has been invited to speak before numerous national groups, including NFL head coaches and front-office managers. He also worked for the Cleveland Browns and Trans World Airlines.

While at Marquette, Kevin was a member of Alpha Sigma Nu, the National Jesuit Honor Society, and a four-year member of the wrestling team.

He and his wife, Sally, have four children: daughter Shannon and sons Sean, Tim and Conor. Tim and his wife, Jen, have a son, Wyatt, who is 1.

Kevin M. Byrne

Distinguished Alumnus of the Year Award
Maurice "Bo" H. Ellis

Bo Ellis is a Marquette sports legend, but his accomplishments off the hardwood mean much more to him.

"To me, success is a good home life, good times with your family and achieving work-life balance," he says. "It's helping others accomplish their goals and making a difference in their lives."

Bo's oldest daughter Nicole, a 2000 Marquette graduate, died from a rare and uncommon liver disease three years after graduation. He and his wife, Candy, started the Nicole Ellis Foundation, which has supported nine students in the past three years with annual scholarships through the Ethnic Alumni Association. The foundation also has supported Marquette's non-revenue sports, the Hank Raymonds Educational Center, the March of Dimes and the American Liver Foundation.

Bo, who currently does scouting for the Milwaukee Bucks, was captain of the 1977 men's NCAA championship basketball team and was MVP in 1975 and '77, during which time his teams were 101-18. He played for three years in the NBA and later in Europe and was inducted into the M Club Hall of Fame three times -- with the 1974 NCAA runner-up team, with the '77 national championship team and as an individual. He has received the NABC Merit Award, NABC All-American Silver Anniversary Award and NCAA Silver Anniversary Award. He also is a member of the Chicagoland Sports Hall of Fame.

All honors aside, though, Bo believes in the power of youth and coaches kids on and off the court. "They are our future, and the guidance they receive will help them grow to be more responsible adults," he says. "The individuals who educated, directed and touched my life showed they cared, and I want to share that with our youth of today."

Bo is always available to help Marquette, assisting with fundraising and openly advocating that former players give back to the university.



M Club Hy Popuch Award -
Thomas R. Packee

Attending Marquette is truly a family affair for the Packees, who met on a blind date while attending the university. Five of their six children also graduated from Marquette, as did Pat's parents and two sisters. Add to that Tom's brother, niece, brother-in-law and three daughters-in-law -- and you see why this family cheers on the blue and gold.

Tom, who earned a basketball letter in 1963, and Pat, Med Tech '64, are season ticket holders for men's and women's basketball; have contributed to the Blue & Gold Fund and Al McGuire Center; and committed to establishing an endowed athletic scholarship through their estate plans. Tom served four terms as president of the M Club and currently serves on the Marquette Athletics Board and M Club Board.

Though the couple clearly enjoys Marquette athletics, it's the university's mission and Catholic and Jesuit values that have made the biggest impact on their lives.

"Marquette gave us the base education to begin our careers and how to pursue our careers," says Tom, who recently retired after 43 years of executive leadership in the leather industry. Pat worked in medical technology for several years, then stayed at home to raise the Packee clan.

The couple lives out Marquette's mission of service by volunteering. Pat helps at a local hospice and serves on its board, and Tom is a member of nine nonprofit and for-profit boards, including ProHealth and the Leather Industries of America, to name just a few.

"We definitely have recommended Marquette to high school students," Tom says. "As the campus improves, it's easier for them to consider Marquette. And the Jesuit educational reputation has always been a strong selling point."

Thomas R. Packee


2011 Athletic Alumni Awards

Friend of Marquette Athletics - 
Stanley J. Andrie and Barbara Gombar Andrie

Stan arrived on campus as a freshman walk-on football player in 1951, with nowhere to stay and very little money. One of the coaches found a room for him with two other players and got him a job at the Ardmore Bar.

As a sophomore, Stan received a full athletic scholarship and as a junior met his future wife, Barbara, spending their first date talking on the Capitol steps after the Marquette-UW football game. Barbara studied in the library, and Stan began studying there, too, earning all A's in his junior and senior years.

After graduate school at Northwestern University, Stan entered the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, then joined Bultema Dock and Dredge in Muskegon, Mich., eventually becoming president. The company was sold, and Stan was appointed president of the new firm, also. His career highlights include dredging the Fort Lauderdale harbor and Sacramento River and restoring the area after the eruption of Mount St. Helens. Barbara founded a marine transportation company in 1988, which became the largest transporter of heavy oil, asphalt, cement and chemicals in the Great Lakes area.

Stan and Barbara feel blessed to have found each other at Marquette. Stan believes that without his scholarship he probably would not have finished school or met Barbara. Such is their support and love for the university that they established the Barbara and Stan Andrie Family Athletic Scholarship, a significant leadership gift that will help many students attend Marquette.

"We wish to provide someone with the opportunity that we had," say Barbara and Stan.


Distinguished Alumna of the Year -
Mary Beth H. Nienhaus

The ability to remain calm on the golf course and in life is a fundamental requirement for success. Mary Beth Nienhaus' deep faith is her source. Her favorite quote from the Bible is, "Without Him, I will be nothing, but with Christ, He will strengthen me."

The first female varsity student-athlete in Marquette history, Mary Beth actually joined the men's golf team in 1965 after winning the Wisconsin Women's Public Links Golf Association Amateur Championship in 1963 and '64. The first to represent Marquette in intercollegiate postseason play, she won two state amateur championships and was named Wisconsin Female Golfer of the Year in 1969.

Mary Beth taught and coached at Appleton (Wis.) West High School for 36 years, during which her golf teams won four state championships. She's the only high school coach to be named LPGA Coach of the Year. Elected to numerous halls of fame, Mary Beth was the LPGA's Midwest Professional of the Year in 1992 and received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Women's Sports Advocates of Wisconsin in 2001. She remains involved with junior golf to this day, running one of Wisconsin's largest junior programs as owner of Winagamie Golf Course in Neenah.

Marquette provided Mary Beth with an excellent academic foundation and the opportunity to share her Catholic values with others. She has made service trips to Africa, the Dominican Republic, the Holy Land and Nicaragua, and she is a trustee for her parish, a Eucharistic minister and volunteer, and a member of the Lions Club.

Mary Beth says her parents provided unwavering support during her many teaching, coaching and golf adventures, as did Goldie Bateson, LPGA teaching professional and mentor. Mary Beth includes in her "Marquette family" Dr. Miriam Connellan, her math professor and close friend, and Dr. Charles Nader, physical education professor and men's golf coach from 1965-75, with whom she keeps in touch.

Her secret for success is simple: "hard work, dedication, setting high standards and leading a faith-filled life."


Lifetime Achievement Award - 
Dr. Michael P. Woods

Few individuals participate in an Olympic Games, let alone three. Dr. Michael Woods accomplished it after switching from track to speed skating, representing Marquette on the Junior World team and in two World Sprint Championships. He won a gold medal and two silver medals in eight all-around World Championships and was a national outdoor long track champion and U.S. Skater of the Year. In 1998, he was elected to the National Speed Skating Museum and Hall of Fame.

Michael then coached speed skating and bicycling while practicing anesthesiology in the Milwaukee area and still found time to raise funds for Milwaukee's Pettit National Ice Center. He is currently chief of anesthesia services at Oconomowoc (Wis.) Memorial Hospital.

"I help people get through one of the most difficult days of their lives -- the day of surgery -- every day," he says. He is very serious about providing safe, compassionate, reasonably priced care and "can't think of anything I would rather do for a living."

Michael and his wife, Susan, have instilled in their children a sense of service. Their daughter volunteers at a local nursing home, and their son created and runs a youth orchestra for inner-city children. Susan is a volunteer nurse at a free medical clinic, and Michael teaches Marquette nursing and physician assistant program students.

Michael's father, sister, two brothers and son graduated from Marquette.

How has he attained a lifetime of achievement?

"Work hard consistently, work smarter than your opponents, be in the right place at the right time and don't do the same stuff everybody else does," he says.


Young Alumna Award - 
Dr. Kristen L. Maskala

After setting standards on the basketball court that few have matched, Dr. Kristen Maskala has continued her winning ways off the court. You won't find her in her No. 22 jersey, but she hasn't strayed too far from sports: She is a highly respected orthopedic surgeon specializing in sports medicine in West Bend, Wis.

Largely responsible for helping Marquette reach the women's NCAA Tournament for the first time in school history during 2003-04, Kristen is a university legend, ranking in the top 10 in scoring, three-point field goals, free-throw percentage, steals and assists. She earned academic All-American status in all three of her seasons and won Academic All-American of the Year and NCAA Wisconsin Woman of the Year awards. Kristen was one of only 14 women's players nationwide to earn an NCAA postgraduate scholarship and one of only three Marquette women's players to have her jersey retired.

In addition to studying and playing basketball, Kristen also embraced Marquette's mission of service, helping run basketball camps for Special Olympics and the Girl Scouts. Today, she volunteers as team doctor for Hartford (Wis.) High School, organizing free girls basketball camps with former teammates and mentoring young students interested in medicine.

Kristen, who recently gave birth to her first child, Little Monte, with husband Monte, helps in another important way. She attended Marquette only by virtue of a sports scholarship and hopes her donations "can help another student or student-athlete with expenses so they can concentrate more on studying. I know how much it means to have a degree from Marquette."

Kristen received the Hank Raymonds Sportsmanship Award and McCahill Award in 1994. She was inducted into the M Club Hall of Fame in 2004.



M Club Hy Popuch Award -
Paul R. Nowakowski

Paul Nowakowski's experience at Marquette reinforced the values that were instilled in him by his parents: Help others, and give back to the community whenever possible.

Since graduating, Paul -- who attended Marquette on a track and field scholarship -- has put these values into action personally and professionally, providing energy and leadership to the university and community. He is a strong supporter of Marquette athletics, most notably through the M Club, for which he is a board member and chaired the Hall of Fame Committee in 2004, '06 and '09 (the only three-time chair). Paul is also a member of the Marquette Track Club -- and past president -- and has been a men's and women's basketball season ticket holder for many years.

Paul's sense of service extends beyond Marquette, and he has held executive leadership positions at the St. Joseph Foundation, which supports local disadvantaged children, and the parishes of St. Alexander and St. Monica. He also has been a counselor for couples planning to marry.

Paul believes in Marquette's mission so much so that he would have attended even if he hadn't received an athletic scholarship. "I love the institution and the values it teaches its students," he says.

The individuals who seek Paul's legal help through his firm, Nowakowski Law Offices, clearly benefit from this philosophy, as well. "It is extremely rewarding to solve a client's problem, to help someone who is struggling at a point in their lives," he says.

Paul's father, Richard B. Nowakowski, Arts '42, Law '48, began his family's Marquette legacy and is followed by five of Paul's siblings and three nieces -- "and counting!"

2010 Athletic Alumni Awards

Friend of Marquette Athletics -
M. Jean and Louis A. Maier

M. Jean and Louis A. Maier, Bus Ad, '74, M. Jean and Louis A. Maier, Bus Ad, '74, have been active contributors to the athletics department for the past 20 years, having generously given more than $1 million. Louie has been a men's basketball season ticket holder since 1974 and is a member of Marquette's 1881 Society, the Marquette Minutemen and Al's Sixth Man Club for contributions to the Al McGuire Center. He also was a fellow on the President's Council.

Marquette's mission of excellence, faith, leadership and service matched perfectly with his upbringing. "It's a way of life that fortunately started in childhood and was supported and nurtured during my years at Marquette," Louie says. "The university was a good match for me in that regard. Marquette has always made us feel part of the family."


Distinguished Alumnus of the Year - Robert E. Harlan

Robert E. Harlan, Jour, '58, Honorary '97, wanted to be a sports writer but instead became the principal executive of one of the world's most famous professional franchises, the Green Bay Packers.

After serving as student sports editor for the Marquette Tribune and receiving his bachelor's degree in journalism from Marquette, Bob had a short tour of duty in the U.S. Army and reported for United Press International. He returned to Marquette in 1959 as the university's sports information director. Six years later Bob became director of community relations and public relations for Major League Baseball's St. Louis Cardinals, sharing in the team's 1967 World Series Championship.

In 1971, Bob joined the Packers as assistant general manager and held eight different titles within the organization, including chairman and chief executive officer. During his tenure, the Packers won more games than any other NFL team, including Super Bowl XXXI against the New England Patriots. Bob is the team's chairman emeritus and was inducted into the Packer's Hall of Fame in 2004. his crowing achievement was the $295 million renovation of Lambeau Field, a chief component to assuring the team's financial survival for future generations.


Lifetime Achievement Award -
James E. Smith

James E. Smith, Arts '56, Grad '61, has been head coach of men's basketball at Saint John's University in Collegeville, Minn., for 46 years, recently reaching the incredible milestone of 700 career wins.

"Playing at Marquette under Tex Winters in the mid-50s gave me a love of the game," says Jim, who was a four-year letter winner in men's basketball at Marquette.

Jim is the winningest collegiate basketball coach in Minnesota -- including 30 winning seasons at Saint John's -- and one of only two men in NCAA Division III history with 700 wins. He also is an associate professor of physical education and has coached golf, cross country and track at Saint John's. Last year, the university dedicated the Sexton Arena court the Jim and Adrienne Smith Court. Jim met Adrienne, Arts '56 and Grad '61, in an ethics class at Marquette.

Jim was president of the NAIA Basketball Coaches Association in 1982 and '83; of the St. Cloud, Minn., PTA and Figure Skating Club; and a member of the St. Cloud Optimist Club and Chamber of Commerce. He also was inducted into the hall of fame for his high school alma mater, St. Edward's in Elgin, Ill., and the Elgin Sports Hall of Fame, and he received the 2009 Outstanding Service Award from the National Association of Basketball Coaches.


Young Alumna Award -
Rhegan H. Hyypio

Rhegan H. Hyypio, Arts '01, has done more in her short career than many do in a lifetime. Since graduating, she has done missionary work; taught catechism, adult literacy, reading and creative writing to children on a small farm in Brazil; and worked with orphans and other disadvantaged youth in Bolivia. In America, she has volunteered at nursing homes and a homeless shelter, protested abortion, and promoted comprehensive immigration reform. This exhaustive desire to serve began while at Marquette, where she participated in service learning and was a student coordinator, worked at shelters for runaway teens and battered women, and helped at facilities for the elderly. She even drew upon her soccer skills and helped coach inner-city kids and worked with Special Olympics and Habitat for Humanity.

Rhegan turned down a full scholarship elsewhere because: "Marquette was the right place for me. I sense a responsibility toward those around me and the community at large. I do this through prayer, contemplation and action. I do not do it perfectly, but I pursue excellence, and my faith underlies everything. It truly was the Marquette mission statement that drew me to the university."

Rhegan is also among the best soccer players in Marquette history, holding numerous university and conference records and honors while leading a team that went 65-17-9 during her four years. She was a first-team All-American and won the McCahill Award for demonstrating "the highest performance in scholarship, leadership and athletics."



M Club Hy Popuch Award -
Mark Madigan

Mark Madigan's, Arts '83, Law '86, generous contributions to Marquette athletics began when he was a member of the track and cross country teams from 1979-81.

Mark has served on the M Club's board of directors since 1995, most recently as treasurer. He also worked on the Hank Raymonds Auction Committee, Blue & Gold Auction Committee, Blue & Gold Fund Advisory Board, Marquette Track Club, and Marquette University Alumni Association National Board of Directors for many years, including as president. He and his family have season tickets to men's and women's basketball games and regularly attend volleyball and soccer matches.

Mark met his wife, Mary, Sp '82, at Marquette. Other family Marquette graduates include his brother, Eugene, Bus Ad '87; and sisters-in-law Kathy Madigan, Bus Ad '87, and Mary Madigan, Arts '92.






2009 Athletic Alumni Awards

Friend of Marquette Athletics -
Jim and Ginny Wheeler

Jim and Ginny Wheeler have been active supporters of Marquette for close to 30 years, and their devotion to the university, particularly athletics has had an enormous impact. In 1989, they helped lay the groundwork for the Blue & Gold Fund to support athletic scholarships and have been active leaders of it since. They also have been generous benefactors of the Al McGuire Center and established the Rev. Albert J. DiUlio Athletic Scholarship Fund for varsity sports, which is the largest endowed athletic fund at MU. In 2008, the Wheelers established the James and Virginia Wheeler Endowed Basketball Scholarships, which will be fully funded through their estate plans. Both men's and women's basketball will be beneficiaries.


Distinguished Alumnus of the Year -
John Madden

John Madden, Bus Ad, '56, who was a tackle on the football team, has devoted his life to helping others, especially youth. He spent 47 years volunteering at Maryville Academy, a Chicago school serving abused and neglected youth, including 30 years as chairman of its board.  He spent four years chairing the advisory board of the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services and is a board member of Chicago Catholic Charities.  In 1990, he was one of three people on Chicago's archdiocese Commission on Clerical Misconduct with Minors in the wake of a church sexual abuse scandal establishing guidelines and review procedures. John is also an emeritus trustee of Marquette University.


Lifetime Achievement Award -
Robert Gansler

Robert Gansler, Arts '64, Grad '68, earned international recognition in the sport of soccer as a player and coach.  As one of the premier players in the US, Gansler earned a spot on the US Olympic team as an MU student. He played 25 games with the Olympic and US National squads and captained the Olympic team twice.  He also was a two-time selection to the US Pan-American team.  He began his coaching career as an assistant at Marquette and went on to be head coach at the high school, collegiate, amateur and professional ranks winning numerous championships. Among his highlights was coaching the US National U-20 Team to a fourth place finish in the world, the highest-ever finish for a US team and the US National Team to its first World Cup appearance in 40 years, a feat only achieved twice.  




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