In this issue...

Message from AD Steve Cottingham

Construction Update at Valley Fields
Meet our Blue & Gold Fund Staff
Reseating 101

Men's Basketball
Women's Basketball

Your Financial Support of the Blue & Gold Fund Is Critical

Natalie Kulla

Bob and Connie Schwaab

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September 2010


Thank you all for your dedicated support of Marquette Athletics. This has been one of our most exciting and successful fall campaigns in recent memory. Highlights from this fall include:

  • The women's volleyball team finished the regular season in third place in the Big East with a school record 11-3 mark in conference play. The team also won 23 matches including 14 matches in a row; both are school records. (click here to learn more)
  • The women's soccer team repeated as Big East American Division champions for the second season in a row and advanced to the Sweet Sixteen round of the NCAA Women's Soccer Championship. (click here to learn more)
  • The men's soccer team had its best season in the past seven years with Big East wins over Rutgers, Syracuse, Seton Hall and St. Johns. The season was highlighted by a 1-0 win over the University of Wisconsin - Madison and a 3-1 win over St. John's in the Big East tournament. (click here to learn more)
  • The men's and women's cross country teams recently completed their seasons at the NCAA Great Lakes Regional where the men's team finished tenth, the highest placement since the 2007 season. The women also notched a 16th-place finish. (click here to learn more)

While we are proud of this fall's athletic accomplishments, we still have much room for growth to achieve our long-term departmental goals. Our current financial priorities for success are:

  • Increase Annual Scholarship Support
  • Secure the Financial Future of Marquette Athletics through our Athletic Endowment
  • Maintain and Improve upon Academic Supporting Services
  • Upgrade our Facilities

Thank you again for your generous support of our program. If you have any questions regarding our priorities or would like more information on how you can help, please contact the Blue & Gold Fund at (414) 288-3988.

We Are Marquette!


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Steve Cottingham
Director of Athletics

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Soccer Facility Update at Valley Fields

Construction began on the Valley Fields Soccer Building on July 12, 2010 and should be completed in late December, 2010.

Marquette University approved the $1.2M addition to Valley Fields last June. The building was designed by Korb Tredo Architects and constructed by KBS Construction.

Architectural plans for the approximately 3,000-square-foot, donor-funded facility include two dressing rooms with showers and a changing area for game officials. Additionally, there will be an area for sports medicine and the treatment of student-athletes. Public restrooms for spectators will also be included.

Space for the structure has been allocated east of the stadium bleachers, adjacent to the soccer venue and the teams' artificial turf practice field. Externally, the building will match the façade of the existing permanent structures at Valley Fields.  The men's and women's soccer team locker rooms will remain at the Marquette Gym.

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Meet our Blue & Gold Fund Staff

Mark Wright - Managing Director of Development, Athletics

Paul McInerny, Ph. D. - Associate AD/Engagement & External Affairs

Joe True - Director of Development, Athletics

Jamie Hays-Szelc - Assistant Director of Development, Athletics

Sarah Claus - Special Events Coordinator

Taylor Thomason - Blue & Gold Fund Assistant

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Men's Basketball Post-Season Ticket Information

BIG EAST Tournament:

  • Deadline to submit Men's Basketball BIG EAST Ticket Application - Friday, December 17th, 2010
    • Please look for an E-mail from the Ticket Office within the next week, with directions on how to obtain BIG EAST Championship Tickets, in New York City.

  • Deadline to donate for BIG EAST Seating Priority - Friday, December 31st, 2010
    All orders and subsequent allocation for BIG EAST Tournament tickets will be prioritized based on annual giving and priority points using the December 31, 2010 deadline.

NCAA Tournament:

  • Email to go out for Men's Basketball NCAA Ticket Application - Approximately Mid February, 2011
  • Deadline to submit Men's Basketball NCAA Ticket Application - Saturday, March 12, 2011

    All orders and subsequent allocation for NCAA Tournament tickets will be prioritized based on annual giving and priority points as of March 12, 2011. Deadline to donate in order for donations to count for 2011 reseating: April 30, 2011.

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Women's Basketball Tickets

Women's basketball season tickets are still available and start at just $40.

Can't make it to an entire season? 3-game mini-plans are also available starting at $9.  The mini-plan gives you the flexibility to choose 3 of the hottest games of the season for one low price.  For more information or to purchase tickets, call 414-288-GOMU(4668) or click here.

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Your Financial Support of the Blue & Gold Fund Is Critical

In today's NCAA Division I athletic landscape, the foundation of most highly competitive programs is a robust, growing annual fund. At Marquette, contributions to our annual athletic fund, the Blue & Gold Fund, are used to provide student-athletes with the athletic scholarship opportunities to pursue their academic and athletic dreams.

Funding athletic scholarship aid continues to be one of the single greatest expenses for Marquette Athletics. Over the last decade, the cost of funding athletic scholarships has increased by 116%. Last year, we awarded over $4.2 million in student-athlete scholarships. Contributions to the Blue & Gold Fund accounted for just under $3 million, leaving an unfunded balance of $1.2 million.


The cost of attending Marquette (tuition, room, board and fees) at Marquette University for the 2009-2010 year was $41,252. As tuition rises at Marquette so does the expense of funding athletic scholarship aid. Last year, our 207 student-athletes were enrolled in the following colleges or schools (sorted by enrollment numbers):

Machine generated alternative text: Enrollment of Marquette's 207 Student-athletes by College (Sept. 2009) Kiingler College of Arts & Sciences 54 26% College of Business Adm inistration 43 21% Diederich College of Communication 36 17% College of Health Sciences 34 16% Col ege of Engineering 23 11% Collegeof Education 12 6% CollegeofNursing 3 2% College of Profess onal Studies 2 1%

We strive to generate enough funds through the Blue & Gold Fund to cover our athletic scholarship aid commitments. Our ability to attract and retain exceptional student-athletes depends upon your willingness to make a gift or increase your current level of commitment to the Blue & Gold Fund, especially beyond the gift that your seat may require. Hence, we invite you to invest in the athletic and academic experience of a Marquette student-athlete.

Go Marquette!


Mark Wright
Managing Director of Development for Athletics

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The Difference
Natalie Kulla, Engineering '11

By Brien Farley, Marquette University Office of Development Communications

Last season, Natalie Kulla, Engineering '11, goalkeeper for Marquette Golden Eagles Women's Soccer, started in all 23 matches and played every minute of every game. In that time she registered a program record 16 shutouts, including a league-best 13 in the regular season.

She stands tied for third place on Marquette's all-time shutouts list, holds the program record for longest interval between goals allowed, and a record 0.50 goals against average.

Natalie was named Big East Goalkeeper after posting two shutouts to help MU secure the Big East American Division, and made the Big East Honor Roll on several occasions.

An outstanding athlete and an American Legion Award-winning, National Honor Society high school student, Natalie was able to attend Marquette University with the aid of athletic scholarship support.

"I'm not sure where I would have ended up without scholarship support," says Natalie. "I can assure you it wouldn't have been at a school even close to the caliber of Marquette."

Entering her senior year, Natalie's Marquette experience has already opened doors for her off campus. This summer she was invited to travel to Leicester, England to compete in the Four Nations Tournament as part of the United States U-23 Women's National Team. She also completed an internship at Boeing Defense, Space and Security.

"If I had to finance my college education on my own, I don't believe I'd be able to attend a school that could equip me with the tools needed to earn an opportunity like my Boeing internship," Natalie says. "On and off the field, Marquette has prepared me for this experience." Natalie adds that, because of her athletic scholarship, she has been able to accept numerous U-23 National Team off-season opportunities without worrying about financial responsibilities. "Most importantly," she says, "during the school year I can focus my time on playing and studying. If I had to work at the same time, I would not have the success I've had in both areas."

And both areas are preparing her for future success. "Athletics are not only a means to higher education, but a learning tool for the real world," explains Natalie. "I have learned more about leadership, teamwork, empowerment, success, and failure then I ever imagined possible."
Not surprisingly, her experience has engendered great loyalty and gratitude.

"I have felt a part of the Women's Soccer's family since the day I met the coaches and players," Natalie relates. "I participate because I believe in our program and our success. Family, Tradition, Pride, and Excellence are core values every program should embrace."

"I feel extremely privileged to have an athletic scholarship," says Natalie. "I constantly remind myself to never take anything for granted. All I can ever say is thank you. I have had such a wonderful experience at this school and I hope that carries on in the future for other student athletes."

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Bob and Connie Schwaab

By Brien Farley, Marquette University Office of Development Communications

When it comes to fans of Marquette Men's Basketball, few can be found more loyal than Bob Schwaab, Bus Ad, '55 and his wife Connie, season ticket holders since 1961.

"I've always enjoyed college sports and especially Marquette Basketball," says Bob. "Marquette puts out a good product with dedicated coaches, good recruits and membership in a major conference." Bob and Connie say the games are also great social events with opportunities to visit fans and friends.

Over the years, the Schwaabs' support has grown well beyond game attendance. They have made a number of generous financial contributions to university priorities including the Marquette Fund, the Al McGuire Center Fund and the Blue & Gold Athletic Scholarship Fund. This year, with a gift of $50,000, Bob and Connie established a fund of their own: the Robert and Constance O'Brien Schwaab Endowed Scholarship. In keeping with their interests, they designated their fund to benefit student athletes in the College of Business Administration.

"I graduated from Marquette's College of Business Administration which provided me a solid stepping stone for a successful career in finance and banking," explains Bob, a retired US Bank Financial Services executive vice president. "And as the years went on, my strong interest in athletics continued, particularly for Marquette basketball. The ability to combine these interests in an endowed scholarship supporting student athletes in the College of Business Administration seemed a perfect fit for what we were trying to do. It's our way to `pay it forward'," Bob says.
"We realize that a good college education is central to the future success of our young people," adds Connie. "And athletics are important to students because they provide experience in competition and achievement while giving the student body opportunities to come together as a community."

Furthermore, Bob notes, a successful athletic program at Marquette improves the university's name recognition and financial standing, key factors in his decision to give so generously to his beloved alma mater.

"Marquette is important to me because of its strong sense of community, Catholicism and ethics," says Bob. "Some of my former classmates remain my closest friends today. To help give this same experience to other deserving students with financial need and to keep the university going strong, it's very important that we increase the level of Marquette's endowment fund."

Currently valued at roughly $334 million, Marquette's endowment falls far below those of other universities of equal caliber. While Marquette is ranked 75th among "America's Best Colleges" according to U.S. News and World Report, the university's endowment ranks 168th among top college endowments, as rated by the National Association of College and University Business Officers. For this reason, and in honor of Father Robert Wild's last year as president of Marquette, the university has made increasing endowed scholarship support its top fundraising priority for Fiscal Year 2011.

"Personally it's very gratifying to help Marquette secure its ability to provide its unique Catholic Jesuit education to academically-talented students--regardless of their financial circumstances-- for generations to come," says Bob. "I would encourage those of you in a position to assist, to let your love and respect for Marquette and the values it instills in its students lead you to serious consideration of contributing to this worthy effort."

Thank you, Bob and Connie Schwaab. With the support of fans like you, Marquette's future and those of our students, look very bright indeed!

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An important note to remember about Priority Points and Reseating

According to IRS regulations, the person identified as making the contribution will receive the tax benefit and therefore will revive any points associated with the gift.

Remember, the Priority Giving Deadline is April 30, 2011.
The Priority Giving Deadline is the giving deadline for all donations to count in June 2011 reseating.

For more information and "Reseating Frequently Asked Questions....please click here 

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