In this issue...

Who is the Biggest Beneficiary of Athletic Scholarships?
Blue & Gold Fund Luncheon at the Milwaukee Athletic Club

Kulla Than the Other Side of the Pillow

2011-12 NCAA Booster Guide
MU Volleyball Earns First-Ever NCAA Championship Invitation
Golden Eagles Claim Paradise Jam Title

Coach Terri Mitchell collects career win No. 300
Shymansky and Heier Earn Major BIG EAST Awards

Marquette Student-Athletes Making a Difference in our Community

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Who is the biggest beneficiary of athletic scholarships? Hint: it's not basketball!

Athletic scholarships -- whether awarded through the Blue & Gold Fund for the current academic year or an endowed athletic scholarship that provides ongoing support permanently -- are spent in the colleges the 255 Marquette student-athletes enroll in. They are similar to the scholarships offered by various alumni clubs in that the varsity coaches nominate recipients but the academic colleges at Marquette are the ultimate beneficiaries.

Here are the breakdown of the colleges the Marquette student-athletes are enrolled in for 2011-12, and thus the beneficiaries of athletic awards.

Business Administration - 71
Arts & Sciences - 64
Health Sciences - 42
Communication - 33
Engineering - 26
Education - 11
Nursing - 7
Professional Studies - 1

For this fiscal year, a total of $4.43 million of athletic scholarships will be distributed to the colleges. A total of $4.23 million comes from the Blue & Gold Fund and $200,000 from endowed athletic scholarships. While this amount is significant, it is actually short of the total amount that Marquette could award under NCAA guidelines, which is $5.87 million.

Note: These numbers reflect the addition of Men's and Women's Lacrosse players already on campus. Gifts to the Blue & Gold Fund help Marquette Athletics provide scholarship aid to our 255 student athletes, but it is the colleges that receive that money and use it to continue Marquette University's mission of academic excellence.

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Blue & Gold Fund Luncheon at the Milwaukee Athletic Club

The 2011 Preseason Blue & Gold Fund Luncheon, held November 10th at the Milwaukee Athletic Club, brought together some of Marquette Athletics' finest supporters the day before Marquette's season opener. Over 300 Blue & Gold Fund donors and their guests filled the ballroom at the MAC to listen to Head Coach Buzz Williams as he provided an outlook for the 2012 season and answered questions. Photo Gallery

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Kulla Than the Other Side of the Pillow

It's the end of an era for the Marquette women's soccer team. Natalie Kulla, the steady four-year starting goalkeeper, has played her final game as a Golden Eagle and is set to graduate in December with a degree in civil engineering. Natalie goes down in Marquette history as one of the most decorated women's soccer players to play at Marquette. With Natalie in goal, Marquette won three-straight BIG EAST American Division titles and made four trips to the NCAA Championship, including an appearance in the Sweet 16 in 2010. Individually, Natalie was lauded twice as the BIG EAST Conference's Goalkeeper of the Year and an All-BIG EAST First Team selection.

Natalie finished her career as Marquette's all-time shutouts leader (43), and she also holds the single season mark with 16 set in 2009. She stands second on MU's wins (58), goals against average (0.74) and minutes (7835:04) lists, and fourth with 220 saves. Her 18 wins in 2011 are second in program history.

Along with her accomplishments on the field, Natalie served as the Student-Athlete Advisory Council's secretary and excelled in the classroom boasting a 3.56 grade point average as a civil engineering major. She earned NSCAA Scholar All-Region and CoSIDA All-District honors for her efforts following the 2010 and 2011 seasons.

In a few short weeks Natalie will leave Milwaukee and return to St. Louis where she has accepted a position with Boeing as a facilities plant engineer working in the defense, space and security division. She looks to pursue a graduate degree in sustainability at Saint Louis University beginning in the summer of 2012.

Kulla is the recipient of the Virginia & George Schneider Women's Soccer Scholarship.

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NCAA Compliance Issues: An important message for Blue & Gold Fund members

Marquette Athletics appreciates your support of student athletes and our athletic department. As a donor of the Blue and Gold Fund, the NCAA now considers you to be a representative of Marquette Athletics, commonly called a "booster." With this designation comes certain responsibilities and The Marquette Compliance Office asks for your cooperation in understanding and abiding by the following requirements. Download Brochure

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Golden Eagles Earn First NCAA Championship Invitation In Program History

The Marquette University women's volleyball team has earned an at-large bid to the 2011 NCAA Women's Volleyball Championship for the first time in program history and will face Sun Belt Conference Champion Western Kentucky in the first round on Friday, Dec. 2 at 4:30 p.m. in Champaign, Ill.

The Golden Eagles will make their first appearance in the 64-team field as an at-large selection out of the BIG EAST Conference, which also placed Cincinnati and Louisville in the tournament. Full Article & Video

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MU Claims Paradise Jam Title

Darius Johnson-Odom scored 20 points and Jae Crowder had a tiebreaking dunk with 1:09 left, leading No. 16 Marquette to a 59-57 victory over Norfolk State in the Paradise Jam championship game Monday night.

The Golden Eagles (5-0) never trailed and Johnson-Odom was selected tournament MVP after he scored at least 20 points in each game.

Crowder sparked a 10-2 run for Marquette with consecutive 3-pointers. The surge lifted the Golden Eagles to a 47-33 lead with 11:40 left, but Norfolk State (3-2) would not go quietly. The Spartans countered with two separate 7-0 spurts and tied it at 57 on a 3 by Pendarvis Williams with 2:03 remaining.

The dunk by Crowder put Marquette back in front but Johnson-Odom missed the front end of a 1-and-1 with 30 seconds left. A 3-pointer by Norfolk State's Kyle O'Quinn with about 8 seconds to go rimmed out, and Marquette grabbed the rebound and held on.

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Coach Terri Mitchell collects career win No. 300

Marquette University rolled to a 96-35 victory Tuesday night over the University of New Orleans at the Al McGuire Center as the Golden Eagles women's basketball team dominated every facet of the game from the opening tipoff.

The monumental victory marked the 300th career win for MU head coach Terri Mitchell, who is now 300-174 all-time in her 16th season guiding the program and the winningest women's basketball coach in school history. Full Article & Video

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Shymansky and Heier Earn Major BIG EAST Awards

Marquette University head women's volleyball coach Bond Shymansky was named the 2011 BIG EAST Conference Coach of the Year, while freshman setter Chelsea Heier was honored with the league's freshman of the year award, the BIG EAST announced Thursday evening at the Hilton Milwaukee City Center.

Senior outside hitter Ciara Jones and junior middle hitter Danielle Carlson were named to the All-BIG EAST First Team, while Heier and senior outside hitter Ashley Beyer earned second team honors. Full Article & Video

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Marquette Student-Athletes Making a Difference in our Community

Marquette Student-Athletes take an active role in shaping their community. There are countless times throughout the year that our Student-Athletes do their part to make a difference. The Men's Basketball team partakes in Buzz's Bunch. Buzz's Bunch is an initiative that brings children with mental and physical handicaps to the McGuire Center for one on one time with our players. Student-Athletes from all teams have participated in several initiatives to help give back such as: serving food to the needy at the St. Vincent de Paul Society of Milwaukee, running a shoe drive, hosting Kick's for a Cure, and participating in Al's Run.

The next community outreach event on the calendar is the Cure for Kirby where our Student-Athlete Advisory Council is handing out flyers with instructions to donate to the Children's Medical Research Foundation during Men's basketball game vs. USF on January 24, 2012. The fund was set up by the parents of a former MU Student-Athlete. More information can be found at

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