Blue & Gold Fund

In this issue...

Introduction from AD Steve Cottingham

NEWS
Construction Update at Valley Fields
6th Man Fund Introduced
Blue & Gold Fund Introduces New Quid Rule


TICKET OFFICE
Men's Basketball On-Sale Dates
Post-Season Ticket Information
Women's Basketball On-Sale Dates
Fall Sports Ticket Pricing

ENDOWMENT
Advancing Marquette Athletics: The Importance of Scholarship Endowment

STUDENT ATHLETE FOCUS STORY
Mike Van Sickle

DONOR PROFILE
John and Lisa Wilson


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LETTER FROM AD STEVE COTTINGHAM:

Part of our continuing challenge at Marquette, is to sufficiently connect and deliver important athletic program updates to our most loyal friends. With that in mind, let me be the first person to introduce the Blue & Gold Fund E-newsletter.

Our quarterly E-newsletter will deliver key information regarding our departmental priorities, projects, ticketing deadlines and useful statistics that will make any Marquette fan proud. We will also include, in each issue, a feature story which will exemplify our Marquette Athletics mission.

As always, your support is of the utmost importance in creating and maintaining a competitive advantage for our student-athletes in the BIG EAST Conference. Thank you for your loyalty and let's enjoy another wonderful season.

We Are Marquette!

Sincerely,

SCottingham Sig

Steve Cottingham
Director of Athletics

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NEWS:

Construction Update at Valley Fields

Construction began on the Valley Fields Soccer Building on July 12, 2010 and should be completed by this Fall.

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.

"Most importantly, this is an investment in our student-athletes," said Steve Cottingham, director of athletics. "We want to thank the donors who have helped make this a reality and the team that's in place to oversee the project to its completion. This addition will enhance the student-athlete and fan experience at Valley Fields and is a step forward toward our long-term goals for the facility."

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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6th Man Fund Introduced

The Blue & Gold Fund is proud to introduce a new opportunity, the 6th Man Fund, which aims to connect our Marquette student fans with alumni fans. Current Fanatics season ticket holders can join the 6th Man Fund for a donation of $50 or $100 and receive the following annual benefits:

· Accelerated priority points *
o $50 = 1 priority point
o $100 = 2 priority points
· Membership T-Shirt
· Invitations to exclusive events
· Quarterly department updates

* Used for post-graduate season ticket location

Priority accumulated through the 6th Man Fund program is maintained indefinitely for each member. Current Marquette undergraduate and graduate students can accumulate a maximum of 10 priority points.

Our research indicates that 2010 graduates could be unfairly impacted by the introduction of this program. Because each men's basketball season ticket holder receives 2 priority points per year for maintaining their season tickets (donation is not mandatory), season ticket holders will maintain a higher point total than our future 6th Man Fund participants (except for 2010 graduates). In order to fairly introduce this program, 2010 graduates that were previously fanatics who purchased 2010-2011 season tickets will receive a one-time opportunity to give $50 for 1 priority point. All else being equal, this priority point, along with maintaining their season tickets, will keep their point total above that of future graduating 6th Man Fund members.

For questions, contact the 6th man fund at (414) 288-4802 or 6thmanfund@marquette.edu.

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TICKET OFFICE:

Men's Basketball Tickets - Approaching On-Sale Dates

· Monday, September 27 - Group sales for season ticket holders
· Monday, October 4 - Group sales for past group buyers
· Saturday, October 9 - Single game sales for season ticket holders
· Monday, October 11 - Group sales for general public
· Saturday, October 23 - Single game sales for general public

*Group Sales = Minimum purchase of 15 tickets or more, limited to available locations

Men's Basketball Season Ticket Mailing - Late October 2010 (Approximately 2 weeks prior to the first game)

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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
  • 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 - Approaching On-Sale Dates

· Monday, September 13 - Three-game mini plans
· Monday, September 20 - Group sales for season ticket holders
· Monday, September 27 - Group sales for people who bought group tickets last year
· Monday, October 4 - Group sales for general public
· Saturday, October 2 - Single game sales for season ticket holders
· Saturday, October 16 - Single game sales for general public

*Group Sales = Minimum purchase of 15 tickets or more, limited to available locations

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Men's and Women's Soccer / Volleyball Ticket Prices

Season Tickets

· $30 for GA
· $15 youth (under 18)

Single Game Tickets

· $5 Adults
· $3 Youth

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ENDOWMENT:

Advancing Marquette Athletics: The Importance of Scholarship Endowment

A successful athletic program has an immeasurable impact upon the vitality and exposure of its university. Attracting the most talented student-athletes is critical to such success. Many variables impact Marquette's ability to recruit championship-caliber student-athletes in today's collegiate athletic landscape. These variables include:

· Coaching staff
· Academic reputation
· Facilities
· Tradition and history
· Student-athlete support services
· Availability of athletic scholarship aid

Marquette highly values athletic excellence. The University believes in being nationally competitive in athletics.

Our coaching staffs are dynamic and nationally recognized. Our sport facilities are very competitive. Marquette's exceptional academic reputation and rich athletic history distinguishes us from many other schools. The University provides extraordinary support services for our student-athletes.

Marquette's most challenging variable affecting athletic success is the availability of athletic scholarship aid. Marquette's annual cost of attendance has surpassed $40,000. Per NCAA provisions, Marquette is allowed to offer the equivalent of 110 athletic scholarships annually. Last year, we provided the equivalent of over 95 athletic scholarships. Without full scholarship support, our coaches cannot offer competitive financial aid packages to the best student-athletes.

Increasing and sustaining athletic scholarship aid is a critical priority for Marquette Athletics. There are two ways to grow our athletic scholarship resources; annually through the Blue and Gold Fund or through our Athletic Scholarship Endowment.

Funds generated through the Blue and Gold Fund are current-use resources; this totaled $2.9 million last year. The current value of our Athletic Scholarship Endowment is over $4 million. Last year, this endowment generated around $200,000 (5%) in spendable proceeds for athletic scholarships. Combining these two funding sources, we were able to generate $3.1 million in scholarships for student-athletes.

While we aim to sustain and increase our annual gifts through the Blue and Gold Fund, our most important strategic objective is to significantly grow Marquette's Athletic Scholarship Endowment. Such growth would provide enhanced permanent income for athletic scholarship awards. Thus, we are committed to growing this endowment to $20 million by 2017. By succeeding in that goal, the endowment will fund approximately $1 million annually in pivotal athletic scholarship aid.

Providing our coaches with sufficient athletic scholarship funding through the Blue and Gold Fund and our Athletic Scholarship Endowment would ensure that Marquette has a chance to maximize our full athletic potential.

What will be your legacy for Marquette Athletics? We invite you to become more involved through either our Athletic Scholarship Endowment or the Blue & Gold Fund.

Go Marquette!

Sincerely,

Mark Wright
Managing Director of Development for Athletics

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STUDENT ATHLETE FOCUS STORY

The Blue & Gold Fund - Making It All Possible

Van Sickle crop.jpgMike Van Sickle, COMM `09

By Brien Farley, Marquette University Office of Development Communications


Of all the awards he has earned--Marquette University's McCahill Award, the Big East's Institutional Scholar-Athlete Award, the Golf Coaches Association of America's Byron Nelson Award--one of the most important to Mike Van Sickle was his Blue & Gold Athletic Scholarship Fund award.

"Without the aid that I received, I wouldn't have been able to afford Marquette and would have had to go somewhere else," notes Van Sickle, Men's Golf all-time leader in career scoring average, tournament victories, and career rounds of par-or-better. "Of the schools I was looking at, Marquette was one of the strongest academically. A Marquette degree goes a long way. To have one in my back pocket was important to me in case the golf goals faltered."

His sophomore, junior, and senior years Mike was named to the Big East Academic All-Star Team. Eligible student-athletes must maintain a minimum 3.0 grade point average and earn a varsity letter in a Big East sport each academic year. Consistent performance at this level is virtually impossible when financial worries abound.

"Knowing that I was not placing an enormous financial stress on my family was a great relief for me," Van Sickle explains. "My scholarship eased my mind so that I could focus on golf and school without emotional distractions. Golf is a mental game. If you're worried or distracted about something else it's impossible to have success."

Van Sickle also understands the importance of scholarship aid to bringing top scholar-athletes to Marquette.

"Having scholarships to offer is important to attract better talent," says Van Sickle. "Especially for golf, northern colleges and universities are at a disadvantage. A lot of high school golfers want to go somewhere warm to play, even though it doesn't really matter. Marquette golf is currently set up for success. With our Big East Title and the individual success I've had, talented players can see Marquette as an option for collegiate golf. The only thing we've been short on is scholarships. Scholarship aid gives athletes another check in the pro-Marquette column."

And when they choose Marquette, the benefits to students are many.

"There's a certain sense of community at Marquette you don't find at other schools," Van Sickle relates. "The support from alumni, faculty, the athletic department, and the students is amazing and truly motivational; it fires up a drive to succeed, both for yourself and for the entire Marquette community. For me this really heightened my focus to work even harder and do my very best. And the amazing faith that can be found on campus instills tremendous morals and character in Marquette students and athletes."

Enabling gifted students to attend Marquette enriches our university. Transforming those students and graduating them as men and women for others enriches the world. Scholarships like Marquette's Blue & Gold Fund helps make it all possible.

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DONOR PROFILE:

John and Lisa Wilson

By Brien Farley, Marquette University Office of Development Communications

For John and Lisa Wilson, "We Are Marquette," "Be the Difference," and "Magis" are more than just maxims of their alma mater, they are a way of life.

This past spring they established the John and Lisa Wilson Endowed Athletic Scholarship. An extraordinary commitment, particularly considering they did so while under the age of forty.

"Marquette provided us an educational foundation for our future success," says John, Arts '91, "not just in our careers, but in our lives overall." John is a mergers and acquisitions attorney and a partner with Foley & Lardner. This year he was recognized by Chambers USA as one of America's Leading Lawyers for Business, and was previously named among Wisconsin's Super Lawyers - Rising Stars®.

Lisa, nee Faust, Comm '93; Law '97, practiced law for a few years, came back to Marquette for her teaching license, then taught at Pewaukee High School. Presently, her fulltime occupation is their daughter, Alexis. Though just three years old, "Lexi" is a big motivator behind John and Lisa's generosity. "Marquette helped John and I develop a strong values system," says Lisa. "Part of why we give the way we do is to demonstrate to Lexi the importance of volunteering and giving back so she grows up with those same values."

Neither John nor Lisa was an athlete at Marquette, "unless you count John playing Club Rugby," jokes Lisa. So why an athletics scholarship?

"We believe it's important that students of all backgrounds have the chance to attend an institution like Marquette," explains John. "Scholarship aid to Marquette Basketball serves this goal because those who will benefit from it may otherwise lack the financial resources to attend."

"A well-rounded education requires more than classroom instruction," adds Lisa. "Team sports teach young people crucial life lessons. And frankly, whether we like it or not, athletics are often the face of a university. To have a successful Marquette as a whole, athletics need to be successful as well."

In addition to their athletics scholarship fund, the Wilsons have contributed significantly to other areas of the university including the Les Aspin Center for Government and the construction of the new Law School.

"We've toured Eckstein Hall and expect that it will greatly improve the educational experience for Marquette law students as well as benefit the entire Milwaukee community," says John.

Beyond their financial commitments, John and Lisa volunteer their time helping the university build and maintain strong relationships with other alumni and community leaders.

"One of the values Marquette stresses is service to the community," says Lisa. "We feel we've been blessed and so we make time to give back; it's part of our faith's tradition as well as Marquette's." John and Lisa also volunteer their time and funds for causes outside the university.

Looking ahead, the Wilsons plan to continue contributing to their endowed scholarship on an annual basis. "At an appropriate time, we also intend to include Marquette generally, as well as athletics in particular, in our estate plan," John adds.

As for those considering becoming more active in their support of Marquette athletics, John and Lisa are have nothing but words of encouragement.

"Get involved! There are so many ways people can help support Marquette athletics, whatever your particular area of interest," says John. "It's really satisfying being part of a team that's contributing to the success of Marquette athletics and the university as a whole."

"And we've met so many wonderful people and made many lifelong friendships since we've become involved," Lisa says. "It really is a Marquette family."

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Blue & Gold Fund Introduces New Quid Rule:

If you are not currently a men's basketball season ticket holder, but think you may become a season ticket holder in the future, and would like to earn priority points, for when you become a season ticket holder, please alert us, in writing, at the time of your gift, that you would like to claim the points for the future. Your gift will then become 80% tax deductible. Once you purchase tickets, your gifts, which you claimed points on, will then count towards your point statement for reseating.

You can select the quid rule by printing our donation form and either faxing at (414) 288-5885 or mailing the form to the Blue & Gold Fund at:

Al McGuire Center

770 N 12th Street
PO Box 1881
Milwaukee, WI 53233

*Please consult your tax advisor to determine the tax implications of your donation.

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Save the Date -

  • September 17, 2010 - Blue & Gold Fund Auction, Al McGuire Center
  • October 2010 - Men's Basketball Season Ticket Mailing
  • June 2011 - Men's Basketball Reseating, Priority Giving Deadline = April 30, 2011

By The Numbers -

MU boasts a student-athlete graduation rate of 93%


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