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As most of us look at increased time in our homes, the Alumni Association is here for you with ways to stay connected online to the university and your Marquette family: whether you are looking to nourish your faith, continue your lifelong learning, or listen to stories of alumni and students. Our heartfelt prayers and thoughts to you and all who have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.



VoissForgiving in the Time of COVID-19

TUESDAY, JUNE 2 | 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. CT

Presented by Rev. James Voiss, S.J., Vice President for Mission and Ministry, Marquette University

Forgiving is a part of human life. It holds our social world together. We commonly think of forgiving as a response to somebody doing something (morally) wrong. So does it make any sense to think of forgiving in relationship to the COVID pandemic? Actually, if we take a closer look at what we’re doing when we forgive, yes! And embracing the challenge to forgive can help us to live more fully, even in the face of the challenges we must confront. 

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Rev. James Voiss, S.J., is Marquette University’s vice president for mission and ministry, having begun in this role January 2020. A 30-year higher education veteran, Father Voiss joined Marquette from Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington, where he served as rector of the Jesuit community from 2014-19. During that time, with the consolidation of three distinct communities into one, this role expanded into Rector of the Jesuits of the Spokane Region. Father Voiss served on the Gonzaga University Board of Trustees, the Gonzaga Prep Board of Directors, and from 2013-16 as Gonzaga’s assistant vice president for mission.

Prior to his time at Gonzaga, Father Voiss spent 14 years at Saint Louis University as an associate professor of theology, teaching undergraduate and graduate courses. This work was interrupted from 2001-02 as he entered into the final formal phase of Jesuit formation — tertianship. The tertianship phase involves an intensive return to the Spiritual Exercises of Ignatius, a deep dive into the documents of the Society of Jesus, and an opportunity to serve in a context different from one’s regular apostolic assignment. For Fr. Voiss, this included serving as chaplain for three and a half months at a cancer hospice in Munich. He considers this tertianship one of the most powerfully formative experiences of his life.


MainellaPositive Psychology: The Science of Finding What’s Right in a Time of so Much Change

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 3 | 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. CT

Presented by Dr. Alie Kriofske Mainella, Grad ’06, Assistant Professor, Department of Counselor Education and Counseling Psychology, Marquette University College of Education

Positive psychology is the scientific study of finding your strengths and helping you to function positively. This session will give you tips on using this science to focus on gratitude, forgiveness, positivity and all the good things you can find in your life even during this time of a worldwide pandemic and the loneliness of social distancing. You’ll come away with practices, activities and resources that you can incorporate into your life in these uncertain times and beyond. 

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Alie Kriofske Mainella, Grad ’06, is an assistant clinical professor in the counselor education and counseling psychology department at Marquette University. She graduated from Marquette as a Trinity Fellow in 2006. After her time at Marquette ended, and before receiving her Ph.D. in Rehabilitation Counselor Education from the University of Wisconsin, Alie started and ran a youth program for young people with disabilities where she taught independent living skills, ran support groups and worked in service to young people with a wide variety of disabilities. Alie has taught the course "Positive Psychology" to more than 200 undergraduates at the University of Wisconsin, and incorporates the practices of positive psychology into her practice in her specialization of rehabilitation counseling, service to people with disabilities, and especially service to the university and her students in her courses as a professor.


WuestArenaBusiness Continuity "Plan"demic

THURSDAY, JUNE 11 | 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. CT

Presented by Jeffrey Wuest, Bus Ad '89, CEO and President, SynFiny Advisors; and Matteo Arena, Chair and Associate Professor of Finance, Marquette University

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, companies should evaluate their ability to conduct business as usual. To assess this, revisit business continuity and disaster recovery plans. Learn more about preparing for and responding to business continuity planning challenges.

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Jeffrey Wuest, Bus Ad ’89, is CEO and President for SynFiny Advisors. Prior to starting SynFiny Advisors, Jeff spent 25 years in finance at Procter & Gamble. Over his last nine years at P&G, Jeff oversaw global financial planning and banking services, and led the redesign of business processes in profit forecasting, cost forecasting, marketing budgeting, SG&A budgeting, reporting, and analysis. In addition, Jeff owns a real estate management company and is partner or CFO in several other ventures. He is also on the board of the Southwest Ohio Association for Financial Professionals. Jeff is a graduate of Marquette University with triple major(s) in finance, economics, and history.

Matteo Arena is Chair and Associate Professor of Finance at Marquette University. His research in corporate finance is widely published in leading finance journals such as the Review of Financial Studies and the Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, and his work has been featured in prominent media outlets, including the Wall Street Journal, Fortune, the Washington Post and NPR Marketplace. Currently, Dr. Arena is examining issues in litigation risk, mergers and acquisitions, and corporate governance. He joined Marquette University in 2006 and earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in chemistry from the University of Torino in Italy, his MBA from Iowa State University, and his Ph.D. in finance from the University of Missouri. Previously, Dr. Arena worked as an environmental consultant and then as a researcher at Ames Laboratory, Iowa State University, where he developed a method to analyze drinking water on the International Space Station, which is still used by NASA astronauts.


OIlenburgCarverOteroEntrepreneurial Planning: Addressing New Needs

FRIDAY, JUNE 19 | 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. CT

Presented by Jessica Ollenburg, Bus Ad ’85, Managing Partner & Principal Consultant, Ollenburg LLC Executive Consulting; Megan Carver, Comm ’08, Associate Director, Kohler Center for Entrepreneurship & Co-Director, 707 Hub, Marquette University; and Kelsey Otero, Grad ’14, Associate Director of Social Innovation & Co-Director, 707 Hub, Marquette University

From a small local corner store to a major corporation, learn how businesses can be most supportive of their employees and clients during these uncertain times. This session will take a look at how to adapt and pivot the business and how best to help employees as they return to work while being agile and using an entrepreneurial mindset. The program will be moderated by the co-directors of the 707 Hub, part of the Office of Research and Innovation at Marquette. The 707 Hub is where ideas are shared, stretched, challenged and realized.

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Jessica Ollenburg, Bus Ad ’85, is an internationally triple-certified educator-author-consultant. She presents research and visionary solutions to employer clients, for profit and not-for-profit, ranging 1-100,000+ employees. Called upon regularly by academia, media and professional development forums to discuss new findings and future forecasts, Jessica is recognized as one of the longest standing experts in one of today's fastest growing fields. An internationally published author, Jessica's high ranking expertise has been showcased by the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Fortune, Money, Businessweek, CNN, the Washington Post,, The Business Journal, nationwide bookstores and more. Ollenburg LLC Executive Consulting is an award winning consulting firm based in Milwaukee. In 2020, Jessica was selected by Insight Success for “The 10 Most Empowering Women in Business 2020”, by CEO Monthly as “Top 100 Global CEOs of 2020” and Exeleon Magazine as “The 15 Most Inspiring Women in Business."

Megan Carver, Comm ’08, is the associate director for the Kohler Center for Entrepreneurship and co-director for the 707 Hub at Marquette University. Megan provides support, guidance, programming and resources to students, faculty, and staff across campus to help them pursue their interests in entrepreneurship and innovation. Megan’s prior work experience was with Brady Corporation in corporate communications and community relations and she was instrumental in developing STEAM educational programming throughout the city of Milwaukee.

Kelsey Otero, Grad ’14, is the associate director of social innovation at Marquette University. In this role, she co-leads the 707 Hub, Marquette’s innovation space, runs business bootcamps and works to build the social innovation ecosystem in Wisconsin. In addition, Kelsey is passionate about economic and business development in Milwaukee, serving as Co-Chair of the Near West Side Commercial Corridor Working Team, volunteering on the Fund Milwaukee board and running the popular Rev-Up MKE business pitch competition. In 2019 she was recognized as one of Milwaukee Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 winners. 



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  • Ring Out Ahoya -- From Marquette Athletics.



Direct any questions about Beyond MU programs to Sarah Burkhart, Bus Ad '03, Grad '12, executive director, Marquette University Alumni Association, at or 414-288-3959.

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