Enjoy your Summer 2020 Newsletter!
A Legacy of Service
Michael J. L'Abbe, alumnus of MU '74, MPP Georgetown, a 25 year Navy Veteran, currently with the VA in Maine, is proud to announce a legacy of Naval service by way of his daughter, Abigail. Ensign Abigail L'Abbe commissioned 9 MAY 2020 at Maine Maritime Academy in Castine. A Marine Science major, she will be qualifying as a SWO aboard USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) with the Meteorological and Oceanographic (METOC) option.
2020 MU NROTC Alumni & Friends Annual Meeting
The Annual Membership Meeting for the Alumni & Friends Association was 6 June 2020. The agenda and presentations are still available through the link below.
The 2020 Reunion open house normally scheduled to coincide with the annual meeting was canceled. A combined-year reunion will be scheduled for 2021.
NOMINATIONS are OPEN
Please assist your Association Board by nominating deserving candidates commissioned by the Marquette University NROTC program (to include midshipmen from the Milwaukee School of Engineering and University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee) for our 2020 Alumnus and Young Alumnus Awards, to be presented at the 2020 Annual Fall Ball. We need your help in bringing them to our attention. Alumni are our primary source of nominations.
Help us make our 80th anniversary celebration outstanding and memorable. The nomination submission deadline is 1 August, 2020 but do not hesitate to submit early.
Martin Menez, Captain, USN (Ret.)
Marquette NROTC Alumni & Friends Association
Member Recruiting Reward!
Every Member - Recruit a Member Campaign
Our committed A&FA membership is the "engine" that propels our operations and initiatives. As part of our "Every Member - Recruit a Member" theme for the 2020 Membership Year that begins now, we have established a Membership Recruiting Reward for every current A&FA member who recruits one new member. We ask your help to "rev up" our membership by recruiting one new alumni to join their association.
What's the reward? A MU NROTC Challenge Coin like this:
Step up to the challenge!
Here's the "fine print":
Many distinguished alumni have served our country valiantly and honorably during the past 79 years, both in peacetime, and during every conflict from World War II through Korea, Vietnam, two Gulf Wars and Afghanistan. We have honored fifteen of our distinguished alumni since 1990, from a Navy Vice Admiral to a Marine Corps 1st Lieutenant.
It is my honor to announce the 2019 Alumnus of the Year, Richard "Dick" Leinenkugel, class of 1980...
and 2019 Young Alumna of the Year, LCDR Natalie Ferbezar, USNR, class of 2009.
Please join me in congratulating both for exemplifying the high standards of the United States Navy and Marine Corps.
Dick Leinenkugel and LCDR Ferbezar are acknowledged for their awards by Captain Matthew R. Vanersluis USN, Commanding Officer of Marquette NROTC with A&FA Vice President William Hayes at the 2019 Fall Ball. Looking on is Lieutenant Michael Balistreri USN, SWO-3/C Adviser.
To join Marquette NROTC Alumni & Friends Association
MU Naval ROTC History Preserved
Over the summer of 2017 after their May commissioning, three of our young Naval Officer alumni worked closely with the MU Special Collections & University Archives staff at the Raynor Memorial Libraries to make a high resolution digital scan of every Porthole yearbook that the NROTC Unit held, 57 in all, dating from the first year of the unit’s forming in 1940. Depicted above, left to right are: Katie Blank (Electronic Records Manager); ENS Bryan Troup; ENS Brooks Furleigh; ENS Daniel Peters; Amy Cooper Cary (Head, Special Collections & University Archives). The result of over two years of coordination by your Alumni & Friends Assn (A&FA), this was a superb team effort by these individuals with the support of CAPT Dan Olson, our previous CO at MU NROTC.
Due to concerns with loss, the NROTC Unit placed the Portholes into the university archive for retention. This will ensure that this incomparable record will be maintained for the future. With their digitization, they can be more accessible to our alumni with no risk to the originals. Your A&FA has had great success in working with the Archives staff to develop a long term plan to have the Porthole yearbooks hosted on the university’s digital collection website. Click on this link for direct access to the current collection hosted by the MU Archives:
So, real progress – but we need your help. Many Porthole yearbooks are missing from the collection. Can you alumni donate (or loan?) your Porthole to round out the collection? We want to ensure the archives has a complete record – and we will work with the unit to scan the additions when we have “stashed” Ensigns available. If you can help complete the collection, contact Mike Good at firstname.lastname@example.org. Here are the needed Porthole editions:
1948, 1949, 1950, 1951, 1975, 1978, 1999, 2000, 2001
2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014
THANK YOU to Jay Burzak, Maj USMC Ret ('73), Bill Sonntag CDR USN Ret ('75) and CAPT Tim Wilkie USN ('95) for help filling in a few gaps!
Shipshape; Off & Running is a fine Marquette Magazine Fall 2019 Class Notes article by Guy Fiorita about MU NROTC Alumni Ensigns Brandy Kinnunen, '18, and Donovan Lyon '19, serving aboard USS Ross based in Rota, Spain.
Congratulations to Robert Busalacchi, class of 2010 for being named a 2019 John Wooden Global Leadership Fellowship UCLA Anderson School of Management. (<-link to bio)
Mr. Busalacchi was named Marquette University NROTC Alumni & Friends Association Young Alumnus of the Year in 2018, seen here accepting the award from LtCol. Albert Lagore, USMC, Ret.