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Alumni Association President Matthew Browning ‘00 Invites You to Be Part of a Yearlong Celebration

May 7th, 2012 | No Comments | Posted in Marian University

Dear Fellow Alumni,

If you haven’t heard yet, Marian University is celebrating a special milestone this year: 75 years in Indianapolis. Yes, it was 75 years ago that Mother Mary Clarissa Dillhoff and the Sisters of St. Francis decided to move their fledgling college from the sleepy town of Oldenburg, Indiana to the largest metropolitan area in the state.

It is impossible to overstate what a bold move this was, particularly because the decision was made in the midst of the Great Depression. Seventy-five years later, our alma mater is still making bold moves, including becoming a university, starting a football program, and preparing to open a medical school.

It’s impossible to deny how far we’ve come, and yet, each time I step on campus or meet with a student to help them prepare for a future job interview, I’m reminded that caring continues to be at the heart our alma mater.

This is a historic moment, and I’d like to encourage you to be a part of it. Here are some ways to participate:

  • Join us at the 75th anniversary homecoming, September 21-23.  This year’s theme is “Cheers to 75 Years” and is a great opportunity to return to campus and see all the wonderful progress, including a brand new residence hall nearing completion.
  • Invest in a commemorative 75th anniversary brick. For only $20.83 per month (based on a 36-month pledge), you can leave a permanent legacy on campus while investing in the next generation of Marian University students.  In addition to the commemorative brick, you will receive two complimentary invitations for you and a guest to attend Marian University’s 75th Anniversary Gala in downtown Indianapolis on October 19, 2012. Secure your commemorative brick and your invitations to the gala at
  • Become a fan of Marian University’s Facebook page and share your Marian University stories online. What a great way to connect with fellow classmates. If you married another Marian University graduate, like I did, then we especially want to hear from you, as Marian University will be highlighting all those “Marian matches” this fall.

Join in the celebration. Share your stories, consider making a gift in honor of the 75th anniversary, and be part of the special events surrounding this milestone. There is no better time than now to show the world how proud you are to be a KNIGHT!

Best wishes,

Matthew Browning ‘00
Marian University Alumni Association


Frequently Asked Alumni Questions

May 1st, 2012 | No Comments | Posted in Marian University

Are there discounts available to alumni of Marian University?

Alumni who purchase an alumni ID card for a one-time fee of $10 receive many special benefits and discounts, including a 10 percent discount at the Marian University bookstore on campus, free use of the campus fitness center, and two free tickets to the first home football game each season. Apply for your alumni ID card online at

Does Marian University have an “official” Facebook page?

Yes! Become a fan of Marian University on Facebook at It’s a great way to stay on top of all the latest news and events. We want to hear from you too, so feel free to post comments, questions, and news of your own. In fact, every time you post a wedding or baby announcement, we’ll send you a special gift!

How can I follow Marian University on Twitter?

Have a Twitter account? Become a follower of MUNews for general school information or MUKnights if you want to receive updates about Marian University athletics.

How can I order Marian University gear online?

You can purchase t-shirts, hoodies, accessories, and more online by visiting the bookstore’s web site. If you forget to bookmark this link, don’t worry; you can also get there by visiting the alumni web site at and clicking on the “Get Your Knights Gear” link.

There were some photos taken at our last reunion.  How can I get a copy?

Marian University has so much going on all the time, and it’s nice to be able to see pictures from recent events. Flickr has pictures from all kinds of Marian University events from football to homecoming to trick-or-treating. Check it out and see what Marian University has been up to at

More questions?

Find us online or send us an e-mail! You can find news, announcements, and information about upcoming events on the alumni web site at In addition, you can e-mail the Office of Alumni Relations at with questions, suggestions, or news for the class notes section of the university magazine.


Clayton Family Circle of Honor Induction Dinner

April 30th, 2012 | No Comments | Posted in Marian University

Join Marian University alumni, friends, and donors at the third annual Clayton Family Circle of Honor Induction Dinner on Friday, June 15, 2012 at 5:30 p.m.  This year’s event honors Bob Knight, NCAA Basketball Hall of Fame coach, and Ray Crowe, legendary Crispus Attucks High School coach, for their exemplary contributions to the intellectual, physical, and spiritual well-being of youth in Indiana and beyond.

To celebrate these contributions, Marian University intends to create endowed scholarships to be awarded to student-athletes who plan to pursue careers that positively impact the lives of youth through teaching and coaching.

We invite you to celebrate with the inductees, their families and friends, and the Marian University community at this special event. The evening will include:


Individual tickets are available for $150; a table of eight is available for $1,000.

To purchase tickets, a table, become a sponsor, or for more information, contact Joe Polizzi, development officer, at or 317.955.6265.


Save the Date: Homecoming is September 21-23, 2012

April 30th, 2012 | No Comments | Posted in Marian University

Mark your calendar for this year’s homecoming, to be held September 21-23, 2012. This year Marian University celebrates its 75th anniversary in Indianapolis – Cheers to 75 Years!

Join us for the Distinguished Alumni Awards Dinner on Friday, September 21 to honor recipients Kathy Harbor Miller ’75, Denis O’Brien ’05, Mary Rihm Riggle ’80, Robert (Bob) Ripperger ’69, Merle Tebbe ’74, and Jeff Traylor ’05.

Those of you whose class year ends in a “2” or a “7” have something special to look forward to—this is a reunion year for you. Now is the time to start planning:

  • Contact your friends and classmates (use the e-mail directory on our web site or find them on Facebook).
  • Call the Office of Alumni Relations at 317.955.6245 or to help plan your reunion. We need your involvement to make your class reunion special!


Don’t miss this chance to enjoy Marian University in the beautiful autumn colors and celebrate with classmates and friends.

We hope to see you there!


Marian University’s 75th Anniversary Gala

April 30th, 2012 | No Comments | Posted in Marian University

Marian University is celebrating its 75th anniversary in Indianapolis, and the high point of the year-long celebration is the 75th Anniversary Gala, a grand celebration at the J.W. Marriott in downtown Indianapolis on October 19, 2012.

This event will bring alumni, faculty, staff, and friends of the university together to mark the completion of the record-breaking fundraising effort Make History.

You are invited to be part of this celebration! For a limited time, when you invest in a 75th anniversary commemorative brick, you will receive complimentary tickets for you and a guest to attend the 75th Anniversary Gala on October 19. Each commemorative brick is available for $20.84 per month (based on a 36-month pledge). In addition, each brick can be inscribed with two lines of personalized text, and will be installed at the Franciscan Heritage Fountain in the middle of the Marian University campus.

To order your commemorative brick and reserve your spot at the 75th Anniversary Gala on October 19, go to and complete a brick pledge.

Join us at this spectacular event, and help us celebrate the incredible progress and even more promising future of Marian University!


Drive with Pride!

April 29th, 2012 | No Comments | Posted in Marian University

More and more Marian University license plates hit the road every day, and now there are even more reasons to Drive with Pride!  Now through the end of 2012, first time buyers who purchase an official Marian University collegiate license plate will receive a $20 gift card to the Marian University bookstore. If you already have a Marian University license plate and would like to qualify for the gift card, you can be eligible by registering a second car with a Marian University license plate.

You can get your Marian University license plate at any Indiana license branch (the plate will be mailed to you) or order one online at For complete instructions on how to order your Marian University license plate, go to

In addition, you can order a personalized Marian University license plate featuring your name or special message for an added fee. Personalized license plates can be ordered online or at any BMV branch.

For more information about the Marian University license plate, contact the Office of Alumni Relations at 317.955.6245 or


The Season of Giving

December 7th, 2011 | No Comments | Posted in Marian University

It’s the season of giving. That’s something we hear so often that it’s easy to forget exactly what that means. But giving, making a sacrifice for the benefit of someone else, is something truly special.

In the third century, a wealthy young man who lived in what is now known as Turkey was so inspired by Christ that he gave away his entire inheritance to help the needy, the sick, and the suffering. The generous nature and humility of St. Nicholas inspires us to put others first at this time of year, and every Christmas, we hear stories of those inspired to make a difference in the lives of others with gifts, both large and small. Anonymous givers quietly drop gold coins into Salvation Army buckets, and people donate brand new toys to toy drives for children they don’t even know.

A similar thing happens here at Marian University when donors send checks to support scholarships for students that they will probably never meet. Most of our students are here because of the generosity of Marian University’s donors. That’s another statement you may hear a lot, but take a moment and think about that. A donation to Marian University helps a student get a college education. That is a meaningful gift. It is a gift that will change someone’s life.

I hope that you are inspired by St. Nicholas to give, to make a sacrifice for the benefit of someone else. Somewhere out there, a high school student has applied to Marian University and is wondering if he will be able to afford to attend. Make an online gift and change his life.



Alumni Directory Update

December 7th, 2011 | No Comments | Posted in Marian University

For the past year, Marian University has been in the process of working with Publishing Concepts (PCI) on a brand new Alumni Directory. Our thanks to our alumni for their assistance as we’ve updated alumni data and collected information for our new directory.

We’re nearing the end of this project, which means the directory is currently being printed and will be distributed soon. This directory will be a special 75th anniversary edition, celebrating the past 75 years of Marian College, now Marian University, and will feature a custom introduction with beautiful photographs.

If you’ve ordered a copy of the new alumni directory, you should receive it by mail in the next 30 days. Questions or comments can be directed to the Office of Alumni Relations at or 317.955.6245.