Marquette NROTC Alumni & Friends Association (A&FA)

Welcome to our new A&FA Membership Management Site hosted by Wild Apricot!

This web-based platform allows our members to log in from anywhere to renew dues, donate to SLA and update their contact information. It also allows our volunteers to log in from anywhere to administer association records.-

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.  A&FA is working on a plan to host as many of these Porthole digital copies as we can on our evolving website / Wild Apricot membership management system – stay tuned for developments.  We are also continuing to work with the Archives staff to develop a long term plan to eventually have the Porthole yearbooks hosted on the university’s digital collection website (  As you might guess, this all comes down to funding and priority.

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 mgood3@att.netHere are the needed Porthole editions:

     1948, 1949, 1950, 1951, 1975, 1978, 1999,

    2000, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

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!

Click on link below to view a pdf copy of the 1968 Porthole.

Video 1959-1963


Three events are on the horizon for MU NROTC Alumni. Each is your chance to see the Unit again, explore the magnificent Marquette campus, meet old friends and greet today’s Midshipmen and Unit staff

If you are planning a late summer or early fall trip, chart a course to MU among your plans. Or simply plan a return trip to your home port, Milwaukee. Either way, a warm welcome awaits you here

1) Saturday 8 September: “Welcome Aboard” BBQ; Milwaukee Veterans’ Park, 1300 
This free event welcomes Midshipmen back to Marquette and the Unit, and all Alumni are invited. It will be held on the Lakefront near the Yacht Club. Meet friends old and new, enjoy a meal in the sun. Park at McKinley Marina or on the street. Bring a lawn chair if you like. A head count is needed for the Unit to order food, so if you plan to attend please call Ed Taicsich at (847) 937-4715

2) Saturday 6 October:  NROTC Alumni & Friends Association Annual Meeting & Unit Open House with Complimentary  Lunch
The MU NROTC Alumni & Friends Association Annual Meeting begins at 0900 at the Unit and lasts about an hour. Then from 1000 through 1300 the Unit is open for tours, socializing and a complimentary lunch. This event takes place during Marquette’s Homecoming Weekend, featuring a host of other special events. If you are celebrating a 5-year MU anniversary, this MU Homecoming Weekend event promises to be a highlight.

3) Friday 9 November: Naval Services Fall Ball, Wisconsin Club
Watch for an e-mail invitation from the Unit to attend this annual formal event. It features a cash bar, the Unit Choir, presentation of colors, cake cutting, Alumnus of the Year awards, singing of the Navy and Marine Corps anthems and dancing to a DJ.  Fall Ball runs from 1800 – 2300 at the Wisconsin Club. Reservations and payment are required; your invitation will have full details.

Your A&FA and SLA Officers/Board of Directors and your Unit Staff  (& Midshipmen) hope to see you at one - or all - of these events

Click on the newsletter image shown below to open a pdf copy of it.

To join Marquette NROTC Alumni & Friends Association

Marquette NROTC Alumni & Friends Association (A&FA) is a 501(c)19 Veterans non-profit organization.

Mailing Address:  1532 W Clybourn Street, Milwaukee, WI 53233
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