Alumni Spotlight: Mike Jakubowski (BREC '87)
Broadcaster generates fan excitement for Marquette and nation-wide audiences
In addition to being the PA announcer for Marquette basketball games, Mike Jakubowski works at the Professional Bowlers Association as a multimedia specialist. He has been a regular host for the annual Marquette Madness events.
Mike talks about his experiences as a Marquette student and his continued connections with the university.
1. What do you enjoy about participating in Marquette Madness?
Marquette Madness gives alumni, students and fans their first look at the men's and women's basketball teams in an exciting on-campus experience. Each school has its own form of a madness-style production to open their basketball seasons. For Marquette to be able to invite people to campus for the occasion is a great tradition and homecoming.
2. How has your Marquette education influenced your life so far?
To have a foundation of education within Marquette's mission of Excellence, Faith, Leadership and Service provides the strength to strive to maintain those ideals in everyday life. Working to be an example of those core elements to family, co-workers and friends is a daily goal.
3. What is your main occupation now and does it require a lot of travel?
In addition to my role as the Public Address Announcer for the Marquette Golden Eagles basketball program, my work as the Multimedia Specialist for the Professional Bowlers Association keeps me busy around the world. From PBA's Xtra Frame digital media platform to ESPN's lead announcer, professional bowling has taken me from coast to coast and will take me to Japan twice in the upcoming months. This year I will be on the road for 25 to 30 events.
4. What are you most proud of in your work?
The opportunity for a former MUTV Sports Director to be the lead play-by-play announcer on a live national television sports broadcast gives me great pride. Not many ever reach that position. Given a second opportunity by ESPN to lead PBA national television shows is an honor, one in which my late father would have been equally, if not more, proud.
5. Why do you think MU grads help other MU students so much after they graduate?
The "Marquette Mafia" is a well-known force for good in the business world. Marquette graduates take pride in the quality of their own educational experience and absolutely know that the tradition continues today and that Marquette will continue to produce men and women who embody Excellence, Faith, Leadership and Service tomorrow. As I say at the conclusion of every Marquette home men's and women's basketball games, "This is Mike Jakubowski, proud graduate of Marquette University."