Photo taken by Austin Anderson, Klingler College of Arts and Sciences, Class of 2018

Marquette looks back on an exciting, sometimes turbulent 2016

The year 2016 will be remembered as one of changes and challenges. From Brexit and the U.S. presidential election to global conflicts and heightened tensions around racial justice domestically, the past year was filled with uncertainty.

Our campus is often reflective of the world around us, and as a Catholic, Jesuit university, Marquette has a unique duty to address those issues that test us as a society. University leaders this year rose to the opportunity, calling for dialogue, not division; standing tall with our students; and reminding everyone that Milwaukee is our home.

The university this year also launched the inaugural Marquette Forum, a yearlong series of inclusive conversations around the issue of racial justice, bringing experts of national renown together with those from the Marquette and Milwaukee communities.

For Marquette, 2016 was also marked by substantial progress and momentum. As a community, we are blessed by our mission and inspired by our vision to be among the most innovative and accomplished Catholic and Jesuit universities in the world. We are guided by our values and a strategic plan that calls on us to go Beyond Boundaries.

Please join us in reflecting on a memorable year, and we wish everyone a healthy and prosperous 2017.

Bridge building

University forges new partnerships
In his second Presidential Address, Dr. Michael R. Lovell announced a $40 million partnership with Aurora Health Care to construct the state-of-the-art Athletic Performance Research Center. The center will serve as a national destination for scientific research in human performance.

“This signature project represents a truly extraordinary opportunity to transform our region, and we couldn’t be more excited to partner with Aurora Health Care.” — President Michael R. Lovell

Marquette and the Medical College of Wisconsin announced the creation of the Marquette University and the Medical College of Wisconsin Biomedical Engineering Department, which will bring together the engineering education and research expertise of Marquette and the medical research, technology and clinical expertise of MCW to provide an inclusive education model for the next generation of engineers, scientists and physicians.

Marquette, the U.S. Council on Competitiveness, and A.O. Smith Corporation released a sector study that revealed challenges faced by water users in the manufacturing sector and discussed how it affects the Milwaukee region.

Marquette officially moved into its space on the sixth floor of the Global Water Center, marking the university’s first permanent off-campus research space in its history. The campus community, GWC tenants and members of the Milwaukee business community celebrated the occasion with an open house event at the Walker’s Point facility.

Pursuing excellence

Advancing research and academics

  • Marquette improved in the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education in its 2015 update. The university is now classified as “R2: Doctoral Universities — Higher research activity,” Carnegie’s second highest doctoral classification.
  • In its fifth year measuring the pulse of voters across Wisconsin, the Marquette Law School Poll continued to draw significant local and national media attention. The final poll of 2016, released Nov. 2, was cited in nearly 600 television stories with a total viewership of more than 9.8 million.
Father Stohrer blesses the College of Nursing site in Pleasant Prairie
Dr. Stefan Schnitzer at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama.

March of progress

Strategic initiatives propel the university forward

President Lovell announced key organizational changes to his executive leadership team, a strategic realignment that he says is vital to Marquette executing its strategic plan, Beyond Boundaries. He said these moves will best position senior leadership to achieve the university’s mission-critical, strategic imperatives, and enable Marquette to attain its vision to be among the most accomplished and innovative Catholic and Jesuit universities in the world.

The university unveiled its Campus Master Plan, the culmination of 18 months of data gathering and analysis, campus-wide feedback and forums, and an extensive scenario-building process. Vice President for Planning and Strategy Lora Strigens led a presentation in front of more than 400 members of the campus community.

A 750-bed residence hall facility for freshmen and sophomores will open in August 2018.

The Board of Trustees approved construction of a new $96 million residence hall development on campus. The university broke ground for the project on Nov. 2.

Marquette selected a team to lead the design of its proposed athletic performance research center, in partnership with Aurora Health Care.

The Milwaukee Business Journal named Marquette among the “2016 Best Places to Work” in the category for organizations exceeding 250 employees.

Marquette received the 2016 Higher Education Civic Engagement Award, making the university just one of five nationwide to receive the honor. The award was being presented by The Washington Center, an independent, nonprofit organization that provides students opportunities to work and learn in Washington, D.C.

The first-ever Marquette University Community Engagement Symposium was held to promote engaged research and scholarship to confront issues of social justice. More than 200 people attended the inaugural symposium.

As part of his ongoing strategic efforts to improve the diversity of Marquette’s student body, Provost Daniel Myers announced an ambitious plan to increase Marquette’s Hispanic student enrollment by more than 15 percentage points over the next 10 years. The move will position the Catholic, Jesuit university to be designated a Hispanic-serving institution. To aid in that, Marquette hired Jacki Black as associate director for Hispanic initiatives. More information on the HSI and all diversity initiatives is available online.

The Marquette University community responded enthusiastically to the giving challenge issued by alumnus and CNBC star Marcus Lemonis, combining to raise a total of $1,301,029 for student scholarships and other university initiatives.

The university pushed forward on its commitment to sustainability with the hire of Brent Ribble, sustainability coordinator. Also, Marquette teamed up with Bublr Bikes to house a station on campus, located on Wells Street just west of the Weasler Auditorium.

Marquette’s Bublr Bikes station is the fifth-most used in Milwaukee, according to the bike share company.

Personnel file

New faces and a new title for a familiar one

Celebrating together

Faith, community continue to guide university

More than 10,000 people gathered in Milwaukee when Mother Teresa received the Père Marquette Discovery Award.

To honor her canonization, Marquette dedicated a Mass to Mother Teresa. More than 35 years ago, the saint received Marquette’s highest honor, the Père Marquette Discovery Award.

Homecoming returned to campus this fall. Titled “Reigniting Tradition,” the week-long series of events culminated with a private concert headlined by Rachel Platten and American Authors.

During its first full year since it was commissioned, the Marquette University Police Department recorded a significant reduction in crime throughout its patrol zone

Marquette students perform more than 553,000 hours of service each year

Gooooo, Marquette!

Lacrosse players shine on, off the field; Athletics to construct dome

In May, the Marquette Men’s Lacrosse team claimed its first Big East Championship after toppling №1 Denver, 10–9, and qualified for the NCAA tournament in only its fourth season as a program.

The program also shone brightly off the field. Brian Hodgson, associate professor of dental developmental sciences and pediatric dentistry, suffered a heart attack this summer while jogging at Valley Fields. Luckily, Marquette lacrosse trainer Aaron Doering was nearby and went into action, performing CPR. And Lacrosse players John Wagner and Zack Melillo helped Sodexo employee Ruby Brown move to a new home.

Freshman forward Henry Ellenson of the Marquette University men’s basketball program was the 18th overall selection in the 2016 NBA Draft by the Detroit Pistons.

A conceptual likeness of the Valley Fields seasonal dome, currently under construction.

Marquette announced plans to construct a seasonal dome over part of its Valley Fields facility, enclosing the synthetic turf field adjacent to the stadium. The dome, which will provide practice and training facilities for intercollegiate athletes as well as club and intramural participants, is expected to be completed in January 2017.