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.
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.
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.
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.
- The College of Nursing dedicated its new Pleasant Prairie location and launched an expanded master’s program
- A Marquette alumni couple gave the university a $3.5 million gift for scholarship aid. The Donald J. and Frances I. Herdrich Endowed Scholarship for Engineering will fund full scholarships for first-generation students in the Opus College of Engineering.
- The College of Business Administration and the Opus College of Engineering joined Milwaukee-based manufacturer Rexnord to develop Bridge to Business for Engineers, an immersive, four-week experience to give early career engineers business fundamentals. The new program was launched through a $1 million gift from Rexnord.
- Two Marquette seniors were selected for 2016–17 Fulbright U.S. Student Awards; they will spend several months working overseas as English teaching assistants through the prestigious program.
- The university formed the Marquette Autism Consortium to promote the exchange of ideas among people and groups on campus who are interested in autism spectrum disorder.
- The School of Dentistry and the College of Health Sciences launched a new community health-oriented post-baccalaureate program for students seeking to strengthen their applications for dental school.
- The Center for Peacemaking announced it will more than double its work in Milwaukee Public Schools to help students who have been assigned to alternative schools due to serious disciplinary violations.
- Twenty-five Law School students and three faculty members embarked on a six-day trip to Cuba. The trip included discussions with economists, artists and a former Cuban diplomat, and a visit with law faculty at the University of Havana.
- The Diederich College of Communication announced that Pulitzer Prize winners from regional newsrooms in the Midwest, and an investigative reporter from the Southwest, joined the Perry and Alicia O’Brien Fellowship in Public Service Journalism for 2016–17.
- The College of Education’s Behavior Clinic, in partnership with Penfield Children’s Center, was awarded a $2 million grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration to provide trauma-focused treatment for young children in Milwaukee County.
- Provost Daniel Myers launched a podcast series called “Illuminating Intellect” that highlights the personalities and pursuits of Marquette faculty members.
- Marquette received a $1 million National Science Foundation grant that will lead to thousands of Milwaukee Public Schools students learning computer science.
- Marquette University’s College of Health Sciences received a $1 million gift from Dennis and Barbara Klein, both alumni of Marquette University. The gift will be used to establish the Dennis and Barbara Klein Health Sciences Innovation Fund.
- Dr. Brooke Mayer, assistant professor of civil, construction and environmental engineering, received a $500,000 CAREER grant from the National Science Foundation to study how to remove and recover phosphorus from water.
- The Opus College of Engineering received three grants worth $630,459 to fund two projects and start a robotics program within some Milwaukee Public Schools.
- Dr. Stefan Schnitzer, Mellon Distinguished Professor of Biology in the Klingler College of Arts and Sciences, was recently awarded a four-year, $900,000 grant from the National Science Foundation for continued studies into determining the drivers of ongoing large-scale changes in tropical forests.
- Dr. Mark Eppli earned two prominent national appointments. The professor of finance and Robert B. Bell Chair in Real Estate in the College of Business Administration was elected president of the Real Estate Research Institute and was also named a NAIOP Distinguished Fellow.
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.
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.
New faces and a new title for a familiar one
- Former university President Robert A. Wild, S.J., was named chancellor
- Dr. Xavier A. Cole named vice president for student affairs
- Rev. Tom Krettek, S.J., named vice president for mission and ministry
- Dr. John Baworowsky named vice provost for enrollment management
- Dr. Kimo Ah Yun, named dean of the Diederich College of Communication
- Dr. Janet Wessel Krejci named dean of the College of Nursing
- Dr. Jennifer Watson named vice provost for academic planning
- Brian Troyer named dean of undergraduate admissions
Faith, community continue to guide university
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
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.
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.