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Marquette University College of Arts & Sciences

Inquiry: Spring 2015 e-newsletter


Message from the dean

Richard HolzAs we near the end of our spring semester, the Helen Way Klingler College of Arts and Sciences is poised to implement some significant changes that will help our students in many ways. We are making a change in college curriculum requirements that will allow students more course freedom and flexibility. This positive change helps our students get a diversified education by making it much easier to double major. We are doing this without having an impact on the university common core of studies, which lies at the heart of our Jesuit mission to transform students. We are also reducing the number of credits needed for graduation to the university minimum of 120. This change will allow students to reduce their debt load and time to degree. It also positions us as a more transfer-student friendly college. Providing transfer students better access to high-impact college practices with the ability to graduate in four years with a Marquette degree will assist us in our goal of increasing the number of students within the college receiving a transformative Jesuit education.

Just last week, we announced the largest scholarship gift in the college’s history. The Majerus Family Foundation created the Rick Majerus Endowed Scholarship to provide tuition support for first-generation students in the college who demonstrate financial need. As a first-generation college student myself, I am delighted we are able to offer this support due to the generous gift from the Majerus Family Foundation.

We have several programmatic initiatives underway in the college. There’s a new STEM/MBA five-year program to help our science students gain important business skills, we are hosting timely and topical symposia, and our political scientists are being quoted in the nation’s leading newspapers. We are focusing on both graduate and undergraduate research, and our students and scholars continue to do some of the most innovative and important work in their fields.

Innovation is important at Marquette, and our president, Dr. Michael R. Lovell, has announced a partnership with the Milwaukee Bucks to construct a multipurpose center that supports college and professional athletes. It also will offer academic research and wellness initiatives. Marquette has a goal to double research funding over the next five years.

It’s an exciting time to be at Marquette, and we thank you for your support.

Richard C. Holz, Ph.D.

Rick Majerus foundation donates $1 million to college

The Majerus Family Foundation gives $1 million to create the Rick Majerus Endowed Scholarship, honoring the late Marquette alumnus and college basketball coaching legend. The largest scholarship gift in the college's history, it will provide tuition support to first-generation students who demonstrate financial need. Majerus, who graduated with a history degree in 1970 and spent the next 15 years as an assistant and head coach at Marquette, was among the first members of his family to attend college. He also earned a master of education degree from Marquette in 1979. The gift will help a new generation of students have similar formative experiences.

Marquette and the Majerus family are challenging Rick’s friends, former players and all members of the greater Marquette community to provide additional donations to help the Majerus Scholarship reach as many students as possible. Interested donors should contact Kelley McCaskill, director of development, at Kelley.McCaskill@marquette.edu or at 414-288-1590.

Curriculum adjustment leads to more opportunities for students

The college this fall is changing its curricular requirements to give students more flexibility and freedom in their course choices, and to help students transfer into the college from other institutions, all while still graduating in four years. The curricular changes also provide more paths for students to achieve double majors and/or minors, while continuing to have a truly transformative experience at Marquette. Under the plan, which is considered a best practice among Catholic and Jesuit universities, students will need 120 credits to graduate. The University Core of Common Studies will remain a central part of Marquette and is not affected by the college curriculum change.

The move aligns Marquette with schools such as Creighton, Boston College, Georgetown, St. Louis and Loyola (Chicago).

STEM-MBA, five-year program added to help students gain skills

A new STEM-BS/MBA accelerated degree program for undergraduate students in select mathematics, science and technology majors, will be available beginning this fall. The five-year program is one of only a few nationwide and the first in the region. It gives students the ability to earn both a bachelor’s degree in their chosen major, a minor in business administration and a Master of Business Administration degree from Marquette’s Graduate School of Management.

Within the program, an undergraduate will begin graduate-level coursework toward the MBA in his or her senior year and then complete the MBA degree in their fifth year. Marquette developed the new program in response to employer needs in science and technology fields.

Arts and Sciences faculty receive awards

• A project entitled “Computation across the disciplines,” designed to support the Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) and under the direction of Drs. Dennis Brylow and Kim A. Factor, both associate professors in the department of mathematics, statistics and computer science, received a $357,552 National Science Foundation award.

Dr. Alyson Gerdes, associate professor of psychology, received a $222,436 award from the National Institutes of Health for “Standard versus Culturally-Modified ADHD Treatment.”  This project aims to provide preliminary data regarding the acceptability and efficacy of a culturally-modified Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) treatment relative to standard treatment for Latino families.

Dr. Louise Cainkar, associate professor of social and cultural sciences, was named president of the Arab American Studies Association.

Dr. Sameena Mulla, assistant professor of anthropology in the department of social and cultural sciences, published: The Violence of Care – Rape Victims, Forensic Nurses, and Sexual Assault Intervention.

• Drs. Curtis Carter, professor of philosophy, and Dr. Dawne Moon, an associate professor of social and cultural sciences, were named Way Klingler Sabbatical Award winners.

• Drs. Serdar Bozdag, assistant professor of mathematics, statistics and computer science, Dr. Melissa J. Ganz, assistant professor of English, and Dr. Lisa Petrella, assistant professor of biological sciences, received Way Klingler Young Scholar Awards. Dr. Scott Reid, chair and professor of chemistry and Dr. Ulrich Lehner, associate professor of theology, received the 2015 Way Klingler fellowship awards.

Dr. Daniel Rowe, a professor of mathematics, statistics and computer science, was selected as a 2015 Fellow of the American Statistical Association.

Dr. Curtis L. Carter was appointed to the Aesthetics Committee of The International Federation of Philosophical Societies, or Fédération Internationale des Sociétés de Philosophie (FISP).

Dr. Gerry Canavan, assistant professor of English, received a Summer Stipend award from the National Endowment for the Humanities for his project “Theories of Everything: Science Fiction and Totality.

Dr. Jeanne-Nicole Saint-Laurent, assistant professor of theology, is a co-investigator on “Syriaca.org: Advanced Reference Resources for Middle Eastern History.”

Dr. Eugenia Afinoguénova, professor of Spanish, is working on developing an interactive map of Spain that connects travel literature of the 19th Century with present day locations.

Professors team with former NFL player to write book on living life after the NFL

Drs. James Holstein and Richard Jones, professors of social and cultural sciences, teamed with nine-year NFL linebacker and Ph.D. alumnus Dr. George Koonce to write Is There Life After Football? Surviving the NFL. The authors interviewed hundreds of players about their experiences once retired from the game. They wrote an op-ed piece in the Washington Post in the wake of former Wisconsin linebacker Chris Borland’s retirement after just one season in the NFL.

Arts and Sciences students honored with awards & recognitions

• Danielle Klein, a master’s student in English, was selected for the Fulbright English Teaching Assistants award. She has been a graduate student at Marquette since 2013 and teaches rhetoric and composition on campus. Klein, of Fox Point, Wisconsin, graduated from Nicolet High School. She will work at a high school in Madrid during an eight-month placement that begins in September. The Fulbright U.S. Student Program awards approximately 1,900 grants annually in all fields of study and operates in more than 140 countries.

• Jane Lorenzi was named grand prize winner of Marquette’s Social Innovation Design Contest.

• Kelly Meyerhofer, a junior in the university honors program, is studying political science and journalism, and was awarded a nine-day journalism study trip to Japan from the Scripps Howard Foundation.

• Aliya Manjee, an undergraduate, was published in the Huffington Post blog.

• Three McNair Scholars — Derek Gutierrez (mathematics), Kaelin Rapport (anthropology) and Andrew Thompson (political science) — were selected to present research at the annual National Conference of Undergraduate Research in Tacoma, Washington

• Two College of Arts and Sciences students, Carolyn Wilson (a senior majoring in theology and minoring in German) and Alan Chavoya (a junior majoring in German and philosophy) were selected by the DAAD (the German academic exchange service) to receive exchange fellowships to study in Germany this summer. Carolyn will participate in a course in Berlin and Alan will be studying in Kiel.

Political Science faculty highlight key issues in national media

Our faculty were called on to share their political expertise with the nation. Drs. Amber Wichowsky and Paul Nolette, assistant professors of political science, were quoted in The New York Times on the state Supreme Court judicial election. Nolette also wrote an op-ed piece in the Washington Post on additional powers granted to states attorneys general. Julia Azari, assistant professor of political science, shared her expertise on issues surrounding Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker in a Yahoo! News article, The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times and the Washington Post.

Arts and Sciences alumni receive awards and recognitions

• The college’s award recipients were honored last week. Raymond J. Manista, Jr., Arts ’87, Law ’90, received the Distinguished Alumnus of the Year Award. Dr. Mark T. O’Meara, Arts ’73, received the Professional Achievement Award. Dr. Joan Strassheim Chlebowski, Arts ’66, Grad ’68, and Dr. Rowan T. Chlebowski, Arts ’67, received the People for Others Award. Griselda Aldrete, Arts ’02, received the Young Alumna of the Year award.

John Tefft, Arts ’71, is the U.S. Ambassador to Russia, working out of Moscow since September. He came out of a brief retirement following President Barack Obama’s invitation to serve as ambassador.

• Dr. Terri deRoon-Cassini, who earned her master’s and doctorate degrees at Marquette, was featured in a Milwaukee Journal Sentinel article that detailed her research. deRoon-Cassini works alongside surgeons at Froedtert and the Medical College of Wisconsin to identify psychosocial, neurological and biological markets for PTSD. She also provides psychological care to injured trauma patients.

Special daylong events shine light on important topics in Asia, Africa

A pair of events within a few weeks of each other are highlighting important topics in Japan and Africa. A daylong workshop, “Integrity of Memory: ‘Comfort Women’ in Focus” will be held this week on the history of Japan treating women in conquered territories as spoils of war during World War II. It is sponsored by the Center for Transnational Justice, organized by Dr. Eunah Lee, visiting assistant professor of philosophy, and supported with funding by the college. In April, the annual international conference to consider development strategies for the Igbo was held by the Igbo Studies Association. The Igbo are an ethnic group in southeastern Nigeria. It was organized by Dr. Chima Korieh, associate professor of history and ISA president.


Message from the dean

Rick Majerus foundation donates $1 million to college

Credit adjustment leads to more opportunities for students

STEM-MBA, five-year program added to help students gain skills

Arts and Sciences faculty receive awards

Professors team with former player to write book on living life after the NFL

Arts and Sciences students honored with awards & recognitions

Political Science faculty highlight key issues in national media

Arts and Sciences alumni receive awards and recognitions

Special daylong events shine light on important topics in Asia, Africa

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