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Marquette University College of Arts & Sciences

Inquiry: Fall 2012 e-newsletter

HELEN WAY KLINGLER COLLEGE
OF ARTS & SCIENCES

Message from the dean

Rev. Philip Rossi, S.J.This fall, the college welcomed more than 600 first year students to campus, who, along with our current students, faculty and alumni, are engaged in the pursuit of academic excellence and service to the world through a range of activities.

In early October, I attended the annual Association for Jesuit Colleges and Universities Arts and Sciences Deans Conference at Boston College. Deans from 22 of the 28 Jesuit colleges and universities discussed the opportunities and challenges facing our colleges in advancing the mission of Jesuit higher education. The conference included a tour of Stokes Hall, their new facility that showcases the humanities as a central component of an integrated arts and sciences education.

Looking forward, we see tremendous opportunity as we continue our search for a new dean. President Scott R. Pilarz, S.J., has championed the search, noting: "The Helen Way Klingler College of Arts and Sciences is central to our academic enterprise and mission. In this search, we see an opportunity to gain an academic leader committed to excellence. We are approaching this hire in a way that is thoughtful, deliberate and inclusive. We will aggressively recruit candidates who aspire to Marquette's liberal arts and sciences, which has been the core of what Jesuit education has been about since the 16th century." Dr. Phillip Naylor, professor of history, is serving as chair of the search committee.

In this issue of Inquiry, I hope that you enjoy the stories about the activities of students, faculty and alumni who are helping to expand the frontiers of knowledge and placing the many facets of their Marquette education in service to the good of the world.

Rev. Philip Rossi, S.J., Interim Dean

Political Science faculty highlighted key issues in 2012

Over the past six months, Wisconsin has been at the center of politics on the national stage. And as the nation approached a historic election, Marquette political science faculty were leading the critical conversations with media across the country. Want to know who the "coolest presidents" were? Or what the country was thinking when GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney selected Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan as his running mate? Or how the Electoral College works? How about the importance of the student vote? Our political science faculty members shared their expertise with media outlets across the nation.

Evans Scholar and College of Arts and Sciences sophomore featured on NBC

Meet Maryclaret Ndubuisi-Obi, a student from Nigeria and an accomplished Evans Scholar. This inspirational sophomore was recently featured on NBC, sharing the story of how she and her family traveled 6,000 miles to Chicago before making Marquette her new home. "You can't do it alone," she said. "You need support. Knowing there are people out there who want me to succeed makes me want to keep going and do even better."

Pedro Arrupe Award Winner: Student, Anna Feeley, has a passion for service

Marquette Arts and Sciences student, Anna Feeley, has had a passion for service for as long as she can remember. My journey into service began really early on and I don't think I recognized that until later on," she said. "I learned to realize that this was my passion - to do service. It doesn't even feel like 'doing' anymore. It is just part of who I am." Pedro Arrupe, S.J. was the twenty eighth Superior General (1965-83) of the Society of Jesus.

Arts and Sciences faculty member and graduate student among Fulbright Scholars

Associate Professor of English and Africana Studies Dr. Jodi Melamed is one of four Marquette faculty members to be named a Fulbright Scholar. She will lead two graduate-level courses as part of the Department of English and American Studies at Humboldt University in Berlin, Germany. Kellen Plaxio, a theology graduate student, is spending the year at Katholieke Universiteit Leuven in Belgium studying the texts of Didymus the Blind - a Coptic Church theologian and head of the Catechetical School of Alexandria. The Fulbright Scholar Program, founded in 1945 by J. William Fulbright, is a widely recognized and prestigious international educational exchange program.

Ever wonder what makes a baby smile? Our psychology faculty can tell you

Now is the time to check out the science behind a baby's smile, as noted in a recent Chicago Tribune article featuring Dr. Amy Van Hecke, assistant professor of psychology at Marquette University and director of the Marquette Autism Clinic. "Within an hour after birth, they can imitate a person's smile, or an eyes-and-mouth surprise expression," says Amy Van Hecke. "We are at heart social creatures. We are keyed in to other people. It's pretty remarkable."

History department's "Freedom Project" continues to cover Sesquicentennial of Civil War

The Freedom Project, a year-long commemoration of the Sesquicentennial of the Civil War, continues to explore the many meanings and histories of emancipation and freedom in the United States and beyond. The project was recently featured during an interview on Milwaukee's National Public Radio affiliate, WUWM 89.7 FM. On Nov. 12, the History department will host Richard Blackett as its Metcalfe Chair Lecture speaker. Blackett's lecture is titled, "Taking Leave: Fugitive Slaves and the Politics of Freedom, 1850-1860," and will take place at 7:30 p.m. in Raynor Memorial Libraries, Beaumier Suites.

Rev. John Naus, S.J., retires after 49 years of serving Marquette's students and mission

Rev. John Naus, S.J., has retired after serving Marquette for nearly five decades. From his days as Tumbleweed the Clown to his famous Christmas cards to his long tradition of celebrating 10 p.m. Mass at St. Joan of Arc Chapel, he has touched many lives. Watch a slideshow honoring Father Naus' legendary work at Marquette.

Faculty, student honored for recent awards, grants

Dr. Rebecca Nowacek, associate professor of English, and Dr. John Moyer, professor of mathematics, statistics and computer science were named 2012 Teaching Excellence Award winners. Each year, faculty members who are held in the highest esteem by colleagues and students are honored with the award. Dr. Martin St. Maurice, assistant professor of Biological Sciences, received a three-year NIH Grant. Navy ROTC student, Courtney Martin, was one of only six students in the United States awarded a Legion of Valor Bronze Cross.

Center for Peacemaking teaching young Chicagoans to manage conflict

Marquette University's Center for Peacemaking is all about teaching young people to manage conflict. And after success in Milwaukee, the Center has begun to make progress amid the violence in low-income Chicago neighborhoods. Peace Works was created in 1997 by Associate Professor of Theology Dr. Michael Duffey and in 2007, a subsidy from Bright Futures Initiatives allowed the program to be expanded to about 25 public schools and to the Boys and Girls Clubs in the Milwaukee area.

 

IN THIS EDITION

Message from the dean

Political Science faculty highlighted key issues in 2012 election

Evans Scholar and College of Arts and Sciences sophomore featured on NBC

Pedro Arrupe Award Winner: Student, Anna Feeley, has a passion for service

Arts and Sciences faculty member and graduate student among Fulbright Scholars

Ever wonder what makes a baby smile? Our psychology faculty can tell you

History department's "Freedom Project" continues to cover Sesquicentennial of Civil War

Rev. John Naus, S.J., retires after 49 years of serving Marquette's students and mission

Faculty, student honored for recent awards, grants

 

Center for Peacemaking teaching young Chicagoans to manage conflict

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