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Marquette University College of Arts & Sciences

Inquiry: Spring 2013 e-newsletter

HELEN WAY KLINGLER COLLEGE
OF ARTS & SCIENCES

Message from the dean

Rev. Philip Rossi, S.J.This spring semester brings to a close my time as interim dean of the Helen Way Klingler College of Arts and Sciences. The three years in which I have had the privilege of leading the College have affirmed for me the importance of a liberal arts education that provides students with an abundance of varied learning experiences to expand their horizons of mind, heart and imagination. We have top notch faculty whose expertise guides pioneering research in areas such as autism, mobile computing and the history of the Enlightenment. Our students and faculty have also received Fulbright awards to study and complete research in places such as China, Germany, El Salvador and Belgium.

This is also an exciting time for the College with two significant changes on the horizon. Dr. Richard Holz has been named dean of the college, and the University has begun renovations of three buildings that make up the campus historic core – Johnston Hall, Marquette Hall and Sensenbrenner Hall. This project will include new spaces for the college administrative and humanities offices. Once completed, these new spaces will provide refreshing study and workplaces for our students, faculty and staff.

This month we are honoring our Alumni Award winners who represent the heart, soul and spirit of Marquette. Their lives embody the values of excellence, faith, leadership and service and we hope you enjoy learning more about them. May you have a most enjoyable spring and summer!

Rev. Philip Rossi, S.J.
Interim Dean
Klingler College of Arts and Sciences
Marquette University
philip.rossi@marquette.edu

Spotlight on incoming dean, Dr. Richard Holz

The Klingler College of Arts of Sciences is thrilled to welcome its incoming dean, Dr. Richard Holz, who will officially begin on July 1, 2013. As associate dean for resources and planning and professor of chemistry at Loyola University Chicago, Holz managed budgets for all 18 of Loyola's academic departments and 19 interdisciplinary programs, which total more than $54.5 million annually. Holz, who also previously served as chemistry department chair at Loyola for five years, has published more than 90 research articles on biological inorganic chemistry. You can view a video of his visit to Marquette.

College faculty highlighted in research publication

Discover, Marquette's annual research publication, helps demonstrate the quality of groundbreaking faculty research. The latest issue features a biological sciences professor researching a complicated protein as it relates to insulin secretion, a psychology professor using functional MRI technology for aging research, a chemistry professor using near-infrared images to improve cancer detection, a physics professor studying the life and death of stars, a social and cultural sciences professor researching how African-American women are leading the HIV fight and a philosophy professor researching the toll clergy abuse takes on a victim's spiritual development.

Three Arts and Sciences students play lead role in planning Hunger Clean-Up

Three Arts and Sciences students took a lead role in planning Marquette University's 24th annual Hunger Clean-Up April 20. Hunger Clean-Up is Marquette University's largest service project, with nearly 2,000 students serving 50 local nonprofit worksites. Brittany White (junior, writing intensive English and social welfare and justice), Sterling Hardaway (junior, majoring in international affairs) and Morgan Johnson, (senior, political science) were members of the student leader team. They worked throughout the school year to coordinate all facets of the event. Hunger Clean-Up is entirely student-led, with sponsorship from the university's Center for Community Service.

Arts and Sciences faculty receive university research awards

Three Arts and Sciences faculty were honored with Way Klingler Young Scholar Awards, which support promising young scholars in critical stages of their careers. Dr. James Hoelzle, assistant professor of psychology, studies how neuropsychological and personality instruments operate, with a focus on traumatic brain injuries. Dr. Krassimira Hristova, assistant professor of biological sciences, applies trends in molecular and environmental microbiology to help prevent the spread of contaminants. Dr. Sameena Mulla, assistant professor of social and cultural sciences, will be collecting data on sexual assault trials in the Milwaukee County Court System.

Donald W. Layden, Jr. to be honored as Alumnus of the Year

Marquette will recognize Donald "Don" W. Layden, Arts '79, Law '82, as Alumnus of the Year. The Klingler College will celebrate this year's Alumni National Award winners with a reception and lunch on Thursday, April 25. This year's honorees are Dr. John C. Schaefer, Arts '66; Dr. Marilyn E. Braddock, Arts '77; Missy Farren, Arts '82; Roger A. Baehr, Arts '71; and Dr. Gretchen A. Heinrichs, Arts '98. Learn more about the winners from arts and sciences and this year's festivities.

Marquette experts weighed in on Pope Benedict XVI, Pope Francis

Faculty members Rev. Steve Avella, professor of history, and Dr. Patrick Carey, William J. Kelly, S.J., chair in Catholic theology, weighed in on Pope Francis' appointment and Pope Benedict XVI's resignation. Stories appeared locally on FOX 6 News, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, WUWM Milwaukee Public Radio and additional media outlets. In addition, President Scott R. Pilarz, S.J., appeared on "CBS This Morning" to offer a Jesuit's perspective on the first pope from the Society of Jesus.

Opus Prize recipients gathered at Marquette for Mission Week

The theme of Mission Week 2013 — The World is our Home — honored the 10 recipients of the Opus Prize in faith-based social entrepreneurship. These women and men have fought seemingly intractable global issues such as poverty, hunger and violations of human rights. The Klingler College hosted two of the award winners. Aïcha Ech Channa is founder and president of the Association Solidarité Féminine, an organization serving single mothers in Casablanca, Morocco. Marguerite "Maggy" Barankitse, whose work focuses on the organization she founded, Maison Shalom, is to improve conditions for children while enhancing the lives of all Burundians, who are emerging from nearly two decades of civil war.

Violet Bieganowski Preston Scholarship fund established for English students

The Marquette community recently celebrated Fr. Ron Bieganowski, S.J.'s 40th anniversary as a Jesuit priest and 36th anniversary as a member of the Marquette faculty. Father Bieganowski has dedicated his life to helping students grow by contemplating life's guiding question: What does it mean to be human? Father Bieganowski's late mother established a scholarship in his honor through her estate, and to date, more than 35 alumni and friends have contributed to the fund. It will benefit students majoring or minoring in English. If you would like to make a gift in support of The Memorial Endowed Scholarship Fund by Violet Bieganowski Preston in Recognition of Ron Bieganowski, S.J., please contact Kelley McCaskill at Kelley.mccaskill@marquette.edu or 414-288-1590.

You're invited to Shakespeare's birthday party

Tomorrow (April 25) marks the Department of English's annual "Shakespeare's Birthday Party," which is held in conjunction with FAME (Friends and Alumni of Marquette English) and the Office of Student Development. This year's program includes a performance by Marquette musicians and a discussion titled, "Shakespeare Goes to the Opera" with Russ McDonald, reviewer for Opera magazine and Professor of English at Goldsmith's College, University of London. The event is free and all are invited. RSVP by calling the English Department at (414) 288-7179.

New Math, Statistics and Computer Science program addresses health care IT skills gap

Marquette University is addressing a skills gap in health care information technology, in partnership with area health care employers such as Aurora Health Care and Froedtert Hospital. The new graduate degree program was started by Thomas Kaczmarek, director of the master of science in computing program. The program, which was recently featured in BizTimes Milwaukee, offers an opportunity for people who have earned a Bachelor's degree, but may be unemployed, to change careers.

IN THIS EDITION

Spotlight on incoming dean, Dr. Richard Holz

College faculty highlighted in research publication

Three Arts and Sciences students play lead role in planning Hunger Clean-Up

Arts and Sciences faculty receive university research awards

Donald W. Layden, Jr. to be honored as Alumnus of the Year

Marquette experts weighed in on Pope Benedict XVI, Pope Francis

Opus Prize recipients gathered at Marquette for Mission Week

Violet Bieganowski Preston Scholarship fund established for English students

You're invited to Shakespeare's birthday party

New Math, Statistics and Computer Science program addresses health care IT skills gap

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Klingler College of Arts & Sciences
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