MU College of PRofessional Studies

The College of Professional Studies (CPS) Newsletter

The Second Edition - Spring 2012

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Future Milwaukee Leadership - Over the Generations

For over 30 years the Future Milwaukee leadership program has been helping generations of participants explore community issues, collaborate on projects for local non-profit organizations, and develop professional and personal networks.

Del Dettmann, Future Milwaukee Class of 1988
President/Founder, Dettmann & Associates, LLC

Del Dettmann “Future Milwaukee introduced me to many additional facets of the non-profit and service community,” remarks Del. “I was able to meet and form relationships with a large network of people from different professional, social, ethnic, and economic spheres in Milwaukee.” Del relishes his Future Milwaukee network because he has been able to contact people over the years for answers to questions, resources, and connections to others.

As a result of working with the Milwaukee Metropolitan Civic Alliance through the Future Milwaukee program, Del became very involved with the organization and served as president from 1995-1996. He also served on various committees including the early Lakefront Planning Committee that fostered the construction of the Dennis Sullivan tall ship.

Del has always lived a life of service - giving back through many local civic programs such as the Whitefish Bay Jaycees, Milwaukee Rotary, Toastmasters, Kiwanis, Knights of Columbus, Christ King Church, and the Council for the Spanish Speaking. “I believe the example of community involvement by both myself and my wife, Mary Ertl Dettman, has also influenced the choices my three sons have made for their lives and their involvement with the community,” says Del.

Drake Dettmann, Future Milwaukee Class of 2012
Marketing Services Manager, Koss Corporation

Drake DettmannDrake Dettmann is following in his father’s footsteps by participating in the Future Milwaukee leadership program. One of the benefits of the program that stands out for Drake is the diverse group of program participants. “At the age of 25, I believe I am the youngest participant in the program this year, and I am amazed at the other participants' accomplishments and their motivation,” he comments.

“The program is opening my eyes to all of the various types of organizations in the Milwaukee area, and is helping me cultivate great ideas that I can use professionally and personally,” says Drake. As an example, one of the sessions was held at St. Marcus Lutheran School. "When I learned about how St. Marcus teaches children to overcome challenges and reach their full potential, it blew my mind," Drake remarks. "During this session, Dr. Howard Fuller gave a great talk about living your mission that inspired me to realign my focus on living and practice my values.”

“Future Milwaukee is showing me that the will and determination of individuals coming together is as powerful as ever. My Future Milwaukee experience will continue long after the year comes to an end because I will apply the leadership skills I am learning from others to my future endeavors.”

Applications for the 2012-13 Future Milwaukee leadership program are being accepted through June 30, 2012. Apply online or sponsor an employee from your organization to participate in the program. Visit


Financial Aid Opportunities

A Marquette education is an investment in your future. To help you realize this investment, there is a wide variety of financial aid options including grants, loans, scholarships, and assistantships. For more information, visit these Web pages:

Visit Marquette Central to find out more information about financial aid, grants and scholarships. If you are a veteran, active serviceperson, dependent, reservist, or a National Guard member, Marquette Central is also the primary campus resource for assistance with state and federal veterans’ education benefits.

Below are links to external sites that offer financial advice, calculators, or scholarship and loan information:

Be sure to check with your employer to see if tuition remission or reimbursement programs are available.


Student/Alumni Spotlight

Mekisha Linton, Bachelor's of Professional Communication '10
Field Services Supervisor, We Energies

Mekisha Linton“I decided to go back to school to earn my degree because I wanted to finish something I had started,” says Mekisha. “I always set goals for myself, and this goal was long overdue.”

As a working professional and single mother of two toddler boys at the time, Mekisha appreciated the flexibility of the adult undergraduate degree program because she could fit the weeknight and Saturday classes into her busy schedule. “Going to school wasn’t hard for me because it was something I valued and enjoyed,” she says. “I especially enjoyed having conversations with other adult students about life, work and school.”

Mekisha believes in giving back through community service. As a member of the YMCA Black Achievers program, she was recognized as the 2011 Adult Achiever Award, which is the highest honor extended to an adult volunteer. In addition, she received the 2011 Champion Achiever of the Year Award for the highest number of volunteer hours during the program year. She currently volunteers with feeding programs throughout the city and serves as a board member of the Urban Campus YMCA of Greater Milwaukee. “I hope to help the students I mentor at the YMCA realize they can always obtain their goals even in the face of setbacks and challenges,” she remarks.

Brian Wroblewski, BS ’98, MBA ’04, Student – Master in Dispute Resolution
Director of Provider Management, Assurant Health

Brian WroblewskiAfter Brian completed his undergraduate degree and MBA at Marquette University, he started the part-time law studies program and realized it was not a good fit. In 2008, Brian came back to Marquette University to submit a plan for the MU business plan competition and won! He created a plan for Golf Pipeline, an online tee-time and social network, and the business is launching in April of this year. During the competition, Brian met folks from Marquette University who recommended the graduate program in dispute resolution because it offers skills in negotiation, mediation and arbitration, with a focus on health care. “Within my job, contract negotiations, negotiation and mediation are part of my everyday tasks, and I thought the dispute resolution program would offer an opportunity to leverage and complement my skills,” he says.

“I have found the program to be very manageable with Friday evening and Saturday classes including a great deal of classroom interaction and hands-on work,” Brian remarks. Using a good calendar, he is able to schedule time for work, school, family, serving on the board of directors for Big Brothers/Big Sisters and serving as a Big Brother, as well as working as an adjunct instructor at Ottawa University.

The graduate program in dispute resolution gives Brian a greater understanding of the industry, helping him both personally and professionally. “I can use the knowledge and skills I am gaining from the program in all of my negotiations and interactions with people throughout my lifetime,” he comments.

Bonnie LeSourd, Bachelor's of Organization and Leadership '03, Master of Leadership Studies '11
Retired Senior Global Product Manager, GE Healthcare

Bonnie LeSourdIt’s never too late. Bonnie decided to go back to school to earn her undergraduate degree because it would improve her opportunities for promotion. At the age of 58, Bonnie graduated, Magna Cum Laude, and was promoted to Senior Global Product Manager at GE Healthcare. Due to illness and three major surgeries, Bonnie retired from GE Healthcare and had to put her educational journey on hold for some time. With a belief in lifelong learning, Bonnie came back to school to complete her master’s degree and graduated in January 2012, at the age of 67.

“I chose Marquette University because it is well-known for excellent academic programs with an emphasis on personal values,” says Bonnie. “Since I worked full-time for GE Healthcare, I needed a program that offered evening and Saturday classes.” Because her employer emphasized leadership development and Bonnie wanted to build her strength in this area, she decided to study leadership for both her undergraduate and graduate degree majors. “I had the opportunity to travel to Europe and Asia and discovered that positive leadership played an important role in the success of the organization and the success of the people no matter what country they lived and worked,” she says.

With long workdays and business travel over some weekends, Bonnie managed her time by carrying her books and a laptop everywhere she went and maintaining a regular study routine. “For me, having a supportive family and being well-organized kept me on track to be successful in acquiring my education and being effective at work,” Bonnie remarks. “They say it takes a village to raise a child – it took supportive professors, a supportive staff and a supportive family to raise a student.”

Bonnie has always been interested in learning and trying new things. She has learned to create pastel paintings as well as ink and pen drawings. She has also become a licensed pilot, parachutist, co-owner of an art gallery and custom framing shop, and started a direct mailing company. “No matter what age you are, there is always so much more to learn,” she says. Looking to the future, Bonnie would like to teach leadership and help people learn to be leaders in both their personal and business lives.


Alumni Awards 2012

Congratulations to the 2012 college alumni award recipients who have made significant contributions to the college and the world around them.

Join us at the College of Professional Studies Awards Reception and Conferral!

Thursday, April 26
Reception: 5:30 to 7:00 p.m.
Conferral: 6:00 p.m.
Alumni Memorial Union, Monaghan Ballroom

Register online by April 17.

Seeing The Difference in others

Do you know a fellow alumnus/a who, through personal or professional achievements, truly embodies the mission of Marquette? Please nominate him or her for an Alumni National Award. Nominations received this year will be considered for an award in 2013. View the awards criteria, visit the online nomination form.


Fall 2011 Student Honors

Congratulations to the students selected for the Dean's List, scholarships and graduate assistantships. For more information, click here.


Celebrating December Graduates

Congratulations to 22 students who completed their undergraduate degrees, graduate degrees and certificates. These students were recognized during Marquette University's commencement ceremony on December 18, 2011. For more information, click here.



To read about recent presentations, publications, awards, and other activities, click here.


Important Dates and Upcoming Events

Visit our website for the latest information about important dates and upcoming events.


Wanted: Adult Student Referrals

Now's the time to encourage a family member, friend or business colleague to consider Marquette's values-based education programs designed for busy adults with a selection of weeknight, Saturday, blended online and fully online classes.

Information about our programs and financial aid options can be found on our website or individuals can contact recruitment coordinator Lori Kazaks via email or at 414-288-7118.