Spring 2014

Message From Dean Robert Deahl

I hope that all of you have kept safe and warm during this challenging winter.
May Spring weather arrive soon as we head into the final months of this busy academic year. Here are a few quick updates on all things Marquette!

Dean Robert Deahl






College Alumni Awards Conferral

Congratulations to the 2014 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 24
5:30 to 7:00 p.m Reception
6:00 p.m. Conferral
Alumni Memorial Union, Monaghan Ballroom

For information about the award recipients, click here
To register by April 17, click here

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 2014. View the awards criteria and visit the online nomination form. (When choosing your award nomination on the form, use the sliding bar on the right-hand side to scroll down to the "Professional Studies" award selections.)


Future Milwaukee Community Leadership

Since 1978, Future Milwaukee, which for the last nine years has been housed in Marquette University’s College of Professional Studies, has created an environment for the development of a diverse group of ethically based leaders among all sectors of the Milwaukee community. To date, there are more than 1,600 Future Milwaukee graduates who serve as leaders in business, nonprofit, government and community organizations throughout the region.

As Executive Director Christine Hill sees it, “Future Milwaukee is a place where students experience personal and professional development and relationships are born - where students can journey through Milwaukee County's issues and assets, and engage with community leaders. Students are encouraged to build stronger commitments to and an understanding of how to make a lasting and positive difference in this place we call home."

As part of that journey Future Milwaukee participants work in teams collaborating with citizens and organizations to implement a project of the students own choosing (examples of class projects are available online). In addition, each student receives one-on-one leadership coaching and each team is mentored in group dynamics.

The Future Milwaukee Community Leadership Program is accepting online applications through June 30, for its 2014-15 class. Sessions will begin in September and run through May 2015, primarily from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., meeting two times each month on Monday evenings. Tuition for the 24-session program is $2,100, with limited financial aid available.

Applications are available online.  For more information, visit


Alumni/Student Spotlights

Michael Hayden, Student - Bachelor's in Leadership and Organizations
Police Sergeant, Milwaukee Police Department

Michael Hayden Michael knew that his odds of being promoted within the Milwaukee Police Department would be greatly increased if he completed the degree he started at Marquette University back in 1990. After going online to compare different degree programs in the Milwaukee area, he realized that Marquette’s College of Professional Studies was not only the most prestigious, but also affordable based on the greater potential for promotion and increased salary. “Since the police department places a very high level of importance on ethical leadership, I felt the Leadership and Organizations major was exactly what I needed to get ahead in my career,” says Michael.

After financing his degree through student loans and taking on a bit of debt, Michael knows that it is well worth it. He was recently promoted to the rank of Police Sergeant on the Milwaukee Police Department, and now he will be using his 18 years of experience and the knowledge and skills he has received from his education to lead police officers. “This promotion to Sergeant will offset my student loan payment and will no doubt open doors in the future,” he remarks.

“With hard work and a desire to succeed as well as cooperation from my family and workplace, earning a degree from Marquette University was attainable. Not only did my degree have a positive impact on my career, it also had a positive impact on me personally and I am now prepared to make a difference in the world around me.”

Vanessa Farinelli, Master’s in Leadership Studies with a Sports Leadership Specialization ‘13
Account Executive, Learfield Sports at The University of Rhode Island

Vanessa Farinelli“I realized that in order to pursue my dream of working in collegiate athletics, I needed to continue my education to stay relevant in the job search,” says Vanessa.  “As the sports industry continues to develop and become more popular, standing out and differentiating yourself becomes key!” 

After Vanessa applied to a graduate position through the athletics department of Marquette University, she learned about the graduate program in sports leadership.  Studying leadership with a sports specialization directly relates to her current professional work in sports and future career goals, which was an important factor when Vanessa was considering where she would continue her education.        

“The experiences I had and the relationships I developed with people while at Marquette have proven invaluable to me as I continue to work and gain experience in my current role,” she says.  An added bonus was having classes scheduled in the evenings, which worked very well with her schedule. 

“Continuing my education was important to gain valuable experience working in collegiate athletics and also increase my knowledge of the industry.” 


December 2013 Graduation

Congratulations to the students who completed their undergraduate degrees, graduate degrees and certificates. These students were recognized during Marquette University's commencement on Sunday, December 15. For more information and photos, click here.



To read about recent promotions, new careers, awards, and other activities, click here.


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 weeknight, Saturday, and selected online classes available.

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


CPS Facebook Group and LinkedIn Alumni Group

Join our CPS Facebook Group and the MUAA and College of Professional Studies alumni groups on LinkedIn.