How does Marquette University’s mission impact you in your daily work?
I am a firm believer in mission being the guiding force of all I do. I am extremely proud to work for an institution that values excellence, faith, leadership and service. Sometimes, my hectic daily tasks overshadow my purpose, and during those times, I find it particularly important to look to the mission for direction.
- Excellence — I’m challenged to ask and respond to tough questions. For me, excellence doesn’t mean perfection; it means always aspiring to do more, to do greater, and to enjoy the journey. The pursuance of excellence empowers me to operate out of opportunity rather than fear.
- Faith — Through Marquette’s focus on faith, I am able to reflect on my relationship with God and deepen my connection with those around me in ways I might overlook if I worked for another organization. I value Marquette’s diversity of thought and appreciation of all people regardless of religious differences or background.
- Leadership — I have had an opportunity to professionally advance rather quickly because Marquette values initiative, innovation and strategic decision-making.
- Service — Marquette has empowered me to reach out to others in Milwaukee and the greater community. The nature of my work calls me to be very service-oriented, nurturing relationships with constituents of Marquette in various capacities.
What is particularly rewarding for you professionally about working in higher education?
Prior to working at Marquette, I was employed in the public relations department for a local hospital. That experience was heavily rooted in event-based fundraising rather than establishing one-on-one relationships with key individuals. At Marquette, we rely heavily on our alumni and parents who have had a direct relationship with the university. That one-on-one relationship building is both rewarding and inspiring. Generally, if people had a good college experience — and Marquette's alumni certainly seem to! — they will want to stay connected with their alma mater.