By Lynn Sheka
It’s no secret that higher education is facing one of its most challenging decades ever. The number of high school graduates in many parts of the country is projected to decline through 2020, according to 2013 data from Inside Higher Education. As student demographics change, the qualities potential students value in first-choice universities are also changing. At the same time, for-profit colleges and new technologies have added competition to an already-saturated market. And the recent recession, stubborn unemployment and stagnant real income coupled with rising costs of higher education have made it harder for families to make the investment in higher education. University leadership is proactively addressing Marquette’s current financial situation in alignment with the six strategic plan themes, which together provide a comprehensive framework to enhance and improve the university not only in response to current financial realities, but also to position it for future success. • An enrollment strategy led by the Office of the Provost is underway (see page 2) and new admission strategies are being developed to boost enrollment in areas with revenue potential to ensure Marquette remains an accessible, affordable first-choice university. • The Board of Trustees voted to authorize the lowest undergraduate tuition increase in three years and hold graduate, summer and parttime tuition rates flat. • This fall, the Office of Finance introduced new updates to the university’s travel and expense reimbursement and credit card policies to cut down on unnecessary costs. • In mid-November, Interim President Robert A. Wild, S.J., asked deans and vice presidents to prepare budget reduction scenarios that identified the opportunities and consequences at each budget scenario level — 95 percent, 90 percent and 85 percent of the current division or college operating budget during the next three years. “The President’s Advisory Group is studying the dozens of scenarios from every college and administrative division, which we expect to take the first few months of the spring semester,” says Interim Provost and Dean of the College of Nursing Margaret Faut Callahan. “This approach takes longer than making uniform reductions across the board, but it will help determine the best, most creative ways to ensure fiscal sustainability in alignment with the priorities in the strategic plan.” “We’ve seen firsthand that many faculty and staff members have been taking on more responsibilities and making sacrifices this year, and your energy, creative thinking and commitment to putting students first has not gone unnoticed,” says Father Wild. “We’re confident that addressing our fiscal challenges now will ensure we continue to be a premier university and an employer of choice moving forward.”
Peter Faber canonized by Pope Francis By Jesse Lee
On December 17, 2013, Pope Francis announced the canonization of St. Peter Faber, the first Jesuit priest and one of the founding members of the Society of Jesus. St. Faber, born in France in 1506, was a contemporary of St. Ignatius of Loyola and St. Francis Xavier, meeting and living with the men at the University of Paris. In canonizing St. Faber, Pope Francis followed the process of “equivalent canonization,” where normal procedures and ceremonies are bypassed. This process is most commonly used with historical candidates like St. Faber, whose holiness and virtue are uncontested. It was those same qualities of holiness and virtue that led the founders of Marquette’s Faber Center for Ignatian Spirituality to choose St. Faber as its patron in 2006, when the center was formed. “Faber was selected in recognition of his exceptional ability in directing people through the Spiritual Exercises, his great capacity for interior discernment and his keen awareness for the movement of the Holy Spirit in people’s lives,” says Dr. Michael Dante, director of the Faber Center. “His great pastoral sensitivity and desire to help people with their interior journey model what the Faber Center strives to offer Marquette’s faculty and staff.” In that spirit, the Faber Center provides seminars and reflection, spiritual direction and companionship, retreats, prayer, meditation and other spiritual opportunities for the Marquette community.
Celebratory Mass to honor St. Faber The Faber Center will host a celebratory Mass on Thursday, Jan. 30, at noon in the AMU, Chapel of the Holy Family.
M A R Q U ET T E HAP P E NING S Community Campaign nets $310,000
Theatre Arts to present Almost, Maine
More than 740 Marquette employees contributed nearly $310,000 in support of United Way, the United Performing Arts Fund and Marquette’s Annual Fund in this year’s Community Campaign. University Advancement thanks all employees who participated in this annual giving initiative.
Marquette Theatre will present Almost, Maine, a comedy that chronicles how the residents of the tiny town of Almost find themselves falling in and out of love in the strangest ways one magical winter night. Performances are scheduled for 7:30 p.m. February 13-15; 2:30 p.m. on Feb. 16; 7:30 p.m. Feb. 19-22; and 2:30 p.m. on Feb. 23. All performances will be held at the Helfaer Theatre. Tickets are available by calling the Helfaer Theatre Box Office at 414.288.7504 or online at marquette.edu/boxoffice.
College of Engineering hosting Connecting with the World Seminar Series Dr. Thomas Kurfess, professor and HUSCO/Ramirez Distinguished Chair in Fluid Power and Motion Control at Georgia Institute of Technology, will kick off the series Friday, Jan. 31, from noon to 1 p.m. in Olin Engineering, 202. Katie Weiss, senior flight software engineer at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, will visit campus Feb. 21. Dr. Charles Haas, chair of Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering at Drexel University, will continue the seminar series in March, and Dr. Gary S. May, professor and dean at the Georgia Institute of Technology’s College of Engineering, will conclude the seminar series April 15.
Faber Center Spring Speaker to discuss prophetic hope The Faber Center will host Sister Rhea Emmer of the Congregation of Sisters of St. Agnes as its Spring Speaker on Wednesday, Feb. 12, at 4 p.m. in Raynor Memorial Libraries’ Beaumier Suites B/C. Sister Emmer will present, “Disillusionment: The Grit and Grace of Prophetic Hope,” followed by a panel discussion. A reception will follow the event.
Courtesy of The Institute of Jesuit Sources
Thriving in today’s higher education landscape
January/February 2014 Marquette Matters