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UNIV E RS IT Y A D D RES S By Lynn Sheka
Callahan also addressed budgeting decisions for fiscal year 2015, sharing that this year, the university piloted the use of new metrics to develop the capital budget. The new approach helped leadership reach sound decisions while promoting greater transparency and better understanding across colleges and operating units regarding how funds are allocated and which investments get funded. “We must do this in order to keep a Marquette education affordable for our students and their families,” Callahan said. “This is the most compelling and important purpose for our work.” Father Wild discussed progress on the goals in the university’s strategic plan, Beyond Boundaries, including that the university’s 2013 research and development activity reached $20.9 million, Marquette’s highest figure ever, and that patent activity continues to grow. The Task Force on Community Engagement continues to work on preparing an application for the Carnegie Community Engagement Classification. One of the major initiatives of the task force is to build a database that will facilitate tracking and assessment of community engagement activities. An interdisciplinary team is working to build the structure of that database to be both effective and user-friendly. Callahan shared news of a comprehensive diversity plan being spearheaded by Dr. William Welburn, associate provost for diversity and inclusion. The plan will be developed collaboratively with faculty, staff and students, with early steps including the implementation of a bias reporting tool for students, a climate study on diversity during the 2014–15 academic year, and additional diversity education and programming through the Division of Student Affairs. “I urge you to lend your minds and hearts to this essential universitywide effort,” Callahan said. To close the address, Father Wild shared that the university is exploring whether to convert the Department of Public Safety to a commissioned police force. “Whatever our decision, the mission of DPS will not change; it will continue to be student-centered,” Father Wild said. He also emphasized the need for input on the decision from the Marquette community and neighborhood stakeholders, including the Milwaukee Police Department. Before facilitating questions from the audience, Dr. Marilyn Frenn, chair of University
Academic Senate and professor of nursing, thanked Father Wild and Callahan for promoting shared governance and instituting the strong provost model.
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In his first Presidential Address since returning as interim president, Rev. Robert A. Wild, S.J., was joined by Interim Provost Margaret Faut Callahan for a dialogue on major topics and initiatives taking place at Marquette. Father Wild kicked off the State of the University Address by announcing that an additional $5 million had been raised for a new on-campus Jesuit Residence. The gift, which came from Ray and Kay Eckstein through their charitable trust, is the second major gift toward the $15 million Jesuit Residence fundraising effort. In May 2007, the Ecksteins donated $51 million toward the construction of a new Law School facility, one of the largest gifts ever to a U.S. law school. Father Wild continued by sharing additional positive news related to fundraising, noting that since July 2013, donors have contributed $41.5 million to Marquette, well ahead of year-to-date numbers for the past five years, and surpassing University Advancement’s $40.7 million projection for the year. More than $14.5 million of those funds are for student scholarships. “When alumni ask me the most important thing they can do to help Marquette, I say scholarships,” Father Wild said. “That support is going to make a difference in students’ lives in ways we can only imagine.” Callahan then addressed the ways that innovative academic initiatives are helping to grow revenues and advance the academic reputation of Marquette. “I’ve been extremely pleased that deans have been the driving force behind these efforts,” she said, specifically noting momentum in highdemand areas, including: the School of Dentistry’s addition and expansion of its first-year class size by 20 students; the College of Health Sciences adding targeted faculty in highly rated physical therapy and physician assistant programs; the College of Nursing’s $5 million grant from the Department of Veterans Affairs, which will allow it to increase its class size by 40 students; the College of Engineering’s cross-disciplinary Visualization Lab; and the Diederich College of Communication’s innovative O’Brien Fellowship for public service journalism. Emphasizing the need to “look at enrollment in a comprehensive way,” going beyond a target number of traditional freshman, Callahan gave an update on the work being done by nine separate committees on an enrollment strategy, which will be presented to the Board of Trustees later this year.
Dr. Michael R. Lovell elected first lay president of Marquette Dr. Michael R. Lovell was unanimously elected Marquette University’s 24th president by the Board of Trustees on March 26. President-elect Lovell will be Marquette’s first lay president when he officially begins his role Aug. 1. A devout Catholic and a man of deep faith, President-elect Lovell, who currently serves as chancellor of the University of Wisconsin– Milwaukee, said at the news conference announcing his election, “My faith has always served as a cornerstone in my life and having the ability to openly practice my religious beliefs in my professional career is something that I’ve always wanted to do.” After the press conference, President-elect Lovell met with students in the AMU Brew Bayou, shaking hands and taking multiple “selfies” with students that were shared throughout social media. Later in the afternoon, he attended a reception at Engineering Hall with the University Leadership Council, University Academic Senate, and representatives from Faculty Council, Staff Assembly, MUSG, Parents Council and the Marquette University Alumni Association National Board. Afterward, the Jesuit community welcomed Presidentelect Lovell and his wife, Amy, to the Jesuit Residence for Mass and dinner, which capped a historic day for Marquette. Learn more at marquette.edu/president-elect.