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MARQUETTE Charting a course for the future President’s Strategic Planning Workshop brings together faculty, staff and students To ensure collaboration at the critical goalsetting stage of the university-wide strategic plan, President Scott R. Pilarz, S.J., chose to forego this year’s Presidential Address to bring the university together for an interactive workshop Jan. 30. Speaking to an overflow crowd assembled in the AMU’s Monaghan Ballroom for the President’s Strategic Planning Workshop, Father Pilarz noted the importance of collaboration throughout the strategic planning process, which began last spring with 17 listening sessions. “Throughout this process, if we have heard anything loud and clear, it has been the need to collaborate, and about the powerful things that happen when we reach across traditional departmental boundaries to cooperate with one another,” Father Pilarz said. “Along the way, we’ve learned the importance of preparing our students for a world that demands they cross boundaries.” Nearly 425 faculty, staff and students attended the workshop to share their ideas for university goals. Participants were seated at tables of eight, which were assigned in advance to ensure they included faculty, staff and students from different departments. “Today is about the university community having a forum that promotes reaching across traditional boundaries,” Father Pilarz said in his opening remarks. “If you think about it, that was the genius of Father Marquette: to reach out ­fearlessly, to explore, to imagine the future.” Father Pilarz offered several guidelines for participants: • This process is about university-wide goal setting, so please think outside your department or division. What goals will help advance education across Marquette’s full range of colleges and departments? • Try to break away from your day-to-day role. Be creative. What would you see for Marquette when you think about the ­university in a more holistic way? And don’t afraid to be bold about that. • Not every idea will ultimately make it into the plan, but all of your ideas will influence us as we determine the goals that will be

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By Lynn Sheka

Nearly 425 faculty, staff and students shared ideas for university-wide goals at the President’s Strategic Planning Workshop on Jan. 30. Each table brainstormed goal ideas stemming from six overarching strategic planning themes. The workshop took the place of the annual Presidential Address this year.

included in the plan. So don’t hold back. At this stage of the game, there are no bad ideas. He concluded by reminding participants that they were engaging in a time-honored Jesuit ­tradition. As long as there have been Jesuit colleges and universities,” he said, “there have been educators just like you ‘reading the signs of the times’ and determining how to best use the gifts at their disposal to extend knowledge and prepare students for lives as leaders — agents of change — in a world waiting to be more gentle, more just.” After Father Pilarz’s opening remarks, Dr. Jeanne Hossenlopp, co-chair of the Strategic Plan Coordinating Committee, dean of the Graduate School and vice provost for research, provided further directions for developing goal statements before the brainstorming portion of

the workshop began. During the discussions, Father Pilarz, Provost John Pauly, Executive Vice President Mary DiStanislao, Hossenlopp and Strategic Plan Coordinating Committee Co-chair and University Architect Tom Ganey, wound their way through the tables, listening to conversations. Table facilitators — academic department chairs, director-level staff and assistant/associate vice presidents — kicked off the roundtable discussions and helped to keep the conversations focused on goal-setting. Participants wrote their ideas on paper tablecloths and index cards provided at each table, and facilitators also ­documented ideas. The planning leadership then reviewed and synthesized the goal ideas collected from the workshop, the University Academic Senate, the 

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CAM PU S H A P P E N I N GS Nominate a colleague for an Excellence in University Service Award Nominations for this year’s Excellence in University Service Awards will be accepted until Friday, March 22. The application can be found at marquette. edu/excellence/.This is an opportunity for Marquette employees to nominate colleagues who demonstrate and support the Ignatian ideal of care for others, and carry out the mission of the university. Candidates should be nominated based on service that is above and beyond the duties normally assigned to their position. Four employees will be chosen to receive Excellence in University Service Awards. Faculty members, deans and vice presidents are not eligible. Nominations from 2012 were kept on file for consideration this year.

Law School hosting conference on charter schools The Law School will bring together noteworthy national, state and local figures to examine the charter school movement at a free conference Wednesday, March 20, from 8 a.m. to noon in Eckstein Hall. More than two million children nationwide are enrolled in charter schools, but the impact of such schools has been difficult to assess. Speakers will include the director of the Center for Research on Education Outcomes at Stanford University, Sarah Carr, author of Hope Against Hope: Three Schools, One City and America’s Struggle to Educate its Children, and a panel of local leaders. Register online at


Teaching Enhancement Award winners strive to educate students about autism By Lynn Sheka

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One out of every 88 children may now fit the criteria to be on the autism spectrum, according to the newest assessment from the Federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. So, when autism experts in three of Marquette’s colleges heard of each other’s work, they decided to join forces to “become a much more powerful advocate for the growing number of individuals on the autism spectrum,” explains Mary Carlson, adjunct lecturer in the College of Education. Carlson and her collaborators, Dr. Amy Van Hecke, assistant professor of psychology in the Klingler College of Arts and Sciences, and Wendy Krueger, clinical instructor of speech pathology and audiology in the College of Health Sciences, developed a multidisciplinary, cross-college teaching initiative titled, “Educating Students about Autism: Putting the Pieces Together through an Integrated, Experiential Approach,” which received the 2013–14 Way Klingler Teaching Enhancement Award. The class will be offered during the spring 2014 semester and will be open to undergraduates with speech-language pathology, education and psychology majors. “One of the most important things students will learn in this class is just how important a team approach is in working with individuals who have autism,” says Van Hecke, director of the Marquette Autism Clinic and Project, the only location in the Midwest to offer the Program for the Enrichment and Education of Relational Skills, or PEERS. “Many of the families of children with autism see a psychologist, a speech pathologist and a special education teacher. The way we will be teaching our undergraduates to work in a care team will encourage them to work together in their professional careers in the future.” Throughout the semester, students will collaborate in cross-disciplinary teams of three encompassing one student from each of the three majors. Each team will be placed at a service-learning site and paired with a group of children and young adults with autism. The students will develop a collaborative paper and give a final presentation on their experiences during the semester. “I think we can help students see how much we can all learn from ­individuals with autism and how we benefit from the opportunity to make a difference in their lives through our work as therapists, clinicians and educators,” Krueger says.

Left to right: Dr. Amy Van Hecke, Mary Carlson and Wendy Krueger, pictured in a sensory integration room in Cramer Hall, will collaborate to teach undergraduate students about working with children and young adults on the autism spectrum.

The Committee on Teaching selects the Teaching Enhancement Award winner and looks for projects that foster the development of effective and sustainable innovations in teaching approaches within specific courses or clusters of courses. The autism course was chosen in part because of its focus on promoting high-impact educational practices, including inter­ disciplinary, experiential and service learning.

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Dr. Craig Andrews awarded 2013–14 Way Klingler Sabbatical Award

Input from the President’s Strategic Planning Workshop is being used to develop priority goals, which will be shared with the university’s Board of Trustees in March.

Coordinating Committee, hundreds of emails to the strategic planning email address, and input from alumni ­strategic ­planning workshops held in Chicago, Los Angeles, Milwaukee and Washington, D.C. Priority university-wide goals will be presented to the Board of Trustees this month. Next, work will turn to developing specific, measurable tactics that align with available university resources and are tied to metrics that will hold the university accountable. The final strategic plan will be shared with the University Academic Senate for approval in April, before being presented to the Board of Trustees and shared with the university ­community in May. View a video of the President’s Strategic Planning Workshop at

Dr. Craig Andrews, professor and Charles H. Kellstadt Chair of marketing in the College of Business Administration, has been named the 2013–14 Way Klingler Sabbatical Award winner. During his sabbatical, Andrews will continue his research on the effectiveness of using graphic pictorial warnings on cigarette packages to increase information about the severity of tobacco’s health risks in countries around the world. Andrews was part of a team that conducted an experiment with more than 500 U.S. and Canadian adult smokers, which found that highly-graphic images of the negative consequences of smoking have the greatest impact on smokers’ intentions to quit. Their research received the Journal of Public Policy and Marketing’s prestigious Thomas C. Kinnear Award, which honors the journal article that has made the most significant contribution to the ­understanding of marketing and public policy issues.

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Marquette and the United Community Center partner to empower Milwaukee’s youth “It all started with a phone call,” says Dr. Larry Pan, chair of the physical therapy department in the College of Health Sciences, recalling the beginning of a partner­ship between the United Community Center — a Milwaukeebased social service agency — and two Marquette professors. “The UCC called and asked if we’d be ­interested in submitting a Youth Empowerment Program grant with them,” says Pan. “We’re interested in fitness and wellness, and that’s an issue in the Hispanic community served by the UCC.” The Youth Empowerment Program is a national initiative funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Minority Health, which is focused on eliminating unhealthy behaviors in at-risk minority youth. Pan’s commitment to urban health initiatives and his background in grant writing and management — he oversees one of the largest, longest-running Health Careers Opportunity Programs in the nation — made him a soughtafter grant partner for the YEP grant. Pan knew that, in order to be successful, he would need to find someone with fitness and exercise expertise who would also embrace the grant’s mission-based focus. He called Dr. Paula Papanek, associate professor of ­exercise science and founding director of the exercise science program. “Larry called and asked, ‘Can you prepare a budget by tomorrow?’” says Papanek. “It was a huge task, but I thought, ‘We have an

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Earlier this year, Pan (pictured), Papanek and the UCC received an additional $875,000 Youth Empowerment Program grant to continue their work with minority youth who face disproportionately high health risks, a problem that persists across America.

­ pportunity to change people’s lives in real time,’ o so we got it done.” One significant outcome of the partnership has been in the area of health and wellness, specifically implementing controlled school lunch programs to limit caloric intake. “We’ve taken Marquette’s mission and ­transferred it to a community only two miles from here,” Papanek says. It’s that mission, along with the dedication of Pan, Papanek and the staff at the UCC, that has built the program into a national model. “We’ve been asked to take on a leadership role for the Office of Minority Health,” Pan says. “We now provide program assistance across the country, including site visits, and we help

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Mykl Novak – postmarq blogger

make sure the programming fits the needs of the specific community.” Pan has presented YEP data four times to the Department of Health and Human Services in Washington, D.C., and to the offices of several members of Congress. He and Papanek continue to educate leaders at the highest levels on the need for this type of programming. “Our goal is to meet with First Lady Michelle Obama,” says Papanek. “We’re working to get in touch with her.” If Pan’s and Papanek’s past experiences are any indication, success may be a phone call away. To learn more about the program, visit


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Even when Mykl Novak, Web development manager for IT Services, is not at work, he is consciously contemplating “finding Marquette in all things,” a twist on the core tenet of Ignatian spirituality: “finding God in all things.” Novak is the blogger behind postmarq, a Tumblr page where he ­documents all things related to Marquette University. Tumblr is a micro-blogging social media platform that allows users to post text, images, videos, quotes and audio content in an appealing visual layout. While postmarq is not directly associated with his role at Marquette, Novak, Arts ‘92, Grad ‘10, sees his blog as a way to serve the Marquette community outside of work. Since its launch in fall 2011, more than 15,000 people have visited the site. Novak spends about 30 hours per month updating postmarq, which is located at “I take photos on campus before work, over my lunch hour or after work. That’s the quick and easy part,” Novak says. “The real effort happens at home: brainstorming ideas for daily posts, keeping an editorial calendar, researching content online, choosing photos, editing images in Photoshop, writing captions and occasionally stories, and engaging with Marquette fans on Tumblr, Twitter, Instagram, Foursquare and Pinterest,” he says. Novak has received positive feedback from students, faculty, staff, alumni and Milwaukee residents. “I’ve shared my postmarq photos with university publications, and turned them into computer and smart phone wallpaper, Facebook posts, greeting cards and framed prints.” Novak’s postmarq was immortalized last spring when it became part of Raynor Memorial Libraries’ digital archives. “On the Side” offers a glimpse of faculty and staff interests outside of Marquette. Email your story suggestions to m ­

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The top five most interesting numbers related to the Office of Admissions’ recruitment of the Class of 2017: 407,329 email messages sent by the Office of Admissions 12,327 admission decision letters hand‑signed by Roby Blust, dean of admissions and enrollment planning 11,723 total guests to the Office of Admissions 1,170 members in the Class of 2017 Facebook group 611 high school visits in more than 30 states by admissions staff “Take Five” is a brief list about an interesting aspect of Marquette life. Email your list suggestions to Marquette Matters is published monthly during the academic year, except for a combined issue in December/January, for Marquette University’s faculty and staff. Submit information to: Marquette Matters – Zilber Hall, 235; Phone: 8-7448; Fax: 8-7197 Email: Editor: Lynn Sheka Graphic design: Nick Schroeder Copyright © 2013 Marquette University


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On a mission: providing dental care in Tanzania’s refugee camps For Dr. Toni Roucka, assistant professor and pre-doctoral program director of general dentistry in the School of Dentistry, teaching the building blocks of dental care is more than a job — it’s a mission. Beginning in 2003, Roucka has taken her passion around the world by examining access to dental care. One of Roucka’s largest projects on dental access involves long-term refugee camps in Tanzania, which Roucka first traveled to in 2007. In these camps, funded by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, the main objectives are providing a safe environment, housing, fresh water, food and basic medical care to refugees. “The medical care in these camps is very basic, and dental care is not funded,” Roucka says. “These people are displaced and have fled their homelands due to extreme violence and fear for their lives. It makes sense that dental needs take a back seat to everything else going on in their lives.” During her first visit to Tanzania, Roucka learned the refugee camps were staffed with health care providers whose only medical training had been provided within the camps. “We taught refugee health care providers the basics of emergency care and health promotion through a two-week training course of lectures and clinical training,” says Roucka. By the time she left, those same individuals were equipped with the means and skills to provide emergency dental services, such as tooth extractions and treatment of active infections. For nearly two years, Roucka collected data from patient logbooks from two refugee camps in Tanzania, finding that the programs she had implemented were self-sustaining and provided access to dental care that had not existed previously. Her studies were published in the International Dental Journal in 2011. Thanks to Roucka’s work, the two Tanzanian refugee camps she visited serve a combined 1,900 dental patients each year. Additional patients now benefit from her services through Compassionate Dental Care International,

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By Lexi Lozinak

Dr. Toni Roucka and her nonprofit organization, Compassionate Dental Care International, provide dental care to underserved populations worldwide, including this patient in a Tanzanian refugee camp.

Roucka’s nonprofit organization that provides similar dental services to underserved populations around the world. Roucka plans to travel with her nonprofit to the Dominican Republic during spring break to provide dental care to the local population. While tackling the issue of access to dental care in refugee camps may seem daunting to most people, Roucka’s studies have proven

that even basic programs can make a significant difference in the lives of the most vulnerable populations. “My favorite part of working abroad is meeting the people my dental care programs affect and seeing how grateful they are,” Roucka says. “I thought that a project like this would be the epitome of what mission work is all about. And it really is.”

M A R Q U ET T E H AP P E NINGS Freedom Project forum to feature experts on U.S. intelligence

GROW with Marquette offering session on how to avoid micromanaging

Experts in the field will participate in a discussion forum titled, “Challenging Freedom: The FBI, U.S. Intelligence Services and Individual Freedoms in Modern America,” Thursday, March 21, at 4:30 p.m. in Raynor Memorial Libraries’ Beaumier Suites. The event is sponsored by the Department of History and the Klingler College of Arts and Sciences Mellon Fund. It is part of the ongoing Freedom Project, Marquette’s celebration of the Sesquicentennial of the Civil War, which is exploring the many meanings of emancipation and freedom.

GROW with Marquette will sponsor “How to Avoid Micromanaging Your Direct Reports,” presented by Dr. Kerry Egdorf, ombudsman, Tuesday, April 9, from 10 a.m. to noon. Register for the session by emailing growwithmu@marquette. edu. For details on other GROW with Marquette classes that will be held this spring, including sessions on reducing stress and workplace worry, making the most of performance appraisals and honing communication skills, visit All GROW with Marquette classes are free for Marquette employees, and are intended to foster job-related professional growth and development.

Marquette Theatre performing Urinetown April 18–28 Marquette Theatre will present Urinetown, a satirical musical, April 18–28 at the Helfaer Theatre. The musical follows the story of the residents of Urinetown, who come together to defend their right to answer nature’s call after being told they will need to pay to go to the bathroom. The musical was honored with three Tony Awards in 2002 for its unexpected and witty storyline, which encompasses love and freedom. Tickets are $16 for faculty and staff, and can be purchased at the Helfaer Theatre Box Office or online at

Some hours of operation change for spring break, March 10–17 Many departments and services have special hours of operation for spring break, March 10–17. The AMU, Campus Ministry, Help Desk, Raynor Memorial Libraries, Rec Center, Rec Plex, Spirit Shop and the Union Sports Annex will have limited hours during spring break. A complete list of spring break hours can be found at

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