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MARQUETTE Four employees honored with Excellence in University Service Awards By Lynn Sheka

Marquette’s annual Excellence in University Service Awards recognize employees for their contributions to the university at the highest level of excellence. Candidates are nominated by their peers and supervisors for demonstrating service above and beyond the duties normally assigned to their positions, and for carrying out the mission of the university

Timothy Badger, customer service ­assistant, Parking Services For many visitors to Marquette, parking services is their first contact with the university. In his 12 years at Marquette, Timothy (Tim) Badger has made it his goal to make sure their experience is a good one. Badger coordinates the front-line operations of the parking office, including selling permits, assisting customers, collecting revenue and managing more than 50 student employees who help staff four different university lots from 7 a.m. to midnight. Besides hiring and training all parking staff, Badger also oversees at least nine different student employee schedules throughout the year. “I value the community spirit that exists on Marquette’s campus,” Badger said. “This university is more than just a place of employment for me. I truly care about what happens to Marquette, and every decision I make regarding the university reflects this attitude.” Stephanie Danz, administrative assistant and assistant registrar, Law School In her dual role, Danz has the unique position of interacting with virtually all members of the Law School community, from students and faculty to alumni and members of the local bench and bar. She works with adjunct faculty to make sure they have the resources they need, and also interacts closely with student services to organize orientation activities, provide tran-

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on an ongoing basis.

Left to right: Lynn Mellantine, Stephanie Danz, Kerry Grosse, Timothy Badger

scripts, share updates on classes, help with class scheduling and explain graduation requirements. Danz joined the Law School six years ago, and her colleagues knew right away that she would change it for the better. When the former assistant registrar in the Law School retired, Danz took on those responsibilities to ensure student services continued to run smoothly and without interruption. Doubling her workload did nothing to dampen Danz’s enthusiasm, and soon, her combined role became permanent. “Knowing that my colleagues took time out of their busy work lives to recognize me and what I do is not only humbling, but a testament to the sense of teamwork and community at the Law School,” Danz said. Kerry Grosse, associate registrar, Office of the Registrar During her 16 years at Marquette, Grosse has learned to perform her multi-faceted role so efficiently that many people are unaware of just how much she handles, from providing transcripts to students and maintaining course schedules to updating degree requirements and distributing diplomas. Grosse also serves as the

main point of contact for questions from faculty during the final grading period at the end of each semester. Nominators from offices and academic departments across campus say she is indispensable to the university, due to her knowledge of the many intricate processes associated with class registration and scheduling, and her diplomacy in dealing with difficult or complicated situations. “It’s a pleasure for me to work with each college and school, as well as so many academic departments and administrative offices within Marquette,” Grosse said. “This award belongs not only to me, but to so many people who day in and day out do good work for each other, for our students and for this university.”

Lynn Mellantine, assistant director of Human Resources Mellantine oversees, directs and administers human resources functions for the nearly 3,000 faculty and staff on Marquette’s campus, including recruitment, selection, staffing, employee relations, compensation, and training and development. During her 18 years of service to the university, Mellantine has become an integral part of the university’s monthly new employee orientation program, even serving as a guide for the campus walking tour. Mellantine’s pursuit of excellence and leader­ ship are evident in her efforts to spearhead the implementation of Careers@Marquette, the university’s applicant tracking system, and her history of regularly attending conferences sponsored by the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities to discover ways to improve Marquette’s human resources program. “I feel privileged to work with and represent the many dedicated and caring employees across campus whose contributions are so vital in making Marquette such a great place to work and learn,” Mellantine said.

CAM PU S H A P P E N I N GS Submit online parking application by June 25 Full-time and part-time employees who want to park in one of the universityowned parking facilities for the 2012–2013 academic year need to complete an online application form by June 25. Applications can be found at https:// Parking assignments and new permits will be issued in mid-August, and will be valid for the next two academic years. Parking assignments will be made based primarily on length of service to the university.

Spring Commencement will be held Sunday, May 20 Marquette University will host Commencement activities for graduating seniors in May. Baccalaureate Mass will be held Saturday, May 19, at 4:30 p.m. at the U.S. Cellular Arena, 400 W. Kilbourn Ave. Commencement will be celebrated

Sunday, May 20, at 9:30 a.m. at the Bradley Center, 1001 N. 4th Street. Former Milwaukee Brewers legend Hank Aaron will be the Commencement speaker, and will receive an honorary doctor of humane letters degree. Tickets are not needed for either event.

Compendium submission deadline is May 31 Faculty and staff with professional accomplishments, such as publications, presentations and awards, should make sure they are documented by submitting them online to by Thursday, May 31. Accomplishments that have occurred since Dec. 1, 2011 and that were not included in the winter issue of Compendium will be used to compile the summer issue, which will be distributed in late August.


Teaching Excellence Award winners raise the bar By Lynn Sheka

Each year, faculty members who are held in the highest esteem by colleagues and students are honored with Teaching Excellence Awards. Dr. Mark Cotteleer,

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associate professor of management;

Dr. Mark Cotteleer

Dr. Sarah Bonewits Feldner, associate professor of communication studies; and Dr. John Moyer, professor of mathematics, statistics and computer science, received the John P. Raynor, S.J., Faculty Award for

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Teaching Excellence this year. Dr. Rebecca Nowacek, associate professor of English, received the Robert and Mary Gettel Award for Teaching Excellence. Although the honorees are all accomplished scholars specializing in different disciplines, one thread is consistent throughout — above all, they consider themselves teachers. Dr. Sarah Bonewits Feldner

Dr. Mark Cotteleer Associate professor of management Cotteleer, who specializes in supply chain management, says his favorite thing about teaching at Marquette is the students. “Students today work harder at more things and generally face greater pressures than I did as a student at Marquette 25 years ago. It’s incredibly satisfying for me to watch these students leave Marquette and go on to successful careers, as well as to see the kinds of people that they become.” Cotteleer’s enthusiasm and commitment to teaching have contributed to a nearly 100 percent increase in the number of undergraduate majors in the supply chain management program during the past five years, and have led to a top 20 national program ranking by U.S. News & World Report. Despite teaching difficult subject matter, Cotteleer is consistently rated by both undergraduate and graduate students as one of the best instructors in the College of Business Administration. “When I look at the list of my colleagues who have won this award in past years, I’m amazed that I would be considered in the same league as them,” Cotteleer said. Dr. Sarah Bonewits Feldner Associate professor of communication studies Since arriving on campus in 2002, Feldner has taught 16 different courses in the Diederich College of Communication, including six she developed herself. But Feldner is not just an outstanding professor — she’s also “quintessentially Marquette,” according to one nominator,

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who wrote that Feldner “embraces, extols and lives the mission of this institution more than any faculty member I know.” “When I look around and see the caliber of teachers at Marquette, it sets the bar high for me and pushes me to always think about ways to better connect with students,” Feldner said. Her success engaging with students on a personal level, even when teaching a 250-person lecture for incoming freshman, was remarked about frequently in her recommendations. “Knowing students’ stories helps me to develop classes that speak to who they are and who they are becoming, and challenges me to think about how they see their world,” Feldner said. “Marquette students push me to be current and relevant, and because of this, my classes are always evolving.” Dr. John (Jack) Moyer Professor of mathematics, statistics and computer science Since joining Marquette’s faculty in 1974, Moyer has published 45 ­scholarly pieces focused on teaching and learning, received funding for 76 grants and delivered more than 200 presentations, but says what he finds most enjoyable is “helping students conquer intellectual challenges and influencing their career paths.” Moyer believes students only learn if they actively construct knowledge for themselves, which is why he has worked to develop a learning environment that emphasizes active and engaged learning strategies, even in a subject area that is not always popular among students — mathematics.

One nominator said he cannot seem to go anywhere without encountering people who point to Moyer as an influential teacher in their lives, many of whom went on to be teachers themselves. “These kind of connections are no mere fluke. They are a testament to the enormous impact that Jack’s career has had on the practice of teaching mathematics throughout southeastern Wisconsin and beyond.” Dr. Rebecca Nowacek Associate professor of English Throughout the many recommendations written about her by colleagues and former students, one word was consistently used to describe Nowacek — “tireless.” Her enthusiasm and commitment to teaching extend beyond the classroom to her position as director of the Norman H. Ott Memorial Writing Center, and to her involvement with Manresa for Faculty. Whether she is reading aloud her feedback to students’ personal narratives for her advanced composition class or organizing and attending weekly film screenings for a drama or musical course, Nowacek consistently goes above and beyond to engage every student she teaches, mentors and advises. “At the center of Dr. Nowacek’s work as a teacher is the notion of guiding students to make connections themselves, to become learners who, in turn, teach and lead others,” a nominator wrote. “She motivates her students to dive deeply into the materials they study, and as a result, they work hard and produce excellent, genuinely original work.”

Making a MOVe toward reducing obesity By Lynn Sheka

The first major collaborative project stemming from MOVe is the creation of a course for undergraduate, non-science majors on wellness and obesity, “Special Topics in Health: Personal Health and Fitness.” The course will debut during the fall 2012 semester, and will be led by Dr. Robert Topp, professor and associate dean for research in the College of Nursing. It is a collaborative, interdisciplinary effort; 10 MOVe faculty and staff members have participated in the design and implementation of the course, including committing to serving as guest lecturers. Students who participate will learn to manage their personal fitness goals through appropriate nutritional intake and physical activity. “College students are at a unique ‘teachable moment’ in their development as they try various ­lifestyle habits, because many of the habits they adopt in college will continue over the rest of their lives,” Topp said. “This course introduces ­undergraduates at Marquette to healthy lifestyle habits that are personalized to their individual ­preferences, which increases the probability that they maintain those behaviors.” Topp’s course is only the tip of the iceberg for what Vaughn and other MOVe members want to accomplish. One major goal for the future is  to increase community education efforts  and  engage with policymakers in an effort to slow the growing obesity epidemic. Faculty and staff members researching obesity and related topics who would like to become involved with MOVe should contact Vaughn at Photo by Mike Gryniewicz


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Lesley Boaz – Powerlifter By Annie Spindler

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Patience is something that comes naturally to Dr. Lesley Boaz, clinical assistant professor of nursing and nurse practitioner. Whether it’s teaching her nursing students, treating patients at Aurora Health Care, or training to lift 300 pounds, Boaz takes a methodical step-by-step approach to every aspect of her life. Boaz is one of few female powerlifters in the country, and holds a Natural Athlete Strength Association title in the deadlift for 352 pounds, which is her personal best. Powerlifting is a strength sport in which athletes compete to lift the most weight in three categories: squat, bench press and deadlift. “You need patience as an educator and as a powerlifter. To train in powerlifting, you have to understand the basics and lay a good foundation to build on. It’s similar to how we teach our nursing students. They have to know the basics before moving onto the next step,” Boaz said. Boaz feels her biggest competition isn’t other powerlifters, it’s herself. She constantly pushes herself to do better and lift more every time she trains or competes. “My ultimate goal is to go to the International Powerlifting Federation’s World Competition,” she said. “I want to squat 500 pounds and deadlift 600 pounds.”


The top five flowers planted on Marquette’s campus each spring are: 1. Petunias 2. Pansies 3. Marigolds 4. Daisies 5. Geraniums

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Last summer, Dr. Linda Vaughn, professor of biomedical sciences, began preparing the syllabus for her course, “Modern Plagues: Addiction, Obesity and Stress,” and discovered that Dr. Madeline Wake, professor of nursing, had recently taught a course on obesity. Learning that other faculty were conducting research and leading courses on related topics spawned Vaughn’s idea for the Marquette Obesity Venture (MOVe), an initiative that seeks to promote collaboration by Marquette faculty, staff and community partners to generate, disseminate and apply knowledge of pediatric and adult obesity. Currently, 22 faculty and staff members in the College of Business Administration, College of Health Sciences, College of Nursing, and Klingler College of Arts and Sciences are part of MOVe. “Our first goal was to get to know each other and learn what types of obesity-related projects people on campus were currently involved with,” Vaughn said. “There’s strength in being able to collaborate. Scientists who study the mechanisms behind obesity may not know as much about communicating about obesity or engaging in meaningful discussions with the community.” Vaughn views the obesity epidemic as a “modern plague” in need of a public education model similar to recent anti-smoking campaigns. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one third of America’s adult population is obese and another third is considered overweight. “People need to understand that there is much more to obesity than just counting calories. People’s brains are hardwired to turn to comfort foods — those high in fat and sugar — as a response to stress,” Vaughn explained. “It’s part of a habit-reward pathway, which means we need to take many factors into account to affect lasting behavioral change.”


Badaracco awarded Fulbright for peace studies Dr. Claire Badaracco, full professor emerita of communication, has received a Fulbright Award to research peace and policy studies at the Center for International Conflict Resolution in Northern Ireland. Badaracco, who retired from Marquette University in May 2011, will conduct her research at the University of Ulster in Derry/Londonderry during the 2012–2013 academic year. While at Marquette, Badaracco worked to grow research and curriculum around peace studies. In the last decade of her career at Marquette, she served on the advisory steering committee for the Center for Peacemaking and taught courses and an honors program seminar on peace studies, cultural identity, media and world religions. She also served as guest editor of the Journal of Peace Studies from 2009 to 2010. Dr. Claire Badaracco “This Fulbright Award is affirmation of my work at Marquette in the peace studies curriculum, and the promise of future collaborative potential,” Badaracco said. “I look forward to contributing to the growth of peace studies as a discipline, and as an intention and a vocation for myself and for my students in the years to come.” Badaracco added that she intends to bring her expertise in e-learning, conflict transformation, and peace communication studies to her Fulbright assignment, and hopes to learn more about collaborating with researchers around the world. Badaracco currently teaches at Bellarmine University in Louisville, Ky., where she co-teaches a distance learning class on peace studies with the Canadian University of Hariri in Beirut. 

Haggerty Museum to host three new summer exhibitions

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By Tim Cigelske

Cristo Rey Jesuit High School in Chicago is one of 24 Cristo Rey schools nationwide that provide Catholic education to urban students.

College of Education to participate in Cristo Rey feasibility study By Kate Venne

Marquette University’s College of Education is working to become part of the solution to Milwaukee’s challenging K–12 education landscape. Beginning this summer, Marquette and the Cristo Rey Network will begin a feasibility study for a Cristo Rey high school in Milwaukee. This will be the first time the Cristo Rey Network — comprised of 24 Catholic, college preparatory high schools in urban areas — has partnered with a university on such a study, a template that it hopes to replicate in other cities. The College of Education will provide in-kind support for the year-long study, which is being conducted by an independent consultant. “Exploring a high quality Cristo Rey school in Milwaukee aligns closely with our college’s deep support for K–12 Catholic education,” said Dr. William Henk, dean of the College of Education. “This study engages Marquette to do what we do best: conduct research around an important social problem,

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This summer, the Haggerty Museum of Art will host three new exhibitions, which will run from June 6 through Aug. 5. The new exhibitions are Selections from the Mary and Michael J. Tatalovich Collection of Contemporary and Modern American Prints; NYC July 4, 1981, Photographs by Tom Arndt, featuring select images of Independence Day celebrations captured on a single night in two of Manhattan’s downtown neighborhoods; and Dusk by Mark Ruwedel, which features eight images from 2007–2011 that capture the degraded, fringe spaces of the high desert in Southern California.

lack of quality education opportunities for urban children, and help shape possible solutions.” This isn’t the first time Marquette and Cristo Rey have joined forces. Through Marquette’s Urban Scholars program, three students from Cristo Rey High School Chicago and one from another Cristo Rey Network school join Marquette’s freshman class each year.

M A R Q U ET T E H AP P E NINGS Engineering Academies available for K–12 students this summer

Sciences, 111. Nealson will speak on, “Extracellular Electron Transport: Breathing Rocks, Eating Electrons and Other Crazy Things!”

The College of Engineering is offering 13 Engineering Academies for K–12 students this summer. The classes are designed to challenge youth to become problem solvers and to explore the engineering design process. They also help prepare future Marquette engineers to be critical thinkers and leaders that will contribute to a global society. The full summer class schedule and registration information are posted online at

Join Father Pilarz for walk celebrating National Employee Health and Fitness Day

Oliver H. Smith Memorial Lecture will be held May 18 Dr. Kenneth H. Nealson, Wrigley Professor of Geobiology at the University of Southern California, will deliver the Department of Biological Sciences’ annual Oliver H. Smith Memorial Lecture Friday, May 18, at 3:30 p.m. in Wehr Life

In recognition of National Employee Health and Fitness Day, all Marquette faculty and staff are invited to join in a “Poker Walk” around the Marquette Mile, led by President Scott R. Pilarz, S.J. The walk will be held Wednesday, May 16, at noon, beginning and ending at the Helfaer Recreation Center. Each participant will be given a poker card at registration and will collect four cards along the route. The top poker hands at the end of the walk will win prizes. For additional information, visit In addition, the Rec Center and Rec Plex will offer free admission May 16-18.

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