News New scholarship honors wife, mother and nurse By Andrea Petrie Most people aren’t lucky enough to have 58 years of “perfect marital bliss,” as Dr. Joseph Serletti was fond of saying of his marriage to Margaret Serletti, a former pediatric nurse. Theirs is a love story that spans more than a half-century, and Joseph wanted to find a way to honor the memory of Margaret, who passed away in January 2013.
93% of nursing students receive merit-based scholarships
Joseph graduated from Marquette’s Medical School in 1951 after serving in the military during World War II. After graduation, he returned to his home state of New York to complete his residency in orthopedics. While working at Mary Immaculate Hospital, a Catholic institution in Jamaica, N.Y., he met Margaret. She had graduated from a Catholic high school on Long Island and gone directly into the Mary Immaculate nursing program. Similar to Marquette’s College of Nursing program in the 1950s, all nursing students lived and worked together. Margaret remained a nurse until she married Joseph. Together, they had four children, and she was always immensely proud of her nursing career, which truly defined who she was as a person — loving, caring and helpful to others. It was Margaret’s pride in her nursing career that motivated Joseph to fund the Margaret Anne Serletti Endowed Scholarship in the College of Nursing, which is helping deserving students achieve their academic goals while honoring his wife’s memory.
The gift of health care By Andrea Petrie Instead of receiving gifts to celebrate their first anniversary,
provides community access to
Anne Lent and David Watson decided to give the gift of health
health care services while enhancing
care to some of Milwaukee’s most vulnerable populations. A
educational opportunities for nursing
year after their April 2013 wedding, Lent and Watson hosted a
students. Seventy-nine percent of
Milwaukee reception and made only one request of their guests:
MNHC patients live in one of the nine
In lieu of gifts, please contribute to the Marquette Neighborhood
ZIP codes with Milwaukee’s highest
Health Center, a cause that combines their two passions, health
and community. The most remarkable part about their gift? Neither Lent nor
The MNHC is also the site for the college’s Health Resources and
Watson is a Marquette graduate. Lent is the daughter of Dr. John
Services Administration grant aimed at
Lent and Barbara Lent, Nurs ’64, and is an allergist at Columbia
improving birth outcomes for African-American women. In
St. Mary’s. Watson attends Marquette University Law School.
Milwaukee, babies die during their first year of life at a rate
Both are passionate about giving back to their community.
greater than all but six of the nation’s 53 largest cities.
“As we celebrated our first year of marriage, we reflected on
“The Marquette Neighborhood Health Center truly embodies
the many blessings we’ve been given and were inspired to extend
the mission of Marquette and what it means to be a Marquette
those blessings to our community,” they say.
nurse,” Lent says. “We’re thrilled that our gift will have a real
They chose the nurse-managed Marquette Neighborhood Health Center — run by the College of Nursing — because it
impact on health care in Milwaukee.”