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being the difference

Storyteller’s legacy Jeannie Hayes, Comm ’02, held onto

her inner child’s imagination. her dog, who gave her a wink.” The main characters of both stories are searching for something, says Jeannie’s dad, Phil Hayes, Eng ’77. “They end up finding it right under their noses.”

This is Jeannie. She wants to play. The sun is out. It’s a fun, fun day.” And she let that inner child play throughout the pages of two children’s stories: Jeannie’s Missing Shoes and Shelly the Turtle. Hayes wrote the children’s stories to submit to a writing contest. She contacted a publishing company but died suddenly and unexpectedly in 2012 and never saw her stories produced.

Jeannie has a problem —  She can’t find her shoes. For going outside, this is very bad news.” Several months after her death, the publisher, Jungle Wagon Press, offered to help the Hayes family publish the stories in a flip-style hardcover children’s book. The first release was Nov. 8, 2013, exactly one year after Hayes’ death.

Cristo Rey Milwaukee Would a Cristo Rey school fit in Milwaukee? Would Milwaukee’s business

They’re not in the closet. Where else could they hide? Then she stopped, and turned, and smiled nice and wide. Of all the places, every cranny and nook, the closet was one place she never did look. She opened the door, and there were her shoes! The most obvious place, without any clues.”

community support the model

After graduating from Marquette, Hayes went on to a career in broadcast journalism and specialized in finding and producing heartwarming community stories while working for the NBC affiliate in Rockford, Ill. She also co-anchored a morning radio show and did freelance work for Harpo Studios. “Many broadcasters are passionate about their work, but very few have a mission of being kind to all of God’s creatures. That was Jeannie,” says Phil. m JMM

students will begin studies at Cristo

She looked in the kitchen. And looked in the sink. She looked at Jeannie Hayes Endowed Scholarship Fund Hayes’ book was reprinted this year and is available on or at Profits from sales are directed to the Jeannie Hayes Endowed Scholarship Fund in the Diederich College of Communication at Marquette. It awards a scholarship every year to a junior in broadcast and electronic communication who meets this criteria: “passionate about their field and has a kind heart.”

that requires students to work in entry-level professional jobs five days each month with their salaries directed to pay tuition costs? Yes and yes. And in 2015, the first class of 100 Rey Milwaukee High School.

Early in 2012, Dr. Bill Henk, dean of

the College of Education, Marquette trustee Anne Zizzo, Jour ’87, and Andy Stith, Comm ’01, led a feasibility study to determine if the city could sustain the Cristo Rey model that unites local businesses with a school to provide underserved students with a faith-based, college prep, leadership-focused education.

“I’ve never seen anything quite like it

in my decade of service at Marquette,” says Henk of the number of Marquette deans, vice presidents and other staff members plus community leaders and generous foundations and donors who helped complete the feasibility study. “The success of the study signifies the community’s support for K–12 Catholic education in Milwaukee.”

This is the first time a Cristo Rey fea-

sibility study was led by a Jesuit university. Cristo Rey Milwaukee High School will open at 1215 S. 45th St., the site of the former St. Florian’s School, becoming the first coeducational secondary Jesuit school in Milwaukee. m AB


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