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MARQUETTE The search for Marquette’s 24th president By Lynn Sheka

More than 285 people attended 10 community input sessions held during the first two weeks of November, and more than 850 individuals submitted feedback online.

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As the fall semester comes to a close, the search for Marquette’s 24th president is in full swing, propelled by the goal of having a permanent president in place to start the 2014–15 academic year. In early October, the Board of Trustees formed a Presidential Search Committee — chaired by Board of Trustees Member John F. Ferraro, Bus Ad ’77, that for the first time includes a dean and faculty member (see Committee membership call out box). This presidential search marks a pivotal moment in Marquette’s history: it is the first that will include both Jesuit and layperson candidates following amendment of the university’s bylaws by the Board of Trustees in 2011. Ferraro says the next president, whether Jesuit or layperson, must be wholeheartedly and unequivocally committed to Marquette’s Catholic, Jesuit mission and identity. “Choosing the most qualified and the best person, man or woman, to lead Marquette has got to be at the top of the agenda, and Catholic identity and Jesuit mission has got to be in

the DNA of that person,” Ferraro said in an introductory video posted on the Presidential Search website. To ensure the Marquette community has multiple ways to weigh in on the qualifications and characteristics that the university’s next president should possess, the Search Committee hosted 10 community input sessions during the first two weeks of November and provided an online input form for faculty, staff, students, the Jesuit community, alumni, parents and friends of the university to share their thoughts. Individuals were asked to review the Presidential Profile created during the presiden‑ tial search in spring 2010, and share feedback on whether the qualities and characteristics identified as important then were still relevant or needed to be updated. Notes from each of the community input sessions are posted on the Presidential Search website. The Search Committee is developing a Presidential Position Statement to reflect the 








John F. Ferraro, Bus Ad ’77, vice chair of the Board of Trustees, chair of the Presidential Search Committee, global chief operating officer at Ernst & Young Patricia Cervenka, professor of law and director of the Law Library Dr. William Cullinan, PT ’81, dean of the College of Health Sciences Patrick Lawton, Bus Ad ’78, Grad ’80, Trustee, managing director, fixed income capital markets group, Robert W. Baird & Co. Dr. Arnold Mitchem, Grad ’81, Trustee, retired president, Council for Opportunity in Education Rev. Joseph O’Keefe, S.J., Trustee, professor of education at Boston College Dr. Janis Orlowski, Eng ’78, Trustee, senior director, Health Care Affairs, American Association of Medical Colleges Owen Sullivan, Arts ’79, Trustee, retired CEO of Right Management, Jefferson Wells, and president of specialty brands, ManpowerGroup

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CAM PU S H A P P E N I N GS Final Mid-year Commencement will be held Dec. 15

Deadlines for Way Klingler awards approaching

Marquette’s final December graduation ceremony will take place at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday, Dec. 15, at the U.S. Cellular Arena. Speakers will include Interim President Robert A. Wild, S.J., a student speaker and Dr. Donald Neumann, professor of physical therapy in the College of Health Sciences. The Baccalaureate Mass will be held Saturday, Dec. 14, at 7:30 p.m. at Church of the Gesu.

Up to four full-time, regular, junior faculty will receive Way Klingler Young Scholar Awards for 2014–15. The awards of up to $32,000 fund $2,000 in operating expenses and cover up to 50 percent of salary so the recipients can take a one-semester sabbatical. Award winners are selected by the Committee on Research. The application is due Friday, Jan. 10, 2014. Deans have until Friday, Jan. 17, 2014, to nominate full-time associate or full professors for a Way Klingler Fellowship. Two fellowships will be awarded in 2014, one in science and a second in the humanities/social sciences. The science fellow will receive $50,000 annually for three years, and the humanities fellow will receive $20,000 annually for three years. The fellows will be chosen by the Committee on Research. Applications for the 2014–15 Way Klingler Teaching Enhancement Award, intended to foster the development of effective and sustainable changes and innovations in teaching approaches within specific courses or clusters of courses, are due Monday, Dec. 2. Applications for all Way Klingler Faculty Development Awards are available on the Office of the Provost website.

Annual giving to Marquette tops $47 million in fiscal 2013 Nearly 28,000 benefactors invested $47 million in Marquette during fiscal 2013, according to University Advancement, resulting in 30 new endowed scholarships and support for more than 650 funds. Three gifts of more than $1 million were received, including $8.3 million to fund the new O’Brien Fellowship in Public Service Journalism. Annual giving of more than $10 million included a record-high $4 million to the Blue and Gold Fund.


The next chapter for the Marquette Law School Poll

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By Chris Jenkins

Building off the Law School Poll’s success during its first two years, Charles Franklin is collaborating with Craig Gilbert, a Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reporter who is in the middle of a six-month stint as the Law School’s Lubar Fellow for Public Policy Research, in exploring political polarization in the region.

For a veteran observer of Wisconsin politics such as Charles Franklin, it’d be hard to top 2012. Between the gubernatorial recall election, Paul Ryan’s vice presidential candidacy and Wisconsin’s swing-state status in the November election, there was no shortage of national ­attention to state politics. Through it all, the Marquette Law School Poll, led by Franklin and the largest indepen‑ dent polling project in state history, consistently gave voters an accurate look at public opinion. The poll correctly predicted the margins of the recall, senate and presidential races, each within two points of the final results. Franklin, who spent 2012 as a visiting professor at Marquette on leave from the University of Wisconsin–Madison, joined the Marquette faculty on a full-time basis Aug. 1. He remains director of the poll while adding the title of professor of law and public policy, and is looking forward to building on the poll’s successful first two years. “I think bringing some perspective to the issue is the No. 1 goal here,” Franklin says. “Not to argue one side or the other, or take posi‑ tions on public policy, but to try to provide the set of base facts from which different perspec‑ tives can legitimately argue the virtues of their side and the defects of the other side. That’s consistent with the purpose of the Law School’s public policy initiative since Mike Gousha came on board in 2007. Using the poll to support the work of the policy initiative in collaboration with Gousha and others has been deeply satisfying.”

While the next year might not be as wild as 2012, there will be plenty to keep tabs on. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is up for re-election in 2014, and both Walker and Ryan are being touted as potential 2016 Republican presidential candidates.

“I have requests right now from both Democratic and Republican firms for anybody with these [big data] skills to walk into a job,” Franklin says.

“It would be kind of disappointing to be in a state that was so lopsided that everything was a foregone conclusion — and we’re certainly not that,” Franklin says. “The different outcomes we saw in 2012 are certainly proof of our continued swing status.” Franklin will continue to track those races in 2013 and beyond, but he’s also using the

Presidential Search Marquette community’s feedback, as well as the challenges and opportunities of the presidential role. The comprehensive position description will be presented to the Board of Trustees for approval in December. The Search Committee is also actively building a broad pool of qual‑ ified candidates — both Jesuit and layperson —

poll for other purposes. The poll is supporting Prof. Michael O’Hear of the Law School and Associate Professor Darren Wheelock of Social and Cultural Sciences as they examine public attitudes on truth-in-sentencing policies and has incorporated questions from Political Science Assistant Professor Amber Wichowsky and Diederich College of Communication Professor Robert Griffin among other faculty. Franklin continues to poll on topics outside of politics and law, seeking public attitudes on everything from people’s financial outlook to their participation in religious activities, and welcomes suggestions from other faculty. “Those other topics don’t always get the head‑ lines that a ‘horse race’ poll or question gets, but they give us over time the chance to look at a variety of issues,” Franklin says. “Big data” and analytics are hot right now, in everything from politics and business to sports. Franklin doesn’t think it’s a fad, and he hopes current students pay attention to a growing field. “I have requests right now from both Democratic and Republican firms for anybody with these skills to walk into a job,” Franklin says. “And a pretty good job, not an internship. I would love to be able to help send students to those places as opportunities to start a career. It requires building those skills while you’re still an undergrad, and it requires being aware that these opportunities exist.”

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with the help of national executive search firm Witt/Kieffer, which has extensive experience assisting with presidential searches at Catholic and Jesuit universities. Next, the confidential work of winnowing that candidate pool and reviewing candidates’ credentials will begin. The Search Committee plans to conduct inter‑ views with semifinalists during the spring 2014 semester. As the search moves toward finalists, the Search Committee would prefer that various stakeholders participate in the final selection, but is unwilling to lose top candidates who prefer a confidential process. At a recent input

session, Witt/Kieffer consultant, Dennis Barden, shared that current presidential searches at private universities are typically confidential, as candidates often hold executive positions at other institutions and want to return to those ­positions if they are not selected. The Search Committee will present finalists, as well as a recommendation for president, to the Board of Trustees, which will elect Marquette’s president. Ferraro says he is confident the next president of Marquette will be announced before the end of the academic year. Learn more at

By David Cotey

Marquette University’s advising enterprise is ever-evolving because as programs and course offerings change, so too do students’ advising needs. After several recent student-based surveys indicated that undergraduate advising improve‑ ments could be made, the Office of the Provost charged deans of every college to take a closer look at the needs of their students, and how advising could be improved “Advising is a key factor in student success; it is a priority to us, and it’s going to stay a priority,” says Anne Deahl, associate vice provost for academic support programs and retention. “It is also a process that needs to evolve as the needs of the students change. As a new process, we have to give it time to work.” Deahl says deans continually study how to best resource advising and review best practices to utilize faculty expertise to serve students’ needs. Significant changes have taken effect

this fall, including in the College of Engineering, which created an Academic Advising Center. The center includes a new director of academic advising, two staff members with redefined roles and responsibilities, and an existing faculty member, who assumed a parttime role as the associate dean for academic affairs and oversees the center’s staff. The center provides drop-in advising services for any undergraduate engineering student. “We saw an opportunity to be proactive and create new pathways for academic advising to better serve the needs of the students and allow faculty more time for career advising and mentoring,” says Dr. Kristina Ropella, executive associate dean of the College of Engineering. Similar changes and advancements are in place in the College of Nursing and the Helen Way Klingler College of Arts and Sciences.

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Advising, of course, is a two-way partner‑ ship requiring student participation. Students are equipped with a pair of self-guidance tools to better the advisee-adviser relationship. The graduation checklist available in the Academic Advisement tool indicates exactly where students are on their graduation path, and the tool also provides opportunities to both track progress and explore alternate degree possibilities. Students should have course selections in mind and be prepared with questions prior to their appointments with advisers, says Brigid Lagerman, the director of academic advising in the College of Engineering. She also asks students to bring their graduation checklist. “The level of preparedness on the part of the student varies widely,” Lagerman says. “With prepared students, we are able to agree on a course list quickly, and I spend the rest of the time answering any questions the student has.”


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Rev. John D. Jones – Photographer

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The next evolution of student advising

The top five biggest sales days at the Spirit Shop during the 2012-13 fiscal year were:

1. National Marquette Day, March 2 2. Alumni Weekend, July 27 3. Elite 8 Friday, March 29 4. Elite 8 Saturday, March 30 5. Christmas Break, December 15 Visit the Spirit Shop online at

Humpback Whale, Puerto Vallarta

Photos courtesy of Rev. John D. Jones

By Laura Moderhock

Rev. John D. Jones, professor of philosophy and interim chair of the Department of Physics, has always used music and prayer to center himself, but his passion for photography has also begun to play a key role in his personal expression. Father Jones, an Orthodox Christian priest, says the camera allows him to focus on ordinary things and affords him a different perspective on the world. “I value photography and music precisely because they are ways of conveying rich meaning in a non-conceptual and non-verbal way,” says Father Jones. “I often refer to photography and music

in my classes to give students examples of ways in which they can learn about the world through ­experience, not just rational reflection and analysis.” “Philosophy and academic work is very headcentered for me,” says Father Jones. “But music and photography are very centered in the heart, the place where we are really centered as whole persons.” View more of Father Jones’ photos at ­ “On the Side” offers a glimpse of faculty and staff interests outside of Marquette. Email your story suggestions to ­

“Take Five” is a brief list about an interesting aspect of Marquette life. Email your list suggestions to Marquette Matters is published every other month during the academic year 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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By David Cotey

Physical therapy professor receives Fulbright scholarship to Nepal Colombo


By Jesse Lee

Dr. Guy Simoneau, professor of physical therapy in the College of Health Sciences, will travel to Dhulikhel Hospital, Kathmandu University — which offers the only physical therapy program in Nepal — this spring on a Fulbright scholarship. While in Nepal, he will collaborate with Kathmandu University faculty on teaching, research and publication projects. “Seeking out opportunities to collaborate with faculty and staff at schools all over the world has been and continues to be an important component of my professional mission,” says Simoneau. “This Fulbright scholarship is consistent with that mission and with the program’s overall goal of sharing physical therapy education and research globally.” Dhulikhel Hospital, which cares for a population of 1.9 million people, began offering physical therapy treatment in 2003, and Kathmandu University added its first Bachelor of Physiotherapy program in 2010. Simoneau will partner with the university’s faculty on the development and implementation of goals that the faculty has identified for the physical therapy program, including a skill lab, fitness clinic and Master’s and doctoral programs. “Dr. Simoneau is one of the leaders of our department’s initiative to further physical therapy on a global scale,” says Dr. Larry Pan, chair of the Physical Therapy Department. “Receiving a Fulbright scholarship is a testament to his outstanding work in this arena and his spirit of service.”

A partnership between Marquette University and the Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center will not only allow 40 more students to join the College of Nursing MALAYSIA by 2014–15, but also ensures military veterans continue to receive the specialized care they have earned. Over the summer, the Department of Veterans Affairs chose the College of Nursing and the Milwaukee VA as one of six sites in the nation to participate in a five‑year, $5 million VA Nursing Academy Nursing Academic Partnership Program. The veteran-centric cohort program will help fill expected future vacancies with nurses prepared to care for the specific needs of veterans and their families — nurses who require less training and orientation time due to their clinical experiences in VA settings. The goal is to place graduates into nursing positions at the Milwaukee VA or another VA facility. “It’s a great partnership,” says Dr. Kerry KosmoskiGoepfert, associate dean in the College of Nursing. “We’re fortunate to be working with Zablocki VA Medical Center. The care there is phenomenal and to be able to educate nurses in that care is a wonderful opportunity.” The College of Nursing expects to add 10 full-time faculty members funded by the partnership (some based at the Milwaukee VA) during the next five years, enabling college undergraduate enrollment to increase to 150 students by 2014–15. Veteran-centric educational opportunities have been woven throughout the college’s revised pre-licensure curriculum so all students benefit from the focused content. Students who participate in the veteran-centric cohort receive the same education as their peers, but complete nearly all their clinical studies at the Milwaukee VA.

M A R Q U ET T E HAP P E NING S Apply for faculty retirement benefit by Dec. 2

Holiday hours in effect Dec. 24, 2013, to Jan. 1, 2014

The deadline for tenured faculty to apply for retirement benefits is 4:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 2, for the 2014–15 academic year. To be eligible for retirement benefits, a tenured faculty member must be eligible for retirement under University Policy and Procedure 4-18, including being at least 55 years of age and having a combined total age and years of full-time service with the university that equals at least 70. The retirement/tenure buyout policy also allows for mid-year retirements, meaning faculty can consider retiring in December. The deadline for faculty to apply for retirement with full retirement benefits at the end of a fall academic term is Feb. 1 of the calendar year in which the faculty member intends to forgo tenure. The policy is located at retirement-policy.

The university will be closed Tuesday, Dec. 24, through Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014, for the Christmas holiday. Limited campus services, including Public Safety, Facility Services and the Rec Plex, will remain open. The university will re-open Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014. Buildings and services with special hours of operation during the semester break include the Alumni Memorial Union, IT Services, Raynor Memorial Libraries, the Rec Center, the Rec Plex, the Spirit Shop and the Union Sports Annex. Complete holiday and semester break hours can be found at

Behavior Clinic’s 10th anniversary celebration is Dec. 4 The Behavior Clinic, a collaboration between the College of Education and the Penfield Children’s Center, will host a 10th anniversary celebration Wednesday, Dec. 4, at 4:30 p.m. in the AMU, Henke Lounge. The Behavior Clinic has enhanced the lives of Milwaukee-area families by bringing cuttingedge pediatric mental health counseling to the community. As one of only a few pediatric programs of its kind in the country, the Behavior Clinic is at the forefront of a growing field throughout the world. Register online at

Winter Compendium submission deadline is Dec. 6 Faculty and staff with professional accomplishments such as publications, presentations and awards, should make sure they are documented by Friday, Dec. 6, by submitting them to the Faculty Activities Database (for full-time and clinical faculty members) or online at (for part-time, adjunct, participating, emeritus or visiting faculty members, and full-time staff members). Faculty members submitting through the FAD need to check the appropriate box on the “Report Permissions” page in the FAD to submit items to Compendium. Accomplishments that have occurred between June 1, 2013, and Nov. 30, 2013, will be used to compile the winter issue, which will be distributed in February 2014.

November/December 2013 Marquette Matters  

November/December 2013 Marquette Matters

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