Issues on tap

The offices of the Provost and Community Engagement unveiled a Community Engaged Research Partnership Development Grant to expand the number of bidirectional, community engaged research partnerships. The grant provides a stipend to a faculty member and community organization to forge a new research response to a community issue in the areas of health, education, incarceration and/or poverty.


Moving forward

Dave Lawlor joined campus as executive vice president for operations, a position created as part of a strategic executive realignment, a move President Michael Lovell calls vital to Marquette executing its strategic plan, Beyond Boundaries. A native of Dublin, Ireland, Lawlor earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration with an emphasis in finance from California State University –Hayward. He most recently served as vice chancellor and chief financial officer at the University of California–Davis. Read the strategic plan online @


To our health

The College of Health Sciences and School of Dentistry created a community health-focused post-baccalaureate program for students who want to strengthen their applications for dental school. The 12-month program starts in June for students with bachelor’s degrees who wish to build their resumes through a pre-dental curriculum that includes graduate-level biomedical course work and immersion in the dental field.


Reaching students

The College of Nursing dedicated a new Pleasant Prairie, Wis., location, strategically placed between Milwaukee and Chicago. It offers a state-of-the-art simulation lab and lecture rooms. Students will be able to earn master’s degrees in nursing in as few as 18 months through a combination of online course work, hands-on labs and in-hospital clinical rotations.


Amazing addition

Marquette bought a first edition, first printing of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit, one of only 1,500 copies of the children’s classic published in 1937. This treasure enhances the J.R.R. Tolkien Collection, which holds the original manuscripts of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings trilogy. The Hobbit manuscripts contain 1,586 pages, including a holograph version, corrected typesets, three sets of page proofs with the author’s corrections, a water-color rendering by Tolkien, printed maps with corrections, a watercolor of trolls and Gollum by German artist Horus Engels, and the original copy of “Thror’s Map.”


Dome home

The university erected a $3.6 million dome over the synthetic turf field portion of Valley Fields. The dome will be up for five months of the year. “This project is a positive step forward because it will free up athletic space for both our inter-collegiate athletes as well as many students who play intramural and club sports,” says Vice President and Director for Athletics Bill Scholl.


Listen in

In one of the latest episodes of “Illuminating Intellect,” Michael O’Hear talks with Provost Dan Myers about Wisconsin prison sentencing policy, the restorative power of yoga and his book, Wisconsin Sentencing in the Tough-on-Crime Era: How Judges Retained Power and Why Mass Incarceration Happened Anyway. Listen in @


Journalistic impact

The Diederich College established the new O’Brien Fellowship Award for Impact in Public Service Journalism . It will be bestowed as part of the American Society of News Editors annual awards contest and recognize an individual or team whose work helps solve a community or societal issue and leads to changes in laws, regulations or other demonstrated results. The first winner will be announced this spring.

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