Leading voice

Dr. Daniel Zitomer was named a Water Environment Federation Fellow, recognizing achievements, stature and contributions to the water profession. The interim chair and professor of civil, construction and environmental engineering in the Opus College and director of the Water Quality Center specializes in education and industrial/municipal waste-water management. He is an expert in biotechnology for waste treatment and renewable energy with a focus in anaerobic biotechnology.


Welcome home

Marquette joined with two partners to buy The Marq, an apartment building on West 20th Street and Wisconsin Avenue. The 231 units and 612 beds will be offered as another campus apartment option to juniors, seniors, graduate and professional students for the 2018–19 academic year.


“Guys like me”

Milwaukee entrepreneur, business executive and philanthropist Michael Cudahy gave $1 million to support five full scholarships, including room and board, for students in the Opus College of Engineering. Four first-generation students started at Marquette this academic year, thanks to his generous gift.

“I have always felt that guys like me should, somehow, pay back society for success,” Cudahy says. “Perhaps we can help make it happen again with a young potential entrepreneur.”

Cudahy was the principal donor for Cudahy Hall, Marquette’s main computing facility, built in 1994 on 13th and Wisconsin and named in honor of his mother, Katharine Reed Cudahy. Michael Cudahy is a 2017 member of the Marquette University President’s Society.


Building capacity

Gina Sholtis joined Marquette in November as vice president for university advancement. Previously she was assistant vice chancellor for advancement at the University of Missouri and served on the leadership team for Mizzou’s $1.3 billion Our Time to Lead campaign. Prior to that Sholtis was associate dean and senior director of development at Washington University in St. Louis, where she helped advance the $2.3 billion Leading Together campaign.

Community ties

Shake a leg

Wanted: Alumni dancers — even those with two left feet — to let loose Saturday, April 21, 2018, at Dance Marathon Marquette at the Al McGuire Center. Join students in raising funds to support Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. This year’s goal is $125,000.
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Graduate School

New now

New graduate programs are available in psychology (behavior analysis), neuroscience, health care data analytics, ethically centered data science and STEM teaching. A resource for all Graduate School news about more than 50 graduate programs, 15 types of degrees and certificate programs is accessible at

Three winners

Three cheers

Marquette Magazine won the silver award for “best alumni/institution magazine, 10,000 full-time students and above” in the 2017 Pride of CASE V Awards from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education. Marquette Magazine’s basketball commemorative, 100 Years of Hoopla, won the gold award for “best specialized or unit-level magazine.” The Marquette video, Off Hours, won the silver award for “best video PSA or commercial spot.”

Arts + Sciences

Open doors

A new Center for the Advancement of the Humanities “will help make Marquette a standard-bearer for the importance of the humanities at universities, in our nation, and across the globe as we all grapple with the human condition and the pursuit of a better life for all,” says Provost Dan Myers. The center, directed by Dr. James South, professor of philosophy and associate dean for faculty in the Klingler College of Arts and Sciences, plans to sponsor faculty and student research, interdisciplinary conferences, internationally known speakers and public events.


New partners

Marquette became the first partner from outside of Illinois to join City Colleges of Chicago, a public school system of seven Chicago community colleges. The alignment will help Marquette better serve transfer students and facilitate the transfer process. Qualifying students will be able to plan transfers in advance, assisted by Marquette advising resources. They will also earn transfer scholarships to help reduce the cost of tuition.

Health Sciences

Depression research

A planned gift pledge of $1 million will be used to establish the Michael and Jeanne Schmitz Family Depression Research Fund in the College of Health Sciences. The gift, from Michael and Jeanne Schmitz, honors their son Joey, who committed suicide as a college freshman. The fund will support depression research efforts in the Charles E. Kubly Mental Health Research Center, including the BioDiscovery Imaging Core and BioDiscovery Cellular and Molecular Core, for the underlying neurobiological causes of diseases like depression. The Schmitzes are members of the 2017 Marquette University President’s Society.

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