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<ul><li><p>MARCH / APRIL 2014</p><p>MARQUETTEP</p><p>hoto</p><p> by </p><p>Dan</p><p> Joh</p><p>nson</p><p>STATEOF THE </p><p>UNIVERSITY ADDRESS</p><p>By Lynn Sheka</p><p>In his first Presidential Address since returning as interim president, Rev. Robert A. Wild, S.J., was joined by Interim Provost Margaret Faut Callahan for a dialogue on major topics and initiatives taking place at Marquette. Father Wild kicked off the State of the University Address by announcing that an additional $5million had been raised for a new on-campus Jesuit Residence. The gift, which came from Ray and Kay Eckstein through their charitable trust, is the second major gift toward the $15 million Jesuit Residence fundraising effort. In May 2007, the Ecksteins donated $51 million toward the construction of a new Law School facility, one ofthe largest gifts ever to a U.S. law school.</p><p>Father Wild continued by sharing additional positive news related to fundraising, noting that since July 2013, donors have contributed $41.5 million to Marquette, well ahead of year-to-date numbers for the past five years, and surpassing University Advancements $40.7 million projec-tion for the year. More than $14.5 million of those funds are for student scholarships. When alumni ask me the most important thing they can do to help Marquette, I say scholarships, Father Wild said. That support is going to makea difference in students lives in ways wecan only imagine. </p><p>Callahan then addressed the ways that inno-vative academic initiatives are helping to grow revenues and advance the academic reputation of Marquette. Ive been extremely pleased that deans have been the driving force behind these efforts, she said, specifically noting momentum in high-demand areas, including: theSchool of Dentistrys addition and expansionof its first-year class size by 20 students; the College of Health Sciences adding targeted faculty in highly ratedphys-ical therapyandphysician assistantprograms; theCollege of Nursings $5 million grant from the Department of Veterans Affairs,which will allow it to increase its class size by 40 students; theCollege of Engineerings cross-disciplinary Visualization Lab; andthe Diederich College of Communications innovative OBrien Fellowship for public service journalism.</p><p>Emphasizing the need to look at enrollment in a comprehensive way, going beyond a target number of traditional freshman, Callahan gave an update on the work being done by nine separate committees on an enrollment strategy, which will be presented to the Board of Trustees later this year. </p><p>Callahan also addressed budgeting decisions for fiscal year 2015, sharing that this year, the university piloted the use of new metrics to develop the capital budget. The new approach helped leadership reach sound decisions while promoting greater transparency and better understanding across colleges and operating units regarding how funds are allocated and which investments get funded. We must do this in order to keep a Marquette education affordable for our students and their families, Callahan said. This is the most compelling andimportant purpose for our work.</p><p>Father Wild discussed progress on the goals in the universitys strategic plan, Beyond Boundaries, including that the universitys 2013 research and development activity reached $20.9million, Marquettes highest figure ever, and that patent activity continues to grow. The Task Force on Community Engagement continues to work on preparing an application for the Carnegie Community Engagement Classification. One of the major initiatives of the task force is to build a database that will facilitate tracking and assessment of community engagement activities. An interdisciplinary team is working tobuild the structure of that database to be botheffective and user-friendly. </p><p>Callahan shared news of a comprehensive diversity plan being spearheaded by Dr. William Welburn, associate provost for diversity and inclu-sion. The plan will be developed collaboratively with faculty, staff and students, with early steps including the implementation of a bias reporting tool for students, a climate study on diversity during the 201415 academic year, and additional diversity education and programming through the Division of Student Affairs. Iurge you to lend your minds and hearts to this essential university-wide effort, Callahan said.</p><p>To close the address, Father Wild shared that the university is exploring whether to convert the Department of Public Safety to a commissioned police force. Whatever our decision, the mission of DPS will not change; it will continue to be student-centered, Father Wild said. He also emphasized the need for input on the decision from the Marquette community and neighborhood stakeholders, including the Milwaukee Police Department.</p><p>Before facilitating questions from the audience, Dr. Marilyn Frenn, chair of University </p><p>Academic Senate and professor of nursing, thanked Father Wild and Callahan for promoting shared governance and instituting the strong provost model.</p><p>Ph</p><p>oto</p><p> by </p><p>Joh</p><p>n N</p><p>ien</p><p>hu</p><p>is</p><p>Dr. Michael R. Lovell elected firstlay president of MarquetteDr. Michael R. Lovell was unanimously elected Marquette Universitys 24th president by the Board of Trustees on March 26. President-elect Lovell will be Marquettes first lay president whenhe officially begins his role Aug. 1. A devout Catholic and a man of deep faith, President-elect Lovell, who currently serves as chancellor of the University of WisconsinMilwaukee, said at the news conference announcing his election, My faith has always served as a cornerstone in my life and having the ability to openly practice myreligious beliefs in my professional career is something that Ive always wanted to do.</p><p>After the press conference, President-elect Lovell met with students in the AMU Brew Bayou, shaking hands and taking multiple selfies withstudents that were shared throughout socialmedia. Later in the afternoon, he attended a reception at Engineering Hall with the University Leadership Council, University Academic Senate, and representatives from Faculty Council, Staff Assembly, MUSG, Parents Council and the Marquette University Alumni Association National Board. Afterward, the Jesuit community welcomed President-elect Lovell and his wife, Amy, to the Jesuit Residence for Mass and dinner, which capped ahistoric day for Marquette.</p><p>Learn more at marquette.edu/president-elect.</p></li><li><p>MARQUETTE MATTERS </p><p>Way Klingler Sabbatical Award winner studying patterns of tradeand migration in 16th century Central America</p><p>Ph</p><p>oto</p><p> by </p><p>Dan</p><p> Jo</p><p>hn</p><p>son</p><p>New Visualization Lab provides collaborative space tocreate immersive environmentsBy Andy Brodzeller</p><p>By Lynn Sheka </p><p>Dr. Laura Matthew, associate professor of history in the Klingler College of Arts and </p><p>Sciences, is the 201415 Way Klingler Sabbatical Award recipient. She will spend her year-</p><p>long sabbatical working on her next book, Circulations: Death and Opportunity on the </p><p>Mesoamerican Pacific Coast, 14501660, including conducting research in Guatemala and </p><p>Mexico. Circulations asks how or whether indigenous patterns of trade and migration </p><p>along the Pacific Coast of Central America were transformed as aresult of European conquest. </p><p>This work is important because the Pacific Coast is notoriously ignored in Guatemalan </p><p>history, Matthew says. Many of the regions contemporary inhabitants trace their history </p><p>to pre-colonial times yet they have not been incorporated into larger national conversations </p><p>about ethnicity, identity and civil rights. </p><p>Her latest book will build upon her prize-winning monograph, Memories of Conquest: </p><p>Becoming Mexicano in Colonial Guatemala, which received the prestigious 2013 Howard </p><p>F. Cline Award from the Conference on Latin American History, awarded to the best book </p><p>published in the last two years about the history of the indigenous people of LatinAmerica. </p><p>Italso received the 2013 Murdo MacLeod Prize from the Southern Historical Association for </p><p>the best book in Latin American and Caribbean history.</p><p>Matthew also plans to continue her work with a linguistic anthropologist from the </p><p>University of Texas at Austin on a project analyzing the historical evolution of Nahuatl, </p><p>thelanguage of the Aztec empire, in Central America. </p><p>The Sabbatical Review Committee selects the Way Klingler Sabbatical Award winner. </p><p>Therecipient receives their full salary, plus two additional months of summer pay and $10,000 </p><p>tofund travel and expenses related to research conducted during the year-long sabbatical. </p><p>A group of freshmen grabbed their 3D glasses </p><p>and took a seat before the lights wereturned </p><p>down and the screen in front of them came to </p><p>life. For the next hour, these students werent </p><p>captivated by the latest blockbuster at the local </p><p>movie theatre, but were transported inside a </p><p>human artery in Engineering Halls state-of-the-</p><p>art Visualization Laboratory as an extension </p><p>of a laboratory exercise. Powered by six high-</p><p>end computers and 10 projectors, the new lab </p><p>provides immersive experiences for students, </p><p>researchers and industry collaborators. </p><p>The lab is the result of more than five years </p><p>of planning led by Dr. John LaDisa, associate </p><p>professor of biomedical engineering and director </p><p>of the Visualization Lab. Theprocess was delib-</p><p>eratively open and collaborative, to ensure the </p><p>equipment and space meets the needs of faculty </p><p>across campus, LaDisa says. </p><p>The lab has two distinct spaces, a Content </p><p>Development Lounge with five high-end </p><p>computer stations that allow researchers and </p><p>students to develop content for the large display </p><p>area, known as the CAVE. The lounge was </p><p>designed as a flexible space that allows it to be </p><p>used as a general meeting area for collabora-</p><p>tors, or for individuals to work independently </p><p>on different projects. We really wanted this to </p><p>be a welcoming andenriching space that people </p><p>looked forward to coming to, LaDisa says. </p><p>The real showcase of the space is the CAVE, </p><p>or versatile large-scale immersive environment. </p><p>The projection area is ten feet tall, ten feet deep </p><p>and more than18 feet long, and has space for </p><p>30 people. According to LaDisa, having a space </p><p>for that size group is unique for a visualization </p><p>lab. We deliberately made this choice so that the </p><p>lab could be leveraged not only for research, but </p><p>also instruction and publicevents, he says. </p><p>While the lab just opened in December </p><p>2013, its collaborative nature and flexibility </p><p>are already being put to use. The Department </p><p>of Digital Media and Performing Arts put on </p><p>a two-man show, Zoo Story, in April, with the </p><p>CAVE providing the scenery and special effects. </p><p>Chester Loeffler-Bell, artistic assistant professor of </p><p>performing arts, is working with the lab on the </p><p>set design. Moving forward, Loeffler-Bell hopes </p><p>to use the lab to virtually design sets before </p><p>physically building themto reduce costs. </p><p>Other university contributors include </p><p>Dr. Martin St. Maurice, assistant professor </p><p>of biological sciences, who will use the </p><p>Visualization Lab to study the structure </p><p>and function of enzymes that are potential </p><p>targets forthe treatment of diabetes, cancer </p><p>andmicrobial infection. The College of Nursing </p><p>is also working with the lab to create a virtual </p><p>medical surgical unit to test nursing students on </p><p>specific skills. </p><p>In the coming months, LaDisa will schedule </p><p>tours and presentations of the space soaddi-</p><p>tional faculty can learn how the space may </p><p>benefit their research or teaching. </p><p>CAMPUS HAPPENINGS</p><p>New locations for Honors Program; Klingler College ofArts and Sciences main office, Advising CenterAs part of ongoing renovations to Marquettes historic core Johnston Hall, Marquette Hall and Sensenbrenner Hall the main office of the Klingler College of Arts and Sciences is now located on the first floor of newly renovated Sensenbrenner Hall. The Klingler College of Arts and Sciences Advising Center is now located in ground-level suite 005 in Sensenbrenner Hall, and the Klingler College of Arts and Sciences Records Department is now located in ground-level suite 004 in Sensenbrenner Hall. The University Honors Program is now located in ground-level suite 002 in Sensenbrenner Hall. Renovations will continue on the upper floors of Sensenbrenner Hall, with the Department of History expected to move to its permanent location in Sensenbrenner in May 2014.</p><p>Commencement will be held Sunday, May 18Marquettes Commencement ceremony will be held Sunday, May, 18, at 9:30 a.m. at the BMO Harris Bradley Center.Rev. James Martin, S.J., will be the Commencement speaker and will receive an honorary doctor of letters degree. Father Martins most recent book, Jesus: A Pilgrimage, explores the human emotions and divine activities of the life of Jesus. His books Between Heaven and Mirth: Why Joy, Humor and Laughter are at the Heart of the Spiritual Life; The Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything; and Together on Retreat, are New York Times best sellers. Father Martin is a frequent commentator in national and international media, and is known as The Colbert Report s official chaplain.</p></li><li><p>Marquette Matters is published every other month during the academic year for Marquette Universitys faculty and staff. Submit information to: Marquette Matters Zilber Hall, 235; Phone: 8-7448; Fax: 8-7197Email: marquettematters@marquette.edu</p><p>Editor: Lynn Sheka</p><p>Graphic design:Nick Schroeder</p><p>Copyright 2014Marquette University</p><p>On the SideDr. Leigh van den Kieboom sailor</p><p>On the Side offers a glimpse of faculty and staff interests outside of Marquette. Email your story suggestions to marquettematters@marquette.edu.</p><p>Take Five is a brief list about an interesting aspect of Marquette life. Email your list suggestions to marquettematters@marquette.edu.</p><p>TAKE5</p><p>Ph</p><p>oto</p><p> by </p><p>Ben</p><p> Sm</p><p>idt</p><p>Museum as classroomTeaching Enhancement Award winners will use Haggerty in pilotproject</p><p>Ph</p><p>oto</p><p> by </p><p>Dan</p><p> Jo</p><p>hn</p><p>son</p><p>By Christopher Stolarski</p><p>Student-centered, interdisciplinary and adaptable Thats how the </p><p>Committee on Teaching described the proposed project Clear Picture: </p><p>Looking at Communities from an Art Museum, winner of this years Way </p><p>Klingler Teaching Enhancement Award. The project leaders, Dr. Eugenia </p><p>Afinoguenova, associate professor of Spanish in the Klingler College of </p><p>Arts and Sciences; and Dr. Pamela Hill Nettleton, assistant professor of </p><p>journalism and media studies in the Diederich College of Communication, </p><p>will receive $20,000 to fund the project. </p><p>The idea was presented to the professors by Haggerty Museum of </p><p>Art leaders, who had been seeking ways in which they could become </p><p>a creative alternative to a classroom. In conjunction with the museums </p><p>201415 Blue Room Redux exhibition, Afinoguenova and Nettleton will </p><p>teach courses dedicated to language, literature, and writing about the </p><p>arts that use the Haggerty and its exhibits as a learning laboratory. Their </p><p>students will help develop the exhibition as curators, writers andguides.</p><p>Recent research on student museum-going has found a strong </p><p>correlation between visiting art collections and developing critical </p><p>thinking skills, bu...</p></li></ul>