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  • MARCH / APRIL 2014









    By Lynn Sheka

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    Before facilitating questions from the audience, Dr. Marilyn Frenn, chair of University

    Academic Senate and professor of nursing, thanked Father Wild and Callahan for promoting shared governance and instituting the strong provost model.





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    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.

    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.

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    Way Klingler Sabbatical Award winner studying patterns of tradeand migration in 16th century Central America








    New Visualization Lab provides collaborative space tocreate immersive environmentsBy Andy Brodzeller

    By Lynn Sheka

    Dr. Laura Matthew, associate professor of history in the Klingler College of Arts and

    Sciences, is the 201415 Way Klingler Sabbatical Award recipient. She will spend her year-

    long sabbatical working on her next book, Circulations: Death and Opportunity on the

    Mesoamerican Pacific Coast, 14501660, including conducting research in Guatemala and

    Mexico. Circulations asks how or whether indigenous patterns of trade and migration

    along the Pacific Coast of Central America were transformed as aresult of European conquest.

    This work is important because the Pacific Coast is notoriously ignored in Guatemalan

    history, Matthew says. Many of the regions contemporary inhabitants trace their history

    to pre-colonial times yet they have not been incorporated into larger national conversations

    about ethnicity, identity and civil rights.

    Her latest book will build upon her prize-winning monograph, Memories of Conquest:

    Becoming Mexicano in Colonial Guatemala, which received the prestigious 2013 Howard

    F. Cline Award from the Conference on Latin American History, awarded to the best book

    published in the last two years about the history of the indigenous people of LatinAmerica.

    Italso received the 2013 Murdo MacLeod Prize from the Southern Historical Association for

    the best book in Latin American and Caribbean history.

    Matthew also plans to continue her work with a linguistic anthropologist from the

    University of Texas at Austin on a project analyzing the historical evolution of Nahuatl,

    thelanguage of the Aztec empire, in Central America.

    The Sabbatical Review Committee selects the Way Klingler Sabbatical Award winner.

    Therecipient receives their full salary, plus two additional months of summer pay and $10,000

    tofund travel and expenses related to research conducted during the year-long sabbatical.

    A group of freshmen grabbed their 3D glasses

    and took a seat before the lights wereturned

    down and the screen in front of them came to

    life. For the next hour, these students werent

    captivated by the latest blockbuster at the local

    movie theatre, but were transported inside a

    human artery in Engineering Halls state-of-the-

    art Visualization Laboratory as an extension

    of a laboratory exercise. Powered by six high-

    end computers and 10 projectors, the new lab

    provides immersive experiences for students,

    researchers and industry collaborators.

    The lab is the result of more than five years

    of planning led by Dr. John LaDisa, associate

    professor of biomedical engineering and director

    of the Visualization Lab. Theprocess was delib-

    eratively open and collaborative, to ensure the

    equipment and space meets the needs of faculty

    across campus, LaDisa says.

    The lab has two distinct spaces, a Content

    Development Lounge with five high-end

    computer stations that allow researchers and

    students to develop content for the large display

    area, known as the CAVE. The lounge was

    designed as a flexible space that allows it to be

    used as a general meeting area for collabora-

    tors, or for individuals to work independently

    on different projects. We really wanted this to

    be a welcoming andenriching space that people

    looked forward to coming to, LaDisa says.

    The real showcase of the space is the CAVE,

    or versatile large-scale immersive environment.

    The projection area is ten feet tall, ten feet deep

    and more than18 feet long, and has space for

    30 people. According to LaDisa, having a space

    for that size group is unique for a visualization

    lab. We deliberately made this choice so that the

    lab could be leveraged not only for research, but

    also instruction and publicevents, he says.

    While the lab just opened in December

    2013, its collaborative nature and flexibility

    are already being put to use. The Department

    of Digital Media and Performing Arts put on

    a two-man show, Zoo Story, in April, with the

    CAVE providing the scenery and special effects.

    Chester Loeffler-Bell, artistic assistant professor of

    performing arts, is working with the lab on the

    set design. Moving forward, Loeffler-Bell hopes

    to use the lab to virtually design sets before

    physically building themto reduce costs.

    Other university contributors include

    Dr. Martin St. Maurice, assistant professor

    of biological sciences, who will use the

    Visualization Lab to study the structure

    and function of enzymes that are potential

    targets forthe treatment of diabetes, cancer

    andmicrobial infection. The College of Nursing

    is also working with the lab to create a virtual

    medical surgical unit to test nursing students on

    specific skills.

    In the coming months, LaDisa will schedule

    tours and presentations of the space soaddi-

    tional faculty can learn how the space may

    benefit their research or teaching.


    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.

    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.

  • 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:

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    Museum as classroomTeaching Enhancement Award winners will use Haggerty in pilotproject








    By Christopher Stolarski

    Student-centered, interdisciplinary and adaptable Thats how the

    Committee on Teaching described the proposed project Clear Picture:

    Looking at Communities from an Art Museum, winner of this years Way

    Klingler Teaching Enhancement Award. The project leaders, Dr. Eugenia

    Afinoguenova, associate professor of Spanish in the Klingler College of

    Arts and Sciences; and Dr. Pamela Hill Nettleton, assistant professor of

    journalism and media studies in the Diederich College of Communication,

    will receive $20,000 to fund the project.

    The idea was presented to the professors by Haggerty Museum of

    Art leaders, who had been seeking ways in which they could become

    a creative alternative to a classroom. In conjunction with the museums

    201415 Blue Room Redux exhibition, Afinoguenova and Nettleton will

    teach courses dedicated to language, literature, and writing about the

    arts that use the Haggerty and its exhibits as a learning laboratory. Their

    students will help develop the exhibition as curators, writers andguides.

    Recent research on student museum-going has found a strong

    correlation between visiting art collections and developing critical

    thinking skills, building up social tolerance and showing greater

    historicalempathy, Afinoguenova says. We plan to test some of

    thesehypotheses and write an article together about it.

    Nettleton, who has written about dance, classical music, opera and

    dining for the past 20 years, added: Its so important for a critic to see

    art from many perspectives and through fresh eyes, and Im excited

    for my students to get to experience the Haggerty alongside students

    studying another major and students who are bilingual.

    Both professors are effusive in their praise for the Haggertys leader-

    ship and willingness to open itself up and allow professors and students

    to co-create an exhibition.

    For any museum, this is unprecedented, Afinoguenova says. Yet,

    under Director Wally Masons leadership, the Haggerty has demonstrated

    a unique vision: turn the museum into a learning laboratory.

    According to the professors, the project is designed as a pilot not

    just for Spanish and journalism, but also for other departments to use

    theHaggerty in cross-disciplinary ways.

    Dr. Eugenia Afinoguenova, (left) associate professor of Spanish in the Klingler College of Arts and Sciences; and Dr. Pamela Hill Nettleton, assistant professor of journalism and media studies in the Diederich College of Communication, at the Haggerty Museum of Art.

    By Laura Moderhock

    During harsh Milwaukee winters, Dr. Leigh van den Kieboom, an avid sailor, dreams of warmer days on Lake Michigan. van Den Kieboom, assistant professor of educational policy and leadership, has been sailing with her husband for more than 31 years.

    Spending countless hours on the boat with my husband and two sons has provided our family with the opportunity to engage in adventures together, she says.

    van den Kieboom and her husband, along with Marquette students who help crew their ship Nighthawk, compete during the summer in various distance races, which last from 24 to 74 hours. She has found that sailing offers her the chance to disconnect from the fast pace of an electronic society and connect with other people and the water.

    van Den Kieboom has also found valuable synergies between her love for sailing and her work atMarquette.

    As a researcher, sailing reminds me to stay the course and be patient in gathering and analyzing data, she says. Sometimes the conditions favor a speedy process, and at other times the process is slow and tedious. Ive learned to enjoy both.

    The top

    five Marquette Twitter accounts with the most followers are:

    @MarquetteU: ~27,000 followers

    @muathletics: ~17,000 followers

    @muathletics_MBB: ~10,400 followers

    @MarquetteMBB: ~6,700 followers

    @MUCollegeofComm: ~3,200 followers



    Way Klingler Fellowship recipients



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    Dr. Ryan Hanley, Department of Political Science, Klingler College of Arts and Sciences Dr. Sandra Hunter, Department of Exercise Science, College of Health Sciences

    Save the date for Excellence in University Service Awards Luncheon on June 3Staff contributions to the university will be recognized at the Excellence in University Service Awards Luncheon on Tuesday, June 3. The luncheon will celebrate this years winners of the Excellence in University Service Awards, which recognize staff members who demonstrate the Ignatian ideal of care forothers and who have made extraordinary contributions to the university.

    Faculty teaching and research excellence will be honored at Pre Marquette Dinner on May 1All full-time faculty members are invited to the 56th annual Pre Marquette Dinner, which will be held Thursday, May 1, in the AMU, with a reception at 5 p.m. and dinner at 6 p.m. Faculty members should RSVP to the email invitation they were sent. The night will honor this years Teaching Excellence Award winners, as well as the winners of the Lawrence G. Haggerty Award

    for Research Excellence, the Way Klingler Faculty Fellowship Awards, the Way Klingler Sabbatical Award, the Way Klingler Young Scholar Awards and the Way Klingler Teaching Enhancement Award. The following groups also received an invitation to the event: deans; University Leadership Council members; Jesuits; professors emeriti; retired Teaching Excellence Award winners; and local Board of Trustees members; and select adjunct faculty and staff working closely with award recipients.

    Axthelm Memorial Lecture to feature Sports Illustrated writerSeth Davis, a writer for Sports Illustrated, will deliver the Diederich College of Communications Axthelm Memorial Lecture on Tuesday, April 22, at 4 p.m. in the Weasler Auditorium. Davis, author of, Wooden: A Coachs Life, will present, Relationships Between Coaches and Players: Will There Ever Be Another John Wooden? with a book signing to follow.

    Pure love and political philosophy: the teachings of Franois FnelonBy Jesse Lee

    The inauguration of Pope Francis and his subsequent teachings

    havefocused on inclusion and introspection, asking the question,

    whatis the role of the Catholic church in the world today? What

    obligations do we have to citizens of an increasingly complex

    politicaland economicclimate?

    Dr. Ryan Hanley, associate professor of political science and recipient

    ofthis years Way Klingler Fellowship in the humanities, believes that

    someof the answers to these questions lie in the teachings of Franois

    Fnelon, a French Roman Catholic philosopher and writer. Next year

    marks the300th anniversary of his death.

    Fnelon is an important, but largely forgotten, Catholic thinker,

    Hanley says. In the 18th century, his book Telemachus was the second-

    most read book after the Bible itself. His contributions to both spirituality

    and political philosophy still hold great value today.

    Hanley will use his Fellowship award $20,000 annually for three

    years to research and publish the first English-language book on

    Fnelons political philosophy.

    According to Hanley, Fnelons philosophy was rooted in the concept

    of pure love love untainted by self-love that aligns with the Jesuit

    principle of cura personalis.

    One of his main concerns was the politics of inequality, something

    very much on peoples minds today, Hanley says. Inequality in income;

    global inequality. To hear this Catholic voice describe the flourishing state

    in which inequality is reduced is likely to resonate with audiences today.

    Hanley is excited to bring this historically important and contempo-

    rarily relevant project to life, an opportunity he said he might not have

    had without the Way Klingler Fellowship.

    You dont often find opportunities to address something that history

    missed, he says. Its a perfect blend of my interests in the Enlightenment,

    political philosophy and my 10 years spent in the missionof Marquette.

    Itall comes together nicely.

    Exercise as medicine: reversing the effects of Type 2 diabetesBy Jesse Lee

    Dr. Sandra Hunter, associate professor of exercise science in the College

    of Health Sciences, is world-renowned for her research on age and sex differ-

    ences in muscle fatigue. In addition to fielding requests for keynote addresses

    at international conferences, her work has been commissioned by NASA.

    When Hunter sets her sights on a new research opportunity, she does

    so with a nearly unparalleled tenacity and sense of purpose qualities

    that helped make her the recipient of the 2014-15 Way Klingler Fellowship

    inscience, an award that will provide $50,000 annually for three years.

    Its a huge honor, Hunter says. Without this award, this new area

    ofresearch would not happen.

    Her focus is on Type 2 diabetes, a disease that continues to gain

    attention as global obesity rates rise.

    Type 2 diabetes is a pandemic the increase in instances of

    this disease is absurd, she says. That said, there is still not much

    understanding of the neuromuscular implications that come with it,

    thefatigue and impairments.

    Type 2 diabetes the most common form of the disease affects

    the bodys ability to properly regulate insulin. Typically thought of as an

    adult-onset disease, Type 2 diabetes has become an issue in children with

    rising incidences of childhood obesity.

    Hunters research will focus on blood flow and fatigue in the central

    nervous system in non-insulin dependent patients with diabetes. Working

    with a clinical population will allow her to test her prediction of a blunted

    blood flow response and greater fatigue in the central nervous system,

    which she predicts will account for greater muscle fatigue in people

    withType 2 diabetes.

    Ultimately she hopes to determine how a strength training program

    canoffset the neuromuscular fatigue that Type 2 diabetes patients suffer.

    Exercise can offset some of the effects of this disease, Hunter says.

    Its the cornerstone of treatment, but people have to want to do it.

    Thisstudy will help understand the mechanisms involved.