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Marquette University College of Arts & Sciences

Inquiry: Fall 2013 e-newsletter

HELEN WAY KLINGLER COLLEGE
OF ARTS & SCIENCES

Welcome from the dean

Richard HolzIn my first semester as the new dean of this tremendous college, I have learned so much from the Marquette community and our Arts and Sciences students. Our college is often described as the "heart and soul of our academic enterprise" where we provide a transformational education and pride ourselves on encouraging our students to grow in their ability to think critically and to express themselves. This is where students wrestle with life's biggest questions and develop a love of learning that lasts a lifetime.

So many of our alumni are living the values of a Marquette education long after their undergraduate days, and I witnessed this up close when I had a chance to visit alumni in California this fall. So many alums stopped to tell me how the liberal arts aspect of their education was the difference maker. It is what has stuck with them after all these years when critical thinking and ethical decision making comes up in their daily work lives.

Closer to campus, I invite you to take a more in-depth look inside the college and our vision looking ahead. As we state in our new university strategic plan, our vision is to reach beyond traditional academic boundaries. We will embrace new and collaborative methods of teaching, learning, research and service in an inclusive environment that supports all of our members in reaching their fullest potential. Looking forward, we also appreciate the feedback many of you have shared as we prepare for our 24th president of Marquette University. We have much to celebrate, and I wish you and your families a wonderful holiday season.

Richard C. Holz, Ph.D.
Dean
Klingler College of Arts and Sciences
Marquette University
richard.holz@marquette.edu

College of Arts and Sciences to move to new home in Marquette's "historic core"

Four humanities departments and the main office of the Helen Way Klingler College of Arts and Sciences will move into two of Marquette's most historic buildings in the spring of 2014.

Interior renovations at Marquette Hall are underway to update the space for the departments of English, theology and philosophy. The three departments will share a main office space on the first floor while floors two, three and four will feature faculty offices and open spaces for meetings. Sensenbrenner Hall's interior is being updated to make way for the main office of the College of Arts and Sciences, the college's Advising Center, the University Honors Program and the Department of History.

"It's very symbolic that we're placing the core of a Jesuit education, the humanities, in the historic core of Marquette," says Charlie Haas, project architect in the Office of the University Architect. "We're breathing new life into these spaces to bring them into the 21st century for today's students."

Presidential Search Committee gaining momentum in search for next president

The Board of Trustees has made significant progress in its search for the next president at Marquette University. This fall, the search committee has held 10 community input sessions to determine the most important qualifications in the university's next dynamic leader. The committee includes a dean and faculty member for the first time ever. A permanent president is expected to be in place for the 2014-15 academic year and Rev. Robert A. Wild, S.J., is leading the university as interim president until August 2014.

John F. Ferraro, Bus Ad '77, chair of the Presidential Search Committee and member of the Board of Trustees, discusses the search for Marquette's 24th president, including how the search will include Jesuit and lay candidates, opportunities for the Marquette community to provide feedback about presidential characteristics and qualifications, and why he is excited to lead the Presidential Search Committee.

Arts and Sciences alumnus John W. Schoonenberg celebrates 100th birthday

John W. Schoonenberg, a distinguished alumnus, benefactor and friend of Marquette University will celebrate his 100th birthday on Nov. 25. Schoonenberg is a graduate of the class of 1936, and all six of his children received degrees from Marquette. Schoonenberg's son, John Jr., served as an adjunct professor in the School of Dentistry for many years. His son, Robert, was named 2009 Arts and Sciences Distinguished Alumnus of the Year. His granddaughter, Callan, currently serves as an adjunct professor in the College of Engineering.

CNN features political science professor for story on 50-year anniversary of John F. Kennedy assassination

John McAdams, professor of political science, was featured in a recent story that aired on CNN to commemorate the 50-year anniversary of President John F. Kennedy. The story highlights experts who discuss newly found Air Force One tapes from the day the president was assassinated. McAdams has studied the Kennedy assassination for decades, and Nov. 22 marks 50 years since the tragedy. McAdams was also featured in similar stories in Time Magazine, PBS.org and USA Today.

Honors program offers students unique learning experience

Tucked inside the heart of the Marquette University campus is its University Honors Program, a unique community comprised of many of the university's best and brightest students. And what does the program offer to its students? Just ask sophomore L.J. Cooper who shared, "The goal for me is to leave the Honors Program with the ability to understand the complexity of life and education and learning, and to learn how to view that within our world and to become a better person based on that experience." Marquette's Honors Program has been around for more than 40 years with designs to empower participants to obtain the skills and insights characteristic of a liberal arts education but at a deeper and more integrated level.

Mathematics, statistics and computer science receives $844,000 grant to launch computer science curriculum

Marquette's mathematics, statistics and computer science department is the lead recipient of a $1 million, 3-year collaboration to lead an ambitious roll out of a new 9th - and 10th- grade introductory computer science course in school districts across Wisconsin.

Currently fewer than one in five Wisconsin high schools offer courses in computer science; this grant is expected to double the number of computer science teachers, including at least 60 more teachers offering a new computer science introductory course. Dr. Dennis Brylow, associate professor and Dr. Marta Magiera, assistant professor, are key collaborators on the grant.

Theology and History faculty honored with Vatican II award by Archdiocese

On Oct. 22, Sr. Susan Wood and Fr. Steven M. Avella were among 15 Catholics who received the Archbishop's Vatican II Award for Distinguished Service for outstanding contributions to the Church and society. The Vatican II awards were established in 1991 to honor men, women and young adults who exemplify the Catholic Church's vision set forth in the Second Vatican Council. Avella, a professor of history, was honored with the "Service to the Priesthood" award. Wood, chair of theology, received the "Service in Ecumenism" award.

Faculty honored with awards, recognition

Dr. Stephen Franzoi, professor of psychology, and Dr. Richard Jones, professor of social and cultural sciences, were named 2013 Teaching Excellence Award winners. Each year, faculty members who are held in the highest esteem by colleagues and students are honored with the award. The awards are considered the highest teaching honor bestowed upon Marquette faculty members. This fall, Dr. Ulrich Lehner, associate professor of theology, was elected as member of European Academy of Arts & Sciences. The Academy promotes visionary developments of new scientific knowledge and academic thinking. Dr. Pol Vandevelde, professor of philosophy received the Prix Mercier award, which honors a publication of exceptional merit on metaphysics, first philosophy or ontology and their relevance to the contemporary world.

An inside look at the value of a Marquette education

At Marquette, we understand that a college education is a significant investment for our students and their families and requires sacrifices for many of them. Working together with our students, we've compiled some key data and laid it out in an accessible, transparent and easy-to-read guide. Learn how many service hours are completed, the percentage of recent graduates who reported that they were completing their Marquette degree as quickly as they had planned and where tuition dollars are allocated.

IN THIS EDITION

College of Arts and Sciences to move to new home in Marquette's "historic core"

Presidential Search Committee gaining momentum in search for next president

Arts and Sciences alumnus John W. Schoonenberg celebrates 100th birthday

CNN features political science professor for story on 50-year anniversary of John F. Kennedy assassination

Honors program offers students unique learning experience

Mathematics, statistics and computer science receives $844,000 grant to launch computer science curriculum

Theology faculty honored with Vatican II award by Archdiocese

Faculty honored with awards, recognition

An inside look at the value of a Marquette education

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Klingler College of Arts & Sciences
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