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Marquette University College of Arts & Sciences

Inquiry: Spring 2012 e-newsletter

HELEN WAY KLINGLER COLLEGE
OF ARTS & SCIENCES

Message from the dean

Rev. Philip Rossi, S.J.While Milwaukee weather is anything but predictable in the spring, one certainty this time of year is that Marquette pauses to recognize outstanding accomplishments in scholarship, teaching, learning and service. This issue of Inquiry helps celebrate some of the more notable achievements of the students, graduates and faculty of the Klingler College of Arts and Sciences.

We take special pride in honoring our Alumni Award winners, whose lives embody the values of excellence, faith, leadership and service. We hope you will enjoy learning more about them as well as about the engagement of our students in the Association of Writers and Writing Programs Conference, the research projects of our faculty, the English Department's upcoming celebration of Shakespeare's birthday, the recent awards faculty have received for their scholarship and the initiative now underway to establish a scholarship for undergraduate history majors in honor of Dr. Frank Klement. We are also pleased to announce the establishment of an undergraduate major in Peace Studies, which will begin to enroll students this fall.

May you have a most enjoyable spring and summer!

Rev. Philip Rossi, S.J.
Interim Dean
Klingler College of Arts and Sciences
Marquette University
philip.rossi@marquette.edu

College faculty highlighted in research publication

Discover, Marquette's annual publication, helps demonstrate the breadth, scope and quality of the groundbreaking research being done by faculty across campus. The latest issue features a psychology professor helping autistic teens make friends, a history professor interested in the life of Civil War soldiers after the war ended, a philosophy professor studying the power of reparative justice in war-torn countries, a biology professor studying a gene that helps regulate the human body's internal clock, a chemistry professor trying to build new molecules to break down environmental pollutants and a philosophy professor who specializes in the aesthetics of Chinese art.

Arts and Sciences faculty receive university research awards

Four faculty from the College of Arts and Sciences were recognized at this year's Distinguished Scholars Reception, including Dr. Gale Miller, research professor of social and cultural sciences, who received the Lawrence G. Haggerty Award for Research Excellence. The Haggerty Award is reserved for faculty whose research and scholarly works have had a broad impact on their field. Since the Haggerty Award was established, 11 of the 12 recipients have been from the College of Arts and Sciences. Other College of Arts and Sciences honorees at the reception included Dr. Richard Friman, Eliot Fitch Chair for International Studies and professor of political science, and Dr. Rajendra Rathore, professor of chemistry, who received Way Klingler Fellowship Awards. Dr. Adam Fiedler, assistant professor of chemistry, was one of four recipients of a Way Klingler Young Scholar Award.

Doc Rivers to be honored as Alumnus of the Year

Marquette will recognize Glenn "Doc" A. Rivers, Arts '85, as Alumnus of the Year, and Dr. Eduardo P. Dolhun, Arts '88, with the Service to the Community Award, during Alumni National Awards Weekend, April 26 to April 28. The college will also honor Richard T. McDermott, Arts '62; Judith Giffhorn O'Hagan, Arts '77; Michael J. Floyd, Jr., Arts '87; Sister Joan M. Barina, MMS, Arts '51; and Dr. Michael T. Martin, Arts '93, during the Klingler College of Arts and Sciences Alumni Awards ceremony that weekend. More information about the honorees and festivities is available on the Alumni National Awards website.

The science of making friends

Until now, most autism research has focused on what children with autism can't do. Dr. Amy Van Hecke, assistant professor of psychology, is setting out to show what autistic kids can do. Her current research studies the neurological effects of PEERS (Program for the Enrichment and Education of Relational Skill), a program that teaches autistic teens how to make friends. Van Hecke's research was recently featured in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and during an interview on Milwaukee's National Public Radio affiliate, WUWM 89.7 FM.

Students attend national writing conference

In February, two professors from the Department of English, along with 11 students, attended the Association of Writers and Writing Programs Annual Conference in Chicago. The students were selected after writing an essay on why they wanted to attend and what they hoped to gain from the experience. The conference attracts more than 9,000 attendees and more than 550 publishers every year.

You're invited to Shakespeare's birthday party

The Department of English, along with FAME (Friends and Alumni of Marquette English) and the Office of Student Development, will host their annual "Shakespeare's Birthday Party" on Wednesday, April 25. The celebration will include a performance of "In Acting Shakespeare," featuring James DeVita of American Players Theatre. All are invited to attend. Contact the Department of English at (414) 288-7179 for more information.

Theology professor receives national book award

Dr. Ulrich Lehner, author and assistant professor of theology at Marquette University, has been awarded the John Gilmary Shea Prize by the American Catholic Historical Association for his recent book, Enlightened Monks: The German Benedictines (1740-1803) (Oxford University Press: 2011).The John Gilmary Shea Prize is awarded annually to a published book that has made the most significant and unprecedented contribution to the knowledge of Catholic history, as decided by the ACHA.

History professor returns to China on Fulbright

Thirty years ago, Dr. Daniel Meissner, associate professor of history, traveled to China with his wife to teach English and American history at a teaching college in China. The experience helped instill a fascination of the country and inspired him to pursue a doctorate in Chinese history and set the course of his academic career. This semester he is back in China as a Fulbright Scholar to teach at South China Normal University in Guangzhou.

Alumnus offers matching gift to establish scholarship for history majors

Efforts are currently underway to raise funds to establish the Frank Klement Scholarship for undergraduate history majors. Dr. Klement was a pre-eminent Civil War historian whose life in and out of the classroom touched many. The scholarship fund was established after an alumnus stepped forward with an initial seed gift. Since then, a second alumnus offered to match donations to the fund, up to $25,000.

Those interested in contributing to the matching gift, or would more information about this scholarship effort, may contact Kelley McCaskill, Director of Development, Klingler College of Arts and Sciences, (414) 288-1590.

 

 


IN THIS EDITION

Message from the dean

College faculty highlighted in research publication

Arts and Sciences faculty receive university research awards

Doc Rivers honored as Alumnus of the Year

The science of making friends

Students attend national writing conference

You're invited to Shakespeare's birthday party

Theology professor receives national book award

History professor returns to China on Fulbright

 

Alumnus offers matching gift to establish scholarship for history majors

Marquette University
Klingler College of Arts & Sciences
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P.O. Box 1881
Milwaukee, WI 53201-1881

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