Spring 2013

The Future Milwaukee Community Leadership Program Celebrates 35 Years!

This year, the college's Future Milwaukee program celebrates 35 years of developing community leadership. Over 1,500 graduates of the program have been making an impact on the Greater Milwaukee area through their leadership positions in government, business, higher education, religious and non-profit institutions.

As a measure of the program's success and status, beginning in 2005 Future Milwaukee became affiliated with Marquette University's College of Professional Studies. Our mission is to develop, motivate and empower diverse, ethical leaders who create positive change in Greater Milwaukee.

For more information about Future Milwaukee, visit

Dean Robert Deahl"Future Milwaukee builds great leaders for our
Milwaukee community. The rich value of the
program really does develop a deeper sense
of civic engagement, ethical leadership and
social responsibility in those who participate.
Our community is all the better for it!

Dean Robert Deahl


SAVE THE DATE - Future Milwaukee's 35th Anniversary Event,
"Honoring the Past and Engaging the Future"

Thursday, May 30, 2013
5:00 p.m. Reception
6:00 p.m. Presentation
Marquette University Alumni Memorial Union (AMU), Third Floor Ballroom
1442 W. Wisconsin Avenue
(more details to follow)

Honored Guests and Presenters


2013 Alumni Awards

Congratulations to the 2013 college alumni award recipients who have made significant contributions to the college and the world around them.

Join us at the College of Professional Studies Awards Reception and Conferral!

Thursday, April 25
5:30 to 7:00 p.m Reception
6:00 p.m. Conferral
Alumni Memorial Union, Monaghan Ballroom

For information about the award recipients, click here
To register online by April 18, click here

Seeing The Difference in Others
Do you know a fellow alumnus/a who, through personal or professional achievements, truly embodies the mission of Marquette? Please nominate him or her for an Alumni National Award. Nominations received this year will be considered for an award in 2014. View the awards criteria and visit the online nomination form. (When choosing your award nomination on the form, use the sliding bar on the right-hand side to scroll down to the "Professional Studies" award selections.)


Student Spotlights

Crystal Morgan
Marketing Manager, Alliance for Children and Families
Master in Leadership Studies with a Nonprofit Specialization and  
Future Milwaukee Community Leadership Program  

Crystal MorganAfter Crystal was laid off from her job as a senior marketing analyst at a large corporation in Chicago, she moved back to her hometown of Milwaukee. As she began to do a lot of free-lance marketing and volunteer work in the city, Crystal noticed community problems that need attention. As a result, she welcomed her current career opportunity which allows her to utilize her for-profit experience within a nonprofit member association that supports the needs of children and families throughout the city and the nation.

To support and advance her career, Crystal decided it was time to continue her education to learn more about successful leadership techniques and the nonprofit industry.  She researched different nonprofit master’s degree programs and decided that Marquette was the best school with the best program to meet her needs.        

Crystal has also enrolled in the college’s Future Milwaukee Community Leadership Program to learn more about the various nonprofit organizations in the Milwaukee community.  “The program is helping me strengthen my leadership skills, broaden my thinking, and collaborate with different organizations on community issues,” she says.  The Future Milwaukee sessions at various nonprofit organizations have sparked her interest in volunteering for the Neo Natal Unit of St. Joseph’s Hospital and the City of Milwaukee Mayor’s Office to help with initiatives of talent retention of young professionals.  “This program is a positive influencer to change and action in this city,” remarks Crystal.

“After graduation I plan to continue to advance my career within the nonprofit sector.  I will utilize Marquette’s mission of leadership, service, faith and excellence throughout my career and my life.”

Mario Cortez
Manager, IT Service Desk, Manpower
Bachelor's in Leadership and Organizations

Mario CortezAs a manager, Mario realized that having an education is a very important part of building a career. After learning about the college and the undergraduate degree in Leadership and Organizations at a career fair, he was motivated to go back to school and earn his degree.

“When I started the program, I began to see the return on my investment by the knowledge and skills I received through my classes that I could bring back to my workplace,” says Mario. “I have to admit that I was a little nervous about going back to school at first, but I now feel confident due to the great support I receive from my student advisor, faculty and classmates. Also, the smaller class size promotes a good learning environment because I get attention from each instructor and I can participate more in class discussions. You’re not just a number here.”

The eight-week-sessions and flexible class scheduling allow Mario to balance his time. “When I have business travel coming up I can plan eight weeks ahead and choose to take Saturday or online classes,” says Mario. “It also gives me time to continue to give back to the community by tutoring elementary children through a program at Manpower.”

“Growing and developing is important to me,” remarks Mario. “Overall, my focus is to continue to improve my leadership capabilities and enjoy the leadership component of my job. I believe my performance coupled with my education will allow me to gain more opportunities in my career.”


Save The Date - Dispute Resolution Health Care Conference

The second annual Dispute Resolution Health Care Conference will be held on Friday, October 18, 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Marquette University - Alumni Memorial Union. More details to follow.


Celebrating December Graduates

Congratulations to 28 students who completed their undergraduate degrees, graduate degrees and certificates. These students were recognized during Marquette University's commencement ceremony on December 18, 2012. For more information, click here.


Fall 2012 Dean's List

Seven undergraduate students were selected for the Dean's List in honor of their hard work and dedication. For more information, click here.



To read about recent presentations, publications, awards, and other activities, click here.


Important Dates and Upcoming Events

Visit our Web site for the latest information about important dates and upcoming events.


Wanted: Adult Student Referrals

Now's the time to encourage a family member, friend or business colleague to consider Marquette's values-based education programs designed for busy adults with weeknight, Saturday, and online classes available.

Information about our programs and financial aid options can be found on our Web site or individuals can contact recruitment coordinator Lori Kazaks via e-mail or at 414-288-7118.


CPS Facebook Group and LinkedIn Alumni Group

Join our CPS Facebook Group and the MUAA and College of Professional Studies alumni groups on LinkedIn.