The College of Professional Studies Newsletter

The Second Edition - Fall 2011

You're Invited to the College's 15-Year Anniversary Celebration!

Join us for a celebration of the college's 15th anniversary of delivering a transformational Jesuit education to adult professionals throughout the community of Southeastern Wisconsin and beyond. Enjoy food, refreshments, networking, a brief presentation and video.

Dean Robert Deahl

“Come join us to celebrate
15 years of changing lives and
changing communities!”

Dean Robert Deahl

15th Anniversary Event
Monday, October 24, 2011
5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. - reception
6:15 p.m. - brief presentation and video
Alumni Memorial Union, Ballroom E
1442 West Wisconsin Avenue

Honored Guests

RSVP online by October 17.


Dr. Jay Caulfield Authors Book, How to Design and Teach a Hybrid Course

Dr. Caulfield, associate dean of graduate programs, reflects on her experiences leading the curriculum design of the college's hybrid graduate program in Leadership Studies and teaching over 80 hybrid classes. She interviewed a number of faculty across the country and within Canada, and shares all of their best practices. Click Here for more information.


Undergraduate Degree in Leadership and Organizations - Two Concentrations

With a focus on leadership, the undergraduate degree in Organization and Leadership has been renamed to Leadership and Organizations with two concentrations - Public Service or Organizational Development. Click here PDF Icon for more information.


Student/Alumni Spotlights

Stacy Jaszewski, Psychology ‘07
Medical Student

Stacy JaszewskiWhile attending UW-Washington County and working in criminal justice for the United States Secret Service Milwaukee Field Office, Stacy realized that she needed a non-traditional program that did not center on a 9-to-5 schedule.  She went online and found Marquette University’s College of Professional Studies.  “I chose Marquette University for its outstanding academics, small class sizes, and most of all – flexibility with classes during the day, evenings, Saturdays, and online,” says Stacy.  This flexibility allowed her to be a better student while meeting the needs of her family and work life.  

As an average student who didn’t take much pride in her academics prior to Marquette, Stacy is most proud of being inducted into Alpha Sigma Lamda, the national honor society for adult learners, and graduating with highest Marquette honors.  “The sense of community at Marquette, the friendships I formed and the encouragement from my professors helped me flourish both on- and off-campus,” says Stacy. 

After realizing her interest in medicine while attending Marquette, Stacy made a decision to pursue a medical degree.  “I am currently enrolled at Agnes Scott College in the post-baccalaureate pre-medical program in Decatur, Georgia.  This rigorous one-year program will prepare me for the medical college admission test (MCAT) and applications, which I will begin early next year.  Without the confidence I gained as an undergraduate at Marquette, I probably would not have considered continuing my education.” 

Armen Saryan, Master's Student - Sports Leadership
Producer, WTMJ Radio

Armen SayranArmen earned his bachelor’s degree in Broadcast and Electronic Communication at Marquette University and interned at WTMJ Radio, which led to getting hired as a producer after graduation.  The thought about going back to school to get his master’s degree was always in the back of Armen’s mind, but it wasn’t something he was actively pursuing.  When he heard about Marquette’s new graduate program in Sports Leadership it seemed like a natural fit with his career goals and he decided it was the right time. 

“I enrolled in the Sports Leadership program because it combines my love of sports with my desire to be a quality leader and advance my career,” remarks Armen.  “I knew the program would be good because of Marquette University’s great academic reputation and resources.”  He was also drawn to the flexibility of the program, which allows students to balance school, work and personal responsibilities by attending part-time on weeknights and taking some classes online.  

Starting with his first class, Armen was able to immediately put the leadership theories he was learning about into practice at work to help improve teamwork through collaborative synergy.  “This program is helping me enhance my interactions with people in my business and personal life.  Since ethics is a huge focus, I am learning how to apply what I learn in a positive way and make the best impact in the world around me.” 

Julie O’Halloran, Dispute Resolution Graduate Certificate '10, Master's Student - Dispute Resolution
Attorney, Gagne & O'Halloran

Julie O'HalloranAfter earning her law degree from Marquette University in 1989, Julie enjoyed working as an attorney for a firm that specialized in family law issues. In 2001, Julie created her own law firm with a close professional colleague in order to continue her work in family law as her own boss and incorporate some new opportunities into her practice. 

"As I began to observe how changes in the world were giving people less hope and more despair about the future, I decided that I needed to find a way to make my work more about creating solutions and less about placing Band-Aids over gapping wounds," says Julie. "The graduate program in Dispute Resolution seemed like a logical fit for me because of my practice style and desire to find other options for my clients."

Julie earned a graduate certificate in Dispute Resolution and was energized to continue taking classes and work toward a master’s degree in Dispute Resolution. “The dispute resolution courses have provided more perspective about interpersonal relationships than all of the continuing legal education courses I have taken during my 22 years of practice," remarks Julie. "The program's approach is practical, multi-disciplinary and global. I have learned to be more patient, open-minded and understanding in order to deal with conflict in a way that will create solutions and add value."


Cura Personalis on Two Wheels

Kurt Gering, Organization and Leadership '08, Leadership Studies '12, adjunct instructor, has biked for more than 150 days straight - combining spiritual and physical exercise. Click Here for the full story.


2011 BizTimes Get Smarter Conference Sponsorship

The College of Professional Studies is proud to be one of the sponsors of the 2011 BizTimes Milwaukee Get Smarter Conference. Attend this event and gain insight on how the tangible application of proven personnel development strategies can position organizations for success in light of lean staffing in the “new-normal." A panel of experts will discuss how and why the region's educational infrastructure needs to align with area industries for better economic growth.

Thursday, October 20
7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Potawatomi Bingo Casino - Woodland Dreams Ballroom
$50.00 Fee - Register at


College Algebra Workshop

This non-credit workshop is designed to help new and continuing undergraduate students prepare for college-level algebra. Attend six Wednesday evening classes, 1/18/12 to 2/22/12, for a $25 fee. Click here PDF Icon for more information.


Spring 2011 Graduation

Fifty-six students were recognized by Marquette University and the College of Professional Studies during commencement ceremonies on May 22nd. Click here PDF Icon for more information and a slideshow.


College Alumni Awards 2011

Nearly 150 people attended the college alumni awards event on April 28th to honor award recipients. Congratulations to Ron Smith, Professional Communication '05 and Leadership Studies '09 - Spirit of the College Award; Greg Borca, Organization and Leadership '04 - Leadership Excellence Award; and Karen Vernal, College of Professional Studies Corporate Advisory Council member - Friend of the College Award. Click here PDF Icon for more information.


Spring 2011 Honors Convocation

The college recognized academic honors and accomplishments of students and faculty members at Honors Convocation on April 13th. Click here PDF Icon for more information.



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

Important Dates

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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 website or individuals can contact recruitment coordinator Lori Kazaks via e-mail or at 414-288-7118.


Linked In Group for College Alumni

Reconnect with old friends and make new contacts in the Marquette University and College of Professional Studies alumni networks. Join the MUAA and College of Professional Studies alumni groups on LinkedIn.