The College of Professional Studies Newsletter

The Second Edition - Fall 2010

New Sports Leadership Graduate Program

The College of Professional Studies now offers a graduate certificate in sports leadership. The 15-credit graduate certificate program is designed for professionals who would like to strengthen their leadership skills and advance their career within the $440 billion athletics industry.

“Students will study critical topics within the industry including leadership, sports communication, ethics, sports law, media events, and historical events in sports that help set the context for where the industry is today,” said Robert Deahl, Dean of the College of Professional Studies.

To earn the certificate, students must complete five sports leadership courses to earn a total of 15 graduate credits. On average, students complete the program in one to two years; however, the certificate must be completed within three years.

All 15 credits earned may be applied to Marquette's master in leadership studies with a specialization in sports leadership, which was announced in May. One of only two such programs in the Milwaukee area, Marquette’s sports leadership specialization
provides students with a degree that focuses on sports, but also provides general
leadership education. The program was developed in consultation with Marquette’s
Department of Athletics and will give students a direct link to its Division I sports teams
and its affiliation with the Big East.

More information on the graduate certificate in sports leadership is available online.


Sponsorship of BizTimes Get Smarter Event

The College of Professional Studies is proud to be one of the sponsors of the 2010 BizTimes Milwaukee Get Smarter conference. If you would like to gain inspiration, become a better leader or learn how to build a stronger workforce, this conference is for you.

The following members of our college family are participating in this event:

Thursday, October 14
7:00 a.m. - Registration
7:30 a.m. - Breakfast and Keynote Presentation
9:00 a.m. - Panel Discussions
Potawatomi Bingo Casino - Woodland Dreams Ballroom


Student Profiles

Student - Bachelor's in Professional Communication
IT Applications Manager, Milwaukee County

Gillion Simpson“Marquette and I had a bit of ‘unfinished’ business,” said Gillion Simpson. After enrolling as a traditional-age student in the 80’s, Gillion’s life journey forced her to put her education on hold. After trying other options to restart her education, Gillion decided that nothing else was going to be as gratifying as finishing what she had started at Marquette over 30 years ago. “I wanted only one thing and that was to earn my degree from Marquette University,” she remarked.

After attending an information session hosted by Marquette’s College of Professional Studies, Gillion was impressed with the undergraduate degree program with an accelerated eight-week session format and flexible scheduling that catered to adult learners. Gillion decided to enroll in the program and since that time she has been given additional professional responsibilities at work and earned a promotion.

“My Marquette experience has permanently changed who I am in addressing my spiritual needs as well as my academic needs and has enhanced the ‘total’ person,” said Gillion. “My education is so valuable to me because having a Marquette degree means that there will be no doors that will remain closed to me.”

Student - Master's in Dispute Resolution

Shelley BobbShelley’s education includes a bachelor’s degree, two master’s degrees and an unfinished Ph.D. After serving as a Lutheran pastor for over 25 years, she felt that it was time for a change. When Shelley was presented with an opportunity to speak with Len Riskin, a leader in the field of mediation, he highly recommended Marquette’s Graduate Program in Dispute Resolution. Shelley decided to meet with program director Eva Soeka and was impressed with the program, the knowledge and excellent practitioner experience of the instructors, and the level of spiritual depth at Marquette. She decided it was worth the drive from Madison to attend classes on Saturdays and earn a master’s degree in dispute resolution.

As part of her coursework, Shelley Bobb wrote a paper titled “The Philosopher’s Stone: The Cutting Edge Contribution of Jürgen Habermas to Mediation.” This paper offers a unique link between the German philosopher Jürgen Habermas’ theory of communication and the principles of mediation. After responding to a formal “call for papers” by the University of Massachusetts’ Dispute Resolution Department, Shelley’s paper has been selected out of 150 proposals from graduate students across North America and many international locations for presentation at the biannual conference in October. In addition, Shelley's paper was recently accepted to present at a conference on “Rhetoric and Society” in Antwerp, Belgium in January!

Shelley’s coursework has also provided her with the opportunity to participate in a Kenosha small claims court mediation case and contribute to the successful settlement of a landlord-tenant dispute. “This experience made me realize that mediation can be a very rewarding and satisfying way to help people reach an equitable decision and make a good difference in the world,” she said.


Felisa Parris Joins the College Staff

Felisa ParrisThe College of Professional Studies is very pleased to announce that Felisa Parris has joined our staff as the academic adviser for graduate programs.

Felisa earned a master’s degree in leadership studies from the College of Professional Studies in 2009, and is currently beginning her interdisciplinary (INPR) doctorate studies at Marquette. She is also a graduate of the Future Milwaukee Leadership Program (May 2009). Before joining the College of Professional Studies, Felisa worked at M&I Corporation as a business analyst. In the past, she also served as the executive director for a nonprofit organization for four years, where she provided advising and coaching to many members of our community. She has received three service awards over the past several years, including one from M&I and a proclamation from Mayor Tom Norquist for community service. In addition, Felisa was one of the Rotary Leadership Scholarship Finalists for 2009.

“Felisa’s commitment to our students, to the university and to the community, as a whole, demonstrates her close alignment with our college’s vision and values,” said Dr. Jay Caulfield, Associate Dean, College of Professional Studies/Graduate Program.

Please join us in welcoming Felisa to our College!

Felisa Parris (Felis)
Academic Adviser, Graduate Programs


African Leaders Study Dispute Resolution Processes at Marquette

African StudentsDuring August 2010, twenty African leaders—politicians, journalists, clerics, community activists—were on Marquette’s campus to learn about contemporary consensus building processes. This is the fourteenth year that a group like this sponsored by the Les Aspin Center for Government and funded by USAID will be studying at Marquette. The dispute resolution component is offered through Marquette’s Center for Dispute Resolution Education.

In 1996, the program began with a group from East Africa (Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda) and a modest two hour component on public policy consensus building processes such as negotiation, mediation, and facilitation. Over the years, a second group from West Africa (Ghana, Nigeria, Mali) was added and the dispute resolution component was increased first to a full day and finally to a two day seminar. In 2010, a third African nation, Liberia, was added in the overall project.

The Center instructors, Professors Eva Soeka, Christine Harris Taylor and Howard Bellman, work with the project. “Working with the African leaders over the past fourteen years has been an education in itself,” said Eva M. Soeka, Director of the Center for Dispute Resolution Education. “They bring a richness and depth to the discussions built on thousands of years of history, grappling with the concepts of democracy and public participation.”


Alumni Awards 2010

Congratulations to the 2010 college alumni recipients who have made significant contributions to the college and the world around them.

Spirit of the College of Professional Studies Award
EARNELL R. LUCAS, Criminology and Law Studies '00

Vice President of Security and Facility Management for Major League Baseball, New York

Leadership Excellence Award
MARGE W. COMBE, College Corporate Advisory Council Chair

Leadership Consultant/Coach, Vernal Management Consultants, LLC, Milwaukee

Nominations Are Being Accepted
To submit your nomination for a future Marquette University alumni award, go to
(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.)


Spring 2010 Student Honors

Dean’s List Honorees
The Dean’s List recognizes undergraduate students in the College of Professional Studies for their hard work and
dedication to their academic pursuits. Students must be degree‐seeking and enrolled in a minimum of 12
credits in two 8‐week sessions and/or a 16‐week term, and successfully complete coursework with a grade
point average of 3.75 or higher.

  • Jonah Anderson
  • Harry Kraemer
  • Naomi Staniszewski
  • Ruth Biemann
  • Brian Miller
  • Aric Zabel
  • Sandra Dickinson
  • Carrie Rohde
  • Tina Erdmann
  • Gillion Simpson

Alpha Sigma Nu Inductees
Alpha Sigma Nu (ASN) advances the core principles of Jesuit education—scholarship, loyalty and service. This national honor society acknowledges, awards, and inspires a select group of students who distinguish themselves with respect to these principles while attending Jesuit institutions of higher education. ASN also honors others who
have distinguished themselves in scholarship, loyalty, and service through their intellectual, civic,
religious, professional or commercial pursuits.

Alpha Sigma Lamda
Alpha Sigma Lambda (ASL) recognizes the special achievement of adults who accomplish academic excellence while facing competing interests of home and work. ASL is dedicated to the advancement of scholarship and recognizes high scholastic achievement in an adult student’s academic career. Nontraditional degree‐seeking students must maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.200 or higher and have earned a minimum of 30 Marquette credits.

  • Pamela Cromell
  • Joseph Lesperance
  • Michele Robles
  • Adam Grochowski
  • Brian Miller
  • Carrie Rohde
  • Jeffrey Hughes
  • Michele Miller
  • Rachelle Shurn
  • Patrick Ives
  • Jeffrey Nerone
  • Melody Wynn
  • Rhonda Kenney
  • Jessica Payson
  • Aric Zabel

The Spirit of Ignatius Scholarship
The Spirit of Ignatius Scholarship is offered annually to College of Professional Studies undergraduate students
who have completed a minimum of 30 Marquette credits and carry a minimum grade point average of 3.000.
The Scholarship is based on academics and demonstrated leadership/service reflecting Marquette’s mission of
Excellence, Faith, Leadership, and Service. Each scholarship is $1,500.00.

The Hispanic Chamber of Commerce/Philip Arreola Scholarship
Congratulations to undergraduate student Gillion Simpson who was awarded the Hispanic Chamber of
Commerce/Philip Arreola Scholarship for $1,000.00 in spring 2010.


Dr. Tim Crain Receives Faculty Excellence in Service Award

This year’s Faculty Excellence in Service Award was presented to an undergraduate faculty member who was nominated by students, faculty and staff for making significant, long‐term contributions to Marquette University’s College of Professional Studies. Congratulations to our 2009‐10 outstanding faculty member, Dr. Tim Crain, for his dedication to students!

Tim earned his bachelor of arts from Marquette University where he triple majored in philosophy, political science and history. After completing his master of arts degree in modern European history at Marquette, Tim continued his graduate studies at Arizona State University and earned his Ph.D. in modern British and Irish and modern Jewish history in 1998. His area of specialization is Jewish history and European anti‐Semitism.

Since 2000, Tim has taught both history course requirements for all College of Professional Studies students along with two core organization and leadership courses for Organization and Leadership majors. In addition to teaching for the College of Professional Studies, Tim is an adjunct assistant professor and the Jewish Studies Outreach Coordinator at the University of Wisconsin‐Milwaukee. Dr. Crain is a member of the Milwaukee Holocaust Executive Board and is a board member of the Milwaukee Jewish Day School.

Now's the time to start thinking about your faculty nomination for next year. Information about the nomination process will be provided early next year.


May 2010 Graduation Photos

Click Here to view photos from the College of Professional Studies May 2010 graduation. Congratulations to all graduates!


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