Jim in hard hat
Jim Marten

Letter from the Chair:

Welcome to the 2013 edition of Timeline! Although I sense a little déjà vu every time I write “it’s been a busy year”—I can’t really avoid it. 2012-2013 was a busy year, as I’m sure you’ll agree as you scroll through the newsletter. Among the highlights are: the tenure and promotion to associate professor of our friends and colleagues, Laura Matthew and Michael Donoghue; new books by John Krugler, Alison Efford, and Chima Korieh, as well as literally dozens of articles, papers, and other examples of scholarly activities by the department; awards and recognitions of various kinds for undergraduate and graduate students alike; and information on the scores of graduate and undergraduate alumni who responded to the email we sent earlier in the summer. If you haven’t been following our blog, Historians@Work, you can get caught up here. Our Facebook page, as always, is a good place to catch announcements and other news; join the 354 people who have “liked” us here. And we continue to tweak the department’s website (including posting a new group picture earlier in the year and making it easier to donate to the department).

The really big news, however, is that the department is moving to a new home in early 2014 (if the current schedule holds): a completely refurbished Sensenbrenner Hall (the old law school). The department building committee (Lezlie Knox, Jolene Kreisler, Tim McMahon, Peter Staudenmaier, and myself) met every two weeks with planners and architects throughout the year, although only I received a personalized hard hat (see the picture). We’ll share the building with the Way Klingler College of Arts and Sciences. The other three departments in Coughlin—English, Philosophy, and Theology—will eventually move into Marquette Hall, which is also undergoing major alterations. We’ll feature pictures of our new digs on the website, but look for an invitation to an open house sometime in spring 2014.

So enjoy this year’s newsletter, which was laid out by the department's administrative assistant, Jolene Kreisler, and created with the help of one of our excellent student workers, Caitlyn Stockhausen. If you didn’t get a chance to let us know where you are and what you’re doing this year, please contact me at james.marten@marquette.edu and I’ll make sure it gets into next year’ edition.

Sensenbrenner 1923

A 1923 sketch of Sensenbrenner Hall. Courtesy Department of Special Collections and University Archives, Marquette University Libraries

 

Best wishes,

Jim Marten
Professor and Chair, History Department

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