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Marquette University In The News is a weekly compilation of top media reports about Marquette University and members of the university community.

May 5, 2011


Marquette faculty and students discuss the death of Osama bin Laden
Almost 10 years after September 11, the United States announced that a team of Navy Seals had captured and killed Osama bin Laden. Faculty and students from around campus discussed the unexpected news.

Scott D'Urso, assistant professor of communication, and his students discussed how social media played a role in reporting Osama bin Laden's death. Story aired on WISN-TV (ABC 12), May 2 and 3, 2011. Related story appeared in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, May 3, 2011 and aired on WUWM-FM (89.7), "Lake Effect," May 5, 2011.

Abdur Chowdhury, chair and professor of economics, commented on the impact bin Laden's death had on oil and gas prices on WDJT-TV (CBS 58), WISN-TV (ABC 12) and WMLW-TV (Ch. 41), May 2 and 3, 2011.

Phillip Naylor, professor of history, commented on the symbolic importance of Osama bin Laden's death in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, May 2, 2011.

Patrick Kennelly, associate director of the Center for Peacemaking, wrote an opinion piece in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, May 5, 2011, expressing his thoughts about Americans celebrating the death of Osama bin Laden and the use of violence as a foreign policy tool.

Marianne Weiss, associate professor of nursing, led a study funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Interdisciplinary Nursing Quality Research Initiative which found hospitals that staff more nurses and reduce overtime hours have less emergency readmission occurrences.

Story aired on CBS Radio Network, "The Osgood Files," April 26, 2011 and on Wisconsin Public Radio, May 2, 2011

Story appeared in the Milwaukee Courier and on,,, and AMN Healthcare, April 27- May 2, 2011

Marquette recognizes alumni during award ceremonies
Marquette University honored distinguished alumni from every college who represent the heart, soul and spirit of Marquette at ceremonies held April 28-30.

Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Co. received the Friend of the University Award. Announcement appeared in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, May 2, 2011

Dr. Robert Liners was honored with the Distinguished Alumnus in Dentistry Award. Story appeared in the Watertown Daily Times, May 2, 2011

Dr. Michael Clark was honored with the College of Health Sciences' Young Alumnus of the Year. Story appeared on, May 1, 2011

Craig Pintens was honored with the Marquette Law School's Charles W. Mentkowski Sports Law Alumnus of the Year Award. Story appeared on, May 3, 2011 and the newsletter of the West Bend School District, April 29, 2011

Kevin Boudreau was honored with the College of Business Administration's Service Award. Story appeared in The Daily Journal (Kankakee, Ill.), April 30, 2011

Snapshot of a semester in China
Angela Sorby, associate professor of English, shares four insights she's gained while teaching American literature as a Fulbright at Xiamen University in China.

Story appeared in the Chronicle of Higher Education, May 1, 2011

Marquette University to revise reporting procedures
Marquette University's Public Safety Department plans to alter its procedures to ensure that its officers contact the Milwaukee Police Department as soon as possible if they believe a crime has been committed.

Article appeared on, May 5, 2011

Students rallied on Marquette University's campus against sexual violence and promoting a culture on campus where victims feel comfortable coming forward. The rally follows two reports of alleged sexual assault on campus this semester.

Story aired on WTMJ-TV (NBC 4), WDJT-TV (CBS 58) and WMLW-TV (Ch. 41), May 2 and 3, 2011

Related editorial blog appeared on, April 28, 2011

Jacqueline Schram, office associate in the Office of Public Affairs, discussed why Native Americans are among a population with the lowest high school and college graduation rates and how she, as a member of the Ojibwe tribe of Canada, is studying the education gap as part of her doctoral research.

Story appeared in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, May 1, 2011

Marquette University student Maricela Aguilar, recipient of the Marquette Urban Scholar Award and Voces de la Frontera board member, will participate in the 2011 Freedom Ride, which is part of an outreach campaign to retrace the steps of the 1961 Freedom Ride from Washington D.C. to Jackson, Miss. Aguilar will document her experience on a blog for PBS.

Announcement appeared on, May 4, 2011 and on and, May 5, 2011

The royal wedding
Steve Frieder, assistant to the president and corporate secretary, discussed the British monarchy and who is next in line for the throne with WISN (ABC 12), April 29, 2011.

Jennifer Michalski, a student at Marquette University and former Telegram & Gazette intern, writes about being in London for the royal wedding. Blog appeared on, April 29, 2011 and similar story aired on WTMJ-TV (NBC 4), April 29, 30, 2011.

Marquette alumnus James Foley, a journalist working for the Global Post in Libya, has been held captive by its government for 30 days.

Story aired on WTMJ-TV (NBC 4), May 4, 2011

Story appeared on, May 5, 2011

Law school forum will discuss budget realities for Milwaukee
Marquette Law School and the Milwaukee Press Club will co-present "What Now, Milwaukee? A Forum on the Future of Wisconsin's Largest City," featuring the city's top political, business and education leaders in a panel discussion of how Milwaukee can move forward given new budget realities.

Announcement appeared in the Biz Times, May 3, 2011

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