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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.

August 30, 2012


After 49 years, gregarious Father Naus retires from Marquette
Father John Naus, a beloved Jesuit at Marquette, has retired after serving in academic, administrative and ministerial positions for the past five decades. Naus will be most remembered for his fun-loving nature, yearly Christmas-in-summer cards (almost 4,000 of them a year!), playing Tumbleweed the clown and serving the Marquette community. A birthday and retirement celebration was held on Tuesday, Aug. 28, the day Naus turned 88.

Story appeared in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Aug. 30, 2012
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Educator turns rough start into bilingual mission
Francesca Lopez, assistant professor of educational policy and leadership, told her story about how a rough start in school eventually lead her to a lifelong educational path of teaching, counseling and researching the subject dear to her heart — bilingual education, testing, student achievement and how teachers teach students learning English.

Story appeared in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Aug. 26, 2012

Marquette assistant fired, Williams suspended for recruiting violations
Marquette University men's basketball coach Buzz Williams was suspended for the team's first Big East game and Scott Monarch, one of his top assistants, was fired in connection with recruiting violations. While the NCAA will complete its own investigation, the current penalties are self-imposed and have been reported to the NCAA.

Story appeared in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Aug. 25, 2012

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Marquette mourns death of first Pere Marquette Discovery Award winner, Neil Armstrong
Marquette University offered condolences for the death of Neil Armstrong, first man to walk on the moon. Armstrong was the first recipient of the Pere Marquette Discovery Award in 1969, the highest honor bestowed by the university.

Story appeared on and WTMJ-TV (NBC-4) Aug. 25, 2012

Philanthropic aid needed now more than ever at universities
In fiscal year 2012, Marquette University raised more than $24 million in scholarship aid with more than 6,000 students on the receiving end. "Marquette wouldn't be Marquette if we didn't have access by all socioeconomic classes — that's something we will continue to be faithful to," said Timothy Rippinger, senior associate vice president of development.

Story appeared in the Business Journal of Milwaukee Guide to Higher Education, Aug. 24, 2012

Amber Wichowsky, assistant professor of political science, provided analysis of Paul Ryan's vice presidential nomination speech at the Republican National Convention.

Story aired on WUWM-FM (87.9), Aug. 30, 2012
Similar story aired on WTMJ-AM (620), Aug. 30, 2012

Chris Murray, coordinator of student affairs and visiting instructor at the Les Aspin Center for Government, discussed what it is about Wisconsin that has thrust state politicians such as Paul Ryan, Scott Walker and Reince Priebus into national political prominence.

Story aired on WUWM-FM (89.7), Aug. 27, 2012

Abdur Chowdhury, chair and professor of economics, explained why gas prices have risen with the arrival of Hurricane Isaac, stating that a number of refineries along the gulf coast, which account for 16 to 20 percent of the total gas supply in the U.S., have been closed.

Stories aired on WDJT-TV (CBS 58) and WISN-TV (ABC-12), Aug. 28-29, 2012

Bob Bishop, OPUS Dean of Engineering, said the need to increase student interest and performance in the STEM fields — science, technology, engineering and mathematics — is essential if the United States wants to compete on a global scale.

Interview aired on "At Issue with Ben Merens" (Wisconsin Public Radio), Aug. 24, 2012

Ralph Anzivino, professor of law, discussed the bankruptcy case of shuttered medical device manufacturer Triad Group, saying that dozens of other lawsuits now tied up in the bankruptcy case diminish the chances that plaintiffs will see much if any money.

Story appeared in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Aug. 28, 2012

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