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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 21, 2014


Turning the tassels: Marquette students graduate
More than 2,000 people took part in Marquette's spring commencement Sunday, May 18, including a father-and-son duo. Michael Szatkowski completed his bachelor's degree in international affairs, and his father Eric Szatkowski, received his master's degree in Christian doctrine. "I guess I'd call it the ultimate bonding experience between father and son," Eric said. Marquette's graduating class included students from 47 states and 17 countries.

Story aired on WITI-TV (FOX 6), May 18, 2014
Related story aired on WISN-TV (ABC 12), May 18, 2014
Graduation photo gallery appeared on, May 18, 2014

Father James Martin addresses Marquette graduates

Noted Jesuit author and speaker Rev. James Martin, S.J., was Marquette's Commencement speaker on Sunday, May 18. As part of the ceremony, Father Martin received an honorary doctor of letters degree.

Interviews aired on WITI-TV (FOX 6, "Studio A") and WISN-TV (ABC 12), May 16, 2014
Related story appeared on, May 16, 2014

Marquette holds conference on political polarization
Scholars, politicians and citizens gathered at Marquette Law School on May 15 for a conference built on the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's recently completed four-part series "Dividing Lines," which examined how the metro area has become arguably the most polarized place in swing-state America. The series was written by reporter Craig Gilbert while a Lubar Fellow at the Law School.

Story appeared in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, May 16, 2014
Video conference appeared on, May 15, 2014

President-elect announced to education peers
Dr. Michael R. Lovell, chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, was announced as the new president of Marquette University to national education peers.

Story appeared on, May 20, 2014

New reading room gives recovering addicts a place to relax with kids
Five volunteers from Marquette's College of Professional Studies Future Milwaukee leadership program created a new reading room at Milwaukee's Meta House for the children of women recovering from drug and alcohol addictions.

Story appeared on, May 20, 2014

Suspects in Marquette robberies, shooting to be in court to face potential trial

The two suspects accused of robbing students on Marquette's campus earlier this month, and shooting one of them in the hand, are scheduled to be in court to find out if they are headed to trial.

Story aired on WISN-TV (ABC 12), May 21, 2014

Abdur Chowdhury, professor of economics,
commented on the drop in Wisconsin's unemployment rate in April. Chowdhury said that, overall, "the job numbers look good and reflect a state economy that is gradually recovering after a dismal performance due to the Great Recession."

Story appeared in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, May 16, 2014

David Clark, professor of economics,
commented on the dip in Wisconsin's April home sales. He said the inventory of good houses for first-time buyers has declined in the biggest metro areas. "In talking with some of the Realtors, they'll indicate that those entry-level homes are tougher and tougher to find – at least the ones that are in good shape in some of these urban markets," Clark said.

Story appeared in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, May 20, 2014

Carolyn Smith, executive director of the Marquette University Medical Clinic,
is one of a rare type of runners known as an "ultramarathoner." An ultramathon varies in distance from races of 50,000 meters (about 31 miles), to six-day-long competitions covering wide expanses. "I've run probably close to 30 marathons and 25 ultramarathons. It is a little nutty," said Smith.

Story appeared in the Milwaukee Business Journal, May 16, 2014

Richard H. Leonard, former assistant professor of communications and longtime editor of The Milwaukee Journal,
died of natural causes May 18 at the age of 92. In 1967, Leonard was named the sixth editor of The Milwaukee Journal. He served longer than any other editor in the history of the newspaper, with the exception of Lucius W. Nieman, who founded the paper in 1882.

Story appeared in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, May 19, 2014

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