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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.

June 18, 2014


President-elect Michael R. Lovell meets with Marquette students and parents

Marquette University President-elect Michael R. Lovell met with new students and families on Sunday, June 15, as part of Preview, which offers first-year students and their families the opportunity to prepare for their upcoming transition to college. "I want to really engage Marquette in the community and that's putting resources and talents we have on this campus to solve many of the problems we face in Milwaukee and help this city grow," President-elect Lovell said.

Story aired on WISN-TV (ABC 12), WTMJ-TV (NBC 4), WITI-TV (FOX 6), WDJT-TV (CBS 58) and WTMJ-AM (620), June 15-16, 2014

Longtime Milwaukee Public Schools teacher leaves $2 million estate gift to Marquette
A Marquette alumna who spent her entire career teaching in Milwaukee Public Schools bequeathed a $2 million estate gift to the university for endowed scholarship aid. The gift, which will be split between Marquette's College of Education and Law School, is the largest donation in the College of Education's history. Bernadette Steep, who died on May 4, 2014, at age 92 in Gurnee, Ill., graduated from Marquette with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1944 and a Master of Education degree in 1967.

Story appeared on,, and, June 17, 2014

Inside Marquette's presidential search
In a guest column, Dennis Barden, senior partner at Witt/Kieffer, the search firm that helped facilitate Marquette's recent presidential search, outlined the process by which the university ultimately named its first lay president, President-elect Michael R. Lovell.

Column appeared on, June 16, 2014

Marquette students contribute to series focusing on health care for the poor
Students from Marquette's Diederich College of Communication teamed with journalists from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and Milwaukee Journal Sentinel to produce national and local reporting on how poverty and health intersect.

Stories appeared in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, June 14, 2014
Similar story appeared on, June 16, 2014

Marquette students have player in Robocup
A group of engineering students at Marquette have constructed a robot, Sonny, in Marquette's Humanoid Engineering and Intelligent Robotics Lab to compete in the 2014 Robocup. The international competition is being held in Brazil this July and aims to have a team of robots play against the real World Cup champions by the year 2050. The group of Marquette students is one of only three teams from the United States competing in the 2014 Robocup.

Story aired on WDJT-TV (CBS 58), WITI-TV (FOX 6) and WTMJ-TV (NBC 4), June 12 and 16, 2013

Marquette to co-sponsor Urban Autism Summit

In collaboration with various local organizations, Marquette University will co-sponsor an Urban Autism Summit on June 25 at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Joseph J. Zilber School of Public Health. Community members will discuss strategies to increase awareness and access to timely diagnosis for individuals with autism spectrum disorders.

Story appeared on, June 11, 2014

Howard Fuller, director of the Institute for the Transformation of Learning and distinguished professor,
was one of a number of supporters of state-funded private school vouchers who gathered in front of the North Carolina Legislative Building to urge lawmakers to add funding to the high-demand program, which they say gives low-income families a say in their children's education.

Story aired on WRAL-TV (FOX 50, Raleigh), June 17, 2014

Roberta Coles, professor of social and cultural sciences,
discussed studies that suggest African-American fathers are just as engaged in paerenting as other fathers, even if the parents are not married. "Black men grow up with less gendered views of what men and women are supposed to do," Coles said, defending African-American fathers' involvement.

Story appeared on, June 15, 2014
Similar story appeared on and, June 13-15, 2014

Michael O'Hear, professor of law,
commented on Wisconsin lawmakers' consideration of alternatives to prison for non-violent offenders, saying, "Nationally, this is increasingly a bipartisan issue and people on both sides of the aisle recognize there are a lot of people in prison who don't need to be in prison."

Story aired on WUWM-FM (89.7), June 11, 2014

Marquette men's basketball coach moves program forward

Steve Wojciechowski, Marquette men's head basketball coach, has continued the development of the men's basketball program since accepting the job on April 1. "It's been terrific," Wojciecowski said of his first 60 days at Marquette. "It's a special place with special people."

Story appeared on, June 13, 2014

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