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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.

July 16, 2014


Two new $1 million gifts propel Marquette to break ground on Jesuit Residence

Marquette has received two new $1 million gifts, which marks the completion of a nine-month, $15 million fundraising effort to build a new 40,000 square-foot on-campus residence for its community of Jesuit priests. The Bernice Shanke Greiveldinger Charitable Trust made one major gift; the other came from an anonymous alumnus and his wife. President Michael R. Lovell announced plans to break ground on the facility with a celebration Friday, Aug. 15.

Story appeared in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, July 15, 2014
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Story aired on WISN-TV (ABC 12), July 15, 2014

Engineering dean Bishop to leave Marquette; Ropella will serve as interim
Dr. Robert Bishop, Opus Dean of the College of Engineering, has resigned from his position at Marquette and will become dean of the University of South Florida's College of Engineering. Dr. Kristina Ropella, executive associate dean, will serve as interim dean, effective July 15, 2014.

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Marquette responds to Marshfield Clinic's decision to return dental education center grant
Marshfield Clinic has decided not to build a dental school and to return a $10 million grant from the State of Wisconsin. Marquette's School of Dentistry, which operates Wisconsin's only dental school, and the Wisconsin Dental Association commended Marshfield Clinic on its decision to focus on its current residency programs.

Story appeared in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, July 10, 2014
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Marquette RoboCup Team helped by crowdfunding

Marquette students and lead researcher
Dr. Andrew Williams, John P. Raynor, S.J. Chair and professor of electrical and computer engineering, built humanoid robots to develop youth interest in exercise and reading, but they will first travel to Brazil this week for an international robot soccer competition. Their trip was funded through an online concept called crowdfunding, where small amounts of money are donated from a large population. Tim Cigelske, director of social media, discussed the benefits of this fundraising technique.

Story aired on WISN-TV (ABC 12), July 14, 2014

Marquette listed among top 25 Milwaukee-area private-sector employers
Marquette ranked No. 22 on the Milwaukee Business Journal's annual Top 25 Milwaukee-Area Private-Sector Employers list. Marquette has 2,766 local employees as of July 11, 2014.

List appeared in the Milwaukee Business Journal, July 11, 2014

Mark Eppli, interim Keyes Dean of Business Administration, in a guest column outlined new strategic initiatives for the College of Business Administration, which aim to ensure that business school graduates are prepared to lead with a depth of expertise, character and self-awareness.

Column appeared in the AACSB's "Dean's Corner," July 11, 2014

Andrea Schneider, professor of law,
recently returned from Israel where she witnessed firsthand the escalation of violence, and met with Israeli journalists and political leaders to discuss the Mideast issue. "I've been to Israel many, many times and you walk around. This is the first time ever I've walked around with a pit in my stomach," Schneider said of the state of fighting on the ground.

Story aired on WITI-TV (FOX 6), July 15, 2014
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Matthew Mitten, professor of law and director of National Sports Law Institute,
co-wrote an op-ed on regulatory solutions for the state of collegiate sports. To better promote the educational values and economic sustainability of intercollegiate athletics, Mitten proposed an open and transparent system of federal regulation combined with antitrust immunity for reforms voluntarily adopted by the NCAA.

Op-ed appeared on, July 14, 2014

Charles Franklin, professor of law,
suggested that the latest Republican campaign strategy is "one of the most secretive and black magic elements of all campaigns." The ground game operation targets undecided voters who could be won over with tailored questions and responses based on their individual situation, he said.

Associated Press story appeared on and, July 14-15, 2014

John Tefft, 1971 alumnus,
will be nominated by President Obama to become U.S. Ambassador to Russia. "Well, coming out of college, the possibility of traveling overseas was really appealing. I was also drawn, of course, to the opportunity to practice foreign policy. It just seemed like a great opportunity," Tefft said of his diplomatic lifestyle. Prior to this nomination, Tefft was the top U.S. envoy in Lithuania, Georgia and Ukraine.

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July 11, 2014
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