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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.

April 29, 2015

TOP STORIES

Rick Majerus Family Foundation donates $1 million to Marquette scholarship

The foundation named after the late Marquette men’s basketball coach gave a $1 million gift to create an endowed scholarship in his name. The scholarship will help first-generation college students pay for tuition in the Klingler College of Arts and Sciences. It is the largest scholarship gift in the college’s history.

Story appeared on ESPN.com, April 23, 2015

Similar story appeared in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, April 24, 2015

Associated Press story appeared on the websites of at least three news outlets, including: USA Today, Minneapolis Star Tribune and WTMJ-TV (NBC 4), April 24, 2015

Story aired on at least three additional news outlets, including: WISN-TV (ABC 12), WITI-TV (FOX 6) and WDJT-TV (CBS 58), April 24, 2015


Department of Public Safety transitions to become Marquette University Police Department
The Marquette University Police Department will be established Friday, May 1, and is expected to have about 35 commissioned officers in place by the start of the 2015-’16 academic year. The new department will take a phased training approach to convert the university’s public safety officers to fully commissioned police officers, Chief Paul Mascari said.

Story appeared in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, April 25, 2015

Similar story appeared on the website of Security Magazine, April 28, 2015

Story aired on at least four news outlets, including: WISN-TV (ABC 12), WITI-TV (FOX 6), WTMJ-TV (NBC 4) and WDJT-TV (CBS 58), April 25-28, 2015


Diversity demonstration held on campus
A group of students calling itself the Coalition for and of Students of Color demonstrated on campus over diversity issues. Four Marquette students were arrested for sitting in the middle of an intersection during the demonstration.

Story appeared in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, April 28, 2015

Associated Press story appeared on the websites of at least seven news outlets, including: Lacrosse Tribune, Leader Telegram, The Chippewa Herald, StarTribune, The Olympian and WPR (NBC 4), April 28, 2015

Similar story appeared on the website of WISN-TV (ABC 12), April 27, 2015


Marquette alumnus establishes $1 million scholarship for business school
John C. Seramur, former president and CEO of Stevens Point, Wisconsin-based First Financial Corp., established a $1 million endowed scholarship in his name. Seramur made an initial gift in 1998, and the John C. Seramur Scholarship has been awarded the past 17 years.

Story appeared on WITI-TV (FOX 6).


Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reporter and Law School Lubar Fellow Don Walker continues to report his series on the new downtown arena and related development. Walker reported on Marquette President Michael R. Lovell and Athletic Director Bill Scholl urging fans to support the proposed arena.

Story appeared in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, April 25, 2015


Richard Jones, professor of social and cultural sciences, commented on a book he co-authored during an extended interview on WGN radio. Jones, James Holstein, professor of social and cultural sciences, and George Koonce, an alumnus who played in the NFL for nine seasons, wrote Is There Life After Football? Surviving the NFL.

Inteview aired on WGN-RADIO (720 AM, Chicago) April 25, 2015


Julia Azari, professor of political science, commented on Gov. Scott Walker’s strong ties to the nation’s top Republican donors. Of the top 250 Republican contributors at a federal level, 48 percent have given to Walker’s campaign, which is more than any of his potential 2016 rivals. "I think donors are probably convinced of his effectiveness in a way that may not be the case for someone like (John) Kasich, or Mike Huckabee," Azari said.

Story appeared on the website of The New York Times, April 29, 2015


Michael Schlappi, associate professor of biological sciences, experiments with rice production in the United States. Schlappi challenged himself to uncover varieties able to cope with Wisconsin’s climate. He built a dozen rice paddies on the roof of Marquette’s Wehr Life Sciences building and doesn’t plan on stopping there.

Story aired on WUWM-RADIO (89.7 FM), April 24, 2015


Jame Schaefer, associate professor of theology, commented on Pope Francis’s stance on climate change, which he framed as a moral issue highlighting its impact on the poor. "You cannot think about the well-being of the poor and vulnerable and of future generations without recognizing that when the Earth is destroyed, people are hurt and threatened," Schaefer said.

National Journal story appeared on the website of at least three news outlets, including: National Journal, Government Executive and Inside Energy, April 27-28, 2015


Four startups win Marquette’s ImpactNext Competition
Four of 30 businesses competing at Marquette’s third annual ImpactNext Business Competition won prizes. The winners received prizes ranging from $1,000 to $10,000. Winners included: CollegeRecon.com, GudChew, Hyde WingMan and Seiva Technologies. The startup ideas were judged by four local entrepreneurs. Story appeared on the website of Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, April 23, 2015

Story aired on at least three news outlets, including: WTMJ-TV (NBC 4), WDJT-TV (CBS 58) and WITI-TV (FOX 6), April 23, 2015


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