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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 19, 2015


Marquette names first-ever James Foley scholar, holds Mass to celebrate Foley's life
Jacob Zelinski is Marquette'e first-ever James Foley Scholarship recipient. Zelinski, who will begin his freshman year next week at Marquette, graduated from the University of Detroit Jesuit High School and Academy. Meanwhile, a Mass to celebrate the life of Foley, '96 alumnus, was held in the St. Joan of Arc Chapel on the one-year anniversary of his death.

Story appeared on ABC News, Aug. 19, 2015

Similar story appeared in the Chicago Tribune, on FOX News, The Detroit News, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, WITI-TV (FOX 6) and dozens of other media outlets nationwide, Aug. 19, 2015

Kris Ropella, Opus Dean of engineering, was profiled as the first woman to hold the position. "I am very honored to serve the university and college as a dean, and I'm excited about the opportunity to attract more women to engineering," Ropella said. Ropella is recognized across the globe for her research in medical imaging and 3-D technology.

Story aired on WISN-TV (ABC 12), Aug. 14, 2015

Marquette University swears in 17 new police officers
Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel attended a ceremony for 17 Marquette University Police Department officers who graduated from extensive law enforcement training. The police officers completed the state-mandated 520 hours of training, as well as psychological reviews, medical evaluations and drug tests.

Story aired on WDJT-TV (CBS 58) Aug. 12-13, 2015

Similar stories aired on WISN-TV (ABC 12) and WTMJ-TV (NBC 4), Aug. 12-13, 2015

Chicago Tribune cites Marquette Law School Poll in editorial
The newspaper's editorial board lamented the lack of cooperation between governments in Wisconsin, Illinois and Indiana to attract new jobs to the "Chicago Megacity." It cited results from the July 28 Marquette Law School Poll. "By some metrics, jealousy and chauvinism reign: A majority of respondents in each state oppose funding a joint effort to recruit big companies to this region - Why should our state risk helping yours?"

Story appeared in the Chicago Tribune, Aug. 16, 2015

Laura Kestner-Ricketts, director of the Career Services Center, discussed recent graduates and their ability to quickly get jobs after graduation. "It can take anywhere from three to six months of active job searching to find a job," she said. Kestner also explained many students who graduated with a job had four qualities: "They had an internship, they had a 3.0 GPA, they had a campus job and visited the Career Services Center."

Story aired on WTMJ-TV (NBC 4), Aug. 13, 2015

Abdur Chowdury, professor of economics, discussed Wisconsin's job market in a feature on Harley-Davidson. "We do need to diversify the Wisconsin economy," Chowdbury said. "We need to attract new types of businesses. But that hasn't happened. I would say the main thing that is lacking in Wisconsin is infrastructure. We have not invested in infrastructure - roads and highways, for example, IT infrastructure - to attract those kinds of businesses and the highly skilled workforce."

Story appeared on the website of Al Jazeera America, Aug. 17, 2015

Charles Franklin, professor of law and Marquette Law School Poll director, discussed a Politifact piece on a comment made by Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson that socialism is rising in the United States. "We haven't had a serious socialist movement or competitive party in the country, so the issue hasn't been a constant focus of public opinion," Franklin said.

Story appeared on the website of at least three news outlets, including: Tampa Bay Times, The Daily Beast and PolitiFact, Aug. 16, 2015

The Commons eyes growth
The Commons, a startup accelerator for launching student companies and solving corporate challenges, is out of its pilot phase and into the business of building a sustainable program that could eventually scale up. It launched last year with a meeting at Marquette University with a group of local university leaders. The Commons' long-term vision is to expand beyond southeastern Wisconsin and potentially beyond the state's borders.

Story appeared in the Milwaukee Business Journal, Aug. 12, 2015

Alex Milovic, adjunct assistant professor of marketing, discussed the growing trend of locker decorating among teenagers. "If I'm the company, I've got to figure out how long this trend will last," Milovic said. "That's always my concern. You can win with a fad for a couple of years. But then long-term, when do the kids get sick of it?"

Story appeared on the website of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Aug. 14, 2015

Building Commission approves Marquette dental expansion
The state's Building Commission approved Marquette's proposed expansion of its dental school. The commission approved $2 million in bonding for the 7,000-square-foot addition. The project will expand the school's pediatric dental program and create a post-graduate periodontics program. In total, it will cost $4 million, half of which is coming from donations.

Story appeared on Wisconsin Health News, Aug. 13, 2015

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