Marquette alumni couple issue $10 million challenge
Marquette alumni Ray and Kay Eckstein have issued a $10 million challenge toward the construction of the university’s new residence hall facility. Once met, the Ecksteins will match the $10 million and the complex will be named for former Marquette President Rev. Robert A. Wild, S.J., in appreciation and honor of his exceptional service and dedication to the university.
Story appeared in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, The Chronicle of Philanthropy and the BizTimes, Jan.18-23, 2017
Story aired on WDJT-TV (CBS 58), WITI-TV (FOX 6), Jan. 18, 2017
Marquette details future building plans
Marquette will transform the landscape of its Milwaukee campus over the next decade. The new additions include a BioDiscovery District, Innovation Alley, which includes a new business school, along the west side of 16th Street south of Wisconsin Avenue, a recreation/wellness facility, and the already announced residence hall and athletic performance research center.
Story appeared in the Milwaukee Business Journal, Jan. 23, 2017
Story aired on WITI-TV (FOX 6), Jan. 23, 2017
Marquette President Michael R. Lovell cited the “skills gap” as a reason to adopt alternative approaches to education. Creating flipped versions of existing courses can help professors incorporate real world problems into their teaching, Lovell said. “Their jobs are going to be changing, we’re trying to prepare students for a future that’s uncertain,” Lovell said.
Story appeared in The Chronicle of Higher Education, Jan. 22, 2017
Marquette sees surge on social media after historic basketball win
Marquette’s win over No. 1 ranked Villanova has caused a boom in activity on the university’s social media pages. There were 10,000 incoming messages across social media accounts, 200,000 Facebook impressions, 120,000 Twitter impressions and 4,200 Instagram likes.
Story aired on WITI-TV (FOX 6), Jan. 25, 2017
Marquette launches commercial banking program
Marquette hopes a new commercial banking program will develop the next generation of bankers and bank leaders. “What I really would like to see is a steady stream of qualified graduates coming out of that program with great first placements in the banking industry in the Milwaukee and Chicago areas,” said Brian Till, Keyes Dean of Business Administration at Marquette.
Story appeared in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Jan. 21, 2017
Near West Side Grocery Store Challenge announced
Marquette President Michael R. Lovell said the university is launching a “Near West Side Grocery Store Challenge” in response to the need for a grocery store in the area. Lovell invited all students to participate and be part of the solution in providing affordable access to fresh food options in the community.
Story appeared on Urban Milwaukee, Jan. 20, 2017
Marquette chooses builder for athletic performance research center
Marquette, in partnership with Aurora Health Care, has chosen Mortenson Construction to build its proposed $120 million athletic performance research center. The proposed center will be located at Sixth and Michigan streets in Milwaukee.
Story appeared in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Jan. 20, 2017
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Dome installed at Valley Fields
Marquette has installed a seasonal dome over a portion of its Valley Fields facility, enclosing the synthetic turf field adjacent to the stadium. The seasonal dome will provide practice and training facilities for intercollegiate athletes, as well as club and intramural participants.
Story aired on WDJT-TV (CBS 58), Jan. 25, 2017
Paul Secunda, professor of law, commented on the push by Republicans to pass a bill prohibiting mandatory union fees in workplaces. Many argue that though the law gives workers more freedom, it will also take power from unions and lead to lower wages. “The reason it’s a priority (for Republicans) is because it destroys unions,” Secunda said.
Story appeared in the Joplin Globe, Jan. 20, 2017
Howard Fuller, distinguished professor and director of the Institute for the Transformation of Learning, wrote on the impacts of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and the continuation of his life mission in the area of education. “As we pause to celebrate, honor and remember Dr. Martin Luther King, we must remember that he was a Drum Major for Justice for the least powerful of us,” Fuller wrote. “We must get up every day fighting on behalf of poor black children to eradicate the pain they feel when they fail, because we as society continue to fail them.”
Op-ed appeared on Brookings and My Informs, Jan. 18, 2017