— June 25, 2007—


  1. Dr. Michael McKinney retiring as dean after 40-year Marquette career
  2. Marquette co-hosting World History Association conference
  3. Haggerty Museum to showcase Waswo photographs
  4. More than 200 high school students to visit during internship program
  5. Find out how “MyJob” can work for you
  6. Support staff luncheon invitations coming soon
  7. TIAA-CREF representatives available for financial counseling
  8. Give blood, save lives, July 5
  9. Marquette Interchange highlights for the week of June 25

1. Dr. Michael McKinney retiring as dean after 40-year Marquette career

Dr. Michael A. McKinney, professor of chemistry and dean of the Helen Way Klingler College of Arts and Sciences, has announced his retirement effective Dec. 31, 2007, Provost Madeline Wake announced.                           

Dr. Wake praised McKinney’s many contributions to Marquette and, particularly, his commitment to faculty development. “Mike truly leaves a lasting legacy at Marquette. An outstanding teacher and researcher in his own right, Mike recognizes academic talent and fosters the development of faculty members as outstanding teacher scholars,” she said. “His announcement now gives us time to celebrate Mike's accomplishments and to plan for transition.”

McKinney joined Marquette in 1967 and has served as dean for seven years.  In announcing his retirement to his fellow deans, he said, “It has been my privilege to serve the university. During my remaining months as dean I look forward to our continued friendship and our shared determination to foster excellence in fulfilling the educational mission of the university through effective leadership of our respective colleges.”

During McKinney’s term as dean, he:
•  hired 89 tenure-track faculty to the college, which is nearly 40 percent of the current faculty;
•  created the Mentoring Program, pairing seasoned senior faculty with junior faculty;
•  established research funding for summer support and fourth year junior faculty leaves.

McKinney was chair of the Department of Chemistry from 1981-92. He served as acting chair in fall 1997, the same year he received the John P. Raynor Faculty Award for Teaching Excellence, the highest honor a Marquette faculty member can receive. He has published numerous articles in scholarly journals in the field of physical organic chemistry and held visiting professor appointments at the University of Toronto, Northwestern University and University College Dublin.
McKinney earned his bachelor's degree at Loyola University Chicago in 1961 and his Ph.D. at the Illinois Institute of Technology in 1966, where he was a U.S. Steel Foundation fellow. Supported by a National Science Foundation Fellowship, he held a one-year postdoctoral appointment at Yale University.        

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2. Marquette co-hosting World History Association conference

Marquette and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee will co-host the World History Association annual meeting, “Expanding Horizons, Collapsing Frontiers: The Macro and Micro in World History — 16th Annual WHA Conference.” The conference will be held from Thursday, June 28, to Sunday, July 1, at Marquette and UWM's downtown center. Dr. Phillip Naylor, associate professor of history, is co-chairing the meeting.

Conference special events include a reception and special exhibit at the Haggarty Museum of Art, Marquette; a reception, tour and special exhibit of the American Geographical Society Library at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee; exhibit and reduced price admission to the Pabst Mansion; and a film festival — films provided by the Milwaukee International Film Festival.

Cost is $135 for WHA members, $190 for non-members and $40 for students. Day passes are also available.

The WHA promotes world history through the encouragement of teaching, research and publication. It brings together university professors, college and community college instructors, schoolteachers, graduate students, and independent scholars in collegial camaraderie.

3. Haggerty Museum to showcase Waswo photographs

The Haggerty Museum of Art will open "India Poems: The Photographs of Milwaukee Artist Waswo X. Waswo" on Thursday, June 28. The opening will include a gallery talk by the artist at 6 p.m., followed by a catalogue signing and reception. The exhibition, which runs through Sept. 23, features a suite of photographs taken by Waswo while he was traveling across the Indian subcontinent between 1999 and 2004.

A Milwaukee native, Waswo has published two volumes of poetry, and one book of photography. He is working on a new photography book as well as another volume of written poems.

4. More than 200 high school students to visit during internship program

Marquette University and the City of Milwaukee are teaming up to provide the Earn and Learn Summer Youth Internship Program, providing educational programming to 240 high school juniors and seniors this summer. Campus sessions take place from 8 a.m. to noon in the AMU and Weasler Auditorium:
June 29 — career assessment with the Career Services Center
July 6 — health choices with the Counseling Center
July 13 — leadership development with Student Development
July 20 —student group leaders
July 27 — (off-site)
Aug. 3 — college fair with Undergraduate Admissions, including campus tours
Aug. 10 — business career fair with the Career Services Center

5. Find out how “MyJob” can work for you

Find out how the online “MyJob” self-service portal for employees and staff can make your life easier. Attend the Grow with Marquette “MyJob Works for Me,” hands-on session to learn how to:
•  update your personal information
•  check your available vacation/sick time
•  view your pay stub
•  enroll in direct deposit
•  turn off the printing of your paper direct deposit advice statement
•  view and change your W2

The program is presented by Lynn Mellantine, assistant director of human resources, and Amy Albrinck Schroeder, assistant comptroller, Thursday, June 28, 10-11 a.m., at Raynor Library, room 320H.

Register by calling Human Resources, 8-7305. Space is limited.

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6. Support staff luncheon invitations coming soon

The Support Staff Appreciation Luncheon will be Wednesday, July 25. More information and official invitations will follow soon.

7. TIAA-CREF representatives available for financial counseling

TIAA-CREF consultants will be available for one-on-one financial counseling sessions Wednesday, June 27, and Thursday, June 28, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., in AMU 230. Call 1-800-732-8353 to schedule an appointment.

8. Give blood, save lives, July 5

Gesu Parish will host its annual summer blood drive Thursday, July 5, from 1 to 6 p.m. in Father Herian Hall of the Gesu Parish Center. Fifty donors are needed, including two platelet donors and two red blood cell donors. Mid-summer is often a time of critical blood shortages and days following holidays are especially difficult to find donors.

Hot fudge brownie sundaes are the post-registration treat on the day of the drive. Appointment times can be booked by calling the parish office at 8-7101 or by e-mail. Walk-ins are also welcome.

9. Marquette Interchange highlights for the week of June 25

  • Click here to access a general information newsletter regarding the project.
  • Daytime pile driving and demolition work will increase after southbound I-43 is closed.  This will be the last work in close proximity to the University.  These activities will be east of 11th Street, from Wisconsin Avenue to the south.
  • The southbound I-43 traffic shift will occur overnight on I-43 east of Carpenter Tower on Sunday and Monday June 24 and 25.
  • There will be day activities west of Straz Tower each day next week.
  • University work will begin later this summer on a new retaining wall and modifications to Lot R behind Straz Tower.  This will include new sidewalks and campus identification elements.  Tenth Street at Michigan will become the gateway to the University from the south later next year.
  • Eastbound traffic on Wisconsin Avenue, between 8th and 10th Streets, has been shifted back to the eastbound roadway, by the Streetscaping project.  In addition, 9th Street has been closed at Wisconsin Avenue.  It is open from Wells, but if you enter at Wells you will have to turn around and exit to Wells.  Soon, westbound traffic will be shifted to the south half of Wisconsin Avenue.
  • Eastbound 10th Street, between Michigan and Wisconsin Avenue is open.
  • Westbound traffic on Clybourn/Tory Hill between 8th and 11th Streets has been shifted back to the westbound roadway.  On June 27, the start of Summerfest, this section of street will temporarily go back to normal with one lane in each direction.  After Summerfest, July 6, it will revert to a single westbound lane in the westbound roadway, with numerous short term full closures.
  • Clybourn is closed between 2nd and 6th Streets, until June 27.
  • There will be various Interchange nighttime lane and maintenance daytime restrictions all week.  Please see the web site for more details.

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