— May 22, 2008 —


  1. Nationally recognized nurse leader appointed dean of nursing
  2. Eckstein Hall groundbreaking draws record crowd


1. Nationally recognized nurse leader appointed dean of nursing

A long-time leader in Rush University’s College of Nursing will become dean of the Marquette University College of Nursing, Interim Provost David Shrock announced today.

Dr. Margaret Faut Callahan is currently chair of adult health nursing and program director of the nurse anesthesia program at Rush. She earned both her master’s and Ph.D. at Rush and has served as an administrator at the university or at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago for more than 25 years. She is a current member of the Rush University Board of Trustees and University Board of Overseers.

“Dr. Callahan brings significant practical, research and leadership experience to the dean’s position,” Shrock said. “Those who interviewed her were impressed by the strong insight she had into where the field of nursing is going. Under her leadership, the Marquette College of Nursing will continue its growth and exemplary emphasis on quality.”

Dr. John Pauly, dean of the Diederich College of Communication who will officially assume the provost’s position July 21, said Callahan’s breadth of experience, her contacts within the nursing and health care communities and her enthusiasm will raise the profile of the College of Nursing. “I was particularly impressed with her ideas about making research an important component of nursing education,” he said.

Callahan has researched and published extensively in the areas of palliative care; pain perception, assessment and management; stress in the perioperative patient; nursing and health systems approach to ambulatory care; and nurse anesthesia. A fellow of the American Academy of Nursing, National Academies of Practice and the Institute of Medicine Chicago, Callahan is the principal investigator of a National Institute of Health — National Cancer Institute study on "Interdisciplinary Palliative Care Education."

In deciding to pursue the deanship, Callahan said she was impressed by Marquette’s strong commitment to baccalaureate education and by how positively the College of Nursing has embraced the challenges and changes facing the nursing profession. “Marquette, through the efforts of its highly respected faculty, is ahead of the curve nationally in curriculum development,” she said. “Now we will collectively create a vision for our future and build our research programs, community partnerships and alumni relationships."

Shrock said Callahan’s appointment is effective July 1, although she has professional obligations that will necessitate completion before she is at Marquette full-time in October. She will succeed Dr. Judith Fitzgerald Miller, associate dean for graduate programs and research, who has served as interim dean for the College of Nursing the past semester following the resignation of Dr. Lea Acord last year.

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2. Eckstein Hall groundbreaking draws record crowd

More than 800 people joined Marquette President Robert A. Wild, S.J., and Law School Dean Joseph D. Kearney today to break ground on Eckstein Hall, the future home of Marquette University Law School. Ray Eckstein, who together with his wife, Kay, donated $51 million to the project, and Joseph Zilber, a $30 million donor to the Law School, were also present for the celebration.

Chief Justice Shirley S. Abrahamson of the Wisconsin Supreme Court, Chief Judge Frank H. Easterbrook of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, and Natalie A. Black, an alumna of the Law School who is a Marquette trustee and senior vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary of Kohler Co., also gave remarks. Rev. James Flaherty, S.J., rector of the Jesuit Community, provided a blessing for the construction site, and University Architect Tom Ganey commenced the digging.

The 200,000-square-foot building is expected to open in fall 2010. It will include two courtrooms, classrooms, faculty office suites, library space with a two-story reading room, a conference center and a café. Below the building will be a two-level, 170-space parking garage.

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