As we approach the beginning of the 2010-11 academic year, I want to bring you up to date on Marquette’s search for the university’s 23rd president.
Last spring more than 300 faculty, staff, students, alumni, parents and members of the Jesuit community attended the 11 listening sessions convened to gather input into the qualities and experience needed in our next president. Transcripts of these sessions were posted on the presidential search website, and they were provided to members of the Search Committee. In addition, more than 200 members of our Marquette family submitted their thoughts online.
At its May meeting, the Marquette Board of Trustees used this information, in combination with their own leadership deliberations over the past year, to develop a Presidential Profile. The profile details the Academic Qualifications, Leadership Qualifications, Professional Characteristics and Experience and Personal Attributes we are seeking in our next president. A copy of the profile is available on the website. In addition, the website includes a pdf of a comprehensive document designed as an overview of Marquette and a reflection of the community input, including verbatim quotes from the listening sessions and online forms, selected to give a flavor of the most important themes.
With the Presidential Profile as a guide, the Search Committee over the past two months has had intense discussions and engaged in both formal and informal conversations with potential candidates and references. It remains our hope that we will be able to identify and recommend to the Board of Trustees an outstanding Jesuit to lead Marquette in the years ahead.
I ask your prayers as we continue our discernment in the coming weeks. If you have any questions, please contact me at Maryellen.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mary Ellen Stanek
Chair, Presidential Search Committee
Dr. David Baker, associate professor of biomedical sciences, has been recognized for outstanding achievements in basic science by NARSAD with the 2010 Freedman Award for his research in the area of treating schizophrenia. Baker is one of five young investigators being honored nationally by NARSAD, the world’s leading donor-supported organization dedicated to finding the causes, improved treatments and cures for psychiatric illness. The recipient of the Freedman Award is selected from among these scientists by the NARSAD scientific council, which includes three Nobel Prize winners.
Baker has discovered a novel mechanism in the brain that may give rise to aspects of schizophrenia and has pursued the finding by developing novel medications for the disease. His preclinical findings, supported by clinical trials, show that this pharmaceutical therapy leads to significant improvement in symptoms of schizophrenia and bipolar disorders.
The College of Professional Studies will host an information session Wednesday, Aug. 4, from 5:45 p.m. to 7 p.m. in Cudahy 414. The session will cover accelerated undergraduate degrees in organization and leadership, professional communication, criminology and law studies, as well as the application and admission processes and financial aid options. Register at 8-3153.
The Employee Wellness Program is coordinating a Marquette team to participate in the Hank Aaron State Trail 5k Run/Walk Saturday, Aug. 14. The run/walk starts at 8:30 a.m. at Miller Park’s Klement Sausage Haus.
All Marquette employees and their family members are invited to join. To register, print out the online registration form and bring the completed form along with $20 per participant (cash or check made payable to “Friends of the Hank Aaron State Trail”) to Mandi Richter, wellness coordinator, Schroeder Complex 235, by 2 p.m. tomorrow, Aug. 3. For more information contact Richter at 8-4581.
In addition to the Marquette Employee Wellness team, individual registration can be completed up until race day.
Marquette is a sponsor of the Hank Aaron State Trail 5k Run/Walk. All proceeds benefit the Friends of the Hank Aaron State Trail, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing recreational, educational, environmental and cultural opportunities along the Hank Aaron State Trail.
The Lunda Room, AMU, will feature State Fair-inspired cuisine during the lunch hour for the next two weeks.
Corn on the cob, fried cheese curds, pork, eggplant and fried pickles, corn dogs, salad on a stick and cream puffs will be offered through Friday, Aug. 6.
From Monday, Aug. 9, to Friday, Aug. 13, the Lunda Room will feature corn on the cob, fried macaroni and cheese, fried vegetable plate, shredded pork sandwich, chocolate-covered bacon, Sheboygan Bratwursts with "Da Works" (ketchup, mustard, chopped onion and pickle) and cream puffs.
The Lunda Room is open weekdays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. For reservations and to-go orders, call 8-3073.
The upgraded version of CheckMarq, the student information system, is available beginning today, Aug. 2. The Office of the Bursar, MU Central and the Office of the Registrar are also fully operational for all services. If you encounter errors in CheckMarq, clear your browser cache or contact the Help Desk.
Wisconsin Avenue between 16th and 17th streets will be closed Saturday, Aug. 7, due to construction on the Discovery Learning Complex. A detour route will be posted near the affected streets.
Marquette community members can get information and stay up-to-date with Marquette happenings through multimedia and social networks. Connect with Marquette through:
• Marquette on Twitter – in 140 characters or less.
• Marquette’s Facebook page, as well as many Marquette departmental pages. Nearly 10,600 fans follow Marquette’s Facebook page.
• Marquette News Center — RSS subscription available to receive university news announcements.
• Marquette’s YouTube channel, where viewers can watch, rate and comment on videos about Marquette.
• Videos of key thought leaders speaking on campus on the Difference Network.
The Marquette University Alumni Association is looking for assistance in reaching out to the more than 2,100 alumni, parents of students and other Marquette community members who live outside the United States.
Alumni Relations asks faculty and staff interested in meeting alumni during their travels to contact Alumni Relations about their plans. No matter what country faculty and staff are traveling to, Alumni Relations is willing to help connect with alumni there.
According to survey results from an article in the fall 2008 issue of Marquette Magazine, alumni would love to meet with faculty and university staff members who are traveling to their countries.
Contact Martha Moore, senior alumni relations officer, at 8-0398 for more information.
Milwaukee Police Department District Three will host a National Night Out event tomorrow, Aug. 3, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. in its parking lot, 2333 N. 49th St. The event will include food, refreshments, a children’s train ride, a live DJ, classic cars, mounted police, equipment displays and information tables.
National Night Out is designed to heighten crime and drug prevention awareness, generate support for local anti-crime efforts, and strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships.
Marquette University is served by district three.