A Marquette University alumna who spent her entire career teaching in Milwaukee Public Schools bequeathed a $2 million estate gift to the university for endowed scholarship aid. The gift, which will be split between the College of Education and Law School, is the largest donation in the College of Education's history.
Bernadette Steep, who died May 4, 2014, at age 92 in Gurnee, Ill., graduated from Marquette University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1944 and a master's degree in education in 1967. Steep began teaching elementary school in 1958 and retired in 1987 from Milwaukee Public Schools' Maple Tree Elementary School on Milwaukee's far northwest side. Steep's gift includes funds she first received from the estate of her sister, Mary Ann, who graduated from Marquette with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1953 and a law degree in 1990.
"This is a remarkable example of an alumna who dedicated her life to teaching and has now ensured her legacy will continue to live on in classrooms for generations to come," said Rev. Robert A. Wild, S.J., interim president.
The $2 million gift is the second major gift toward scholarship aid in the past six months. In January, an anonymous benefactor gave $2.5 million to support need-based scholarships.
The Law School recently received the Law School Admission Council's "Diversity Matters" first-place award for exceptional programming. The award, in its fifth year, is designed to recognize law school programming that encourages racially and ethnically diverse students to consider law as a career. The award was announced at LSAC's annual meeting and educational conference in Asheville, N.C., on May 31.
The award is given to the law school that demonstrates the highest level of minority outreach to high school, community college and early undergraduate college students. This year, Marquette received the award based on such factors as the number of its events, the high attendance level at the events and exceptional website promotion.
"Promoting diversity is a core value of the Law School Admission Council," said Kent D. Lollis, LSAC's executive director for diversity initiatives. "The percentage of lawyers from racial and ethnic groups is just over 10 percent, which is very low. Marquette Law School sponsored outreach programs that were creative, inventive, and reached the largest number of students from diverse backgrounds."
Marquette University mourns the death of John M. Kucharski, a former trustee and College of Engineering alumnus who died May 24, at 78. Kucharski received Marquette's Distinguished Alumnus Award in 1990 from the College of Engineering for his work as chairman of the board and CEO of EG&G, Inc. A resident of Wayland, Mass., for 34 years, he was active in philanthropic causes in his community. A public memorial service is planned for mid-July in Massachusetts.
Please remember Kucharski, his family and friends in prayer.
Marquette University mourns the death of Dr. Kiuck Lee, retired professor of physics, who died June 10. A respected mentor and colleague, Lee spent 40 years as a faculty member in the physics department. A memorial service was held this past weekend.
Expressions of condolence may be sent to:
Linda Lee and Family
11835 N. Sandhill Circle
Mequon, WI 63092
Please remember Lee, his family and friends in prayer.
All university employees that wish to utilize university parking must complete the electronic application process for new parking permits by Monday, June 30. Permits will be issued by mid-August and will be valid for the next two years, from August 2014 through August 2016. Completing the parking application in a timely manner may influence employees' parking location assignments.
For additional information, contact Parking Services at (414) 288-6911.
GROW with Marquette will host a "Myers-Briggs Type Indicator" session Thursday, June 19, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the AMU, 157. The MBTI personality inventory has helped millions of individuals gain insights about themselves and how they interact with others. The MBTI assessment enables personal transformation by giving people a powerful tool for improving how they communicate, learn and work. The session will be presented by Sara Pforr, director of administrative services in the Office of Marketing and Communication and MBTI-certified instructor.
Participants must complete a twenty-minute survey by Tuesday, June 17. To reserve a spot, contact GROW with Marquette, at (414) 288-1560.
Marquette will send a delegation to the University of Central America in San Salvador, El Salvador, for the commemoration of the 25th anniversary of the killing of six Jesuits and two women at the University of Central America. Delegates will attend on-campus events throughout the fall semester and travel to El Salvador Wednesday, Nov. 12, through Monday, Nov. 17. Travel is fully funded through the support of the Merkel Family Foundation. To apply, click on the appropriate application below.
The application deadline for students, staff and faculty is Wednesday, June 30.
Join the City of Milwaukee and the Menomonee Valley Partners on Thursday, June 19, for a public workshop on development in the Menomonee Valley. Attendees can choose between two identical workshop sessions on June 19, the first from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. and the second from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Both workshops will be held in the Rumble Room at the Harley-Davidson Museum and will feature topics such as the I-94 reconstruction area, St. Paul Avenue, Mt. Vernon Waterfront Sites, East Gateway, and Pierce and Bruce Street district.
Employee Wellness will offer a free cardio kickboxing class Friday, June 20, from 12:05 p.m. to 12:50 p.m. in Cramer Hall, 050. All fitness levels are welcome and attendees should bring their own towel.
Space is limited to 15 people. To register, email Kristin Kipp, employee wellness coordinator.
The deadline to participate in the Commuter Value Pass payroll deduction program is Friday, June 20. Formerly known as the Easy Pass, the Commuter Value Pass offers unlimited Milwaukee County bus rides, including Freeway Flyers and special event shuttles to the Bradley Center, Miller Park and other locations.
The program costs $201 per quarter and can be deducted before taxes. Sign up in the AMU, Union Station, for passes that will be good during July, August and September.
A TIAA-CREF consultant will be available to faculty and staff for individual, confidential financial counseling sessions from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Thursday, June 26, in the AMU, 305; and Friday, June 27, in the AMU, 305. Employees can discuss their personal financial situation with a TIAA-CREF consultant, as well as how to achieve financial goals by investing in financial solutions such as mutual funds, brokerage, life insurance and annuities.
To schedule an appointment, call (800) 732-8353.
Space is still available for individuals wishing to give blood at Church of the Gesu's summer blood drive and ice cream social, Monday, June 23, from 12:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. in the Church of the Gesu Parish Center, Father Herian Hall. Schedule an appointment online.
The Department of Clinical Laboratory Science in the College of Health Sciences is hosting a retirement reception for Dr. Linda J. Laatsch, chair of clinical laboratory science, Wednesday, June 18, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the Lunda Room and Henke Lounge in the AMU. Laatsch has served at Marquette for the past 38 years.
Please RSVP to Dawn Robinson, office assistant, at (414) 288-7566.