1. Longtime MPS teacher gives $2 million estate gift for scholarship aid

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.

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2. Office of Student Development hosting free events throughout the summer

The Office of Student Development will host a variety of summer programming events. All events are free and open to all students, and include:

  • Outdoor Movie Night, Tuesday, June 24, at 9 p.m. in Westowne Square featuring The Lego Movie! on an outdoor inflated movie screen.

  • Bastille Days Run, Thursday, July 10, at Cathedral Square Park: Contact John Sweeney, director of recreational sports, to reserve a spot. The deadline for registration is June 25.

  • BBQ and Sand Volleyball, Wednesday, July 16, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Helfaer Rec Center, outdoor volleyball court. A live DJ performance and free food will be provided.

  • Brewers vs. Reds, Monday, July 21, at 7:10 p.m. at Miller Park: Tickets can be picked up starting July 14 in the AMU, 121. There is a limit of two tickets per student with valid MUID. Transportation will be provided and will depart from SHAMU at 6:30 p.m.

  • Free Bowling and Wings, Tuesday, July 29, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Union Sports Annex.

For more information, contact the Office of Student Development, at (414) 288-7205.

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3. Parking permits for second summer session now available

Parking permits for the Summer Studies second summer session are on sale as of today and can be ordered online. They will be effective beginning Monday, June 30, and can be picked up in the Parking Services Office on Wells Street beginning Monday, June 23. The second summer session daytime commuter permit is $60, the evening commuter permit that is valid after 4 p.m. is $25.00 and the 24 hour/overnight permit that will be valid until the start of fall classes is $85.

Students should use their CheckMarq credentials to log into the Parking Service website and purchase a permit.

For additional information, contact Parking Services at (414) 288-6911.

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4. Law School receives LSAC "Diversity Matters" award

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."

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5. University mourns the death of former trustee John M. Kucharski

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.

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6. University mourns the death of Dr. Kiuck Lee

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.

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7. Applications to join Marquette delegation to El Salvador due June 30

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.

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8. Attend workshops on future development in the Menomonee Valley

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.

RSVP online.

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9. Gesu Church hosting blood drive and ice cream social June 23

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.

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