Wednesday, March 28

Arts And Sciences



Dean's welcome

Spring is here, bringing with it a renewed energy to campus and indicating that another semester will soon come to a close. Graduating seniors are preparing their final assignments, projects and papers before moving on. I know their Klingler College of Arts and Sciences education will prepare them for future opportunities and challenges that await them.

The spring semester is also the time in which we honor distinguished alumni who have made notable contributions to our communities and to our world. These remarkable individuals have used their liberal arts degrees to better the lives of others. They set an extraordinary example for our soon-to-be graduates. One of those inspirational alums was Robert Croston Jr., our 2018 young alumni award winner who died earlier this month. As principal of Jenner Academy of the Arts, Robert’s compassion and unwavering dedication to his students is a humbling example of how we aspire our graduates to be. The college mourns his passing.

I am excited to share that the college will introduce its first magazine next month. This first edition features stories about our faculty and students and their research projects and initiatives. These stories represent a fraction of the many valuable learning opportunities and discoveries that are taking place in our classrooms and labs. This is what makes being dean in the largest, most diverse college on Marquette’s campus so rewarding.

Thank you for your continued support.

News and Updates

We remember Professor Rajendra Rathore

A memorial service was held on Friday, March 23, for Dr. Rajendra Rathore, Pfletschinger-Habermann Chair and professor of chemistry, at the Chapel of the Holy Family in the Alumni Memorial Union. He passed away on Feb. 16. Known for his outstanding research in the area of organic supramolecular chemistry/materials chemistry, Dr. Rathore and his group published 15 papers in highly-prestigious journals in 2017 alone. He joined the faculty at Marquette in 2000. Dr. James Kincaid, chair of the Department of Chemistry, described Rathore as “a selflessly generous colleague, always willing to help anyone in need of scientific advice or professional guidance.”

Relief drive for Puerto Rico update

In September 2017, a group of Puerto Rican students (including Arts & Sciences students Cristofer Borghese and Danielle McCloskey Suarez) collected 7,000 pounds of supplies and food, and over $9,000 for victims of their hurricane-stricken island, following the destruction of Hurricane Maria. For their efforts in organizing and orchestrating the relief drive, the group of students received the Difference Makers Award from Marquette President Dr. Michael Lovell during his fourth presidential address in January.

Faculty members receive awards

Dr. Kristy Nielson, professor of psychology, received the university’s highest research honor, the Lawrence G. Haggerty Faculty Award for Research Excellence. In addition, five faculty members were the recipients of awards through the Way Klingler Faculty Development Program. Drs. Edwin Antony and Anthony Gamble, assistant professors of biological sciences, and Drs. Jennifer Finn and Bryan Rindfleisch, assistant professors of history, received Way Klingler Young Scholar Awards. Dr. Timothy McMahon, associate professor of history, received the Way Klinger Fellowship Award.

History students develop museum exhibit

Patrick Mullins’ public history students developed a curated exhibit, “Hooves to Tires,” part of a new collaboration with Milwaukee’s Chudnow Museum of Yesteryear. Students in Dr. Mullins’ class took trips to various museums, giving them valuable insight from museum professionals. It led to “Museum Lab,” where students build their own exhibit – from idea formation, research, design, construction and presentation. The finished product shows the dramatic changes that Wisconsin farmers experienced as machine power replaced the muscle power of humans and animals. The exhibit will be on display until early fall 2018.  Visit the museum website for hours of operation and location (blocks from campus). 

Global Brigades in Nicaragua

Arts and Sciences students and members of Global Brigades joined forces for the first time in January 2018 to build sanitation stations in Nicaragua. Together with local engineers and families in the rural communities outside the city of Jinotega, the groups built septic tanks and dug trenches for potable water pipes.

Brigade leader Jack Hodes, Arts ’19, and Dr. Amelia Zurcher, director of the University Honors Program who accompanied students on the trip, helped organized the excursion. Global Brigades was founded by a Marquette alumna and is the world’s largest student-led global health and sustainable development non-profit. The organization was thrilled to have the college involved for the first time and hopes it can continue.

Golden Eagle Battalion establishes endowment

Army ROTC’s Golden Eagle Battalion has established its first endowment. On behalf of Tom and Kathleen Feifar, son of Cadet Brian Feifar, the Duke and Feifar Endowment already has hit its endowment establishment goal of $50,000. The Feifars were honored with a plaque at the battalion’s Military Ball in February, and funds from the endowment will benefit and enhance cadet quality training and opportunities.

Project Global Officer (GO)

Project GO is a Department of Defense funded initiative that promotes critical language, education, study abroad, and intercultural dialogue opportunities for Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) students. This collaborative program focuses on the languages and countries of the Middle East, Asia, Central Asia, Africa and South America. Maggie Plaza, freshman Army ROTC cadet, will participate in the full-scholarship, eight-week Arabic language summer program. She will join other beginner students in a seven-day preprogram at Marquette prior to departure. Upon returning from the Middle East, students are required to continue their education by enrolling in an Arabic course at their home institution or by participating in an innovative semester-long experience led by Dr. Enaya Othman, assistant professor of Arabic.

40 Under 40

Patrick Kennelly, director of the Marquette University Center for Peacemaking, was named to the Milwaukee Business Journal’s annual “40 Under 40” list, honoring young Milwaukee leaders. Kennelly leads the only academic center at a Catholic university that explicitly focuses on exploring the power of nonviolence.  He and the other awardees were recognized at the Milwaukee Business Journal’s annual “40 Under 40” Awards event on Feb. 26 at the Pfister Hotel.

Distinguished alums recognized

Alumni National Awards is a special tradition that takes place on campus each spring. This is an opportunity to honor and to celebrate distinguished award recipients from each college and school.  Arts and Sciences alumni to be honored on April 26 include; Dr. Patricia Holt Sackett, Arts ‘75 and Dr. Paul Sackett, Arts ’75, named our Distinguished Alumni of the Year; the Honorable Christopher Foley, Arts ’75, receives our Professional Achievement Award, Patricia Brannan, Arts ’75 is a Person for Others and our Young Alumnus of the Year is the late Robert Croston Jr., Arts ‘05. 

Two college alums will be honored with all-university awards. Bishop Donald Hying, Arts ’85, will receive the Service to the Community Award and Michelle DeGuire Harrington, Arts ’92, will be recognized with the Mary Neville Bielefeld Award.

These individuals have made incredible contributions to make a difference in our world and represent Marquette’s values of excellence, faith, service and leadership.

Let's connect

In addition to Facebook, you can now find the Klingler College of Arts and Sciences on Twitter and Instagram. (Follow us!) Through these platforms, we are sharing the exciting stories and experiences of our students and faculty. We are using social media to help connect students with the answers they need, to share timely and academically stimulating events held by the College, and to stay connected with our alumni. Above all, we are creating new opportunities for communication. If you’re not already, please be sure to follow us on our new social media accounts and tag us in your next post!


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