Klingler College of Arts and Sciences
1103 W. Wisconsin Ave.
Milwaukee, WI 53233
Dr. Bostic shares a monthly message to all students, faculty and staff in the college.
As this challenging academic year draws to a close, I am reminded of the admonition in Gaudium et spes to remain attentive to “signs of the times.” Published some sixty-five years ago, the advice remains crucial and timely. This document urges us to “respond to the perennial questions” of our age, to pay attention to the “profound and rapid changes” all around us and to remain rooted in “permanent values” even as we adjust to changing circumstances. In other words, as we “search for a better world,” we must seek and develop “a corresponding spiritual advancement.”
This is the third of three related messages on the themes of heart, hands and head. These themes speak to the formation of the whole human person, a central tenet of Marquette’s educational mission. Having focused previously on heart and hands, this month we turn to the head.
This is the second of three planned Dean’s messages on the themes of heart, hands and head. These three themes speak to the formation of the whole human person, a central tenet of Marquette’s educational mission. Last month’s message focused on the heart, and this month we turn to the hands.
During this month of Valentine’s Day, it is perhaps unsurprising that one’s thoughts turn to the heart. And in fact, February's message is the first of three planned Dean’s messages on the interrelated themes of heart, hands and head. These three themes speak to the formation of the whole human person, a central tenet of Marquette’s educational mission.
My December message included a look toward the future: Which of the many possible paths will we pursue? With that question in mind, earlier this month over 70 faculty and staff members from Arts & Sciences gathered for a half-day virtual New Year Workshop. Aiming to foster community and a strong start to the New Year, the workshop was designed with two intended outcomes. We explored the identity and distinctiveness of A&S now and in the future. We also reflected upon integration as well as the “and” of “Arts and Sciences.” This “and” signifies that we strive to be not simply a collection of individuals but an integrated community.
Both our Fall 2020 semester and a most unusual and challenging year are drawing to a close. The past months have compelled us to face a pandemic, racial injustice and economic hardship. This triple crisis has rippled across the globe and affected us right here in Milwaukee and at Marquette. We will hopefully never again experience a year like 2020.
"Each of my monthly messages this fall highlights a different area of the College of Arts & Sciences. This month’s focus is the humanities. This area of the College encompasses English; History; Languages, Literatures and Cultures; Philosophy; and Theology. A number of humanities faculty members have won awards for their advising, mentoring, teaching or research. Our degree programs and other offerings in the humanities disciplines are a crucial part of the excellence of Arts & Sciences."
"As we work to sharpen the College’s identity, offer programs that meet the needs of students and the world and secure support for the College, I continue to be amazed by how many wonderful things all of you are doing. We will thrive in part by raising awareness about the breadth and depth of our activities and contributions. And so, in my monthly messages this fall, I am highlighting different areas of the College of Arts & Sciences."
"Leaves are turning, temperatures are cooling and the Fall 2020 semester is off and running. After months of primarily remote work, what a joy to see students, faculty and staff back on campus! This has been a challenging time for everyone. I deeply appreciate how you all are taking care of yourselves, one another and our broader community..."
"Welcome to a new academic year! The Klingler College of Arts and Sciences is the heart of Marquette University. Our faculty members are dedicated teacher-scholars who focus on student success. We work across disciplines to create an integrated experience—in classes and beyond—for all members of our community. We strive to foster diversity, inclusion and a sense of belonging. And we prepare students for a life well lived..."
"Recently I had the good fortune to speak with Dr. Jenny Thomas, a pediatrician and graduate of our college (English ’89), who highlighted for me the important work to which we are called. Echoing the cover story of our 2020 A&S Magazine, Dr. Thomas credits her Arts and Sciences education with preparing her to thrive in career and life..."
"During the coming year, the college will continue to pursue three goals: to sharpen our identity, to provide programs that meet the needs of students and the world and to garner support for the college. None of these pursuits is possible without embracing diversity, equity and inclusion."
Welcome Message from Dr. Bostic
"Greetings! I am delighted and honored to serve as your Dean. What drew me to Marquette are the purpose, the people and the place. I look forward to working with all of you to fulfill Marquette’s Catholic, Jesuit mission..."