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Marquette University In the News is a weekly compilation of top media reports about Marquette University and members of the university community.

Aug. 12, 2020

Marquette In the News

Dr. Kristina Ropella, Opus Dean of the Opus College of Engineering, was profiled for her 30-year career at the university and recognized for her efforts to “change the face of engineering” by encouraging women and other students from traditionally underrepresented backgrounds to pursue careers in engineering. “If we say we really truly want to be innovative as a profession, we need to have people from all walks of life doing engineering,” Ropella said. “And if we truly want to serve the world, then we have to look more like the world we serve.”

Story aired on PBS Milwaukee, Aug. 6, 2020

University recognized for virtual orientation efforts
The university was profiled in a piece about how colleges and universities are conducting new student orientation amid the coronavirus pandemic. Orientation at Marquette will be mainly virtual, with some small, socially distanced, in-person events. Online activities will be conducted primarily in Microsoft Teams. Kelly Neumann, assistant dean for new student and family programs, said, "For us, it’s really important our students adjust and build community in a social setting."

Story appeared in the Chronicle of Higher Education, Aug. 10, 2020

Dr. Xavier Cole, vice president for student affairs, discussed how the university continues to serve students amid the uncertainty surrounding the pandemic. “With a large population, there are a lot of moving pieces to consider,” Cole said. “Our mission remains that of a Catholic, Jesuit university dedicated to serving God by serving our students and contributing to the advancement of knowledge. Throughout the pandemic, we’ve put our mission into action by complying with health and safety measures and continuing to foster a culture of respect, care and concern.” 

Story appeared in US Catholic Magazine, Aug. 4, 2020

Dr. Sandra Hunter, professor of exercise science in the College of Health Sciences, discussed tips for exercising while wearing a mask. Hunter said exercising while wearing mask might be uncomfortable, it is “certainly safe and doable.” Hunter’s tips include using cloth masks, finding the right fit, listening to your body and paying attention to surroundings.

Story aired on WUWM-FM (89.7), Aug. 4, 2020 

Dr. Sergio González, assistant professor of history in the Klingler College of Arts and Sciences, discussed the history of Latinx immigration to Wisconsin, including how sports — particularly the Milwaukee Brewers — are a sturdy bridge between more recent Latinx immigrants and the traditional Wisconsin culture. “The misnomer is to think that arriving communities have no interest in becoming Wisconsinites, whether that is transforming the state’s culture, but also very much enjoying and practicing the state’s history, traditions and cultures,” Gonzalez said. “They want to feel like it’s their right to be part of that tradition, part of that conversation, part of the celebration.”

Story appeared in Milwaukee Magazine, Aug. 4, 2020 

Dr. Julia Azari, associate professor and assistant chair of Political Science in the Klingler College of Arts and Sciences, discussed Wisconsin’s reputation as a battleground state in elections and how it will not last forever. “We’re in a really competitive era. That tends not to be the normal status quo. Normally, one party sort of dominates,” Azari said, adding that she suspects the GOP post-Trump is “likely to go through long periods where it has a lot of trouble winning national majorities but remains very strong where it’s strong (the Deep South, the interior West, parts of the Midwest).”

Story appeared in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Aug. 10, 2020

Azari also spoke with Milwaukee Magazine for an Aug. 10 story about ranked-choice voting. 

Prof. Peter Rofes, professor of law, discussed the ethics of Lane Ruhland, an attorney for Trump's reelection campaign, submitting nominating papers for Kanye West's candidacy to the state Elections Commission. "I don't accept the proposition that any effort to get a candidate on the ballot is directly adverse to the campaign of any other candidate already on the ballot," Rofes said.

Story appeared in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Aug. 7, 2020

University announces plans for fall, Commencement cancelation
The Milwaukee Health Department has approved the university’s plans to reopen in the fall. The plans, which are designed to adhere to mandatory health guidelines with regard to the pandemic, will consist of a hybrid of in-person and online classes. The university also announced the difficult decision to cancel in-person Commencement events for the year. The decision was made in the most prudent interests of public health, including event capacity limits and travel restrictions that made it unfeasible to host an in-person ceremony. 

Story aired on WISN-TV (ABC 12), Aug. 5, 2020

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Andrew Hunt, director of the Center for Real Estate in the College of Business Administration, discussed how Milwaukee-area malls are adapting to the challenges presented by the pandemic. "The consumer now cares about safety and convenience, more than ever," Hunt said. "The shopping centers who can do that are the ones who continue to do well during the pandemic, but certainly after it,” adding that it is important for malls and shopping centers to notify shoppers about the steps being taken to keep consumers safe, with updated signage and social media.

Story appeared in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Aug. 7, 2020

Dr. Callie Chiroff, clinical assistant professor of nursing, spoke about the nonprofit organization she created, “Project Bubaloo,” after her infant son Theo passed away due to complications from a rare congenital heart defect. "I wanted to do what I could to honor Theo's life and bring a voice to congenital heart disease that I thought was lacking in the community," Chiroff said. "It's because we are moving forward and it's because of the advances that we're seeing these kids live longer and healthier lives.”

Story appeared in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Aug. 10, 2020

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