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Honoring the College of Nursing's 85th Anniversary

On August 1, 1936, Marquette University’s College of Nursing formed its four-year Bachelor of Science program — the first in Wisconsin — with Sister Berenice Beck as inaugural dean. Twenty-three students registered the following month. Now, 85 years later, the college has matured into one of the nation’s most successful and distinguished nursing schools. The College of Nursing looks forward to celebrating this anniversary throughout the coming year – watch for more information and details to come!


Project BEYOND-2 receives $2.2 million for nursing diversity

Thanks to a recent nearly $2.2 million grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the college will continue its Project BEYOND-2, which builds equitable opportunities for nursing diversity and helps mitigate health disparities. The award is a four-year continuation of the program, which started in 2007, and has served hundreds of students. Read more.


In case you missed it: Nursing on the move

The College of Nursing is poised to grow its enrollment significantly in the coming years. To accommodate this ambitious growth plan, Nursing will move to a renovated and expanded Straz Hall in 2024. Read about the plans.


Nursing’s Stellar Grads...

Marquette Nursing’s Class of 2021 is outstanding, and several graduates were recognized with awards and for their stories:

Steve Samuel Headshot Steve Samuel, Nurs ’21, is the recipient of Wisconsin Nurses Association’s (WNA) Future Nursing Leader Award for Spring 2021.
  • As recent nursing graduates, Evelia Guerrero and Elizabeth Murillo leave behind an inspiring legacy. These Difference Makers served, respectively, as the president and executive vice president of the Marquette University Student Government. They are advocates for mental health, equity and individuality and are featured in this motivational video.

    Evelia Guerrero and Elizabeth Murillo video

  • WTMJ featured graduate Mallory Wiest, who survived a car crash and realized her purpose to nurse others.

  • Citlali Aviles and her journey to graduation from the Direct Entry program was highlighted by WISN.

... and Nursing’s Stellar Alums!

The college also celebrated several alumni achievements recently. Marquette University Alumni National Awards saluted the following individuals:

Jacksons All-University Alumni of the Year Award
Terry Hall Jackson, Nurs ’87, and Darren R. Jackson, Bus Ad ’86
Schifalacqua Nursing Distinguished Alumna of the Year Award
Marita MacKinnon Schifalacqua, Nurs ’73, Grad ’95
Dobratz Nursing Professional Achievement Award
Dr. Marjorie Clowry Dobratz, Nurs ’69, Grad ’72
Villanueva Nursing Young Alumnus of the Year Award
Dr. Christian Villanueva, Nurs ’15

In addition, Jessica Spencer Castner, PhD, RN-BC, FAEN, FAAN, Nurs ’99, has been selected as the 2021-2022 National Academy of Medicine (NAM) Distinguished Nurse Scholar-in-Residence. The residence is a year-long immersion experience that allows an Academy Fellow to leverage expertise and play a prominent role in developing health policy at the federal level while engaging in interprofessional collaboration with scholars at NAM.

Congratulations, alumni!


Institute for Natural Family Planning marks an ending and a beginning

After 24 years, Dr. Richard Fehring, professor emeritus, will step down as director of the Institute for Natural Family Planning. Fehring, who has been with the university for 41 years, founded the institute with a generous donation in 1997. The institute developed a new modern method of NFP, developed a professional training program for health professionals, conducted and published many studies on our system of NFP, and taught thousands of couples throughout the world our system of NFP — either in person or through modern online fertility charting systems.

Dr. Mary Schneider, who joined the institute in 1998, will become director effective July 1.


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