Advisory: Marquette University stories for back-to-school 2022

Aug. 31, 2022

MILWAUKEE — Classes for the fall 2022 semester at Marquette University started this week. To help with your back-to-school coverage, the Office of University Relations offers the following back-to-school story ideas:

  • Christine Reinders of the College of Education will be reunited with a former student when she teaches a writing methods course for pre-service teachers this semester. When Christine taught at Prairie Elementary in Waukesha, Allison Gill was in her fourth and fifth grade classes. Now, Allison is a junior education major and will be once again taught by Christine.
  • The Marquette Career Closet launched this semester, a service that provides professional clothing to students in need. Mayra Alaniz, a graduate student in the College of Business Administration, is the creator of Career Closet, which collects gently used professional wardrobe donations to benefit students on campus experiencing difficulty accessing professional clothes as they enter the job market. A winner at the Brewed Ideas Challenge, Marquette Career Closet was featured in Marquette Today.
  • Dr. Heidi Bostic, dean of the Klingler College of Arts and Sciences and College of Education is piloting a Faculty in Residence program this year, where she will live in university-owned housing alongside students. She and her husband, Dr. Stephen Pluháček, affiliated faculty member in the Department of Theology, moved into a university-owned apartment in August and will work toward four main goals: student success, employee engagement, sustainability and community relations. More information on the Faculty in Residence program is available in Marquette Today.
  • Each new semester brings exciting new course offerings to Marquette students. This fall is no different as Dr. Gerry Canavan, associate professor of English, will be teaching a class on J.R.R. Tolkien. His class, designed for everyone from novices to dedicated Tolkien readers, will have the privilege of drawing upon the remarkable J.R.R. Tolkien Collection in the special collections at Raynor Memorial Libraries and the equally remarkable “J.R.R. Tolkien: The Art of the Manuscript” exhibition at the on-campus Haggerty Museum of Art.
  • As schools start around the country and new teachers begin their careers in education, Rev. Ryan Duns, S.J., offered 21 tips for new teachers from a Jesuit educator. Duns’ tips first ran in America Magazine and fall into several categories targeted at reminding teachers the uniqueness of their students, the importance of staying true to themselves and some technical tricks. He also emphasizes the importance of loving students and being mindful of the role they will play in young people’s lives.
    Marquette Class of 2026 by the numbers:
  • 1,990 students from 40 states and 15 countries, the largest first-year class since 2018 (2,162)
  • 30% students of color in the first-year class for the third straight year and fourth time since 2017
  • 23% are first-generation college students; the seventh straight year with over 20% first-gen students
  • 33% hails from Wisconsin
  • The top feeder schools are:
    1. Loyola Academy (Wilmette, Illinois)
    2. Marquette University High School
    3. Saint Thomas More High School

For more information on these stories or any other back-to-school ideas, please contact Kevin Conway at

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Kevin Conway

Kevin is the associate director for university communication in the Office of University Relations. Contact Kevin at (414) 288-4745 or