- The Diederich College of Communication received an $8.3 million gift to fund the O’Brien Fellowship in solutions journalism, which will bring three journalists from all types of media to Marquette each academic year to research and produce an in-depth public service journalism project.
- The College of Nursing was chosen as one of six nursing schools in the nation to participate in a five-year, $5 million Nursing Academic Partnership Program with the Department of Veterans Affairs, which will prepare Marquette nursing students to promote health, healing and social justice for veterans and their families through culturally based and spiritually reflective clinical practice.
- The College of Business Administration led the university’s first foray into Massive Open Online Courses with an introductory course in investing. Dr. David Krause, director of the Applied Investment Management program, taught the self-paced course to nearly 3,000 people from around the world.
- One of the most popular immersion experiences on campus, the Les Aspin Center for Government, celebrated 25 years of giving students the chance to live and work in the nation’s capital. More than 2,000 students have experienced the political process first hand in congressional, executive branch, nonprofit, corporate and journalistic offices.
- Bill Cosby addressed more than 2,000 graduates and their families at Marquette’s 132nd Commencement on May 19. Cosby received an honorary doctor of letters degree as part of the ceremony, along with Sister Rosemary Connelly, R.S.M., executive director of Misericordia Heart of Mercy, a service organization in Rogers Park, Ill., that supports people with developmental disabilities.
- The university jumped eight spots, from No. 83 to No. 75, in U.S. News & World Report’s 2014 undergraduate rankings for the top universities nationwide. The university’s new strategic plan, Beyond Boundaries: Setting the Course for Marquette’s Future, includes an objective to ultimately move into the top quarter of national universities ranked by U.S. News in the next five to seven years. Marquette was also included in several other undergraduate U.S. News rankings for 2014, including being recognized as No. 49 in the list of “Best Value Schools,” which relates a school’s academic quality, as indicated by its 2014 U.S. News ranking, to the 2013–14 net cost of attendance for a student who receives the average level of need-based financial aid.
- New this year, the university was ranked by its peers as No. 14 on the “Up and Coming School” list along with Boston University, Carnegie Mellon University, Tulane University and University of Southern California, among others. The undergraduate business program moved up to No. 86 from No. 87 last year, and the undergraduate engineering program moved up five spots to No. 115, from No. 120 last year.
- Marquette University College of Engineering and the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design are pursuing a collaborative curriculum model that will excel in educating design and engineering students to meet the multidisciplinary challenges of the global marketplace.
- A multi-generational legacy family pledged $1 million for achievement awards and annual support for professional faculty and staff development to be utilized by the Doctor of Physical Therapy program in the College of Health Sciences, J. William and Mary Diederich College of Communication and the Division of Student Affairs.
- Marquette and the United Community Center received a $1.5 million grant to continue their work with minority youth who face disproportionately high health risks. This is part of 17 national Youth Empowerment Programs funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Minority Health.
- Dr. Andrew Williams, professor and John P. Raynor Distinguished Chair in Electrical and Computer Engineering, was recognized as one of the 50 Most Important African-Americans in Technology by BlackMoney.com.
- NASA selected Marquette University professor Dr. Sandra Hunter for gender-based space flight research on muscle loss and post-mission recovery differences between genders. Female astronauts lose more strength and muscle mass and have a longer post-mission recovery period than male astronauts, according to a research review conducted by a national team of researchers assembled by NASA.
- Marquette University is the lead recipient of a $1 million, three-year collaboration to lead an ambitious roll out of a new 9th – and 10th- grade introductory computer science course in school districts across Wisconsin. Marquette is partnering on the project with UW-La Crosse, the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction and the Wisconsin-Dairyland chapter of the Computer Science Teacher Association.
- Dr. Ulrich Lehner, associate professor of theology, was elected to the European Academy of Sciences and Arts. Based in Salzburg, Austria, the European Academy of Sciences and Arts is an interdisciplinary network of scholars from various fields who focus on scientific, social, cultural and ethical issues concerning the region. Lehner is the first Marquette scholar inducted into the academy.
- The Law School partnered with the Milwaukee Bar Association to launch the Milwaukee Justice Center Mobile Legal Clinic, a specially outfitted bus designed as a vehicle to provide free, brief legal advice to individuals who find themselves outside of the areas currently served by legal volunteer efforts in metropolitan Milwaukee.
- The university announced a new Institute for Catholic Leadership to further support Catholic K-12 education efforts in the Milwaukee Archdiocese, region and nation. The institute will provide strategic support to Catholic schools and institutions in strengthening their missions, Catholic identity, leadership and governance structures.
- Two groups of Marquette University students from the J. William and Mary Diederich College of Communication teamed with reporter Meg Kissinger to produce the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel series, “Chronic crisis: A system that doesn’t heal.” Working as reporters and documentary filmmakers, the students helped to examine Milwaukee County’s mental health system and related efforts in Belgium.
- The College of Nursing partnered with Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin to open two new nurse-managed clinics in areas of Milwaukee with little access to primary health care services. The new clinics are staffed by nurse practitioners from the College of Nursing and are located at the Northside YMCA and the COA Youth & Family Centers – Goldin Center.
- The College of Education’s Behavior Clinic celebrated its 10th year of enhancing the lives of Milwaukee-area families by bringing cutting-edge pediatric mental health counseling to the community. Founded in collaboration with Penfield Children’s Center, the Behavior Clinic is one of only a few pediatric programs of its kind in the country.
- For the seventh time, the university was named to the 2013 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll by the Corporation for National and Community Service. The designation recognizes higher education institutions that reflect the values of exemplary community service and achieve meaningful outcomes in their communities.
- Ten noted humanitarians and Opus Prize winners visited campus during Mission Week to discuss faith-based social entrepreneurship. The week was highlighted by a keynote program where, for the first time, all past Opus Prize recipients from around the world were interviewed together.
- Jesuit institutions around the world cheered as Pope Francis was named the first-ever Jesuit pope. The university honored His Holiness Pope Francis in a Christmas video that served as the university’s Christmas greeting to its more than 110,000 alumni nationwide. In December, TIME named Pope Francis its “Person of the Year,” calling him “The People’s Pope.”
- Faculty, staff, students and alumni mourned the loss of Rev. John E. Naus, S.J., who served the university for nearly 50 years in a variety of capacities. He was well-known throughout campus, including his history as Tumbleweed the Clown, his famous July Christmas cards, and his long tradition of celebrating the 10 p.m. Mass at the St. Joan of Arc Chapel on Tuesdays.
- Catholics all over the world celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Second Vatican Council. Marquette sponsored a number of events to highlight the ongoing legacy of Vatican II, including lectures, book discussions and interfaith panels.
- Following an 18-month, inclusive process, the university’s strategic plan, Beyond Boundaries: Setting the Course for Marquette’s Future, was unanimously approved by the Board of Trustees. The plan sets forth six strategic themes that help distinguish the Marquette of tomorrow.
- Rev. Robert A. Wild, S.J., who formerly served as president of Marquette University from 1996 to 2011, stepped in to serve as interim president after Rev. Scott R. Pilarz, S.J., left the university to pursue other apostolic work. During Father Wild’s 15-year tenure as president, undergraduate applications to Marquette increased fourfold, from approximately 5,000 applications to nearly 20,000 for fall 2010.
- Dr. Margaret Callahan, dean of the College of Nursing, took over as interim provost following Dr. John Pauly’s return to the faculty in the J. William and Mary Diederich College of Communication. Callahan agreed to stay on as interim provost until a provost search is completed under a new president. The university also began utilizing a strong provost model, in which the provost is the second-ranking member of university administration.
- Following a year-long, national search, Dr. Richard Holz was named dean of the Helen Way Klingler College of Arts and Sciences, the largest college on campus. Holz previously served as associate dean for resources and planning and professor of chemistry at Loyola University Chicago.
- The Board of Trustees named John F. Ferraro, Bus Ad ’77, vice chair of the Board of Trustees and global chief operating officer at Ernst & Young, to lead the Presidential Search Committee, which is charged with recommending candidates to the Board of Trustees. For the first time ever, the eight-member committee includes a dean and a faculty member. A new president is expected to be named during spring 2014 to be in place for the beginning of the 2014-15 academic year.
- An eight-person site visit team representing the Higher Learning Commission visited campus for three days in the fall, participating in more than 40 meetings and meeting with more than 500 members of the campus community, including three open forums for faculty, staff and students. The site visit team will prepare a full report from its visit and determine whether to recommend Marquette for reaccreditation by the HLC.
- Johnston Hall, Marquette Hall and Sensenbrenner Hall – the three original buildings on campus affectionately dubbed the “historic core” – underwent major renovations this year to upgrade teaching, learning and community spaces.
- Wisconsin’s only dental school, Marquette University School of Dentistry, completed a 40,000-square-foot expansion, including additional operatories, lab space, simulation stations, a faculty practice clinic and high-tech classrooms. The expansion also allows the school to expand its incoming class by 20 students, filling a critical need in the state.
- Engineering Hall, which opened in 2011, earned LEED-Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council for its extensive use of LED lighting; incorporating polished concrete floors instead of carpet; an experimental green roof that includes solar panels; and a water retention system.
- The men’s basketball team won a share of its first-ever Big East conference title and made it to the Elite Eight for the first time since 2003 (losing to Syracuse 55-39), capping off a year that saw the team reach the Sweet 16 for the third year in a row, one of only four programs in the nation to do so.
- Marquette joined nine of its basketball powerhouse peers in forming the new Big East, backed by a long-term television contract with FOX Sports and its new cable network, FOX Sports 1.
- The women’s volleyball team was crowned Big East Champions and finished the regular season as the No. 24 team in the country, marking the first time in the program’s history that it was ranked in the top 25 programs in the nation. The team advanced to the second-round of the NCAA tournament, falling to 13-seeded Illinois.
- The men’s soccer team capped off a banner year by winning a share of the Big East conference title and advancing to the third round of the NCAA tournament. The women’s soccer team also clinched the Big East conference title, advancing to the first round of the NCAA tournament.
- In addition to winning BIG EAST regular-season titles and conference tournaments, Marquette’s men’s soccer, women’s soccer and volleyball programs each produced an Academic All-American.
- NCAA President Dr. Mark Emmert visited Marquette to talk with student-athletes and participate in an “On the Issues” public policy forum at Marquette Law School with Mike Gousha, distinguished fellow in law and public policy.