Marquette University News Release

2013: The year in review

December 19, 2013

2013 Year in Review - Marquette University

Marquette University had a memorable 2013 filled with celebrations, new initiatives, leadership changes, reflection and achievements. Here are some significant milestones:


  • 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.
  • 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, received an honorary doctor of letters degree at Marquette’s 132nd Commencement on May 19.
  • 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.
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  • mobilesmallThe 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.
  • 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.
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  • 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.”
  • naussmallFaculty, 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.
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  • 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.
  • 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.
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  • 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.
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