Marquette Celebration of Women challenges university to continue a 100-year-old legacy By April Beane
Fall Event Highlights
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Monday, October 5
“Celebrating 100 years of women is not just about what it did for women but what it did for Marquette — it remapped the campus landscape and the classroom content by introudcing female authors and scholars,” said Dr. Krista Ratcliffe. Above: Faculty and students of the first summer session at the College of Nursing, 1937.
“When I heard that Marquette was the first Catholic undergraduate university in the world to admit female students into classes with men, I was taken aback,” said Dr. Krista Ratcliffe, professor and chair of English and a Centennial Celebration of Women at Marquette Planning Committee co-chair. “It’s a phenomenal point of pride.” Rev. James McCabe, S.J., former Marquette president, followed the adage, “it’s better to ask forgiveness than permission,” when he admitted both religious and lay women alike to Marquette’s first summer session in 1909. The decision didn’t receive approval from Rome until 1912. Ratcliffe hopes the celebration reminds alumni, students, faculty and staff that the people who came before made space for the places occupied today. And as the chair of her department, she is an example of the opportunities their journeys have provided for all women at Marquette.
Accessibility is key Father McCabe opened the door for future generations. “When I read about the early women of Marquette, I am overwhelmed with their perseverance and dedication to the university,” said Donna Farrell, Arts ’70 and centennial committee co-chair. “These women, whether faculty members, current students or alumnae, were leaders and mentors for others.” “Accessibility is about casting a wider net for excellent students,” said Ratcliffe, “That includes women, underrepresented ethnic groups and first-generation students.” Today, women make up more than 50 percent of the current student body.
President’s office creates precedent Thanks to university President Robert A. Wild, S.J., accessibility is more evident than ever throughout the university. “Since Father McCabe, no other president has done as much for women C o n t i n u e d o n pa g e 3
The Edward D. Simmons Lecture on Society and Human Values “The Moral Significance of Sport” 4:30 p.m. — AMU, Monaghan Ballroom Featuring Dr. Jan Boxill
Manresa Destination Dinner “Alumnae Entrepreneurs” 6 p.m. — AMU, Lunda Room
Tuesday, October 6 Mother Teresa Statue Dedication 11:30 a.m. — between St. Joan of Arc Chapel and Schroeder Complex
“Living History: Marquette Women Through the Decades” 6 p.m. — AMU, Monaghan Ballroom Moderated by Mike Gousha
The Association of Marquette University Women Presents the Distinguished Eleanor H. Boheim Lecture “Female Bodies in China: Literati Fantasies, Iron Girls and Olympics Hoopla” 7 p.m. — AMU, Monaghan Ballroom Featuring Dr. Eva Kit Wah Man
Wednesday, October 7 “CEO of Everything: Marquette Women Balancing Careers and Families” 11:30 a.m. — AMU, Monaghan Ballroom Moderated by Dr. Linda Salchenberger
Thursday, October 8 Sister Helen Prejean, CSJ, Honorary Degree Conferral and Address 7 p.m. — Varsity Theatre Sponsored by: The Marquette University Center for Peacemaking
Campus H appenin gs Sports Law Institute celebrates 20th anniversary with conference In celebration of its 20th anniversary, Marquette’s National Sports Law Institute will host “The Evolution of Sports Law and Business from the 20th to the 21st Century” conference in the AMU Friday, Oct. 23. The conference will include panels focusing on Olympic/international, professional, college and high school sports, as well as a panel on gender equity, tort law and sports officiating. Panelists will discuss legal and business developments in the sports industry since the founding of the NSLI in 1989 to the present. See http://law.marquette.edu/jw/2009conf for more information.
Rev. Cedric Prakash is new Wade Scholar Rev. Cedric Prakash, S.J., will be in residence at Marquette from Oct. 1 to Dec. 1 as the Wade Scholar for autumn 2009. Father Prakash, director of Prashant — a Centre for Human Rights, Justice and Peace in Gujarat, India, has committed himself to the service of faith and promotion of human rights, communal harmony, justice and peace for the past 30 years and will be a member of the plenary panel at the Oct. 8-9 conference at Marquette, “Exploring the Power of Non-Violence.” See box, page 4.
Free, fall retreat hosted by Faber Center The Faber Center for Ignatian Spirituality will host its free, fall retreat Oct. 30 to Nov. 1, at the Jesuit Retreat House in Oshkosh, Wis. The retreat is based on the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius and is open to employees of all faiths and denominations. The retreat will be led by Rev. Paul Coutinho, S.J., an international speaker and retreat leader who splits his time between St. Louis University and India. Register at www.marquette.edu/faber by Oct. 16. Space is limited.
Knox named fellow of the American Psychological Association Dr. Sarah Knox, associate professor of counselor education and counseling psychology, has been selected as a fellow in Division 29 (psychotherapy) of the American Psychological Association. Fellow status is bestowed in part on the basis of evaluated evidence of outstanding contribution in the field of psychology and is an honor conferred upon APA members who have shown evidence of unusual and outstanding contributions or performance in the field of psychology. Fellow status requires that a person’s work has had a national impact on the field of psychology beyond a local, state or regional level. Knox’s research focuses on therapy relationships, qualitative research and training and supervision.
No more paper trail Millions of documents being scanned to more efficiently serve students When MU Central opens in the new Zilber Hall later this year, services of the bursar, financial aid and registrar won’t be all that’s combined for efficiency. So will the electronic access to student records dating back to the early days of the university. Although the “Enterprise Imaging” project got underway this fall, it won’t be completed until early summer 2010, according to Kurt Gering, IT Services project manager. In between, about 5 million “legacy” records from every student who ever passed through Marquette University will be scanned from microfilm or paper records, as will all student records from now on. These documents are typically student credentials and permanent record cards, similar to transcripts. “All paper will be scanned as it comes into our office,” said Georgia McRae, university registrar. “We will no longer keep paper on students, meaning that no staff person will need to locate a student’s file to access information on an individual document. Rather, we’ll be able to pull the document up on a monitor. This will help us respond more quickly to student questions, even while the student is on the phone or in our office.” The result will be more efficient access to student records not only by MU Central staff, but college personnel as well. Paperwork that colleges/schools must act upon will be automati-
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by Tim Olsen
As the move to Zilber Hall and the creation of MU Central to serve students were planned, it became evident to the offices of Admissions, Bursar, Financial Aid and Registrar that they needed to convert their records from paper to electronic files. Electronic records will make access more efficient for employees like Vicki Trautschold, associate registrar.
cally forwarded to the individuals responsible in that college/school, rather than forwarded via campus mail or hand-delivered. The university is partnering with two vendors, ImageNow and The Cowley Company, to digitize the documents. The records are password protected.
With the creation of MU Central, the offices of the Bursar, Student Financial Aid and Registrar will still exist administratively, but their activities will appear seamless to students. Their student-focused services will be accessed from a centralized location, MU Central, in the new Zilber Hall.
Faithful to the core
Monahan begins term as director of University Core of Common Studies history; human nature and ethics; individual and social behavior; literature and performing arts; math; rhetoric; science; and theology.
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Dr. Michael Monahan, associate professor of philosophy, recently discussed his role as new director of the University Core of Common Studies with Marquette Matters. The Core of Common Studies is a group of course areas that
What do you hope to achieve as director? I want to revisit how the diverse cultures requirement fits into the core. I want to examine it both from the students’ perspective in how it’s integrated into the rest of the core, and for faculty development in how they teach the requirement.
Dr. Michael Monahan was appointed to a three-year term as Marquette’s new director of the University Core of Common Studies this past summer.
all students must take, no matter what field of study they plan to focus on, to give themselves a foundation in their academic studies and to help lead a meaningful, successful life. Courses fall into nine knowledge areas: diverse cultures;
Why is the UCCS important to the university and students? The core is essential to the Jesuit identity and mission of the university. Having a robust and well-organized core is one of the things that distinguishes us from other institutions. They may have course requirements, but we have a vision and mission that we’re trying to articulate through the structure of courses that all students take. We’re trying to not just impart knowledge and skills, which we’re certainly doing, but also to integrate the students as ethical, moral people in an increasingly complicated world. The core is the foundation on which the rest of the mission can be articulated as students move through their majors.
I also want to improve how explicit the function and form of the core are to incoming freshmen. How do we communicate the purpose of these courses so that they’re more than a series of hurdles that students have to go through? Our research indicates that students look back on their core courses 10 years later and recognize their value, but I don’t think we’re as good as we could be at making the case for why they’re important at the front end. How will you know if you’re successful? There are ways in which some assessment instruments, such as the senior survey, can tell us how we’re doing. Another is direct feedback from the faculty and students who are teaching and taking these courses. What appealed to you about the director of UCCS position? I have an interest in social and political philosophy, focusing on issues of oppression and liberation, especially race and racism. So, I have a natural connection with the core philosophy since a basic aspect of the core focuses on our students becoming men and women for others. I’m the director of the Africana Studies program, and my research is very related to the diverse cultures component of the core. There’s something both appealing and daunting about being responsible for the core — how I can be faithful to what it is and at the same time influence how it’s shaped.
Medical technology students examined blood samples during a hematology class in 1954.
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Centennial of Women Rev. John Patrick Fitzgibbons, S.J., expects to establish quantitative metrics to help the university better measure its success in long-term faculty development.
New associate provost to help faculty in their career progression by Tim Olsen
The five most common first names of male students at the beginning of the academic year, according to the Office of the Registrar:
1) Michael — 321 2) Matthew — 239 3) John — 164 4) Andrew — 150 4) Joseph — 150 Next month: the five most common first names of female students.
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St. Matthew as depicted in a window in the Church of the Gesu.
Determining what a good career path looks like His intention is to develop college- and school-specific protocols to support tenure-track faculty progress from assistant to full professor. He wants to outline what a good career path will look like for faculty, what faculty need to do to reach full professor, and what the university needs to do to help get them there. Although it’s too early to know what might comprise those recommendations, Father Fitzgibbons, knows what steps he will take to develop them — review contemporary research on faculty development; meet with deans and other administrators to determine their needs; and benchmark best practices with aspirational universities. Father Fitzgibbons will then create a report of faculty development recommendations for Pauly’s consideration by April 2010. “Father Fitzgibbons brings a depth of administrative experience from his work at the University of San Francisco as well as a reputation as a smart, capable teacher and an extremely hard worker,” said Pauly. “His patient, thoughtful approach will serve him well in working with faculty on these issues.”
as Father Wild,” said Ratcliffe. “There are more women deans, chairs, members of the leadership council and full professors than ever before and that attitude and atmosphere is set from his office.” The centennial committee is a testament to how women are represented in all facets of the university with the three co-chairs, Ratcliffe; Rana Altenburg, Arts ’88 and vice president of public affairs; and Farrell, representing faculty, administration and alumni, respectively. The celebration is about more than marked dates in history, said Ratcliffe. The historic milestones serve as reminders of the challenges that were faced to make the university what it is today. “I have received e-mails from former students who can’t believe women couldn’t wear slacks on campus until 1956,” said Ratcliffe, commenting on a fact noted on one of the centennial banners around campus. “It’s fun to watch students discover and understand the facts. It makes them acknowledge the women and men who came before and enhances their gratitude for what they did.
The celebration “I really hope this year’s events will encourage both men and women to celebrate the accessibility Marquette offers and challenge themselves to continue the legacy into the future,” said Ratcliffe. Marquette is honoring its centennial throughout the year with speakers, events and a dedicated Web site — www.marquette.edu/ women100 — featuring historical photos, narrative history, alumnae reflections, current female faculty and student profiles, a brief documentary, and a complete event listing.
On the Side
Larry Birkett – Co-founder, Windfall Theatre By Courtney Sampson
As both the associate director of the Marquette Spirit Shop and a performing artist, Larry Birkett knows about engaging audiences. Birkett, who began his career in the Milwaukee arts scene more than 20 years ago, co-founded Windfall Theatre in 1992 with two other colleagues who were all former acting/directing interns at the Milwaukee Repertory Theater. Birkett’s vision for Windfall Theatre has not changed from its modest beginning. Nominated for WISN-TV’s “A-List” award for best theatre group, the company operates inside downtown Milwaukee’s Village Church, “a place celebrating God’s gift of creativity by emphasizing and supporting local arts initiatives,” according to Birkett. Since opening the theatre, Birkett has served as a producer, director, designer or actor in more than 40 shows. “For me, the theatre is one of the greatest opportunities for creative self-expression,” said Birkett. “It fulfills my desire to educate our audiences about issues that I am passionate about.” Windfall produces three shows per season, reaching about 1,500 audience members annually. This year, Windfall Theatre’s season includes The Receptionist, by Adam Bock; Three Sisters, by Anton Chekhov; and Sunday in the Park with George, by Stephen Sondheim, in each of which Birkett will play a part. The Receptionist runs through Oct. 10 at the Village Church, 130 E. Juneau Ave. For more information about Windfall Theatre’s 17th season, visit windfalltheatre.blogspot.com.
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Investing in faculty. To Dr. John Pauly, provost, it’s a top priority. He created the new position of associate provost for faculty development, effective Aug. 1, to strengthen Marquette’s strategies for meeting the career, work life and leadership challenges faced by faculty. “One of the most important things a university can do on behalf of its students is to pay close attention to the professional development of its faculty,” said Pauly. “I want faculty to have long and satisfying careers at Marquette and to always feel supported in their work as scholars and teachers.” Pauly appointed Rev. John P. Fitzgibbons, S.J., to the position. Although Father Fitzgibbons came to Marquette from the Office of the President at the University of San Francisco, he’s no stranger to Marquette, having served on the Department of English faculty from 1993 to 1996. His role this time, however, is quite different. “If faculty are the heart of the university, and I believe they are, we have to take great pains to hire wisely and show respect for their abilities,” said Father Fitzgibbons.
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Larry Birkett played the part of Amiable in The Baker’s Wife, by Stephen Schwartz.
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Hot off the presses: Marquette’s very own publishing house By Lynn Sheka
The Marquette University Press, run by Maureen Kondrick and Dr. Andrew Tallon, is one of the oldest members of the Association of American University Presses and has more than 400 titles in print.
In the 15 years that Dr. Andrew Tallon has been director of the Marquette University Press, he has watched its production grow from three books per year to its current yield of 18 to 20 books each year, as well as about eight textbooks. Maureen Kondrick joined Tallon two years after he took over the press and now handles the business side of the operation. “The pace can get pretty hectic, but it’s an exciting business,” said Kondrick. “There’s something new happening all the time in the publishing world and we get to be a part of that.” Founded in 1916, the MU Press promotes academic scholarship by publishing manuscripts from local, national and international authors. The press receives an average of four manuscripts per week, but many do not fit the press’s editorial program, which focuses on the humanities, journalism and urban and regional studies. Since the press has only two employees, Tallon, director, and Kondrick, office manager, each wears “about six different hats,” said Kondrick. “Andy takes care of acquisitions, editing, design, production, Web site and
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and Australia, according to Tallon and Kondrick, and translations of a number of the publications have been made in almost a dozen languages. “Marquette extends its scholarly reputation internationally and fulfills its teaching mission beyond campus by having a thriving and enthusiastically supported university press,” said Tallon.
e-books, and I handle the day-to-day operation, including accounting, marketing, distribution, printer relations and the freelance copy editors, indexers and cover designers.” Some of the press’s most popular books have included the recently published and widely acclaimed The Duty of Delight: The Diaries of Dorothy Day, edited by Robert Ellsberg, editorin-chief of Orbis Books; and Milwaukee’s Jesuit University: Marquette, 1881-1981, a history of Marquette University written by Dr. Thomas Jablonsky, associate professor of history. The press also publishes several annual lecture series. An avid reader, writer, translator and editor, Tallon started Marquette’s service learning program because of his belief in learning through service. This expertise in the humanities, philosophy and theology gives Tallon an advantage, he said, in choosing which manuscripts to publish of the hundreds received each year. Tallon became interested in the university press when he was a doctoral student in Belgium; two of his required textbooks were printed by the Marquette University Press. The university press is popular in Europe
Peacemaking conference leads to peacemaking book Dr. Michael Duffey, associate professor of theology, co-edited Justice and Mercy Will Kiss: Paths to Peace in a World of Many Faiths, published by the Marquette University Press in 2008. The book is a collection of scholarly thinking resulting from a 2008 peace-making conference hosted by the Center for Peacemaking. The center will host a follow-up conference, “The Power of Nonviolence,” Oct. 8-10, at Marquette, featuring plenary speakers Sister Helen Prejean, Jonathan Schell and Will Allen, as well as 60 sessions, three films and a concert. See www.peacejusticestudies.org/conference/ for more information. Marquette Matters is published monthly, except June, July and August and a combined issue for December/January, for Marquette University’s faculty and staff. Submit information to: Marquette Matters – Holthusen Hall, 419G; Phone: 8-7448; Fax: 8-7197 E-mail: [email protected]
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M A R Q U E T T E Happeni n gs Tolkien manuscripts to be displayed in New York
Honors Program Lecture Series features six faculty
Manuscripts from Marquette’s J.R.R. Tolkien Collection will be exhibited at Fordham University’s Gerald M. Quinn Library at Lincoln Center from Oct. 5 to Nov. 19. “The Beginnings of a Masterpiece: Original Manuscripts from The Fellowship of the Ring” will feature 40 select items, including drawings and sketches, calendars of Middle-earth, linguistic notes about the author’s invented languages, Hobbit family genealogies, and examples of Tolkien’s calligraphy. This will be the first time that a significant number of Tolkien manuscripts have been taken off campus in 50 years, and the first time they’ve ever been exhibited in New York City, according to Matt Blessing, head of special collections and university archives. Visit www.mu.edu/library/information/ news/2009/JRRT_Fordham.html for more information.
Dr. Farrokh Nourzad, professor of economics, will be the first speaker in the 2009-10 Honors Program Lecture Series, Oct. 15. The Honors Student Advisory Council hosts the lecture series by inviting faculty to address a topic from the viewpoint of “If this were the last lecture of your career, what would you say?” Additional speakers will be Dr. Ulrich Lehner, assistant professor of theology (Nov. 19); Dr. Barrett McCormick, professor of political science (Jan. 14); Dr. Julian Hills, associate professor of theology (Feb. 11); Dr. Susan Mountin, director of the Manresa Project (March 11); and Dr. Ronald Zupko, professor emeritus of history (April 15). All lectures are at 5 p.m. in the AMU.
Mars Rover Project discussed at Coyne lecture The Rev. George V. Coyne, S.J., Lecture in Astronomy and Astrophysics will be delivered Friday, Oct. 30, at 7 p.m. in the Weasler Auditorium. Dr. Ray Arvidson, James S. McDonnell Distinguished University Professor at Washington University, will present “Mars: Current and Past Environments and the Likelihood for Life,” a discussion about the search for signs that life may have once been possible on Mars.
Engineering executive to discuss rebuilding of New Orleans Rhaoul Guillaume, Eng ’71, president of GOTECH, Inc., an engineering and consulting firm in Baton Rouge, La., will present “Being the Difference: Post-hurricanes Katrina and Rita,” Wednesday, Oct. 28, at 5 p.m. in the AMU Monaghan Ballroom. Guillaume will share his experiences of rebuilding New Orleans, his hometown. RSVP to University Special Events at 8-7431.