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With communities straining under sky high incarceration rates, innovators create educational pathways forward from prison.

By Diane Bacha

Marisola Xhelili Ciaccio was in her second year as a doctoral student at Marquette, and she wasn’t feeling it. She was devoted to her philosophy studies yet disconnected, too. She and a like-minded grad student decided to visit Dr. Theresa Tobin with an idea.

Tobin, an associate professor of philosophy, was director of graduate studies at the time. The two students explained that they wanted to apply for grant funding to explore diversifying the perspective of academic philosophy. Could she help? “They were experiencing a kind of dissatisfaction with the discipline of philosophy as it’s academically practiced,”…


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Management professor documents how a lack of diversity, equity and inclusion can adversely affect well-being in the workplace.

By Paula Wheeler

Dr. Jennica Webster grew up in Charlevoix, Michigan, a small resort town, where she witnessed social injustice up close. As wealthy vacationers came and went, her industrious parents worked blue-collar jobs where they were “treated very poorly by leadership,” she says, in ways that affected their well-being. …


A sensitive, laser-based eye test more rapidly determines whether a treatment for a retinal degenerative disease is working.

By Sarah Koziol

With approximately one in 2,000 people worldwide struggling with an inherited retinal degenerative disease that can lead to significant vision loss or complete blindness, Dr. Robert Cooper, assistant professor of biomedical engineering, is researching new uses of advanced imaging devices to improve diagnose and treatment.


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A first-of-its-kind research project aims to transform emergency medical services education by training first responders how to compose well-written reports that guide patient care.

By Shelby Williamson

After treating and transporting patients — often in intense life-or-death situations — emergency medical responders are required to write comprehensive reports about each 911 call to which they respond.

Dr. Elizabeth Angeli, associate professor of English and a leading expert in first responder documentation practices, is working with fire departments in Milwaukee and Kenosha, Wisconsin, on a first-of-its-kind research project assessing the writing capabilities of first responders in training. …


La dedicación del Salón de las Banderas Tribales en noviembre de 2019.

Por Andrea García, asistente de posgrado en la Oficina de Diversidad e Inclusión Institucional

Tuve el honor de conversar con dos miembros de la comunidad del campus cuyo trabajo ha sido clave para que Marquette sea un lugar más inclusivo para estudiantes indígenas: Alex Liberato, navajo, estudiante del 4º año en la Facultad de Administración de Negocios y copresidente de la Asociación Estudiantil de Nativo Americanos (NASA por sus siglas en inglés); y Jacqueline Schram, anishinaabe (ojibwe), integrante de la banda de la comunidad de su padre, Primera Nación Sagkeeng en Manitoba, Canadá, sobre la Tierra del Tratado 1. …


Get to Know: Tina Boyle Whyte, adjunct instructor in the Department of Computer Sciences

Tina Boyle Whyte

We’re proud to spotlight Tina Boyle Whyte — a participating faculty member in the Department of Computer Science — as part of our new transformational faculty series. Going forward, we’ll be featuring Q&As with Marquette faculty, which will highlight their professional accomplishments as well as some personal fun facts.

Get to know Tina Boyle Whyte, an adjunct instructor at Marquette University in the Department of Computer Sciences. Tina served and is now retired from the United States Air Force Reserves after 30 years. Throughout her military career, Tina provided Leadership Development Training to over 700 reservists throughout the United States…


Young Alumnus of the Year recipient takes his passion for inclusivity into his professional crusade for health equity for all

Christian Villanueva. Photo by Chris Guillen.

By Martina Ibáñez-Baldor, Comm ’15

Being Mexican American has always been an important part of Dr. Christian Villanueva’s identity. “It’s who I am. I accept that it has influenced and impacted my life,” he says. “I’m very proud of my culture.” As part of Project BEYOND-2, a program that encourages students from underrepresented backgrounds to pursue a career in nursing, Villanueva found an opportunity to share his culture with his predominantly white classmates. He regularly heard racist comments and wanted to change the narrative. “For me, it’s always felt personal. I wanted to change the closed-mindedness,” he says.

After learning…


A trio of Marquette nursing graduates discover their patient-care experiences unite them as attorneys practicing at the same firm

Attorneys and nursing alumnae (l to r) Sarah Frazer, Marilee Clausing and Ann Ford. Photo by Chris Gullien.

By Lora Strum

Sarah Frazer had just started as a trial attorney at Hall Prangle and Schoonveld LLC when she walked into the office of now-managing partner Marilee (Wiesemes) Clausing and noticed something. On the wall was a diploma from the Marquette University College of Nursing.

Frazer had the same degree waiting to be hung in her new office.

Frazer, Nurs ’04, discovered that not only is Clausing an alumna and a nurse, but that their colleague Ann (Kettelson) Ford, Nurs ’83, also pursued nursing before becoming a partner at HPS.

“We’re always looking for nurse attorneys,” Clausing, Nurs ’78…


Marquette Nurses on the front lines.

A robust strategic plan has Marquette’s College of Nursing striving to make an even greater impact on health care, when it’s needed more than ever

by Paula Wheeler

Marquette University’s College of Nursing has embarked on a holistic five-year strategic plan rooted in its greatest strengths and its steadfast mission to deliver what college leaders define as “The Marquette Nurse Difference.”

With six “big ideas” driving the initiative, the college aims to build on its signature attributes of teaching and learning excellence, leadership in practice, and research engagement, while also advancing diversity within its faculty and student body and engaging in more mutually beneficial initiatives with community partners. …


A long year amid a global pandemic puts an exclamation mark on the relevance and strength of the Marquette Nurse

Nursing students volunteered to administer COVID-19 vaccines to fellow students and faculty this spring. Although nursing students were not providing direct care to COVID-19 patients in their clinicals, vaccinations were a welcome form of protection. Photo by John Nienhuis.

By Lauren Sieben

When COVID-19 first started spreading in the U.S. last spring, nurses found themselves navigating frighteningly uncharted waters as they treated patients infected with an unpredictable and deadly virus. Marquette closed campus and moved to a remote-learning model, abruptly shutting down classroom and clinical learning. Educating Marquette Nurses required nimble, innovative faculty leadership and resiliency from students — strengths also found in their practicing counterparts on the front line. …

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