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The networkPaving the way to Wall Street
Marquettes Liturgical Choir and University Chorus collaborate at the
Advent of God concert.
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28 The network Finance students cant help but dream of working in the nations financial hub. See how a group of finance alumni is paving the way to Wall Street.
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16 Musings on Mary Oliver Some Marquette faculty reflect on how a poem inspires something different in everyone.
20 9 to 5From writing a complete new Tree of Life to landing the Curiosity rover on Mars, some jobs call for a big stretch of imagination. What fun it is to look at work that keeps these young alumni ticking.
Finance students spend
three days navigating around
New York and Wall Street.28
makes a rare
20Time on the job is well-spent
for these young alumni working
in careers from space exploration
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is our Home.
See a 6-year-old wow the crowd singing
the national anthem before Marquette
plays Wisconsin, then read
Doc Rivers memories of mentor
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tingsB F R OM P R E S I D E N T S C O T T R . P I L A R Z , S . J .
Marquette wont build on its
excellence or succeed in its
mission of preparing students
to lead amid the complexity
they encounter unless we
identify whats around the
next corner, what next great
step we must take.
Based on the pattern set by Jesuit institutions in places such as
St. Louis, Boston and Washington, D.C., Marquette easily could
have been named Milwaukee University or Tory Hill University.
Instead, its named after one of the greatest explorers and risk-
takers in Jesuit history, Father Jacques Marquette. Im certain
that is not a coincidence.
Although he could have taken a post teaching Latin amid
the civilized comforts of 17th-century France, Father Marquette
set sail for a vast new world, plunged himself into the languages
and customs of its native people, and, sometimes even without
seeking the permission of his superiors, explored its uncharted
reaches by canoe.
Time and again, Marquette University has shown a similar
explorers spirit in reaching beyond what is comfortable and
familiar to pursue its mission. In 1909, it became the first
Catholic university in the world to admit women students
as educational partners. In the late 1960s, it established the
Educational Opportunity Program to support first-generation
college students. That program became a national model and
led to the establishment of the federally funded Council on
Opportunity in Education.
In fact, during its history, when the world called with
needs for new professional fields of study engineering,
business, dentistry, nursing, journalism and physical therapy
Marquette was often the first American Jesuit university to
incorporate these disciplines into its course offerings. In doing
so, it grew from a tiny college serving the Milwaukee Archdio-
cese into a national university pursuing excellence across
a very broad range of disciplines.
What are we to learn from this history of crossing new
boundaries? Well, a good starting point is the realization that
a drive to explore and innovate must define this universitys
present every bit as much as its past. With our world changing
faster than at any point in our 132-year history, Marquette
wont build on its excellence or succeed in its mission of
preparing students to lead amid the complexity they encounter
unless we identify whats around the next corner, what next
great step we must take.
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Like Father Marquette
before us, we are guided by
faith, our imaginations
fired by the prospects of
the new world that awaits
us around the next bend, as
long as we are ready to
reach for it.
That is why I am so enthusiastic about the response of the
Marquette community to the strategic planning process in
which we are engaging this academic year. To develop a plan
that helps us set sound university-wide priorities for the next
710 years, we are insisting on an open and inclusive process
that began with 17 listening sessions across campus and has
since been guided by a coordinating committee composed
of faculty and staff.
Through these discussions, the community affirmed the
mission of Marquette the transformative Catholic and Jesuit
education that we always have been and always will be about.
Moving that mission forward is an awesome responsibility,
but in doing so we are doing what those entrusted with Jesuit
institutions have always done: Reading the signs of the times
asking what is Marquettes reality right now and how do we
respond to that reality? The phrase reading the signs of the
times is deeply rooted in Jesuit spirituality. It was Ignatius
vision for how he would shape the mission of the Society of
Jesus and his road map for us: Discern the worlds greatest
needs, and determine how best to respond to them, given our
talents and resources.
I am pleased to share with you that a clear and inspiring
vision for Marquette is emerging through our collective work
on this plan. Weighing all that we have heard, we have worked
to distill and articulate this vision. We created a video so you
can hear directly about its key elements, including the urgent
way our community must collaborate and innovate to ensure
that our students are ready to assume lives as agents for
change and problem-solvers in a world of growing complexity.
Please view it at marquette.edu/strategic-planning-video.
Expect to hear more about this important planning project,
both here in the pages of Marquette Magazine and via other
communication as the university community embarks on
next steps, such as the formation of clear goals and the
preparation of a draft plan for review by the Board of Trustees
in May, followed by a formal release of the plan in the fall.
Like Father Marquette before us, we are guided by faith, our
imaginations fired by the prospects of the new world that
awaits us around the next bend, as long as we are ready
to reach for it.
Scott R. Pilarz, S.J.
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