Cura Personalis: Living the Marquette Mission of Excellence, Faith, Leadership and Service


Presented by:

  • Prince Beniana, College of Business Administration student
  • Zoë Comerford, Diederich College of Communication student, double majoring in Journalism and Digital Media with a minor in Spanish
  • Elaina Eckert, College of Health Sciences student, majoring in speech pathology & audiology
  • Kaleb Tatum, Diederich College of Communication student, majoring in Corporate Communications with a minor in Marketing
  • Lauren Varkoly, College of Health Sciences student
  • Moderator: Dan DeWeerdt, Senior Director, Marquette Mentors and Engagement, University Advancement

As we begin the 2020-2021 academic year, join us to hear from a group of exceptional Marquette students who truly embody the Marquette mission. Learn about their Marquette student experience, campus community involvement and how they’ll be supporting their fellow students in the year ahead.

More about this session

Prince Beniana is a Marquette senior from Chicago. Outside of schoolwork, he serves as a resident assistant at Cobeen Hall. In this position, he facilitates floor/wings meetings and performs administrative tasks that are important to the operation of the hall. Prince also serves as a student ambassador for the Student Alumni Ambassador Program. As a student ambassador, he interacts one-on-one and in small groups with high-profile alumni. He also aids as a guest speaker at university-wide events. Additionally, Prince was an undergraduate researcher this past summer for the Ronald E. McNair Scholars program. His research focused primarily on FinTech and Cybersecurity.

Zoë Comerford is a Marquette senior in the Diederich College of Communication, double majoring in Journalism and Digital Media with a minor in Spanish. Her extracurricular activities on campus include executive sports editor for the Marquette Wire and University Honors Program peer mentor. After her partnership with Len Kasper, Comm ’08, in the 2018-19 Marquette Mentors program, she received a position as the lone WGN production intern during Summer 2019. Since then, she has been a runner for ESPN, NBA on TNT and Fox Sports for Milwaukee Bucks games. She was also a 2020 recipient of the Pete & Bonnie Axthelm Memorial Scholarship, awarded to a student with a passion for sports journalism. Besides winning plenty of journalistic awards, she also is a member of three national honor societies: Alpha Sigma Nu, Kappa Tau Alpha and Lambda Pi Eta.

Elaina Eckert is a Marquette senior in the College of Health Sciences and a member of the women’s soccer team. Her extracurricular activities on campus include being a part of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and leading on community service initiatives, including a service trip to Puerto Rico. Elaina is from Royal Oak, Mich., and chose Marquette University after attending a Marquette soccer game when she was 13 years old and appreciating the fans, campus environment and world-class education.

Kaleb Tatum is a Marquette junior majoring in Corporate Communications. He grew up in the Milwaukee area and decided to stay to attend Marquette. Kaleb has many ties to Marquette as he participated in the Upward Bound program in high school and has an older brother and other relatives who have graduated from the university. Outside of a busy school schedule, Kaleb is a part of Marquette Urban Scholars, Marquette Mentors Program, Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee and the Milwaukee Fellows program. Kaleb is also very passionate about entrepreneurship as he been involved in developing a couple small businesses.

Lauren Varkoly is a senior in the College of Health Sciences studying Biomedical Sciences. She is from Neenah, Wis. Lauren is a certified nursing assistant at Aurora Sinai, working on the surgical floor and COVID unit. Her extracurricular activities include the Student Alumni Ambassador program, Marquette Volunteer Corps Leader and Ignite. Lauren is also a Burke Scholar, which has provided her the opportunity to volunteer at many organizations across the Milwaukee community, such as Penfield Children’s Center Special Care Nursery, Healing and Aurora Advocacy Services, the Cathedral Center, Hunger Task Force and many others.



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