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Faith-sharing Fridays: Dr. Heidi Bostic

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 6 | 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. CT

Presented by Dr. Heidi Bostic, Dean, Helen Way Klingler College of Arts and Sciences, Marquette University
Moderated by Dr. Kathy Coffey-Guenther, Arts '85, Grad '88, '98, Senior Mission & Ignatian Leadership Specialist, University Advancement, Marquette University

Start your month by joining us for inspiration, conversation and community as we discuss our varying faith journeys, beliefs and the people we have met along the way. Marquette leaders will reflect on their faith as we explore these holy invitations in our lives and the influence a growing faith can have on us over a lifetime. All are welcome for this inspiring monthly gathering!

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Dr. Heidi Bostic is dean of the Helen Way Klingler College of Arts and Sciences. She has a broad portfolio of leadership experience in higher education. Across these roles, Dr. Bostic has fostered interdisciplinary innovation; promoted the success of faculty, staff and students; and advocated for diversity and inclusion.

As visiting associate provost at Furman University, Dr. Bostic led interdisciplinary initiatives involving research, curriculum and community engagement. Focused on student success, she developed and taught a course on "Designing a Good Life." Dr. Bostic served as dean of the College of Liberal Arts and professor of French at the University of New Hampshire, where she launched the Grand Challenges Initiative and was co-principal investigator on a multiyear grant from the Mellon Foundation to enable more community college students to transfer to UNH and complete a four-year degree.

At Baylor University, Dr. Bostic served as the inaugural director of interdisciplinary programs for the College of Arts and Sciences and launched the STEM and Humanities Initiative. She also chaired the Department of Modern Languages and Cultures. Prior to her time at Baylor, she was a faculty member at Michigan Tech, where she also served as interim chair of the humanities department.

A Fulbright Scholar to Chile, Dr. Bostic received the National Teaching Competition Award and the Theodore E.D. Braun Research Travel Award from the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, won the Distinguished Teaching Award at Michigan Tech, and was named Higher Education Administrator of the Year by the Texas Foreign Language Association. She participated in the Management Development Program at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and the Academy for Innovative Higher Education Leadership, jointly sponsored by Arizona State University and Georgetown University.

Dr. Bostic’s research and publications span 18th-century French literature, contemporary feminist theory, narrative studies and higher education. Representative recent essays include “The Humanities Must Engage Global Grand Challenges,” “Practicing Community: The Future of Liberal Learning,” and “Prepare Students (and Ourselves) for Meaningful Work.”

After studying at Creighton University and then earning her undergraduate degree at the University of Nebraska Omaha, Dr. Bostic completed a graduate degree at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales and her master’s and doctoral degrees at Purdue University.

Dr. Kathy Coffey-Guenther currently serves as the Senior Mission & Ignatian Leadership Specialist in University Advancement at Marquette University. Additionally, Kathy serves/has served as adjunct faculty for undergraduates and clinical adjunct faculty for graduate students at Marquette University. Kathy received a Ph.D. in counseling psychology from Marquette University and a certificate in spiritual direction from the Aquinas Institute of Theology.  For many years, Kathy has worked with a particular emphasis in Ignatian spirituality as a means for healthy spiritual and emotional living. Kathy has also served as a spiritual director, speaker and consultant to religious congregations, clergy and religious, and parishes focusing on the work of community building, conflict resolution and spiritual growth. Kathy serves as current consultant for diaconate formation in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee and served as the past Co-Chair of the Community Advisory Board for Clergy Abuse in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee.


The History of Pandemics and Impact on Society – A Series

How have pandemics impacted our society? How do we understand pandemics and study them?

The emergence of COVID-19 brings the world to its latest historic moment at the hands of an invisible enemy. In this revealing series, Marquette faculty explore the intersection of humans and disease and how that dynamic has transformed the way people live, work and coexist. By examining historic pandemics and what has been learned over hundreds of years about the link between disease and the human experience, faculty throughout the series will offer new perspectives that prompt us all to reflect on the current circumstances – the 2020 pandemic that has fundamentally changed human existence throughout the world.

SESSION 1: WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 4 | 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. CT
Lessons from Medieval Pandemics

Presented by Dr. Lezlie Knox, Department Chair, History & Associate Professor, Marquette University Klingler College of Arts and Sciences

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In our first webinar of the series, go back in time and examine how the Justinianic Plague and the Black Death transformed peoples’ lives, and learn how new work in climate science and genomics is changing our understanding of the plague and its impact on society.

Dr. Lezlie Knox is associate professor of History and chair of the department. Her research focuses on the social and cultural dimensions of religious movements in later medieval Italy. She has published two books on women affiliated with the Franciscan Order, and she also has a particular interest in historical pandemics and how new research in ancient DNA and paleoclimates impacts our understanding of the persistence of plague.

SESSION 2: WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 11 | 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. CT
Global Bioethics & the Pandemic in Dialogue

Presented by Dr. Alexandre Martins, Assistant Professor, Theology Department & College of Nursing, Marquette University

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Our second webinar of the series will focus on the main bioethical challenges raised by the COVID-19 pandemic, considering the ambiguous impact of Christian traditions to enlarge and address these challenges. As a case study, you will be introduced to the situation of indigenous in the Amazon region and the impact of COVID-19 in their community in the midst of an increasing presence of Christian missionaries.

Alexandre A. Martins is an assistant professor in a joint position at the Theology Department and the College of Nursing at Marquette. He is a theologian and bioethicist from Brazil. He received a Ph.D. in theological ethics/bioethics from Marquette University where he studied bioethics and global public health from a liberation approach. Then he received a Post-Doctorate Degree (habilitation) in Democracy and Human Rights from the Human Rights Center at Law School of University of Coimbra, Portugal. He is specialized in health care ethics and social ethics, especially in the areas of public health, global health, community based-approached and Catholic social teaching. Widely published, he has lectured in various countries. His last book in English was The Cry of the Poor: Liberation Ethics and Justice in Health Care (Lanham, MD.: Lexington Books, 2020) and a new book related to the COVID-19 pandemic is coming this October in Brazil: Covid-19, Política e Fé: Bioética em diálogo na realidade enlouquecida (São Paulo: O Gênio Criador, 2020).

SESSION 3: WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 18 | 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. CT
COVID-19 and Economic Inequality in the U.S.

Presented by Dr. Amber Wichowsky, Associate Professor of Political Science, Director of Marquette Democracy Lab, Marquette University Klingler College of Arts & Sciences

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In our third webinar of the series, there will be a discussion of how inequality has been exacerbated during the COVID-19 pandemic. Americans’ support for economic redistribution has remained quite stable over the last several decades, even as the gap between the very rich and the rest continues to grow. The pandemic, however, has laid bare the intersecting inequalities among class, gender, and race that put some Americans at greater risk of illness and death and more vulnerable to the economic fallout from the pandemic. This talk will explore how Americans’ concerns about economic inequality, preferences for social safety net programs, and attitudes about work and deservingness have shifted since the outbreak of COVID-19 in the United States.

Amber Wichowsky is Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science and Director of the Marquette Democracy Lab. Her research explores the intersections between politics and inequality, including class biases in turnout, money in electoral campaigns, and how public policy affects societal inequalities. She is also an occasional source for media coverage of electoral politics, including CNN, NPR, Fox News and several local news outlets. Her book, The Economic Other: Inequality in the American Political Imagination (joint with Meghan Condon, Loyola University Chicago) examines how Americans use social comparisons to make sense of income inequality and how such frames of reference affect attitudes about redistribution and feelings of political power (University of Chicago Press 2020). Amber's other publications include articles on voter turnout, welfare policy, campaign finance reform, legislative representation, presidential primaries, and an award-winning article on the civic implications of public policy evaluation. Amber and her Marquette colleagues from education, biology, law, and computer and data sciences have just begun a new project that examines how communities have mobilized in response to concerns about surface and groundwater contamination in Wisconsin. This project was recently awarded a $20,000 grant from the American Political Science Association’s Research Partnerships on Critical Issues (RCPI) program. Amber received her Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and was a Postdoctoral Associate at Yale University’s Center for the Study of American Politics. She previously worked at the U.S. Office of Management and Budget in Washington, D.C.

SESSION 4: MONDAY, NOVEMBER 23 | 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. CT
Social and Political Consequences of Global Disease – What Could be the Long Term Effects of COVID-19?

Presented by Dr. Risa Brooks, Allis Chalmers Associate Professor of Political Science at Marquette University, an adjunct scholar at West Point’s Modern War Institute (2017-2020), and a non-resident senior associate in the International Security Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies

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In the final webinar of the series, learn about the social and political consequences of disease and pandemics like the 1918 flu and HIV/AIDs in Sub Saharan Africa and some of the potential longer-term global effects of COVID-19.

Risa Brooks is Allis Chalmers Associate Professor of Political Science at Marquette University, an adjunct scholar at West Point’s Modern War Institute (2017-2020), and a non-resident senior associate in the International Security Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. Professor Brooks is the author of Shaping Strategy: The Civil-Military Politics of Strategic Assessment (Princeton University Press, 2008). She is also coeditor (with Lionel Beehner and Daniel Maurer) of the forthcoming Reconsidering American Civil-Military Relations: Politics, Society and Modern War (Oxford University Press) and coeditor (with Elizabeth Stanley) of Creating Military Power: The Sources of Military Effectiveness (Stanford University Press, 2007). She received her Ph.D. from the University of California, San Diego, and her professional experiences include positions as research associate at the International Institute for Strategic Studies and postdoctoral fellow at Stanford’s Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC). She has served as associate editor for the academic journals International Security and Security Studies. Her research interests include U.S. and global/comparative civil-military relations, political violence and militant organizations, and the Middle East and North Africa region.


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BIG EAST Unleashed: Alumni Networking Near You

BIG EAST Unleashed: Alumni Networking Near You is coming to your city this fall! Join your alma mater and virtually network with alumni from all other BIG EAST schools. Each program will feature a keynote speaker and breakout sessions so you can make new connections and expand your network. Events are reserved for 300 participants on a first-come, first-served basis, so make sure you register today! Wear your school colors to show your school pride! Learn more about the program or click below to register for your region's event.

New York City | Tuesday, November 10, at 6 p.m. EST

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San Francisco/Bay Area | Wednesday, November 18, at 6 p.m. PST

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Washington D.C. | Thursday, November 19, at 6 p.m. EST

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Meralis Hood Antonia OlszewskiWilliam WelburnSheena Carey

Community Engagement Conversations: Pursuing Racial Justice and Equity through Community Engagement

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 17 | 8:30 to 10:00 a.m. CT

Presenters Meralis T. Hood, Comm ’02, Market President, City Year; Antonina Olszewski, Director of Spiritual Care Services, Ascension Wisconsin; Dr. William Welburn, Vice President for Inclusive Excellence, Marquette University. Moderated by Sheena Carey, Jour ’81, Grad ’83, College of Communication, Marquette University

We are excited to announce a series of Community Engagement Conversations focusing on issues of racial equity, the social determinants of health, and COVID-19. These critical issues panels will include leaders from various sectors among our community and will take place in the fall and spring semesters. Join panelists from across sectors as they consider the various settings within which they work and the approaches they have taken to advance racial justice and equity through their efforts in community engagement. Whether identifying and changing institutional, or industry policies and procedures, or leveraging more intentional and strategic initiatives to elevate opportunities through partnership, participants will discuss the critical role that racial justice and equity must play in current and future efforts in community engagement.

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Meralis T. Hood, Comm ’02, Market President, City Year

Meralis T. Hood, Comm ’02 is an education thought leader whose mission is to reshape the way we invest in the professionals who work with young people every day.

Most recently heading City Year Milwaukee as its Executive Director and Vice President, she maintains and reinforces strong and strategic relationships with Milwaukee Public Schools, City Year Milwaukee’s board, corporate and philanthropic partners, and the wider community. In this role she has led and supported 33 staff members and 120 AmeriCorps members.  

A strong believer that all students can succeed, she gives her time to the National Executive Leadership Group and Senior Leadership Team for City Year, Inc., working to accelerate and advance the mission of building a more equitable future for our youngest citizens.  Meralis was named to Milwaukee Business Journal's 40 under 40 in 2020. She serves as the Governor's appointee on the Wisconsin Humanities Council and is a member of the board of trustees for the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design.

Meralis was born and raised in Milwaukee after her mother was recruited from Puerto Rico to serve as a bilingual educator in the city. Before joining City Year Milwaukee, Meralis was a veteran educator. She was the assistant principal at Bay View High School in Milwaukee Public Schools, a City Year partner school. Meralis was a bilingual teacher for nine years at MPS and then, transitioned into instructional coaching and administrative roles in the district. 

She holds a Bachelor of Art degree in advertising and public relations from Marquette University, a Master of Science degree in curriculum and instruction from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and an Education Specialist degree in educational leadership and administration from National Louis University.

Meralis is a proud resident of Milwaukee where she lives with Nakia, her husband of 17 years, and their daughters Salma Esther and Sadie Isabel. In her free time, she enjoys reading, exercising, and traveling with her family.   

Antonina Olszewski, Director of Spiritual Care Services, Ascension Wisconsin

Antonina Olszewski was raised on the US Virgin Island of St. Thomas prior to moving to the San Francisco Bay Area. Antonina attended the University of California at Berkeley, the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point, and Marion University. She holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Biochemistry, Genetics and History, and a Master’s of Science in Organizational Leadership and Quality with an emphasis on Servant Leadership. Additionally, she holds multiple Executive Certificates from the University of Wisconsin Madison Graduate School of Business and Cornell University, and carries a diploma as a Certified Nursing Assistant.

Antonina has worked for Ascension health (or one of its legacy systems) since 2010. She has held roles as Foundation Director, Director of Community Health, and Director of Mission Integration prior to her current position as the Director of Spiritual Services for the Ascension Wisconsin market. She sits on the ABIDE Core Team which is working to integrate a comprehensive national Diversity, Equality and Equity strategy throughout Ascension and the communities in which it operates.

Prior to her transition to Catholic Healthcare, Antonina was the Program Coordinator for the Women Wellness program at the Marshfield Clinic.  She has a history of working in the financial industry in both Europe and the United States, and has taught as an adjunct professor for colleges in both Austria and Germany. On the personal side, Antonina is a published writer and long-time art collector, and speaks fluent German.

Antonina has served on various national committees for both the Association for Community Health Improvement (ACHI) and the Association of Healthcare Philanthropy (AHP). She has participated as a member on numerous community boards including The United Way, The American Cancer Society, The Community Center of Hope and The Rural Health Initiative. Her involvement with children has included work with the Children’s Health Alliance of Wisconsin, where she joined the Executive Committee of the BOD in 2020, Healthy Marathon County and Blessings in a Backpack. However, Antonina is most proud of her work with victims of human trafficking and domestic and sexual assault through her participation on the Board of Directors for The Women’s Community—where she was past president—and her participation in the development of the human trafficking training modules used nationally throughout Ascension.

Dr. William Welburn, Vice President for Inclusive Excellence, Marquette University

Dr. William Welburn is the vice president for inclusive excellence for Marquette University’s Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion. As executive director, Dr. Welburn is responsible for leadership in setting a strategic direction on campus diversity and inclusion by working with faculty, administrative, staff and student communities on a range of issues leading toward a more inclusive Marquette. His office’s portfolio includes implementation of the university’s strategic planning theme “A Culture of Inclusion,” and in assisting the university in full implementation of actions recommended by planning and climate assessment.


Sheena Carey, Jour ’81, Grad ’83, College of Communication, Marquette University 

Sheena Carey, Jour ’81, Grad ’83, serves as internship director and lecturer in communication studies for the Diederich College of Communication at Marquette University, is a consultant in the areas of intercultural communication, cultural sensitivity and workforce diversity, small group dynamics, and teambuilding. She has worked in creative collaboration with Coyaba Dance Theater in Washington, DC. and the Ko-Thi Dance Company in Milwaukee, WI. She wrote narrative poetry and performed spoken word for the dance productions. She is a graduate of Marquette University's Master of Arts program in Speech Communication and completed post-graduate coursework in Rhetorical criticism, Literary theory, and Africana Philosophy.


Special thank you to our lead sponsor Ascension Wisconsin, and to the Office of Economic Engagement and the Marquette Forum for their partnership. The Marquette Forum is a series of events hosted to engage students, faculty, staff and the communities making up greater Milwaukee in conversations around racial justice and equity. Through these Community Engagement Conversations, we look forward to engaging faculty, staff, students, alumni, community, and corporate partners across our city and beyond.

Direct any questions or special needs to University Special Events at (414) 288-7431.


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Tim HanleyKris RopellaKate TreveyLeading Innovation at Marquette University (part of Startup Milwaukee Week)

TUESDAY, NOV. 17 | 3:00 to 3:45 p.m. CT

Presented by Timothy Hanley, Bus Ad ’78, Interim Keyes Dean of the College of Business Administration at Marquette University; Dr. Kristina Ropella, Eng '85, Opus Dean, Opus College of Engineering, Marquette University; and Kate Trevey, Bus Ad '04, Director of Engineering and Innovation Leadership Development, Marquette University. Moderated by Kyle Hagge, Producer, Innovators on Tap podcast.

What does it take to lead innovation in an ever-changing economy and a more isolated world? And how can you teach the new skills and mindsets required to thrive in a global eco-system? Explore these questions with Marquette University's Tim Hanley, Kris Ropella, and Kate Trevey, who will share information on Marquette's Innovation Alley, the vision for collaboration between Marquette, companies, and the community, and what's necessary to develop our future leaders that will bring change and impact to the world.

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This webinar is part of Startup Milwaukee Week, which connects high-growth entrepreneurs with the resources they need (investors, support programs, service providers, etc.) to launch and scale high-growth tech companies in the Milwaukee region. The fifth annual event will take place virtually, November 11 - 18, 2020, and is supported by Husch Blackwell, Northwestern Mutual and the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation and Skills Pipeline. To view the full calendar of events, visit

Tim Hanley, Bus Ad ’78, is the acting Keyes Dean of the College of Business Administration. Tim received his bachelor’s degree in accounting from the College of Business Administration and that same year began his career at Arthur Andersen, serving as an audit partner for many of the largest manufacturers in Wisconsin.

Recently, Tim retired as a senior partner with Deloitte LLP. Tim is a seasoned global executive, with extensive experience consulting with manufacturers regarding digital transformation, organizational strategy development and execution, acquisitions and market development. Under his leadership, Deloitte’s Global Consumer and Industrial Products practice grew to be the largest at Deloitte, with over $14 billion in revenues.

Tim has also served at Marquette as a longtime member of the College of Business Administration Dean’s Advisory Council, as a member of the university’s President’s Advisory Council, and on the Campaign Executive Committee. In October of 2019, Tim became the college’s first ever executive-in-residence. Tim was recognized in 2012 as the College of Business Administration’s Distinguished Alumnus of the Year.

Dr. Kristina (Kris) Ropella, Eng '85, is Opus Dean of the Opus College of Engineering and professor of biomedical engineering at Marquette University. She joined the biomedical engineering faculty at Marquette in 1990 and served as the chair of the Department of Biomedical Engineering from 2005 to 2013, when she was named the executive associate dean. Ropella assumed the permanent role of Opus Dean in 2015. In these leadership roles, Ropella provides vision and leads strategic planning and implementation, creation of academic programs, engagement with industry, government and other academic institutions, fundraising, and community outreach.

She is also founder and faculty director of Excellence in Leadership (E-Lead), a three-year curricular leadership development program for undergraduate students from across the disciplines at Marquette. Learn more about Dr. Ropella. 

Kate Trevey, Bus Ad '04, is Director of Engineering and Innovation Leadership Development at Marquette University. Kate leads university-wide efforts to develop the leadership capacity of future innovators and change agents. She directs and teaches courses in the Excellence in Leadership (E-Lead) Program, guest lectures in several team-based engineering courses, and collaborates with a variety of other campus-wide leadership development initiatives. In addition, Kate facilitates corporate innovation and leadership development workshops for technical and engineering teams. She was named a 2019 Woman of Influence by the Milwaukee Business Journal. Prior to joining the Opus College of Engineering, Kate was responsible for campus-wide leadership development programming and worked as a corporate financial analyst for the Kohler Company.




The Center for Real Estate’s 9th annual Real Estate Strategies Conference

  • PART 3: 2020 Retrospective Survey: Top 10 Trends of the Last Decade and the Next
    Thursday, November 5, 2020 at 11:00 AM

Ignatian Yoga: Ground Yourself in Gratitude (Virtual)
Hosted by the Haggerty Museum of Art and the Faber Center for Ignatian Spirituality

  • Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020 - 12:05 p.m.

Marquette University Institute for Women's Leadership

  • IWL Research Social
    THURSDAY, NOV. 12 | 4:30 - 5:30 p.m.
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  • Marquette Law School Poll discussion
    Presented by Charles Franklin, Director, Marquette Law School Poll, and Mike Gousha, Distinguished Fellow in Law and Public Policy, Marquette University Law School



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