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2012 Graduation Photos

Performing Arts graduates and faculty. Photo: Carole Burns and Jenny Harpum.

We’ve uploaded some photos from our 2012 graduation ceremony last weekend, taken by Wakerly Technology Training Center director Carole Burns and WTTC  Resident Einstein Jenny Harpum. View the 2012 Diederich College graduation set on Flickr.

Questions on Incivility in Contemporary Politics and Culture

By Dr. Steve Goldzwig

On May 1, 2010 President Barack Obama delivered a commencement address at the University of Michigan. In the address, Obama delivered a rather elegant treatise on incivility. The president noted:

“Sometimes all you hear in Washington is the clamor of politics. And all that noise can drown out the voices of the people who sent you there. So when I took office, I decided that each night I would read 10 letters out of the tens of thousands that are sent to us by ordinary Americans every day— this is my modest effort to remind myself of why I ran in the first place.

Some of the letters make you think — like the one that I received last month from a kindergarten class in Virginia. Now, the teacher of this class instructed the students to ask me any question they wanted. So one asked, “How do you do your job?” Another asked, “Do you work a lot?” (Laughter.) Somebody wanted to know if I wear a black jacket or if I have a beard —(laughter)—so clearly they were getting me mixed up with the other tall guy from Illinois. (Laughter.) And one of my favorites was from a kid who wanted to know if I lived next to a volcano. (Laughter.) I’m still trying to piece the thought process on this one. (Laughter.) Loved this letter.

But it was the last question from the last student in the letter that gave me pause. The student asked, “Are people being nice?” Are people being nice? Continue reading ‘Questions on Incivility in Contemporary Politics and Culture’

Marquette: My Alma Mater

It’s hard to write a reflective post without coming across cheesy or sappy. (I’ve procrastinated on writing this post for two weeks because it always comes out sounding like a hallmark after school special.) With that said, I’ll try my best to keep this honest and heartfelt.

I graduate college in less than a month. Where did the time go?! Well, I can say that now but those nights studying for midterms or finals I sure had a different opinion. It seems like just yesterday I stepped onto campus for the first time…awkward, shy, and carrying my 25 pound backpack full of every textbook I owned.

As a smaller Jesuit university, Marquette was all about the relationships. Students, professors, faculty, alumni…you knew names and faces. Once I hit sophomore year, all my classes were 25-30 people. I loved it because I could strike up a conversation with anyone, anywhere. It felt like home. I never could have existed at a larger university. I never could have existed being just a number.

People often say you don’t appreciate something until it’s gone. Well, they’re right. If I have any advice for underclassmen, it’s to enjoy the Marquette experience. All of it. As in guest speakers, the awesome variety of classes and clubs, great resources like career services or the writing center, service opportunities like the hunger clean-up, basketball games, and the just people all around you.

I can honestly say I wouldn’t be where I am today if it weren’t for Marquette. More specifically, if it weren’t for the wonderful mentors who have steered me in the right direction. I wouldn’t trade my Jesuit education for anything. The people, the spirit, the service, I love it all. So, thank you Marquette. COLLEGE OF COMMUNCATION, 2010!!!

Graduating Students: Tips for How to Propel your Job Search in an Uncertain Economy

By Jennifer Janviere

With the spring season now upon us, soon-to-be college graduates face the somewhat daunting prospect of searching for those coveted full-time jobs. This is traditionally a time of excitement and anticipation of the future; a time when the hard work of the last four years culminates in the accomplishment of earning that piece of paper proclaiming readiness to start the next phase of life. But continued news of low employment numbers around the country and competition for jobs are enough to cause even the most confident new graduate to break into a cold sweat.

What are students who will soon be leaving the familiarity of college for the “real world” to do?

While it’s important  to be aware of the challenges that a graduating student faces, it’s equally important not to allow negative news reports to be paralyzing. The best defense a student can arm himself or herself with is a good plan of action before leaving school. Having a current and professionally-written resume is a good place to start. Continue reading ‘Graduating Students: Tips for How to Propel your Job Search in an Uncertain Economy’

The opinions expressed here are those of the individual authors and do not represent the views of Marquette University or the Diederich College of Communication.

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