James Bernard Strenski, Journalism ’52, passed away peacefully July 7, 2021, in Clearwater, FL. Jim was a loving husband, devoted father and grandfather, successful entrepreneur and generous philanthropist. His Catholic faith and commitment to helping others were unwavering.

Jim was born January 2, 1930, in Milwaukee, WI, the third child of Barbara and Joseph Strenski. After graduating from Marquette University in 1952 with his bachelors degree, he married Jane Wambach. They were married 64 years, and their love would last a lifetime.

After graduating from the U.S. Naval Officer Candidate School and serving in the Navy for four years, the…


photo credit: Hope Moses

“The Foley Foundation is excited to welcome Hope Moses as our inaugural James Foley Fellow. This would not be possible without the support of the James P. Ruder Foundation. I am excited to work with Hope in promoting the necessary safety tools as well as inspiring moral courage for the next generation of journalists. Hope’s infectious personality and desire to be a voice for others aligns with Jim’s belief that we have the ability — and responsibility — to be men and women for others.” Tom Durkin, Education Program Director for the Foley Foundation

My name is Hope Moses, and…


photo credit: John Leuzzi

My name is John Leuzzi, and I am a junior studying journalism with a minor in digital media. I am a native of Mount Laurel, New Jersey, which is roughly 30 minutes out of Philadelphia.

At times this summer, I had to pinch myself when I would arrive at the baseball field and walk up to the press box. The feeling of being a little kid in a candy store stayed with me for three straight months.

But what was I doing? Well, allow me to indulge you for a minute or two to answer that question.

Like Milwaukee, I…


photo credit: Drew Bailey

Hello! My name is Drew Bailey, and I am a teaching assistant here at Marquette in the Diederich College of Communication. This is my second year in the communication and media studies master’s program, and I absolutely love it!

I am originally from a small town called Burley, Idaho. Something unique about me is after high school, I moved to the middle of Siberia, Russia, and spent a couple of years really learning where I fit into the grand scheme of things. I am married to my best friend (Caitlyn), and we have a sweet little girl named (Emerson) that…


photo credit: Patrick Sullivan

Hi, my name is Patrick Sullivan and I am a first-year graduate student! I recently graduated from Marquette in spring 2021 with a BA in Digital Media Production. I am very excited to come back to Marquette University to pursue my MA.

My ideal career goal would be a leadership role in the digital production industry, such as a project manager or lead producer. For a bit of my interests, I love spending time exploring Milwaukee and being outdoors (when its warm), playing basketball, and watching movies/sports.


photo credit: Michael Rivera

Michael Rivera, Class of 1997, heads up Rivera & Associates, Inc., right here in Milwaukee. Recently, his firm received an Honorable Mention from the Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce’s “Focus on the Future” awards in the area of equity.

I am Michael Rivera, and I was born and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. I am the President/ CEO of Rivera & Associates, Inc., an award-winning full service public relations and marketing firm located in Milwaukee. I graduated from Marquette University in 1997 with a bachelors degree in public relations.

My firm is currently involved with the City of Milwaukee Disparity Study…


Steve and his wife Beverly at the opening celebration for Kayla’s Playground

An alumnus of the Diederich College, Steve Olson (Speech ’78) came to Marquette University on the heels of two sisters and his father. What he found was a place to explore his passion and aptitude for broadcast technology.

While a student, Steve worked part-time at the media center and on student productions; during his junior year, Bob Turner (former director of the Instructional Media Center) named him general manager of the fledgling student television station: MUTV. In fact, some of his favorite memories of those college days include remote productions of hockey and basketball games. As a group, the station…


photo credit: Devon Wiensch

Theatre students in the Diederich College of Communication had the opportunity to take THAR 4953: Introduction to Swordplay with Jamie Cheatham this past spring; as a bonus to the semester’s work, the students tested for David Woolley, an official fight master from Chicago, via video. This achievement will be recognizable nationally on their resumes. We’re pleased to share some more insight from some of our students — and to share that all 11 students passed their skills proficiency tests and are now “certified in single sword” with the Society of American Fight Directors. …


This spring, alumnus Chris Marrs ran a workshop in television writing to give digital media students an opportunity to take an idea and turn it into a television pilot. Chris has completed writing on the Disney+ dramedy Big Shot and has previously written on Arrested Development and Those Who Can’t. He has also been a producer and actor in both television and commercials. By offering his expertise and time to Diederich College students, Chris provided a unique opportunity for them to get hands-on experience and mentorship from someone in the field. …


Theatre students in the Diederich College of Communication had the opportunity to take THAR 4953: Introduction to Swordplay with Jamie Cheatham this past spring; as a bonus to the semester’s work, the students tested for David Woolley, an official fight master from Chicago, via video. This achievement will be recognizable nationally on their resumes. We’re pleased to share some more insight from some of our students — and to share that all 11 students passed their skills proficiency tests and are now “certified in single sword” with the Society of American Fight Directors. …

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