Strategically Connecting a University to a Community


  • Michael R. Lovell Marquette University
  • Daniel Bergen Marquette University
  • Maura Donovan Marquette University
  • Rana Altenburg Marquette University



corporate engagement, community engagement, economic development


To further live our mission, Marquette has launched many new initiatives over the past five years that strategically connect our university to our community. In this paper, we will highlight three of these initiatives. The first relates to connecting the anchor institutions in our neighborhood through an effort called Near West Side Partners. The second discusses the creation of a centralized Office of Community Engagement that advances the development, support, and promotion of the research, teaching, and service partnerships between our campus and our community partners. The third initiative, our most recent enterprise, is our Office of Corporate Engagement and Partnerships. All three of these efforts follow through on Ignatius of Loyola’s vision to serve others and collectively make a difference.

Author Biographies

Michael R. Lovell, Marquette University


Daniel Bergen, Marquette University

Executive Director of the Office of Community Engagement

Maura Donovan, Marquette University

Vice President for Corporate Engagement

Rana Altenburg, Marquette University

Vice President for Public Affairs