New Beginnings: A New Season of Blogging

By Lori Fredrich — The first day of school is always a revelation for me.  It wreaks of all things new and exciting. And it reminds me that there is always hope in a new beginning.

I’ve been done with my undergraduate work for longer than I care to admit.  In fact, for the past fifteen years, I’ve been primarily an observer on the first day of classes.

It’s an interesting sight.

The undergraduates look so fresh after a summer of doing as they please. Sure, some of them spent the summer working the register at Dairy Queen. But, here at Marquette, you’ll find a great many more who’ve spent the summer extending their educations through service or travel.  For instance:

  • Jacqueline Boratyn spent her summer studying in Rome and traveling across Europe.
  • Jessica Burkard left her comfort zone to travel to South Africa.
  • Erin Galvin taught with Breakthrough Fort Worth, prreparing at-risk students to enter college-preparatory schools.
  • Mike Lampe, graduate student in College Student Personnel Administration,  interned at  the University of Wisconsin – Waukesha working on registration and orientation programming.
  • Emily McDonough traveled to Washington DC this summer to take part in an internship with Jumpstart for Young Children.
  • And counseling graduate student, Micah Russell spent his summer working at the United Community Center in the Human Services department.
  • Nicki Thompson worked as a counselor for Concordia Language Villages Lago del Bosque, a Spanish language immersion camp in Minnesota.

They’ve spent their summer pursuing the balance between feeding their hungry brains and renewing their weary bodies. And now that they’re back on campus, they’re exploding with energy like you’ve never seen before.

So, I sit and observe.  I see the butterflies developing in the pits of their stomachs. And the heavy backpacks as they walk from the book store back to the dorms.

And then I watch as that “first day of school” look turns into a squirrely mid-term gaze and then an end-of-semester frenzy.

If you pay attention, you can watch them too.  

Even if you’re not on campus, you can listen in on the excitement of the new academic year by reading all the great posts by our brand new crop of bloggers — beginning next week.

Some are students just learning the ropes, some are alums, eager to share what they’ve learned. Some, like Claudia Felske and Peggy Wuenstel, are seasoned teachers with a world of wisdom at their fingertips.

The fact is, this fall have an impressive group of writers who will be sharing their thoughts on educational technology,  school counseling, teaching in South Africa, dedicating a year to service with City Year,  and connecting with students at all levels.  For more information on these new bloggers, check out their photos and bios on our “Fall 2012 Bloggers” page.

On September 4th we will also be welcoming back Tuesday Trivia — a chance for you to test your knowledge about the College of Education and the Marquette campus while trying your hand at winning some great prizes!

So join us as we celebrate the hope and renewal that a new school year brings!  We promise you’ll be inspired and excited by what you read.


By day, you’ll find Lori Fredrich roaming the hallowed halls of the College of Education, interacting with followers through social media (on Twitter and Facebook), and searching for the next big story about the great work done by COED faculty, students, and alums.  By night, she spends her time cooking, eating and writing about local, seasonal food on her blog, Burp! and at

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