The Pete and Bonnie Axthelm Memorial Program

The Axthelm Memorial Program honors the lives of Pete Axthelm, nationally known columnist, sports commentator and author, and his sister Bonnie, an accomplished marketing executive. In addition to awarding an annual scholarship, the program brings to campus speakers from the worlds of sports and media, offering meaningful, thoughtful and colorful insights.

The Burleigh Media Ethics Lecture

The Burleigh Media Ethics Lecture is sponsored annually by the J. William and Mary Diederich College of Communication. The lecture honors William R. Burleigh, a 1957 Marquette journalism graduate, who started working for the Evansville, Ind. Press at age 14 as a sports reporter. He retired in 2000 as president and CEO of the E.W. Scripps Company, having led the transformation of Scripps from primarily a newspaper enterprise into a media company with interest in cable and broadcast television, newspaper publishing, e-commerce, interactive media, licensing and syndication. Burleigh lectures address ethical issues today's communicators report on, as well as those they wrestle with in their own work.

Mission Week

Each February, the Marquette community pauses to reflect on our university's Catholic, Jesuit mission. Mission Week is the time set aside to recall our larger purpose and the Ignatian heritage and spirituality that guide us throughout the year.

Nieman Conference and Speaker Series

A full-day academic conference featuring presentations by top researchers and academics working in communication. Named after the founder of The Milwaukee Journal, the Lucius W. Nieman Conference includes a public address and scholarly forum. Students and faculty enjoy the opportunity to discuss a wide range of topics with experts in the field.

The Commons is a daylong conference hosted by Marquette University’s Diederich College of Communication and the Arthur Page Society, featuring some of the most influential voices in corporate communication.

Scholarship Week for Faculty and Graduate Students 

Every spring the Diederich College holds a day-long symposium offering faculty and graduate students the opportunity to present their research. Graduate students are encouraged to submit exceptional papers written for their classes, advance their presentation skills and prepare for potential conference submissions. The top two student presenters receive $250 awards, based on a blind review of papers by a faculty committee.