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Lubar Graduates to Celebrate Commencement

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Close to 600 Lubar School of Business students will receive their degrees this weekend at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s 2012 Spring Commencement, which will be held Sunday, May 20, at the U.S. Cellular Arena, 400 W. Kilbourn Avenue.  Four hundred sixty undergraduates and 125 graduate students will be awarded their diplomas and congratulated by UWM Chancellor Michael Lovell and Lubar Dean Timothy L. Smunt at the ceremony.

Honorary doctorates in business will also be awarded at the ceremony to Jacquelyn Fredrick, President & CEO of the BloodCenter of Wisconsin, Inc., and Stephen H. Marcus, Chairman of The Marcus Corporation.

Fredrick will receive an Honorary Doctorate of Business and Public Health.  As chief executive of the BloodCenter and its affiliated Blood Research Institute, she leads an internationally-respected transfusion medicine organization and one of the world’s premier blood research organizations.  When she became president and CEO of the BloodCenter in 2001, Fredrick returned to an organization where she began her career in blood banking in 1981. She left to join the American Red Cross in 1993, where she served as Senior Vice President of Biomedical Services, with management oversight for $2 billion in revenue and 15,000 employees.  At present, Fredrick serves as president of the AABB, an international professional organization for transfusion medicine and cellular therapies. She also serves on numerous boards of directors, is chair of the UWM Research Foundation Board and serves on the UWM Foundation Board, the UWM College of Health Sciences Dean’s Advisory Board and the Lubar School of Business Advisory Council.  She is a 1988 graduate of the Lubar School’s Executive MBA Program.

Marcus will receive an Honorary Doctorate of Business and Urban Planning.  The Marcus Corporation is a Milwaukee-based company that is a leader in lodging and entertainment.  Steve Marcus joined the company in 1962. He served as president from 1980 to January 2008 and as chief executive officer from 1988 to January 2009. He was elected chairman of the board in 1991.  Marcus’ leadership in The Marcus Corporation and his involvement with community organizations have contributed to the growth and development of the City of Milwaukee. Contributions to the wider community include current positions with the Greater Milwaukee Committee, the Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce and the Wisconsin Center District Board.  Marcus was recognized as the 2004 Wisconsin Business Leader of the Year for his attention to the greater good and his influential role in the community.  In 1993, he joined UWM’s Architecture & Urban Planning Design Council, which brought business and community leaders together to discuss key issues in development, design and construction in Southeastern Wisconsin.  He is also a member of the Lubar School of Business Advisory Council.