Reader submission: Appreciating a professor who helped minds grow

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Dear Dr. Gail Schumann,

As one chapter of your life comes to a close, we want to thank you for the hard work and dedication you have shared with Marquette. You have been a true teacher both inside and outside the classroom.

For generations to come, students will appreciate the picturesque native trees on campus, due in large part to your efforts with the Native Tree Project. Your contributions to our community in the form of tree biodiversity, campus beauty and student habitat are irreplaceable. The legacy you leave rooted at Marquette is guaranteed to impact all who find themselves wandering about campus.

Your course “Plants, Pathogens and People” is one of a kind. We have thoroughly and completely enjoyed the content and your personal contributions. It has been great to see a professor with such passion for her work and its application to our planetary ecosystem and humanity.

We want to use this opportunity to publically thank you for the asset you have been to Marquette and our educational development. We wish you all the best in your retirement, as you begin the next chapter of your life.

With all our gratitude, respect and love,

Aurora Prehn and Katherine Rakowski,
College of Arts & Sciences, Class of 2013

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