— December 18, 2006 —
- College of Engineering receives $25 million gift
- Gousha named Distinguished Fellow at Law School
- You’re invited to a retirement reception for Bill Cords
- New undergraduate degree in construction engineering management begins in 2008
- December Payroll To Be Issued Dec. 22
- Reminder: All University Christmas Party is Friday
- Nominations accepted for Leadership Management Institute 2007
- “Conversations on Learning” features Georgetown professor
- December issue of AJCU “Connections” now online
- Marquette Christmas Blend available in Brew Bayou
- Funeral services for Bob Koster planned
- Network programs unavailable during upcoming maintenance
- Marquette password requirements changing
- It’s Not Too Late To Get A Flu Shot
- D2L will be upgraded later this month
- Cheer on the Women's Basketball Team against U-Conn Feb. 3
- This Week in Marquette History
1. College of Engineering receives $25 million gift
The Marquette University College of Engineering has received a gift commitment of more than $25 million as the first part of a legacy grant that could provide the university with an additional future $1 million a year in perpetuity, Marquette President Robert A. Wild announced Monday.
The gift is from an engineering alumnus and his wife who have asked to remain anonymous and “who have given anonymously and generously to the university in the past,” Wild said. Julie Tolan, vice president of University Advancement, said the $25 million gift, given through their private foundation, brings to nearly $50 million the amount the couple has given to Marquette, making them the largest single benefactors in the university’s history.
Wild said that the gift was made to act as a “spark plug” to help transform the engineering school and that, if such a transformation takes place, the couple’s foundation would consider extending the grant to provide $1 million annually in perpetuity. “That commitment of long-term future funding – literally forever – is unprecedented,” Tolan said.
Wild cited the benefactors’ commitment to Catholic education and desire to give back to both Marquette and the engineering profession as reasons for the continued financial support. “Their past gifts have been a catalyst for immense change and improvement at Marquette and this one should indeed help to transform the College of Engineering,” he said.
Wild quoted the benefactors as saying they hoped the legacy grant would “act as an incentive to spur the entire university to transform itself for the better and, therefore, contribute to making the world a better place for all of mankind.”
The $25 million gift is part of a broader fund-raising initiative to “transform the College of Engineering through endowed scholarships and faculty positions, an enhanced curriculum, extensive research opportunities and completion of a Discovery Learning Complex with state-of-the-art facilities and equipment,” Wild said. The benefactors, he noted, hope the gift “inspires others to help fund the bold initiatives that will position the College of Engineering as the premiere Catholic institution in the nation for engineering education.”
Stanley Jaskolski, Opus Dean of Marquette’s College of Engineering, noted the importance of engineering education in today’s world, with the demand for innovation growing at the same time that there are 60,000 fewer engineering students in American colleges and universities than there were a decade ago. “Engineers are a leading force in driving technological innovation,” he said. “Our nation cannot continue to succeed economically without focusing on technological creativity.”
Jaskolski, who became dean in 2003 after a career both in academia and industry, said Marquette faculty members are redefining engineering education to make it “more entrepreneurial, more inter-disciplinary, more open-ended in terms of problem solving and more global in its outreach.”
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2. Gousha named Distinguished Fellow at Law School
Mike Gousha, well-known Milwaukee broadcast journalist, will join the Marquette University Law School as a distinguished fellow in law and public policy in January.
“Law and public policy are at the heart of our Law School’s mission,” said Marquette President Robert A. Wild, S.J. “Having an individual of Mike’s reputation, experience, intellect and passion enhances our ability to address issues and to serve as an incubator for public policy ideas.”
Gousha will focus on issues of public policy and public service at the local, national and international levels, including such topics as crime, poverty and education. Law School Dean Joseph D. Kearney said Gousha will have “the flexibility to take on projects that include writing, interviews, documentaries and the preparation of conferences and workshops that address serious topics in our society and engage our students, faculty and the community in inquiry into and discussion of those issues. I expect that Mike long will be a key player in the Law School’s public policy initiatives.”
Gousha, who left WTMJ-TV in August after 25 years, said Marquette offered him a unique opportunity. “I care deeply about this community and the issues we face,” he said. “I see this as an extension of the university’s mission and look forward to having serious discussions of important issues in an atmosphere where the free exchange of ideas is welcome. I am anxious to work with the Law School faculty and others in the university to tackle a wide range of subjects. In addition, the flexibility in this position is very appealing, although I must admit it is a new phenomenon for me.”
Kearney said Gousha’s appointment continues the Law School’s commitment to public engagement on societal issues. He cited such initiatives as this fall’s conference on “Is the Wisconsin Constitution Obsolete?” and the International Restorative Justice Conference, at which survivors and offenders affected by political conflicts from the regions of Israel/Palestine, South Africa and Northern Ireland/United Kingdom shared their personal experiences. “Marquette’s Law School – which both literally and figuratively is Milwaukee’s law school – is a vital intellectual commons with respect to law and public policy matters,” Kearney said. “The addition of a journalist/political observer of Mike’s quality, with his deep interest in public policy, will further the opportunities we have to pursue this mission.”
3. You’re invited to a retirement reception for Bill Cords
After 20 years of service to Marquette University as director of intercollegiate athletics, Bill Cords is celebrating his retirement. Please wish him well at a reception on Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2006, from 3-5 p.m. at the Al McGuire Center.
RSVP to Sarah Claus via e-mail as soon as possible.
4. New undergraduate degree in construction engineering management begins in 2008
The College of Engineering will begin offering a new undergraduate degree program in construction engineering management in the 2008-2009 school year.
The new program at Marquette University will fully educate students to become professional engineers with the necessary skills in business and law to be become leaders in the construction engineering management field. In addition, the graduates will be well educated in terms of communication skills, the importance of professionalism and ethics, which are essential elements of well-educated engineers.
“Construction is one of the largest industries in the United States,” said Dr. Stanley Jaskolski, dean of the College of Engineering. “More than five million people are involved in over $800 billion in project sites throughout the nation. The need for well-educated construction managers exists with government agencies, private corporations, general and specialty contractors, home building and consulting firms, real estate developers and construction material suppliers.
The 2007-2008 academic school year will be used to conduct a new faculty search, organize an advisory committee and promote the new program, which will be housed within the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. The intent is to establish an endowed chair in construction engineering management, awarded to an exceptional individual as determined by standard college-wide promotion and tenure guidelines.
In addition to the new undergraduate degree program, the College of Engineering has also developed nine new graduate certificate programs. Each program requires completion of four three-credit courses selected from a prescribed list. The programs are designed for practicing engineers and other qualified individuals with bachelor’s degrees who wish to update and/or expand their knowledge in a specific technical area.
The certificates are in the following areas:
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
• construction engineering management
• structural design
• water and wastewater treatment processes
• water resources engineering
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
For more information, contact Dr. Michael Switzenbaum, chair and professor of civil and environmental engineering, at 8-6629.
• electric machine, drives and controls
• digital signal processing
• microwaves and antennas
• sensors and smart sensor systems
5. December Payroll To Be Issued Dec. 22
With the gift of time giving employees the entire week between Christmas and New Year’s as paid vacation, December payroll will be distributed Dec. 22, replacing the scheduled Dec. 27 (biweekly) and Dec. 29 (monthly) pay dates.
For those receiving monthly pay, the payroll amount will be for the entire pay period. For those receiving biweekly pay, the payroll amount will be for theapplicable hourly or autogen pay period.
All payments will be valid for the date issued, Dec. 22, so there is no delay in accessing the funds.
For more information, please contact the payroll office at 8-7264.
6. Reminder: All University Christmas Party is Friday
Join faculty and staff in sharing the spirit of the season at the All University Christmas Party from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 22, in the AMU Monaghan Ballroom.
Departments and offices are asked to inform University Special Events of the number of faculty and staff attending from their area. E-mail or call 8-7431 for information or to register.
7. Nominations accepted for Leadership Management Institute 2007
In its continuing efforts to improve the quality of work life for our employees, Marquette is sponsoring Leadership/Management Institute 2007 for Marquette administrators Feb. 15 and 22 and March 1 and 8, 8 a.m. to noon.
The Institute will prepare leaders and managers to lead the university forward as the premier Catholic, Jesuit institution. Participants will gain proficiencies in leadership areas such as leading change, management and process improvement, influencing others, “developing followership,” decision-making, problem-solving, financial management, effective communication, and conflict management, and must attend all four sessions.
This year’s institute focuses on individuals who lead at least three employees or manage large and diverse workloads that interact with others across campus. Participants must be nominated by their dean or vice president and have at least one year of experience in a leadership/managerial position at Marquette. “To achieve our vision, we need leaders who will develop systems, structures, and relationships to support greatness in our faculty and staff,” said Provost Madeline Wake. “The Leadership/Management Institute will help prepare such leaders.”
“The ultimate goal of the institute is to prepare Marquette leaders and managers to not only lead their respective areas with greater excellence, but also to take their places at the forefront of Marquette’s emergence as an even better university,” said Senior Vice President Greg Kliebhan.
Interested administrators are encouraged to speak with their dean or vice president for more information. Nominations must be submitted to Human Resources by Jan. 19, 2007.
8. “Conversations on Learning” features Georgetown professor
The eleventh annual “Conversations on Learning,” Friday, Jan. 12, 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., will feature Rev. John W. O’Malley, S.J., Georgetown University theology professor. The program will be held at the Raynor Memorial Libraries, Beaumier Suite, and will include lunch.
In his book, The Four Cultures of the West, O’Malley offers a warm and conversational invitation to reflect on four cultural configurations that feed into contemporary consciousness. The cultures he considers originated in the ancient world, took on Christian forms, and manifest themselves today in more secular ways. O’Malley’s presentation will identify these four cultures.
Register by e-mail or call 8-5310.
9. December issue of AJCU “Connections” now online
The December issue of Connections, published by the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities, is now available online free to all students, faculty and staff. The issue features stories about faculty breakthroughs and includes an item in “Campus News Clips” on Physical Therapy Professor Donald Neumann’s selection as Wisconsin Professor of the Year.
10. Marquette Christmas Blend available in Brew Bayou
One-pound bags of Marquette Christmas Blend coffee are on sale in the Brew Bayou in the AMU for $10 each. Four dollars of each purchased bag benefits Midnight Run, a service program in which Marquette students serve meals and work in area meal programs and shelters. The labels are available in either blue or gold.
11. Funeral services for Bob Koster planned
Robert “Bob” Koster, field construction manager in the Department of Facilities Planning, Design and Construction, died last week. He was a 1957 Marquette graduate and a 40-year employee of the university.
Visitation is today, Dec. 18, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Feerick Funeral Home, 2025 E. Capitol Dr. A prayer vigil will be held at 7 p.m. The Mass of Christian Burial will take place on Tuesday, Dec. 19, at 10 a.m. at Gesu Church.
The family has suggested memorials to the Robert H. Koster Scholarship Fund at Marquette University or to the Eisenhower Center, 4425 W. Woolworth Ave., Milwaukee, WI 53218.
Expressions of condolence may be sent to:
Mrs. Jeanne Koster and Family
3475 Summit Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53211
12. Network programs unavailable during upcoming maintenance
Several network software programs will be unavailable in coming days while IT Services conducts upgrades and maintenance during the semester break:
Wednesday, Dec. 20, midnight until 7 a.m. — Continuity 2000, JobConnection, PrintWise, and SharePoint
Wednesday, Dec. 20, midnight until 7 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 21 — D2L
Thursday, Dec. 21, 10 a.m. until noon — Marquette Card system (Marquette Card services may not be available for vending, printing, and other card-based financial services.)
Monday, Jan. 1, 7 p.m. until 11 p.m. — CheckMarq/PeopleSoft student system
Thursday, Jan. 4, 7 a.m. until 8 p.m. — Marquette Card system (Marquette Card services may not be available for vending, printing, and other card-based financial services.)
We appreciate your patience as we perform necessary upgrades. Please contact the IT Services Help Desk at 8-7799 with any questions.
13. Marquette password requirements changing
Starting Dec. 31, all centrally managed Marquette passwords (D2L, CheckMarq, eMarq, MyJob, etc.) will need to meet complexity requirements, meaning that when you want to reset your password or are prompted to change it, your password:
- must contain characters from three of four categories:
- Uppercase characters (A through Z)
- Lowercase characters (a through z)
- Digits 0 through 9
- Non-alphabet characters (for example, !, $, #, %)
- cannot contain all or part of your username
- must be different from your previous two. The system will track former passwords.
- must be at least eight characters long and will be changed every 180 days, as before.
In addition, to further enhance security for financial data, MyJob will have an automatic logout after a predetermined period of inactivity.
IT recognizes the inconvenience of these requirements; however, the need to provide increased security to the critical information contained in these accounts is paramount. Please see online for more information.
14. It’s Not Too Late To Get A Flu Shot
If you haven’t had the chance to get a flu shot, it’s not too late – flu shots are still available in Student Health Service, Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. (holiday hours). For more information or to set up an appointment for a shot call 8-7184.
Cost is $25 and can be paid for by Marquette Cash, cash, check, MasterCard or Visa.
15. D2L will be upgraded later this month
Marquette’s online course management system, Desire2Learn, will be upgraded to a new version on Dec. 20. Although this upgrade will bring some new functionality, the basic operation of D2L will remain familiar to current users.
The most noticeable change may be the D2L login page, which will have a new look and contain links to D2L resources, documentation, training and more. There will also be improvements to many other familiar functions including News, Quizzes, the HTML editor, and the ability to more easily copy components from a previous site into a new one.
The D2L upgrade will begin at midnight on Wednesday, Dec. 20, through 7 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 21. During this time students and faculty will not have access to D2L.
If you are interested in faculty training, it is offered at a variety of days and times. Click here for dates and to register. If you have any questions about the upgrade, please contact the IT Services Help Desk at (414) 288-7799.
16. Cheer on the Women's Basketball Team against U-Conn Feb. 3
Mark your calendars for Saturday, Feb. 3, 2007, when the Marquette Golden
Eagles Women’s Basketball team hosts the Connecticut Huskies at 7 p.m. at theAl McGuire Center. Both teams are nationally ranked, so help us pack the AL!
Tickets start at only $4, but you can get tickets to three of the hottest games of the season, U-Conn, Villanova and Notre Dame, for just $10! Visit online for more information.
Wear gold and GO MARQUETTE!
17. This Week in Marquette History
In This Week in Marquette History, Gesu Church opened.
Want to know more? Go to the 125th Anniversary Web site.
This Week in History is sponsored by the Marquette University Department of History. Research and writing was conducted by graduate students Gilbert Cervelli, Christopher Chan, Jess McCullough and Amanda Schmeider, with help from James Marten, professor and history department chair, and Carla Hay, associate professor and chair, 125th Anniversary Committee. Special thanks to Thomas Jablonsky, associate professor of history, Harry G. John Professor of Urban Studies and director, Institute for Urban Life, who provided access to the manuscript of his forthcoming history of Marquette University.
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