— November 6, 2006 —
- Election Day tomorrow
- Spring 2007 registration begins today
- Contribute to the Community Campaign; It’s a win/win
- Assistance is available to help with online benefits selection
- Degree Navigator is available for academic advisers
- Faculty invited to discuss good teaching, hear Jesuit scholar
- Phi Beta Kappa Scholar will speak Thursday
- Workforce trends in information technology is subject of colloquium
- Biological Sciences seminar will feature Medical College researcher
- Wade Chair to give lecture
- Destination Dinner will feature speakers from South Africa
- Intercultural Programs highlight Arab heritage this month
- Submit orders for the 2006 Marquette holiday cards by Friday
- Order your holiday poinsettias now
- You can still participate in the Holiday Giving Tree
- This Week in Marquette History
- Interchange Highlights for the week of Nov. 6
- University Events
1. Election Day tomorrow
Tuesday, Nov. 7, is Election Day, and Marquette is encouraging all students to exercise their right to vote.
You can direct students to visit Marquette’s Web site for information about registering to vote at the polls and to find where to vote based upon their address. Polling locations are open tomorrow from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
All employees are reminded that the Alumni Memorial Union serves as a polling location for residents living in the City of Milwaukee, District 4, Wards 311 and 312.
Further details about registration qualifications and other information are available on the Web site.
2. Spring 2007 registration begins today
You can review the spring and summer 2007 courses either on the SNAPSHOT or the CheckMarq Schedule of Classes found online.
For questions about spring registration, visit the Office of the Registrar in room 310 of Marquette Hall or go online and click on the Index of Registration Information.
You can also call 8-7034.
For summer 2007 registrations questions, visit the summer studies office in room 310 of Marquette Hall or go online and click on Admission/Registration Information. You can also e-mail or call 8-7506.
3. Contribute to the Community Campaign; It’s a win/win
Make a contribution to Marquette’s Community Campaign this week and you have a chance to win two Midwest Airline tickets to anywhere in the continental United States. In addition, any employee contributing $125 or more will receive a special memento of the university’s 125th Anniversary.
Most importantly, of course, your contribution can make a direct difference in the lives of Marquette students and families. Marquette Today benefits our students, through scholarships, support of the university’s athletic programs and the flexibility to meet the university’s immediate and critical needs. Students, faculty and staff also benefit from the cultural opportunities supported through the United Performing Arts Fund. And many members of our Marquette community volunteer for and know those who receive services from the dozens of agencies that are part of the United Way campaign.
Marquette’s campaign runs through Friday, Nov. 10. Visit the Community Campaign Web site to make a pledge online through a payroll deduction or credit card. You can also download the pledge form. If you are unable to give at this time, the online and paper forms enable you to indicate your support of the campaign. This counts as participation!
4. Assistance is available to help with online benefits selection
One-on-one assistance will be available on Wednesday, Nov. 8, for employees with questions about how to complete the online benefits application. Benefit staff members will be in ballroom E of the Alumni Memorial Union from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
ALL benefit eligible faculty and staff will need to access MyJob, the online employee information resource, in the next three weeks, even if you do not have or are not changing your insurance coverage. You will need to add, confirm, update and/or change your personal, emergency contact, dependent and beneficiary information during the annual enrollment period, which ends Nov. 17. In addition, faculty and staff wishing to maintain or modify their medical and/or dental benefits and/or wanting to participate in the university-sponsored Flexible Spending Accounts for health care and/or dependent care MUST enroll online.
The benefits package mailed to employees’ homes included information on how to access MyJob. The program is available 24 hours a day from any computer with an Internet connection. There are links to MyJob in the A to Z listing on Marquette’s home page, as well as on the Resource Commons page. Or go directly to MyJob. The site is password-protected, using your eMarq user name and password. Follow directions carefully and print the confirmation page that will appear after you successfully complete each program.
If you have any questions regarding access to MyJob, please contact the IT Services Help Desk at 8-7799; for questions on the content of MyJob, contact Human Resources at 8-7305.
5. Degree Navigator is available for academic advisers
Advisers for students who entered MU as new freshmen in the academic years of 2005-06 and 2006-07 are now able to log in to Degree Navigator, an interactive, online system that allows both advisers and students to see what courses students have already taken, what they’re currently taking, and what courses they still need to fulfill. All information for the 2005-06 and 2006-07 new freshmen is now included online.
Degree Navigator enables students and advisers to assess degree progress by automatically applying courses to declared degree programs or a degree program under consideration. Students and advisers are able to access and print a student course history that includes MU courses and grades, transfer credits and test credits, as well as search and review general information about Marquette courses and degree programs. This includes both core requirements and the requirements for a particular degree, major or minor. In addition, the program allows users to determine the impact on academic progress of various “what if” scenarios, such as changing majors or adding a minor. Degree Navigator offers visual, tabular and narrative explanations of program and degree requirements and student progress in meeting those requirements.
Access Degree Navigator online. There are also links on the registrar’s Web site, Resource Commons for faculty and in the A to Z listing on the university home page. A number of help screens and a user’s guide are available on the site to help advisers use Degree Navigator.
Degree Navigator is intended to complement, not replace, adviser-student meetings and college/school degree requirements. Students must still meet with their advisers as per their college policy and schedule. Clearance for graduation will continue to be determined by the college office.
6. Faculty invited to discuss good teaching, hear Jesuit scholar
All full and part-time members of the Marquette faculty are invited to join with faculty colleagues from across campus to talk with each other about good teaching and listen to an outstanding speaker.
On Thursday, Nov. 30, Howard Gray, S.J., will speak about “Teaching as an Autobiographical Event” from 5 to 8:30 p.m. in the Lunda Room of the Alumni Memorial Union (AMU). The event, which includes dinner, is limited to the first 80 participants. RSVP to the Office of Mission and Identity at 8-1881 or by e-mail by Nov. 27.
Father Gray has served as dean and professor of spiritual theology at Weston Jesuit School of Theology, as provincial superior of the Detroit Province of the Society of Jesus, as vice president of the Conference of Major Superiors of Men, and as a consultant to the Jesuit provinces of East Asia in their efforts to coordinate educational, formation and social works. He currently serves as assistant to the president for mission and identity at John Carroll University and will rejoin the administration of Georgetown University in fall of 2007. His speech is sponsored by the Manresa Project, the Marquette Center for Teaching and Learning and the Office of Mission and Identity, in cooperation with the Office of the Provost
The second event the following evening is “An Evening of Reflection on the Vocation of Teaching.” Father Gray will lead an evening of reflection, prayer and discussion from 4 to 6 p.m. on Friday, Dec.1, in the Chapel of the Holy Family on the second floor of the AMU. The session, sponsored by the Faber Center for Ignatian Spirituality, is designed for those who wish to explore more deeply the spiritual dimensions of teaching in their own lives. RSVP to the Faber Center at 8-5059 or by e-mail. Walk-in participants are also welcome.
7. Phi Beta Kappa Scholar will speak Thursday
Professor Margaret Levi, Jere L. Bacharach Professor of International Studies in the Department of Political Science at the University of Washington, will speak at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 9, in room 227 of the Alumni Memorial Union. Her speech is entitled “Transforming Self-Interest and Developing Pro-Social Preferences.”
She is the past president of the American Political Science Association and is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She has received numerous distinguished fellowships and research grants and has written and edited many books and scholarly articles on a broad range of subjects in political science. She received her bachelor’s degree from Bryn Mawr College and her Ph.D. from Harvard University.
8. Workforce trends in information technology is subject of colloquium
Dr. Kate M. Kaiser, associate professor of management, will discuss current workforce trends and skill requirements in information technology on Wednesday, Nov. 8, at 1 p.m. in room 401 of Cudahy Hall.
Kaiser will present the results of a survey conducted in 2005 by a team of 20 researchers, who interviewed senior executives in IT departments about what they look for in employees. The colloquium, sponsored by the Department of Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science, is open to faculty, students and staff. Refreshments will be served at 12:30 p.m.
9. Biological Sciences seminar will feature Medical College researcher
This week’s Department of Biological Sciences Seminar Program will feature Cheryl L. Stucky, Ph.D., from the Medical College of Wisconsin’s Department of Cell Biology, Neurology and Anatomy. Dr. Stucky’s topic is “TRP Channel Function in Neuropathic Pain.”
The seminar begins at 3:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 10, in room 111 of the Wehr Life Sciences Building.
The Biological Sciences Seminar series is supported by the Scholl Endowment and Wehr Foundation. For more information please contact Gail Luster-Johnson at (414) 288-7356.
10. Wade Chair to give lecture
The Department of Theology presents the Wade Chair Lecture, “Birth or Death: The Shadow of Cavalry over Bethlehem,” by Rev. Gerald O’Collins, S.J., on Wednesday, Nov. 8, at 4 p.m. in room 105 of Straz Hall.
O'Collins is professor emeritus of theology at the Gregorian Univerisity in Rome, Italy, where he has been teaching since 1974. An Australian with a doctorate in theology from Cambridge University, he is the author or co-author of 45 titles. This is the second time he has held the Wade Chair.
A reception will follow the lecture.
11. Destination Dinner will feature speakers from South Africa
In 1993, Amy Biehl, an American Fulbright Scholar working in South Africa against apartheid, was beaten and stabbed to death in a township near Cape Town. To honor her memory, her mother and family started the Amy Biehl Foundation Trust to help continue Amy’s work for peace and justice.
Hear the unbelievable story of a mother’s grief and courage and a young man’s path to commit his life to ending violence. Linda Biehl, Amy’s mother and continuing champion of the Amy Biehl Foundation, and Ntobeko Peni, one of the men convicted of Amy’s murder and a current employee of the foundation working to end violence in South Africa, will speak at a Destination Dinner sponsored by the Manresa Project on Monday, Nov. 13, at 6 p.m. in the Lunda Room of the Alumni Memorial Union. The two are in Milwaukee to speak at the International Restorative Justice Conference sponsored by Marquette’s Law School.
For more information about the International Restorative Justice conference being held at Marquette next Monday, go to the MU Law School Web site. For more information about the Amy Biehl Foundation Trust, please go online. For more information about the Manresa Project, please see the project's Web site or or contact Mary Ferwerda.
12. Intercultural Programs highlight Arab heritage this month
Throughout the month of November, the Office of Student Development’s Intercultural Programs is presenting the Arab Heritage Celebration: “Bridging East and West.” A combination of lectures, presentations, displays and performances will celebrate Arab culture.
There will be displays in the second floor lobby of the Alumni Memorial Union (AMU) all month celebrating different aspects of Arab heritage. On Nov. 10, there will be a Darfur picture display and from Nov. 13 to 17, a Village Bazaar Artwork display from the Arab World.
The AMU Marquette Place and the Lunda Room will be serving Middle Eastern Cuisine on Thursdays, Nov. 9 and 16.
A full calendar of events is available online.
Through training, programming, and one-on-one and group advising, the Multicultural Center educates the campus community about a variety of cultures, celebrates the rich contributions of those cultures to our campus, and models how to live in an inclusive, intercultural world.
13. Submit orders for the 2006 Marquette holiday cards by Nov. 14
The Office of Marketing and Communication is offering holiday cards for purchase this Christmas season to campus departments and offices. The cards will be pre-printed with a general greeting from Marquette with enough space for your handwritten personal message or signature(s).
Go online for additional information, including images of the cards and how to order. Orders will be accepted through Tuesday, Nov. 14.
14. Order your holiday poinsettias now
The Marquette University Chorus is ushering in the holiday season with its annual poinsettia sale. Poinsettias are available in red and white and come in pots of single, double or triple plants. Each poinsettia plant is full and rich in color -- sure to make your home or office beautiful for the holiday season!
If you are interested in purchasing a poinsettia, e-mail the MU Chorus vice president or call (414) 244-2581 for more information. Orders are due on Wednesday, Nov. 15.
15. You can still participate in the Holiday Giving Tree
The Holiday Giving Tree tags have arrived. This program, sponsored by the MU Volunteers and coordinated by the Volunteer Center of Greater Milwaukee, matches wish gift tags with individuals willing to brighten up the holidays for someone in need.
Tags should reach those who had previously signed up to purchase a gift ($20 approximate value) in the next few days. There are also additional tags are still available. Contact Kathy Hawkins at 8-5500 or e-mail her if you would like to receive some tags.
This kicks off the traditional holiday collection of new gift items, including Toys for Tots, hats, scarves, mittens/gloves, socks, slippers or monetary donations. Dropoff locations on campus include: room 340 in Lalumiere Hall, the Information Desk in the Alumni Memorial Union, the Helfaer Recreation Center, Rec Plex and 1212 Building, room 415.
16. This Week in Marquette History
In This Week in Marquette History, in 1905 Marquette the founder of the Catholic Worker was born and Marquette celebrated the end of World War I.
Want to know more? Go to the 125th Anniversary Web site.
This Week in Marquette History is a project of the Marquette University Department of History. Research and writing was conducted by graduate students 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 and director, Institute for Urban Life, who provided access to the manuscript of his forthcoming history of Marquette University.
17. Interchange highlights for the week of Nov. 6
1. The entire project and related work is nearly two-thirds complete. The project is ahead of schedule and on budget. Much of the related work, work technically not in the Interchange Project (such as utilities work, 25th/26th/ St. Paul, and the Courthouse Annex) has been completed. Kudos to the State and the Contractors for an excellent record so far!
2. New Get Around Guides are out! They were in last Sunday’s Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. If you need copies, please call Lori at 8-0370.
3. Improvements have been made to the Tory Hill walkway to eliminate the mud and water flow at the low point.
4. Utility work on the Wisconsin Avenue Bridge will occur overnight Monday through Wednesday, Nov. 6 – 8. Hall residents have been advised as to what to expect.
5. Demolition work south of Tory Hill/Clybourn continues this week. This work will take place during the daytime, and will continue for the next week or two.
6. Pile driving south of 7th and Michigan is scheduled to resume this week. This will occur during daytime hours on Tuesday and Thursday, Nov. 7 and 9, and the entire week of Nov. 13.
7. St. Paul between 5th and 13th will be closed to through traffic at 9 p.m. on Monday and Tuesday nights, Nov. 6 and 7. It will reopen by 9 a.m. the following mornings.
8. There will be daytime traffic lane restrictions on Canal Street, between 6th to 13th Streets, on Saturday and Monday, Nov. 11 and 13. On both days, between 7 a.m. and 3 p.m., westbound traffic will be rerouted to the eastbound lanes. This will restrict eastbound traffic.
9. Go online for details about freeway closures and restrictions.
Visit the all-university online Calendar of Events for a complete listing of all upcoming events in the next week.
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