— October 16, 2006 —
- Special Safety Alert issued
- O’Donnell Hall will remain all-male while options are considered
- Liberian President will speak at Marquette Oct. 23
- Senior receives national humanitarian award
- Klement lecturer will discuss Civil War tonight
- James Wake Memorial Lecture set for Nov. 17
- NATO officer to speak on campus tomorrow
- You can try out Degree Navigator – before you sign up for spring classes
- Priest to speak on faithful citizenship
- Residence Halls plan Halloween program
- This week in Marquette history
- Marquette Interchange update
- University Events
1. Special Safety Alert issued
On Sunday, Oct. 15, 2006, three off-campus robberies were reported to the Marquette University Department of Public Safety and the Milwaukee Police Department. The robberies, which appear to be related, occurred within the 1700 block of West Wisconsin Avenue, the 2100 block of West Kilbourn and the 1600 block of West Kilbourn Avenue between the hours of 11 p.m. and 11:30 pm. During the three incidents, two male subjects exited a vehicle, approached the victims, and demanded personal property. A third male subject remained in the vehicle. Only one of the victims was a Marquette student. None of the victims was physically injured. Marquette Public Safety and Milwaukee Police Department officers were contacted and immediately responded.
The vehicle description obtained from the victims and witnesses is as follows: an older model sedan (gold, beige or tan in color) with a missing hubcap. Possible Wisconsin license plate of UEH-954.
Anyone having information about any of these incidents is encouraged to contact the Milwaukee Police Department via the WeTip Hotline (1-800-782-7463) or Marquette Department of Public Safety at 8-6800.
Public Safety reminds community members to remain diligent in increasing personal safety measures and utilizing Public Safety’s programs and services. Additionally, Public Safety suggests the following:
- Be aware of your surroundings.
- At night, walk in groups. Make sure your friends don’t walk or jog alone.
- Use the LIMO vans and Student Safety escorts. At Marquette, there is no reason for anyone to walk alone.
- Know the locations of blue light phones. . The phones offer direct lines to Public Safety 24 hours a day. There are nearly 200 phones in the campus area.
- Contact Public Safety if you observe suspicious people or vehicles in your area.
- If someone that you do not feel comfortable being near approaches you, quickly walk away. Go to a residence hall, an open business or the Public Safety office in Parking Structure 1 on North 16th Street. Call Public Safety at (414) 288-6800 (x8-6800 on campus).
- At home, keep exterior doors locked at all times.
- Park in well-lighted areas, put valuables in your trunk and lock your car.
- If you are coming home alone, call ahead and have someone watch for you.
If you have safety questions or concerns at any time, call the Public Safety Department at (414) 288-6800 (x8-6800 on campus).
2. O’Donnell Hall will remain all-male while options are considered
During the past three weeks, the Office of Residence Life has engaged students, parents and other university constituents in addressing the increasing demand for more coed housing. Careful consideration has been given to a proposal to convert O’Donnell from an all-male residence hall to a coed hall. Input was sought from the Residence Life Advisory Board, RHA, MUSG and volunteers from the Parents Association. In addition, meetings were held with current residents in both O’Donnell and Cobeen, Marquette’s all-female hall.
In seeking this input from students and others, a number of other options have been suggested that warrant further study.
“We had terrific conversations, with a variety of ideas offered,” reports Jim McMahon, dean of residence life. “We were examining the possibility of more coed space based on the preferences expressed by incoming freshmen. However, once students live in an all-male or all-female residence hall, they seem to value the experience.”
Therefore, barring a significant change in the gender balance of next year’s freshman class, the Office of Residence Life has decided to postpone any decisions on changing the gender designation of Marquette residence halls for next year. Over the course of the next several months, a variety of gender configurations within the residence halls will be examined. Greater attention will be given to marketing the benefits of single gender living to prospective students. Data will be gathered regarding the importance of coed housing from students admitted for next fall.
“We want to ensure that the university offers housing options that address the wants and needs of current and future students,” McMahon says.
3. Liberian President will speak at Marquette Oct. 23
Her Excellency Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, President of the Republic of Liberia, will receive an honorary degree from Marquette at 10 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 23, in the ballroom of the Alumni Memorial Union. She will speak following the conferral of the degree.
Faculty, staff and students can pick up tickets for the event in the Alumni Memorial Union, Brooks Lounge. The ticket office hours are Monday through Friday from noon to 11:30 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 2 to 11:30 p.m.
President Johnson Sirleaf, who took office in January 2006, is internationally recognized as a leading promoter of peace, justice and democratic rule. Known as the “Iron Lady” for her strong will and determination as well as for her personal integrity, she is committed to ethical reform for the people of Liberia and the importance of education. During years of exile, the Harvard-educated President held senior leadership positions with the World Bank and the United Nations.
4. Senior receives national humanitarian award
Senior Tim Kummer is being honored today as a winner of the 2006 Howard R. Swearer Student Humanitarian Award sponsored by Campus Contact, a national coalition of university presidents dedicated to fostering civic responsibility and community engagement.
The Swearer Student Humanitarian Award recognizes five students each year for their outstanding public service and provides financial support toward their continued efforts to address societal needs.
While Kummer, a student in the College of Nursing, works tirelessly in the Milwaukee community and around the world on HIV/ AIDS education, his community service touches others as well. This past spring break, he led a group of 22 students to New Orleans to help with disaster relief work in the areas devastated by Hurricane Katrina. He is also a part of Noon Run, as well as a musician and member of the Liturgical Choir, a Hunger Clean-Up team leader, an orientation student coordinator and a Marquette tour guide.
Kummer was also recognized by Marquette last spring with the Pedro Arrupe Award for his dedication to community service.
5. Klement lecturer will discuss Civil War
The History Department will host the annual Frank L. Klement Lecture tonight (Monday, Oct. 16).
Dr. Stephen Engle, professor and chair of the history department at Florida Atlantic University, will speak at 7:30 p.m. in room 001 of Cudahy Hall. His topic is “All the President’s Statesmen: Union Governors and the Civil War.”
6. James Wake Memorial Lecture set for Nov. 17
The College of Nursing Institute for End-of-Life Care Education presents Dr. Christine Puchalski for the inaugural James Wake Memorial Lecture on Friday, Nov. 17 in the AMU Ballrooms.
Dr. Puchalski is the founder and director of the George Washington Institute for Spirituality and Health (GWish) and is also an associate professor in the Department of Medicine and Health Care Sciences at the George Washington University School of Medicine in Washington, D.C. Her lecture will address spirituality and end-of-life care issues.
Registration begins at 4 p.m. and the lecture begins at 4:30 p.m., followed by a panel response with Rev. Janis Blean-Kachigan, a clinical pastoral care educator, and Dr. Margaret Bull, professor of nursing at Marquette.
The lecture is in memory of James Wake, chaplain and husband of Provost Madeline Wake.
Reservations can be made by calling Marquette University Special Events at 8-7431 or e-mail. The registration deadline is Nov. 10.
7. NATO officer to speak on campus tomorrow
A NATO briefing officer will speak about “NATO in Afghanistan, Darfur, Kosovo, etc.", tomorrow, Oct. 17, at 2 p.m. in room 111 of Clark Hall.
The speaker, Tania Price, is a lieutenant commander in the British Royal Navy.
8. You can try out Degree Navigator – before you sign up for spring classes
Don’t know how many credits you have or how many more you need in your major in order to graduate? Don’t know if you are meeting all the requirements to earn your degree? Unsure of which courses you need to take for your major? Do you want to know what will happen if you switch majors?
For students who entered Marquette as new freshmen in fall of 2005 or later, there is now an easy way to track degree progress online. Log on to Degree Navigator using your user name and emarq password. Degree Navigator is an interactive, online system that allows advisers and students to see what courses students have already taken, or are taking and what courses they still need to fulfill. 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.
A number of reports are available, including a student’s course history, a short progress report and a program status report with the number of courses and credits completed and a listing of courses and credits still required. Degree Navigator offers visual, tabular and narrative explanations of program and degree requirements and student progress in meeting those requirements.
Degree Navigator was piloted last year, and all data for the 2005-06 and 2006-07 new freshmen have been entered. More information on Degree Navigator is also available on the registrar’s Web site.
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. Graduation requirements are determined by the academic bulletin and conferences with advisers and clearance for graduation will continue to be determined by the college office, although Degree Navigator should reflect those requirements throughout your time at Marquette.
9. Priest to speak on faithful citizenship
Rev. Thomas Massaro, S.J., associate professor of moral theology at the Weston Jesuit School of Theology, will be the featured presenter at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 19, at Gesu Church, 1145 W. Wisconsin Ave.
The title of Father Massaro’s presentation is “To Vote or Not to Vote: Need This Be a Moral Dilemma? How Should People of Faith Vote?”
This presentation, which is part of Gesu’s “Matters of Faith” series, is free and open to all. For further information, call 414-288-7101.
10. Residence Halls plan Halloween program
The Residence Hall Association will host its annual Halloween program for children in the community on Tuesday, Oct. 31. Children are invited to trick-or-treat throughout the residence halls and enjoy seasonal festivities in the AMU.
If you know of children or groups interested in participating, please call x8-5851 to sign-up. Registration is at the AMU beginning at 3 p.m. on Oct. 31.
If you are interested in volunteering to be “gHosts”, students who will escort
children and their chaperones through the halls, or to help with registration, please
call Kristen at 8-5851 or e-mail to sign up.
11. This Week in Marquette History
In This Week in Marquette History, Tolkien finished The Return of the King and Marquette professors investigated a presidential assassination attempt.
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.
12. Marquette Interchange update
1. Weather is affecting scheduled work and related lane and ramp closures. In addition to rain, cold temperatures and high winds can cause cancellations, delays, or postponements.
2. No pile driving is scheduled this week!
3. Paving is restricting traffic on 12th Street from Highland to Vliet.
4. All three southbound lanes of I-43 will be open and fully functional between North Avenue and Wells Street.
5. On Monday, Oct. 16, southbound I-43 will be closed between North Avenue and the Interchange. This will last from 10 p.m. until 6 a.m. Tuesday morning, Oct. 17.
6. I-94 between 25th and 26th Streets will be closed in both directions at midnight on Monday, Oct. 16, for deck pours on the 26th Street and St. Paul Bridges. The freeway will be open by 5 a.m. Tuesday morning.
7. Westbound I-94 between 25th and 26th Streets will again be closed at midnight on Thursday, Oct. 19, and will open by 5 a.m. on Friday morning.
8. On Wednesday, Oct. 18, northbound I-43 will be closed at the new Plankinton Ramp. This last from midnight until 5 a.m. Thursday morning.
9. On Thursday and Friday, Oct. 19 and 20, southbound I-43 will be closed at the connector ramp to westbound I-94. The closing will occur at midnight each evening, and the road will reopen by 5 a.m. the following mornings.
13. University Events
Visit the all-university online Calendar of Events for a complete listing of all upcoming events in the next week.
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