— December 17, 2007 —
- Trustees approve new academic programs
- D2L to be upgraded this week
- Tuition tax deduction instructions needed for Form 1040
- Spring 2008 classroom assignments posted in CheckMarq
- All University Christmas Party is Friday
- Faculty and staff admitted free to Friday’s women’s basketball game
- News Briefs newsletter to distributed next two Thursdays
- Lunda Room and Marquette Place adjust holiday services
- Haggerty Museum announces holiday hours
- FSA expenses need to be incurred by end of year
- Marquette Interchange highlights for the week of Dec. 17
1. Trustees approve new academic programs
Marquette will offer two new graduate degree programs beginning in fall 2008 — a doctorate in nursing practice and a new professional master’s degree in biomedical engineering. The Board of Trustees approved the programs Wednesday.
The doctorate in nursing practice will eventually replace the College of Nursing’s master’s level advanced practice programs. Guidelines set forth by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing call for all programs designed to prepare nurses for advanced practice and nursing administration to be doctorates of nursing practice by 2015.
The DNP program will require 57 graduate credits for the health care systems leadership option and 66 graduate credits for the advanced practice options in nurse midwifery, pediatrics, adults, older adults or acute care. Some of the required courses will be offered through the Colleges of Business Administration, Education and Professional Studies; these are, respectively, Health Care Economics, Intermediate Statistics and Mediation.
The DNP program will emphasize translational research, epidemiology, informatics, health policy, statistics and professional issues. All students will complete a two-semester capstone clinical project.
Trustees also approved a new, professional master’s degree in biomedical engineering specifically designed for engineers working for medical device companies. The 30-credit curriculum will include five possible areas of study: biocomputing, bioimaging, bioinstrumentation, biomechanics and biorehabilitation. Three core courses will provide a common foundation in physiology, health care technology management and the integration of life sciences and engineering.
The 30-credit graduate degree is designed to be completed in two years, with students taking nine credits during the academic year and six credits each summer. To enroll, students will have to have a bachelor’s degree in engineering and at least one year of post-baccalaureate industry experience.
2. D2L to be upgraded this week
An upgrade for D2L, the university’s course management system, will require a D2L outage Thursday, Dec. 20. Existing course content and information will be automatically migrated to the updated version of D2L during this upgrade.
In addition to an overall improved look and feel, issues with the e-mail and the address book functions have been fixed. Users will also find enhancements to the discussions, gradebook, content management, groups and dropbox functions. Read more about what’s new in D2L 8.2.
Faculty who wish to preview the upgraded version of D2L can attend a demonstration at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 18, in the Center for Teaching and Learning classroom, Raynor Library 320H.
Faculty who currently use D2L will find the new version familiar enough to continue using it without additional training. However, those who would like a refresher, or are new to D2L can sign up for training sessions.
3. Tuition tax deduction instructions needed for Form 1040
Students, parents and employees who paid qualified tuition and fees and intend to claim the federal tuition tax deduction for calendar year 2007 will have to include the amount of tuition tax deduction on Form 1040. For line 34, “Tuition and fees deduction. Attach Form 8917,” claim the deduction for college tuition and fees by writing the letter “T” on the line and enter the eligible amount (for example, “T 4,000”). You cannot take this deduction on Form 1040 A.
4. Spring 2008 classroom assignments posted in CheckMarq
Access CheckMarq to find the most up-to-date spring 2008 (term 1265) course classroom assignments. E-mail Marie Hegerty or Jason Taylor, Office of the Registrar, if you are unable to locate a course classroom assignment.
5. All University Christmas Party is Friday
Faculty and staff are invited to share the spirit of the season at the All University Christmas Party Friday, Dec. 21, from 3 to 5 p.m. in the AMU Monaghan Ballroom.
Departments and offices should notify University Special Events, 8-7431, of the number of their attendees planning to attend.
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6. Faculty and staff admitted free to Friday’s women’s basketball game
Faculty and staff will be admitted free for the women’s basketball game against Arkansas-Pine Bluff on Friday, Dec. 21, at noon at the Al McGuire Center. Tickets are $1 for everyone else. Hot dogs, candy and soda will also cost $1. The doors will open at 11 a.m.
7. News Briefs newsletter to be distributed on Thursdays
Due to the Christmas and New Year’s holidays, News Briefs will be distributed Thursday, Dec. 27, and Thursday, Jan. 3, rather than on Mondays those weeks. News Briefs will resume its Monday-only schedule for semester break Monday, Jan. 7, and twice-weekly publication Thursday, Jan. 17.
8. Lunda Room and Marquette Place adjust holiday services
Due to the replacement of the AMU dishwasher, all plates and flatware in Marquette Place will be plastic until Jan 12. Marquette Place will be closed Dec. 26 to 28, during which time the Brew Bayou, AMU first level, will have grab-and-go lunch items.
The Lunda Room, AMU, will be closed from Dec. 22 to Jan. 7 due to kitchen repairs.
The Spirit Shop will be closed Monday and Tuesday, Dec. 24 and 25, and from Sunday, Dec. 30, to Tuesday, Jan. 1.
The Annex will be closed Tuesday, Dec. 18, through Thursday, Dec. 20; Monday Dec. 22, through Friday, Dec. 28; and Monday and Tuesday, Dec. 31 and Jan. 1.
Brew Bayou will be closed from Saturday, Dec. 22, through Tuesday, Dec. 25, and Saturday, Dec. 29, through Tuesday, Jan. 1.
9. Haggerty Museum announces holiday hours
The Haggerty Museum of Art will be closed Dec. 24, 25, 31 and Jan. 1. For more information about the museum, visit the museum Web site or call 8-1669.
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10. FSA expenses need to be incurred by end of year
Employees with unused funds in their 2007 health care or dependent flexible spending account need to submit their receipts and reimbursement forms to EBC, Marquette’s third-party FSA administrator, by March 31, 2008. Participating employees have a 90-day run-out period to submit claims for expenses they incurred in 2007. Expenses must have been incurred in calendar 2007 to be reimbursed from this year’s balance.
Employees who re-enrolled in the health care FSA for 2008 also get a 2 1/2 month grace period as an extension to the 2007 plan year, giving participants additional time (through March 15, 2008) to incur eligible expenses and get reimbursements from the funds they contributed in 2007. EBC will automatically verify this for employees. Any FSA funds from the 2007 calendar year not used by March 15, 2008, are forfeited.
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11. Marquette Interchange highlights for the week of Dec. 17
Due to a two-week holiday break, there will be no freeway or local street closures and very little interchange work after Dec. 18. The next interchange update will be for the week of Jan. 7, 2008.
For more information, visit the Marquette Interchange update Web site.
News Briefs is published for Marquette faculty and staff every Monday and Thursday, except during summer and academic breaks when only the Monday edition is published. The deadline for the Monday edition is noon Friday. The deadline for the Thursday edition is noon Wednesday. Highest priority notices as determined by university leadership are also sent periodically.
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