- Campus community invited to opening liturgy
- Marquette ranks 82nd nationally
- Parking permits available on-line
- Marquette purchases apartment building
- Colonial Williamsburg executive to speak about storytelling
- Help celebrate 30th anniversary of Brigg’s & Al’s Run
- Haggerty Museum showcases Waswo photographs
- News Briefs begins semi-weekly schedule this week
- Marquette Interchange highlights for the week of Aug. 20
1. Campus community invited to opening liturgy
The opening liturgy of the academic year, the Mass of the Holy Spirit, will be celebrated on Sunday, Aug. 26, at 4 p.m. at Gesu Church. Rev. Robert A. Wild, S.J., president of Marquette, will preside. A picnic will immediately follow at the AMU West Towne Square from 5 to 7 p.m.
The celebration of the Mass of the Holy Spirit is a tradition in Jesuit colleges and universities that dates back to Sicily in 1548.
2. Marquette ranks 82nd nationally
Marquette University ranks 82nd among the top national universities in the 2008 edition of America's Best Colleges, released Friday by U.S. News & World Report. Marquette was listed among 258 U.S. universities that offer undergraduate majors as well as master's and doctoral degrees, the premier category of institutions ranked by the publication.
Marquette was once again one of only 23 universities recognized for service learning under “Programs to Look For.” Service learning programs involve volunteer work in the community as an instructional strategy, enriching the classroom experience.
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3. Parking permits available on-line
Parking permits for the 2007-2008 academic year are currently available for sale on-line. Students can purchase a permit for the fall semester only, or for both the fall and spring terms. To avoid waiting in long lines and to get into their lot of choice, students are encouraged to order on-line now.
Previously ordered permits are available for pick-up in the lobby of the Wells Street Structure beginning today, Monday, Aug. 20. Students will need their student identification to claim their permit. Permits will not be sold out of the parking office until the first day of classes, Aug. 27.
4. Marquette purchases apartment building
Marquette University has purchased the Trebor Apartments, 620 N. 17th St. The transaction was completed on Aug. 16.
Marquette’s location, the changing dynamics of university life and the desire to enhance the campus environment make it prudent for the university to monitor property opportunities in our campus area. When the Trebor building came on the market, the university evaluated it as a strategic location relative to the potential site for a proposed new College of Engineering.
In addition to the Trebor, Marquette is under contract to purchase a number of other properties within the campus area. These include:
- Kalt Apartments at 1621 and 1623 W. Wisconsin Ave. and 628 N. 17th St
- Marquette Apartments at 1622-24 W. Wisconsin Ave.
- University Center at 1610-1616 W. Wisconsin Ave.
- Commercial Buildings at 1202 and 1222 W. Wells St.
Closing on these properties is expected to occur before the end of the year. A generous gift from an anonymous donor helped make the purchase of these properties possible at this time. A portion of the bond issue approved by the Board of Trustees in May 2007 will also be used to finance the property acquisitions.
The site of the Kalt Apartments is critical for the proposed engineering project. The location of the Marquette Apartments is also strategic, and the building will be used to provide housing for students while residence halls undergo renovations and upgrades. The commercial buildings at 12th and Wells are close to the Al McGuire Center, Parking Structure 2 and student residences; no specific use for this site has been identified at this time.
Apartment residents are being notified of the property transactions. The Office of Residence Life will operate the Kalt and Trebor Apartments, most of which are occupied by Marquette students. The university is working closely with residents of the Marquette Apartments to find suitable alternative housing. Doug Smith, associate general counsel for the university, said the university will honor the existing terms of all residential and commercial leases for the properties.
5. Colonial Williamsburg executive to speak about storytelling
Dr. Rex Ellis, vice president of the Historic Area at Colonial Williamsburg, will speak at Marquette about storytelling as a means for teaching sensitive cultural subjects. Ellis will present “Black Agency in an Era of Oppression: Engaging in the Fight for Freedom,” on Wednesday, Sept. 12, at 7:30 p.m. in the Raynor Memorial Library Conference Center. Ellis has found that storytelling allows him to teach history by humanizing a population that had been dehumanized in the past.
Previously, Ellis chaired the Division of Cultural History at the National Museum of American History at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. In 1979, Ellis helped create Colonial Williamsburg’s African-American interpretation program, which helps visitors become aware of 18th-century slave life through stories and drama.
Besides authoring several books, Ellis spearheaded the first-ever Storytelling Festival at the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation in 2005, which is now an annual event. Ellis has also told stories in countless storytelling festivals and other venues throughout the country, earning a reputation as a master storyteller.
Ellis holds a doctoral degree in higher education from the College of William and Mary, a master of fine arts from Wayne State University, and a bachelor of fine arts from Virginia Commonwealth University.
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6. Help celebrate 30th anniversary of Brigg’s & Al’s Run