— August 25, 2008 —
- Marquette ranks 77th nationally
- $575,000 saved through Renewal Task Force
- Newly renovated Marquette Place opens today
- Fall 2008 classroom assignments posted in CheckMarq
- All class reserve materials must be submitted and accessed via Ares
- PrintWise users must install new print drivers
- Campus Directory listings need updates
- Newest issue of Compendium available
- O-fest to highlight student involvement opportunities
- Harley Davidson 105th Anniversary Parade to pass though campus
- 13th St. exit opens this week; interchange now fully functional
1. Marquette ranks 77th nationally
Marquette University ranks 77th among the top national universities in the 2009 edition of America's Best Colleges, released Friday by U.S. News & World Report. Marquette, which ranked 82nd last year, was listed among 260 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 recognized for service learning under “Programs to Look For.” The 25 institutions identified in this category offer service learning programs that involve volunteer work in the community as an instructional strategy, enriching the classroom experience.
Marquette was also listed among the national universities that offer "A+ options for B students."
2. $575,000 saved through Renewal Task Force
The Renewal Task Force, whose purpose is to improve quality and provide better service to the Marquette community beyond normal reallocation and re-engineering, identified savings of $575,000 in fiscal 2008. Since fiscal 1999, the task force has saved Marquette more than $9.4 million.
Cost-savings projects from 2008 included restructuring data center support contracts and renegotiating other contracts; analyzing purchasing contracts for savings and cost efficiencies; implementing new snow removal processes; and replacing Blackberry devices with smart phone technology.
Savings are also being planned for future years. For example, removing phones in the residence hall rooms this summer and installing one emergency phone for each floor and replacing the aging telephone switch system with a state-of-the-art voice-over-IP system creates an annual operating savings of approximately $150,000.
All members of the university community can help reduce campus expenses and reallocate resources by submitting ideas to the Renewal Task Force.
3. Newly renovated Marquette Place opens today
The newly designed Marquette Place in the Alumni Memorial Union fully opens today, Monday Aug. 25. It features six dining venues, including Japanese Sushi, NYC Subs, Grill 155, Ultimate Baja south of the border cuisine, Fresh Greens gourmet salads, and Einstein Bros. Bagels. Hours are 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday to Thursday and 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday. Grill 155 and Einstein Bros Bagels serve breakfast on weekdays beginning at 7:30 a.m.
The new Natural Smart Market, located next to Marquette Place, also opens today. This specialty market offers whole grain artisan breads, organic juice and fruit, natural cereals, nuts and snacks, as well as vitamins and protein powder. Hours are Monday to Thursday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Friday to Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
4. Fall 2008 classroom assignments posted in CheckMarq
Access CheckMarq for the most up-to-date fall 2008 course classroom assignments. Contact Marie Hegerty or Jason Taylor, Office of the Registrar, if unable to locate where a course is meeting.
Once assigned, courses may not be moved without approval from the Office of the Registrar. Fill out the SOC Classroom Change Form to have a classroom assignment changed.
5. All class reserve materials must be submitted and accessed via Ares
All faculty must register for an Ares account and submit requests for reserve readings via Ares.
Raynor Memorial Libraries are providing sessions for faculty to get acquainted with the Ares program. Each session includes a demonstration of the Ares program and an opportunity to set up a class reserve account.
Sessions are in Raynor 227:
Tuesday, Aug. 26, 3-4 p.m.
Wednesday, Aug. 27, 3-4 p.m.
Thursday, Aug. 28, 3-4 p.m.
Friday, Aug. 29, 10-11 a.m. and 3-4 p.m.
Contact Chris Pivonka, reserves supervisor, at 8-8760 for more information.
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6. PrintWise users must install new print drivers
The PrintWise printers, operated throughout campus with card swipes, have been replaced with new Canon equipment. Users are offered more function and payment options, including duplexing at reduced cost and free scanning. Go online for additional PrintWise program information and to download the required, new print drivers.
7. Campus Directory listings need updates
To ensure accurate information in the 2008-09 Campus Directory, full-time
faculty, administrators and staff should verify their listings online by searching for their name. All corrections are due by noon, Tuesday, Sept. 2.
If the entry is not accurate or not listed, click the "Report Correction" link on the results page or contact your area’s Campus Directory keeper.
The directory will be delivered in early October.
8. Newest issue of Compendium available
The summer issue of Compendium, the semiannual publication of faculty and staff accomplishments, has been distributed to all faculty. The next issue will be distributed this winter and will cover accomplishments from spring through early winter 2008.
Faculty and staff with 2008 professional accomplishments, such as publications, presentations and awards, that aren’t in the summer issue, should make sure they’re documented on the university’s News From You online resource.
Compiling these faculty accomplishments is an excellent way to let the campus community know about the great research taking place at Marquette and to allow fellow faculty to see opportunities for cross-disciplinary collaboration.
A limited number of additional copies are available. E-mail for more information.
9. O-fest to highlight student involvement opportunities
The Office of Student Development will sponsor the annual Organization Fest, commonly known as O-Fest, Thursday, Aug. 28, from 1 to 4 p.m. in Central Mall. O-Fest offers students the opportunity to see the many ways to get involved at Marquette.
For more information, contact the Office of Student Development at 8-7205. The rain date is Friday, Aug. 29, from 1 to 4 p.m. in Central Mall.
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10. Harley Davidson 105th Anniversary Parade to pass though campus
Approximately 7,500 motorcycles will pass down Wisconsin Avenue on Saturday, Aug. 30, for the Harley Davidson 105th Anniversary Parade. The parade will be led by the Parade of Muscular Dystrophy Association Heroes as it makes its way from Miller Park to the Henry Maier Festival Park.
Wisconsin Avenue will be closed at 8:30 a.m. from Miller Park to Milwaukee Street. The parade is expected to last for three hours, and the motorcyclists are expected to reach Marquette’s campus between 9 and 9:45 a.m. Sidewalks will be open to spectators, but students, employees and visitors will be unable to cross Wisconsin Avenue during the parade.
11. 13th St. exit opens this week; interchange now fully functional
13th Street between St Paul and Clybourn and the 13th Street northbound exit to Clybourn opens Wednesday morning, Aug. 27, for vehicles and pedestrians. It also makes the 13th Street exit from eastbound I-94 the primary access point to the university from the west. With this opening, the interchange is now fully functional.
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