— August 28, 2008 —
- O-Fest postponed until Friday
- Marquette recognized for sustainability initiatives
- Dr. John Pauly to be formally welcomed at reception
- Benefits enrollment information sent to homes
- Wisconsin Avenue impassable during Harley Davidson parade
- News Briefs to be distributed Tuesday next week
- Islam to be discussed at Soup with Substance
- Weekend worship schedule updated
- Soccer teams to host faculty and staff appreciation night
- Volleyball team opens season with tournament this weekend
- Hurricane Katrina anniversary to be marked with prayer and remembrance
- Team deadline for Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure is next week
- Campus Ministry offering Sacramental preparation sessions
- Volunteers needed for Sample the City and service sign-ups
- Blood Drive to be held in Straz Hall
- Suicide prevention walk planned
- Service at Marquette on display
1. O-Fest postponed until Friday
Due to the threat of thunderstorms Thursday afternoon, Organization Fest has been postponed until Friday, Aug. 29, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Central Mall. Note the earlier start time on Friday. The event was originally scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 28.
O-Fest is one of the first opportunities for students to identify ways to get involved on campus and is a major recruitment activity for student organizations.
For more information, contact Kate Trevey, coordinator for student organizations and leadership in the Office of Student Development, at 8-7205.
2. Marquette recognized for sustainability initiatives
In its second national report card on sustainability efforts, the National Wildlife Federation recognized Marquette University for sustainability efforts in five categories, the most categories of any school in Wisconsin.
Marquette was one of 334 colleges and universities recognized by the NWF based on a national survey administered by Princeton Survey Research Associates International, judging schools in 18 different categories. With 27 percent of U.S. colleges or universities responding, including 33 Wisconsin schools, the 2008 survey is the nation’s largest study to date created to gauge trends and new developments in campus sustainability, according to NWF.
The five categories Marquette is recognized in are: energy efficiency, conservation and renewable energy; more than 80 percent of energy from off campus renewable; plans to do more with transportation programs; recycling, solid waste and materials flow; and plans to do more with green landscaping and grounds.
“In the last several years Marquette has invested $7 million in energy and water efficiency improvements, which saved roughly 1.5 million kilowatt hours of electricity and 13.5 million gallons of water on campus,” said Mike Whittow, assistant to the vice president in Marquette’s Office of Administration. “We are also working toward a goal of recycling 30 percent of our waste.”
To help further Marquette’s efforts, a Sustainability Task Force has been created with faculty, staff and student representatives
3. Dr. John Pauly to be formally welcomed at reception
A welcome reception for Dr. John Pauly, provost, will be held Tuesday, Sept. 2, from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Patrick and Beatrice Haggerty Museum of Art. Pauly, former dean of the J. William and Mary Diederich College of Communication, was named provost last spring.
The program will begin at 4:30 p.m. and be emceed by Dr. William Thorn, chair of the Department of Journalism, Diederich College of Communication.
RSVP to University Special Events at 8-7431.
4. Benefits enrollment information sent to homes
The annual health insurance/benefits enrollment period will run from Oct. 27 (Benefits/Wellness Information Day) through Nov. 16, 2008. An initial notice should arrive at employees' homes this week.
In addition to continuing the same four health care insurance options currently available, new features include a new, stand-alone vision insurance option and increased maximum benefits on dental coverage. Also new this year is that employees electing to participate in Marquette’s health insurance plan can reduce their health insurance premium with an optional health risk assessment that includes blood pressure, cholesterol, glucose and body mass screenings, and an online health questionnaire.
Watch for additional information at home and in News Briefs.
5. Wisconsin Avenue impassable during Harley Davidson parade
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.
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6. News Briefs to be distributed Tuesday next week
Due to the Labor Day holiday, News Briefs will next be distributed Tuesday, Sept. 2. The submission deadline will remain tomorrow, Aug. 29, at noon.
7. Islam to be discussed at Soup with Substance
Campus Ministry’s first “Soup with Substance” of the academic year will be this Friday, Aug. 29, from noon to 1 p.m. in AMU 163. Rev. Gerhard Bowering, S.J., professor of religious studies and Islamic studies at Yale University, will present “A dialogue … Islam” — a question and answer session about Islam. A simple meal of sandwiches will be served.
8. Weekend worship schedule updated
Lutheran Campus Ministry’s weekly 6 p.m. service resumes this Sunday, Aug. 31, in the Chapel of the Holy Family, AMU.
The weekly 8 and 10 p.m. Masses in the Chapel of the Holy Family also resume this Sunday, Aug. 31. The weekly University Masses at 4 p.m. in Gesu Church will resume Sunday, Sept. 7.
9. Soccer teams to host faculty and staff appreciation night
Marquette Soccer will host the first Faculty and Staff Appreciation Night on Friday, Aug. 29, at 3:30 p.m. as the women take on Ohio State. Faculty and staff get a special $2 admission ticket when they drop off their business cards at the ticket tent that day.
The women also play Samford on Sunday at 12:30 p.m., and the men open their season Monday against Bryant University at 7:05 p.m.
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10. Volleyball team opens season with tournament this weekend
The Marquette volleyball team will host the Marquette Kickoff Tournament on Friday and Saturday, Aug. 29 and 30, against the University of Tennessee, University of Houston and University of Tennessee at Chattanooga at the Al McGuire Center. Marquette opens its season against Houston at 7 p.m. Friday, followed by Chattanooga and Tennessee on Saturday at 12:30 and 7 p.m. respectively.
11. Hurricane Katrina anniversary to be marked with prayer and remembrance
The student organization MARDI GRAS (Making A Real Difference In the Gulf Region and Area Surrounding) will host a Hurricane Katrina Memorial Service on Friday, Aug. 29, at 4 p.m. in the Joan of Arc Chapel.
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12. Team deadline for Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure is next week
Marquette’s Committee on Staff will enter a team in the 10th Annual Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, Sunday, Sept. 28. Students, faculty and staff are invited to join the team or make a donation to the foundation.
To register, visit the race’s Web site, click “Register Here,” select “Join a Team” and choose “Marquette University.” Cost to register is $25 for adults in the untimed event and $30 in the timed 5K run. Child costs are $20 and $25, respectively. The deadline to register for the team is Friday, Sept. 5. All participants will receive a T-shirt and race number to be distributed during the week of Sept. 22 (do not select to have your T-shirt mailed to you).
For $40 “participants” can sign up for “Sleep for the Cure” and stay home and sleep in, but still receive a T-shirt by mail after the race. It is one of the options when registering for the Marquette Team.
For more information, contact Jessica Payson at 8-3428.
13. Campus Ministry offering Sacramental preparation sessions
Campus Ministry will offer several sacramental preparation programs this year:
Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults is the process of the Catholic Church to welcome, inform, prepare and support individuals interested in becoming Catholic. The process runs through the very beginning of May. Interested individuals may sign up through Thursday, Sept. 18. Marquette community members who would like to learn more about becoming Catholic but without a commitment to signing up for RCIA can contact Steve Blaha, assistant director of Campus Ministry, for an appointment.
Catholic students who would like to receive the sacrament of Confirmation are invited to participate in the Campus Ministry Confirmation sessions that begin at the end of September. Confirmation takes place during the Easter season. Sign-up deadline is Thursday, Sept. 18.
Campus Ministry also provides information for engaged couples seeking to be married in the Catholic Church. Whether couples intend to get married locally or elsewhere, Campus Ministry can facilitate their preparation.
For more information, contact Steve Blaha at 8-3686.
14. Volunteers needed for Sample the City and service sign-ups
Sample the City has partnered with the Office of Student Development’s Fall Service Sign-Ups for students to learn about what Milwaukee has to offer them and how they can serve Milwaukee. Sample the City and Service Sign-ups will take place Thursday, Sept. 4, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the third floor of AMU.
To volunteer, e-mail Erin Lazzar, assistant to the vice president for student affairs, with your T-shirt size and availability between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 4.
15. Blood Drive to be held in Straz Hall
The Graduate School of Management and the College of Business Administration will hold a blood drive Thursday, Sept. 4, from noon to 5 p.m. in the first floor atrium of David Straz Jr. Hall. Schedule an appointment online and enter DRV0087643. Walk-ins are also welcome. Contact Dr. Jeanne Simmons, associate dean of the College of Business Administration/Graduate School of Management, at 8-7145 for more information.
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16. Suicide prevention walk planned
The student organization Active Minds is holding a Suicide Prevention Walk on Sunday, Sept. 7, at 7:30 p.m. to help raise awareness about mental illness and suicide prevention. The walk around campus will begin in front of Lalumiere Hall with an account from a survivor. There are no costs or registration for the walk. Donations will be accepted.
Contact Michael Mannarino for more information.
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17. Service at Marquette on display
Raynor Memorial Libraries has published a new digital image collection, Service at Marquette, which documents Marquette students’ long tradition of service projects, including Habitat for Humanity, Hunger Clean-up, the Marquette Action Program and MUCAP. From the 1960s through New Orleans hurricane relief efforts in 2006, the majority of the 150 photographs were taken by student photographers engaged in service projects. The collection is expected to grow and encompass an even wider range of service projects. Members of the community are invited to provide more information about the projects depicted or to donate additional images from similar projects.
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