1. University will be closed for Christmas and New Year

Marquette will be closed Dec. 24-26 to observe the Christmas holiday, as well as Jan. 1 and 2 for the New Year’s holiday.

Departments and services with special hours of operation include:

Alumni Memorial Union
Dec. 23 — 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Dec. 24 to 28 — closed (Spirit Shop open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 28)
Dec. 29 to 31 — 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Jan. 1 to 4 — closed (Spirit Shop open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Jan. 1 and 4)

IT Services Help Desk
Dec. 23 — 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Dec. 24 to 28 — closed
Dec. 29 to 31 — 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Jan. 1 to 4 — closed

Raynor Memorial Libraries
Dec. 23 — 7:45 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Dec. 24 to 28 — closed
Dec. 29 and 30 — 7:45 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Dec. 31 — 7:45 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Jan. 1 to 4 — closed

Union Sports Annex
Dec. 23 to 27 — closed
Dec. 28 — 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Dec. 29 to 30 — closed
Dec. 31 — 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Jan. 1 — 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Jan. 2 — closed

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2. Services held for Marquette student

Kyle Vanderbroek, a junior in the College of Business Administration, died unexpectedly Dec. 13. Funeral services are Friday in Marietta, Ga. An on-campus memorial service will be planned at the beginning of second semester.
Kyle is survived by his parents, Mark and Kathy; sisters, Lauren and Lindsay; other family and friends. Expressions of condolence may be sent to:

Mark and Kathy Vanderbroek and Family
2042 Kinsmon Drive
Marietta, GA 30062

Please remember Kyle, his family and friends in prayer.

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3. Monitor university communications for weather closings

In the event of a weather-related closing tomorrow or any day, students, faculty and staff will be notified by e-mail and, for those registered, by text messaging or twitter. Local media would be notified of any closing, and Marquette.edu would also post information.

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4. Campus Ministry and the Faber Center offering silent retreat

Campus Ministry and the Faber Center for Ignatian Spirituality will provide a directed retreat Sunday, Jan. 4, to Friday, Jan. 9, at the Jesuit Retreat House in Oshkosh. This five-day silent retreat allows Marquette community members to form a retreat for their own personal reflection, along with daily meetings with a spiritual director.

The cost is $200 for employees. Register by Friday, Dec. 19. Space is limited.

For more information, e-mail Craig Zimmer, assistant director of campus ministry; or Mike Hogan, director of the Faber Center.   

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5. Assessment data and student values to be presented

The Manresa Project will host “Who Are Our Students?” Thursday, Jan. 8, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in AMU Ballroom A and B for interested employees who work closely with students. Dr. Ed de St. Aubin, associate professor of psychology; Jodi Rusch Blahnik, counselor in the Counseling Center; and Dr. Peggy Bloom, vice provost for undergraduate programs and teaching, will present summary data from the Manresa student survey conducted last spring, as well as assessment data on student values. Lunch will be provided.

Register with Barbara DeYoung, administrative assistant for Manresa Project, at 8-0263 by Tuesday, Dec. 30. Space is limited.

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6. FSA expenses need to be incurred by end of year

Employees with unused funds in their 2008 health care or dependent care flexible spending account need to submit their receipts and reimbursement forms to EBC, Marquette’s third-party FSA administrator, by March 31, 2009. Participating employees have a 90-day run-out period to submit claims for expenses they incurred in 2008. Expenses must have been incurred in calendar 2008 to be reimbursed from this year’s balance.

Employees who re-enrolled in the health care FSA for 2009 also get a 2 1/2 month grace period as an extension to the 2008 plan year, giving participants additional time (through March 15, 2009) to incur eligible expenses and get reimbursements from the funds they contributed in 2008. (The grace period does not apply to the dependent care FSA.) EBC will automatically verify this for employees. Any FSA funds from the 2008 calendar year not used by March 15, 2009, are forfeited.

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7. New computational science specialization described online

The new master’s and Ph.D. specialization in computational science announced last week will draw upon mathematics, statistics and computer science. Computational scientists use and develop techniques to solve scientific and engineering problems for industry, research laboratories and higher educational institutions. Interdisciplinary coursework and research will focus on theoretical and applied concepts.

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8. Update “out of office” reminders during absences

Faculty, staff and administrators who will be out of the office over the holidays, and any other time of year, are encouraged to send automatic e-mail replies to incoming e-mail messages and record an out-of-office greeting for telephone calls or forward incoming e-mails and voicemails to a colleague.

Visit IT Services’ Out of Office Web site for more information.

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