— 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
- Update personal contact information in university records
- PrintWise users must install new print drivers
- Olympic Mania Week events run all week
- Express LIMOs begin running this week
- Liturgical Choir and music ministry auditions are this week
- Annual Notification of FERPA Rights
- Annex now carries Big 10 Network
- 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 the department offering the course, if unable to locate where a course is meeting.
5. Update personal contact information in university records
All students are strongly encouraged to update their personal contact information, including cell phone numbers, with the Office of the Registrar by Tuesday, Sept. 2.
The page includes explicit instructions for accessing Student Self-Service within CheckMarq. Log on to CheckMarq, enter the Student Center and select “Addresses” or “Phone Numbers” from the drop-down menu in the “Personal Information” section.
The information is used by university staff to contact students for university business or emergencies and also provides the database for the Campus Directory.
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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. Olympic Mania Week events run all week
MUSG presents Olympic Mania Week events to welcome students back to campus:
Tuesday, Aug. 26, 4-7 p.m. — Bydee Festival, Schroeder Field, with food, music and art, plus free T-shirts for the first 200 attendees.
Wednesday, Aug. 27, 9 p.m. — Iron Man outdoor movie night in Central Mall, with free popcorn. Bring your own blanket.
Thursday, Aug. 28, 1-4 p.m. — O-fest, in Central Mall, provides the opportunity to see the many ways to get involved at Marquette.
Friday, Aug. 29, 7:30 p.m. — The Second City Comedy Show in Weasler Auditorium
will feature improvisations, sketches and songs from The Second City’s 45-year history.
Friday, Aug. 29, 9 p.m. — Iron Man movie in Varsity Theatre.
Saturday, Aug. 30, 2 p.m. — Westowne Concerts by Ryanhood and Ross Copperman.
Saturday, Aug. 30, 8 and 11 p.m. — Iron Man movie in Varsity Theatre.
Sunday, Aug. 31, 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. — Six Flags Great America trip. Tickets are $25 in Brooks Lounge, AMU.
8. Express LIMOs begin running this week
Marquette’s Kilbourn and Wells Express LIMOS will begin running tomorrow, Aug. 26. The express LIMOs vary from the regular LIMO service in that white vans run a fixed route. The regular LIMOs are dark blue and provide door-to-door service.
The new Kilbourn Express will run eastbound on Wisconsin Avenue to northbound on 9th Street, westbound on Wells to 13th Street, westbound on Kilbourn to 23rd Street, west on Wells Street and south on 24th Street to Wisconsin Avenue.
The Wells Express that has been running since March 2007 will be extended two blocks north, from 22nd Street to 24th Street.
A map is available online.
Both express routes will run from 6 p.m. to 3 a.m.
9. Liturgical Choir and music ministry auditions are this week
Auditions for the Marquette Liturgical Choir, the choir heard at the Mass of the Holy Spirit, will be held Aug. 26 to 29. Sign up for an audition in Campus Ministry, AMU 236.
The Liturgical Choir is a 50-60 member ensemble that sings for the 4 p.m. Mass on Sundays at Gesu Church. The group also performs two annual concerts in addition to participating in retreats and other outreach opportunities. Rehearsals are Wednesdays from 5:15 to 7 p.m. All faiths and musical abilities are welcome.
Auditions for all new cantors and instrumentalists for the various campus Masses will also be held Aug. 26 to 29 in the Chapel of the Holy Family. Sign up in Campus Ministry, AMU 236. Pieces do not need to be prepared prior to the audition. New cantors must complete the audition process before attending Liturgical Minister Training in September.
For more information, contact Rachelle Kramer, assistant director of university ministry, at 8-3695.
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10. Annual Notification of FERPA Rights
Marquette University is required by federal law to notify all students of their FERPA (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act) rights at the beginning of each term.
Go online to review the annual FERPA notification and contact the Office of the Registrar, by e-mail, at 8-7034, or in Marquette Hall 310 for more information.
11. Annex now carries Big 10 Network
In addition to the NFL Sunday Ticket and 28 television screens, the Union Sports Annex also now carries the Big 10 Network in high definition.
The Annex is open Sunday from 11 a.m. to midnight; Monday to Wednesday from 4 p.m. to midnight; Thursday from 4 p.m. to 2 a.m.; and Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.
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12. 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.
13. 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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