1. Freshman experience task forces start work in January

Eight task force groups are being formed to review the results of the freshman experience survey in which employees and students recently participated. The Office of the Provost and the Division of Student Affairs are working with the Foundations of Excellence project of the Policy Center on the First Year of College, Asheville, N.C., to develop a plan of action for campus-wide improvement.
Marquette’s faculty/staff survey response rate was 64.4 percent and the response rate for students was 56.3 percent.
The task forces, which will begin their work in January 2009, and their chairs are:

All Students — Mary Janz, associate dean for residence life
Assessment — TBD
Faculty — Dr. Jim Marten, chair and professor of history
Diversity — Dr. Terry Miller, director of international education
Learning — Dr. Scott Reid, Wehr professor of chemistry
Organization — TBD
Roles and Purposes — Dr. Stephen Saunders, associate professor of psychology
Transitions — Dr. Kris Ropella, chair and professor of biomedical engineering

Marquette is one of 20 four-year institutions participating in a comprehensive, campus-wide self-assessment of the first-year college experience during the 2008-09 academic year.
Task force chairs will work together to identify a comprehensive first-year vision. Deans, directors and other supervisors have recommended task force members. Others interested in serving on a task force, including students, should contact Tina Rodriguez, office associate, Office of the Provost, at 8-8030.

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2. Students can give guest access to grades and accounts

Beginning Wednesday, Dec. 17, students will be able to create guest accounts on CheckMarq to provide access for parents, guardians and others to view their grades, bursar account and financial aid information. Students, at their discretion, may share the login information for their guest account with anyone they choose. Students control the access and the password and can change them at any time. Log in to CheckMarq to set up guest access.

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3. Free desserts provided at study break

The Ethnic Alumni Association is sponsoring a study break with free desserts and beverages Wednesday, Dec. 10, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in AMU 252. Call Alumni Relations at 8-4767 for more information.

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4. Haggerty Museum to host Robert Rauschenberg print exhibition

The Patrick and Beatrice Haggerty Museum of Art will host an exhibition of prints, Whatever is There is a Truth: Robert Rauschenberg’s Prints, by postwar American artist Robert Rauschenberg from Friday, Dec. 12, through Oct. 4, 2009.
Rauschenberg was widely regarded as a principal bridge between abstract expressionism in the 1950s and pop art in the 1960s, working in a variety of disciplines and media including printmaking, painting, sculpture, photography, dance, technology and performance art. Rauschenberg revolutionized the art of printmaking by combining printmaking methods such as lithography and serigraphy within the same print, producing an effect of the spontaneous stroke in contrast to the precision of a photographic image.

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5. Students needed for Hunger Clean-Up planning committees

The Office of Student Development's Center for Community Service is seeking student leaders for the planning team for Hunger Clean-Up, Marquette’s largest one-day service project, Saturday, April 18, 2009. Opportunities include publications, graphic design, fundraising, external communications, logistics and public relations. More information is available online.

Applications are due Friday, Jan. 23, 2009.

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6. Sorority formal recruitment runs through Jan. 22

Registration for sorority formal recruitment is open until Thursday, Jan. 22, 2009. Students must have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher to participate. Registration, upcoming events and additional information are available online.

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7. Bring back formal wear for Snowball Dance

Students are reminded to bring back their formal attire after the winter break for the annual Winter Flurry Snowball Dance Saturday, Jan. 17. The theme for this year’s Winter Flurry week, Jan. 12-17, is “Vegas, baby!” Events include Casino Night, a Vegas movie, Spotlight Talent Show, Comedy Night, Late Night and the Annual Snow Ball.

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