- Rev. Andy Thon stepping down as VP of student affairs
- First forum for provost candidate is tonight
- Public Safety Alert update; safety forum tonight
- Education professor to discuss mental health services for children
- Positions available for summer Rynne Internship
- South Africa study abroad program still open for fall
- Registration appointment times available online
- Participants sought for Abrahamic religions conference
- “Explore the Majors” fair to be held for arts and sciences
- “Finding God in All Things” retreat registration available
- Soup with Substance addressing international service and justice
- Annex offering specials for BIG EAST basketball tournament
- Public Safety offering self-defense classes
- Photo contest sponsored by Hunger Clean-Up
- Register to vote for April 1 general election
- Marquette Interchange highlights for the week of March 10
1. Rev. Andy Thon stepping down as VP of student affairs
Rev. Andrew Thon, S.J., today said he will step down as vice president for student affairs at the end of the semester.
Father (Andy) Thon will take a year’s sabbatical to do some writing, including updating a monograph he authored in 1989, The Ignatian Perspective: The Role of Student Affairs in Jesuit Higher Education. During this time, he will also serve as president of the Jesuit Association of Student Personnel Administrators.
“Father Thon has had a huge impact on the administration of student affairs, not only at Marquette, but among our Catholic colleagues nationwide,” Marquette President Robert A. Wild, S.J., said. He cited Father Thon’s work on the writers’ group for the recently published Principles of Good Practice for Student Affairs at Catholic Colleges and Universities.
“Under Father Andy’s leadership, Marquette has dramatically increased the opportunities for service and leadership through our student organizations, which have more than doubled in number during his tenure,” Father Wild said. "He has a special gift for being able, year after year, to relate positively and effectively with our ever-changing undergraduate population."
After holding student affairs positions at Wheeling Jesuit College, UW-Madison and Seattle University, Father Thon came to Marquette as an assistant to the vice president for student affairs in 1989, became associate vice president in 1992 and was named vice president in 1997. He holds a Ph.D. in higher education administration from UW-Madison and master’s degrees in divinity from Regis College in Toronto and in guidance and counseling from Marquette. He serves on the Board of Trustees at both the University of Detroit-Mercy and Spring Hill College in Mobile, Ala.
Father Thon is proud of the increased number and scope of the programs, services and activities offered by the Division of Student Affairs, which provide a wide array of co-curricular learning experiences for students on Marquette's 24/7 campus. "I am especially grateful for the dedication of my staff and all those students who have contributed their time, efforts and talents to improving the quality of our campus life," he said. "One of my greatest joys is seeing the growth of our students during their years at Marquette — and what they do when they leave the university.”
During Father Thon's tenure as vice president, there have been substantial improvements in the residential aspect of student life, including the creation of the Office for University Apartments and Off-Campus Student Services, the building of Campus Town Phase V, the renovation of Straz Tower, and the opening of Abbottsford Hall. Father Thon himself has resided for the past 18 years in McCormick Hall, serving as hall minister and experiencing firsthand the lives and concerns of students.
Father Thon said he will take his time deciding what's next after his sabbatical, but the possibilities include writing, consulting and teaching opportunities in the area of student affairs.
Anne O’Brien, associate senior vice president, will coordinate the search process, which will include representatives from the Office of the Provost, the President’s Office, the Office of Student Affairs and MUSG.
2. First forum for provost candidate is tonight
The Provost Search Committee will hold open forums with each of the candidate finalists beginning today. The 90-minute forums are open to all members of the Marquette community.
• Monday, March 10, 5:30 p.m., AMU Ballroom C — Dr. Samuel Attoh, dean of the graduate school, Loyola University Chicago
• Tuesday, March 25, 5 p.m., Raynor Library Beaumier Conference Suites — Dr. Marek Dollár, dean of the School of Engineering and Applied Science, Miami University (Ohio)
• Thursday, March 27, 5 p.m., AMU Ballroom C — Dr. John Pauly, dean of the Diederich College of Communication, Marquette University
All members of the Marquette community are invited to submit comments about the candidates shortly after each forum. Video of each forum and comment forms will be posted at www.marquette.edu/provostsearch/.
• from 7 a.m. March 12 until 7 a.m. March 14 for Attoh
• from 7 a.m. March 27 until 7 a.m. March 29 for Dollár
• from 7 a.m. March 29 until 4:30 p.m. March 31 for Pauly
The availability of the links and comment forms coincides with the completion of each finalist's two-day interview schedule. The duration for each provides equal opportunity for viewing and feedback, although a slight adjustment is made for the last candidate given the weekend timeframe.
eMarq login information is needed to post comments. Comment forms are also available from Dr. Jeff Snell, special advisor to the president. Curriculum vitae and cover letters for each candidate are posted now, at www.marquette.edu/provostsearch/, for viewing.
In addition to the open forums, each candidate will also meet with various groups, including the deans, representatives of the Board of Trustees, the University Academic Senate, MUSG, the vice provosts and academic planning and management team members, and the vice presidents and administrative planning and leadership team members.
Dr. Patrick Carey, chair of the search committee, expects the committee will make recommendations to Marquette President Robert A. Wild, S.J., this spring so a new provost can be appointed and start in time for the 2008-09 academic year.
3. Public Safety Alert update; safety forum tonight
MUSG will host a safety forum tonight at 7:30 in the AMU first floor lobby. Public Safety Chief Larry Rickard and Milwaukee Police Department District 3 Captain James Harpole, among others, will be available to discuss safety resources and recent incidents.
The suspect taken into custody last week for the armed robbery of three Marquette students on Saturday, March 1, has been charged. The suspect remains in the Milwaukee County jail while police continue their search for a second known assailant. Police also continue to aggressively investigate the armed robberies that took place Wednesday morning, March 5. Anyone with information is urged to call Milwaukee Police at 414-935-7360.
Members of the Marquette community are reminded to make use of the university's safety resources, including the Department of Public Safety’s LIMO van service and the new LIMO Express shuttle, providing continuous looping service from Straz Tower Hall on the eastern end of campus to North 22nd Street. More than 350 students took advantage of the new service this past weekend. The LIMO Express will continue to run every night from 6 p.m. to 3 a.m.
The LIMO Express runs west on Wisconsin Avenue from North 9th Street to North 22nd Street, north to Wells Street, and then eastbound to the 11th Street “wiggle.” From there, the LIMO Express travels south to Wisconsin Avenue and then east to the entrance of Straz Tower Hall.
A Marquette University ID is required to ride. The white LIMO Express van will stop at all street corners to pick up riders. Students should stand at street corners on the north side of Wisconsin Avenue and the south side of Wells Street to wait for the van. Students may also flag down the van mid-block between North 13th and 16th Streets, as pedestrian safety allows.
The new LIMO Express is an additional safety resource offered by the Department of Public Safety and does not replace regular LIMO service, which will continue as usual to provide door-to-door service for any member of the Marquette community. Regular LIMO service runs nightly from 5 p.m. to 3 a.m. Early morning shuttle service is also available from 3 to 7 a.m.
For more information, contact Student Safety Program at 288-6363.
4. Education professor to discuss mental health services for children
Dr. Robert Fox, professor of counseling psychology in the School of Education, will present the first James R. Ryan Memorial Lecture to benefit the Penfield Children’s Center. He will discuss “Mental Health Services for At-Risk Children” at a luncheon Thursday, March 13, in the AMU.
Fox is director of the Behavior Clinic which, in partnership with Penfield, offers free mental health services for children who are experiencing significant behavior and emotional problems. Graduate students receive specialized training and gain supervised clinical experience working directly with the children and their families. The clinic also has an ongoing applied research program that regularly contributes new findings to the relatively new field of infant mental health.
The cost of the luncheon is $40. Contact Rebecca Peterson at 414-344-7739 to RSVP.
5. Positions available for summer Rynne Internship
The Marquette University Center for Peacemaking will accept applications for the “Rynne Internship: Summer Internship Grants for Marquette University Students” until 5 p.m. Friday, March 14.
The internship is intended to help students develop nonviolent skills by exposing them to career opportunities in peacemaking and connecting them with networks helpful to themselves and other Marquette students. The intern can design her/his own internship in some area of nonviolent peacemaking or choose from one of the 10 summer internships offered by the center.
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10. “Finding God in All Things” retreat registration available
Registration is now available to all undergraduate students for the “Finding God in All Things Retreat,” April 11 to 13. The retreat incorporates nature as the invitation to experiencing God.
Registration is open until April 8 or until the retreat is full. Cost is $45.
11. Soup with Substance addressing international service and justice
“Reflections on International Service and Justice Work: What Does It Mean?” will be the topic at Soup with Substance, tomorrow, March 11, at noon in AMU.
Aarti Bhatt of Watumishi, Adrienne Deporre of Hope in Tanzania and Ebba Hjertstedt of Global Medical Brigades will be guest speakers.
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12. Annex offering specials for BIG EAST basketball tournament
Free fan giveaways, half-time prizes, food specials and more will be available at the Annex at 16th and Wells for the first round of the men’s BIG EAST basketball tournament. The Golden Eagles take on Seton Hall at 8 p.m.
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13. Public Safety offering self-defense classes
The Department of Public Safety will offer free self-defense classes this semester, including hands-on techniques and national and local crime trends. The course is designed for both female and male audiences and incorporates simple strategies for escaping potentially dangerous situations.
Classes will be held at 5 p.m. tomorrow, March 11, in AMU Ballroom A, and April 1 in AMU Ballroom C.
Register by calling Public Safety at 8-6800.
14. Photo contest sponsored by Hunger Clean-Up
Hunger Clean-Up is sponsoring a photo contest for student photography relating to service, poverty, hunger and homelessness at the international, national and local levels. Spring break service trips may be a good opportunity to take photos for the contest.
More information will be available by e-mail and from Hunger Clean-up following spring break. More information about the contest will be available after spring break and by e-mail.
15. Register to vote for April 1 general election
Students who have not yet registered to vote can do so in advance of the Tuesday, April 1, general election. The registration deadline is Wednesday, March 12, after which students will have to register the day they vote.
Instructions are available online.
16. Marquette Interchange highlights for the week of March 10
• A crane will be moved across the ramp from eastbound I-94 to the northbound I-43/ Kilbourn exit Tuesday, March 11, between 3 and 6 a.m. This may cause brief, distant noise and lights east and south of Straz Tower.
• This winter’s weather has resulted in a banner year for pavement potholes, which can be reported for city streets at 286-CITY.
For more information, visit the Marquette Interchange update Web site.