1. Dean of engineering to retire in June 2010

Stan Jaskolski, Opus Dean of Engineering at Marquette University, has announced his intention to retire, effective June 30, 2010, or until a successor is named.
Jaskolski, 70, told engineering faculty and staff at a back-to-school meeting this afternoon that he will continue to focus his attention on raising funds for the college’s planned $100 million Discovery Learning Complex, as well as scholarships and faculty chairs. He cited a desire to spend more time with his wife Cindy and his family and his health as reasons for his decision.

During his six years as dean, Jaskolski has raised more than $100 million, including more than $60 million for the planned new engineering facility; $15 million for endowed chairs in construction engineering and management, engineering design and renewable and sustainable energy; and $25 million for scholarships.

“Stan is a superstar. His compelling vision for the future of engineering education has inspired alumni, foundations and industries to support our College of Engineering in an amazing way,” Marquette President Robert A. Wild, S.J., said. “His experience in both academia and industry helps him connect the world of research and scholarship to our urgent need as a human community for practical solutions to societal problems.”

Marquette Provost John Pauly said a search would begin immediately for Jaskolski’s successor. “We will look for someone who can continue along the path Stan has set,” he said.

The full announcement is available online.

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2. Mass of the Holy Spirit, Welcome Back Picnic are Sunday

Marquette President Robert A. Wild, S.J., invites the Marquette community to celebrate the beginning of the academic year at the Mass of the Holy Spirit on Sunday, Aug. 30, at 4 p.m. in the Church of the Gesu. The 19th annual All-University Welcome Back Picnic will follow in Central Mall from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. The event will take place rain or shine. Casual dress is appropriate. No registration is necessary.

For more information or for special needs, call University Special Events at 8-7431.

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3. McCabe Hall to be dedicated Sept. 2

McCabe Hall, 706 N. 17th St., Marquette’s newest residence hall, will be dedicated Wednesday, Sept. 2. The gathering is to begin at 4:30 p.m. with the program beginning at 4:45 p.m. Marquette President Robert A. Wild, S.J., will provide remarks and unveil the hall plaque with Courtney Sampson, McCabe Hall R.A., who will also speak. Douglas Leonhardt, S.J., McCabe Hall chaplain, will provide the blessing. Tours and light refreshments will be provided.

A sneak preview of McCabe for employees will be held tomorrow, Aug. 25, from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. RAs will give tours of student rooms and activity space.

The eight floors of McCabe feature 91 double and triple rooms with private bathrooms and many original architectural details. The ground level includes a lobby with two large-screen televisions, chapel, rec room, hall store, computer lab, kitchenette and conference room.

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4. Libraries launch new search engine

The campus libraries have launched an all-new search engine and platform for their catalog, MARQCAT. The new interface offers a Google-style keyword search box and other search and display features. The key innovation is the catalog’s added ability to retrieve items in library digital collections — digital archives, the institutional repository and e-journals, allowing for discovery across the breadth of campus collections.

The catalog remains accessible via the “Library Catalog” tab on Raynor Memorial Libraries’ home page.

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5. Law School and library changing building access

Beginning Wednesday, Aug. 26, the Marquette Law School and Law Library will change their building access policy to ensure more security for students and faculty and reflect the policies that will be in effect when Eckstein Hall opens. After 9 p.m. only Marquette faculty, staff and students with a Marquette photo ID will be allowed on the premises. Other patrons will be asked to leave at that time.  

Contact Kelly Wolfe, law library assistant, at 8-3794 for more information.

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6. Annex beginning new wings menu today

The Union Sports Annex reopens for the fall semester today, Aug. 24, with a new World of Wings Café & Wingery menu featuring chicken wings and daily specials Monday to Sunday.  

The entire Union Sports Annex is now smoke-free until 9 p.m. daily. The change has been made to allow evening diners to enjoy a smoke-free environment while using the restaurant, bowling center and court.

7. Blood drive to be held Sept. 3

The Graduate School of Management will host a blood drive with the BloodCenter of Wisconsin on Thursday, Sept. 3, from noon to 5 p.m. in the Straz Hall first floor atrium.

Appointments can be scheduled online with the code DRV0093859.

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8. Reconstruction of State Street begins tomorrow

Work to rebuild State Street between 17th and 27th streets in Marquette’s off-campus neighborhood will begin tomorrow morning, Aug. 25, when traffic is shifted from two lanes to one. Under the first phase of the project, which is being coordinated by the Wisconsin Department of Transportation using federal economic stimulus act funding, the northern lane of State Street (westbound) will be closed. Traffic will be maintained at all times using the eastbound (southern side) of State Street.
Work on the north lane, which begins at 27th and works east to 17th, is scheduled for completion in early November. In April, a second phase will include the removal and replacement of the eastbound lane (weather permitting). Two-way traffic will again be maintained at all times using the newly completed westbound lane. The second phase will be completed by July.
Members of the community are reminded to use caution around this active construction site.

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9. Celebrating Women at Marquette In Loco Parentis: Acceptable Behavior in the Age of Eisenhower

In 1909, Marquette became the first Catholic university in the world to offer coeducation as part of its regular undergraduate program. To help honor the centennial, a year-long series of historical notes highlighting turning-point moments and figures in Marquette’s collaborative past begins today in News Briefs. A new note will be featured each week on the Centennial Celebration of Women Web site.

Up this week: Curfews, chaperones and codes of conduct — these were the governing precepts of Marquette student life during the 1950s. Like many schools and colleges, Marquette operated under the principle of in loco parentis. This philosophy allowed colleges to undertake the functions and responsibilities of parents and control students’ daily lives, inside and outside the classroom. 

Want to know more? Go to the Centennial Celebration of Women Web site.

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