1. Marquette to present Père Marquette Discovery Award

Marquette University will present the Père Marquette Discovery Award, the university’s highest honor, to the Little Rock Nine on Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2010.

The Little Rock Nine became an integral part of the fight for equal opportunity in American education when they dared to challenge segregation in public schools by enrolling at the all-white Central High School in 1957. Eight of the nine are expected to be present for the awards ceremony at 4 p.m. in the Varsity Theatre. Previous recipients of the Père Marquette Discovery Award are: Archbishop Desmond Tutu; Mother Teresa; the Apollo Seven astronauts; and theologian Karl Rahner.

The appearance of the Little Rock Nine extends the Centennial Celebration of Women at Marquette, as the university continues to recognize the importance of access to education. Check the Centennial Web site for more spring activities. Spring semester Centennial events replace the annual celebration of Mission Week.

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2. New identification procedures required for access to student records

In order to comply with FERPA (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act) regulations, students must be able to verify their identity when calling or visiting the offices of the Bursar, Financial Aid or Registrar for assistance. In person, students must provide a photo ID. Students calling for information by phone will need not only their MUID number but also a four-digit number, referred to as Marquette Central Access Number (MCAN); the MCAN is now available in a student’s CheckMarq account. The MCAN is initially assigned randomly, but students can change it via CheckMarq at any time.

If parents or others wish to talk with the offices of the Bursar, Financial Aid or Registrar by phone regarding student financial and enrollment information, they must now provide the MCAN and student MUID numbers to verify their right to access the student’s information. This information includes tuition, fees, financial aid and academic records, with the exception of the schedule of classes or any activity related to grades.

Students may still grant online access to their financial and academic records to parents or others following the guest access procedures outlined in CheckMarq. This enables parents or others to access information online 24/7.

Students should be careful about to whom they disclose their MCAN and/or MUID numbers, as personal information about their finances and academic records should be guarded.

Later this month, the offices of the Bursar, Financial Aid and Registrar will move to the new Zilber Hall. At that time, students will be able to access these services in one centralized location, called Marquette Central. Marquette Central will be located on the first floor of the building, inside the entrance at 1250 W. Wisconsin Ave. Staff members from the three offices have been cross-trained to respond to student questions about enrollment and financial services.

A Marquette Central Web site is in the Beta stage. Students and employees are encouraged to access the Beta site at http://demo.mu.edu/mucentral/ and offer suggestions.

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3. H1N1 Vaccine Update

Student Health Service has depleted its initial shipment of the H1N1 vaccine and is in contact with state and local health officials regarding a timeline for receiving more vaccine. Consistent with public health guidelines, students working in clinical health care settings were offered the first wave of vaccine; most eligible students were vaccinated if they chose to do so.

Marquette hopes to offer the vaccine to the broad student population through additional clinic offerings; however, this is dependent on future shipments. As supply of the vaccine fluctuates nationwide, this timeline is still uncertain. The CDC recently removed healthy 18- to 24-year-olds from its priority list until vaccine quantities are more stable, which could affect the timing of additional vaccine allocation to Marquette.

Students and employees with underlying medical conditions or who otherwise fall under CDC priority groups are also encouraged to check with local heath departments or their personal health care providers for vaccine availability.

All Marquette community members are reminded to stay home from class, work or campus activities if you become ill with flu-like symptoms, until you are fever-free for 24 hours. Check the Web site for continued updates.

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4. University conducts successful text message test

Marquette conducted a test of its text message system on Tuesday, resulting in 8,433 text messages being sent to the campus community. All members of the Marquette community with university-owned cell phones or who registered their own personal phones (students via CheckMarq and employees via MyJob) were to receive a test message and encouraged to report if they did not receive the message. Twenty-three individuals reported not receiving the message, but 16 had not entered their number into the system; IT Services is investigating the other seven. Another 104 numbers were not valid. Employees should verify their correct number through MyJob.

All faculty and staff with university-owned cell phones have been automatically enrolled in the system. Faculty and staff may also register their personal cell phone numbers in the “Personal Information” section of MyJob. Phone numbers are uploaded for the text messaging system regularly.

The university will use the text messaging system coordinated through the Department of Public Safety, in conjunction with other communication methods, when there is an imminent threat on campus. It will also be used in the event that severe weather causes class cancellations.

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5. Annual employee campaign benefits Marquette, United Way, UPAF

The sixth annual Marquette Community Campaign will run through Friday, Nov. 13. The campaign is the annual opportunity for Marquette employees to donate to the university’s Annual Fund — especially for scholarship aid; the United Performing Arts Fund, which assists performing arts organizations in southeastern Wisconsin; and United Way, which supports local health and human service programs. In addition to scholarship aid, employees can also contribute to other initiatives, including the law and engineering building funds, as part of the university's Annual Fund.

The university’s goal is raise at least $210,000 from faculty, staff and administrators. Employees can contribute by payroll deduction as well as by credit card, check or money order.

More information is available in the November issue of Marquette Matters.

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6. Printed paychecks and deposit statements to be discontinued

The university will discontinue providing printed paychecks and deposit statements to Marquette employees beginning Jan. 1, 2010, to help increase security and decrease costs. Affected employees will receive an e-mail today, Nov. 5, with more information.

Employees will still be able to view their pay statements through MyJob, as well as have access to more information and receive their statement sooner than through the paychecks and statements in their mailbox.

It costs money and resources for Marquette University to print, sort and distribute monthly checks and deposit statements. Electronic payments are also a more secure way of distributing payroll information because there are fewer people and fewer steps involved with providing that information.  

Employees who do not have direct deposit arranged with the Office of the Comptroller will need to do so by Nov. 30. For more information contact Julie Laubenstein, payroll manager, at 8-7264.

Employees who currently receive a printed paycheck or statement and would like to discontinue it sooner than Jan. 1 may do so by following the directions posted on the Office of the Comptroller’s Web site.

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7. Ethicist to discuss women and Catholic social teaching

Dr. Lisa Cahill, the J. Donald Monan, S.J., Professor at Boston College, will present “Justice for Women in Catholic Social Teaching,” today, Nov. 5, at 7 p.m. in the Varsity Theatre. The event is free and open to the public.

Cahill is past president of the Catholic Theological Society and the Society of Christian Ethics. Her areas of special interest are method in theological ethics, especially in the Roman Catholic national law tradition; use of scripture in ethics; ethics of sex and gender; medical ethics; and history of Christian ethics.  

Cahill’s visit is part of the Gathering Points lecture series, co-sponsored by Marquette University’s Office of Mission and Identity and Gesu Parish.

The Cahill lecture is part of Marquette’s Centennial Celebration of Women.

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8. Adya, Oswald presenting gender research

Dr. Monica Adya, associate professor of management, and Dr. Debra Oswald, associate professor of psychology, will discuss their current research and the state of gender research in their discipline Wednesday, Nov. 11, at noon in Raynor Library Beaumier Suite A. Faculty and graduate students are invited to attend.

Adya will address “Women at Work: Individual and Cultural Factors that Influence Experiences” and Oswald “Women Succeeding in Math: Individual Differences and Contextual Factors.” The program is part of the “Conversations on Women and Research” session in a series of informal, noon-hour discussions hosted by Raynor Memorial Libraries in honor of the Centennial Celebration of Women. Each session will feature two faculty members discussing their current research and the state of gender research in their discipline.

RSVP to Susan Hopwood, outreach librarian, at 8-5995. Space is limited. A light lunch will be provided. The series is sponsored by Raynor Memorial Libraries and Women's and Gender Studies.

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9. Rev. Prakash to discuss human rights in India

Rev. Cedric Prakash, S.J., Wade Scholar, will present “Human Rights in Gujarat, India” Wednesday, Nov. 11, from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. in Sensenbrenner Hall, Eisenberg Memorial Hall.

Father Prakash will discuss the historical and political circumstances that contribute to the long-standing abuse of religious minorities in Gujarat. He will also discuss his own advocacy on behalf of religious minorities and the kinds of pressure the international community can bring to eradicate discrimination.

RSVP online.

This event is sponsored by the Law School and the departments of Political Science and Theology.

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10. Alumnus Paul Wilkes to speak

Author Paul Wilkes, Jour ’60, will speak at several events next week:

• Monday, Nov. 16, at noon, AMU 407 — Soup with Substance, “Passage to India: My delayed vocation” about Wilkes’ work in India with the Home of Hope Orphanage, over a free lunch of soup and bread.

• Monday, Nov. 16, at 4 p.m. in Cudahy 001 — “The Unlikely Making of a Catholic Writer” about his journey as a professional journalist, followed by a reception and book signing.

• Tuesday, Nov. 17 at 7 p.m. in AMU 252 — “Transforming the lives of street kids in India” in which Wilkes and Rev. Cedric Prakash, Wade Scholar, discuss their experiences and work with children from different regions in India.

The programs are co-sponsored by Manresa, Diederich College of Communication, College of Nursing, Department of Theology, College of Education, Campus Ministry, and the Office of International Education.

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11. Submit scholarly accomplishments to Compendium

Faculty and staff with 2009 professional accomplishments, such as publications, presentations and awards, should make sure they’re documented on the university’s News From You online resource.

Accomplishments that have occurred since June 2009 that did not appear in the summer issue of Compendium will be used to compile the next issue of Compendium, which will be distributed at the beginning of second semester. Those accomplishments are also posted on Marquette’s research Web page.

Compiling these faculty accomplishments is an excellent way to let the campus community know about the great research taking place at Marquette and to allow fellow faculty to see opportunities for cross-disciplinary collaboration. The online listing also allows external Web search access to faculty accomplishments.

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12. Class reserves for spring semester now available

Faculty who are teaching a class in spring semester may now make their class reserve requests. Contact the Raynor Memorial Library Reserve Desk at 8-7253 for more information.

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13. University Advancement Gift Services now in Zilber Hall

Now that University Advancement Gift Services has relocated to Zilber Hall, gifts received by university employees should be sent/brought to Zilber 327.

Checks should not be sent in interoffice envelopes.

For more information, contact Michelle Ness, gift services assistant, at 8-8432.

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14. Workshop offered for instructional design and blogging

The Center for Teaching and Learning and the Instructional Media Center are offering “Instructional design, blogging and learning communities” Monday, Nov. 9, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. in Raynor 320H.

The workshop is part of a hybrid teaching series that focuses on developing and teaching hybrid/blended courses. Hybrid courses combine classroom-based and online teaching and learning. A goal of the workshop series is for each participant to prepare an instructional module for use online this coming spring semester. Faculty who attend the six workshops and prepare an online module will receive a certificate of completion. All requirements do not need to be met in one semester. The series will be offered every semester. Space is limited.

Project presentations will be 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 23 in Raynor 320H. Register with Dr. Dave Buckholdt, director of the Center for Teaching and Learning, at 8-0268.

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15. "Using social network tools" to be presented

The Center for Teaching and Learning and Information Technology Services will present “Using social networking tools in teaching” Wednesday, Nov. 11.

The presentation is part of a D2L e-teaching workshop series focusing on a variety of course design and multimedia resources to enhance teaching in D2L. A certificate is presented to participants who complete all seven sessions. The e-teaching workshops are offered every semester, so it is not necessary to attend all seven sessions in one semester.

Additional sessions this semester will include:

Dec. 2 — Emerging technologies
Dec. 9 — Project presentations of D2L enhanced courses

All sessions are in Raynor Library 320H, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Register with Dr. Dave Buckholdt, director of the Center for Teaching and Learning, or Jon Pray, associate vice provost for educational technology.

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16. Senior speaker nominations due Nov. 16

Nominations for senior speaker at December graduation are now available for eligible seniors interested in speaking at graduation. Nominations are due Monday, Nov. 16.

For more information e-mail Ryan Michaels.

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17. Scott Walker to speak on campus this weekend

Milwaukee County Executive and gubernatorial candidate Scott Walker will speak Sunday, Nov. 8, at 7 p.m. in AMU 252. Walker will discuss his vision for Wisconsin and take questions.

The program is sponsored by Marquette’s College Republicans.

E-mail for more information.

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18. Software engineer to present colloquium

Dr. Mark Palmer, lead software engineer at American Superconductor Corporation, will present “Integration of Inverters for Reactive Compensation Solutions” for the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering colloquium Tuesday, Nov. 10, at 2 p.m. in Olin Engineering 120.

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19. TIAA-CREF representatives available for financial counseling

TIAA-CREF consultants will be available to faculty and staff for individual and confidential financial counseling sessions Wednesday, Nov. 11, Thursday, Nov. 12, and Friday, Nov. 13, from 9:30 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. in AMU 233. The session can include overall financial advice, asset allocation, retirement income options, diversifying financial portfolios and learning about mutual funds, brokerage, life insurance and annuities.

Call 1-800-842-2005, ext. 255674, to schedule an appointment.

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