1. Marquette Central to open in Zilber Hall, providing centralized services for students

With their move into Zilber Hall, the offices of the Bursar, Financial Aid and Registrar will open Marquette Central on Thursday, Nov. 19, enabling students to access the services of the three offices in one centralized location.

Marquette Central is 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. Marquette Central will provide walk-in and phone service (8-4000) for students Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 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.

The offices of the Bursar and Student Financial Aid will close at 3 p.m. Monday, Nov. 16, and re-open as a part of Marquette Central at 8 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 19. Staff will be unavailable during the move.

The Office of the Registrar will close at 4:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 20, and re-open at 8 a.m. Monday, Nov. 30. Staff will be unavailable during the move, however, as of Thursday, Nov. 19, many of the student services formerly accessed within the Office of the Registrar will be provided at Marquette Central.

A new, previously announced identification procedure is also required for access to student records.

Current locations (and contact information) for employees and offices are listed in the online directory, which is updated with each Zilber move. The printed campus directory will be published at the beginning of second semester, when all the moves have been completed.

The Office of the Senior Vice President will be the next occupant of Zilber Hall, with the move tentatively scheduled to begin the week of Nov. 30. Watch News Briefs for more information as the moves take place.

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2. Benefits enrollment closes tomorrow

All employees who wish to add and/or modify benefits must do so through MyJob by the enrollment deadline, 11:59 p.m. Friday, Nov. 13. A benefits information packet was sent to employee homes in October.

Choices employees need to make include whether or not to participate in the individual medical, dental and vision insurance plans. If retaining the same coverage, employees do not need to change anything. However, employees electing to participate in the health insurance plan now need to provide covered dependents’ social security numbers, per new federal regulations.

Employees also need to choose whether or not to participate in a flexible spending account. Enrolling annually is required to participate.

Health plan participants who complete both parts of a health risk assessment — biometric screening and health questionnaire — receive a 5 percent discount for 2010 health insurance premiums. Call 1-877-765-3213 and press "1" to schedule an on-campus appointment. Appointments can be scheduled on campus through Friday, Nov. 20; the online health questionnaire must be completed by Monday, Nov. 23.

Additional information is available on the benefits Web site.

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3. Limited H1N1 vaccine available

Marquette Student Health Service has received 500 doses of the injectable H1N1 vaccine and will hold a clinic in the AMU ballrooms Monday, Nov. 16, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. 

In keeping with Wisconsin Division of Public Health guidelines, only students or employees who fall into priority groups will be eligible to receive the vaccine at this clinic, including:

• Pregnant women.

• People who live with or care for infants aged less than 6 months (parents, siblings, daycare providers or others working in child care settings).

•  Health care and emergency personnel who have direct contact with patients or infectious material. This includes students required to work in health care clinical settings as part of their academic programs. Most of these students were offered vaccinations earlier this fall.

• People 18 years of age or younger who have chronic medical conditions that put them at higher risk for influenza-like complications.

Students or employees attending the H1N1 vaccine clinic on Nov. 16 must be prepared to present their Marquette ID and indicate under which priority group they fall.

Individuals will be accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis while quantities last and are advised that wait times may be long.

SHS is in continued contact with state and local health authorities and will update the campus community as more vaccine is received or as guidelines for allocation change.

Members of the Marquette community that do not fit these current priority groups are encouraged to check with their local health departments or personal health care providers for vaccine availability.

SHS still has a limited amount of seasonal flu vaccine available. Call 8-7184 for a seasonal flu appointment.

As a reminder, anyone with flu-like symptoms should stay home from class, work or campus activities until they are fever-free for 24 hours.

For more information, visit the SHS Web site.

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4. Last chance to support annual Community Campaign

The sixth annual Marquette Community Campaign runs through tomorrow, 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 to 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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5. Symphonic band, jazz ensembles and wind ensemble performing free concerts

The Marquette Symphonic Band will present a concert Sunday, Nov. 15, at 2 p.m. in the Varsity Theatre, highlighted by selections from The Sound of Music to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Broadway show.

The Jazz Ensembles will present their fall concert Thursday, Nov. 19, at 7 p.m. in the Varsity Theatre. The concert will feature jazz standards from the swing era, as well as Latin, fusion and bebop styles.
The Wind Ensemble will perform its second concert of the year Sunday, Nov. 22, at 2 p.m. in the Varsity Theatre. The concert, “Landmark Works for Winds,” will include many of the most important works for wind band from the last century, including newer works from the Japanese school of composition and contemporary American composers.

Each concert is free and open to the public.

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6. Submit requests for fall 2009 review sessions and final exam classrooms

To reserve classroom space for fall 2009 review sessions held prior to exam week, Dec. 14 to 19, complete the online Ad-Hoc Classroom Reservation Request Form. This form must also be used for those who want to give their final exam in a classroom other than the one assigned. A 24-hour advance notice is needed for these requests.

Contact Annette Conrad, associate director of AMU, for more information.

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7. FACHEX deadline for children of employees is Dec. 10

The certification deadline for FACHEX eligibility for current high school seniors applying to other Jesuit colleges and universities is Thursday, Dec. 10. Each school has its own date for admission materials.

FACHEX (Faculty, Administrator, and Staff Children Exchange Program) is an undergraduate tuition remission program that allows dependents eligible for full tuition benefits at the “exporting” institution to apply for the same benefits at participating “importing” institutions. It was established by the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities in 1971 and continues under the sponsorship of the Chief Academic Officers’ Conference.

Complete the Parent Request for Certification and send it to Kimberly Newman, executive administrative assistant in the Office of the Provost. Guidelines are also posted online.

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8. International Education Week events begin with working abroad workshops

The Office of International Education will host Interactive Workshops on Working and Volunteering Abroad as part of International Education Week. Zahara Heckscher, author of How to Live your Dream of Volunteering Overseas, will present two workshops Monday, Nov. 16, focusing on working and volunteering overseas after graduation. The workshops begin at 6:30 p.m. in AMU 407. The event is sponsored by the Office of International Education and Career Services

Paul Wilkes, Jour ’60, will present “Passage to India: My Delayed Vocation," Monday Nov. 16, from noon to 1 p.m. in AMU 407. His new book, In Due Season: A Catholic Life, a reference to Psalm 1, reflects his journey while trying to find a personal vocation.  

Additional events will be held all week.
International Education Week is an opportunity to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide.

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9. Training for D2L available

A D2L training session for faculty will be held Monday, Nov. 16, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. in Raynor 320H. D2L users should be sure they are using a supported browser. Information about issues with Internet Explorer 8 is available online.

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10. Young Marquette community members to discuss vocations at dinner

Young Marquette community members who are new to their vocations will share their journey and advice at “Destination Dinner: My vocation … I’m just getting started” Monday, Nov. 16, at 6 p.m. in the AMU Lunda Room. Dinner will be provided.

Speakers include Rev. Phil Hurley, S.J., youth and young adult director, Apostleship of Prayer; Dorota Pruski, McCormick Hall minister; and Emily Schumacher-Novak, Manresa Coordinator for Liturgy, and her husband Greg, recently married alumni.

The event is sponsored by Manresa at Marquette.

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11. Electrical engineering colloquium Tuesday; chemistry’s cancelled

Dr. Hoachuan Jiang, principal engineer at GE Healthcare, will present “Ceramic Scintillators for Computed Tomography” for the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering colloquium Tuesday, Nov. 17, at 2 p.m. in Olin Engineering 120.

The Department of Chemistry’s colloquium that was announced in Monday’s News Briefs has been cancelled.

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12. Caring for parents support group, rosary recitation to held

The Caring for Aging Parents support group, facilitated by Rev. J.J. O'Leary, S.J., associate director of the Faber Center, will meet Tuesday, Nov. 17, at noon at the Faber Center for Ignatian Spirituality, Schroeder Complex 111, for employees caring for an aging parent or relative. No RSVP required.

Father O'Leary will also lead a recitation of the rosary Thursday, Nov. 19, at noon at the Faber Center. No RSVP is needed.

The Faber Center is also offering weekly reflections online, “Faber Takes Three!” focusing on justice and its intersection with spirituality. The reflections are offered by individuals throughout the university who come from different faith traditions and beliefs. This week's reflection is provided by Dr. Susan Mountin, director of Manresa for faculty.

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13. Public safety offering self-defense classes

The Department of Public Safety will hold a free self-defense class at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 18, in AMU 163.

The class incorporates national and local crime trends and a hands-on approach and effective techniques with simple strategies for escaping potentially dangerous situations for both males and females.

Register by calling DPS at 8-6800.

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14. Volunteers needed to serve Thanksgiving dinner

Faculty, staff and administrator volunteers are needed to serve a Thanksgiving dinner Thursday, Nov. 26, between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. in Cobeen dining room to students who are unable to go home for the holiday. Many of the 300 expected to attend the dinner are international students and their families.

The dinner is provided in memory of Rev. William McEvoy, S.J., who first provided this annual dinner for students during the 1950s in the basement of the Dental School. The dinner is sponsored by Campus Ministry with assistance from the Office of Residence Life and Sodexho Food Service.
Contact Sue Niemi, administrative secretary for campus ministry, at 8-3685 by Friday, Nov. 20, to volunteer.

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15. Free blood pressure screenings available

The Employee Wellness Program is holding a free blood pressure screening for university employees tomorrow, Nov. 13, from 10 a.m. to noon in AMU 254. No appointment is needed.

The next free blood pressure screening will be Monday, Nov. 30, in AMU 252.

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16. Electronic subscription to Business Journal of Milwaukee now available

Raynor Memorial Libraries now has a campus-wide electronic subscription to the Business Journal Serving Greater Milwaukee and its business journal “family” of 41 other metro area business papers. The new access is expected to be widely used by members of the campus community who research companies, industries and executives, as well as by students who are job prospecting.

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17. Submit orders for 2009 Marquette holiday cards

The Office of Marketing and Communication is offering holiday cards for purchase this Christmas season by campus departments and offices. The cards are pre-printed with a general greeting from Marquette and enough space for handwritten personal messages or signatures. Orders will be accepted until Dec. 4 or while supplies last.

Additional information, including images of the cards and how to order, is available online.

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18. Articles for Campus Connection requested

The Office of Student Development is accepting articles that highlight student events and programs for the spring edition of Campus Connection, an OSD semi-annual newsletter for students.

Submit materials by Nov. 23 to Jennifer Reid, student affairs communication director. Space is limited.

Campus Connection is published at the beginning of each semester.

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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. 18, Thursday, Nov. 19, and Friday, Nov. 20, 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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