1. Marquette Central open today; Undergraduate Admissions closed Monday

The offices of the Bursar, Financial Aid and Registrar are operating Marquette Central beginning today, Nov. 19, enabling students to access the services of the three offices in one centralized location.

The Office of Undergraduate Admissions will be closed Monday, Nov. 23, for its move into Zilber Hall, reopening Tuesday, Nov. 24, on first floor east of Zilber. The Office of the Senior Vice President will also move to Zilber on Monday but expects to remain operational. That office will be located on fourth floor east. Watch News Briefs for more information as the moves take place.

Marquette Central is located on the first floor of Zilber Hall, inside the entrance at 1250 W. Wisconsin Ave. Marquette Central provides 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 Office of the Registrar will close at 4:30 p.m. tomorrow, Nov. 20, and re-open at 8 a.m. Monday, Nov. 30. Staff will be unavailable during the move, however, many of the student services formerly accessed within the Office of the Registrar are now 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.

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2. Academic Senate approves new major, minors

The University Academic Senate this week approved a new major in STEM education and two new English majors.
 
The major, “science, technology, engineering and mathematics education,” will be limited to students in the Noyce Scholars program, a federally funded program that prepares students to teach in high-need middle and high schools. The education major will be in addition to a student’s primary major in one of the STEM fields.
 
The new English minors are in “literature of diverse cultures” and “writing intensive English.”

The senate also approved a concentration in economics for middle and secondary education as part of an economic major in the Klingler College of Arts and Sciences.
 
The University Board of Undergraduate Studies is examining a comprehensive approach to student academic dishonesty that is preventive. It is expected that a draft will be presented to the senate in spring 2010.
 
The Board of Graduate Studies is working with UBUS to develop a proposal for accelerated degree programs that would allow students to earn bachelor’s and master’s degrees within five years.

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3. H1N1 vaccine available; new priority groups added

Marquette Student Health Service will hold another H1N1 vaccine clinic in the AMU ballrooms Monday, Nov. 23, from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Please review the following important information about this clinic as a new priority groups have been added.

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

• Anyone, including healthy individuals, aged 18 to 24.

• People aged 25 to 64 with chronic medical conditions that put them at higher risk for influenza-like complications.

• Pregnant women.

• People who live with or care for infants aged less than 6 months (e.g., 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 would include 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.

Students or employees attending the H1N1 vaccine clinic on Nov. 23 must be prepared to present their MUID and indicate in which priority group they fall.

The H1N1 vaccine is offered at no cost. Individuals will be accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis while quantities last. 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 are changed.

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.

Seasonal flu vaccine is still available by calling SHS at 8-7184 for an appointment.
 
Anyone with flu-like symptoms should stay home from class, work or campus activities until he/she is fever-free for 24 hours.
 
For more information visit the SHS Web site.

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4. Way Klingler Faculty Development funds available

Applications for the Way Klingler Faculty Development Program grants are available. The program features awards intended to advance research and scholarship that was made possible through an $18 million donation by Helen Way Klingler announced in May 2004.

Way Klingler Fellowships are for full-time regular faculty at the associate or full professor rank who have potential for significant scholarship. Faculty will be nominated by academic deans or self-nominated with dean endorsement. Fellowships will be awarded in “science” and “humanities” categories. Science applicants are those with a track record of strong research funding whose research requires higher expense items such as equipment, supplies and research staff. Humanities applicants are those with national recognition for scholarship whose critical research requirements may be time, access to information and travel.

Two Way Klingler fellowships will be awarded in 2010, one in each applicant designated area of science and humanities. The science fellow will receive $50,000 annually for three years, and the humanities fellow will receive $20,000 annually for three years. The application deadline for submission by the deans is Jan. 19, 2010.

Way Klingler Young Scholar Awards support promising young scholars in critical stages of their careers. Up to four awards will be given for 2010-11 to full-time regular junior faculty in the three years following their third-year review. The awards of up to $32,000 are intended to fund $2,000 in operating cost and to cover up to 50 percent of salary to afford the recipient a one-semester sabbatical. The application deadline is Jan. 11, 2010.

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5. HRA questionnaires due Monday

Employees participating in the Marquette health insurance plan have until 11:59 p.m. Monday, Nov. 23, to complete the online health questionnaire for their health risk assessment. Employees who complete both parts of the HRA — biometric screening and the health questionnaire — receive a 5 percent discount for 2010 health insurance premiums. Additional information is available on the benefits Web site.

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6. Business Plan Competition accepting entries

The Kohler Center for Entrepreneurship is accepting submissions for its 2010 Business Plan Competition. At least one member of a team must be a Marquette student, faculty or staff member or an alumnus/a. The application deadline is Monday, Dec. 7.

Following the deadline, the submissions will be reviewed by a team of judges. The entrants accepted into the competition are then paired with an entrepreneurial mentor to develop a more in-depth plan. Workshops on business model development, plan refinement and presentation skills are held periodically throughout the competition. Fully developed plans will be reviewed by a panel of judges. The winners, who will be announced on April 12, 2010, will receive services, such as legal, accounting and public relations assistance.

For more information, contact Steve Laczniak, graduate assistant in the Department of Management, at 8-0673.

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7. Wind Ensemble performing free concert

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.

The concert is free and open to the public.

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8. AMUW holding Advent Luncheon Reflection

The Association of Marquette University Women will host its annual Advent Luncheon Reflection on Thursday, Dec. 3, at 11:30 a.m. in the Raynor Library Beaumier Suites.

Employees and their friends are invited to learn about AMUW activities and share in an Advent reflection led by Stephanie Russell, executive director of university mission and identity. A student exhibit created to honor the Centennial Celebration of Women at Marquette will also be previewed.
 
Cost is $18 and includes lunch. Register online, by e-mail or at 8-7441 by Wednesday, Nov. 25.

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9. Poster session and colloquy features faculty/student research

The Office of the Vice Provost for Research and the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs will host the Fifth Annual Forward Thinking Poster Session and Colloquy on Tuesday, Dec. 1, from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the AMU Ballrooms. Dr. Arthur Hefti, chair of the Committee on Research, will provide opening remarks.

Eight colleges and 16 departments are represented in 44 posters and two colloquy sessions about projects that will take place in the next 12 months.

The goal of the event is to celebrate and encourage faculty research that involves students.

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10. Depression/suicide walk tomorrow

The student group Active Minds will host a depression/suicide walk on Friday, Nov. 20, in support and remembrance of those affected by depression or suicide. The walk will begin at 6 p.m. at Lalumiere Hall, where ribbons will be passed out. Participants will have the opportunity to make a luminary for a loved one and are free to bring pictures or other materials to decorate them.

After the 15-20 minute walk around campus participants will return to Lalumiere, where the luminaries will be lit, for a short reflection time.

Donations will be accepted, which will benefit the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and Active Minds.

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11. Class reserves for spring semester available

Faculty who are teaching a class in spring semester can now make their class reserve requests. It may be possible to clone a class for the coming semester for faculty who recently taught the class(es) and had items in Ares. Contact the Raynor Memorial Library Reserve Desk at 8-7253 for more information.

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12. Column marshals needed for December Commencement

Faculty, staff and administrators are needed to be column marshals for mid-year Commencement, Sunday, Dec. 20, at the U.S. Cellular Arena. Column marshals are guides who lead the graduates, faculty, staff and stage party into the arena and escort them out after the ceremony.

Column marshals need to arrive at the arena at 8:30 a.m. The ceremony is expected to conclude at 11:30 a.m.

Contact University Special Events at 8-7431, for more information.

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13. Who are the most interesting December graduates?

The Office of Marketing and Communication is seeking stories about December graduates for possible use with area media. December graduates with unusual backgrounds; who overcame substantial obstacles in getting their degree; who will be doing something unusual after graduation; with recent exclusive awards, academic recognition, publications or scholarship; etc. are some ideas that would be appropriate.

What graduates do you know who have fascinating stories to tell? E-mail their names and plenty of details.

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14. 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 by Monday, Nov. 30.

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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15. Hybrid teaching projects to be presented

The Center for Teaching and Learning and the Instructional Media Center will host the project presentations of this semester’s hybrid teaching series that focuses on developing and teaching hybrid/blended courses. Project presentations will be 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Nov. 23 in Raynor 320H.

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 receive a certificate of completion. All requirements do not need to be met in one semester. The series is offered every semester. Space is limited.

Contact Dr. Dave Buckholdt, director of the Center for Teaching and Learning, at 8-0268, for more information.

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16. Breadwinner Scholarship Fund donations needed by Dec. 1

Marquette University Women’s Club is accepting donations for its annual Breadwinner Scholarship Fund/Holiday Card Plan through Tuesday, Dec. 1.

Funds benefit Marquette students who have lost their breadwinner parent during their undergraduate years and are in need of financial assistance to continue their studies. Since the funds were first awarded in 1980, more than 250 students have been aided by this fund.

MUWC asks employees to consider donating the money they would otherwise spend sending greetings to colleagues. Names of donors will then be included on the holiday card that will be sent to all employees and departments.

Donations are tax deductible and will be noted in University Advancement donor records.

Contact Debbie Bublitz, public affairs business manager, at 8-3213 for more information. Donations can be sent to Luba Aganina, university advancement office associate, Zilber Hall third floor.

Donors should indicate exactly how they would like their name(s) to appear on the card, within 25 characters.

Checks should be payable to Marquette University.

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17. Last chance for $7 massages

The Physical Therapy Department will host Massage-a-thon 2009 through tomorrow, Nov. 20, on the third floor of Schroeder Complex. The cost is $7 for every 15 minutes. Appointments can be made online. Walk-ins are welcome.

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18. MUTV producing new show about menís basketball team

MUTV is producing a new flagship show, Marquette Basketball Weekly, that follows the men’s basketball team. Every Friday new content is added, including exclusive interviews, features, game highlights and weekly thoughts from Coach Buzz Williams.

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19. Only one issue of News Briefs next week

Due to the Thanksgiving holiday, News Briefs will not be issued Thursday, Nov. 26. There will be a News Briefs newsletter on Monday, Nov. 23. The submission deadline for Monday is noon tomorrow, Nov. 20.

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