1. All-University Prayer Service to be held in Westowne Square

President Robert A. Wild, S.J., and the Marquette Board of Trustees will host the All-University Centennial Prayer Service, as part of the Centennial Celebration of Women at Marquette, Thursday, Sept. 24, at 11:30 a.m. in Westowne Square. In case of rain, the service will be relocated to the AMU, Chapel of the Holy Family. For more information or for special needs, call 8-7431.

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2. Application for teaching enhancement award extended to Oct. 19

The Committee on Teaching has extended the application deadline for the 2009-2010 Way Klingler Teaching Enhancement Awards to noon, Monday, Oct. 19, 2009.

This annual award is given to a team of two or more faculty to develop, implement and evaluate a specific teaching project. One award of up to $20,000 will be given to the selected project team for one fiscal year. The award fosters the development of sustainable changes and innovations in teaching approaches within specific courses or clusters of courses.

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3. Sick leave procedures being revised

In following the recommendations for the Centers for Disease Control regarding flu outbreaks this fall, the HR Department has revised UPP 4-06 Attendance Non- Faculty Employees and UPP 4-08 Sick Leave.  

The CDC guidance is that employees with flu-like symptoms “should stay home for at least 24 hours after a fever is gone and avoid contact with other people.” Because most people with the flu will recover in three to five days without seeing a medical provider, the university is suspending the physician’s release requirement in UPP 4-06 and UPP 4-08 through the end of the 2010 spring semester to better accommodate an employee’s return to work following recovery from the flu.

Employees should call a health care provider if they cannot take care of themselves or a loved one at home, or if they or a family member have a high fever with shaking chills, coughing that produces thick mucous, shortness of breath or trouble breathing or a worsening of an existing medical condition.

UPP 4-08 is being revised to allow employees who have available sick leave to use sick time to care for a flu-stricken immediate family member without the requirement of qualifying for Family Medical Leave. This revision will be in effect through the end of the 2010 spring semester. The university’s attendance policy will remain in place, and employees would still be subject to existing attendance standards with regard to the use of sick time.

For additional information, consult the HR Web site or call 8-7305.

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4. Seasonal flu shots now available

Seasonal influenza vaccines will be available to the Marquette community Tuesday, Sept. 22, and Wednesday, Sept. 23, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in AMU 252, and at Shoo the Flu (with pneumonia vaccines), Oct. 26 and 27, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., in the AMU ballrooms. No appointment is necessary. Seasonal flu shots cost $30 (EPO reimbursement at 100 percent and PPO reimbursement at 80 percent, by year’s end). Medicare part B and Medicaid will also be accepted. Pneumonia shots will cost $45 (no insurance reimbursement). Cash and checks will be accepted.

The Marquette Neighborhood Health Center is providing seasonal flu vaccines (shots or nasal spray) from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays at 1834 W. Wisconsin Ave. The seasonal flu shot is available to anyone two years of age and older. Cost is $40 for those without insurance. MNHC will bill MU insurance, which will cover the cost (no co-pay) and may be able to bill other insurance providers, as well. Call 933-9100 for a same-day appointment.  

Student Health Service is offering the seasonal flu vaccine for employees and students in the lower level of Schroeder Complex and will administer the vaccine at sites across campus beginning Oct. 1. Cost is $25. Cash, check, Mastercard/Visa and MU Cash are accepted. Student Health Service is unable to do third party billing; however, a receipt will be provided that can be submitted to insurance carriers. Call 8-7184 to schedule an appointment.

The vaccine for the H1N1 influenza is not yet available, but the university will continue to update the campus community with information when it is. For more information, see the Student Health Service Web site.

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5. Career Services Center holding open house, Career Fair

The Career Services Center will hold an open house tomorrow, Sept. 18, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in Holthusen, first floor. The open house will include tours and an introduction to the range of services that the Career Services Centers offer to students, as well as free food and giveaways.

The Career Services Center will also sponsor a Career Fair Sept. 22-24 in the AMU Ballroom for sophomores and juniors to find internships and for seniors to seek full-time, post-graduate positions. About 150 companies will attend. Faculty and staff are welcome.

• Tuesday, Sept. 22, 4 to 6 p.m. — post-graduate career fair
• Wednesday, Sept. 23, 4 to 8 p.m. — non-technical career fair
• Thursday, Sept. 24, 4 to 8 p.m. — technical career fair

Faculty are also invited to a buffet dinner between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m.

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6. New marketing campaign for scholarship aid launched

Marquette has launched a new marketing campaign for scholarship fundraising, part of an ongoing effort to increase the financial aid resources available to current and incoming students. Scholarship funds help to make the dream of a Marquette education a reality for deserving students of limited means but with outstanding academic and human potential. Approximately 85 percent of current Marquette undergraduates receive some form of financial aid. 

For more information visit www.GiveMarquette.com

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7. $713,000 saved through Renewal Task Force

The Renewal Task Force, whose purpose is to improve quality and provide better service to the Marquette community beyond normal reallocation and re-engineering, identified savings of $713,000 in fiscal 2009. Since fiscal 1999, the rolling total of funds reallocated through cost saving initiatives exceeds $67 million.

Some cost-savings projects from 2009 included removing phones in the residence hall rooms; online course evaluations; scrutinizing and revising purchasing contracts; and improved campus safety efforts resulting in casualty insurance premium savings.

All members of the university community can help reduce campus expenses and reallocate resources by submitting ideas to the Renewal Task Force.

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8. Marquette recognized for Eckstein Hall groundbreaking

Marquette recently received a 2009 Circle of Excellence Award from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education for its planning and execution of the Eckstein Hall groundbreaking, which took place May 22, 2008. There were more than 2,800 entries into the CASE competition from nearly 700 institutions. Marquette was one of 183 schools to receive an award.

University Advancement, University Special Events and the Law School organized the groundbreaking event.

The event included a complimentary picnic lunch for approximately 800 guests. Following the program, shovels were provided to all the guests to break the ground on Tory Hill. Shovels were then donated to the Milwaukee Urban Gardens, The Urban Ecology Center and Milwaukee County Parks.

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9. Biomedical engineering seminar tomorrow

The Department of Biomedical Engineering will host Dr. Margaret Samyn, associate professor of pediatric cardiology, for a seminar at noon tomorrow, Sept. 18, in Olin Engineering Center 202. Samyn will present “Cardiac MRI: Considerations for Biomedical Engineers.”

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10. Law School to hold information session

The Law School will host an information session for prospective students tomorrow, Sept. 18, at 12:30 p.m. in Sensenbrenner 210. The session will provide information about admissions and financial aid, curriculum, intellectual and student life. A brief tour of the Law School will be led by a current law student. No registration is necessary.

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11. Training for D2L available

A D2L training session for faculty will be held Wednesday, Sept. 23, from 9 a.m. to noon in Raynor 320H.
D2L users should be sure they are using a supported browser. Information about issues with Internet Explorer 8 is available online.

Additional sessions will be held in Raynor 320H:

• Wednesday, Oct. 21, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
• Monday, Nov. 16, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

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12. Diversity Advocate Network orientation is Wednesday

The Division of Student Affairs Diversity Committee will host a Diversity Advocate Network orientation Wednesday, Sept. 23, from 10 a.m. to noon in the Raynor Library Beaumier Suites.

The Diversity Advocate Network consists of more than 80 faculty, staff and administrators who support, mentor and advocate for students from underrepresented groups on campus.

RSVP to Heidi Vering, coordinator of disability services, at 8-1645 by Monday, Sept. 21.

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13. Faber retreat is especially for busy people

The Faber Center for Ignatian Spirituality will host a Retreat for Busy People beginning from 12:15 p.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 23, in the AMU, Chapel of the Holy Family.

Register by Monday, Sept. 21.

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14. Open lab hours available to practice foreign languages

The Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures is hosting open lab hours for Marquette community members who would like to practice a world language through a virtual language exchange in Lalumiere 130. Open hours are:

• Tuesdays, 4 p.m. to 5:45 p.m.
• Wednesdays, 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.
• Thursdays, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
• Fridays, 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. 

A lab assistant will be available to help train individuals in software and help them to search for a virtual language-learning partner in another country.

For more information, contact Colleen Coffey or Janet Banhidi, adjunct instructors of foreign languages and literatures.

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15. Sexual Violence Awareness Week includes picnic, movie screening

Sexual Violence Awareness Week 2009: Creating a Campus that Cares will run next week, Sept. 20-24. Events include a kick-off picnic and rally; the O’Donnell Hall Teeter-Totter marathon; a movie screening and discussion of The Greatest Silence: Rape in the Congo; a panel discussion on rape culture; Soup with Substance; and keynote speaker Todd Denny.

For more information about Sexual Violence Awareness Week contact the Center for Health Education and Promotion at 8-5217.

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16. Rowing teams competing in Milwaukee River Challenge this weekend

Marquette’s men’s and women’s varsity rowing teams will compete in the Milwaukee River Challenge, Saturday, Sept. 19, beginning at 9 a.m. Marquette will compete against several teams, including UW-Madison, Purdue and Northwestern.

Vantage points include the Harley-Davidson Museum, Wisconsin Street Bridge and Pere Marquette Park.

The rowing teams are also hosting its annual alumni event with music, raffle and games at the Milwaukee Rowing Club boathouse, 1990 N. Commerce St., beginning at 4:30 p.m. Dinner will be served. Admission is $10 for students and $25 for alumni/adults. For more information, contact Ashley Rogers at 773-484-9273.

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17. TIAA-CREF representatives available for financial counseling

TIAA-CREF consultants will be available to faculty and staff for individual and confidential financial counseling sessions Monday, Sept. 21, Tuesday, Sept. 22, and Wednesday, Sept. 23, from 9:30 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. in AMU 362. 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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18. SOHI Saturday event offers food and music

SOHI Saturday, a district event for community members who live and work in the Avenues West neighborhood, of which Marquette is a party, will take place at 27th and State streets, Saturday, Sept. 19, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Performances will be provided by jazz musician James Dallas, Greater Utopian Church Choir, DanceCircus and Xalaat Africa. Jericho Taste Me Good Barbeque, Mississippi Otis and Tortas will provide food.

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