1. Marquette recognized as “Great College to Work for”

Marquette University has been recognized in eight categories in The Chronicle of Higher Education’s Great Colleges to Work For Program. The program recognizes colleges, grouped by enrollment size, for specific best practices and policies in 26 recognition categories for four-year institutions.

Marquette was recognized in the following areas:

  • Connection to Institution and Pride
  • Disability Insurance
  • Facilities and Security
  • Life Insurance
  • Physical Work Space Conditions
  • Policies, Resources and Efficiency
  • Respect and Appreciation
  • Tuition Reimbursement

Participating institutions agreed to go through a two-part assessment process consisting of a survey administered to a randomly selected group of 400-600 administrators and members of the faculty and professional-support staff, and an institutional audit that collected demographics and workplace policies and practices from each institution. The primary factor in deciding whether an institution received recognition was the employee feedback collected from faculty and staff members, according to The Chronicle.

The survey of randomly sampled Marquette employees was conducted in April. “We’re grateful to the faculty and staff who took the time to complete the survey this spring,” said Cas Castro, assistant vice president/director of human resources. “In 2006 Marquette was named a Great Place to Work by The Business Journal of Milwaukee. Last year MRA/Milwaukee Magazine selected the university as one of nine large companies and the only educational institution among its Best Places to Work in Southeastern Wisconsin. These awards demonstrate the commitment of our employees to the values and mission of Marquette.”

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2. University mourns the death of Dr. Daniel Haworth

Marquette University mourns the death of Dr. Daniel Haworth, professor emeritus of chemistry, who passed away earlier today. Haworth had been diagnosed with cancer in May but had kept the specifics of his situation confidential until last week.

Funeral arrangements are pending at Feerick Funeral Home, Shorewood.

A triple major in college (chemistry, physics, mathematics), Haworth received his bachelor's degree from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh in 1950, master's degree in chemistry from Marquette in 1952, and Ph.D. in chemistry at St. Louis University in 1959. He began his academic career as an assistant professor at Marquette in 1959, retiring as an emeritus professor of chemistry in 2009. During his 50-year career at Marquette, he taught more than 18,500 students, published more than 200 scholarly papers and held 19 patents. He co-founded Marquette’s Freshman Frontier Program for students identified as having the potential to succeed at Marquette but who may require extra help to do so. He also received Marquette’s highest teaching honor, the Pere Marquette Award for teaching excellence, in 1971.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made in Haworth’s name to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 902, Pewaukee, WI 53072, or Marquette University High School, 3401 W. Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee, WI 53208.

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3. Programs involving minors must register with risk management

Marquette programs that involve participation by minors must be registered with the Office of Risk Management according to a new University Policy and Procedure that became effective July 1.

The university and its faculty, administrators, staff, students and volunteers have a particular obligation to protect the safety and interests of the most vulnerable, including minors (those under the age of 18) who are participating in activities and programs on campus. The policy also addresses:

  1. Background checks for faculty, administrators, staff, volunteers and university students more than 18 years of age who are participating in activities covered by the policy.
  2. Training for those participating in such activities.
  3. Behavioral requirements, including prohibitive practices, for those participating in activities covered by the policy.
  4. Procedures to be followed when inappropriate conduct is suspected.

For employees, volunteers and students who do not receive background checks and training through the agencies with which they work, training sessions are required, emphasizing basic guidelines to prevent problems or the perception of problems. Training can be completed by using a DVD available from Charyl Burke, risk manager, at 8-1552.

Background checks of individuals will be required once every four years, and results will be stored separately and used only for the purpose of the Working with Minors policy.

Offices and programs that have not already reported their activities involving minors should contact Charyl Burke to determine if their activities are covered by the policy.

Contact Charyl Burke or Steve Duffy, associate vice president for administration, for more information.

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4. Marquette among top contributors of students to Teach For America

Marquette University is among the top 20 medium-sized colleges and universities contributing graduating seniors to Teach For America’s 2009 corps. This fall, 21 Marquette 2009 graduates will begin teaching in urban and rural public schools across the country through TFA, which places recent college graduates with strong academic and leadership records in school districts nationwide with the highest needs.

According to TFA, admission to the 2009 corps was more selective than in previous years, with a record 35,000 applicants.

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5. Registration for O-fest tables ends July 10

The Office of Student Development invites student organizations to participate in Organization Fest, commonly known as O-Fest, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 3, in Central Mall. O-Fest offers first-year and returning students the opportunity to see what student organizations and university programs have to offer, and sign up for those of interest.

E-mail Kate Trevey, coordinator for student organizations and leadership, to register an office or department for a table. A limited number of tables are available and will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis but you must register by Friday, July 10.

In case of rain, the event will be rescheduled for Friday, Sept. 4, from 1 to 4 p.m. in Central Mall.

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6. Resource guide for first-year reading text now available

Raynor Memorial Libraries have posted an online resource guide for the First Year Reading Program book, Persepolis. The First Year Reading Program encourages all incoming first year students to read the same text and discuss it in small groups of fellow students during New Student Orientation in August.

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7. Take shelter during severe weather

Members of the Marquette community are reminded to take shelter immediately when the local emergency sirens sound for severe weather. A tornado warning means that a tornado is in the area and everyone should take immediate shelter, preferably in a basement or below-ground location.

A tornado watch means that conditions are right for a tornado. Continue normal activities but monitor the situation.

For more information, see the Emergency Procedures Guide.

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