1. Marquette named Founding National Partner in Cristo Rey initiative

The Cristo Rey Network recently launched its University Partner Initiative, with Marquette University as one of seven Founding National Partners.

The initiative seeks to formalize and deepen Cristo Rey’s strategic relationships with colleges and universities committed to ensuring college success for Cristo Rey Network students. Partners have committed to assisting the Cristo Rey Network expand its levels of support for its graduates and schools through scholarship programs, job sponsorship, pre-college summer enrichment programs, academic support programs and more.

“Marquette has been recruiting Cristo Rey graduates since the first Cristo Rey school opened its doors in 1998, and now has 20 Cristo Rey graduates enrolled,” said Robert A. Wild, S.J., president of Marquette. “What’s always impressed me about Cristo Rey high schools is that the education is so focused on helping students achieve a college degree in preparation for lives of leadership and service. This university partner program will help students and the Cristo Rey Network reach that goal.”

Fourteen additional colleges and universities from around the country joined the initiative as National University Partners.

The Cristo Rey Network provides college prep education to economically challenged young men and women in urban communities across the United States.

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2. Law School to run Foreclosure Mediation Program

Marquette University Law School will receive $310,000 to implement the Milwaukee Foreclosure Mediation Program, which will provide mediation between lenders and residential borrowers facing foreclosure. The funding results from the proceeds of the successful Countrywide Financial Corporation lawsuit. The City of Milwaukee earlier approved $100,000 in funding for the same effort.

The Milwaukee Foreclosure Mediation program will be a voluntary, court-based independent mediation option for lenders and borrowers. The program, located at the Milwaukee County Courthouse, will seek to alleviate the current backlog of foreclosure cases in the county court system by offering the option of mediation to residential homeowners who reside in owner-occupied properties.

The Law School will hire a trained chief mediator to lead mediation efforts, in addition to another full-time position providing administrative support. The chief mediator and Law School faculty, together with an advisory board, will recruit other qualified attorneys to volunteer their time toward the effort. Law students will provide supervised volunteer assistance in the form of research, case management and other mediation-related activities.

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3. Interchange worker wall to be dedicated Wednesday

The dedication of the Marquette Interchange Workers Recognition Wall will take place Wednesday, June 3, at 9:30 a.m. on the northeast corner of 10th and Michigan streets.

Wisconsin Department of Transportation Secretary Frank Busalacchi and Marquette University President Robert A. Wild, S.J., will join constructors in dedicating the recognition wall.

In the event of inclement weather the event will be held in the Straz Tower dining hall.

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4. Criminal Appeals Conference to address appellate process

The Law School will host a Criminal Appeals Conference on Monday and Tuesday, June 15 and 16, in Sensenbrenner Hall. More than a dozen leading scholars of criminal law and judicial process from across the nation will gather for an in-depth discussion of emerging issues and new research relating to the appellate review of convictions and sentences.

The participants will present papers dealing with both state and federal systems, examining the appellate process from a variety of perspectives. Scholars will also be joined by a panel of state supreme court justices and other distinguished appellate jurists from around the United States.

Marquette students can attend for free. The cost is $25 for individual sessions or $60 for all three sessions for the public. Breakfast and lunch are included with sessions I and III.

RSVP by Monday, June 8.

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5. Join Texas Bar-B-Q for Buzz Williams

Marquette is hosting a Texas-style Bar-B-Q for Brent “Buzz” Williams, men’s head basketball coach, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday, June 24, in Central Mall behind Raynor Library.

The event will include, food, Marquette athletes and kids’ activities. Cost is $10 per person. Children age two and under are free. Register by Wednesday, June 17, to University Special Events at 8-7431.

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6. College of Professional Studies holding information session

The College of Professional Studies will hold an undergraduate information session for prospective adult students Saturday, June 13, from 10 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. in Cudahy 414. Information will include accelerated bachelor’s degree programs designed for working adults; Saturday, weeknight and online course offerings; financial aid and the application process.

Register online. For more information, call the College of Professional Studies at 8-3153.

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7. Spirit Shop holding sale this week

The Marquette Spirit Shop, AMU, is holding a Pre-Inventory Sale in all categories, including T-shirts, sweatshirts, polos and outerwear, through Saturday, June 6. Items start as low as $4.99 while supplies last.

Additional discounts do not apply.

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