1. Provost appoints diversity adviser

Dr. William C. Welburn, associate dean of the Graduate College at the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign, has accepted a position as senior adviser to the provost for diversity initiatives, effective July 1.

Provost John Pauly said Welburn will be responsible for implementing systems and procedures to advance the recruitment and retention of faculty and students from diverse backgrounds. “Dr. Welburn will work with the colleges and administrative departments to enhance our efforts in this area,” Pauly said. “This will include the creation of strategies to encourage the hiring of more diverse faculty and the development of an enrollment strategy and support services that facilitate student diversity.”

Welburn has a Ph.D. in library and information science from Indiana University. He earned his master of science degree in library and information services from Atlanta University and has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Syracuse University. During 10 years as assistant dean of the Graduate College at the University of Iowa, Welburn led the diversity initiatives of the college, including a merit fellowship program, recruitment and professional development activities, and an electronic thesis and dissertation program. He has also served on the faculty at the University of Arizona and Rutgers University. Welburn has published articles and presented papers on both diversity and library programming, in addition to other topics, and has been the recipient of several teaching and professional awards.

“In addition to his outstanding professional credentials, the Marquette community will find in Dr. Welburn a personable, caring individual who truly understands the importance of our diversity commitment,” Pauly said.

Welburn is the husband of Janice S. Welburn, dean of libraries.

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2. Web site launched for Centennial Celebration of Women

In anticipation of the August kick-off to the Centennial Celebration of Women at Marquette, the university today launched a dedicated Web site, www.marquette.edu/women100. Through pictures, recollections, mementos and historical facts, the Centennial of Women Web site allows visitors to relive the true-life moments of women at Marquette over the past 100 years.

Highlights of the site include an up-to-date listing of all news and events tied to the celebration, as well as the story of how – in less than a year as Marquette’s president – Rev. James McCabe, S.J., changed Catholic higher education forever.

Faculty and staff can refer to the Web site for all their Centennial needs, including making a budget request, ordering stationery, requesting a logo or listing their event.

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3. Philosophy seminar is free to Marquette students

The Fourth Annual Marquette Summer Seminar in Ancient and Medieval Philosophy, “Thought and Action in Aristotle and the Aristotelian Tradition,” will be held June 16-18, from 9 a.m. to noon and 1:30 p.m. to 6:05 p.m. Philosophers and scholars, including several Marquette faculty and students, will present and discuss their work on Aristotle and his interpreters in ancient and medieval philosophy.

The seminar is free to Marquette students and employees and costs $50 for the general public.

All sessions will be held in the Beaumier Conference Center, lower level of Raynor Library.

The seminar is presented by the Midwest Seminar in Ancient and Medieval Philosophy and the Aquinas and the Arabs Project with support from the Helen Way Klingler College of Arts and Sciences at Marquette.

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4. Physics department hosting NSF-sponsored workshop

The Marquette Department of Physics is one of four sites hosting a regional workshop organized by the American Association of Physics Teachers and sponsored by the National Science Foundation, June 18-20. The goal of the workshops is to enable physics departments to build a departmental infrastructure that will produce long-term improvements in undergraduate physics programs and increase the number of students studying physics. Representatives from the University of Dayton, Wright State University, University of Michigan-Flint, Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne, Southern Illinois University and Eastern Michigan University, in addition to Marquette’s physics department, will participate in the workshop. The other three regional workshops will be hosted by Cal Poly, North Carolina State University and Rutgers University.

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5. Register by Wednesday for Texas Bar-B-Q with 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, student 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. Rose Richard honored as a 2009 Woman of Influence

Rose Richard, assistant dean in the J. William and Mary Diederich College of Communication, is one of 22 women being honored by The Business Journal today, June 15, as a 2009 Woman of Influence.

Richard received the award in the Behind the Scenes category, recognizing her work in founding — and continuing to direct over a 20-year period — Marquette’s Urban Journalism Workshop and creating a partnership between the Diederich College and Messmer High School.

In his letter of nomination, Marquette President Robert A. Wild, S.J., wrote, “Rose Richard is a woman of great influence — within the college, at the university and certainly in the lives of literally hundreds of students and alumni.” He said the Urban Journalism Workshop “has inspired nearly 400 high school students, the majority of them students of color, to consider a career in journalism. During a jam-packed two weeks each summer, students from all over the country, selected on a competitive basis, study and live on the Marquette campus.” Today graduates of the Urban Journalism Workshop are employed at Good Morning America, National Public Radio, CNN Sports, and The Jackson Sun, among others. They are also attorneys, corporate executives and leaders at nonprofit agencies.

Richard previously received both the university’s and the College of Communication’s Service Awards, as well as the Spirit Award from Marquette’s Ethnic Alumni Association. Last year the Dow Jones Newspaper Fund honored her with its Innovation Award for her work transforming the Urban Journalism Workshop to include all aspects of electronic journalism.

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7. Update personal contact information in university records

All students are strongly encouraged to update their personal contact information via CheckMarq. The university needs an updated address and telephone number (preferably a mobile number) for each student. This information is used by university staff to contact students in emergencies and for vital university business.

Students should log on to CheckMarq, scroll to the “Personal Information” section and update their information by Saturday, June 20, and continue to do so whenever they have a change of address or phone number.

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8. Annual notification of FERPA rights

Marquette University is required by federal law to notify all students of their FERPA (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act) rights at the beginning of each term.

Go online to review the annual FERPA notification and contact the Office of the Registrar by e-mail, at 8-7034 or in Marquette Hall 310 for more information.

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