1. McCabe and Zilber Halls receive LEED certification

McCabe Hall, Marquette's newest residence hall, and Zilber Hall, the student services and administration building, have been LEED certified. Developed by the United States Green Building Council, LEED provides building owners and operators a concise framework for identifying and implementing practical and measurable green building design, construction, operations and maintenance solutions.

McCabe Hall incorporates numerous sustainable features, including LED lights and furniture made from recycled materials while reusing and renovating original architectural features including terrazzo flooring, high ceilings and archways.

Zilber Hall was designed to be energy efficient, exceeding building code requirements for energy usage by 14 percent. Energy-saving features include heat recovery systems and state-of-the-art HVAC controls, light-sensitive controls, solar shades and a tiered ceiling to maximize natural light. The building was also constructed using recycled steel and concrete, and 98 percent of the materials from the 1212 Building, which was razed to make room for the building, were recycled and diverted from landfills. 

Marquette will also seek LEED certification for the newly completed law school building, Eckstein Hall, and the Discovery Learning Complex, the future home of the College of Engineering.

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2. Registration open for New Folks Convocation

The Office of Mission and Ministry invites all faculty, staff and administrators hired after Aug. 24, 2009, to New Folks Convocation on Monday, Aug. 23. The day-long program is designed to give newer employees a greater understanding of Marquette University and its values as a Jesuit Catholic University.  

Registration begins at 8 a.m. in the Lynch Lounge outside of the AMU ballroom and concludes with a wine and cheese reception at the Jesuit Residence.

Register with University Special Events at 8-7431.

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3. Mass of the Holy Spirit, Welcome Back Picnic are Aug. 29

Marquette President Robert A. Wild, S.J., invites the Marquette community to celebrate the beginning of the academic year at the Mass of the Holy Spirit on Sunday, Aug. 29, at 4 p.m. in the Church of the Gesu. The 20th annual All-University Welcome Back Picnic will follow in Central Mall from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. The event will take place rain or shine. Casual dress is appropriate. No registration is necessary. For more information or for special needs, call University Special Events at 8-7431.

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4. Free copies of Pathways to a Life that Counts, third edition, available

The third edition of Pathways to a Life that Counts will be available soon. Faculty, administrators and staff interested in receiving a free copy of the book should contact Susan Kuehl, program coordinator in the Office of the Provost, at 8-4809.

The book is distributed free to all incoming freshmen at orientation and is intended to be used throughout their tenure at Marquette. Faculty members are encouraged to use the readings, reflections and mathematical reasoning assignments included in the book. An e-book version will also be available, and use is not limited to freshmen-level courses.

This year’s edition will feature readings on immigration, the environment, the decennial census and micro-lending. As in the two previous editions, there will be four mission themes and corresponding readings:

• Solidarity with Others — Rev. Lluís Magriñá, S.J., “I was a stranger and you took me in,” and Rev. Richard Ryscavage, S.J., “The Catholic Church’s Rich Understanding of U.S. Immigration”

• Stewardship of the Human and Natural Environments — Wangari Maathai, transcript of her address to the Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs

• Governance and Inclusion — Loren Butler Feffer, K. Lee Lerner and M.C. Nagel, “Should Statistical Sampling be used in the United States?” and Tom Barrett and Willie L. Hines, Jr., “What census means for Milwaukee”

• Peace and Justice — Muhammad Yunus, “Toward Eliminating Poverty from the World: Grameen Bank Experience” and “The Nobel Lecture”

The book is published with grant funds provided by the Fund for the Improvement of Post-Secondary Education in the U.S. Department of Education. The principal investigator of the grant is Dr. Christine Krueger, associate professor of English.

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5. University mourns death of former trustee Jerry O’Rourke

Gerald "Jerry" O'Rourke, former trustee, passed away Saturday, July 31. O’Rourke became a member of the Marquette Board of Trustees in September 1998 and was elected trustee emeritus in May 2007.

O’Rourke received his degree in engineering from Marquette in 1960. After graduation, O’Rourke joined the small family business, A & A Manufacturing Co., taking a leadership position soon after and guiding the company until his retirement in 2000. The company manufactures protective coverings for machinery and equipment and has facilities in New Berlin, Wis.; Valparaiso, Ind.; and North Haven, Conn.

Memorials to Marquette University, Children's Hospital of Wisconsin or Marquette University High School are requested.

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6. Honors Program course proposals requested

Honors Program course proposals from all disciplines and colleges are due Friday, Oct. 1. The Honors Program encourages intellectual experimentation and faculty to try courses they’ve always wanted to teach.

One particular area of need is HOPR 3955 — the Honors Undergraduate Research Opportunity. The course is intended to provide honors students with an opportunity to conduct an original research project with a faculty member and write up and disseminate findings. For more information contact the Honors Program at 8-7516.

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7. D2L introductory training sessions scheduled

Desire2Learn Introductory Instructor Training will be held in Raynor 320H through the Center for Teaching and Learning:

• Sept. 3, 1-4 p.m.
• Sept. 29, 9 a.m. to noon
• Nov. 9, 1-4 p.m.

The training is for faculty who wish to incorporate D2L into their teaching. It provides an overview of the D2L tool set and is especially helpful for new and adjunct faculty or for faculty who wish to use more technology in their instruction.

Register online.

Faculty who need help with D2L but cannot attend the scheduled sessions should contact the IT Services Help Desk at 8-7799.

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8. Free skin cancer and blood pressure screenings offered

The Employee Wellness Program is holding a free blood pressure screening Wednesday, Aug. 11, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in AMU 254. No appointment is needed. The Department of Recreational Sports provides free blood pressure checks for non-members as well. 

The wellness program is also offering free skin cancer screenings Wednesday, Aug. 18, from noon to 4 p.m. in AMU 305 and 313. A dermatologist and physician assistant from Great Lakes Dermatology will provide a private and confidential full body screening, lasting about five minutes. Appointments are required — arrive five minutes prior to the appointment time. Employees who are unable to attend the on-campus screening can request a free screening card to use at one of the Great Lakes Dermatology clinics. To schedule a screening or request a free screening card, contact Mandi Richter, wellness coordinator, at 8-4581.

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9. Correct CheckMarq problems by clearing cache

As a result of the recent CheckMarq upgrade, users of CheckMarq, the student information system, should clear their browser cache to avoid issues. For assistance contact the Help Desk at 8-7799.

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10. E-mail scams targeting Marquette e-mail accounts

IT Services reminds the campus community to never answer an e-mail that asks for a password or any other type of confidential data. IT Services will never ask for a password either by e-mail or over the phone.  

Some recent “phishing” e-mails requesting user passwords have been using very familiar MU terms, such as CheckMarq. These e-mails are not from IT Services and should be deleted. Anyone who has responded to a phishing message should change his/her Marqnet password as soon as possible.

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11. TIAA-CREF representatives available for financial counseling

TIAA-CREF consultants will be available to faculty and staff for individual and confidential financial counseling sessions from 9:45 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 11, and Thursday, Aug. 12, 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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