1. Mass of the Holy Spirit, Welcome Back Picnic are Sunday

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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2. CPS beginning certificate in sports leadership

The College of Professional Studies is now offering a graduate certificate in sports leadership. The 15-credit, graduate certificate program is designed for professionals who would like to strengthen their leadership skills and advance their career within the $440 billion athletics industry.
To earn the certificate, students must complete five sports leadership courses to earn a total of 15 graduate credits. On average, students complete the program in one to two years; however, the certificate must be completed within three years.
All 15 credits earned may be applied to Marquette's master in leadership studies with a specialization in sports leadership, which the school announced in May. One of only two such programs in the Milwaukee area, Marquette’s sports leadership specialization provides students with a degree that focuses on sports, but also provides general leadership education.

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3. Marquette ranks 32nd in Washington Monthly ranking

Marquette University ranks 32nd in Washington Monthly’s 2010 national university rankings, released earlier this week. The rankings are intended to indicate schools’ contributions to the public good in three broad categories: social mobility (recruiting and graduating low-income students; research (producing cutting-edge scholarship and Ph.D.s); and service (encouraging students to give something back to their country).

Marquette also ranked second in the “service” category and third for ROTC participation.

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4. Student activities featured at O-Fest and on OSD Web site

The Office of Student Development will host O-Fest and Community Service Fair on Thursday, Sept. 2, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. in Central Mall. O-Fest offers students the opportunity to explore student organizations by talking to their representatives and signing up for organizations of interest. A number of campus and community service agencies will also share available service opportunities.

Rain date is Friday, Sept. 3.

Employees are invited to attend, as well as visit the Division of Student Affair’s "Get Involved" Web site. The site serves as a clearinghouse for co-curricular involvement and leadership opportunities. Faculty and staff who know of spring semester co-curricular opportunities that should be added to the site should contact the Office of Student Development at 8-7205.

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5. Dining Services offering meal plans to employees

Dining Services is offering the “Loyalty 50 Dining Plan” for employees who dine on campus. Participants can dine at more than 15 locations with this 50-meal plan, including breakfast, lunch and dinner. Meal exchanges are available in Marquette Place, The Natural Smart Market, Brew Cafés, Cobeen Hall, McCormick Hall, Straz Tower, Mashuda Hall and Café Italiano in Schroeder Hall.

The cost for 50 meals is $310.

For more information or to purchase a dining plan, contact the Office of Residence Life at 8-7208.

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6. Marquette team entering Susan G. Komen Race For the Cure

Campus Ministry and the Exercise Science Degree Program are organizing an “MU Cares” team for the Susan G. Komen Race For the Cure on Sunday, Sept. 26, at the Milwaukee lakefront. Race time is 9:15 a.m.

Register online for the Marquette team by Friday, Sept. 3. Cost is $25.

For more information contact Ann Hilbert, campus ministry administrative assistant, at 8-3684, or Dr. Marnie Vanden Noven, clinical assistant professor of exercise science, at 8-6685.

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7. Rec Plex offering swimming lessons

Sign-ups for a Learn to Swim program sponsored by the American Red Cross at the Rec Plex begin Monday, Aug. 30. The program is segmented into six levels, a Tiny Tots/Wee Folks program and new adult lessons. Classes will be held Tuesdays Sept. 7 to Oct. 26.

Cost is $40 for members and $46 for nonmembers.  

Register at the Rec Plex. Call 8-7778 for more information.

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8. Guest lodging now available in campus apartments

The Mashuda Hall Guest Wing has been converted back to student housing due to the number of incoming freshmen. Guest apartments are now available in Campus Town West and Humphrey Hall to provide visitors with an alternative to area hotel accommodations. 

Faculty, staff and administrators can house job candidates, guest speakers, seminar participants, new staff members, parents and other visitors who need a place to stay while on campus. Each furnished, air-conditioned guest apartment can accommodate up to four people and has a fully equipped kitchen with appliances and dishes, two extra-long twin beds with pillows and bed linens, alarm clock/radio, dresser, desk, closet space, a full bathroom with linens, wireless Internet access, an iron/ironing board and a television with cable in a living room with a couch and chair.

For rates and room availability, contact Conference Services in the Office of Residence Life at 8-7208.

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9. Some hours of operation for this weekend and next

Departments and services with special hours of operation for the first week of the semester and Labor Day Weekend include:

Alumni Memorial Union
Friday, Aug. 27, and Saturday, Aug. 28 — 7 a.m. to 11:45 p.m.
Sunday, Aug. 29, 9 a.m. to 11:45 p.m.
Monday, Aug. 30, to Thursday, Sept. 2 — 7 a.m. to 11:45 p.m.
Friday, Sept. 3 — 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 4 — 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 5 — closed
Monday, Sept. 6 — 4 p.m. to 11:45 p.m.

Help Desk
Friday, Aug. 27 — 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturday, Aug. 28, and Sunday, Aug. 29 — noon to 6 p.m.
Monday, Aug. 30, to Thursday, Sept. 2 — 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Friday, Sept. 3 — 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 4, to Monday, Sept. 6 — closed

Rec Center
Friday, Aug. 27 — 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Saturday, Aug. 28 — 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Sunday, Aug. 29 — closed
Monday, Aug. 30, to Thursday, Sept. 2 — 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Friday, Sept. 3 — 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 4 — 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 5, and Monday, Sept. 6 — closed

Raynor Memorial Libraries
Friday, Aug. 27 — 7:45 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturday, Aug. 28, and Sunday, Aug. 29 — closed
Monday, Aug. 30 — 24/7 access from 7:45 a.m. until Friday, Sept. 3, at 9 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 4 — 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 5, and Monday, Sept. 6 — closed

Rec Plex
Friday, Aug. 27 — 5:45 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Saturday, Aug. 28 — 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Monday, Aug. 31, to Thursday, Sept. 2 — 5:45 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Friday, Sept. 3 — 5:45 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 4 — 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 5 — 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Monday, Sept. 6 — closed

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10. Correct CheckMarq problems by clearing cache

As a result of a 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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