1. Graduation caps and gowns to be picked up Dec. 14-15

Caps and gowns for December graduates will be available for pick-up Tuesday, Dec. 14, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Wednesday, Dec. 15, from 10 a.m. to noon, in AMU 227. No preordering was required and graduation apparel is free of charge. If graduates cannot pick up apparel, friends or relatives may pick it up as long as they have the graduate’s name, college, degree and height.

Caps and gowns will not be distributed at the Mid-Year Commencement ceremony at the U.S. Cellular Arena on Dec. 19.

For more information, contact University Special Events at 8-7431.

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2. Student paychecks available Jan. 3; direct deposit offered

Due to most university offices closing Dec. 23 to Jan. 2 for the Christmas and New Year’s holidays, student payroll checks for Dec. 29 will not be available for pick-up until Monday, Jan. 3.

Students with direct deposit will receive their payroll deposit Wednesday, Dec. 29, as scheduled. Students who enroll in direct deposit by Wednesday, Dec. 15, will also receive their payroll deposit directly into their bank account on Dec. 29.

Direct deposit ensures that student pay is automatically deposited in their bank account each payday, eliminating trips to the bank, lost checks and payment delays for vacations.

To arrange direct deposit, contact Robert Krenzke, student payroll associate, at 8-5136 or enroll through MyJob. Directions are posted on the login page. Be sure to “submit” your enrollment after you “view changes” and “apply” the account information. You will receive a confirmation message that you have completed the process and your enrollment has been submitted.

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3. Consultant offers recommendations to address LGBT issues

In a report summarizing the meetings she held with university administrators, faculty and students in late October, Dr. Ronni Sanlo, senior associate dean of students, adjunct professor and program director for the master’s program in student affairs at UCLA, has recommended dozens of actions Marquette can take to “create the safe, welcoming, nurturing institution it wants to project and must provide.”

Sanlo visited Marquette in late October to “examine campus issues related to sexual orientation and gender identity/expression.” This is one of the initiatives the Office of the Provost and Office of Student Affairs took pursuant to the university’s commitment last spring to address issues of Catholic identity, academic freedom, shared governance and the needs of our LGBT students and employees.

Sanlo organized her recommendations around six themes — students, faculty, staff, senior administrations, the overall institution and resource center.

Dr. L. Christopher Miller, vice president for student affairs, and Dr. John Pauly, provost, said some of Sanlo’s recommendations had already been implemented, others are being planned and still others must be further studied. They noted that Sanlo was reporting participants’ comments, which in some instances were unsubstantiated.

In her recommendations for students, Sanlo called for suicide prevention efforts and training; ally training for professors and others regarding LGBT student issues; training for student organization leaders, their advisers and residence hall staff on diversity, inclusion and bullying; and support for LBGT student organizations. Miller said significant suicide prevention training and training for residence hall and student affairs staff is already in place. He said he is also investigating establishment of an ally/safe zone program, in addition to the Diversity Advocates program.

Faculty recommendations emphasized the need for dialogue with university leadership; the development of LGBT courses; and addressing bullying and harassment. Pauly noted a recent colloquium sponsored by the Department of Psychology and a faculty conversation with a member of the Board of Trustees, sponsored by the University Academic Senate, as examples of the types of discussions occurring around issues of academic freedom, shared governance, Catholic identity and the needs of LGBT faculty, staff and students.

Administrative recommendations include the need to “speak honestly and openly with faculty about the A&S deanship.” In addition, Sanlo said a qualified professional should be hired to direct LGBT work on campus as a single point of contact. She also called for development of a strategic plan for campus LGBT work. 

The report cited various resources that could be used to conduct an assessment of LGBT needs at Marquette, including space for an LGBT center and a center director with a faculty appointment. Pauly said he has been working with the Gender Resource Task Force to identify priorities.

Overall institutional recommendations include establishment of an advisory Gender and Sexuality Task Force and a Student Affairs LGBT advisory board, as well as the addition of domestic partnership benefits and an extensive campus climate survey for diversity.

Copies of the full 31-page report are available from the Office of the Provost or the Office of Student Affairs.

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4. Free dessert study break offered Wednesday

The Ethnic Alumni Association is hosting a free dessert reception Wednesday, Dec. 15, from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the AMU Lunda Room. The break is an opportunity to connect students and alumni as well as take a study break from finals.

For more information, contact Alumni Engagement and Outreach at 8-7441.

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5. Parking permits for spring semester now available

Spring semester parking permits are now available online for purchase. Permits purchased before Jan. 2 will be ready for pick-up Tuesday, Jan. 4, in the Parking Services Office, located in the Wells Street Parking Structure. Beginning Tuesday, Jan. 18, parking permits can be purchased directly from the office.

Students who did not purchase a “both semester” permit need to reapply for the spring semester.

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6. Liturgical Choir auditions are this week

Auditions for the Liturgical Choir will be held through Friday, Dec. 17. Auditions are open to undergraduate and graduate students of any faith tradition.

The choir is an ensemble through the Office of Campus Ministry and the Department of Performing Arts that provides music for the 4 p.m. Sunday liturgies at the Church of the Gesu and all-university liturgies. This ensemble can be taken as a one-credit course.

Sign up for audition in AMU 236 or contact Tom Koester, assistant director of campus ministry, at 8-3695.

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7. Relay for Life registration fee reduced prior to winter break

Colleges Against Cancer is hosting Relay for Life, April 30 to May 1, on Marquette’s Central Mall. Participants will participate in games and activities while walking or running around a track to raise funds to fight cancer.

Team registration is available online. Teams registering before winter break will receive a discounted registration fee of $100. The registration fee for teams signing up after break is $150.

More information is available online and @MUCAC on Twitter.

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8. Law School to hold information session

The Law School will host an information session for prospective students Friday, Dec. 17, at 11:45 a.m. in Eckstein 263. The session will provide information about admissions and financial aid, curriculum and intellectual and student life. A tour of the Law School will also be provided. No registration is necessary.

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9. Rented books are due to Book Marq

All books rented from Book Marq for the fall semester are due back Monday, Dec. 20, at 5 p.m. For more information, contact Book Marq at 8-7317.

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