1. New Folks' Convocation RSVP due Aug. 8

The offices of Mission and Ministry, the Provost and the Senior Vice President will sponsor New Folks’ Convocation, the annual, university-wide orientation for all new employees, Monday, Aug. 22. RSVP deadline is Monday, Aug. 8.

The convocation is for all university faculty members, staff and administrators hired since Aug. 23, 2010. The purpose is to offer new employees a warm welcome to Marquette, a sense of collegiality with others at the university and provide a clearer understanding of the Catholic and Jesuit tradition that characterizes Marquette University.

The event will begin at 8 a.m. and conclude with a reception, hosted by the Marquette Jesuit Community, ending by 4 p.m. Continental breakfast and lunch will be provided.

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2. Course bulletins go online today, printed bulletins discontinued

The university’s Graduate School, Graduate School of Management and School of Dentistry bulletins are accessible online at bulletin.marquette.edu beginning today, Aug. 1, for the 2011-12 academic year. The new site is searchable, more up-to-date, easier to use, more cost-effective and improves the university’s manual, paper-based process of changing and updating the curriculum. Users are invited to provide feedback and identify concerns regarding the site through a form at the bottom of each page. This site is the most up-to-date source of course, degree and policy information for all students.

The university’s Undergraduate, Health Science Professional and Law School bulletins went online at the end of May.

As a result of the new bulletin software application — with the ability to access degree requirements, course and policy information online — the printed bulletins will no longer be produced.

For more information, contact Georgia McRae, university registrar, at 8-7596.

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3. Dr. Sharron Ronco hired as assessment director

Dr. Sharron Ronco, Arts ’72, has been hired as assessment director at Marquette University beginning in mid-August.

As assessment director, Ronco will coordinate all aspects of campus assessment (undergraduate, graduate and professional programs) and assist with planning, designing, implementing, analyzing, reporting and disseminating assessment efforts. With an office in the newly restructured Center for Teaching and Learning, Raynor 320, she will also develop regular assessment training for campus stakeholders, support accreditation activities, provide assistance with program reviews and champion the ongoing effort to build a campus-wide culture of assessment.

Ronco, a Milwaukee native, comes to Marquette from Florida Atlantic University, where she is associate provost for Institutional Effectiveness and Analysis. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Spanish from Marquette University and a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. After teaching bilingual education, Sharron went on to earn a Ph.D. in educational research and statistics from the University of North Texas.

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4. Math and biology departments to present NSF-funded undergraduate research

The Department of Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science will host posters, research talks and formal paper presentations for 14 students participating in the National Science Foundation-funded Research Experience for Undergraduates. The poster presentations will take place tomorrow, Aug. 2, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. in the Cudahy third-floor atrium. A series of 15-minute research talks will be held Wednesday and Thursday, Aug. 3 and 4, from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in Cudahy 401.

The Department of Biological Sciences will conclude its Annual Undergraduate Summer Research Program with poster presentations Thursday, Aug. 4, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the halls of Wehr Life Sciences, and oral presentations Wednesday, Aug. 10, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Wehr Life Sciences 111. Faculty-mentored research by Marquette biological sciences undergraduates and students from National Science Foundation Research Experiences for Undergraduates selected from a nationwide pool will be featured.

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5. D2L upgrade to be previewed

The D2L support team will preview the new version of Desire2Learn on Tuesday, Aug. 9, from noon to 1 p.m. in Johnston 103.

Marquette will upgrade to the latest generation of D2L in mid-August. New features include an improved HTML editor, new assessment tools and the ability to provide voice-annotated feedback. There will also be some new graphic treatments for course sites and an updated D2L homepage. While there will be some functional enhancements, faculty and students will still find the user experience familiar, according to Jon Pray, associate vice provost for educational technology.

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6. Training for new copiers/multifunctional devices held this week

Training for new multifunctional devices/copiers will be held this week for MFD/copiers that will be installed later this month. The new devices will feature:

• magnetic strip readers on each device for authentication
• color scanning on most models
• better usage-tracking on each device
Enterprise Fax Server on each MFD

While the devices remain Canon devices, the service provider will change from IKON to Gordon Flesch Company. Gordon Flesch and IT Services will provide training for campus users in Raynor Library Study Room D (lower level):

• Wednesday, Aug. 3, at 10:15 a.m. for Canon Advance Series B&W/color copiers
• Wednesday, Aug. 3, at 1:30 p.m. for Canon Legacy Series B&W copiers (32XX/5050N)
• Friday, Aug. 5, at 10:15 a.m. for Canon Advance Series B&W/color copiers

RSVP to Allison Hitt, sales support specialist at the Gordon Flesch Company, at 414-326-3873. Space is limited.

Additional training sessions will be available as devices are deployed on campus.

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7. Broken Yolk opening location in Campus Town

Marquette students and staff will have a new dining option this November when the Broken Yolk opens a second location, at 1617 W. Wells St. between Murphy’s Irish Pub and Real Chili, featuring its signature breakfast options.

“We are extremely excited to continually service the Marquette community by opening another location in Campus Town,” said Jim Gatto, owner of the Broken Yolk.

Also, a reminder that Sobelman Pub and Grill is scheduled to officially open for business Aug. 26.

Watch for hours and the official opening information for both establishments in News Briefs.

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8. Take shelter during severe weather

Members of the Marquette community are reminded to take shelter immediately when the local emergency sirens sound for severe weather. A tornado warning means that a tornado is in the area and everyone should take immediate shelter, preferably in a basement or below-ground location.

A tornado watch means that conditions are right for a tornado. Continue normal activities but monitor the situation.

Familiarize yourself with the location of the nearest emergency shelter. Check with your facility manager or supervisor for the location of emergency shelters on campus. For more information, see page 15 of the Emergency Procedures Guide.

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