1. Inauguration event details announced

The inauguration of Rev. Scott R. Pilarz, S.J., as the 23rd president of Marquette University will take place during a ceremony on Friday, Sept. 23, at 10 a.m. in the Al McGuire Center. A luncheon celebration will follow in Westowne Square and the Alumni Memorial Union.

Carolyn Forché, a renowned poet known for her emphasis on social justice, will be the keynote speaker. Forché is a professor and director of the Lannan Center for Poetics and Social Practice at Georgetown University.

Tickets will be required for the ceremony.  They can be picked up, one per MU ID, in the Brooks Lounge in the Alumni Memorial Union beginning Wednesday, Sept. 7. More information is available online.

All members of the Marquette community are invited to the Inaugural Mass on Thursday, Sept. 22, but are reminded that seating inside Church of the Gesu is limited. Doors will open at 2:30 p.m. for the 3:30 p.m. Mass. Tickets are not required for the Mass.

Other events planned include a student retreat, the dedication of Norris Park as a new community green space and an academic event, “Depth of Thought, Depth of Imagination,” that will explore the first of three challenges from the Mexico City talk by Adolfo Nicolas, S.J., on the future of Jesuit higher education. The schedule of events is available at Marquette.edu/inauguration.

All members of the faculty are invited to participate in the ceremony procession. Academic apparel will be worn; information about ordering apparel will be distributed to the on-campus mailboxes of faculty beginning today. Provost John Pauly has previously announced that classes are canceled from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 23, so that all may attend the Inaugural festivities.

Further information about all of the Inaugural events will be announced via News Briefs in the coming weeks. For more information, check online or contact University Special Events at 8-7431.

Back to Top

2. Faculty preparations for a new semester addressed in workshop series

The Center for Teaching and Learning will host a “Back to School Faculty Summer Institute” Wednesday and Thursday, Aug. 17 and 18, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in Raynor 320H.

This multi-session workshop series will address topics many faculty face when preparing for a new semester, including using reflection to improve student learning, syllabus development, copyright, plagiarism, teaching millennials, service learning, D2L, the first day of class and preparing for “difficult conversations.”

Attendees can engage with colleagues across campus as well as meet the new Center for Teaching and Learning team — Dr. Shaun Longstreet, director; Dr. Heidi Schweizer, director of e-learning; Dr. Susan Mountin, director of Manresa for Faculty; Kim Jensen Bohat, director of Service Learning Program; and guest Jon Pray, associate vice provost for educational technology.

Register with Mary Grant, office assistant – Center for Teaching and Learning, by Monday, Aug. 15.

Watch for more information about the Center for Teaching and Learning in the September issue of Marquette Matters.

Back to Top

3. Mission Week ideas for "Who is My Neighbor?" theme requested

The Office of Mission and Ministry is requesting ideas for Mission Week programs and activities to support the 2012 theme, “Who is My Neighbor?” Ideas should incorporate the broad concept of who our neighbors are locally, regionally and internationally.

Mission Week 2012 will take place Feb. 20-24, 2012. Watch News Briefs and the Mission Week website for announcements about Mission Week 2012 speakers and events.

Back to Top

4. Marquette named a "Best College" and "Best Buy School"

Marquette University has received recognition in both the Fiske Guide to Colleges and The Princeton Review in their 2012 guides.

Marquette University is one of 49 schools selected for the 2012 edition of the Fiske Guide to Colleges as a "Best Buy School." The list includes 24 public and 25 private institutions. According to the guide, qualities such as high academic ratings, inexpensive or moderate price and quality of student life on campus are considered for inclusion.

In its annual guidebook for 2012, The Princeton Review again named Marquette one of its "Best 376 Colleges." Based on institutional data and student surveys, the ranking places Marquette among about the top 15 percent of thenation's 2,500 four-year colleges. Selection criteria included academics, admissions selectivity, financial aid, fire safety and green initiatives. Each of the institutions is featured in an online profile.

Back to Top

5. Stephen Sondheim Research Collection available

Raynor Memorial Libraries has acquired a collection of materials relating to the works of Stephen Sondheim — Broadway composer and lyricist.

Paul Salsini, Jour ’58 and Grad ’85, lecturer in the Diederich College of Communication, donated the Stephen Sondheim Research Collection after collecting the materials for more than 40 years. The collection comprises audiotapes, videotapes, CDs, playbills, reviews and feature articles relating to Sondheim’s two dozen musicals, which include Sweeney Todd and West Side Story. The collection is now open to researchers and questions may be addressed to Special Collections at 8-7256.

Back to Top

6. Men's basketball season tickets available at employee discount

Season tickets for the 2011-12 men’s basketball season are now available. Marquette employees are able to purchase tickets at a 33 percent discount and any required seat donations are waived. 

Employee prices begin at $83 per 16-game package (less than $6 per game) and seats are also available in the 200 level for $380. Tickets can be paid over four months via payroll deduction.

The 2011-12 season features 16 home games including Louisville, Pittsburgh, Georgetown and Villanova. The remaining nine dates will be released in early September. The non-league portion of the schedule has been released.
For more information or to order tickets, call the ticket office at 8-4668.

Back to Top

7. Help welcome new students on Arrival Day

The Office of Residence Life is looking for volunteers to help welcome new students to campus on Arrival Day, Wednesday, Aug. 24. Volunteers can serve as greeters, assist with administrative tasks or help students move into their rooms. Volunteers are welcome to help for any amount of time. Contact Rick Arcuri, associate dean for administration, at 8-7208 by Aug. 19 to volunteer or for more information.

Back to Top

8. D2L unavailable Aug. 17-18

D2L, the university’s course management system, will be unavailable due to an upgrade next week beginning Wednesday, Aug. 17th, and expected to extend to Thursday, Aug. 18th. The upgraded application will offer new features including improvements in course design and mobile web enhancements. The D2L support team will preview the new version tomorrow, Aug. 9, from noon to 1 p.m. in Johnston 103.

Back to Top

9. Library books due Aug. 13 need renewal

All books checked out from the Raynor Memorial general collection that are due Aug. 13, 2011, need to be renewed. The new due date will be Aug. 11, 2012. If you renewed your books since July 13, 2011, there is no need to repeat the process. After Sept. 14, 2011, you will have to bring the books to the library for renewal.
To renew items:

Login online.

• Enter first and last name and 14-digit Marquette Card barcode from your MUID.

• Click “Submit.”

• Select “Items Currently Checked Out.”

• You may renew all checked-out items by selecting the “Renew All” button; or renew individual titles by selecting the “Renew” button in front of each book. After selecting the individual titles you would like to renew, click on the "Renew selected items" button.

As a courtesy to other users, please return items no longer needed.

For more information or to renew items checked out through an authorized assistant, call Raynor Circulation at 8-7555.

Back to Top

10. Marquette in the News delivers university media coverage to your inbox

The Office of Marketing and Communication monitors local, state and national media coverage involving Marquette University. OMC distributes via e-mail a collection of the top news stories about Marquette and members of the university community every Thursday afternoon. Marquette community members who would like to be added to the distribution list should e-mail Marquette in the News.

To stay informed of all Marquette mentions in the news, or to track a specific facet of the university, sign up for news alerts through a search engine like Google or Yahoo. These services provide news alerts based on customized keyword searches. Go to Google Alerts and enter "Marquette University" or whichever university unit you would like to track.

Back to Top