1. Commencement weekend includes Mass and free parking

Nearly 500 students will participate in Marquette University’s Mid-year Commencement ceremony Sunday, Dec. 18, at 9:30 a.m. at the U.S. Cellular arena. The Baccalaureate Mass will be held Saturday, Dec. 17, at 7:30 p.m. at the Church of the Gesu.

Dr. Michael Switzenbaum, professor and executive associate dean of engineering, will be the keynote speaker. Marquette President Scott R. Pilarz, S.J., will also speak.

Pauline Pagán will be the featured student speaker. Pagán will graduate with a double major in criminology and law studies and Spanish for the professions. The first in her family to attend college, she participated in Marquette’s Educational Opportunity Program. She was active in campus, participating in multiple student organizations, as well as volunteering off campus for the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Wisconsin, the United Community Center and Franklin Pierce Elementary School.

On Saturday, Dec. 17, and Sunday, Dec. 18, parking will be free of charge for all parents, relatives, guests and friends of the graduates. Complimentary parking will be available in both the 16th Street Structure and the Wells Street Structure.

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2. Zurcher to be next Honors Program Director

Dr. Amelia Zurcher, associate professor of English, has been appointed as the next Honors Program Director, effective July 1, 2012. Zurcher will work with the current director, Dr. Anthony Peressini, during the spring 2012 semester to become familiar with the duties of the position.

Zurcher teaches courses in sixteenth and seventeenth century British literature, including Shakespeare, studies in genre, and studies in gender and literature. In 2008, she received Marquette's Teaching Excellence Award.  Zurcher is also the Director of Marquette’s Women’s and Gender Studies Program and teaches the Introduction to Women’s and Gender Studies and the program capstone course.

The Honors Program is an academically selective program that is open to students in any of Marquette’s seven colleges. The mission of the program is to provide an education rooted in a classical humanities curriculum, particularly as it is shaped by the Jesuit ideals of rigorous academic inquiry, a habit of reflection on knowledge and experience, and growing from these, a desire to bring justice in the world.

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3. Faculty invited to join health care consortium

Marquette University is part of a newly formed regional Health Care Economics and Innovation consortium that brings academic, community and institutional partners together. The consortium will focus on:

• Value, quality, cost-effectiveness and health economics;
• Innovations in health care delivery and alignment with the principles and practices of health care reform;
• Commitment to health improvement of the Wisconsin population.

Individuals interested in joining a campus workgroup to plan Marquette’s participation in the consortium should contact Jeanne Hossenlopp, vice provost for research and dean of the graduate school. Three representatives from the workgroup will serve on the consortium’s development committee during a planning phase beginning in January and running through April.

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4. Christmas and semester break hours of operation

Marquette University will be closed Friday, Dec. 23-Sunday, Jan. 1. Limited campus services, including Public Safety, Facility Services and the Rec Plex, will remain open. The university will reopen on Monday, Jan. 2. Buildings and services with special hours of operation during the semester break include:

Raynor Memorial Libraries
24-hour access ends Friday, Dec. 16 at 6 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 17 – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 18 – building closed
Monday, Dec. 19, through Wednesday, Dec. 21 – 7:45 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Thursday, Dec. 22 - 7:45 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 23, through Sunday, Jan. 1 – building closed
Monday, Jan. 2, through Friday, Jan. 6 – 7:45 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 6, and Sunday, Jan. 7 – building closed
Monday, Jan. 9, through Friday, Jan. 13 – 7:45 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 14 – building closed
Sunday, Jan. 15 – noon to 7 p.m.
Monday, Jan. 16 – building closed

Rec Center
Saturday, Dec. 17, through Monday, Jan. 16, Christmas holiday hours will be in effect.
Mondays through Thursdays – 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Fridays – 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Saturdays – 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Sundays – building closed
Friday, Dec. 23, through Sunday, Jan. 1 – building closed

Rec Plex
Saturday, Dec. 24, through Monday, Dec. 26 – building closed
Saturday, Dec. 31, and Sunday, Jan. 1 – building closed

Alumni Memorial Union
Friday, Dec. 16, and Saturday, Dec. 17 – 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 18 – 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Monday, Dec. 19, through Wednesday, Dec. 21 – 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Thursday, Dec. 22 – 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 23, through Sunday, Jan. 1 – building closed
Monday, Jan. 2, through Friday, Jan. 6 – 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 7, and Sunday, Jan. 8 – building closed
Monday, Jan. 9, through Saturday, Jan. 14 – 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Sunday, Jan. 15 – 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Monday, Jan. 16 – 9 a.m. to 11:45 p.m.

IT Help Desk
Monday, Dec. 19, through Thursday, Dec. 22 – 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 23, through Sunday, Jan. 1 – closed
Monday, Jan. 2, through Friday, Jan. 6 – 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 7, and Sunday, Jan. 8 – closed
Monday, Jan. 9, through Friday, Jan. 13 – 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 14, through Monday, Jan. 16 – closed

Spirit Shop
The Spirit Shop will be open some days over the Christmas holiday for shopping when the rest of the AMU is closed.
Friday, Dec. 16 – 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 17, and Sunday, Dec. 18 – 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Monday, Dec. 19, through Thursday, Dec. 22 – 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 23 – 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 24, and Sunday, Dec. 25 – building closed
Monday, Dec. 26, through Wednesday, Dec. 28 – 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Thursday, Dec. 27 – 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 28 – 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 29 – building closed
Sunday, Jan. 1 – 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Monday, Jan. 2 through Friday, Jan. 6 – 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 7, and Sunday Jan. 8 – building closed
Monday, Jan. 9, and Tuesday, Jan. 10 – 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Jan. 11 – 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Thursday, Jan. 12, and Friday, Jan. 13 – 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 14 – 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sunday, Jan. 15 – noon to 4 p.m.
Monday, Jan. 16 – 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Union Sports Annex
Friday, Dec. 16 – 4:30 p.m. to close
Saturday, Dec. 17 – 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 18 – building closed
Monday, Dec. 19 – 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Tuesday, Dec. 2, and Wednesday, Dec. 21 – building closed
Thursday, Dec. 22 – 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 23, through Wednesday, Dec. 28 – building closed
Thursday, Dec. 29 – 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 30, through Tuesday, Jan. 3 – building closed
Wednesday, Jan. 4 – 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Thursday, Jan. 5, and Friday, Jan. 6 – building closed
Saturday, Jan. 7 – 1 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Sunday, Jan. 8, through Tuesday, Jan. 10 – building closed
Wednesday, Jan. 11 – 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Thursday, Jan. 12, and Friday, Jan. 13 – building closed
Saturday, Jan. 14 – 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Sunday, Jan. 15 – 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

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5. Final grades due Dec. 20

Final grades are due in CheckMarq by noon, Tuesday, Dec. 20, for classes ending on or before Saturday, Dec. 17. The Office of the Registrar will enter grades of NG (no grade) on any grade roster with missing grades starting at noon on Dec. 20. Faculty will be responsible for submitting a grade change form for each student who receives a grade of NG.

Instructions are available from IT Services for instructors planning to scan exams. To ensure quick grading, exams should be turned in to the IT Services Help Desk on the second floor of Cudahy for scanning as soon as possible.

Contact Kerry Grosse, associate registrar, at 8-6320 or Vicki Trautschold, associate registrar, at 8-6313 Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. with questions about grading. The IT Services Help Desk is available after hours for questions at 8-7799.

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6. Silent retreat to be offered

Campus Ministry and the Faber Center are offering a five day silent retreat in the Ignation tradition. The retreat will take place Monday, Jan. 9, through Saturday, Jan. 14, in Oshkosh, Wis. This retreat is open to all students, faculty and staff. There will be opportunities for personal prayer, reflection, rest and time outdoors. Contact Emily Schumacher-Novak, assistant director of Campus Ministry, for more information.

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7. Winner of Student Safety raffle announced

Ellen Toshach, sophomore in the college of business and administration, won the semester-long Escort Raffle Contest for Student Safety Programs. This contest was one part of SSP’s 25th Anniversary Celebration, which emphasizes SSP’s services to the Marquette community. “Like” SSP on Facebook to see Toshach’s photo, and to get current SSP news.

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8. Women's basketball holding MPS Day

The Marquette women’s basketball game against Vermont on Wednesday, Dec. 21, at noon is Milwaukee Public Schools Day. Several elementary and middle schools from MPS will attend.

Employees can attend the game for $2, and soda and hot dogs will cost $1.

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9. Follow Marquette updates online

Marquette community members can get information and stay up-to-date with Marquette happenings through multimedia and social networks. Connect with Marquette through:

Marquette on Twitter – in 140 characters or less.

Marquette’s Facebook page, as well as many Marquette departmental pages. There are more than 18,000 followers of Marquette’s Facebook page.

• Marquette on foursquare to discover tips about places on campus, including historical trivia and campus activities.

Marquette News Center — RSS subscription available to receive university news announcements.

Marquette’s YouTube channel, where viewers can watch, rate and comment on videos about Marquette.

Videos of key thought leaders speaking on campus on the Difference Network.

Marquette photos on Flickr.

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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 http://www.google.com/alerts and enter “Marquette University” or the university unit you would like to track.

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