1. Haggerty Museum opening four exhibitions this month

The Haggerty Museum of Art will open four temporary exhibitions this month, including one off-site collaboration.

Crossroads, running from June 18 to July 30 at 27th and Wells, will include window installations by Wisconsin artists Hans Gindlesberger, Rafael Francisco Salas, Michael Velliquette and Rina Yoon. A small exhibition of work by Schomer Lichtner and Ruth Grotenrath, Interior/Exterior, will feature still life images and scenes of Holy Hill from June 22 to Aug. 7. In works that range from major historical paintings to a variety of prints, Seeing In Sequence will run June 22 to Aug. 7. The Sacred Made Real will highlight religious paintings from the 16th century to the mid-20th century from June 22 to Dec. 31.

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2. NSSE student survey data shows increases in key areas

Marquette seniors are increasingly reporting participation in a culminating senior experience (capstone or thesis), study abroad and learning communities, according to National Survey of Student Engagement data.

The national study is designed to measure the amount of time and effort students put into their studies and other educationally purposeful activities, and how the institution deploys its resources and organizes the curriculum and other learning opportunities to get students to participate in activities that are linked to student learning.

Over the last three surveys — administered in 2004, 2007 and 2010 — the percentage of Marquette seniors reporting that they:

• completed a culminating senior experience increased from 24 to 51 percent.

• participated in a learning community went from 22 percent in 2004 to 31 percent in 2010.

• studied abroad increased significantly from 2004 to 2007, from 14 to 25 percent, with only a slight increase, to 26 percent, in 2010.

Each of these has been an area of university emphasis in recent years, according to Anne Deahl, associate vice provost for academic support programs and retention.

The survey was administered to all Marquette first-year students and all seniors at the beginning of the spring 2010 semester.

Marquette’s scores for the five key NSSE benchmarks – level of academic challenge, active and collaborative learning, student-faculty interaction, enriching educational experiences and supportive campus environment – increased for both first-year and senior students, with the exception of a slight drop among seniors for student-faculty interaction.

The NSSE data showed first-year Marquette students wrote more papers and spent more time studying than their peers and that more seniors participated in community service or volunteer work and worked with classmates outside of class to prepare assignments.

The data also indicated that Marquette lags behind its Jesuit peer institutions in the percentage of seniors reporting serious conversations with students of a different race/ethnicity and working on research projects with faculty outside of class.

These findings, and others explored through additional data analysis, will be used in planning initiatives such as a new Student Success Center, a restructured Center for Teaching and Learning, recommendations for a campus climate study, and a continued desire to expand student participation in high-impact educational practices, according to Deahl.

Executive summary reports of current and previous NSSE results, are available from the Division of Student Affairs website and more detailed data tables are available from the Office of Institutional Research and Assessment site.  For questions or additional information contact Dr. Jon Dooley, senior associate dean of student development, or Alix Riley, associate director of institutional research and assessment.

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3. Philosophy conference free to Marquette community

The Sixth Annual Marquette Summer Seminar in Ancient and Medieval Philosophy, “Causation, Motion, and Change in Aristotelian Physical Science,” will be held June 20-22 in the Raynor Library Beaumier Conference Center.

The conference is a formal occasion and central location for philosophers and scholars to present and discuss their current work on Aristotle and his interpreters in ancient, medieval and contemporary philosophy.
The seminar is free to Marquette employees and students. Cost is $50 for the general public.

The seminar is presented by the Midwest Seminar in Ancient and Medieval Philosophy and the Aquinas and the Arabs Project with the support of the Helen Way Klingler College of Arts and Sciences and the Mellon Fund.

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4. Mission Week ideas requested for “Who is My Neighbor?” theme

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 occur later in February next year, Feb. 20-24. Watch News Briefs and the Mission Week website for announcements about Mission Week 2012 speakers and events.

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5. Express LIMO to run during Preview

Student Safety Programs will provide a Special Preview Shuttle for the convenience of visiting parents and students, in addition to regular nightly operations. The shuttle will be a white Express LIMO and will run a fixed route between Parking Structures One and Two and Abbottsford and Carpenter halls approximately every 10 minutes:

• Sunday and Thursday arrival nights (June 16, 19 and 23) from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

• Monday and Friday Preview days (June 17, 20 and 24) from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m.

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6. Wellness rewards available by visiting farmers’ market

Marquette employees will receive one punch on their Wellness Rewards punch card for each weekly visit made to the Westown Farmer’s Market, which runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. every Wednesday throughout the summer. The market is located on Michigan Street between Third and Fourth streets — approximately a 10-minute walk one way. Cards and card punches will be provided at the Westown information tent located in the center of the market. Employees can attend on their own or join a walking group led by an employee wellness representative. The walking group will leave from campus on Wednesdays at noon in front of Zilber Hall, weather permitting. To walk with the wellness group, RSVP to Mandi Richter, wellness coordinator, at 8-4581.

Every time employees attend a qualifying employee wellness program, they’re eligible to receive a punch on a Wellness Rewards Card. Employees who complete a punch card with 10 punches earn a Wellness Reward Package and entry into an annual grand prize drawing, from participating partners. Wellness Rewards Punch Cards are available at all qualifying employee wellness programs.

Marquette is a sponsor of the farmers’ market and the free River Rhythms concert series, which is held from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesdays at Père Marquette Park.

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7. Employee discount available for girls’ soccer camps

The Marquette women's soccer team will host three summer camps in June and July as part of its 2011 Summer Camp Series.

Marquette women's soccer camps offer a chance for youth athletes to receive small-group instruction from Marquette women's soccer players as well as the coaching staff. A $50 Marquette employee discount is available for the Marquette Elite Camp, and a $25 Marquette employee discount is available for the Marquette Blue and Gold Futures Camp.

For more information e-mail Markus Roeders, head women’s soccer coach.

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8. Easy Pass deadline is June 22

The deadline to participate in the Easy Pass payroll deduction program is Wednesday, June 22. The Easy Pass offers unlimited Milwaukee County bus rides, including Freeway Flyers and special event shuttles to the Bradley Center, Miller Park and other locations.

The program costs $210 per quarter and can be deducted before taxes to save money. Sign up between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. in AMU Union Station for passes that will be good during July, August and September. Those who wish to drop must also do so in Union Station by June 22.

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