1. University will test text messaging system tomorrow

Marquette will test its emergency text messaging system, ConnectEd, Friday, Nov. 18. 

All faculty and staff with university-owned cell phones or who registered their own personal phones through MyJob will receive a message that says, “This is a TEST of the textMU system. This is only a TEST.” If you do not receive this message by 1:15 p.m., send an e-mail, including your cell phone number and your cell phone carrier, to security@marquette.edu. Speed of text message delivery may be affected by the user’s cell phone carrier.

The university will use the text messaging system, coordinated through the Department of Public Safety, when there is an imminent threat on campus. It will also be used in the event that severe weather causes class cancellations. The text messaging system augments other forms of campus communication, including e-mail, voice mail, social media and/or the marquette.edu website, as the situation warrants. 

All faculty and staff with university-owned cell phones have been automatically enrolled for text messages. Faculty and staff may also register their personal cell phone numbers in the “Personal Information” section of MyJob. Phone numbers submitted before midnight on Thursday will be included in the test.

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2. Online survey, other policies updated

The University Policies and Procedures Committee recently approved changes in UPP 1-22, Online Survey Policy.

The updated policy clarifies what surveys must be approved by the Online Survey Review Group and specifies blackout periods for surveys. In general, approval is required for online surveys directed at more than 100 students, employees or alumni or for email invitations sent to 100 or more members of these groups requesting participation in a survey. Exceptions include institutional elections, online satisfaction and user surveys, and program/event evaluations. Surveys requiring more than 33 percent of any segment of the Marquette population will be reviewed in consultation with the vice president of student affairs, the provost, the director of human resources or the vice president for university advancement, as appropriate.

Blackout periods for online surveys include final exam weeks, periods set aside for administration of institution-wide surveys (such as the National Survey of Student Engagement and the Survey of Graduating Seniors), and the final two weeks of classes, when course evaluations are online.

The UPP Committee also updated the following policies:

  • UPP 1-01: The revised policy clarifies provisions for adoption of new policies and changes to existing policies.
  • UPP 4-09 and UPP 4-21:  The revised policies for the Tuition Benefit Program and Senior Administrators with Advance Rank and Tenure Who Return to Faculty incorporate the provisions of the recommended Provost’s Benefits for Surrender of Tenure Policy
  • UPP 4-14 Fringe Benefit Eligibility:  The UPP reflects the recently announced, and now permanent, gift of time for employees covering the holiday period between Christmas and New Year’s.

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3. Director of Core of Common Studies applications sought

Applications and nominations are being sought for the position of director of the University Core of Common Studies from summer 2012 to spring 2015. This, half-time, 12-month temporary position has direct responsibility for the leadership of the core curriculum and core learning outcome assessment, reporting to the vice provost for undergraduate programs and teaching.

Responsibilities include:
• serving as non-voting chair of the Core Curriculum Review Committee and coordinating the work of the CCRC in the development, maintenance, assessment and evaluation of the core. 

• serving as the program assessment leader for the core, and as a member, ex-officio, of the University Assessment Committee; and collecting, aggregating and evaluating core learning outcome assessments.

• potentially attending national meetings about general education and assessment as a representative of the university.

• making national presentations on the core and participating in external grant applications to fund CCRC initiatives.

Application deadline is Dec. 15. For more information contact Dr. Gary Meyer, vice provost for undergraduate programs and teaching, at 8-6350.

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4. Campus Kitchen seeking volunteers for TurkeyPalooza

Marquette’s Campus Kitchen is seeking volunteers for TurkeyPalooza, an annual event across the country where Campus Kitchens prepare Thanksgiving dinners and grocery bags for guests and members of the community. This year, the focus is on a healthful and delicious Thanksgiving dinner. Prep, delivery and serving volunteers are needed to make this event a success.

Prep times are:

  • Thursday, Nov. 17, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Friday, Nov. 18, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. and from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Saturday, Nov. 19, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.; 12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.; and 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Delivery times are:

  • Monday, Nov. 21, from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Nov. 22, from 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Stay and serve delivery will take place on:

  • Tuesday, Nov. 22, from 3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., will benefit HeartLove Place.
  • Wednesday, Nov. 23, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., will serve seniors.

More information can be found on Campus Kitchen Marquette’s website, or on Facebook. Interested volunteers can contact Amanda Parrell, coordinator of Campus Kitchen Marquette.

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5. No. 3 Marquette will host No. 6 Seton Hall Friday in the BIG EAST Volleyball Championship

The Marquette University women’s volleyball team has earned the No. 3 seed in the BIG EAST Conference Championship for the second consecutive season, and will host No. 6 Seton Hall in the quarterfinals at the Al McGuire Center on Friday, Nov. 18, at 6 p.m.

The eight-team tournament will run Friday, Nov. 18, through Sunday, Nov. 20, at the Al McGuire Center, with Sunday’s title match broadcast live at 3 p.m. on ESPNU.

Tickets can be purchased at the Marquette Ticket Office or at 8-4668. All students have free admission with college ID.

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6. Marquette University Chorus receives White House invite

The Marquette University Chorus will perform at the White House Saturday, Dec. 17, from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. The University Chorus, the longest standing choral organization on campus, is a mixed choir of men and women. The chorus is directed by Mark Konewko, Marquette’s carilloneur.

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7. Social Innovation Design contest to hold judging

Members of the Marquette community are welcome to attend the judging for the Social Innovation Design contest, Thursday, Dec. 1, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. in Johnston Hall 103. First prize is a paid trip for a team delegate to attend the Ashoka Exchange at Arizona State University, Feb. 10 and 11, to meet with and learn from 400 social innovation-minded representatives from more than 70 universities in 15 countries. The runner-up team will win lunch or dinner for four people at a Milwaukee-area restaurant, and a tour at local social-innovation model Growing Power or Sweet Water Organics. Guidelines for the presentations and helpful resources are available online.

Those interested are encouraged to attend the next SID contest meeting, Saturday, Nov. 19, from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in Marquette Hall 100. 

The contest is sponsored by the Social Innovation & Entrepreneurship Student Organization and the Office of the Provost’s Social Innovation Initiative.

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8. November issue of Ex Libris available

Raynor Memorial Libraries announce the November issue of Ex Libris, the occasional newsletter of staff reading recommendations. This issue showcases new books in the Browsing Collection, and features contemporary fiction, nonfiction, literary prizewinners and new books by faculty and alumni.

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9. Raynor Library featuring Roman Missal exhibit

The Raynor Library lobby is featuring “The Roman Missal Over the Centuries.” This historic collection of missals, published between 1573 and 1974, from the Department of Special Collections and Archives, coincides with the introduction of the new English translation of the missal that Catholics will begin using the weekend of Nov. 27. The Roman missal contains the ritual texts and rubrics for celebrating the Mass. This exhibit is open through Monday, Nov. 28. For more information about the exhibit, contact Bill Fliss, associate archivist, at 8-5906.

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11. Tobacco Cessation Resources available

The American Cancer Society is marking the 36th Great American Smokeout today, Nov. 17, by encouraging smokers to use the date to make a plan to quit. By quitting, smokers will be taking an important step toward a healthier life and reducing the risk of cancer. To increase the chance of quitting successfully, smokers need to know challenges they are facing, options that are available and where to go for help.

The Employee Wellness Program offers a Tobacco Cessation Resource Page with information on health plan benefits for smoking deterrents, counseling services provided by the Employee Assistance Program, smoking cessation guides, books available at Raynor Library, quitlines and personal wellness coaching.

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12. Research projects highlighted at joint poster session

The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs and the Office of the Vice Provost for Research will host “Forward Thinking Poster Session and Colloquy,” and the Office of International Education will host “Marquette International Research Poster Session” in a joint event, Tuesday, Nov. 29, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. in the AMU Ballrooms. A brief address will be given at 1 p.m. by Dr. Jeanne Hossenlopp, vice president for research and dean of the graduate school, and a reception will follow the event from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

This event provides the campus community with the opportunity to learn about research projects and connect with faculty and students across the university.

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13. Class reserve requests available for spring semester

Instructors are encouraged to begin making class reserve requests for spring 2012 through the Ares system at Library--Class Reserves. For more information, consult the guide at Ares guide or the reserve desk at 8-7253.

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10. News Briefs to only be distributed Monday next week

Due to the Thanksgiving holiday, News Briefs will not be issued Thursday, Nov. 24. It will resume Monday, Nov. 28.

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14. Free group fitness classes offered tomorrow

The Department of Recreational Sports is offering free group fitness classes tomorrow, Nov. 18.

The classes are free to members. The cost is $2 for faculty and staff who are non-members to enter the facility and participate in the classes:

• Spin at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. at the Rec Center
• Zumba at 3 p.m. at the Rec Plex
• Zumba at 4 p.m. at the Rec Center
• Kickbox at 4 p.m. at the Rec Center

For more information, call the group fitness office at 8-6979 or contact Shannon Bustillos, assistant director of recreational sports, at 8-7778.

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