1. University to test emergency preparedness Wednesday

In its ongoing efforts to improve and test its emergency response procedures, Marquette will conduct a critical incident management exercise Wednesday, July 13, from roughly 8:30 a.m. to noon.

Although the incident will not affect the daily operations of the university, employees, students and visitors could observe actions related to the exercise. Employees from a number of departments have been notified that they will be involved in responding to the simulated crisis, the nature of which is unknown to them.

Marquette community members are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the university’s emergency response procedures. For more information, contact Toby Peters, associate senior vice president, at 8-5561.

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2. Campus community reminded of safety precautions

In light of recent incidents, the Department of Public Safety reminds the Marquette community to immediately call DPS to report any criminal or suspicious activity. Calls can easily be made from one of the nearly 300 blue light phones on or near campus or call DPS at 8-6800 (414-288-6800 off campus). In addition, students and employees are reminded to:

• Use the LIMO and safety patrol services provided by DPS. Call 8-6363 for SSP escorts.
• Make sure someone knows when you leave and when to expect you back.
• Walk in pairs or groups, being aware of your surroundings at all times.
• Do not become distracted by talking on your cell phone or listening to music through headphones at a high volume.
• Travel on well-lit, busy streets and avoid walking through alleys and parking lots. Be aware of places along your path of travel that could conceal a criminal (shrubbery, building recesses, etc.). Avoid or keep a distance from these areas whenever possible.
• Take note of suspicious vehicles, especially those that appear to be circling the block or driving unusually slow. If you observe a suspicious vehicle, relay its description and location to DPS using one of the more than 300 blue light phones on and near campus.
• If you think someone is following you, cross the street, head for a well-populated, well-lit area and contact DPS using one of the more than 300 blue light phones on and near campus.
• If you plan to drink, do so in moderation to avoid putting yourself in a position of increased risk.
• If approached, give up your property.
• Campus and downtown are part of a growing city. Use your instincts and common sense as your first defense.
• Park in well-lighted areas, put valuables in your trunk and lock your car.
• At home, keep exterior doors locked at all times.

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3. Webinar to address health disparities

The Wisconsin Geriatric Education Center, housed in the College of Nursing, is offering a webinar with the Stanford Geriatric Education Center, “Health Literacies and Health Disparities,” Thursday, July 21, from 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. The program will be presented by Dr. Seema Limaye, associate director of the Stanford Geriatric Education Center, and Dr. Nancy Hikoyed, assistant professor of medicine at the University of Chicago Medical Center. There is no cost for registration, which can be completed online.

For more information, contact Marian Tzuang, social science research assistant at Stanford University, or Stacy Barnes, director of Wisconsin Geriatric Education Center, at 8-3709.

The program is free to Marquette employees and students.

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4. Parking permits now on sale

Parking permits for the 2011 fall term and the full 2011-12 academic year are now available to juniors, seniors and graduate students. To park in the lot of their choice, students must purchase permits online, since permits will not be sold out of the parking office until Monday, Aug. 29.

Freshmen and sophomores will be able to purchase permits beginning Monday, July 25.

Permits will begin to be released from the parking office Monday, Aug. 15.

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5. Women’s basketball team holding girls’ basketball camp

Marquette Women's Basketball will hold its annual Summer Day Camp for girls entering first through eighth grades Monday, Aug. 1, through Friday, Aug. 5. The camp provides individual instruction from Marquette coaches and a competitive atmosphere.

Cost is $250. For more information, contact Kiesha Oliver, executive assistant of women’s basketball, at 8-5784.

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