1. Gift tags still available for Holiday Giving Tree

Holiday Giving tags are still available. Gifts, ranging from $15 to $25, need to be purchased for those in the community who would otherwise not receive a holiday gift. A tag with three wishes will be provided to all participants, with complete instructions on the tag. Donations are also welcomed. Those interested can contact Kathleen Hawkins, chair of Marquette Volunteers.

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2. New e-book collection available to Marquette community

The Raynor Memorial Libraries announces the acquisition of ebrary, a large e-book collection of more than 70,000 titles from more than 500 publishers. The content is arranged into 15 academic subject areas that may be browsed or searched individually. The collection will be added to regularly, meet the growing demand for resources from Marquette users, support distance learning and provide access to scholarly e-books anywhere at anytime. Each item in ebrary is cataloged and linked in MARQCAT to enhance discovery.

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3. DPS reminds pedestrians to use caution, obey traffic laws

Marquette University Department of Public Safety wants to remind students and staff to practice caution and to observe pedestrian and traffic laws when traveling around campus.

The Milwaukee Police Department will be in the Marquette area in the coming days enforcing traffic safety laws for pedestrians and motorists. Citations range from $63 to $76.

To stay safe and avoid a citation, the campus community is reminded to:

• Cross only at intersections and crosswalks.
• Obey traffic signals. Even if it appears that there is no traffic approaching, vehicles can enter intersections quickly.
• Pay attention to all that is going on around you. Don’t become distracted by talking on your phone or playing your iPod at a high volume when walking around the campus neighborhood.
• Look left, right and left again for traffic before stepping off the curb. Watch especially for turning vehicles. On 16th Street and other one-way streets, look both ways; cars sometimes turn into these streets not realizing they are one-way.
• Be especially careful during rainy or snowy weather, when streets are often slick, making it difficult for vehicles to stop suddenly.
• When crossing multi-lane streets, don’t blindly accept a driver’s offer to cross as there may be a vehicle in the adjacent lane that does not stop.

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4. Caring for the Caregiver conference to be held

The fifth annual Caring for the Caregiver Conference will be held Saturday, Nov. 19, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Alumni Memorial Union. Lynda Marcut, an education and dementia specialist and workplace education coordinator for the Southeaster Wisconsin Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, will be the keynote speaker.

The conference seeks to help informal and professional caregivers of older adults learn how to provide better care for their patients, and to make sure patients are taking care of themselves. The cost is $10 per person. For more information or to register, call the Family Caregiver Support Network at 414-220-8600.

The Caring for the Caregiver Conference is sponsored by the Wisconsin Geriatric Education Center, housed in the College of Nursing.

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5. University will test text messaging system Friday

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

All students who registered their personal phones through CheckMarq 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. 

Students should enter their cell phone number in the “Personal Information” section of CheckMarq if they have not already done so, and keep it updated. Instructions are online.

Phone numbers submitted before midnight on Thursday will be included in the test.

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6. Pure Dance Marquette to perform free showcase

Pure Dance Marquette will present “Nature,” their 10th annual showcase of their semester’s work, Saturday, Nov. 19, and Sunday, Nov. 20, at 2 p.m. in the Weasler Auditorium. Admission is free.

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7. Cutting-edge spinal injury technologies to be discussed

Dr. Kenneth Lee, chief of the spinal cord injury division at the Clement J. Zablocki Veteran’s Affairs Medical Center, will present “Spinal Cord Injury Technologies,” Tuesday, Nov. 15, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in Cramer 038.

Dr. Lee will discuss his personal rehabilitation from war injuries sustained in Iraq and provide information on the new cutting-edge technologies being utilized for acute and long-term patients in the Milwaukee Spinal Cord Injury Center.

This event is sponsored by the College of Health Sciences Alumni Association.

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8. College of Education holding open house

The College of Education Student Council will hold an open house Monday, Nov. 21, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the Schroeder Complex 151. Students will discuss why Marquette teachers are in demand in the field and what makes an education major practical for students. There will be free pizza, as well as free bingo from 8:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.

For more information, contact Jessica Burkard.

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9. Department of Biological Sciences to hold seminar

The Department of Biological Sciences will host a seminar Friday, Nov. 18, at 3:30 p.m. in Wehr Life Sciences 111. Dr. Carl Schroeder, U.S. Department of Agriculture Office of Field Operations, will present “Microbial Risk Assessment and its Role in Food Safety Policy.”

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10. Law School to hold information session

The Law School will hold an information session for prospective students Friday, Nov. 18, in Eckstein 263. The session will cover admissions, financial aid, curriculum, intellectual and student life, and information from current students.

The session begins at 11:45 a.m. and lasts approximately one hour, followed by a brief tour. Register online.

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11. Homelessness in Milwaukee to be addressed

As part of Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Month, Midnight Run will host a discussion of homelessness in Milwaukee Monday, Nov. 14, at 7 p.m. in AMU 252. The topic will be presented by Kari Lerch, Continuum of Care Coordinator.

For more information, contact Angie Macias.

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12. Multiple positions open in MUSG

MUSG currently has openings for one to two financial office assistant positions. This position is responsible for preparing financial paperwork, handling cash deposits, processing check requests, data entry and numerous related tasks. This paid positions is a unique student involvement opportunity for freshman and sophomore undergraduate business students.

Applications are available in the MUSG Office in AMU 133 or online, and are due Tuesday, Dec. 13, at noon.

Applications are also being accepted for a public relations director. The public relations director is responsible for three assistants, writing and proofing news releases, working closely with social media and additional tasks. Applications are due Monday, Nov. 21, at 5 p.m. in AMU 133.

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