1. Father Pilarz will deliver first Presidential Address Jan. 24

Marquette University President Scott R. Pilarz, S.J., will deliver his first Presidential Address on Tuesday, Jan. 24, at 3 p.m. in the Weasler Auditorium. Father Pilarz is expected to share what he has learned during his first six months and begin sharing his vision for the future of the university. All faculty, staff and students are invited to attend. A reception will follow.

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2. Manresa for Faculty to hold symposium

Manresa for Faculty, along with the Klingler College of Arts and Sciences, will hold a symposium, “Reimagining Jesuit Education Today: The Dawn of a New Era at Marquette University,” Thursday, Jan. 12, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The symposium will explore the future of educating young adults through teaching, research and service. Marquette University President Scott R. Pilarz, S.J., will address participants at lunch. For more information, visit the Center for Teaching and Learning or contact Mary Grant, office assistant for CTL, at 8-0263.

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3. FAME sponsoring book swap

Friends and Alumni of Marquette English will host a book swap on the second floor of the AMU Sunday, Jan. 29, from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to bring gently used or new books to share and swap. Textbooks will not be part of the book swap. Participants can take home up to half of what they provide, up to five books. Remaining books will go to the Milwaukee Rescue Mission and Sojourner Truth Family House. For more information, contact the Department of English at 8-7179.

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4. Spring 2012 classroom assignments posted

Classroom assignments for the spring semester are now posted in CheckMarq. Faculty members who cannot locate where a course is meeting should contact Robert Whaples, assistant registrar. Once assigned, courses may not be moved without prior approval from the Office of the Registrar. To change a classroom assignment, instructors must fill out the SOC Classroom Change web form.

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5. Performance added for If You Take a Mouse to School due to popular demand

A performance of If You Take a Mouse to School has been added for Saturday, Jan. 21, at 11 a.m. Based on the book by Laura Numeroff and Felicia Bond, If You Take a Mouse to School tells the hilarious tale of a little mouse that creates a big commotion. A mouse will ask for a lunch box and anything else he can get his paws on, and cause trouble from the science fair to the playground and from the lunchroom to the school bus.

This Marquette Theatre Arts performance is part of Theatre for Young Audiences. Performances take place in the Evan P. and Marion Helfaer Theatre. Tickets are $11 and can be purchased online or by contacting the theatre box office at 8-7504.

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6. Employees should check benefits information

All Marquette employees are encouraged to review their first paychecks of 2012 to verify that benefit elections are correct. Items to note for this year:

·Those who completed both parts of the Health Risk Assessment will find the discounted premium displayed on their paychecks.
·New health insurance cards were issued only to those employees who switched plans (EPO to PPO, or vice versa).
·There is no card for the VSP vision plan. Enrollees should provide their name and employer to their in-network provider, who will verify enrollment through VSP’s website.

Additional information and regular updates are available on the Employee Benefits website. Anyone who feels there is a discrepancy with a benefit election or deduction amount should immediately contact the Department of Human Resources at 8-7305.

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7. Breadwinner Scholarship benefited from more than 100 supporters

The more than 100 contributors to the 2011 Breadwinner Scholarship are recognized on the 2011 Breadwinner Holiday Card. The group raised nearly $5,000 for the scholarship, which benefits Marquette students who have lost their breadwinner parent during their undergraduate years and are in need of financial assistance to continue their studies. Since the scholarship was first awarded in 1980, more than 255 students have received the award.

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8. Photographer to lecture on collection of European photos

Photographer Tina Barney will present “Survey,” a lecture about her photography, Wednesday, Jan. 25, at 6 p.m. in Eckstein Hall. A reception will follow at 7 p.m. in the Haggerty Museum. The Europeans, an intimate look at wealthy Europeans through Barney’s eyes, is on display at the Haggerty Museum.

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9. College of Professional Studies holding info session

The College of Professional Studies will hold an undergraduate degree information session for prospective adult students Wednesday, Feb. 8, from 5:45 p.m. to 7 p.m. in Cudahy 414. Information to be presented will include accelerated eight-week session bachelor’s degree programs; Saturday, blended online and fully online course offerings; the application process; and financial aid opportunities. Register online or by calling 8-3153.

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10. TIAA-CREF consultants available for free financial counseling

In conjunction with TIAA-CREF, Marquette will offer individual and confidential financial counseling sessions for faculty and staff. The 45-minute sessions will answer three common questions asked by participants: am I saving enough for retirement, am I properly allocated and what are the options for taking distributions from my account? One-on-one sessions are available Wednesday, Jan. 25, and Thursday, Jan. 26, in AMU 362.

To schedule an appointment, call (312) 345-5605 Monday through Friday, between 9:30 a.m. and 4 p.m.

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11. Employee Wellness Program offering fitness classes

The Employee Wellness Program is offering a variety of group fitness classes beginning in January. Classes include pilates, yoga, muscle conditioning and bosu intervals.

Participants receive one punch on their Wellness Rewards punch card for each fitness class they attend. Every time employees attend a qualifying employee wellness program or get 20 or more checks per month on their Healthy Living Calendar, they are eligible to receive a punch on a Wellness Rewards Card. Employees who complete a punch card earn a Wellness Rewards Package and entry into an annual grand prize drawing from participating partners. These punch cards are available at all qualifying employee wellness programs.

More information is available online. To register, contact Mandi Richter, employee wellness coordinator, at 8-4581. Minimum enrollment must be met to offer each class. Space is limited. Cash, checks and major credit cards are accepted. Those interested can hear from class participants and instructors by visiting the new employee wellness blog.

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12. Rec Plex swim classes begin Jan. 17

Registration for Rec Plex swim lessons is now open. Swim lessons for children will be held Tuesday evenings beginning Jan. 17. Adult swim lessons will be held on Saturdays starting Jan. 21.

Various classes are offered:
· Levels one to six, Introduction to Water Skills through Swimming and Skill Proficiency;
· Tiny Tots and Wee Folks, for children six months to six years old. This program is designed to encourage water adjustment skills and develop basic swimming skills.
· Adult Swim Lessons;
· Private and Semi-Private Lessons, available for children and adults. A minimum of two swimmers is required for semi-private lessons.

Registration for all lessons must be done at the Rec Plex and cannot be completed over the phone. The cost is $40 for members and $46 for non-members. Enrollment is limited. All sessions have a minimum number of spaces that must be filled in order to offer the class, and classes may be combined to accommodate these requirements. Payment must be made at the time of registration, and a liability waiver must be completed before a child or minor can participate in the program.

Questions can be directed to John Kratzer, Rec Plex general manager, at 8-7778.

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13. Win prizes by participating in fitness challenge

The Employee Wellness Program is offering a five-week Be Fit Challenge that offers prizes to employees who get 30 minutes of exercise five days per week, increase the number of steps they walk or average 10,000 steps per week. The program, which also focuses on reducing continual time spent sitting, will run Monday, Jan. 23, through Monday, Feb. 27, and will kick off with an optional Be Fit 101 Seminar on Wednesday, Jan. 18, from noon to 1 p.m. in Raynor Library Beaumier Suite A. Register by contacting Mandi Richter, wellness coordinator, at 8-4581 by Friday, Jan. 20.

During the challenge, the Department of Recreational Sports will offer a one-week free trial membership at the Rec Center and Rec Plex from Monday, Jan. 23, through Sunday, Jan. 29. Employees need to bring their MUID and sign in at either facility. For more information, contact John Sweeney, director of recreational sports, at 8-6976.

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14. Gesu Parish holding blood drive and chili meal

The Church of the Gesu will hold a Blood Drive and Chili Fest Monday, Jan. 16, from 12:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. in the Fr. Herian Hall at Gesu Parish Center. Registration can be done online, and walk-ins will be welcome. Participants can enjoy a meal of homemade chili varieties and whole grain breads after donating blood.

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