1. Durben named executive director of Marquette's Office of Research and Sponsored Programs

Katherine Durben has been appointed executive director of Marquette University’s Office of Research and Sponsored Programs.

Durben joined the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs at Marquette in 1996 and has been serving as the director of project planning and development since 2000.

As executive director, Durben will provide oversight for all areas of operation, including the office’s role in technology transfer and commercialization.

Durben has more than 20 years of experience in extramural funding and grant administration. Prior to coming to Marquette, she worked for Lutheran Social Services in Milwaukee. Durben earned her bachelor’s degree from UW-Stevens Point and a master’s in social work from UW-Milwaukee.

In fiscal year 2011, the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs helped administer 188 awards totaling $26.49 million for research, instruction and other projects and assisted 159 Marquette faculty and administrators with the submission of 352 applications for external funding.

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2. Marquette voter IDs now available for students

Last year, the Wisconsin State Legislature passed a law requiring voters in the state to show an ID card when registering to vote and at election polls. Student ID cards are one of several accepted forms of identification. Marquette will issue a free, separate voter identification card to students to meet the requirements of the new law.

Students who wish to vote in future elections can pick up a Marquette issued voter ID beginning today at Union Station. Items needed to obtain a Marquette issued voter ID:

· Completed and signed application form: By signing the application form, students certify that they meet Wisconsin's voter eligibility requirements, including that they are U.S. citizens who are 18 years by the day of the election, have been residents of the district or ward where an election is being held for 28 consecutive days or more, and who are not currently serving a sentence (including probation or parole) for a felony conviction. Some students who are registered for Marquette classes but are students at other institutions may not be eligible. Additional information on voter eligibility available online.

· Marquette student ID card.

· A print-out of a current account activity report, available through CheckMarq. The print-out must include the student's current campus address, which can be updated directly through CheckMarq.

Marquette issued voter IDs will be available during operating hours of Union Station. Application forms are available online and at Union Station. Additional staff will be on hand today and tomorrow, and prior to each election, to help expedite the process and register students to vote. Those dates and times can be found online.

Additional information and resources, an updated list of on- and off-campus voting locations, and a list of eligibility requirements are available at marquette.edu/vote.

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3. Presidential Address moved to AMU Ballrooms

Marquette University President Scott R. Pilarz, S.J., will deliver his first Presidential Address on Tuesday, Jan. 24, at 3 p.m. in the AMU Ballrooms. 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 and staff are invited to attend. A reception will follow.

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4. Business Plan Competition entries due tomorrow

The last day to register for the Kohler Center for Entrepreneurship Business Plan Competition is Wednesday, Jan. 18. The competition is accepting ideas for business and social ventures. Participants have an opportunity to receive one-on-one coaching, learn how to turn an idea into a viable business venture and win start-up money.

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5. Haggerty exhibits to open this week

The Haggerty Museum of Art will display four new exhibits Wednesday, Jan. 18, through Sunday, May 20, including work by Tina Barney, Philip Guston, John Stezaker and several other artists from the Mary B. Finnigan Collection.

The Europeans, a collection of photographs by Tina Barney, provides an intimate look at wealthy Europeans through the eyes of the American photographer. This exhibit will be featured in an American museum for the first time, and presents 20 works from the photographer’s travels.

Inevitable Finality, The Gemini G.E.L. Prints, featuring the work of Philip Guston, presents all 25 lithographs created in the last two months of the artist’s life. As a collection, the works reveal Guston’s lifelong passion for drawing, his return to the figurative and his deep appreciation of the immediacy and liveliness inherent in drawings.

Marriage, a collection by British conceptual artist John Stezaker, is an exhibit of nine film portraits made between 2009 and 2011. The artist mined vintage film stills and publicity shots of classic movie stars from Hollywood’s Golden Age to create a new series of collages.

Selections from The Mary B. Finnigan Collection includes select works from the permanent collection purchased with funds provided by the Mary B. Finnigan Art Endowment Fund. The exhibit includes paintings by Lovis Corinth, Jean Fautrier, Wifredo Lam, Jacob Lawrence and others. A longtime supporter and Friend of the Haggerty Museum of Art board member, Mary Finnigan gave a major gift to the museum in 1991 to establish the art endowment fund, which has brought 13 art gifts to the Haggerty over the past 20 years.

Images from The Europeans and Inevitable Finality, The Gemini G.E.L. Prints can be found online, and publication resolution images are available by contacting Mary Dornfeld, communications assistant at the Haggerty.

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6. 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 Marie Hegerty or Robert Whaples in the Office of the 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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7. Committee on Staff meeting to be held

All staff members are welcome to attend the first Committee on Staff meeting of the year on Thursday, Jan. 19, at 2 p.m. in the Raynor Memorial Library Beaumier Suite A. Topics to be added to the meeting agenda, suggestions or comments can be submitted to a Committee on Staff Area Representative or by e-mail.

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8. Office of the Provost awards assessment grants

The Office of the Provost awarded ten assessment mini-grants for the spring semester to encourage experimentation in approaches to assessing student learning. The grants will be used for assessment of student learning and to purchase instruments, such as tests, surveys and software. Grants were awarded to the Colleges of Arts and Sciences, Education, Business Administration, Nursing and Health Sciences. Other programs that received funding were Study Abroad, Career Services and Student Development. Grant awards ranged from $500 to $3,000.

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9. Spring classroom requests available for exams

Faculty can submit an online form to request classroom space from the Registrar for spring 2012 course review sessions and final exams until May 1.

Before reserving a separate classroom for student testing accommodations, faculty should contact the testing coordinator in the Office of Disability Services. This office arranges space and a proctor for students who qualify for testing accommodations, such as private rooms, extra time and text-to-speech software. Reservations can be done throughout the semester, without scheduling through the Office of the Registrar or Event Management. Review the test proctoring guidelines from Disability Services for more information.

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10. Schedule classrooms for spring ad hoc events

Scheduling classroom space for all ad hoc events is done through AMU Event Management. To request a space for an ad hoc event, complete the classroom reservation request form. To request a change for an existing ad hoc reservation, contact Annette Conrad, associate director of the AMU.

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11. Law School to hold information session

The Law School will hold an information session for prospective students Saturday, Jan. 21, in Eckstein Hall. The session will cover admissions, financial aid, curriculum, intellectual and student life, and information from current students.

The session begins at 10 a.m. and lasts approximately one hour. Tours will be available prior to the information session, beginning at 9 a.m. Register online.

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12. Dining Services offering meal plans to employees

Dining Services is offering the “Loyalty 50 Dining Plan” for employees who dine on campus. Participants can dine at more than 15 locations with this 50-meal plan, including breakfast, lunch and dinner. Meal exchanges are available in Marquette Place, The Natural Market, Brew Cafés, Cobeen Hall, McCormick Hall, Straz Tower, The Diner at Mashuda and Café Italiano in Schroeder Hall.

The cost for 50 meals is $350.

For more information or to purchase a dining plan, contact the Office of Residence Life at 8-7208.

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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 1p.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. Physical therapy clinic accepting patients

The new Marquette Sports Rehabilitation Clinic, a full-service rehabilitation/sports medicine clinic, is accepting patients. Based in the College of Health Sciences’ nationally ranked Department of Physical Therapy, licensed physical therapists and athletic trainers offer Marquette students and employees:

• Full physical therapy and athletic training services (rehabilitation, strength training, athletic injury prevention and treatment, and wellness)
• X-rays
• Bone density scans

The clinic will directly bill students' and employees' insurance for services, and Marquette Cash and credit cards can be used to cover co-pays that insurance might require. The clinic's services are not covered by the student health fee. Jeff Wilkens, PT '99, serves as clinic director.

The clinic is located in Cramer Hall 215, and hours are by appointment only. Call 8-1400 to schedule a visit.

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15. Weekly meditation hour offered at St. Joan of Arc Chapel

The Marquette Contemplative Community, which works to support the interests of those surrounding the university, holds a weekly meditation hour open to students, faculty and staff every Wednesday, from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., in the Joan of Arc Chapel. Those interested can stay for some or all of the meditation. Instructions are available.

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16. Monitor university communications for weather closings

In the event of a weather-related closing, students, faculty and staff will be notified by e-mail and, for those registered, by text messaging and Twitter. Local media will be notified of any closing, and Marquette.edu would also post relevant information.

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. Contact information is uploaded periodically.

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17. Programs involving minors must register with risk management

Marquette programs that involve participation by minors must be registered with the Office of Risk Management according to a University Policy and Procedure (UPP-4-26).

The university and its faculty, administrators, staff, students and volunteers have a particular obligation to protect the safety and interests of the most vulnerable, including minors (those under the age of 18) who are participating in activities and programs on campus. The policy also addresses:

• Background checks for faculty, administrators, staff, volunteers and university students more than 18 years of age who are participating in activities covered by the policy.

• Training for those participating in such activities.

• Behavioral requirements, including prohibitive practices, for those participating in activities covered by the policy.

• Procedures to be followed when inappropriate conduct is suspected.

Required training is available online for individuals. For large group presentations a DVD is available. The training emphasizes basic guidelines to prevent problems and the perception of problems. Contact Risk Management at 8-8492 or Lori Richard-Hayes in the Office of Risk Management for training information.

Background checks of individuals are required once every four years, and results will be stored separately and used only for the purpose of the Working with Minors policy.

Offices and programs that have not already reported their activities involving minors should contact Risk Management to determine if their activities are covered by the policy.

Contact Lori Richard-Hayes or Steve Duffy, associate vice president for administration, for more information.

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18. Smoking prohibited within 25 feet of university buildings

Smoking is prohibited in all university buildings and within 25 feet of all building entrances and balconies to comply with Wisconsin Act 12, “Smoke-Free Wisconsin,” as well as to support campus health and safety. The university’s smoking policy also prohibits smoking in parking structures and university-owned vehicles and prohibits designating any indoor location as a “smoking area.”

Voluntary compliance is emphasized. However, anyone observing someone who is smoking in a no-smoking area is encouraged to courteously inform the smoker that he/she is in violation of the university’s smoking policy.

Repeated violations by employees may be subject to the university’s progressive disciplinary policy; by students to the university’s student code of conduct.

Those who do smoke should also make sure they properly dispose of their cigarette butts in the receptacles provided throughout campus.

The Employee Wellness Program and Raynor Memorial Libraries have resources available.

For more information, contact Steve Duffy, associate vice president of administration, at 8-6897.

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