1. Octavio "Cas" Castro promoted to vice president of Human Resources

Octavio "Cas" Castro has been promoted to vice president of Human Resources from assistant vice president and director of Human Resources, effective July 1. Castro will be charged with leading efforts to attract and retain top talent, demonstrate best practices in employee relations, benefits and compensation management, and enhance Marquette's reputation as a top workplace. He will continue to report to Dr. Mary DiStanislao, executive vice president.

"As an institution committed to Jesuit ideals, ensuring the highest standards for all facets of human resources management is paramount," DiStanislao said. "This new role is a testament to Cas' vision and leadership, as well as his commitment to fostering a culture of customer service and continuous improvement to support the needs of the university and its employees."

Since joining Marquette in 2009, Castro has established a goal of ensuring Marquette's Department of Human Resources works proactively to achieve results for employee stakeholders. Under his leadership, Human Resources has made noteworthy strides in improving service delivery across campus by revamping the employee performance appraisal process, adding benefits for domestic partners and increasing awareness around employee wellness programs.

Castro earned a bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and received his Senior Professional in Human Resources certification in 2004. He is a current Board of Directors member and past president of the Society of Human Resource Professionals, and an active member of the Society for Human Resource Management.

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2. Next "On the Issues" to discuss latest Law School Poll results

In its newest survey, the Law School Poll will examine the races for U.S. Senate and president. Have any of the U.S. Senate candidates caught the attention of Wisconsinites yet? Is President Obama retaining his lead over Gov. Romney? These questions and others will be discussed by the director of the poll, Visiting Professor of Law and Public Policy Charles Franklin, when he goes inside the numbers during "On the Issues with Mike Gousha," Wednesday, July 11, from 12:15 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. in Eckstein Hall. Register online.

Running throughout the year, the Marquette University Law School Poll will provide a comprehensive, independent survey of voter attitudes in Wisconsin. It is the largest independent polling project in state history. Monthly polls measure voter attitudes toward the 2012 presidential and U.S. Senate elections; citizen reaction to current state policy debates and possible recall elections; and a wide range of opinions among Wisconsin voters.

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3. Law School to host "Milwaukee's Future in the Chicago Megacity"

Major business, political and civic leaders will come together to discuss Milwaukee's economic future as part of the tri-state region at a conference sponsored by the Lubar Fund for Public Policy Research at the Law School and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. "Milwaukee's Future in the Chicago Megacity" will take place Tuesday, July 17, from 8:15 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. at Eckstein Hall.

The conference will feature Tom Barrett, mayor of Milwaukee; Toni Preckwinkle, Cook County Board president; Paul Jadin, CEO and Secretary, Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation; Jeff Joerres, chairman and CEO of Manpower; Gale Klappa, CEO and president of Wisconsin Energy Corp. and We Energies; Julia Taylor, president of the Greater Milwaukee Committee; and many others from Milwaukee and Chicago. A full list of conference participants is available online.

The conference will consider Milwaukee's opportunity to strengthen its stature as part of the global megacity. It will address the central questions of how closely the Milwaukee region should connect its future to Chicago, and how that might be accomplished through public policy and business initiatives.

The event cost is $20 and includes lunch. Seating is limited; register online by July 9.

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4. Grow with Marquette offering session on distributing off-campus mail

The Purchasing Department and Mail Services will present a training session, "How to Design and Process Mail Effectively" Tuesday, July 17, from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. in Raynor Memorial Libraries, Beaumier Suites B and C.

The session will cover topics including the design of mail pieces, address management, and how mail enters and moves through the mail stream. Individuals who are responsible for the design or distribution of off-campus mail would benefit from attending. Email Grow with Marquette to register.

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5. Committee on Administrators election results

The eleven members of the Committee on Administrators recently conducted their annual membership election, and the results are as follows:

  • Two At-Large Representatives: Katie Hoffman and Alex Kaleta
  • Office of the Provost Area Representative: Debbie Littlefield
  • University Advancement/Marketing and Communication/Public Affairs Area Representative: Laura Abing
  • Office of Administration Area Representative: Lisa Olson

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6. Prevent bicycle theft by following safety tips

With several recent incidents of bicycle theft on- and off-campus involving the cutting of cable locks, the Department of Public Safety reminds bicycle owners of several safety tips:

  • Always secure your bicycle with an effective locking device. High-security U-shaped locks are available for $25 from the Parking Services office in Structure 2 on Wells Street.
  • Secure bicycles to fixed objects, such as permanent bicycle racks that are cemented or anchored to the ground. Do not secure bicycles to trees or other objects that can be removed or broken. On campus, bicycle parking is allowed in designated areas only.
  • The City of Milwaukee requires that all bicycles be licensed. Free licensing decals can be obtained from the Parking Services office. Licensing also assists in identifying the owners of recovered bicycles.
  • Secure bicycles in well-traveled, well-lit areas.

Bicycle racks should be used only for short-term parking. Those in need of long-term or overnight bicycle storage should use secured bike corrals in the 16th Street and Wells Street Parking Structures. Bicycles must be registered with Parking Services prior to accessing the bike corrals.

For more information, contact DPS at 8-6800.

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