1. Director selected for Gender and Sexuality Resource Center

Following a nationwide search this spring, the Office of the Provost has selected Dr. Susannah Bartlow to serve as director of the Gender and Sexuality Resource Center. Bartlow previously led the Women's Center at Dickinson College in Carlisle, Penn., and was a contributing faculty member in the Women's and Gender Studies department.

Marquette's Gender and Sexuality Resource Center will open in fall 2012 under the direction of the Office of the Provost. The Center, which will be located on the fourth floor of the Alumni Memorial Union, will foster collaboration across academic departments, as well as with the Division of Student Affairs. Staff will provide support and counsel for educational programming and scholarly work related to gender and sexuality.

"This is an important step forward as we continue to embrace diversity and enhance inclusivity within our campus community," said Dr. William Welburn, associate provost for diversity and inclusion. "Susannah's success opening a similar center at Dickinson College combined with her vision and strategic mindset will help the university pursue dialogue and growth around issues of gender and sexuality."

Bartlow will assume her duties on campus by Aug. 1, and will be charged with developing and enhancing programming, education and scholarship related to gender and sexuality, and fostering a diverse, inclusive and safe environment for students, faculty and staff interested in and affected by gender and sexuality issues.

As founding director of Dickinson College's Women's Center, Bartlow established the initial infrastructure, budget and five-year strategic plan for the Center, in addition to supervising professional staff and volunteers. She also secured a nearly $300,000 grant from the Department of Justice's Office of Violence Against Women to implement a campus-wide violence prevention program.

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2. Retirement/tenure buyout policy modified to include mid-year retirements

The Office of the Provost today adopted a change to the retirement/tenure buyout policy that allows for mid-year retirements. All tenured faculty are eligible for this benefit once they meet the university's requirements, which are outlined in the policy. With this change, faculty can now consider retiring in December or at the end of their academic year contract.

The deadline for faculty to apply for retirement with full retirement benefits at the end of a fall academic term is Feb. 1 of the calendar year in which the faculty member intends to surrender tenure. The deadline for retirement with full retirement benefits or with phased retirement benefits at the end of an academic year is Dec. 1 of the academic year during which the faculty member provides notice of intent to surrender tenure. If Feb. 1 or Dec. 1 fall on a Saturday or Sunday, the deadlines shall be the Monday immediately following.

Contact Suzanne Abler in the Office of the Provost at 8-1563 with questions.

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3. Law School conference to address the political divide

At the end of the week in which Wisconsin will conduct its first-ever statewide recall election and with the political divide at an all-time high, the Marquette Law School Restorative Justice Initiative will host a conference to examine how public discourse got to this point and how to move forward beyond it. "Restoring Faith in Government: Encouraging Civil Public Discourse," will take place Friday, June 8, beginning at 8:30 a.m. at Eckstein Hall.

Keynote speaker John Avalon, senior columnist for Newsweek and The Daily Beast, CNN contributor and author of Independent Nation: How Centrism Can Change American Politics and Wingnuts: How the Lunatic Fringe Is Hijacking America, will give a presentation about his views on healing the polarization in America.

A full conference schedule and list of panelists is available online. The event includes continental breakfast and lunch. Registration is required and can be completed online.

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4. College of Nursing to co-host Wisconsin Cancer Survivorship Forum

The College of Nursing is co-hosting the third annual Wisconsin Cancer Survivorship Forum Wednesday, June 6, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the AMU Ballrooms. The forum is aimed at survivors and health care providers, and will feature local and national speakers, a panel discussion, breakout sessions and an area for exhibitors.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information and to register, go online. For additional information, contact Susan Breakwell, clinical associate professor of nursing, at 8-3848.

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5. Review fall 2012 classroom assignments in CheckMarq

Fall 2012 classroom assignments are posted in CheckMarq. Faculty are requested to access CheckMarq and review their course classroom assignments during the June 4 to June 13 review period. Submit the online SOC Change Request form to request an approved classroom change.

Faculty can also request classroom space for review sessions and final exams during the fall term from the Office of the Registrar. To request a classroom for any fall review session or final exam, submit the online SOC Review/Exam Room Request form.

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6. Register for employee fitness classes

The Employee Wellness Program is offering group fitness classes for faculty and staff this summer. Pilates, yoga and muscle conditioning classes will be offered beginning June 12.

Minimum enrollment must be met to offer each class. Space is limited. Cash, check and major credit cards accepted. Payment is not required at the time of registration, but must be received prior to the first class. Register online or contact Mandi Richter, wellness coordinator, at 8-4581.

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7. Teach kids about healthy habits through Project FUN

The Employee Wellness Program and the College of Nursing are offering families the opportunity to participate in Project FUN, a free, online nutrition and physical activity program designed for parents and youth in grades four to eight. The free program is part of a study being conducted by Marquette, Medical College of Wisconsin and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Project FUN will teach parents how to support healthy eating and promote physical activity. Kids will learn about healthy snacks and the importance of physical activity.

For more information or to register, contact Christine Glen, R.N., in the College of Nursing, at (847) 544-6852.

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8. Guided meditation sessions offered during June

The Employee Wellness Program and the Center for Peacemaking are providing a series of guided meditation sessions for faculty and staff during June. Participants will learn how to incorporate the benefits of meditation into daily life by participating in guided sessions offered by a meditation instructor. Sessions will be offered every Wednesday in June, from 12:15 p.m. to 12:45 p.m. in Coughlin Hall, 001. The fee is $12 for four sessions. Payment is not required at the time of registration, but must be brought to the first class.

Register online or contact Mandi Richter, wellness coordinator, at 8-4581.

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9. Easy Pass deadline is June 18

The deadline to participate in the Easy Pass payroll deduction program is Monday, June 18. The Easy Pass offers unlimited Milwaukee County bus rides, including Freeway Flyers and special event shuttles to the Bradley Center, Miller Park and other locations.

The program costs $210 per quarter and can be deducted before taxes to save money. Sign up between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. in the AMU, Union Station, for passes that will be good during July, August and September. Those who wish to drop must also do so in Union Station by June 18.

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10. Employee discounts available for lacrosse summer camps

The varsity men's and women's lacrosse teams will host two children's summer camps during the months of June and July. All Marquette employees will receive a 10 percent discount.

The men's lacrosse team will host numerous camps, clinics and tournaments beginning June 11 through the end of July. The women's lacrosse team will host one overnight camp and one day camp from July 13 to July 19. All camps will be held at Valley Fields.

For details on how to receive the employee discount, e-mail Joe Amplo, men's lacrosse head coach, or Meredith Black, women's lacrosse head coach.

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