1. Conference to address future of K-12 education in Wisconsin

The Law School and the College of Education will host a major education conference, "The Challenge and the Opportunity: How Wisconsin Can Meet More Ambitious Goals for Students," which will address the new standards for reading and math proficiency in Wisconsin, Tuesday, May 22, at 8:30 a.m. in Eckstein Hall.

Wisconsin will soon start using standards set by the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) for measuring student achievement in reading and math. With NAEP being a much tougher grader than the state, the proportion of Wisconsin students rated as proficient is likely to fall 40 percentage points or more. David P. Driscoll, chair of the National Assessment Governing Board, which oversees the NAEP program, will be the keynote speaker and hold an open forum with attendees. Tony Evers, Wisconsin superintendent of public instruction, will also present his response to the NAEP challenge.

The event is free and open to the public; but, because of the volume of registrants, reservations are now being accepted for the live-feed overflow room only. Register online.

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2. College of Professional Studies to hold undergraduate degree information session

The College of Professional Studies will hold an undergraduate degree information session for prospective adult students Wednesday, June 6, from 5:45 p.m. to 7 p.m. in Cudahy Hall, 414. Attendees will learn about the application and admission process for receiving accelerated, eight-week-session bachelor's degrees in areas such as: leadership and organizations, criminology and law studies, professional communication and psychology. The session will include information on Saturday, weeknight and online classes, as well as financial aid options.

Register online or by calling 8-3153.

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3. Purchasing Department to host supplier fair Wednesday

The Purchasing Department will sponsor the 2012 Supplier Fair, Wednesday, May 23, from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the AMU Ballrooms. This event will give employees the opportunity to meet the university's preferred suppliers and learn more about their products. It is free, open to all Marquette employees, and will include door prizes and food.

For additional information, contact Jenny Alexander, purchasing director, at 8-7362.

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4. News Briefs begins weekly schedule next week

The News Briefs e-newsletter will begin its once-a-week summer publication schedule beginning next week. Thursday, May 24, will be the last Thursday edition until fall semester.

Due to the Memorial Day holiday, News Briefs will be issued Tuesday, May 29, next week, rather than Monday, May 28.

The submission deadline for Monday publication remains noon on Fridays.

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5. Committee on Administrators ballot forms due June 4

The Committee on Administrators (COA) is conducting its annual membership election, and is looking to fill two At-Large Representative and three Area Representative positions: Office of the Provost Area Representative, University Advancement/Marketing and Communication/Public Affairs Area Representative, and the Office of Administration Area Representative.

Ballots were mailed to all administrators and are also available on the COA website. They are due Monday, June 4, and can be sent to Mary Minson, chair of the COA Committee on Nominations, Appointments and Elections, in Marquette Hall, 208. Election results will be announced in June in News Briefs.

For additional information, contact Mary Minson, senior assistant dean of advising, Klingler College of Arts and Sciences, at 8-5989.

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6. Weight Watchers at Work open house will be held May 24

The Employee Wellness Program is holding an open house for the Marquette Weight Watchers at Work Program, Thursday, May 24, from 12:15 p.m. to 12:45 p.m. in Raynor Memorial Libraries, Beaumier Suites B and C. All attendees will receive an Eat Right for Life book and cookbook.

The Marquette Weight Watchers at Work program allows employees to join Weight Watchers by purchasing a monthly pass for $39.95, with half off the first month. Participants can attend meetings at work and locally, and will receive free eTools. Meetings are held Thursdays from noon to 12:45 p.m. in Raynor Memorial Libraries. For more information on Weight Watchers at Work, contact Mandi Richter, employee wellness coordinator, at 8-4581.

With a letter from a physician stating weight loss is a medical necessity, Weight Watchers at Work classes are an eligible medical flexible spending account expense. For more information contact the Employee Benefits Corporation, Marquette's FSA administrator, at 1-800-346-2126.

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7. Marquette in the News delivers university media coverage to your inbox

The Office of Marketing and Communication (OMC) monitors local, state and national media coverage involving Marquette University. OMC distributes via e-mail a collection of the top news stories about Marquette and members of the university community every Thursday afternoon. Marquette community members who would like to be added to the distribution list should e-mail Marquette in the News.

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8. Free Brewers tickets available for tomorrow's game

Free tickets to the Brewers vs. Giants game Tuesday, May 22, at 7 p.m. are available for faculty, staff and students. The tickets were donated by the Brewers Community Foundation in support of Marquette's Hunger Clean-Up efforts.

Although the tickets are free, attendees are asked to bring a non-perishable food item for Hunger Task Force or purchase a small or medium "We are Marquette. We are Milwaukee." t-shirt for $10 in exchange for free tickets, while supplies last. Tickets are available in the AMU, 329, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

For additional information, contact Leslie LaBonte, coordinator for community service programs, at 8-4327.

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9. Register for golf outing benefitting men's golf program

There are still spots open for the men's golf program's annual Marquette Golf Club Invitational Friday, June 8 beginning at 11 a.m. at The Bog in Saukville, Wis. The cost is $200 per golfer for a four person, 18-hole scramble.

Registration is available online, and all proceeds benefit the men's golf program. Sponsorship opportunities are available for corporations or individuals. For more information or questions, contact Sarah Claus, athletics special events coordinator, at 8-4785.

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