1. A prayer for the victims, families and congregation of the Sikh Temple

Dear colleagues, students and friends of Marquette University,

Like so many of you, I was deeply saddened when I learned about the profound suffering and tragic events that unfolded in Oak Creek, Wis., yesterday at the congregation of the Sikh Temple. It is at our most challenging and tragic hours that we must turn towards our God and to each other as a community to gain strength and comfort.

Late yesterday evening, we sadly learned that this senseless tragedy hit extremely close to home. Mr. Satwant Kaleka, the president of the Sikh Temple, died from gunshot wounds he suffered when the gunman opened fire. He is the father of two Marquette alumni. I encourage all of you to please pray for the Kaleka family, along with all of the victims, families and congregation of the Sikh Temple. We have opened our Chapel of the Holy Family for quiet prayer all day until 4:30 p.m. I also encourage you to pray with us as a community by reading our special prayer for the Sikh Temple victims online.

As our prayer reads, "May our spirit of respect, tolerance, civility and unity be strengthened as we come together this day." It is of paramount importance that we live this civility each day in a spirit of respect and understanding with all of our sisters and brothers. Thank you for your continued support.

God Bless,

Father Pilarz

Rev. Scott R. Pilarz, S.J.

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2. University's assessment website receives national recognition

The National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment has chosen the Assessment at Marquette website to be featured on the NILOA website as an example of innovative and transparent online communication of student learning outcomes assessment. The university's reaffirmation of accreditation process is ongoing, with a site visit by Marquette's accrediting agency, the Higher Learning Commission, expected in the fall 2013 or spring 2014 semester.

The Assessment at Marquette website was recognized by NILOA for the amount of assessment information accessible to both internal and external audiences. The Student Learning Assessment Policy outlines assessment principles, responsibilities, supporting offices, learning outcomes, assessment plans, assessment highlights, and assessment reports for every major and each academic and co-curricular unit.

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3. Aug. 8 "On the Issues" will discuss new Law School Poll results

The results of the latest Law School Poll will be discussed at "On the Issues with Mike Gousha," Wednesday, Aug. 8, from 12:15 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. in Eckstein Hall. The poll is being released one week before the Republican primary in the race for Wisconsin's open U.S. Senate seat, and will also feature the latest numbers in the Wisconsin presidential contest.

Running throughout the year, the Marquette University Law School Poll provides 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 recall elections; and a wide range of opinions among Wisconsin voters.

Register online.

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4. Celebration for Father Naus will be held Tuesday, Aug. 28

A birthday and retirement celebration will be held for Rev. John Naus, S.J., Tuesday, Aug. 28, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event's location on campus is still being determined. Watch News Briefs for additional information. Guests should RSVP to Annette Conrad, associate director of the AMU.

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5. Parking permits available online

Parking permits for students wishing to park in a university-owned parking structure for the 2012-13 academic year are available for purchase online. Permits that are purchased online can be picked up during business hours at the parking office beginning Monday, Aug. 13. From Monday, Aug. 20 to Friday, Aug. 31, parking permits purchased online can be picked up in the elevator lobby of the Wells Street parking structure.

Students will need to show their MUID or state driver's license in order to claim their permit. Parking Services will not be selling permits from the parking office until the first day of undergraduate classes, Monday, Aug. 27.

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6. College of Nursing Commitment to the Profession ceremony will be Oct. 7

This year's College of Nursing Commitment to the Profession ceremony will be held Sunday, Oct. 7, beginning at 1 p.m. at Church of the Gesu. Each year, sophomore and direct-entry nursing students participate in the Commitment to the Profession ceremony with faculty, alumni, family and friends. This tradition allows students to pledge their commitment as future nurse leaders dedicated to promoting health, healing and social justice for all people. The ceremony will take place during Family Weekend.

A coffee reception will be held immediately following the ceremony in Eckstein Hall. An invitation will be sent to nursing students' home addresses, and registration information will be available early this fall in News Briefs. For additional information, contact Libby Gard, Advancement associate, at 8-8440.

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7. Rec Center closed next week for annual maintenance

The Helfaer Recreation Center will be closed for annual maintenance and cleaning from Saturday, Aug. 11 to Sunday, Aug. 19. The Rec Plex will be open and available to Rec Center patrons. Rec Plex hours can be found online.

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