1. Annual Mass of the Holy Spirit is Sunday

President Scott R. Pilarz, S.J., invites the Marquette community to celebrate the beginning of the academic year at the annual Mass of the Holy Spirit, which will be held Sunday, Aug. 26, at 4 p.m. at Church of the Gesu.

Overflow seating will be provided in the lower church. Doors open at 3 p.m. For more information, contact Timothy Johnston, assistant director of liturgical programs, at 8-0522.

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2. 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. in the AMU, Monaghan Ballroom. A video presentation and remarks will begin at 11:15 a.m., and refreshments will be served. Guests should RSVP to Annette Conrad, associate director of the AMU.

Individuals wishing to honor Father Naus by making a gift to the Rev. John E. Naus, S.J., Scholarship Fund can do so online.

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3. University's drug and alcohol policies have been updated

As a Catholic, Jesuit university, Marquette is committed to supporting its students' physical, emotional and spiritual well-being. During the past several years, Marquette has focused on educating students about the risks associated with alcohol and drug use. Building upon these efforts, effective for the fall 2012 semester, the university has updated its drug and alcohol policies.

The changes in policy and other news related to the upcoming academic year were announced in a letter to students from Dr. L. Christopher Miller, vice president for Student Affairs, earlier this week.

Key points to know about the updated drug and alcohol policies are:

  • Alcohol and Drugs: Following a student conduct hearing, students found responsible for violating the alcohol and/or drug policies will be assessed a fine. Fines vary based on the severity of the violation and previous violations, and will be assigned in addition to alcohol use assessments and educational sanctions currently being used.
  • Complicity: When a policy is being violated, students are expected to remove themselves from the situation and/or report the incident. Encouraging other students to consume alcohol or drugs is a violation of the university's complicity policy.

Fines are detailed in the university's Alcoholic Beverages Use and Consumption Policy and Drug Policy, and are being enacted to minimize harm on campus due to alcohol and drugs.

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4. Marquette Involvement Link centralizes student organization management

An online community management system, Marquette Involvement Link, is now being used to manage events for registered student organizations. The system features an online calendar of all events run by student organizations, and will improve event planning and promotion activities. Marquette Involvement Link also helps assist with student-run event communication, organization management and student involvement tracking by aggregating all student event information into one online system. All students, faculty, and staff have access to the system using their eMarq credentials.

Training is available throughout the year for leaders of student organizations. For more information, contact Matt Lengen, coordinator for student organizations and leadership in the Office of Student Development, at 8-7205.

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5. Printed student employee paycheck distribution discontinued

In an effort to increase security, decrease costs and encourage direct deposit enrollment, the university discontinued providing printed paychecks to Marquette student employees as of July 1, 2012. Student employees are still able to view their pay statements through MyJob.

Faculty and staff who manage student employees are asked to encourage their student employees to sign up for direct deposit by entering bank account information through their CheckMarq account. Students who do not enroll in direct deposit will be required to pick up their paper payroll check in the Comptroller's Office, Straz Tower, 175.

Electronic payments offer a more secure way of distributing payroll information due to fewer people and fewer steps involved. Electronic deposits will also decrease the funds and resources needed for the university to print, sort and distribute monthly checks.

Instructions for enrolling can be found online. Paper forms are no longer accepted for Student Employees. For more information, contact Robert Krenzke, payroll associate, at 8-5164.

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