1. New department chairs announced

Several departments across campus will have new chairs for the 2012-13 academic year. Dr. Anne Pasero, professor of Spanish, will chair the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures. Lt.Col. Michael C. Gibson, professor of military science, will chair the Department of Military Sciences. Dr. Lowell Barrington, associate professor of political science, will chair the Department of Political Science.

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2. O-Fest and Community Service Fair is Thursday

The Office of Student Development will hold this semester's O-Fest and Community Service Fair Thursday, Aug. 30, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on the Central Mall. Many of Marquette's 270 student organizations will join local community service agencies and university departments to showcase involvement opportunities and services available to students.

For additional information, contact the Office of Student Development at 8-7205.

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3. MUSG hosts welcome back activities as part of MUmania

Marquette University Student Government will host MUmania, a week of welcome back activities for all incoming and returning students, from Monday, Aug. 27 through Saturday, Sept. 1.

  • MU Showcase Tuesday, Aug. 28, at 9 p.m. in the Varsity Theatre. The event will include performances by the Gold N' Blues, the Naturals, Hype Dance, PURE Dance and the Studio 013 Refugees.
  • The Avengers Thursday, Aug. 30, at 9 p.m. in Central Mall. The Avengers will be played outdoors. The event is free.
  • Milwaukee Brewers vs. Pittsburgh Pirates Friday, Aug. 31, at 6:30 p.m., with transportation leaving from SHAMU. Tickets will be sold for $15 at MUmania events throughout the week and in the AMU, Brooks Lounge.
  • Block Party Friday, Aug. 31, from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. in Westowne Square. Activities will include performances by extreme juggler Nick Pike and The Well Reds, as well as a rock wall, inflatable play areas, bag tosses and free food.
  • MUmania: Annex Mania Saturday, Sept. 1, from 9 p.m. to 1 p.m. in the Union Sports Annex. Activities include free cosmic bowling, trivia, prizes and restaurant specials.

Additional activities can be found on the MUSG website. Students can also win prizes throughout the week by tweeting at events using the hashtag #MUmania and posting pictures to the MUSG Facebook page.

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4. Update personal contact information for university records

Students should update their personal address and telephone number, preferably a mobile number, by Tuesday, September 4. This information is used by university employees to contact students during emergencies and for vital university business.

To update contact information, login to CheckMarq, click Student Center and select "Addresses" or "Phone Numbers" from the dropdown menu in the Personal Information section.

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5. Information on students' FERPA rights available online

Marquette University is required by federal law to notify all students of their FERPA (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act) rights at the beginning of each term. Students can access the annual FERPA notification online. Contact Marquette Central at 8-4000 or visit Zilber Hall, first floor, with additional questions.

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6. Sign up for two-day course on anaerobic biotechnology

The Water Quality Center's annual two-day short course on Anaerobic Treatment of High-Strength Industrial Waste will be held Wednesday, Sept. 5, from 7:45 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., and Thursday, Sept. 6, from 7:45 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. in the Raynor Memorial Libraries' Conference Center.

The course is designed for both practitioners and students to learn the fundamentals and full-scale application of anaerobic biotechnology used to convert industrial waste into renewable energy. Continuing education credits can be earned. A complete schedule of the days' events and speakers can be found online.

The registration cost is $230 for students, $775 for standard registration and $875 for exhibitor registration. For additional information, contact Dr. Daniel Zitomer, professor of civil, construction and environmental engineering and director of the Water Quality Center, at 8-5733.

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7. Opening reception for new Haggerty Museum of Art exhibition is Wednesday

The Haggerty Museum of Art will host an opening reception for its newest exhibition, Thenceforward, and Forever Free, Wednesday, Aug. 29, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Haggerty Museum of Art. Museum staff will be on hand to answer questions about the exhibition, which will be open through Dec. 22.

In commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation, this exhibition features seven contemporary artists whose work deals with issues of race, gender, privilege and identity, and more broadly conveys interpretations of the notion of freedom. It coincides with The Freedom Project, the university's year-long celebration of the Sesquicentennial of the Civil War that explores the many meanings of freedom.

For additional information, contact the Haggerty Museum of Art at 8-1669.

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8. News Briefs will be distributed on Tuesday next week

News Briefs will be issued Tuesday, Sept. 4, rather than Monday, Sept. 3, next week due to the Labor Day holiday. The submission deadline is noon Friday, Sept. 2.

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9. Monthly Masses in Law School Chapel begin Thursday

Rev. Thomas Anderson, S.J., assistant director of Campus Ministry and Law School chaplain, will celebrate monthly Mass in the Marquette University Law School Chapel on the fourth floor of Eckstein Hall during the fall semester. The first Mass for fall semester will be held Thursday, Aug. 30, from 12:15 p.m. to 12:45 p.m. All members of the Marquette community are welcome to attend. Mass will also be held from 12:15 p.m. to 12:45 p.m. on:

  • Thursday, Sept. 27
  • Thursday, Oct. 25
  • Thursday, Nov. 29

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10. Marquette to support two neighborhood events this Wednesday

Marquette will be present at two neighborhood events this Wednesday, Aug. 29. University representatives will be handing out a limited quantity of reusable shopping bags over the lunch hour at the Westown Farmer's Market in Zeidler Union Square. Also on Aug. 29, university representatives will be handing out Marquette souvenirs, including wristbands, magnets and stickers at the final River Rhythms of the summer in Pere Marquette Park, beginning at 6:30 p.m. The Westown Farmer's Market and River Rhythms are part of the Westown Association, a university community partner.

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