1. Final grades not available until Dec. 18

Please note that students and those who have been given guest access to grades will not have access to view grades in CheckMarq until early evening Tuesday, Dec. 18. This allows the Office of the Registrar time to post grades and run necessary reports for the colleges/schools. Please log in to CheckMarq after 5 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 18 to view grades.

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2. Cap and gown pick up for mid-year Commencement is Dec. 11

Cap and gown pick up for all mid-year commencement graduation candidates is Tuesday, Dec. 11, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the AMU, 227. There is no charge or pre-ordering for pick up.

Undergraduates may keep their cap and gown. Graduates in Law, Health Sciences, Master's Program (MPA and DPT), Graduate School of Management and the Graduate School (master's and doctoral degrees) must return caps, gowns and hoods to representatives of the cap and gown company immediately following the ceremony. Tassels may be retained as a keepsake.

Contact University Special Events at 8-7431 for more information. A student's name, approximate height, degree and college are needed for a friend or relative to pick up caps and gowns for students who cannot pick up their graduation apparel.

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3. Course evaluations end Sunday

Fall 2012 course evaluations are available through Sunday, Dec. 9. Students who complete evaluations for all of their classes will be entered into a drawing to win a new iPad. The online course evaluation system, MOCES, is also available as a mobile-friendly page, for students who wish to complete evaluations on their mobile devices.

Course evaluations are used by Marquette to review classes and instructors, with the primary goal of improving the quality of both. Responses are private and confidential, and no identifying information will ever appear with a response. For additional information, including FAQs, the course evaluation schedule and a sample evaluation form, visit the MOCES website.

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4. Tell us about interesting December graduates by Dec. 7

The Office of Marketing and Communication is seeking stories about December 2012 graduates for possible use with area media. Graduates who have remarkable plans and jobs post-graduation; unusual backgrounds; overcame substantial obstacles in getting their degree; recent national-level exclusive awards, academic recognition, publications or scholarship; etc. are some ideas that would be appropriate.

What graduates do you know who have fascinating stories to tell? E-mail their names and plenty of details by Friday, Dec. 7.

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5. Christmas holiday and spring semester parking available

Parking Services will be offering complimentary Christmas holiday parking. Students leaving campus for the holidays and leaving their vehicles behind can arrange for a no-fee permit after their last exam of the semester. Those interested can donate a few non-perishable food items or a small cash donation that will be given to Campus Kitchen in exchange for the permit. Students will need to complete an application with pertinent vehicle information and will be issued a dashboard permit for the holiday season.

Parking permits for the spring term will go on sale online Wednesday, Dec. 12 as of 9 a.m. Students who purchased fall semester permits will need to reapply, should they want parking for the spring term. Students are encouraged to sign up early if they would like to get the structure of their choice. Permits applied for by New Year's Day will be available to be picked up from the parking office beginning Thursday, Jan. 3. Parking Services office hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Permits will not be sold directly out of the parking office until Monday, Jan. 14.

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6. Scholarship awards available

Several Marquette alumni organizations offer annual scholarship awards and are seeking applications. Students who meet the criteria for these awards are encouraged to apply. In some cases, a nomination from a Marquette faculty or staff member is also required. Students receiving tuition remission or full-tuition scholarships are not eligible for these awards.

AMUW Ignatian Leadership Award — $1,000 award for a senior woman, graduating in 2013 and enrolled full time, who excels academically and demonstrates leadership and service to the Marquette and Milwaukee communities, or her hometown community, and strives to live out the Ignatian ideals. Faculty/staff nomination is required along with student application by Feb. 15, 2013.

Pedro Arrupe Award — $2,500 for a junior in good standing and enrolled full time who emulates the values and ideals of Rev. Pedro Arrupe, S.J., and is involved in service in and beyond the Marquette community. Faculty/staff nomination is required along with student application and essay by March 22, 2013.

The Association of Marquette University Women (AMUW) Scholarship — $2,500 for junior women beginning their senior year in fall 2013 who are enrolled full time with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.3. Application deadline is Feb. 15, 2013.

Ethnic Alumni Association Ralph H. Metcalfe, Sr., Scholarship — Three awards of up to $2,000 each for students of color who are enrolled full time with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5. At least one award will go to an Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) student and one to a non-EOP student. Application deadline is Feb. 15, 2013.

The Marquette University Women's Council Scholarship — A renewable tuition scholarship of approximately $3,000 annually for a non-traditional female undergraduate student. Application deadline is Feb. 15, 2013.

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7. Gender and Sexuality Resource Center to co-host comedian Julie Goldman tonight

The Gender and Sexuality Resource Center, in partnership with the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee LGBT Resource Center, will host comedian Julie Goldman Thursday, Dec. 6, at 7:30 p.m. in the UWM Union Ballroom, 2200 E. Kenwood Blvd.

Susannah Bartlow, director of the Gender and Sexuality Resource Center, will meet students on W. Wisconsin Ave. and N. 16th St. at 6:20 p.m. and will ride the 30 Bus towards UWM via Downer. Individual transportation is acceptable as well.

The event is free for all students. For more information, contact the Gender and Sexuality Resource Center at 8-4975.

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8. James Wake Memorial Lecture to feature oncology expert

The College of Nursing's Institute for Palliative and End of Life Care will host the James Wake Memorial Lecture Thursday, Dec. 13, at 5 p.m. in the AMU, Monaghan Ballroom. Dr. Betty Ferrell, professor and research scientist at the City of Hope Medical Center in Los Angeles, will present "Improving the Quality of Spiritual Care in Palliative Care."

Ferrell has practiced in the field of oncology nursing for more than 35 years and has focused her clinical expertise and research in pain management, quality of life and palliative care. Specifically, her research focuses on spiritual care as a critical component in palliative care situations where patients face serious and life-threatening illness.

A reception will follow the lecture. For more information, contact University Special Events at 8-7431.

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9. Seminar to address the neuroscience forebrain system

Laszlo Zaborszky of the Center for Molecular and Behavioral Neuroscience at Rutgers University will present, "The Basal Forebrain Cholinergic System: Anatomy to Function and Dysfunction," Tuesday, Dec. 11, at 3:30 p.m. in Schroeder Complex, 256.

This seminar is sponsored by the College of Health Sciences' Integrative Neuroscience Research Center. A full schedule of the INRC's spring seminar series is available online. For additional information, contact the Integrative Neuroscience Research Center at 8-7329.

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10. Center for Peacemaking to celebrate Human Rights Day

The Center for Peacemaking is joining 2 Million Friends for Peace in Afghanistan by hosting an open house Monday, Dec. 10, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the AMU, 252. There will be a Skype connection with a peace delegation in Kabul, Afghanistan, that will include several Marquette alumni. Displays and discussions will be held throughout the day.

The United Nations recognizes Dec. 10 as Human Rights Day. This year, the spotlight is on the rights of all people to make their voices heard in public life and be included in political decision-making. The United Nations Association of Greater Milwaukee will be participating.

Peace Action Wisconsin will set up a table to take collections for the Vets for Peace "Never Homeless" initiative. At 3 p.m., Rev. Simon Harak, S.J., will lead a prayer vigil, followed by a closing discussion.

For more information, contact the Center for Peacemaking at 8-8444.

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11. Celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Dec. 12

A bilingual Mass will be held in celebration of the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe Wednesday, Dec. 12, at 6 p.m. in the AMU, Chapel of the Holy Family. Mass will be celebrated by Rev. Jeff LaBelle, S.J., rector of the Marquette Jesuit community.

A light reception will follow. For additional information, contact Timothy Johnson, assistant director of liturgical programs, at 8-0522.

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12. Free group fitness classes Friday and throughout finals week

The Department of Recreational Sports is offering the following free group fitness classes to members tomorrow, Dec. 7. The following classes will be offered free of charge:

Rec Center:

  • Spin Class at 1 p.m and 4 p.m.
  • Zumba at 1 p.m.
  • Cardio Kickboxing at 4 p.m.

Rec Plex:

  • Hot Lunch Variety at noon
  • Zumba at 3 p.m.

The Department of Recreational Sports will also offer free fitness classes as a stress reliever during finals week. Classes will be held at both the Rec Center and the Rec Plex, free of charge for students and $2 for faculty and staff non-members. A schedule of classes can be found online.

For more information, call the group fitness office at 8-6979 or contact Shannon Bustillos, assistant director of recreational sports, at 8-7778.

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