1. Spring semester grades due May 14 at noon

Grades for undergraduate, graduate, dental and health sciences professional classes are due no later than Tuesday, May 14, at noon. Every student on every grader roster must have a grade by this deadline, as grades impact graduation, academic censure and financial aid. Instructions are available from IT Services for instructors who plan to scan exams. To ensure quick grading, submit exams to the IT Services Help Desk on the second floor of Cudahy Hall for scanning immediately after completion of the exam.

For questions regarding grading, contact Jason Taylor, associate registrar, at 8-1498. For questions after business hours, contact the IT Services Help Desk at 8-7799.

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2. Classroom access for final exams announced

Spring 2013 final exams are Monday, May 6, through Saturday, May 11. Smart classrooms with key access that are scheduled during final exam week will be opened by the Department of Public Safety prior to the start of the exam. Smart classrooms with card reader access can be opened by using a faculty MUID.

If access problems occur, contact the Department of Public Safety at 8-6800.

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3. Office of Residence Life wins national award

The Association for Student Affairs at Catholic Colleges and Universities has named the Office of Residence Life's Dorothy Day Social Justice Living-Learning Community as one of the winners for the 2013 Mission Integration Project. The intent of this annual ASACCU project is to highlight model practice programs in various student life areas that articulate Catholic identity as an integral part of a student life program. Dr. Jim McMahon, associate vice president and dean of residence life, will receive the award at the ASACCU Annual Conference in July.

The Dorothy Day social justice initiative is organized to introduce and integrate mission-driven academic and social learning in a residence hall setting through faculty involvement, with the goal of an enriched learning experience for all participants.

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4. University mourns the loss of Dr. Ralph Brownlee

The university mourns the loss of Dr. Ralph Brownlee, professor emeritus of marketing, who passed away April 24. Dr. Brownlee had been a professor at the university since 1949. A visitation will be held Monday, April 29, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at St. Eugene's Catholic Church, 7600 N. Port Washington Road, Fox Point. A Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 6 p.m.

Memorials may be made to the Audrey and Ralph Brownlee Faculty Research Endowment Fund at Marquette University, 1250 W. Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee, Wis., 53233, or the Milwaukee Catholic Home, 2462 N. Prospect Ave., Milwaukee, Wis., 53211.

5. Faculty requested to provide class time to complete course evaluations

Spring 2013 course evaluations are available to students through Sunday, May 5, via the Marquette Online Course Evaluation System. The Office of the Provost strongly encourages all instructors to provide students the opportunity to complete course evaluations in class using mobile technology. Instructors should plan to set aside 15-20 minutes of class time during the last two weeks of the term for the evaluation. Instructions for offering an in-class evaluation are available online.

Students received an email to their eMarq email accounts Monday, April 22, with login information and instructions about how to complete the evaluations online; they can also access the MOCES system via marquette.edu/evaluate.

Results will be made available to faculty after final grades for all classes have been submitted to the Office of the Registrar. Instructors, department chairs and deans will receive an email on or around Wednesday, May 15, with login information and instructions about how to access the online results.

For additional information, including a sample in-class announcement, the course evaluation schedule, a sample evaluation form and more, visit the MOCES website or email courseval@marquette.edu.

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6. Colloquium to address advances in the synthesis and sequencing of glycosaminoglycans

The Department of Chemistry Spring 2013 Colloquium Series will host "Advances in the Synthesis and Sequencing of Glycosaminoglycans," Friday, May 3, at 4 p.m. in Wehr Chemistry, 121. Dr. Bob Lindhardt of the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute will lead the seminar.

Refreshments will be served prior to the seminar at 3:45 p.m. in Wehr Chemistry, 121. For more information, contact the Department of Chemistry at 8-3515. A complete schedule of the Spring 2013 Colloquium Series can be found online.

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7. Join discussion of Massive Open Online Courses

The Center for Teaching and Learning will host "Campus Conversation on the Status and Future of Online Learning at Marquette: Online, Blended, MOOCs and More," Thursday, May 2, from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the AMU, 227. This program will discuss what online programs and resources the university currently offers and will offer in the future. Participants will learn about online course design, discuss the potential for Massive Open Online Courses and learn how to transform courses into online or blended formats.

Registration is available online. For questions, contact Karina Mendoza, office assistant in the Center for Teaching and Learning, at 8-6854.

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8. Third installment of Last Lecture Series to be held Thursday

The Honors Program Student Council and the Arts and Sciences Student Council will host the third installment of its Last Lecture Series Thursday, May 2, at 5 p.m. in the Haggerty Museum of Art. Dr. John Curran, professor of English, will deliver "Remember to Think: An Arthurian Valediction." Refreshments will be provided, and a question-and-answer session will follow the lecture.

This free event is open to all members of the Marquette community. For additional information, contact the Honors Program at 8-7516.

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9. Celebrate solemn exposition and adoration of the Blessed Sacrament

Campus Ministry will host a 12-hour period of adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, beginning with a morning prayer Thursday, May 2, at 8:30 a.m. in the AMU, Chapel of the Holy Family. The chapel will be open throughout the day for prayer. Father Chris Hadley, S.J., will conclude solemn exposition with a service at 8:30 p.m. in the Chapel of the Holy Family.

For those interested in being a guardian during the day or for additional information, contact Timothy Johnston, assistant director of liturgical programs, at 8-0522.

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10. National Bike Challenge begins May 1, new wellness coordinator named

The 2013 National Bike Challenge runs May 1 through Sept. 30, 2013. Last year 54 riders took part in the challenge for Marquette. Riders can go online to register and should list their workplace as "Marquette University" to compete against other organizations to log the most miles.

In addition, May 13-17 is Bike to Work Week. The Hank Aaron trail has a breakfast station for riders throughout the week, and miles count toward the National Bike Challenge. Learn more online.

These are just two of many initiatives led by the university's Employee Wellness Program, led by Kristin Kipp, who was named the university's wellness coordinator in March. A former Marine, Kipp is also a registered dietitian and certified strength and conditioning coach with more than a decade of fitness and personal training experience.

Kipp is responsible for Wellness Council of America training and certification for the university, as well as developing and implementing employee health and wellness programming, like the upcoming bike challenges.

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11. Service Learning Program to offer annual faculty bus tour to local nonprofit community partners

The Center for Teaching and Learning's Service Learning Program, in collaboration with Milwaukee Area Technical College, will host its annual faculty bus tour Thursday, May 16, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Participants will visit four local nonprofit community partners in Milwaukee to learn more about the agencies' needs, goals, services and programming, as well as how to better engage with the community through service learning and community-based research.

Participants will meet in the Service Learning Program office in the 707 Building at 8:30 a.m. and will depart for the Wisconsin Conservatory for Lifelong Learning at 9 a.m. Bus tour stops will include Pieper-Hillside Boys and Girls Club, Wisconsin Conservatory of Lifelong Learning, the Hillside Family Resource Center, AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin and the Grand Avenue Club. Lunch will be served at the Hillside Family Resource Center at 11:30 a.m. The bus will return to the 707 Building at 3 p.m. for a debriefing until 4 p.m.

Register online by Monday, May 1.

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12. Stress reduction activities, pet therapy offered before finals week

The Counseling Center, MUSG and Student Health Service will offer a variety of stress-reduction activities Wednesday, May 1, from noon to 3 p.m. in the front of the AMU. Activities will include pet therapy, chair massages and Frisbee; free popcorn will also be provided. In the event of rain, the event will take place in the entrance of Raynor Memorial Libraries.

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13. Summer Engineering Academies available for K12 students

The College of Engineering is offering 19 Engineering Academies for K12 students this summer. The classes are designed to challenge youth to explore the engineering design process and to become problem solvers, leaders and critical thinkers who will contribute to a global society. The full summer class schedule and registration information are posted online.

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14. Faculty/Staff Chorale to perform annual spring concert

The Faculty/Staff Chorale, under the direction of Mark Konewko, carillonneur and director of university chorus, will present its annual spring concert Tuesday, April 30, and Thursday May 2, at 11:15 a.m. in the Varsity Theatre. All are invited to attend the concert, which will feature music ranging from the Renaissance to modern era.

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15. Weight Watchers at Work offered for employees

The Marquette Weight Watchers at Work program allows employees to join Weight Watchers anytime by purchasing a monthly pass for $39.95. Participants can attend meetings at work, as well as locally, and receive free eTools. Price is half-off for the first month. Meetings are held Thursdays from noon to 12:45 p.m. in Raynor Memorial Libraries. Since January 2013, the group has lost 90.4 pounds, with a total of 302 pounds lost since May 2012. For additional information about Weight Watchers at Work, contact Kristin Kipp, wellness coordinator, at 8-5607.

For employees with a physician's letter explaining the need to lose weight as a medical necessity, Weight Watchers at Work classes are an eligible medical flexible spending account expense. For more information about medical spending, contact the Employee Benefits Corporation, Marquette's FSA administrator, at 1-800-346-2126.

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16. Register for annual Rec Plex golf outing

The 18th Annual Rec Plex Golf Scramble will be held Thursday, June 6, at Silver Spring Country Club's Island and Falls course in Menomonee Falls, Wis. Proceeds from the event benefit the Breadwinner Scholarship, which aids students who have lost their "breadwinner" parent during their undergraduate years, and the Rec Sports equipment budget.

Register online. The cost is $100 or $115 for individuals and $400 or $460 per foursome, depending on the course. For more information, contact John Kratzer, general manager of the Rec Plex, at 8-7778.

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