1. Marquette named a “Best College” by The Princeton Review

The Princeton Review has named Marquette one of its “Best 378 Colleges” in its 2014 annual guidebook, based on institutional data and student surveys. The ranking places Marquette among the top 15 percent of the nation’s 2,500 four-year colleges. Marquette was also one of 20 schools included on the "most religious students" list. Each of the institutions is featured in an online profile.

The Princeton Review also highlighted Marquette in the “2013 Guide to 322 Green Colleges,” which was produced in collaboration with the Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council.

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2. Reaffirmation self-study submitted, available to campus

Marquette’s reaffirmation of accreditation process culminates with a site visit Monday, Sept. 30, to Wednesday, Oct. 2, by a team of Higher Learning Commission peer reviewers. The completed self-study, which was submitted to the peer reviewers Aug. 5, 2013, is available online. Individuals are encouraged to review the sections that are pertinent to their work on campus. A briefing document is available, which provides an overview of the self-study and an explanation of what to expect during the site visit. Additional details and information will be shared as the site visits nears, including dates and times for open forums that the site visit team will hold on campus.

Hundreds of members across campus were involved and more than 1,200 pieces of evidence were collected to produce the self-study. Drs. Gary Meyer and Toby Peters, chair and co-chair of the reaffirmation process, are also available to give presentations on the process, HLC’s criteria and the self-study, and the site visit process. Additional information and background are available on the accreditation website.

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3. OIRA, Marq Your Path, Office of Disability Services moving locations this fall as historic core renovations continue

As part of the campus' historic core renovations that include Johnston Hall, Marquette Hall and Sensenbrenner Hall, Marq Your Path, the Office of Disability Services, and the Office of Institutional Research and Assessment will be moving locations this fall.

OIRA will move out of Marquette Hall to a new, permanent location on the second floor of Zilber Hall this fall. Watch for additional details as renovations progress.

Marq Your Path, a federal TRIO student support services program for students with disabilities, will temporarily move to the fifth floor of the 707 Building, located at 707 N. 11th St., effective today. It will be located in offices adjacent to the Office of Disability Services, which will also be temporarily located on the fifth floor of the 707 Building, as of today. Visitors can enter through the doors on the east side of the building along the pedestrian mall that services the 707 Building along with Carpenter Tower and Cobeen Hall. Next fall, the Office of Disability Services and Marq Your Path will permanently move to a partially renovated Coughlin Hall, which will house several departments providing student support services and programs.

Interior revitalization activities will continue in Sensenbrenner Hall during the fall semester. The main office of the College of Arts and Sciences and the Department of History will move to Sensenbrenner Hall in spring 2014 when the renovation is complete. A construction webcam is available online to view Sensenbrenner Hall renovation progress.

Interior renovations also continue inside Marquette Hall. The departments of English, philosophy and theology will move from Coughlin Hall to the renovated Marquette Hall during 2014 and 2015.

Interior renovations have begun inside Johnston Hall, which will remain the home of the J. William and Mary Diederich College of Communication. The northwest stair tower (nearest to Gesu Church) will be closed through the end of September, but the main entrance on Wisconsin Ave. remains open.

Watch News Briefs for continued updates on the historic core renovation process.

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4. Fall 2013 classroom assignments posted in CheckMarq

Faculty can access CheckMarq to find the most up-to-date fall 2013 course classroom assignments. Individuals should contact Alexander Frain or Gregory Deuchars, Office of the Registrar, if they are unable to locate where a course is meeting. Once assigned, courses may only be moved for ADA instructor/student issues or if enrollment exceeds assigned room capacity. Fill out the SOC Classroom Change Request web form and submit it no later than Monday, Aug. 19, to have a classroom assignment changed.

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5. Long-term disability benefit premium decreasing

Human Resources has renegotiated Marquette’s contract with its long-term disability provider, which will result in a benefit premium decrease for all employees enrolled in the university’s long-term disability benefit. The change will be effective with employees’ first paycheck in August.

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6. Training sessions available for new version of D2L

Desire2Learn, the university's course management system, has been upgraded to Version 10. Significant enhancements to the visual display of D2L have been made, and a variety of training sessions are scheduled to familiarize users with the changes and to assist with course building. In addition, intermediate and advanced D2L sessions have been added to the schedule.

A variety of training dates are scheduled throughout August and the fall, and a full list of training dates and registration information can be found online.

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7. Office of Residence Life looking for volunteers for Arrival Day

The Office of Residence Life is looking for volunteers to help welcome students to campus. Arrival day for freshmen is Wednesday, Aug. 21, and arrival day for sophomores is Saturday, Aug. 24. Volunteers can work as greeters, assist with administrative tasks or volunteer to help students move into their rooms. There is no minimum or maximum time commitment.

For more information or to sign up, contact Rick Arcuri, associate dean for administration in the Office of Residence Life, at 8-7208.

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8. TIAA-CREF consultants on campus next week for free financial counseling

In conjunction with TIAA-CREF, Marquette will offer individual and confidential financial counseling sessions for faculty and staff. The 45-minute sessions will answer three common questions asked by participants: am I saving enough for retirement, am I properly allocated and what are the options for taking distributions from my account?

One-on-one sessions are available from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 21, and Thursday, Aug. 22, in the AMU, 362. To schedule an appointment, call (866) 843-5640 Monday through Friday, between 9:30 a.m. and 4 p.m.

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9. Register for AMUW’s fall book club

The Association of Marquette University Women will host its annual fall book club Thursday, Aug. 22, at 7 p.m. in Raynor Memorial Libraries' Beaumier Suite. Join Chitra Divakaruni, author of One Amazing Thing, for an evening of conversation surrounding her book, which is the selection for the 2013 First Year Reading Program. One Amazing Thing chronicles the personal stories told by nine strangers as they cope together during the aftermath of an earthquake.

Registration can be completed online. For more information, contact Rachelle Shurn, advancement associate, at 8-4765.

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10. Register for dispute resolution and health care conference

Registration is now open for the College of Professional Studies' second annual Dispute Resolution and Health Care Conference, which will take place Friday, Oct. 18, in the AMU. This day-long conference will feature researcher Dr. Leonard Marcus, director of the program for health care negotiation and conflict resolution at Harvard School of Public Health.

Registration for this event is available online.

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11. News Briefs resumes twice-weekly schedule next week

The News Briefs e-newsletter will resume its twice-weekly publication schedule beginning next week. Thursday, Aug. 22, will be the first Thursday edition of the fall semester.

The submission deadlines are noon Friday for Monday editions and noon Wednesday for Thursday editions.

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