1. MIAD and Marquette to collaborate on innovative curriculum for industrial designers and engineers

The Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design and the College of Engineering are pursuing a collaborative curriculum model that will excel in educating design and engineering students to meet the multidisciplinary challenges of the global marketplace. The collaboration across the two independent institutions may be the first of its kind in the nation.

The new program will build on the success of the annual, semester-long collaboration between Marquette's biomedical engineering students and MIAD's industrial design students, along with the two institutions' longstanding partnerships with leading industries.

The curriculum proposal for the new collaborative design environment will be completed in two years. The first year is funded by $75,000 from the Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation and $125,000 from an anonymous donor. MIAD and Marquette will raise an additional $200,000 in matching funds to support the second year of study, which includes sharing the finished proposal with the governing boards at each institution for consideration and working toward its strategic implementation. Enrollment could begin in the 2015-16 academic year.

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2. Social Innovation Initiative to host presentation on the humanitarian impact of social entrepreneurship

Marquette's Social Innovation Initiative, the Archdiocese of Milwaukee and Catholic Relief Services will host a presentation on social entrepreneurship Monday, Sept. 9, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the AMU, Monaghan Ballroom. Dr. Carolyn Woo, president and CEO of Catholic Relief Services, will present "The Impact of Social Entrepreneurship on Humanitarian Work," which will showcase the way her organization impacts the lives of nearly 100 million of the world's poorest people in 100 countries.

Register by Friday, Aug. 30, by contacting University Special Events, 8-7431.

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3. ORSP hosting two workshops on NIH submissions

The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs will host two workshops in early September that provide an introduction to National Institutes of Health grant submissions:

  • Monday, Sept. 9, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. in Raynor Memorial Libraries' Conference Room A

  • Thursday, Sept. 12, from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. in Raynor Memorial Libraries' Conference Room A

Erin Folstad, director of project planning and development in ORSP, will provide information around grants.gov, submitting an application package, how to find past awardees and how ORSP can assist with submission preparation. RSVP for this free event by Friday, Sept. 6, to Jennie Schatzman, office coordinator in ORSP.

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4. Submit nominations for honorary degree recipients

Each year Marquette celebrates its values and commitment to excellence by awarding honorary degrees and including in its graduating class a number of outstanding individuals recognized for their exceptional achievements.

President Scott R. Pilarz, S.J., has asked the campus community to nominate future honorary degree recipients. The Committee on University Honors will consider nominees in three categories:

  • High profile individuals who could serve as the commencement speaker;

  • Individuals who have distinguished themselves as an academic and/or intellectual; and,

  • Individuals who have distinguished themselves in public and/or community service to our community and/or our larger society.

Nominations can take the form of a letter or email of support briefly explaining why it would be appropriate to honor this particular person. It should include basic biographical information, a short account of the individual's principal accomplishments, and a brief and clear rationale for recognition by Marquette. Questions and nominations should be directed to Andrea Schneider, chair of the Committee on University Honors and professor of law, by Sept 6.

In all cases, there should be an appropriateness of the nominees to the mission of Marquette. Since honorary degrees are not awarded in absentia or posthumously, it is also helpful to know that if an invitation is offered, this nominee will be likely to accept.

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5. Be alert to cell phone theft trend

The Department of Public Safety has been made aware of a nationwide cell phone theft trend that may affect individuals on campus. Groups of juveniles, 12-18 years of age on bicycles or on foot, attempt to grab cell phones from victims' hand while they are in use. The subjects usually then flee the area quickly to avoid being taken into custody by law enforcement.

DPS reminds the campus community that the best way to prevent this sort of "crime of opportunity" is to remain aware of surroundings at all times. If at all possible, individuals should refrain from using cell phones while walking on city sidewalks unless they are in a well-lit area or with people they know. The campus community is asked to stay alert and to report suspicious activity to DPS immediately by calling 414-288-1911 in an emergency situation or 414-288-6800 for a non-emergency situation. Safety is a top priority for Marquette, and DPS is working with the Milwaukee Police Department to investigate this new crime trend and to help prevent further incidents in the future.

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6. Annual Mass of the Holy Spirit is Sunday at 4 p.m.

The Marquette community is invited to celebrate the beginning of the academic year at the annual Mass of the Holy Spirit, which will be held Sunday, Aug. 25, at 4 p.m. at Church of the Gesu. Rev. Jeff LaBelle, S.J., will celebrate Mass and President Scott R. Pilarz, S.J., will deliver the homily.

For more information, contact Timothy Johnston, assistant director of liturgical programs, at 8-0522.

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7. Register by Aug. 28 for Briggs & Al's Run & Walk

Registration is now open for the 35th annual Briggs & Al's Run & Walk for Children's Hospital of Wisconsin, which will take place Saturday, Sept. 14. More than 16,000 participants are expected to line up on Marquette's campus for an 8K run and 3- and 5-mile walks to help make a difference in the lives of children from across Wisconsin. The event was founded by former Marquette basketball coach Al McGuire and has raised more than $14 million for the hospital to fund medical care, research and education.

The race starts at 12th Street and Wisconsin Avenue and continues to Lake Michigan near the Summerfest grounds. There is a $25 registration for walkers and a $30 registration for runners, both of which include a t-shirt. Register online as an individual or with a Marquette team by Wednesday, Aug. 28, at 5 p.m. For more information about joining the Marquette University team or to learn more about volunteer opportunities, contact Ali Myszewski, assistant director of the AMU, at 8-3129.

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