1. New Institute for Catholic Leadership to further support Catholic K-12 education efforts

Marquette is launching a new Institute for Catholic Leadership to further support its Catholic K-12 education efforts in the Milwaukee Archdiocese, region and nation. The institute will provide strategic support to Catholic schools and institutions in strengthening their missions, Catholic identity, leadership and governance structures.

The institute will be led by director Thomas Kiely, who previously served as principal at Camden Catholic High School in Cherry Hill, N.J., since 2004. He also served as a member of the faculty at Our Lady of Good Counsel High School in Wheaton, Md., where he was the chair of the Department of Religious Studies. Kiely spent the 2012-13 academic year at Marquette University exploring and researching the community's best practices, traditions and opportunities for organizational growth and development.

"Under Tom's leadership, we are looking forward to building on our existing strengths in education, theology, ministry and formation. The Institute for Catholic Leadership will help harness the full range of resources at the university on behalf of Catholic education in elementary and secondary schools, a priority that was identified in our university-wide strategic plan," said President Scott R. Pilarz, S.J.

Kiely said the institute will also provide training and consultative services to Catholic leaders through large scale conferences, targeted workshops and individualized consultations.

"It is so important that the leaders of our current Catholic schools have all the tools they need while being on the lookout for new ways to help recruit and develop the next generation of Catholic leaders," Kiely said. "We are looking forward to providing innovative solutions that reach beyond traditional academic boundaries by addressing the needs of today's Catholic education efforts."

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2. Provide feedback to updated university mission statement by Friday

All members of the Marquette community are invited to provide feedback online to a draft of the university's mission statement by this Friday, Aug. 30. Input on the updated text was solicited from faculty, staff, and students during the spring 2013 semester, and the draft update was completed over the summer with the assistance of a working group from the University Academic Senate and a representative from the Jesuit community.

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3. Wisconsin Avenue will be closed Saturday morning

Wisconsin Avenue will be closed to all non-parade traffic Saturday, Aug. 31, from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. for Harley-Davidson's 110th Anniversary parade. The parade begins at Miller Park and ends at Lake Michigan, following a route down Wisconsin Avenue.

Campus will be split into two parts during the duration of the parade– south of Wisconsin Avenue and north of Wisconsin Avenue. Pedestrians will not be able to cross Wisconsin Avenue from one side to the other and are advised to wait until the parade is over, as there are no feasible pedestrian options for getting around the parade once the streets are closed at 9:30 a.m. Those driving cars to campus are advised to use either I-94 to reach the south side, or I-43 to reach the north side.

Questions can be directed to the University Information Center at 8-7250.

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4. Center for Peacemaking hosting book discussion series

The Center for Peacemaking's nonviolence study group will begin a series of discussions on the book, What It Is Like to Go to War, by Karl Marlantes. The group will meet from noon to 1 p.m. on the first and third Thursdays of each month, beginning Sept. 5. Meetings are held in the Academic Support Facility, 201, and include a light lunch.

Discussions are open to the Marquette and Milwaukee communities. For more information or to RSVP at least one day in advance, contact Patrick Kennelly, director of the Center for Peacemaking, at 8-8446.

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5. Mass schedule changes due to Labor Day weekend

There will be no campus Masses from Saturday, Aug. 31, to Monday, Sept. 2, due to the Labor Day holiday. All Campus Ministry Masses will resume Tuesday, Sept. 3. A complete campus Mass schedule is online. During the Labor Day holiday, members of the campus community can celebrate Eucharist at Church of the Gesu. For a complete Gesu Mass schedule, visit the Church of the Gesu calendar.

For more information, contact Timothy Johnston, assistant director of Liturgical Programs, at 8-0522.

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6. Raynor Memorial Libraries acquires final volume of The Saint John's Bible

Raynor Memorial Libraries has acquired the seventh and final volume of The Saint John's Bible, a handwritten and illuminated bible. This heritage edition is a reproduction of the original work, which resides at the Hill Museum and Manuscript Library on the campus of St. John's University in Collegeville, Minn. The original was crafted using calfskin vellum; hand-cut goose quills; paints ground from minerals and stone; and silver, copper and 24-karat gold leaf.

The Saint John's Bible is on display weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Department of Special Collections and University Archives.

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7. Faculty and Staff Chorale rehearsals begin Sept. 3

All faculty and staff are invited to join the Faculty and Staff Chorale, which meets for rehearsals every Tuesday and Thursday from 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. in Marquette Hall, 100. Rehearsals will begin Tuesday, Sept. 3. There are no auditions for the choir.

For more information, contact Dr. Alexander Ng, associate professor of exercise science, at 8-6209.

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8. GROW with Marquette hosting session on foster parenting

GROW with Marquette will host a session on foster parenting Thursday, Sept. 5, from noon to 1 p.m. in the AMU, 163. The session will be presented by former foster parents and current adoptive parents Katie and Rob Mullens, who are both Marquette employees. The session will cover who is eligible to be a foster parent, the steps involved in getting licensed and what to expect for child placement. To reserve a spot, contact GROW with Marquette at 8-1560.

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9. Emergency Procedures Guide available online

Employees who do not have a copy of the Emergency Procedures Guide should download a copy or request one from their building emergency coordinator.

The guide provides a quick reference for responding to criminal activity, bomb threats, infectious disease, medical emergencies, chemical spills, fire, hazardous leaks, severe weather and utility failures. Employees should review the guide periodically and become familiar with what they should do for themselves and others in an emergency.

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10. Free group fitness classes offered next week

The Department of Recreational Sports will offer free group fitness classes Tuesday, Sept. 3, through Thursday, Sept. 5. The trial week gives faculty, staff and students the opportunity to try out a variety of classes that will be offered during the fall semester. The full list of fall semester group fitness classes is online.

Fit Passes, which grant access to a variety of classes for the semester for a small fee, are also available online. Contact the Marquette Group Fitness Office at 8-6979 for any questions about either the free group fitness class trial week or the FitPass.

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11. News Briefs will be distributed on Tuesday next week

News Briefs will be issued Tuesday, Sept. 3, rather than Monday, Sept. 2, next week due to the Labor Day holiday. The submission deadline is noon Friday, Aug. 30.

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