1. Cell phone theft prevention tips from the Department of Public Safety

The Department of Public Safety has seen a rise in cell phone thefts following a nationwide trend in which cell phones are grabbed from victims' hands or pockets. Safety is a top priority for Marquette, and DPS is working with the Milwaukee Police Department to prevent cell phone thefts. MPD and DPS offer these tips to members of the campus community:

  • Set up a password lock to prevent others from accessing personal, business and financial information stored on mobile devices.

  • Enable remote data wiping, which allows users to remotely erase data from a device if it is lost or stolen.

  • Update and upgrade the phone's operating system when prompted, since many upgrades contain security updates.

  • Be vigilant and pay attention to surroundings; do not allow mobile devices to distract you. Many people carry more than one device, and thieves looking to steal one of them will often observe your actions, waiting for you to drop your guard or walk away from your electronic items.

  • If someone demands your property, give it to them. Do not resist. Your physical well-being is more important than your cell phone. Immediately report any suspicious incidents or crime to the Department of Public Safety at (414) 288-6800.

  • Enable or install a device locating application. If your device is already equipped with this capability, you must ensure that it is enabled. It is important to note that these services cannot be activated after your device has already been lost or stolen. Record your usernames, passwords, device brand, model, and names of tracking applications in a secure placeónot only on your device. This will assist you and law enforcement in locating your phone, tablet or computer. Do not attempt to recover your stolen property by yourself. Instead, report the location of your stolen property to the Department of Public Safety at (414) 288-6800.

Visit the DPS website for additional information and tips. 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.

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2. Way Klingler Young Scholar, Fellowship and Teaching Enhancement deadlines approaching

Applications for the 2014-15 Way Klingler Young Scholar, Fellowship and Teaching Enhancement Awards now available. Application guidelines are available online.

  • Way Klingler Teaching Enhancement Award – Intended to foster the development of effective and sustainable changes and innovations in teaching approaches within specific courses or clusters of courses. For 2014-15, projects featuring innovations that promote high impact educational practices are encouraged. Applications are due today, Monday, Dec. 2.

  • Way Klingler Young Scholar Award – Up to four awards will be given for 2014-15 to full-time regular junior faculty in the three years following their third-year review. The awards of up to $22,000 are intended to fund $2,000 in operating costs and to cover up to 50 percent of annual salary to afford the recipient a one-semester sabbatical. Applications are due Friday, Jan. 10.

  • Way Klingler Fellowship Award – Two awards, one in each applicant-designated area of science or the humanities and social sciences, will be made in 2013. The humanities fellow will receive $20,000 annually for three years, and the science fellow will receive $50,000 annually for three years. Applications are due Friday, Jan. 17.

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3. Miracle on Westowne Square is tonight; other Christmas events taking place this week and next

The Marquette University Residence Hall Association will host a tree lighting and blessing, "Igniting Hope: Miracle on Westowne Square," for students, faculty and staff, Monday, Dec. 2, at 4:30 p.m. in Westowne Square, the area between the AMU and McCormick Hall.

Rev. Doug Leonhardt, S.J., associate vice president of mission and ministry, and Rev. Daniel Hendrickson, S.J., associate vice provost, will preside over the ceremony, with Christmas carols sung by the university's Liturgical Choir. A reception with light refreshments will follow in the AMU, Monaghan Ballrooms, with entertainment provided by Marquette's male a capella group, The Naturals.

Other holiday events taking place on campus this week and next include:

Due to the implementation of "the gift of time," which gives university employees a week of vacation between Christmas Eve and New Year's Day, as well as current fiscal constraints, the university will not host a Christmas party this year.

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4. Winter Compendium submission deadline is Dec. 6

Faculty and staff with professional accomplishments such as publications, presentations and awards, should make sure they are documented by Friday, Dec. 6, by submitting them to the Faculty Activities Database (for full-time and clinical faculty members) or online (for part-time, adjunct, participating, emeritus or visiting faculty members, and full-time staff members). Faculty members submitting through the FAD need to check the appropriate box on the "Report Permissions" page in the FAD to submit items to Compendium. Accomplishments that occurred between June 1, 2013, and Nov. 30, 2013, will be used to compile the winter issue of Compendium, which will be distributed in February 2014.

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5. Remind students to complete course evaluations

Fall 2013 course evaluations will be available for students to complete online Monday, Nov. 25, through Sunday, Dec. 8. The Marquette Online Course Evaluations System (MOCES) will be used to administer the evaluations. The Office of the Provost is strongly encouraging 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 account Monday, Nov. 25, with login information and instructions about how to complete the evaluations online, and 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, anticipated to be Wednesday, Dec. 18. Instructors, department chairs and deans will receive an e-mail on or around Wednesday, Dec. 18, 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. Writing Center hosting in-class essay exam workshop

Encourage students to attend a workshop on writing in-class essay exams Tuesday, Dec. 3, from 3:30 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. in Raynor Memorial Libraries' Beaumier Suite A. Hosted by the Ott Memorial Writing Center, the workshop will focus on developing strategies for studying for and taking timed, in-class essay exams. Students should email muwritingcenter@gmail.com to register for this workshop.

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7. Tell us about interesting December graduates by Dec. 6

The Office of Marketing and Communication is seeking stories about December 2013 graduation candidates for possible use with local media. Interesting stories include graduates who have remarkable plans and jobs post-graduation; have unusual backgrounds; have overcome substantial obstacles in getting their degree; have won recent national-level awards; have received academic recognition; or have been featured in scholarly publications.

What graduates do you know who have fascinating stories to tell? Email their names and as many details as possible by Friday, Dec. 6.

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8. Column marshals needed for Mid-year Commencement

Faculty, staff and administrators are needed as column marshals for Mid-year Commencement on Sunday, Dec. 15, at the U.S. Cellular Arena. Column marshals will guide the graduates, faculty, staff and stage party into the arena, and escort them out after the ceremony. Marshals need to arrive by 7:45 a.m.

Contact University Special Events at 8-7431 for more information.

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9. Attend final session of Ignatian primer series; register for Faber Center's Advent Retreat

The Faber Center will host the final session of "In the Footsteps of St. Ignatius - A Primer on Ignatian Spirituality," Wednesday, Dec. 4, from noon to 1 p.m. at the Faber Center, Schroeder Complex, 111. This month's offering, focused on discernment and decision-making, will be presented by Chuck Lamb, vice president for finance. A light lunch will be served.

The Faber Center is hosting an Advent Half-Day Ecumenical Retreat, "Advent Longing: the Treasured Gift of Christmas," facilitated by Sister Nancy Sell, O.S.F., Friday, Dec. 6, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. This retreat is free and falls within the guidelines of the Retreat Leave Benefit. Register via email, or call 8-4545 by Wednesday, Dec. 4.

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10. Faber Center hosting grief and loss discussion group

The Faber Center will host a grief and loss discussion group Thursday, Dec. 5, from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in Schroeder Complex, 111. This group is open to employees who have experienced the loss of a loved one and would like to gather to reflect on the challenges this new reality poses, particularly at this time of year.

RSVP to Ellen Blonski, administrative assistant in the Faber Center, or contact Dr. Michael Dante, director of the Faber Center, with questions.

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11. "Almost everything $6" gift sale to benefit Physical Therapy Scholarship fund

The "almost everything $6" gift sale will be Monday, Dec. 2, to Wednesday, Dec. 4, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. in the AMU. This sale features gifts, jewelry and accessories, with 20 percent of the sale proceeds going to the Physical Therapy Faculty Student Scholarship Fund. The sale will include both licensed merchandise greater than $6 and specials under $6.

Marquette Cash and credit cards are accepted. Those interested in making a contribution to the scholarship fund to assist graduate students in the Doctor of Physical Therapy program can contact Kathleen Ludington, director of development for the College of Health Sciences, at 8-1410.

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12. Fair Trade Fair taking place in the AMU tomorrow

Fair trade vendors from the Milwaukee area will participate in the Fair Trade Fair on Tuesday, Dec. 3, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the AMU, Monaghan Ballrooms. Vendors will sell clothes, food and gifts from around the world to support ethical labor practices for all products. Cash is preferred for transactions.

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13. Holiday Giving Tree gifts due Thursday

All those who took a Holiday Giving Tree gift tag must drop off gifts by Thursday, Dec. 5. Gifts can be dropped off at the AMU Information Desk; Lalumiere, 340; the Rec Center; Rec Plex; or Zilber Hall, 121. All gifts should be wrapped with the tag securely attached to the outside.

For further information, contact Kathleen Hawkins, chair of MU Volunteers, at 8-5500.

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14. Retirement party for Bob Ferguson and Delores Hutchins of IT Services will be Dec. 12

IT Services will host a retirement party for Bob Ferguson and Delores Hutchins Thursday, Dec. 12, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the AMU, Monaghan Ballroom A. Delores Hutchins, administrative assistant in IT Services, has served Marquette University for 27 years. Bob Ferguson, senior software engineer, began at Marquette in 1979 and throughout his career has led many of the teams in IT Services. They have more than 60 years of combined service to the Marquette community. Faculty and staff wishing to attend the party do not need to RSVP.

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15. "Beat Bucky Week" includes campus-wide events

Marquette Nation will sponsor the second annual "Beat Bucky Week," Monday, Dec. 2, through Saturday, Dec. 7. Events will be held throughout the week to get campus ready for the men's and women's basketball rivalry games.

  • Badger Roast – Monday, Dec. 2, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the AMU, Marquette Place
  • Bingo at the Annex – Wednesday, Dec. 4, beginning at 10 p.m.
  • Campus-wide Spirit Day – Friday, Dec. 6 (wear Marquette gear)
  • Men's basketball viewing party – Saturday, Dec. 7, at the Union Sports Annex, tipoff at 1:15 p.m.
  • Women's basketball game – Saturday, Dec. 7, in the Al McGuire Center, tipoff at 7 p.m.

In addition, a class penny war and a Wisconsin t-shirt trade-in will be held each day in the AMU. For additional information, follow Marquette Nation on Facebook or use the hashtag #BeatBucky on Twitter.

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16. Children ages 12-17 needed for physical therapy study

The Department of Physical Therapy is looking for children ages 12-17 to participate in a research study examining the effects of physical fitness and body composition on pain reports. Participants will take part in three research sessions ranging from 60-90 minutes each, and will be compensated with gift cards.

This study has been approved by Marquette's Institutional Review Board for the protection of human subjects. Parents and legal guardians of children who are interested in participating in the study should contact Dr. Marie Bement, associate professor of physical therapy, at 8-6738, or Stacy Stolzman, physical therapy graduate assistant, at 8-6085. For more information about research participant rights, contact the Office of Research Compliance at 8-7570.

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17. Meet Buzz Williams and men's basketball team at Spirit Shop this week to kick off Christmas sale

Marquette community members will have the opportunity to meet Men's Basketball Head Coach Buzz Williams and the men's basketball team Thursday, Dec. 5, from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Spirit Shop. The Spirit Shop's Christmas Sale, including 25-percent off sweatshirts, t-shirts and caps, will take place Thursday, Dec. 5, through Sunday, Dec. 15.

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