1. Final grades due Tuesday, Dec. 17, at noon

Final grades are due in CheckMarq no later than noon, Tuesday, Dec. 17. For those planning to scan exams, instructions are available from IT Services online. To ensure a quick turnaround, be certain exams are turned in to the IT Services Help Desk (Cudahy Hall, second floor) for scanning as soon as possible after the end of the exam.

The Office of the Registrar is available to help with grading questions. Contact Kerry Grosse, associate registrar, at 8-6320, or Jason Taylor, associate registrar, at 8-1498, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For any questions after business hours, contact the IT Services Help Desk at 8-7799. If needed, the IT Services Help Desk will contact the registrar on-call during grading weekend.

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2. Three Title IX training sessions will be held for faculty and staff

National, state and local legislation intersects with many aspects of the university's work, including when and how criminal activity needs to be reported. Marquette's Title IX team will host three training sessions for faculty and staff, which will provide background information and reporting guidelines related to Title IX, as well as Wisconsin state statutes, the Clery Act, and Marquette policies and procedures.

Training sessions will be held on the following dates:

  • Thursday, Dec. 12, from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. in the AMU, Monaghan Ballroom E

  • Friday, Jan. 10, from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. in the AMU, Monaghan Ballroom E

  • Friday, Jan. 24, from 11 a.m. to noon in Raynor Memorial Libraries' Beaumier Suites B and C

Training sessions will be led by members of Marquette's Title IX team, comprised of Rev. Daniel Hendrickson, S.J., Dr. William Welburn, Sarah Bobert, Lynn Mellantine, and Dr. Chris Daood, as well as the chair of Marquette's Sexual Misconduct and Response Team (SMART), Dr. Marya Leatherwood, and Associate General Counsel Jeff Kipfmueller.

Title IX is a federal law, enacted in 1972 and overseen by the United States Department of Education, which seeks to prevent gender discrimination in higher education. Sexual misconduct on college and university campuses is an expression of gender inequity, and recent legislation – particularly the 2011 Dear Colleague Letter, enforced by the Office of Civil Rights – asks for more attention and sensitivity to related activities.

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3. Marquette University Board of Trustees elects two new members

Two new members were recently elected to the Marquette University Board of Trustees: Scott A. Roberts, Bus Ad '85, and Hon. James A. Wynn, Jr., Law '79.

Roberts, a 1985 graduate of the College of Business Administration, serves as president, CEO and chairman of Ziegler Lotsoff Capital Management. Roberts has been in the investment management business for more than 25 years. Prior to joining Ziegler Lotsoff, he was president and CIO of Deerfield Capital Management, where he was responsible for all investment management, marketing and operational activities for the firm. He has also served in investment management roles at Zurich Investment Management, Centre Investment Services, Loomis Sayles and Putnam Investments.

Roberts serves on the board of directors of several of the firms with which he has worked, including Centre Cat, Centre Investment Services, Zurich Investment Management, Liberty Hampshire, Deerfield Capital and Ziegler Lotsoff. He also serves on the board of directors of Catholic Charities of Chicago and Marquette University High School, and is an emeritus board member at Nativity Jesuit Middle School in Milwaukee.

Judge Wynn, Jr., a 1979 graduate of the Law School, was nominated by President Obama to serve on the United States Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit in 2009 and confirmed by a unanimous voice vote of the United States Senate in August 2010. Previously, Judge Wynn served for nearly 20 years as an appellate judge on both the North Carolina Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court of North Carolina. Following graduation from Marquette University Law School, Judge Wynn served in the U.S. Navy JAG Corps for four years on active duty and for 26 additional years as a reserve officer, retiring at the rank of captain. He was a military judge and commanding officer of the Navy Reserve Trial Judiciary.

Judge Wynn serves on the American Bar Endowment Board, and on the American Bar Association's Governance Board and Task Force of the Future of Legal Education. For 20 years, he served as Commissioner on the National Conference on Uniform State Laws.

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4. Prayer service for Nelson Mandela will be held at 4:30 p.m. today

Campus Ministry will host a prayer service in honor of Nelson Mandela on Monday, Dec. 9, at 4:30 p.m. in the AMU, Chapel of the Holy Family. The service will include prayers and remembrances celebrating the life of Mandela, who died Dec. 5, at age 95.

Campus Ministry offers a prayer for Mandela, and Marquette Magazine offers reflections on Mandela's influence from students who studied abroad in South Africa.

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5. UMR sending new medical insurance ID cards to home addresses

UMR, the university's medical insurance benefits administrator, will be sending new ID cards to the home addresses of employees who utilize the university's medical insurance benefit, regardless of whether they changed their medical insurance plan for 2014 or not. The basic information on the ID card will stay the same, but copay amounts will be added to the front of each card. Employees should receive their new card by Jan. 1, 2014.

Employees may request additional cards by calling UMR at 800-826-9781 or ordering them online at umr.com.

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6. Mission Week 2014 to explore "The Art and Practice of Forgiveness"

The Marquette community will explore "The Art and Practice of Forgiveness" during Mission Week 2014, which will examine the theme of forgiveness in many forms, including what it means to be a forgiving person, family, university and nation.

Highlights of Mission Week, which will be held Feb. 2-7, include:

  • "Rethinking Christian Forgiveness: Theological, Philosophical and Psychological Explorations," by Rev. James Voiss, S.J. – Monday, Feb. 3, at 7 p.m.

  • "Immaculée Ilibagiza: Forgiving the Unforgivable," Tuesday, Feb. 4, at 4 p.m.

  • "God of Our Fathers and Mothers – Forgiveness in an Interfaith World," by Rabbi Abie Ingber – Wednesday, Feb. 5, at 4 p.m.

  • "Race and Reconciliation," by Rev. Bryan Massingale – Thursday, Feb. 6, at 4 p.m.

Additional details will be shared when they are available.

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7. Liturgical ministers needed for Mid-year Commencement

Students, faculty or staff are needed as liturgical ministers for Mid-year Commencement on Sunday, Dec. 15, at the U.S. Cellular Arena. Possible positions include communion minster, lector or banner bearer. Visit the Campus Ministry website to sign up by Tuesday, Dec. 10.

For additional information, contact Timothy Johnston, assistant director of Campus Ministry, at 8-0522.

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8. Holiday Hours in effect Dec. 24, 2013, to Jan. 1, 2014

The university will be closed Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2013 through Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014, for the Christmas holiday. Limited campus services, including Public Safety, Facility Services and the Rec Plex, will remain open. The university will re-open Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014. Buildings and services with special hours of operation during the semester break include the Alumni Memorial Union, IT Services, Raynor Memorial Libraries, the Rec Center, the Rec Plex, the Spirit Shop and the Union Sports Annex. Complete holiday and semester break hours can be found online.

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9. Attend interdisciplinary day of dialogue on ecology and environmental sustainability

The Center for Teaching and Learning will sponsor "The Shape of a Sustainable World: Research, Teaching and Community Endeavors at Marquette to Meet the Challenges and Needs of a Sustainable Future," Wednesday, Jan. 8, in the Eckstein Hall conference center. Dr. John O'Keefe from Creighton University will deliver the keynote.

Lunch is included, and registration can be completed online. For additional questions, contact Susan Mountin, director of Manresa for Faculty, at 8-3693.

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10. Center for Teaching and Learning introduces new walk-in times for D2L support

The Center for Teaching and Learning is introducing new walk-in times for D2L support, beginning Friday, Dec. 13, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m in Raynor Memorial Libraries, 326B. D2L support assistant will be available to answer any D2L questions and respond to concerns. No appointment is necessary. Additional walk-in Clinic times are from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the following Wednesdays during second semester: Jan. 8, Jan. 22, Feb. 5, and Feb. 19.

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11. 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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12. Attend fundraising event for Grady de la Cruz Memorial Scholarship

The Heiser Ford Lincoln dealership will bring Lincoln's "Driven to Give" program to Glendale to support the l Grady de la Cruz Memorial Scholarship Saturday, Dec. 14, from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at 1700 W. Silver Spring Dr., Glendale, Wis.

For every person who test-drives an eligible Lincoln vehicle at Heiser Ford Lincoln, Heiser Ford Lincoln and Lincoln Motor Company will donate $20 to the Grady de la Cruz Memorial Scholarship. The funds will go to support a scholarship in honor of Richard "Grady" de la Cruz, a Marquette High School alumnus who died in an accident on Lake Mendota on Wednesday, August 21. He was attending the University of Wisconsin-Madison and had recently transferred from Marquette University.

All participants must be 18 years or older and have a valid driver's license.

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13. Register for Silent Directed Retreat

Members of the campus community seeking to grow their relationship with God in the New Year are invited to participate in a five-day Silent Directed Retreat based on the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius. The retreat will be held Monday, Jan. 6, through Saturday, Jan. 11, at the Jesuit Retreat House in Oshkosh, Wis. Along with daily meetings with a spiritual director to help process and guide the retreat, individuals will have freedom in forming the overall pattern of his or her retreat. As a silent, individual retreat, there are plenty of opportunities for personal prayer, reflection, rest and time outdoors. Communal prayer and worship opportunities will also be available.

The cost is $125 for undergraduate and graduate students and $175 for faculty and staff. Register online by Friday, Dec. 13. For additional information, contact Annie Devine, assistant director of Campus Ministry, at 8-3689.

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14. OIE announces faculty-led summer study abroad programs

The Office of International Education has announced the summer 2014 faculty-led study abroad programs, which are an opportunity for students to build their global knowledge through a hands-on experience. Applications are due March 1, 2014. More information and a full list of summer 2014 faculty-led programs are available on the OIE Website.

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15. Winter/spring fitness class registration now open, free classes during finals week

The Employee Wellness Program's winter/spring fitness class registration is now open. Participants can register online, and classes will begin Jan. 6, 2014.

The Employee Wellness Program will offer free exercise classes Monday, Dec. 16, through Friday, Dec. 20. Each class will take place from 12:05 p.m. to 12:50 p.m. and is limited to 15 spaces.

  • Cardio Kickboxing – Monday, Dec. 16, in Cramer Hall, 050
  • BOSU Intervals – Tuesday, Dec. 17, in Cramer Hall, 050
  • Spinning – Wednesday, Dec. 18, in the Helfaer Rec Center, Spinning Room
  • Core Conditioning – Thursday, Dec. 19, in Cramer Hal, 050
  • Stretching/Professive Muscle Relaxation – Friday, Dec. 20, in Cramer Hall, 050

Employees also have the opportunity to purchase fresh produce from Community Supported Agriculture with a 5-percent discount. Employees who sign up before Dec. 31, will receive an additional 5-percent discount.

To sign up for free exercise classes or the Community Supported Agriculture opportunity, contact Kristin Kipp, Wellness Coordinator, at 8-5607.

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16. Pope Francis asks for participation in the Survey for Catholics on Family Life in the Church

In preparation for the upcoming synod in Rome on marriage and the family, Pope Francis is asking Catholics to participate in the Survey for Catholics on Family Life in the Church. The survey will provide data for the synod to consider.

Surveys must be completed by Sunday, Dec. 15.

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17. Donate to Sigma Delta Pi's coat drive

Sigma Delta Pi, the Spanish National Honors Society, is sponsoring a coat drive through Friday, Dec. 13, in Lalumiere Hall. All contributions from the coat drive will be donated to St. Adalbert's Parish.

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