1. Mid-year Commencement is this Sunday

Nearly 500 Marquette University graduates will be recognized at Mid-year Commencement Sunday, Dec. 15, at the U.S. Cellular Arena. The program will begin at 9:30 a.m. and will feature a keynote address by Dr. Donald A. Neumann, professor of physical therapy in the College of Health Sciences, as well as remarks from Interim President Robert A. Wild, S.J., and featured student speaker Brendan Takash, who is graduating from the Diederich College of Communication. Graduation events will also include a Baccalaureate Mass Saturday, Dec. 14, at at 7:30 p.m. at Church of the Gesu.

Neumann is a physical therapist and fellow of the American Physical Therapy Association. His book, Kinesiology of the Musculoskeletal System: Foundations for Rehabilitation, widely recognized as the top kinesiology text for physical therapists around the world, is available in six languages. Neumann has received four Fulbright Awards, a rare honor that stands as testament to his scholarly ability. He is believed to be the only physical therapist and one of the few professors in any area to accomplish such a feat.

Takash, a Chicago native, will graduate with a bachelor of arts, majoring in broadcast and electronic communication with a minor in economics. He plans to continue his education by pursuing an MBA in the Marquette Graduate School of Management.

Parking in university lots is free this weekend for guests attending Mid-year Commencement events.

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2. 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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3. Center for Teaching and Learning hosting 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 times are from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the following Wednesdays during the spring semester: Jan. 8, Jan. 22, Feb. 5 and Feb. 19.

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4. Register for Silent Directed Retreat by Friday

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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5. Commuter Value Pass deadline is tomorrow

The deadline to participate in the Commuter Value Pass payroll deduction program is Thursday, Dec. 13. Formerly known as the Easy Pass, the Commuter Value Pass offers unlimited Milwaukee County bus rides, including Freeway Flyers and special event shuttles to the Bradley Center, Miller Park and other locations.

The program costs $210 per quarter and can be deducted before taxes to save money. Sign up between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. in the AMU, Union Station, for passes that will be good during January, February and March. Those who wish to drop the pass must also do so in Union Station by Friday, Dec. 13.

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6. Attend retirement reception for Lynn Stewart

The Office of Student Financial Aid invites the campus community to a retirement reception for Lynn Stewart, senior assistant director, Tuesday, Dec. 17, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. in Zilber Hall, Marquette Central lobby.

RSVP to Susan Teerink, director of student financial aid, at 8-1583.

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7. Raynor Memorial Libraries hosting events to celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr., in January

Raynor Memorial Libraries will host two events to celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr., on Tuesday, Jan. 21.

A panel discussion moderated by Dr. William Welburn, associate provost for diversity and inclusion, "A Dream Deferred: The Legacy of the March on Washington (50 Years Later)," will take place Tuesday, Jan. 21, from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. in Raynor Memorial Libraries' Beaumier Suites B/C. Dr. Heather Hathaway, associate professor of English and director of graduate studies; Rev. Bryan Massingale, professor of theology and associate director of undergraduate studies; Dr. Andrew Kahrl, assistant professor of history; and Dr. Grant Silva, assistant professor of philosophy, will serve as panelists.

Dr. William P. Jones, professor of history at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, will present "The Forgotten History of the March on Washington," Tuesday, Jan. 21, at 6 p.m. in Raynor Memorial Libraries' Beaumier Suites B/C. Jones is the author of The March on Washington: Jobs, Freedom, and the Forgotten History of Civil Rights.

RSVP to Emily Zegers, assistant librarian, at 8-7068, by Tuesday, Jan. 14.

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8. CTSI hosting Women's Health Workshop on campus next week

The Clinical & Translational Science Institute is hosting a "Women's Health Issues Workshop" Tuesday, Dec. 17, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the AMU, Monaghan Ballrooms. The goal of the workshop is to facilitate interdisciplinary research collaborations across CTSI partner institutions for research related to women's health. Consistent with recommendations in a recent Institute of Medicine report, Clinical Preventive Services for Women: Closing the Gaps, the general theme of the workshop will be preventive science across the lifespan of women. Dr. Magda Peck, dean of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee School of Public Health and member of the IOM committee that wrote the report, will provide an introductory overview of this theme.

The day will consist of plenary sessions and breakout groups that will address topics such as cognitive impairment, obesity, malignancy and skeletal fragility.

Register online.

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9. Winter/spring fitness class registration now open, free classes this week

Registration for the Employee Wellness Program's winter/spring fitness classes is now open. Participants can register online, and classes will begin Jan. 6.

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.

  • 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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10. One team spot left in the Faculty/Staff Bowling League

There is one team spot still available in the Faculty/Staff Bowling League. Bowling will take place Mondays at 5 p.m. at the Union Sports Annex beginning Monday, Jan. 6. The league is made up of three-person teams, with a maximum of three substitutes. Teams must have a minimum of two registered members present each week to avoid a forfeit. The cost of bowling is $8 per person for three games, which includes shoe rental and a contribution to the banquet fund.

To register, contact John Kratzer, general manager of the Rec Plex, at 8-7778.

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11. 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 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 at Marquette University High School in honor of Richard "Grady" de la Cruz, a Marquette High alumnus who died in an accident on Lake Mendota 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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12. News Briefs schedule to change during semester break

Due to the semester break and he university being closed between Christmas Eve and New Year's Day, the News Briefs schedule will change. New Briefs will be distributed for the final time this year on Monday, Dec. 16. News Briefs will be published Monday, Jan. 6, with the twice-weekly schedule resuming Monday, Jan. 13.

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