1. Six strategic plan goal stewards named

Throughout the strategic planning process, the planning leadership team discussed options for how to best implement the long-term strategic plan. After considering a possible long-term planning committee and other plan implementation structures, President Scott R. Pilarz, S.J., selected a "goal steward" model, believing that the plan will best be implemented through the use of the normal operating structure of the university.

To be sure each goal is advanced and owned by the university community, each goal has been assigned to an individual who will serve as a goal steward. The six individuals who have accepted the invitation to become goal stewards responsible for leading the Marquette community's progress toward each of the six goals in the plan are:

  • Interim Provost Margaret Callahan – Academic Excellence for Human Well-being
  • Vice Provost Jeanne Hossenlopp – Research in Action
  • Vice President for Mission and Ministry Stephanie Russell – Social Responsibility and Community Engagement
  • Chief of Staff to the President Tom MacKinnon – Formation of the Mind and the Heart
  • Executive Vice President Mary DiStanislao – Enhancement of Organizational Effectiveness
  • Vice President of Finance Chuck Lamb – Sustainability of Valuable Resources

The goal stewards began their work July 1, 2013. Their role will be to link the goals and objectives to university operations. They will work collaboratively with the vice president of planning and colleagues across campus to gather input from key stakeholders to clarify and refine the objectives and tactics under their goal, identify metrics to track goal progress, begin implementation of one tactic during fiscal year 2014, and issue a progress report on their assigned goal every two months.

Stewards were selected with the knowledge that in the performance of their normal leadership duties, they will naturally be in a position to focus on one of the themes and goals. In selecting this model to guide implementation, the goals of the strategic plan will be integrated into the day-to-day life and operations of the university.

A branded version of the strategic plan is available online, along with a one-page strategic plan framework.

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2. Health risk assessment forms now available online

The Primary Care Provider Form for employees planning to see their primary care provider during this fall's two-part health risk assessment are now available online. Employees who complete the HRA process will receive a discount for 2014 health insurance premiums.

There are two parts for the HRA process. The first step is a biometric screening, which is completed by the employee's primary care provider or at a screening provided on campus. Biometric screenings for employees seeing their primary care provider must fall between July 1 and Nov. 22, 2013. Dates for on-campus screenings will be announced in early fall, with appointments beginning in late October through mid-November. The second step of the HRA is to complete an online questionnaire, which will be available in early October.

All employees and their spouses or same-sex domestic partners are eligible to participate in the HRA process, although the Marquette employee must participate in order to receive the insurance discount. Spouse and same-sex domestic partner participation is not mandatory for the discount but is encouraged, as an HRA can help determine risk factors for chronic diseases and identify how to make healthier choices. The cost for both employee and spouse or same-sex domestic partner assessment is paid by the university.

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3. Marquette ranked No. 3 among Wisconsin colleges for ROI

Marquette has been named among the top colleges in Wisconsin for return on investment by AffordableCollegesOnline.org, a national resource for college affordability and financial aid information. The group ranked the Wisconsin colleges and universities with the greatest lifetime return on investment based on graduates who enjoy the largest earnings gap between non-degree holders over a 30-year span. Marquette is ranked No. 3, behind MSOE and UW-Madison, respectively.

According to the AffordableCollegesOnline.org analysis, Marquette's lifetime ROI is $768,900. A complete list of the Wisconsin rankings and methodology is available online.

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4. New Marquette Neighborhood Health Center location opens Aug. 1

The College of Nursing will open the new location of the Marquette Neighborhood Health Center on Aug. 1. The new MNHC has moved to the third floor of the Hillside Family Resource Center, located at 1452 N. 7th St., and will specialize in women's health and prenatal services. Female Marquette employees can receive care at the new MNHC location beginning Aug. 1. Questions can be directed to the Marquette Neighborhood Health Center at (414) 933-9100.

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5. Register for New Colleagues' Convocation

Employees hired since Aug. 20, 2012, should register via University Special Events for New Colleagues' Convocation, sponsored by the Office of Mission and Ministry, the Office of the Provost and the Office of the Executive Vice President. This year's New Colleagues' Convocation will be held Monday, Aug. 19. This annual, university-wide orientation seeks to introduce new employees to a clearer understanding of the Catholic and Jesuit tradition that characterizes and animates Marquette.

The event will begin in the AMU, Monaghan Ballroom, at 8:15 a.m. with registration and a continental breakfast, and will conclude with a wine and cheese reception at the Jesuit Residence at 3 p.m. More information can be found online or by contacting Brigid Kinsella-Alba, assistant to the vice president in the Office of Mission and Ministry, at 8-1794.

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6. Attend the McNair Undergraduate Research Symposium, Aug. 1

Undergraduate students who participated in the McNair Summer Research Institute will present their research at the 23rd Annual McNair Undergraduate Research Symposium on Thursday, Aug. 1, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. in Cudahy Hall, 001. A reception will follow the final session.

For more information, contact the McNair Scholars Program, 8-1771.

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7. Register for dispute resolution and health care conference

Registration is now open for the College of Professional Studies' second annual Dispute Resolution and Health Care Conference, which will take place Friday, Oct. 18, in the AMU. This day-long conference will feature researcher Dr. Leonard Marcus, director of the program for health care negotiation and conflict resolution at Harvard School of Public Health.

Registration for this event is available online.

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

The Social Innovation Initiative, the Archdiocese of Milwaukee and Catholic Relief Services are hosting 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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9. Register for AMUW's fall book club

The Association of Marquette University Women will host its annual fall book club Thursday, Aug. 22, at 7 p.m. in Raynor Memorial Libraries' Beaumier Suite. Join Chitra Divakaruni, author of One Amazing Thing, for an evening of conversation surrounding her book, which is the selection for the 2013 First Year Reading Program. One Amazing Thing chronicles the personal stories told by nine strangers as they cope together during the aftermath of an earthquake.

Registration can be completed online. For more information, contact Rachelle Shurn, advancement associate, at 8-4765.

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10. Employee Wellness Program offering Weight Watchers program, CrossFit classes

The Employee Wellness Program offers a Weight Watchers program for employees. Meetings take place every Thursday in Raynor Memorial Libraries from 12:20 p.m. to 12:45 p.m. Employees who register before Sept. 6, will be entered in a drawing to win a $50 Visa Gift Card.

CrossFit and Cardio Dance classes have been added to fall group fitness classes, which begin Aug. 26. CrossFit classes combine elements of weight training, bodyweight calisthenics and short bursts of cardio. A full schedule of group fitness classes and pricing can be found online. Discounts have also been added for individuals who participate in more than one class.

For further information, or to register for the Weight Watchers program or fall group fitness classes, contact Kristin Kipp, wellness coordinator, at 8-5607.

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11. TIAA-CREF consultants on campus next week for free financial counseling

In conjunction with TIAA-CREF, Marquette will offer individual and confidential financial counseling sessions for faculty and staff. The 45-minute sessions will answer three common questions asked by participants: am I saving enough for retirement, am I properly allocated and what are the options for taking distributions from my account?

One-on-one sessions are available from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 6; Wednesday, Aug. 7; and Thursday, Aug. 8. To schedule an appointment, call 866-843-5640, Monday through Friday, between 9:30 a.m. and 4 p.m.

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12. Law School to hold information session Aug. 9

The Law School is hosting an on-campus information session for prospective students Friday, Aug. 9, at 11:45 a.m. in Eckstein Hall. The information session will give prospective students a chance to learn about the Law School, admissions, financial aid, enrollment policies and procedures, and the curriculum, as well as to take a tour of the Law School led by a current law student.

Register online.

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13. College of Professional Studies to hold information session Aug. 7

The College of Professional Studies will hold an undergraduate information session for prospective adult students Wednesday, Aug. 7, from 5:45 p.m. to 7 p.m. in Cudahy Hall, 414. Information presented will include: accelerated eight-week bachelor's degree programs; Saturday, weeknight, blended and online course offerings; the application process and financial aid opportunities.

Register online or by calling 8-3153.

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14. Subjects needed for biomedical engineering research study

Volunteers with no injury or impairment of arm or hand function between the ages of 12-17 are needed to participate in a biomedical engineering research study. Participants will take part in a single, one-hour session and will be compensated $25.

The study is called, "Partial Automation and Quantitative Enhancement of the Shriners Hospital for Children Upper Extremity Evaluation using Microsoft Kinect," and participants will be asked to perform activities of daily life, including folding and tearing paper, stringing wooden beads onto a cord, unscrewing a bottle cap, pulling apart and cutting Play-Doh, throwing a ball, moving objects, hand gestures, placing a sticker on a ball, putting on socks, fastening shoes and crawling. Motion will be recorded using a video camera and the Microsoft Kinect video game sensor.

This study has been approved by Marquette's Institutional Review Board for the protection of human subjects. Those interested in participating should email Jacob Rammer, biomedical engineering graduate student. For more information about research participant rights, contact the Office of Research Compliance at 8-7570.

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