1. Update on historic core renovation

As reported earlier this fall, the university is renovating the three buildings that make up the campus historic core – Johnston Hall, Marquette Hall and Sensenbrenner Hall. Demolition of the former legal research center began this week, but no construction activities will occur May 6-11 due to finals week.

The Facilities Master Planning Committee, which is made up of faculty, students and staff, identified these three buildings as requiring infrastructure upgrades, maintenance and renovations. These three iconic buildings serve as the front door for visitors to campus, and have not had significant renovations since the mid-1970s.

The design phase for Marquette Hall, Johnston Hall and Sensenbrenner Hall is nearing completion. Construction is expected to be completed in late 2015. In September of 2012 the Board of Trustees approved funds for architectural and engineering design work necessary to prepare detailed plans for the project.

Johnston Hall will remain the home of the Diederich College of Communication. Marquette Hall and Sensenbrenner Hall will be renovated to provide improved offices for four humanities departments, English, History, Philosophy and Theology, which are currently in Coughlin Hall, as well as the college main office of the Helen Way Klingler College of Arts and Sciences. The final assignment of the space for Klingler College and the four departments will be completed in the next few months. As a result of the renovation of Marquette Hall, the student support functions provided by The Educational Opportunity Program along with the Office of Student Educational Services and the Office of Disability Services will move to Coughlin Hall, which will also be partially renovated to accommodate space needs.

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2. College of Nursing to host forum on mental health care services in Milwaukee

The College of Nursing will host its fourth annual Health Care Forum, "Access to Mental Health Care Services in our Community," Monday, May 6, from 7:15 a.m. to 9 a.m. in the AMU. The discussion will focus on access to mental health care services in the Milwaukee community, and will feature a panel discussion with the community leaders who help provide those services every day. Dr. Brenda J. Bowers, R.N., senior vice president of organizational change and leadership performance at Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare, will moderate a panel of experts representing multiple perspectives on mental health care in Wisconsin:

  • Bevan K. Baker, F.A.C.H.E., Commissioner of Health, City of Milwaukee

  • Kristina Finnel, M.S.W., A.P.S.W., president and CEO of Mental Health America of Wisconsin

  • Meg Kissinger, investigative journalist at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

  • Dr. Jon Lehrmann, chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine at the Medical College of Wisconsin; co-division manager of the Mental Health Division at the Zablocki Veterans Affairs Medical Center

  • Paula Lucey, M.S.N., R.N., Grad '88, former administrator of the Behavior Health Division of Milwaukee County; chair of the Consortium for Health Wisconsin Partnership Program at the Medical College of Wisconsin

  • Sue Schuler, M.S.N., R.N., Nursing's Voice Project Consultant, Wisconsin Center for Nursing

The forum is free and open to the public. Registration is available online.

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3. Compendium submission deadline is May 31

Faculty and staff with professional accomplishments such as publications, presentations and awards should make sure they are documented by Friday, May 31, by submitting them to the Faculty Activities Database (for full-time and clinical faculty members) or online to marquette.edu/compendium-submit/ (for part-time, adjunct, participating or visiting faculty members and full-time staff members). Full-time and participating 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 via the FAD. Accomplishments that have occurred since Dec. 1, 2012, and that were not included in the winter issue of Compendium will be used to compile the summer issue, which will be distributed in late August.

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4. Seminar to compare student experience with faculty expectations

The Center for Teaching and Learning will host "Do You See What I See? Comparing Student Experience with Faculty Expectations," Wednesday, May 15, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Cudahy Hall, 001. Dr. Thomas Nelson-Laird from Indiana University will deliver the keynote lecture, using his expertise on faculty and student experience surveys to unpack data from the Marquette 2012 faculty and student surveys. Breakout sessions throughout the day will include:

  • "What Students Say They Need from Faculty Using Technology," by Dr. Jeremy Fyke, assistant professor of communication, and Dr. Heidi Schweizer, eLearning director

  • "Flipping the Classroom," by Dr. Martin Scanlan, assistant professor of educational policy and leadership, and Victoria Browne, teaching assistant for English

  • "Helping Students See the Global in the Local," by Dr. Ruth Ann Belknap, associate professor of nursing

  • "Using NSSE to Guide our Curricula," by Kimberly Bohat, director of service learning

After lunch, there will be a keynote presentation, "Do We Teach What We Value?," given by Dr. Sarah Bonewits Feldner, associate professor of corporate communication.

Registration can be completed online. For additional information, contact Dr. Susan Mountin, director of Manresa for Faculty, at 8-3693.

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5. Start IT initiative expanding to help with implementation of electronic medical records

The Department of Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science is offering a new initiative, Start IT, that gives students the opportunity to start a career in computing with an emphasis on health care IT. The first class of students is currently taking a Start IT Boot Camp to initiate the career change from other disciplines; they will enter the master's of science in computing program this summer. Graduate coursework will lead to a master's of science degree, on-the-job experience, internships and tuition vouchers.

Start IT is looking to expand its original concept to establish a consultancy practice for clinicians wishing to start IT implementation of electronic medical records. The program will focus on independent clinicians who need high-value, high-quality help. Students in the program will invest "sweat equity" in consulting to offset education expenses. The concept was originally presented at the Kohler Center for Entrepreneurship's ImpactNext Business Model Competition, where it won first prize in the category of faculty and staff submissions.

For additional information on the new health care IT initiative, contact Dr. Thomas Kaczmarek, adjunct assistant professor of mathematics, statistics and computer science, at 8-6734.

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6. Join Father Pilarz for National Employee Health and Fitness Day walk

President Scott R. Pilarz, S.J., Provost John Pauly and Executive Vice President Mary DiStanislao will participate in an "Employee Poker Walk" in honor of National Employee Health and Fitness Day on Wednesday, May 15. Father Pilarz will give remarks at 12:10 p.m. at the Rec Center, with a one-mile walk around the Marquette Mile beginning at 12:15 p.m. Each participant will collect playing cards throughout the walk, and the top poker hands at the end of the walk will win prizes.

The Poker Walk is sponsored by the Employee Wellness Program, Sodexo and the Department of Recreational Sports. Register for the walk online by Friday, May 10. For additional questions or information, contact Kristin Kipp, wellness coordinator, at 8-5607.

All employees will receive free admission to the Rec Center and Rec Plex May 15-17 in celebration of National Employee Health and Fitness Day.

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7. Attend training session on new D2L upgrade system

Desire2Learn, the university's course management system, will be upgraded to version 10 during Commencement weekend, May 17-19. The final training session will be held Tuesday, May 7, from 10 a.m. to noon.

Faculty teaching summer courses, both online and in the classroom, are strongly encouraged to attend. Registration can be completed online.

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8. Office of the Comptroller to offer sessions on fiscal year-end processes

The Office of the Comptroller will offer GROW with Marquette sessions to help departments with fiscal year-end processes. Year-end timeline, invoice processing, credit card charges, monthly statements and encumbrances will be discussed. There will also be a refresher segment on the Marquette Financial System, which will include checking funds available and account inquiry drilldown. Sessions will be presented by Mary Jo Kuzma, manager of accounting, Lorena Sanchez, accounts payable manager, and Yvonne Jewett, accounts payable supervisor. Sessions will be offered in Cudahy Hall, 208 on the following dates and times:

  • Wednesday, May 29, from 10 a.m. to noon
  • Thursday, May 30, from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

To register, contact GROW with Marquette at 8-7305. For additional information contact, Peter Kovochich, coordinator of training and special projects, at 8-1560.

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9. Social Innovation Initiative to host Midwest Social Innovation Start-Up Challenge

The Social Innovation Initiative will host the Midwest Social Innovation Start-Up Challenge this summer at Manpower Group in Milwaukee. This challenge provides an opportunity for aspiring entrepreneurs to submit a business model that includes a social or environmental impact a second bottom line that makes the world a better place. Business executives, funders, mentors, local entrepreneurs and prominent national figures in social innovation will be present for networking at the event.

Business model ideas must be submitted by Monday, May 20, at noon. Competition timeline and additional details are available online. Registration can also be completed online. For additional information, contact Elise Chapman, special project manager for the Social Innovation Initiative, at 8-4990.

This competition is presented in collaboration with the Brady Corporation, Dell Corporation, Greater Milwaukee Committee, Johnson Controls, Milwaukee School of Engineering and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and parallels the national platform founded by Dell Corporation and the University of Texas-Austin.

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10. Faber Center to host grief and loss discussion group, lunch with Repairers of the Breach

The Faber Center for Ignatian Spirituality will host a grief and loss discussion group Thursday, May 9, 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.

RSVP to Ellen Blonski, administrative assistant in the Faber Center, at 8-4545. For additional questions or concerns, contact Dr. Michael Dante, director of the Faber Center, at 8-5059.

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11. AMUW Spring Book Club to discuss The Aviator's Wife

The Association of Marquette University Women will host its annual Spring Book Club Thursday, May 9, at 7 p.m. in Raynor Memorial Libraries' Beaumier Suites. All faculty and staff are invited to read the book and join AMUW for an evening of conversation about The Aviator's Wife.

This event is free and open to the public; registration can be completed online by Monday, May 6. For additional information, contact AMUW or Andreana Moody, advancement associate, at 8-0359.

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12. Men's lacrosse to close inaugural season against No. 6 Duke on Sunday

The men's lacrosse team will close its first season Sunday, May 5, at noon at Hart Park, located at 72nd Street and State Street in Wauwatosa, Wis. The team will face off against No. 6 Duke. Free shuttles will provide transportation to and from the game for all fans, leaving the Annex beginning at 10:30 a.m. Tickets are available for purchase at the game or by calling the Ticket Office at 8-4668. The cost is $5 for adults and $3 for youth (12 and under).

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13. College Student Personnel Administration to host "pie a graduate assistant" event

The College Student Personnel Administration will sponsor "Pie Your GA Day," Tuesday, May 7, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. under the Raynor Memorial Libraries' Bridge. Undergraduates and staff are invited to pie a graduate assistant enrolled in the master's degree program for College Student Personnel Administration. Pies can be purchased for $1, with all proceeds going to the CSPA graduate student organization's professional development fund.

For additional information, contact Rebecca Olsen, graduate service assistant in the College of Education, or Meredith Reinhardt, graduate assistant in the Career Services Center.

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14. Free group fitness classes on Friday

The Department of Recreational Sports is offering the following free group fitness classes to members tomorrow, May 3. The following classes will be offered free of charge:

Rec Center:

  • Spin Class at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m.
  • Full Body at 4 p.m.

Rec Plex:

  • Butts and Guts at 3 p.m.

For more information, call the group fitness office at 8-6979 or contact Shannon Bustillos, assistant director of recreational sports, at 8-7778.

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