Each year, the university recognizes four staff members who have contributed to the essential work of Marquette at the highest level of excellence with Excellence in University Service Awards. This year's recipients are Doug Frohmader, creative director in the Office of Marketing and Communication; Mary McConnell, dental coordinator in the School of Dentistry; John Mohammad, technical support specialist in Information Technology Services; and Sue Pendzich, administrative assistant in the Office of Student Development.
Recipients were nominated based on service that is above and beyond the duties normally assigned to their positions. The winners will be profiled in the May issue of Marquette Matters, which will be in mailboxes this week. Winners will be honored at the Excellence in University Service Awards Luncheon on Tuesday, June 4. Attendees should RSVP by Tuesday, May 28, to University Special Events at 8-7431.
Marquette's reaffirmation of accreditation process culminates with a site visit Monday, Sept. 30, to Wednesday, Oct. 2, by a team of Higher Learning Commission peer reviewers. A key piece of the site visit is open forums, where reviewers will receive feedback from faculty, staff and students. Separate forums will be held for each group, but all will occur at 4 p.m. Monday, Sept. 30. It is expected that every college, department and office have a significant presence at the forums, relative to the size of their respective area. Location and additional details of the forums will be shared as they are confirmed.
In addition to the open forums, the peer review team will schedule meetings with various groups and individuals prior to their arrival. To help accommodate the reviewers' requests, faculty and staff are asked to keep their calendars as open as possible, particularly on Monday, Sept. 30, and Tuesday, Oct. 1, when most meetings will occur. Most meetings will be scheduled in advance of the site visit, but it is possible that peer reviewers will request additional meetings once on campus.
The complete self-study report, along with an executive summary of the report, will be available to the campus prior to the visit. Drs. Gary Meyer and Toby Peters, chair and co-chair of the reaffirmation of accreditation steering committee, will also be available in August and September to explain the reaffirmation process and summarize the self-study.
Additional background and information, including the latest progress report, is available on the accreditation website. For additional questions or information, please contact Dr. Gary Meyer, vice provost for undergraduate programs and teaching, or Toby Peters, senior associate vice president.
Nearly 2,000 students will receive Marquette degrees at Commencement Sunday, May 19, at 9:30 a.m. at the Bradley Center. The Baccalaureate Mass will be Saturday, May 18, at 4:30 p.m. at the U.S. Cellular Arena. Tickets are not needed for either event.
The all-university Commencement ceremony will be webcast so that family and friends not in attendance can participate.
Bill Cosby will be this year's Commencement speaker. Cosby is known for his commitment to education and emphatically believes that the best assurance for a satisfying and rewarding life begins with knowledge. Cosby himself went back to college, long after he had achieved much of his success to obtain a master's degree as well as a doctorate degree in education. As part of the ceremony, Cosby will receive an honorary doctor of letters degree.
Sister Rosemary Connelly, R.S.M., will receive an honorary doctor of humane letters degree. She is executive director of Misericordia Heart of Mercy, a service organization in Rogers Park, Ill., that supports people with developmental disabilities.
All campus parking lots will be open and free of charge over Commencement weekend, May 17-19. Gates to most lots will open Friday afternoon and will remain open through Sunday evening. Structures will still be staffed with an attendant. For more information, contact Jay Sobota, parking services manager, at 8-6911.
Grades for undergraduate, graduate, dental and health sciences professional classes are due no later than Tuesday, May 14, at noon. Every student on every grader roster must have a grade by this deadline, as grades impact graduation, academic censure and financial aid. Instructions are available from IT Services for instructors who plan to scan exams. To ensure quick grading, submit exams to the IT Services Help Desk on the second floor of Cudahy Hall for scanning immediately after completion of the exam.
For questions regarding grading, contact Jason Taylor, associate registrar, at 8-1498. For questions after business hours, contact the IT Services Help Desk at 8-7799.
The Career Services Center will host a Strengths Educator for Higher Education training Thursday, May 23, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. This training is open to all faculty and staff members who are interested in learning more about strengths-based development and how to incorporate a strengths-based education into work with students.
Registration is available online. The cost of the event is $175 per person. For more information, contact Laura Kestner, director of the Career Services Center, at 8-7424.
All members of the Marquette community are invited to join the university team for the National Alliance on Mental Illness Walk to raise awareness for mental illness Saturday, May 18, from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Veterans Park in Milwaukee. Register online.
For additional information, contact Markie Pasternak.
The College of Health Sciences' Integrative Neuroscience Research Center spring seminar series will present "Dopamine System Dysregulation by the Hippocampus and the Pathophysiology of Schizophrenia," Tuesday, May 7, at 3:30 p.m. in Schroeder Complex, 256. Dr. Anthony Grace, Department of Neuroscience, University of Pittsburgh, will lead the seminar.
For more information, contact the College of Health Sciences at 8-5053. A complete schedule of the seminar series can be found online.
The Department of Recreational Sports is hosting Fit4Finals, a week of free fitness classes at the Rec Center and the Rec Plex. The full schedule of free classes is available online.
Fit passes for the fall semester will be on sale this week at the Rec Center and the Rec Plex. Fit passes offer discounted rates for spin classes and group exercise passes.
Join the Marquette women's basketball program's annual Tee It Up For Hoops golf outing Tuesday, June 11, at 8 a.m. at The Legend at Bristlecone in Hartland, Wis. The event is $195 per golfer to play 18 holes along with the women's basketball team and staff, or $225 per golfer to include a Par-3 Challenge and three mulligans. A continental breakfast, lunch and participation gift will be provided. A lunch-only option is available for $35 per person. All proceeds benefit the women's basketball program.
Register by Friday, May 31. For additional information, contact Erin Wright, executive assistant for women's basketball, at 8-5784.
A large selection of grand, baby grand and other pianos used on campus by Marquette students, as well as other keyboards, orchestral string instruments and guitars will be on sale Friday, May 24, to Sunday, May 26, as part of a partnership between Marquette and the Rockley Family Foundation. Most instruments are less than a year old and include a new factory warranty and tuning. The event will be held in the Varsity Theatre.
The pre-sale for Marquette community members is Friday, May 24, and Saturday, May 25, by appointment. Call 8-4884 to make an appointment. The general public final sale will be Sunday, May 26, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Online registration is now open for the Employee Wellness Program's summer 2013 group fitness classes. A ten-week program will be offered for the summer that includes new classes and new locations. Information on each class, as well as online registration forms, can be found online. Classes will begin the week of Monday, June 3. Space is limited.
For additional information, contact Kristin Kipp, wellness coordinator, at 8-5607.