1. Dr. William Welburn announced as Deputy Title IX Coordinator for faculty

Rev. Daniel Hendrickson, S.J., associate vice provost in the Office of the Provost and Title IX coordinator for the university, has announced that Dr. William Welburn, associate provost for diversity and inclusion, will serve as the deputy Title IX coordinator for faculty.

Title IX, a groundbreaking statute intended to end gender and sex discrimination in education, became law in 1972. Though the most well-known of its requirements is that schools provide females with equal athletic opportunities, it also mandates gender equity in other aspects of the educational system. For example, Title IX prohibits sexual discrimination in the form of sexual misconduct, which includes sexual assault, sexual violence, sexual harassment and stalking.

The Title IX coordinator and deputy Title IX coordinators are responsible for providing and coordinating Title IX training at Marquette, in addition to reviewing programs, policies and procedures designed to help prevent and address sexual misconduct at the university. Marquette has a deputy coordinator for each of the four divisions most closely linked to Title IX policies:

  • Chris Daood, assistant director of the Counseling Center representing the Division of Student Affairs
  • Lynn Mellantine, assistant vice president of Human Resources representing Human Resources
  • Sarah Bobert, senior associate athletics director representing Intercollegiate Athletics
  • Dr. William Welburn, associate provost for diversity and inclusion representing the Office of the Provost

As part of the university's ongoing Title IX education and compliance efforts, Father Hendrickson, Welburn and Jeff Kipfmueller, associate general counsel, will provide Title IX training for all academic department chairs and directors on Friday, Nov. 22, in Raynor Memorial Libraries' Beaumier Suites B and C. The training program will cover the obligations faculty and staff members have to comply with Title IX, as well as explain the legal obligations of the university. All department chairs and directors are encouraged to attend, as recent "Dear Colleague" letters from the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights have clarified that universities must "take immediate and effective steps" to prevent and address sexual misconduct on campuses. Similar training programs have already been presented to various university departments/units and will continue to be offered throughout the upcoming academic year.

Academic department chairs and directors should RSVP to Lori Montezon, 8-6456.

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2. National search firm Witt/Kieffer chosen to help with presidential search; RSVP for faculty and staff community input sessions

The Presidential Search Committee has chosen national executive search firm Witt/Kieffer, which specializes in the higher education and nonprofit industries, to assist with the search for Marquette's 24th president. A senior partner from Witt/Kieffer has been present at each community input session this week and will be present at all of the community input sessions next week, along with members of the Search Committee. Witt/Kieffer has significant experience in helping conduct presidential searches at both Catholic and Jesuit universities.

Community input sessions on the presidential search will be held for faculty and staff next week. The staff session will be held Monday, Nov. 11, from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the AMU, Monaghan Ballroom E. Due to increased RSVPs, the staff session was moved from Monaghan Ballrooms A/B to Monaghan Ballroom E. The faculty session will be held Tuesday, Nov. 12, from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. in Raynor Memorial Libraries' Beaumier Suites B and C. RSVP online for the appropriate session.

Dr. Kristina Ropella, executive associate dean in the College of Engineering, and Dr. Stephanie Quade, dean of students in the Office of Student Development, will facilitate the sessions. Members of the Presidential Search Committee will be present at the session.

As the Search Committee and the Board of Trustees did in the previous presidential search in 2010, they are asking that the Marquette community provide input on the leadership qualifications that are most important for the president. Because the university's process during the presidential search three years ago was both extensive and inclusive, the Presidential Search Committee is reviewing the Presidential Profile that was developed at that time and asking for input on whether these attributes are still valid or should be adjusted.

An online form is available for faculty and staff who are unable to attend a community input session. Feedback is due by Thursday, Nov. 14.

In addition, discussion sessions are planned with students, University Academic Senate, the Faculty Council, the Marquette Jesuit community, the University Leadership Council, the Marquette University Alumni Association National Board and the Parents Council.

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3. Benefits enrollment ends next week

Marquette's annual benefits enrollment runs through Friday, Nov. 15. All employees should have received a benefits enrollment packet at home.

Key steps for benefits enrollment, with changes made through MyJob, are:

  • Update/verify personal information, including beneficiaries, dependents' birth dates, Social Security numbers and emergency contacts.

  • Choose whether to participate in the health, dental and vision insurance plans. New this year, a High Deductible Health Plan is available to all benefit-eligible employees.

  • Decide whether to participate in a Flexible Spending Account, which requires annual enrollment. Existing health care debit (Benny) cards are valid through Dec. 31, 2014, and 2014 health care elections are automatically loaded onto the card.

Health Risk Assessments are available to all employees. Health plan participants who complete both HRA parts biometric screening and health questionnaire receive a 10-percent discount for 2014 health insurance premiums. To schedule an on-campus appointment for a health risk assessment, call 1-877-765-3213 and press "1."

The second step is for individuals to complete an HRA Online questionnaire using the results from their biometric screening. This questionnaire will be available through midnight on Monday, Nov. 25. Where it says to enter the employee's Social Security number, employees should enter their nine-digit employee ID number with no extra zeros, numbers, dashes or letters. The group password is MARQUETTE in all caps.

A HRA Frequently Asked Questions for 2014 document is available, as well as a using MyJob for Annual Enrollment Help Guide.

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4. Attend reflection to honor the Jesuit martyrs of El Salvador

A reflection to honor the Jesuit martyrs and Ramos women of El Salvador will be held Tuesday, Nov. 12, at noon in the AMU, Henke Lounge. St. Ignatius calls individuals to reflect on touchstone moments of their faith that allow God's presence to be felt more deeply. Dr. Kathy Coffey-Guenther, associate vice president for mission and ministry, will explore some of these markers of holiness at the reflection.

Coffey-Guenther has worked in private practice as a psychotherapist and spiritual director integrating psychological and theological paradigms to assist in psycho-spiritual healing. In addition to her clinical and retreat work, she also serves as a speaker and consultant to religious congregations, clergy and religious, and parishes focusing on the work of community building, conflict resolution and spiritual growth.

This reflection is sponsored by the Center for Peacemaking, Intercultural Engagement and Campus Ministry.

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5. Boston College professor to speak about 50th anniversary of Vatican II

The Office of Mission and Ministry, the Department of Theology and Gesu Parish will host "Renewing the Liturgy, Revitalizing the Church: The Vatican II Reforms at 50," Wednesday, Nov. 13, at 7 p.m. in Church of the Gesu. Rev. John F. Baldovin, S.J., professor of historical and liturgical theology at Boston College and current Ignatius Loyola Chair at Fordham University, will present the lecture and discuss how the Second Vatican Council animates Marquette's mission, as well as its challenges for the future.

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6. ORSP hosting informational session on starting a startup

The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs will host an informational session, "Starting A Startup," Tuesday, Nov. 12, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Raynor Memorial Libraries' Beaumier Suite A. Tim Keane, director of technology commercialization, will present the session and answer questions about startups.

RSVP by Friday, Nov. 8, to Jennie Schatzman, office coordinator in ORSP, at 8-7225.

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7. Faber Center hosting Ignatian primer series, grief and loss discussion group

The Faber Center will host its second session of "In the Footsteps of St. Ignatius A Primer on Ignatian Spirituality," Wednesday, Nov. 13, from noon to 1 p.m. at the Faber Center, Schroeder Complex, 111. This month's offering, focused on the spiritual exercises, will be presented by Rev. Edward Mathie, S.J. A light lunch will be served.

The Faber Center will also host a grief and loss discussion group Thursday, Nov. 14, 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.

Register for both events by emailing Ellen Blonski, administrative assistant in the Faber Center. For additional information, contact the Faber Center for Ignatian Spirituality at 8-4545.

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8. Digital Marquette hosting educational technology brown bag discussion

Digital Marquette, a campus network for faculty and staff interested in digital academic and community work, will host a brown bag discussion co-sponsored by the Center for Teaching and Learning Monday, Nov. 11, at noon in the Raynor Memorial Libraries' Beaumier Suite C. Faculty and staff will discuss their favorite educational technology tools.

Registration is available online. Faculty and staff are also encouraged to join the Digital Marquette listserv to receive more information and regular updates. To join the listserv, email the following text in the body of the message: Subscribe LS-Digital-Marquette, followed by your complete email address.

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9. Marquette Contemplative Community announces threefold lecture series

The Marquette Contemplative Community and the Edward D. Simmons Religious Commitment Fund will fund a threefold contemplative series. The series begins this fall with two sessions on sight and sound, and culminates in March with a series of workshops by Ven. Thubten Chodron.

The next session, "Kirtan," is Wednesday, Nov. 13, from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the Calvary Presbyterian Church, 935 W. Wisconsin Ave. Kirtan is an ancient participatory music experience that quiets the mind and relaxes the body.

For more information, visit the Contemplative Community website.

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10. Women's and Gender Studies fellowship recipients to present research

The 2013 Women's and Gender Studies Fellowship recipients and the Undergraduate Summer Research Fellowship recipients will discuss their research projects and findings Thursday, Nov. 14, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. in Emory Clark Hall, 111.

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11. Volunteers needed for campus Thanksgiving dinner

Volunteers are needed to serve Thanksgiving dinner Thursday, Nov. 28, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. for students who cannot go home for the holiday. The dinner will be served in Cobeen Hall and is sponsored by Campus Ministry with the assistance of the Department of Residence Life.

To volunteer, contact Sue Niemi, administrative secretary in Campus Ministry, at 8-3685.

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12. Wellness Program offering guided meditation, first aid class and healthy cooking series this month

The Wellness Program is hosting a four-week guided meditation session beginning Wednesday, Nov. 13. Sessions will be held every Wednesday from 12:15 p.m. to 12:45 p.m. in Coughlin Hall, 001. The cost is $16 and registration is available online.

A first aid class will be offered Thursday, Nov. 14, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. in Schroeder Complex's Athletic Training Laboratory, room 250. The class is open to employees' spouses/significant others and is limited to 10 people. The cost is $40, and includes a book and certification card. Register online.

The next installment of the Wellness Program's Healthy Cooking Series, "Healthier Holiday Desserts," will be held Tuesday, Nov. 19, from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the AMU's first floor lobby. Register online.

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13. Register for Grow with Marquette session on community organizing

Grow with Marquette and Marquette for Common Ground are sponsoring a Grow with Marquette session, "Community Organizing at Marquette," Thursday, Nov. 14, from noon to 1 p.m. in Raynor Memorial Libraries' Beaumier Suite A. Marquette alumni and Common Ground members Bob Connolly and Kathleen Patron will discuss how Marquette for Common Ground is being implemented on campus and how community organizing can create significant change by engaging citizens to address pressing social problems through creative solutions. Several members of the Marquette community who are involved with Common Ground will also share their experiences.

Email Grow with Marquette or call 8-1560 to reserve a space.

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14. OIE International photo contest entries due Nov. 13

The Office of International Education will hold its fifth annual international photo contest on OIE's Marquette Global Facebook page. Students, faculty and staff are welcome to submit photos by Wednesday, Nov. 13. Voting will be open during International Education Week, Friday, Nov. 15, through Friday, Nov. 22. To vote, "like" a photo on Facebook. For a list of contest rules, or to vote without Facebook, visit the contest page.

Winning entries will receive awards valued at $75 or less. Winners will be announced Friday, Nov. 22.

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15. Tickets available for NCAA men's basketball tournament action in Milwaukee

Second- and third- round action of the 2014 NCAA Division One Men's Basketball Championship will be held Thursday, March 20, 2014, and Saturday, March 22, 2014, at the BMO Harris Bradley Center, hosted by Marquette University. Tickets are available online.

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16. Dance Inc. putting on two free shows Nov. 9-10

Dance Inc., a student organization focusing on a variety of dance styles, will present "Dance Until We Drop" Saturday, Nov. 9, at 5 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 10, at noon. Both performances will be held in the Weasler Auditorium. Admission is free.

In addition, Dance Inc. will hold a bake sale Thursday, Nov. 7, and Friday, Nov. 8, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. outside Straz Hall.

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17. Physician Assistant Studies blood drive is Nov. 19

The Physician Assistant Studies program is hosting a campus blood drive Tuesday, Nov. 19, from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the book pick-up room, 824 N. 16th St., next to the Book Marq. Make an appointment online.

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18. Recreational Sports hosting annual Turkey Coloring Contest

The Department of Recreational Sports will hold its annual Turkey Coloring Contest through Friday, Nov. 22. Turkeys can be purchased for $1 at the main office of either the Rec Center or Rec Plex. All proceeds go to VETS Place Central's Thanksgiving dinner.

VETS Place Central is a full-service, one-stop homeless shelter that provides a holistic approach to serving the homeless veteran population. Prizes will be awarded for the top two turkeys.

For more information, contact Michael Cosgrove, office coordinator for Recreational Sports, at 8-0238.

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