1. Board of Trustees selects presidential search committee

The Board of Trustees has announced the presidential search committee, which is charged with making a recommendation to the Board of Trustees as to whom should be Marquette's 24th president. Last week, the Board chose John Ferraro, Bus Ad '77, vice chair of the Board of Trustees and global chief operating officer at Ernst & Young, to lead the presidential search committee.

The presidential search committee members are:

  • John Ferraro, Bus Ad ’77, vice chair of the Board of Trustees, chair of the presidential search committee, global chief operating officer at Ernst & Young
  • Patricia Cervenka, director of the Law Library and Professor of Law
  • Dr. William Cullinan, PT ’81, dean of the College of Health Sciences
  • Patrick Lawton, Bus Ad ’78, Grad ’80, Trustee, managing director, fixed income capital markets group, Robert W. Baird & Co.
  • Dr. Arnold Mitchem, Grad ’81, Trustee, retired president, Council for Opportunity in Education
  • Rev. Joseph O’Keefe, S.J., Trustee, professor of education at Boston College
  • Dr. Janis Orlowski, Eng ’78, Trustee, chief operating officer and chief medical officer, MedStar Washington Hospital Center
  • Owen Sullivan, Arts ’79, Trustee, retired CEO of Right Management, Jefferson Wells, and president of specialty brands, ManpowerGroup

This is the first search in Marquette's history to include a dean and a faculty member along with Board of Trustees members. The committee also includes deep academic leadership experience in Mitchem, who was formerly a faculty member in Marquette's history department and director of the Educational Opportunity Program; Father O'Keefe, who is a professor of education at Boston College and a former dean of the college's Lynch School of Education; and Orlowski, who served as associate vice president and executive dean of Rush University Medical School in Chicago.

The search committee will be working closely with university leadership to ensure there is an inclusive process for hearing from all of the university's constituencies, including faculty, staff, students and alumni. A permanent president is expected to be in place for the 2014-15 academic year. Dr. Margaret Faut Callahan, interim provost and dean of the College of Nursing, will continue in her role as interim provost until a provost search can be completed under a permanent president.

Updates on the search process will be shared via a new presidential search website and via News Briefs.

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2. Dr. Mark Eppli will continue in role as interim dean of the College of Business Administration

Dr. Mark Eppli will continue in his role as interim James H. Keyes Dean of Business Administration until a dean search can be completed under a permanent president and provost.

Interim Provost Margaret Callahan has consulted with the chairs of the College of Business Administration dean search committee, Dr. Joe Daniels, chair and professor in the Department of Economics, and Dr. Mike Akers, chair and professor in the Department of Accounting, who have agreed that the best course of action for the college is to pursue the dean search when a permanent president and provost are in place. The university's search firm also agrees that the college will be able to attract a much more competitive pool of applicants once a permanent president and provost are named. The committee will continue to work with the search firm to finalize the documents that will be required for the search so that we will be able to reinitiate the search as quickly as possible.

The university plans to begin the provost search as soon as a permanent president is in place, with the COBA dean search proceeding when a permanent provost is named. Callahan will work closely with Eppli to identify ways to continue to move the college forward during this time of transition.

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3. Deadline to donate to Community Campaign is Oct. 16

The Marquette Community Campaign runs through Wednesday, Oct. 16. The annual Marquette Community Campaign is an opportunity for employees to donate to the university's Annual Fund – especially for scholarship aid; the United Performing Arts Fund, which assists performing arts organizations in southeastern Wisconsin; and United Way, which supports local health and human service programs.

The university's goal is to raise at least $350,000 from faculty and staff with 100-percent participation from the campus community. Employees can contribute by payroll deduction as well as by credit card or check. Visit the Community Campaign site for more details.

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4. New university website interface launched today

The university's redesigned Marquette website interface launched today for highly viewed pages, including the Marquette.edu homepage, "Undergraduate Admissions," "About Marquette" and "Search." A guide shows where commonly used elements of the homepage have moved.

Highlights of the new interface include responsive design, which allows for the website to be viewed properly on multiple devices; improved search functionality with predictive search capabilities; enhanced faculty/staff and student pages; and a modern design focused on visual content and audience usability.

During the spring 2013 semester, the campus community had the opportunity to submit feedback on the new design. The Office of Marketing and Communication has implemented the community's feedback in addition to extensive usability testing.

A feedback form is available on the redesigned pages for the campus community to share comments.

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5. Accreditation site visit completed; affiliation status decision expected during spring semester

The eight-person site visit team representing the Higher Learning Commission concluded its visit yesterday, Wednesday, Oct. 2. Before leaving campus, the team shared general observations with members from the offices of the president, provost and executive vice president. The team expressed thanks for the welcome they received while on campus and was complimentary of the open and honest conversations, along with the thoroughness of the self-study report. The team will complete a draft report for the HLC's consideration.

The final report and the commission's decision is known as the Statement of Affiliation Status. This decision is expected to be received during the spring semester. The Statement of Affiliation Status can reaffirm accreditation status, but also can request that an institution provide reports or require a focused visit to confirm that recommendations from the commission are being addressed.

During the three-day visit, members of the team held more than 40 meetings and met with more than 500 members of the campus community, including the three open forums for faculty, staff and students. The visit was the culmination of more than two years of preparation by hundreds of campus community members, and included a comprehensive self-study.

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6. Colloquium to discuss discuss hazard, risk and uncertainty quantification

The Department of Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science Colloquium Series will host "Hazard, Risk and Uncertainty Quantification: From Earthquakes to Climate Change," Friday, Oct. 4, at 3 p.m. in Cudahy, 401. Dr. Ting Lin, assistant professor of civil, construction and environmental engineering, will deliver the lecture.

Pre-colloquium refreshments will be served at 2:30 p.m. in Cudahy, 342. For additional information, contact Dr. Rong Ge, assistant professor of mathematics, statistics and computer science, at 8-6344.

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7. Klement Lecture to discuss Robert E. Lee and the Civil War

The Department of History will host Dr. Joseph Glatthaar, Stephenson Distinguished Professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, to deliver the Frank L. Klement Lecture on Monday, Oct. 7, at 7:30 p.m. in Raynor Memorial Libraries' Beaumier Suites. Glatthaar will present "Robert E. Lee: Revolutionary Commander in the American Civil War." For more information, contact Dr. James Marten, professor and chair in the Department of History, at 8-7901.

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8. Cream City Foundation CEO to moderate student panel on LGBT issues

The Gender and Sexuality Resource Center will host a student panel moderated by Paul Fairchild, CEO of the Cream City Foundation, to discussion students' exposure and understanding of LGBT issues, Monday, Oct. 7, at 7 p.m. in the AMU, Lunda Room. The panel is meant to provide knowledge and build community among LGBTQ-identified students and allies.

The student panel will kick off National Coming Out Week events on campus, which will explore issues related to gender and sexuality.

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9. Global Discussion Series to focus on "What's Next for Asia?"

The Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, Raynor Memorial Libraries and the Office of International Education will host the fourth installment of the Global Discussion Series, "What's Next for Asia?," Tuesday, Oct. 15, from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. in the Raynor Memorial Libraries' Beaumier Suites. The discussion will focus on the questions facing the region and will allow faculty and students to share their views, experiences and research questions.

For additional information, contact the Office of International Education at 8-7289.

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10. Register for the O'Brien Fellowship in Public Service Journalism Conference

The J. William and Mary Diederich College of Communication will host the inaugural O'Brien Fellowship in Public Service Journalism Conference Thursday, Oct. 10, and Friday, Oct. 11. The conference will present the work and research done by the 2013-14 Diederich Fellow Meg Kissinger, along with students and faculty from the college. Kissinger, an award-winning journalist at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, will present on her series "Chronic Crisis: A System that Doesn't Heal," which explores Milwaukee County's mental health system and solutions for providing patients the best possible care. Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele and others associated with mental health care in the county will also participate.

The conference will also feature a panel on solutions journalism with the co-authors of The New York Times' FixesU column. A full schedule is available online.

Registration for the conference can be completed online. For more information about the conference, contact Herbert Lowe, professional in residence and director of journalism for social change in the Department of Journalism and Media Studies, at 8-4068.

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11. Dispute Resolution Association hosting conflict workshop

The Dispute Resolution Association will host a workshop on how to handle different types of conflicts Thursday, Oct. 10, from noon to 1 p.m. in the AMU, 227. "5 Types of Conflict" will combine theory with practice in an interactive presentation-workshop format. To RSVP for this event, email David Angel, administrative assistant in the Marquette University Center for Peacemaking.

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12. Counseling Center to offer suicide prevention training, depression screenings

The Counseling Center will hold a "Question, Persuade, Refer" suicide prevention training session Monday, Oct. 7, from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the AMU, 227. QPR training is a nationally recognized program designed to save lives by teaching individuals to identify and refer someone who may be suicidal. During the training session, participants will learn about the risks and warning signs of suicide, how to talk to someone about suicide and how to facilitate appropriate mental health referrals to sites at Marquette and within the Milwaukee community. For more information and registration, contact the Counseling Center at 8-7172. Those unable to make the training may schedule a private QPR training with a group of 10 or more individuals.

The Counseling Center will offer free, confidential depression screenings in conjunction with National Depression Screening Day, Thursday, Oct. 10, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the AMU, 252 and 254. Staff will also share information about the Counseling Center's Biofeedback Lab, which allows participants to learn relaxation skills while playing interactive computer games. No appointment is necessary. For additional information, contact Linda Somppi, office associate in the Counseling Center, at 8-7172.

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13. Social Innovation Initiative to host Pulitzer Prize-winning author

The Social Innovation Initiative will host Pulitzer Prize-winning author Tina Rosenberg at two events Wednesday, Oct. 16. Both events will feature discussions on how Rosenberg's teaching at Yale Law School, co-founding of Solutions Journalism and involvement with FixesU intersect with the six strategic themes identified for Marquette's future. A welcome breakfast will take place in the AMU, 227, from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. A dinner reception with discussion will take place in Zilber Hall, 025, at 6 p.m. Complimentary meals will be served at both events.

To RSVP for one or both events, email Neal Ruitta. Space is limited.

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14. MKEfoodies and Education Deans of Greater Milwaukee to honor Milwaukee-area teachers

The Education Deans of Greater Milwaukee and MKEfoodies, a local food events organization, are hosting a celebration to honor the work of teachers in the Milwaukee area Thursday, Oct. 17, at 7 p.m. at the Great Lakes Distillery, located at 616 W. Virginia Street in Milwaukee. During the event, guests will be invited to sign a banner expressing thanks to Milwaukee's teachers.

Tickets for this event are $30 and can be purchased online. For more information, visit the Celebrate Teachers & Teaching Facebook page.

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15. AMUW's annual Boheim Lecture to focus on women and the Arab Spring

Dr. Julia Clancy-Smith, the 2013-14 AMUW Chair of Humanities and professor of history at the University of Arizona-Tuscon, will deliver the annual Distinguished Eleanor H. Boheim Lecture Wednesday, Oct. 23, at 6 p.m. in the Raynor Memorial Libraries, Beaumier Suites. Titled "Revolutions: Women and the Arab Spring in North Africa," the lecture will argue for a long-term historical perspective in the understanding on why women are at the heart of the Arab Spring.

The lecture is presented by the Association of Marquette University Women, which promotes the interests of Marquette's past, present and future female students and strives to enhance educational and cultural opportunities for women.

Registration for this free event can be completed online. For additional information, contact the AMUW or Carol Winkel, director of regional engagement in University Advancement, at 8-7633.

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16. Federal student financial aid update on government shutdown

Students at Marquette and across the country are continuing to receive financial aid in the form of Federal Direct Student Loans, Federal Work Study and Pell Grants despite the partial government shutdown. The Marquette University Office of Student Financial Aid will be minimally affected by the shutdown that went into effect at midnight Oct. 1. The Department of Education stated that "there will be limited impact to the federal student aid application (FAFSA) process, to the delivery of federal student aid, or to the federal student loan repayment functions."

These federal sources of aid will continue to be allocated, as the funds come from permanent and multi-year funding. While the majority of federal employees are furloughed, Department of Education employees are currently continuing to work on federal financial aid. Given the dynamic situation, we will update you if the shutdown continues. If you have questions, please contact Marquette's Office of Student Financial Aid at 288.4000 or go to studentaid.ed.gov.

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17. Events will be held to mark Respect for Life week

Campus Ministry and Students for Life will sponsor a variety of events to mark Respect for Life week Sunday, Oct. 6, through Friday, Oct. 11. Respect for Life week aims to raise awareness through various events on the issues surrounding every human being's right to life. Events include:

  • Life Chain, Sunday, Oct. 6, at 3 p.m. outside the Church of the Gesu
  • Living rosary, Monday, Oct. 7, at 7 p.m. in the Central Mall
  • Film screening of The Human Experience, Tuesday, Oct. 8, at 7 p.m. in Cudahy, 001
  • National Pro-Life Cupcake Day, Wednesday, Oct. 9, under the Raynor Memorial Libraries bridge
  • Marisa Beffel presents "Transforming Society One Person at a Time," Thursday, Oct. 10, at 7:30 p.m. in the AMU, Monaghan Ballroom

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18. Free healthy cooking demonstrations offered

The Employee Wellness Program and Sodexo will hold a free Healthy Cooking Series with demonstrations on how to cook tasty and healthy meals in minutes. The first session, "Thai One On," will take place Tuesday, Oct. 15, from noon to 1 p.m. in the AMU, first floor lobby.

Registration for this free event can be completed online, and is open to spouses and significant others. Recipe cards will also be included at each presentation.

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19. Project Night Night temporarily moving to Zilber Hall

Project Night Night, which provides totes to children in homeless shelters, will be temporarily moved to the basement of Zilber Hall from Marquette Hall, which is currently undergoing renovation for the historic core. Totes will still be made and delivered on an as-needed basis until Project Night Night completes a space request from the University Space Committee for a permanent room.

Items can be donated on a limited basis to Kathleen Hawkins, administrative assistant in the department of social and cultural sciences, who can be reached at 8-5500.

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20. Free group fitness classes on Friday

The Department of Recreational Sports is offering the following free group fitness classes to members tomorrow, Oct. 4.

Rec Center:

  • Zumba at 4 p.m.

Rec Plex:

  • Zumba 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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