1. New department chairs announced

Several departments across campus have new chairs for the 2013-14 academic year. Dr. K. Dale Noel, professor of biological sciences, will chair the Department of Biological Sciences; Rev. John Jones, professor of philosophy, will serve as interim chair of the Department of Physics; Dr. Jane Peterson, professor of social and cultural sciences, will chair the Department of Social and Cultural Sciences; Dr. Joseph Daniels, professor of economics, will chair the Department of Economics; Dr. Steven Lysonski, professor of marketing, will chair the Department of Marketing; and Dr. Lynn Turner, professor of communication studies, will chair the Department of Communication Studies.

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2. New Center for Teaching and Learning Faculty Program Coordinator named

The Office of the Provost has chosen Dr. Sarah Bonewits Feldner, associate professor of communication studies, as the Faculty Program Coordinator for the Center for Teaching and Learning. Within the Center for Teaching and Learning, Feldner will co-facilitate programming and meet with faculty for individual discussions about teaching. She will also spearhead new faculty mentoring and professional development initiatives for recently tenured faculty and for non-tenured full-time instructors. Feldner will be in residence at the Center for Teaching and Learning for three years and will have open office hours posted on the Center for Teaching and Learning website.

Feldner, a recipient of the university's Teaching Excellence Award, has taught a broad range of courses with a variety of class populations and is an established scholar in organizational communication, rhetoric and corporate identity. She currently serves as chairperson of the University Board of Undergraduate Studies, and is a member of the University Core of Common Studies Review Committee and the Service Learning Advisory Board.

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3. Faber Fall Speaker to discuss Ignatian approach to decision-making

Rev. J. Michael Sparough, S.J., the Faber Fall Speaker, will present, "What's Your Decision? How to Make Choices with Confidence and Clarity: An Ignatian Approach to Decision Making," based on his book of the same title, Thursday, Sept. 12, from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. in Raynor Memorial Libraries' Beaumier Suites B and C. A reception will follow. Additional information is available online or by calling 8-4545.

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4. Visiting scholar to give presentation on women and environmental history

Dr. Nancy Unger, professor of history at Santa Clara University, will present, "Wisconsin Women and the Environment: An Illustrated History," Monday, Sept. 9, at 4:30 p.m. in the AMU, 163. The presentation will draw on Unger's recent book published by Oxford University Press, Beyond Nature's Housekeepers: American Women in Environmental History.

The lecture is co-sponsored by the History Department, the Center for Teaching and Learning, Women's and Gender Studies and the Gender and Sexuality Resource Center. For more information, contact Dr. Jim Marten, chair and professor of history, at 8-7901.

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5. Santa Clara scholar to discuss teaching gay and lesbian history

Dr. Nancy Unger, professor of history at Santa Clara University, will lead a discussion on teaching gay and lesbian history Tuesday, Sept. 10, at 1:30 p.m. in Raynor Memorial Libraries' Beaumier Suites. Unger has written about her teaching experiences in the Journal of American History. Attendees are asked to read her brief article and come with questions and ideas.

The discussion is co-sponsored by the History Department, the Center for Teaching and Learning, Women's and Gender Studies and the Gender and Sexuality Resource Center. For more information, contact Dr. Jim Marten, chair and professor of history, at 8-7901.

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6. Memorial service for Grady de la Cruz will be held Sept. 9

A memorial service for recent Marquette student, Richard "Grady" de la Cruz, who died in an apparent accidental drowning in Lake Mendota on Wednesday, Aug. 21, will be held Monday, Sept. 9, at 6 p.m. at St. Joan of Arc Chapel. Grady, a native of Wauwatosa, Wis., was a student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and had recently transferred from Marquette. Grady's parents will be present at the service. Contact Campus Ministry at 8-6873 with questions.

As a university community, we extend our prayers and deepest sympathies to Grady's family and friends for their immeasurable loss. Those who knew Grady were touched by his presence on campus and will continue to keep his memory alive in the days and months ahead.

During this time of loss, it can help to seek the comfort of others by talking about feelings and memories, praying together or simply spending time together. Resources available to the campus community include:

The Counseling Center also has grief and loss resources available on its website.

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7. EthicsPoint available to anonymously report suspected areas of misconduct on campus

Marquette believes that each member of the campus community has a responsibility to conduct business in an ethical manner, and to report, in good faith, any suspected activities of misconduct on campus. The university has selected EthicsPoint, a third-party vendor, to provide a way to report suspected areas of misconduct on campus anonymously and confidentially. EthicsPoint provides a secure server and toll-free hot line for faculty, staff, students and vendors to confidentially report activities on campus that may violate federal or state laws and regulations, or university policies and procedures.

Reportable concerns include, but are not limited to:

  • Academic misconduct
  • FERPA violations
  • Misuse of resources
  • Financial fraud
  • Harassment
  • Conflict of interest
  • Software piracy
  • HIPAA violations
  • Scientific misconduct
  • Environmental health and safety matters
  • Vandalism
  • Cheating
  • Hazing

Submit a report online or by calling 800-445-7068. To learn more about EthicsPoint and other places to report concerns, visit the EthicsPoint website.

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8. Retirement ceremony for DPS Chief Larry Rickard will be Sept. 13

The Office of Administration will host a retirement ceremony for Larry Rickard, director and chief of the Department of Public Safety, Friday, Sept. 13, at 3 p.m. in the AMU, Monaghan Ballrooms. A reception will follow at the Union Sports Annex. Rickard is leaving the university effective Sunday, Sept. 29, to become director and chief of the Department of Campus Safety and Security at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Fla.

Rickard led more than 80 professional and 100 student staff members who make up DPS, which is staffed year-round, 24 hours a day. He dedicated 21 years to DPS, including 13 as chief. Rickard started as a public safety officer working the night shift. He worked as a life safety officer improving the university's evacuation plans and was later promoted to lieutenant shift commander and associate director captain before being named chief in 2000.

RSVP by emailing Michele Adler, office assistant in the Department of Public Safety, or calling 8-5242.

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9. Raynor Memorial Libraries launches new electronic resource discovery platform

The Raynor Memorial Libraries has launched MARQCAT plus, a new electronic resource discovery platform by EBSCO. The tool can be used to help find resources including journals, books, databases, e-archives and e-Publications collections using a single toolbar.

Additional information is online. Questions about the new platform can be directed to the Reference Desk at 8-7556.

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10. Training sessions available for new version of D2L

Desire2Learn, the university's course management system, has been upgraded to Version 10. Significant enhancements to the visual display of D2L have been made, and a variety of training sessions are scheduled to familiarize users with the changes and to assist with course building. In addition, intermediate and advanced D2L sessions have been added to the schedule.

A variety of training dates are scheduled throughout September and the fall, and a full list of training dates and registration information can be found online.

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11. Register for Milwaukee Heart Walk to compete in Deans' and Vice Presidents' Cup Challenge

The Employee Wellness Program encourages faculty and staff to join their college or department team for the 2013 Milwaukee Heart Walk Deans' and Vice Presidents' Cup Challenge, which will be held Sunday, Sept. 29, at 10 a.m. in Veterans Park. The college and department with the highest percentage of participants will win a traveling trophy, and the first 100 people to register will receive an Employee Wellness drawstring backpack. Team 4EZ (the Provost, Executive Vice President, and President's Office) has set the bar high with more than 90 percent participation.

Registration can be completed online. All employees will be entered into a grand prize drawing, where five people will win prize packages. All Marquette University walkers, including spouses/significant others, who are registered by Tuesday, Sept. 10, will be entered to win one of 25 free meals from Qdoba. For more information, contact Kristin Kipp, wellness coordinator, at 8-5607.

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12. Rec Plex swim classes begin Sept. 10

Registration for Rec Plex swim lessons is now open. Swim lessons for children will be held Tuesday evenings beginning Sept. 10. Adult swim lessons will be held on Saturdays starting Sept. 14.

Various classes are offered, including:

  • Levels one to six, Introduction to Water Skills through Swimming and Skill Proficiency;

  • Tiny Tots and Wee Folks, for children six months to six years old. This program is designed to encourage water adjustment skills and develop basic swimming skills.

  • Adult Swim Lessons;

  • Private and Semi-Private Lessons, available for children and adults. A minimum of two swimmers is required for semi-private lessons.

Registration for all lessons must be done at the Rec Plex and cannot be completed over the phone. The cost is $40 for members and $46 for non-members for group classes. Enrollment is limited. All sessions have a minimum number of spaces that must be filled in order to offer the class, and classes may be combined to accommodate these requirements. Payment must be made at the time of registration, and a liability waiver must be completed before a child or minor can participate in the program.

Questions can be directed to John Kratzer, Rec Plex general manager, at 8-7778.

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13. TIAA-CREF consultants on campus this week for free financial counseling

In conjunction with TIAA-CREF, Marquette offers individual and confidential financial counseling sessions for faculty and staff. One-on-one sessions are available from 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 5, and Friday, Sept. 6, in the AMU, 362.

The 45-minute sessions 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?

To schedule an appointment, call (866) 843-5640 Monday through Friday, between 9 a.m. and 8 p.m.

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