1. OIRA changing name, moving to Zilber Hall

The Office of Institutional Research and Assessment is changing its name to the Office of Institutional Research and Analysis and moving to the second floor of Zilber Hall effective Wednesday, Sept. 11. The move is part of the campus' historic core renovations to Johnston Hall, Marquette Hall and Sensenbrenner Hall. OIRA was previously located in the lower level of Marquette Hall.

As the newly appointed director of the office, Alexandra Riley will continue to lead the department's efforts to provide timely and accurate information to campus stakeholders to facilitate institution-wide decision making.

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2. Attend memorial service for Grady de la Cruz today

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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3. 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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4. Center for Teaching and Learning offering new certificate program

The Center for Teaching and Learning is launching a certificate program for faculty interested in exploring how using contemplative pedagogies in their classes can improve student attention, focus and learning. Participants will choose from a variety of workshops led by Marquette faculty and community members that will include background on the specific practice and practical pedagogical applications.

To complete the certificate, participants must participate in six sessions, which can be completed over multiple semesters. The required overview session will be offered Wednesday, Sept. 18, from noon to 1:30 p.m. in Raynor Memorial Libraries' Beaumier Suite A, and Monday, Sept. 30, from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in Raynor Memorial Libraries' 301. Registration can be completed online. For more information, contact Susan Mountin, director of the Center for Teaching and Learning, at 8-3693.

5. Integrative Neuroscience Research Center hosting seminar on lifestyle and brain health

The College of Health Sciences' Integrative Neuroscience Research Center is hosting a seminar, "Lifestyle and Brain Health: Insights from Models of Parkinson's Disease," Tuesday, Sept. 10, at 3:30 p.m. in Schroeder Complex, 256. Dr. Michael Zigmond of the Department of Neurology at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center will present the free seminar.

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6. 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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7. Biological Sciences hosting seminar on community-based inquiry and STEM courses

The Department of Biological Sciences will host a seminar, "Keys to National Success: Using Community-based Inquiry to Transform STEM Courses to Improve Critical Thinking," Friday, Sept. 13, at 3 p.m. in Wehr Life Science, 111. This week's seminar will be presented by Dr. Ian Quitadamo, professor at Central Washington University.

The full schedule for the Department of Biological Sciences' fall seminar series is online. For more information, contact Kristen Boeh, administrative assistant in the Department of Biological Sciences, at 8-7356.

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8. Faber Center offering Ignatian primer

The Faber Center will offer the first session of a four-part series, "In the Footsteps of St. Ignatius A Primer on Ignatian Spirituality," Wednesday, Sept. 18, from noon to 1 p.m. in Schroeder Complex, 111. Dr. Michael Dante, director of the Faber Center, will speak on "Ignatius' Times and Life." A full list of future events in the series can be found online. To register for this event, contact the Faber Center at 8-4545 by Monday, Sept. 16.

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9. Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics observatory director to deliver Coyne Lecture

Dr. Harvey Tananbaum, director of the Chandra X-ray Observatory at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, will present the annual Coyne Lecture Thursday, Sept. 19, at 7 p.m. in the Weasler Auditorium. Tananbaum's lecture, "Highlights from NASA's Chandra X-Ray Observatory," will discuss the telescope designed to detect X-ray emissions from extremely hot regions of the universe, such as exploded stars, clusters of galaxies and matter around black holes.

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10. Craig Gilbert, Charles Franklin next guests for "On the Issues"

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Washington Bureau Chief Craig Gilbert and Marquette Law School Poll Director Charles Franklin will discuss political polarization in the next session of "On the Issues with Mike Gousha," Thursday, Sept. 12, from 12:15 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. in Eckstein Hall.

Gilbert, a veteran political reporter who is spending this semester researching political polarization in the region as the Law School's Lubar Fellow for Public Policy Research, calls the Milwaukee metropolitan area "the most polarized part of a very polarized state in a very polarized nation."

Gilbert is working closely with Franklin, who joined the Law School as a full-time faculty member in August after spending 2012 as a visiting professor and director of the Marquette Law School Poll the largest polling project in state history. The two will discuss with Mike Gousha recent voting trends, polling data and the implications of the region's polarization.

Seating is limited; registration is available online. For those who are unable to attend in person, all "On the Issues" events are streamed live online.

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11. J.R.R. Tolkien manuscripts to be shown publicly

The Raynor Memorial Libraries' Department of Special Collections will host a public showing of selected original manuscripts from J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, through the end of 2014. Presentations will take place on the following Fridays at 2:30 p.m. in Raynor Memorial Libraries' Prucha Archives Reading Room, third floor:

  • Sept. 13, 2013
  • Nov. 15, 2013
  • Jan. 17, 2014
  • March 7, 2014
  • May 16, 2014
  • July 11, 2014
  • Sept. 12, 2014
  • Nov. 21, 2014

All presentations will last approximately 45 minutes. For additional information, contact William Fliss, associate archivist, at 8-5906.

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12. ROTC branches to commemorate Sept. 11

Members of Marquette's three ROTC branches — Air Force, Army and Navy — will host a memorial ceremony at the campus flagpoles, located outside Raynor Memorial Libraries on Wisconsin Avenue near 13th Street on Wednesday, Sept. 11, at 3 p.m. Milwaukee Fire Chief Rohlfing will be the guest speaker. The ceremony will include a moment of silence and a flag-lowering ceremony.

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13. Farmers' market will be held on campus tomorrow

A series of farmers' markets will be held during September and October, including Tuesday, Sept. 10, Tuesday, Sept. 24 and Wednesday, Oct. 9, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Westowne Square. Items for sale include fresh produce, apple cider, baked pies and artisan cheeses. Each farmers' market will also feature opportunities to buy lunch, such as pork sandwiches and chili cook-offs. In the event of rain, the farmers' markets will be moved to the Olin overhang.

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14. Flashing lights available at campus crosswalks to aid pedestrians

The Department of Public Safety reminds pedestrians that button-activated flashing lights are available at three campus crosswalks to aid in crossing busy streets, especially during morning and evening commute hours. Pedestrians must push a labeled button on poles near the crosswalks to activate the flashing lights, which warn motorists to stop for pedestrians in the crosswalk. Button-activated flashing lights are available at the following crosswalks:

  • In the 700 block of 16th St. in front of the Department of Public Safety
  • In front of the Rec Center on 16th St.
  • In front of the Olin overhang on Wisconsin Ave.

Pedestrians are encouraged to activate the flashing lights when crossing the street in these locations.

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15. Flu vaccinations available at clinics throughout campus

Injectable influenza vaccinations will be available to faculty and staff for $20 at several locations throughout campus. Flu clinics will be held:

  • Tuesday, Sept. 17, from 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. in the Straz Hall atrium
  • Wednesday, Sept. 18, from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in Emory Clark Hall
  • Tuesday, Sept. 24, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the AMU, second floor lobby
  • Wednesday, Sept. 25, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. the Eckstein Hall lobby
  • Tuesday, Oct. 1, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the School of Dentistry, second floor
  • Saturday, Oct. 5, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the AMU, 254
  • Tuesday, Oct. 8, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the AMU, second floor lobby
  • Wednesday, Oct. 9, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the School of Dentistry, second floor
  • Monday, Oct. 28, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the AMU, second floor lobby
  • Tuesday, Oct. 29, from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the AMU, second floor lobby, as part of Employee Benefits Day

Employee spouses and dependents are also eligible for vaccinations. Employees and dependents participating in the Marquette health insurance plan are eligible to receive reimbursement for their flu shot. Reimbursement levels will vary based on the health insurance plan; EPO coverage is 100-percent reimbursement, while PPO coverage is 80-percent reimbursement. Reimbursement will occur by Monday, Dec. 31, and will be mailed to the employee's home.

Clinics are administered by the Marquette University Medical Clinic in collaboration with the College of Nursing and the Department of Human Resources.

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16. Commuter Value Pass deadline is Sept. 20

The deadline to participate in the Commuter Value Pass payroll deduction program is Friday, Sept. 20. Formerly known as the Easy Pass, the Commuter Value Pass offers unlimited Milwaukee County bus rides, including Freeway Flyers and special event shuttles to the Bradley Center, Miller Park and other locations.

The program costs $210 per quarter and can be deducted before taxes to save money. Sign up between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. in the AMU, Union Station, for passes that will be good during October, November and December. Those who wish to drop the pass must also do so in Union Station by Sept. 20.

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17. Donate blood during Leukemia/Lymphoma Awareness Week

As part of Leukemia/Lymphoma Awareness Week, Colleges Against Cancer will sponsor a blood drive Thursday, Sept. 12, from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the AMU, 163. Registration can be completed online, or by contacting Megan Quaresima. Walk-ins are also welcome.

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18. Gift sale to benefit physical therapy scholarship fund

The "almost everything $6" gift sale will take place Wednesday, Sept. 11, through Friday, Sept. 13, in the AMU. The sale will run from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday. The sale features gifts, jewelry and accessories, with 20 percent of the sale proceeds going to the Physical Therapy Faculty Student Scholarship Fund. Items will include both licensed merchandise greater than $6 and specials under $6.

Marquette Cash and credit cards are accepted. Those interested in making a contribution to the scholarship fund to assist graduate students in the Doctor of Physical Therapy program can contact Kathleen Ludington, director of development for the College of Health Sciences, at 8-1410.

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