1. University mourns the death of Rev. John E. Naus, S.J.

The university mourns the death of Rev. John E. Naus, S.J., who served for nearly 50 years at Marquette. Visitation will be held Thursday, Sept. 26, from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Church of the Gesu, followed by a funeral Mass at 7 p.m. The burial will take place Friday, Sept. 27, at 9 a.m. at Calvary Cemetery, located at 5503 W. Bluemound Road in Milwaukee.

Father Naus began his work at Marquette as dean of students and served in a variety of capacities, including director of spiritual welfare, residence hall minister, associate professor of philosophy, faculty adviser to Alpha Sigma Nu and the Evans Scholars, assistant to the president, and chaplain to the Alumni Memorial Union. He was well-known throughout campus, including his history as Tumbleweed the Clown, his famous July Christmas cards, and his long tradition of celebrating the 10 p.m. Mass at the St. Joan of Arc Chapel on Tuesdays. He retired from Marquette in 2012, though he continued to make frequent visits to campus.

A Milwaukee native and 1942 graduate of Marquette University High School, Father Naus was born on Aug. 28, 1924, and was ordained as a priest in 1955 at the Church of the Gesu on the Marquette campus. He held degrees from Saint Louis University and the Gregorian University in Rome.

In lieu of flowers, Father Naus requested memorials be made to the Rev. John Naus, S.J., Endowed Scholarship Fund, which was established in 2004 to support Marquette students like the thousands he served, taught and inspired as a Jesuit.

Read a remembrance and share memories with Marquette Magazine, view the slideshow that was shared at his retirement celebration in 2012 or read the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel story about his retirement, which highlights Father Naus' impact on the entire Marquette community.

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2. Register for open forums taking place during accreditation site visit

An eight-person site visit team from the Higher Learning Commission will visit campus from Monday, Sept. 30, to Wednesday, Oct. 2. During the site visit, the review team will meet with individuals and groups on campus, including three open forums for students, staff and faculty, which are scheduled to begin Monday, Sept. 30, at 4 p.m. Faculty and staff are encouraged to register for the open forums online.

This visit is part of the university's Reaffirmation of Accreditation Initiative, the culmination of more than two years of preparation by hundreds of campus members and a self-study document.

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3. Community Campaign begins Wednesday

The Marquette Community Campaign will begin Wednesday, Sept. 25, and run through Wednesday, Oct. 16. The annual Marquette Community campaign is an opportunity for employees to donate to the university's Annual Fund 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. Updated Commencement policy based on transition to May-only Commencement schedule

As announced in April 2013, the December 2013 Mid-year Commencement ceremony will be the final mid-year graduation ceremony for Marquette University. This decision was made in consultation with University Leadership Council and the Executive Committee of the Academic Senate. Marquette University Student Government was also briefed on the future of Marquette's Commencement activities. The Commencement policy has been updated online, and includes the following specifications:

Undergraduate students, master's students and health sciences professional students who expect to complete degree requirements in spring in a given calendar year may participate in the May Commencement of that year. Those who complete their degree requirements in summer or fall may participate in the May Commencement of the same calendar year or the May Commencement of following calendar year.

Doctoral students who complete their degree requirements after the May Commencement ceremony in a given calendar year will be hooded and honored at a Hooding Ceremony hosted by the Graduate School in December or may participate in the May Commencement in the following calendar year.

School of Dentistry students who complete their degree requirements in spring of a given calendar year will participate in the May Commencement ceremony of that year.

Law School students who complete their degree requirements in spring of a given calendar year will participate in the May Commencement ceremony of that year, and will be hooded and honored at a May Hooding Ceremony hosted by the Law School. Law School students who complete their degree requirements in summer of a given calendar year will participate in the May Commencement ceremony of that year and may be hooded and honored at either the May Hooding Ceremony or the December Hooding Ceremony hosted by the Law School. Law School students who complete their degree requirements in fall of a given calendar year will be hooded and honored at the December Hooding Ceremony hosted by the Law School and may participate in the university's May Commencement held in the following calendar year.

The online application for graduation for the May 2014 ceremony opens Monday, Oct. 7. Students should consult their college/school offices with any questions regarding their eligibility to participate in commencement.

5. Campus memorial service for Andrew "Keith" Carr will be held Sept. 29

A memorial service will be held for Marquette student Andrew "Keith" Carr on Sunday, Sept. 29, from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the AMU, Lunda Room. Carr passed away in June while studying abroad in Rome. Following a concluding prayer of blessing, a procession will take place to SHAMU, the area between the AMU and Schroeder Hall. Carr's family will be in attendance at the memorial service. The entire university community is invited to attend to pray, reflect and remember together.

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6. Center for Peacemaking offering one-day symposium on peacemaking and nonviolence in world religions

The Center for Peacemaking is sponsoring a free, one-day symposium Thursday, Oct. 3, from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. in the Raynor Memorial Libraries, Beaumier Suites. The symposium, "Peacemaking and Nonviolence in World Religions," will highlight the transformative teachings and practices related to peacemaking and nonviolence within each of the major world religions. It will also explore how all faith traditions have the capacity to transform human consciousness and promote peace throughout the world.

The day will begin with a continental breakfast at 8:30 a.m. followed by seven one-hour session on featured religions covering peacemaking, nonviolence, forgiveness and justice in each tradition.

Registration information is online.

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7. ORSP hosting seminar on resubmitting grant applications

The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs will host a seminar, "Resubmitting Your Grant Application," Wednesday, Sept. 25, from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. in Raynor Memorial Libraries, Beaumier Suite A. The seminar will include information on interpreting reviewer comments, strategies to improve a proposal and tips for receiving valuable feedback from colleagues. Register by Monday, Sept. 23, by contacting Jennie Schatzman, office coordinator for ORSP, at 8-7225.

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8. Next Soup with Substance to focus on working for peace

The next Soup with Substance, "Work for Peace, Not War: The School of the Americas Watch," will be held Wednesday, Sept. 25, from noon to 1 p.m. in the AMU, 157. It will feature participants of the School of the Americas Watch, an organization that seeks to close the U.S. Army's training facility for foreign military personnel and to change the foreign policy the facility represents. The SOAW engages in vigils, fasts, demonstrations and nonviolent protest, as well as media and legislative work.

Soup with Substance is sponsored by the Center for Peacemaking. Registration is not required for this free event.

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9. Lecture to focus on animal ethics

Dr. Mylan Engel, a professor of philosophy at Northern Illinois University, will present "Eating Meat: Good or Bad? You Decide," Thursday, Sept. 26, from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in Lalumiere, 216.

To register for this event, contact Cheryl Abbate, graduate teaching assistant in the Department of Philosophy, at 8-5970, by Wednesday, Sept. 25.

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10. Annual Theotokos Lecture will be held Thursday

The Department of Theology will host the annual Theotokos Lecture on Thursday, Sept. 26, from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. in Cudahy Hall, 001. Dr. Francesca Aran Murphy, professor of systematic theology at the University of Notre Dame, will present "Mary as Omnipotent by Grace: An Exposition." A pre-lecture reception will be held outside of Cudahy Hall, 001, and will begin at 3:40 p.m.

Murphy will reflect on the phrase, "Omnipotent by Grace," which Pope John Paul II insisted needs to be understood properly. She will explore the causal role that Mary plays in the divine plan of rescuing all humanity for eternity with God and how omnipotence entered Catholic thought through Mary.

For additional information, contact Dr. Mark Johnson, associate professor of theology, at 8-7646.

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11. Faber Center offering book discussion on Ignatian approach to decision making

The Faber Center will offer a six-week book discussion beginning Thursday, Sept. 26, at 8 a.m. in Schroeder Complex, Faber Center, 111. The discussion group, facilitated by Jim Muranski, instructor in the College of Business Administration, and Dr. Michael Dante, director of the Faber Center, will explore Rev. Michael Sparough, S.J.'s book, What's Your Decision? How to Make Choices with Confidence and Clarity: An Ignation Approach to Decision Making. A light breakfast and a copy of the book will be provided. To register, contact the Faber Center at 8-4545.

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12. Attend presentation on research autobiographies of faculty

The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs and Manresa for Faculty in the Center for Teaching and Learning will present "One Thing Led to Another: Research Autobiographies of Faculty," Monday, Sept. 30, from noon to 1:15 p.m. in the AMU, 227. Dr. Lawrence Pan, chair of the Department of Physical Therapy; Dr. Sarah Feldner, associate professor of communication studies; and Dr. Andrew Williams, Rev. John P. Raynor, S.J., chair and professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering; will share their research journeys. A light lunch will be provided.

Register by Thursday, Sept. 26, by contacting Jennifer Schatzman, office coordinator for ORSP, at 8-7225.

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13. 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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14. Flu vaccinations available on campus next week

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

  • 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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15. Employee Wellness Program offering self-guided program on taking charge of health

The Employee Wellness Program is sponsoring "Take Charge of Your Health," a free program to help employees compile their health information and give tips on how to improve their knowledge of the healthcare system. The eight-week, self-guided program will begin Monday, Oct. 7, and upon completion participants will be entered into a drawing for health-related prizes. At the end of the challenge, participants will have completed a confidential health manual that includes health contact information, health numbers, medication listing, family medical tree, health information, medical visits, medical documents and reports and primary care provider information. More information and registration is available online.

Employee Wellness is also offering a variety of CPR, AED and First Aid classes throughout the fall semester. More information and registration is available online.

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16. Register for Grow with Marquette session on taking a reflective approach to retirement

Grow with Marquette is sponsoring a session, "Faber Center: A Reflective Approach to Retirement," Friday, Oct. 4, from noon to 1 p.m. at the Faber Center for Ignatian Spirituality, Schroeder Complex, 111. Facilitated by Dr. Michael Dante, director of the Faber Center, and Ellen Blonski, administrative assistant in the Faber Center, this lunchtime conversation will discuss thoughtful and spiritual ways of addressing the transition from work to retirement.

A light lunch will be served. Space is limited. Email Grow with Marquette or call 8-1560 to reserve a space.

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17. Employee benefits notifications available online to comply with disclosures requirements

Several legislative acts, including the Employee Retirement Income Security Act and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, require plan administrators, including Marquette University, to give all employees the most important facts they need to know about their health and welfare benefit plans including plan rules, financial information, and documents on the operation and management of the plan, in writing. Written notice is also required regarding the other health and welfare benefit plans that may be available to them.

The university has made this required information, which includes a copy of each applicable plan's summary annual report, an updated notice of privacy practices and a health insurance marketplace notification, available on the employee benefits website.

For additional information or to request a paper copy of these notices, contact Human Resources at 8-7305.

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