1. Biometric screening scheduling for Health Risk Assessments begins tomorrow

Online scheduling for the biometric screening portion of the HRA begins Tuesday, Oct. 1. Appointments, which are available Oct. 28 through Nov. 23, to all employees whether they enroll in the Marquette health plan or not, can also be made by calling 1-877-765-3213 and pressing "1."

Employees who complete the two-part health risk assessment will receive a 10-percent discount on the employee portion of their 2014 medical only premium. Participation in the HRA includes the biometric screening and completion of an online health questionnaire after the screening. The online questionnaire will be available Oct. 28 through Nov. 25. Upon completion of both parts of the HRA, employees will be eligible to receive the 10-percent discount starting Jan. 1, 2014. Saturday morning biometric screening appointments are available on campus for spouses and same sex domestic partners who wish to voluntarily participate in the HRA process. However, only the Marquette employee must participate in order to receive the insurance discount.

Biometric screenings completed with a primary care provider are also eligible if completed between July 1 and Nov. 22, 2013. The primary care provider can complete the Health Risk Assessment Primary Care Provider Form and submit it to Aurora Health Care (contact information provided on the form) by Nov. 22. All screening information is confidential.

The benefits annual enrollment period will begin Monday, Oct. 28, and run through midnight Friday, Nov. 15.

The Benefits Information and Wellness Day is Tuesday, Oct. 29, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the AMU, Monaghan Ballroom.

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2. Shaw to serve as interim director of public safety, Mascari as interim head of operations

Russ Shaw will serve as the interim director of public safety, and Paul Mascari will serve as interim head of operations until the search for a new director is completed. It was previously announced that Larry Rickard, the former director and chief who has served the Marquette community for 21 years, would retire Sept. 29.

The two have more than 33 years of combined experience serving the Department of Public Safety and will work with the more than 80 professional and 100 student staff members to provide the many safety resources offered by the department.

A search committee is currently being formed to identify the next director. The committee will be chaired by Art Scheuber, vice president for the Office of Administration, and will include student, faculty and staff representation.

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3. University to launch new website interface Oct. 3

The university will launch a redesigned Marquette website interface Thursday, Oct. 3. The Marquette.edu homepage and highly-viewed pages such as "Undergraduate Admissions," "About Marquette" and "Search" will reflect the new layout.

The new interface features 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 will be available on the redesigned pages for the campus community to share comments. Contact webquestions@marquette.edu with questions.

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4. Activities planned for Sexual Violence Awareness Week

Marquette's annual Sexual Violence Awareness Week will take place on campus Sept. 29 through Oct. 4. Events are intended to honor survivors, raise awareness and educate the campus community about the issue of sexual violence. View the complete schedule of events online. Events include:

  • The 11th Annual O'Donnell Hall Teeter Totter Marathon, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. at various locations on campus beginning Sunday, Sept. 29.

  • Healing Service, Monday, Sept. 30, at 7 p.m. in the AMU, Chapel of the Holy Family

  • Shutter the Silence Gallery Opening Night, Sept. 30 through Oct. 4, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the AMU, second floor lobby. The exhibit will be open all week.

  • Keynote Speaker: Jaclyn Friedman, Wednesday, Oct. 2, at 6 p.m. in the Weasler Auditorium. Friedman is the author of Yes Means Yes: Visions of Female Sexual Power and a World Without Rape.

  • Self Defense and Bystander Intervention Training, various dates and times on campus.

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5. Teaching Enhancement Award applications now available

Applications for the 2013-14 Way Klingler Teaching Enhancement Award are now available online. This annual award is given to a team of two or more faculty to develop, implement and evaluate a specific teaching project. One award of up to $20,000 will be given to the selected project team for one fiscal year. The award is competitive and will be selected by the Committee on Teaching. The award is intended to foster the development of effective and sustainable changes and innovations in teaching approaches within specific courses or clusters of courses. For 2013-14, projects featuring innovations that promote high impact educational practices are encouraged.

Applications are due by Saturday, Nov. 30, and should be submitted to Dr. Gary Meyer, vice provost for undergraduate programs and teaching, by Monday, Dec. 2.

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6. McNair research scholars to celebrate McNair Day tomorrow

The Ronald E. McNair Scholars Program will celebrate McNair Day on Tuesday, Oct. 1, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Marquette Hall, fourth floor. The ceremony will include oral and poster presentations by undergraduate McNair research scholars, as well as an opportunity to learn more about the McNair Scholars program. For more information, contact the McNair Scholars Program at 8-1771.

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7. Soup with Substance to explore Gandhian economics and conflict resolution

Dr. Lingam Raja, professor at the Gandhigram Rural Institute in India, will present a Soup with Substance discussion on Gandhi's teachings on economics Wednesday, Oct. 2, at noon in the Office of International Education, Holthusen Hall, 403. In India, Oct. 2 is a national holiday marking the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi, the "Father of the Nation." Raja will describe why, where and when Gandhian economics are needed.

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8. Nieman Speakers to discuss campaign spending in America

The J. William and Mary Diederich College of Communication will host the 2013 Nieman Speakers Tuesday, Oct. 8, at 2 p.m. in the Raynor Memorial Libraries' Beaumier Suites B and C. John Nichols and Robert McChesney will discuss their newest publication, Dollarocracy, which focuses on politics and campaign spending in America.

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9. Marquette Theatre presents Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

Marquette Theatre will present Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, the story of a master conman and a young apprentice who engage in a contest to see who can have it all: the fame, the money and the girl.

The winner of 10 Tony Awards in 2005, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels performances will run:

  • Wednesday, Oct. 2, through Saturday, Oct. 5, at 7:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, Oct. 6, at 2:30 p.m.

Tickets are $10 for students and $16 for alumni and employees, and are available for purchase online or by calling the Helfaer Theatre at 8-7504.

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10. Last week to buy tickets for PR + Social Media Summit

The J. William and Mary Diederich College of Communication's annual PR + Social Media Summit will be held Wednesday, Oct. 9, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the AMU, Monaghan Ballrooms, and the Weasler Auditorium. The conference will feature experts in the fields of social media and public relations. Registration can be completed online, and student and faculty and staff discounts are available.

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11. Register for dispute resolution and health care conference

Registration is now open for the College of Professional Studies' second annual Dispute Resolution and Health Care Conference, which will take place Friday, Oct. 18, in the AMU. This day-long conference will feature researcher Dr. Leonard Marcus, director of the program for health care negotiation and conflict resolution at Harvard School of Public Health.

Registration for this event is available online.

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12. Limited complimentary registration spots available for Wisconsin Desire2Learn Regional Conference

The Center for Teaching and Learning and the Instructional Media Center are offering complimentary registration to five faculty members interested in attending the first Wisconsin Desire2Learn Ignite Regional User Forum, which will be held Friday, Nov. 8, at the Sheraton Hotel, Madison.

The conference is an opportunity to network with other Wisconsin D2L users to explore how eLearning is used in Wisconsin to enhance teaching and learning. The day will comprise D2L training, consultation sessions and opportunities for D2L users to share tips, tricks, strategies and best practices.

Faculty members interested in applying for one of the five complimentary registration fees should email Heidi Schweizer with a brief description of why the conference would be beneficial. The deadline for applications is Friday, Oct. 4. Please contact Heidi Schweizer, eLearning director, or Jon Pray, associate vice provost for educational technology, with questions.

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13. Department of Biological Sciences hosting a seminar this Friday

The Department of Biological Sciences will host "Rhythmic Revel in Rhombencephalon: Neural Origins of Locomotor Activity in the Lamprey," Friday, Oct. 4, at 3 p.m. in Wehr Life Sciences, 111. This week's seminar will be presented by Dr. James Buchanan, professor of biological sciences.

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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14. Chemistry colloquium to discuss chiral polybrates in asymmetric catalysis

The Department of Chemistry will host "Chiral Polybrates in Asymmetric Catalysis," Friday, Oct. 4, at 4 p.m. in Wehr Chemistry, 121. Dr. William Wulff of the Michigan State University chemistry department will lead the seminar.

Refreshments will be served prior to the seminar at 3:45 p.m. in Wehr Chemistry, 121. For more information, contact the Department of Chemistry at 8-3515. A complete schedule of the Fall 2013 Colloquium Series can be found online.

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15. Outlook Web App training offered in October

IT Services is offering Outlook Web App training for the newly updated version. Sessions will be offered:

  • Tuesday, Oct. 1, and Friday, Oct. 4, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.
  • Tuesday, Oct. 8, and Wednesday, Oct. 9, from noon to 1 p.m.

All training will be held in Cudahy Hall, 208. To register for a session, email growwithmu@marquette.edu or call 8-7305.

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16. Flu vaccinations available on campus this week

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

  • 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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17. Faber Center offering cancer support on Oct. 2

The Faber Center is offering a cancer support group Wednesday, Oct. 2, from noon to 1 p.m. in the Faber Center, Schroeder Complex, 111. The group will provide support and encouragement for individuals who are currently struggling or have faced cancer themselves, have a loved one who is facing cancer now or have previously lost someone to cancer. A light lunch will be served. Register by contacting Ellen Blonski, administrative assistant in the Faber Center, at 8-4545.

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18. Join a living rosary on the Central Mall on Oct. 7

The university community will celebrate the Memorial of Our Lady of the Rosary on Monday, Oct. 7, at 7 p.m. by praying the rosary on Central Mall. All are welcome to join the prayer service. Individuals interested in helping lead the prayer by reciting a Hail Mary, can sign up online.

The service is sponsored by Campus Ministry, the St. Robert Bellarmine Society, the Knights of Columbus and Students for Life. For more information, contact Timothy Johnston, assistant director in Campus Ministry, at 8-0522.

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19. Employee Wellness Program to offer program on personal health manuals

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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20. College of Professional Studies to hold information session Oct. 5

The College of Professional Studies will hold an undergraduate degree information session for prospective adult students Saturday, Oct. 5, from 10 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. in Cudahy Hall, 414. Attendees will learn about the application and admission process for receiving accelerated, eight-week-session bachelor's degrees in areas such as: leadership and organizations, criminology and law studies, professional communication, and psychology. The session will include information on Saturday, weeknight and online classes, as well as financial aid options.

Register online or by calling 8-3153.

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