The Marquette community is invited to celebrate the beginning of the academic year at the annual Mass of the Holy Spirit, which will be held Sunday, Aug. 25, at 4 p.m. at Church of the Gesu. Rev. Jeff LaBelle, S.J., will celebrate Mass and President Scott R. Pilarz, S.J., will deliver the homily.
For more information, contact Timothy Johnston, assistant director of liturgical programs, at 8-0522.
The Office of Student Development will host this semester's O-Fest and Community Service Fair Thursday, Aug. 29, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Central Mall. The event gives students the opportunity to explore more than 270 student organizations by talking to organization representatives, and also will feature Milwaukee food trucks and live entertainment.
For more information, please contact the Office of Student Development at 8-7205.
Students can access CheckMarq to find the most up-to-date fall 2013 course classroom assignments. Students should contact the department offering the course if they are unable to locate where a course is meeting.
A letter from Dr. John Su, chair of the Provost Search Committee, to the campus community:
Dear friends and colleagues,
I'm writing to you today to provide two updates on the provost search and to ask for your help once again. First, the final version of the Opportunity and Challenge Profile is available online. This will be the foundation for the position description to be advertised in national media outlets. Thank you for your input on the draft version Isaacson, Miller provided us. We had input from many constituencies —faculty, staff, students (undergraduate and graduate), deans, vice presidents and the Office of the Provost.
President Scott R. Pilarz, S.J., has endorsed the final Opportunity and Challenge document, as well. If you haven't had a chance to read Father Pilarz's letter to the campus community about what our institution needs in its next provost, it is available online.
If you compare the draft and final versions of the Opportunity and Challenge Profile, you will notice many changes based on your input and advice. The committee was not able to incorporate every suggestion, but we will do what we can to make sure during the next stages of the screening process that other issues are voiced to our candidates.
Having completed the Opportunity and Challenge Profile, we are now ready to begin identifying and screening candidates. We need you to nominate individuals you would like to see as our next executive academic leader. To nominate someone, please email the search firm of Isaacson, Miller using the following address: firstname.lastname@example.org.
We want to ensure a fair and transparent process for all candidates, internal or external, so please direct all nominations to the Isaacson, Miller address. In my capacity as chair of the search committee, I will personally reach out to individuals who have been nominated by more than one member of our campus community but have chosen not to apply, encouraging them to reconsider. Isaacson, Miller will then solicit applications from the nomination pool and their own national database; they will then present the search committee with a selection of those applications. You can see the timeline for subsequent rounds of screening on the search timeline and protocol, both of which can be found on the Provost Search Committee website.
On behalf of the Provost Search Committee, I want to thank you all again for your input and advice during these initial stages of the search process. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to email me or call me at 8-3476.
Chair of the Provost Search Committee
Professor of English and director of the University Core of Common Studies
A slightly longer version of this letter is available online.
Larry Rickard, director and chief of the Department of Public Safety, is leaving the university effective September 29 to become director and chief of the Department of Campus Safety and Security at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Fla.
"Larry took tremendous pride in making sure we were doing everything we possibly could to keep our students and our campus community safe," said Art Scheuber, vice president for administration. "His leadership and efforts to continually improve and enhance our safety efforts over two decades will position us well for the future."
Rickard led more than 80 professional and 100 student staff members who make up the department, 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.
Scheuber said the university will conduct a search for the new director and chief beginning this fall. Watch News Briefs for a celebration in Rickard's honor.
Marquette's reaffirmation of accreditation process culminates with a site visit Monday, Sept. 30, to Wednesday, Oct. 2, by a team of Higher Learning Commission peer reviewers. To help prepare for the site visit, faculty and student groups can schedule a presentation during August and September with Dr. Gary Meyer, vice provost for undergraduate programs and teaching, and/or Dr. Toby Peters, associate senior vice president, the chair and co-chair of Marquette's reaffirmation of accreditation steering committee.
Drs. Meyer and Peters will explain the reaffirmation process, summarize the self-study document and share what the campus community can expect during the site visit. To schedule a presentation, contact Lori Montezon in the Office of the Provost at 8-6456.
Hundreds across campus were involved and more than 1,200 pieces of evidence were collected to produce the self-study, which is available online. Additional information and background, including a self-study briefing document, are also available on the accreditation website.
Students should update their personal addresses and telephone numbers, (preferably mobile numbers), by Tuesday, Sept. 4. This information is used by university employees to contact students during emergencies and for vital university business.
To update contact information, login to CheckMarq, click Student Center and select "Addresses" or "Phone Numbers" from the dropdown menu in the Personal Information section.
Marquette Theatre has announced its 2013-14 season, which will begin Thursday, Sept. 26, at the Helfaer Theatre. This year's five productions will explore the many ways people reach out to one another. Shows include: Dirty Rotten Scoundrels; The Boys Next Door; The Quiltmaker's Gift; Almost, Maine and Hamlet.
Individual and season tickets are available with discounts for students, employees and alumni, and can be purchased online or by calling the Theatre Box Office at 8-7504.
Season tickets for the 2013 women's volleyball and men's and women's soccer teams are on sale now.
If the women's volleyball team sells more than 200 season tickets, the team will do an additional 200 hours of community service throughout the academic year. Tickets cost $40 for general admission and $80 for new courtside seats, and can be purchased online.
A custom Marquette soccer scarf will be given with the purchase of soccer season tickets, which are available online.
The Center for Real Estate will host its second annual Real Estate Strategies Conference Thursday, Sept. 12, at 1 p.m. in the AMU, Monaghan Ballroom. "Real Estate Opportunities – A New Frontier" will include presentations, panel discussions, an economic forecast and a networking reception. Those interested in attending the half-day event should register online.
Marquette University is required by federal law to notify all students of their FERPA (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act) rights at the beginning of each term. Students can access the annual FERPA notification online. Contact Marquette Central at 8-4000 or visit Zilber Hall, first floor, with additional questions.