1. MUSG hosting welcome back activities as part of #MUmania

Marquette University Student Government will host MUmania, a week of free welcome back activities for all incoming and returning students, from Monday, Aug. 27, through Saturday, Aug. 31.

  • MU Montage Monday, Aug. 26, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. in Westowne Square. Students can help paint a giant Marquette-themed mural outside the AMU and participate in outdoor carnival games.

  • Comedy show Tuesday, Aug. 27, at 7 p.m. in the Weasler Auditorium. Marquette alumnus Eric O'Shea will share funny stories from the university's past and will perform his "Songs for Commercials" routine, in which he gives song suggestions for advertisements of popular products. Student improv group Studio 013 Refugees will also perform.

  • Student Showcase Wednesday, Aug. 28, from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. in the Weasler Auditorium. Women's basketball coach Terri Mitchell will host a showcase of student performance groups, including a capella groups the Gold 'N Blues, The Naturals, and the Meladies, as well as dance groups Hype, PURE and Dance, Inc.

  • The Great Gatsby Thursday, Aug. 29, at 9 p.m. on the Central Mall. There will be free popcorn and a door prize raffle during the outdoor movie screening.

  • Block Party Friday, Aug. 30, from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. in Westowne Square. Activities will include a live DJ, dance floor, mini golf and a photo booth.

  • Casino Night Saturday, Aug. 31, from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. in the Union Sports Annex. Activities include blackjack, poker, roulette and the chance to win multiple prizes.

All events are free and open to all students. Additional details can be found on the MUSG website. Students can also win prizes throughout the week by tweeting at events using the hashtag #MUmania. For additional updates, like MUSG's Facebook page and follow @MUSG on Twitter.

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2. Be alert to cell phone theft trend

The Department of Public Safety has been made aware of a nationwide cell phone theft trend that may affect individuals on campus. Groups of juveniles, 12-18 years of age on bicycles or on foot, attempt to grab cell phones from victims' hand while they are in use. The subjects usually then flee the area quickly to avoid being taken into custody by law enforcement.

DPS reminds the campus community that the best way to prevent this sort of "crime of opportunity" is to remain aware of surroundings at all times. If at all possible, individuals should refrain from using cell phones while walking on city sidewalks unless they are in a well-lit area or with people they know. The campus community is asked to stay alert and to report suspicious activity to DPS immediately by calling 414-298-1911 in an emergency situation or 8-6800 for a non-emergency situation. Safety is a top priority for Marquette, and DPS is working with the Milwaukee Police Department to investigate this new crime trend and to help prevent further incidents in the future.

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3. Annual Mass of the Holy Spirit is Sunday at 4 p.m.

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.

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4. O-Fest and Community Service Fair is Aug. 29

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 the Central Mall. The event gives students the opportunity to explore more than 270 student organizations by talking to organization representatives, and will also feature Milwaukee food trucks and live entertainment.

For more information, contact the Office of Student Development at 8-7205.

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5. MIAD and Marquette to collaborate on innovative curriculum for industrial designers and engineers

The Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design and the College of Engineering are pursuing a collaborative curriculum model that will excel in educating design and engineering students to meet the multidisciplinary challenges of the global marketplace. The collaboration across the two independent institutions may be the first of its kind in the nation.

The new program will build on the success of the annual, semester-long collaboration between Marquette's biomedical engineering students and MIAD's industrial design students, along with the two institutions' longstanding partnerships with leading industries.

The curriculum proposal for the new collaborative design environment will be completed in two years. The first year is funded by $75,000 from the Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation and $125,000 from an anonymous donor. MIAD and Marquette will raise an additional $200,000 in matching funds to support the second year of study, which includes sharing the finished proposal with the governing boards at each institution for consideration and working toward its strategic implementation. Enrollment could begin in the 2015-16 academic year.

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6. Fall 2013 classroom assignments posted in CheckMarq

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.

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7. Social Innovation Initiative to host presentation on the humanitarian impact of social entrepreneurship

Marquette's Social Innovation Initiative, the Archdiocese of Milwaukee and Catholic Relief Services will host a presentation on social entrepreneurship Monday, Sept. 9, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the AMU, Monaghan Ballroom. Dr. Carolyn Woo, president and CEO of Catholic Relief Services, will present "The Impact of Social Entrepreneurship on Humanitarian Work," which will showcase the way her organization impacts the lives of nearly 100 million of the world's poorest people in 100 countries.

Register by Friday, Aug. 30, by contacting University Special Events, 8-7431.

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8. Register by Aug. 28 for Briggs & Al's Run & Walk

Registration is now open for the 35th annual Briggs & Al's Run & Walk for Children's Hospital of Wisconsin, which will take place Saturday, Sept. 14. More than 16,000 participants are expected to line up on Marquette's campus for an 8K run and 3- and 5-mile walks to help make a difference in the lives of children from across Wisconsin. The event was founded by former Marquette basketball coach Al McGuire and has raised more than $14 million for the hospital to fund medical care, research and education.

The race starts at 12th Street and Wisconsin Avenue and continues to Lake Michigan near the Summerfest grounds. There is a $25 registration for walkers and a $30 registration for runners, both of which include a t-shirt. Register online as an individual or with a Marquette team by Wednesday, Aug. 28, at 5 p.m. For more information about joining the Marquette University team or to learn more about volunteer opportunities, contact Ali Myszewski, assistant director of the AMU, at 8-3129.

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