1. Cell phone theft prevention tips from the Department of Public Safety

The Department of Public Safety has seen a rise in cell phone thefts following a nationwide trend in which cell phones are grabbed from victims' hands or pockets. Safety is a top priority for Marquette, and DPS is working with the Milwaukee Police Department to prevent cell phone thefts. MPD and DPS offer these tips to members of the campus community:

  • Set up a password lock to prevent others from accessing personal, business and financial information stored on mobile devices.

  • Enable remote data wiping, which allows users to remotely erase data from a device if it is lost or stolen.

  • Update and upgrade the phone's operating system when prompted, since many upgrades contain security updates.

  • Be vigilant and pay attention to surroundings; do not allow mobile devices to distract you. Many people carry more than one device, and thieves looking to steal one of them will often observe your actions, waiting for you to drop your guard or walk away from your electronic items.

  • If someone demands your property, give it to them. Do not resist. Your physical well-being is more important than your cell phone. Immediately report any suspicious incidents or crime to the Department of Public Safety at (414) 288-6800.

  • Enable or install a device locating application. If your device is already equipped with this capability, you must ensure that it is enabled. It is important to note that these services cannot be activated after your device has already been lost or stolen. Record your usernames, passwords, device brand, model, and names of tracking applications in a secure placeónot only on your device. This will assist you and law enforcement in locating your phone, tablet or computer. Do not attempt to recover your stolen property by yourself. Instead, report the location of your stolen property to the Department of Public Safety at (414) 288-6800.

Visit the DPS website for additional information and tips. The campus community is asked to stay alert and to report suspicious activity to DPS immediately by calling (414) 288-1911 in an emergency situation or (414) 288-6800 for a non-emergency situation.

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2. Miracle on Westowne Square is tonight; other Christmas events taking place this week and next

The Marquette University Residence Hall Association will host a tree lighting and blessing, "Igniting Hope: Miracle on Westowne Square," for students, faculty and staff, Monday, Dec. 2, at 4:30 p.m. in Westowne Square, the area between the AMU and McCormick Hall.

Rev. Doug Leonhardt, S.J., associate vice president of mission and ministry, and Rev. Daniel Hendrickson, S.J., associate vice provost, will preside over the ceremony, with Christmas carols sung by the university's Liturgical Choir. A reception with light refreshments will follow in the AMU, Monaghan Ballrooms, with entertainment provided by Marquette's male a capella group, The Naturals.

Other holiday events taking place on campus this week and next include:

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3. Complete course evaluations for a chance to win an iPad

Fall 2013 course evaluations are available through Sunday, Dec. 8. Students who complete evaluations for all of their classes will be entered into a drawing to win a new iPad. The online course evaluation system, MOCES, is also available as a mobile-friendly page for students who wish to complete evaluations on their mobile devices.

Course evaluations are used by Marquette to review classes and instructors, with the primary goal of improving the quality of both. Responses are private and confidential, and no identifying information will ever appear with a response. For additional information, including FAQs, the course evaluation schedule and a sample evaluation form, visit the MOCES website.

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4. "Beat Bucky Week" includes campus-wide events

Marquette Nation will sponsor the second annual "Beat Bucky Week," Monday, Dec. 2, through Saturday, Dec. 7. Events will be held throughout the week to get campus ready for the men's and women's basketball rivalry games.

  • Badger Roast – Monday, Dec. 2, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the AMU, Marquette Place
  • Bingo at the Annex – Wednesday, Dec. 4, beginning at 10 p.m.
  • Campus-wide Spirit Day – Friday, Dec. 6 (wear Marquette gear)
  • Men's basketball viewing party – Saturday, Dec. 7, at the Union Sports Annex, tipoff at 1:15 p.m.
  • Women's basketball game – Saturday, Dec. 7, in the Al McGuire Center, tipoff at 7 p.m.

In addition, a class penny war and a Wisconsin t-shirt trade-in will be held each day in the AMU. For additional information, follow Marquette Nation on Facebook or use the hashtag #BeatBucky on Twitter.

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5. Therapy animals on campus this week to combat finals stress

Stress relief activities, including therapy animals, will be available for students Thursday, Dec. 5, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the lobby of Raynor Memorial Libraries and in the McCormick Hall Dining Room. Therapy animals will be available, along with other activities and information to help manage the stress that accompanies finals.

This event is sponsored by the Counseling Center and MUSG.

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6. Writing Center hosting in-class essay exam workshop

The Ott Memorial Writing Center will host a workshop on writing in-class essay exams Tuesday, Dec. 3, from 3:30 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. in Raynor Memorial Libraries' Beaumier Suite A. The workshop will focus on developing strategies for studying for and taking timed, in-class essay exams. Email muwritingcenter@gmail.com to register for this workshop.

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7. Attend an informational session on peacemaking trip to Ethiopia

The Center for Peacemaking will host informational sessions Tuesday, Dec. 3, from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., and Wednesday, Dec. 4, from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Center for Peacemaking Academic Support Facility, 201, on a two-week trip to Ethiopia that will promote education and women's health initiatives.

For additional information, contact Christopher Jeske, program associate in the College of Arts and Sciences, at 8-8444.

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8. "Almost everything $6" gift sale to benefit Physical Therapy Scholarship fund

The "almost everything $6" gift sale will be Monday, Dec. 2, to Wednesday, Dec. 4, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. in the AMU. This sale features gifts, jewelry and accessories, with 20 percent of the sale proceeds going to the Physical Therapy Faculty Student Scholarship Fund. The sale 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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9. Sorority information session is Thursday

An informational session on campus sororities will be held Thursday, Dec. 5, at 6 p.m. in Cudahy, 001. Interested students can learn about Greek life and the rush process.

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10. Fair Trade Fair taking place in the AMU tomorrow

Fair trade vendors from the Milwaukee area will participate in the Fair Trade Fair on Tuesday, Dec. 3, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the AMU, Monaghan Ballrooms. Vendors will sell clothes, food and gifts from around the world to support ethical labor practices for all products. Cash is preferred for transactions.

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11. Meet Buzz Williams and men's basketball team at Spirit Shop this week to kick off Christmas sale

Marquette community members will have the opportunity to meet Men's Basketball Head Coach Buzz Williams and the men's basketball team Thursday, Dec. 5, from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Spirit Shop. The Spirit Shop's Christmas Sale, including 25-percent off sweatshirts, t-shirts and caps, will take place Thursday, Dec. 5, through Sunday, Dec. 15.

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12. Tell us about interesting December graduates by Dec. 6

The Office of Marketing and Communication is seeking stories about December 2013 graduation candidates for possible use with local media. Interesting stories include graduates who have remarkable plans and jobs post-graduation; have unusual backgrounds; have overcome substantial obstacles in getting their degree; have won recent national-level awards; have received academic recognition; or have been featured in scholarly publications.

What graduates do you know who have fascinating stories to tell? Email their names and as many details as possible by Friday, Dec. 6.

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13. Holiday Giving Tree gifts due Thursday

All those who took a Holiday Giving Tree gift tag must drop off gifts by Thursday, Dec. 5. Gifts can be dropped off at the AMU Information Desk; Lalumiere, 340; the Rec Center; Rec Plex; or Zilber Hall, 121. All gifts should be wrapped with the tag securely attached to the outside.

For further information, contact Kathleen Hawkins, chair of MU Volunteers, at 8-5500.

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