1. Deadline for academic appeals is Dec. 23

Access to grades and unofficial transcripts in CheckMarq will be unavailable from Thursday, Dec. 12, to Tuesday, Dec. 17, while the Office of the Registrar updates grades.

An email will be sent to students Wednesday, Dec. 18, and Thursday, Dec. 19, containing details for academic censure decisions. The deadline for academic appeals is Monday, Dec. 23, at 4:30 p.m.

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2. Prayer service for Nelson Mandela will be held at 4:30 p.m. today

Campus Ministry will host a prayer service in honor of Nelson Mandela on Monday, Dec. 9, at 4:30 p.m. in the AMU, Chapel of the Holy Family. The service will include prayers and remembrances celebrating the life of Mandela, who died Dec. 5, at age 95.

Campus Ministry offers a prayer for Mandela, and Marquette Magazine offers reflections on Mandela's influence from students who studied abroad in South Africa.

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3. Marquette University Board of Trustees elects two new members

Two new members were recently elected to the Marquette University Board of Trustees: Scott A. Roberts, Bus Ad '85, and Hon. James A. Wynn, Jr., Law '79.

Roberts, a 1985 graduate of the College of Business Administration, serves as president, CEO and chairman of Ziegler Lotsoff Capital Management. Roberts has been in the investment management business for more than 25 years. Prior to joining Ziegler Lotsoff, he was president and CIO of Deerfield Capital Management, where he was responsible for all investment management, marketing and operational activities for the firm. He has also served in investment management roles at Zurich Investment Management, Centre Investment Services, Loomis Sayles and Putnam Investments.

Roberts serves on the board of directors of several of the firms with which he has worked, including Centre Cat, Centre Investment Services, Zurich Investment Management, Liberty Hampshire, Deerfield Capital and Ziegler Lotsoff. He also serves on the board of directors of Catholic Charities of Chicago and Marquette University High School, and is an emeritus board member at Nativity Jesuit Middle School in Milwaukee.

Judge Wynn, Jr., a 1979 graduate of the Law School, was nominated by President Obama to serve on the United States Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit in 2009 and confirmed by a unanimous voice vote of the United States Senate in August 2010. Previously, Judge Wynn served for nearly 20 years as an appellate judge on both the North Carolina Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court of North Carolina. Following graduation from Marquette University Law School, Judge Wynn served in the U.S. Navy JAG Corps for four years on active duty and for 26 additional years as a reserve officer, retiring at the rank of captain. He was a military judge and commanding officer of the Navy Reserve Trial Judiciary.

Judge Wynn serves on the American Bar Endowment Board, and on the American Bar Association's Governance Board and Task Force of the Future of Legal Education. For 20 years, he served as Commissioner on the National Conference on Uniform State Laws.

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4. Mid-year Commencement cap and gown pick-up is tomorrow

Caps and gowns for December graduates will be available for pick-up Tuesday, Dec. 10, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the AMU, 227. No pre-ordering was required and graduation apparel is free of charge. If graduates cannot pick up apparel, friends or relatives may pick it up as long as they have the graduate's name, college, degree and height.

Undergraduates may retain their cap and gown; master's and doctoral degree graduates must return caps, gowns and hoods immediately following the ceremony.

For more information, contact University Special Events at 8-7431.

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5. Enjoy a study break dessert reception

The Ethnic Alumni Association will host a study break dessert reception Wednesday, Dec. 11, from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the AMU, Lunda Room. All students are invited to enjoy treats, relax with fellow students and alumni, and learn about the Ethnic Alumni Association.

For more information, contact Alumni Engagement at 8-7441.

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6. Attend fundraising event for Grady de la Cruz Memorial Scholarship

The Heiser Ford Lincoln dealership will bring Lincoln's "Driven to Give" program to Glendale to support the first annual Grady de la Cruz Memorial Scholarship Saturday, Dec. 14, from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at 1700 W. Silver Spring Dr., Glendale, Wis.

For every person who test-drives an eligible Lincoln vehicle at Heiser Ford Lincoln, Heiser Ford Lincoln and Lincoln Motor Company will donate $20 to the Grady de la Cruz Memorial Scholarship. The funds will go to support a scholarship in honor of Richard "Grady" de la Cruz, a Marquette High School alumnus who died in an accident on Lake Mendota on Wednesday, Aug. 21. He was attending the University of Wisconsin-Madison and had recently transferred from Marquette University.

All participants must be 18 years or older and have a valid driver's license.

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7. Register for Silent Directed Retreat

Members of the campus community seeking to grow their relationship with God in the New Year are invited to participate in a five-day Silent Directed Retreat based on the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius. The retreat will be held Monday, Jan. 6, through Saturday, Jan. 11, at the Jesuit Retreat House in Oshkosh, Wis. Along with daily meetings with a spiritual director to help process and guide the retreat, individuals will have freedom in forming the overall pattern of his or her retreat. As a silent, individual retreat, there are plenty of opportunities for personal prayer, reflection, rest and time outdoors. Communal prayer and worship opportunities will also be available.

The cost is $125 for undergraduate and graduate students and $175 for faculty and staff. Register online by Friday, Dec. 13. For additional information, contact Annie Devine, assistant director of Campus Ministry, at 8-3689.

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8. Register online for March for Life pilgrimage to Washington, D.C.

Online registration for Campus Ministry pilgrimage to the March for Life will be accepted until Wednesday, Dec. 18. Marquette will send a delegation to Washington, D.C., to march for the rights of the unborn.

Students will leave for Washington, D.C., Sunday, Jan. 19, at 6:30 p.m. and return in time for classes Tuesday, Jan. 21. The cost is $180, which includes transportation, accommodations and some meals. This pilgrimage, sponsored by Campus Ministry and Students for Life, will offer many opportunities for learning, engagement and exploration.

For additional information, contact Stephen Blaha, assistant director of Campus Ministry, at 8-3686.

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9. Free group fitness classes offered during finals week

The Department of Recreational Sports will offer Fit 4 Finals free fitness classes as a stress reliever during finals week. Classes will be held at both the Rec Center and the Rec Plex, free of charge for students and $2 for faculty and staff non-members. A schedule of classes can be found online.

For more information, call the group fitness office at 8-6979 or contact Shannon Bustillos, assistant director of recreational sports, at 8-7778.

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10. Mission Week 2014 to explore "The Art and Practice of Forgiveness"

The Marquette community will explore "The Art and Practice of Forgiveness" during Mission Week 2014, which will examine the theme of forgiveness in many forms, including what it means to be a forgiving person, family, university and nation.

Highlights of Mission Week, which will be held Feb. 2-7, include:

  • "Rethinking Christian Forgiveness: Theological, Philosophical and Psychological Explorations," by Rev. James Voiss, S.J. – Monday, Feb. 3, at 7 p.m.

  • "Immaculée Ilibagiza: Forgiving the Unforgivable," Tuesday, Feb. 4, at 4 p.m.

  • "God of Our Fathers and Mothers – Forgiveness in an Interfaith World," by Rabbi Abie Ingber – Wednesday, Feb. 5, at 4 p.m.

  • "Race and Reconciliation," by Rev. Bryan Massingale – Thursday, Feb. 6, at 4 p.m.

Additional details will be shared when they are available.

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11. OIE announces faculty-led summer study abroad programs

The Office of International Education has announced the summer 2014 faculty-led study abroad programs, which are an opportunity for students to build on their global knowledge through a hands-on experience. Applications are due March 1, 2014. More information and a full list of summer 2014 faculty-led programs are available on the OIE website.

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12. Donate to Sigma Delta Pi's coat drive

Sigma Delta Pi, the Spanish National Honors Society, is sponsoring a coat drive through Friday, Dec. 13, in Lalumiere Hall. All contributions from the coat drive will be donated to St. Adalbert's Parish.

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13. Pope Francis asks for participation in the Survey for Catholics on Family Life in the Church

In preparation for the upcoming synod in Rome on marriage and the family, Pope Francis is asking Catholics to participate in the Survey for Catholics on Family Life in the Church. The survey will provide data for the synod to consider.

Surveys must be completed by Sunday, Dec. 15.

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14. Holiday Hours in effect Dec. 24, 2013, to Jan. 1, 2014

The university will be closed Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2013 through Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014, for the Christmas holiday. Limited campus services, including Public Safety, Facility Services and the Rec Plex, will remain open. The university will re-open Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014. Buildings and services with special hours of operation during the semester break include the Alumni Memorial Union, IT Services, Raynor Memorial Libraries, the Rec Center, the Rec Plex, the Spirit Shop and the Union Sports Annex. Complete holiday and semester break hours can be found online.

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