1. Mid-year Commencement is this Sunday

Nearly 500 Marquette University graduates will be recognized at Mid-year Commencement Sunday, Dec. 15, at the U.S. Cellular Arena. The program will begin at 9:30 a.m. and will feature a keynote address by Dr. Donald A. Neumann, professor of physical therapy in the College of Health Sciences, as well as remarks from Interim President Robert A. Wild, S.J., and featured student speaker Brendan Takash, who is graduating from the Diederich College of Communication. Graduation events will also include a Baccalaureate Mass at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, at Church of the Gesu.

Neumann is a physical therapist and fellow of the American Physical Therapy Association. His book, Kinesiology of the Musculoskeletal System: Foundations for Rehabilitation, widely recognized as the top kinesiology text for physical therapists around the world, is available in six languages. Neumann has received four Fulbright Awards, a rare honor that stands as testament to his scholarly ability. He is believed to be the only physical therapist and one of the few professors in any area to accomplish such a feat.

Takash, a Chicago native, will graduate with a bachelor of arts, majoring in broadcast and electronic communication with a minor in economics. He plans to continue his education by pursuing an MBA in the Marquette Graduate School of Management.

Parking in university lots is free this weekend for guests attending Mid-year Commencement events.

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2. 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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3. Sign-up online for Public Safety's Vacant House Watch Program

During academic breaks, the Department of Public Safety offers its Vacant House Watch program to students residing in the near off-campus neighborhood. Students can register their residences with Public Safety online prior to leaving campus for the winter break. During the break, Public Safety officers monitor vacant residences during their routine patrols of the neighborhood. The information provided to Public Safety remains strictly confidential.

Apartment units within apartment complexes cannot be monitored by Public Safety. Only houses that offer a publicly visible entrance and windows into your living space (such as a rented house) can be monitored.

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4. Spring semester parking permits are available online

Spring semester parking permits for students are now available for purchase online. The available permits include: 24-hour/overnight, full-time commuter, part-time commuter, evening commuter or surface Lot T 24-hour economy parking. Permits purchased online will be available to be picked up from the parking office in the Wells Street Structure beginning Monday, Jan. 6.

For additional information, visit the Parking Services website.

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5. Register for Silent Directed Retreat by Friday

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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6. Register for Dissertation Boot Camp by Dec. 20

Registration is open for the Graduate School's Dissertation Boot Camp, which will be held Friday, Jan. 6, through Tuesday, Jan. 10, in Raynor Memorial Libraries. The camp offers a dedicated time and location for graduate and doctoral students to come together and work toward completion of their dissertations. Faculty facilitators are available throughout the week to monitor progress and offer suggestions.

Participants will work from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily with an early dismissal on Friday. For more information contact Lizzie Kerrick by Friday, Dec. 20.

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7. 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 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 at Marquette University High School in honor of Richard "Grady" de la Cruz, a Marquette High alumnus who died in an accident on Lake Mendota on Wednesday, August 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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8. Raynor Memorial Libraries hosting events to celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr., in January

Raynor Memorial Libraries will host two events to celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr., on Tuesday, Jan. 21.

A panel discussion moderated by Dr. William Welburn, associate provost for diversity and inclusion, "A Dream Deferred: The Legacy of the March on Washington (50 Years Later)," will take place Tuesday, Jan. 21, from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. in Raynor Memorial Libraries' Beaumier Suites B/C. Dr. Heather Hathaway, associate professor of English and director of graduate studies; Rev. Bryan Massingale, professor of theology and associate director of undergraduate studies; Dr. Andrew Kahrl, assistant professor of history; and Dr. Grant Silva, assistant professor of philosophy, will serve as panelists.

Dr. William P. Jones, professor of history at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, will present "The Forgotten History of the March on Washington," Tuesday, Jan. 21, at 6:30 p.m. in Raynor Memorial Libraries' Beaumier Suites B/C. Jones is the author of The March on Washington: Jobs, Freedom, and the Forgotten History of Civil Rights.

RSVP to Emily Zegers, assistant librarian, at 8-7068, by Tuesday, Jan. 14.

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9. Marquette Theatre to present The Quiltmaker's Gift in January

Marquette Theatre will present The Quiltmaker's Gift, a musical story of a greedy king and a mysterious old woman who refuses to give him a quilt, which starts the king on a journey of self discovery. The performances will run:

  • Saturday, Jan. 11, and Sunday, Jan. 12, at 2:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, Jan. 18, and Sunday, Jan. 19, at 2:30 p.m.

Tickets are available for purchase online or by calling the Helfaer Theatre at 8-7504.

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10. News Briefs schedule to change during semester break

Due to the semester break and the university being closed between Christmas Eve and New Year's Day, the News Briefs schedule will change. New Briefs will be distributed for the final time this year on Monday, Dec. 16. News Briefs will be published Monday, Jan. 6, with the twice-weekly schedule resuming Monday, Jan. 13.

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