1. 2013-2014 tuition announced

Undergraduate tuition at Marquette University will increase $1,390 next year — to $34,200.

In a letter to parents, Marquette President Scott R. Pilarz, S.J., said that the university is "committed to containing costs, finding new efficiencies and investing wisely to ensure a Marquette education remains affordable and accessible to our students." Pilarz added, "In recognition of the many uncertainties facing families during this period of economic recovery, and of our responsibility to contain costs, this increase is less than the last two years of tuition increases."

Room and board rates will increase an average of 3 percent. The Student Activity Fee remains the same; the annual fee for student health will increase $6 to $290. Per-credit and annual tuition rates for graduate and professional programs also increased.

Marquette's tuition continues to rank in the bottom half of all Jesuit colleges and universities, and below the national average for all private colleges and universities.

The new 2013-2014 rate guide, which includes detailed room and board rates, is posted on the Marquette Central website.

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2. Two candidates for College of Arts and Sciences deanship on campus this week

The search committee for the dean of the Helen Way Klingler College of Arts and Sciences has selected four finalists for the deanship. Each candidate will be making two-day visits to campus this month, with the first two candidate visits scheduled for this week.

While on campus, the candidates will have the opportunity to meet and interact with a broad array of Marquette faculty, students and staff. Each visit will conclude with a one-hour public event to which all members of the university community are invited. The finalist will speak for approximately 20 minutes about the role of the arts and sciences at a Catholic, Jesuit university in the 21st century. The finalist's talk will be followed by an opportunity for questions and answers from those in attendance. The session will conclude with a reception from 5 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., providing opportunities for informal conversation. Public events with the two candidates visiting this week will be held at the following times:

Dr. Patricia Okker
Wednesday, Jan. 23, at 4 p.m. Raynor Memorial Libraries, Beaumier Conference Room (lower level)

Dr. Marc Muskavitch
Friday, Jan. 25, at 4 p.m. Raynor Memorial Libraries, Beaumier Conference Room (lower level)

For additional information, visit the College of Arts and Sciences dean search website.

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3. Campus events held this week to celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr.

The Office of Intercultural Engagement will host a series of events throughout campus as part of the MLK Days of Engagement Event Series Celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr.

  • Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Remembrance Mass – held Tuesday, Jan. 22, at 10 p.m. in the Joan of Arc Chapel, this Mass will include Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s, messages of love, forgiveness, non-violence and peace. For additional information, contact Campus Ministry at 8-7068.

  • Soup with Substance – held Wednesday, Jan. 23, at noon in the AMU, 157, this event will feature civil rights author Peggy Rozga, who will share her experiences working for civil rights efforts in Milwaukee.

  • MLK Days of Engagement Keynote Address – held Wednesday, Jan. 23, at 6 p.m. in the AMU, Monaghan Ballroom B, Rozga will share her experiences working alongside Father James Groppi and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

  • "Scenes from the Journey of Oscar Michaeux" – held Thursday, Jan. 24, at 4:30 p.m., will feature Metcalfe Chair A. Van Jordan, in conjunction with The Freedom Project. Van Jordan will read poems from his new collection of poetry, The Cineaste, and will share a multimedia presentation.

  • MLK Unity Dinner and Vigil – held Friday, Jan. 25, beginning at 6 p.m., this event will be an opportunity for students to reflect on how Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., has impacted the lives of students and scholars. A vigil featuring students reading lines from King's "I Have a Dream" speech will begin at 7 p.m. Any student who agrees to attend the MLK Unity Dinner and Vigil can create a free MLK Unity t-shirt Friday, Jan. 25, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the AMU, second floor lobby.

For additional information, contact Intercultural Engagement in the Office of Student Development at intercultural@marquette.edu.

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4. RSVP for President's Strategic Planning Workshop by Friday

President Scott R. Pilarz, S.J., will forego the typical annual Presidential Address this year and use the date to invite the university to participate in a university-wide Strategic Planning Workshop. The President's Strategic Planning Workshop will be held Wednesday, Jan. 30, from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the AMU, Monaghan Ballroom. All faculty, staff and students are invited to attend and participate in the workshop, and should RSVP to University Special Events by Friday, Jan. 25, with their name, designation as faculty, staff or student, and department, office or college.

The event will begin promptly at 3 p.m. with welcoming introductory remarks by Father Pilarz, and will be followed by a 60-minute strategic planning workshop featuring guided discussions at each roundtable led by department chairs and director-level and assistant/associate vice president-level staff. The focus of the President's Strategic Planning Workshop is to ensure broad participation in a dynamic and collaborative cross-disciplinary process to identify possible strategic plan goals. Ideas generated at the workshop will be shared with the Marquette community for review and further input via the strategic planning website, and will be considered for inclusion in the final plan.

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5. Education professor honored by Governor Walker

Dr. Howard Fuller, distinguished professor of education at Marquette University, was honored yesterday by Gov. Scott Walker with the Martin Luther King, Jr., Heritage Award. The annual award, which was presented during the State of Wisconsin's 33rd annual tribute and ceremony in the Capitol Rotunda, recognizes and affirms those who have made significant contributions in the areas of race relations, justice and human rights and exhibit an edifying passion and onus to lifelong community service.

"Howard Fuller began championing social justice during the American civil rights movement, and his seminal work in educational equity has come to exemplify the very essence of all the Heritage Award seeks to honor," said Dr. William A. Henk, dean of the College of Education at Marquette University. "I genuinely believe that Dr. King himself, who served as a role model and inspiration for Howard, would regard him as an ideal recipient."

Fuller is the founder and director of the Institute for the Transformation of Learning at Marquette University. A former superintendent of Milwaukee Public Schools, Fuller is an advocate of educational options for low-income families and is considered a national expert on the issue of school choice. He has devoted his career to providing quality education options for students of low-income families. In November, Fuller was named one of the most powerful educators in America by TakePart, a leading source of socially relevant news with the goal of inspiring and accelerating social change by connecting content to social action.

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6. Opus Prize recipients Aïcha Ech Channa and Sister Beatrice Chipeta, RS, will be honored during Mission Week 2013

2009 Opus Prize recipient Aïcha Ech Channa is founder and president of the Association Solidarité Féminine, an organization serving single mothers in Casablanca, Morocco. The association promotes the rights of mothers and children within a culture that historically has marginalized and stigmatized single mothers, who often must fight to keep custody of their babies. The nongovernmental organization operates several businesses, and more than 50 women receive training each year in cooking, baking, sewing and accounting. Participants have access to child care, counseling and medical treatment. The Moroccan government recognized Solidarité Féminine as a charitable organization in 2002, and it has received financial support from King Mohammed VI. A Muslim, Ech Channa says she gains inspiration from a sense of justice rooted in the value systems and traditions of all religions.

2010 Opus Prize co-recipient Sister Beatrice Chipeta, RS, a Roman Catholic religious sister and retired schoolteacher, is founder of the Lusubilo Orphan Care Project in the Karonga district of Malawi. Serving thousands of children who have been orphaned in the area's rural villages, Sister Beatrice manages massive food and infant formula distribution programs, instructs mothers on the importance of nutrition and proper child care, and organizes support groups for grieving family members. The organization has helped improve agricultural production so families can become self-sufficient. Young people attend educational programs, teenagers and adults learn a trade through vocational classes, and individuals are trained to assume leadership responsibilities. Sister Beatrice's staff also care for 380 orphan-headed households, helping teenage orphans who are caring for younger siblings develop life skills. Sister Beatrice is unable to attend Mission Week 2013 and will be represented by Peter Daino of the Lusubilo Orphan Care Project.

The university will host a variety of events featuring Opus Prize recipients on campus during Mission Week, Feb. 4–8.

President Scott R. Pilarz, S.J., will preside and Opus Prize recipient Rev. Trevor Miranda, S.J., will deliver the homily at the Mission Week Mass, Wednesday, Feb. 6, at 4 p.m. in Church of the Gesu. The Opus Prize recipients will attend the liturgy, at which Jesuit martyr St. Paul Miki of Japan will be remembered. A reception in the Lower Church will follow.

For additional information and a full schedule of events, visit the Mission Week website. In addition, Raynor Memorial Libraries is offering an online Mission Week research guide, which provides information and resources highlighting the work of Opus Prize-winning guest speakers, Jesuit education and Catholic social teaching, faith and decision making, and Ignatian spirituality.

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7. Free pizza at women's basketball game tonight

Free pizza will be available for all Marquette students at the women's basketball game vs. Louisville tonight, Jan. 22, at 8 p.m. at the Al McGuire Center. Women's basketball games are free for students with a MUID. Students can also earn points towards Fanatics Rewards by attending women's games.

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8. Study Abroad Fair to be held Feb. 1

The spring Study Abroad Fair will be held Friday, Feb. 1 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the second floor of the AMU, and will highlight summer study abroad options. The Office of International Education will also hold region-specific information meetings Feb. 3–11. For more information, contact the Office of International Education at 8-7289.

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9. Raynor Memorial Libraries hosting graduate student focus groups

Graduate students are invited to participate in focus groups that will help Raynor Memorial Libraries plan for and implement services and resources to benefit them. Focus groups will last 90 minutes and will be held in Raynor Memorial Libraries' Study Room D (lower level) at the following times:

  • Tuesday, Jan. 29, at 3 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Jan. 30, at 11 a.m.
  • Thursday, Jan. 31, at 2 p.m.
  • Friday, Feb. 1, at 11 a.m.

Food and prizes will be provided for participants. For more information and to reserve your seat, contact Leatha Miles-Edmonson, library resident, at 8-7875.

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10. Law School to hold Saturday information seminar Jan. 26

The Law School will host a Saturday information seminar for prospective full- and part-time students Saturday, Jan. 26, at 10 a.m. in Eckstein Hall. Learn more about the Law School, admissions and financial aid policies and procedures, curriculum, and intellectual and student life, and hear from a panel of current students. Register online.

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11. English Department alumni sponsoring book swap Jan. 27

Friends and Alumni of Marquette English (FAME) will host a book swap Sunday, Jan. 27, from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. on the second floor of the AMU. Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to bring gently used or new books to share and swap. Participants can take home up to half of what they provide. Remaining books will go to the Milwaukee Rescue Mission.

Discovery World Kohl's DesignIt! Mobile Lab will be at the event, allowing children and designers of all ages to use state-of-the-art technology to create new materials and projects. Additionally, handcrafted, personalized bookmarks will be available.

Books can also be donated prior to the event in the English Department, Coughlin Hall, 335, or in the Raynor Memorial Libraries lobby. For additional information, contact Jacqueline Rammer, English teaching assistant.

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12. Exposition and Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament will be celebrated Thursday

Campus Ministry will celebrate the Exposition and Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament Thursday, Jan. 24, from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. in the AMU, Chapel of the Holy Family. For more information, contact Timothy Johnston, assistant director of liturgical programs, at 8-0522.

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13. Monthly Masses in Law School Chapel resume Wednesday

Rev. Thomas Anderson, S.J., assistant director of Campus Ministry and Law School Chaplain, will celebrate Mass in the Marquette University Law School Chapel on the fourth floor of Eckstein Hall during the spring semester. The first Mass for the spring semester will be held Wednesday, Jan. 23, from 12:15 p.m. to 12:45 p.m. All members of the Marquette community are welcome to attend. Mass will also be held on:

  • Wednesday, Feb. 27
  • Wednesday, March 27
  • Wednesday, April 24

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