1. Six strategic plan goal stewards named

Throughout the strategic planning process, the planning leadership team discussed options for how to best implement the long-term strategic plan. After considering a possible long-term planning committee and other plan implementation structures, President Scott R. Pilarz, S.J., selected a "goal steward" model, believing that the plan will best be implemented through the use of the normal operating structure of the university.

To be sure each goal is advanced and owned by the university community, each goal has been assigned to an individual who will serve as a goal steward. The six individuals who have accepted the invitation to become goal stewards responsible for leading the Marquette community's progress toward each of the six goals in the plan are:

  • Interim Provost Margaret Callahan – Academic Excellence for Human Well-being
  • Vice Provost Jeanne Hossenlopp – Research in Action
  • Vice President for Mission and Ministry Stephanie Russell – Social Responsibility and Community Engagement
  • Chief of Staff to the President Tom MacKinnon – Formation of the Mind and the Heart
  • Executive Vice President Mary DiStanislao – Enhancement of Organizational Effectiveness
  • Vice President of Finance Chuck Lamb – Sustainability of Valuable Resources

The goal stewards began their work July 1, 2013. Their role will be to link the goals and objectives to university operations. They will work collaboratively with the vice president of planning and colleagues across campus to gather input from key stakeholders to clarify and refine the objectives and tactics under their goal, identify metrics to track goal progress, begin implementation of one tactic during fiscal year 2014, and issue a progress report on their assigned goal every two months.

Stewards were selected with the knowledge that in the performance of their normal leadership duties, they will naturally be in a position to focus on one of the themes and goals. In selecting this model to guide implementation, the goals of the strategic plan will be integrated into the day-to-day life and operations of the university.

A branded version of the strategic plan is available online, along with a one-page strategic plan framework.

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2. Marquette ranked No. 3 among Wisconsin colleges for ROI

Marquette has been named among the top colleges in Wisconsin for return on investment by AffordableCollegesOnline.org, a national resource for college affordability and financial aid information. The group ranked the Wisconsin colleges and universities with the greatest lifetime return on investment based on graduates who enjoy the largest earnings gap between non-degree holders over a 30-year span. Marquette is ranked No. 3, behind MSOE and UW-Madison, respectively.

According to the AffordableCollegesOnline.org analysis, Marquette's lifetime ROI is $768,900. A complete list of the Wisconsin rankings and methodology is available online.

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3. Graduate School hosting orientation for incoming students

Incoming summer and fall Graduate School students are invited to attend orientation in the Varsity Theatre, Thursday, Aug. 22. A lecture-style presentation, featuring several speakers, will run from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Following the presentation, a student social with light refreshments, hosted by Marquette's Graduate Student Organization, will be held in the lobby of the Varsity Theatre from 7:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Photos for MUID cards will be taken in the AMU during the event, and Book Marq will be open prior to and during the event. Complimentary light refreshments will be offered, and campus tours will be provided.

Graduate students interested in this event must register online no later than Monday, Aug. 19.

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4. Attend the McNair Undergraduate Research Symposium, Aug. 1

Undergraduate students who participated in the McNair Summer Research Institute will present their research at the 23rd Annual McNair Undergraduate Research Symposium on Thursday, Aug. 1, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. in Cudahy Hall, 001. A reception will follow the final session.

For more information, contact the McNair Scholars Program, 8-1771.

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

The Social Innovation Initiative, the Archdiocese of Milwaukee and Catholic Relief Services are hosting 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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6. Law School to hold information session Aug. 9

The Law School is hosting an on-campus information session for prospective students Friday, Aug. 9, at 11:45 a.m. in Eckstein Hall. The information session will give prospective students a chance to learn about the Law School, admissions, financial aid, enrollment policies and procedures, and the curriculum, as well as to take a tour of the Law School led by a current law student.

Register online.

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7. Register for dispute resolution and health care conference

Registration is now open for the College of Professional Studies' second annual Dispute Resolution and Health Care Conference, which will take place Friday, Oct. 18, in the AMU. This day-long conference will feature researcher Dr. Leonard Marcus, director of the program for health care negotiation and conflict resolution at Harvard School of Public Health.

Registration for this event is available online.

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