1. Marquette named to President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll

Marquette has been named to the 2013 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll by the Corporation for National and Community Service for exemplary service efforts and service to disadvantaged youth. This is Marquette's seventh year on the list.

Marquette undergraduate students perform approximately 455,000 hours of service to the community during each school year, with nearly 80 percent of undergraduate students participating in service activities.

Launched in 2006, the Community Service Honor Roll is the highest federal recognition a school can achieve for its commitment to service learning and civic engagement. Honorees for the award were chosen based on a series of selection factors, including scope and innovativeness of service projects, percentage of student participation in service activities, incentives for service and the extent to which the school offers academic service-learning courses.

The full list of winners can be found online.

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2. Special hours of operation in effect for spring break, March 9-17

Many departments and services have special hours of operation for spring break, Saturday, March 9 through Sunday, March 17. Buildings and services with special hours of operation during spring break include the Alumni Memorial Union, Campus Ministry, IT Services, Raynor Memorial Libraries, the Rec Center, the Rec Plex, the Spirit Shop, Student Health Service and the Union Sports Annex.

Complete spring break hours can be found online.

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3. Visit adviser before fall class registration begins March 25

Before registering for classes for the fall semester, students must visit their academic adviser, as determined by their college advising policy. Students should bring a list of courses they are planning to take for the summer or fall semester, as well as any questions about study abroad, internships, double-majors and minors. Undergraduate students use Academic Advisement in CheckMarq to help plan class schedules and make advising sessions more effective.

Summer registration begins Thursday, March 21. Summer registration appointments are not assigned. Fall class registration begins Monday, March 25, and Snapshot is available to plan fall courses. Registration appointments have already been assigned and can be accessed on CheckMarq. Students may register for classes at their assigned time or thereafter.

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4. MUSG to host forum with Father Pilarz March 19

Marquette University Student Government will host a student forum with President Scott R. Pilarz, S.J., Tuesday, March 19, at 7 p.m. in the AMU, first floor lobby. This will be an opportunity for students to ask Father Pilarz and university leadership about campus issues. Established in 1996, the president-student forum gives students the opportunity to speak directly to the university's senior leadership.

Students can also share their thought and questions for Father Pilarz in advance of the forum by using hashtag #muprez, or by directing tweets to @MarquetteU or @MUSG.

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5. Applications due Friday for Social Justice Living Learning Community

Applications are due Friday for the Social Justice Living Learning Community, which is open to freshmen interested in spending their sophomore year living with others who have similar goals of advocating for justice issues. Students live on two floors in Straz Tower and focus on creating positive social change. Participants will take one class with fellow community members each semester, which includes a service-learning component designed to enhance students' academic experience through engagement with Milwaukee.

Applications are due Friday, March 8. For additional information, contact Andrew Levy, residence hall director in Straz Hall.

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6. Digital Advertising Summit will be held March 20

The Diederich College of Communication will host the first annual Digital Advertising Summit Wednesday, March 20, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the AMU. The one-day conference will focus on trends and the future of digital marketing and advertising. Designed for students and professionals, the event will cover topics including digital strategy, user-experience, advertising, mobile, content marketing, publishing, and measurement and analytics.

Keynote presentations will be given by Matthew McGregor, director of Digital Rapid Response for the 2012 President Obama re-election campaign; Molly McKenna, director of public relations at McDonald's USA; and Casey Flanagan, executive vice president of planning at Laughlin Constable. Register online.

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7. Senior Speaker nominations due today

Nominations are due today for the undergraduate Senior Speaker for May Commencement. Graduating seniors are invited to nominate fellow graduating seniors who embody the values of leadership, service, excellence and faith. Nominations will be accepted through Thursday, March 7, and can be submitted online. Seniors will be able to vote on 10 nominees Tuesday, March 26.

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8. Applications for Women's and Gender Studies fellowships due March 27

The Women's and Gender Studies program is seeking proposals for four research fellowships to be awarded to faculty and undergraduate students. Two collaborative research fellowships will be awarded to faculty and undergraduate student teams for research to be performed in the summer and fall of 2013 related to gender and/or sexuality. In addition, two undergraduate summer research fellowships will be awarded for undergraduate research related to gender and/or sexuality, performed under the supervision of a faculty member during the summer of 2013.

Students and faculty in all disciplines and colleges are encouraged to apply. To be eligible, students must be undergraduates who will be enrolled at Marquette in the fall of 2012. All fellowship recipients will be expected to present their research to the campus community at a formal event in November. Contact Carla Hay, associate professor of history, at 8-7150, for an application. Applications are due by Friday, March 27.

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9. Law School hosting conference on charter schools

The Law School will bring together noteworthy national, state and local figures to examine the charter school movement at a free conference Wednesday, March 20, from 8 a.m. to noon in Eckstein Hall.

More than two million children nationwide are enrolled in charter schools, but the impact of such schools has been difficult to assess. Speakers will include the director of the Center for Research on Education Outcomes at Stanford University; Sarah Carr, author of Hope Against Hope: Three Schools, One City and America's Struggle to Educate its Children; and a panel of local leaders. Register online.

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10. Mass times different during spring break

There will be no campus Masses Sunday, March 10, through Friday, March 15, due to spring break. Campus Masses will resume with the 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. Masses Sunday, March 17, in the Chapel of the Holy Family.

On Palm Sunday, March 24, there will be an all-university Mass at 9 p.m. in the Church of the Gesu. There will be no 4 p.m., 8 p.m. or 10 p.m. Mass that day.

For more information, please contact Timothy Johnston, assistant director of liturgical programs in Campus Ministry, at 8-0522.

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11. Sign up to participate in Colleges Against Cancer's Relay for Life

The Marquette chapter of Colleges Against Cancer will host Relay for Life from 6 p.m. Saturday, April 13, to 2 p.m. Sunday, April 14, at the Helfaer Recreation Center. Themed "Super Heroes," the event will feature food, games and activities throughout the night while participants take turns walking around the track.

Team sign-ups are now available online. Relay for Life is the biggest annual fundraiser sponsored by Colleges Against Cancer and the American Cancer Society. Funds raised go toward helping advance cancer research and treatments.

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12. Tomorrow's Biological Sciences seminar rescheduled

The Biological Sciences Seminar Series event, "Development of Epithelial Barriers in Drosophila: Lessons From the Drop-Dead Gene," that was scheduled for Friday, March 8, at 3 p.m. in Wehr Life Sciences, 111 has been rescheduled for Friday, May 3. Dr. Edward Blumenthal, associate professor of biological sciences, will lead the seminar.

For more information, contact the Department of Biological Sciences at 8-7355.

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13. Construction work for Marquette Interchange scheduled this spring

Beginning this spring, improvements will be made to the Marquette Interchange and the I-94 East/West Freeway. The work scheduled for this spring will restore the second lane for I-794W while maintaining the improvements from I-43S and from I-94W. The existing auxiliary lane at 35th Street will be extended east to the Marquette Interchange to provide additional length for merging and weaving. The auxiliary lane will allow for smoother flow of traffic through the interchange and will help reduce delays. 

This project began in late February, with peak hour lane closures on I-94W beginning in early March and end by mid-April, and end in mid-May. To facilitate construction, sections of the project area will be closed in stages. Additional information, up-to-date closures and travel times can be found online.

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14. News Briefs to only be distributed Monday next week

Due to spring break, News Briefs will not be issued Thursday, March 14. Twice-a-week News Briefs will resume Monday, March 18.

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15. Free group fitness classes offered Friday

The Department of Recreational Sports is offering the following free group fitness classes to members tomorrow, March 8.

Rec Center:

  • Spin Class at 1 p.m.

Rec Plex:

  • Hot Lunch at noon

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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