1. Commencement weekend includes Mass, webcast and free parking

Nearly 2,000 students will receive Marquette degrees at Commencement Sunday, May 19, at 9:30 a.m. at the Bradley Center. The Baccalaureate Mass will be Saturday, May 18, at 4:30 p.m. at the U.S. Cellular Arena. Tickets are not needed for either event.

The all-university Commencement ceremony will be webcast so that family and friends not in attendance can participate.

Bill Cosby will be this year's Commencement speaker. Cosby is known for his commitment to education and emphatically believes that the best assurance for a satisfying and rewarding life begins with knowledge. Cosby himself went back to college, long after he had achieved much of his success to obtain a master's degree as well as a doctorate degree in education. As part of the ceremony, Cosby will receive an honorary doctor of letters degree.

Sister Rosemary Connelly, R.S.M., will receive an honorary doctor of humane letters degree. She is executive director of Misericordia Heart of Mercy, a service organization in Rogers Park, Ill., that supports people with developmental disabilities.

All campus parking lots will be open and free of charge during Commencement weekend, May 17-19. Gates to most lots will open Friday afternoon and will remain open through Sunday evening. Structures will still be staffed with an attendant. For more information, contact Jay Sobota, parking services manager, at 8-6911.

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2. Students will be asked to participate in accreditation site visit, Sept. 30 – Oct. 2

Marquette's reaffirmation of accreditation process culminates with a site visit Monday, Sept. 30, to Wednesday, Oct. 2, by a team of Higher Learning Commission peer reviewers. A key piece of the site visit is open forums, where reviewers will receive feedback from faculty, staff and students. Separate forums will be held for each group, but all will occur at 4 p.m. Monday, Sept. 30. It is expected that every college, department and office have a significant presence at the forums, relative to the size of their respective area. Location and additional details of the forums will be shared as they are confirmed.

The complete self-study report, along with an executive summary of the report, will be available to the campus prior to the visit. Drs. Gary Meyer and Toby Peters, chair and co-chair of the reaffirmation of accreditation steering committee, will also be available in August and September to explain the reaffirmation process and summarize the self-study.

Additional background and information, including the latest progress report, is available on the accreditation website. For additional questions or information, please contact Dr. Gary Meyer, vice provost for undergraduate programs and teaching, or Toby Peters, senior associate vice president.

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3. Free food, study breaks during finals week

The Ethnic Alumni Association will host a free ice cream social study break Wednesday, May 8, from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the AMU, Lunda Room. All students are welcome. For additional information, contact Alumni Engagement and Outreach at 8-7633.

Marquette University Student Government is hosting two free food events this week, as well:

  • Free finals week snacks Monday, May 6, at 9 p.m. in the AMU, second floor In conjunction with Sodexo, free snacks will be offered to all students.

  • Late Night Breakfast Wednesday, May 8, at 9 p.m. in McCormick Dining Hall In conjunction with Sodexo, a free breakfast of pancakes, bacon, sausage, eggs and hashbrowns will be offered free to all students.

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4. Grades will be available May 14 at 5 p.m.

Grades will be posted Tuesday, May 14, at 5 p.m. in CheckMarq. Students and those who have been given guest access to grades will not have access to view grades and unofficial transcripts in CheckMarq from Thursday, May 9, at 4:30 p.m. to Tuesday, May 14, at 5 p.m. This will give the Office of the Registrar time to post grades and run necessary reports for the colleges and schools.

Students are expected to read their Marquette email Wednesday, May 15, and Thursday, May 16, for academic censure decisions. The deadline for academic appeals is Monday, May 20.

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5. Four employees honored with Excellence in University Service Awards

Each year, the university recognizes four staff members who have contributed to the essential work of Marquette at the highest level of excellence with Excellence in University Service Awards. This year's recipients are Doug Frohmader, creative director in the Office of Marketing and Communication; Mary McConnell, dental coordinator in the School of Dentistry; John Mohammad, technical support specialist in Information Technology Services; and Sue Pendzich, administrative assistant in the Office of Student Development.

Recipients were nominated based on service that is above and beyond the duties normally assigned to their positions.

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6. Student Health 101 May issue available

Marquette's Student Health 101 magazine has launched its May issue, featuring how-to-videos and articles on topics such as creative ways to break a sweat, new ways to prepare packaged foods, improving memory, presenting a professional image and how to secure strong recommendations.

The Student Health 101 magazine can be found online. Follow Student Health 101 on Facebook for insider stories, videos and articles on how to stay healthy in mind, body and spirit.

For more information, contact Student Health Service at 8-7184.

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7. Department of Recreational Sports hosting free fitness classes this week

The Department of Recreational Sports is hosting Fit4Finals, a week of free fitness classes at the Rec Center and the Rec Plex. The full schedule of free classes is available online.

Fit passes for the fall semester will be on sale this week at the Rec Center and the Rec Plex. Fit passes offer discounted rates for spin classes and group exercise passes.

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8. Join university team for mental illness awareness walk

All members of the Marquette community are invited to join the university team for the National Alliance on Mental Illness Walk to raise awareness for mental illness Saturday, May 18, from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Veterans Park in Milwaukee. Register online.

For additional information, contact Markie Pasternak.

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9. Women's basketball to host annual Tee It Up For Hoops fundraiser

Join the Marquette women's basketball program's annual Tee It Up For Hoops golf outing Tuesday, June 11, at 8 a.m. at The Legend at Bristlecone in Hartland, Wis. The event is $195 per golfer to play 18 holes along with the women's basketball team and staff, or $225 per golfer to include a Par-3 Challenge and three mulligans. A continental breakfast, lunch and participation gift will be provided. A lunch-only option is available for $35 per person. All proceeds benefit the women's basketball program.

Register by Friday, May 31. For additional information, please contact Erin Wright, executive assistant for women's basketball, at 8-5784.

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10. Piano sale open to Marquette community members

A large selection of grand, baby grand and other pianos used on campus by Marquette students, as well as other keyboards, orchestral string instruments and guitars will be on sale Friday, May 24, to Sunday, May 26, as part of a partnership between Marquette and the Rockley Family Foundation. Most instruments are less than a year old and include a new factory warranty and tuning. The event will be held in the Varsity Theatre.

The pre-sale for Marquette community members is Friday, May 24, and Saturday, May 25, by appointment. Call 8-4884 to make an appointment. The general public final sale will be Sunday, May 26, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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