1. Cap and gown pick up is next week

Cap and gown pick up for all Commencement candidates is Tuesday, May 14, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the AMU, 227, and Wednesday, May 15, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the AMU, 227. There is no charge or pre-ordering for pick up.

Undergraduates may keep their cap and gown. Graduates in Law, Health Sciences, Master's Program (MPA and DPT), Graduate School of Management and the Graduate School (Master's and Doctoral degrees) must return caps, gowns and hoods to representatives of the cap and gown company immediately following the ceremony. Tassels may be retained as a keepsake.

Contact University Special Events at 8-7431 for more information. A student's name, approximate height, degree and college are needed for a friend or relative to pick up caps and gowns for a student who cannot pick up their graduation apparel.

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2. Marquette named a "Green College" by Princeton Review for second consecutive year

Marquette is one of eight Wisconsin institutions of higher education named to the Princeton Review's "2013 Guide to 322 Green Colleges," produced in collaboration with the Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). The university was chosen for demonstrating notable commitments to sustainability in academic offerings, campus infrastructure, activities and career preparation. Marquette also made the list last year.

The full press release can be found online.

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3. Charles Franklin to become full-time member of Marquette faculty, will continue Law School Poll

Nationally recognized government scholar and pollster Charles Franklin is joining the Law School faculty on a full-time basis, and the groundbreaking Marquette Law School Poll will continue into the future, President Scott R. Pilarz, S.J., announced today.

Franklin, who served as a visiting professor at the Law School during 2012, will continue in his previous role as poll director and become a professor of law and public policy effective Aug. 1. Franklin is leaving the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he has been a professor of political science since 1992.

"Professor Franklin's appointment is one of the first steps in implementing the university's strategic plan, approved last week by the board of trustees," said Pilarz. "The Marquette Law School Poll, like the Law School's public policy initiative more generally, has prompted us to reach beyond traditional academic boundaries, to embrace new and collaborative methods of research and service, and to help drive the conversation on important questions affecting the region, state and nation."

Franklin led the Marquette Law School Poll during the highly scrutinized 2012 election cycle, establishing Marquette as the definitive source for information concerning public opinion in Wisconsin. It was the largest independent polling project in state history and accurately captured voter attitudes before every major election in 2012, including the gubernatorial recall, U.S. Senate and presidential races. With his move to Marquette, Franklin will use the Marquette Law School Poll to explore additional public policy issues and track upcoming political races of interest to voters.

In addition to his 21 years of experience at UW-Madison, Franklin co-founded Pollster.com, which became an award-winning site for nonpartisan polling analysis. He has been a member of the ABC News election-night analysis team since 2002. He is also past president of the Society for Political Methodology and an elected fellow of the society.

More information can be found here.

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4. Senior Week tickets on sale now

Senior Week will take place Monday, May 13 to Sunday, May 19, and will include a variety of events for graduating seniors and their families. Seniors are invited to participate in all events, including Senior Ball Wednesday, May 15. Ticket information and event details are available online.

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5. Marquette Theatre Arts presents Gathering Blue

Marquette Theatre Arts will showcase Gathering Blue, a musical about a young girl's quest to uncover the truth about her world and discover the places that exist beyond it. Performances will be held at the Helfaer Theatre:

  • Friday, May 10, and Saturday, May 11, at 7 p.m.
  • Sunday, May 12, at 3:30 p.m.
  • Friday, May 17, and Saturday, May 18, at 7 p.m.
  • Sunday, May 19, at 3:30 p.m.

Marquette Theatre subscribers receive $2.00 off the $10 single ticket price. To redeem this discount offer, create an account or login to www.FirstStage.org with Source Code 18865, or order by phone at 414-267-2961 and mention Source Code 18865.

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6. Summer parking permits available online

Students planning to remain on campus during the summer can purchase summer parking permits online. Information and summer rates are available on the Parking Services website. Shorter term, temporary permits will remain available for sale in the parking office in the Wells Street Parking Structure.

All parking lots will be open and free of charge during Commencement Weekend, May 17 to May 19. Gates to all lots will open Friday afternoon and will remain open throughout the weekend. Permit requirements and visitor charges will resume Monday, May 20.

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7. J.R.R. Tolkien manuscripts to be shown publicly

Raynor Memorial Libraries' Department of Special Collections will host a public showing of selected original manuscripts from J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, through the end of 2014. Presentations will take place on the following Fridays at 2:30 p.m. in the Raynor Memorial Libraries' Prucha Archives Reading Room, third floor: May 17; July 19; Sept. 13; Nov. 15; Jan. 17, 2014; March 7, 2014; May 16, 2014; July 11, 2014; Sept. 12, 2014; and Nov. 21, 2014.

All presentations will last approximately 45 minutes. Showings are open to all members of the Marquette community; no reservations are necessary. For additional information, contact William Fliss, associate archivist, at 8-5906.

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8. "On the Issues" to focus on newest Law School Poll

Charles Franklin, nationally recognized government scholar, director of the Marquette Law School Poll and the most recent addition to the Law School's full-time faculty, will be the next guest for "On the Issues with Mike Gousha," Tuesday, May 14, from 12:15 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. in Eckstein Hall.

Franklin and Gousha will go inside the numbers of the latest Marquette Law School Poll, which will look at public views on national and state issues including health care reform, vouchers and public schools, job creation efforts and Wisconsin budget priorities including transportation, tax cuts, borrowing and schools. The new poll also will give an early read on perceptions of potential 2016 presidential candidates.

Register online.

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9. Seminar to address control of synapse development by astrocytes

The College of Health Sciences' Integrative Neuroscience Research Center Spring 2013 Seminar Series will present "Control of Synapse Development by Astrocytes," Tuesday, May 14, at 3:30 p.m. in Schroeder Complex, 256. Dr. Cagla Eroglu of the Department of Cell Biology at Duke University will lead the seminar.

For more information, contact the College of Health Sciences at 8-5053. A complete schedule of the Spring 2013 Seminar Series can be found online.

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10. Law School to hold information session Friday

The Law School will host an information session for prospective students Friday, May 10, in Eckstein Hall. The session will cover admissions, financial aid policies and procedures, curriculum, intellectual and student life, and information from current students.

The session begins at 11:45 a.m. and lasts approximately one hour, followed by a brief tour. Register online.

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11. Haggerty Museum of Art hosting three new summer exhibitions

The Haggerty Museum of Art will welcome three new summer exhibitions, which will run June 5 to July 28. The new exhibitions are: Abberance and Artifice, the Norton Collection, which ruptures visual and cultural boundaries to interrogate perceptions of what is considered "normal" or "natural;" New Objectivity in German Art, Highlights from the Marvin and Janet Fishman Collection, a stylistically diverse collection characterized by matter-of-fact representation of harsh realities; and Jim Dow's American Studies, a photography collection that documents the idiosyncratic qualities of everyday sites, taken on numerous road trips across America.

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12. News Briefs begins weekly schedule the week of May 20

The News Briefs e-newsletter will begin its once-a-week summer publication schedule beginning the week of May 20. Thursday, May 16, will be the last Thursday edition until fall semester.

The submission deadline for Monday publication remains noon on Fridays.

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