1. Memorial service for Grady de la Cruz will be held Sept. 9

A memorial service for recent Marquette student, Richard "Grady" de la Cruz, who died in an apparent accidental drowning in Lake Mendota on Wednesday, Aug. 21, will be held Monday, Sept. 9, at 6 p.m. at St. Joan of Arc Chapel. Grady, a native of Wauwatosa, Wis., was a student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and had recently transferred from Marquette. Grady's parents will be present at the service. Contact Campus Ministry at 8-6873 with questions.

As a university community, we extend our prayers and deepest sympathies to Grady's family and friends for their immeasurable loss. Those who knew Grady were touched by his presence on campus and will continue to keep his memory alive in the days and months ahead.

During this time of loss, it can help to seek the comfort of others by talking about feelings and memories, praying together or simply spending time together. Resources available to the campus community include:

The Counseling Center also has grief and loss resources available on its website.

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2. EthicsPoint available to anonymously report suspected areas of misconduct on campus

Marquette believes that each member of the campus community has a responsibility to conduct business in an ethical manner, and to report, in good faith, any suspected activities of misconduct on campus. The university has selected EthicsPoint, a third-party vendor, to provide a way to report suspected areas of misconduct on campus anonymously and confidentially. EthicsPoint provides a secure server and toll-free hot line for faculty, staff, students and vendors to confidentially report activities on campus that may violate federal or state laws and regulations, or university policies and procedures.

Reportable concerns include, but are not limited to:

  • Academic misconduct
  • FERPA violations
  • Misuse of resources
  • Financial fraud
  • Harassment
  • Conflict of interest
  • Software piracy
  • HIPAA violations
  • Scientific misconduct
  • Environmental health and safety matters
  • Vandalism
  • Cheating
  • Hazing

Submit a report online or by calling 800-445-7068. To learn more about EthicsPoint and other places to report concerns, visit the EthicsPoint website.

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3. Cheerleading and dance teams holding tryouts this week

The cheerleading and dance teams are holding clinics and tryouts at the Al McGuire Center starting next week. Co-ed cheerleading clinics will be held Wednesday, Sept. 4, and Thursday Sept. 5, at 6:30 p.m., with tryouts Sunday Sept. 8, at noon. The dance team will hold a clinic Saturday, Sept. 7, at 9:30 a.m. with tryouts Sunday, Sept. 8, at 9:30 a.m.

The cheerleading and dance teams took home 47 blue ribbons at the recent Universal Cheerleaders Association and Universal Dance Association camp. The cheerleaders received first place for sideline chant, second place for cheer and an overall Superior Performance Award, while the dance team received an overall most improved award and two overall Superior Performance Awards.

Contact Mary Larkin at 8-4796 for more information.

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4. Raynor Memorial Libraries launches new electronic resource discovery platform

The Raynor Memorial Libraries has launched MARQCAT plus, a new electronic resource discovery platform by EBSCO. The tool can be used to help find resources including journals, books, databases, e-archives and e-Publications collections using a single toolbar.

Additional information is online. Questions about the new platform can be directed to the Reference Desk at 8-7556.

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5. Visiting scholar to give presentation on women and environmental history

Dr. Nancy Unger, professor of history at Santa Clara University, will present, "Wisconsin Women and the Environment: An Illustrated History," Monday, Sept. 9, at 4:30 p.m. in the AMU, 163. The presentation will draw on Unger's recent book published by Oxford University Press, Beyond Nature's Housekeepers: American Women in Environmental History.

The lecture is co-sponsored by the History Department, the Center for Teaching and Learning, Women's and Gender Studies and the Gender and Sexuality Resource Center. For more information, contact Dr. Jim Marten, chair and professor of history, at 8-7901.

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6. New department chairs announced

Several departments across campus have new chairs for the 2013-14 academic year. Dr. K. Dale Noel, professor of biological sciences, will chair the Department of Biological Sciences; Rev. John Jones, professor of philosophy, will serve as interim chair of the Department of Physics; Dr. Jane Peterson, professor of social and cultural sciences, will chair the Department of Social and Cultural Sciences; Dr. Joseph Daniels, professor of economics, will chair the Department of Economics; Dr. Steven Lysonski, professor of marketing, will chair the Department of Marketing; and Dr. Lynn Turner, professor of communication studies, will chair the Department of Communication Studies.

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7. Retirement ceremony for DPS Chief Larry Rickard will be Sept. 13

The Office of Administration will host a retirement ceremony for Larry Rickard, director and chief of the Department of Public Safety, Friday, Sept. 13, at 3 p.m. in the AMU, Monaghan Ballrooms. A reception will follow at the Union Sports Annex. Rickard is leaving the university effective Sunday, Sept. 29, to become director and chief of the Department of Campus Safety and Security at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Fla.

Rickard led more than 80 professional and 100 student staff members who make up DPS, which is staffed year-round, 24 hours a day. He dedicated 21 years to DPS, including 13 as chief. Rickard started as a public safety officer working the night shift. He worked as a life safety officer improving the university's evacuation plans and was later promoted to lieutenant shift commander and associate director captain before being named chief in 2000.

RSVP by emailing Michele Adler, office assistant in the Department of Public Safety, or calling 8-5242.

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8. Sorority house tours to be held Sept. 4

The Panhellenic Association is holding house tours of all campus sororities Wednesday, Sept. 4, at 8 p.m. Tours begin in the AMU, 227. Students will have the chance to meet sorority members, as well as learn more about Greek life on campus and the formal recruitment process. More information is available online.

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9. Rec Plex swim classes begin Sept. 10

Registration for Rec Plex swim lessons is now open. Swim lessons for children will be held Tuesday evenings beginning Sept. 10. Adult swim lessons will be held on Saturdays starting Sept. 14.

Various classes are offered, including:

  • Levels one to six, Introduction to Water Skills through Swimming and Skill Proficiency;

  • Tiny Tots and Wee Folks, for children six months to six years old. This program is designed to encourage water adjustment skills and develop basic swimming skills.

  • Adult Swim Lessons;

  • Private and Semi-Private Lessons, available for children and adults. A minimum of two swimmers is required for semi-private lessons.

Registration for all lessons must be done at the Rec Plex and cannot be completed over the phone. The cost is $40 for members and $46 for non-members for group classes. Enrollment is limited. All sessions have a minimum number of spaces that must be filled in order to offer the class, and classes may be combined to accommodate these requirements. Payment must be made at the time of registration, and a liability waiver must be completed before a child or minor can participate in the program.

Questions can be directed to John Kratzer, Rec Plex general manager, at 8-7778.

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