1. Spring 2014 classroom assignments posted in CheckMarq

Access CheckMarq to find the most up-to-date spring 2014 course classroom assignments. Faculty and staff should email Alexander Frain or Gregory Deuchars, Office of the Registrar, if they are unable to locate where a course is meeting.

Once assigned, courses may not be moved without prior approval from the Office of the Registrar. Submit the SOC Classroom Change Request web form to request a change in classroom assignment. Please note that assignments are changed only for ADA-compliance related issues, or in cases where the course's enrollment has exceeded the physical capacity of the assigned room.

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2. Title IX training sessions for faculty and staff continue this week

National, state and local legislation intersects with many aspects of the university's work, including when and how criminal activity needs to be reported. Marquette's Title IX team will host three training sessions for faculty and staff, which will provide background information and reporting guidelines related to Title IX, as well as Wisconsin state statutes, the Clery Act, and Marquette policies and procedures.

Training sessions will be held on the following dates:

  • Friday, Jan. 10, from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. in the AMU, Monaghan Ballroom E
  • Friday, Jan. 24, from 11 a.m. to noon in Raynor Memorial Libraries' Beaumier Suites B and C

Training sessions will be led by members of Marquette's Title IX team, composed of Associate Vice Provost for Academic Initiatives Rev. Daniel Hendrickson, S.J.; Associate Provost for Diversity and Inclusion Dr. William Welburn; Senior Associate Athletics Director Sarah Bobert; Assistant Vice President of Human Resources Lynn Mellantine; and Assistant Director of the Counseling Center Dr. Chris Daood, as well as the chair of Marquette's Sexual Misconduct and Response Team (SMART), Dr. Marya Leatherwood, and Associate General Counsel Jeff Kipfmueller.

Title IX is a federal law, enacted in 1972 and overseen by the United States Department of Education, which seeks to prevent gender discrimination in higher education. Sexual misconduct on college and university campuses is an expression of gender inequity, and recent legislation – particularly the 2011 Dear Colleague Letter, enforced by the Office of Civil Rights – asks for more attention and sensitivity to related activities.

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3. Update on mandated Affordable Care Act prescription coverage requirements

As of Jan. 1, 2014, the Affordable Care Act requires that all employers must provide access to FDA-approved contraceptive methods for women. Like many religiously affiliated institutions nationwide, Marquette has been granted a religious accommodation, which means that Marquette's health benefits plan and prescription coverage will not change. As of Jan. 1, to comply with the Affordable Care Act requirement, a third-party administrator, Express Scripts, will administer and pay for mandated prescription coverage for contraception methods that the university's health benefits plan does not cover.

This update affects all female employees of a reproductive age, as defined by the Affordable Care Act, who utilize the university's health benefits plan, as well as all employees utilizing Marquette's health benefits plan who have a woman of reproductive age listed as a beneficiary of their plan. Express Scripts has mailed a letter and a new prescription ID card to affected employees. The new Express Scripts prescription ID cards can only be utilized to secure and pay for mandated prescription coverage for contraception methods that the university's health benefits plan does not cover.

This process is being used by Marquette to ensure the university is not administering, overseeing or paying for any of the mandated prescription contraceptive methods that were not previously part of its health benefits plan and are now required to be provided under the Affordable Care Act.

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4. Additional training session on updated expense and travel reimbursement, credit card policies will be Jan. 21

The Office of Finance will host an additional training session on updates to the university's travel and expense reimbursement and credit card policies Tuesday, Jan. 21, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. in Raynor Memorial Libraries' Beaumier Suites B/C. Attendance is required for managers or designees who approve other employees' credit card statements.

The Office of Finance, with the help of campus stakeholders, has rewritten the Travel Reimbursement Policy (UPP 1-09) and has added a new Expense Reimbursement Policy (UPP 3-18) targeting non-travel related expenses. Acceptable university credit card documentation requirements and review of the US Bank management system, Access Online, will also be covered as part of the University Credit Card Program (UPP 3-08).

Register by emailing growwithmu@marquette.edu.

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5. Way Klingler Young Scholar and Fellowship applications due this month

Application deadlines for the 2014-15 Way Klingler Young Scholar and Fellowship Awards are approaching. Application guidelines are available online.

  • Way Klingler Young Scholar Award – Up to four awards will be given for 2014-15 to full-time regular junior faculty in the three years following their third-year review. The awards of up to $22,000 are intended to fund $2,000 in operating costs and to cover up to 50 percent of annual salary to afford the recipient a one-semester sabbatical. Applications are due Friday, Jan. 10.

  • Way Klingler Fellowship Award – Two awards, one in each applicant-designated area of science or the humanities and social sciences, will be made in 2013. The humanities fellow will receive $20,000 annually for three years, and the science fellow will receive $50,000 annually for three years. Applications are due Friday, Jan. 17.

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6. CTL hosting faculty development sessions on using the syllabus as a teaching opportunity and increasing student motivation

The Center for Teaching and Learning is hosting two faculty development sessions in the coming weeks:

  • "Making the Syllabus a Teaching Opportunity" will review ways to use a syllabus to motivate students, establish buy-in and promote classroom civility. The session will be held Thursday, Jan. 9, from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. in Raynor Memorial Libraries, 330B.

  • "Increasing Student Buy-in and Motivation" will highlight extrinsic and intrinsic motivators and showcase ways to leverage those motivators in a curriculum. The session will be held Tuesday, Jan. 14, from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. in Raynor Memorial Libraries, 330B.

Register online.

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7. FAFSA applications are due Feb. 15

Marquette students must complete and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) every year to be considered for assistance. The Office of Student Financial Aid recommends having the FAFSA filed and submitted no later than Saturday, Feb. 15, so it is processed and sent to Marquette by the March 1 Priority Deadline.

The student and one parent will need their own federal PIN numbers to electronically sign the FAFSA, which is completed and submitted online. Students can apply for a federal PIN or request a duplicate PIN online.

If the FAFSA is received by Marquette after the March 1 Priority Deadline, financial aid could be reduced or eliminated due to limited funding. Any required documents must also be submitted to Marquette Central within 30 days of the student's initial request for missing documents. Missing documents are listed in students' "To Do Lists" in CheckMarq. Questions can be directed to Marquette Central at (414) 288-4000.

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8. Marquette Theatre to present The Quiltmaker's Gift

Marquette Theatre will present The Quiltmaker's Gift, a musical story of a greedy king and a mysterious old woman who refuses to give him a quilt, which starts the king on a journey of self discovery. The performances will run:

  • Saturday, Jan. 11, at 2:30 p.m., followed by an ice cream social
  • Sunday, Jan. 12, at 2:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, Jan. 18, and Sunday, Jan. 19, at 2:30 p.m.

Tickets are available for purchase online or by calling the Helfaer Theatre at (414) 288-7504.

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9. Raynor Memorial Libraries hosting events to celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr.

Raynor Memorial Libraries and the Office of the Associate Provost for Diversity and Inclusion will host two events to celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr., on Tuesday, Jan. 21. A panel discussion moderated by Dr. William Welburn, associate provost for diversity and inclusion, "A Dream Deferred: The Legacy of the March on Washington (50 Years Later)," will take place Tuesday, Jan. 21, from 4 p.m. to 5:30 pm. in Raynor Memorial Libraries' Beaumier Suites B/C. Dr. Heather Hathaway, associate professor of English and director of graduate studies; Rev. Bryan Massingale, professor of theology and associate director of undergraduate studies; Dr. Andrew Kahrl, assistant professor of history; and Dr. Grant Silva, assistant professor of philosophy, will serve as panelists.

Dr. William P. Jones, professor of history at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, will present "The Forgotten History of the March on Washington," Tuesday, Jan. 21, at 6 p.m. in Raynor Memorial Libraries' Beaumier Suites B/C. Jones is the author of The March on Washington: Jobs, Freedom, and the Forgotten History of Civil Rights.

RSVP to Emily Zegers, assistant librarian, at (414) 288-7068, by Tuesday, Jan. 14.

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10. Center for Teaching and Learning hosting walk-in D2L support this week

The Center for Teaching and Learning is introducing new walk-in times for D2L support. Sessions will be held in Raynor Memorial Libraries, 326B, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the following Wednesdays during the spring semester: Jan. 8, Jan. 22, Feb. 5 and Feb. 19.

D2L support assistants will be available to answer questions and respond to concerns. No appointment is necessary.

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11. News Briefs resumes twice-weekly schedule next week

News Briefs will resume its twice-weekly publication schedule beginning next week. Thursday, Jan. 16, will be the first Thursday edition of the spring semester.

New Briefs will be published Tuesday, Jan. 21, instead of Monday, Jan. 20, due to the university's observance of Martin Luther King, Jr., Day.

The submission deadlines are noon Friday for Monday editions and noon Wednesday for Thursday editions.

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