1. Spring 2014 review session, exam classroom requests and ADA testing/proctoring classroom requests now open

The online form to request classroom space from the Office of the Registrar for spring 2014 course review sessions and final exams is available Jan. 13 through April 31.

Scheduling of classroom space for ad hoc events not relating directly to an academic course is handled by the Event Management Office. To request classroom space for an ad hoc event, complete the appropriate Faculty and Staff Reservation form. To request a change for an existing ad hoc reservation, contact Annette Conrad, associate director of the AMU.

Before reserving a separate classroom for student testing accommodations, faculty should contact the testing coordinator in the Office of Disability Services at odstesting@marquette.edu, which arranges space and a proctor for students who qualify for testing accommodations (i.e., private room, extra time, text-to-speech software, etc.) Reservations can be made throughout the term, without the need to schedule through the Office of the Registrar or Events Management. For more information, see the Test Proctoring Guidelines from the Office of Disability Services.

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2. Spring 2014 classroom assignments posted in CheckMarq

Faculty and staff can access CheckMarq to find the most up-to-date spring 2014 course classroom assignments. Individuals 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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3. Read The Sunflower to prepare for Mission Week 2014, Feb. 2-7

The Office of Mission and Ministry will host Mission Week 2014 "The Art and Practice of Forgiveness," beginning with Mission Week Mass on Sunday, Feb. 2, at 11:30 a.m. in Church of the Gesu.

This year's Mission Week theme cuts to the core of the human experience. The ability to forgive after tragic events affects individuals' spiritual, psychological, and social development in profound ways. Mission Week 2014 will examine the theme of forgiveness in many forms, from the interpersonal to the international.

The Marquette community is encouraged to read The Sunflower: On the Possibilities and Limits of Forgiveness, which includes responses from 53 women and men from around the world who have, in one way or another, wrestled with the dilemma of whether or not to forgive someone. Some of the individuals featured are notable global figures and others are anonymous victims of war and injustice. A series of book discussions will be held throughout Mission Week.

For more information and a full schedule of events, visit the Mission Week 2014 website.

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4. Free four-part Retirewise workshop available for faculty and staff

For the fifth consecutive year, the Department of Human Resources is hosting a free Retirewise workshop for faculty and staff. Employees who participated in the workshop in the past described it as: "easy to understand, a good balance between facts and humor, and highly useful information."

Two identical, four-part "Session A: Freshman Series" workshops, which are designed for employees who are just starting to plan for retirement or who might need a refresher course in retirement planning, will begin in late January.

Employees and a guest can participate in the seminar series. Each session builds upon the last, so employees should attend all four sessions.

Register by Friday, Jan. 17, for either of the two identical sessions:

5. Way Klingler Fellowship applications due Jan. 17

Applications for 2014-15 Way Klingler Fellowship Awards are due Friday, Jan. 17. Application guidelines are available online. One Way Klingler Fellowship Award is given in each applicant-designated area of science or the humanities and social sciences. The humanities fellow will receive $20,000 annually for three years, and the science fellow will receive $50,000 annually for three years.

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6. GSRC faculty-in-residence program applications due Jan. 20

Applications for the Gender and Sexuality Resource Center's 2014-15 one-semester faculty-in-residence program are due Monday, Jan. 20. The GSRC is seeking applications from a diverse group of full-time, regular faculty with teaching and research interests that support scholarship on gender and sexuality. The faculty-in-residence program is core to the mission and functions of the Gender and Sexuality Resource Center in the Office of the Provost, and is designed to provide interested faculty with a residential fellowship for one semester with a buyout of one class and a stipend of $3,000.

Faculty wishing to be considered should submit a vita, letter of application, brief letter of support from their department chair and single-page abstract of a research project to Susannah Bartlow, director of the Gender and Sexuality Resource Center. Applicants are asked to address the following in their letters of application:

  • Interests in and expectations from the faculty-in-residence program
  • Relationship between individual teaching and research activities and the mission of the GSRC
  • Potential teaching-related or non-teaching contributions to the GSRC

All applications will be reviewed by the GSRC Advisory Board and awardees will be notified by mid-February.

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7. Important benefits notice for employees on a less-than-12-month pay cycle

Benefit-eligible employees paid on a less-than-12-month pay cycle must have their insurance premiums deducted over 10 months. From January through May, premiums are prorated by 1.4 times the monthly rate in order to carry employees' benefits coverage for the months of June and July. During the months of June and July, there are no deductions. From August through December, premiums are deducted at the regular monthly rate. This applies to health, dental, vision, long-term disability, MetLaw and optional life insurance premiums.

For employees who leave the university and have paid prorated premiums, coverage is suspended at the end of the month in which employment is terminated. Depending on the month of termination, employees may receive a refund.

For additional information, contact the Benefits Department in Human Resources at (414) 288-7305.

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8. Soup with Substance to focus on individuals who make a living by making a difference

This week's Soup with Substance will take place Wednesday, Jan. 15, at noon in the AMU, 163, and will feature a panel of professionals who have successfully connected the ideas of "making a living" and "making a difference."

The two confirmed panelists are Adrian Thomas, director of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee, and Kathleen Patron, community organizer at Southeastern Wisconsin Common Ground.

This discussion will be especially valuable to students with an interest in pursuing a career that contributes to the common good, and is the first of two events in a "Making a Living, Making a Difference" series sponsored by the Center for Peacemaking and Hunger Clean-Up. A student networking event will be held Thursday, Feb. 27, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Register for the networking event online.

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9. Employee Wellness hosting physical and spiritual wellness events this month

Employee Wellness is offering a variety of events during the month of January.

Registration is still available for group fitness classes, including Pilates, Crossfit, yoga and spinning.

The Eat Right Healthy Cooking Series continues with "Heart Healthy Seafood," Wednesday, Jan. 22, from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the AMU, first floor lobby. Register online.

A Weight Watchers Open House will be held Thursday, Jan. 23, from noon to 1 p.m. in Raynor Memorial Libraries, Study D. Weight Watchers Employee Wellness incentives are now being offered for Weight Watchers members.

Employee Wellness and the Faber Center have partnered together to offer an eight-week self-guided spiritual wellness program that will start Monday, Jan. 27. Registration is available online. A Grow with Marquette class on "Exploring Your Spiritual Wellness" will be held Friday, Jan. 24, from noon to 1 p.m. in Raynor Memorial Libraries' Beaumier Suites. Register by emailing Ellen Blonski, administrative assistant in the Faber Center. Grow with Marquette will also offer "Ancient Chinese Secret, huh?" Monday, Jan. 27, from noon to 1 p.m. in Raynor Memorial Libraries' Beaumier Suites B/C. Register by emailing Peter Kovochich, coordinator of training and special projects in Human Resources.

For more information, contact Kristin Kipp, wellness coordinator, at (414) 288-5607.

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10. Chinese New Year celebration is this Sunday

The Chinese Students and Scholars Association will host a Chinese New Year celebration Sunday, Jan. 19. A traditional Chinese New Year dance performance will take place from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the Varsity Theatre. The performance is free but tickets are required, and can be picked up in the AMU, Brooks Lounge.

A dinner with traditional Chinese food will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the AMU, Monaghan Ballroom. Tickets are $10 per person and can be picked up in the AMU, Brooks Lounge.

This event is sponsored by the Departments of History and Foreign Languages and Literatures, the Office of International Education, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Chinese Community Center and the Chinese Consulate in Chicago.

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11. Contemplative Community to resume weekly meditation hour this week

The Marquette Contemplative Community will resume its weekly meditation hour beginning Tuesday, Jan. 14, from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., in the St. Joan of Arc Chapel. Participants can practice contemplation in their individual ways either through meditation, prayer, sitting quietly, contemplating or resting the mind.

Meditation hours are held every Tuesday throughout the semester, and individuals are free to come late or leave early. A bell tolls at 4:30 p.m. to mark the beginning of the hour and then rings again at 5:30 p.m. to end the session. Mindfulness meditation instruction is available at the beginning of the hour.

For more information, contact Maria Cooper, assistant director of the Honors Program, at (414) 288-7516.

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12. Spring semester Fit Passes are now available

Fit Passes for the spring semester are on sale through the Group Fitness Office in the Department of Recreational Sports. There are three levels of passes available ranging from $40 to $65 for the 10-week semester. The Rec Plex and the Rec Center are offering 40 classes a week, which the Fit Pass gives individuals access to.

To purchase a Fit Pass, contact the Group Fitness Office at (414) 288-6979, or email marquettegroupfitness@gmail.com.

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13. Rec Plex swim classes begin Jan. 14

Registration for Rec Plex swim lessons during the spring semester is now open. Swim lessons for children will be held Tuesday evenings beginning Jan. 14. Adult swim lessons will be held on Saturdays starting Jan. 18. Various classes are offered:

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

  • Tiny Tots and Wee Folks, a child/parent program 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, for those 17 years of age and older wishing to learn to swim or improve on what they already know.

  • 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 (414) 288-7778.

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14. Spring semester intramural manager meetings start this week

The Department of Recreational Sports' intramural manager meeting dates and information regarding sign-ups are available online. Flyers are available at the Rec Center in the Intramural Office.

For more information, contact the Department of Recreational Sports at (414) 288-1558.

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15. TIAA-CREF consultants on campus this week for free financial counseling

In conjunction with TIAA-CREF, Marquette offers individual and confidential financial counseling sessions for faculty and staff. One-on-one sessions are available from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 15, in the AMU, 362 and 364; and from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 16, in the AMU, 362 and 364.

The 45-minute sessions answer three common questions asked by participants: am I saving enough for retirement, am I properly allocated and what are the options for taking distributions from my account?

To schedule an appointment, call (866) 843-5640 Monday through Friday, between 9 a.m. and 8 p.m.

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