1. 2014-15 tuition announced

In a letter to parents, Interim President Robert A. Wild, S.J., said his "top priority since October has been working with the university leadership team to take a proactive approach to reduce costs and improve efficiencies across campus." Father Wild added that, "recognizing our responsibility to contain costs and the difficult economic environment, the Marquette Board of Trustees has approved an undergraduate tuition increase of $1,280 for 201415, the lowest increase in both percentage and dollar amount in the last three years."

There are no tuition increases this year for summer school, part-time enrollment, the Graduate School, the Graduate School of Management or the College of Professional Studies.

Room and board rates will increase an average of 2.5 percent. Marquette's tuition continues to rank in the bottom half of all Jesuit colleges and universities, and below the national average for all private colleges and universities. The new 2014-15 rate guide, which includes detailed room and board rates, is posted on the Marquette Central website. Visit go.mu.edu/value to learn more about the value of a Marquette education.

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2. Brown University professor to speak at Department of Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science colloquium

The Department of Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science will host a colloquium Monday, Jan. 27, at 1 p.m. in Cudahy Hall, 401. Dr. Feng Chen from Brown University will present "GPU Spectral Method and Stable Parareal Method for Large-scale Problems in Computational Science."

Large-scale problems in scientific simulation and data analysis have led to an increasing demand for both spatial and temporal computations. Chen will discuss recent efforts to develop GPU-suited spectral methods for general systems of coupled elliptic equations with non-periodic boundary conditions, and will introduce a decoupling strategy that takes advantage of the global nature of spectral methods.

Refreshments will be served prior to the colloquium at 12:30 p.m. in Cudahy, 342. For additional information, contact Dr. Rong Ge, assistant professor of mathematics, statistics and computer science, at (414) 288-6344.

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3. Chief of Police Ed Flynn goes "On the Issues" to discuss crime statistics, trends and tactics in Milwaukee

Milwaukee Chief of Police Ed Flynn will discuss the city's current crime trends and his department's latest crime-prevention tactics in an upcoming "On the Issues with Mike Gousha," Tuesday, Jan. 28, from 12:15 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. in Eckstein Hall.

Was a spike in homicides in 2013 an aberration, or a sign of things to come? Now in his second term, Chief Flynn will discuss the department's data-driven approach to fighting crime, police-community relations and how Milwaukee is doing compared to other cities.

Flynn commands an agency of 2,000 sworn officers and 700 civilians. Before coming to Milwaukee in 2008, he served as the police commissioner in Springfield, Mass., the secretary of public safety under then-Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and the police chief in Arlington, Va.

Seating is limited; registration is available online.

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4. Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering colloquium will focus on wave energy conversion systems

The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering will host a colloquium on "Trans-rotary Magnetic Gear for Wave Energy Conversion Systems," Tuesday, Jan. 28, at 2 p.m. in Olin Engineering, 120. Siavash Pakdelian, faculty candidate in the Department of Electrical Engineering at Texas A&M University, will deliver the lecture.

Pre-colloquium refreshments will be served at 1:30 p.m. in Olin Engineering, 204A. For more information, contact the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at (414) 288-6820.

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5. Faculty to share research paths at next "One Thing Led to Another" seminar

Drs. Noel Adams, Bob Griffin and Olga Yakusheva will discuss the paths they followed to their research and academic focuses at a "One Thing Led to Another" seminar Wednesday, Jan. 29, from noon to 1:15 p.m. in Raynor Memorial Libraries' Beaumier Suite A.

  • Dr. Noel Adams, associate professor of philosophy, will present "Borderland, Imagination and Anxiety: How a Kid from 'Up North' Got a Job in Philosophy."

  • Dr. Bob Griffin, professor of journalism and media studies, will present "Wow, What Are the Odds? How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Risk."

  • Dr. Olga Yakusheva, associate professor of economics, will present "A Series of Unfortunate Events."

A complimentary light lunch will be served. This event is co-sponsored by the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs and Manresa for Faculty in the Center for Teaching and Learning. For more information or to register, contact Jennie Schatzman, office coordinator in ORSP, at (414) 288-7225 by Monday, Jan. 27.

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6. Two orientation sessions offered on the Libraries' Funding Information Center

Raynor Memorial Libraries will host two orientation sessions on the Funding Information Center, one of more than 470 partners in the Foundation Center's Funding Information Network, which is designed to provide current information for the fund-seeking public and those doing research on private foundations, philanthropy, nonprofit organization and management, volunteerism, fundraising, grantmaking, and letter and proposal writing.

The orientation sessions will last 90 minutes, and will cover the types of resources found at the center, how to identify and research prospective funders and how to update records on grantmakers. Sessions will be held Thursday, Jan. 30, and Wednesday, Feb. 12, at 10 a.m. in Raynor Library. Attendees should meet on the first floor of Raynor Library in the Funding Information Center area, which is in the southwest part of the building.

Registration is required and can be completed by calling (414) 288-1515. For more information, contact Mary Frenn, funding information librarian, at (414) 288-1995.

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7. Next session of Ignatian primer series will focus on consolation and desolation

The Faber Center will host the next session of "In the Footsteps of St. Ignatius A Primer on Ignatian Spirituality," Wednesday, Jan. 29, from noon to 1 p.m. in Schroeder Complex, 111. This month's primer, focused on the Ignatian theme of consolation and desolation, will be presented by Dr. Chris Miller, vice president for Student Affairs. A light lunch will be served.

RSVP by emailing Ellen Blonski, administrative assistant in the Faber Center, by Tuesday, Jan. 28.

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8. FAME book swap is Jan. 26

Friends and Alumni/ae of Marquette English will host its annual book swap Sunday, Jan. 26, from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the AMU, second floor lobby.

Guests can take home half as many books as they donate. The remaining books will be donated to local agencies that promote literacy, specifically local shelters.

Books can be donated in the Department of English office, located in Coughlin Hall, 335.

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9. Commencement student speaker nominations due Jan. 31

Nominations are being accepted for the undergraduate Senior Speaker for May 2014 Commencement. Faculty, staff and students are invited to nominate graduating seniors with a minimum 2.5 GPA who have never been on academic or disciplinary probation.

Nominations will be accepted through Friday, Jan. 31, and can be submitted online. For more information, email Sterling Hardaway, MUSG Senior Speaker Coordinator.

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10. Encourage students to attend OIE spring study abroad fair

The Office of International Education will host a spring Study Abroad Fair to highlight all summer study abroad options Wednesday, Jan. 29, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the AMU, second floor lobby. Students will have the opportunity to speak with advisers, program coordinators and study abroad alumni. Faculty and staff are requested to encourage interested students to attend the fair or region-specific information meetings, which will be held Friday, Jan. 31, through Monday, Feb. 10.

More information is available on the OIE study abroad website and summer study abroad brochures are available at the Information Desk in the AMU and in the Office of International Education, located on the fourth floor of Holthusen Hall.

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11. Department of Public Safety offering free self-defense class

The Department of Public Safety will hold a free self-defense class for faculty, staff and students Monday, Jan. 27, at 5 p.m. in the AMU, 227. For more information, contact Officer Joseph Secanky at (414) 288-4247.

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