1. Commencement weekend includes Mass and free parking

More than 2,600 undergraduate, graduate and professional students will participate in Commencement on Sunday, May 18, at 9:30 a.m. at the BMO Harris Bradley Center. The Baccalaureate Mass will be Saturday, May 17, at 4:30 p.m. at the U.S. Cellular Arena. Tickets are not needed for either event.

Rev. James Martin, S.J., will be the Commencement speaker. Known as the "official chaplain" of The Colbert Report, Father Martin is a popular writer and a frequent commentator in national and international media. As part of the ceremony, Father Martin will receive an honorary doctor of letters degree. T. Michael Bolger, former president and CEO of the Medical College of Wisconsin, will also receive an honorary doctor of laws degree as part of the ceremony.

This year’s student speaker is Spencer Bonahoom, who will receive a bachelor’s degree in business administration. Bonahoom’s speech, “The Search,” will highlight the culture of search and discovery at Marquette and the transformation students undergo throughout their college education.

The Wells Street Parking Structure and 16th Street Parking Structure will be free of charge during Commencement weekend, May 16-18. Gates to most campus lots will open Friday afternoon and will remain open through Sunday evening. Structures will still be staffed with an attendant. For more information, contact Jay Sobota, manager of Parking Services, at (414) 288-6911.

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2. Social Innovation Initiative leaders share update on progress and plans

In a letter to select constituents of the Social Innovation Initiative, Dr. Jeanne Hossenlopp, vice provost for research and dean of the Graduate School, and Rev. Nicholas Santos, S.J., assistant professor of marketing, who the university in February announced as the new co-leaders of the initiative, provided a progress report and plans for the upcoming academic year.

Hossenlopp and Father Santos outlined the initiative's continued collaboration with Brady Corp., plans for another Social-Entrepreneur-in-Residence, academic research and Jesuit collaborations related to social innovation, and the initiative's relationship with AshokaU. The full letter and more information about the Social Innovation Initiative are available online.

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3. History Department moving to Sensenbrenner Hall next week

As part of ongoing renovations to Marquette's historic core (Johnston Hall, Marquette Hall and Sensenbrenner Hall), next week the Department of History will move from its current location on the third floor of Coughlin Hall to a new, permanent location in Sensenbrenner Hall. The Department of History main office will be located on the second floor, faculty offices will be located on the second and third floors, and history teaching assistants will be located on the third floor of Sensenbrenner Hall. The move is expected to be completed Wednesday, May 21.

For additional information, contact Charlie Haas, project architect in the Office of the University Architect, at (414) 288-4620.

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4. U.S. Secretary of Labor Perez to speak at Law School hooding ceremony

Thomas E. Perez, the U.S. Secretary of Labor, will speak at the Law School's hooding ceremony on Saturday night.

The ceremony will celebrate the accomplishments of the Law School's May and summer 2014 graduates. Law graduates are recognized individually and receive their academic hood and diploma cover; they also participate in the all-university Commencement the next day.

Perez is the nation's 26th Secretary of Labor, nominated by President Barack Obama and sworn in on July 23, 2013.

He is a former assistant attorney general for civil rights at the U.S. Department of Justice, and earlier in his career, spent six years as a law professor at the University of Maryland. Perez received a law degree and a master's of public policy from Harvard University in 1987 and received a bachelor's degree from Brown University in 1983.

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5. University mourns the death of trustee emeritus Ned Bechthold

The university mourns the death of Trustee Emeritus Ned Bechthold, who died May 9. The former chairman of Payne & Dolan, Inc., a family business that builds roads and bridges throughout Wisconsin, Illinois and Michigan, Bechthold served on Marquette's Board of Trustees from 1997 to 2012. Bechthold and his wife, Helen, were honored with the Friends of the University Award in 2007.

Visitation will be held Friday, May 16, from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Fox Point Lutheran Church, 7510 Santa Monica Blvd. A celebration of life will take place Saturday, May 17, at 11 a.m. at Church of Gesu, with Rev. Fred Zagone, S.J., assistant to the vice president and University Advancement chaplain, and Rev. William Knapp of Fox Point Lutheran Church, officiating. A reception will follow the service.

Please remember Bechthold, his family and friends in prayer.

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6. Compendium submission deadline is May 30

Faculty and staff with professional accomplishments such as publications, presentations and awards, that have occurred since Dec. 1, 2013, should make sure they are documented by Friday, May 30, by submitting them to the Faculty Activities Database (for full-time and clinical faculty members) or online (for part-time, adjunct, participating or visiting faculty members and full-time staff members). Full-time and participating faculty members submitting through the FAD need to check the appropriate box on the "Report Permissions" page in the FAD to submit items to Compendium.

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7. University has new Facilities and Administration Cost Rate for research and sponsored programs

The Office of Finance has completed negotiations with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for the University's Facilities and Administration ("Indirect") Cost Rate. Facilities and administration costs are those costs necessary to support research and other sponsored projects, but which cannot be readily or easily assigned to individual projects. These include costs related to facilities operations (depreciation, utilities, maintenance, security, etc.), libraries, departmental administration and general administration. Facilities and administration costs are synonymous with "indirect" costs and "overhead."

For on-campus organized research and instruction the new rate is 51 percent of Modified Total Direct Costs, and for off-campus projects, the rate remains 24 percent of MTDC. Definitions of MTDC and off-campus projects are provided in the cost rate agreement. The new rate is effective from July, 1, 2014, through June 30, 2018.

The new rate will be applied to all external applications immediately unless the sponsor has a lower published indirect cost rate. The change will be implemented on awards as follows:

  • Existing awards are not affected by the rate change; an existing award will use the originally awarded rate throughout the duration of the award period.

  • Non-competing continuations are not affected by the rate change; a noncompeting continuation will continue to use the rate in effect at the time the initial application was submitted.

  • Pending proposals are not affected by the rate change; however, it is likely that federal agencies will apply the new rate to any award funded on or after July 1, 2014.

  • New, revised and competing continuation applications submitted from this point forward with a project period beginning after July 1, 2014, will use the new rate.

An explanation of the Facilities and Administrative Cost Rate and a copy of the new rate agreement can be found online. Any questions can be directed to the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs at (414) 288-7200.

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8. Charles Franklin goes "On the Issues" to present new Marquette Law School Poll

Charles Franklin, director of the Marquette University Law School Poll, will unveil a new round of poll results in an upcoming "On the Issues with Mike Gousha," Wednesday, May 21, from 12:15 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. in Eckstein Hall.

Franklin and Gousha will go inside the numbers of the third Marquette Law School Poll of the 2014 election year, examining public views on the Wisconsin gubernatorial race and other key issues as the countdown to the November election continues.

Also at issue: Which voters are most likely to turn out this November, and who may be thinking of staying home? How much trust do voters have in the political system these days? And do they think vote fraud is a major issue in Wisconsin elections?

Seating is limited; register online.

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9. Father Wild to lead Employee Wellness Poker Walk on May 21

Employee Wellness' annual Poker Walk is being held in conjunction with National Employee Health and Fitness Day on Wednesday, May 21. Join Interim President Robert A. Wild, S.J., in a walk around the Marquette Mile while competing to have the best poker hand. Healthy snacks and prizes will be available. Register online.

Employee Wellness emailed all faculty and staff a 2014 Culture and Interest Survey in late April. The survey results will help Employee Wellness determine what wellness programs are wanted and needed on campus. All employees are asked to complete the survey.

Registration is still available for summer group fitness classes, which began last week. The full list of classes is available online.

Employee Wellness organized a Marquette team to participate in the Wisconsin Humane Society's one-mile Tail on the Trails Dog Walk on Sunday, May 18, at 10 a.m. around Greenfield Park. Proceeds from the walk benefit the more than 20,000 animals who receive lifesaving care from the Wisconsin Humane Society every year.

Employee Wellness will offer 30-minute "Fitness At Work" demonstrations for departments beginning in June. Free resources will be given at each demonstration. Contact Wellness Coordinator Kristin Kipp at (414) 288-5607 to schedule a demonstration.

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10. Marquette chapter of the American Student Dental Association honored with national awards

The Marquette chapter of the American Student Dental Association was recognized in three categories at the organization's annual session in early March in Anaheim, Calif., including the prestigious Ideal ASDA Chapter award, which honors outstanding accomplishments that align with the association's ideals of engagement, passion, integrity and community. The chapter also received an award for its community service work, notably the development of an after-school program for at-risk youth that teaches them about oral hygiene and the dental profession; work at a home for seniors and monthly free health clinic; and partnership with the City on a Hill free health clinic.

Marquette ASDA chapter president James Kolstad, a third-year dental student, received the District 7 Delegate of the Year Award for his work at the chapter level and his continued growth within ASDA.

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11. Philosophy Department to host international conference on philosophy of Ernst Cassirer

The Department of Philosophy will host "The Philosophy of Ernst Cassirer: A Novel Assessment," Wednesday, June 18, in the AMU, Monaghan Ballroom CD, and Thursday, June 19 to Saturday, June 21, in Raynor Memorial Libraries' Beaumier Suites B and C. Guests from the United States, Canada, Germany, Italy, France, Sweden, England and Belgium will speak on the philosophy of Cassirer in North America. A complete list of speakers can be found online.

The Helen Way Klingler Fellowship Grant and the Klingler College of Arts and Sciences fund this conference. For more information or to register, contact Dr. Sebastian Luft, associate professor of philosophy, at (414) 288-5960.

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12. D2L will be upgraded tomorrow, training session offered next week

D2L will be upgraded to a new version Friday, May 16. The Center for Teaching and Learning will offer training sessions to provide an in-depth look at the new features. The final training session will take place Thursday, May 22, from 12:30 p.m. to 1:3 p.m. in Raynor Memorial Libraries, 330B.

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13. Master's in Computing Program hosting open house next week; online open house will be held concurrently

The Master's in Computing Program from the Department of Math, Statistics, and Computer Science is hosting an open house for prospective students Tuesday, May 20, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. A simultaneous "open house in the cloud" will be held online for prospective students who are not able to make it to campus. The online open house will utilize Classroom in the Cloud, which serves as the basis for the program's distance learning classes.

Register online.

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14. Purchasing Department to host annual Supplier Fair on May 21

The Purchasing Department will host its annual Supplier Fair on Wednesday, May 21, from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the AMU, Monaghan Ballrooms. The event will give employees the opportunity to meet the university's preferred suppliers and learn more about their products. The event is free, open to all Marquette employees, and will include samples, door prizes and food.

For additional information, contact Jane Kondracki, junior buyer, at (414) 288-5634.

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15. Complete online parking application by June 30

All university employees that wish to utilize university parking need to complete the electronic application process for new parking permits, which will be issued by mid-August and will be valid for the next two years, from August 2014 through August 2016.

Employees should complete the application process by June 30. For additional information, contact the Parking Office at (414) 288-6911.

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16. Marquette Sports Rehabilitation clinic offers summer hours

The Marquette Sports Rehabilitation Clinic, located in Cramer Hall, 215, is a full-service rehabilitation and sports medicine clinic based in the College of Health Sciences' Physical Therapy department. In addition to its range of physical therapy services, the clinic offers free injury screenings by expert physical therapists and athletic trainers.

Summer clinic hours are Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Injury screenings are by appointment only and can be scheduled by calling (414) 288-1400.

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17. Healthy adults ages 60 years and older needed for research study

Healthy adults ages 60 and older with a family history of Alzheimer's are needed for an exercise science research study. Compensation will be provided. Full volunteer requirements are available online.

The study has been approved by Marquette's Institutional Review Board for the protection of human subjects. For more information about research participant rights, contact the Office of Research Compliance, (414) 288-7570.

For additional information, contact Bonnie Schlinder-Delap at (414) 288-6674.

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