1. Rep. John Lewis to receive honorary degree at Convocation

Civil rights leader and Georgia Congressman John Lewis will help welcome the Marquette University class of 2018 at New Student Convocation Wednesday, Aug. 20. Before providing the keynote address at the event, Rep. Lewis will receive an honorary Doctor of Letters degree, in recognition of his courageous leadership for civil rights and years of public service.

The honorary degree will be conferred by Marquette President Michael R. Lovell, who will also officially welcome the freshman class at Convocation, which will be the last time the entire class is together until their graduation in 2018. The next day, as part of New Student Orientation, freshmen will gather in small groups to discuss Rep. Lewis' March: Book One, which they read this summer as part of the First Year Reading Program.

Rep. Lewis is nationally recognized for his tireless efforts on the issues of race relations, poverty and the problems that plague cities. He first joined the civil rights movement as a seminary student in Nashville, organizing sit-ins and participating in the first Freedom Rides, which challenged illegal segregation at bus stations across the south. His leadership was quickly identified, and he became the chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee and one of the “Big Six” national leaders of the movement, alongside such figures as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and A. Philip Randolph. 

Due to seating capacity, New Student Convocation is not open to the public. Space for family members of first-year students will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis. The event will begin at 7 p.m. in the Al McGuire Center, 770 N. 12th St., with doors opening at 6:30 p.m.

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2. Marquette community invited to Jesuit Residence groundbreaking Aug. 15

President Michael R. Lovell recently announced plans to break ground on a new Jesuit Residence, which will include a celebration for the Marquette community Friday, Aug. 15, at 10:30 a.m. The celebration will take place in the 1400 block of West Wells Street between Schroeder Hall and the AMU.

At 10:30 a.m., a short program will take place, including remarks from President Lovell; Rev. Jeffrey LaBelle, S.J., rector of the Jesuit community; and Rev. Thomas Lawler, S.J., provincial of the Wisconsin Province of the Society of Jesus. After the program, all guests are invited for light refreshments in the Stuessi Gardens in the current Jesuit Residence. Please RSVP to University Special Events at (414) 288-7431 by Friday, Aug. 8.

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3. Fall semester parking permits now available for purchase

All students are now able to purchase fall semester and fall/spring semester parking permits online. Available lots, structures and pricing can be found on the Parking Services website. Permits purchased online will be available for pick-up from the Parking Office, located in the Wells Street Parking Structure, beginning Monday, Aug. 11.

No permits will be sold out of the parking office until the first day of undergraduate classes, Monday, Aug. 25. In order to get a preferred lot selection, students are encouraged to purchase their permits online.

For more information, contact Jay Sobota, manager of parking services, at (414) 288-6911.

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4. Office of Residence Life looking for volunteers to help welcome freshmen and sophomore students to campus

The Office of Residence Life is looking for volunteers to help welcome freshmen students to campus Wednesday, Aug. 20, and sophomores Saturday, Aug. 23. Volunteers can work as greeters, assist with administrative tasks or volunteer to help students move into their rooms. There is no minimum or maximum time commitment.

For more information or to sign up, contact Tracy Gerth, assistant director of Residence Life Programs, at (414) 288-7208.

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5. Law School to host information session Aug. 8

The Law School will host an information session Friday, Aug. 8, at 11:45 a.m. in Eckstein Hall. This small group session will provide information about admissions, financial aid, enrollment policies and procedures, curriculum, intellectual and student life and more. A student panel will share information and tours of the Law School are available at the conclusion of each session.

Register online. For more information, contact Law School Admissions at (414) 288-6767.

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