1. University mourns the death of alumnus James Foley; prayer vigil on Aug. 26 moved to Gesu Church

The Marquette community is deeply saddened by the death of alumnus and freelance journalist James Foley, Arts '96. We extend our heartfelt prayers and wishes for healing to James' family and friends during this very difficult time.

A prayer vigil in memory of James and in support of the Foley family will be held Tuesday, Aug. 26, at 6 p.m. in the Church of the Gesu. All members of the Marquette and Milwaukee communities are welcome.

James, who majored in history at Marquette, had a heart for social justice and used his immense talents to tell the difficult stories in the hopes that they might make a difference in the world a measure of his character for which we could not be prouder.

Following his first capture in 2011, after he safely returned from Libya, James expressed in a letter to the Marquette community the power and strength he drew not only from his own prayer, but the prayers of his family and friends. As a community, we offer this prayer for peace.

Please remember James and his family in prayer, and continue to pray for peace throughout our world.

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2. Academic Integrity initiatives roll out for the 2014-15 academic year

During the 2014-15 academic year, Marquette will take a more proactive approach toward building knowledge and developing a culture around personal and academic integrity. Several new initiatives will remind students, faculty and staff of the importance of academic integrity. Incoming students recited the Honor Pledge at New Student Convocation yesterday, and a mandatory online tutorial on academic integrity has been developed for undergraduate students. All undergraduate students must complete the tutorial and exam by Friday, Oct. 24, in order to register for spring 2015 classes.

To complete the online tutorial and exam:

  • Go to d2l.mu.edu
  • Login with your Marquette username and password (same as eMarq and CheckMarq)
  • Click the Academic Integrity link on the top right

For more information on academic integrity and the 2014-15 initiatives, visit the Academic Integrity website.

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3. Annual Mass of the Holy Spirit is Sunday at 4 p.m.

The Marquette community is invited to celebrate the beginning of the academic year at the annual Mass of the Holy Spirit, which will be held Sunday, Aug. 24, at 4 p.m. at Church of the Gesu. Rev. Thomas Anderson, S.J., will preside. All are welcome to give thanks for and celebrate the many gifts of the Marquette family.

For more information, contact Timothy Johnston, assistant director of liturgical programs, at (414) 288-0522.

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4. Inauguration Ceremony, Inaugural Ball tickets available for pick-up beginning next week

Tickets for the Presidential Inauguration Ceremony will be available for pick-up while supplies last in the AMU Brooks Lounge during normal business hours beginning Monday, Aug. 25. MUSG is sponsoring a "gold out" for the Inauguration Ceremony. The first 500 students to pick up their Inauguration tickets will receive a free, gold Inauguration T-shirt to wear to the ceremony. Students can pick up one ticket/T-shirt per Marquette ID. Brooks Lounge hours can be found on the Inauguration website.

The Inauguration Ceremony will take place Friday, Sept. 19, at 3 p.m. at the Al McGuire Center. Doors will open at 2 p.m. A reception will follow at the Helfaer Recreation Center. All members of the Marquette community are also invited to the Inaugural Mass on Thursday, Sept. 18, but are reminded that seating inside Church of the Gesu is limited. Doors will open at 2:30 p.m. for the 4 p.m. Mass. Tickets are not required for the Mass.

Complimentary tickets for the Inaugural Ball for faculty, staff and students will be available in the AMU Brooks Lounge beginning Tuesday, Aug. 26. One ticket per Marquette ID will be available while supplies last. The Inaugural Ball will be held Saturday, Sept. 13, from 8 p.m. to midnight in the AMU Monaghan Ballroom. Semi-formal attire is requested.

For more information and a complete schedule of Inauguration events, visit the Inauguration website or call University Special Events at (414) 288-7431.

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5. New U-PASS launches for 2014-15 academic year

The U-PASS allows all full-time undergraduate students to ride any Milwaukee County Transit System bus for free, 24-hours a day, 7-days a week, during the fall and spring semesters. The U-PASS is not valid during the summer semester. All full-time undergraduates who have paid the student activity fee can pick up a U-PASS at the MarquetteCard Office in the AMU beginning Monday, Aug. 25. The new U-PASS is a card (instead of paper) and will require students to present a photo ID at the time of use. The U-PASS is non-transferable and can be used for the entirety of students' undergraduate studies at Marquette.

There is a $25 fee for a replacement if a U-PASS is lost. If damaged, there is a $10 fee for a replacement.

Find information here on bus routes, schedules and the U-PASS.

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6. O-Fest and Community Service Fair is Aug. 28

The Office of Student Development will host this semester's O-Fest and Community Service Fair Thursday, Aug. 28, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on the Central Mall. The event gives students the opportunity to explore more than 270 student organizations by talking to organization representatives and will also feature Milwaukee food trucks.

For more information, contact the Office of Student Development at (414) 288-7205.

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7. Charles Franklin goes "On the Issues" to present new Marquette Law School poll

Charles Franklin, director of the Marquette Law School Poll, will unveil a new round of poll results in an upcoming "On the Issues with Mike Gousha," Wednesday, Aug. 27, from 12:15 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. in Eckstein Hall.

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

Has the dead heat in the race for governor changed after a month of intense campaigning? With the candidates now set, how is the attorney general contest shaping up? Do voters see the state surging ahead or lagging behind? And after recent court decisions, how do voters see the issues of photo ID for voters, Act 10 and other public policy matters?

Seating is limited; register online.

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8. Join Al's Run team to kick-off Inauguration Week with President Lovell, Coaches Wojo and Kieger

Registration is open for Briggs & Al's Run & Walk for Children's Hospital of Wisconsin, which will take place Saturday, Sept. 13, at 10:30 a.m. More than 16,000 participants, including President Michael R. Lovell and Head Men's Basketball Coach Steve Wojciechowski are expected to line up on Marquette's campus for an 8K run and 3- and 5-mile walks to help make a difference in the lives of children from across Wisconsin. The event was founded by former Marquette basketball coach Al McGuire and has raised more than $14 million for the hospital to fund medical care, research and education.

The race starts at 12th Street and Wisconsin Avenue and continues to Lake Michigan near the Summerfest grounds. There is a $25 registration fee for walkers and a $30 registration fee for runners, both of which include a special Marquette Presidential Inauguration-branded T-shirt if registration is completed before Wednesday, Aug. 27, at 5 p.m. Register online as an individual or with a Marquette team. For more information about joining the Marquette team or to learn more about volunteer opportunities, contact Ali Myszewski, associate director of marketing and programming at the AMU, at (414) 288-3129.

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