1. Guest access available to view grades online

Students can create guest accounts on CheckMarq to provide access for parents, guardians and others to view their grades. Students may also choose to share access to their bursar account and financial aid information. Students control who has access and the guest account password, and can change them at any time. Log in to CheckMarq to set up guest access.

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2. Celebrate National Marquette Day by wearing blue and gold

Campus will celebrate National Marquette Day Saturday, Feb. 15, with various events and contests.

Marquette Nation will provide the first 1,000 student fans in line at the BMO Harris Bradley Center for the men's basketball game vs. Xavier at 3 p.m. and the first 300 students at the Al McGuire Center for the women's basketball game vs. Xavier at noon with a giveaway. Alumni will gather in Milwaukee and in 80 locations around the world to cheer on the men's and women's basketball teams and celebrate Marquette.

Students are encouraged to show their Marquette spirit by submitting a video for the Vine Out, Ahoya contest for a chance to win four VIF seats at the men's basketball game vs. Xavier. The contest ends Thursday, Feb. 13, at midnight.

The campus community is encouraged to wear blue and gold on Friday, Feb. 14, to show their school spirit. Photos tagged on social media with #MUDay14 will be entered for a chance to win a Marquette Spirit Shop gift card. The AMU Brew Coffee Shop will provide a 22-percent discount on drip coffee and baked goods to customers wearing blue and gold to celebrate the 22nd anniversary of National Marquette Day.

For more information, visit the National Marquette Day website, or contact Jennilee Schlinsky, senior alumni engagement officer, at (414) 288-7661.

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3. Attend the Housing Fair to learn more about sophomore housing options

The Office of Residence Life will hold the 2014 Housing Fair on Wednesday, Feb. 26, from 8 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. in the AMU, Monaghan Ballrooms. Students will learn about the sign-up process for sophomore housing; the various housing options available; Living Learning Communities within sophomore residence halls, including the Dorothy Day Social Justice Learning Community; and more.

For more information, contact the Office of Residence Life at (414) 288-7208.

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4. Senior Challenge hosting kick-off event this Saturday

Senior Challenge invites all seniors to the Senior Challenge kick-off event following the Marquette vs. Xavier game on Saturday, Feb. 15, at Buckhead Saloon on Old Third Ward Street. Free food and door prizes will be available. Senior students must be 21 to attend the kick-off event.

Senior Challenge is a student organization comprised of graduating seniors responsible for the senior class gift to the university. For more information, email Sterling Hardaway, Senior Challenge co-chair.

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5. Marquette Symphony Orchestra to perform Feb. 16

The Marquette Symphony Orchestra will perform Sunday, Feb. 16, at 2 p.m. in the Varsity Theatre. The concert will feature electric violinist Bridgid Bibbens, who has performed with musicians including Christina Aguilera, Mary J. Blige, Jay Z, Robin Thicke, John Mayer, Alicia Keys and Josh Groban. The orchestra will also perform Beethoven's Symphony No. 1, Op. 21.

The concert is free. For more information, contact Jason Ladd, assistant director of instrumental music, at (414) 288-7476.

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6. Scholarship awards available from alumni organizations

Several Marquette alumni organizations offer annual scholarship awards and are seeking applications. Students who meet the criteria for these awards are encouraged to apply. In some cases, a nomination from a Marquette faculty or staff member is also required. Students receiving tuition remission or full-tuition scholarships are not eligible for these awards.

  • The Association of Marquette University Women Scholarship — Approximately $2,500 for junior women beginning their senior year in fall 2014, who are enrolled full-time with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.3. The application deadline is Feb. 14.

  • Association of Marquette University Women Ignatian Leadership Award Award for a senior woman graduating in 2014 and enrolled full-time, who excels academically and demonstrates leadership and service to the Marquette and Milwaukee communities, or her hometown community, and strives to live out the Ignatian ideals. A faculty/staff nomination is required along with the student application by March 21.

  • Ethnic Alumni Association Ralph H. Metcalfe, Sr., Scholarship — Up to three awards of up to $2,000 each for students of color who are enrolled full-time with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5. At least one award will go to an Educational Opportunity Program student and one to a non-EOP student. The application deadline is Feb. 14.

  • The Marquette University Women's Council Scholarship A renewable tuition scholarship of approximately $3,000 annually for a non-traditional female undergraduate student. The application deadline is Feb. 14.

  • Pedro Arrupe Award Award for a junior in good standing and enrolled full-time who emulates the values and ideals of Rev. Pedro Arrupe, S.J., and is involved in service in and beyond the Marquette community. A faculty/staff nomination is required along with the student application and essay by March 21.

For questions about the application process or more information about these scholarships, contact Martha Moore, senior engagement officer in University Advancement at (414) 288-0398.

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7. ImpactNext Business Model Competition workshop is tomorrow

The Kohler Center for Entrepreneurship will hold a workshop Tuesday, Feb. 11, at 6:30 p.m. in Straz Hall, 269, in preparation for the ImpactNext Business Model Competition. The informal workshop will give prospective applicants the chance to get feedback on their business models as they work towards their final submission. RSVP online.

For additional information, contact Sarah Eslyn, events coordinator in the College of Business Administration, at (414) 288-7745.

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8. Mitchem Fellow to give lecture on racial leadership

The Women's and Gender Studies Program is sponsoring a lecture by Mitchem Fellow, Brandon Byrd, Wednesday, Feb. 12, at 3 p.m. in Raynor Memorial Libraries' Beaumier Suite A. Byrd, a Ph.D. candidate at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, will deliver "Black Women, Racial Leadership and the Roots of Haitian Underdevelopment."

For additional information, contact Dr. Carla Hay, associate professor of history and director of the WGST Program, at (414) 288-7150.

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9. Attend discussion on human trafficking in Milwaukee

The Center for Peacemaking, Intercultural Engagement and Campus Ministry will sponsor a Soup with Substance discussion on human trafficking in Milwaukee on Wednesday, Feb. 12, from noon to 1 p.m. in the AMU, 157.

La Shawndra Vernon, founding chair of the Human Trafficking Task Force of Greater Milwaukee, will discuss efforts to coordinate services for victims, community education, informed policy change and ways to stop perpetrators.

For additional information, contact the Center for Peacemaking at (414) 288-8444.

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10. O'Brien Fellowship to host multimedia presentation about carbon emission in China

The O'Brien Fellowship in Public Service Journalism will host a multimedia presentation featuring Hal Bernton, a Seattle Times reporter and 2013-14 O'Brien Fellow, Wednesday, Feb. 12, at 4 p.m. in Johnston Hall, jPad. Bernton, along with Diederich College of Communication graduate student Zhu Ye, will present "Coal and Wind in China's Inner Mongolia." Their research will contribute to a planned series of stories in The Seattle Times about the challenges of reducing carbon emission in China and the United States.

For more information, contact Herbert Lowe, director of journalism for social change, at (414) 288-4068.

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11. Diversity Dialogue to address cultural, religious and gender diversity

The Department of Psychology Diversity Committee will present the fourth annual "Diversity Dialogue: A Panel Discussion on Cultural, Religious and Gender Diversity," Thursday, Feb. 13, from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the AMU, 163. Panelists include:

  • Dr. Robert Smith, associate professor of history at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
  • Dr. Susannah Bartlow, director of the Gender and Sexuality Resource Center
  • Dr. Anees Sheikh, professor of psychology
  • Dr. William Welburn, associate provost for diversity and inclusion

The panel will be moderated by Dr. Anthony J. Porcelli, assistant professor of psychology. Refreshments will be served.

For additional information, contact Porcelli at (414) 288-2028.

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12. Sign up to participate in Call of Duty community service event Feb. 16

The Muslim Student Association will host a community service event, Call of Duty, Sunday, Feb. 16, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

The event consists of four community service opportunities:

  • Povertunity: Creating kits of essential items for Milwaukee's homeless
  • Neighborhood cleanup
  • Visiting elderly at nursing homes
  • Visiting newly arrived refugee families

Interested students can sign up online to participate. Transportation will be provided.

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13. Register for a webinar on the history of the Beatles

The Marquette University Alumni Association will present a free webinar about the history of the Beatles on Wednesday, Feb. 19, at 1 p.m. Dr. James South, associate professor and associate dean for faculty in the Klingler College of Arts and Sciences, will explore the 50th anniversary of the Beatles' performance on The Ed Sullivan Show, as well as the social context that provided the background for "Beatlemania."

Register online.

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14. Weekly meditation sessions offered to relieve stress

The Counseling Center and the Marquette University Medical Clinic will host an eight-week mindfulness-based meditation series to aid in stress reduction. The 30-minute sessions will take place Tuesdays from 12:15 p.m. to 12:45 p.m. in the 707 Building Feb. 11 through April 8. To register, contact Julie Bach, patient services representative in the Marquette University Medical Clinic.

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15. Alpha Chi Omega selling red carnations to support the fight against domestic violence

Alpha Chi Omega will sell red carnations for $1 on Valentine's Day, Friday, Feb. 14, on the second floor of the AMU. All proceeds will support the Milwaukee Women's Center, which provides comprehensive services for victims of domestic violence.

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16. Software workshops available at the Wakerly Technology Training Center

The Wakerly Technology Training Center in the Diederich College of Communication offers both Apple and Adobe certification courses, as well as instruction in many other types of software in a small classroom environment. Evening and weekend courses are available, and all materials are provided for classes. More information, including a schedule of upcoming classes and pricing, can be found online.

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