1. John F. Ferraro elected chair of Board of Trustees

John. F. Ferraro, Bus Ad '77, was elected chair of the Marquette University Board of Trustees and will serve a two-year term. Ferraro serves as global chief operating officer at Ernst & Young, where he is responsible for the overall operations worldwide. Ferraro joined the Board of Trustees in 2006 and served as vice chair from 2011 to 2014. He succeeds Charles M. Swoboda, Eng '89, who has served as board chair since 2012 and completed his full term. Swoboda will remain on the university's Board of Trustees. Cherryl T. Thomas, Arts '68, was elected vice chair.

During the 2013-14 academic year, Ferraro chaired the Presidential Search Committee, which completed a nationwide, six-month search for Marquette's 24th president, Dr. Michael R. Lovell. Ferraro's leadership was instrumental in a presidential search full of firsts: the first time a dean and faculty member were represented on a presidential search committee, and the first time the university considered both Jesuit and lay candidates.

"John's commitment to sharing progress on the presidential search with our campus and Marquette's 110,000 alumni worldwide was evident during every step in the process, and led to a historic announcement that our community is extremely excited about. John is a gifted leader and we are grateful that Marquette will continue to benefit from his energy, enthusiasm and strategic thinking during his time as chair of the Board of Trustees," said Interim President Robert A. Wild, S.J. "I also want to thank outgoing Board Chair Chuck Swoboda for his guidance and leadership during a period of transition for the university. I worked closely with him this year and am truly grateful for his continued support and dedication to his alma mater."

Thomas has served on the Marquette University Board of Trustees since 2003. She is president and CEO of Ardmore Associates, an engineering consulting firm specializing in infrastructure, transportation and construction management. Thomas previously served as chair of the U.S. Railroad Retirement Board, an independent agency in the executive branch of the federal government.

James F. Janz, Bus Ad '62, Law '64, managing director of the Joseph and Vera Zilber Family Foundation; Rev. Timothy R. Lannon, S.J., president of Creighton University; and Rhona Vogel, Bus Ad '76, CEO of Vogel Consulting Group; were named emeriti trustees in recognition of the successful completion of their terms of service.

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2. Cap and gown pick-up is May 13-14

Cap and gown pick-up for all Commencement candidates is Tuesday, May 13, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the AMU, 157 and 163, and Wednesday, May 14, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the AMU, 157 and 163. There is no charge or pre-ordering for pick up. Undergraduates may keep their cap and gown. Graduates in law, health sciences, dentistry, master's programs (MPA and DPT), the Graduate School of Management and the Graduate School (master's and doctoral degrees) must return caps, gowns and hoods to representatives of the cap and gown company immediately following the ceremony. Tassels may be retained as a keepsake.

If a student cannot pick up his or her graduation apparel, a friend or relative can pick it up if they have the student's name, approximate height, degree and college. For additional information, contact University Special Events at (414) 288-7431.

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3. Space open for Senior Challenge event at Lakefront Brewery; other ticketed Senior Week events sold out

Space is still open for the Senior Challenge Signature event at Lakefront Brewery Tuesday, May 13, at 6 p.m. The event is open to any senior who has donated $20.14 to the Senior Challenge. Students can make the gift online before the event or at Lakefront Brewery Tuesday evening. Other Senior Week 2014 events that required tickets are sold out and will not be available at the door.

Events start with the Senior Week Mass on Sunday, May 11, at 8 p.m. in the Chapel of the Holy Family. Rev. Thomas Anderson, S.J., will preside. All students are welcome to attend.

Students can also go to the VISIT Milwaukee website to search for other events happening throughout the city next week. The local museums – Milwaukee Public Museum, Milwaukee Art Museum, Discovery World and Harley Davidson Museum – all provide discounts to college students with a school ID. The Marquette Graduation Bucket List Pinterest Board also provides some inspiration for what to do during Senior Week.

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4. Johnston Hall will close this summer for renovations

As part of ongoing renovations to Marquette's historic core – Johnston Hall, Marquette Hall and Sensenbrenner Hall – Johnston Hall will close for the summer beginning Monday, May 19, to allow interior work to be completed. The renovations include infrastructure and technology upgrades aimed at providing a technology backbone to support the increased bandwidth required for teaching new media trends and maintaining Student Media Services' television, radio and newspaper operations.

To accommodate the interior work, the Diederich College of Communication, Student Media Services and the Instructional Media Center will temporarily move from Johnston Hall to the lower level and first floor of Marquette Hall until mid-August.

There will be no access to Johnston Hall from Monday, May 19, through mid-August.

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

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5. ROTC Commissioning Ceremony is May 17

The annual Tri-Service ROTC Commissioning Ceremony for the university's Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps Class of 2014 will be held Saturday, May 17, at 10 a.m. in the Varsity Theatre. The university community is invited to join in honoring 35 cadets and midshipmen as they accept their commissions as officers in their respective branches of service.

A short reception in the AMU will immediately follow the ceremony.

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6. Ushers needed for Baccalaureate Mass

Campus Ministry is looking for faculty, staff and students to serve as ushers at Baccalaureate Mass on Saturday, May 17, at 4:30 p.m. at the U.S. Cellular Arena. Ushering involves greeting people as they arrive, handing out programs and helping direct the flow of people during Communion. After the Mass, ushers will be needed to help clean up programs and take down the ropes that cordon off different sections.

Ushers are asked to dress nicely and arrive by 3 p.m. to receive their assignments and participate in a brief training. Volunteers should be done by 6:30 p.m. at the latest. To volunteer, email Ann Hilbert, administrative assistant in Campus Ministry.

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7. College of Professional Studies to transfer graduate programs

In an effort to address the changing landscape of adult higher education, the College of Professional Studies has begun a program review to focus on its undergraduate programs. As a result, the college has made changes to its graduate offerings: the Master's in Leadership Studies program, including the Master's Certificate in Sports Leadership, will move with its faculty, staff and resources to the College of Business Administration and Graduate School of Management; the Master's in Public Service program will move to the Graduate School; and the college will continue to explore options for the master's degree and certificate in dispute resolution. All currently enrolled students in dispute resolution programs will be able to complete their program.

In addition to its primary focus on undergraduate degree programs, the College of Professional Studies will continue to deliver the Future Milwaukee community leadership program.

There will be no immediate changes to curriculum and costs per credit hour will remain the same. As in the past, students in the Master of Arts in Public Service program will receive their degrees from the Graduate School. Students in the Master's in Leadership Studies program will receive their degrees from the Graduate School of Management.

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8. Retirement reception for Dr. Edward Korabic is May 16

The Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology in the College of Health Sciences is hosting a retirement reception for Dr. Edward W. Korabic, chair of speech pathology and audiology, Friday, May 16, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. in Cramer Hall's lower level lounge. Korabic has served at Marquette for the past 35 years.

RSVP to Jessica Payson, administrative assistant, at (414) 288-3428.

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9. Integrative Neuroscience Research Center seminar will focus on synaptic mechanisms, behavioral analysis and drug discovery

The Integrative Neuroscience Research Center will host a seminar, "Endocannabinoid Signaling in Stress and Anxiety: Synaptic Mechanisms, Behavioral Analysis and Drug Discovery," Tuesday, May 13, at 3:30 p.m. in Schroeder Complex, 256. Dr. Sachin Patel of the Department of Psychiatry at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine will deliver the lecture.

For more information, contact the Integrative Neuroscience Research Center at (414) 288-7329.

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10. News Briefs begins weekly schedule the week of May 19

The News Briefs e-newsletter will begin its once-a-week summer publication schedule beginning the week of May 19. Thursday, May 15, will be the last Thursday edition until fall semester.

The submission deadline for Monday publication remains noon on Fridays.

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11. 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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