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.

Representatives from Marquette Magazine will be taking photos of decorated mortarboards at 8:30 a.m. inside the BMO Harris Bradley Center main lobby of the West entrance, between the Miller Lite and Kohl's gates. Students with decorated mortarboards are encouraged to stop by to have their picture taken for an upcoming Marquette Magazine feature.

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. 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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4. Parking permits available for sale online and in-person

Student parking permits for the summer session are now available online and from the Parking Office in the Wells Street Parking Structure. Commuter and overnight parking rates are available.

For additional information, contact the Parking Office at (414) 288-6911.

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5. 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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6. 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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7. 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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8. 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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9. 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 are funding the conference. For more information or to register, contact Dr. Sebastian Luft, associate professor of philosophy, at (414) 288-5960.

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10. 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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11. 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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12. Information on students' FERPA rights available online

Marquette University is required by federal law to notify all students of their FERPA (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act) rights at the beginning of each term. Students can access the annual FERPA notification online.

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13. 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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