Senior Challenge celebrates 30th anniversary
2017 marks the 30th anniversary of the Senior Challenge. Since the program began in 1986, Marquette seniors have come together to give back to the place they have called home for the past four years.
Over the past 30 years, Senior Challenge has raised almost $400,000 to help fund various campus initiatives: student safety and the first campus LIMO van, campus aesthetic improvements, the Marquette University sign atop Straz Tower, and today’s focus on scholarship aid for the next generation of Marquette students.
A hallmark of Senior Challenge is that it is a student-run program, with a student committee that leads and directs the program in areas such as marketing and promotion, peer solicitation, stewardship, and annual goal setting.
This year the committee set a goal to reach 400 donors; they are currently halfway. The overall goal of Senior Challenge is to encourage every Marquette senior to contribute to the class gift at the suggested amount of $20.17, which would provide more than $25,000 to support student scholarships. Encourage your seniors to make their class gift at go.mu.edu/giveSC.
Senior toast and dinner part of Commencement weekend
All parents, family and friends are invited to attend Commencement weekend, May 19‒21. The all-university Baccalaureate Mass will take place at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, May 20, at the UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena.
Following Baccalaureate Mass, graduating seniors and their families are invited to join President Michael R. Lovell and university leadership for a toast, dinner and entertainment on Saturday, May 20, at 6 p.m. in the Alumni Memorial Union Monaghan Ballrooms.
Tickets are required and can be purchased online. The cost is $40 for adults and Marquette students and $25 for children. It is recommended that families purchase tickets early, as there is limited capacity. Contact Kelly Neumann, assistant dean for new student and family programs in the Office of Student Development, with questions about the toast and dinner or to request accommodations.
The all-university Commencement ceremony will take place at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, May 21, at the BMO Harris Bradley Center. More information regarding individual college Commencement ceremonies, including ticket guidelines, dates and times, is available online. Tickets are not required for the Baccalaureate Mass or all-university Commencement ceremony.
Lil' Sibs Weekend, April 7‒9
Siblings, cousins and young friends of Marquette students who live in residence halls are invited to spend a weekend on campus! This year’s theme is “Marquette Carnival.”
Parents or guardians can register siblings online or in person on Friday, April 7, from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the Alumni Memorial Union. For any additional information contact the Residence Hall Association at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Vacant House Watch program available during spring break
Students living off campus can take advantage of the Marquette Police Department Vacant House Watch program during spring break. Students residing in the near off-campus neighborhood can register their homes so that MUPD officers can discreetly monitor the property periodically during their routine patrols of the neighborhood. Vacant House Watch registration forms are available online or at MUPD offices in the 16th Street Parking Structure. For more information, call (414) 288-6800. Students are also encouraged to discontinue mail and newspaper service during extended absences, and to activate alarm systems if they are available.
Students to meet with academic advisers March 20‒24
All students are assigned an adviser for the college in which they are enrolled, and students are required to meet with their advisers at least once a semester before registering for next-semester courses. Parents can ask if students have scheduled time with their advisers and if they are prepared with questions.
Advising is an important part of a student's success. Each college handles advising a little differently, so students are encouraged to check their Marquette email accounts for more information and to read the Undergraduate Bulletin, which describes the expectations for advisers and advisees.
Summer class registration opens March 23
Marquette's six-week accelerated Summer Studies program offers more than 1,000 options, including more than 50 online courses. Registration for the summer classes opens Thursday, March 23, for courses ranging from core required classes to international experiences. More information about Summer Studies, including housing and student services, is available online.
Residence hall deposits for returning students due March 24
Marquette requires all first- and second-year students to live in residence halls. Students who will be sophomores during the 2017‒18 academic year, or juniors and seniors who wish to live in a residence hall, must submit a $300 deposit online through the Office of Residence Life website the week of March 20‒24 to be provided a randomly assigned time for the room selection process. The room selection process will begin Monday, March 27, and will run through Friday, April 7. Additional information can be found online.
All current freshmen living on campus were given information on the process at the Sophomore Housing Selection kickoff event on Feb. 22. This process is for current Marquette students only. Incoming freshmen/transfers should follow the information on the assignment process for admitted students. Questions regarding the process should be directed to the Office of Residence Life, (414) 288-7208.
Student governing board elections will be held March 30
Students will have the opportunity vote for leadership positions in the Residence Hall Association and Marquette University Student Government for the 2017‒18 academic year on Thursday, March 30. Elected representatives will be responsible for advocating for students in a wide variety of areas, including academics, dining options and student life in general.
Encourage your student to vote in this important election. Results will be announced at a press conference on Friday, March 31.
Alumni National Awards Weekend, April 27‒29
Alumni National Awards Weekend is a chance for Marquette to honor distinguished alumni from every college and school who represent the heart, soul and spirit of Marquette. A full list of honorees and details about the weekend are available online, where you can also send a congratulatory message to the honorees.