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October 3, 2013 | Issue 2 | Volume 10

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Sexual violence awareness week

Marquette's annual Sexual Violence Awareness Week is being held this week, Sept. 29 through Oct. 4. Events during the week are intended to raise awareness and educate the campus community about the issues surrounding sexual violence and to honor survivors of these crimes. Events during the week included a photo gallery that shared the untold stories of survivors and allies of sexual assault, a healing service, bystander intervention training, a keynote speaker, among others.

The awareness week is just one of many steps Marquette takes to address the issue of sexual violence. Three years ago, the university implemented a mandatory training program for all incoming students. In addition, a website was created to centralize information for students, faculty and staff that includes how students can contact on- and off-campus resources for victims and the university's sexual misconduct policy, which strictly prohibits all forms of sexual violence, coercion, intimidation and harassment.

NEWS FOR PARENTS

Father Wild to serve as interim president, search committee members announced

Last Wednesday, Sept. 25, the Marquette University Board of Trustees announced that Rev. Robert A. Wild, S.J., will lead the university as interim president, following the announcement that Rev. Scott R. Pilarz, S.J., was resigning to pursue other apostolic opportunities and care for his ailing parents.

Father Wild served as Marquette's president from 1996 to 2011, and will serve as interim president beginning Oct. 16, after he concludes his duties with the Wisconsin Province of Jesuits. Charles M. Swoboda, chair of the Board of Trustees, expressed that Father Wild's familiarity with the university and senior leadership made him a natural choice to ensure university operations continue smoothly during the transition.

Earlier today, the Board of Trustees announced the members of the search committee for Marquette's 24th president, which will be chaired by John Ferraro, Bus Ad '77, vice chair of the Board of Trustees and global chief operating officer at Ernst & Young. A permanent president is expected to be in place for the 2014-15 academic year. Additional updates will be posted on a presidential search website.

University updates alcohol policy

In an email to students the first week of classes, Dr. L. Christopher Miller, vice president for student affairs, announced changes to the university's alcohol policy.

The university recognizes that fear of disciplinary conduct may deter requests for emergency assistance in instances where university policies and/or the student code of conduct have been violated. Therefore, a Good Samaritan Policy has been enacted to protect students from disciplinary action when they need to call emergency services for an intoxicated friend. However, all violations of university policies will still be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the Dean of Students' Office.

The updated alcohol policy is one of a number of initiatives meant to minimize harm on campus due to alcohol and drugs. The safety, security and well-being of all our students remains the university's highest priority. Parents are encouraged to talk with their students about the risks of alcohol and drug use and the updated policy.

The value of a Marquette education

The university recognizes that a Marquette education is a significant investment for students and their families, and knowing where money goes and how the university operates is paramount to understanding the value of the education provided. That is why Marquette University Student Government worked with university leadership to compile key data on the value of a Marquette education in an accessible, transparent and easy-to-read guide.

Connect with Marquette

In addition to the Parents e-newsletter, there are a number of ways for parents to stay connected with Marquette and learn what's happening on campus.

Marquette Parents Facebook Group – A place to ask questions and join discussions with other parents, volunteers from the Parents Association and Marquette staff.

University News Center – News releases about major speakers, events and awards are posted and archived in the center.

Twitter – Check out what is happening at Marquette – in 140 characters or less.

Marquette Magazine – Offers web-exclusive profiles and stories that demonstrate the mission and life of the university.

The Marquette Tribune – The newspaper produced by and for Marquette students covers all aspects of student life, from academics to athletics.

Registration open for Campus Ministry retreats

Registration is now open for Campus Ministry's fall retreats. Open to students of all faiths, the retreats provide students with time to reflect on their personal and Marquette experiences. The Finding God in All Things retreat is open to all Marquette students and is a unique opportunity for them to reflect on their daily lives and routines. The Discernment Retreat is open to all seniors looking to spend a weekend thinking about what their post-Marquette lives might look like and remembering important aspects of their Marquette experience. The Silent Directed Retreat is a six-day retreat based in the Ignatian tradition and invites people to leave the busyness of life behind and enter the deep quiet of a silent retreat.

Supper for 12 Strangers registration deadline Oct. 30

Every fall, Marquette alumni, staff and friends open their doors and invite current students to enjoy a free meal at their homes as part of Supper for 12 Strangers. It's a great opportunity for students to network with the Marquette family and make new friends. Students must register for the event by Oct. 30, and can select from four November weekend dates. The event is sponsored by the Association of Marquette University Women.

University apartment deposits accepted Oct. 22-Nov. 2

Sophomores and juniors thinking about signing leases for the 2014-15 academic year can place deposits for university-owned apartments between Oct. 21 and Nov. 1. The deposit does not guarantee an available apartment – it allows students access to the apartment selection system to choose an apartment, if available, at a randomly designated time.

University Apartments offers studio, one-, two- and three-bedroom options in five safe and convenient living communities on or close to campus. Current residents have until Nov. 4 to renew or request a different apartment. Prospective residents will select apartments on Nov. 11 between 4 p.m. and 9 p.m. Current first-year students will be emailed information regarding deposit and roommate requests for residence halls in February.

MARQUETTE EVENTS

Family Weekend on-site registration

Take a weekend to step into the life of your Marquette student. Join us Oct. 4-6 for Family Weekend 2013. Three days of activities are planned for parents and siblings, including "Meet the College" sessions, theatre performances and a dessert tour of the Historic Third Ward. Families are encouraged to register as early as possible, as some events fill quickly.

IMPORTANT DATES 

Monday, Oct. 14 – Wednesday, Oct. 16:
Midterm exams

Thursday, Oct. 17 – Sunday, Oct. 20:
Midterm break, classes excused

Monday, Oct. 28 – Friday, Nov. 1:
Advising week

Sunday, Nov. 3:
Daylight saving time ends

Thursday, Nov. 14:

Parent web chat

Wednesday, Nov. 27 – Sunday, Dec. 1:
Thanksgiving break, classes excused

Friday, Dec. 6:
Last day of classes

Monday, Dec. 9 – Friday, Dec. 13:
Final exams

Saturday, Dec. 14:

Residence halls close at noon

Sunday, Dec. 15:
Mid-year Commencement

Saturday, Jan. 11:
Residence halls open at 8 a.m.

IN THIS ISSUE

NEWS FOR PARENTS

Father Wild to serve as interim president, search committee members announced

University updates alcohol policy

The value of a Marquette education

Connect with Marquette

Registration open for Campus Ministry retreats

Supper for 12 Strangers registration deadline Oct. 30

University apartment deposits accepted Oct. 22-Nov. 2

MARQUETTE EVENTS

Family Weekend onsite registration available

IMPORTANT DATES

Midterm exams
Mid-term break, classes excused

Advising week
Daylight saving time ends
Parent Web chat
Thanksgiving break, classes excused
Last day of classes
Final exams
Residence halls close at noon
Mid-year Commencement Residence halls open at 8 a.m.