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Marquette University's Office of Public Affairs Newsletter

Jan. 31, 2014


1. The White House held an Education Summit to discuss supporting low-income students to earn their degrees

On Thursday, January 16, President Obama invited more than 100 college and university presidents to an Education Summit to discuss how schools can best support disadvantaged students to earn their degrees.

At the Education Summit, the President announced that colleges, universities, foundations, nonprofits and corporations pledged more than $100 million in new commitments. These commitments will be used to help low-income students: find and apply to the right schools; increase the number preparing for college; improve test preparation for standardized college entrance exams; and improve college advising.

For more information about the Education Summit, see Time's article on January 16, 2014, "Obama to Host Education Leaders."

2. Highlighting our Partnerships

On January 16, the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) held a hearing on "Strengthening Federal Access Programs to Meet 21st Century Needs: A Look at TRIO and GEAR UP." This hearing was part of the discussion on the Reauthorization of the Higher Education Act.

Wisconsin U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin, a member of the HELP Committee, worked with Marquette for information on the Educational Opportunity Program (EOP), a program which operates the TRIO Programs at Marquette. The EOP staff compiled information used by Senator Baldwin during her participation at the hearing. Senator Baldwin highlighted Marquette's success with TRIO programs in her remarks.

Additionally, Maureen Hoyler, a Marquette alumna and the current President of the Council for Opportunity in Education (COE), served as a panelist at the hearing. Maureen succeeded Dr. Arnold Mitchem at COE. Dr. Mitchem is a member of the Board of Trustees at Marquette University.

The January 16, 2014 HELP Hearing video can be watched online.

3. News Updates about our Neighborhood

Marquette University is located in the Westown, Avenues West and Menomonee Valley neighborhoods. The Office of Public Affairs has an important role in supporting and promoting the development and improvement of our surrounding community.

The following are recent media updates about our neighborhoods:

DOT seeks input on designs for downtown Milwaukee lakefront - The Business Journal, January 10, 2014

Pfister Hotel searches for its next artist in residence - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, January 14, 2014

Apartments proposed for vacant Avenues West Office Building
- Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, January 15, 2014

Feds approve Milwaukee streetcar track rerouting - The Business Journal, January 15, 2014

Former Mayor Norquist: Remove food court, 'gerbil tubes' to fix Grand Avenue - The Business Journal, January 17, 2014

West Wisconsin Avenue parking lot to be reborn under new effort - The Business Journal, January 23, 2014

Lakefront Gateway redesign on display - The Business Journal, January 23, 2014

State bill introduced to bolster Couture lakefront development - The Business Journal, January 25, 2014

Artist's Yearlong Subject: Milwaukee's Evolving Menomonee Valley - UWM, January 27, 2014

Barrett vows to appeal judge's ruling voiding residency law - The Business Journal, January 27, 2014

Rishi Tea to break ground on Menomonee Valley headquarters Friday - The Business Journal, January 28, 2014

Milwaukee committee favors allowing alcohol on Pedal Tavern - The Business Journal, January 29, 2014

Aloft Hotel deal may allow use of parking structure near Bradley Center - The Business Journal, January 29, 2014

Newaukee, Associated partnership focuses on attracting, retaining young talent - The Business Journal, January 30, 2014

Milwaukee's Valley coal plant will switch to natural gas, PSC rules - The Journal Sentinel, January 30, 2014

Willie Hines to step down as Milwaukee Common Council president - The Journal Sentinel, January 31, 2014

4. News Updates on Government Relations

The Office of Public Affairs monitors discussions relevant to higher education and the Marquette community within both the Wisconsin State Legislature and United States Congress.

The following are recent articles regarding higher education issues:

College Leaders set aside gripes for Obama meeting - Politico Pro, January 15, 2014

Michelle Obama takes bigger role in urging young people to pursue college - The Chronicle of Higher Education, January 16, 2014

Obama to announce low-income college access efforts - The Hill, January 16, 2014

Department of Education released a school discipline guidance package to assist states, school districts and schools in developing strategies to enhance school climate and ensure discipline laws comply with federal laws - ED Review, January 17, 2014

Senators Consider Changes in TRIO and Gear Up College-Prep Programs - The Chronicle of Higher Education, January 17, 2014

New Obama group tackles sexual violence on campus - Politico, January 22, 2014

TurboTax Helps Spread the Word on Student-Loan Repayment Options - The Chronicle of Higher Education, January 24, 2014

A Focus on Job Training - Inside Higher Ed, January 29, 2014

Report Proposes Another Way to Raise Spending on Higher Education - The Chronicle of Higher Education, January 29, 2014


Community EVENTS

Menomonee Valley Walking Tours - 1st and 3rd Wednesday per month

Milwaukee County Winter's Farmer Market

Most Saturday's through April 9

Martial Arts with Above the Cloud at the Urban Ecology Center
January 15 - May 28

Zumba at the Urban Ecology Center
February 12

Wisconsin LGBT Chamber of Commerce Milwaukee area Happy Hour
February 18

Milwaukee Gospel: Jubilee at the Pabst
February 21

Remarkable Milwaukee
February 27

An Introduction to Fly Fishing at the Urban Ecology Center
March 8

More Milwaukee events


Les Aspin Center for Government

Submit your idea about Menomonee Valley Planning 2.0

Milwaukee Police Department District 3 Contact Guide

Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service

Office of Public Affairs

Public Policy Forum

Office of Research and Sponsored Programs

WisDOT I-94 Corridor Study

University Policy on Federal Government Lobbying


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