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Marquette University's Office of Public Affairs Newsletter

April 16, 2014


1. Governor Walker signs bill providing Marquette with the opportunity to commission Public Safety officers

On Monday, April 14, Governor Scott Walker visited Marquette University's campus to sign Assembly Bill 768 (2013 Wisconsin Act 265) into law, providing Marquette the option to make the Department of Public Safety a police force. The university has made no decision whether to act on the new authority.

The bill signing included representatives from the Milwaukee Police Department, Milwaukee Sheriff David Clarke Jr., Congresswoman Gwen Moore, State Senator Alberta Darling, and State Representative Dale Kooyenga. Darling and Kooyenga were the primary authors of the legislation.

The Marquette Tribune covered the signing, "Law to Give DPS police powers passes, MU decision to follow" on April 14, 2014.

For more information or inquiries, please contact the Office of Public Affairs at 288-7491.

2. Highlighting our Partnerships

The Office of Public Affairs, on behalf of the university, has the opportunity to work with local organizations which promote and support various groups from the Milwaukee community.

Hispanic Professionals of Greater Milwaukee is a local organization which creates a dynamic environment for Hispanic professionals to thrive by fostering leadership, mentoring, education, networking, and new initiatives that support Hispanics and Hispanic businesses. The organization has over 900 individual and corporate members and promotes events and programs to continue support for the Hispanic community in Milwaukee.

Native American Indian Chamber of Commerce of Wisconsin is an organization of members, sponsors and individuals to promote businesses and economic development in Wisconsin Indian Country. The Chamber provides mentorship programs for new businesses and business development events throughout the state.

NEWaukee is Milwaukee's Young Professional network created from a social architecture firm to encourage young Milwaukeeans to explore the city and build relationships. The organization was founded in 2009 and has since grown to include thousands of members who join the many programs and initiatives of NEWaukee. Currently NEWaukee is celebrating YP (young professional) Week which includes 30 events across Milwaukee to discuss idea and goal sharing among Milwaukee's millennial workforce.

The Business Council (TBC) creates and maximizes access to economic opportunities and resources for ethnically-diverse businesses in Milwaukee and stimulates their growth. The Business Council includes an Ethnically Diverse Supplier Network to help expand the economic development of ethnically diverse businesses. As of 2011, the module generated $135 million in revenue for 20 participating ethnically diverse businesses. TBC is a facet of the Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce (MMAC).

The Wisconsin LGBT Chamber of Commerce is an organization of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and LGBT-allied businesses, professionals and individuals throughout Wisconsin. The chamber hosts many Milwaukee events, including happy hour and networking events.

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:

Remodeling BMO Harris Bradley Center would be too costly: MMAC - Milwaukee Business Journal, April 2, 2014

Milwaukee aldermen approve $1.2M in incentives for downtown Boston Store - Milwaukee Business Journal, April 2, 2014

Midtown Center in Milwaukee sells for $47 million to New York buyer - Milwaukee Business Journal, April 3, 2014

Water Center nears capacity
- Milwaukee Business Journal, April 4, 2014

Milwaukee a hot location, panelists say
- Milwaukee Business Journal, April 4, 2014

Milwaukee Art Museum unveils design for building addition - Milwaukee Business Journal, April 7, 2014

Group hoping to bring Pabst home sets meeting for potential investors - Milwaukee Business Journal, April 7, 2014

Sheehy: Common Ground demand could be included in sales tax - Milwaukee Business Journal, April 8, 2014

Milwaukee Art Museums' War Memorial space to close for 12 months for expansion - Milwaukee Business Journal, April 8, 2014

Gimbel: $200M convention center project would be part of 'arena' tax - Milwaukee Business Journal, April 8, 2014

Bridge Project aims to unite Milwaukee area against violence - The Journal Sentinel, April 10, 2014

David Clarke hits poverty, crime; says he may run for mayor - The Journal Sentinel, April 10, 2014

'Super TIF' one option for possible arena financing - The Journal Sentinel, April 12, 2014

Hedge fund executives confirm they are buying the Milwaukee Bucks - Milwaukee Business Journal, April 16, 2014

Herb Kohl, new Bucks owners to contribute $200M for new arena - Milwaukee Business Journal, April 16, 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:

Higher Ed Cuts in GOP Budget
- Inside Higher Ed, April 2, 2014

Default Data on Parent PLUS Loans
- Inside Higher Ed, April 3, 2014

Education Investors, Startups Hopeful Following Solid IPO by 2U - The Wall Street Journal, April 3, 2014

Many Students Can't Afford Their First Choice College - Forbes, April 3, 2014

More Financial Aid + Less Need to Work = STEM Graduates? - The Chronicle of Higher Education, April 4, 2014

Small Liberal Arts Colleges and the STEM Pipeline - Diverse in Higher Education, April 7, 2014

House Democrats Propose Student Loan Refinancing - Inside Higher Ed, April 8, 2014

Student Loan Surge - The Wall Street Journal, April 8, 2014

Apprenticeship as Degree Pathway - Inside Higher Ed, April 8, 2014

Ducan Defends Rating System to Congress - Inside Higher Ed, April 9, 2014

What You Don't Know About Financial Aid (but should) - The New York Times, April 9, 2014

Families' College Savings Start to Rebound, Report Says - The Chronicle of Higher Education, April 10, 2014

News and Notes from Negotiated Rulemaking - NAICU, April 11, 2014

House Going through the Budget Motions - NAICU, April 11, 2014

Witnesses Offer Different Ideas for Managing Student Debt - NAICU, April 11, 2014

Support for Minority-Serving Colleges Would Serve the U.S., Too, Report Says - The Chronicle of Higher Education, April 11, 2014

Tom Petri Announces Retirement - Roll Call, April 11, 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

NEWaukee's YPWeek 2014
April 12-19

27th Street Business Watch
April 21

Urban Ecology Center Earth Day of Service
April 26

Neighborhood Clean Up with Historic Concordia Neighbors, Inc.
April 26

Roots Salon Fashion Affair to benefit Penfield's Children's Center
May 2

The Wisconsin LGBT Chamber of Commerce Business Awards and Expo
May 7

WGirls Milwaukee Benefit for Penfield's Children's Center
May 15

More Milwaukee events


Avenues West Association

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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