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Marquette University's Office of Public Affairs Newsletter

May 23, 2014


1. Efforts to modernize the FERPA student privacy law by U.S. Senators

U.S. Senators Edward J. Markley (D-MA) and Orrin G. Hatch (R-UT) are working together to amend the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Right Act (FERPA).

The senators believe that the law needs to be updated to be applicable to the proliferation of student data that results from increased technology use in schools. Currently the law includes an exception that permits schools to outsource school functions, such as data processing, to companies without obtaining parental consent. Information that may be shared include students' names, home addresses, test scores, etc.

The drafted legislation proposes changes that would:

 - Require schools to maintain and make available a list of all outside companies that have access to the students' information.

  - Give parents the right to review and correct personal information collected about their children by educational apps, online homework software, or any school vendors.

  - Minimize the amount of students' personal details that schools could transfer to companies.

  - Prohibit the use of students' personal information to market products or services to them.

  - Require data security safeguards to protect sensitive student data collected by companies.

For more information, please see the New York Times article "Senators Intend to Amend Federal Student Privacy Law" from May 14, 2014.

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.

Potawatomi Bingo Casino and the Forest County Potawatomi Community partner with Marquette University as stakeholders within the Avenues West neighborhood.

Potawatomi Bingo Casino supports local organizations and children through the Miracle on Canal Street initiative. The initiative began in 1994 to help improve the lives of children in southeastern Wisconsin. The Miracle funds have helped improve children's lives by partnering with local non-profit organizations to continue their important work such as, preventing child abuse, promoting access to library books, and encouraging appreciation of the arts.

Each year funds are raised through events held at Potawatomi Bingo Casino including Bingo games, Poker tournaments, and other fundraising efforts. In 2013, over one million dollars was awarded to more than 150 charities.

This year, 30 eligible children's charities will be selected to be part of the Miracle on Canal Street initiative. Applications for the 2014 initiative are due by Friday, June 13.

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:

Study: Expanded convention center could generate $114M a year in Milwaukee area - Milwaukee Business Journal, May 12, 2014

Potawatomi to raze former Havenwood Nursing Center, create parking lot - Milwaukee Business Journal, May 12, 2014

Shops of Grand Avenue going up for auction - again - Milwaukee Business Journal, May 13, 2014

Milwaukee, state seek $22 million grant for Lakefront Gateway project - Milwaukee Business Journal, May 13, 2014

Arts fundraising campaigns in Milwaukee approach goals - Milwaukee Business Journal, May 13, 2014

'Entertainment district' needed to boost Milwaukee convention center: Consultant - Milwaukee Business Journal, May 14, 2014

Wisconsin Center to spend $35,000 studying merger with Visit Milwaukee - Milwaukee Business Journal, May 14, 2014

Milwaukee seeks input on Lakefront Gateway parks, pedestrian bridges - Milwaukee Business Journal, May 14, 2014

Marcus Center faces spring 2015 deadline to redevelop parking structure - Milwaukee Business Journal, May 14, 2014

Dover School redevelopment compromise gains first endorsement - Milwaukee Business Journal, May 19, 2014

DOT to spend $135 million on transit in Zoo Interchange settlement - Milwaukee Business Journal, May 19, 2014

New Milwaukee Bucks owners say arena 'high priority' - Milwaukee Business Journal, May 20, 2014

Milwaukee County Parks issue schedule for Sprecher mobile beer garden - Milwaukee Business Journal, May 20, 2014

Greater Milwaukee Committee names UWM's Michael Hostad new MiKE leader - Milwaukee Business Journal, May 20, 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:

Graduate Students Seek to Build on Momentum for Unions - The Chronicle of Higher Education, May 12, 2014

Enrollment Drops 0.8% Over All, but Edges Up at Private 4-Year Colleges - The Chronicle of Higher Education, May 15, 2014

Taking on the Student-Loan System - National Journal, May 15, 2014

U.S. to Offer $75-Million in Grants for College Affordability and Attainment - The Chronicle of Higher Education, May 15, 2014

Education Depart. is Urged to Clarify Policy on Student-Loan Bankruptcies - The Chronicle of Higher Education, May 19, 2014

Hearing Highlights Educational Hurdles Faced by Low-Income and Minority Students - NAICU Washington Update, May 19, 2014

Student Loan Interest Rates to Rise in 2014
- NAICU Washington Update, May 19, 2014

Are Scholarship Athletes Employees? NLRB Ruling Prompts House Hearing - NAICU Washington Update, May 19, 2014

Studley: There's Possibility Federal Aid Could be Tied to Planned College Rating System - Diverse, May 20, 2014

Panel Nears Agreement on New Standards for PLUS Loans - The Chronicle of Higher Education, May 20, 2014

Applying for Aid May be a Barrier for Returning Students, Too - The Chronicle of Higher Education, May 21, 2014

No consensus on debit cards, state authorization - Inside Higher Ed, May 21, 2014

Larry Summers: Student Debt is Slowing the U.S. Housing Recovery - Wall Street Journal, May 21, 2014

UW offers funding plan for high school students - Channel 3000, May 22, 2014

State Structural deficit stands at $642 million - Wisconsin State Journal, May 23, 2014

UW-Superior to cut 15 programs, including many graduate studies - Business North, May 23, 2014


Community EVENTS

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

Milwaukee County Summer Farmer Market

Wednesdays from 10:00 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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

Urban Ecology Center Teen Survival Challenge
May 24

The MECCA Floor Project Presents: Word 2 Do Campaign Kickoff Party
May 28

Creative Alliance Milwaukee Salon: Intellectual Property
May 29

NEWaukee Social @ Hi-Hat Lounge/Garage
May 29

6th Annual Small Business Sustainability Conference
June 3

An After-Hours Exploration of MKE's Central Library
June 4

Milwaukee's Downtown Dining Week
June 5-12

Bay View Gallery Night ART Bus
June 6

Westown River Rhythms
Beginning Wednesday, June 11

Miracle on the Canal Street charity applications now being accepted
Deadline June 13

NEWaukee Volunteer @ Habitat for Humanity ReStore
June 19

A Fine Time for Wine
June 20

Milwaukee Airshow with the Navy Blue Angels
June 21 - 22

Neighborhood House Summer Day Camp
June 16 - August 22

More Milwaukee events


Avenues West Association

Les Aspin Center for Government

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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