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Marquette University's Office of Public Affairs Newsletter

Aug. 9, 2013


1. Office of Public Affairs - How we can help you!

The Office of Public Affairs (OPA) is responsible for Marquette's governmental initiatives at the federal, state, county and city levels; community relations; university special events; and special projects of strategic importance to Marquette.

Our office works closely with our neighborhood associations and community partners, Avenues West Association, Menomonee Valley Partners, and Westown Association with whom Marquette helps promote and improve our neighborhood for the benefit of all community members.

The Public Affairs office is available to assist you in contacting local, state and federal government officials to promote Marquette programs, invite leaders to participate on campus and engage in community matters. OPA is also available to assist in scheduling meetings in Washington D.C. including Capitol Hill and agency visits. For more information, contact us at 414.288.7491.

2. Neighborhood Updates

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 Avenues West Association and Business Improvement District No. 10 recently welcomed their new Executive Director, Keith K Stanley, replacing retiring executive director, June R. Moberly. Keith has served as staff assistant to Milwaukee Common Council President, Alderman Willie L. Hines, Jr. for the past three years. Prior to that, Keith was the manager of the Milwaukee 27th/SOHI Main Street District. In his new role, Keith will direct and coordinate all approved programs of Bid No. 10 and the Avenues West Association and serve as the liaison and spokesperson to media, government and community members.

The Pabst Mansion is welcoming Keith back to the Avenues West neighborhood at the upcoming evening reception on Wednesday, August 14, from 5-7 p.m. Marquette friends are welcome to attend.

The following are recent media updates about our neighborhood:

Lakefront Brewery exploring expansion to Menomonee Valley
- The Business Journal, July 24, 2013

The OPUS Group announces plan for private student housing at Marquette - The OPUS Group, July 24, 2013

Three Bridges Park Opened on July 20 - Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service, July 25, 2013

Solaris plans new HQ in Menomonee Valley - The Business Journal, July 29, 2013

Palermo's to settle with National Labor Relations Board - Palermo's, July 30, 2013

Stadium Interchange proposal calls for 8 lanes, potential double-decker - The Business Journal, August 1, 2013

3. Government Relations Updates

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. Additionally we partner with organizations such as the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities, the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU), and Wisconsin Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (WAICU) to advocate for Marquette University and higher education initiatives.

The following are recent articles regarding higher education issues:

AJCU presidents sign statement on undocumented students in higher education - AJCU, January 2013

Jesuit presidents sign on to Catholic colleges letter on the Dream Act - Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities, July 18, 2013

Senate Approves Higher Education Funding
- NAICU, July 25, 2013

House passes Student Loan Bill - NAICU, July 31, 2013

Student-Loan Bill Changes and Set to be Signed into Law - NAICU, August 9, 2013

4. Highlighting our Partnerships

Dr. Larry Pan recently partnered with our office and visited Washington D.C. on behalf of the Youth Empowerment Program (YEP), funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health. Marquette's Youth Empowerment Program, led by Dr. Pan and Dr. Paula Papanek in the College of Health Sciences, is one of 15 programs nation-wide that help at-risk youth make better life choices. Marquette Magazine recently highlighted the program located at the United Community Center in Milwaukee.


Community EVENTS

Westown Farmers Market
Every Wednesday
through October 30

Pabst Mansion
Celebration of Avenues
West Association

August 14

Pabst Mansion Sample Saturdays
August 24
August 31

Harley Davidson 110th
Anniversary Celebration

August 29-31

Irish Cultural & Heritage Center Social Dancing
September 6

Briggs & Al's Run & Walk
September 14

Les Aspin Center for Government 25th Anniversary Celebration in Washington D.C.
September 19

Doors Open Milwaukee

September 21-22

Milwaukee Heart Walk
September 29

More Milwaukee events

Save the date!

Marquette campus farmers market
September 4
September 17

WisDOT I-94 Public Hearing
Fall 2013


Les Aspin Center for Government

Office of Public Affairs

University Policy on Federal Government Lobbying

WisDOT I-94 Corridor Study


Marquette University. Be The Difference.

The purpose of this bi-monthly newsletter is to inform Marquette community members on the government affairs and community relations work of the Office of Public Affairs.

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