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Marquette University's Office of Public Affairs Newsletter

Sept. 13, 2013


1. Celebrating 25 years of the Les Aspin Center for Government

The Les Aspin Center for Government is celebrating 25 years of success, serving more than 2,200 students and providing each the opportunity to experience the political process first hand through various programming. Throughout the past 25 years, the Les Aspin Center has grown to include an internship program in Washington D.C.; a study abroad program in Ghana; the African democracy training program; and the Kleczka Internship Program in Milwaukee.

The 25th Anniversary Dinner will be held on Thursday, September 19, at The Willard Hotel in Washington D.C. This event will feature the inaugural presentation of the Les Aspin Distinguished Alumnus Award. The recipient will be Patrick J. Souders, College of Communication 1991.

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 following are recent media updates about our neighborhood:

Hiawatha Rail upgrade may require a new train - The Business Journal, August 22, 2013

State provides grant for Menomonee Valley cleanup - The Journal Sentinel, August 28, 2013

Youth recall violence, encourage peace at North Side gathering - Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service, August 28, 2013

Q&A with Governor Walker on Bradley Center - The Business Journal, August 30, 2013

Milwaukee's St. Paul bridge closed for construction - The Journal Sentinel, September 2, 2013

WE Energies' plan for valley plant puts steam customers on defensive - The Business Journal, September 5, 2013

Steam Shock - The Business Journal, September 6, 2013

The Federal Government denies Milwaukee streetcar expansion grant - The Business Journal, September 6, 2013

UW Madison and Lawmakers seek common ground - The
Wisconsin State Journal, September 6, 2013

Governor Walker talks positively about Milwaukee - The Business Journal, September 6, 2013

Grand Avenue Mall offers short-term holiday store leases - The Business Journal, September 9, 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.

The following are recent articles regarding higher education issues:

11 colleges meet President Obama's New Education Plan - NAICU, August 23, 2013

Review of President Obama's plan to measure colleges
- NAICU, September 5, 2013

Congressman Pocan Introduces Student Loan Refinancing Bill -
Wisconsin Public Radio, September 6, 2013

Talk of Second Dental School in Wisconsin resurfaces -
The Journal Sentinel, September 11, 2013

Shutdown deja vu on Hill - Politico, September 12, 2013

The following is a highlight of a current government relations issue addressed on campus:

Undocumented Students in Higher Education

On August 20, representatives from Marquette participated in the webinar "Supporting Undocumented Students: How to Increase College Access, Retention, and Success." This important issue was first addressed by the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities in their January 2013 open letter articulating the complex issues of how best to support undocumented students. Marquette University strives to support students from all backgrounds and understand more about what we do at Marquette University relative to undocumented students.

If you are interested in learning more about this topic or joining the Marquette discussion, please contact OPA at 288-7491.

4. Highlighting our Partnerships

OPA was joined by 15 Marquette colleagues for a tour at the newly opened building for The Water Council, located at 247 West Freshwater Way in Milwaukee. The building is designed to house various companies, researchers, entrepreneurs and graduate students whose work focuses on water in various capacities. The Water Council Mission is "to align the regional fresh water research community and water-related industries to establish the Milwaukee region as the World Water Hub for water research, economic development, and education." Marquette University's Water Quality Center, from the College of Engineering, and Political Science Professor Dr. McGee Young's company H20Score, work closely with The Water Council and participate in the discussions about water. This unique collaborative environment is an opportunity for all Marquette community members to broaden the classroom experience about water research and global water issues. For more information about connecting with The Water Council, please contact OPA at 288-7491.


Community EVENTS

Westown Farmers Market
Every Wednesday through October 30

Historic Milwaukee Downtown Thru the Eras Walking Tour
Daily until October 30

Briggs & Al's Run & Walk
September 14

Guided Meditation Sessions by Employee Wellness
Session September 18- October 9

Doors Open Milwaukee
September 21-22

Marquette campus farmers market
September 24 and
October 9

Champions for Change
September 25

Avenues West Association Luncheon
September 26

Milwaukee Heart Walk
September 29

Pabst Retro Beer Night
October 11

Hunting Moon Pow Wow

October 18-20

More Milwaukee events

Save the date!

WisDOT I-94 Public Hearing
Fall 2013


Les Aspin Center for Government

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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The purpose of this bi-monthly newsletter is to inform Marquette community members on the government affairs and community relations work from the Office of Public Affairs. Email OPA for suggestions on content or for more information on a posting.

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