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:
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.
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
Guided Meditation Sessions by Employee Wellness
Session September 18- October 9
Doors Open Milwaukee
Marquette campus farmers market
September 24 and
Champions for Change
Avenues West Association Luncheon
Milwaukee Heart Walk
Pabst Retro Beer Night
Hunting Moon Pow Wow
More Milwaukee events
Save the date!
WisDOT I-94 Public Hearing
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