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Marquette University's Office of Public Affairs Newsletter

Sept. 27, 2013


1. Alcohol Abuse and Abatement Project

On Thursday, September 25, the Avenues West Association held its annual luncheon. The program highlighted speakers on the Alcohol Abuse and Abatement Project in the Avenues West Neighborhood featuring Paul Mascari, Department of Public Safety; Diane Wagner, MillerCoors; and Chris Ladwig, Assistant District Attorney, Community Prosecution Unit-District 3.

This partnership between Marquette University, MillerCoors and the City of Milwaukee developed in 2011 when Marquette DPS noticed a consistent problem with public drinking leading to other issues such as aggressive panhandling and violence. MillerCoors suggested their Respect 21 program which has been successfully implemented across the country. Respect 21 is a retailer education program offering training programs, inspections and engagement with the community.

The partners developed a Seven-Part Plan: implementation of the Respect 21 program; development of a No Serve List for the neighborhood; Panhandling Ordinances; License restrictions; Alcohol and Drug programming resources used in place of arrest; and Underage Alcohol programming. Over the past year, this plan has successfully lowered alcohol abuse calls to both DPS and the Milwaukee Police Department and has positively impacted community resources and yielded an overall improvement in the Avenues West neighborhood.

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:

Milwaukee Lakefront event announces big news - The Business Journal, September 14, 2013

Milwaukee Breakwater Lighthouse to be Restored - The Business Journal, September 16, 2013

Governor Walker announces $2M to demolish problem properties in Milwaukee - The Business Journal, September 17, 2013

Solaris' Menomonee Valley HQ project approved - The Business Journal, September 18, 2013

Bradley Center executives agree with NBA leader's critique - The Business Journal, September 19, 2013

St. James Court Historic Apartments Dedication - The Marquette Tribune, September 19, 2013

Downtown Milwaukee vision includes high-end retail on Clybourn - The Business Journal, September 20, 2013

Mayor's Proposed Budget - The Journal Sentinel, September 23, 2013

Northwestern Mutual unveils design for new downtown building - The Business Journal, September 25, 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:

Small private colleges steeply cut tuition cost - Inside Higher Ed, September 16, 2013

Judging colleges by graduates' paychecks - Politico, September 23, 2013

City Streetcar opponents want quick PSC ruling on project - Journal Sentinel, September 25, 2013

4. Highlighting our Partnerships

Office of Public Affairs has joined the Community Engagement Task Force helping to achieve the Carnegie Foundation Community Engagement Classification. The Community Engagement classification is an objective of the Social Responsibility and Community Engagement Theme of the Strategic Plan, under Dr. Stephanie Russell's stewardship.

The Community Engagement Task Force includes representatives from Campus Ministry, the Center for Teaching and Learning, the Graduate School, Mission and Ministry, the Office of the Provost, the Office of Public Affairs, the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, the Office of the President, Student Development, University Advancement and others.

The university's Community Engagement Task Force, working closely with Dr. Stephanie Russell, has started to work on the extensive Carnegie application due this spring. Additionally the Task Force is working on creating a new community engagement database to track all examples of Marquette University's community engagement.

The Office of Public Affairs is assisting on both initiatives by collecting a list of internal community engagement partnerships from across the university. Please contact us at 288-7491 to share examples of community engagement at Marquette.


Community EVENTS

Westown Farmers Market
Every Wednesday until October 30

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

Grand Opening of Milwaukee Rotary Centennial Arboretum
September 28

Milwaukee Heart Walk
September 29

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

Highland Community School's Meet Greet and Eat
October 1

Oktober Fest in Downtown Milwaukee
October 4 & 5

Harvest Day Festival
October 5

Marquette campus farmers market
October 9

Pabst Retro Beer Night
October 11

Hunting Moon Pow Wow
October 18-20

Luncheon and Discussion: Excessive Alcohol Use in Milwaukee
October 24

Irish Cultural and Heritage Center of Wisconsin Blarney Bingo
November 2

More Milwaukee events


Les Aspin Center for Government

Milwaukee Police Department District 3 Contact Guide

Office of Public Affairs

Public Policy Forum

Office of Research and Sponsored Programs

Updated WisDOT I-94 Corridor Study

University Policy on Federal Government Lobbying


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