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Marquette University's Office of Public Affairs Newsletter

Nov. 15, 2013


1. Congressional Budget Conference Committee has strong Wisconsin presence

The Congressional Budget Conference Committee is co-chaired by U.S. Congressman Paul Ryan; additional Wisconsin members include U.S. Senators Tammy Baldwin and Ron Johnson. The committee began meeting in October 2013.

The Ad Hoc Tax Group provided an overview of the U.S. House Budget, the U.S. Senate Budget and the Sequester Caps to date. The Ad Hoc Tax Group overview states that the U.S. House Budget version cuts more funding from non-defense than the Sequester Caps, however, the U.S. Senate Budget version provides more funding for non-defense funds. The Office of Public Affairs will monitor the committee's decisions closely regarding non-defense funding, which includes financial aid for universities.

The budget committee met on Wednesday, November 13 with the director of the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office about the challenges facing the committee on a national scale as well as finding an agreement by January 15, 2014 to fund the government. Time Magazine covered the recent budget conference committee meeting in the article "One Month from Deadline, Congressional Budget Talks in Limbo" on November 14.

2. Highlighting our Partnerships

The Office of Public Affairs partners with the Native American Student Association (NASA) on campus. Laree Pourier, a senior in the College of Arts and Sciences studying Social Welfare and Justice and Fine Arts, is the current President of NASA. A distinguished graduate of Red Cloud Indian High School on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, Laree was recently invited by school officials to join their panel presentation at Bridgewater State University outside of Boston, MA. Laree shared her experiences both as a student at Red Cloud and member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe. Bridgewater faculty and leadership are partners with Red Cloud High School in the Economic Development Initiative (EDI) that provides business curriculum, foundational support, and grants for students to help realize and share their ideas for sustainable Native-owned enterprises on the reservation.

The EDI is intended to transform the economic landscape of Pine Ridge. Informed by the Indigenous philosophy of the Seventh Generation - an oral tradition about how Indian people must keep their world(s) healthy for future generations - EDI's immediate and long term goals are to spark job creation, as well as increase access to critical products and services on the reservation.

Laree shared with us the impact of learning about the partnership:

"It was uplifting to learn how motivated both the EDI directors and Bridgewater State community are to help develop and inspire economic growth on the Pine Ridge Reservation, my home. Since leaving the reservation for school, I have become more aware of both the strengths and needs of my community and have devoted my education and goals to returning home." Laree plans to build her own program on Pine Ridge to serve youth through art therapy.

Laree Pourier, Arts '14

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:

Manpower tries to help businesses bridge language gap
- The Business Journal, October 28, 2013

Preserve Our Parks vow court challenge of Downtown Transit Center sale - The Business Journal, October 28, 2013

Youth are on a quest to reclaim a Safe Milwaukee - Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service, October 29, 2013

Milwaukee Public Museum reached deal to buy old Discovery World building - The Business Journal, October 30, 2013

Wisconsin Center District to study convention center expansion - The Business Journal, October 30, 2013

Nonprofit series to highlight issues of race, generational differences in Milwaukee - The Business Journal, October 31, 2013

Water becoming what Milwaukee is known for - The Business Journal, November 1, 2013

Milwaukee council OKs Barrett's $175K for Bradley Center
- The Business Journal, November 1, 2013

MPS seeks developer to convert Dover School to teacher housing - The Business Journal, November 5, 2013

Milwaukee halfway to goal of cutting energy use by 2020 - The Business Journal, November 6, 2013

BloodCenter of Wisconsin alliance adds Michigan Blood - The Business Journal, November 6, 2013

Update on Street Reconstruction Project:
At the Avenues West Association luncheon on November 7, Alderman Bob Bauman and Department of Public Works Commissioner Ghassan Korban announced the city will also reconstruct West Wisconsin Avenue from 20th Street to 35th Street. This is a great opportunity to engage stakeholders within the neighborhood and further the aesthetic of the West Wisconsin Avenue corridor. For more information, please contact the Office of Public Affairs.

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:

Company Selling Net-Price Calculators Stymies Efforts to Compare College Costs - NAICU, October 29, 2013

Health care an HR Focus - Inside Higher Ed, October 31, 2013

How Higher Ed fits into New Budget Talks - NAICU, November 1, 2013

Time to Change the Rules?
- NAICU, November 1, 2013

With open platform, Stanford seeks to reclaim MOOC Brand - The Chronicle of Higher Education, November 4, 2013

New Student Loan Rules Add Protection for Borrowers
- NAICU, November 5, 2013

How to Overhaul the Student-Loan System - NAICU, November 6, 2013

Public Hearing on College Ratings - NAICU, November 7, 2013

Private Colleges Squeezed - Wall Street Journal, November 8, 2013

Why focusing too narrowly in college could backfire - The Wall Street Journal, November 10, 2013

Report highlights budget cuts' effects on Education and other sectors - The Chronicle of Higher Education, November 13, 2013

The IRS report on colleges and universities and what it means for a business officer - University Business, November 2013


Community EVENTS

100th Annual Milwaukee City/County Christmas Tree Lighting
November 20

Milwaukee Holiday Lights Festival Kick-off Extravaganza

November 21

Pabst Museum Christmas Preview Gala
November 21

2013 Westown Holiday Bazaar
November 23

Grand Avenue Christmas
November 22-January 5

Save the Date

Marquette University forum on the Menomonee Valley 2.0 Plan - Join us to share your thoughts and ideas. Invite coming soon.
November 26

More Milwaukee events


Les Aspin Center for Government

Submit your idea about Menomonee Valley Planning 2.0

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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