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Marquette University's Office of Public Affairs Newsletter

Dec. 5, 2013


1. Marquette community participates in the Menomonee Valley 2.0 Planning

The Menomonee Valley Partners launched Menomonee Valley Plan 2.0 to update the 1999 action plan for the Menomonee Valley and to engage the general public and stakeholders to discuss existing resources and shape the future vision for the Valley.

In partnership with the City of Milwaukee, the Office of Public Affairs hosted a Marquette campus forum to shed light on resources the Valley already has in place. Menomonee Valley Partners Executive Director Laura Bray and Department of City Development Project Managers for the Menomonee Valley Plan 2.0 Bob Harris and Maria Pandazi spoke about the importance of the public and private sectors jointly working on a renewed vision for the Valley.

Ideas generated from the Marquette forum include: making the Valley more accessible from campus; creating a destination spot, such as a coffee shop, for group gatherings; and highlighting existing resources, such as Three Bridges Park. An example of an existing resource in the Valley is the canoe launch and fishing pier on the Menomonee River, designed by Marquette University Engineering students. The pier and launch are available to the public and are located near the Keep Greater Milwaukee Beautiful parking lot on Mount Vernon Avenue.

2. Highlighting our Partnerships

Marquette University Center for Community Service partners Marquette University student service groups with local neighborhood organizations to serve the greater Milwaukee community. The Center provides Marquette students with opportunities to explore different forms of service and work with diverse communities outside of Marquette. The following clubs are a sample of the student organizations working in partnership with local organizations to aid Milwaukee residents:

Allies of the Club - at Marquette University, an organization founded by Marquette students, partners with the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Milwaukee to teach life skills to enhance the lives of Boys & Girls Club members. Marquette students tutor and conduct workshops in Business and Finance, Professional Etiquette, Social Skills, Healthy Lifestyles and College Readiness.

Marquette Volunteer Corps is a semester-long opportunity for Marquette students to volunteer in the community in a meaningful way. Students commit to volunteering every week for an entire semester. Teams of students are paired with different agencies throughout Milwaukee and after each of their weekly service experiences, the students are led in a reflection by their Team Leader, a fellow Marquette student. The Guest House, a local organization, is one of the Volunteer Corps neighborhood sites. The Guest House provides services such as housing, education and substance abuse treatment. Marquette Volunteer Corps students lead art classes, serving as therapy for the guests. The art is eventually sold at Guest House fundraisers.

Women and Youth Supporting Each Other (WYSE) is a national organization dedicated to strengthening the lives and communities of women and girls of color through a curriculum based, mentorship program, which strives to address the issues that may contribute to disempowerment in young women of color. Marquette female students are paired with a 5th or 6th grader from Mary McLeod Bethune Academy, a neighborhood middle school. Marquette students hold weekly sessions with these middle school students to discuss topics such as internet safety, personal identity, and violence against women. These sessions strengthen the mentor-mentee relationships and build a community for the local young women.

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:

Corner Bakery Cafe to enter Wisconsin with 10 locations - The Business Journal, November 14, 2013

The Pedal Tavern looks for business boost after change in state law - The Business Journal, November 15, 2013

Pabst senior housing developer requests more city bonding help - The Business Journal, November 18, 2013

Marquette program talks to autistic teens 'in their own language' - Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service, November 18, 2013

West Wisconsin Avenue plan calls for more housing, green space - The Business Journal, November 22, 2013

Holiday event lights up downtown Milwaukee - The Business Journal, November 22, 2013

Artisan Partners could be part of expansion of Milwaukee's 875 East Wisconsin building - The Business Journal, November 25, 2013

Milwaukee Bucks, Admirals cry foul over possible Silk strip club near arena - The Business Journal, November 26, 2013

Room Reservations: Downtown hotel competition heats up - The Business Journal, November 29, 2013

Body Worlds to return to Milwaukee Public Museum in February - The Business Journal, December 2, 2013

Forging ties between Madison and Milwaukee startups - The Business Journal, December 2, 2013

Special Report: Mounting fines for minor infractions hit low-income drivers hardest - Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service, December 2, 2013

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:

Strategy for Women in STEM - Inside Higher Ed, November 20, 2013

Will States Reciprocate? - Inside Higher Ed, November 20, 2013

Is there a business model for MOOCs?
- University Business, November 21, 2013

Tuition Crunch Takes Big Toll - Wall Street Journal, November 22, 2013

Obama Administration Hears Concerns of NAICU Members on President's Higher Education Plan - NAICU, November 26, 2013

Education Department Sets Broad-Ranging Negotiated Rulemaking Session for Early 2014 - NAICU, November 26, 2013

The MOOC Marketplace Takes Off - Forbes, November 30, 2013

Many Young Americans Blame Colleges for Rising Student Debt - Huffington Post, December 3, 2013

Paul Ryan, Patty Murray closer to budget deal - Politico, December 3, 2013


Community EVENTS

Grand Avenue Christmas
November 22-January 5

Milwaukee Holiday Lights Festival
Until December 29

25th Annual Christmas in the Ward

December 6-7

Nollaig Shona: A Celtic Christmas Show

December 7

Breakfast with Santa at the Pfister
December 7

Santa Hustle 5K Milwaukee Run/Walk December 8

Holiday Pageant and Cookie Tasting at Neighborhood House of Milwaukee
December 19

Gather the Family - New Year's Eve at the Domes
December 31

Menomonee Valley Walking Tours - 1st and 3rd Wednesday per month

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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