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Marquette University's Office of Public Affairs Newsletter

Dec. 20, 2013


1. The Budget Resolution likely to be signed by President Obama

The Congressional Budget Conference Committee's Budget Resolution was passed by the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate. The Budget Resolution, a blueprint determined by the committee, sets annual levels of spending for both 2014 and 2015 fiscal years and delays some of the automatic spending cuts that would otherwise take place in January. However, not all the sequestration restrictions have been removed.

President Obama will likely sign the bill prior to the Christmas holiday. The budget will then be sent to Congressional appropriators, who will determine how much money will be spent on agencies and programs, including research and student aid.

The Office of Public Affairs will continue to monitor the progress of the Budget Resolution. If you have any questions, please contact the Office of Public Affairs.

2. Highlighting our Partnerships

Marquette University Service Learning Program partners Marquette University students with local organizations to facilitate their academic learning through meaningful service experiences, which encourage and enable Marquette's faculty and students to positively impact the community. The following are two examples of agencies in the Avenues West neighborhood with which the program works:

International Learning Center, a program of Neighborhood House, specializes in literacy and community skills for refugees and immigrants who had little or no prior education. With the support of the ILC, the English language learners are able to regain their self-sufficiency in the United States. This past semester, eight service learners from a variety of disciplines engaged with Southeast Asians and African adult refugees who are learning to speak, read, and write in English. The Marquette service learners spent two hours each week assisting ESL instructors in the classroom, math lab, and computer lab, and they also tutored individuals or small groups and taught a citizenship class. The Service Learning Program was recently recognized by Neighborhood House with the Ray Richardson Award for its partnership with the ILC.

Central City Churches (CCC) Outreach Ministry and food pantry, located in Our Savior's Lutheran Church, assists people who are in need of housing, food, employment services, and companionship. This past semester, 17 students enrolled in service learning courses such as "Culture and Health" and "Introduction to Social Welfare and Justice." In the role of Pantry Assistants, the students assisted with the inventory, organization, and distribution of food and supplies. An additional 17 students enrolled in "Culture, Health, and Illness" and engaged in a community-based research project to determine how the Outreach Ministry can best meet the nutritional and dietary needs of its neighbors who utilize the pantry. The service learners completed a survey through one-on-one discussions with neighbors regarding their food preparation and consumption habits using food typically found in the pantry. At the end of the semester, the service learners provided a comprehensive report detailing their findings and recommendations to the Outreach Ministry. The CCC relies on these kinds of contributions to help inform their service of ever growing needs in the community.

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:

Fountain of Youth: feature on Newaukee entrepreneurs - Milwaukee, December 3, 2013

Double-decked I-94 hits speed bump at Milwaukee County board - The Business Journal, December 5, 2013

Two artists win downtown Milwaukee public art showdown - The Journal Sentinel, December 10, 2013

West Wisconsin Avenue group creates economic development corporation - The Business Journal, December 10, 2013

Business Journal Education Roundtable: Always a lot to learn - The Business Journal, December 10, 2013

International Water Association to hold board meeting in Milwaukee - The Business Journal, December 11, 2013

'Immense' funding needed for Milwaukee culture, arts: Study - The Business Journal, December 12, 2013

BMO Harris Bradley Center revenue up; maintenance costs rise - The Business Journal, December 12, 2013

Aurora Health Care completes $200M electronic records project - The Business Journal, December 13, 2013

First MMAC cultural task force meeting
- The Business Journal, December 14, 2013

Herb Kohl seeks new investors for Milwaukee Bucks - The Business Journal, December 16, 2013

Milwaukee County wage mandate sidelined under veto threat - The Business Journal, December 17, 2013

Politifact: Sorting through why Scott Walker left Marquette University- The Journal Sentinel, December 18, 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:

Confirming the MOOC Myth - Inside Higher Ed, December 6, 2013

U.S. Department of Education looks to experiment new financial-aid models - Education Week, December 9, 2013

Assembly Common Core Panel releases recommendations - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, December 11, 2013

Education Department finds Numerous Problems at Sallie Mae, Levies No Fines - The Huffington Post, December 11, 2013

Second Opinions: An Obama Plan to Grade U.S. Colleges - The Wall Street Journal, December 11, 2013


Community EVENTS

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

Grand Avenue Christmas

November 22-January 5

Irish Cultural and Heritage Christmas Sing Along
December 21

Milwaukee Holiday Lights Festival
Until December 29

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

Public Policy Forum 2014 Annual Meeting
January 15

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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