— August 21, 2006 —


  1. Celebrate the start of the 2006-07 school year
  2. Marquette named in The Princeton Review’s "The Best 361 Colleges"
  3. Spinning Instructors Wanted
  4. Liturgical Choir auditions set for next week
  5. This Week in Marquette History
  6. Marquette Interchange update
  7. University events for Aug. 21 through Aug. 31

1. Celebrate the start of the 2006-07 school year

Celebrate the beginning of the new academic year at the Mass of The Holy Spirit next Sunday, Aug. 27, at 4 p.m. at Gesu Church.

The Mass will be followed by the 16th Annual All-University Welcome Back Picnic in from 5 to 7 p.m. in Westowne Square. Casual dress is appropriate. Parking will be available in all university lots

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2. Marquette named in The Princeton Review’s "The Best 361 Colleges"

Marquette has been ranked by The Princeton Review as one the nation’s 361 best institutions for undergraduate education. The New York-based Princeton Review features Marquette in the 2007 edition of its annual "best colleges" guide. Only about 15 percent of the four-year colleges in America and two Canadian colleges are listed in the book.

Quotes from anonymous students noted that “Marquette faculty is ‘truly top-notch and cares about both teaching and research…Most professors personally care about the learning experiences of their students and make every effort to offer help or insight inside and outside of class.’” Particular mention was also made of the “state-of-the-art computer facilities” and the “amazing new Raynor Memorial Library.” Students also noted that Marquette “is also a great choice for those ‘really interested in community service and exploring their Catholic faith. Marquette has a lot of opportunities in these areas.’”

The Princeton Review listing is based on institutional data collected from each university, visits to the institutions, independent college counselors, parents, and a survey of 115,000 students attending the colleges in the book. Students rated their schools on several topics and reported on their campus experiences.

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3. Spinning Instructors Wanted

The Helfaer Recreation Center has positions available for spinning instructors. The hours are flexible, and the salary is competitive. Classes start soon.
For information, call 288-1558 or stop by the Recreation Center to fill out an application.

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4. Liturgical Choir auditions set for next week

Auditions will be held Aug. 29 through Sept. 1 for the Marquette Liturgical Choir. The 60-member ensemble sings for the 4 p.m. Sunday mass, two annual concerts and other community events.  Sign up for an audition time in University Ministry (AMU 236) beginning Wednesday, Aug. 23.  All Marquette undergraduate or graduate students of any faith tradition welcome.  For more information, visit the choir’s Website at www.mu.edu/um/worship, or email the director, Rachelle Kramer, at rachelle.kramer@marquette.edu. 

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5. This Week in Marquette History

In This Week in Marquette History, a new academic year began without long-time President John Raynor, S.J., the Alumni Memorial Union had its grand opening and the Marquette community banded together to help Hurricane Katrina victims.

Want to know more? Go to the 125th Anniversary Web site.

This Week in Marquette History is a project of the Marquette University Department of History. Research and writing was conducted by graduate students Christopher Chan, Jess McCullough and Amanda Schmeider, with help from James Marten, professor and history department chair, and Carla Hay, associate professor and chair, 125th Anniversary Committee. Special thanks to Thomas Jablonsky, associate professor of history and director, Institute for Urban Life.

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6. Marquette Interchange Highlights for the Week of August 21

1. Move-in to Marquette resident halls began with early drop-off on Sunday, Aug. 20. The two most active days will be Wednesday, Aug. 23, and Friday, Aug. 25. Interchange activities and closures have been coordinated with these dates to provide the best access possible.
2. The third span of beams for the new Wisconsin Avenue Bridge will be placed over the southbound lanes of I-43 overnight on Monday, Aug. 21. Noise levels will be minimal.
3. Carpentry work and steel reinforcing placement will take place most nights this week for the new Wisconsin Avenue Bridge deck. This work is being coordinated with freeway closures since some of this work is being done over I-43. Noise levels should be minimal.
4. Tenth Street is closed from Wisconsin Avenue to Wells Street to replace pavement and sidewalks. Eastbound Wisconsin Avenue is also closed at 9th Street. Pedestrians using the Wells route will have to cross Wisconsin Avenue at 9th Street and continue north on 9th Street to Wells. These restrictions will be in place for at least a month.
5. A City of Milwaukee street-scaping project will begin soon. New crosswalks, curb and gutter, lighting and planters will be constructed on Wisconsin Avenue from 4th to 10th Streets. All work in the area of the University is scheduled to be completed in late November.
6. St. Paul Avenue will be closed between 5th and 13th Streets on Wednesday and Thursday, Aug. 23 and 24, from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. for overhead steel erection.
7. Wisconsin Avenue is open again from 11th to 12th Streets. Right turns from southbound 11th Street to Wisconsin Avenue and from eastbound Wisconsin Avenue to 11th Street are again available. Traffic on 11th Street north of Wisconsin has shifted to the west half of the roadway.
8. Highland between 9th and 12th Streets has reopened. This means that use of the Highland exit ramp from southbound I-43 is now fully open as well.
9. There will be periodic short-term delays for pedestrians on the Tory Hill route to or from Straz Tower all week, due to the forming of the bridge deck overhead on northbound I-43. This work will only take place between 7 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. The Wells Street route is available as an alternative.
10. Northbound I-43/94 has been temporarily reduced from three lanes to two at National Avenue for the next couple of months. This may increase travel time from the south, over the High-Rise Bridge.
11. There will again be numerous overnight lane restrictions on both eastbound and westbound I-94 between 16th and 26th Streets.

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7. University events for Aug. 21 through Aug. 31

Visit the all-university online Calendar of Events for a complete listing and more information.

23 - Wednesday

New Student Orientation through Aug. 27. Visit the Web site for complete information.

24 - Thursday

Graduate School new student orientation, Weasler Auditorium, 6 - 8 p.m. Students may arrive as early as 4 p.m. Call 8 -7137 for more information or RSVP online.

GROW Session: Personal and Confidential: Preventing Identity Theft, 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Crime prevention officers from the Department of Public Safety will explore ways to prevent criminals from accessing your name and other personal information. From traditionally safe banking practices to shopping online, the presenters will help participants become aware of the latest scams used by thieves to obtain personal information. The most effective methods in creating a personal security plan will also be discussed. To register, call 8-7305 or e-mail.

GROW Session: Workplace Diversity, Raynor Memorial Libraries, 1 - 3 p.m.
Almost every communication between people can be viewed as a cross-cultural experience. Differences of language styles, perception, attitudes, as well as our own unique views affect our ability to understand each other. This presentation focuses on the elements that make us unique, how to respect diversity in the workplace, and improving communication. To register, call 8-7305 or e-mail.

25 - Friday

8:15 p.m. - Women's Soccer vs. Bowling Green at Valley Fields

26 - Saturday

Health Sciences summer session 4 ends

Graduate-MBA Saturday classes for fall session 1 begin

27 - Sunday

Noon - Men's soccer vs. Denver at Valley Fields

4 p.m. - Mass of The Holy Spirit at Gesu Church, followed by All-university Welcome Back Picnic from 5 to 7 p.m. in Westowne Mall

28 - Monday

Dentistry: Classes begin for fall sessions 1 and 2

Graduate classes begin for sessions 1,2 and 4

Health Sciences: Classes begin for sessions 1,2, and 6

Law: Registration for fall session ends. Last day to drop a class without a grade of W

Undergraduate classes for fall semester begin.

Campus Crusade for Christ first week events, Aug. 28 through Sept. 1

31 - Thursday

9 p.m. - MUSG outdoor movie, "Tommy Boy," in Central Mall

Art Nouveau French Posters: Berthon, Grasset and Mucha at the Haggerty Museum of Art through Sunday, Sept. 10. Call 8-1669 or go online for more information.

Ray Parker Paintings, 1958-71: Color into Drawing at the Haggerty Museum of Art through Sunday, Oct. 8. Call 8-1669 or go online for more information.

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