1. Miracle on Central Mall is tomorrow

The Residence Hall Association’s annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony, Miracle on Central Mall, will take place tomorrow, Dec. 11, at 5 p.m. outside of the St. Joan of Arc Chapel. Rev. Robert A. Wild, S.J., president, will bless the tree. A reception will follow with cookies, hot chocolate and apple cider.

The theme is Feliz Navidad: From the Bottom of Our Hearts. The event will support the Casa Romero Renewal Center, a local non-profit that offers retreats and programs for local families and parish communities.

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2. Offices of the General Counsel, Administration and Provost moving to Zilber Hall

The Office of the General Counsel is beginning its move into Zilber Hall today, Dec. 10. The office expects to monitor phone and e-mail messages during its move, resuming normal operations Monday, Dec. 14, in Zilber 205.

The Office of Administration will begin its move into Zilber Hall tomorrow, Dec. 11. The office expects to monitor phone and e-mail messages during its move and will resume normal operations Tuesday, Dec. 15, in Zilber 256.

The Office of the Provost will be closed Monday and Tuesday, Dec. 14 and 15, as it moves into Zilber Hall. The office will resume normal operations Wednesday, Dec. 16, in Zilber 448 and 454.

The Office of Marketing and Communication is scheduled to begin its move next, Dec. 17.

Current locations (and contact information) for employees and offices are listed in the online directory, which is updated with each Zilber move. The printed campus directory will be published at the beginning of second semester, when all the moves have been completed.

Watch News Briefs for more information as the moves take place.

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3. Marquette recognized for mini book, donor relations, Jesuit video

Marquette University's viewbook, Get Found: A college-bound student’s guide to figuring out life (and Marquette University), will be recognized with a gold medal in the “best viewbook category” by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education at CASE's annual conference Dec. 13-15 in Chicago. The 25-page “Mini Book,” which serves as Marquette’s mass mailer to 80,000 high school juniors, highlights Marquette's Catholic, Jesuit mission; majors and University Core of Common Studies; campus and city life; and facts and figures. The piece also received a bronze award in the "excellence in design for brochures" category. It was developed by the Office of Marketing and Communication and Undergraduate Admissions.

Marquette will also receive a silver award for “Best Program in Donor Recognition/Stewardship” and a bronze award in “best video feature.”

The donor recognition item, “Donor Relations Student Thank You Program” developed by University Advancement, uses an online form for students to write thank you notes to their scholarship donors and express their gratitude. The notes are packaged and mailed to donors by Donor Relations. More than 1,000 students have been connected with their donors in this program.

Jesuit 2.0, a 1-minute, 18-second video developed by the Office of Marketing and Communication, shows how Marquette interprets the discipline of a Jesuit education amid the chaos of modern life.

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4. Monitor university communications for weather closings

In the event of a weather-related closing, students, faculty and staff will be notified by e-mail and, for those registered, by text messaging and Twitter. Local media will be notified of any closing, and Marquette.edu would also post information.

All faculty and staff with university-owned cell phones have been automatically enrolled for text messages. Faculty and staff may also register their personal cell phone numbers in the “Personal Information” section of MyJob.

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5. Grades due Dec. 22

Grades for undergraduate sessions 1 and 4; graduate sessions 1, 2 and 4; dental sessions 1 and 3; and health sciences professional sessions 1 and 3 are due at noon Tuesday, Dec. 22.

Instructions to scan exams are available online. To ensure a quick turn-around, be certain exams are turned in to the IT Services Help Desk, Cudahy second floor, for scanning as soon as possible after the end of the exam. 

The Office of the Registrar is available to help with grading questions. Contact Kerry Grosse, associate registrar, at 8-6320, or Vicki Trautschold, associate registrar, at 8-6313, Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. After business hours, contact the IT Services Help Desk at 8-7799.

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6. Register for All University Christmas Party

Join faculty and staff in sharing the spirit of the season at the All University Christmas Party from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 23. The new location is the Union Sports Annex.
Departments and offices are asked to inform University Special Events of the number of faculty and staff attending from their area by Wednesday, Dec. 16. Call 8-7431 for more information.

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7. Geske honored by American Bar Foundation

Janine Geske, distinguished professor of law, will be recognized for her contributions to the American Bar Foundation by the Fellows of the Wisconsin Law Foundation today, Dec. 10. Geske will receive “The Wisconsin Outstanding Service Award.”  
The Fellows is an honorary organization of attorneys, judges, law faculty and legal scholars who have been elected by their peers to become members of The Fellows. Membership is limited to one third of 1 percent of lawyers licensed to practice in each jurisdiction. Members are nominated by fellows in their jurisdiction and elected by the Board of the American Bar Foundation.

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8. Libraries extend hours during finals week

Raynor Memorial Libraries will extend hours of operation for finals week. The Bridge, Raynor second floor and lower level will be open from 7:45 a.m. to 2 a.m. from Friday, Dec. 11, through Thursday, Dec. 17. Friday, Dec. 18, hours are 7:45 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 19, hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The libraries will be closed Sunday, Dec. 20.

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9. Advent Scripture Study, silent retreat held by Faber Center

The Faber Center for Ignatian Spirituality is hosting Advent Scripture study/faith sharing, an aging parents support group and silent, directed retreat.

Michael Hogan, director, will hold the Advent Scripture study and faith sharing Tuesdays, Dec. 15 and 22, from 7:45 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. at the Faber Center, Schroeder Complex 111. No RSVP is required. All faiths are welcome.

Rev. J.J. O'Leary, S.J., associate director, will facilitate a “Caring for Aging Parents Support Group” Wednesday, Dec. 16, from noon to 1 p.m. at the Faber Center. The group is open to all who are helping care for an aging parent, relative or friend. No RSVP is needed.

Marquette community members are invited to the Marquette Silent Directed Retreat, Jan. 10-15, 2010, at the Redemptorist Retreat Center in Oconomowoc, Wis., to deepen their relationship with God by escaping life's noise and distractions. This five-day silent retreat is sponsored by Campus Ministry and the Faber Center. Cost is $250 for employees. Register online. Space is limited. Contact Craig Zimmer, assistant director of campus ministry, at 8-0522 for more information.

The Faber Center is also offering weekly reflections online, “Faber Takes Three!” focusing on justice and its intersection with spirituality. The reflections are offered by individuals throughout the university who come from different faith traditions and beliefs. This week’s reflection is provided by Rev. John Fitzgibbons, S.J., associate provost for faculty development.

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10. Faculty seminar to enhance faculty research and teaching

A faculty seminar, “Exploring the Vocation of the Teacher/Scholar at Marquette,” will be held Thursday, Jan. 14, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in AMU 157. The event is designed to enhance the faculty community of research and teaching at Marquette and is open to all full- and part-time faculty and graduate students. A free lunch and door prizes will be provided.

To RSVP and for more information contact Teresa Kaczmarek, university mission and identity office assistant, at 8-0263. Registration deadline is Friday, Dec. 18.

The seminar is sponsored by Manresa for Faculty, The Center for Teaching and Learning, the Office of the Provost, and the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs.

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11. Pure Dance Marquette presenting free showcase Saturday

Pure Dance Marquette will present its free dance showcase “Sins and Virtues!” at 3:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12, in the Weasler Auditorium. Styles include tap, ballet, pointe, jazz and lyrical.

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12. Help serve students Monday night

Marquette University Student Government is recruiting faculty, staff and administrative volunteers to serve a free “After Dark Breakfast” to students Monday, Dec. 14, from 9 to 11 p.m. in the AMU Ballroom. Students are invited to take a break from studying for finals with free scrambled eggs, French toast, fruit and pastries.

Contact Gerald Harris, coordinator for Campus Programs, at 8-0511 to volunteer and for more information.

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