1. Inauguration Ceremony tickets available for pick up tomorrow

Tickets for the Presidential Inauguration Ceremony will be available for pick up in the AMU Brooks Lounge beginning Wednesday, Sept. 7, through Friday, Sept. 16, or while supplies last. Students and employees can pick up one ticket per Marquette ID. The Brooks Lounge is open from 10 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, and from 2 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

The Inauguration Ceremony will take place Friday, Sept. 23, at 10 a.m. at the Al McGuire Center. Doors will open at 9 a.m. All members of the Marquette community are also invited to the Inaugural Mass on Thursday, Sept. 22, but are reminded that seating inside Church of the Gesu is limited. Doors will open at 2:30 p.m. for the 3:30 p.m. Mass. Tickets are not required for the Mass. 

More information about the Presidential Inauguration events is available online.

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2. Graduating Senior Survey and Junior Survey results available

Marquette students continue to report very high rates of satisfaction with their Marquette education, with 85 percent of graduating seniors reporting that they would choose to attend Marquette again if starting over, according to the 2011 Graduating Senior Survey and Junior Survey. Furthermore, 94 percent of respondents indicated that their Marquette education met their overall goals and 86 percent reported that they were completing their degree as quickly as they had planned.

The Division of Student Affairs and the Office of Institutional Research and Assessment annually survey Marquette juniors and graduating seniors about co-curricular learning experiences, satisfaction, future plans and the impact of their education.

Students reported that longer-term experiences, such as study abroad, internships, co-ops and research with a faculty member, had the greatest impact. When factoring in both rates of participation and level of impact, participation in a student organization had the greatest source of impact on undergraduate students of the all the co-curricular learning opportunities measured by the survey. Eighty-five percent of respondents said they participated in student organizations, 83 percent in community service and 52 percent in organization leadership roles. 

With the survey administered in April 2011, 52 percent of graduating seniors were applying for full-time employment in 2011. Twenty-five percent of graduating seniors had been offered jobs by April, compared to 26 percent in 2010 and 2009 and 42 percent in 2008. Similar to previous years, 36 percent of graduating seniors had applied to graduate or professional degree programs at the time of the survey and 12 percent had applied for full-time service positions.

The executive summary, including comparisons with previous years, is available online and also includes information about why students consider transferring as well as summaries of graduating seniors' open-ended comments about positive experiences at Marquette and opportunities for improvement.

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3. DPS expands campus patrol area

The Department of Public Safety has expanded its patrol area north to Highland Ave. from 14th Street to 17th Street as an additional campus safety measure. This expansion will be patrolled by DPS squads and the new LIMO Scout, the special LIMO with a strobe light announced last week that stops students walking late at night to inquire if they would like a ride or a walking escort. Traditional blue LIMO vans will also provide transportation in this expanded area.

All members of the campus community play a part in campus safety. Students and employees should immediately call DPS to report any criminal or suspicious activity. Calls can easily be made from one of the more than 300 blue light phones on or near campus or call DPS at 8-6800 (414-288-6800 off campus). Campus community members should also make use of the many safety resources available from DPS, including LIMO and safety patrol services.

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4. Dr. Carey to discuss the late Avery Cardinal Dulles, S.J.

Dr. Patrick Carey, professor and William J. Kelly, S.J., chair in Catholic theology, will speak about his book, Avery Cardinal Dulles, S.J.: A Model Theologian, tomorrow, Sept. 8, at 3:30 p.m. in AMU Ballroom D. The presentation, which is part of the Department of Theology convocation, is open to the campus community.

The book is a biography of Cardinal Dulles, focusing on his distinctive personal journey of faith and theology, as well as the representative nature of his experiences and his thinking within the American Catholic community.

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5. Psychology and biology colloquiums to be held this week

The Department of Psychology will hold a colloquium Thursday, Sept. 8, at 3:30 p.m. in Cramer Hall 104J. Dr. Julie Crouch, director of the Center for the Study of Family Violence and Sexual Assault at Northern Illinois University, will present “Social Cognition in Child Physical Abuse Risk.”

The Department of Biological Sciences will host a seminar Friday, Sept. 9, at 3:30 p.m. in Wehr Life Sciences 111. Dr. Sergei Kuchin, professor of biological sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, will present “Novel Aspects of Snf1 (AMPK) Regulation in Yeast.”

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6. Study abroad fair to be held Friday

The Office of International Education will hold a study abroad fair Friday, Sept. 9, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Westowne Square outside of AMU (rain location is the AMU second floor lobby). Students will have the opportunity to explore Marquette's study abroad opportunities and meet program representatives, students who have studied in the programs and OIE staff.

OIE will also hold region-specific information sessions next week.

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7. Counseling Center offering free suicide prevention training

The Counseling Center will hold a QPR suicide-prevention training session Thursday, Sept. 15, from noon to 1:30 p.m. in AMU 254. The “Question, Persuade, Refer” training is a nationally recognized program designed to save lives through increasing awareness about suicide risk factors and warning signs. It teaches participants how to talk to someone about suicide and educates participants on how to facilitate appropriate mental health referrals. The training is open to the Marquette community.  

RSVPs requested. Contact the Counseling Center at 8-7172 to RSVP or for more information.

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8. Programs involving minors must register with risk management

Marquette programs that involve participation by minors must be registered with the Office of Risk Management according to a University Policy and Procedure (UPP-4-26).

The university and its faculty, administrators, staff, students and volunteers have a particular obligation to protect the safety and interests of the most vulnerable, including minors (those under the age of 18) who are participating in activities and programs on campus. The policy also addresses:

• Background checks for faculty, administrators, staff, volunteers and university students more than 18 years of age who are participating in activities covered by the policy.

• Training for those participating in such activities.

• Behavioral requirements, including prohibitive practices, for those participating in activities covered by the policy.

• Procedures to be followed when inappropriate conduct is suspected.

Required training is available online for individuals. For large group presentations a DVD is available. The training emphasizes basic guidelines to prevent problems and the perception of problems. Contact Risk Management at 8-8492 or Lori Richard-Hayes in the Office of Risk Management for training information.

Background checks of individuals are required once every four years, and results will be stored separately and used only for the purpose of the Working with Minors policy.

Offices and programs that have not already reported their activities involving minors should contact Risk Management to determine if their activities are covered by the policy.

Contact Lori Richard-Hayes or Steve Duffy, associate vice president for administration, for more information.

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9. Dance auditions for Pure Dance Marquette are tomorrow

Pure Dance Marquette will hold auditions tomorrow, Sept. 7, at 6:30 p.m. in the Weasler Auditorium. Pure Dance Marquette is a student-run organization featuring various types of dance, including lyrical, jazz, tap and pointe. The group is audition-based and meets twice a week.

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10. Study participants needed for walking

Volunteers are needed for a research study, “Assessment of a Lower Cost, Eight-Camera Optitrack System for Human Motion Analysis Applications,” to determine accuracy of joint angles during normal walking.

Participants, who will be asked to walk normally while their motion is captured using infrared cameras, must:

  • Be age 18-30.
  • Have no orthopaedic or neuromuscular impairment that may affect lower extremity motion.
  • Participate in a screening process and asked to walk to ensure a normal gait pattern.
  • Attend a single, two-hour visit at the Academic Support Facility at Marquette. Weeknight and weekend appointments are available.

For more information contact Cheryl Wanta, biomedical engineering office associate in the Orthopaedic and Rehabilitation Engineering Center at 8-0697.

This study is being conducted by Dr. Gerald Harris, professor of biomedical engineering, and Jeffrey Kertis, graduate student in biomedical engineering.

The study has been approved by Marquette’s Institutional Review Board for the protection of human subjects. For more information about research participant rights, contact the Office of Research Compliance, 8-7570.

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11. Golf outing to benefit Milwaukee Women's Center

Alpha Chi Omega and Sigma Chi will host the first Drive Away Domestic Violence golf outing Saturday, Sept. 24, at Oak Hills Golf Course, Oak Creek.

Registration includes optional transportation from Alumni Memorial Union, nine holes of golf beginning at 10 a.m. or 12:30 p.m., a cart, goodie bag, lunch, chances to win raffle prizes and on-course competitions. All proceeds benefit the Milwaukee Women's Center. Cost is $40 for students.

Individual and group registrations are available online.

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12. Hats, mittens and scarves requested

The College of Education is holding a donation drive, “Weather the Cold,” for gently used child-sized hats, mittens and scarves during September.

The Hartman Literacy and Learning Center in the College of Education provides after-school tutoring for about 100 local children each semester. Donations will go to children who come to the center with chapped hands and cold ears because they do not have the appropriate warm, winter clothing.

Donations can be put in the collection box outside the Hartman Center in Schroeder Complex 151.

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