1. Marquette named a “Best College” by The Princeton Review

The Princeton Review has named Marquette one of its “Best 378 Colleges” in its 2014 annual guidebook, based on institutional data and student surveys. The ranking places Marquette among the top 15 percent of the nation’s 2,500 four-year colleges. Marquette was also one of 20 schools included on the "most religious students" list. Each of the institutions is featured in an online profile.

The Princeton Review also highlighted Marquette in the “2013 Guide to 322 Green Colleges,” which was produced in collaboration with the Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council.

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2. Reaffirmation self-study submitted, available to campus

Marquette’s reaffirmation of accreditation process culminates with a site visit Monday, Sept. 30, to Wednesday, Oct. 2, by a team of Higher Learning Commission peer reviewers. The completed self-study, which was submitted to the peer reviewers Aug. 5, 2013, is available online. Individuals are encouraged to review the sections that are pertinent to their work on campus. A briefing document is available, which provides an overview of the self-study and an explanation of what to expect during the site visit. Additional details and information will be shared as the site visits nears, including dates and times for open forums that the site visit team will hold on campus.

Hundreds of members across campus were involved and more than 1,200 pieces of evidence were collected to produce the self-study. Drs. Gary Meyer and Toby Peters, chair and co-chair of the reaffirmation process, are also available to give presentations on the process, HLC’s criteria and the self-study, and the site visit process. Additional information and background are available on the accreditation website.

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3. Fall 2013 classroom assignments posted in CheckMarq

Students can access CheckMarq to find the most up-to-date fall 2013 course classroom assignments. Students should contact the department offering the course if they are unable to locate where a course is meeting.

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4. OIRA, Marq Your Path, Office of Disability Services moving locations this fall as historic core renovations continue

As part of the campus' historic core renovations that include Johnston Hall, Marquette Hall and Sensenbrenner Hall, Marq Your Path, the Office of Disability Services, and the Office of Institutional Research and Assessment will be moving locations this fall.

OIRA will move out of Marquette Hall to a new, permanent location on the second floor of Zilber Hall this fall. Watch for additional details as renovations progress.

Marq Your Path, a federal TRIO student support services program for students with disabilities, will temporarily move to the fifth floor of the 707 Building, located at 707 N. 11th St., effective today. It will be located in offices adjacent to the Office of Disability Services, which will also be temporarily located on the fifth floor of the 707 Building, as of today. Visitors can enter through the doors on the east side of the building along the pedestrian mall that services the 707 Building along with Carpenter Tower and Cobeen Hall. Next fall, the Office of Disability Services and Marq Your Path will permanently move to a partially renovated Coughlin Hall, which will house several departments providing student support services and programs.

Interior revitalization activities will continue in Sensenbrenner Hall during the fall semester. The main office of the College of Arts and Sciences and the Department of History will move to Sensenbrenner Hall in spring 2014 when the renovation is complete. A construction webcam is available online to view Sensenbrenner Hall renovation progress.

Interior renovations also continue inside Marquette Hall. The departments of English, philosophy and theology will move from Coughlin Hall to the renovated Marquette Hall during 2014 and 2015.

Interior renovations have begun inside Johnston Hall, which will remain the home of the J. William and Mary Diederich College of Communication. The northwest stair tower (nearest to Gesu Church) will be closed through the end of September, but the main entrance on Wisconsin Ave. remains open.

Watch News Briefs for continued updates on the historic core renovation process.

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5. Graduate School hosting orientation for incoming students

Incoming summer and fall Graduate School students are invited to attend orientation Thursday, Aug. 22. A lecture-style presentation, featuring several speakers, will run from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Following the presentation, a student social with light refreshments, hosted by Marquette's Graduate Student Organization, will be held in the lobby of the Varsity Theatre from 7:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Photos for MUID cards will be taken in the AMU during the event, and BookMarq will be open prior to and during the event. Complimentary light refreshments will be offered, and campus tours will be provided.

Students interested in this event must register online no later than Monday, Aug. 19.

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6. Register for dispute resolution and health care conference

Registration is now open for the College of Professional Studies' second annual Dispute Resolution and Health Care Conference, which will take place Friday, Oct. 18, in the AMU. This day-long conference will feature researcher Dr. Leonard Marcus, director of the program for health care negotiation and conflict resolution at Harvard School of Public Health.

Registration for this event is available online.

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7. News Briefs resumes twice-weekly schedule next week

The News Briefs e-newsletter will resume its twice-weekly publication schedule beginning next week. Thursday, Aug. 22, will be the first Thursday edition of the fall semester.

The submission deadlines are noon Friday for Monday editions and noon Wednesday for Thursday editions.

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