1. Feasibility study on undergraduate housing begins

A planning team that includes the Division of Student Affairs, the Office of Finance, the Office of the University Architect and Residence Hall Association leaders has begun a feasibility study to prepare a plan to improve undergraduate housing at Marquette over a 10-year period. The study will build on the findings of the 2006 undergraduate housing report and will evaluate how current trends in student residential living can be integrated into the options available at Marquette.

As part of the study, Residence Hall Association representatives, Hall Council presidents and resident assistants will take part in focus groups to plan for the future of residence hall facilities and programs.

"As our strategic plan calls for us to build a university culture of innovation, efficiency and continuous improvement, this study will serve as one component of our larger, long-term master facilities plan," said Tom Ganey, vice president of planning and university architect.

Study leaders will collaborate with MUSG and seek input from students. More than 3,500 students currently live in residence halls on campus. Because of the educational, emotional and social advantages of living in a community of peers, first- and second-year students are required to live in campus residence halls. Results of the study will be shared with university leadership to help determine future plans to provide state-of-the-art, safe, comfortable and convenient housing options for students.

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2. DPS reminds all students to keep residences safe and secure

The Department of Public Safety is reminding all students to take extra precaution to lock and secure their residences and valuables. The department has seen an increase in burglary reports on and off campus over the past several weeks, and access to residences has been gained through unlocked doors.

To address these incidents and prevent future incidents from occurring, DPS offers the following suggestions:

  • Keep the door(s) to rooms, residences and windows locked at all times.
  • Never open the front door of a building using an intercom without confirming who is requesting access.
  • Be aware of individuals who might be entering behind you when swiping into a building.
  • Use a lock box to store jewelry, credit cards and other valuables.
  • Report any suspicious activity to DPS.

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3. Town hall discussion on the Affordable Care Act's effect on the LGBT community is tonight

Fair Wisconsin, Diverse and Resilient, AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin, Cream City Foundation, Greater Milwaukee Foundation, the Marquette University College Democrats and the Marquette Gender Sexuality Alliance will sponsor a town hall meeting to discuss the LGBT community and the Affordable Care Act Monday, Nov. 4, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the Weasler Auditorium.

Jon Carson, executive director of Organizing for Action, and Kellan Baker, associate director of the LGBT Research and Communications Project at American Progress, will discuss the impact of the Affordable Care Act on the Wisconsin LGBT community, as well as the launch of Out2Enroll, a website designed to educate the LGBT community about their health care options.

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4. Funeral for Sonia Zilvitis is tomorrow

The university mourns the death of Sonia Zilvitis, help desk analyst in Information Technology Services, who passed away unexpectedly Oct. 30. Zilvitis gave 15 years of service to Marquette. Visitation will be held Tuesday, Nov. 5, from noon to 4:45 p.m. at Krause Funeral Home, located at 12401 W. National Ave. in New Berlin, Wis. A funeral service will follow at 5 p.m.

Expressions of condolence may be sent in care of Delores Hutchins, administrative assistant in ITS, (Cudahy Hall, 201), and she will forward them on.

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5. RSVP for Nov. 13 student community input session on presidential search

A community input session on the presidential search will be hosted by MUSG for all students on Wednesday, Nov. 13, from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. in the AMU, Monaghan Ballroom E. RSVP online.

Dr. Kristina Ropella, executive associate dean in the College of Engineering, and Dr. Stephanie Quade, dean of students in the Office of Student Development, will facilitate the session. Members of the Presidential Search Committee will be present at the session.

As the Search Committee and the Board of Trustees did in the previous presidential search in 2010, they are asking that the Marquette community provide input on the leadership qualifications that are most important for the president. Because the university's process during the presidential search three years ago was both extensive and inclusive, the Presidential Search Committee is reviewing the Presidential Profile that was developed at that time and asking for input on whether these attributes are still valid or should be adjusted.

An online form is available for students who are unable to attend a community input session. Feedback is due by Thursday, Nov. 14.

In addition, there will be discussion sessions with faculty, staff, University Academic Senate, the Faculty Council, the Marquette Jesuit community, the University Leadership Council, the Marquette University Alumni Association National Board and the Parents Council.

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6. Writing Center satellite locations now open in residence halls

The Department of Residence Life has opened three satellite Writing Center locations in McCormick Hall, Carpenter Tower and Mashuda Hall to assist the Ott Memorial Writing Center in meeting the increasing demand for services. Throughout the remainder of the semester, the satellite locations will be open Sunday and Monday evenings from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. No appointments are necessary; students meet with a tutor on a first-come, first-served basis.

For more information contact Dr. Jim McMahon, associate vice president for student affairs and dean of residence life, at 8-7208, or the Ott Memorial Writing Center at 8-5542.

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7. International Flag sashes available for December graduates

December graduates who hold citizenship from another country or have traveled overseas through a Marquette University program have the opportunity to order an international flag sash to wear at Mid-year Commencement in December.

Students who wish to purchase a flag sash must bring a completed online form and a check to the Office of International Education on the fourth floor of Holthusen Hall by Friday, Nov. 9. Flag sashes are available for all countries. The cost is $32 for a single country sash, $42 for a double country sash and $52 for a triple country sash.

For more information, contact Erin LeMoine, international communication and marketing coordinator, at 8-7289.

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8. Marquette Theatre presents Boys Next Door

Marquette Theatre will present Boys Next Door, a truthful look into the lives of four men with mental challenges living together in a group home. The show will run Thursday, Nov. 7, through Sunday, Nov. 17, at the Helfaer Theatre.

  • Thursday, Nov. 7, through Saturday, Nov. 9, at 7:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, Nov. 10, at 2:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Nov. 13, through Saturday, Nov. 16, at 7:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, Nov. 17, at 2:30 p.m.

Tickets cost $20, with discounts available for students, alumni and employees. Tickets can be purchased online or by calling the Helfaer Theatre at 8-7504.

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9. Boston College professor to speak about 50th anniversary of Vatican II

The Office of Mission and Ministry, the Department of Theology and Church of the Gesu will host "Renewing the Liturgy, Revitalizing the Church: The Vatican II Reforms at 50," Wednesday, Nov. 13, at 7 p.m. in Gesu Church. Rev. John F. Baldovin, S.J., professor of historical and liturgical theology at Boston College and current Ignatius Loyola Chair at Fordham University, will present the lecture and discuss how the Second Vatican Council animates Marquette's mission, as well as its challenges for the future.

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10. Army ROTC to hold Veteran's Day breakfast and ceremony

Army ROTC will celebrate Veteran's Day with a breakfast and ceremony to honor the service of BG (retired) Stephen Gonczy, Eng '69; MG Luis Visot, Arts '78; and MG (retired) Patrick Kelly, Eng '59, and pay tribute to new ROTC cadets will follow. Registration and breakfast will begin at 7:45 a.m. with the ceremony starting at 8:15 a.m. in the Old Gym.

The event is sponsored by the Marquette University Alumni Association. Register online by Tuesday, Nov. 5.

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11. Marquette University Medical Clinic to offer guided meditation series

Marquette University Medical Clinic is offering a guided meditation series on Wednesdays at 11 a.m. in the 707 Building, 130. These sessions will help students learn how to incorporate the benefits of breathing and meditation designed to improve focus and concentration, decrease the impact of stress and increase peace of mind. The next session will begin Nov. 13, and run through Dec. 4.

To register, contact the Center for Peacemaking at 8-8444. Email healthyeagle@marquette.edu with questions.

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12. Graduate School to host open house Nov. 7

The Graduate School will host an open house Thursday, Nov. 7, from 4:45 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the AMU, Monaghan Ballroom. This event is open to anyone who is interested in pursuing a graduate degree. Attendees can take campus tours, learn about the admissions process and meet with program representatives. Refreshments will be served.

RSVP online by Monday, Nov. 4. For more information, contact the Graduate School at 8-7137.

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13. Dance Inc. putting on two free shows Nov. 9-10

Dance Inc., a student organization focusing on a variety of dance styles, will present "Dance Until We Drop" Saturday, Nov. 9, at 5 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 10, at noon. Both performances will be held in the Weasler Auditorium. Admission is free.

In addition, Dance Inc. will hold a bake sale Thursday, Nov. 7, and Friday, Nov. 8, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. outside Straz Hall.

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14. College of Education hosting hats, mittens and scarves drive

The College of Education is holding a donation drive for gently used child-sized hats, mittens and scarves through Wednesday, Nov. 27, in Schroeder Complex, 151, and the Information Desk in the AMU.

Donations will be given to children who attend the Hartman Literacy and Learning Center in the College of Education, which provides after-school tutoring for local children.

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15. Discounted Fit Passes available for remainder of semester

The Department of Recreational Sports will offer discounted Fit Passes for the remainder of the semester. Passes for spin and group classes are available for $25. The ultimate pass, which gives the user access to any class offered, is available for $35.

Those interested in purchasing a Fit Pass should visit the main office of the Rec Plex or Rec Center. A full list of class offerings can be found online.

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