1. Prayer vigil for alumnus James Foley is tomorrow at Gesu Church

A prayer vigil in memory of alumnus and freelance journalist James Foley, Arts '96, and in support of the Foley family will be held Tuesday, Aug. 26, at 6 p.m. in the Church of the Gesu. Doors will open at 5 p.m. All members of the Marquette and Milwaukee communities are welcome. The university will provide free parking in the Wells Street Structure (located at 13th and Wells streets) for attendees.

Those who are unable to join are encouraged to pray A Prayer for Journalists. Rev. Frederick Zagone, S.J., assistant to the vice president and University Advancement chaplain, also offers this prayer for James.

James, who majored in history at Marquette, had a heart for social justice and used his immense talents to tell the difficult stories in the hopes that they might make a difference in the world a measure of his character for which we could not be prouder.

Following his first capture in 2011, after he safely returned from Libya, James expressed in a letter to the Marquette community the power and strength he drew not only from his own prayer, but the prayers of his family and friends. As a community, we offer this prayer for peace.

Working with the family and friends of James Foley, Marquette has established the James Foley Scholarship Fund in the Diederich College of Communication. Please remember James and his family in prayer, and continue to pray for peace throughout our world.

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2. President Lovell gathers higher education leaders from greater Milwaukee to help region aim higher

Presidents and senior academic leaders from across the region met at Marquette late last week to foster collaboration around student innovation and entrepreneurship, following an invitation from President Michael R. Lovell. The theme of the day was that the colleges and universities of southeast Wisconsin can accomplish great things when they come together and collaborate. Attendees included presidents and other high-ranking officials from institutions as diverse as technical colleges, the region's medical college and larger universities with extensive undergraduate and graduate programs. It was the first time in memory that top higher education executives from across the seven-county region, representing 20 institutions in all, gathered to discuss collaboration.

Front and center at the meeting was an immediate opportunity for cross-university collaboration: a proposed initiative known as The Commons, which aims to bring together students from across the region and support them in developing entrepreneurial talents, pursuing ideas for start-up companies and working on projects that help existing companies innovate. Operating in a planned space in Walker's Point through a partnership of Startup Milwaukee and the Greater Milwaukee Committee's Innovation in Milwaukee Initiative, The Commons will serve as a hub where like-minded students gather for workshops, intensive mentoring and access to funding and other resources. Not only will students gain real-world experience in the areas of innovation and entrepreneurship, but they will also build networks that extend into the region's entrepreneurial and corporate ranks.

Read more about this President Lovell-led initiative at the Marquette University News Center.

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3. O-Fest and Community Service Fair is Aug. 28

The Office of Student Development will host this semester's O-Fest and Community Service Fair Thursday, Aug. 28, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on the Central Mall. The event gives students the opportunity to explore more than 270 student organizations by talking to organization representatives and will also feature Milwaukee food trucks.

For more information, contact the Office of Student Development at (414) 288-7205.

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4. Inauguration Ceremony tickets available beginning today; student-centered Inauguration events taking place Sept. 13-20

Tickets for the Presidential Inauguration Ceremony are available for pick-up while supplies last in the AMU Brooks Lounge, during normal business hours beginning Monday, Aug. 25. MUSG is sponsoring a "gold out" for the Inauguration Ceremony. The first 500 students to pick up their Inauguration tickets will receive a free, gold Inauguration T-shirt to wear to the ceremony. Students can pick up one ticket/T-shirt per Marquette ID. Brooks Lounge hours can be found on the Inauguration website.

The Inauguration Ceremony will take place Friday, Sept. 19, at 3 p.m. in the Al McGuire Center. Doors will open at 2 p.m. A reception will follow at the Helfaer Recreation Center. Classes are cancelled beginning at 3 p.m. so faculty, staff and students can attend the Inauguration Ceremony. All members of the Marquette community are also invited to the Inaugural Mass on Thursday, Sept. 18, but are reminded that seating inside Church of the Gesu is limited. Doors will open at 2:30 p.m. for the 4 p.m. Mass. Tickets are not required for the Mass.

In addition to the Inaugural Mass and Inauguration Ceremony, a variety of free, student-centered Inauguration events with President Lovell are taking place Sept. 13-20, including:

  • Sign a welcome banner for President Lovell throughout Inauguration week in the AMU second floor lobby
  • Inaugural Ball, Saturday, Sept. 13, from 8 p.m. to midnight in the AMU Monaghan Ballroom
  • Interfaith Prayer Service, Sunday, Sept. 14, from 5:15 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. on Westowne Square Campus Ministry is sponsoring an opportunity for students of all faith backgrounds to share in prayer. RSVP to University Special Events.
  • Dinner in Cobeen Hall, Monday, Sept. 15, from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
  • Hot Cookie Night at McCormick Hall, Tuesday, Sept. 16, from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
  • Residence Hall Association Carnival, Tuesday, Sept. 16, from 8 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Westowne Square
  • Men's soccer game vs. University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Wednesday, Sept. 17, at 7:05 p.m. at Valley Fields
  • Glow BINGO, Wednesday, Sept. 17, from 9 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. - Join Mrs. Amy Lovell for glow-in-the-dark BINGO to support her charity, REDGen, a community action group committed to promoting balance and resiliency in the lives of youth and families. This event is sponsored by Active Minds, Marquette's student group dedicated to mental health awareness, the Residence Hall Association and the Counseling Center.
  • Inauguration Music Festival, Saturday, Sept. 20, at 9 p.m. on the Central Mall

Student volunteers are needed at events throughout the week. Interested students can sign up online.

For more information and a complete schedule of Inauguration events, visit the Inauguration website or call University Special Events at (414) 288-7431.

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5. RHA hosting Golden Eagles Games Aug. 29-Sept. 1

The Golden Eagles Games, hosted by the Residence Hall Association, is a campus-wide event where each residence hall forms a team to compete in different events over the course of Labor Day weekend, Aug. 29 to Sept. 1. The games kick-off Friday, Aug. 29, with the aMUzing Race, a citywide scavenger hunt. The rest of the weekend is filled with team sports, bean bag toss and video games, and will conclude with Eagle Fest, where the winners will be announced.

The winners will receive champion T-shirts and a traveling trophy. The first 50 people from each hall who register will also receive a T-shirt. Additional information and registration is available online.

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6. President Lovell invites campus community to twice-weekly running group

President Michael R. Lovell invites students, faculty and staff to join him for a campus running group on Tuesdays and Fridays throughout the academic year. The group will meet in front of the Father Marquette statue on the Central Mall at 11:45 a.m. on Tuesdays and at 8 a.m. on Fridays.

The first running group will be held Tuesday, Aug. 26. Paces and distances of the runs will vary. President Lovell said he would like to use the gatherings to get to know others on campus in an informal setting. "I meet a cross section of people on campus and across the city while training," he said. "I've had numerous people tell me they thought to themselves, 'If Mike has time to do it, I should find time to do it.'"

A meeting with President Lovell can also be requested on the Office of the President website.

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7. Auditions being held for cheerleading and dance teams; Athletics seeking Golden Eagle mascot candidates

Auditions for the university's co-ed cheerleading team and the dance team will be held during the next few weeks. Students who make the teams will perform during games at the Bradley Center.

The university's co-ed cheerleading team will hold tryouts Sunday, Sept. 7, at 11:30 a.m. in the Al McGuire Center. Interested male and female candidates should attend open stunt clinics Tuesday, Sept. 2, and Wednesday, Sept. 3, from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Dance team auditions will be held Sunday, Sept. 7, at 9:30 a.m. in the Al McGuire Center. A dance team clinic will be held before auditions on Saturday, Sept. 6, at 9:30 a.m. in the Al McGuire Center.

Candidates for both tryouts must bring a health insurance card, or a front and back photocopy of their card, to participate in clinics and auditions.

Athletics is also looking for outgoing and energetic individuals to serve as the Golden Eagle mascot. This is a paid position and requires a flexible schedule, especially in the evenings and weekends.

For more information contact Mary Larkin, office manager and spirit squad coach, at (414) 288-4796.

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8. Register for Al's Run by Aug. 27 to receive a special Inauguration-branded T-shirt

Registration is open for Briggs & Al's Run & Walk for Children's Hospital of Wisconsin, which will take place Saturday, Sept. 13, at 10:30 a.m. More than 16,000 participants, including President Michael R. Lovell and Head Men's Basketball Coach Steve Wojciechowski are expected to line up on Marquette's campus for an 8K run and 3- and 5-mile walks to help make a difference in the lives of children from across Wisconsin. The event was founded by former Marquette basketball coach Al McGuire and has raised more than $14 million for the hospital to fund medical care, research and education.

The race starts at 12th Street and Wisconsin Avenue and continues to Lake Michigan near the Summerfest grounds. There is a $25 registration fee for walkers and a $30 registration fee for runners, both of which include a special Marquette Presidential Inauguration-branded T-shirt if registration is completed before Wednesday, Aug. 27, at 5 p.m. Register online as an individual or with a Marquette team. For more information about joining the Marquette team or to learn more about volunteer opportunities, contact Ali Myszewski, associate director of marketing and programming at the AMU, at (414) 288-3129.

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9. Apply for International Marquette Action Program trips

Campus Ministry and the International Marquette Action Program are offering two international service trips for the 2014-15 academic year. IMAP will be traveling to South Africa in January. The application deadline for this program is Wednesday, Sept. 24. IMAP will travel to Ecuador in May. The deadline to apply for the Ecuador trip is Wednesday, Oct. 15.

Visit the IMAP website for more information and to apply.

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10. Department of Recreational Sports hosting intramural sports meetings in September

The Department of Recreational Sports will hold organizational meetings for Intramural Sports leagues Wednesday, Sept. 3, through Tuesday, Sept. 16, in the Helfaer Recreation Center. The managers' meeting for each sport must be attended by one member of each team. Students who would like to be placed on a team should attend the appropriate managers' meeting. Sign-ups for several intramural tournaments will also be available.

For meeting times and more information, see the managers' meeting flyer or contact Lori Suleski, office coordinator for Recreational Sports, at (414) 288-1558.

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11. Seminar to explore role of Islamic philosophy in developing European philosophy

The Aquinas and the Arabs International Working Group and the Midwest Seminar in Ancient and Medieval Philosophy will present, "On the Important Roles Islamic Philosophy Played in the Development of European Philosophy," Friday, Aug. 29, from 8:30 a.m. to noon in Raynor Memorial Libraries 320A.

This seminar is free and open to all faculty, staff and students. For additional information, contact Dr. Richard Taylor, professor of philosophy, at (414) 288-5649.

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12. Microsoft Office 365 available to students for free

IT Services offers enrolled students a subscription to Microsoft Office 365 with OneDrive storage at no cost. Each subscription license allows students to run Office on up to five desktop/laptop computers (Mac or Windows). Students can also run Office on up to five mobile devices. The subscription includes 1,000 GB of file storage through Microsoft's OneDrive. Learn more and log in to download Microsoft Office 365 online.

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13. Mass schedule changes due to Labor Day weekend

Due to the Labor Day holiday, Campus Ministry-sponsored Masses on Sunday, Aug. 31, will be celebrated at 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. in the Chapel of the Holy Family in the AMU. There is no 4 p.m. Mass at the Church of the Gesu on Sunday, Aug. 31. The normal Sunday Mass schedule will resume on Sunday, Sept. 7. Additionally, the 10 p.m. Mass at St. Joan of Arc on Monday, Sept. 1, will not be held.

For more information, contact Timothy Johnston, assistant director of Liturgical Programs, at (414) 288-0522.

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14. Update personal contact information for university records

Students should update their personal addresses and telephone numbers, (preferably mobile numbers), in CheckMarq by Tuesday, Sept. 2. This information is used by university employees to contact students during emergencies and for vital university business.

To update contact information, log in to CheckMarq, click Student Center and select "Addresses" or "Phone Numbers" from the dropdown menu in the Personal Information section.

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15. Information on students' FERPA rights available online

Marquette University is required by federal law to notify all students of their FERPA (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act) rights at the beginning of each term. Students can access the annual FERPA notification online.

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