1. Winter O-Fest and Community Service Fair is Jan. 16

The Office of Student Development will host the annual Winter O-Fest and Community Service Fair on Thursday, Jan. 16, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the AMU, Monaghan Ballrooms and second-floor lobby. O-Fest offers students the opportunity to explore Marquette's student organizations by talking to organization representatives and signing up for organizations of interest. In addition, there will be a number of campus and community service agencies present to share the community service opportunities available this semester.

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

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2. Spring 2014 classroom assignments posted in CheckMarq

Students can access CheckMarq to find the most up-to-date spring 2014 course classroom assignments, and should contact the department offering the course if they are unable to locate where a course is meeting.

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3. Read The Sunflower to prepare for Mission Week 2014, Feb. 2-7

The Office of Mission and Ministry will host Mission Week 2014 "The Art and Practice of Forgiveness," beginning with Mission Week Mass on Sunday, Feb. 2, at 11:30 a.m. in Church of the Gesu.

This year's Mission Week theme cuts to the core of the human experience. The ability to forgive after tragic events affects individuals' spiritual, psychological, and social development in profound ways. Mission Week 2014 will examine the theme of forgiveness in many forms, from the interpersonal to the international.

The Marquette community is encouraged to read The Sunflower: On the Possibilities and Limits of Forgiveness, which includes responses from 53 women and men from around the world who have, in one way or another, wrestled with the dilemma of whether or not to forgive someone. Some of the individuals featured are notable global figures and others are anonymous victims of war and injustice. A series of book discussions will be held throughout Mission Week.

For more information and a full schedule of events, visit the Mission Week 2014 website.

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4. Attend information session on helping plan Hunger Clean-up

The Office of Student Development's Hunger Clean-up planning team will hold two information sessions for students who would like to learn more about becoming a committee member for Hunger Clean-up 2014. The sessions will be held Wednesday, Jan. 15, from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. in Lalumiere, 176, and Thursday, Jan. 23, from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. in Lalumiere, 216. The available committees include: community, fundraising, logistics, marketing and volunteer.

For more information, contact the Office of Student Development at (414) 288-1412.

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5. Soup with Substance to focus on individuals who make a living by making a difference

This week's Soup with Substance will take place Wednesday, Jan. 15, at noon in the AMU, 163, and will feature a panel of professionals who have successfully connected the ideas of "making a living" and "making a difference."

The two confirmed panelists are Adrian Thomas, director of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee, and Kathleen Patron, community organizer at Southeastern Wisconsin Common Ground.

This discussion will be especially valuable to students with an interest in pursuing a career that contributes to the common good, and is the first of two events in a "Making a Living, Making a Difference" series sponsored by the Center for Peacemaking and Hunger Clean-Up. A student networking event will be held Thursday, Feb. 27, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Register for the networking event online.

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6. Mentoring panel discussion offered as part of National Mentoring Month

Marquette mentors and mentees will share insights on Thursday, Jan. 16, at 5 p.m. in the AMU, 163, to celebrate National Mentoring Month. Join Marquette alumni and mentors Rondell Sheridan, Sp '80; Dr. Diane Held Munzenmaier, Arts '84; and mentees Aja Luckett, Comm '15; and John Seagrist, Arts '15, for a panel discussion about the benefits of having a mentorships, serving as a mentee and preparing for life after Marquette. Light snacks will be provided.

Sheridan is an actor, director and comedian with a wide variety of experiences in the entertainment industry, including his most famous acting role as Chef Victor Baxter from Disney's That's So Raven. Munzenmaier is an assistant professor of physiology at the Medical College of Wisconsin. For more information contact Dan DeWeerdt, director of alumni engagement, at (414) 288-4740.

Register online.

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7. Spring 2014 parking permits are on sale now

Student parking permits for the spring 2014 semester are on sale on the Parking Services website. Permits can also be purchased in person at the Parking Services Office in the Wells Street Parking Structure, which has extended office hours until 6 p.m. through Thursday, Jan. 16.

For more information, contact Jay Sobota, manager of parking services, at (414) 288-6911.

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8. Spring semester intramural manager meetings start this week

The Department of Recreational Sports' intramural manager meeting dates and information regarding sign-ups are available online. Flyers are available at the Rec Center in the Intramural Office.

For more information, contact the Department of Recreational Sports at (414) 288-1558.

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9. Formal Recruitment registration open for Panhellenic Association

The Panhellenic Association has opened registration for spring recruitment and will host an information session Thursday, Jan. 16, at 6 p.m. in Cudahy, 001. Participants will meet current sorority students and learn more about the benefits of Greek life and sisterhood. Additional recruitment events will be held Jan. 21-26 in the AMU, Monaghan Ballrooms.

Registration is available online. For more information, contact panhelmarquette@gmail.com.

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10. Chinese New Year celebration is this Sunday

The Chinese Students and Scholars Association will host a Chinese New Year celebration Sunday, Jan. 19. A traditional Chinese New Year dance performance will take place from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the Varsity Theatre. The performance is free but tickets are required, and can be picked up in the AMU, Brooks Lounge.

A dinner with traditional Chinese food will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the AMU, Monaghan Ballroom. Tickets are $10 per person and can be picked up in the AMU, Brooks Lounge.

This event is sponsored by the Departments of History and Foreign Languages and Literatures, the Office of International Education, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Chinese Community Center and the Chinese Consulate in Chicago.

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11. Sharpen Linkedin knowledge at free webinar with bestselling author

Best-selling LinkedIn author and Marquette alumnus Wayne Breitbarth will give a free webinar to help students improve their LinkedIn expertise Wednesday, Jan. 22, at 1 p.m., presented by the Marquette University Alumni Association. Register online. For more information, contact Dan DeWeerdt, director of alumni engagement, at (414) 288-4740.

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12. Contemplative Community to resume weekly meditation hour this week

The Marquette Contemplative Community will resume its weekly meditation hour beginning Tuesday, Jan. 14, from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., in the St. Joan of Arc Chapel. Participants can practice contemplation in their individual ways either through meditation, prayer, sitting quietly, contemplating or resting the mind.

Meditation hours are held every Tuesday throughout the semester, and individuals are free to come late or leave early. A bell tolls at 4:30 p.m. to mark the beginning of the hour and then rings again at 5:30 p.m. to end the session. Mindfulness meditation instruction is available at the beginning of the hour.

For more information, contact Maria Cooper, assistant director of the Honors Program, at (414) 288-7516.

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13. Spring semester Fit Passes are now available

Fit Passes for the spring semester are on sale through the Group Fitness Office in the Department of Recreational Sports. There are three levels of passes available ranging from $40 to $65 for the 10-week semester. The Rec Plex and the Rec Center are offering 40 classes a week, which the Fit Pass gives individuals access to.

To purchase a Fit Pass, contact the Group Fitness Office at (414) 288-6979, or email marquettegroupfitness@gmail.com.

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14. Rec Plex swim classes begin Jan. 14

Registration for Rec Plex swim lessons during the spring semester is now open. Swim lessons for children will be held Tuesday evenings beginning Jan. 14. Adult swim lessons will be held on Saturdays starting Jan. 18. Various classes are offered:

  • Levels one to six, Introduction to Water Skills through Swimming and Skill Proficiency.

  • Tiny Tots and Wee Folks, a child/parent program for children six months to six years old. This program is designed to encourage water adjustment skills and develop basic swimming skills.

  • Adult Swim Lessons, for those 17 years of age and older wishing to learn to swim or improve on what they already know.

  • Private and Semi-Private Lessons, available for children and adults. A minimum of two swimmers is required for semi-private lessons.

Registration for all lessons must be done at the Rec Plex and cannot be completed over the phone. The cost is $40 for members and $46 for non-members for group classes. Enrollment is limited. All sessions have a minimum number of spaces that must be filled in order to offer the class, and classes may be combined to accommodate these requirements. Payment must be made at the time of registration, and a liability waiver must be completed before a child or minor can participate in the program.

Questions can be directed to John Kratzer, Rec Plex general manager, at (414) 288-7778.

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15. Update personal contact information in university records

All students are strongly encouraged to update their personal contact information via CheckMarq. The university needs an updated address and telephone number (preferably a mobile number) for each student. This information is used by university staff to contact students in emergencies and for vital university business.

Students should log in to CheckMarq, scroll to the "Personal Information" section and update their information by Tuesday, Jan. 21.

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16. Annual notification of FERPA rights

Marquette University is required by federal law to notify all students of their Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) rights at the beginning of each term. Review the full FERPA policy online. Contact Marquette Central at (414) 288-4000 with questions.

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17. Annual consumer information notice

Under federal financial aid program guidelines, universities must annually provide notice to all enrolled students describing the availability of a wide range of consumer information.

The Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008 mandates that students are provided with a significant amount of additional information about the institution they are attending. This information is online, or students may request a hard copy be mailed to them. Students should fill out an online form with their full name and mailing address or stop by Marquette Central on the first floor of Zilber Hall to request a hard copy.

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18. Notice of federal student aid penalties for drug convictions

Every higher education institution must provide to each student a separate, clear, and conspicuous written notice that advises the student that a conviction for any offense during a period of enrollment for which the student was receiving federal student financial aid funds, under any federal or state law involving the possession or sale of illegal drugs, will result in the loss of eligibility for any federal student grant, loan or work-study assistance under HEA Sec. 484 (r)(1) and (20 U.S.C.1091 (r)(1)).

Additional information is available online.

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