1. 2014-15 tuition announced

In a letter to parents, Interim President Robert A. Wild, S.J., said his "top priority since October has been working with the university leadership team to take a proactive approach to reduce costs and improve efficiencies across campus." Father Wild added that, "recognizing our responsibility to contain costs and the difficult economic environment, the Marquette Board of Trustees has approved an undergraduate tuition increase of $1,280 for 201415, the lowest increase in both percentage and dollar amount in the last three years."

There are no tuition increases this year for summer school, part-time enrollment, the Graduate School, the Graduate School of Management or the College of Professional Studies.

Room and board rates will increase an average of 2.5 percent. Marquette's tuition continues to rank in the bottom half of all Jesuit colleges and universities, and below the national average for all private colleges and universities. The new 2014-15 rate guide, which includes detailed room and board rates, is posted on the Marquette Central website. Visit go.mu.edu/value to learn more about the value of a Marquette education.

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2. Scholarship awards available from alumni organizations

Several Marquette alumni organizations offer annual scholarship awards and are seeking applications. Students who meet the criteria for these awards are encouraged to apply. In some cases, a nomination from a Marquette faculty or staff member is also required. Students receiving tuition remission or full-tuition scholarships are not eligible for these awards.

  • The Association of Marquette University Women Scholarship — Approximately $2,500 for junior women beginning their senior year in fall 2014, who are enrolled full-time with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.3. The application deadline is Feb. 14.

  • Association of Marquette University Women Ignatian Leadership Award Award for a senior woman graduating in 2014 and enrolled full-time, who excels academically and demonstrates leadership and service to the Marquette and Milwaukee communities, or her hometown community, and strives to live out the Ignatian ideals. A faculty/staff nomination is required along with the student application by March 21.

  • Ethnic Alumni Association Ralph H. Metcalfe, Sr., Scholarship — Up to three awards of up to $2,000 each for students of color who are enrolled full-time with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5. At least one award will go to an Educational Opportunity Program student and one to a non-EOP student. The application deadline is Feb. 14.

  • The Marquette University Women's Council Scholarship A renewable tuition scholarship of approximately $3,000 annually for a non-traditional female undergraduate student. The application deadline is Feb. 14.

  • Pedro Arrupe Award Award for a junior in good standing and enrolled full-time who emulates the values and ideals of Rev. Pedro Arrupe, S.J., and is involved in service in and beyond the Marquette community. A faculty/staff nomination is required along with the student application and essay by March 21.

For questions about the application process or more information about these scholarships, contact Martha Moore, senior engagement officer in University Advancement at (414) 288-0398.

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3. Attend study abroad fair to learn more about summer international programs

A spring study abroad fair, which will highlight all summer study abroad options, will be held Wednesday, Jan. 29, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the AMU, second floor lobby. Students will have the opportunity to speak with advisers, program coordinators and study abroad alumni. Summer study abroad options include faculty-led programs in countries ranging from Argentina to Japan to South Africa. The Office of International Education will also hold region-specific information meetings Friday, Jan. 31, through Monday, Feb. 10.

More information is available on the OIE study abroad website and summer study abroad brochures are available at the Information Desk in the AMU and in the Office of International Education, located on the fourth floor of Holthusen Hall.

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4. Commencement student speaker nominations due Jan. 31

Nominations are being accepted for the undergraduate Senior Speaker for May 2014 Commencement. Faculty, staff and students are invited to nominate graduating seniors with a minimum 2.5 GPA who have never been on academic or disciplinary probation.

Nominations will be accepted through Friday, Jan. 31, and can be submitted online. For more information, email Sterling Hardaway, MUSG Senior Speaker Coordinator.

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5. Class of 2014 invited to participate in 100 Days to Graduation Celebration

The Office of Student Development will host a 100 Days to Graduation Celebration as part of Senior Week 2014 on Friday, Feb. 7, from 8 p.m. until midnight in the AMU, Brooks Lounge. Tickets can be purchased online until Monday, Feb. 3, and include food, a beverage ticket, live entertainment, a chance to win door prizes and a commemorative Class of 2014 mug.

For more information, contact Matt Lengen, coordinator for student organizations and leadership in OSD, at (414) 288-7205.

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6. MUSG accepting applications for 2014-15 leadership positions

MUSG is seeking students for involvement in a variety of leadership positions for the 2014-15 school year. Available positions include program vice president, communications vice president and program board commissioners.

Applications and detailed descriptions of each position can be found online. Applications are due by 5 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 7, to the MUSG office in the AMU, 133. For additional questions, contact Alex Lahr, MUSG communications vice president.

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7. FAME book swap is Jan. 26

Friends and Alumni/ae of Marquette English will host its annual book swap Sunday, Jan. 26, from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the AMU, second floor lobby.

Guests can take home half as many books as they donate. The remaining books will be donated to local agencies that promote literacy, specifically local shelters.

Books can be donated in the Department of English office, located in Coughlin Hall, 335.

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8. Libraries hosting information sessions on using RefWorks for bibliographic citations

Raynor Memorial Libraries will offer various information sessions to teach students about the bibliographic management and citation tool, RefWorks. RefWorks allows students to export references from article databases, create bibliographies and generate in-text citations. The sessions will take place in Raynor Memorial Libraries, 227, on the following dates:

  • Monday, January 27, from noon to 1 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Jan. 29, from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Feb. 4, from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Feb. 5, from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.

To register, contact Rose Trupiano, librarian, at (414) 288-5998.

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9. Chief of Police Ed Flynn goes "On the Issues" to discuss crime statistics, trends and tactics in Milwaukee

Milwaukee Chief of Police Ed Flynn will discuss the city's current crime trends and his department's latest crime-prevention tactics in an upcoming "On the Issues with Mike Gousha," Tuesday, Jan. 28, from 12:15 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. in Eckstein Hall.

Was a spike in homicides in 2013 an aberration, or a sign of things to come? Now in his second term, Chief Flynn will discuss the department's data-driven approach to fighting crime, police-community relations and how Milwaukee is doing compared to other cities.

Flynn commands an agency of 2,000 sworn officers and 700 civilians. Before coming to Milwaukee in 2008, he served as the police commissioner in Springfield, Mass., the secretary of public safety under then-Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and the police chief in Arlington, Va.

Seating is limited; registration is available online.

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10. Brown University professor to speak at Department of Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science colloquium

The Department of Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science will host a colloquium Monday, Jan. 27, at 1 p.m. in Cudahy Hall, 401. Dr. Feng Chen from Brown University will present "GPU Spectral Method and Stable Parareal Method for Large-scale Problems in Computational Science."

Large-scale problems in scientific simulation and data analysis have led to an increasing demand for both spatial and temporal computations. Chen will discuss recent efforts to develop GPU-suited spectral methods for general systems of coupled elliptic equations with non-periodic boundary conditions, and will introduce a decoupling strategy that takes advantage of the global nature of spectral methods.

Refreshments will be served prior to the colloquium at 12:30 p.m. in Cudahy, 342. For additional information, contact Dr. Rong Ge, assistant professor of mathematics, statistics and computer science, at (414) 288-6344.

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11. Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering colloquium will focus on wave energy conversion systems

The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering will host a colloquium on "Trans-rotary Magnetic Gear for Wave Energy Conversion Systems," Tuesday, Jan. 28, at 2 p.m. in Olin Engineering, 120. Siavash Pakdelian, faculty candidate in the Department of Electrical Engineering at Texas A&M University, will deliver the lecture.

Pre-colloquium refreshments will be served at 1:30 p.m. in Olin Engineering, 204A. For more information, contact the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at (414) 288-6820.

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12. Two orientation sessions offered on the Libraries' Funding Information Center

Raynor Memorial Libraries will host two orientation sessions on the Funding Information Center, one of more than 470 partners in the Foundation Center's Funding Information Network, which is designed to provide current information for the fund-seeking public and those doing research on private foundations, philanthropy, nonprofit organization and management, volunteerism, fundraising, grant making, and letter and proposal writing.

The orientation sessions will last 90 minutes, and will cover the types of resources found at the center, how to identify and research prospective funders and how to update records on grantmakers. Sessions will be held Thursday, Jan. 30, and Wednesday, Feb. 12, at 10 a.m. in Raynor Library. Attendees should meet on the first floor of Raynor Library in the Funding Information Center area, which is in the southwest part of the building.

Registration is required and can be completed by calling (414) 288-1515. For more information, contact Mary Frenn, funding information librarian, at (414) 288-1995.

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13. Department of Public Safety offering free self-defense class

The Department of Public Safety will hold a free self-defense class for faculty, staff and students Monday, Jan. 27, at 5 p.m. in the AMU, 227. For more information, contact Officer Joseph Secanky at (414) 288-4247.

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