1. Miracle on Central Mall is tomorrow

The Residence Hall Association’s annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony, Miracle on Central Mall, will take place tomorrow, Dec. 11, at 5 p.m. outside of the St. Joan of Arc Chapel. Rev. Robert A. Wild, S.J., president, will bless the tree. A reception will follow with cookies, hot chocolate and apple cider.

The theme is Feliz Navidad: From the Bottom of Our Hearts. The event will support the Casa Romero Renewal Center, a local non-profit that offers retreats and programs for local families and parish communities.

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2. Offices of the General Counsel, Administration and Provost moving to Zilber Hall

The Office of the General Counsel is beginning its move into Zilber Hall today, Dec. 10. The office expects to monitor phone and e-mail messages during its move, resuming normal operations Monday, Dec. 14, in Zilber 205.

The Office of Administration will begin its move into Zilber Hall tomorrow, Dec. 11. The office expects to monitor phone and e-mail messages during its move and will resume normal operations Tuesday, Dec. 15, in Zilber 256.

The Office of the Provost will be closed Monday and Tuesday, Dec. 14 and 15, as it moves into Zilber Hall. The office will resume normal operations Wednesday, Dec. 16, in Zilber 448 and 454.

The Office of Marketing and Communication is scheduled to begin its move next, Dec. 17.

Current locations (and contact information) for employees and offices are listed in the online directory, which is updated with each Zilber move. The printed campus directory will be published at the beginning of second semester, when all the moves have been completed.

Watch News Briefs for more information as the moves take place.

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3. Marquette recognized for mini book, donor relations, Jesuit video

Marquette University's viewbook, Get Found: A college-bound student’s guide to figuring out life (and Marquette University), will be recognized with a gold medal in the “best viewbook category” by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education at CASE's annual conference Dec. 13-15 in Chicago. The 25-page “Mini Book,” which serves as Marquette’s mass mailer to 80,000 high school juniors, highlights Marquette's Catholic, Jesuit mission; majors and University Core of Common Studies; campus and city life; and facts and figures. The piece also received a bronze award in the "excellence in design for brochures" category. It was developed by the Office of Marketing and Communication and Undergraduate Admissions.

Marquette will also receive a silver award for “Best Program in Donor Recognition/Stewardship” and a bronze award in “best video feature.”

The donor recognition item, “Donor Relations Student Thank You Program” developed by University Advancement, uses an online form for students to write thank you notes to their scholarship donors and express their gratitude. The notes are packaged and mailed to donors by Donor Relations. More than 1,000 students have been connected with their donors in this program.

Jesuit 2.0, a 1-minute, 18-second video developed by the Office of Marketing and Communication, shows how Marquette interprets the discipline of a Jesuit education amid the chaos of modern life.

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4. Course evaluations run through Saturday

Course evaluations for fall 2009 classes are available through Saturday, Dec. 12. Login to complete evaluations. Students should have also received an e-mail from the “Marquette Course Evaluation Manager” with login information and instructions about how to complete the course evaluations online. 

Course evaluations are used by the institution to review classes and instructors with the primary goal of improving the quality of both. Responses are private and confidential, and no identifying information will ever appear with responses.

For additional information, including FAQs, the course evaluation schedule and a sample evaluation form, visit the MOCES informational Web site or e-mail.

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5. Monitor university communications for weather closings

In the event of a weather-related closing, students, faculty and staff will be notified by e-mail and, for those registered, by text messaging and Twitter. Local media will be notified of any closing, and Marquette.edu would also post information.

To receive the text message, students should enter their cell phone number in the “Personal Information” section of CheckMarq and keep it updated.

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6. Geske honored by American Bar Foundation

Janine Geske, distinguished professor of law, will be recognized for her contributions to the American Bar Foundation by the Fellows of the Wisconsin Law Foundation today, Dec. 10. Geske will receive “The Wisconsin Outstanding Service Award.”  
The Fellows is an honorary organization of attorneys, judges, law faculty and legal scholars who have been elected by their peers to become members of The Fellows. Membership is limited to one third of 1 percent of lawyers licensed to practice in each jurisdiction. Members are nominated by fellows in their jurisdiction and elected by the Board of the American Bar Foundation.

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7. Libraries extend hours during finals week

Raynor Memorial Libraries will extend hours of operation for finals week. The Bridge, Raynor second floor and lower level will be open from 7:45 a.m. to 2 a.m. from Friday, Dec. 11, through Thursday, Dec. 17. Friday, Dec. 18, hours are 7:45 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 19, hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The libraries will be closed Sunday, Dec. 20.

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8. Pure Dance Marquette presenting free showcase Saturday

Pure Dance Marquette will present its free dance showcase “Sins and Virtues!” at 3:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12, in the Weasler Auditorium. Styles include tap, ballet, pointe, jazz and lyrical.

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9. Free "After Dark" breakfast Monday

Marquette University Student Government will hold its After Dark Breakfast Monday, Dec. 14, from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. in the AMU Ballroom. Students are invited to take a break from studying for finals with free scrambled eggs, French toast, fruit and pastries.

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10. Liturgical Choir auditions are next week

Auditions for spring semester for the Marquette Liturgical Choir will be held Dec. 14-17.

The Liturgical Choir is a 60-member ensemble whose ministry is to provide music for the Sunday 4 p.m. liturgies at Church of the Gesu as well as other all-university liturgies on campus. The choir also performs two annual concerts and participates in parish outreach and service opportunities. The choir can be taken for academic credit. Rehearsals are Wednesdays from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. All faiths and ability levels are welcome.  

E-mail the director, Rachelle Kramer, to schedule an audition.

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11. House watch, free parking available over holiday break

Students living off-campus can register their properties with the Department of Public Safety for Vacant House Watch while they are away from campus during the holidays. DPS officers will discreetly monitor the property periodically during their routine patrols of the neighborhood.

Completed Vacant House Watch forms should be returned to the DPS office, Parking Structure 1, by Monday, Dec. 21. Students are also encouraged to discontinue mail and newspaper service over extended absences and to activate alarm systems if they are available.

Students leaving their vehicles unattended during break can obtain free on-campus parking while they are gone. After their last exam, students can register their vehicle and obtain a parking pass in the Parking Services office, located in the Wells Street Parking Structure. For more information call 8-6911.

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