1. Faculty members invited to forum with Father Pilarz tomorrow


Faculty members are invited to attend a forum with President Scott R. Pilarz, S.J., Tuesday, Nov. 27, from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the AMU, Ballroom E. The format of the forum will be as follows:

First 20 minutes – Father Pilarz will respond to the following three questions about strategic planning:

  • University-wide discussions concerning strategic planning themes are currently under way. How might the themes be changed to reflect the feedback you've received so far?
  • How can the further development of shared governance enhance the strategic planning process at Marquette?
  • Once the Strategic Plan is adopted, what is the process of setting financial priorities?

For the next 20 minutes, Father Pilarz will respond to questions solicited in advance from the university community that have been collected and reviewed by the Faculty Council which will eliminate repetitive questions.

The final 20 minutes will be open to further questions from the audience.

According to University Academic Senate Statutes, the Faculty Council, a committee of UAS, is responsible for arranging a forum with the president of the university at least one time per year.

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2. Classroom access for fall semester final exams announced


Fall semester final exams are scheduled for Monday, Dec. 10 through Saturday, Dec. 15. Smart classrooms with key access scheduled during this time will be opened by the Department of Public Safety prior to the exam. Smart classrooms with card reader access are opened by the faculty member, using his or her MUID card. Non-smart classrooms scheduled during final exams are opened by custodial staff.

If access problems are encountered, call the Department of Public Safety at 8-6800.

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3. Course evaluations begin today

Fall 2012 course evaluations will be available for students to complete online beginning Monday, Nov. 26, through Sunday, Dec. 9. The Marquette Online Course Evaluations System (MOCES) will be used to administer the evaluations. The Office of the Provost is strongly encouraging all instructors to provide students the opportunity to complete course evaluations in class using mobile technology. Instructors should plan to set aside 15-20 minutes of class time during the last two weeks of the term for the evaluation. Instructions for offering an in-class evaluation are available online.

Results will be made available to faculty after final grades for all classes have been submitted to the Office of the Registrar, anticipated to be Wednesday, Dec. 19. Instructors, department chairs and deans will receive an e-mail on or around Wednesday, Dec. 19, with login information and instructions about how to access the online results.

Students will receive an email to their eMarq email accounts Monday, Nov. 26, with login information and instructions about how to complete the evaluations online, and can also access the MOCES system via marquette.edu/evaluate.

For additional information, including a sample in-class announcement, the course evaluation schedule, a sample evaluation form and more, visit the MOCES website or email courseval@marquette.edu.

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4. Apply for tenure surrender benefits by Dec. 3

The deadline for tenured faculty to apply for benefits in return for surrender of tenure at the end of the 2012-13 academic year is 4:30 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 3. This includes tenured faculty that wish to retire completely, as well as those who wish to accept a part-time appointment and stipend. To be eligible to receive benefits in return for the surrender of tenure, a tenured faculty member must be eligible for retirement under University Policy and Procedure 4-18, including being at least 55 years of age and having a combined total age and years of full-time service with the university that equals at least 70. Tenured faculty who wish to retire at the end of the 2013 fall academic term must apply for tenure surrender benefits no later than Friday, Feb. 1, 2013. The complete policy is located online.

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5. James Wake Memorial Lecture to feature oncology expert

The College of Nursing's Institute for Palliative and End of Life Care will host the James Wake Memorial Lecture Thursday, Dec. 13, at 5 p.m. in the AMU, Monaghan Ballroom. Dr. Betty Ferrell, professor and research scientist at the City of Hope Medical Center in Los Angeles, will present "Improving the Quality of Spiritual Care in Palliative Care."

Ferrell has practiced in the field of oncology nursing for more than 35 years and has focused her clinical expertise and research in pain management, quality of life and palliative care. Specifically, her research focuses on spiritual care as a critical component in palliative care situations where patients face serious and life-threatening illness.

This lecture series is in memory of James Wake, a chaplain who specialized in end-of-life-ministry and husband of former Marquette Provost Dr. Madeline Wake, R.N., F.A.A.N. 

A reception will follow the lecture. For more information, contact University Special Events at 8-7431.

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6. Attend poster sessions on international research, forward thinking

The Office of International Education will host "Marquette International Research Poster Session," and the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs with the Office of the Vice Provost for Research will host "Forward Thinking Poster Session and Colloquy," Wednesday, Nov. 28, from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the AMU, Monaghan Ballroom. This event provides the opportunity to learn about research projects and connect with faculty and students across the university.

A reception will follow the sessions from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. For additional information, contact Erin Folstad, director of project planning and development, at 8-3642.

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7. Department of Math, Statistics and Computer Science colloquium series continues Friday

The Department of Math, Statistics and Computer Science will host a colloquium Friday, Nov. 30, at 1 p.m. in Cudahy Hall, 401. Rizwana Rizia and Farzana Rahman, teaching assistants in the Department of Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science, will present "I Am Not a Goldfish in a Bowl: Privacy Preservation in RFID-Based Healthcare Systems," and "KnockAround: Location-Based Service via Social Knowledge." For more information, contact the Department of Math, Statistics and Computer Science at 8-7573.

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8. Two sessions offered on D2L functions related to grading

The Center for Teaching and Learning will hold two forums addressing faculty questions about D2L functions and processes to help with end-of-semester grading and planning for the spring semester. Sessions will be held Friday, Nov. 30, from noon to 2 p.m. and Thursday, Dec. 6 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. in Raynor Memorial Libraries, 330B.

Contact Heidi Schweizer, eLearning director, at 8-8811 with additional questions.

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9. Miracle on Westowne Square will be held Dec. 2

The university will host Igniting Hope: Miracle on Westowne Square Sunday, Dec. 2, the first Sunday of Advent. The event will begin with an 8 p.m. Mass in the Chapel of the Holy Family in the AMU, concelebrated by President Scott R. Pilarz, S.J. Following the Mass, there will be a candlelight procession to Westowne Square, where there will be a tree lighting ceremony and blessing beginning at 9:15 p.m., concelebrated by Father Pilarz. The event will conclude with a reception in the AMU, Monaghan Ballrooms, which will include cookies, hot cider and hot cocoa. Students, faculty and staff are invited to attend this event, meant to bring the campus community together to reflect and prepare for the winter season.

For additional information, contact the Residence Hall Association at 8-5851.

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10. Annual Lessons and Carols Concert is Friday

The Liturgical Choir and Marquette University Chorus will perform their annual Lessons and Carols Concert Friday, Nov. 30, at 7:30 p.m. at Church of the Gesu. Approximately 150 student musicians will perform in the concert, which will celebrate the upcoming Advent season.

Admission is free; donations are appreciated. Doors will open at 7 p.m.

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11. Faber Center offering half-day Ecumenical Retreat

The Faber Center will host its half-day Ecumenical Retreat, "Advent A Season of Hope. A Time for Healing," Friday, Dec. 7, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Gesu Parish Center. Michael Dante, director of the Faber Center, will lead a morning of reflection and prayer.

A continental breakfast and lunch will be included. Register by contacting Ellen Blonski, administrative assistant at the Faber Center, at 8-4545 by Wednesday, Dec. 5. The "Retreat Leave" benefit for staff applies to this program .

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12. Win gift cards for completing Campus Ministry online survey

Campus Ministry invites all Marquette students, faculty and staff to participate in a brief online survey. Regardless of religious affiliation, participation in this survey will help assess the current worship climate on campus and provide information that will help to better serve the Marquette community. Participants are entered to win a $25 gift certificate to the Brew or the Spirit Shop.

For more information, contact Timothy Johnston, assistant director for liturgical programs, at 8-0522.

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13. AMUW to host annual Advent Reflection Luncheon Dec. 7

The Association of Marquette University Women will host its annual Advent Reflection Luncheon Friday, Dec. 7, at 11:30 a.m. in the AMU, Monaghan Ballroom. Alumni, faculty, staff and friends are invited to share in seasonal reflection led by Dr. Kathy Coffey-Guenther (Arts '85, Grad '88, Grad '98), associate vice president for Mission and Ministry.

Registration can be completed online by Friday, Nov. 30. The event is $20 per person. For questions or special needs, including dietary restrictions, contact Libby Gard, advancement associate, at 8-8440 or AMUW.

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14. Gesu Parish to offer Advent Morning of Reflection

The Church of the Gesu will offer an Advent Morning of Reflection Saturday, Dec. 1, from 9 a.m. to noon at the Church of the Gesu. Rev. Wally Stohrer, S.J., will be the retreat director. Father Wally has served on the faculty member in the Department of Philosophy and is the chaplain for the College of Nursing.

This event is free. To register, contact Mike Heimbach, director of adult formation at Gesu Parish, or call 8-7101.

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15. Final monthly Mass in Law School Chapel is this Thursday

Rev. Thomas Anderson, S.J., assistant director of Campus Ministry and Law School chaplain, will celebrate the final monthly Mass in the Marquette University Law School Chapel on Thursday, Nov. 29, from 12:15 p.m. to 12:45 p.m. All members of the Marquette community are welcome to attend.

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16. Women's volleyball team to face Creighton on Friday in NCAA tournament

The women's volleyball team has earned an at-large bid to the 2012 NCAA Women's Volleyball Championship for the second-straight year, and will face Creighton in the first round Friday, Nov. 30, at 4:30 p.m. in Minneapolis.

The Golden Eagles are making their second appearance in the 64-team field as an at-large selection out of the BIG EAST Conference, which also placed Louisville and Notre Dame in the tournament. The winner of Friday's contest will face the winner of the 6:30 p.m. match between No. 8 Minnesota (24-7) and Liberty (25-7) on Saturday at 6 p.m.

Tickets for the first and second rounds are on sale online. Tickets are also available for purchase in person or over the phone by 9 a.m. tomorrow through the Gopher Ticket Office at 1-800-U-GOPHER. All-session reserved tickets are $20, while all-session general admission is $17 and student/youth/senior general admission is $12.

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17. Law School to hold information session Nov. 30

The Law School will hold an information session for prospective students Friday, Nov. 30, in Eckstein Hall, 263. The session will cover admissions, financial aid, curriculum, intellectual and student life, and information from current students. The session begins at 11:45 a.m. and lasts approximately one hour, followed by a brief tour. Register online. For more information, contact Law School Admissions at 8-6767.

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18. TIAA-CREF consultants available for free financial counseling

In conjunction with TIAA-CREF, Marquette will offer individual and confidential financial counseling sessions for faculty and staff. The 45-minute sessions will answer three common questions asked by participants: am I saving enough for retirement, am I properly allocated, and what are the options for taking distributions from my account? One-on-one sessions are available Tuesday, Nov. 27 and Wednesday, Nov. 28, in the AMU, 362.

To schedule an appointment, call (312) 345-5658, Monday through Friday, between 9:30 a.m. and 4 p.m.

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19. Gift sale to benefit physical therapy scholarship fund

The "almost everything $6 gift sale" will take place Wednesday, Nov. 28 through Friday, Nov. 30, in the AMU lobby. The sale will run from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday. The sale features gifts, jewelry and accessories, with 20 percent of the sale proceeds going to the Physical Therapy Faculty Student Scholarship Fund. Items will include both licensed merchandise greater than $6 and specials under $6.

Marquette Cash and credit cards are accepted. Those interested in making a contribution to the scholarship fund to assist graduate students in the Doctor of Physical Therapy program can contact Kathleen Ludington, director of development for the College of Health Sciences, at 8-1410.

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20. Donate cookies to Child Care Center Cookie Walk

The Child Care Center will accept donated cookies Monday, Dec. 3 through Wednesday, Dec. 5, from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Child Care Center, to be sold by the dozen at the Child Care Center's Cookie Walk Thursday, Dec. 6, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Child Care Center. Proceeds from the walk will go to the Child Care Center. For more information, contact the Child Care Center at 8-5655.

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