President Scott R. Pilarz, S.J., will forego the typical annual State of the University Presidential Address this year and use the date to invite the university to participate in a university-wide Strategic Planning Workshop, which will bring together faculty, staff and students in interdisciplinary, roundtable discussions aimed at generating ideas for university-wide goals to be considered for inclusion in the strategic plan. The President's Strategic Planning Workshop will be held Wednesday, Jan. 30, from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the AMU, Monaghan Ballroom. All faculty, staff and students are invited to attend and participate in the workshop.
The event will begin promptly at 3 p.m. with introductory remarks by Father Pilarz, and will be followed by a 60-minute strategic planning workshop featuring guided discussions at each roundtable led by department chairs and director-level and assistant/associate vice president-level staff. The focus of the President's Strategic Planning Workshop is to ensure broad participation in a dynamic and collaborative cross-disciplinary process to identify possible strategic plan goals. Ideas generated at the workshop will be shared with the Marquette community for review and further input via the strategic planning website, and will be considered for inclusion in the final plan.
Participants will be assigned to roundtables to ensure there is a variety of faculty, staff and students from various disciplines and areas of the university at each table. To accomplish this, attendees should RSVP to University Special Events by Friday, Jan. 25, with their name, designation as faculty, staff or student, and department, office or college.
The "fiscal cliff" legislation recently passed by Congress did not include an extension of the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012 (H.R. 3630), also known as the "payroll tax cut." Because of this, individual employees' share of the Social Security payroll tax is rising by two percent (from 4.2 percent to 6.2 percent), effective as of Jan. 1, 2013.
The Office of the Comptroller has developed an online payroll tax calculator that will help employees estimate by how much the expiration of the payroll tax cut will increase their payroll deduction for Social Security tax.
The fiscal cliff legislation did include a permanent extension of Section 127 of the Internal Revenue Code, which allows employees to exclude from income up to $5,250 per year in assistance for educational courses at the graduate level. Employees taking advantage of the tuition remission benefit for graduate level courses will continue to be taxed on all tuition remission amounts after the initial $5,250 incurred per calendar year.
For additional information, visit the Human Resources website or the Payroll website, or contact Julie Laubenstein, payroll manager, at 8-7264.
Faculty can access CheckMarq to find the most up-to-date spring 2013 course classroom assignments. Faculty should email Alexander Frain or Gregory Deuchars, Office of the Registrar, if they are unable to locate where a course is meeting.
Once assigned, courses may not be moved without prior approval from the Office of the Registrar. Submit the SOC Classroom Change Request web form to request a change in classroom assignment. Please note that assignments are changed only for ADA-compliance related issues or in cases where the course's enrollment has exceeded the physical capacity of the assigned room.
Marquette University will celebrate Mission Week 2013: The World is Our Home from Feb. 4-8, when the university will honor the 10 recipients of the million-dollar Opus Prize for faith-based social entrepreneurship. Volunteers are needed to sing in the choir for the Mission Week Mass, serve as ushers at the Feb. 7 keynote event and assist with other Mission Week programs. Interested faculty, staff and students should email the Office of Mission and Ministry by Jan. 18.
The university mourns the death of Dr. John M. Ivanoff, 85, who taught in the College of Education for 35 years. Ivanoff passed away Dec. 17, 2012, in Dallas. He retired from the university as professor emeritus in 1995. A memorial service will be held Saturday, Jan. 19, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Regency House, located at 929 N. Astor Street in Milwaukee. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org by Jan. 15. Donations in lieu of flowers may be made to the Alzheimer's Foundation of America.
Bevan Baker, City of Milwaukee Health Commissioner, will be the next guest for "On the Issues with Mike Gousha," Thursday, Jan. 17, from 12:15 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. in Eckstein Hall. As Health Commissioner, Baker is leading the fight to address some of Milwaukee's most pressing public health challenges. He will discuss how the city is working to lower infant mortality rates that rival those of third world nations and the key to dramatically reducing teen pregnancies in Milwaukee.
Registration for Rec Plex swim lessons is now open. Swim lessons for children will be held Tuesday evenings beginning Jan. 15. Adult swim lessons will be held on Saturdays starting Jan. 19.
Various classes are offered:
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 8-7778.
Marquette Theatre will present a children's play, Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse, based on Kevin Henkes' popular books about Lilly, a mouse with a wild imagination. Performances will be held at the Helfaer Theatre:
Tickets are available for purchase online or by calling the Helfaer Theatre Box Office at 8-7504.
The News Briefs e-newsletter will resume its twice-weekly publication schedule beginning next week. Thursday, Jan. 17, will be the first Thursday edition of the spring semester.
The submission deadlines are noon Friday for Monday editions and noon Wednesday for Thursday editions.