1. Submit feedback on reaffirmation of accreditation self-study draft beginning Jan. 28

A critical step in Marquette's reaffirmation of accreditation process is the production of a self-study report. A draft of that document is being finalized and the campus community will have an opportunity to review and provide feedback Monday, Jan. 28, through Friday, Feb. 22. Information regarding online feedback forms, and in-person feedback sessions will be shared in the February issue of Marquette Matters, upcoming editions of News Briefs, and posted on the accreditation website. Background and progress reports about the process are available online.

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2. Results of 2012 Graduating Senior and First-Time Freshmen Surveys available

Marquette students continue to report very high rates of satisfaction with their education, with 84 percent of graduating seniors reporting that they would choose to attend Marquette again if starting over, according to the 2012 Graduating Senior Survey. Furthermore, 95 percent of respondents indicated that their Marquette education met their overall goals and 88 percent reported that they were completing their degree as quickly as they had planned.

The Division of Student Affairs and the Office of Institutional Research and Assessment annually survey graduating seniors about co-curricular learning experiences, satisfaction, future plans and the impact of their education. The executive summary and data tables are available online.

The 2012 Survey of First-Time Freshmen administered in August 2012 found that 20 percent of new students expect the highest degree they will attain will be a bachelor's degree, 40 percent expect to earn a master's degree and 40 percent expect to earn an advanced degree. Approximately 80 percent of new students intended to spend more than ten hours per week preparing for class, 99 percent of new students intended to participate in co-curricular activities and 94 percent expected to participate in volunteer service.

The 2012 Survey of First-Time Freshmen asked students to predict their levels of involvement, learning and engagement. New sets of questions for this year's survey explored students' pre-college experiences and the concerns they held upon starting their college career. Results can be viewed as an executive summary or in data tables by college.

The Office of Institutional Research and Assessment regularly posts reports and statistics for the campus community on its website. In addition, the Division of Student Affairs maintains an assessment website with reports from a variety of campus surveys.

For questions about any of these reports or to obtain additional data from institutional surveys, contact the members of the Institutional Survey Steering Committee: Dr. Sharron Ronco, director of assessment, Dr. Jon Dooley, senior associate dean of Student Development, or Alix Riley, associate director of Institutional Research and Assessment.

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3. Strategic Plan Coordinating Committee co-chairs hosting office hours

The Strategic Plan Coordinating Committee co-chairs will host office hours on various dates throughout the fall 2012 semester to gather input from the campus community. Office hours are open to all faculty, staff and students. Strategic planning office hours will be held:

  • Tuesday, Jan. 22, from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. in the AMU, 230
  • Thursday, Jan. 31, from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. in the AMU, 231
  • Wednesday, Feb. 6, from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. in the AMU, 448
  • Monday, Feb. 11, from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. in the AMU, 231
  • Wednesday, Feb. 20, from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. in the AMU, 233
  • Thursday, Feb. 28, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. in the AMU, 364
  • Thursday, March 7, from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. in the AMU, 362
  • Monday, March 18, from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. in the AMU, 231
  • Wednesday, March 27, from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the AMU, 233

Those interested in attending any of the office hours should RSVP to Laura Hagan, office assistant in the Office of the University Architect, at 8-4439.

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4. Athletics Director Larry Williams next "On the Issues" guest

Larry Williams, vice president and director of athletics, will be the next guest for "On the Issues with Mike Gousha," Thursday, Jan. 24, from 12:15 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. in Eckstein Hall. Williams was an all-American football player at the University of Notre Dame and earned his law degree while playing in the National Football League. He previously served as athletics director at the University of Portland, where his student-athletes won athletics titles and academic honors. Now, Williams faces perhaps his greatest challenge: guiding the Marquette athletics program through a time of dramatic change in college sports. He will discuss the future of Marquette athletics, the impact of conference realignment and his personal journey from athlete to administrator.

Register online.

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5. Massingale lecture to celebrate 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s, "Letter from Birmingham Jail"

Rev. Bryan Massingale, professor of theology and associate director of undergraduate studies, will deliver "King's Birmingham City Jail Letter 50 Years Later," Tuesday, Jan. 22, from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. in the Raynor Memorial Libraries' Beaumier Suites. The lecture will address Martin Luther King, Jr.'s, landmark document, "Letter from Birmingham Jail," on the 50th anniversary of this seminal work. The letter can be viewed in the lobby of Raynor Memorial Libraries.

This event is co-sponsored by the Raynor Memorial Libraries and the Associate Provost for Diversity and Inclusion. Refreshments will be provided. For additional information or to register, contact Emily Zegers, assistant librarian and coordinator of marketing and outreach, at 8-7068.

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6. Metcalfe Chair to discuss new poetry collection Jan. 24

Metcalfe Chair A. Van Jordan will present "Scenes from the Journey of Oscar Micheaux," Thursday, Jan. 24, at 4 p.m. in the Raynor Memorial Libraries' Beaumier Suites as part of Marquette's Freedom Project.

Van Jordan's newest collection of poetry, The Cineaste, features poems that are responses to various films. The centerpiece of the book is a series of sonnets on African American independent filmmaker Oscar Micheaux, who started making films in response to D.W. Griffith's controversial film, Birth of a Nation. Van Jordan is a professor of English at the University of Michigan and a former Guggenheim Fellow.

The event is sponsored by the Department of English and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion in the Office of the Provost.

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7. Marquette Theatre to present Can I Sing for You Brother?

As part of the year-long Freedom Project, Marquette Theatre will present a one-man performance, Can I Sing for You Brother?, Friday, Jan. 25, and Saturday, Jan. 26, at 7:30 p.m. in the Helfaer Theatre. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased online or by calling the Helfaer Theatre Box Office at 8-7504. All proceeds benefit the Phylis Ravel Theatre and Social Justice Fund.

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8. Department of Chemistry Spring Colloquium Series begins tomorrow

The Department of Chemistry Spring 2013 Colloquium Series will present "Lewis-like Structures and Chemical Valency," Friday, Jan. 18, at 4 p.m. in Wehr Chemistry, 121. Dr. Clark R. Landis of the University of Wisconsin-Madison Department of Chemistry will lead the seminar.

Refreshments will be served prior to the seminar at 3:45 p.m. in Wehr Chemistry, 121. For more information, contact the Department of Chemistry at 8-3515. A complete schedule of the Spring 2013 Colloquium Series can be found online.

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9. Colloquium to address weather forecasting and power systems

The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering Spring 2013 Colloquium Series will host "Weather Forecasting and Power Systems: Forecasting and Integrating Variable Generation," Tuesday, Jan. 22, at 2 p.m. in Olin, 120. Mark Ahlstrom, CEO, Windlogics, Inc., will lead the seminar.

Refreshments will be served prior to the seminar at 1:30 p.m. in Olin, 204-A. For more information, contact the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at 8-6820. A complete schedule of the Spring 2013 Colloquium Series can be found online.

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10. Four new exhibitions now open at Haggerty Museum of Art

The Haggerty Museum of Art is featuring four new exhibitions that run through May 19. Dark Blue: The Water as Protagonist, utilizes water as an active element, showcasing water as a restorative element and as a destructive force formidable for its potential to threaten life.

Images of the Virgin Mary is an exhibition of international works of art based on the life of the Virgin Mary, including paintings, prints and sculpture that illustrate the five major events of The Annunciation, The Nativity, The Flight into Egypt, The Pietà and The Assumption and Coronation.

Read Between the Lines: Enrique Chagoya's Codex Prints, is comprised of editioned, accordion-folded artist books and preparatory drawings and trial proofs created during their fabrication.

Perimeter, photographs by Kevin J. Miyazaki, features new photographs that capture a contemporary portrait of Lake Michigan through images of everyday people whose lives are closest to it.

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11. Breakfast to address policy of peacemaking

The Center for Peacemaking and the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs will host a peacekeeping breakfast Tuesday, Jan. 29, from 8 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. in the Raynor Memorial Libraries' Beaumier Suites. Discussion at the breakfast will center on the need to study the structure and dynamics of conflicts and their consequences, and to learn the strategies of conflict resolution and their effectiveness in certain types of conflict and work. This gathering will include a presentation of past research projects, table discussion on ideas for future research and an overview of ways to leverage research projects to seek external funding.

Register by Thursday, Jan. 24, by emailing the Center for Peacemaking with "BREAKFAST" in the subject line.

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12. Gender and Sexuality Resource Center to hold workshop on female sexuality

The Gender and Sexuality Resource Center will host information sessions about its upcoming Female Sexuality Workshop on Tuesday, Jan. 22, and Thursday, Jan. 24, from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the AMU, 425. No RSVP is necessary.

The GSRC's Female Sexuality Workshop is a 12-week co-facilitated, student-led workshop that aims to create a mindful, respectful and open environment for faculty, staff and students to validate their experiences, challenge their ideas and learn with and from others. The information sessions will give participants an opportunity to learn more about the workshop, complete the application, review the workshop syllabus and ask questions.

For more information, contact Rachel Bruns, Trinity Fellow.

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13. Center for Teaching and Learning to host workshops on using technology in the classroom

The Center for Teaching and Learning will offer several upcoming workshops on using technology in the classroom. Workshops will be held:

  • Tuesday, Jan. 22, a two-hour workshop will teach participants how to create multiple choice, true/false and short answer questions in D2L. It will also teach participants how to use the quizzing feature for student self-assessment, low stakes quizzing, surveying and practice tests.

  • Wednesday, Jan. 23, representatives from the Center for Teaching and Learning will explain how to use technology to enhance student learning.

  • Thursday, Jan. 31, Martin Scanlan, assistant professor of educational policy and leadership, and Vicky Brown, English teaching assistant, will speak about "flipping" their classrooms—putting lectures online and using class time for discussion and group work.

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14. Explanation of Benefits forms no longer printed

Effective as of Jan. 18, 2013, printed Explanation of Benefits forms will no longer be sent to employees by Marquette's health insurance provider, UMR, for copay-only charges. Information on UMR's switch to electronic Explanation of Benefits forms will be sent to employees' homes.

For more information, view the communication from UMR online.

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15. Office supply exchange program to be held Jan. 31

In conjunction with Office Max, Marquette will offer departments a chance to redistribute excess office supply inventory on campus. Office supplies, not including furniture, may be dropped off Wednesday, Jan. 30, between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. in the AMU, 163. Faculty and staff may return on Thursday, Jan. 31, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the AMU, 163 to "shop" for new items.

The office supply exchange allows departments a chance to redistribute supplies that were ordered in incorrect quantities or by mistake and will otherwise be unused. The items do not need to have an OfficeMax label on them to be included.

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16. Grow with Marquette to offer class on relaxation at work

Grow with Marquette will offer its first session of the semester Tuesday, Jan. 29, from noon to 1 p.m. in Raynor Memorial Libraries' Beaumier Suites. Becky Michelsen, health educator in the Center for Health Education and Promotion, will present an interactive session on basic techniques for regulating and reducing stress levels while sitting at a desk. A review of good time management skills will also be incorporated.

RSVP by contacting Grow with Marquette at 8-1560.

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17. College of Professional Studies to hold undergraduate information session

The College of Professional Studies will hold an undergraduate degree information session for prospective students Saturday, Feb. 2, from 10 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. in Cudahy, 414. Information to be presented will include accelerated eight-week-session bachelor's degree programs, Saturday, weeknight, blended online and select fully online offerings, the application process and financial aid opportunities.

Register online or by calling 8-3153.

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18. Donors needed for Church of the Gesu blood drive, Jan. 21

Church of the Gesu is hosting a blood drive and chili-fest on Martin Luther King, Jr., Day, Monday, Jan. 21, and is in need of blood donors. Donor appointments are available between 1 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Register to donate online. All registrants will be served a hearty meal of homemade chili.

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19. 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 Wednesday, Jan. 23, in AMU 368 and Thursday, Jan. 24, in AMU 233.

To schedule an appointment, call (312) 345-5605, Monday through Friday, between 9:30 a.m. and 4 p.m.

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20. Free group fitness classes on Friday, trial week of fitness classes to be held

The Department of Recreational Sports is offering the following free group fitness classes to members tomorrow, Jan. 18. The following classes will be offered free of charge:

Rec Center:

  • Spin Class at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m.
  • Yoga at 1 p.m.
  • Cardio Kickboxing at 4 p.m.

Rec Plex:

  • Dance Fitness at 3 p.m.

In addition, a trial week of classes will be offered from Tuesday, Jan. 22, to Friday, Jan. 25, when students, faculty and staff who are members can try classes free of charge. The cost is $2 for non-member faculty and staff. Official signups for classes will begin Wednesday, Jan. 23, at 9 a.m. for classes offered at the Rec Center and Thursday, Jan. 24, at 9 a.m. for classes offered at the Rec Plex. A complete schedule of classes can be found online.

For more information, call the group fitness office at 8-6979 or contact Shannon Bustillos, assistant director of recreational sports, at 8-7778.

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