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October 24, 2013 | Issue 3 | Volume 10

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Colleges update advising processes; students to meet with academic advisers, Oct. 28 – Nov. 1

Every semester Marquette University sets aside time before registration for for students to meet with their academic advisers. Advising is an important part of a student's success, whether the student is a freshman or senior. Parents can ask if students have scheduled time with their advisers and if they are prepared with questions.

Recently, many of Marquette's colleges have made changes designed to improve the experience and success of undergraduate academic advising, based on student feedback. For example, the Helen Way Klingler College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Engineering and the College of Nursing now have advising centers with retooled staffing and advising structures.

Parents should make sure students are aware of these changes. All students are assigned an adviser for the college in which they are enrolled. Students are required to meet with them once a semester before registering for next-semester courses. Each college handles this a little differently, so students are encouraged to check with their college office for more information and to read the Undergraduate Bulletin, which describes the expectations for advisers and advisees.

The university utilizes the online Academic Advisement degree-audit tool, which provides a variety of reports for both students and their adviser to track degree progress and to help students meet specific curricular needs. Parents should encourage students to become familiar with these reports and bring a copy of their "graduation checklist" to their appointment.

While course scheduling and registration are important components of advising, students are encouraged to speak with their advisers about educational and career goals — and some strategies for achieving both. While each adviser and advisee relationship is different, ideally advising is an ongoing, collaborative relationship that helps students enhance their Marquette experience.

NEWS FOR PARENTS

Presidential Search Committee collecting input from parents and Marquette community

The Presidential Search Committee and Board of Trustees are asking the Marquette community, including parents, to provide input on the leadership qualifications that are most important for Marquette's next president. Parents, along with alumni and supporters who are not on campus, can submit their input using an online form by Thursday, Nov. 14. The committee will also collect input from students, faculty and staff during community input sessions in November.

Because Marquette's process during the presidential search three years ago was extensive and inclusive, the university is reviewing the Presidential Profile that was developed and asking for input on whether these attributes are still valid or should be adjusted.

The search committee is chaired by John Ferraro, Bus Ad '77, vice chair of the Board of Trustees and global chief operating officer at Ernst & Young, who recently provided an update on the process. In the video, Ferraro addresses how this is the first search for a president that will consider lay candidates, as well as the central role Marquette's Jesuit, Catholic mission will have in selecting the next president.

Parents encouraged to talk with students about alcohol before Halloween

Halloween and the middle of fall semester is a time of year when students typically increase alcohol use. National studies show that parents have a key influence on how often their students engage in risky behavior, including alcohol use, and it is a good time for parents to have a conversation about alcohol with their student. Additional information regarding drinking by college students is available online.

Parent Web chat to be held Nov. 14

Staff members from around Marquette will host an online chat for parents Thursday, Nov. 14, between noon and 1 p.m. CST. Panelists will be available to answer questions about housing, student support services and what parents can expect during winter break while their student is home. Staff will also be prepared to answer questions about academic support, relationships with roommates and friends, safety, student involvement, student employment, health, and financial aid.

Register for the chat online to receive an email reminder about the event. Transcripts from past chats are available online.

Shuttle to train and bus station and Vacant House Watch program available for Thanksgiving 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 Thanksgiving and winter breaks. DPS officers will discreetly monitor the property periodically during their routine patrols of the neighborhood.

Students must fill out the Vacant House Watch form and return it to the DPS office in Parking Structure 1 on 16th Street. Students are also encouraged to discontinue mail and newspaper service over extended absences and to activate alarm systems if they are available.

Public Safety will also provide shuttles to the Amtrak and Greyhound/Megabus stations for Thanksgiving break. Shuttles will run every hour, on the hour, Tuesday, Nov. 19, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., leaving from the DPS office in Parking Structure 1 on 16th Street. Starting at 5 p.m., students can request a ride to the Amtrak or bus terminal using the LIMO service, which runs until 3 a.m. LIMO service will also be available on Sunday, Nov. 24, from 5 p.m. to 3 a.m., to get students from the train and bus stations back to campus. LIMO requests are made by calling DPS at (414) 288-6363. No reservation or notice is needed for the hourly shuttle on Tuesday. Whether using the shuttle or LIMO service, students should plan ahead as departure and pick-up times cannot be guaranteed.

Make a Difference Day is opportunity for students to help Marquette neighbors

Students can help older adults in the community prepare their homes for winter during Marquette's Make a Difference Day on Saturday, Nov. 2, sponsored by Greek Life and the Center for Community Service. Volunteers will help community members stay independent, healthy and safe by helping clean yards and preparing their homes for the winter months. Students must register online by Saturday, Oct. 25, to participate.

Residence halls host trick-or-treating for neighborhood children Oct. 30

Every fall, Marquette students open their residence halls to kids from the communities surrounding Marquette to trick-or-treat. During HALLoween, children who otherwise would not be able to trick-or-treat get to do so in a safe, welcoming community. Students can participate by being a gHost who leads the groups of children around campus, or simply by being a room that hands out candy on Thursday, Oct. 30. Sign-up sheets are located at the front desk of each residence hall.

Family Weekend recap

More than 600 families and 2,200 individuals took part in Family Weekend 2013, making it one of the largest Family Weekends in recent history. Feedback from participants indicated that 92 percent would recommend Family Weekend to a friend and that 82 percent felt better connected to Marquette. Family Weekend 2014 will be held Oct. 3-5, so mark your calendar.

MARQUETTE EVENTS

Marquette Parents basketball game is Saturday, Feb. 15

Mark your calendar for this annual gathering with the Marquette Parent Program when the men's basketball team plays Xavier on Saturday, Feb. 15, on National Marquette Day. A block of tickets will be reserved for the Marquette Parent Program and purchasing information will be shared in a future e-newsletter.

Dates for Lil' Sibs Weekend changed to April 11-13

The Residence Hall Association is beginning to prepare for Lil' Siblings Weekend 2014, April 11-13. Registration will be available in the spring.

MARQUETTE ATHLETICS

Soccer and volleyball teams are forces in the Big East

The soccer and volleyball teams are having another successful fall in 2013 and are receiving national recognition. Heading into this weekend, men's and women's soccer are both ranked fifth in the NCAA Division I RPI rankings and stand alone atop the Big East Conference. Women's volleyball sits 16th in RPI and is just half a match behind Creighton, whom they host Friday at 6 p.m., for the Big East lead. In addition to three home women's volleyball matches this weekend, men's soccer hosts Georgetown on Saturday and women's soccer welcomes Providence on Sunday to Valley Fields. Marquette and Penn State are the only schools in the country to have teams in the top 20 of the RPI rankings in men's and women's soccer and volleyball. Visit gomarquette.com to track the success of the teams, purchase tickets to events and see what events can be watched live online.  

IMPORTANT DATES 

Tuesday, Oct. 22 – Saturday, Nov. 2:
University apartment deposits accepted

Monday, Oct. 28 – Friday, Nov. 1:
Advising week

Sunday, Nov. 3:

Daylight saving time ends

Thursday, Nov. 14:
Parent Web chat

Wednesday, Nov. 27 – Sunday, Dec. 1:
Thanksgiving break, classes excused

Friday, Dec. 6:
Last day of classes

Monday, Dec. 9 – Friday, Dec. 13:
Final exams

Saturday, Dec. 14:
Residence halls close at noon

Sunday, Dec. 15:
Mid-year Commencement

Saturday, Jan. 11:
Residence halls open at 8 a.m.

IN THIS ISSUE

NEWS FOR PARENTS

Presidential Search Committee collecting input from parents and Marquette community

Parents encouraged to talk with students about alcohol before Halloween

Parent Web chat to be held Nov. 14

Shuttle to train and bus station and Vacant House Watch program available for Thanksgiving break

Make a Difference Day is opportunity for students to help Marquette neighbors

Residence halls host trick-or-treating for neighborhood children Oct. 30

Family Weekend recap

MARQUETTE EVENTS

Marquette Parents basketball game is Saturday, Feb. 15

Dates for Lil' Sibs Weekend changed to April 11-13

MARQUETTE ATHLETICS

Soccer and volleyball teams are forces in the Big East

IMPORTANT DATES

University apartment deposits accepted
Advising week
Daylight saving time ends
Parent Web chat
Thanksgiving break, classes excused
Last day of classes
Final exams
Residence halls close at noon
Mid-year Commencement
Residence halls open at 8 a.m.