Thursday, December 2




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Parents as partners: Talking to your student about grades

The transition from high school to college can be difficult for many students. For some, this becomes apparent when they receive their final grades. It is common for students to struggle to find balance between their academic and personal lives, especially if they are new to Marquette. In a few weeks, students will receive their final grades, which will be posted by 5 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 20. This may be a good time to talk with your student about lessons they have learned and how they are honing their time management and study skills. The Marquette Parent Program, with help from Dr. Ed de St. Aubin, associate professor of psychology, offers tips and suggestions for how to talk to your student about grades and academic success.

Reminder about guest access to student records

Marquette uses CheckMarq, an online information system that allows students to register for classes, plan future terms, request transcripts, and view grades, registration appointment times, financial aid information and bursar account information. Each student is provided a unique username and password for CheckMarq, and students are discouraged from sharing their usernames and passwords with any other person. In order to comply with privacy laws, students may choose if they want to provide guest access to their CheckMarq accounts. Instructions on how to provide access is available through Marquette Central. Guest access allows parents to view tuition, fees, financial aid and academic records, with the exception of the schedules and grades. For additional information or questions, contact Marquette Central using their online form or by calling (414) 288-4000.

Free parking available over Christmas break

Parking Services is offering free parking to all students in either the 16th Street Parking Structure or Wells Street Parking Structure for the duration of Christmas break. Following the student's last final exam, they can stop by the Parking Services office, located in the Wells Street Structure, 1240 W. Wells St., to obtain a free permit. Parking Services will designate a structure based on availability. Students are also encouraged to bring non-perishable food items or a small cash donation that will be given to the Campus Kitchen. For questions, contact Parking Services, at (414) 288-6911.

Transcript of recent Parent Chat available online

Nearly 90 parents participated in the Parent Chat on Thursday, Nov. 17. Chat panelists included representatives from Campus Ministry, Counseling Center, Marquette University Police Department, Office of Financial Aid, Office of International Education, Office of the Provost/Academic Support, Residence Life, Student Development, and Marquette University Medical Clinic. Many questions focused on resources for Marquette students, such as dining options and university housing.

The complete transcript is available online. The next Parent Chat will be held Wednesday, March 1. Contact Kelly Neumann, assistant dean for new student and family programs, at (414) 288-1412, for more information about Parent Chats.

Senior Week tickets go on sale Dec. 5; graduation applications due Feb. 1

Senior Week, which will take place May 15‒19, 2017, includes a variety of events for graduating seniors and their families to celebrate accomplishments and provide one last memory of their time at Marquette. Tickets for Senior Week go on sale starting at 8 a.m. CT on Monday, Dec. 5. Tickets can be purchased as a Christmas gift to graduating seniors. Visit the Senior Week website for a list of events and to purchase tickets. 

All spring 2017 graduates and those summer and fall graduates who plan to participate in the May Commencement ceremonies are required to apply online via CheckMarq by Feb. 1, 2017. 

All parents, family and friends are invited to attend Commencement weekend, May 19‒21. The all-university Baccalaureate Mass will take place at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, May 20, at the UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena. The all-university Commencement ceremony will take place at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, May 21, at the BMO Harris Bradley Center. More information regarding individual college Commencement ceremonies, including ticket guidelines, dates and times, is available online. Tickets are not required for the Mass or all-university Commencement ceremony.

Vacant House Watch program and shuttle to train and bus station available for Christmas break

Students living off campus can register their properties with the Marquette University Police Department for Vacant House Watch while they are away from campus during the winter break. MUPD officers will discreetly monitor the property periodically during their routine patrols of the neighborhood. Apartment units within an apartment complex cannot be monitored by MUPD. Only houses that offer a publicly visible entrance and windows into the living space (such as a rented house) can be monitored. 

Students must fill out the Vacant House Watch form online. Students are also encouraged to discontinue mail and newspaper services over extended absences and to activate alarm systems if they are available. 

MUPD will also provide shuttles to the Amtrak and Greyhound/Megabus station for winter break. Shuttles will run every hour, on the hour, Friday, Dec. 16, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., leaving from the MUPD 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, Jan. 15, from 5 p.m. to 3 a.m., to get students from the train and bus station back to campus. LIMO requests are made by calling MUPD at (414) 288-6363. No reservation or notice is needed for the hourly shuttle on Dec. 16. Whether using the shuttle or LIMO service, students should plan ahead as departure and pick-up times cannot be guaranteed.

2017–18 FAFSA applications due Jan. 15

You can begin filing the 2017–18 Free Application for Federal Student Aid as of Oct. 1, 2016. You will use your 2015 tax data when completing the 2017–18 application. More information about the new FAFSA filing deadline can be found on the Marquette Central website.

Marquette students must complete and submit their FAFSA every year to be considered for assistance. The Office of Student Financial Aid recommends having the FAFSA filed and submitted no later than Jan. 15, so it is processed and sent to Marquette by the Feb. 1 priority deadline. The student and one parent will need their own FSA ID numbers to electronically sign the FAFSA, which is completed and submitted online. Students can apply for an FSA ID or request a duplicate online. If the FAFSA is received by Marquette after the Feb. 1 Priority Deadline, financial aid could be reduced or eliminated due to limited funding. Any required documents must also be submitted to Marquette Central within 30 days of the student's initial request for missing documents. Missing documents are listed on CheckMarq. 

Questions can be directed to Marquette Central at (414) 288-4000.


Lil' Sibs Weekend will be April 7‒8

The Residence Hall Association is beginning to prepare for Lil' Siblings Weekend 2017, April 7‒8. Registration will be available in the spring.

Save the date for Family Weekend 2017

Mark your calendars for Friday, Sept. 29, through Sunday, Oct. 1, the annual weekend each fall for parents and families to connect with their students, Marquette, and the city of Milwaukee. Events are open to all family members of Marquette students.


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