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August 28, 2014 | Issue 1 | Volume 11

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Inauguration events taking place Sept. 13-20

President Lovell was unanimously elected the 24th president of Marquette University by the Marquette Board of Trustees on March 26, 2014. As the university's first lay president, he succeeded Interim President Robert A. Wild, S.J., when he took office on July 1, 2014. Inauguration events for President Michael R. Lovell will offer the Marquette community a full range of opportunities to warmly welcome our 24th president to campus through worship, reflection and celebration, including many events focused on engaging Marquette students.

Inauguration events are planned for Sept. 13-20. The Inaugural Mass will be held Thursday, Sept. 18, at 4 p.m. in Church of the Gesu. The Inauguration Ceremony will be held Friday, Sept. 19, at 3 p.m. in the Al McGuire Center, followed by a reception for the Marquette community from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the Helfaer Recreational Center.

A full list of Inauguration events for faculty, staff, students, alumni and community members is online.

NEWS FOR PARENTS

Family Weekend Oct. 3-5; registration opens today

Take a weekend to connect with your student and the Marquette family during Family Weekend 2014. Join the university Oct. 3-5 for three days of activities planned for parents, siblings and students, including theater and musical performances, open houses and tours, worship opportunities, sporting events, college receptions, bowling, trivia, Milwaukee excursions and much more. Online registration is required and opens Thursday, Aug. 28. Families are encouraged to register soon, as some activities fill to capacity quickly.

Remembering alumnus and journalist James Foley

A prayer vigil in memory of alumnus and freelance journalist James Foley, Arts '96, and in support of the Foley family was held Tuesday, Aug. 26, in the Church of the Gesu. Foley, who majored in history at Marquette, had a heart for social justice and used his immense talents to tell the difficult stories in the hopes that they might make a difference in the world – a measure of his character for which we could not be prouder.

Stories about Foley, including a letter he wrote to the Marquette community after he returned from Libya, and prayers from the campus community, are available on the University News Center. Working with the family and friends of James Foley, Marquette has established the James Foley Scholarship Fund in the Diederich College of Communication. Please remember James and his family in prayer, and continue to pray for peace throughout our world.

O-Fest and Community Service Fairs help kick-start new school year

Students have the opportunity to explore and learn about Marquette's more than 250 student-led organizations Thursday, Aug. 28, at Organization Fest, or, O-Fest. Representatives from club sports, religious, political, social, cultural, service and social justice organizations will be staffing tables to answer questions and share information about the groups with which they are involved. The Community Service Fair, held on the same day, will include representatives from more than 40 nonprofit organizations in Milwaukee seeking student volunteers. As a new semester begins, students should be encouraged to consider new programs and service opportunities to build upon their academic experience at Marquette.

Five safety resources everyone should know at Marquette

Throughout the school year, but especially when students return to campus, it's important to stress that they be aware of the surroundings and to take advantage of the safety programs provided by the Department of Public Safety. Students have access to a number of safety resources, but here are the top five all should keep in mind.

Study Abroad Fair is Sept. 5

Students considering studying abroad should attend the Office of International Education's Study Abroad Fair Friday, Sept. 5. Program representatives and study abroad alumni will share why hundreds of Marquette students study abroad each semester. In addition to the one-day event, the Office of International Education will offer program-specific information sessions throughout September.

All students planning to study abroad this spring need to have applications completed by Oct. 1. General application requirements include completing an online form, submitting an essay and soliciting letter(s) of recommendation.

Student Government and Residence Hall Association provide leadership opportunities

Marquette University Student Government and Residence Hall Association will hold elections for a variety of student leadership positions on Sept. 18. Both organizations provide students with opportunities to develop their leadership skills while serving as a voice for other students.

2014-15 Parent Calendar available

The 2014-15 Marquette Parent Calendar is available online to download and print. The calendar contains important dates and deadlines, and is a useful resource for Marquette families throughout the academic year.

The calendars will be distributed to families who attend Family Weekend, Oct. 3-5. Families who do not plan to attend the event, may request to receive a printed copy while supplies last by emailing muparents@marquette.edu. Please include your mailing address in your email.

Academic Integrity initiatives for the 2014-15 academic year

For the 2014-15 academic year, Marquette will take a more proactive approach toward building knowledge and developing a culture around academic integrity. Several new initiatives will remind students of the importance of academic integrity, including a new honor pledge and a mandatory online tutorial all undergraduate students must complete prior to registering for spring 2015 semester courses.

MARQUETTE EVENTS

Marquette University Fall Career Fairs, Sept. 24 and 25

The Marquette University Career Service Center will host two career fairs in September. The first, on Sept. 24, is focused on students studying in the areas of business, communication, government and non-profit areas. The following day, Sept. 25, will cater to students studying engineering, computer science and information technology areas. The Career Service Center provides a variety of programs and services to help students prepare for their job search throughout the academic year.

Answering the Call: Marquette's Response to the Civil Rights Movement, Oct. 27

The last presidential inauguration event will tell the story of Marquette students' response to the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in the spring of 1968, the founding of the Educational Opportunity Program at Marquette in 1969 and how the university helped take the program nationwide with the founding of the Council for Opportunity in Education in 1981. Panelists, each of whom played a distinct role in the promotion of social justice by supporting the civil rights movement at Marquette, will be interviewed by award-winning journalist and Distinguished Fellow in Law and Public Policy Mike Gousha.

On the Issues with Mike Gousha

Mike Gousha serves as a Distinguished Fellow in Law and Public Policy at Marquette University Law School. He joined Marquette in January of 2007 after concluding a 25 year career at WTMJ-TV in Milwaukee. In his role at Marquette, Gousha organizes and coordinates forums and conferences which address important public policy issues. Upcoming guests include Marquette President Michael R. Lovell and Mark Murphy, president and CEO of the Green Bay Packers. A full schedule and list of guests is available on the Law School website.

IMPORTANT DATES 

Thursday, Aug. 28:
Family Weekend registration opens
O-Fest

Monday, Sept. 1:
Labor Day holiday, classes excused

Thursday, Sept. 18:
Inaugural Mass

Friday, Sept. 19:
Inauguration Ceremony

Wednesday, Sept. 24:
Career Fair, Non-technical day

Thursday, Sept. 25:
Career Fair, Technical day

Wednesday, Oct. 1:
Study-abroad application deadline

Friday, Oct. 3 – Sunday, Oct. 5:
Family Weekend

Thursday, Oct. 9 – Wednesday, Oct. 15:
Midterm exams

Thursday, Oct. 16 – Sunday, Oct. 19:
Mid-term break, classes excused

Monday, Oct. 27 – Thursday, Oct. 30:
Advising week

Sunday, Nov. 2:
Daylight saving time ends

Wednesday, Nov. 19:
Online Parent Chat

Wednesday, Nov. 26 – Sunday, Nov. 30:
Thanksgiving break, classes excused

IN THIS ISSUE

NEWS FOR PARENTS

Family Weekend Oct. 3-5; registration opens today

Remembering alumnus and journalist James Foley

O-Fest and Community Service Fairs help kick-start new school year

Five safety resources everyone should know at Marquette

Study Abroad Fair is Sept. 5

Student Government and Residence Hall Association provide leadership opportunities

2014-15 Parent Calendar available to download

Academic Integrity initiatives for the 2014-15 academic year

MARQUETTE EVENTS

Marquette University Fall Career Fairs, Sept. 24 and 25

Answering the Call: Marquette's Response to the Civil Rights Movement, Oct. 27

On the Issues with Mike Gousha

IMPORTANT DATES

Aug. 28: Family Weekend registration opens, O-Fest

Sept. 1: Labor Day holiday, classes excused

Sept. 18: Inaugural Mass

Sept. 19: Inauguration Ceremony

Sept. 24: Career Fair, Non-technical day

Sept. 25: Career Fair, Technical day

Oct. 1: Study-abroad application deadline

Oct. 3 – Sunday, Oct. 5: Family Weekend

Oct. 9 – Wednesday, Oct. 15: Midterm exams

Oct. 16 – Sunday, Oct. 19: Mid-term break, classes excused

Oct. 27 – Thursday, Oct. 30: Advising week

Nov. 2: Daylight saving time ends

Nov. 19: Online Parent Chat

Nov. 26 – Sunday, Nov. 30: Thanksgiving break, classes excused