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September 5, 2012 | Issue 1 | Volume 9

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Campus safety resources

All members of the campus community play a part in campus safety. Parents should encourage their student to make use of the many safety resources available from the Department of Public Safety, including LIMO vans (Local Intercampus Mobile Operation) and safety patrol services.

Last year, the Department of Public Safety introduced a LIMO Scout, a special LIMO with a strobe light, that will stop students walking late at night to inquire if they would like a ride or a walking escort. The Scout adds to the fleet of LIMOs, which provided nearly 300,000 rides last year. 

The Department of Public Safety maintains high visibility in the Marquette neighborhood through visible and directed patrols, both on campus and in near off-campus areas. A map of the patrol zone is available online.  

NEWS FOR PARENTS

University updates alcohol and drug policy

In an email to students the week before classes started, Dr. L. Christopher Miller, vice president for student affairs, announced changes to the university's alcohol and drug policies.

As a Catholic, Jesuit university, Marquette is committed to supporting students' physical, emotional and spiritual well-being. Part of that focus is educating students on the risks of high-risk alcohol use. The policy changes continue efforts during the past several years focused on educating students on the risks associated with alcohol and drug use.

Key points to know about the updated policies are as follows:

Fines: Following a student conduct hearing, students found responsible for violating the alcohol and/or drug policies will be assessed a fine. Fines vary based on the severity of the violation and previous violations, and will be assigned in addition to alcohol use assessments and educational sanctions currently being used. 

Complicity: When a policy is being violated, students are expected to remove themselves from the situation and/or report the incident. Encouraging other students to consume alcohol or drugs is a violation of the university's complicity policy. 

The updated alcohol and drug policies are one of a number of initiatives meant to minimize harm on campus due to alcohol and drugs. The safety, security and well-being of all our students remains the university's highest priority. Parents are encouraged to talk with their students about the risks of alcohol and drug use and the updated policies.  

Study abroad fair this Friday

Students considering studying abroad should attend the Office of International Education's Study Abroad Fair, Friday, Sept. 7, and region-specific information sessions, Sept. 10-13. Marquette offers a variety of programs in more than 25 countries, from Australia to Spain.

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.  

Career fairs to be held this month

Marquette's Career Services Center will host a series of three career fairs September 18-20. The first fair, Tuesday, Sept. 18, features opportunities with nonprofit agencies that provide full-time or long-term service positions after graduation, such as Jesuit Volunteer Corps and Teach for America. The following day, Wednesday, Sept. 19, students can meet with employers in the business, communication, government and non-profit areas. Finally, Thursday, Sept. 20, employers in technical fields, including engineering, computer science and information technology, will be on campus to meet with students.

The Career Services Center has counselors available to help students through the job search process and resources available to prepare students for career fairs. Walk-in assistance is available daily, Monday through Friday, noon to 2 p.m., on a first-come, first-served basis. These 15 minute sessions are good for brief resumé critiques, questions about MU Career Manager, or brief interviewing assistance. A full list of services offered by the Career Services Center is available online.  

New Gender and Sexuality Resource Center now open

Marquette's Gender and Sexuality Resource Center opens this semester. Under the direction of the Office of the Provost, the center provides support for educational programming and scholarly work related to gender and sexuality. The center aims to foster a diverse, inclusive and safe environment for students, faculty and staff interested in and affected by gender and sexuality issues.

Following a nationwide search, Dr. Susannah Bartlow was selected as the center's first director. Bartlow previously led the Women's Center at Dickinson College in Carlisle, Penn., and was a contributing faculty member in the Women's and Gender Studies department. 

Video: freshmen move-in day

Almost 1,950 freshmen moved into their residence halls on Wednesday, Aug. 22. A time-lapse video captured the excitement and emotion of the day. The Class of 2016 includes students from 43 states, plus Guam and Puerto Rico; 361 legacy students following in their parents' or siblings' footsteps; and 326 first-generation students.

Stay connected with Marquette

In addition to the Parents E-newsletter, there are a number of ways for parents to stay connected with Marquette and learn what's happening on campus.

Marquette Parents Facebook Group – A place to ask questions and join discussions with other parents, volunteers from the Parents Association and Marquette staff.

Marquette Magazine – Offers weekly Web-exclusive stories through an RSS feed.

University News Center – Press releases about major speakers, events and awards are posted and archived in the center, which also offers an RSS feed.

Twitter – Check out what's up at Marquette - in 140 characters or less.

The Marquette Tribune – The newspaper produced by and for Marquette students covers all aspects of student life, from academics to athletics.

Athletics – Don't forget to check out the official site of Marquette athletics for the latest news on your favorite teams. 


MARQUETTE EVENTS

Family Weekend registration open

Take a weekend to step into the life of your Marquette student. Join us Oct. 5–7 for Family Weekend 2012. Three days of activities are planned for parents and siblings, including "Meet the College" sessions, theatre performances and a dinner with Comedy Sportz. Families are encouraged to register as earlier as possible, as some events fill quickly.


MARQUETTE ATHLETICS

Soccer teams start season undefeated

The women's soccer team is undefeated this season, 3-0-1, after they played to a draw against Central Michigan University. Currently ranked 12 in the coaches poll, the team will participate in the Duke/Nike Challenge this weekend, where they will face North Carolina and Duke, ranked 4 and 18 in the nation, respectively.

The men's soccer team is also undefeated, 4-0-0, after beating University of Illinois at Chicago this past weekend. Goalkeeper Charlie Lyon was named BIG EAST Goalkeeper of the Week after recording his second- and third-straight shutouts of the season.


IMPORTANT DATES 

Saturday, Sept. 15:
Briggs & Al's Run & Walk for Children's Hospital of Wisconsin

Tuesday, Sept. 18 – Thursday, Sept. 20:
Marquette University Career Fairs

Thursday, Oct. 11 – Wednesday, Oct. 17:
Midterm exams

Thursday, Oct. 18 – Sunday, Oct. 21:
Fall break, classes excused

IN THIS ISSUE

NEWS FOR PARENTS

University updates alcohol and drug policy

Study abroad fair this Friday

Career fairs to be held this month

New Gender and Sexuality Resource Center now open

Video: Freshmen move-in day

Stay connected with Marquette

MARQUETTE EVENTS

Family Weekend 2012: Register Now

MARQUETTE ATHLETICS

Soccer teams start season undefeated

IMPORTANT DATES

Briggs & Al's Run & Walk
Career Fairs
Midterm Exams
Fall Break