Marquette A convenient combination
Student services joined to form all-new Marquette Central By Tim Olsen
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The Marquette Central student services area is a centerpiece of the new Zilber Hall. The building itself will be certified by the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Green Rating System, meaning that it will meet a wide range of sustainability guidelines, according to Tom Ganey, university architect.
On a beautiful Wisconsin day, it makes for a nice walk — strolling from Campus Town to Marquette Hall to the 707 Building, or some combination of those, to visit the bursar, registrar and financial aid offices. Even in the best of weather, though, it’s not an efficient process to trek across campus for services that seem to students to be so similar. To better serve students, as well as parents and other customers, the offices of the Bursar, Registrar and Student Financial Aid have combined their customerservice functions for student access to create Marquette Central. Located in the new Zilber Hall, a 130,000-square-foot, four-story building at 1250 W. Wisconsin Ave., Marquette Central will be the base location for some of the university’s primary student services. Beginning with the opening
of Marquette Central around Thanksgiving, instead of having to individually contact the bursar, registrar or financial aid offices, students will need only to contact Marquette Central to be served by staff from any of the areas. Each office will still exist administratively “behind the scenes,” but employees staffing Marquette Central will be cross-trained in each area to better serve students. “Our goal is to ease the administrative confusion that students often experience,” said Deanna Davis, Marquette Central manager, who is responsible for coordinating the daily operations. “Many students and parents do not understand the business functions of the different administrative areas — they just want to register, pay their bills and get to class. With Marquette Central we hope to respond to the majority of
student issues normally served by these three offices with one visit and without transfering calls, or students, to multiple offices.” Marquette Central will be staffed by seven full-time employees providing walk-in and phone service weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. It will feature a centralized phone number (288-4000), e-mail ([email protected]
) and Web page (www.marquette.edu/mucentral/). In addition to the common customer service area, Marquette Central will also include expanded self-service opportunities for students through kiosks and new online forms. In addition to the three offices comprising Marquette Central, 10 other offices are moving to Zilber Hall between November 2009 and January 2010. University Advancement will take occupancy first, starting its move around Nov. 1 (see below).
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Student Financial Aid
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Risk Management, Environmental Health and Safety, Internal Audit
Marketing and Communication Dec. 9
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Watch for final move-in dates in the semi-weekly News Briefs e-newsletter.
Campus H a p peni ngs New assistant vice president for student affairs appointed Dr. Jeff Janz has been appointed assistant vice president for student affairs. Janz will coordinate institutional reporting requirements, serve as the division liaison with designated campus offices, and assist with the supervision of student affairs areas and in division-wide strategic planning. He previously served at the University of Wisconsin–Whitewater as interim dean of student life and executive director of residence life.
Grych named fellow in the Association for Psychological Science Dr. John Grych, professor of psychology, has been selected as a fellow in the Association for Psychological Science. Fellow status is awarded to APS members who have made sustained, outstanding contributions to the science of psychology in the areas of research, teaching, service, and/or application. Grych’s research focuses on the effects of family violence and interparental conflict on children’s development.
2009-10 enrollment up slightly over last year Marquette has enrolled 1,946 first-time full-time freshmen for 2009, compared to 1,950 last year. Total enrollment, including part-time students, is up slightly to 11,689, compared to 11,633 last year. Undergraduate students number 8,081 (8,012 last year); graduates number 2,413 (2,423 last year) and professional programs (dentistry, health sciences professional programs, law and nursing) are at 1,195 (1,198 last year).
Peacemaking book was the result of 2005 Manresa conference The book Justice and Mercy Will Kiss: Paths to Peace in a World of Many Faiths was described inaccurately in the October issue of Marquette Matters. The book is a collection of essays based on presentations at the “Justice and Mercy Will Kiss Conference: Paths to Peacemaking in a World of Many Faiths” conference sponsored by the Manresa Project in fall 2005. The book was edited by Dr. Michael Duffey, associate professor of theology, and Deborah Nash, graduate student.
Saluting the past, future of Army ROTC Col. Edward H. Dey Memorial Library to be dedicated on Veterans Day This Veterans Day, Wednesday, Nov. 11, Marquette University Army ROTC leadership, cadets, alumni, families and friends will honor Dey and his family by dedicating a library in his name. This collection of books, which aims to increase the professional leadership development of Army ROTC cadets, is composed of titles from the chief of staff of the U.S. Army’s suggested reading list. “Our family remains focused on the needs of the Golden Eagle Battalion cadets,” said Dey’s daughter, Dorothy H. “Dee Dee” Dey. “We would like the cadets to know that we are Army brats who are doing this because of our father’s dedication not only to the military, but also to Marquette University.” The ceremony, which will be held from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. in the Old Gym, will also feature the unveiling of a plaque honoring Dey, a presentation of donated books by a member of the Dey Though Col. Dey (right) passed away in 2002, his wife and nine children continue to support family, and a contracting ceremony Marquette and the Golden Eagle ROTC program. Four of the Dey children – Sharon, Michael, for incoming cadets. Mary Kay and Dorothy – are Marquette alumni. Michael was also an Army ROTC cadet. Photo courtesy of the University Archives
As a Marquette professor of military science, Col. Edward H. Dey devoted his time and expertise to develop ROTC cadets into strong, intelligent leaders from 1965 to 1973. Since his death in 2002, Dey’s wife and nine children have continued that legacy by donating funds each year to Army ROTC for books and technology.
Law School launches legal assistance clinic for veterans, soldiers The Marquette Law School recently launched the Servicemembers and Veterans Legal Assistance of Wisconsin to assist Wisconsin soldiers and veterans with a pro bono panel for active duty servicemembers, a legal clinic for veterans and educational outreach programs. SAVLAW’s programs are coordinated by Marquette law students under the supervision of the school’s pro bono coordinator, Adrienne Olson, with assistance provided by volunteer attorneys. SAVLAW’s pro bono panel can provide assistance with civil matters, including landlord/ tenant, consumer, family, guardianship and civilian employment legal issues and issues related to public benefits. The clinic provides limited advice and referral services to veterans and their families on civil legal matters. More information is available at www.savlaw.org.
Employees asked to raise $210,000 through Community Campaign By Tim Olsen
With more than 85 percent of undergraduates requiring some form of financial aid to attend Marquette, it’s only fitting that this year’s Community Campaign is helping address that need. The Marquette Community Campaign is the annual opportunity for employees to donate to the university’s Annual Fund — especially for scholarship aid — as well as the United Performing Arts Fund and United Way. UPAF helps foster financial support, resources and services for performing arts organizations. United Way brings people and resources together by investing in programs that improve lives, building stronger, healthier communities. “The difference that scholarship aid makes comes down to a matter of access,” said Dr. Bill Henk, dean of the College of Education. “Without
this vital support, many deserving Marquette students would not be able to pursue their educations, and that would be a huge loss to the world.” “Dr. Henk understands the challenges because he sees the need up close in his own college,” said Meg Husband, associate vice president for engagement and external relations. “He’s educating educators — individuals with student loans to pay off but who don’t typically enter a high-income field.” Henk is one of the co-chairs of this year’s Community Campaign, along with Rana Altenburg, vice president for public affairs; Dr. L. Christopher Miller, vice president for student affairs; and Janice Welburn, dean of libraries. The Community Campaign will run through Nov. 13, with a goal of raising $210,000 from faculty, staff and administrators. Funds can be
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directed to one or more of the Scholars Funds, including funds supporting students from a specific college or student-athletes. New this year is the Bridge to the Future Fund, which allows benefactors to support current Marquette students who have experienced a personal change in financial circumstances, causing a need for additional scholarship support. In addition to scholarship aid, employees can also contribute to other initiatives, including the law and engineering building funds. Employees can contribute online at www.marquette.edu/mucc. The scholarship focus of the Community Campaign complements “Give Marquette,” an awareness campaign to develop financial aid resources for Marquette students. More information, including videos and student and donor profiles, is available at www.GiveMarquette.com.
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Ribbons for Air Force Cross, Navy Cross and Army Distinguished Service Cross
By Christopher Stolarski
Supercomputer to aid faculty research
Photo by Ben Smidt
By Andy Brodzeller
According to Dr. Craig Struble, computers around campus are only in use for a fraction of the day by people, indicated in red on the graph, and by smaller, independent grids on campus (green). The MUGrid will add capacity and allow the university to harness the computing capacity of desktop computers when they are idle (blue).
Through a $560,000 National Science Foundation grant, Information Technology Services and the Department of Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science will help a growing number of Marquette faculty conduct research using large amounts of data and complex algorithms. MSCS and IT Services will work with faculty from several academic departments to connect 600 individual computers in Cudahy Hall, Raynor Memorial Library, Olin Engineering Center and Haggerty Hall, and purchase a new computer cluster, which will have the capacity of more than 1,000 desktop computers. Once connected, the computers will form the MUGrid, creating a
supercomputer capable of running complicated models or simulations in a fraction of the time it would take a single computer. “The MUGrid will serve as a core resource for scientific and engineering research across campus,” said Dr. Craig Struble, associate professor of math, statistics and computer science, and principal investigator on the grant. “This will be the first high-performance computing cluster in southeast Wisconsin, strengthening Marquette’s position as a regional leader in cyberinfrastructure.” The system will also benefit research beyond Marquette, including Struble’s work with the Wisconsin Center of Science in Genomics
Benefits enrollment period ends Nov. 13 Marquette’s annual employee benefits enrollment period will run through Nov. 13. This year’s package features an expanded health plan provider network, and, for the second year in a row, the opportunity for health plan enrollees to reduce their insurance premium by participating in a health risk assessment. Additional information is available on the benefits Web site, www.marquette.edu/hr/benefits.
What to Do
•A new provider network, United Healthcare Choice Plus, offers a net increase of 550-plus providers for PPO and EPO plans. • Plan participants will receive 100-percent lab coverage for in-network providers. • Coverage for generic medications has increased to 90 percent. Health plan participants will now be responsible for 10 percent of the cost, rather than 20 percent. • Maximum coverage for dental plan participants will increase from $2,000 to $2,500 per person. • Health plan participants must provide covered dependents’ social security numbers, per new federal regulations. • Health flexible spending account participants will receive a debit card, allowing participants to pay for eligible items immediately out of their flex account, with some exceptions. • Aurora Behavioral Health will be the sole manager of Marquette’s employee assistance program, with expanded “work-life services.”
•U pdate/verify personal information, including beneficiaries, covered dependents and emergency contacts. • Provide covered dependents’ social security numbers if enrolling in the health insurance plan. • Choose whether or not to participate in the individual medical, dental and vision insurance plans. If you are retaining the same coverage, you do not need to change anything. • Choose whether or not to participate in a flexible spending account. Enrolling annually is required to participate. • Take the health risk assessment, which is available to all employees. Health plan participants who complete both parts of the HRA — biometric screening and online health questionnaire — receive a 5 percent discount for 2010 health insurance premiums. Call 1-877-765-3213 and press “1” to schedule an on-campus appointment. The HRA is open to all employees. • Make changes online through myjob.mu.edu.
Excellence, a collaboration with the Medical College of Wisconsin, UW–Madison and Marquette, which is developing technology that provides new ways to study genes. Struble ultimately hopes that other research institutions in the area will develop their own grids, which could then all be connected to create a regional grid of thousands of computers. “A large regional grid would be a catalyst for new job opportunities in the region by supporting projects like the M7 Water Initiative or the growing number of drug development companies in the Milwaukee area,” said Struble. Training sessions or “boot camps” for the MUGrid will be offered to faculty and students starting in spring. The sessions will be led by Dr. Xizhou Feng, a research computing engineer in IT Services. Additional support will be provided by graduate students from MSCS’s new Computational Sciences program, a core component of which is training students how to use computational grids to solve scientific and engineering problems. The cluster will be located in IT Services’ data center in Cudahy Hall. “The MUGrid will have a broad impact across the university and support the learning environment of Marquette’s faculty and students,” said Kathy Lang, chief information officer and a co-PI on the grant. “IT Services will manage the maintenance of the cluster and ensure it is operating smoothly, allowing faculty to focus on their research.” Struble has already had conversations with more than a dozen faculty in multiple departments whose research computations can be accelerated by using the MUGrid. Faculty who are interested in the initiative should contact Struble.
Queen Elizabeth II on a two pence British stamp.
The five most common first names of female students at the beginning of the academic year, according to the Office of the Registrar: 1) Elizabeth — 139 2) Sarah — 131 3) Emily — 118 4) Jennifer — 111 4) Katherine — 106 “Take Five” is a brief list concerning an interesting aspect of Marquette life. E-mail your list suggestions to [email protected]
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Editor: Tim Olsen Graphic design: Nick Schroeder Copyright © 2009 Marquette University
An inquiring mind wants to know New board chair asks questions, guides direction with discussion By Tim Olsen
Photo courtesy of Darren Jackson
• Quality — What are the The fundamental purpose “What brings the Marquette experience to measures of success for a of the Marquette University life?” asked Jackson. “It’s not the buildings. Marquette graduate? What is our Board of Trustees is to serve Certainly it has to do with Jesuit experience. But level of difference and distinction as stewards of the mission — it comes to life with our faculty and employees. in our students? the guiding principle in the We could have all the resources in the world, but Despite his penchant for asking work they do, according to if we don’t have the right faculty and employees, questions, Jackson emphasizes to Darren Jackson. It’s the foundait won’t matter.” Marquette employees that they tion for growing and shaping “The university is very fortunate that we should pay attention to what the the Marquette experience as have such accomplished trustees, who take board of trustees does — not the most basic, and valuable, their responsibilities seriously and who work just says. And he recognizes the responsibility entrusted to diligently to help the university realize its full role employees play in making the board. potential,” said Ed Fallone, chair of University Marquette Marquette, taking pride As board chair, Jackson enviAcademic Senate. “The University Academic Darren Jackson, Bus Ad ’86, was recently elected to a two-year term as chair of the in the university being named a sions combining his commitSenate looks to the trustees for vision, because it Marquette Board of Trustees and currently “Great College to Work For” by The is the board that ultimately determines the kind ment to the mission with a serves as president and chief executive Chronicle of Higher Education. strategic approach to carrying it of university that Marquette becomes.” officer of Advance Auto Parts. out. He sees one of his primary duties as helping guide the board through the discussion of priorities. Jackson has a self-professed, relentless curiosity of “the why.” “Why Marquette? Why not Bird conservationist Marquette? Why elsewhere? Why not elsewhere?” By Courtney Sampson He loves to ask questions about the vision, strategy and philosophy of Marquette University At work, she keeps track of books and people. In her and its place in higher education. He values not free time, she keeps track of birds. Joan Sommer, head of access services for Marquette’s Raynor Library, catches, only what he knows, but also what he doesn’t. examines, measures, documents and bands birds within “It’s not always the board’s role to decide, but a region to help determine nesting productivity and to ask the questions,” said Jackson. “Our role is survivorship rate. to understand the critical issues, ask the right After years of volunteer banding experience at the questions and create an environment of dialogue Riveredge Nature Center in Newburg, Wis., Sommer about the direction of Marquette.” started her own bluebird trail at Hawthorne Hills golf course in Ozaukee County. Sommer monitors her trail weekly and The questions he raises reflect his priorities reports the data to the Bluebird Restoration Association of as board chair: Wisconsin, a group that analyzes data and offers insights • Entrepreneurial spirit — If Father McCabe into factors affecting the bluebird population. hadn’t been able to innovate, where would we At the golf course, Sommer maintains 26 carefully be today? What’s our ability to serve students placed nesting boxes for native bluebirds. Sommer, who from diverse backgrounds who need our observes the nesting bluebirds and helps provide the best chance for the chicks to fledge the nest, feels a responsisupport? bility to care for the birds while they live at the golf course. • Growth — Are more students and faculty In 2009, Sommer documented the fledging of more than becoming interested in Marquette? How are the 50 bluebirds into the Wisconsin population. changes in global higher education going to Bird watching and banding are year-round activities for Joan “This is about more than just birds,” Sommer said. Sommer (with a northern flicker). Documenting survivorship affect us? “It rejuvenates me. It fascinates me. Through banding includes researching bird return patterns during the breeding • Innovation — How is technology redefining and birding, I have met people, traveled throughout all season. To observe winter birds during the colder months, the of Wisconsin and provide a service to help birds thrive. the classroom? What does it mean to students’ Riveredge Bird Club takes annual trips to northern Wisconsin. Bird watching and banding are joys in my life.” needs and faculty support? What should e-learning mean to us?
On the Side
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M A R Q U E T T E Hap p en i ngs Next 100 years of women at Marquette to be discussed
Salzmann rare book collection now available at Marquette
Kristi Bowman, associate professor of law at Michigan State University, will speak on “Equality, Equity and the Education of Marquette Women for the Next 100 Years,” Friday, Nov. 13, at 2 p.m. in Sensenbrenner 325. A panel of Marquette faculty and students/alumnae respondents will comment. The event is free and open to the public. No registration is needed. The program is sponsored by the Committee on Faculty Welfare in conjunction with the Centennial Celebration of Women at Marquette.
A collection of rare books owned by the St. Francis de Sales Seminary’s Salzmann Library is now available within the Raynor Memorial Libraries. A partnership between Marquette and the Milwaukee Archdiocese led to the deposit of 900 volumes and more convenient access in an environmentally controlled vault in the Department of Special Collections and University Archives. Strengths of the collection include Bibles, Canon Law and Jesuitica and six incunabula (movable-type editions printed pre-1500), including an illuminated Bible by Anton Koburger.
Second annual Theotokos Lecture to focus on Our Lady of Guadalupe Dr. Maxwell Johnson, professor of liturgical studies at the University of Notre Dame, will deliver the second annual Theotokos Lecture, “The Virgin of Guadalupe in Ecumenical Context: One Lutheran’s Perspective,” Sunday, Nov. 15, at 2 p.m. in Emory Clark Hall 111. Johnson’s lecture will discuss a Lutheran outlook on the apparition of Our Lady of Guadalupe. A reception will follow.
Alumnus to present “The Unlikely Making of a Catholic Writer” Author Paul Wilkes, Jour ’60, will present “The Unlikely Making of a Catholic Writer” Monday, Nov. 16, at 4 p.m. in Cudahy 001. Wilkes has written for the New Yorker, New York Times Magazine and Atlantic Monthly. His book, In Mysterious Ways: The Death and Life of a Parish Priest, won a Christopher Award. A book signing will follow.
Photo courtesy of Joan Sommer
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