1. Health Risk Appraisal online questionnaire deadline is today

The Health Risk Appraisal online questionnaire is still available to all employees and their spouses/same-sex domestic partners, and must be completed today, Monday, Nov. 19. Health plan employee participants who complete both HRA parts — the biometric screening and the online health questionnaire — receive a 10-percent discount for 2013 health insurance premiums. All information regarding the Health Risk Assessment process is available on the employee benefits website.

Nov. 19 is the final date to complete the online Health Risk Appraisal online questionnaire. There will be no exceptions. After Nov. 19, employees will have missed the opportunity to save 10 percent on 2013 health insurance premiums.

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2. MyJob log-in page to change

The university is upgrading its financial and human resources software application from Wednesday, Nov. 21 to Monday, Nov. 26. The MyJob log-in page will change as a part of the upgrade, meaning faculty, staff and students will see a new MyJob log-in page beginning Monday, Nov. 26.

For additional information about this ongoing project, visit the Oracle e-Business Suite Upgrade project website.

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3. Strategic Planning Coordinating Committee hosting office hours Nov. 26

The Strategic Planning Coordinating Committee co-chairs and members will host office hours Monday, Nov. 26, from 11 a.m. to noon in the AMU, 231. Other strategic planning office hours throughout the semester include:

  • Monday, Dec. 3, from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. in the AMU, 231
  • Tuesday, Dec. 11, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. in the AMU, 233

Those interested in attending any of the office hours should RSVP to Laura Hagan, office assistant in the Office of the University Architect, at 8-4439.

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4. Submit classroom requests for fall exam review sessions and exams, spring classroom assignments posted

To reserve classroom space for fall 2012 review sessions held prior to exam week, or to request a larger/additional final exam classroom, complete the online Review/Exam Request Form. Final exams for the fall 2012 semester are December 10-15. For additional information, contact Alexander Frain, associate registrar in the Office of the Registrar.

Spring 2013 classroom assignments are posted in CheckMarq. Faculty members should access CheckMarq to review classroom assignments during the Nov. 26 to Dec. 7 classroom assignment review period. Faculty who need larger final exam rooms and/or review session rooms for the spring 2013 semester can request classroom space from the Office of the Registrar during the review period. Submit the online form (restricted to campus network and Marquette VPN) to request a classroom change. Requests for larger final exam rooms and/or review sessions should be made using the Review/Exam Room Request form.

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5. Winter Compendium submission deadline is Dec. 7

Faculty and staff with professional accomplishments, such as publications, presentations and awards, should make sure they are documented by submitting them for inclusion in Compendium by Friday, Dec. 7. Accomplishments submitted to the Faculty Activities Database can be shared directly with Compendium by checking the box to grant permission. Faculty and staff who do not use the FAD need to submit accomplishments online. Accomplishments that have occurred since June 1, 2012, will be used to compile the winter issue, which will be distributed in February 2013.

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6. Law School to host discussion on the effects of mass incarceration on families and communities

The Law School will host "The Collateral Consequences of Incarceration," given by Traci Burch, assistant professor of political science at Northwestern University and a research professor at the American Bar Foundation, Thursday, Nov. 29, from 5:15 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. in Eckstein Hall.

Dr. Burch will discuss the effects of mass incarceration on families and communities, including how criminal justice policies affect disease, crime, domestic partner relationships, children and voting participation in low-income communities. This talk is based in part on her forthcoming book, Punishment and Participation: How Criminal Convictions Threaten American Democracy.

Light refreshments will be served after the event. RSVP online. For more information, contact the Law School at 8-7090. This event is co-sponsored by the Department of Political Science, the Law School, the College of Arts and Sciences, the Office of the Vice Provost for Research, the Department of Social and Cultural Sciences and the Institute for Urban Life.

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7. Integrative Neuroscience Research Center seminar series continues Nov. 27

Dr. Geoffrey Swanson from the department of molecular pharmacology and biological chemistry at Northwestern University will present "The Other Guys of Excitatory Synapses: Kainate Receptors and Their Signaling Partners," Tuesday, Nov. 27, at 3:30 p.m. in Schroeder Complex, 256.

This seminar is sponsored by the College of Health Sciences' Integrative Neuroscience Research Center. The full schedule of the INRC's fall seminar series is available online. For additional information, contact the Integrative Neuroscience Research Center at 8-7329.

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8. Seminar to address environmental pollution, human impact and microbes in action

The Biological Sciences Fall Seminar Series will host "Environmental Pollution, Human Impact, and Microbes in Action," Friday, Nov. 30, at 3 p.m. in Wehr Life Sciences, 111. Dr. Krassimira Hristova, assistant professor of biological sciences, will lead the seminar.

Refreshments will be served prior to the seminar at 2:45 p.m. in Wehr Life Sciences, 108. For more information, contact the Department of Biological Sciences at 8-7355.

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9. Center for Teaching and Learning faculty fellows available for consultation

The first recipients of the Center for Teaching and Learning's Faculty Fellowships, Dr. Lisa Hanson, associate professor of nursing; Dr. Richard Taylor, professor of philosophy; and Dr. John LaDisa, assistant professor of biomedical engineering, are available throughout the spring 2013 semester to consult in their areas of interest as well as to conduct workshops for faculty on topics such as using video conferencing in a global context, creating learning simulations that address issues of diversity and exploring the use of 3-D virtual environments. Those interested in working with a CTL faculty fellow during the spring 2013 semester should contact the individual CTL faculty fellow.

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10. Gesu Parish offering Advent Morning of Reflection

Church of the Gesu is offering an Advent Morning of Reflection on Saturday, Dec. 1, from 9 a.m. to noon. Rev. Wally Stohrer, S.J., will be the retreat director. Father Wally has served on the faculty member in the Department of Philosophy and is the chaplain for the College of Nursing.

This event is free. To register, contact Mike Heimbach, director of adult formation at Gesu Parish, or call 8-7101.

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11. Faber Center to offer Advent spiritual exercises opportunity

The Faber Center for Ignatian Spirituality will host the "Second Week Group," beginning Monday, Nov. 26, from noon to 1 p.m., at the Faber Center, Schroeder Complex 111. This group, facilitated by Dr. Kathy Coffey-Guenther, associate vice president of Mission and Ministry, and Rev. J.J. O'Leary, S.J., associate director of the Faber Center, will explore the second week of the Spiritual Exercises with emphasis on Jesus' birth, life and public ministry. Additional dates include Monday, Dec. 3, 10 and 17. A light lunch will be served.

Register by Wednesday, Nov. 21, by contacting Ellen Blonski, administrative assistant in the Faber Center, at 8-4545. All faith backgrounds are welcome.

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12. AMUW to host annual Advent Reflection Luncheon

The Association of Marquette University Women will host its annual Advent Reflection Luncheon Friday, Dec. 7, at 11:30 a.m. in the AMU, Monaghan Ballroom. Alumni, faculty, staff and friends are invited to share in seasonal reflection led by Dr. Kathy Coffey-Guenther, alumna and associate vice president for Mission and Ministry.

Registration can be completed online by Friday, Nov. 30. The event is $20 per person. For questions or special needs, including dietary restrictions, contact Libby Gard, advancement associate, at 8-8440 or AMUW.

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13. Holiday Giving Tree gifts due Dec. 7

Holiday Giving Tree tags have arrived for Marquette community members who signed up to purchase a gift for one of more than 600 individuals who are in need this holiday season. Wrapped gifts must be returned to various drop-off locations on campus by Friday, Dec. 7. The approximate value of the gifts should range from $15 to $25.

To sign up to receive a Giving Tree name or to make a donation, contact Kathleen Hawkins, administrative assistant in the Office of Social and Cultural Sciences, at 8-6838.

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14. Raynor Memorial Libraries' fall edition of Ex Libris available

Raynor Memorial Libraries' fall issue of Ex Libris is now available and includes holiday reading and gift-giving recommendations from library and campus colleagues. Suggestions include fiction and nonfiction works, a book of poetry, and the winner of the Booker Prize, Britain's most significant literary award. For more information, visit the Raynor Memorial Libraries website.

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