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President's luncheon

New faculty, staff and administrators hired after September 2013 are invited to the Presidential Luncheon on Thursday, Aug. 21, from noon to 2:00 p.m. in the Conaton Boardroom. Those planning to attend should RSVP at the Center for Mission and Identity. In addition to the President’s welcome, attendees receive information about the Manresa-Away program at Transfiguration Spirituality Center on Friday, Sept. 12, and the Manresa-on-Campus program scheduled for Sept. 10, 17 and 24 at the Schiff Conference Center in the Cintas Center.

Fr. Graham on ice

Michael Graham, S.J., answered the challenge of University of Cincinnati President Santa Ono and sat for an icy dunking on Friday, Aug. 15, by Xavier athletes and students. He then challenged others to support the ALS fundraiser—including Pope Francis. Watch the video.

Spirit Celebration Sept. 3

Fr. Graham invites the campus community to celebrate the beginning of the academic year at the annual Spirit Celebration with the Mass of the Holy Spirit and community lunch on Wednesday, Sept. 3. This year’s Mass has been designed to be especially welcoming to all by including a number of multi-faith and universal elements. The Mass begins on the Xavier Yard at the Husman Hall stage at 11:30 a.m. and is followed by lunch. All classes and offices are closed from 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. to allow faculty, staff and students to attend.

Chief Diversity Officer

The final candidate for the position of Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer is on campus on Tuesday, Aug. 19, from 1:00 p.m.-2:15 p.m. in the Conaton Board Room. Edward Twyman's résumé is available through NeXus by clicking on the candidate’s name. Please respect the confidentiality of the candidate. All Xavier employees are invited to attend.

Club Day for offices

Offices and departments across campus can offer students the opportunity to connect with and learn about their work by registering for a table on Club Day, which takes place on Tuesday, Sept. 2, from 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. on the Xavier Yard. Complete the registration form on orgsync.com by 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 27, to reserve a table. To learn more, contact Crystal Guffey in the Office of Student Involvement at guffeyc@xavier.edu.

Canvas for faculty

A new course being added to Canvas—Canvas Advanced Features for Faculty—includes 13 new modules on some of the more advanced features in Canvas, including web conferencing, polling, student groups, rubrics and SpeedGrader. The course also includes discussion boards focused on specific topics to promote active sharing among faculty. All faculty will be added to the course. It appears under your Courses menu in Canvas. For more information, contact Daniel Wooddell.

Van driver training

Students and employees who drive a University-insured vehicle such as the 12- or 15-passenger vans are required to complete the driver authorization process prior to driving for the University. Van driver safety training is scheduled for Wednesday, Aug. 20, and Wednesday, Sept. 17, at 3:00 p.m. in Flynn Hall. The sessions take up to two hours. To register, please email riskmanagement@xavier.edu. Please view the risk management website for University policies on vehicle use, van use and driver authorization process. There is no charge for the training.

Move-in Day parking

The following parking restrictions are in place because of freshman Move-In Day beginning Wednesday, Aug. 20:

  • Lots R1, C1, Jesuit Residence parking lot, University Drive parking lot, parking behind Gallagher Student Center, parking lots directly in front of Cintas and Husman faculty lots are closed from 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 20, until 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 21.
  • All cars must be moved by 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 20.
  • On Friday, Aug. 22, the C1, Husman, Kuhlman and Smith lots are closed until Sunday, Aug. 24, for upperclass move-in.
  • All cars must be moved by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 22.
  • Parking is available in the South lot by O'Connor Sports Center, the Cohen lot behind Cintas, in Norwood Plaza and the Alumni Center. Please contact Molly Dugan in Student Involvement at duganm@xavier.edu or Lt. Bill Smith in Campus Police at smithwn@xavier.edu for more information.

Dining Services table tents

Hoff Dining Commons has updated the policies and procedures for table tent requests this year. The table tent policy, reservation form reservation form and availability calendar are now available online at www.xavier.edu/dining under the resources tab. Please sign up early to reserve your table tent spot.

Volume 2 of Xavier Journal

Volume 2 of the XJUR: Xavier University Journal of Undergraduate Research is now available online. Edited by Xavier students and sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences, XJUR showcases work from a variety of disciplines. Visit the website to learn more about XJUR and to read Volume 2.

Communications sessions

The Office of University Communications is hosting a weekly marketing open house where those in need of assistance with small marketing projects, web updates, social media inquiries or more can stop by to get immediate attention. Days and times vary to offer a range of options for campus colleagues. See the website for details.

Today at Xavier

Twice-weekly publication of Today at Xavier resumes on Mondays and Thursdays beginning on Monday, Aug. 25. Deadlines for submission of items to the announcement page for consideration for inclusion in Today are noon of the day preceding publication.

Births in Enrollment

The Division of Enrollment Management announces recent births within the division:

  • Michael Svihlik, assistant registrar, and his wife, Katie, welcomed their first child, Claire Marie Svihlik, on April 4. Claire weighed 7 lbs., 9 ozs., and was 20 inches long.
  • Lauren Parcell, senior assistant director of admission for graduate business admission, and her husband, Nick, welcomed Aria Kay Parcell, born April 22. Aria weighed 8lbs., 2 ozs., and was 21 inches long. Aria has an older brother, 3-year-old Grayson.
  • Colleen Blevins, retention advisor in the Office of Student Success and Parent/Family Outreach, and her husband, Scott, welcomed their first child, Sloane Ellen Blevins, on April 26. Sloane weighed 7lbs. 8 ozs., and was 21 inches long.
  • Marty Vaughn, regional recruitment director for undergraduate admission, and his wife, Meredith, welcomed Thatcher Reese Vaughn, born May 30. Thatcher weighed 8 lbs., 5 ozs., and was 21 inches long. Thatcher has an older brother, 3-year-old Jameson.
  • Kelly Pokrywka, Manager, enrollment systems, and her husband, John, welcomed their first child, Via Inez Pokrywka, born June 3, 2014. Via weighed 7 lbs., 10 ozs., and was 20 inches long.
  • Jason Cloutier, regional recruitment director for undergraduate admission, and his wife, Michelle, welcomed their first child, Jacob Michael, born July 4. Jacob weighed 8 lbs., 7 ozs., and was 20.5 inches long.
  • Christopher Klug, Veterans recruiter and assistant director of Veteran affairs, and his wife, Laura, welcomed their first child, Emma Christine Klug, on July 10. Emma weighed 6 lbs., 5 ozs., and was 19.5 inches long.

Death in the Xavier community

Michael Allen Kuchey, son of Deborah Kuchey in the School of Education, died Thursday, Aug. 7, at his home in Cincinnati. Services were held on Monday, Aug. 11. Funeral arrangements were handled by Ralph Meyer and Deters Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association.