— December 14, 2006 —
- Outstanding speakers announced for Mission Week 2007
- IT Services Help Desk sets winter break hours
- D2L will be upgraded later this month
- Have your vacant house checked over break
- Reminder: All University Christmas Party is Dec. 22
- Free gift wrapping available from Student Affairs
- Three winners of the Forward Thinking Poster Session/Colloquy Announced
- Cheer on the Women's Basketball Team against U-Conn Feb. 3
- Dr. Denis Lynch Receives Media Award from Wisconsin Dental Association
- Gesu to host Martin Luther King Day Blood Drive and Chili-fest
- Dan Goyette retires
- Late Night Films feature new times, new movies
- Schedule for second semester Group Fitness classes available
- Rec Plex now hiring group exercise instructors for spring 2007
- Marquette password requirements changing
1. Outstanding speakers announced for Mission Week 2007
Three speakers who exposed or reported on the Enron scandal will participate in Marquette's 2007 Mission Week. The theme for the week is "Challenged to Choose, the Courage to Act."
Lynn Brewer, former executive of Enron Inc. and author of a book detailing her experience as a whistleblower at the company, will be the featured keynote speaker on Thursday, Feb. 8. She will speak at 4 p.m. in the Varsity Theatre. Ticket information will be available early in the spring semester.
At Enron, Brewer was responsible for risk management in energy operations, e-commerce initiatives for Enron's water subsidiary, and competitive intelligence for Enron Broadband Services. Witness to many instances of illegal and corrupt dealings, she wrote House of Cards: Confessions of an Enron Executive, a brutal account of her career at the company. Since leaving Enron, Brewer has become an outspoken advocate of cultural integrity, providing compelling details into Enron's rise and fall.
To complement Lynn Brewer’s appearance, Marquette will also host Bethany McLean, the Fortune magazine reporter who first broke the Enron story and subsequently co-authored the book, The Smartest Guys in the Room: The Amazing Rise and Scandalous Fall of Enron. McLean will give the Diederich College of Communication Burleigh Media Ethics Lecture on Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2007, at 7 p.m. in AMU Ballroom E.
In addition to these two notable speakers, Alex Gibney, the Academy Award-nominated director of the documentary film based on McLean’s book, will visit Marquette to speak and engage in a talkback following a viewing of his acclaimed film, Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room. The movie will be shown as part of the MUSG Varsity Movie Series during the weekend of Feb. 2-3, 2007. Gibney will be on campus Friday, Feb. 2, and will speak following the 9 p.m. showing of his film in the Varsity Theatre. Dean John Pauly of the Diederich College of Communication will host the talkback.
Finally, the School of Education will host Dr. Karen Ristau, president of the National Catholic Education Association, who will speak on “The Grace of Great Things: The Case for Catholic Education, K-16.” Dr. Ristau will speak on Wednesday, Feb. 7; the exact time and venue will be announced at a later date.
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2. IT Services Help Desk sets winter break hours
The IT Services Help Desk will begin Winter Break hours on Monday, Dec. 18. Hours are Mondays through Fridays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The Help Desk will be closed Sunday, Dec. 24, through Monday, Jan. 1; Sunday, Jan. 7; Sunday, Jan. 12; and Monday, Jan. 15.
3. D2L will be upgraded later this month
Marquette’s online course management system, Desire2Learn, will be upgraded to a new version on Dec. 20. Although this upgrade will bring some new functionality, the basic operation of D2L will remain familiar to current users.
The most noticeable change may be the D2L login page, which will have a new look and contain links to D2L resources, documentation, training and more. There will also be improvements to many other familiar functions including News, Quizzes, the HTML editor, and the ability to more easily copy components from a previous site into a new one.
The D2L upgrade will run from midnight on Wednesday, Dec. 20, through 7 a.m. the following day. During this time students and faculty will not have access to D2L.
If you are interested in faculty training, it is offered at a variety of days and times. Click here for dates and to register. For more information about the upgrade, please contact the IT Services Help Desk at 288-7799
4. Have your vacant house checked over break
Students and staff who live in the near off-campus area and are out of town for the winter break (as well as any break or weekend) can have their residences periodically monitored by Public Safety officers. Fill out a Vacant House Watch Form, which is available online and at the Department of Public Safety’s office, Parking Structure 1, 749 N. 16th St., and submit it to Public Safety by Monday, Dec. 19.
The department of Public Safety encourages students and staff to also make their residences look lived in while they are away by using timers on lamps, stopping mail deliveries, etc.
For more information, contact Public Safety at 8-6800.
5. Reminder: All University Christmas Party is Dec. 22
Join faculty and staff in sharing the spirit of the season at the All University Christmas Party from 3 to 5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 22, in the AMU Monaghan Ballroom.
Departments and offices are asked to inform University Special Events of the number of faculty and staff attending from their area by tomorrow, Dec. 15. E-mail or call 288-7431.
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6. Free gift wrapping available from Student Affairs
The Student Affairs staff will wrap your holiday gifts for free (donations appreciated) from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., today and tomorrow, Dec. 14 and 15, on the second floor of the AMU. All donations benefit the House of Peace holiday meal and gift program.
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7. Three winners of the Forward Thinking Poster Session/Colloquy Announced
Three $1,000 grant winners from the second annual Forward Thinking Poster Session/ Colloquy Presentation were high-quality proposed research with outstanding student participation. The Office of Research and Supported Programs announced the following grant recipients:
• Dr. Christine L. Krueger, associate professor of English and director of core curriculum, Colleen Willenbring and Kaye Wierzbicki — "Mentoring and Collaboration: Undergraduate, Graduate and Professional Research in Literature and Law." The researchers (a faculty member, a graduate student and an undergraduate student) will travel to Washington, DC, to examine primary legal materials, including historical English Law Reports and Old Bailey Session Papers, in the Library of Congress.
• Dr. Matthew J. Sanders, assistant professor of psychology, and Jocelyn Miller — "Role of CamKinase Alpha in Renewal and Reinstatement of Fear." The researchers will investigate the intracellular signaling pathways involved in the extinction and re-emergence of conditional fear responses. This award will be used to breed sufficient numbers of the genetically modified mouse line to extend basic findings, strengthening an application to the National Institutes of Health.
• Dr. Sheila Schindler-Ivens, assistant professor of physical therapy, and Jay Mehta — "Imaging of the Human Brain During Pedaling." A physical therapy faculty member and biomedical engineering student will identify the role of the primary motor cortex in locomotor tasks and the alterations in brain control of locomotion that occur after stroke.
Provost Madeline Wake said the Forward Thinking session is a “unique opportunity for the university community to see the high caliber of research occurring here at Marquette.”
Presentations from across campus focused on projects that will take place in the next 12 months.
8. Cheer on the Women's Basketball team against U-Conn Feb. 3
Mark your calendars for Saturday, Feb. 3, 2007, when the Marquette Golden Eagles Women’s Basketball team hosts the Connecticut Huskies at 7 p.m. at the Al McGuire Center. Both teams are nationally ranked, so help us pack the AL!
Tickets start at only $4, but you can get tickets to three of the hottest games of the season, U-Conn, Villanova and Notre Dame, for just $10! Visit online for more information.
Wear gold and GO MARQUETTE!
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9. Dr. Denis Lynch Receives Media Award from
Wisconsin Dental Association
Dr. Denis Lynch, School of Dentistry associate dean, received a Wisconsin Dental Association Media Relations Award Dec. 13 for using mass communications to promote the WDA and its mission.
Dr. Lynch, an oral and maxillofacial pathologist, helps the WDA and Milwaukee Brewers promote their Stamp Out Spit Tobacco message to local fifth grade students and regularly serves as a media spokesperson on complex dental health subjects. He is also in demand as a national speaker through the American Dental Association.
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10. Gesu to host Martin Luther King Day Blood Drive and Chili-fest
When you return from winter break, think about giving the “gift of life” at Gesu’s annual Blood Drive and Chili-fest on Monday, Jan. 15, from 1 to 6 p.m.
All donor registrants will receive a warming meal of chili choices (including vegetarian) and homemade breadsticks. Bring your friends, donate blood and then enjoy a hearty meal of thanks.
Advance appointments can be made by calling the Gesu office at 288-7101 or e-mail. Walk-ins will be welcome the day of the drive.
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11. Dan Goyette retires
Dan Goyette, director of student financial aid, has retired after 27 years of service to the Marquette community. We wish Dan all the best in his retirement.
Susan Teerink, associate director of financial aid, will serve as interim director of the office until a search is conducted in the spring.
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12. Late Night Films feature new times, new movies
Marquette University Student Government’s spring semester film series will begin Jan. 26, 2007, at the Varsity Theatre on Fridays at 9 p.m. and Saturdays at 6 and 9 p.m. Admission is $2 with a student I.D.
On Jan. 26 and 27 see “Employee of the Month” featuring Dane Cook and Jessica Simpson. Feb. 2 and 3 will feature “Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room,” a documentary directed by Alex Gibney. “The Departed,” starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damen, Jack Nicholson and Mark Wahlberg, will play Feb. 9 and 10. Clint Eastwood's “Flags of Our Fathers,” is scheduled for Feb. 23.
After spring break, movies will begin showing again on March 23 and 24 with the newest James Bond film, “007: Casino Royale.” March 30 and 31 will feature Denzel Washington and Val Kilmer's film “Déjà vu.” Gibson's “Apocalypto” will run April 13 and 14, followed by “Happy Feet” April 20 and 21. To wrap up the month, “Zodiac” will play on April 27 and 28 featuring Jake Gyllenhaal and Robert Downy Jr.
For more information, contact Aliy Lane, MUSG communications vice president, at 8-7672.
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13. Schedule for second semester Group Fitness classes available
Stop by the Helfaer Recreation Center, 525 N. 16th St., to pick up a Group Fitness Brochure for spring 2007. Sign-ups begin on Wednesday, Jan. 24 at 9 a.m.
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14. Rec Plex now hiring group exercise instructors for spring 2007
The Rec Plex is now hiring all formats of group exercise instructors for the spring semester. Please e-mail to schedule an audition or for more information.
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15. Marquette password requirements changing
Starting Dec. 31, all centrally managed Marquette passwords (D2L, CheckMarq, eMarq, MyJob, etc.) will need to meet complexity requirements, meaning that when you want to reset your password or are prompted to change it, your password:
- must contain characters from three of four categories:
- Uppercase characters (A through Z)
- Lowercase characters (a through z)
- Digits 0 through 9
- Non-alphabet characters (for example, !, $, #, %)
- cannot contain all or part of your username
- must be different from your previous two. The system will track former passwords.
- must be at least eight characters long and will be changed every 180 days, as before.
In addition, to further enhance security for financial data, MyJob will have an automatic logout after a predetermined period of inactivity.
IT recognizes the inconvenience of these requirements; however, the need to provide increased security to the critical information contained in these accounts is paramount. Please see online for more information.
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