— November 13, 2006 —
- Assistance is available to help with online benefits selection
- Northern Ireland and United Kingdom speakers at Soup with Substance
- Sigma Xi plans mini-symposium
- Arab Heritage Month activities continue
- Business Plan Competition information session set
- Obesity expert to speak tomorrow
- University Ministry offers program on the Mass
- HAVEN Conversation Series discusses stalking
- Volunteers needed to serve Thanksgiving dinner
- Great American Smokeout is Thursday
- Second annual fall All-University Blood Drive set
- Walk a mile in her shoes
- With winter weather approaching…
- Order your holiday poinsettias now
- Tomorrow is the deadline for ordering Marquette holiday cards
- Take your turkey to work
- This Week in Marquette History
- Interchange Highlights for the week of Nov. 13
- University Events
1. Assistance is available to help with online benefits selection
The final one-on-one assistance session for employees with questions about how to complete the online benefits application is scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 15. Benefit staff members will be in room 254 of the Alumni Memorial Union from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
ALL benefit eligible faculty and staff will need to access MyJob, the online employee information resource, in the next three weeks, even if you do not have or are not changing your insurance coverage. You will need to add, confirm, update and/or change your personal, emergency contact, dependent and beneficiary information during the annual enrollment period, which ends Nov. 17. In addition, faculty and staff wishing to maintain or modify their medical and/or dental benefits and/or wanting to participate in the university-sponsored Flexible Spending Accounts for health care and/or dependent care MUST enroll online.
The benefits package mailed to employees’ homes included information on how to access MyJob. The program is available 24 hours a day from any computer with an Internet connection. There are links to MyJob in the A to Z listing on Marquette’s home page, as well as on the Resource Commons page. Or go directly to MyJob. The site is password-protected, using your eMarq user name and password. Follow directions carefully and print the confirmation page that will appear after you successfully complete each program.
If you have any questions regarding access to MyJob, please contact the IT Services Help Desk at 8-7799; for questions on the content of MyJob, contact Human Resources at 8-7305.
2. Northern Ireland and United Kingdom speakers at Soup with Substance
In conjunction with Marquette Law School’s International Restorative Justice Conference, Soup with Substance will host Jo Berry and Patrick Magee at noon on Tuesday, Nov. 14, in room 227 of the Alumni Memorial Union.
Jo Berry is the daughter of Sir Anthony Berry, a member of Parliament who was killed in the IRA Brighton Bombing during the 1984 Conservative Party Conference. Patrick Magee, former IRA activist, was given multiple life sentences for the Brighton bombing and released under the Good Friday Agreement in 1999.
They will speak on the healing journey of victims of political violence in Northern Ireland and the United Kingdom. These individuals have been supporters of restorative justice, a theory used in criminal justice systems and national models to promote healing among conflicting groups. They will share their stories and the stories of others committed to the arduous task of restoring peace and healing to areas where extreme injustices have occurred.
The two are in Milwaukee to speak at today's International Restorative Justice Conference sponsored by Marquette’s Law School.
For more information about the conference, go to the MU Law School Web site.
3. Sigma Xi plans mini-symposium
The Marquette Chapter of Sigma Xi is holding a Scientific Mini-Symposium at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Nov.16, in room 100 of the Todd Wehr Chemistry building.
The symposium will feature four Marquette faculty scientists who will each share highlights of their current research:
Dr. Robert Fits, professor of biological sciences, “Microgravity and Human Skeletal Muscle;"
Dr. Gary Krenz, professor of mathematics, statistics and computer science, “Effect of 'Dirty Bomb' Radiation Exposure upon Rat Pulmonary Hemodynamics;”
Dr. Brian Schmit, associate professor of biomedical engineering, “Biomedical Engineering Research;” and
Dr. Daniel Sem, assistant professor of chemistry, “Chemical Biology - Developing Tools to Study Proteins and Their Interactions.”
The program will be approximately one hour with a reception to follow.
4. Arab Heritage Month activities continue
This week’s activities celebrating Arab Heritage Month include a presentation tomorrow night by Dr. Issam Nassar, professor of history at Illinois State University, on “Perspectives on Middle Eastern Photography.” The presentation is from 7 to 9 p.m. in room 202 of Olin Engineering.
On Wednesday, Nov. 15, Awista Ayub, founder of the Afghan Youth Sports Exchange (AYSE), a non-profit organization that uses sports to develop leadership skills among Afghani girls, will speak about “Real People/ Real Stories from the Arab World” at noon in room 163 of the Alumni Memorial Union.
A Soup with Substance program on Thursday, Nov. 16, at noon in the Henke Lounge of the AMU will feature Dr. Louise Cainkar, professor of sociology. She will discuss “Race and Gender in Post 9/11 Hate Acts Against American Muslims.”
The guest lecturer for “Shamans, Saints and Soviets: Popular Religion and Islam in Central Asia” is Dr. Uli Schamiloglu, a faculty member at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the Department of Languages and Cultures of Asia. He will speak at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 16, at the Haggerty Museum of Art. The lecture is offered in conjunction with the museum’s exhibition, “Art and Conflicts in Central Asia,” which runs through Jan. 21, 2007.
All this week there will be a Village Bazaar Artwork display from the Arab World in the Alumni Memorial Union. The AMU Marquette Place and the Lunda Room will be serving Middle Eastern Cuisine Thursday.
A full calendar of events is available online.
5. Business Plan Competition information session set
Learn more about the Kohler Center for Entrepreneurship’s 5th Annual Business Plan Competition (BPC) at an information session on Wednesday, Nov. 15, at 8 p.m. in room 265 of David Straz Hall. The BPC allows new entrepreneurs to showcase their business ideas, work with experienced mentors and compete for awards. Marquette students, faculty and alumni are eligible. The deadline for submission is Friday, Dec.1.
For further information, please see the Kohler Center Web site or contact Lee Hovorka at (414) 288-8024 or by e-mail.
6. Obesity expert to speak tomorrow
Dr. Stephen Woods, professor of psychiatry and director of the Obesity research center at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center, will speak at Marquette tomorrow, Nov. 14, at 3 p.m. in room 104J of Cramer Hall. The topic is "The Neurobiology of Food Intake: Analogies to Drug Intake."
Dr. Woods' research focuses on the endocrinology and neurobiology of the controls over appetite and food intake, investigating these phenomena using techniques ranging from the molecular, to the physiological, to animal models of ingestive behavior, to clinical applications. He has authored more than 300 scholarly publications, and he received a distinguished MERIT Award for his research on obesity from the National Institutes of Health.
His seminar is hosted by the Integrative Neuroscience Research Center and the College of Health Sciences. A reception in room 344E will follow the lecture.
7. University Ministry offers program on the Mass
Have you found yourself wondering about the meaning behind the Mass and its many parts? Then please join us for Mass 101 this Thursday, Nov. 16, from 8 to 9 p.m. in the Chapel of the Holy Family, located on the second floor of the Alumni Memorial Union.
Fr. Edward Mathie, S.J., director of University Ministry, will speak. This is a great opportunity for Catholics and non-Catholics alike to learn more about the meaning and history behind the Mass. Everyone is also invited to Praise and Worship, led by Catholic Outreach, immediately following the event.
8. HAVEN Conversation Series discusses stalking
The HAVEN Conversation Series commences with Stalking and Harassment 101, a brown bag discussion led by Dr. Mike Zebrowski, director of the Marquette University Counseling Center on Thursday, Nov. 16, at noon in room 254 of the Alumni Memorial Union.
Recent technological advances have provided increased opportunities for stalkers. With these advances comes an increase in the number of stalking reports nationwide. Join Dr. Zebrowski for a candid discussion on stalking and how this crime has begun to shape the way we interact with and engage in relationships with others. Definitions of stalking, a comprehensive examination of stalking behaviors, the increased popularity of Web-based communication resources among college students and the impact of stalking upon victims will be discussed.
HAVEN (Helping Abuse and Violence End Now) is a partnership of university departments and students committed to the prevention of interpersonal violence and to providing safe referral sources for those affected by sexual assault, relationship violence and stalking. For more information, contact Sue Cooper, Department of Public Safety, at 8-6800.
9. Volunteers needed to serve Thanksgiving dinner
Volunteers are needed to serve a Thanksgiving dinner on Thursday, Nov. 23, to students who are unable to travel home for the holiday. Many of those who are expected to attend the dinner are international students. The dinner is provided in memory of Fr. William McEvoy, S.J., who himself first provided this annual dinner for students during the 1950’s in the basement of the Dental School.
Faculty, staff and administrators are needed between 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. to assist with greeting the guests, serving the meal and minor clean up. The dinner, which is served in the Schroeder Hall dining room, is sponsored by University Ministry with the help of Sodexho Food Service and Residence Life.
Contact Sue Niemi at 8-6873 or by e-mail by Friday, Nov. 17, if you would like to volunteer.
10. Great American Smokeout is Thursday
Commit to quit! The annual “Great American Smokeout” is Thursday, Nov. 16. Information will be available on the second floor of the Alumni Memorial Union from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m.
Whether you are interested in quitting smoking, helping a friend quit or just want to support smoke free efforts at Marquette, there will be something for everyone! Please call the Center for Health Education and Promotion at 8-5217 for more information.
11. Second annual fall All-University Blood Drive set
Save a life. Be a hero. The second annual fall All University Blood Drive will take place on Thursday, Nov. 16, from 1:30 to 7 p.m. in the AMU ballrooms. Please take a moment out of your day to donate! Walk ups welcome.
12. Walk a mile in her shoes
Marquette men (and women), mark your calendars! On Sunday, May 6, 2007 men will be challenged to walk one mile in women’s shoes on the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee’s campus as a fundraising event to increase awareness on sexual violence and gender violence.
However, we need your help! It’s time to clean out your closet or shop the clearance racks and donate women’s shoes - sizes 10 and up - to help the male walkers truly experience what it means to “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes.”
If you would like to make a shoe donation, there will be a donation bin in the second floor lobby of the Alumni Memorial Union until November 17.
Local corporations, foundations, businesses and individuals will create teams of male walkers to show their support for ending sexual and gender violence. We want Marquette to be well represented, so please consider organizing a Marquette team of men to participate. Information about how to register your team will be forthcoming.
Women, children, family and friends are also encouraged to walk in support of the programs and efforts of ending sexual and gender violence.
Marquette University is committed to supporting a violence-free community, and this is one way that we can show our support. For more information on this event, please contact Bridgette Hensley in the Counseling Center at 8-7172 or Amber Battisti in the Center for Health Education and Promotion at 8-5217.
13. With winter weather approaching…
Student Safety Programs (SSP) would like to remind users of the LIMO service to allow extra time for LIMO rides as the weather turns cold. Time-sensitive trips to classes and meetings cannot always be accommodated, but the drivers do make their best attempt to transport all parties to their destinations in a timely manner. However, as safety of our patrons is our utmost concern, some riders will occasionally experience a longer ride.
To better assist us in providing services to all those who request them, please call back and “cancel” a requested LIMO if you choose to walk. If you do choose to walk, when calling back you also have the option of changing your request to that of a Safety Patroller escort. If you do choose to wait, please continue to be ready at the location from which you called, with your Marquette ID out and ready to present to the LIMO driver as you board.
If you have any questions about SSP or the services provided to the campus community, please call the SSP info line at 8-5625 or email the staff. SSP’s services are available from 5 p.m. to 3 a.m. daily and can be requested during those times by calling 8-6363.
14. Order your holiday poinsettias now
The Marquette University Chorus is ushering in the holiday season with its annual poinsettia sale. Poinsettias are available in red and white and come in pots of single, double or triple plants. Each poinsettia plant is full and rich in color -- sure to make your home or office beautiful for the holiday season!
If you are interested in purchasing a poinsettia, e-mail the MU Chorus vice president or call (414) 244-2581 for more information. Orders are due on Wednesday, Nov. 15.
15. Tomorrow is the deadline for ordering Marquette holiday cards
The Office of Marketing and Communication is offering holiday cards for purchase this Christmas season to campus departments and offices. The cards will be pre-printed with a general greeting from Marquette with enough space for your handwritten personal message or signature(s).
Go online for additional information, including images of the cards and how to order. Orders will be accepted through Tuesday, Nov. 14.
16. Take your turkey to work
Who doesn’t love a full, traditional Thanksgiving meal? For some people in the Milwaukee community, this feast is too expensive. To ensure that more people have a chance to enjoy turkey and the fixings, the Campus Kitchen at Marquette is working on raising food and funds to share with others.
Campus Kitchen is a student-run, national nonprofit organization that focuses on minimizing the food waste that is found so commonly in our country. We create healthy meals from good food that would otherwise be discarded, and provide them to social organizations that are making a positive impact on our community.
Every year we serve hundreds of full Thanksgiving meals. To accomplish this effort, we need the support of all of Marquette’s faculty and student body. As in the past, Campus Kitchen is organizing a “take your turkey to work” day for the faculty. We ask the staff to make a contribution during the holiday season by providing a turkey or a monetary donation. We are in need of 56 turkeys and would greatly appreciate your support! You can call 8-0342 to get more information and to schedule a pickup (turkey or monetary) between 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. on Nov. 17.
Thanks a lot for being a part of this great Thanksgiving effort!
17. This Week in Marquette History
In This Week in Marquette History, a renowned composer received an honorary degree from Marquette, and Marquette mourned the slayings of Jesuits in El Salvador.
Want to know more? Go to the 125th Anniversary Web site.
This Week in Marquette History is a project of the Marquette University Department of History.
18. Interchange Highlights for the week of November 13
1. Sheeting will be driven just north and south of 10th and Michigan/Tory Hill all week. This will occur during daytime hours.
2. Demolition work south of Tory Hill/Clybourn continues this week. This work will take place during the daytime and will continue for the next week or two.
3. There will be daytime traffic lane restrictions on Canal Street between 6th to 13th Streets on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, Nov. 15-17. On these days, between 7 a.m. and 3 p.m., westbound traffic will be rerouted to the eastbound lanes. This will restrict eastbound traffic.
4. Paving has begun on 11th Street north of Wells. Although work will be staged to accommodate traffic, there will be lane restrictions.
5. East- and westbound traffic on I-794 east of the interchange will be shifted to the new eastbound roadway/bridges. Work will begin soon to replace the old westbound roadway/bridges. This traffic switch is well ahead of schedule.
6. There will be various lane restrictions and closures throughout the week. Please go online for more details.
Visit the all-university online Calendar of Events for a complete listing of all upcoming events in the next week.
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