— October 9, 2006 —

Contents

  1. Tickets available tomorrow to hear Liberian President speak
  2. New reporting hotline, Web site for university financial operations available to faculty and staff
  3. Lights, Camera...Marquette Madness
  4. Terri Mitchell to brave the extremes in a 24-Hour Marquette Madness Camp-Out; season tickets available
  5. Provost to hold open office hours next Thursday
  6. Find out more about Careers@Marquette University
  7. New policies are posted, others updated
  8. GROW session to cover Power Point
  9. Sabbatical plans, reports due October 16
  10. Honors Program curriculum proposals accepted
  11. Marquette will host Wisconsin Authors Night
  12. Klement lecturer will discuss Civil War
  13. Smithsonian expert will speak Friday
  14. Illinois chemist to speak at Chemistry Colloquium
  15. Calling all biomedicine researchers
  16. Marquette Interchange chief to speak
  17. Soup with Substance: Katrina Recovery and Social Justice
  18. JUSTICE hosts provincial assistant from Wisconsin Province of Jesuits
  19. This week in Marquette history
  20. Marquette Interchange update
  21. University events

 

1. Tickets available tomorrow to hear Liberian President speak

Tickets will be available beginning tomorrow for the ceremony conferring an honorary degree on Her Excellency Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, President of the Republic of Liberia, at 10 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 23, in the ballroom of the Alumni Memorial Union.

Faculty, staff and students can pick up tickets in the Alumni Memorial Union, Brooks Lounge.  The ticket office hours are Monday through Friday from noon to 11:30 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 2 to 11:30 p.m.

This is only the second time in Marquette history that a sitting head of government has visited the university. On June 16, 1956, President Edward O'Donnell, S.J., conferred an Honorary Doctor of Law degree on German Chancellor Konrad Adenauer. 

President Johnson Sirleaf, who took office in January 2006, is internationally recognized as a leading promoter of peace, justice and democratic rule.  Known as the “Iron Lady” for her strong will and determination as well as for her personal integrity, she is committed to ethical reform for the people of Liberia and the importance of education. During years of exile, the Harvard-educated President held senior leadership positions with the World Bank and the United Nations.

A mother of four sons and grandmother of nine, President Johnson Sirleaf is a strong supporter of community development and education, particularly for girls.

Along with First Lady Laura Bush, President Johnson Sirleaf recently received the 2006 International Republican Institute Freedom Award. “Through her service as a Liberian Cabinet minister in the 1970s, as a senior U.N. administrator in the 1990s, and now as her country's president, President Johnson-Sirleaf has always been deeply devoted to her country,” Laura Bush said at the IRI ceremony last month.  “Her dedication to Liberia has never diminished -- not even in the face of persecution." She called the Liberian president a "terrific example of the power of education, and of why it's important to educate women and girls, and to improve opportunities for women in Africa and around the world."

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2. New reporting hotline, Web site for university financial operations available to faculty and staff
 
A new service being launched at Marquette today will continue the university’s effort to promote sound financial operations in departments and offices across campus. Providing an ethical workplace for every faculty and staff member helps fulfill the university’s mission of excellence as well as our obligation to students, colleagues and others with whom Marquette has contact.
 
All Marquette faculty and staff share in the responsibility of promoting a positive working environment. As part of the effort, Marquette has chosen a third party, EthicsPoint, to provide the university with a phone and Web reporting system that employees can use to report any concerns or issues about financial operations they may have in an anonymous and confidential way. Among the reporting categories are accounting and auditing issues, improper actions and waste of university resources.
 
The new service is available anywhere around the clock and while university areas will respond as appropriate, the system is managed by EthicsPoint for Marquette in order to keep correspondence confidential. Further, Marquette will not tolerate any action taken against an employee for making a good faith report.
 
Please see the Web site or call (800) 445-7068 to learn more.

3. Lights, Camera…Marquette Madness

Marquette men’s and women’s basketball teams get set to tip-off their 2006-07 seasons with Marquette Madness, Friday, October 13 at the Al McGuire Center. The doors open at 6:30 p.m.

All fans are invited to meet, greet and collect autographs from the men’s and women’s coaches and players, and former MU basketball greats, and participate in contests in both the Kasten and main gyms beginning at 6:30 p.m. Everyone in attendance will receive a Marquette Madness t-shirt and team poster sponsored by Famous Dave¹s.

ESPN Radio’s Steve “Homer” True will kick-off the event at 8:00 p.m. with introductions of the men’s and women’s players and coaching staffs. One lucky fan will be selected to participate in Marquette basketball’s version of the hit NBC television show Deal or No Deal, and will have the opportunity to win a $1500 travel voucher, $1,000 Apple Computer coupon, $750 Visa card or one of many other great prizes. 
The highlight of the evening will be men’s basketball’s dunk contest, three-point contest and scrimmage.

All the action can be heard live, on gomarquette.com, as True will be joined by Jim McIlvaine to broadcast the event.  “Homer” will start the day’s events with a live broadcast of his show, from The Al, from 3-6 p.m., followed by the live show of Steve Haywood, from 6-7 p.m.

The 2006-07 season marks the 90th year of men’s basketball for Marquette University. Throughout the season, Marquette will commemorate the rich and storied tradition of the men’s program through its communications and marketing efforts, publications and events. Highlights include the all class reunion on January 13, Dwyane Wade’s jersey retirement ceremony on February 3, and recognition of the 1977 National Championship Team on March 3.

4. Terri Mitchell to brave the extremes in a 24-Hour Marquette Madness Camp-Out; season tickets available

Marquette head women’s basketball coach Terri Mitchell will brave the extremes in a 24-hour camp-out beginning Thursday, Oct. 12, at noon in front of Mo’s Restaurants on the corner of Wisconsin Ave. and Plankinton Street to promote the start of the Marquette women’s basketball season.

Mitchell will move her post Thursday evening to Westowne Square in the west courtyard of the Alumni Memorial Union where she will camp-out in anticipation of Marquette Madness - the official start of basketball season on Friday, Oct. 13. There Mitchell will possess all of the traditional camping amenities, including a grill, hotdogs and s’mores. Donuts and juice will be available Friday morning so fans can rise and shine with Mitchell.

Stop by and join Mitchell, along with assistant coaches and players, all day Thursday and Friday morning to share the excitement of Marquette and BIG EAST basketball.

“I am so excited about the season,” Mitchell says of her decision of the camp-out. “I want to personally be out and around the Marquette community to get others to know about what is going on at Marquette. Basketball season is a very exciting time here and I want to be publicly available to share the enthusiasm.”

In conjunction with Marquette Madness, the women’s basketball team will host its fourth annual Fan Fest at the Al McGuire Center on Sunday, Oct. 15, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Doors open at 10:30 a.m., and admission is free.

Marquette women’s basketball is on the hunt for 800 season ticket holders and is just short of that goal. Season ticket packages start as low as $40 for all 15 home contests. Fans who purchase season tickets from now until the goal is reached will have their name put in a drawing for a $300 Visa gift card and an MU Prize Pack.

Home opponents for the 2006-07 season include Connecticut, Notre Dame, Washington, West Virginia, Syracuse, Villanova, Notre Dame, Connecticut, St. John’s Louisville and Wis.-Green Bay.

The Golden Eagles return four starters and seven letterwinners from last season who matched a program high 22 wins advanced to the 2006 WNIT Championship game.

Don’t miss out! Call (414) 288-GOMU to reserve your spot and get in on all the action.

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5. Provost to hold open office hours Thursday

Provost Madeline Wake will hold open office hours for faculty and staff on Thursday, Oct. 12, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in AMU Ballroom E.

Stop in to discuss your thoughts about Marquette with Dr. Wake, including such topics as preparing students for leadership, expanding global connections, advancing research, developing teaching and learning, and increasing diversity. Coffee and cookies will be served.

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6. Find out more about Careers@Marquette University

Are you tired of sorting through a pile of resumes? Would you like to quickly process applications according to key criteria?

Marquette’s Human Resources Department has developed Careers@Marquette, a flexible, online requisition and application tracking process for staff and faculty positions. The PeopleAdmin tracking module, which is used by a number of other Jesuit colleges and universities, includes an automated authorization to recruit form, web-based distribution of application materials to hiring managers, the ability to screen candidates according to specific criteria, a collection method for affirmative action data, and automatic notification to job candidates regarding the status of their job search.

Training for the new system is scheduled this month. Business managers and others responsible for coordinating recruiting and hiring in their departments will be invited to attend training sessions. In addition, special one-hour sessions are being offered on Monday, Oct. 23, for any employee interested in learning more about Careers@Marquette. The sessions will be held from 11 a.m. to noon and 1 to 2 p.m. in conference room A of the Raynor Library. For more information or to register, call 8-7305.

Human Resources administrators expect the new system to save time and money while improving service to both applicants and hiring managers.

7. New policies are posted, others updated

The following university policies are effective immediately:

UPP 1-05: Acceptable Use of Electronic Resources  (updated)
Updated to clarify the policy.

UPP 1-24: Policy on Awards and Recognition for Non-University Individuals  (new)
This policy was created to encourage the acknowledgment of achievements by outside constituents through the use of awards and recognition.  There must be an appropriateness of the nominees to the distinctive mission and values of Marquette University and proper approval must be received before an award/recognition is granted.

UPP 4-09: Tuition Benefit Programs (updated)

UPP 4-14: Fringe Benefit Eligibility and Summary of Coverages  (updated)
Greg Kliebhan, senior vice president, and Madeline Wake, provost, have given approval to the Employee Welfare Committee's recommendations to allow part-time regular employees access to dental coverage (employee to pay full premium similar to health insurance) and to allow part-time regular non-faculty employees to have the employee tuition remission benefit (on a pro-rated basis: up to four credits per semester and up to eight credits in summer, subject to all other terms and conditions of the policy).

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8. GROW session to cover Power Point

Learn the basics of Microsoft Power Point 2003 to make learning more dynamic by creating presentations for classroom materials, meetings
and projects.

The session will be offered on Wednesday, Oct. 11, from 10 a.m. to noon in room 320H of the Raynor Memorial Libraries. The instructor is Noelle Fredrich from IT Services. 

Participants will learn how to incorporate graphics, text, movies, sounds and the internet into presentations in addition to creating templates.  Whether you are the presenter or in an administrative support role, this session will get you jump started to quickly and easily create presentations for any purpose.

Call 8-7305 or e-mail to register.

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9. Sabbatical plans, reports due October 16

Faculty sabbatical plans and fellowship plans for 2007-08 and sabbatical reports from 2005-06 are due Monday, Oct. 16, to the Office of the Provost, room 205. Go online for sabbatical information, including guidelines, the enrollment form and other materials.

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10. Honors Program curriculum proposals accepted

The Honors Faculty Advisory Council invites all faculty to participate in the Honors Program Curriculum for 2007-08. As a university-wide initiative, students from all colleges participate in the Honors Program; accordingly proposals from all disciplines and colleges are encouraged.

Several opportunities are available, some of which offer overload pay and others that involve a negotiated course buyout. There is a particular need for HOPR 135 instructors, but HOPR 10, 20, 140, and 196 are also being accepted. If you have questions or would like to see a copy of the original proposal invitation, please contact the Honors Program at 8-7516. Feel free to fax a proposal to 8-1957 or drop it by the Honors Program office at Coughlin 007 between the hours of 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Proposals are being accepted through the month of October.

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11. Marquette will host Wisconsin Authors Night

As part of the annual Wisconsin Book Festival, Marquette will host Wisconsin Authors Night on Monday, Oct. 16, at 7 p.m. in the Weasler Auditorium.  The event will feature readings from new works by Michael Perry and Elizabeth Berg as well as mini-readings from eight other Wisconsin authors.  They include Marquette's own Angela Sorby, Ben Percy, Larry Watson and C.J. Hribal. 

A reception and book signing will follow and works by the evenings’ authors will be available for sale.  This event is free and open to the public. 

For more information on this event or the Wisconsin book Festival, please visit the Web site.

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12. Klement lecturer will discuss Civil War

The History Department will host the annual Frank L. Klement Lecture on Monday, Oct. 16. Dr. Stephen Engle, professor and chair of the history department at Florida Atlantic University, will speak at 7:30 p.m. in room 001 of Cudahy Hall. His topic is “All the President’s Statesmen: Union Governors and the Civil War.”

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13. Smithsonian expert will speak Friday

Dr. Cynthia Cilmour from the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center will be on campus Friday as part of the Department of Biological Sciences’ Seminar Program. Her topic is “Microbial Ecology of Mercury Methylation.”

The seminar will begin at 3:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 13, in room 111 of the Wehr Life Sciences Building.

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14. Illinois chemist to speak at Chemistry Colloquium

Dr. Robert Quandt from the Department of Chemistry at Illinois State University is the featured speaker this week for the Department of Chemistry’s 2006 Fall Colloquium.

Dr. Quandt will discuss “Multiphoton Photodissociation of Several Halocarbons” on Friday, Oct. 13, at 4 p.m. in room 121 of the Todd Wehr Chemistry Building. Refreshments will be served preceding the lecture.

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15. Calling all biomedicine researchers

Marquette's Libraries will host a workshop on Oct. 19 and 20, during which trainers from the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) will present practical information and hands-on training in GenBank, RefSeq, and the integrated genome resources and computational biology tools. There is no charge for the course and all graduate students in pertinent disciplines (biomedicine, bioinformatics, molecular biology, genetics, biological engineering, and more) are encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity. Call 8-3944 or e-mail Rosemary Del Toro for more information, no later than Monday, Oct. 16.

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16. Marquette Interchange chief to speak

Donald Reinbold, project development chief of the Marquette Interchange Reconstruction Poject for the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, will discuss the project at 4 p.m. in Wehr Physics 216.  The speech is part of the Physics Colloquium series.

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17. Soup with Substance: Katrina Recovery and Social Justice

Soup with Substance will host a panel of Marquette students and administrators to discuss social justice issues relating to the recovery of New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina on Thursday, Oct. 12, at noon in AMU 313.
 
Post-Katrina recovery offers us unfortunate revelations about injustices placed upon the very people who are working to get New Orleans and the surrounding area back on its feet. Come and learn more about these injustices through the eyes of students who spent the summer working with two main justice issues: 1) the demise of affordable, low income housing and 2) the rights of illegal workers. Two administrators who have been active in pre-Katrina justice issues and post-Katrina relief will also present to the group.

Soup with Substance is a regular noon-time event that facilitates discussion of social justice issues over a simple meal of soup and bread.

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18. JUSTICE hosts provincial assistant from Wisconsin Province of Jesuits

John Sealey, provincial assistant for social and international ministries of the Wisconsin Province of the Society of Jesus, will be the speaker for the weekly meeting of J.U.S.T.I.C.E., a student organization which focuses on social justice issues, awareness and activism on campus. The meeting will take place Tuesday, Oct. 10, at 7:30 p.m. in AMU 227.

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19. This Week in Marquette History

In This Week in Marquette History, the Plankinton Mansion was demolished to make way for a new student union, and students hotly discussed decriminalizing marijuana — that is, until a measles epidemic hit campus.  
  
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. Research and writing was conducted by graduate students Christopher Chan, Jess McCullough and Amanda Schmeider, with help from James Marten, professor and history department chair, and Carla Hay, associate professor and chair, 125th Anniversary Committee. Special thanks to Thomas Jablonsky, associate professor of history and director, Institute for Urban Life, who provided access to the manuscript of his forthcoming history of Marquette University.

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20. Marquette Interchange update

1. The ramp from northbound I-43/94 to northbound Plankinton Avenue has opened.  This ramp will NOT connect with eastbound I-794!  The ramp connecting northbound I-43/94 to eastbound I-794 will open in 2008.
2. Southbound I-43 will fully open to all three new lanes from North Avenue to Wells on Saturday, October 14.  All entrance and exit ramps in this portion of the freeway are operational.  There are still some temporary partial restrictions at Fond du Lac/ McKinley, formerly known as the Hillside Interchange.
3. The north portion of the new Wisconsin Avenue Bridge deck will be poured on Wednesday, October 11.  Work will begin at 3 a.m.
4. Overnight paving will occur again on southbound I-43 from Wells Street to the north this Monday and Tuesday, October 9 and 10.  Some pavement will be milled or ground during this process.
5. No pile driving is scheduled this week!
6. Paving will begin this week on 12th Street, from Highland to Vliet.
7. Twelfth Street between Wisconsin and Wells will be closed to through traffic on Friday, October 13, from 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. for Midnight Madness.
8. St. Paul Avenue from 25th to 27th Streets is closed in both directions until January 1, 2007. 
9. I-94 at 25th/26th Streets will be closed in both directions beginning at midnight on Monday, October 16 until 5 a.m. Tuesday morning, October 17.
10. Paving of the southbound I-43 roadway will result in numerous overnight/early morning lane and ramp restrictions this coming week, between North Avenue and Highland.

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21. University Events

Visit the all-university online Calendar of Events for a complete listing of all upcoming events in the next week.

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