— October 12, 2006 —
- Liberian President will speak at Marquette Oct. 23
- CAUTION: Computer virus may not be detected
- Are you ready? Marquette Madness is this weekend
- Lack of immunization records may block registration
- Protect your computer access
- Scholarships available for graduate study
- You can try out Degree Navigator – before you sign up for spring classes
- Marquette will host Wisconsin Authors Night
- Freshmen: Join the Freshmen Service Project in October
- Wanted: Engineer mentors
- Help stop hunger
- Save lids to save lives
- Student group plans fall trip to New Orleans
- Stressed out?
- Post-Grad volunteer information session set
- Apartment Council sponsors Rec Madness
- University Events
1. Liberian President will speak at Marquette Oct. 23
Her Excellency Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, President of the Republic of Liberia, will receive an honorary degree from Marquette at 10 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 23, in the ballroom of the Alumni Memorial Union. She will speak following the conferral of the degree.
Faculty, staff and students can pick up tickets for the event 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.
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.
2. CAUTION: Computer virus may not be detected
For the past few days members of the Marquette community have reported receiving emails that contain a back-door virus that is not detected by the anti-virus products used here at the University.
The e-mail describes a big ticket item that you have presumably purchased, and starts off like this:
Thank you for ordering from our internet shop. If you paid with a credit card, the charge on your statement will be from “name of our shop.”
This email is to confirm the receipt of your order. Please do not reply as this email was sent from our automated confirmation system.”
There is a zip file attached to the e-mail, and opening this attachment executes the back door exploit.
Please delete these messages, and do not click on the attachment.
In general, IT Services advises users not to open attachments from any sender whom they don’t recognize.
3. Are you ready? Marquette Madness is this weekend
Get ready for a great season of Marquette basketball by attending this weekend's Marquette Madness events.
Tonight (Thursday, Oct. 12) Recycled Percussion will play at the Varsity Theatre at 10 p.m. Recycled Percussion is a high intensity percussion band that plays with old cans, fire, ladders, and much more, making for an exciting show. Admission is free. Check out the band at online.
On Friday, Oct. 13, get into the Madness tradition at the Al McGuire Center beginning at 7 p.m. 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 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 the men’s basketball’s dunk contest, three-point contest and scrimmage.
After the fun at the Al, head to the Annex for a Retro Party, including Bingo, a DJ, Cosmic Bowling, Cookie Decorating, Root Beer Floats, and FREE T-shirts.
On Saturday, Oct. 14, Marquette University Student Government and RHA are co-sponsoring "Casino Night” at the AMU from 9 p.m. to midnight. The event features prizes, FREE food, and casino games, including slots, Texas Hold 'Em, roulette and more.
4. Lack of immunization records may block registration
Are you: A freshman? a transfer student? an international student? returning to Marquette after leaving for a semester, or more? returning from Study Abroad?
If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, then you may need to update your immunization records, or a registration hold could be placed on your student account, which could prevent you from registering for any future classes.
Effective fall 2006, all newly admitted or readmitted students (after a one semester or more absence) at Marquette University – undergraduate, graduate and professional students – are required to provide proof of certain immunizations and to complete a screening instrument for Tuberculosis. Proof of immunization and/or disease, is required for MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella), Varicella (Chicken Pox) and Tetanus/Diphtheria. The information must be provided by completing an Immunization History Form and a TB Screening Questionnaire, which can be downloaded from the Student Health Service Web site. The forms must be submitted to the Student Health Service, where they will be retained in confidence.
Included with the Immunization History Form is a TB Screening Questionnaire. If you answer yes to any of the three questions on the TB Screening, you will be required to have a PPD (Mantoux) skin test, even if you have had a BCG vaccination in the past. The skin test must be performed within one year before your current enrollment, and must be completed in the United States.
If you do not submit the required documentation within 30 days of the start of your first/returning term at Marquette, a registration hold will be placed on your student account, which could prevent you from registering for any future classes. Students who are noncompliant with the new immunization and TB policy will have registration holds placed in another week. All affected students have received letters from Student Health Service, and they will need to update their immunization/TB histories before spring registration. The hold will be removed once the Immunization History Form and TB Screening Questionnaire have been received by the Student Health Service, and the immunization requirements have been met.
Required immunizations are available at the Marquette Student Health Service. Students can contact Student Health Service at 8-7184 to arrange for an appointment for any necessary immunizations and tests.
*Note: Health Science, Nursing and Dental students may be required by their department or school to receive additional immunizations. Contact your department or school for specifications.
5. Protect your computer access
Does your computer have anti-spam and anti-virus software? If not, it could be easily infected with a computer virus or worm.
IT Services is introducing new software that automatically checks computers accessing Marquette’s network for computer viruses or worms. If your computer is infected, you will get a message on your machine, and all network services will be disabled until there is a three-hour period of non-malicious activity. If you need assistance in cleaning your computer, contact the IT Services HelpDesk at 8-7799.
6. Scholarships available for graduate study
Each year the Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation awards approximately 75 Truman Scholarships, which are worth $30,000 toward the cost of graduate study for students planning careers in public service, broadly defined. (This includes law school IF it is shown to be a preparation for a public service career.)
Full-time juniors who are in the upper quarter of their class and committed to a career in public service are eligible. Public service is defined as employment in government at any level, uniformed services, public-interest organizations, non-governmental research and/or educational organizations, public and private schools, and public service oriented non-profit organizations such as those whose primary purpose is to help the needy or disadvantaged persons or to protect the environment. This includes many fields of study and work.
The foundation seeks future 'change agents' who aspire to leadership positions in federal, state or local governments or in the not-for-profit and education sectors where they can influence public policies and change public programs.
Interested students should contact McGee Young in the Political Science Department, the Truman Scholarship Faculty Representative, in William Wehr Physics room 407 or by phone at 8-3296 as soon as possible.
Application information and materials are also available online.
The application deadline for the Marquette competition is Nov. 6, 2006.
7. You can try out Degree Navigator – before you sign up for spring classes
Don’t know how many credits you have or how many more you need in your major in order to graduate? Don’t know if you are meeting all the requirements to earn your degree? Unsure of which courses you need to take for your major? Do you want to know what will happen if you switch majors?
For students who entered Marquette as new freshmen in fall of 2005 or later, there is now an easy way to track degree progress online. Log on to Degree Navigator using your user name and emarq password. Degree Navigator is an interactive, online system that allows advisers and students to see what courses students have already taken, or are taking and what courses they still need to fulfill. This includes both core requirements and the requirements for a particular degree, major or minor. In addition, the program allows users to determine the impact on academic progress of various “what if” scenarios, such as changing majors or adding a minor.
A number of reports are available, including a student’s course history, a short progress report and a program status report with the number of courses and credits completed and a listing of courses and credits still required. Degree Navigator offers visual, tabular and narrative explanations of program and degree requirements and student progress in meeting those requirements.
Degree Navigator was piloted last year, and all data for the 2005-06 and 2006-07 new freshmen have been entered. More information on Degree Navigator is also available on the registrar’s Web site.
Degree Navigator is intended to complement, not replace, adviser-student meetings and college/school degree requirements. Students must still meet with their advisers as per their college policy and schedule. Graduation requirements are determined by the academic bulletin and conferences with advisers and clearance for graduation will continue to be determined by the college office, although Degree Navigator should reflect those requirements throughout your time at Marquette.
8. 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.
More information on this event or the Wisconsin Book Festival is available online.
9. Freshmen: Join the Freshmen Service Project in October
Join other freshmen in a weekend immersion Oct. 27-29 to learn more about the civil rights movement and to gain a deeper insight into the meaning of social justice. The weekend will be full of meaningful service projects, a tour of America’s Black Holocaust Museum, workshops on the historical perspective of the civil rights movement and thought-provoking discussions.
Go to the Center for Community Service, located in AMU 329, to sign up or download a copy. Applications are due Monday, Oct. 16, and the cost is $30.
If cost is prohibitive, please call 8-3108. Questions? E- mail for information.
10. Wanted: Engineer Mentors
Marquette’s College of Engineering is seeking engineers and engineering students interested in providing support in classrooms and after-school programs. Activities include helping students with academics or supervising clubs such as robotics.
A workshop for potential mentors will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 18, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Free pizza and soda! To register, call 8-6720 or e-mail.
11. Help stop hunger
Sodexho Campus Dining Services is inviting the Marquette community to help stop hunger and lend a helping hand to those in need right in our own community by taking part in a special Cans Across America promotion Oct. 12-18.
All resident dining locations - Cobeen, McCormick, Mashuda, O’ Donnell, Schroeder and Straz Tower - will be participating in the collection of non-perishable food items. Bring your donations to one of the dining locations.
Cans Across America is an opportunity to take part in a rewarding experience by donating canned food to help those in need. Highlighting the event will be an attempt to set a new Guinness World Record for the most canned food donations raised during a single event in multiple locations across the United States. All of the food collected during this promotion on campus will help those in need right in our own community.
12. Save lids to save lives
In honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the Center for Health Education and Promotion will be collecting Yoplait Yogurt lids for the national breast cancer fundraiser, Save Lids to Save Lives. During the entire month of October, students and staff can bring their Yoplait Yogurt lids to the front desk of any Marquette residence hall, Campus Town East or West, or to the AMU Info Desk.
For each pink lid collected, Yoplait will donate 10 cents to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, up to $1.5 million, with a guaranteed minimum donation of $500,000.
For information on breast and testicular cancer, call the Center for Health Education and Promotion at 8-5217.
13. Student group plans fall trip to New Orleans
The newly approved "MARDI GRAS" Student Service Organization is planning a Fall Break Trip to New Orleans Oct. 18-22.
MARDI GRAS (Making A Real Difference In the Gulf Region and Area Surrounding) is looking for any Marquette student interested in taking the small steps necessary to rebuild the great city of New Orleans. There are 12 seats available on a first come, first serve basis.
Deadline to register is Sunday, Oct. 15. Please contact Stephanie for more information.
14. Stressed out?
Channel that stress into something positive. Sign up now for Rec Plex exercise classes.
Another session of classes starts Monday, Oct. 23. Classes are offered during the lunch hour as well as in the evenings. Classes include toning, kickboxing, combination classes and yoga. For a complete schedule, please e-mail Amy Bockman.
15. Post-Grad volunteer information session set
Are you interested in getting involved with volunteer work after graduation?
There will be an information session for post-grad volunteer work at 8 p.m.on Wednesday, Oct. 25, in the Raynor Library, room 320H.
If you have any questions, please contact Fr. Patrick Dorsey, S.J.
16. Apartment Council sponsors Rec Madness
The Apartment Council will sponsor Rec Madness at the Healfaer Recreation Center on Saturday, Oct. 14. Participants can compete in basketball, volleyball, and more! Men's, women's and co-ed brackets will be played. Free food will be available and Marquette-themed prizes (including some Dwyane Wade bobbleheads) will be given to winning teams. The event will run from 1-5 p.m. Meet in the lobby at 1 p.m. for basketball and 3 p.m. for volleyball.
17. 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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