- Faber Center hosting blessing and open house
- Center for Peacemaking to be established at Marquette
- Pustejovsky will serve as interim dean of the College of Arts and Sciences
- See the men’s basketball team in action at practice
- Online teaching workshops available to adjunct faculty
- Learn about Briggs & Al’s Run participation at brown bag session
- O-Fest featuring campus organizations is Aug. 30
- Sigma Delta Pi chapter honored
- Marquette Interchange highlights for the week of Aug. 27
1. Faber Center hosting blessing and open house
Rev. Robert A. Wild, S.J., president of Marquette, will lead a blessing ceremony for the new home of the Faber Center for Ignatian Spirituality on Wednesday, Aug. 29, at Schroeder Complex. Attendees should gather outdoors at 1:45 p.m. at the 560 N. 16th St. entrance for the 2 p.m. ceremony. The rain location will be Cramer Hall, room 104J. Tours of the second-floor center will be available immediately following the ceremony.
RSVP to University Special Events at 8-7431.
The Faber Center will also hold an open house with refreshments the following day, Aug. 30, from 3 to 5 p.m. Mike Hogan, director of the Faber Center, and Kathy Coffey-Guenther, associate director of the Faber Center, will provide tours and discuss how faculty and staff can benefit from the programs and retreats that will be offered during the school year.
The center is dedicated to the promotion of Ignatian spirituality among faculty and staff and named after Peter Faber. Faber was among the first companions of St. Ignatius Loyola and was recognized by Ignatius himself for his talent in giving the Spiritual Exercises (retreats) and his gifts as a spiritual director.
2. Center for Peacemaking to be established at Marquette
The new University Academic Senate Monday approved the creation of a Center for Peacemaking at Marquette.
Dr. Michael Duffey, associate professor of theology, said the center would have four primary goals:
- Support research on the effectiveness of initiatives to prevent violent conflicts and to reconcile communities in the wake of violence.
- Assist in teaching skills for nonviolent conflict resolution and management.
- Locate the practice of nonviolence within the faith development of the community.
- Identify and expand the resources within the Marquette community to enable its members to take leadership roles in nonviolent peacemaking.
The center will initially be funded through a $500,000 four-year grant from the Sally and Terry Rynne Foundation. Duffey said the center will have a director, who will report directly to the dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, and a half-time associate director.
Duffey said more than 20 faculty members from various departments have expressed interest in the center. He noted that there are currently about 60 courses that students can take to complete an interdisciplinary minor in justice and peace studies.
Initial activities of the Center for Peacemaking, planned for this fall, include a workshop on nonviolence for Marquette students participating in service learning and School of Education student teachers; a research forum; and a spirituality of nonviolence retreat. Next spring the center expects to sponsor a competition for a two-month faculty research award and to fund a summer internship for undergraduates.
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3. Pustejovsky will serve as interim dean of the College of Arts and Sciences
When Michael McKinney, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, retires at the end of the first semester, an experienced administrator will step in as interim dean. Provost Madeline Wake today announced the appointment of Dr. John Pustejovsky as interim dean, effective Jan. 1, 2008.
Pustejovsky, associate professor of German in the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, joined the Marquette faculty in 1982. He served as the associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences from 1996 to 2002 and, during that time, co-chaired the Core Curriculum Review Steering Committee. In 2004 he received the John P. Raynor, S.J., Faculty Award for Teaching Excellence.
Wake said Pustejovsky was selected from among candidates nominated by department chairs and college administrators. “He brings a deep understanding of the value of liberal education, as well as a reflective leadership style and knowledge of college administration, to the position,” she said.
Pustejovsky has developed courses on the modern German short story, the social history of German drama and other topics, including “Witness and Resistance in German Literature.” Together with Dr. John D. Krugler, associate professor of history, he developed the “Introduction to Inquiry” used in Marquette’s first-year seminar program and has taught shared inquiry to faculty at a number of universities.
Wake said Dr. Albert Rivero, professor of English, will chair the search for a new dean. Diederich College of Communication Dean John Pauly will co-chair the committee, which is expected to conduct a national search.
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4. See the men’s basketball team in action at practice
Marquette’s men’s basketball team, in preparation for its Labor Day weekend foreign tour, will hold a public practice on Tuesday, Aug. 28, at the Al McGuire Center.The Golden Eagles will practice and scrimmage beginning at 8:30 p.m., giving fans a sneak peek at the 2007-08 roster.
The workout will continue preparations for the squad’s four-game tour in Vancouver Aug. 31 through Sept. 3. Season tickets are on sale by calling 8-GOMU.
5. Online teaching workshops available to adjunct faculty
The Center for Teaching and Learning invites up to 20 adjuncts and other non-tenure-track faculty to participate in a series of live online workshops on teaching. Participants have an opportunity to learn about good practices in teaching and discuss their teaching with experienced mentors and other faculty. Participants will meet several times to discuss their experiences with the workshops and other teaching matters. Each online workshop is offered several times. Live workshops will also be archived for those unable to participate.
Contact David Buckholdt at 8-0268 for more information. Those interested should provide their name, discipline and number of years of teaching experience. The Center for Teaching and Learning will cover the cost of participation.
Tips on successful teaching practices are available from the Center for Teaching and Learning. An online journal on teaching is also available. A Marquette URL is needed to access to the journal.
6. Learn about Briggs & Al’s Run participation at brown bag session
Find out more about registering as an individual or forming a team for Briggs & Al’s Run & Walk at a brown bag session on Wednesday, Aug. 29, from noon to 1 p.m. in AMU 254. Light refreshments will be served.
The Marquette community and Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin will celebrate the 30th Annual Briggs & Al’s Run & Walk on Saturday, Sept. 15. Register online to be part of the Marquette University team or other MU teams. Enter “MU” to search for all university teams; the password for the general MU team is “murahrah.” For more information, stop by the Event Management Office, AMU 245.
For registration information contact Linda Lee. To volunteer before, during or after the race, contact Ali Myszewski at 8-3129.
The event was founded by former Marquette basketball coach Al McGuire and has raised more than $7 million for the hospital to fund medical care, research and education.
7. O-Fest featuring campus organizations is Aug. 30
The Office of Student Development will sponsor the annual Organization Fest, commonly known as O-Fest, from 1 to 4 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 30, in Central Mall. O-Fest offers first-year and returning students the opportunity to learn what Marquette’s nearly 250 student organizations and several campus departments have to offer, as well as sign up for organizations.
In case of inclement weather O-Fest will be rescheduled for the following day, Friday, Aug. 31, from 1 to 4 p.m. in Central Mall.
For more information about O-Fest, contact the Office of Student
Development at 8-7205.
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