— February 8, 2007 —
- Lynn Brewer delivers Mission Week keynote address today
- Attend community service workshop
- Ethical Dilemmas on Film end today
- A daily reflection
- Hans Waldenfels to speak at Wade Chair Lecture
- Student nominations requested for Arrupe Award
- Students can win $200 for an “A” on a class paper
- Theology conference to be held on Abrahamic traditions
- Faculty, staff asked to join “Supper for 12 Strangers”
- Special deal for Family Night at women’s basketball game
- Manresa Project to host Women’s Spirituality meeting
- Faber Center is hosting daily retreats for busy people
- Nonperishable donations needed for troop collection
- Encourage students to attend anxiety disorders screening
- Faculty and staff with dependent’s tuition need to file FAFSA
- Memorial services for Dennis Streich planned
1. Lynn Brewer delivers Mission Week keynote address today
Lynn Brewer, former Enron executive and whistleblower on corporate corruption, highlights this year’s Mission Week theme of “Challenged to Choose: the Courage to Act” with her address today, Thursday, Feb. 8, at 4 p.m. in the Varsity Theatre.
During her tenure at Enron, where she was responsible for risk management in energy operations, e-commerce for Enron’s water subsidiary and competitive intelligence for broadband services, she witnessed illegal and corrupt dealings including bank fraud, espionage, power price manipulation and gross overstatements to the media, public and financial world. Since leaving Enron, she became the founding chairman and CEO of The Integrity Institute, which independently assesses and certifies corporate integrity at the request of organizations for the benefit of their stakeholders.
For the complete Mission Week schedule, go online.
2. Attend community service workshop
The Nonprofit Center of Milwaukee and Marquette’s Center for Community Service will hold “Stretch Yourself at the Service Summit” Mission Week workshops on Friday, Feb. 9, from 1 to 4 p.m., in AMU 252 and 254. Topics include “E-Board and Beyond” and “International Service: Rights and Responsibilities.” Refreshments will be provided. The program is sponsored by the Center for Community Service.
3. Ethical Dilemmas on Film end today
The series of films that reflect the Mission Week theme of “Challenged to Choose: the Courage to Act,” broadcast by Marquette’s Channel 95 ends tonight. Films include “The Constant Gardener,” “Erin Brockovich,” “Good Night and Good Luck,” “North Country,” and “Tears of the Sun.” Broadcast is at 9 p.m. The series is sponsored by the Office of Residence Life.
4. A daily reflection
The Gospel of Jan. 28, 2007, (Luke 4:21-30) in the liturgical readings of Catholic and many Protestant churches presents an image of the people of Nazareth attempting to hurl Jesus over the edge of the cliff on the outskirts of Nazareth after expelling Him from the Temple. The image is very appropriate as we approach Mission Week this year and consider the consequences of principled action. Christ had the courage to accept the risks and dangers that he asks us to accept as we live what Paul calls a “love that endures.” Our moral action can also impose a cost on those who love us. For instance, Mary, the mother of Jesus, must have witnessed the attack on Jesus “the son of the carpenter” and experienced a mother’s anguish for her son. In that small village, her friends were the ones attacking her son. Pain to self and those we love is often a consequence of right action in the name of justice. It is a cost that must be paid, a cost our leader paid.
Those like the Enron criminals, tobacco company executives, crooked politicians, sex purveyors, unethical lawyers, medical mal-practitioners, even incompetent professors and those who are less than principled in all fields of human endeavor will not go away with new laws and external pressures. Progress will only be made and justice accomplished when each of us understands and acts according to two truths necessary for integrity and credibility. First, each of us as a person is a unique act of God and is of infinite value and instilled with gifts to be used to give glory to God through service to others. Wonderfully, as Desmond Tutu reminds us, this is how we become self, for “a person becomes a person through other persons.” Second, as John Henry Newman reminds us, each of us has a unique vocation to do what no one else can do, including Christ in his humanity who was constrained to his time and place.
Our reward? Ignatius showed us when he prayed, “Give me your love and your grace, for that is sufficient for me.”
— Dr. Thomas A. Bausch
Professor of Management
Mission Week reflections are sponsored by the Faber Center for Ignatian Spirituality.
5. Hans Waldenfels to speak at Wade Chair Lecture
The Department of Theology will host the Wade Chair Lecture, “Benedict XVI’s Approach to Ecumenism and Interreligious Dialogue,” by Rev. Hans Waldenfels, S.J., on Thursday, Feb. 22, at 4 p.m. in Cudahy Hall, room 001. The lecture is free and open to the public.
Father Waldenfels, professor emeritus of the University of Bonn, Germany, is a world-renowned expert in the theology of interreligious dialogue and author of 21 books and more than 400 other published writings.
In his writings both as theologian and pastor, Pope Benedict XVI has demonstrated both great learning and a brilliant intellect, and analytical power and vision. To a 21st century world threatening to break into many opposing factions, he proclaims the central doctrine of Christian faith: God’s incarnation in Jesus Christ for the salvation of all. As spiritual leader of the Catholic Church, the largest single religious community in the world, he has dedicated his pontificate especially to the work of ecumenism and interreligious dialogue.
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6. Student nominations requested for Arrupe Award
Faculty and staff are invited to nominate Marquette juniors for the Pedro Arrupe Award, presented by The Marquette University Alumni Association. This award recognizes a Marquette junior, male or female, who emulates the values and ideals of Father Arrupe, a Superior General of the Society of Jesus from 1965 to 1981. He was a man of simplicity, warmth and optimism, committed to serving the poor and leading others to explore the link between faith and justice.
Nomination materials for the Pedro Arrupe Award are being sent to faculty and staff in campus mail. The application and essay are due on March 23. Finalists will be selected in mid-April and finalists will need to be available for an interview on Friday, April 27.
For more information call 8-4764
7. Students can win $200 for an “A” on a class paper
Faculty are asked to encourage their students to apply for the 10th annual Maria Dittman Research Paper Competition recognizing the importance of effective library research. All A-grade papers written during calendar year 2006 for a MU course are eligible. One $200 prize each will be awarded in the freshman/sophomore, junior/senior and graduate/professional categories.
Submissions will be accepted until March 5. More information is available online.
8. Theology conference to be held on Abrahamic traditions
A conference on theology and philosophy, “The Muslim, Christian, and Jewish Heritage: Philosophical and Theological Explorations in the Abrahamic Traditions,” will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 28, through Friday, March 2, in the Raynor Library Conference Center and Alumni Memorial Union.
The conference will highlight common intellectual and religious foundations of three Abrahamic faiths in the context of inter-religious dialogue and cross-cultural discussions of philosophical and theological principles and doctrines.
Registration costs $10 for students and $25 for others if received by Feb. 15. Registration received after Feb. 15 (if seats are available) is $35.
For more information go online.
9. Faculty, staff asked to join “Supper for 12 Strangers”
The Association of Marquette University Women invites faculty and staff to join its annual “Supper for 12 Strangers.” In the spirit of Jesus’ last supper with his 12 apostles, this “supper” matches current students with Marquette alumni, faculty, administrators and friends in a social setting for food, camaraderie and fun on Saturday, Feb. 24, and Sunday, Feb. 25.
Host homes are needed for two to 12 students, for either date, for lunch or dinner (your choice). Your dinner can be as formal as a gourmet meal or as casual as brats and burgers. Hosts may need to help coordinate transportation for some guests, if students do not have access to transportation.
For more information or to register, call 8-0347 or e-mail.
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10. Special deal for Family Night at women’s basketball game
Join the nationally ranked Marquette women’s basketball team for Family Night as they take on Big East rival St. John’s on Tuesday, Feb. 13, at 7 p.m. Four tickets, four hot dogs, and four sodas cost $16 total.
For more information go online or call 8-GOMU.
11. Manresa Project to host Women’s Spirituality meeting
The Manresa Project is hosting a Women's Spirituality meeting on Friday, Feb. 16, from noon to 1:30 p.m., in Raynor Library, Conference Room D.
Attendees need to read chapter two of A Hidden Wholeness by Parker Palmer prior to the meeting. The chapter is accessible online, but this is the last time to access it through the library. The book is available at several locations.
Beverages will be provided, and you are welcome to bring your lunch.
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12. Faber Center is hosting daily retreats for busy people
The Faber Center for Ignatian Spirituality is hosting a retreat for busy people, “My God Brightens the Light About Me (Psalm 18).” These individually directed retreats include daily prayer and weekly meetings with a spiritual director.
The opening session is on Tuesday, Feb. 13, from 12:15 to 1 p.m., in the Chapel of The Holy Family. The closing session is on Wednesday, April 4, from 12:15 to 1 p.m., in the Chapel of the Holy Family.
For more information call 8-5059 or go online.
13. Nonperishable donations needed for troop collection
The MU Volunteers are sponsoring a collection of nonperishable items for the military troops throughout February. Acceptable donations include cookies, peanut butter and jelly, beef sticks, coffee, crackers and cheese spread, blank CDs and DVDs, current magazines, AA batteries, powdered Gatorade mix, hard candy, gum, Tic-Tacs, peanuts, small board games, cards, razors, Q-tips, foot powder, unscented baby wipes, unscented lotion, artificial tears, pens, writing paper, envelopes, soft toilet paper, Kleenex, and sheets and blankets (single size for on top of sleeping bags). Monetary donations are also welcome, and notes and cards are a nice touch.
Items go to We Care Wisconsin, which sends the items to veterans from Wisconsin serving overseas. The MU Volunteers will also take names and addresses of those with a Marquette connection serving in Iraq or Afghanistan and share them with We Care Wisconsin.
Items are due by March 1 to Kathleen Hawkins in Lalumiere 340.
14. Encourage students to attend anxiety disorders screening
Faculty and staff who are aware of students feeling fear or panic or who seem stressed out are encouraged to refer those students to the free anxiety disorders screening on Thursday, Feb. 15. The screening will be held in Holthusen Hall, room 207, from noon to 4 p.m. Counseling Center staff will provide students with an anonymous screening questionnaire and an opportunity to discuss the results.
Anxiety disorders, which affect 25 million Americans, are treatable conditions that do not have to affect an individual’s life.
For more information, contact the Counseling Center at 8-7172, or go online.
15. Faculty and staff with dependent’s tuition need to file FAFSA
Faculty and staff planning to use Tuition Remission for Dependents for the 2007-8 school year are required to file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. You must complete the FAFSA soon so it is processed and returned to Marquette by March 1. The 2007-2008 FAFSA can be completed online.
For more information call 8-7390.
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16. Memorial services for Dennis Streich planned
Dennis Streich, assistant director of purchasing, died Monday. He was a 30-year employee of the university.
There will be a Memorial Mass on Friday, Feb. 9, at 11 a.m. at St. John Vianney Church, 1755 N. Calhoun Road, Brookfield. The family has suggested memorials to the American Kidney Foundation, 3505 E. Frontage Road, Suite 315, Tampa, FL 33607.
Expressions of condolence may be sent to:
Diane Streich and Family
1130 Greenridge Terrace
Brookfield, WI 53045-4558
Please remember Dennis, his family and friends in prayer.
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