— April 2, 2007—
- Steve Rushin to deliver Marquette commencement address
- Programs earn national recognition in 2008 rankings
- Speakers to address United Nations reform
- Law School hosting national plea bargaining conference
- Panel to discuss “What Can I Do in Politics?”
- Jerusalem women to speak of their Middle East lives
- Sign up for Job Search Boot Camp
- Conference convenes expert panels on race and prison crisis
- Marquette to host Samuel Johnson Society
- University Ministry to hold reconciliation service
- Stephanie Russell to talk about prayer and activism over soup
- Christian singer to perform free concert
- Need to relax? Try a $5 massage
- Control asthma with management program
- The Ride to Inspire Student Engagement to visit
- Vote in statewide elections tomorrow
- Spirit Shop holding spring sale
- Class rings available before graduation
- This Week in History
- Marquette Interchange highlights for the week of April 2
1. Steve Rushin to deliver Marquette commencement address
Award-winning sports journalist Steve Rushin will be the speaker for Marquette University’s commencement ceremony on Sunday, May 20, at the Bradley Center.
Steve Rushin joined Sports Illustrated as a reporter in 1988 after graduating from Marquette University. Three years later, he became the magazine's youngest senior writer. He is a four-time finalist for the National Magazine Award and his work has appeared in The Best American Magazine Writing, The Best American Travel Writing and The Best American Sports Writing anthologies. In 2006, he was named the National Sportswriter of the Year by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association.
Called "the best sportswriter in the country" by the St. Paul Pioneer Press and "certainly the most fun to read" by the Hartford Courant, Rushin has also been described as "one of the most agile essayists around" by Publishers Weekly, which listed his book Road Swing among the Best Books of 1998. Money magazine called the book "one of the funniest travelogues ever written," and Sports Illustrated named Road Swing one of The Top 100 Sports Books of All Time.
Rushin will be presented with an honorary doctor of letters degree. Three other individuals will also receive honorary degrees at the 2007 commencement:
Dr. Louis Dupré, an award-winning philosopher and theologian specializing in phenomenology and the philosophy of religion, early modern thought and spiritual theology, will be awarded an honorary doctor of religious studies.
Rev. Leland Eugene Lubbers, S.J., Ph.D., founder of the international news channel SCOLA, will be awarded an honorary doctor of science.
Vel Phillips, a pioneer in the women’s and civil rights movements in Milwaukee, will be awarded an honorary doctor of laws.
2. Programs earn national recognition in 2008 rankings
The dispute resolution program at Marquette University Law School is listed at sixth nationally in the latest Graduate School rankings published by U.S. News & World Report. The Law School itself is in the “Top 100” of law schools nationwide, and its legal writing program is ranked 26th.
The 2008 rankings also list Marquette at 17th for part-time MBA programs, the nurse-midwifery program 18th nationally, and the College of Nursing No. 54, placing it among the top 15 percent of the nearly 400 schools listed. Other Marquette programs receiving national rankings included biomedical engineering, listed at 37th and the physician assistant program in the College of Health Sciences at 40th.
Highlights of the graduate school rankings are scheduled for publication in the April 9 edition of U.S. News & World Report. Not all disciplines are ranked annually.
3. Speakers to address United Nations reform
Americans for Informed Democracy will host two visiting speakers on “How to Keep from Overselling or Underestimating the United Nations” today, Monday, April 2, from 7:30 to 9 p.m. in AMU Ballroom D. Attendance is free.
David Shorr, of The Stanley Foundation, and Mark Lagon, deputy assistant secretary for International Organization Affairs for the U.S. Department of State, will visit campus as part of a national “Global Governance for a Changing World” initiative. The effort includes dozens of presentations throughout the U.S. to address the future of international institutions in the rapidly globalizing world.
A question-and-answer session will follow the presentations. Refreshments will be served.
E-mail Jennifer Lorentz or Neal Styka for more information.
4. Law School hosting national plea bargaining conference
The Law School is hosting a national conference on plea bargaining, “Understanding and Improving Dispute Resolution in Criminal Law,” on April 14 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in Sensenbrenner Hall, third floor. The conference will bring together distinguished criminal law and dispute resolution scholars from around the country for an interdisciplinary discussion. Several of Wisconsin's leading criminal law practitioners will also participate in a roundtable discussion about the criminal justice field in Wisconsin.
Register by tomorrow, Tuesday, April 2. Cost is $50.
Ever since the constitutionality of the practice was first established in the 1970s, plea bargaining has been the subject of fierce academic debate. Scholars are now increasingly turning their attention from the question of whether plea bargaining should be permitted at all to a consideration of what rules and practices might enhance transparency and accountability, diminish coerciveness and the risk of wrongful conviction, and better address the needs of victims.
5. Panel to discuss “What Can I Do in Politics?”
Marquette College Democrats will host a panel discussion, “What Can I Do in Politics?” on Tuesday, April 3, at 7 p.m. in AMU 227. Panelists include Peg Lautenschlager, former Wisconsin attorney general; Linda Honold, former Democratic Party of Wisconsin chair; and George Aldrich, Bus Ad '88, campaign manager for U.S. Senator Russ Feingold.
The panel is to help students interested in pursuing careers in campaigns, public service, and legislative and executive offices learn what is needed and what can be expected.
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6. Jerusalem women to speak of their Middle East lives
Three women from Israel/Palestine will share their stories, fears and hopes for peace at “Three Women, Three Faiths, One Shared Vision,” at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 12, in Olin Engineering, room 202.
These women come from each of the three major faiths in Israel and Palestine — Christianity, Islam and Judaism, and voice their hopes and frustrations concerning the ongoing violence.
Huda Abu Arqoub, Muslim Palestinian, is a consultant with the Palestinian Ministry of Education and advocate for students and teachers in the Hebron region.
Tal Dor, a Jewish Israeli, is a community activist focusing her work on underprivileged communities and forgotten narratives in Israel and Palestine.
Amal Nassar, a Christian Palestinian, is a nurse and grassroots organizer of nonviolent responses to war and occupation in the Bethlehem region.
7. Sign up for Job Search Boot Camp
Jump start your job search by learning how to market yourself, write a resume and cover letter, research employers, network and practice interviewing at Job Search Boot Camp. The seminar will be held on Saturday, April 14, from 9:15 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Holthusen Hall first floor.
Free lunch and giveaways are included. Register online.
8. Conference convenes expert panels on race and prison crisis
Marquette and America’s Black Holocaust Museum will host “Holocausts and Healing: Race, Globalization and the Prison Industry,” about the crisis of unemployment and high rates of imprisonment facing the African American community in Milwaukee on Saturday, April 14. The conference will feature panel discussions with community educators, activists and officials, and a keynote address by Dr. Ruth Wilson Gilmore, a national voice on the connection between globalization’s impact in the U.S. and criminalization of African Americans and impoverished communities. Refreshments are provided.
Moderated by Dr. Jodi Melamed, assistant professor of English at Marquette, the panels will be from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Cudahy Hall room 001, and from 2:30 to 5 p.m. at America’s Black Holocaust Museum (suggested donation $5), 2233 North 4th Street, Milwaukee
Dr. Wilson, who will speak at both panel discussions, is an associate professor of geography at the University of Southern California and is the author of the recent book Golden Gulag: Prisons, Surplus, Crisis and Opposition in Globalizing California.
9. Marquette to host Samuel Johnson Society
Marquette University and Dr. Stephen Karian, assistant professor of English and president of the Samuel Johnson Society for the Central Region, are hosting the society’s annual conference on Friday and Saturday, April 13 and 14.
Friday sessions will be held from 1 to 4:30 p.m. in AMU 227. Saturday sessions will run from 9:15 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Milwaukee City Centre, 611 W. Wisconsin Ave. Cost is free for students.
A prolific 18th Century English writer, Samuel Johnson wrote essays, reviews, sermons, biographies, poetry, and a dictionary. The Johnson Society of the Central Region, founded in 1959 in Chicago, is devoted to the study and appreciation of the eighteenth century and an enthusiasm for Samuel Johnson.
The conference is funded by theCollege of Arts and Sciences and the English Department.
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10. University Ministry to hold reconciliation service
University Ministry will sponsor a reconciliation service today, Monday, April 2, from 7:30-8:30 p.m. in the Chapel of the Holy Family, AMU second floor. A communal prayer service will begin the evening followed by the opportunity for individual reconciliation.
11. Stephanie Russell to talk about prayer and activism over soup
“Ignatian Spirituality Soup with Substance: Prayer and Activism,” will be the topic for the sixth Soup with Substance, on Wednesday, April 3, in AMU 227, from noon to 1 p.m. Stephanie Russell, executive director of the Office of Mission and Identity, will talk about prayer and activism in her own life and in the Jesuit Identity.
Soup with Substance is a noon-time social justice discussion series based on the model of the Catholic Worker Movement. Soup is provided.
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12. Christian singer to perform free concert
Michael Schroeder, a contemporary Christian singer/songwriter, will perform a free concert tomorrow, Tuesday, April 3, in the Weasler Auditorium. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. for the 8 p.m. concert. Free refreshments will follow the concert.
The event is sponsored by WELS Ministry.
13. Need to relax? Try a $5 massage
Leave behind some stress at the Physical Therapy Massage-A-Thon today and tomorrow April 2 and 3, and April 12 and 13 at Schroeder Health Complex 397.
Hours are Monday from 3 to 9 p.m., Tuesday 6 to 9 p.m., Thursday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 6 to 9 p.m., and Friday 1 to 5 p.m.
Cost is $5 for a 15-minute massage. E-mail Jennifer Allen for appointment requests within 24 hours of your desired time. Walk-ins are also welcome.
14. Control asthma with management program
Dennis Sobush, associate professor physical therapy, will coordinate an asthma management program on Monday, April 23, and Monday, April 30, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. in Cramer Hall, room 267D.
Sobush will present the “Breathe Well, Live Well” program of the American Lung Association, teaching adults how to control asthma symptoms and enhance their enjoyment of daily living activities. Content will include identifying and avoiding triggers, recognizing warning signs of an asthma attack, developing a medication schedule, measure peak flow, creating an asthma management action plan, and getting the most from healthcare providers.
Attendees must be at both sessions and register at 8-7161 by April 19. Participation and all training materials are free. Refreshments will be provided.
15. The Ride to Inspire Student Engagement to visit
Students are invited to participate in the R.I.S.E. Up Wisconsin! tour stop to engage and improve in their communities. Americorps volunteers are circling the state for the Ride to Inspire Student Engagement to highlight the work of activist youth and empower young people to work for change, become involved in their communities and make their voices heard.
Marquette is hosting the R.I.S.E. Up Wisconsin! Milwaukee stop on April 23 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in AMU Ballrooms C and D. Registration is free and all participants receive lunch and a T-shirt. The registration deadline is Friday, April 6.
R.I.S.E. Up Wisconsin!’s mission is to recognize, empower, and engage youth in their schools and communities to create positive, effective and sustainable change. Their tour stop includes hands-on service-learning workshops to plan projects, a networking lunch and motivational presentations.
For more information contact Maribeth Frinzi at 8-0637.
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16. Vote in statewide elections tomorrow
Polls will be open around campus for students to vote tomorrow, Tuesday, April 3, from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. New voters will also be to register.
The races are for state Supreme Court justice, municipal judge and Milwaukee County School Board. For more information on where and how to vote go online.
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17. Spirit Shop holding spring sale
The Marquette Spirit Shop will hold its Spring Sale Event from Tuesday, April 3, to Sunday, April 15 (closed Good Friday through Easter Sunday), with 25 to 50 percent off selected items. Call 8-3050 for more information.
18. Class rings available before graduation
A representative from Jostens, the official class ring supplier for Marquette, will be in front of the Spirit Shop in the AMU on Tuesday, April 4, and Wednesday, April 5, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Orders placed on April 4 and 5 will arrive in time for May graduation 2007.
For more information call the Spirit Shop at 8-3050.
19. This Week in History
In This Week in Marquette History, crazy things involving cows and elevators happened.
Want to know more? Go to the 125th Anniversary Web site.
This Week in History is sponsored by the Marquette University Department of History. Research and writing was conducted by graduate students Gilbert Cervelli, 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, Harry G. John Professor of Urban Studies 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 highlights for the week of April 2
• The Brewers’ home opener is today, April 2, and the Cubs are here next weekend, affecting I-94 traffic in both directions, before and after the games.
• Night demolition work will take place north of St. Paul from 10th to 11th streets on Monday and Tuesday, April 2 and 3.
• Northbound I-43 will be closed at the Plankinton off ramp on Monday and Tuesday, April 2 and 3, frommidnight to 5 a.m. the following mornings.
• The Kilbourn on-ramp to northbound I-43 will be closed from Monday, April 2, to Wednesday, April 4, from midnight to 6 a.m. the following mornings.
• The deck of the bridge portion of the “wiggle” will be poured on Wednesday, April 4, beginning at 6 a.m. Wisconsin Ave. will be restricted. Parking on the east side of 11th St. south of Wells will be temporarily unavailable.
• St. Paul Ave. between 5th and 13th streets will be closed to through-traffic in both directions on Wednesday and Thursday, April 4 and 5, from 5:30 p.m. to 6 a.m. the following mornings.
• Daytime pile and sheet driving, as well as demolition work, will take place in the area on and off throughout the week.
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