- December graduation ceremony and Baccalaureate Mass this weekend
- New Berlin executive elected to Marquette Board of Trustees
- Free tickets available for tonight’s Marty Grosz performance
- Department of Mathematics to host colloquium
- Law School holding information session Monday
- Abrahamic heritage papers due Dec. 20
- Human bite mark patterns of criminal suspects presented
- News Briefs begins weekly schedule
- New research resources available online
- Spirit Shop Christmas sale continues through Sunday
- Registration deadline for vacant house watch is Monday
- Spring semester parking permits available online
1. December graduation ceremony and Baccalaureate Mass this weekend
Rev. Bryan Massingale, associate professor of theology, will speak at Marquette’s December graduation ceremony, which takes place Sunday, Dec. 16, at 9:30 a.m. at the U.S. Cellular Arena, 400 W. Wisconsin Ave. The program will include individual recognition of the candidates, remarks by Marquette President Robert A. Wild, S.J., and student speaker Yorm Ackuaku, a native of Ghana, from the College of Business Administration. The Baccalaureate Mass will be Saturday, Dec. 15, at 7:30 p.m. at Gesu Church, celebrated by Father Wild and other members of the Marquette Jesuit community.
2. New Berlin executive elected to Marquette Board of Trustees
James D. O’Rourke, president and chief executive officer of A&A Manufacturing Company, Inc., in New Berlin, Wis., was elected to a three-year term on Marquette’s Board of Trustees at the trustee meeting yesterday, Dec. 12.
A&A manufactures machine tool accessories, fabricated metal and rubber products, and customized engineered protective covers. O’Rourke is a third generation employee and owner of A&A, having joined the company as a sales representative immediately following his graduation from the College of Business Administration in 1987. He became president of the company in 2000 after leading A&A’s cable and hose carrier division. The company was sold to Audax, a private equity firm, earlier this year. O’Rourke was retained as president and CEO with significant ownership interests.
O’Rourke, who is married with one daughter, also serves on the boards of Wisconsin Oven Corporation and Marquette University High School.
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3. Free tickets available for tonight’s Marty Grosz performance
The Haggerty Museum of Art has released a limited number of complimentary tickets for a public performance of jazz guitar virtuoso Marty Grosz today, Dec. 13, at 7 p.m. in the Helfaer Theater. Grosz has recorded extensively for many band leaders and under his own name, including performances at Carnegie Hall and the White House. This concert will also be filmed for Jay Brodersen’s PBS documentary about Grosz, Master of Rhythm.
Tickets must be picked up in person at the Haggerty Museum of Art. For more information, call 8-1669.
4. Department of Mathematics to host colloquium
The Department of Mathematics, Statistics, and Computer Science Department will hold a colloquium at 1 p.m. tomorrow, Dec. 14, in the Katherine Reed Cudahy building 401. Levi Molenje, doctoral student of mathematics education at Syracuse University, will present “High School Mathematics Teachers’ Use of Multiple Representations When Teaching Functions in Graphing Calculator Environments.”
5. Law School holding information session Monday
The Law School will host an information session for prospective students Monday, Dec. 17, beginning at 12:30 p.m. at the Law School, Sensenbrenner Hall 245.
The session will provide information about admissions and financial aid policies and procedures, curriculum and intellectual and student life. Each session will last about one hour and will be followed by a brief tour led by a current law student. No RSVP is needed.
6. Abrahamic heritage papers due Dec. 20
Undergraduate students are invited to submit papers for a one-day undergraduate student conference, “Exploring the Abrahamic Heritage,” on the importance of philosophical and theological developments in medieval Islam, Christianity and Judaism. The emphasis will be on influences, conceptual connections and parallel intellectual developments among key thinkers of that period. The deadline to submit proposals is Dec. 20, 2007.
The conference is April 2, 2008, at Marquette University.
The conference is sponsored by the Departments of Theology, Philosophy and History, the Klingler College of Arts and Sciences and the Mellon Foundation.
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7. Human bite mark patterns of criminal suspects presented
Dr. Thomas Radmer and Dr. L.T. Johnson, School of Dentistry, and Dr. Daniel Blinka, Law School, will present the use of human bite mark patterns in the identification of criminal suspects Thursday, Jan. 24, from 12:10 to 12:50 p.m. in the School of Dentistry, room 194.
They have studied the bite mark patterns of more than 400 volunteer subjects and have identified specific criteria for determining the probabilities of unique bite patterns in individuals. Their results indicate the uniqueness of an individual bite is similar in specificity to fingerprinting. The researchers will also present their research at the American Academy of Forensic Sciences meeting in Washington, D.C., in February.
RSVP to Brian Hodgson by Tuesday, Jan. 22. A light lunch will be provided.
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10. Spirit Shop Christmas sale continues through Sunday
The Spirit Shop Christmas sale continues through Sunday, Dec. 16, with 25 percent off sweatshirts, T-shirts, caps, kids’ clothing and gifts. Additional selected items, including clearance merchandise, are up to 40 percent off. Exclusions apply.
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11. Registration deadline for Vacant House Watch is Monday
The Department of Public Safety encourages students residing in the nearby, off-campus neighborhood to take advantage of its Vacant House Watch. Students can register their residences with Public Safety prior to leaving campus for Christmas break, and DPS officers will monitor the vacant residences during routine patrols. Students must complete a form, which is available online, and return it to Public Safety by Monday, Dec. 17.
Students concerned about leaving their vehicles unattended can also obtain free on-campus parking during the break. Students can register vehicles and obtain a parking pass with Parking Services after their last final exam. For more information, contact Parking Services at 8-6911.
12. Spring semester parking permits available online
Parking permits for the spring 2008 term are now on sale online. Permits purchased by Thursday, Jan. 3, may be picked up beginning Monday, Jan. 7, in Parking Services, located in Parking Structure 2. Student vehicles with a 24-hour fall term only permit or a 24-hour permit for both semesters are valid for campus parking in their assigned lot throughout semester break.