— 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
- Manresa Scholars holding information sessions
- Theology conference to be held on Abrahamic traditions
- Join faculty and staff for a free, home-cooked meal
- Student government election materials now available
- Special deal for Family Night at women’s basketball game
- Study abroad sessions highlight locations and procedures
- Stressed or fearful? Attend anxiety disorders screening
- New student organization to support AIDS orphans
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. Manresa Scholars holding information sessions
The Manresa Project will hold two information sessions for students interested in a Manresa Scholars 2007-08 scholarship. Sessions will be on Monday and Tuesday, Feb. 12 and 13, at 11 a.m. in AMU 230.
More information and application forms are available online and by calling 8-5543.
7. 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.
8. Join faculty and staff for a free, home-cooked meal
The Association of Marquette University Women invites all students 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 in a social setting for food, camaraderie and fun on Saturday, Feb. 24, and Sunday, Feb. 25.
This informal, social event and networking opportunity is open to all current students, men and women, and is provided in the homes of Marquette alumni, faculty and administrators.
For more information or to register, call 8-0347 or e-mail.
9. Student government election materials now available
Registration materials for MUSG elections are now available online and in the MUSG office, AMU 133, for students running for president, executive vice president or academic senator. Materials are due on Feb. 23 and election campaigns are allowed to begin on Feb. 26 at noon. The general election is on March 28.
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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. Study abroad sessions highlight locations and procedures
A series of program-specific information sessions will be held for semester-long and summer study abroad programs through Feb. 22. Sessions will highlight specific study abroad locations (culture, courses, student living) as well as procedures for study abroad. Students of all years, especially freshmen, are encouraged to attend.
For the information session schedule and more information, visit online, e-mail or call 8-8063.
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12. Stressed or fearful? Attend anxiety disorders screening
Do you feel fearful or panicky, seemingly for no reason, or keyed up or stressed out? Perhaps you become overwhelmed with anxiety in social or classroom situations.
The Counseling Center is holding a free anxiety disorders screening on Thursday, Feb. 15, 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.
13. New student organization to support AIDS orphans
The Peace House Foundation, a new student organization dedicated to helping AIDS orphans in Tanzania, will hold an initial meeting on Thursday, Feb. 8, at 6 p.m. in AMU room 380. The Marquette chapter will fund raise in preparation to send a group of students to volunteer in Tanzania next year.
E-mail for more information.
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