— April 24, 2008 —
- Symphonic Band performing free, spring concert
- Diversity grant applications due tomorrow
- Rev. Andy Thon, S.J., to be honored at reception
- Manresa course and research/writing awards proposals accepted
- Marquette hosting public conference about race, class and place
- Undergraduates to present biological sciences research
- Dr. Jean Grow presenting colloquium on female advertising professionals
- Submit requests for spring final exam classrooms
- Libraries hosting sessions on National Institutes of Health
- Information about financial planning and insurance available
- Students needed for Jesuit humanitarian action conference
- Libraries announce 11th Dittman Research Paper Competition winners
- OIE International Friendship Program looking for participants
- Measles vaccine available at Student Health Service
- College of Engineering hosting robotics program for kids
- Locks of Love taking hair donations
1. Symphonic Band performing free, spring concert
The Marquette Symphonic Band, under the direction of Dr. Erik Janners, will perform its spring concert, “Of Sailors and Whales," Sunday, April 27, at 2 p.m. in the Varsity Theatre. The performance is a musical setting of the literary classic Moby Dick and will feature a narration by student Nicholas Inzeo.
The band will also recognize its graduating seniors and present the William Geisheker award to the senior who best embodies the spirit of the band. Former director Nick Contorno will join the band to present the first-ever Nick Contorno award to the outstanding musician of the band.
This event is free and open to the public.
2. Diversity grant applications due tomorrow
The Office of the Provost is offering diversity funds to further the university’s efforts to create a richer and more diverse community on campus. These grants are intended to provide small start-up or shortfall funds for a variety of projects or events. The application deadline for each is tomorrow, April 25.
These funds include Marquette Excellence In Diversity Grants, Curriculum Enhancement Grants, and the Ralph H. Metcalfe, Sr. Chair.
The determination of awards will be made by a selection committee under the auspices of the associate provost for diversity.
For more information, contact Dr. Keenan Grenell, associate provost for diversity, at 8-8030.
3. Rev. Andy Thon, S.J., to be honored at reception
Marquette President Robert A. Wild, S.J., invites members of the Marquette community to a reception celebrating 18 years of dedicated service from Rev. Andy Thon, S.J., vice president of student affairs. The reception will be held Monday, May 5, from 4 to 6 p.m. in AMU Monaghan Ballroom. A program will take place at 5 p.m.
Thon will step down as vice president for student affairs at the end of the semester. He will take a year’s sabbatical to do some writing, including updating a monograph he authored in 1989, The Ignatian Perspective: The Role of Student Affairs in Jesuit Higher Education. During this time, he will also serve as president of the Jesuit Association of Student Personnel Administrators.
During Thon's tenure as vice president, improvements in the residential aspect of student life have included the creation of the Office for University Apartments and Off-Campus Student Services, the building of Campus Town Phase V, the renovation of Straz Tower and the opening of Abbottsford Hall. Thon himself has resided for the past 18 years in McCormick Hall, serving as hall minister and experiencing firsthand the lives and concerns of students.
RSVP by Wednesday, April 30, to University Special Events at 8-7431.
4. Manresa course and research/writing awards proposals accepted
The Manresa Project encourages full- and part-time faculty to create new or enhance existing courses that help students engage issues of faith, service, morality or justice to discern their vocations. The typical award for a three-credit course is $3,000, plus benefits. An initial award of $500 per course will be given upon acceptance of the proposal.
The Manresa Project is also accepting applications for research proposals. Research awards of $2,000 will be given to assist faculty members to begin a writing or research project about vocation that will be published or presented at a professional conference in the academic discipline of the creator.
Applications for course and research/writing proposals are due Monday, May 5. Interdisciplinary projects are encouraged.
Contact Dr. Ardene Brown, Manresa Project faculty coordinator, at 8-0262 or Dr. Susan Mountin, Manresa Project director, at 8-3693 for more information.
5. Marquette hosting public conference about race, class and place
The Helen Way Klingler College of Arts and Sciences and the Institute for Urban Life will hold a free, public conference, “Who Claims the City?: Thinking Race, Class, and Urban Place,” Friday and Saturday, May 2 and 3, at Raynor Memorial Libraries. The conference will explore "the city" as a place of social conflict, law, ideology, policy and planning through issues of race, class, gender, sexuality and movement.
Dr. Robin D.G. Kelley, professor of American studies and ethnicity at the University of Southern California, will deliver the keynote address, “Looking Forward, Looking Back: Yo’ Mama’s Disfunktional! Fighting the Culture Wars in Urban America Ten Years Later.” The speech will take place Friday, May 2, at 4:30 p.m. in Cudahy Hall 001.
Kelley is the author of the prize-winning books Hammer and Hoe: Alabama Communists During the Great Depression; Race Rebels: Culture Politics and the Black Working Class; and Yo' Mama’s DisFunktional!: Fighting the Culture Wars in Urban America. He also authored volume 10, Into the Fire: African Americans Since 1970, of the 11-volume Young Oxford History of African Americans. He is currently completing a biography of pianist/composer Thelonious Monk, Thelonious Monk: The Life and Times of an American Original; Speaking in Tongues: Jazz and Modern Africa; and a general survey of African American history.
Conference presentations and panel discussions will include sessions on urban crime; civil rights; architecture, space and urban development; deportation as public policy; urban planning; and race, class and Hurricane Katrina.
Pre-registration is requested.
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6. Undergraduates to present biological sciences research
Undergraduate students from the Department of Biological Sciences will present the results of their independent research tomorrow, April 25, from 1 to 3 p.m. in the west lobby of the Wehr Life Sciences Building. Students will also take questions from the audience.
Participating students include:
• Judd Hultquist, “Feminized Tassels of Two Maize Mutants Exhibit Altered Levels of miR156 and Specific SBP-Box Targets”
• Matthew Marcetich, “Expression of Sodium-Potassium Coupled Chloride Transporter, NKCC1, and the Potassium Coupled Chloride Transporter, KCC2, in Neonatal Rat Hippocampus”
• Cassandra Peller, “Alterations in Triglyceride Levels and Feeding Behavior by Mutation in Lot’s Wife”
7. Dr. Jean Grow presenting colloquium on female advertising professionals
Dr. Jean Grow, assistant professor of advertising and public relations, will present "Venus in the advertising universe: reflections from top women in agency creative departments." This colloquium for the Diederich College of Communication will take place tomorrow, April 25, from 1:30 to 3 p.m. in the Johnston Hall O'Sullivan Conference Room, 303.
8. Submit requests for spring final exam classrooms
To reserve classroom space for spring final exam week, May 5 to 10, and exam review sessions, faculty should complete an online Ad-Hoc Classroom Reservation Request Form. This form should also be used for those who want to give their final exam in a classroom other than the one assigned. A 24-hour advance notice is needed for requests.
Contact Annette Conrad, associate director of AMU, for more information.
9. Libraries hosting sessions on National Institutes of Health
The National Institutes of Health recently mandated that all NIH-funded researchers must deposit their final peer-reviewed manuscripts in PubMed Central. To help faculty and graduate students affected by these changes, the Raynor Memorial Libraries will host two information sessions, “The NIH Public Access Policy: Copyright, Submissions, and How the Libraries Can Help.” They will be held in Raynor’s Beaumier Suite A on Tuesday, April 29, at 9 a.m. and Wednesday, April 30, at 11 a.m. No RSVP is necessary.
For more information, contact Jay Kirk, head of collection development, Raynor Memorial Libraries, at 8-5213.
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10. Information about financial planning and insurance available
Human Resources will host a series of programs on retirement planning and provide information about MetLife insurance for faculty, staff and administrators next week.
A TIAA-CREF retirement representative will present retirement planning sessions for individuals at all stages of their careers. Two sessions for employees who are one year or less from retirement, “Your Retirement Income Options,” are Wednesday, April 30, and Thursday, May 1, from 10 to 11:30 a.m.
“Getting Ready for Retirement,” Wednesday, April 30, and Thursday, May 1, from 1 to 2 p.m., is geared for individuals who are three to five years from retirement.
“Planning Ahead for Retirement” focuses on employees who are more than five years from retirement Wednesday, April 30, and Thursday, May 1, from 3 to 4 p.m.
All retirement planning sessions will be held in AMU 157. No pre-registration is needed.
MetLife Consultant Frank O’Toole will also provide information about home and auto insurance options Tuesday, April 29, and Wednesday, April 30, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., in the AMU lobby. MetLife is offering more competitive pricing to Marquette employees than it has in the past, according to Marquette’s Human Resources department.
11. Students needed for Jesuit humanitarian action conference
The Manresa Project and the College of Arts and Sciences are seeking a 10-member student delegation to attend “Engaging Students in Humanitarian Action,” a national student conference sponsored by the Jesuit Universities Humanitarian Aid Network, June 20 to 22 at Fordham University, New York. The conference will address global issues and include workshops on health, nutrition, water, education and migration.
Faculty are asked to encourage students to attend.
Applications are due Wednesday, April 30, at the Manresa office, 707 Building, room 332. Applicants who wish to be considered for funding assistance from Manresa should include a one- to two-page essay explaining why they would be strong representatives from the Marquette student community for this event and how they will share their experiences with other students in the fall semester.
Contact Rev. Phil Rossi, S.J., associate dean for graduate affairs, or Dr. Susan Mountin, Manresa Project director, for more information.
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12. Libraries announce 11th Dittman Research Paper Competition winners
Raynor Memorial Libraries has awarded $200 prizes to each of the 11th Annual Maria Dittman Research Paper Competition winners:
• Christina Jahnke, freshman/sophomore paper, “Religion and Prejudice: One or Two Entities?” for Psychology 112 (Dr. Nellie Laughlin)
• Sarah Kirby, junior/senior paper, “The Rule of Law in China: Great Possibility or Doomed Failure?” for History 196 (Dr. Daniel Meissner)
• Keriann Conlon, graduate/professional paper, “Acute Care Nurse Practitioner: Is There a Role in Interventional Cardiology?” for Nursing 254 (Linda Piacentine)
The competition recognizes the importance of effective library research. All A-grade research papers written during the 2007 calendar year were eligible.
13. OIE International Friendship Program looking for participants
The Marquette International Friendship Program is a new initiative designed by the Office of International Education to create year-long “friendship matches” between Marquette’s international students and Marquette and Milwaukee community members. The intent is to encourage community friends to meet with students once a month to learn about each other’s culture and enjoy leisure activities. The program does not involve home-stays. Families and individuals are encouraged to apply.
Participants are needed for the 2008-2009 academic year. The application form is available online and at the Office of International Education, AMU 425. Applications should be e-mailed to Blake Ward, international marketing and communications coordinator, by Friday, Aug. 22.
14. Measles vaccine available at Student Health Service
The measles/mumps/rubella vaccination is available at the Student Health Service for Marquette faculty, staff and students who are uncertain about their vaccination history.
There have been three confirmed cases of measles in Milwaukee County, one in Waukesha County and several probable cases in Milwaukee, Racine and Waukesha Counties recently.
Measles is a serious and highly contagious viral disease that can be prevented by routine vaccination. Everyone born after 1957 should receive the vaccination. Two doses normally provide lifelong immunity.
Call 8-7184 to arrange an appointment or to discuss your vaccination history with SHS nursing staff.
15. College of Engineering hosting robotics program for kids
The College of Engineering will host a Robotics Engineering Saturday Series for ages 8 to 12, May 3, 10 and 17, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Students design, build and program LEGO Mindstorms RCX robots.
Registration information is available online.
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16. Locks of Love taking hair donations
Volunteers willing to donate at least 10 inches of hair are invited to participate in Locks of Love at the Relay for Life fund-raiser tomorrow, April, 25. Volunteers will receive a complementary final styling after the donated hair is cut. Layered hair is accepted as long as the shortest layer is at least 10 inches in length, but dreadlocks cannot be accepted. Donors do not have to be registered as a Relay for Life team member to participate.
Contact Lindsay Henning to set an appointment.
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