1. Nominate students for scholarships

Several alumni groups have scholarship awards for which they are seeking nominations. Faculty and staff who know students who qualify for any of these awards are encouraged to nominate them or, for the scholarships that do not require nominations, to urge students themselves to apply. 

The Association of Marquette University Women scholarship — $2,500 for a junior (60-99 credits) woman beginning her senior year in the fall of 2009 enrolled full-time with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.3. Application deadline is Feb. 2, 2009. Sponsored by the Ethnic Alumni Association.
Ralph H. Metcalfe, Sr. Scholarship — $1,600 or $1,000 for Marquette students of color who maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.50. Application deadline is Feb. 13, 2009.

AMUW Ignatian Leadership Award — $1,000 award for a senior woman with leadership skills who volunteers her services to the Marquette and Milwaukee (or her hometown) communities and strives to live out Ignatian ideals. Application deadline is Feb. 20, 2009.

Pedro Arrupe Award — $2,500 for a junior who emulates the values and ideals of Rev. Pedro Arrupe, S.J., superior general of the Society of Jesus from 1961 to 1984, and is involved in service in and beyond the Marquette community. Application deadline is March 20, 2009.

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2. FSA expenses need to be incurred by end of year

Employees with unused funds in their 2008 health care or dependent flexible spending account need to submit their receipts and reimbursement forms to EBC, Marquette’s third-party FSA administrator, by March 31, 2009. Participating employees have a 90-day run-out period to submit claims for expenses they incurred in 2008. Expenses must have been incurred in calendar 2008 to be reimbursed from this year’s balance.

Employees who re-enrolled in the health care FSA for 2009 also get a 2 1/2 month grace period as an extension to the 2008 plan year, giving participants additional time (through March 15, 2009) to incur eligible expenses and get reimbursements from the funds they contributed in 2008. (The grace period does not apply to the dependent care FSA.) EBC will automatically verify this for employees. Any FSA funds from the 2008 calendar year not used by March 15, 2009, are forfeited.

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3. Register for student data program by tomorrow

The Manresa Project will host “Who Are Our Students?” Thursday, Jan. 8, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. for interested employees who work closely with students. Dr. Ed de St. Aubin, associate professor of psychology; Jodi Rusch Blahnik, counselor in the Counseling Center; and Dr. Peggy Bloom, vice provost for undergraduate programs and teaching, will present summary data from the Manresa student survey conducted last spring, as well as assessment data on student values. Lunch will be provided.

Register with Barbara DeYoung, administrative assistant for Manresa Project, at 8-0263 by tomorrow, Dec. 30. Space is limited.

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4. $3,500 grants available for urban course development

The Institute for Urban Life is offering grants to regular faculty who wish to develop a new course with content that has an urban focus. Up to three $3,500 awards will be awarded to faculty for their commitment to course development during the summer of 2009. This program is not designed to support revisions of existing classes but to develop entirely new approaches to various disciplines.

Each proposal, in the form of a letter, should include a description of the proposed course, including a rough syllabus, possible readings, supplementary materials, assignments, etc., along with a description of the course’s role within the department’s curriculum. A letter of support from the applicant’s department chair, dean or director must accompany the application. Applicants need to submit three copies of each proposal to the Institute for Urban Life, c/o Department of History, Coughlin Hall 307, by Jan. 26, 2009.

Awardees will be expected to complete the course preparation by the beginning of the fall 2009 term for the formal approval process during that semester.

For more information contact Dr. Thomas Jablonksy, professor of history and director of the Institute for Urban Life, at 8-5300.

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5. Haggerty Museum hosting Robert Rauschenberg print exhibition

The Patrick and Beatrice Haggerty Museum of Art will host an exhibition of prints, Whatever is There is a Truth: Robert Rauschenberg’s Prints, by postwar American artist Robert Rauschenberg through Oct. 4, 2009. Rauschenberg was widely regarded as a principal bridge between abstract expressionism in the 1950s and pop art in the 1960s, working in a variety of disciplines and media,  including printmaking, painting, sculpture, photography, dance, technology and performance art. Rauschenberg revolutionized the art of printmaking by combining printmaking methods such as lithography and serigraphy within the same print, producing an effect of the spontaneous stroke in contrast to the precision of a photographic image.

The museum’s stop.look.listen: an exhibition of video works featuring works by 14 international artists continues through Feb. 22. This exhibition considers the connections between two prevalent expressions in video from the last 15 years, “feedback” and “immersion,” focusing on works that have a significant relationship between sound and image and those that are purposefully silent.

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6. Rec Plex open over break

While the Helfaer Recreation Center is closed until Jan. 2, the Rec Plex remains open during the holiday break.

Rec Plex hours are 5:45 a.m. to 8 p.m. today and tomorrow, Dec. 29 and 30; 5:45 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday. Dec. 31; 5:45 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 2; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 3; and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 4. The Rec Plex is closed on New Year’s Day.

Hours for the Rec Center are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Jan. 2 and 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Jan. 3. The Rec Center is closed on Sunday, Jan. 4.

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