— February 28, 2008—
- Theoretical physicist to deliver Coyne lecture tonight
- Media panel to discuss crime coverage in Wisconsin
- Macroeconomics to be discussed in roundtable
- Milwaukee city attorney candidates to debate at Law School
- Writer-activist Linda Hogan to speak at “Evening with the Author”
- Biological Sciences seminar to be about cancer genetics
- Education professor to discuss mental health services for children
- Aurora Advanced Health Care added to EPO providers
- New policies address terminations, video surveillance
- Share your ideas about Marquette benefits
- Send information about summer pre-college programs
- Stations of the Cross held on Fridays during Lent
- Lenten prayer and reconciliation service scheduled
- Exhibition to address oppressions and injustices
- Panel to discuss Global Peace Services
- Counseling Center recruiting suicide prevention trainers
- Participants needed for stroke research study
- Spirit Shop to hold National Marquette Day sale this weekend
- St. Patrick's Day fish fry to include give-aways and dancing
1. Theoretical physicist to deliver Coyne lecture tonight
Dr. Sylvester James Gates, Jr., will present the annual Rev. George V. Coyne Lecture today, Feb. 28, at 7 p.m. in the Tony & Lucille Weasler Auditorium. The lecture is free and open to the public.
Gates, the John S. Toll professor of physics and director of the Center for String & Particle Theory at the University of Maryland, will speak about “SUSY and the Lords of the Ring Supersymmetry Theory.” SUSY refers to Gates’ explanation of supersymmetry.
An advocate for increased technical education for African Americans, Gates received two bachelor’s degrees (one in mathematics and a second in physics) from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1973 and a doctorate in physics from MIT in 1977, where he was the first to write a thesis on supersymmetry.
Supersymmetry is an essential feature of supergravity, the quantum field theory of the gravitational force, and of string theory, an ambitious attempt to provide a self-consistent quantum theory unifying all particles and forces in nature.
2. Media panel to discuss crime coverage in Wisconsin
Tony Anderson, managing editor of the Wisconsin Law Journal, will moderate a panel discussion and Q-and-A session on “Feeding the Media Beast: Crime Coverage in the Cheese State,” today, Feb. 28, at 7 p.m. in Johnston Hall 103. The program is free and open to the public.
Panelists will discuss crime coverage in Milwaukee and challenges facing journalists in reporting crimes. Panelists include:
• John Diedrich, federal reporter at The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
• Tom Held, general assignment reporter at The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
• Martin Hintz, author of Got Murder? The Shocking Story of Wisconsin’s Notorious Killers
• E. Michael McCann, Boden teaching fellow, adjunct professor of law and former Milwaukee County district attorney.
This event is hosted by the Society of Professional Journalists.
3. Macroeconomics to be discussed in roundtable
The Center for Global and Economic Studies and the Marquette Economics Association will present a macroeconomic roundtable discussion, “The U.S. Macroeconomy 2008: From Boom to Doom?” tomorrow, Feb. 29, from 10 to 11 a.m. in David Straz 105.
Panelists will be Dr. Abdur Chowdhury, professor of economics; Dr. Farrokh Nourzad, professor of economics; Jay Mueller, portfolio manager at Wells Capital Management; and Dr. David VanHoose, professor of economics and Herman W. Lay professor of private enterprise at Baylor University. Avrum Lank, business reporter of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, will moderate.
4. Milwaukee city attorney candidates to debate at Law School
The Law School will host a debate between the candidates for Milwaukee city attorney on Monday, March 3, from noon to 1 p.m. in Eisenberg Memorial Hall, 3rd floor of Sensenbrenner Hall. State Rep. Pedro Colon is challenging current City Attorney Grant Langley in the election on Tuesday, April 1. The candidates will discuss their views of the office and take questions from the audience.
The event is a segment of "On the Issues with Mike Gousha" at the Law School. Register online.
5. Writer-activist Linda Hogan to speak at “Evening with the Author”
Linda Hogan, the author of eight books of poetry, three novels and two collections of essays, will speak at “An Evening With the Author,” Tuesday, March 4, at 6:30 p.m., in Cudahy 001. The program is free and open to the public.
Hogan, a Chickasaw writer, teacher and activist, has authored The Book of Medicines, the Pulitzer Prize-nominated Mean Spirit, and Dwellings: A Spiritual History of the Living World. She’s a volunteer and consultant for wildlife rehabilitation and endangered species programs and has published essays for The Nature Conservancy and Sierra Club.
The program is sponsored by the Marquette English Department, Intercultural Programs, the American Indian Student Organization and MUSG Diversity Commission.
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6. Biological Sciences seminar to be about cancer genetics
The Department of Biological Sciences will host a seminar, “Current Topics in Prenatal and Cancer Genetics,” Tuesday, March 4, at 3:30 p.m., in the Todd Wehr Chemistry Building, Room 121. This seminar will be presented by Sara Svendsen of the Breast Care Center and Amy Swanson of the Maternal Fetal Care Center of Froedtert Hospital, Milwaukee. RSVP at 8-7356.
7. Education professor to discuss mental health services for children
Dr. Robert Fox, professor of counseling psychology in the School of Education, will present the first James R. Ryan Memorial Lecture to benefit the Penfield Children’s Center. He will discuss “Mental Health Services for At-Risk Children” at a luncheon Thursday, March 13, in the AMU.
Fox is director of the Behavior Clinic which, in partnership with Penfield, offers free mental health services for children who are experiencing significant behavior and emotional problems. Graduate students receive specialized training and gain supervised clinical experience working directly with the children and their families. The clinic also has an ongoing applied research program that regularly contributes new findings to the relatively new field of infant mental health.
The lecture series honors the late Jim Ryan, who served as president of Penfield for more than 10 years. In the announcement of the lecture series, Penfield said Ryan worked to “improve social and emotional development, early childhood education and care for at-risk children throughout Wisconsin.” Ryan was also active in the community, having served as village president of Hales Corner for nearly 20 years and as a Milwaukee County supervisor. He was the founder of the region’s Flight for Life program.
The cost of the luncheon is $40. Contact Rebecca Peterson at 414-344-7739 to RSVP.
8. Aurora Advanced Health Care added to EPO providers
Effective March 1, employees who have enrolled in the Exclusive Provider Option can now use the service of Aurora Advanced Health Care providers and three surgical centers as in-network choices. Advance Health Care is still in the Preferred Provider Organization network, so there is no change for PPO participants.
Aurora Advanced Health Care has over 250 primary care and specialists in more than 30 health areas, 14 clinics and surgical centers throughout greater Milwaukee. Some AAHC providers, however, admit patients to hospitals that are out-of-network in the EPO plan, so Marquette employees using AAHC services should discuss this with their provider when planning inpatient and outpatient procedures. It is employees’ responsibility to use an in-network facility.
To locate a provider, visit the Innovative Benefit Solutions Web site, select “Directory” and then the Marquette University Provider Directory, or call 414-273-6595.
9. New policies address terminations, video surveillance
Two new policies and two revised policies have been posted to the University Policies and Procedures Web site:
UPP 1-02: Conflicts of Interest
Changes in the policy, regarding decisions made by employees on behalf of the university when they have a material financial interest that could be affected, were made for clarity.
UPP 4-24: Terminations and Processing of Termination Forms
This new policy outlines guidelines for departmental personnel to follow when an employee separates his/her employment from the university to ensure that appropriate university departments are notified of the termination. When a faculty, staff or administrative employee terminates his/her employment with the university, a Termination of Employment Form must be completed and submitted to the Office of Payroll within one business day. The Office of Payroll notifies Benefits, Human Resources, Budget and other appropriate personnel.
UPP 6-05: Severe Weather
Additional language was added to the compensation section of this policy, which addresses procedures related to severe weather notifications.
UPP 6-08: Video Recording and Surveillance Policy
The purpose of this new policy is to regulate the use of closed circuit television cameras and other video equipment to monitor and record public and restricted areas for safety and security. Departments considering the purchase and installation of video equipment must first contact the Department of Public Safety. All university video recording for safety and security purposes must be authorized by the chief of the Department of Public Safety and follow DPS operating principles.
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10. Share your ideas about Marquette benefits
Faculty, staff and administrators will have an opportunity in early March to share their opinions about Marquette’s benefit package, especially health insurance.
Randomly selected employees have received an invitation to participate in one of the 15 focus groups being scheduled the week of March 3. All employees are invited to attend a general information/question and answer session at 10 a.m. Wednesday, March 12, or 1 p.m. Thursday, March 13, in the AMU Weasler Auditorium.
Both the focus groups and the general session will be coordinated by the university’s benefits consultant, Willis of Wisconsin, Inc., and the Department of Human Resources. A summary of the conclusions will be shared with all employees. At any time employees can call the benefits office at 8-7305 with specific questions.
11. Send information about summer pre-college programs
The Office of Undergraduate Admissions is compiling information from departments and colleges that offer programs to high school students, especially during the summer.
Send information about pre-college programs to Jeff Lochowicz, senior assistant dean of admissions, by Saturday March 15. Last year’s event information is posted online.
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12. Stations of the Cross held on Fridays during Lent
University Ministry will hold the Stations of the Cross on Fridays during Lent, Feb. 29 and March 7 and 14, from noon to 12:30 p.m. in the Chapel of the Holy Family. Participants can make a prayerful pilgrimage, recalling the suffering of Christ for all those who suffer from oppression and with a faith seeking to promote justice.
Call University Ministry at 8-6873 for more information.
13. Lenten prayer and reconciliation service scheduled
University Ministry will sponsor a Lenten prayer and reconciliation service Monday, March 3, at 7:30 p.m., in the Chapel of the Holy Family in the AMU.
14. Exhibition to address oppressions and injustices
The Office of Residence Life and the Office of Student Development Intercultural programs are sponsoring “Remove the Blindfold” in the Mashuda Hall Ballrooms today, Feb. 28, from 5 to 8 p.m., and Friday and Saturday Feb. 29 and March 1, from noon to 3 p.m.
“Remove the Blindfold” is an exhibition about societal/global oppressions and injustices. These exhibits, produced by Marquette student leaders and organizations, stimulate thoughts, feelings, and emotions around the issues and images presented. The hope is that through this experience, the campus community becomes more aware and moves toward positive change by taking action.
E-mail for more information.
15. Panel to discuss Global Peace Services
Marquette’s Center for Peacemaking will hold a panel discussion about Building Blocks for Peace: The Work of Global Peace Services USA” on Monday, March 3, from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in AMU 227. The president and vice president of Global Peace Services, John Erickson and Mindy Reiser, will discuss ways to contribute to a more peaceful world at home and across the globe.
The program is free and open to the public. No registration necessary.
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16. Counseling Center recruiting suicide prevention trainers
The Counseling Center is looking to expand the “Question, Persuade, Refer” suicide prevention training team and sustain the Link for Life suicide prevention program after grant funding ends.
Prospective QPR trainers, who need to be at least 21 years of age, must be able to attend a one-day training session and commit to facilitating at least three two-hour QPR trainings per year. The QPR “train the trainers” session is 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, March 10, in the Raynor Library Beaumier Suites.
Marquette community members interested in being trained as a certified QPR trainer or would like to participate in a sustainability committee should contact Dr. Bridgette Hensley, psychologist, or Linda Somppi, office associate, at 8-7172.
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17. Participants needed for stroke research study
Marquette researchers seek participants for a study examining causes for impaired locomotion in people with stroke.
Participants, who need to be at least six months post-stroke, will pedal a stationary bike while researchers record muscle activity from their legs. The time commitment is two three-hour sessions on weekdays. Opportunities for additional participation are also available. Sessions take place in the Department of Physical Therapy, Cramer Hall. Participants will receive monetary compensation.
The study has been approved by Marquette’s Institutional Review Board for the protection of human subjects. For more information about research participant rights, contact the Office of Research Compliance, 8-7570.
For more information about participating in the study, contact Dr. Sheila Schindler-Ivens, assistant professor of physical therapy, at 8-7282.
18. Spirit Shop to hold National Marquette Day sale this weekend
The Marquette Sprit Shop will hold a National Marquette Day event Friday, Feb. 29, to Sunday, March 2. Marquette clothing is 25-percent off (normal exclusions apply), with an additional 50 percent off already reduced clearance merchandise.
Additional in-store bonus buys include selected crews and hoods. The shop will offer complimentary refreshments, face tattoos and games of Pop-A-Shot, Saturday, March 1, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
19. St. Patrick's Day fish fry to include give-aways and dancing
The Marquette Club of Milwaukee will host a St. Patrick’s Day fish fry on Friday, March 14, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Monaghan Ballroom, third floor of AMU. The dinner includes gifts for kids, raffle items, green beer and a performance by the Trinity Irish Dancers, presented by Lichtsinn & Haensel.
The event costs $18 for adults, $10 for children ages 4 through 12, and free for children under age 3.
RSVP by March 10 to Maureen Krueger at 8-7441 or by e-mail.
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