- Jesuits elect new superior general
- E-mail questions for President’s Address
- Paul Maslin to discuss this year’s presidential campaign
- College of Professional Studies hosting meeting about offerings
- Political collections now available online
- W-2 forms available beginning tomorrow
- Tuition tax deduction instructions needed for Form 1040
- Flu shots still available at Student Health Service
- Give blood, get a T-shirt
1. Jesuits elect new superior general
Rev. Adolfo Nicolas, S.J., is the new superior general for the Society of Jesus. He was elected Saturday during the Jesuit General Congregation in Rome.
A native of Spain, Father Nicolas, 71, studied philosophy in Madrid before moving to Tokyo in 1960. He studied theology at Sophia University in Tokyo and was ordained a priest in 1967. He is the former Jesuit provincial of Japan and also served as director of the East Asian Pastoral Institute in Manila. Since 2004 Father Nicolas has been moderator of the Jesuit Conference of East Asia and Oceania. He speaks Spanish, Japanese, English, French and Italian.
Father Nicolas succeeds Peter-Hans Kolvenbach, who recently resigned, citing his age.
Marquette President Robert A. Wild, S.J., who first met Father Nicolas at the last General Congregation in 1995, described him as “a caring, gentle individual deeply committed to the Jesuit mission.” Father Wild said the new superior general has “an amazing capability to connect people,” as evidenced by his work in Asia and within the Jesuit community. He said Jesuits worldwide were excited and pleased about Father Nicolas’ election.
“All reports from the delegates of the General Congregation stress that the election of Father Nicholas was truly a work of the Holy Spirit in that they all experienced deep consolation as his name received more and more attention,” said Rev. James Flaherty, rector of the Jesuit Community Jesuit Residence.
According to the Catholic News Service, Father Nicolas called his election “a shock.” In his homily during a Mass of Thanksgiving in Rome Monday, he called on the more than 19,000 members of his order to strengthen their service to the poor. “As Christians, as Jesuits, as people of God,” CNS quoted him as saying, “we are called to serve. The more we serve, the more we please God.”
Prior to his work with the Jesuit Conference of East Asia and Oceania, Father Nicolas spent three years working with Filipino and other Asian immigrants at a poor parish in Tokyo. Some observers at this year’s General Congregation likened Father Nicolas to a former Jesuit superior general, Pedro Arrupe, who was himself Spanish and a former provincial of Japan.
Stephanie Russell, executive director of mission and identity, spent several days with Father Nicolas in the 1990s. She described him as “incredibly bright, compassionate, visionary and humble.”
2. E-mail questions for President’s Address
Marquette President Robert A. Wild, S.J., will give his annual President’s Address on Tuesday, Jan. 29, at 3 p.m. in the Monaghan Ballroom of the Alumni Memorial Union. Father Wild will take questions from attendees as well as answer select questions e-mailed to him by 5 p.m. Monday, Jan. 28.
3. Paul Maslin to discuss this year’s presidential campaign
Paul Maslin, political strategist, pollster and former adviser to New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson in his presidential campaign, is the next guest for “On the Issues with Mike Gousha.” Maslin will discuss this year’s presidential campaign and the reliability of political polls when he visits the Law School on Wednesday, Jan. 30, from noon to 1 p.m. in Eisenberg Hall, third floor of Sensenbrenner Hall.
4. College of Professional Studies hosting meeting about offerings
The College of Professional Studies will host an undergraduate information session for prospective students Wednesday, Jan. 30, from 5:45 to 7 p.m., in Cudahy Hall 414. The session will highlight the available bachelor’s degrees and information about the Saturday, weeknight and online course offerings, the application and admission process and financial aid options.
To register or for more information, go online or call 8-3153.
5. Political collections now available online
The Department of Special Collections and Archives has completed processing collections from three Wisconsin politicians: Gov. Tommy Thompson and U.S. Reps. Clement Zablocki and Charles Kersten. The collections are now available online from Raynor Memorial Libraries.
The Thompson Collection contains photographs, memorabilia, audiovisual materials and records that detail Thompson’s participation in many state and national issues. The Zablocki papers document the political career of the U.S. representative from the 4th Congressional District (1949-83) who chaired the House Committee on International Relations/Foreign Affairs from 1977 until his death. The Kersten papers provide insight into the career of the representative from the former 5th Congressional District from 1947-48 and 1951-54.
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6. W-2 forms available beginning tomorrow
W-2 tax forms for faculty and staff will be available online via MyJob beginning tomorrow, Jan. 25. Employees can print their form, which is an acceptable copy for attaching to tax returns, from this Web page. Traditional paper forms are also being mailed to home addresses beginning Jan. 25. The post office asks employees to allow up to 10 days for receiving W-2 forms in the mail.
For more information about W-2 forms, e-mail the Payroll Department.
In addition to W-2s, MyJob centralizes other employee information in a single location and allows faculty and staff to view and update personal information collected by the university as part of employment.