— March 31, 2008—
- Former president of Ireland to speak at Marquette tomorrow
- McShane Chair in Construction Engineering and Management named
- Tomorrow’s Boheim Lecture is cancelled
- Georgetown law professor to present annual McGee Lecture
- University prepares to raze 1212 Building
- “Explore the Majors” fair to be held for arts and sciences
- Graduate School to host open house
- Marquette hosting Abrahamic religions conference
- Rev. De Marco to discuss faith in the health professions
- History Department hosting Casper Lecture
- Departments hosting seminar and colloquium speakers
- Timing change for voluntary deductions in three-paycheck month
- General election voting information available online
- RHA diversity commission to hold open forum
- Marquette women advance to WNIT semifinals
- Father Majka to present spiritual exercises
- Conscientious objection and nonviolence to be presented
- “Global Chef” Johann Becker to cook on campus
- Public Safety offering self-defense class
- Noodles & Company to support athletic training run/walk
- Recommend a student for the VOICE Peer Education Program
- Hoops For Hope fund-raiser to benefit Morogoro, Tanzania
1. Former president of Ireland to speak at Marquette tomorrow
Mary Robinson, the first female president of Ireland and former United Nations high commissioner for human rights, will give a free, public lecture at Marquette University at 4 p.m. tomorrow, April 1. Robinson will speak on “Responding to Human Rights Challenges” at the Varsity Theatre for the Allis Chalmers Distinguished Lecture Series in International Affairs.
Robinson served as the seventh president of Ireland from December 1990 until September 1997, when she was appointed to the United Nations high commissioner position. Today she chairs the Council of Women World Leaders and is president of Realizing Rights: The Ethical Globalization Initiative, which is based in New York and works to bring standards of human rights into the globalization process and to support capacity-building in good governance in developing countries.
Recently appointed to the UN Global Compact Board, Robinson is one of 20 global business, labor and social leaders working to advance 10 universal business principles in the areas of human rights, labor, the environment and anti-corruption for this corporate citizenship initiative. She also recently became a member of The Elders, a group of world leaders, founded by Nelson Mandela, Graca Machel, and Archbishop Desmond Tutu, who contribute their wisdom, independent leadership, and integrity to tackling some of the world’s toughest problems with the goal of making the world a better place.
2. McShane Chair in Construction Engineering and Management named
The College of Engineering has named Dr. Mark Federle the McShane Chair in Construction Engineering and Management. Construction engineering and management is a new program housed in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, which will officially begin in fall 2008. The position was funded by a $5 million gift from alumni Jim and Kelly McShane last year.
Federle joins Marquette tomorrow, April 1, from The Weitz Company, a national construction company based in Iowa, where he has worked since 1999. In his most recent role at The Weitz Company, he served as chief information officer and vice president.
By joining Marquette, Federle returns to his academic roots. From 1990 to 1999 he was a professor in civil construction and environmental engineering at Iowa State University. For the last two years of his tenure at Iowa State, he led the university’s construction engineering program, which is the largest program in the country. He earned his master’s degree and Ph.D. in construction engineering and management at the University of Michigan.
“Mark’s experience from both the academic and industry sides of construction engineering and management will fast-track our goal of preparing our students for the 21st century workforce,” said Dr. Stan Jaskolski, Opus Dean of the College of Engineering. “His eagerness to engage industry partners will help grow this program and establish it as one of the best in the country.”
Federle will be responsible for the day-to-day operations of the construction engineering and management program, including shaping the curriculum, teaching courses, advising students, conducting research and working with industry to keep the curriculum current with industry practices and co-operative opportunities for students. The new undergraduate program will complement Marquette’s well-established master’s and doctorate degrees in construction management and will educate students as professional engineers with the necessary skills in business, communication and law to be become leaders in the construction engineering and management field.
3. Tomorrow’s Boheim Lecture is cancelled
The Distinguished Eleanor H. Boheim Lecture scheduled for Tuesday, April 1, from 7 to 8:30 p.m., has been cancelled. Details will be forthcoming regarding a possible new date for the lecture.
The scheduled presentation was “Women & Heart Disease: Raising Awareness and Understanding Risk,” by Dr. Karyn Holm, Association of Marquette University Women chair in humanistic studies at Marquette.
4. Georgetown law professor to present annual McGee Lecture
David Cole, Georgetown University professor of law, will present “Less Safe, Less Free: Why America Is Losing the War on Terror,” for the annual McGee Lecture on Monday, April 7, from 5 to 6 p.m., in the AMU Monaghan Ballroom. The lecture is free and open to the public, but registration is needed by Tuesday, April 2.
Cole is a volunteer staff attorney for the Center for Constitutional Rights, the legal affairs correspondent for The Nation, a regular contributor to the New York Review of Books, and a commentator on National Public Radio’s All Things Considered.
For more information, call Christine Wilczynski-Vogel, assistant dean of external affairs, at 8-3167.
The lecture is sponsored by the Marquette University Department of Social and Cultural Sciences, the Milwaukee Lawyer Chapter of the American Constitution Society for Law and Policy and Marquette Law School.
5. University prepares to raze 1212 Building
Preliminary work has begun on the site of the 1212 Building, which will be demolished later this spring. The site has been designated for a new student services/administration building that will house the admissions, bursar and financial aid offices, as well as the President’s Office, the Offices of the Provost, Senior Vice President and General Counsel, university advancement, and other administrative offices.
In light of the preparatory work now underway, including soil test borings, parking lot G is now closed. The Office of the University Architect indicates that during the next four to six weeks, much of the work will be done inside the building. The building is expected to be razed in late May.
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6. “Explore the Majors” fair to be held for arts and sciences
The Helen Way Klingler College of Arts and Sciences Advising Center will host the annual “Explore the Majors” Fair Wednesday, April 2, from 6 to 8 p.m., in AMU Ballrooms CDE. Faculty are asked to encourage students to attend.
The fair provides an opportunity for students to discuss majors and minors with faculty representatives, upperclassmen and alumni from every major area in the college. Free refreshments will be served.
7. Graduate School to host open house
The Graduate School will host an open house for prospective graduate students Thursday, April 3, from 4 to 7 p.m. in the AMU ballrooms. Tours of the campus will be offered at 4 p.m. and the main event begins at 5 p.m.
Attendees can speak with program representatives and listen to a brief presentation regarding graduate education at Marquette. The $40 application fee is waived for attendees of the open house.
Register by Wednesday, April 2. For more information, e-mail Carl Wainscott, assistant director for recruitment.
8. Marquette hosting Abrahamic religions conference
Marquette undergraduate students are invited to participate in the One-Day Undergraduate Conference on the Importance of Philosophical and Theological Developments in Medieval Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, Wednesday, April 2, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Raynor Library Beaumier Suites. A reception hosted by various student organizations will follow. The conference is free and open to the public. Faculty are asked to encourage students to participate.
Students can participate by participating in general discussions and Q and A sessions or just by stopping by to enjoy the company and refreshments
Three undergraduate students, one each from the University of Denver, Loyola University Chicago, and University of Wisconsin-Madison, will present papers on the Jewish, Christian and Islamic themes. Following each presentation, there will be two responses from the other two traditions.
To register or for more information, contact Dr. Richard Taylor, associate professor of philosophy.
9. Rev. De Marco to discuss faith in the health professions
Marquette will host a free, public program about faith in the health professions Thursday, April 3, at 5 p.m., in Cramer Hall 004E. Rev. David Gerard De Marco, S.J., assistant director of novices at the Loyola House Jesuit Novitiate of the Chicago and Detroit Provinces, will speak on “Entering the Patient’s Chaos: Moving Beyond Providing Healthcare toward More Meaningful Care Giver-Patient Encounters.” A reception will follow in the Cramer Hall student lounge.
De Marco’s vocational journey has included a career as a physician and now a Jesuit.
The program is sponsored by the Edward D. Simmons Commitment Fund, the College of Health Sciences, the College of Nursing and the School of Dentistry.
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10. History Department hosting Casper Lecture
Dr. Julia Clancy-Smith, associate professor of history at the University of Arizona, will speak about “Where Elites Meet: Households, Harem Visits, and Sea-Bathing in Pre-Colonial Tunisia, c. 1830-1881” for the Annual Reverend Henry W. Casper, S.J., Lecture.
This free, public lecture will be held Monday, April 7, at 7:30 p.m. in David Straz Hall 105.
Clancy-Smith has authored or edited Rebel and Saint: Muslim Notables, Populist Protest, Colonial Encounters (Algeria and Tunisia, 1800-1904); Domesticating the Empire: Gender, Race, & Family Life in the Dutch and French Empires; and North Africa, Islam, and the Mediterranean World from the Almoravids to the Algerian War.
The annual Casper Lecture was inaugurated by the History Department in 1993 to honor Rev. Henry W. Casper, S.J., a long-time member of the history departments at Creighton and Marquette universities, who retired as professor emeritus from Marquette in 1974. The endowed annual lecture allows the department to invite internationally renowned historians to Marquette.
For more information, call 8-7217.
11. Departments hosting seminar and colloquium speakers
Dr. Thomas Louis Kash, research fellow at the Department of Physiology and Biophysics at Vanderbilt University, will present “Modulation of Synaptic Plasticity in the BNST: Implications for Alcohol Abuse,” for a seminar hosted by the Department of Biomedical Sciences, tomorrow, April 1, from 11 a.m. to noon in Cramer Hall 004E. For more information, contact Cathy Morrell at 8-7329.
Dr. Josh Shrout, assistant professor of civil engineering and geological sciences at the University of Notre Dame, will present “Do These Bacteria Know What They’re Doing? — Surface and Community Sensing During Biofilm Development.” The presentation is for the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering Seminar on Thursday, April 3, at noon in Olin Engineering Center 119.
Dr. Peter H. Graham, professor in the Department of Soil, Water and Climate at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, will present the Department of Biological Sciences seminar “Native legumes and their rhizobia: issues in restoration and restoration ecology,” at 3:30 p.m. Friday, April 4, in Wehr Life Sciences, room 111.
Dr. Nicolai Lehnert, assistant professor of chemistry at the University of Michigan, will present the Department of Chemistry’s colloquium Friday, April 4, at 4 p.m., in Todd Wehr Chemistry 121. Lehnert will discuss “Electronic Structure and Spectroscopic Properties of Ferric Heme-Nitrosyls as a Function of the Trans Ligand to NO.”
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12. Timing change for voluntary deductions in three-paycheck month
Marquette is changing the frequency of when non-deduct payrolls occur so they are the same pay period for both Autogen (biweekly salaried employees whose hours auto generate each pay period) and biweekly hourly employees. Beginning in May 2008 the non-deduct payroll check date will be based on calendar months with three check dates.
With the exception of TIAA-CREF and Met Pay, biweekly employees’ voluntary deductions are based on 24 deductions per year. This means that most deductions are not taken from paychecks two pay periods each year.
For example, for 2008 the third payroll check in October (Oct. 29) will only have TIAA-CREF and Met Pay deductions. For 2009, the non-deduct payrolls will be April 29, July 29 and Dec. 30 because of 27 pay periods in the calendar year.
This change does not affect employees paid monthly.
Contact the Payroll Department for more information.
13. General election voting information available online
Marquette community members are encouraged to exercise their right to vote in Wisconsin's general election, tomorrow, April 1. Voters in Milwaukee will consider candidates for supreme court, courts of appeals, circuit court, county executive, county board, mayor, city comptroller, city attorney, city treasurer, and Common Council. A statewide referendum will also be decided.
Individuals who have not already registered to vote can still do so at the polls. Voting in Wisconsin is limited to U.S. citizens who are at least 18 years old on Election Day, who are residents for 10 days or more of the district or ward where an election is being held, and who are not currently serving a sentence (including probation or parole) for a felony conviction.
Raynor Memorial Libraries have also posted a non-partisan resource guide for the 2008 elections including background information, polls, party and candidate sites and news sites.
14. RHA diversity commission to hold open forum
The 2008 Residence Hall Association Diversity Commission will hold an open forum Wednesday, April 2, at 7 p.m., in AMU 380. The goal is "to identify any and all diversity concerns, which may include but shall not be limited to issues concerning race, religion, socio-economic status, sexual orientation, ethnicity, nationality and gender as they exist in residence halls, university-owned apartments and on Marquette's campus."
The forum will run approximately an hour or until discussion ends. A report will be complied and submitted to the university following the forum.
15. Marquette women advance to WNIT semifinals
The Marquette women's basketball team defeated Kentucky, 69-64, in Lexington, Ky., in the quarterfinals of the Women's National Invitation Tournament Sunday night.
The Golden Eagles advance to the semifinals Wednesday, April 2, against Colorado in Boulder. Tip-off is set for 8 p.m. Central Time.
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16. Father Majka to present spiritual exercises
Rev. Frank Majka, S.J., will present “A Walk Through the Spiritual Exercises,” the third in the series about the spiritual exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola, Wednesday, April 2, from noon to 1 p.m. in AMU 227. Lunch will be provided. No RSVP is needed.
The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola are a month-long program of meditations, prayers, considerations and contemplative practices that help Catholic faith become more fully alive in the everyday life of contemporary people.
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17. Conscientious objection and nonviolence to be presented
The Center for Peacemaking, JUSTICE and University Ministry will sponsor “Peace and Pizza” Thursday, April 3, at 4:30 p.m. in AMU 157. The event will feature two speakers with pizza served in between.
Mike Griffen, director of education with Catholic Peace Fellowship and adjunct professor at Holy Cross College, will present “Conscientious Objection and the Catholic Response to War.” Kathy Kelly, co-coordinator for Voices for Creative Nonviolence, will present “The invention of Nonviolence, a Gospel Imperative.”
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18. “Global Chef” Johann Becker to cook on campus
Sodexo Campus Dining will present Executive Global Chef Johann Becker from South Africa on Thursday, April 3, from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Cobeen Hall dining room. Faculty and staff will be able to meet Becker and enjoy a lunch menu including lamb sosaties with yellow rice and roasted vegetables for $6.10.
Becker will also offer cuisine Friday, April 4, from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Marquette Place. Guests can meet Becker and sample authentic roasted butternut wraps. The “Three Squares” station will also serve sosatie lamb chops, mieliepap and traditional Malva pudding for $6.99.
The Lunda Room will add the roasted butternut wrap as a special item Friday, April 4.
Sodexo’s "Global Chef" program brings executive chefs from affiliates around the world to Marquette’s campus to share international cuisine with students, faculty, staff and the on-site culinary team.
19. Public Safety offering self-defense class
The Department of Public Safety is offering a free self-defense class tomorrow, April 1, at 5 p.m. in AMU Ballroom C. The course is designed for both female and male audiences and incorporates simple strategies for escaping potentially dangerous situations. Information will include hands-on techniques and national and local crime trends.
Register by calling Public Safety at 8-6800.
20. Noodles & Company to support athletic training run/walk
Marquette University Athletic Training Student Association will host a 5K Spring Thaw run/walk Saturday, April 5, to benefit the Midwest Athletes Against Childhood Cancer, Marquette’s athletic training program, and the Wisconsin Athletic Training Organization.
Twenty-five percent of all sales at Noodles & Company, 3121 N. Oakland Ave., from 5 to 9 p.m. tomorrow, April 1, will benefit the run/walk.
The run will begin at 10 a.m. under the Raynor Bridge. A $15 minimum donation is required to receive a T-shirt, entry in the run and entry in a raffle.
For more information, contact Megan Herbert.
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21. Recommend a student for the VOICE Peer Education Program
The Counseling Center is accepting applications for peer educators for the VOICE program for the 2008-09 academic year until Friday, April 4.
The VOICE program, run through the Counseling Center, comprises student volunteers who provide educational programs on sexual violence issues and advocate for a campus free of sexual violence. These efforts are achieved through passive and active programming in residential, academic, athletic, Greek and other campus settings.
Faculty and staff are often the best resource for identifying skilled and passionate student peer educators, so faculty and staff are asked to encourage students to apply. Applications and more information about the VOICE program are available online.
Contact Chris Daood at 8-7172 for more information.
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22. Hoops For Hope fund-raiser to benefit Morogoro, Tanzania
Hope In Tanzania-Marquette will sponsor Hoops for Hope, a basketball tournament fund-raiser to benefit Milwaukee’s International Sister City, Morogoro, Tanzania, Saturday, April 12, at 4 p.m. at the Rec Center. The event includes a five-on-five basketball tournament with prizes for the winning teams in each of the men’s, women’s and co-ed brackets.
The tournament is open to the public and roster forms are available at the AMU information desk and Rec Center. Entry fee is $10 per player, which includes a Hoops T-shirt. Rosters must be turned in by Monday, April 7.
The student organization Hope In Tanzania-Marquette, donates supplies and works with schools, orphanages, health clinics and an HIV/AIDS center.
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