1. Help Marquette determine employees’ wellness interests

All full-time faculty and staff will receive an e-mail today inviting them to complete a short, anonymous survey to assess the wellness interests and needs of the Marquette community.

The survey is an initial step in the university’s wellness initiative being coordinated by the College of Health Sciences. The college is in the process of hiring a wellness coordinator who will oversee wellness activities on campus and facilitate Marquette’s involvement in Milwaukee’s Well City Program. Milwaukee was one of only three communities in the country selected in 2007 to begin the process to achieve "Well City" status. The initiative is making quick progress under the guidance and leadership of the City of Milwaukee, The Greater Milwaukee Committee and the Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce.

With a 2009 deadline, Well City status will be achieved when at least 20 percent of Milwaukee's work force is employed in a company that has a results-driven, comprehensive employee wellness program.

Marquette’s wellness survey will run through Nov. 10. Contact Dr. Paula Papanek, director of the exercise science degree program, at 8-5069 for more information.

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2. Benefits Assistance Day is tomorrow

The Department of Human Resources will host a Benefits Assistance Day tomorrow, Nov. 4, from noon to 5 p.m. in the Henke Lounge, AMU. Employees will be able to ask benefits questions and get one-on-one assistance with benefits enrollment from human resources staff. Another Benefits Information Day will be held Wednesday, Nov. 12, in AMU 254.

Employees are reminded to choose whether or not to participate in the new stand-alone vision plan. Vision coverage will no longer be included in the health insurance plan, so employees who enroll in the vision plan will have routine and other eye care coverage.

All employees are encouraged to read the benefits information packet they received at home and add and/or modify benefits through MyJob during the annual enrollment period, which runs through Nov. 17.

Additional information is available on the Department of Human Resources Web site.

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3. Free bowling for Community Campaign participants Friday

The Marquette University Community Campaign, Nov. 3 to 26, will offer employees the opportunity to support Marquette Today, the United Way of Greater Milwaukee and the United Performing Arts Fund. Donations can be made through the online giving form or paper pledge forms available by calling 8-0391. Everyone who makes a gift to the Community Campaign can participate in free bowling at the Annex Friday, Nov. 7, from noon to 5 p.m.

Everyone who completes a Community Campaign pledge form will be eligible to win two tickets to a Milwaukee Bucks game in the Marquette suite at the Bradley Center. UPAF and United Way also offer donation incentives.

Co-chairs for the 2009 campaign are Rana Altenburg, vice president of public affairs; Dr. Bill Henk, dean of the College of Education; and Janice Simmons-Welburn, dean of libraries.

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4. Dean search committees are reviewing candidates

The search committee for the dean of the Klingler College of Arts & Sciences is reviewing a slate of early candidates and intends to schedule initial off-campus interviews before the end of the current semester.

“I’m pleased with the progress of the search process overall, especially the quality of early candidates,” said Dr. Al Rivero, chair of the search committee and professor of English. “I believe the rest of the committee feels the same. We share a cautious optimism at this early stage, although much work remains before we have a strong pool of finalists. Ultimately, the task of finding the single best person for this important leadership role will determine the overall timeline."

After completing off-campus interviews later this semester, the next step will be selecting finalists to visit the Marquette campus, likely early in the second semester. “When we reach that point, we envision a process similar to the provost search completed last spring, involving transparency and broad participation across the university while focusing on input from the college,” said Rivero. The schedule is expected to be announced in December.

In addition to the nominations and suggestions directed to the committee, search firm Korn Ferry International is identifying suitable candidates nationally. The search will remain open until the position is filled. Provost John Pauly and President Robert Wild, S.J., have commented on several occasions on the importance of a successful search.

Dr. Jeanne Hossenlopp will continue as interim dean. The opening followed the retirement of Dr. Michael McKinney after approximately 40 years of service at Marquette, seven as dean.

The search committee for the dean of the J. William and Mary Diederich College of Communication is reviewing candidates for initial off-campus interviews. These will be completed before the end of the semester, according to Dr. Ana Garner, chair of the committee and associate professor of journalism. The committee’s goal is to bring finalists to campus early in the spring 2009 term to meet with members of the university community. “Our focus is on finding the best candidates for the college and ensuring the process is transparent and inclusive,” said Garner.

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5. Post-election analysis provided at “On the Issues”

An in-depth analysis of the Nov. 4 election results will be provided by political campaign veterans Paul Maslin and Mark Graul at “On the Issues with Mike Gousha” Thursday, Nov. 6, at 12:15 p.m. in Sensenbrenner Hall, Eisenberg Memorial Hall.

Republican strategist Mark Graul ran the Bush/Cheney 2004 campaign in Wisconsin and has also managed campaigns for governors, Wisconsin Supreme Court justices and members of Congress. Democratic strategist and pollster Paul Maslin has advised six presidential candidates, a dozen U.S. senators and scores of governors, mayors and members of Congress.

Register online. Space is limited.

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6. Restorative Justice Conference to address Safe Streets Initiative

Law enforcement officers, city leaders, crime experts and community members will come together for the Law School’s fifth annual Restorative Justice Initiative, covering the progress of the first year of the Safe Streets Initiative Tuesday, Nov. 11, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the AMU. Registration and a conference schedule are available online.

The keynote address will be delivered by Professor David Kennedy of the John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City, a nationwide leader in crime reduction strategies. Joseph Kearney, dean of the Law School, and Janine Geske, distinguished professor of law and director of the Restorative Justice Initiative, will also give remarks. Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett and U.S. Attorney Steven Biskupic will welcome participants.

The conference will also feature the panel “Anatomy of a crime in Milwaukee.” Mary Kay Balchunas, whose son Jay was murdered while on duty as an undercover officer for the State Department of Justice, and WMCS radio personality Cassandra Cassandra, whose son Christopher Roberson was murdered in 2007, will discuss these homicides and their impact on the larger community.

For the first time this year, the conference will conclude with the presentation of the Urban Unsung Heroes “Starfish Awards.” It will also feature an awards presentation to local elementary and high school students who participated in an essay and art contest describing their “heroes.”

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7. Business plan competition deadline extended to Nov. 14

Marquette’s Kohler Center for Entrepreneurship is accepting submissions for its 2009 Business Plan Competition until Friday, Nov. 14. Submissions require completing an entry form and answering three questions. At least one member of a team must be a Marquette student, faculty member, staff or alumnus/a.

The competition provides a learning environment in which entrepreneurs develop their business ideas and receive feedback from faculty and experienced entrepreneurs, according to Tim Keane, director of the center and the Marquette Golden Angels Network. Following the deadline for entries, the submissions will be reviewed by a team of judges. The entrants accepted into the competition will be paired with an entrepreneurial mentor from the Golden Angels Network, a Marquette alumnus or another community entrepreneur to develop a more in-depth plan. Entrants will also participate in a series of workshops covering business model development, plan refinement and presentation skills.

The fully developed plans will be reviewed by a panel of judges who will select semi-finalists to participate in oral presentations. The winners, who will be announced at Marquette on April 15, 2009, will receive services, such as legal, accounting and public relations assistance.

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8. Biological sciences, chemistry and philosophy holding seminars

The Department of Biological Sciences will host a seminar Friday, Nov. 7, at 3:30 p.m. in Wehr Life Sciences 111. Dr. Robert Balza, assistant professor of biology at Wisconsin Lutheran College, will present “Gene Expression Analysis in Zebra Fish.”

The Department of Chemistry will hold a colloquium Friday, Nov. 7, at 4 p.m. in Todd Wehr Chemistry 121. Dr. Johannes Schelvis, associate professor of chemistry at Montclair State University, will present “DNA repair with light: New insight into the mechanism of DNA photolyase.”

The Department of Philosophy will hold a colloquium Friday, Nov. 7, at 3:15 p.m. in Raynor Beaumier Suite A. Dr. Thomas Lennon, professor of history of early modern philosophy, and doctoral candidate Julie Walsh, both of the University of Western Ontario, will present “The Real Battle of the Olympics: Malebranche, Lamy and Pure Love.”

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9. Podcasting and presentation technology presented at D2L session

The Center for Teaching and Learning and Information Technology Services will present “Using podcasting, presentation technology and other multimedia in D2L” Friday, Nov. 7.

The presentation is part of a D2L e-teaching workshop series focusing on a variety of course design and multimedia resources to enhance teaching in D2L. A certificate is presented to participants who complete all seven sessions. The e-teaching workshops are offered every semester, so it is not necessary to attend all seven sessions in one semester.

Additional sessions this semester will include:

• Nov. 21, On the horizon — promising new products
• Dec. 5, Presentations of D2L enhanced courses

The workshops are sponsored by the Center for Teaching and Learning, Instructional Media Center and Information Technology Services. All sessions are in Raynor Library 320H, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Register with Dr. Dave Buckholdt, director of the Center for Teaching and Learning, or Jon Pray, associate vice provost for educational technology.

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10. Law School to hold information session

The Law School will host an information session for prospective students Friday, Nov. 7, at 12:30 p.m. in Sensenbrenner Hall. The session will provide information about admissions and financial aid, curriculum, intellectual and student life and more. A brief tour of the Law School led by a current law student will follow each session. No registration is necessary.

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11. Graduate School of Management holding information sessions

The Graduate School of Management will hold several information sessions covering curriculum, admissions requirements, application process and other information:

Tuesday, Nov. 11, 5:30 p.m. reception followed by the 6 p.m. presentation: Executive MBA program, College of Business Administration Executive Center, Straz Hall, second floor.

Wednesday, Nov. 12, 5:30 p.m. reception followed by the 6 p.m. presentation: Waukesha MBA Program, at MRA, the management association, N19 W24400 Riverwood Dr., Waukesha.

Thursday, Nov. 13, 5 p.m. reception followed by the 5:30 p.m. presentation: On-campus MBA and MS programs, College of Business Administration Executive Center, Straz Hall, second floor.

To RSVP or for more information, call 8-7145 or e-mail.

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12. College of Professional Studies hosting information session

Undergraduate degree options for prospective adult students will be the topic of an informational session hosted by the College of Professional Studies on Saturday, Nov. 15, from 10 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. in Cudahy 414. The session will cover the available accelerated bachelor’s degree programs, information about weeknight, Saturday and online course offerings, the application and admission process and financial aid options.

For more information and to register, go online or call 8-3153.

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13. FACHEX deadline for children of employees approaching

The certification deadline for FACHEX eligibility for current high school seniors applying to other Jesuit colleges and universities is Monday, Dec. 13.

FACHEX (Faculty, Administrator, and Staff Children Exchange Program) is an undergraduate tuition remission program that allows dependents eligible for full tuition benefits at the “exporting” institution to apply for the same benefits at participating “importing” institutions. It was established by the Association of Jesuit Colleges in 1971 and continues under the sponsorship of the Chief Academic Officers’ Conference.

Complete the Parent Request for Certification and send it to Kimberly Newman, executive administrative assistant in the Office of the Provost. For more information about the guidelines, call the Provost’s Office at 8-7511.

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14. Tell us about fascinating December graduates

The Office of Marketing and Communication is seeking stories about graduates this December for possible use with area media. December graduates with unusual backgrounds; who overcame substantial obstacles in getting their degree; who will be doing something unusual after graduation; with recent exclusive awards, academic recognition, publications or scholarship; etc. are some ideas that would be appropriate.

What graduates do you know who have fascinating stories to tell? E-mail their names and plenty of details within the next few weeks.

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15. Flu shots available at walk-in flu clinic

The Marquette Neighborhood Health Center will provide flu vaccines (shots or nasal spray) at walk-in flu clinics, 1834 W. Wisconsin Ave., Tuesday, Nov. 4, from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. The flu shot is available to anyone two years of age and older. Cost is $40 for those without insurance. MNHC will bill MU insurance, which will cover the cost. MNHC can bill some other providers, as well. No appointment is necessary, but the vaccines will be administered first-come, first-served.

Additional dates for walk-in flu clinics:

• Saturday, Nov. 8, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

• Tuesday, Dec. 2, from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Call the Marquette Neighborhood Health Center at 933-9100 for more information.

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16. iPod and basketball tickets to be given away at “Taste of Italy”

Campus Dining Services will host “Taste of Italy” tomorrow, Nov. 4, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Café Italiano, the Schroeder Hall dining room. The event will include free samples of chicken alfredo, cheese ravioli, lasagna, smokehouse barbecue pizza and gelato, as well as a cooking demonstration and giveaways for an iPod touchpad, Marquette basketball tickets and dining certificates.

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17. FUEL event offers opportunities to help area nonprofits

FUEL Milwaukee will launch its Adopt-a-Nonprofit program Thursday, Nov. 6, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts, 929 N. Water St. FUEL will work with eight nonprofit organizations to provide assistance in planning, marketing, fundraising, mentoring and other services. The organizations are Centro Legal, IndependenceFirst, Junior Achievement, Literacy Services of Wisconsin, Margaret Ann's Place, Park People, PEARLS for Teen Girls and Present Music. Milwaukeean Jane Kaczmarek will be on hand for the kick-off. Prizes will also be given away.

Cost is $10 for FUEL members and nonmembers.

FUEL is an economic development initiative of the Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce to position and establish the Milwaukee area as a destination for talented employees. Marquette University is a corporate member of FUEL, which means that all employees can join the organization for free and attend events at member prices.

More information and registration are available online.

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