1. School of Dentistry opens northside clinic

The Marquette School of Dentistry opened a community clinic at 210 W. Capitol Dr. yesterday, Nov. 12. The clinic, located in the lower level of the Chase Bank building, will serve adolescents and adults five days a week.

The Marquette University Community Dental Clinic — North has 10 dental chairs in its 5,000-square-foot-space. A full-time faculty member, Dr. Albert Abena, oversees the state-of-the-art clinic, assisted by part-time dental and dental hygiene faculty members. Marquette dental students, under faculty supervision, provide for the dental needs of area residents.

In addition to the new clinic, Marquette dental students and faculty treat patients at a southside clinic, at the on-campus clinic at 1801 W. Wisconsin Ave., as well as at satellite clinics throughout the state. Dr. William Lobb, dean of the School of Dentistry, said the school's clinics serve nearly 20,000 patients annually with more than 80,000 patient visits. As one of the Wisconsin’s largest dental Medicaid providers, MUSoD provides care for more than 6,700 Medicaid patients each year.

The School of Dentistry will sponsor an open house at the new clinic in early December.

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2. Helping children cope with death is topic of nursing lecture

Dr. Betty Davies, professor of family health care nursing at the University of California, San Francisco, will present "When Someone is Dying: Helping the Children," for the James Wake Memorial Lecture. The lecture, on Friday, Nov. 14, at 4:30 p.m. in Emory Clark Hall 111, is free and open to the public. A reception will follow.

Davies’ current research focuses on two studies funded by the National Institutes of Health to examine the experiences of Chinese and Latino families in pediatric palliative care and to explore the experiences of fathers of seriously ill children. She is director of a training grant that prepares acute-care pediatric nurse practitioners to have an end-of-life focus and is on the professional advisory board of George Mark Children's House in San Leandro, Calif., the first children's hospice in the United States.

Davies also helped establish North America's first free-standing children's hospice in Vancouver, British Columbia. She has published more than 100 articles and two books and received the 2008 distinguished career achievement award from the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association.

The lecture is presented by the Institute for End of Life Care Education at Marquette’s College of Nursing in memory of James Wake, husband of former Marquette Provost Madeline Wake, who is now university professor. Wake was a chaplain who devoted his career to helping others through social work and chaplaincy.

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3. Flexible spending account elections due Monday

Employees are reminded to decide whether or not they should elect to participate in a flexible spending account before annual enrollment ends Monday. The FSA makes it easy for employees to set aside a portion of their pretax salary to pay for eligible prescription, medical and daycare expenses. Employees decide how much pre-tax money to elect to place into the FSA. The dependent care flexible spending account can be used for certified daycare expenses incurred for the care of child or other dependents.

All employees are encouraged to read the benefits information packet and use MyJob to add and modify benefits by Monday, Nov. 17.

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4. HRA questionnaire, wellness survey are two separate projects

As many of you are aware, there are two related but different health-promoting and wellness initiatives (questionnaire & survey) occurring on campus simultaneously.  

1. The Health Risk Assessment includes an online questionnaire that you must fill out to qualify for the discounted rate on your health insurance. This questionnaire can only be filled out after you have your biometric screening performed (either on campus or through your health care provider) since it requires data measured during the screen. If you completed your screening on campus, you were given information on how to log onto and complete the HRA online questionnaire. Employees can also access the questionnaire from the HR benefits Web site. Aurora Health Care is the agency working with Marquette’s Department of Human Resources for the HRA. If you saw Aurora on the questionnaire and completed it, inputting your biometric screening data, then you will qualify for the discount on your health insurance premium. You also have the opportunity to print your results. For questions about the HRA, contact the HR benefits office at 8-7882.

2. The second initiative, occurring at the same time, is related but different. The Evaluation of Marquette's Wellness Initiative survey is designed to determine what initiatives and programs are important to our specific community of Marquette full time employees. If, as a community, we want to decrease our health care costs, then preventive and medical self-care programs will be critical to achieving this goal. However, no one wants to make assumptions about what programs are important to employees. Thus, the survey asks you to tell us what you need, what you want, and what you are interested in regarding helping you achieve health from hire through retirement. If you answered questions about the culture of health at Marquette, or about your interest in programs about health at Marquette, then you completed the Evaluation of Wellness survey. There is no summary or printing of results with this evaluation. The survey results will be used by the Department of Human Resources and the College of Health Sciences to plan wellness programming as the university applies to participate in Milwaukee’s Well City initiative. For questions about the wellness survey, contact Dr. Paula Papanek in the College of Health Sciences, 8-6079.

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5. Business plan competition deadline is tomorrow

Marquette’s Kohler Center for Entrepreneurship is accepting submissions for its 2009 Business Plan Competition until tomorrow, 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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6. Haggerty Museum to host lecture on The Saint John’s Bible

Tim Ternes, director of programming and exhibitions at St. John University's Hill Museum and Manuscript Library, will give a multi-media presentation describing the process of bringing a 21st Century illuminated manuscript project, The Saint John’s Bible, to life.

The presentation will begin at 4:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 17, at the Haggerty Museum of Art.

The event, held in connection with the Turn the Pages Slowly exhibition at the museum, is free and open to the public.

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7. Rev. Bryan Massingale to speak at Honors Program Last Lecture Series

Rev. Bryan Massingale, associate professor of theology, will present “Speaking Truth: The Challenge of Vocation and Integrity” Thursday, Nov. 20, from 5 to 6 p.m. in the Henke Lounge, AMU. Massingale’s lecture is part of The Last Lecture Series for which the Honors Student Advisory Council invited faculty to address “If this were the last lecture of your career, what would you say?”

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8. 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 Hall 414. The session will cover the accelerated bachelor’s degree programs, weeknight, Saturday and online course offerings, and the application, admission process and financial aid options.

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

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9. Farrow, Plale and WUWM host to speak about experiences

The Office of Student Development Intercultural Programs and the Manresa project will host Amanda Shalhoub, assistant program director of WUWM and host of Café Tonight, Wednesday, Nov. 19, at noon. Shalhoub will speak about her personal vocation journey in AMU 163 at “Real People, Real Stories." Lunch is provided.

The Manresa Project will also host State Sen. Jeffrey Plale, Comm '90, and former Lt. Gov. Margaret Farrow, Arts '58, Thursday, Nov. 20, at 6 p.m. in the Lunda Room, AMU. They will share their insights about the post-election life of a public servant and what they've learned from their journeys. Dinner is provided.

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10. OIE celebrating international education with events next week

The Office of International Education will celebrate International Education Week Nov. 17-21 with daily events including:

• Monday, Nov. 17, 7 p.m. — Malaysia Student Association Dessert Night, AMU 407
• Tuesday, Nov. 18, 5:30 p.m. — International Careers Panel Presentation, AMU 407
• Wednesday, Nov. 19, 1-2 p.m. — Saudi Arabian Lunch, AMU 407
• Thursday, Nov. 20, 5:30 p.m. — Celebration of Arab Music and Dance, Weasler Auditorium
• Friday, Nov. 21, 5-7 p.m. — Francophone Culture Café, AMU 407

All Week:
• Henna tattoos by the Muslim Student Association — 1-5 p.m., AMU 2nd Floor
• Middle Eastern Food Specials — Lunda Room
• Haggerty Museum Displays — Rare Books and Manuscripts, Old Masters from the Haggerty, stop.look.listen
• International Book Display — Raynor Library

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11. Active Minds holding mental health awareness activities

The student group Active Minds will hold “Stomp the Stigma: Mental Illness Awareness Week” events next week, including:

• Monday, Nov. 17, 1:50 p.m. — Scream your Frustrations Out with Active Minds, Central Mall
• Monday, Nov. 17, 6-7 and 8-9 p.m. —yYoga, AMU Ballroom C, $5 per session
• Tuesday, Nov. 18, 6-7:30 p.m. — Out of the Darkness: An inspiring account of a Marquette student's dealings with suicide and bipolar disorder, AMU 227
• Wednesday, Nov. 19, 5:45-7 p.m. — Mental Imagery: Its Role in Health & Happiness, Cudahy 001, $5 admission
• Thursday, Nov. 20, 6-9 p.m. — A showing of A Beautiful Mind movie with free popcorn, AMU Ballrooms CDE
• Friday, Nov. 21, 3:30-5:30 p.m. — Panel Discussion: Exploring the Intricate Mind, with free food

They will also have a booth on the second floor of the AMU daily from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. E-mail for more information.

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12. Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering to hold colloquium

The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering will hold a colloquium Tuesday, Nov. 18, at 3 p.m., in Olin Engineering Center 202. Dr. Michael McDonald, senior systems engineer at GE Healthcare, will present “Diagnostic Medical Ultrasound, Where Is IT Today and Where Is It Headed?”

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13. Young students can learn about engineering over Thanksgiving

The Engineering Outreach program in the College of Engineering will offer three academies over the Thanksgiving holiday, including two new sessions, Nov. 28 and 29, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

“Robotics Engineering: RCX,” for ages 8 to 12, will teach students about the world of robots through designing, building and programming the popular LEGO Mindstorms RCX robots. This course is for beginners or those with limited experience with RCX. Cost is $150.

The new “Advanced Robotics Engineering with the Mindstorms RCX,” intended for ages 8 to 14, demonstrates advanced programming skills and how to use robots to collect data in real-time experiments. This course is designed for students who have basic skills in building and programming the LEGO Mindstorms RCX robot. Cost is $150.

“The Science of Toys,” a new program for ages 6 to 10, will teach students fundamental physics and chemistry concepts using toys. The kids will use scientific inquiry and learn to think and work as scientists do, but with more gadgets and games to play with. Cost is $170.

For more information, contact Jack Samuelson, coordinator of outreach, at 8-6720.

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14. Entries for 2009 experts’ directory due tomorrow

Faculty who would like to be included in the Office of Marketing and Communication’s 2009 Experts’ Directory and Media Guide need to respond by Friday, Nov. 14. Faculty who are new to Marquette or have not previously been listed in the directory should submit their entry online.

Faculty who are already listed in the directory who would like to remain there do not need to re-submit. Faculty who would like to opt out or have changes to their listing should contact Amanda Gottheardt, office associate in the Office of Marketing and Communication, at 8-0298.

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15. Taizé Prayer service scheduled Monday

A Taizé Prayer service will be held Monday, Nov. 17, at 7:30 p.m. in the Chapel of the Holy Family, AMU.

Taizé Prayer is an ecumenical form of Christian prayer with meditative songs, reading Scripture, silent reflection and prayers of intercession. The environment is prayerful and informal — participants are invited to sit on the floor of the candle-illumined chapel. All faiths are welcome.

For more information, contact Rachelle Kramer, assistant director of campus ministry, at 8-3695.

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16. Flu shots available at Student Health Service, walk-in flu clinic

Student Health Service is offering flu shots Monday through Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cost is $30 by Visa, Mastercard, check or MU cash. Call 8-7184 to schedule an appointment.

The Marquette Neighborhood Health Center will also provide flu vaccines (shots or nasal spray) at a walk-in flu clinic, 1834 W. Wisconsin Ave., Tuesday, Dec. 2, 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 can bill some insurance providers for the cost. No appointment is necessary, but the vaccines will be administered first-come, first-served. Call the Marquette Neighborhood Health Center at 933-9100 for more information.

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17. Volunteers needed to serve Thanksgiving dinner

Volunteers are needed to serve a Thanksgiving dinner Thursday, Nov. 27, to students who are unable to go home for the holiday. Many of the 300 expected to attend the dinner are international students and their families. The dinner is provided in memory of Rev. William McEvoy, S.J., who first provided this annual dinner for students during the 1950s in the basement of the School of Dentistry.

Faculty, staff and administrators are needed between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. to greet guests, serve the meal and for some minor clean up. The dinner, which is served in the Cobeen Hall dining room, is sponsored by Campus Ministry with the assistance of Residence Life and Sodexho Food Service.

Contact Sue Niemi, administrative secretary in Campus Ministry, at 8-3685 by Nov. 21.

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18. Handmade German Christmas cards for sale next week

The Marquette Chapter of Delta Phi Alpha, the National German Honorary Society, will sell handmade German Christmas cards in Lalumiere Language Hall lobby from 5 to 8 p.m. Nov. 17 to 21. Cards will cost $2 for one card, $5 for three or $8 for five.

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19. 13th Street opens tomorrow, completes interchange

13th Street between St. Paul Avenue and Clybourn Street will open tomorrow, Nov. 14, to north and south traffic. It will also be open to access from the I-94 eastbound exit, north to Clybourn Street and south to St. Paul Avenue. Pedestrian access will also become available.

With this opening, the interchange will now be fully operational, with all ramp and lane work on the freeway and all local street work related to the project complete.

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20. TIAA-CREF representatives available for financial counseling

TIAA-CREF consultants will be available for one-on-one financial counseling sessions from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 18, and Wednesday, Nov. 19, in AMU 228.

Call 1-800-842-2005 to schedule an appointment.

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