1. Today is last day for benefits enrollment, HRA completion

Today, Nov. 17, is the last day for employees to add or modify benefits for 2009, including electing health insurance, dental insurance, vision insurance, and enrolling in a flexible spending account. Employees are reminded that vision insurance must be elected separately for 2009, since it will no longer be part of the health insurance plan.

Today is also the last day for employees to complete the online questionnaire portion of their health risk assessment to qualify for the discounted health insurance premium. Employees will need their biometrics data and MU ID number (which they should use instead of their Social Security number). Employees who completed the biometrics screening on campus received both their data and an instruction sheet from the Aurora representative. Employees who saw their own health care provider for the biometrics screening need a copy of the necessary data (height, weight, cholesterol, blood pressure and glucose). Go online to complete the questionnaire.

Use MyJob to make benefits changes.

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2. Online course evaluation system begins this semester

Beginning this semester, MOCES, Marquette’s new online course evaluation system, will be used to evaluate most Marquette classes. MOCES allows students to complete their evaluations online quickly, easily and anonymously. When all final grades have been submitted, faculty will be able to log into MOCES to view their results.

Faculty will receive an e-mail from “Marquette Course Evaluation Manager” today, Nov. 17, with information about the evaluations. Students will receive an e-mail Wednesday, Nov. 19, with login information. Evaluations will be available for students to complete online from Wednesday, Nov. 19, through Saturday, Dec. 6.

Additional information, including FAQs, the evaluation schedule, a sample evaluation form and a sample in-class announcement are available online.

Contact Dr. Gary Levy, associate provost for institutional research and assessment, at 8-7906 or Alix Riley, managerial reporting specialist, at 8-8049 for more information.

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3. UPAF donors receive buy-one-get-one-free cards

Community Campaign participants who give $75 or more to UPAF receive UPAF’s signature donor benefit, the smART card. A $400 value, the smART card enables donors to buy one ticket and receive another ticket free-of-charge at each of 16 UPAF member groups. Performing arts tickets are also available to the Marquette department with the highest Community Campaign participation by Nov. 21.

The Community Campaign offers employees the opportunity to support Marquette Today, the United Way of Greater Milwaukee and the United Performing Arts Fund through Nov. 26. Donations can be made through the online giving form or paper pledge forms available by calling 8-0391.

Everyone who completes a Community Campaign pledge form will also 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 additional donation incentives.

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4. Author to argue that immigration threatens United States

The Law School’s Federalist Society and Hispanic Law Student Association will host “Should We End All Immigration, Legal and Illegal?” tomorrow, Nov. 18, from noon to 1 p.m. in AMU 157. Mark Krikorian, author of The New Case Against Immigration: Both Legal and Illegal, will argue that immigration, in all forms, threatens to cripple America. Debating him will be Ed Fallone, professor of law.

Lunch is included.

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5. Arab heritage celebration features music and dance

The Office of Student Development Intercultural Programs will sponsor a free Celebration of Arabic Music and Dance on Thursday, Nov. 20, beginning at 5:30 p.m. in the Weasler Auditorium. The program will feature music by Ali Lubbad, who received the 414 Milwaukee Music Award in 2008. Lubbad has performed throughout Milwaukee, including Arab World Fest and the Milwaukee Art Museum, blending Arabic, African and Western music styles. The program also features dance by Tamarind Tribal Belly Dance, whose improvisational style is inspired by the dances of North Africa, Spain, India and the Middle East.

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6. Several departments holding colloquiums this week

The Department of Psychology will hold a colloquium Thursday, Nov. 20, at 3:30 p.m. in Cramer Hall 038. Dr. Bronson Levin of the Cornerstone Counseling Center, will present “Forensic Practice and Why I Love It.”

The Philosophy Department will offer a seminar Thursday, Nov. 20, at 5 p.m. in Raynor Conference Center Beaumier Suite A. Dr. William McNeill, professor of philosophy at DePaul University, will present "The Hermeneutics of Everydayness: On Heidegger's Phenomenology of Dasein."

The Department of Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science will host a colloquium Thursday, Nov. 20, at 4 p.m. in Cudahy Hall 401. Dr. Vilas Menon, graduate student in the Department of Engineering Sciences & Applied Mathematics at Northwestern University, will present “A novel genetic algorithm to optimize state-dependent ion channel models.” Refreshments will be served at 3:30 p.m. in room 342.

The Department of Biological Sciences will have a seminar Friday, Nov. 21, at 4 p.m. in Todd Wehr Chemistry 121. Dr. Joseph P. Vogel, assistant professor of molecular microbiology at Washington University, will present “Legionella Pneumophila: An Intracellular Pathogen of Alveolar Macrophages.”

The Philosophy Department will also host a colloquium Friday, Nov. 21, at 5 p.m. in Raynor Conference Center Beaumier Suite A. Dr. David Schweickart, professor of philosophy at Loyola University Chicago, will present “Global Poverty: What Is to Be Done- and Why.”

The Department of Social and Cultural Sciences will provide a colloquium Friday, Nov. 21, at 3 p.m. in Lalumiere 198. Dr. Dawne Moon, assistant professor of sociology at the University of California, Berkeley, will present “Emotion Power: The Productive and Punitive Force of Emotions,” based on interviews and participant-observation with American Jews about anti-Semitism and its relationship to contemporary politics.

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7. Program to cover the Center for Research Libraries

Bernard Reilly, president of the Center for Research Libraries, will discuss new holdings and how research and teaching can benefit from Marquette’s membership access to CRL’s global resources Friday, Nov. 21, at 11:15 a.m. in the Raynor Library Beaumier Suites.

Since 1963 Marquette’s membership in the Center for Research Libraries has provided Marquette researchers with thousands of unique or rare items. Faculty are welcome to bring graduate students, as well.

RSVPs are appreciated, but not required, at 8-5213.

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8. New products in D2L to be presented Friday

The Center for Teaching and Learning and Information Technology Services will present “On the horizon — promising new products” Friday, Nov. 21.

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.

The final D2L sessions this semester will be “Presentations of D2L enhanced courses” Friday, Dec. 5.

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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9. Law School to hold information session

The Law School will host an information session for prospective students Friday, Nov. 21, 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. No registration is necessary.

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10. Submit requests for fall review sessions and exam classrooms

To reserve classroom space for fall 2008 review sessions prior to exam week, Dec. 8 to 13, faculty should complete the online Ad-Hoc Classroom Reservation Request Form. This form must also be used for those who want to give their final exam in a classroom other than the one assigned. A 24-hour advance notice is needed for these requests.

Contact Annette Conrad, associate director of AMU, for more information.

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11. Submit scholarly accomplishments to Compendium by Dec. 1

Faculty and staff with 2008 professional accomplishments, such as publications, presentations and awards that weren’t in the summer issue, should make sure they’re documented on the university’s News From You online resource by Monday, Dec. 1. Submissions will be used to compile the next issue of Compendium, which will be distributed this winter and will cover accomplishments from spring through early winter 2008.

Compiling these faculty accomplishments is an excellent way to let the campus community know about the great research taking place at Marquette and to allow fellow faculty to see opportunities for cross-disciplinary collaboration.

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12. Share Marquette at high schools over the holidays

The Office of Undergraduate Admissions invites faculty, staff and administrators to become Marquette Ambassadors. The Ambassador Program connects Marquette students to their high schools to share information about our university. The program has been expanded so that if employees are traveling for business or personal reasons, especially during the upcoming holidays, they can serve as Marquette advocates by dropping off an ambassador packet at the local high school.

Contact Molly Thompson, admissions counselor, for ambassador packets and additional information.

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13. Network gaming event all day Saturday

EagleCon, Marquette's only university-supported LAN (local area network) party, hosted by Eta Kappa Nu, will hold its semi-annual event Saturday, Nov. 22, from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Students, staff and the public provide their own desktop or laptop computers for a day of network gaming.

Admission is free, but registration is required.

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14. Troops in Iraq and Afghanistan to benefit from campus donations

The Helen Way Klingler College of Arts and Sciences Student Council & Any Soldier, Inc. are collecting personal hygiene products, snacks and other items to send to the troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. The drive will run until Monday, Nov. 24, with collection boxes in the Student Government Office in AMU, Arts & Sciences Office on the second floor of Marquette Hall, and at 2040 Lofts. Suggested items include paper/pens/envelopes, chapstick, Granola bars, powered drink mixes, crossword puzzle books, personal hygiene products, sunscreen, baby wipes and magazines.

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15. Time Warner Cable airing weekly Buzz Williams show

Inside Marquette Basketball with Buzz Williams is airing Tuesdays at 5 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. on Time Warner Cable Sports channel 32. The half-hour show is an in-depth look at the men’s basketball program, hosted by Dennis Krause. Every week will include Steve "Homer" True conducting one-on-one interviews with players in the "Up Close with Homer" segment.

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16. Turkey donations and volunteers needed for Thanksgiving

The Campus Kitchen is soliciting 100 turkey donations to help feed Milwaukee residents. Take Your Turkey To Work Day will be Wednesday, Nov. 19. Donors can call 8-0342 to have their turkey picked up during the day.

Employees can also donate a Pick ‘n Save gift card or canned goods. Volunteers are also needed to help cook, bake and bag Nov. 22-23. For more information, e-mail Jen Filz, Campus Kitchen coordinator.

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17. Medicare A, B and D to be discussed at information sessions

A representative from the Social Security Administration office will provide an overview of Medicare A, B and D plans and will discuss Social Security benefits and retirement age requirements from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in AMU 227 Tuesday, Nov. 18, and Monday, Nov. 24.

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