The 2008 Milwaukee Book Festival will start with a reading by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Richard Russo at 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 5, in the Tony and Lucille Weasler Auditorium. The reading is free and open to the public.
Prior to the reading, Marquette will host a private reception with Russo at 4:30 p.m. For $20, guests will receive a signed paperback copy of his latest novel, The Bridge of Sighs. For more information or to register for the event call (800) 344-7544 by Tuesday, Sept. 30.
Russo’s earlier novel, Empire Falls, won the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. It was later made into an HBO movie starring Paul Newman.
Students participating in the 5th Annual Honors Program Research Fair will present the results of their summer research Wednesday, Oct. 1, from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. in Cudahy 001. The fair includes short presentations, a poster session and light refreshments.
• Janine Amos, College of Engineering, “Salvadoran Natural Medicine and its Medicinal Effects”
• Megan Bartoszewski, Helen Way Klingler College of Arts and Sciences, “Research in Family Psychology: Triangulation from the Child’s Perspective”
• Charles Keenan, Helen Way Klingler College of Arts and Sciences, “In the Red: Poverty and Prosperity among the Renaissance Cardinals”
• Tim Kirberg, J. William & Mary Diederich College of Communication “Advertising Influences on Brand Equity Through Symbolic Communication”
• Laura Korthauer, Helen Way Klingler College of Arts and Sciences, “Physiological Sciences”
• Emily Krueger, Helen Way Klingler College of Arts and Sciences, “Spanish-Speaking Voters in Milwaukee: Population-Specific Campaign Tactics at the Local, State and National Levels”
• John Marrin, Helen Way Klingler College of Arts and Sciences, “Liberation Theology in the New Latin American Context”
• Jasmine Zapata, College of Health Sciences, “Mechanism of Chlorpyrifos Induced Neurotocity”
Call 8-7431 to register.
The Office of Public Affairs, the Les Aspin Center for Government and the Law School are hosting “The Way Forward,” interactive forums leading up to the Nov. 4 general election. The series will examine the way forward for our nation on several topics.
Mike Gousha, distinguished fellow in law & public policy, will moderate town hall events featuring panels of experts. “U.S. Involvement in Foreign Affairs” will be held Wednesday, Oct. 1, at 5:30 p.m. in the AMU ballrooms. The panel will include:
• Dr. Jeffrey Drope, assistant professor of political science
• Dr. Barrett McCormick, professor of political science and interim director of Marquette’s Initiative for Human Rights, Leadership and Advocacy
• Dr. Robert Ricigliano, director of the Institute of World Affairs and Peace Studies Program at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and adjunct professor of communication
• Dr. Wolfgang Schmidt, chair of the Governor’s Commission to the United Nations and chair of the Advisory Board to University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s Institute of World Affairs
• Dr. Peter Toumanoff, associate professor of economics
The next forum of the series will be “Politicking, Polls and Public Perception: Behind the Scenes of Campaign Advertising,” Wednesday, Oct. 22, at 5:30 p.m. in the AMU ballrooms.
The final forum will feature a live radio broadcast with WPR’s Kathleen Dunn on Thursday, Oct. 30, at 9 a.m. in the AMU ballrooms.
For more information, contact the Office of Public Affairs at 8-7491.
Rev. Michael Maher, S.J., chair of the History Department at Gonzaga University, will present the 2008 Ciszek Lecture, “A Jesuit Education: Some Reflections from the Writings of St. Ignatius,” Thursday, Oct. 2, at 7:30 p.m. in the Raynor Library Beaumier Suites. Maher will examine three themes that have their foundation in St. Ignatius’ Spiritual Exercises.
The lecture is co-sponsored by the Knights of Columbus at Marquette University, Raynor Memorial Libraries’ Walter J. Ciszek Catholic Spirituality Collection and the Department of History.
The College of Business Administration’s Department of Marketing will host a Marketing Roundtable Symposium on Global Strategic Marketing on Friday, Oct. 3, from 9 a.m. to noon at the Wisconsin Club, 900 W. Wisconsin Ave. Marketing executives from Fiskars, Harley-Davidson, Johnson Controls and Snap-On Tools will make presentations about how to cultivate a competitive edge in international markets and answer questions from the audience.
RSVP by Tuesday, Oct. 1, by calling the Wisconsin Club at 414-271-7510.
The J. William & Mary Diederich College of Communication will sponsor the Diederich Visiting Scholar Program Tuesday, Oct. 7, at 4 p.m. in AMU 227. George Cheney, director of peace and conflict studies and director of the Barbara L. and Norman C. Tanner Center for Nonviolent Human Rights Advocacy, will present “Just a Job? Communication, Ethics and Professional Life.” Cheney, an organizational communication scholar, will discuss how our approach to ethics frames how we deal with ethics in professional life.
This lecture is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Rose Richard, assistant dean of the Diederich College, at 8-3448.
Marquette’s Kohler Center for Entrepreneurship is accepting submissions for its 2009 Business Plan Competition. The center will host information sessions about the competition at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 8, and Tuesday, Oct. 14, in Straz Hall 265.
The deadline for submissions, which require completing an entry form and answering three questions, is Monday, Nov. 3. 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.
The Milwaukee Police Department has arrested two suspects in connection with two off-campus robberies involving Marquette students that occurred last weekend.
According to MPD, the suspects were apprehended in connection with another robbery on the northwest side of Milwaukee. Police recovered personal property belonging to a Marquette student, linking the suspects to the Marquette incident.
Police officials believe the robberies were random acts throughout the city.
Faculty and staff with 2008 professional accomplishments, such as publications, presentations and awards that aren’t in the summer issue, should make sure they’re documented on the university’s News From You online resource. 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.
The Office of Marketing and Communication monitors local, state and national media coverage involving Marquette University news, faculty, staff, students and alumni. OMC distributes a synopsis of the media coverage through News Clips three times per week via e-mail. Marquette faculty and staff who would like to be added to the distribution list should e-mail News Clips.
Opportunities are available for regular and adjunct faculty to participate in the Honors Program curriculum for 2009-2010.
As a university-wide program, students from all colleges participate in the Honors Program, and proposals from all disciplines are welcomed. Lower level honors seminars involve a stipend while upper level seminars involve a course "buy out."
The deadline for course proposals is Friday, Oct. 3. For more information or a copy of the proposal invitation, contact Maria Cooper, assistant director of the Honors Program.
Moon Over Buffalo, a comedy about a washed-up stage couple trying to break into Hollywood movies in the 1950s, opens today, Sept. 25, and runs through Sunday, Oct. 5. Performances are scheduled:
• Thursday, Sept. 25, through Saturday, Sept. 27, at 7:30 p.m.
• Sunday, Sept. 28, at 2:30 p.m.
• Wednesday, Oct. 1, through Saturday, Oct. 4, at 7:30 p.m.
• Sunday, Oct. 5, at 2:30 p.m.
Tickets range from $5 to $18 and can be purchased through the theatre box office at 8-7504. Discounted tickets are available for senior citizens and Marquette students.
Dr. Rob Shelledy, adjunct professor of political science and the Archdiocese of Milwaukee’s coordinator for social justice, will lead a discussion on questions surrounding Catholic belief, politics, voting and citizenship Wednesday, Oct. 1, at 7:30 p.m. in the Raynor Library Beaumier Suites.
The discussion is part of the ongoing Catholicism 101 series sponsored by Campus Ministry. Light refreshments will be served.
The Department of Social and Cultural Sciences will hold a colloquium tomorrow, Sept. 26, at 3:30 p.m. Dr. Darren Wheelock, assistant professor of social and cultural sciences, will present “Juror Disqualifications, Citizenship and Diffusion of Law.”
The Department of Chemistry will hold a colloquium tomorrow, Sept. 26, at 4 p.m. in Todd Wehr Chemistry 121. Dr. Jaime Grunlan, assistant professor of mechanical engineering at Texas A&M, will present “Layer-by-Layer Assembly of Multifunctional Thin Films.”
The College of Engineering’s Engineering Outreach Program will hold several new and returning programs for children this fall.
“Engineering…It’s a Girls Thing,” a program for girls ages 6 to 11, will be held Saturday, Oct. 18, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Girls learn how science and engineering helps protect people in a car crash. They will also build an electric circuit, a robot and a bridge out of pasta.
“Physics Series: Energy,” a program for ages 12 to 18, will be held Thursday, Oct. 30, and Friday, Oct. 31, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Participants learn how roller coasters store energy, how energy is transferred in a car crash and why a bowling ball dropped on your foot hurts more than a baseball.
Additional programs offered later this fall and winter are:
• “Physics Series: Mechanics,” for ages 12 to 18 to learn physical laws as they build LEGO models.
• “Advanced Robotics Engineering with the Mindstorms RCX,” for ages 8 to 14 to collect data in real-time experiments using robots.
• “The Science of Toys,” for ages 6 to 10 to learn fundamental physics and chemistry concepts using toys.
• “Advanced Robotics Engineering with the Mindstorms RCX: Saturday Series,” for ages 8 to 14 to learn advanced programming skills with robots.
• “Shrinking, Stretching, Oozing and Bouncing — the World of Polymers,” for ages 8 to 12 to construct, explore and understand plastics.
• “Engineering with the Grandchildren,” for ages 8 to 13 and their grandparents to address hands-on problem-solving activities such as the egg-car crash test, pasta bridge contest and robotics challenge.