1. Newly opened Marquette dental clinic holding open house

The Marquette University School of Dentistry will host an open house at its newly opened northside clinic Wednesday, Dec. 3, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Marquette University President Robert A. Wild, S.J., MUSOD Dean William K. Lobb and Mark Thomas, deputy secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, will speak during a brief program at 2:45 p.m. Guided tours of the new clinic will be offered.
The Marquette University Community Dental Clinic - North occupies approximately 5,000 square feet on the lower level of the Chase Bank building, 210 W. Capitol Dr.

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2. Forward Thinking Poster Session and Colloquy focusing on future research

The Office of the Vice Provost for Research and the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs will host a Forward Thinking Poster Session and Colloquy tomorrow, Dec. 2, from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the AMU ballrooms and rooms 227, 252 and 254. The event will celebrate upcoming collaborative faculty and student research from five colleges and 13 departments with 40 posters and 11 colloquy sessions.

A reception will be held from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Abstracts are available online and include research in the humanities, behavioral and cognitive sciences, social and economic sciences, engineering, computer and information sciences, education, math and physical sciences, medical and health sciences, nursing, business, law, biological and biomedical sciences, and interdisciplinary research.

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3. FCC commissioner to discuss transition to digital television

FCC Commissioner Michael J. Copps will hold a town hall meeting tomorrow, Dec. 2, in AMU Ballroom D, from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. about the DTV transition. This visit is part of an extensive nationwide initiative the FCC has launched to increase awareness about the upcoming transition to digital television leading up to the DTV transition Feb. 17, 2009.

The FCC has identified target television markets for specific DTV outreach, including all those markets in which more than 100,000 households or at least 15 percent of the households rely solely on over-the-air signals for television reception.

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4. Last chance to 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 by today, Dec. 1.

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5. Live nativity and tree lighting this week

Marquette students will participate in a 24-hour, live outdoor nativity scene from 10 p.m. tomorrow, Dec. 2, to 10 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 3, in front of Raynor Library to raise awareness about homeless and abandoned children. Organized by the resident assistants in Straz Tower, the program begins with Concert for the Kids at the St. Joan of Arc Chapel during the Tuesday evening 10 p.m. Mass. Donations accepted during the Mass and the nativity scene will support StandUp for Kids, a nationwide organization dedicated to helping homeless children.

Marquette’s annual Miracle on Central Mall will be Friday, Dec. 5, at 5 p.m. in front of St. Joan of Arc Chapel. This year’s theme is “A child is born: a time for new beginning.” The evening will include the tree lighting and blessing by Rev. John Naus, S.J., singing of Christmas carols, and reflections from Rev. Frank Majka, S.J., and Christine Ullstrup, manager of residential services at Meta House. The Golden Blues a capella choir will perform. Ornaments decorated by 18 student organizations will be displayed on the tree. A social will follow on the first floor of Cudahy Hall with hot cocoa and cookies.

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6. Rev. John Martis to speak at theology lecture

The Department of Theology will host a free lecture by Rev. John Martis, S.J., Thursday, Dec. 4, at 4 p.m. in the Raynor Library Beaumier Suites. Martis will present “The Subject Located Otherwise: Bridging Deconstruction and Phenomenology.” Refreshments will be provided.

Martis has served as principal of Jesuit Theological College, Melbourne, Australia; head of the Department of Philosophy at the United Faculty of Theology; and chair of Humanities for the Melbourne College of Divinity. His philosophical research interests are in subjectivity and especially the possibility of a postmodern subjectivity, as it relates to religious faith. He is the author of Philippe Lacoue-Labarthe: Representation and the Loss of the Subject.

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7. Musicians to perform holiday concerts

The Marquette University Liturgical Choir, Chorus, Men’s and Women’s Chorus and The Naturals will perform the seventh annual Lessons and Carols concert Friday, Dec. 5, at 7:30 p.m. at Gesu Church. The concert, “Silent Night,” will incorporate readings of Bible passages between musical pieces. The Marquette University Gospel Choir, Chorus, Orchestra and Band will also combine for a holiday celebration Sunday, Dec. 7, at 2 p.m. in the Varsity Theatre. Holiday music of various cultures will be performed, as well as traditional Christmas standards. Both concerts are free and open to the public.   

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

The Marquette Neighborhood Health Center will provide flu vaccines (shots or nasal spray) at a walk-in flu clinic, 1834 W. Wisconsin Ave., tomorrow, 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 (414) 933-9100 for more information.

Student Health Service is also 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.

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9. HIV testing and speaker highlight Worlds AIDS Day

The Center for Health Education & Promotion, in conjunction with Watumishi, will provide HIV testing Tuesday and Wednesday, Dec. 2 and 3, from noon to 2 p.m. in AMU 362 and 363. Information tables will also be available Tuesday through Thursday, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the AMU.  

Bob Bowers, founder of HIVictorious, will share his personal story of struggle, hope and survival Wednesday, Dec. 3, at 7:30 p.m. in Cudahy 001. Refreshments will be provided.  

For more information, call the Center for Health Education & Promotion at 8-5217.

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10. Fair trade products to be sold at holiday fair

Students groups JUSTICE and UBUNTU will co-sponsor the second annual Fair Trade Holiday Fair Wednesday, Dec. 3, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the AMU third floor ballrooms. Milwaukee-area shops will sell fair trade coffee, tea, chocolate, clothing, jewelry, beauty products, crafts, variety gifts and more.

Providers of all fair trade items guarantee that producers received a fair price and fair working conditions and that products are eco-friendly. For more information, contact Carlo Giombi.

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11. Women’s Wisdom Spirituality Group to hold information session

The Women’s Wisdom Spirituality Group will hold an information session Wednesday, Dec. 3, at 3:30 p.m. in AMU 233 to gather information from possible participants to help plan Lenten sessions. This group is an opportunity for undergraduate Catholic women to read and reflect on women’s voices in the Catholic tradition, past and present. For more information, contact Gretchen Baumgardt, assistant director of campus ministry, at 8-6873.

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12. Student photographers exhibiting at the Haggerty on Thursday

The HOPR 20 Miksang Photography class will hold an open photography showcase at the Patrick and Beatrice Haggerty Museum of Art on Thursday, Dec. 4, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Students in their second-year honors seminar have been learning about Miksang contemplative photography. The idea behind the practice is to capture a clear sense of perception, and to allow the photographers to see and appreciate things as they truly are.

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13. Apartment and facilities managers needed

The Office of Residence Life is accepting applications for apartment and facilities managers for the 2009-2010 school year. Managers are responsible for daily operations and administration of their designated apartment building or residence hall. Juniors, seniors and graduates with at least two years of work experience are encouraged to apply.

An information session will be held in the Campus Town East lounge, 1500 W. Wells, Thursday, Dec. 4, at 7 p.m.

For more information and to request an application packet, contact Dan Bergen, area coordinator for university apartments, 8-7281, or Dave Laur, residence hall director, at 8-6380.

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14. Pure Dance Marquette to host showcase performance

Pure Dance Marquette will host its fourth biannual showcase Thursday, Dec. 4, at 8 p.m. and Friday, Dec. 5, at 7 p.m. in the Tony & Lucille Weasler Auditorium. Dancers will perform a variety of jazz, lyrical, tap, ballet and hip hop numbers. Concessions, prizes and games will be in the lobby, along with roses that can be purchased for the dancers. The event is free.

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15. Meet Buzz Williams and players at Spirit Shop

Marquette community members will have the opportunity to meet Men’s Basketball Head Coach Brent “Buzz” Williams and players Friday, Dec. 5, from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Spirit Shop, AMU.

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16. Biological sciences department holding seminar

The Department of Biological Sciences will host a seminar Friday, Dec. 5, at 3:30 p.m. in Wehr Life Sciences 111. Dr. Dara Frank, professor of microbiology and molecular genetics at the Medical College of Wisconsin, will present “Genetic Approaches to Understanding the Pathogenesis of Francisella Tularensis.”

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17. Holiday Giving Tree gifts due Friday

The Holiday Giving Tree gifts are due Friday, Dec. 5, to the AMU Information Desk, Lalumiere 340, Rec Center or Rec Plex.

Marquette was able to provide 1,000 gifts with individuals taking tags and purchasing items, or from money or gifts collected on campus. Gifts will be provided to Ruth Hospice, Community Supportive Services, Trinity Village, Guadalupe Head Start Loyola, Guadalupe Head Start South, AIDS Resources of Wisconsin, PTO Allen Fields School and Vida Familiar.  

Contact Kathleen Hawkins, chair of MU volunteers, at 8-6838 for more information.

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18. Liturgical Choir auditions to be held next week

Auditions for the Marquette Liturgical Choir for the spring semester will be held Dec. 8-12. The group is open to all undergraduate and graduate students at the university. All faiths and ability levels are welcome. To schedule an audition time, contact Rachelle Kramer, assistant director of campus ministry.

The Liturgical Choir is a 50- to 60-member ensemble whose ministry is to provide music for the Sunday 4 p.m. liturgies at Gesu Church and other all-university liturgies on campus. The choir also performs two annual concerts and participates in parish outreach and service opportunities. Rehearsals are held Wednesdays from 5:15 p.m. to 7 p.m.

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