1. Graduation and Baccalaureate Mass are Dec. 13 and 14

Marquette’s December graduation ceremony will take place Sunday, Dec. 14, at 9:30 a.m. at the U.S. Cellular Arena. The program will include individual recognition of the candidates and remarks by Marquette President Robert A. Wild, S.J., a faculty speaker and a student speaker. The Baccalaureate Mass will be Saturday, Dec. 13, at 7:30 p.m. at Gesu Church, celebrated by Father Wild and other members of the Marquette Jesuit community.

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2. Register now for book discussion with Mission Week speaker

The departments of English and philosophy invite members of the Marquette community to a book discussion and lunch with Dr. Shirin Ebadi, Mission Week 2009’s keynote speaker, Thursday, Feb. 5, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in AMU 227. Reservations are required, with space limited to the first 75 people who respond to the Office of Special Events, 8-7431.

Ebadi’s first book, Iran Awakening: A Memoir of Revolution and Hope, will be the focus of the conversation. Copies of the book are available for purchase at the BookMarq.

In 2003, Ebadi became the first Iranian and first Muslim woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize. As the first female judge in Iran, Ebadi was stripped of her basic rights by religious revolutionaries, whom she once supported, who declared women unfit to serve as judges. Undaunted, she persevered as a human rights lawyer, defending women and children in controversial, politically charged cases.

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3. Course evaluations due Saturday

Course evaluations for fall 2008 classes must be completed by Saturday, Dec. 6. Students who have not yet completed their online evaluations should log in using their eMarq/CheckMarq username and password.  
All responses are anonymous. Instructors cannot see an individual’s response — only aggregated summary results. Instructors also cannot see the evaluation results until after final grades have been submitted to the registrar.

Additional information is available online.

This is an opportunity for students to reflect on the past semester and share their experiences to help make Marquette better. Evaluations are important to the continued improvement of classes and instructors at Marquette.

E-mail for more information.

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4. Career services providing access to national career fairs  

Students can access career fairs throughout the country through Marquette’s Career Services Center.

The Big East Internship & Co-op e-Fair allows students to submit their resume online to a variety of employers recruiting from Big East schools through Dec. 31.

Students can participate in Career and Internship Connections events in New York; Washington, D.C.; Chicago; Boston; and Los Angeles Jan. 5-9 for full-time and internship positions. A morning career fair is open to all undergraduates from the consortium schools.

Students can also meet with representatives from 130 organizations at the Big East Career Fair, March 13, 2009, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Madison Square Garden, New York. The fair is offered only for current students and alumni from Big East schools.

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5. Campus Ministry hosting worship opportunities today and Monday

Campus Ministry and Catholic Outreach will host Exposition and Advent Adoration today, Dec. 4. The Blessed Sacrament will be exposed until 6 p.m. today in the Eucharistic Chapel across from Campus Ministry, AMU. The Blessed Sacrament will also be exposed at 7 p.m. in the St. Joan of Arc Chapel and Evening Prayers (Vespers) will be said, after which there will be time for silent adoration. Praise and worship will begin about 8:15 p.m. with benediction at 8:45 p.m.

Campus Ministry will also sponsor Masses for the Feast of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, a holy day of obligation, Monday, Dec. 8, at noon, 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. in the Chapel of the Holy Family, AMU.

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6. OIE hosting holiday celebration and study breaks

The Office of International Education will mark the end of the semester with a celebration of the many holidays that fall in December and early January. The celebration will take place tomorrow, Dec. 5, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in AMU 407 and will include music, food and crafts from Hanukkah, St. Nicholas Day, Three Kings Day and Christmas. Children and adults of all ages are welcome to attend.

OIE will also sponsor study breaks Sunday, Dec. 7, and Tuesday, Dec. 9, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in AMU 407.

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7. Raynor Memorial Library extends hours for finals week

The second floor and lower level of Raynor Memorial Library and the bridge will be open from 7:45 a.m. to 2 a.m. from Friday, Dec. 5, through Thursday, Dec. 11; Friday, Dec. 12, from 7:45 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 13, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The library will be closed Sunday, Dec. 14, and will follow a separate schedule over the holiday break.     

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8. Public Safety offers vacant house watch over break

The Department of Public Safety encourages students residing in the nearby off-campus neighborhood to take advantage of its Vacant House Watch. Students can register their residences with Public Safety prior to leaving campus for Christmas break and DPS officers will monitor the vacant residences during routine patrols. The information provided to Public Safety remains strictly confidential.

Students must complete a form, which is available online, and return it to Public Safety by Monday, Dec. 22. Students concerned about leaving their vehicles unattended can also obtain free on-campus parking during the break. Students can register vehicles and obtain a parking pass with Parking Services after their last final exam. For more information, contact Parking Services at 8-6911.

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9. Winter O-Fest and Service Sign Ups approaching

The Office of Student Development will host Winter O-Fest and Service Sign-Ups on Wednesday, Jan. 14, from 4 to 6 p.m. in the AMU ballrooms. The event will be part of Winter Flurry Week, immediately following the semester break, and will offer students the opportunity to explore Marquette’s student organizations by talking to organization representatives and signing up for organizations. Campus and community service agencies will also be present.

Call the Office of Student Development at 8-7205 for more information.

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10. Liturgical ministry training for spring semester scheduled

Students interested in serving as lectors, Eucharistic ministers, altar servers, hospitality ministers or cantors at Campus Ministry Masses, are invited to attend Liturgical Ministry Training, Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2009, from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in the Chapel of the Holy Family, AMU. Registration begins at 4 p.m. Students who went through training in the fall do not have to attend.

Contact Gretchen Baumgardt, assistant director of Campus Ministry, for more information.

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11. Campus Renew to help students live their faith

Group meetings of Campus Renew, a small, Christian community experience that meets weekly to reflect upon the Sunday Scriptures, share faith and identify new ways to live faith, will begin in January. The cost to participate is $5.

More information and registration are available on the University Ministry Web site. Interested students should register by Thursday, Jan. 22.

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12. Triangle Fraternity hosting pancake breakfast

Triangle Fraternity will host a pancake breakfast Saturday, Dec. 6, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Triangle Fraternity House, 806 N. 15th St. Pre-sale tickets are $5 from any Triangle brother and $6 at the door. Proceeds benefit Habitat for Humanity.

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13. Women with fibromyalgia needed for research study

Women with fibromyalgia are needed to participate in a study of up to three research sessions of 60-90 minutes each in the Department of Physical Therapy. Appointments can be scheduled weekdays between 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. Sessions will involve volunteers using a pressure stimulus device and the effects of muscle contractions on sensation.

Interested women 18 to 45 years old should contact the laboratory of Dr. Marie Hoeger Bement, assistant professor of physical therapy, at 8-3634. Participants will be compensated.
The study has been approved by Marquette’s Institutional Review Board for the protection of human subjects. For more information about research participant rights, contact the Office of Research Compliance, 8-7570.

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