— February 7, 2008—
- Limited availability for Mission Week keynote tickets
- Day of Alms moved to today and tomorrow
- Submit justice and service photos
- Daily Reflection — “Faith and Justice: Stewardship of the Environment”
- College of Engineering hosting programs for kids, families and teachers
- Marquette hosting public roundtable about health care reform
- MUSG holding information session for upcoming elections
- Fair Housing Council to present tonight
- Tax information for international students
- MARDI GRAS hosting fish fry and masquerade ball
- Free food and movie at Lebanese Night
- Men’s basketball game showing at the Annex
- Capoeira club giving martial arts demonstration
- Reconciliation service to be held Monday
- Voluntary Simplicity Course to hold organizational meeting
- Relay for Life kick-off meeting includes free food
- Senior retreat open for registration
- Participants needed for stroke research study
1. Limited availability for Mission Week keynote tickets
Tickets for the Mission Week keynote event are almost gone. Tickets are available in Brooks Lounge, AMU first floor, with a limit of two tickets per Marquette ID, and are also available to the public. Standing room space may also be available today to attendees without tickets.
Soledad O’Brien of CNN will moderate the keynote panel about how faith affects moral decision-making involving contemporary world conflict. The panel, at 4 p.m. today, Feb. 7, in the Varsity Theatre, will include:
• Rev. Drew Christiansen, S.J., editor-in-chief of America magazine, former head of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Office of International Justice and Peace and lead staff person in the drafting of the U.S. Bishops' 1993 peace pastoral, The Harvest of Justice Is Sown in Peace.
• Dr. James Turner Johnson, professor of religion and associate member of the Graduate Department of Political Science at Rutgers University who focuses on the historical developments and moral traditions related to war, peace and the practice of statecraft, and is the author/editor of 14 books on the moral questions related to contemporary warfare.
• Rev. John Dear, S.J., former executive director of the Fellowship of Reconciliation (largest interfaith peace organization in the United States), Coordinator of Pax Christi New Mexico, noted peace activist, author/editor of 25 books on peace and justice and columnist for the National Catholic Reporter.
• Nicholas Coddington, former senior U.S. Army Intelligence officer with NATO Southern Region, senior officer deployed to Baghdad to establish the Iraqi Military Academy, and coordinator of humanitarian and crisis relief operations in the Balkans, Middle East, Northern/Central Africa, Central America and Southeast Asia.
2. Day of Alms moved to today and tomorrow
The Day of Alms, originally scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 6, has been rescheduled for today and tomorrow, Feb. 7 and 8. Collection boxes are located in many buildings and departments throughout campus. Collections will also be taken Friday in the AMU rotunda from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Marquette community members can also contact Ellen Blonski at 8-3684 to make a donation.
Donations benefit La Sagrada Familia, the Milwaukee Archdiocese’s sister parish in the Dominican Republic.
3. Submit justice and service photos
Marquette community members are invited to send photos of Marquette students, faculty, staff or alumni doing justice or service in the community for “The Big Picture Collage Project.” Digital images will be used to create a collage of Marquette-in-service images in the AMU rotunda and the best photos will be displayed on the Office of Mission and Identity Web site. Details are available on the Mission Week Web site.
4. Daily Reflection — “Faith and Justice: Stewardship of the Environment”
Children, the elderly, persons living in racially and/or economically segregated communities here in the United States, persons living in developing countries around the world – all are examples of groups with frequently enhanced vulnerability to the impact of our modern society on the environment. Issues such as release of toxins into the environment and the effect of energy usage on global warming require us to truly understand the interdependence between people, regardless of geographic borders, and the relationship of humans with the world that we inhabit. Environmental justice calls us to make responsible choices, to build institutions that support environmental sustainability and to be advocates for those most at risk. Faith doing justice leads us to an on-going commitment to live our lives consistent with this commitment to environmental stewardship. We can work for environmental progress as individuals, as members of specific faith communities, and through interfaith efforts. As noted by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops on the topic of global climate change, it "is not about economic theory or political platforms, nor about partisan advantage or interest group pressures. It is about the future of God's creation and the one human family. It is about protecting both 'the human environment' and the natural environment." (Global Climate Change: A Plea for Dialogue, Prudence and the Common Good, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, 2001, p.1).
~ Dr. Jeanne M. Hossenlopp
Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Chemistry
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5. College of Engineering hosting programs for kids, families and teachers
The College of Engineering will host “NXT — The next generation of Mindstorms” for ages 12 to 18 Saturday, Feb. 9, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Students will learn the fundamentals of designing, building and programming LEGO Mindstorms NXT robots.
Additional College of Engineering programs held by the college this semester include:
• Robotics Engineering for ages 8-12, March 1, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. — Students will learn the fundamentals of designing, building and programming LEGO Mindstorms RCX robots.
• Engineering is a Family Affair for ages 6 to 12 and parents, Feb. 29, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. A parent and child perform hands-on problem-solving activities in many engineering fields, including robotics. They also receive an electric circuit kit to continue experimenting at home.
• Engineering for Young Women for ages 13 to 18, April 12, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. — Young women will work together to experience the challenge and excitement of engineering. Engineering will be presented as a positive force in improving quality of life for all.
• Engineering for Educators, April 26, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. — K-12 teachers will learn how to integrate engineering concepts and lessons or clubs at their schools. Activities will include building spaghetti bridges, constructing electric circuits, launching water rockets and building Mindstorms robots.
• Robotics Engineering Saturday Series for ages 8 to 12, May 3, 10 and 17, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. — Students will design, build and program LEGO Mindstorms RCX robots.
Registration information is available online
6. Marquette hosting public roundtable about health care reform
Marquette will host a free, public roundtable on health care reform, “Health Care in Wisconsin: Where Do We Go from Here?” featuring legislators, health care representatives and businessmen. The discussion will take place Thursday, Feb. 14, from 9 to 11 a.m. in AMU Ballrooms A and B.
The panel, which will be moderated by Mike Gousha, distinguished fellow in law and public policy, will include:
- State Sen. Alberta Darling, R-Whitefish Bay
- Sen. Jon Erpenbach, D-Middleton
- Kevin Hayden, secretary of Wisconsin Department of Health and Family Services
- Steve Martenet, president of Anthem Blue Cross-Blue Shield
- David Riemer, J.D., an architect of Healthy Wisconsin and former director of the Wisconsin Health Project
- John Torinus, chairman of Serigraph, Inc.
- Dr. Nick Turkal, president and chief executive officer of Aurora Health Care
- Dr. Susan Turney, chief executive officer and executive vice president of Wisconsin Medical Society
The roundtable will cover the current state of health care in Wisconsin, how to make health care more affordable and accessible, what the government and the private sector can or should do to realize these goals, and whether a proposal like Healthy Wisconsin or other reform options are appropriate. The last half hour will be open to questions from the audience.
No registration is necessary.
7. MUSG holding information session for upcoming elections
An information session for MUSG elections will be held tonight, Feb 7, at 7 p.m. in the MUSG office, AMU 133.
Additional key dates for the election include:
• Election packets due Friday, Feb. 22, 5 p.m.
• Meet the Candidates Night, Tuesday, March 4, 7 p.m.
• Primary elections, Thursday, March 6
• Primary elections results news conference, Friday, March 7, 2 p.m.
• Debate, Tuesday, March 25, 7 p.m.
• Final election, Thursday, March 27
• Final election results news conference, Friday, March 28, 2 p.m.
Election packets are available in the MUSG office.
For more information, e-mail MUSG Communications Vice President Jillian Mertz.
8. Fair Housing Council to present tonight
Delta Xi Phi Multicultural Sorority will host a Fair Housing Council presentation today, Feb. 7, from 7 to 8 p.m. in Cudahy 001. The Metropolitan Milwaukee Fair Housing Council will provide information about fair housing, equal access to housing and racially and economically integrated housing patterns throughout Wisconsin.
The event is free and open to the public.
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9. Tax information for international students
The IRS will give a tax presentation for international students tomorrow, Feb. 8, at 2 p.m. in Cramer Hall 104J. No RSVP is needed.
For more information, contact the Office of International Education at 8-7289.
10. MARDI GRAS hosting fish fry and masquerade ball
The MARDI GRAS student organization will provide a New Orleans-style fish fry tomorrow, Feb. 8, from 6 to 8 p.m. in AMU 163. Food is limited to the first 50 people for a suggested donation of $3 to $5.
MARDI GRAS will also host a Masquerade Ball on Saturday, Feb. 9, at Marquette Place in AMU from 9 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. Tickets cost $7 and are available outside the Brew Bayou on Friday from 10 a.m. to noon, in the Brooks Lounge from noon to 11:30 p.m. and at the dance. Attendees who bring two non-perishable food items receive a free mask and beads.
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11. Free food and movie at Lebanese Night
The Office of International Education will host the Second Annual Lebanese Night tomorrow, Feb. 8, at 6:30 p.m. in AMU 407. Sponsored by Marquette’s Lebanese students, this event will include food, belly dancing and a Lebanese movie.
For more information contact the Office of International Education at 8-7289.
12. Men’s basketball game showing at the Annex
The Annex will provide fan giveaways, half-time prizes, the chance to win “the best seat in the house” and food specials for the men’s basketball game against Notre Dame on Saturday, Feb. 9. The Annex will open at 10 a.m. for the 11 a.m. game.
13. Capoeira club giving martial arts demonstration
The Grupo Maculele Capoeira student organization will provide a capoeira demonstration of dance-like martial arts Sunday, Feb. 10, at 8 p.m. in Mashuda Hall.
The event will include a demonstration and an opportunity for attendees to learn capoeira themselves. According to the club, this style originated among the slaves on Brazilian plantations as a way for them to practice fighting without alerting their masters to the practice.
14. Reconciliation service to be held Monday
University Ministry will sponsor a reconciliation service Monday, Feb. 11, at 7:30 p.m. in the Chapel of the Holy Family. A communal prayer service will begin the evening, followed by the opportunity for individual reconciliation.
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15. Voluntary Simplicity Course to hold organizational meeting
University Ministry will hold an organizational meeting Monday, Feb. 11, at 6 p.m. in AMU 254 for the semester-long, self-guided “Discussion Course in Voluntary Simplicity.” This course will explore wanting and spending less and being happier and more fulfilled in the process. The cost of the course is the $15 cost of the book.
For more information, contact Gerry Fischer or call 8-3687.
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16. Relay for Life kick-off meeting includes free food
Colleges Against Cancer will launch the third annual Relay for Life fund-raiser Tuesday, Feb. 12, at 7:30 p.m. with free food in AMU Ballroom E. Members of the Marquette community can create teams for the Relay for Life event, April 25 and 26.
Cancer survivors interested in participating should contact Hayley Ford.
For more information, e-mail Amanda Vargo.
17. Senior retreat open for registration
The Undergraduate Senior Retreat, Feb. 22 to 24 at the Pallotti Retreat Center in Elkhorn, helps students pause to discern their future. The cost is $45. Registration will remain open until Feb. 20 or until full.
18. Participants needed for stroke research study
Marquette researchers seek participants for a study examining causes for impaired locomotion in people with stroke.
Participants, who need to be at least six months post-stroke, will pedal a stationary bike while researchers record muscle activity from their legs. The time commitment is two three-hour sessions on weekdays. Opportunities for additional participation are also available. Sessions take place in the Department of Physical Therapy, Cramer Hall. Participants will receive monetary compensation.
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.
For more information about participating in the study, contact Dr. Sheila Schindler-Ivens, assistant professor of physical therapy, at 8-7282.
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