— January 24, 2008 —
- Jesuits elect new superior general
- Paul Maslin to discuss this year’s presidential campaign
- College of Professional Studies hosting meeting about offerings
- South Africa Program holding information session
- Change in study abroad deadlines
- Free tutoring offered in AMU
- Political collections now available online
- W-2 forms available beginning tomorrow
- Tuition tax deduction instructions needed for Form 1040
- University Ministry holding 1st Year Experience Retreats
- New student organizations hosting initial meetings
- Fraternities holding information session
- Discounted Milwaukee Wave tickets available
- Give blood, get a T-shirt
- Receive $5 gift card or cash to participate in study
- Flu shots still available at Student Health Service
1. Jesuits elect new superior general
Rev. Adolfo Nicolas, S.J., is the new superior general for the Society of Jesus. He was elected Saturday during the Jesuit General Congregation in Rome.
A native of Spain, Father Nicolas, 71, studied philosophy in Madrid before moving to Tokyo in 1960. He studied theology at Sophia University in Tokyo and was ordained a priest in 1967. He is the former Jesuit provincial of Japan and also served as director of the East Asian Pastoral Institute in Manila. Since 2004 Father Nicolas has been moderator of the Jesuit Conference of East Asia and Oceania. He speaks Spanish, Japanese, English, French and Italian.
Father Nicolas succeeds Peter-Hans Kolvenbach, who recently resigned, citing his age.
Marquette President Robert A. Wild, S.J., who first met Father Nicolas at the last General Congregation in 1995, described him as “a caring, gentle individual deeply committed to the Jesuit mission.” Father Wild said the new superior general has “an amazing capability to connect people,” as evidenced by his work in Asia and within the Jesuit community. He said Jesuits worldwide were excited and pleased about Father Nicolas’ election.
“All reports from the delegates of the General Congregation stress that the election of Father Nicholas was truly a work of the Holy Spirit in that they all experienced deep consolation as his name received more and more attention,” said Rev. James Flaherty, rector of the Jesuit Community Jesuit Residence.
According to the Catholic News Service, Father Nicolas called his election “a shock.” In his homily during a Mass of Thanksgiving in Rome Monday, he called on the more than 19,000 members of his order to strengthen their service to the poor. “As Christians, as Jesuits, as people of God,” CNS quoted him as saying, “we are called to serve. The more we serve, the more we please God.”
Prior to his work with the Jesuit Conference of East Asia and Oceania, Father Nicolas spent three years working with Filipino and other Asian immigrants at a poor parish in Tokyo. Some observers at this year’s General Congregation likened Father Nicolas to a former Jesuit superior general, Pedro Arrupe, who was himself Spanish and a former provincial of Japan.
Stephanie Russell, executive director of mission and identity, spent several days with Father Nicolas in the 1990s. She described him as “incredibly bright, compassionate, visionary and humble.”
2. Paul Maslin to discuss this year’s presidential campaign
Paul Maslin, political strategist, pollster and former adviser to New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson in his presidential campaign, is the next guest for “On the Issues with Mike Gousha.” Maslin will discuss this year’s presidential campaign and the reliability of political polls when he visits the Law School on Wednesday, Jan. 30, from noon to 1 p.m. in Eisenberg Hall, third floor of Sensenbrenner Hall.
3. College of Professional Studies hosting meeting about offerings
The College of Professional Studies will host an undergraduate information session for prospective students Wednesday, Jan. 30, from 5:45 to 7 p.m., in Cudahy Hall 414. The session will highlight the available bachelor’s degrees and information about the Saturday, weeknight and online course offerings, the application and admission process and financial aid options.
To register or for more information, go online or call 8-3153.
4. South Africa Program holding information session
The South Africa Service Learning Program will hold an information session Monday, Jan. 28, from 5 to 6 p.m. in AMU 227.
The program is a semester-long, international learning opportunity of rigorous academic studies and direct immersion in another culture, offering students insight into leadership qualities needed for a more peaceful world and positive change. The program is based in Cape Town, at the southern tip of Africa.
For more information, visit the South Africa Service Learning Program Web site.
5. Change in study abroad deadlines
The required Office of International Education forms for students planning to study abroad during the summer or fall 2008 terms, regardless of program, must be submitted to OIE no later than March 1. This includes non-Marquette programs. More information about deadlines is available on the OIE Web site.
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6. Free tutoring offered in AMU
Student Educational Services is offering free tutoring for most freshman- and sophomore-level courses beginning Monday, Jan. 28. Sign up in AMU 317.
7. Political collections now available online
The Department of Special Collections and Archives has completed processing collections from three Wisconsin politicians: Gov. Tommy Thompson and U.S. Reps. Clement Zablocki and Charles Kersten. The collections are now available online from Raynor Memorial Libraries.
The Thompson Collection contains photographs, memorabilia, audiovisual materials and records that detail Thompson’s participation in many state and national issues. The Zablocki papers document the political career of the U.S. representative from the 4th Congressional District (1949-83) who chaired the House Committee on International Relations/Foreign Affairs from 1977 until his death. The Kersten papers provide insight into the career of the representative from the former 5th Congressional District from 1947-48 and 1951-54.
8. W-2 forms available beginning tomorrow
W-2 tax forms for student employees will be available online via MyJob beginning tomorrow, Jan. 25. Employees can print their form, which is an acceptable copy for attaching to tax returns, from this Web page. Traditional paper forms are also being mailed to home addresses beginning Jan. 25. The post office asks employees to allow up to 10 days for receiving W-2 forms in the mail.
For more information about W-2 forms, e-mail the Payroll Department.
In addition to W-2s, MyJob centralizes other employee information in a single location and allows student workers to view and update personal information collected by the university as part of employment.
9. Tuition tax deduction instructions needed for Form 1040
Students, parents and employees who paid qualified tuition and fees and intend to claim the federal tuition tax deduction for calendar year 2007 will have to include the amount of tuition tax deduction on Form 1040. For line 34, “Tuition and fees deduction. Attach Form 8917,” claim the deduction for college tuition and fees by writing the letter “T” on the line and enter the eligible amount (for example, “T 4,000”). You cannot take this deduction on Form 1040 A.
The Internal Revenue Service’s Publication 970 details information about tax benefits and deductions needed to complete income tax forms.
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10. University Ministry holding 1st Year Experience Retreats
University Ministry will hold retreats Feb. 1-2 and 15-17 for first-year students to explore ways to keep their faith life growing and a part of everyday relationships.
Registration is now open. Space is limited.
11. New student organizations hosting initial meetings
The Marquette chapter of Invisible Children will hold its first general meeting Monday, Jan. 28, at 6:30 p.m. in AMU 163. Focusing on the civil war in Northern Uganda, Invisible Children aims to “improve the quality of life for war-affected children by providing access to quality education, enhanced learning environments, and innovative economic opportunities for the community.” A free Invisible Children documentary screening will be held Thursday, Jan 31, at 6:30 p.m. in the Varsity Theatre. Contact Kerstin Klein for more information.
Student Advocates for Health and Human Dignity, a new social justice and health organization, will hold its first meeting Monday, Jan. 28, at 8 p.m. in AMU Ballroom B. The organization will explore the injustices in health, health care as a human right, clinical care for the poor, health inequalities in Milwaukee and the relationship between history, economics, public policy and health outcomes. E-mail for more information.
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12. Fraternities holding information session
The Interfraternity Council will hold an information session today, Jan. 24, from 6 to 8 p.m. in the AMU ballrooms. Fraternity recruitment will be Jan. 28 to Feb. 2.
E-mail Stephen Austin for more information.
13. Discounted Milwaukee Wave tickets available
Straz Hall Council is offering discounted tickets to the Milwaukee Wave game against the Chicago Storm on Sunday, Jan. 27, at 2 p.m. The tickets are available for $3 per ticket if purchased ahead of time and $5 per ticket on Sunday. The group will meet in the lobby of Straz Tower at 1 p.m. and walk to the US Cellular Arena.
For tickets, e-mail Ryan McCauley.
14. Give blood, get a T-shirt
RHA’s annual blood drive with the Blood Center of Wisconsin will be held Wednesday, Jan. 30, from 2 to 7 p.m. in AMU Ballrooms C&D. A limited number of T-shirts will be given away and refreshments will be provided.
Contact RHA at 8-5851 to schedule an appointment or for information.
15. Receive $5 gift card or cash to participate in study
Volunteers are needed for a research study on forgiveness in romantic relationships. Participants must be at least 18 years of age and be involved in an exclusive romantic relationship for at least six months. At least one partner must be a Marquette student and both must be present to participate.
Participation will involve independently completing online questionnaires about transgressions that have occurred throughout the relationship (something hurtful your partner did to you or you to your partner) and how you and your partner responded to these transgressions.
Participation will take approximately 45 minutes at the Family Interactions Suite, third floor of the Academic Support Facility.
Each participant receives a $5 Best Buy or Borders gift card or $5 in cash.
Contact graduate student Patrick Gunderson, 8-5945, by Feb. 10 for more information.
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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16. Flu shots still available at Student Health Service
Student Health Service still has flu shots available while supplies last. For availability, costs and appointments, call 8-7184.
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