1. Today’s Casper Lecture to address terrorist threat of North Korea

Dr. Bruce Cumings, chair of the history department at University of Chicago, will present “North Korea: Still in the axis of evil?” at 7:30 p.m. today, Nov. 6, in Cudahy 001.

As the Rev. Henry W. Casper, S.J., lecturer, Cumings will share his insights on the U.S. State Department’s recent decision to remove North Korea from the U.S. list of state sponsors of terrorism.

Cumings is the Gustavus F. and Ann M. Swift distinguished service professor in history at the University of Chicago. His books include The Origins of the Korean War, volumes one and two; War and Television; North Korea: Another Century; and Dominion from Sea to Sea: Pacific Ascendancy and American Power.

The annual Casper Lecture was started by the Marquette history department in 1993 to honor Rev. Henry W. Casper, S.J., a long-time member of the history departments at Creighton University, Omaha, and at Marquette.

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2. Helping children cope with death is topic of nursing lecture

Dr. Betty Davies, professor of family health care nursing at the University of California, San Francisco, will present "When Someone is Dying: Helping the Children," for the James Wake Memorial Lecture. The lecture, which is free and open to the public, will be delivered Friday, Nov. 14, at 4:30 p.m. in Emory Clark Hall 111. A reception will follow.

Davies’ current research focuses on two studies funded by the National Institutes of Health to examine the experiences of Chinese and Latino families in pediatric palliative care and to explore the experiences of fathers of seriously ill children. She is director of a training grant that prepares acute-care pediatric nurse practitioners to have an end-of-life focus and is on the professional advisory board of George Mark Children's House in San Leandro, Calif., the first children's hospice in the United States.

Davies also helped establish North America's first free-standing children's hospice in Vancouver, British Columbia. She has published more than 100 articles and two books and received the 2008 distinguished career achievement award from the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association.

The lecture is presented by the Institute for End of Life Care Education at Marquette’s College of Nursing in memory of James Wake, husband of former Marquette Provost Madeline Wake, who is now university professor. Wake was a chaplain who devoted his career to helping others through social work and chaplaincy.

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3. Marquette receives four Pride of CASE V awards

Marquette was honored with four awards from this year’s Pride of CASE V Awards Program. CASE V is region V of the Council for Advancement and Support of Education, which includes Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin.

The awards were for:
• Gold Award for Best Collaborative Program — CIRCLES Program (network of alumni, parents and friends based on the industries in which they work)
• Silver Award for Excellence in Research/Scientific/Medical Writing, Series — Discover: Marquette University Research and Scholarship
• Bronze Award for Excellence in Special Events, Individual Event — Groundbreaking for Eckstein Hall
• Bronze Award for Best Viewbook — We Are Marquette: Your College Preview

The judging for the Pride of CASE V Awards Program was conducted by advancement professionals representing institutions throughout the country.

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4. Electrical engineering and neuroscience to hold colloquiums

The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering will hold a colloquium Tuesday, Nov. 11, at 3 p.m., in Olin Engineering Center 202. Dr. Sheikh Iqbal Ahamed, associate professor of mathematics, statistics and computer science, will present “Towards a Secure Middleware for Ubiquitous/Pervasive Computing.”

The Integrative Neuroscience Center will host Dr. Allison Hyngstrom, assistant professor of physical therapy, for “Active Integration of Movement-Related Synaptic Inputs by Spinal Motoneurons,” Tuesday, Nov. 11, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. in Cramer Hall 004E.

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5. Learn about physician assistant field at open house

The Physician Assistant Studies Program in the College of Health Sciences will host an open house Tuesday, Nov. 11, at 5 p.m. in room 201 of the 1700 Building to provide information about the program.

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6. Program to address Luther’s interpretation of the Old Testament

Dr. Mickey Mattox, associate professor of historical theology, will present “Clavis Scripturae Sacrae: Experience of the Holy Trinity in Martin Luther’s Interpretation of the Old Testament,” Thursday, Nov. 13, at 3:30 p.m. in Cramer Hall 004E. The program is free and open to the public and geared for both Protestants and Catholics.

The presentation will address Luther’s interpretations of the experiences of the Old Testament “saints” from his career as "doctor in Biblia" at Wittenberg University.

The event is co-sponsored by the Marquette Scripture Project and the Colloquium in Reformation Theology.

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7. Jesuit to explain Catholic Mass

Rev. Edward Mathie, S.J., director of Campus Ministry, will present Catholicism 101: The Mass, Thursday, Nov. 13, at 6 p.m. in the Chapel of the Holy Family, AMU. The program is intended to deepen attendees’ understanding of the Mass, whether they have a great deal of experience with it or none.

The Catholicism 101 series focuses on topics related to Catholic belief and is sponsored by Campus Ministry.

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8. Application fee waived for Graduate School open house attendees

The Graduate School will host an open house for prospective graduate students Thursday, Nov. 13, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the AMU ballrooms. Tours of the campus will be offered at 4 p.m. and the main event begins at 5 p.m. Participants will have the opportunity to speak with program representatives.

The $50 application fee is waived for open house attendees.

Register by Tuesday, Nov. 11.

For more information, contact Carl Wainscott, assistant director for recruitment.

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9. Women’s and Gender Studies to start next fall

The Women's and Gender Studies program, previously called “Women’s Studies,” is launching its new program in fall 2009. This interdisciplinary program will include a revised introductory course and a new capstone course that will include a community service component.

Students from any college in the university interested in learning more about the benefits and the structure of a WGST major (stand-alone or to complement another major) and how it might fit into their academic plan should contact Dr. Amelia Zurcher, co-director of the program.

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10. Public safety offering self-defense class Monday

The Department of Public Safety will hold a free self-defense class Monday, Nov. 10, at 5 p.m. in AMU 227. The class incorporates a hands-on approach and effective techniques with simple strategies for escaping potentially dangerous situations for both males and females.

Register by calling DPS at 8-6800.

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11. Make your own “Late Night” tomorrow

The Office of Student Development will host “Make Your Own Late Night” at the AMU from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Friday, Nov. 7. Tumbleweed the Clown, better known to students as Father Naus, will make balloon animals in the AMU Marquette Place.

Other activities include tie-dye, pottery painting, origami, decorate your own cookies, trucker hats, science experiments, cooking demonstrations and crafts. Plain, white T-shirts will be provided to students to tie-dye, but they can bring their own items such as socks or pillowcases, as well.

Students can learn more by joining the Late Night Facebook group or listserv by texting LN MU to 39649.

For more information, contact the Office of Student Development at 8-7205.

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12. Alpha Phi hosting all-you-can-eat tacos

Alpha Phi Sorority will host Alpha Phiesta, an all-you-can-eat taco event, Friday, Nov. 7, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the 2040 Lofts lobby. Cost is $5 per person.

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