Dr. Shirin Ebadi, the first Muslim woman and first Iranian to receive the Nobel Peace Prize (2003), will speak at 4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 5, 2009, in the Varsity Theatre for the annual Mission Week celebration. Her address will keynote this year’s Mission Week theme, “iAct: Consequences of Faith.”
As the first female judge in Iran, Ebadi was stripped of her basic rights by religious revolutionaries but continues to work as a human rights lawyer and outspoken public voice for women and children. A woman of faith with international influence, she is the author of Iran Awakening: One Woman's Journey to Reclaim Her Life and Country and Refugee Rights in Iran.
For more information or to assist with Mission Week 2009, contact the Office of Mission and Identity at 8-1881.
The i-SPECTM Q-100 Handheld Biodiesel Analyzer, developed by Paradigm Sensors, LLC, with technology acquired from Marquette, will be honored by R&D Magazine as one of the most technologically significant products of the year today, Oct. 16, at the 46th Anniversary R&D Awards in Chicago.
Technology for the i-SPECTM Q 100 was developed at the College of Engineering under the direction of Dr. Martin Seitz, professor of electrical and computer engineering and director of the Center for Materials Science Technology. Investors have seized on the potential of the i-SPECTM to revolutionize biodiesel testing. Past winners of the award have included the flashcube (1965), the automated teller machine (1973), the halogen lamp (1974), the fax machine (1975), the liquid crystal display (1980), Taxol anticancer drug (1993) and HDTV (1998).
Raj Patel, agricultural scholar and author of the book Stuffed and Starved: the Battle for the World Food System, will address “The World Food Crisis: How did it get so bad and why should we care?” on Thursday, Oct. 23, at 7 p.m., in Cudahy Hall 001. The speech is free and open to the public.
To discover the reasons why half the world is malnourished and the other half obese, Patel conducted a global investigation from the deserts of Brazil and protester-packed streets of South Korea to bankrupt Ugandan coffee farms and the barren fields of India. In his book, Patel explains the steps he sees as necessary to regain control of the global food economy.
His visit is sponsored by the university’s Manresa Project and the Office of International Education.
James J. Mulva, chairman and chief executive officer of ConocoPhillips, will present “Building America’s Energy Future” at The Business Leaders Forum on Wednesday, Oct. 29, at 11:15 a.m. in the AMU ballrooms. Mulva is a director for General Electric, a member of The Business Council and on the board of visitors for the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. ConocoPhillips is the third-largest oil company in the United States and fifth-largest refiner in the world.
Register by calling 8-7431 by Wednesday, Oct. 22. Cost is $40 per person.
The Business Leaders Forum is presented by the College of Business Administration.
The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering will hold a colloquium Tuesday, Oct. 21, at 3 p.m., in Olin Engineering Center 202. James Daly, of the Fitzergy Corporation, will present “Rack that Power — Real World Examples and the Future of Sustainable Energy.” A reception will be held at 2:30 p.m. in room 204.
The Integrative Neuroscience Center will host Dr. Jane Cavanaugh, assistant professor of pharmacology at Duquesne University, for “Got ERK? Pathways to Neuronal Survival,” Tuesday, Oct. 21, from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in Cramer Hall 004E.
The Manresa Project is seeking nominations for the 2009 First Year Reading Program. Since 2009-10 will celebrate the 100th anniversary of women attending Marquette University, Manresa is looking for a text that fits with the themes of access to education, opening doors to opportunity, the positive presence of women in all aspects of society and social justice. In addition, nominated texts should:
• be a relatively short narrative (no greater than 300 pages), preferably fiction
• be compelling for student participation and academically appropriate for faculty participation
• enable students to reflect on their own gifts, talents and values as a means of defining their own identity
• be able to tangibly connect to orientation, classes and Manresa Project programming
Send nominations to Mary Ferwerda, assistant director of the Manresa Project, by Monday, Oct. 20.
Nominations are open for December graduation ceremony senior speaker. All seniors graduating in December who are excellent speakers and effectively represent Marquette University are eligible. Nominations can be made online until 10 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 22. E-mail Megan Ward, senior speaker coordinator, for more information.
Marquette Place will hold a Grand Re-opening Fall Celebration on Monday, Oct. 20, from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the AMU. Free menu samples, music and prizes (dining gift certificates, iPod and others) will be provided. Natural Smart Market will also offer samples and a gift bag drawing.
Menu samples will include Asian cabbage salad, breaded mushrooms, sushi, slow-cooked spicy beef, Italian beef salad and raspberry lemonade.
Braised pork and fry bread will also be “display cooked” in the Lunda Room in preparation for Native American Heritage Month.
The Midwest Service Leaders Conference, Nov. 7-9 at Marquette, is a student-led regional conference intended to help students develop skills, passion and knowledge to inspire meaningful service projects at their campuses.
Students from Midwestern universities, colleges and technical colleges who are leaders in service learning and community service programs network, share suggestions, and learn new ideas. The conference also provides information about changing social injustice, successful leadership strategies, recruiting and retaining volunteers, developing community partnerships, and leading reflections.
Cost is $75 and includes the conference and three meals. Registration deadline is Friday, Oct. 24.
For more information, contact Kalyn Gigot, Midwest Service Leaders Conference coordinator, at 8-3264.
Campus Ministry will hold a “Finding God in All Things” retreat Oct. 24-26. The retreat offers undergraduate students, regardless of religious affiliation, an opportunity to slow down, reflect and grow in their individual spirituality. The retreat will take place at Camp Whitcomb/Mason, in the wilderness beside a lake. Cost is $45. Sign up online by Monday, Oct. 20.
Space is limited.
Learn how to handle your personal finances at the Office of the Bursar's Smart Money Seminar next week. Ammar Askari, vice president of retail banking and community education for Marshall and Isley Bank, will present “Personal Finance 101,” lessons on checking accounts, saving, investing and budgeting, Wednesday, Oct. 22, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. in AMU Ballroom B. Askari will also speak on “Everything You Need to Know about Credit,” information about credit cards, how to read a credit report and why good credit is so important, Thursday, Oct. 23, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. in AMU 252.
For more information, contact the Office of the Bursar at 8-7157.
The Association of Marquette University Women and the Student Alumni Network will sponsor the 38th annual Supper for 12 Strangers Saturday, Nov. 8, and Sunday, Nov. 9. All students are invited for an evening of conversation and a home-cooked meal in the home of a Marquette alum, faculty or staff member. Register as a group of friends or go solo and make some new friends.
Registration deadline is Wednesday, Oct. 29. For more information and to register, e-mail Alumni Relations or call 8-3353.
The Law School will hold an Admissions Information Seminar on Saturday, Oct. 18, from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. in Sensenbrenner Hall (use the 11th Street entrance). The seminar will cover curriculum, admissions, Law School Admission Test, application, financial aid and enrollment options.
Register online by calling the Law School 8-6767.
The Office of Student Development is looking to fill four leadership positions for Preview and New Student Orientation — community coordinator, family coordinator, personnel coordinator and special events coordinator. Applications are available online and require essay question responses, a resume and two references. All application materials must be submitted by Friday, Oct. 24, at 4:30 p.m. to AMU 329. Contact Julie Murphy for more information.
Applications are also available for six positions involving the 2009 Women’s Leadership Conference — Logistics Committee co-chairs, Publicity Committee co-chairs, and Programs and Speakers Committee co-chairs. Applications are available online and must be submitted by 4:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 24, to AMU 121. Contact Dorothy Jenke, Mary Kate Wagner or Kate Trevey for more information.
The Department of Public Safety will hold a free self-defense class Monday, Oct. 20, at 5 p.m. in the AMU Henke Lounge. The class incorporates a hands-on approach and effective techniques with simple strategies for escaping potentially dangerous situations.
DPS will hold another self-defense class Monday, Nov. 10, at 5 p.m. in AMU 227.
Register by calling DPS at 8-6800.
Sigma Chi will hold its annual philanthropy week, Derby Days, Monday, Oct. 20, through Friday, Oct. 24. Events will be held throughout the week by the library bridge, such as Pie-A-Sigma-Chi, Sigma Chai, derby dogs cookout, and a dunk tank. Proceeds will benefit the Huntsman Cancer Foundation and the Children's Miracle Network. Marquette Cash will be accepted.
Contact Jake Schlater, 513-535-4194, for information.