The College of Health Sciences has received a $4 million “Early Reading First” grant from the U.S. Department of Education to fund the Wisconsin Reading Acquisition Program. It’s the largest research award received by the College of Health Sciences and the largest three-year research grant for Marquette.
WRAP is a collaboration between Marquette and Day Care Services for Children Inc., a Head Start agency, and will serve 300 at-risk, low-income 3- and 4-year-old children from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds. It is led by Drs. Maura Moyle and Brenda Gorman, assistant professors of speech and pathology, and Sue Berman, clinical instructor of speech pathology and audiology.
The grant supports literacy materials, professional development for teachers and a parent component that encourages vocabulary acquisition efforts at home. The goal is to improve children’s oral language, written language awareness, alphabet knowledge, verbal reasoning abilities, analytical thinking and English language skills.
The relationship between government and faith-based organizations will be the topic of Jay F. Hein, former director of the White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives, at an “On the Issues with Mike Gousha,” luncheon Tuesday, Sept. 23, at 12:15 p.m. in the AMU Ballroom.
Hein is CEO of the Foundation for American Renewal, a public charity aimed at strengthening the nation's nonprofit sector and advancing innovative solutions to pressing social needs. During his tenure as an adviser to President Bush, he helped lead several presidential initiatives and provided oversight over a dozen federal agencies responsible for growing government partnerships with faith-based and grassroots nonprofit organizations. Hein left his position at the White House just weeks ago.
Call 8-7431 to register.
Rev. Robert Doran, S.J., professor and Emmett Doerr Chair in Catholic Systematic Theology, will present “The Non-Violent Cross: Lonergan and Girard on Redemption” for the annual Doerr Chair Lecture on Thursday, Sept. 25, at 4 p.m. in Cudahy 001. Bernard Lonergan's notion of the law of the cross will be related to Rene Girard's notion of mimetic violence. Doran will examine the extent that Girard has illuminated both the evils from which we are redeemed by the law of the cross and the good that results from that redemption.
Milwaukee County Judge Maxine White will be a guest for “On the Issues with Mike Gousha,” Thursday, Sept. 25, at 12:15 p.m. in Sensenbrenner Hall 325.
Born the daughter of sharecroppers in the Mississippi delta, White was a standout student at Marquette University Law School and has received numerous awards and honors. She is now a judge in the civil division of the Milwaukee County Circuit Court and is the new president of the Wisconsin Association of African-American Lawyers. White will discuss her career, the community and the pursuit of justice, as well as take questions from Gousha and the audience.
Author Robert Ellsberg will present “Dorothy Day: A Radical, a Journalist, a Saint for Our Time,” at the Nieman Lecture on Thursday, Oct. 2, at 4 p.m. in the Beaumier Conference Center of John P. Raynor, S.J., Library.
Ellsberg, who recently edited The Duty of Delight: The Diaries of Dorothy Day, will be available before the presentation to sign copies of the book, which will be available for sale for $42. Before the free, public event, tours of the Dorothy Day-Catholic Worker Collection will be provided from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Marquette University Archives on the third floor of Raynor Library.
The Duty of Delight: The Diaries of Dorothy Day was published by the Marquette University Press to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the first issue of The Catholic Worker newspaper. Day, who died in 1980, had specified that her diaries and family correspondence be sealed for 25 years after her death. In 2004, Marquette’s archival staff selected Ellsberg, publisher of Orbis Books, to edit the Day diaries project. Ellsberg was part of The Catholic Worker community in New York City for five years and served as managing editor of The Catholic Worker. He edited Dorothy Day: Selected Writings and Fritz Eichenberg: Works of Mercy and also co-edited A Penny a Copy: Readings from The Catholic Worker. While biographical and spiritual information about Dorothy Day is widely available, the diaries show the human, everyday side of Day, according to Matt Blessing, head of special collections & university archives.
Eight million dollars of the $70 million bond issue approved by the Marquette Board of trustees last spring will be used to help finance renovation of the facility at 1628 W. Wisconsin Ave., formerly known as the Marquette Apartments, into a suite-style residence hall.
Originally the bond issue was to provide bridge financing for construction of Eckstein Hall, the new Law school facility, and construction of a parking garage on West Clybourn. Tom Ganey, university architect, advised the Board of Trustees last week that initial soil tests on the site for the proposed parking garage indicated weak soil bearing capacity and that construction costs for a structure on this site would exceed original estimates. Therefore, the $8 million funding originally planned for the parking structure will be directed toward the renovation of the 1628 W. Wisconsin residence hall. The project is expected to be completed by August 2009.
The Office of the University Architect and the Campus Facilities Master Planning Committee will continue to pursue parking options for the southeast quadrant of the campus.
The Marquette University Service Learning Program, Community Service Program and University Ministry will co-host the first-ever Midwest Service Leaders Conference Nov. 7 to 9. This student-led, regional conference is intended to help students develop the skills, passion and knowledge to inspire meaningful service projects on campus.
Raynor Memorial Libraries’ Funding Information Center has published its 2008 Foundations in Wisconsin. The directory, available in both paper and electronic formats, includes an all-time high 1,275 foundations responsible for almost $479 million in grants. All members of the Marquette community are given free access to the online database. For more information or to visit the Funding Information Center, contact Mary Frenn, funding information librarian, at 8-1995.
The libraries’ fall 2008 newsletter is also available online, featuring fall events, recent acquisitions, appointment of a librarian for digital projects and more.
The libraries are offering one-hour demonstrations of RefWorks, a bibliography manager that is available to all students. The demos will cover setting up an account, downloading citations and creating a bibliography.
Sessions are in Raynor 227 at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 24, and 2 p.m. Friday, Sept 26, at 2 p.m.
No registration needed. For more information, contact Rose Trupiano, research and outreach services librarian, at 8-5998.
The Physician Assistant Studies Program in the College of Health Sciences will host three open houses this fall to provide information about the program. Open houses will take place:
Wednesday, Sept. 24, 5 p.m. – room 201 of the 1700 Building, 1700 W. Wells St.
Wednesday, Oct. 8, 3 p.m. – Tony & Lucille Weasler Auditorium
Thursday, Nov. 11, 5 p.m. – room 201 of the 1700 Building, 1700 W. Wells St.
Brian Flora, career diplomat and Chicago-based recruiter for the State Department and Foreign Service, will give a presentation about U.S. Department of State internships and career opportunities Wednesday, Sept. 24, from 2 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. in AMU 163. The internship program targets freshmen, sophomores and juniors plus seniors planning to attend graduate school.
Robert Beezat, Great Lakes Regional coordinator for NETWORK, a national Catholic social justice and peace lobbying organization, will be the guest speaker Soup with Substance Wednesday, Sept. 24, from noon to 1 p.m. in AMU 227. Beezat will present "Platform for the Common Good," and discuss the concept of the “common good,” and the current political issues shaping economic and social realities. A simple meal of soup and bread will be served.
Rachel Forte, a recruiter from the Jesuit Volunteer Corps Northwest, will provide information about post-graduate volunteering for the JVC Wednesday, Sept. 24, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Brew Bayou, AMU. The JVC places post-graduate volunteers in service sites across the country, working at a variety of non-governmental agencies.
For more information, contact Gerald Fischer, assistant director of campus ministry, at 8-3687.
A Student Organization Event Planning Showcase for student organizations will be held Thursday, Sept. 25, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the first floor of AMU. Students can learn about the event planning process, sample food ideas and talk to staff from event management, catering, the Annex, student development, MUSG and AMU operations about the event planning process.
Attendees will be entered into a drawing to win prizes such as iPod speakers, Annex gift cards and merchandise from the Marquette Spirit Shop. Contact Ali Myszewski, assistant director of the AMU, at 8-3129 for more information.
Students interested in being a part of the Winter Flurry 2009 planning team should turn in applications to the Office of Student Development, AMU 121, by 4:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 26. Applications are available in the Office of Student Development.
Carlo Tuzzio, a “Knight to Remember,” and his horse, Caesar, will perform on Central Mall on Friday, Sept. 26, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. The Marquette community is invited to be entertained and educated about the military and peacetime roles of medieval knights, including an equine demonstration of how a knight and his horse trained for combat.
The Patrick & Beatrice Haggerty Museum of Art is hosting Biographical Landscape: The Photography of Stephen Shore, 1969–1979, through Sunday, Sept. 28. The exhibition features more than 100 prints by Shore, known for transforming quintessential American scenes into uncommon places that seem frozen in space and time.