1. Zilber named 2009 Alumnus of the Year

Joseph Zilber, Bus Ad ’39, Law ’41, is the recipient of the 2009 Marquette University All-University Alumnus of the Year Award. At 91, Zilber is still managing Zilber, Ltd., the multi-million dollar real estate empire he created. He has donated $50 million to revitalize Milwaukee neighborhoods and $30 million to help develop the new Marquette Law School.

Additional Alumni National Awards recipients:

• Merit Award (For Professional Achievement) — Robert Greenheck, Eng ’50
• Service to the Community Award — Sister Mary Isaac Jogues Koenig, Arts ’60, Grad ’68
• Service to Marquette — Keith Myers, Bus Ad ’62, Grad ’68
• Spirit of Marquette Award (For Professional Achievement before 40), Richard McDermott, Eng ’91, Law ’94
• Friend of the University — Arthur J. Schmitt Foundation

Alumni National Awards weekend is April 23-25, 2009.

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2. Scientific fraud is topic of physics lecture

Eugenie Samuel Reich will deliver “How the Biggest Fraud in Physics Shook the Scientific World” tomorrow, April 7, at 6 p.m. in the Tony and Lucille Weasler Auditorium. The event, sponsored by the Helen Way Klingler College of Arts and Sciences and the Department of Physics, is free and open to the public.

Reich will share the story of Hendrik Schön, whose fraudulent discoveries in the fields of physics and materials science were uncovered at Bell Labs in 2002. The scandal provoked discussion in the scientific community about the degree of responsibility of co-authors and reviewers of scientific papers. Reich is a science reporter covering physics, technology and scientific fraud, and is the former features editor for New Scientist.

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3. Policy on Working with Minors becomes effective July 1

The university and its faculty, administrators, staff, students and volunteers have a particular obligation to protect the safety and interests of the most vulnerable, including minors who are participating in activities and programs on campus. As a result, a new University Policy and Procedure, UPP 4-26 Working with Minors, requires five things in connection with activities involving minors (those under the age of 18):

1. Registration of programs with the Office of Risk Management.
2. Background checks for faculty, administrators, staff, volunteers and university students over the age of 18 years who are participating in activities covered by the policy.
3. Training for those participating in such activities.
4. Behavioral Requirements, including prohibitive practices, for those participating in activities covered by the policy.
5. Procedures to be followed when inappropriate conduct is suspected.

The Office of Risk Management has identified offices and individuals involved with coordinating activities, both on- and off-campus, that involve minors. These offices and individuals will be invited to attend information sessions related to the new policy the week of April 20. For employees, volunteers and students who do not receive background checks and training through the agencies with which they work, subsequent training sessions will be required; these sessions will emphasize basic guidelines to prevent problems or the perception of problems. Background checks of individuals will be required once every four years, and results will be stored separately and used only for the purpose of the Working with Minors policy.

Offices and programs not contacted but involved in activities with minors should contact Charyl Burke, risk manager, at 8-1552 to determine if their activities are covered by the policy.

Contact Charyl Burke or Steve Duffy, associate vice president for administration, for more information.

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4. Dr. Howard Fuller to discuss school voucher program

Dr. Howard Fuller, distinguished professor and director of the Institute for the Transformation of Learning, will discuss what works in urban education, the future of the school voucher program and his "no excuses" approach to education at “On the Issues with Mike Gousha” from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 8, in Sensenbrenner Hall, Eisenberg Memorial Hall.

Fuller, former superintendent of Milwaukee Public Schools, is an outspoken advocate for educational options for low-income families.

Register online.

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5. Social media for business is topic of workshop

The Department of Advertising and Public Relations will host a workshop about social networking, “Leveraging Social Media for Business Success,” from 9 a.m. to noon on Friday, April 17, in the AMU ballrooms.

Presenters include:
• Augie Ray and Cindi Thomas from Fullhouse, a Milwaukee interactive business-to-business and business-to-consumer agency
• Tannette Johnson-Elie, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel business reporter

The workshop will be moderated by Lora Hyler, owner of Hyler Communications, a public relations and marketing firm in Mequon, Wis.

Preregistration cost by Wednesday, April 8, is $15 for students and $50 for all others. On-site cost is $60. Continental breakfast is included.

The workshop is cosponsored by Working Writers of Wisconsin and Fullhouse.

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6. Judges acting in the nature of legislators is topic of Hallows Lecture

The Law School will host U.S. District Court Judge Sarah Evans Barker of the Southern District of Indiana to speak on “Beyond Decisional Templates: The Role of Imaginative Justice in the Trial Court” at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 14, in Sensenbrenner 307. In his influential book, How Judges Think, Judge Richard Posner identifies an “open area” in which “a judge necessarily, quite appropriately, acts as a legislator.” Such an approach, Posner argues, not only is unavoidable, but good.

For the annual E. Harold Hallows Distinguished Lecture, Barker will expand this focus on appellate decision-making to include a discussion of when and how this approach is and can and should be applied in the trial court.

Register by April 8.

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7. UW-Madison English department chair to deliver Schwartz Lecture

Dr. Thomas Schaub, professor and chair of the English department at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, will deliver the 2009 Joseph M. Schwartz Memorial Lecture on Thursday, April 16, at 4 p.m. in the AMU Lunda Room. Schaub will present “Secular Scripture and Cormac McCarthy’s novel, The Road.”

Schaub has published a book on Thomas Pynchon, edited a collection of essays on Pynchon’s novel, The Crying of Lot 49, and written scholarly essays on such writers as William Carlos Williams, Ralph Ellison, Gilbert Sorrentino and Marilynne Robinson. Since 1989 he has edited Contemporary Literature, a journal of interviews, literary scholarship, and book reviews published at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

The lecture is free and open to the public.

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8. Tickets available for James Carville visit

Democratic political strategist James Carville will deliver a speech, “James Carville Behind the Headlines from Clinton to Obama: Your Questions, His Perspective,” Wednesday, April 22, at 7 p.m. in the AMU ballrooms. Carville will discuss the campaign strategies used to elect President Barack Obama and the issues the Obama administration is facing during his first 100 days in office.

The speech is free, but tickets must be picked up in advance. A limited number of tickets are still available for Marquette students, faculty and staff in the AMU Brooks Lounge. Limit two tickets per Marquette ID.

Carville is best known for his leadership of former President Bill Clinton’s first campaign in 1992.

Carville’s visit is co-sponsored by the Marquette University Les Aspin Center for Government Alumni Council, the Division of Student Affairs and the Helen Way Klingler College of Arts and Sciences. The event is also supported by the Marquette University Student Government student activity fee.

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9. Some hours of operation change for Easter break

Departments and services with special hours of operation during Easter break this week include:

Alumni Memorial Union
April 8 — 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.
April 9 — 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
April 10 to 12 — closed
April 13 — 7 a.m. to 11:45 p.m.

IT Services Help Desk
April 9 — 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
April 10 to 12 — closed
April 13 — 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Raynor Memorial Libraries
April 8 — 7:45 a.m. to 9 p.m.
April 9 — 7:45 a.m. to 6 p.m.
April 10 to 12 — closed

Rec Center / Rec Plex
Rec Center
April 8 — 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
April 9 through April 12 — closed
April 13 — 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Rec Plex
April 8 and 9 — 5:45 a.m. to 9 p.m.
April 10 — 5:45 a.m. to 7 p.m.
April 11 — 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
April 12 — Closed
April 13 — 5:45 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Spirit Shop
April 8 — 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
April 9 — 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
April 10 to 12 — closed

Union Sports Annex Restaurant
April 8 — 4 p.m. to midnight
April 9 to 12 — closed
April 13 — 4 p.m. to midnight


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10. New IRS tables may cause “under-withholding”

The Internal Revenue Service’s new withholding tables went into effect April 1 and will result in more take-home pay for millions of American workers, according to the IRS. The new tables incorporate the new “Making Work Pay” credit, one of the key tax provisions included in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. Eligible workers will receive the credit without any action on their part, meaning that workers don’t need to fill out a new W-4 withholding form.

Because nonresident aliens and those who can be claimed as dependents on someone else’s income tax return are not eligible for the Making Work Pay Credit, the new withholding tables may cause them to be “under-withheld.” These taxpayers need to evaluate their expected tax liability for the year to determine if they need to make appropriate estimated tax payments or adjust their W-4 withholding. Publication 15-T, New Wage Withholding Tables, includes additional amounts to be added to the pay of nonresident aliens to figure their income tax withholding.

Individuals and couples with multiple jobs may want to submit revised W-4 forms to ensure enough withholding is held to cover the tax for the combined income. Publication 919 provides additional guidance for tax withholding.

Employees who do not want their federal tax deductions reduced may want to file a new W-4. They may claim fewer withholding allowances on line 5 or request additional amounts to be withheld on line 6. Additional help is available from the IRS Withholding Calculator.

W-4 changes may be submitted through MyJob. Contact Payroll at 8-7264 for more information.

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11. Custom course pack service available through Book Marq

As an additional option for faculty text orders, the Book Marq is offering the custom-design course pack service provided by XanEdu. Copyright compliance services are included, and readings may be selected from a library of journals, periodicals and newspapers from the ProQuest database. Course packs may be provided to students for purchase either in print, online or both.

Go online for more information and to design a course pack.

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12. Library reserve requests can be placed for summer courses

Instructors teaching a summer class may place reserve requests at Raynor Library via the Ares system until Friday, May 1. Contact the Reserve Desk at 8-7253 for more information.

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13. Law School to hold information session

The Law School will host an information session for prospective students Thursday, April 9, at 11:45 a.m. in Sensenbrenner Hall. The session will provide information about admissions and financial aid, curriculum and intellectual and student life. A brief tour of the Law School will be led by a current law student. No registration is necessary.

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14. Babies needed for Lifespan Development class

Babies ages 18 months old and younger are needed for a gross motor skills laboratory as part of PHTH 555 Lifespan Development on Monday, April 27, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. or 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Physical therapy students will analyze the babies’ movement, including observing spontaneous activity as well as eliciting certain reflexes, reactions and motor skills. Parent/s will be present during the activities and siblings are also welcome.

Contact Dr. Emilie Aubert, associate professor of physical therapy, at 8-3378 by Thursday, April 16, to RSVP, for the room location and for more information.

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