1. Bootstrapping author to speak at Business Plan Competition Awards Banquet

Greg Gianforte, CEO of RightNow Technologies and author of Bootstrapping Your Business, will present the keynote speech at the Seventh Annual Business Plan Competition Awards Banquet, Wednesday, April 15, at 5 p.m. in the AMU Monaghan Ballroom. The College of Business Administration and the Kohler Center for Entrepreneurship are hosting this free event, which also includes a poster session, reception, dinner and an awards presentation.

For more information, contact Crystal James, office assistant in the College of Business, at 8-0670. RSVP by tomorrow, April 10.

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2. “Faith in Uncertain Times” is topic of Manresa event

The Manresa Project and Danihy Club, the Alpha Sigma Nu alumni group, will host a Reflection Roundtable on Tuesday, April 14, at 5:30 p.m. in the AMU Chapel of the Holy Family. The event will feature Dr. Susan Mountin, Manresa Project director, and Rev. Tim Kitzke, pastor of Three Holy Women parishes, who will discuss “Faith in Uncertain Times,” a reflection of their personal faith journeys and the role faith plays in times of concern and change. Refreshments will be provided.

For more information, contact Barbara DeYoung, Manresa Project office associate, at 8-0263.

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3. Sister Rhea Emmer to speak about power and compassion

Sister Rhea Emmer, of the Congregation of Sisters of St. Agnes in Fond du Lac, will present the Faber Center Speaker Series program, "Power, Compassion and Competency: Are They Compatible?" Wednesday, April 15, from noon to 1 p.m. in AMU 252. Lunch will be provided.

RSVP to the Faber Center. Seating is limited.

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4. Thomas Schaub will deliver Schwartz Lecture

Dr. Thomas Schaub, professor and chair of English at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, will deliver the 2009 Joseph M. Schwartz Memorial Lecture, Thursday, April 16, at 4 p.m. in the AMU Lunda Room. Schaub, who is editor of Contemporary Literature, will speak about “Secular Scripture and Cormac McCarthy’s novel, The Road.” This event is free and open to the public.

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5. Dr. John Su to speak in Last Lecture Series

Dr. John Su, associate professor of English, will speak Thursday, April 16, in the Honors Program’s Last Lecture Series. Su will speak on “Reclaiming the University, Redefining the American Dream" in the AMU Henke Lounge from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. Light refreshments will be provided.

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6. Liturgical Choir performing annual spring concert

The Liturgical Choir will perform its eighth annual spring concert, “Christ Our Hope,” Saturday, April 18, at 7:30 p.m. at Gesu. The performance will include Scripture readings and music ranging from the Baroque and Romantic eras to contemporary Catholic composers. The concert is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Rachelle Kramer, assistant director of Campus Ministry, at 8-3695.

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7. Save money when filing federal income tax return

Parents of students can take advantage of thousands of dollars in federal tax credits when filing income tax returns.

Students attending colleges and universities in Milwaukee and certain other Wisconsin counties can take advantage of increased Hope and Lifetime Learning tax credits for 2008 taxes that are double those of last year. In addition, the definition of qualified education expenses has been expanded.

• The Hope credit for students in Milwaukee County is 100 percent of the first $2,400 of qualified education expenses and 50 percent of the next $2,400 of such expenses for a maximum credit of $3,600. This expanded credit is due to a disaster area declaration announced following severe flooding in June.

• Students can also take advantage of an increased Lifetime Learning credit of 40 percent of qualified expenses paid with a maximum credit of $4,000.

The amount that can be deducted for miles driven has changed for 2008 for students who drive their car to and from school for work-related education and qualify to deduct transportation expenses.

Credits for the Hope, Lifetime Learning and education savings bond programs are gradually reduced if modified gross adjusted income matches new thresholds.

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8. Fall 2009 classroom assignments available online

Classroom assignments for the fall 2009 semester are now posted in CheckMarq. Faculty should review their course classroom assignments by April 15.

Faculty can also request, until Sept. 10, classroom space for review sessions and final exams from the Office of the Registrar. Submit the online form to request a classroom change or a classroom for a fall review session or final exam.

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9. Rec Plex Golf Scramble registration now underway

Registration is now open for the 14th Annual Rec Plex Golf Scramble, Thursday, June 4, at the Silver Spring Country Club in Menomonee Falls. Proceeds benefit the Robert H. Koster Scholarship Fund and Marquette University Recreational Sports. Players can sign up as a team or individually for this four-person scramble format.

Register online. Space is limited.

For more information contact John Kratzer, general manager of the Rec Plex, at 8-7778.

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10. $7 massages available until April 17

Physical therapy students are holding a Massage-A-Thon through Friday, April 17, on the third floor of Schroeder Health Complex.

Hours are Monday from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Wednesday 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Thursday noon to 9 p.m.; and Friday noon to 6 p.m.

Cost is $7 for each 15 minutes up to one hour. Appointments can be scheduled online. Walk-ins are also welcome.

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11. Child care center requesting donations for silent auction

The Marquette Child Care Center is requesting donations of silent auction items for its celebration of Week of the Young Child, April 20-24. Potential donors can contact Renee Anderson, team teacher, at 8-5806 for more information, or drop off items at the center, 749 N. 17th St.

Marquette community members can stop by the center April 20-24 to bid on items.

Among the week’s events, the children will parade down Wisconsin Avenue to the Al McGuire Center and play in the practice gym on Blue and Gold Day, Friday, April 24. The silent auction will also close April 24, at the center’s “Sportz Banquet,” from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at The Annex. Contact the Child Care Center at 8-5655 for ticket information.

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12. VOICE soliciting statements about sexual violence

Marquette community members are invited to send statements to VOICE about why they care about ending sexual violence. The statements will be used anonymously on sexual violence posters and materials, including during sexual violence awareness week in September.

Supporters should finish the sentence “I care because … ” and e-mail it to VOICE.

VOICE is a Marquette group of student peer educators who provide education and promote awareness to encourage women and men to raise their VOICEs against sexual violence.

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