1. Register for Alumni National Awards Weekend

The registration deadline for Alumni National Awards Weekend, April 23-25, is Friday, April 17.

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 Marquette Law School for scholarships and a forum in the new facility.

A complete list of the 2009 Alumni National Award recipients is posted online, including All-University 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

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2. Marquette to honor U.S. Rep. Petri and William Ryan Drew

U.S. Rep. Thomas Petri and William Ryan Drew will be honored by the Marquette University Les Aspin Center for Government at a noon luncheon Monday, April 20, in the AMU ballroom.

Petri will receive the Les Aspin Distinguished Public Service Award in honor of his career in public office and his commitment to higher education. Representing Wisconsin’s 6th Congressional district since 1979, Petri is serving in his 15th consecutive term. Drew will receive the Les Aspin Founders Award, recognizing his participation on the Les Aspin Board of Visitors, of which he has been a member since 1995.

Tickets are $100 per person. Contact Special Events and Conferences at 8-7431 for registration information.

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3. Former ambassador to the Czech Republic to speak

Former ambassador to the Czech Republic and former chairman of the Wisconsin Republican Party, Milwaukee-area attorney Rick Graber, will be a guest for “On the Issues” with Mike Gousha on Wednesday, April 15. The event will be held at noon in Eisenberg Memorial Hall of the Law School.

As the leading American diplomat to the Czech Republic, Graber worked on a variety of noteworthy issues, including U.S. plans for a missile defense shield. Before accepting his assignment overseas, Graber was president of Reinhart Boerner Van Dueren, one of Wisconsin’s largest law firms. He also served as head of the Wisconsin Republican Party and has been mentioned as a possible candidate for governor.

Register online.

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4. UW-Madison English department chair to 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 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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5. Women’s and Gender Studies holding workshops and reception

The Women’s and Gender Studies program will hold an information session, Friday, April 17, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the Raynor Library Beaumier Suites.

A series of six workshops/discussions will be offered from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., led by faculty and students. The sessions will provide an overview of the WGST program, explain the breadth of the WGST program and introduce research across campus related to gender. The workshops will be followed by a reception from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m., including hors d’oeuvres, refreshments and brief remarks by two WGST alumni.

No registration required.

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6. Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universität professor to speak on world religions

Dr. Bärbel Beinhauer-Köhler, professor of religious studies at Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universität in Frankfurt, Germany, will speak on “Visual Cultures of World Religions,” Tuesday, April 21, at 3:30 p.m. in Raynor Library Beaumier Suite A.

The event is free and open to the public. It’s sponsored by the Department of Theology and Office of International Education.

For more information contact Dr. Irfan Omar, assistant professor of theology, at 8-3746.

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7. Get free office supplies; dispose of unwanted supplies

Departments and offices throughout the university will be able to exchange unwanted for needed office supplies in Marquette’s Office Supply Exchange Program April 22 and April 30. In conjunction with Office Max, Marquette is redistributing excess office supply inventory on campus.

Unneeded supplies can be dropped off in the AMU Brooks Lounge on Earth Day, April 22, from noon to 4 p.m. Supplies do not need to be an Office Max product, but must be a usable, undamaged office supply of some type.

Supplies can be “shopped” from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, April 30, in AMU 157. Departments that dropped off items can shop early, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.

There is no cost to participate. Supplies are for Marquette University use only.

The office supply exchange allows Marquette University departments a chance to locate and redistribute supplies that were ordered in incorrect quantities or by mistake, and are otherwise going unused.

For more information contact Jenny Alexander, director of purchasing, at 8-7362.

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8. Employee Assistance Program to be discussed

Karla DeBoer, Symmetry consultant, will discuss Marquette’s Employee Assistance Program on Thursday, April 16, from 11 a.m. to noon in AMU 227. The EAP can be a resource for work-life services, short-term counseling, referrals and resource identification for employees and their families.

The program will be held again Wednesday, May 6, from noon to 1 p.m. in AMU Ballroom A.

No RSVP is required for these events.

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9. New technology for teaching in D2L to be presented

The Center for Teaching and Learning and Information Technology Services will present “Special topics: promising new technology for teaching” on Thursday, April 16.

The presentation is part of a D2L e-teaching workshop series focusing on a variety of course design and multimedia resources to enhance teaching in D2L. A certificate is presented to participants who complete all seven sessions. The e-teaching workshops are offered every semester, so it is not necessary to attend all seven sessions in one semester.

The final session this semester will be “Project presentations of D2L enhanced courses,” Thursday, April 30.

Sessions are in Raynor Library 320H, from 3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Register with Dr. Dave Buckholdt, director of the Center for Teaching and Learning, or Jon Pray, associate vice provost for educational technology.

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10. Biology, philosophy, sociology and chemistry colloquiums scheduled

The Department of Biological Sciences will hold a colloquium Friday, April 17, at 3:15 p.m. in Wehr Life Sciences Building 111. Dr. Thomas Silhavy, professor of molecular biology at Princeton University, will present "Outer Membrane Biogenesis in Gram-negative Bacteria.”

Dr. Richard Shusterman, Dorothy F. Schmidt Eminent Scholar Chair in the Humanities at Florida Atlantic University, will present “Body Consciousness and Performance” for the Department of Philosophy colloquium Friday, April 17, at 3:30 p.m. in Raynor Conference Center A.

“States of Exception and Normalizing Subjects” will be the subject of the Department of Social and Cultural Sciences colloquium Friday, April 17, at 3:30 p.m. in Lalumiere 171. Dr. Louise Cainkar, assistant professor of social and cultural sciences, will be the speaker.

The Department of Chemistry will hold a colloquium Friday, April 17, at 4:15 p.m. in Todd Wehr Chemistry 121. Dr. Eric Brown, instructor of natural science at Loyola University, Chicago, will present "Bonding Motifs in Excited States: The Wild West of Electronic Structure Theory.”

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11. Blood drive taking place April 17

Marquette Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity is sponsoring a blood drive with the BloodCenter of Wisconsin on Friday, April 17, from noon to 5 p.m. in AMU 163. Appointments can be scheduled online using the drive number DRV0094984.

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12. Faber Center holding Caring for Aging Parents Support Group

The Faber Center for Ignatian Spirituality is hosting a Caring for Aging Parents Support Group from noon to 1 p.m. Monday, April 20, in Schroeder Complex 111.

Rev. J.J. O'Leary, S.J., associate director, facilitates the group, which will meet for the last time this semester Tuesday, May 12. Light refreshments will be provided.

For more information call 8-4545. No RSVP is needed.

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13. Food drive to benefit Hunger Task Force

Raynor Memorial Libraries staff are holding a food drive in honor of National Library Week through Friday, April 24. Collection boxes will be available in Raynor's lobby area and all donated food will go to Hunger Task Force programs.

Suggested food items are available online.

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14. Rowing Club to row for 24 hours straight

The Marquette Rowing Club’s annual Row-A-Thon begins at noon Wednesday, April 15, in the AMU second floor lobby. Two people will row on rowing machines for 24 hours straight, switching off every hour. Donations will support the team’s spring season.

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15. Student organization honoring troops

Student organization Jeanette Kapus Silver Wings is hosting Service Member Appreciation Day on Tuesday, April 14, to honor troops stationed around the world. Thank you cards and banners for the troops will be available to sign from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the second floor lobby of the AMU. Marquette community members may provide names and addresses of those in the military to receive the cards. Donations for postage are also being accepted. For more information email Michelle Blaschke.

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16. One-woman play about Dorothy Day showing at Weasler

The one-woman play Haunted By God about the life of Dorothy Day will be performed in the Weasler Auditorium on Wednesday, April 15, at 6 p.m. It will feature Lisa Wagner-Carollo, who has acted in this play for nearly 20 years. Midnight Run is sponsoring the event.

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