1. Women’s and Gender Studies holding workshops and reception

The Women’s and Gender Studies program will host free workshops and a reception, tomorrow, April 17, in the Raynor Library Beaumier Suites from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Six workshop/discussion sessions will take place from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., led by faculty and students, providing an overview of the WGST program and introduce campus research related to gender.

The workshops will be followed by a reception from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. including hors d’oeuvres and refreshments and brief remarks by two WGST alumni.

No registration needed.

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2. Please complete the Great Colleges To Work For survey

Marquette is participating in The Chronicle of Higher Education’s Great Colleges to Work For Program. Part of the program involves an employee survey distributed to a random sample of each institution’s full-time faculty, administrators and professional staff.

Six hundred employees received an e-mail invitation on April 3 from ModernThink, the HR consulting firm working with the Chronicle. An e-mail reminder was sent Monday, April 13. If you received the invitation and have not had a chance to respond, please do so as soon as possible. The deadline is April 24.

The survey results, along with responses to a lengthy institutional questionnaire, will be used to determine the institutions nationwide to be recognized by The Chronicle this summer. Marquette will receive a report that summarizes responses to the survey questions.

This is an anonymous survey that measures the strength of certain organizational competencies and relationships that most directly impact and influence an institution’s culture. Your participation and honest feedback is critical to the assessment process. A high response rate helps ensure accurate results and demonstrates the commitment of our employees.

Contact Cas Castro, assistant vice president/director of human resources, at 8-7305 for more information.

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3. International Research Poster Session takes place tomorrow

The Office of International Education will host the Marquette International Research Poster Session tomorrow, April 17, from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the AMU Henke Lounge. The aim is to encourage and showcase international research among faculty from all disciplines.

The poster session will be judged and the three most promising projects will be awarded $1,000 Marquette International Research Grants. Dr. John Pauly, provost, will give remarks at 3:30 p.m.

Twenty-two faculty members will present their research.

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4. 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 tomorrow, 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.

Registration is available at the event for $60. Continental breakfast is included.

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

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5. Musical groups present final concerts of the year

Marquette musical groups will present a variety of concerts this spring, including a performance of George Frideric Handel’s Messiah Saturday, April 25. The concert, performed by the Marquette Chorus and Orchestra, will feature professional guest soloists Brian Arreola, Kerry Hart, Tanya Kruse and Thomas Weis. Other shows include performances by the Marquette Band, Liturgical Choir and Jazz Band. With the exception of the Messiah performance, the concerts are free and open to the public.

• Saturday, April 18, 2 p.m., Marquette Hall 100 — The Naturals and Gold n' Blues Spring Concert

• Saturday, April 18, 7:30 p.m., Gesu Church — Liturgical Choir

• Sunday, April 19, 2 p.m., Varsity Theatre — Marquette Band

• Thursday, April 23, 7 p.m., Weasler Auditorium — Marquette Jazz Band

• Saturday, April 25, 2 p.m., Calvary Presbyterian Church, 935 W. Wisconsin Ave. — Marquette Chorus and Orchestra

• Sunday, April 26, 2 p.m., Varsity Theatre — Marquette Chorus and Orchestra

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6. Lecture to address ineligibility of felon voting

Excluding convicted felons from voting is the topic of the annual McGee Lecture Thursday, April 23, at 7 p.m. Marc Mauer, executive director of The Sentencing Project, will deliver “Losing the Vote: Felony Disenfranchisement and American Democracy,” in Cudahy 001. Mauer will discuss how the vast number of felony convictions and incarcerations has led to a class of individuals who are ineligible to perform their civic duty of voting.

The lecture is free and open to the public.

Mauer has directed programs on criminal justice policy reform for 30 years and authored Race to Incarcerate, explaining how sentencing policies led to the vast expansion of the U.S. prison population, which was a semifinalist for the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award in 1999.

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7. “The Difference Network” showcases prominent speakers at Marquette

Marquette has launched a new online resource, “The Difference Network,” offering access to video of key thought leaders speaking at Marquette events. Current “difference makers” featured on the site include Raj Patel, agricultural scholar and author; Dr. Shirin Ebadi, Nobel Peace Price winner; Frank Deford, Sports Illustrated writer; Dan Fuss, vice chairman of Loomis, Sayles & Co.; Mike Wallace, vice chairman of Constellation Energy; and James Mulva, president of ConocoPhillips.

Marquette community members are encouraged to share the video site with colleagues and constituents who may be interested in viewing excerpts of the speeches.

New video content is added regularly.

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8. Tell us about interesting May graduates

The Office of Marketing and Communication is seeking stories about graduates this May for possible use with area media. May graduates with unusual backgrounds; who overcame substantial obstacles in getting their degree; who will be doing something unusual after graduation; with recent exclusive awards, academic recognition, publications or scholarship; etc. are some ideas that would be appropriate.

What graduates do you know who have fascinating stories to tell? E-mail their names and plenty of details by Monday, May 4.

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9. Summer and fall textbook orders due at Book Marq

Faculty who have not placed their summer and fall textbook orders at Book Marq should place them as soon as possible. They were due April 3. Providing early textbook information decreases the cost of textbooks for students.

For more information or to order, contact Danielle Johnson, course materials manager, at 8-1662.

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10. Author to speak about homophobia

The Gay/Straight Alliance will hold its annual Starshack lecture today, April 16, at 7 p.m. in Cramer Hall 004.

Dr. Warren Blumenfeld, assistant professor of curriculum and instruction at Iowa State, will present "Homophobia: We All Pay the Price." Based on his book by the same name, Blumenfeld will discuss how the fight to end homophobia is everyone's fight to bring about a less oppressive and more productive society.

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11. Midnight Run hosting Reel Poverty Film Festival

In conjunction with its Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week, Midnight Run is hosting its second annual Reel Poverty Film Festival today, April 16, at 7 p.m. in the Union Sports Annex. This event showcases the work of student filmmakers, raising awareness about homelessness and poverty in Milwaukee.

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12. Child care center holding bake sale and silent auction to celebrate children

The Marquette Child Care Center is celebrating the Week of the Young Child with a bake sale tomorrow, April 17, and a silent auction April 20-24. Tomorrow’s bake sale will take place from 8 a.m. to noon in front of Lalumiere Language Hall, or inside if the weather is poor.

Marquette community members can bid on silent auction items, including a signed Brett Favre Packer helmet and photograph, at the center, 749 N. 17th St., April 20-24. Contact Renee Anderson, team teacher, at 8-5806 for more information.

Among the week’s events, the Milwaukee Ballet will perform at the Tony and Lucille Weasler Auditorium from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Tuesday, April 21.

The children will also 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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13. Latino culture show includes dancing and singing

The Latin American Student Organization will hold its free, 9th annual Colores Cultural Show on Sunday, April 19, at 4 p.m. in the Tony and Lucille Weasler Auditorium. The show will include dancing, singing and spoken word inspired by Latino culture. Doors open at 3:30 p.m.

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14. Students to be initiated into the Catholic Church

Several students will receive the sacraments of Christian Initiation on Sunday, April 19, at the 4 p.m. Mass at Gesu. Five candidates for full initiation will receive the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and First Eucharist; nine candidates will be received into full communion with the Catholic Church and receive Confirmation and First Eucharist; seven candidates will complete their initiation by receiving Confirmation and First Eucharist; and seven candidates will complete their initiation by receiving Confirmation. These 28 students have spent both semesters growing in their Catholic faith through the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults process or a Confirmation program sponsored by Campus Ministry.

A reception will follow.

For more information, contact Steve Blaha, assistant director of Campus Ministry, at 8-6873.

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15. Donated lunch money supports Campus Kitchen programming

The Campus Kitchen will hold its annual Brown Bag Challenge fundraiser April 20-24. Students will distribute bags to each department Monday, April 20, for employees to donate their lunch money for the week. The department that donates the most money will win a pizza party from Sodexo.

Donations support Campus Kitchen programming — preparing and delivering meals to individuals and families in Milwaukee, providing nutrition education and offering job training to unemployed adults.

Bags will be picked up Friday, April 24.

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16. Neuroscience colloquium addresses memory and emotion

The Integrative Neuroscience Research Center will host Dr. Fred Helmstetter, professor of psychology at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Tuesday, April 21, from 3:30 p.m. to 4:40 p.m. in Schroeder Complex 256. Helmstetter will present “Neural Systems Controlling Memory and Emotion."

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17. Investment management tips to be discussed

Martin Garcia, consultant for TIAA-CREF, will discuss investment management Tuesday, April 21, and Wednesday, April 22, from noon to 1 p.m. in AMU 163. Topics that will be discussed include understanding equity market volatility, identifying positive opportunities when markets move downward, balancing potential risk through asset allocation, when to consider rebalancing your portfolio and trying to completely avoid loss.

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18. Graduate School of Management collecting personal care items

The Graduate School of Management is collecting new or gently used educational supplies and personal care items including backpacks, shampoo, conditioner, razors, soap, diapers, toothpaste and toothbrushes to benefit The Council for the Spanish Speaking, Inc. The GSM will collect these supplies from April 20-24 in Straz Hall 275.

The drive is for the GSM’s participation in the JESUIT MBA Cares national service initiative April 20-24. The Council for the Spanish Speaking, Inc., serves a wide range of needs within the community.

For more information, contact Dr. Jeanne Simmons, associate dean of the College of Business Administration and Graduate School of Management, at 8-7145.

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