1. Graduate business, law programs rank high in U.S. News & World Report

The dispute resolution program in Marquette University’s Law School is listed at sixth nationally in the latest Graduate School rankings published by U.S. News & World Report. The Law School itself is ranked 87th.

The magazine lists Marquette’s part-time MBA program 12th nationwide and the executive MBA program 20th. The physical therapy program in the College of Health Sciences is ranked 19th, and the college’s physician assistant program 40th. The midwifery program in the College of Nursing is 18th nationally, while the college itself is 54th.

“Marquette is justifiably proud when others recognize the quality of our academic programs,” said Provost John Pauly. “At the same time, such rankings are just one factor that should be used in assessing a program or university. In many of our graduate programs students have access to nationally and internationally recognized faculty, have the opportunity to participate in cutting edge research and experiential learning and are mentored by alumni who provide career-building guidance.”

Other Marquette programs in the top 100 nationally include biomedical engineering, education, speech-language pathology and clinical psychology.

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2. Lecture today to address ineligibility of felon voting

Excluding convicted felons from voting is the topic of the annual McGee Lecture today, 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 is one of the nation’s leading experts on sentencing policy, race and the criminal justice system. He 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.

The lecture is sponsored by the Department of Social and Cultural Sciences.

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3. Last chance to take the Great Colleges To Work For survey

Friday, April 24, is the deadline to participate in the employee survey for The Chronicle of Higher Education’s Great Colleges to Work For Program. The survey was sent to 600 randomly selected Marquette full-time faculty, administrators and professional staff. Employees who have not yet completed the survey received a reminder e-mail yesterday from ModernThink, the HR consulting firm working with the Chronicle. If you received the invitation and have not had a chance to respond, please do so as soon as possible.

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. 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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4. National Cancer Institute investigator to discuss personalized medicine

Dr. Jo Anne Zujewski, senior investigator and head of the Breast Cancer Therapeutics and Cancer Therapy Evaluation Program at the National Cancer Institute, will present “Breast Cancer in the Genomic Era: Progress and promise for personalized medicine” tomorrow, April 24, at 3 p.m. in Schroeder Complex 256.

As the scientific liaison and disease expert for breast cancer clinical trials at the National Cancer Institute, Zujewski has helped develop an international collaboration of researchers and studies the development of an agent to treat the disease. She has written numerous publications on the treatment and prevention of breast cancer.

The program is sponsored by the College of Health Sciences. Zujewski will receive the college's Distinguished Alumna in Clinical Laboratory Science Award on Saturday, April 25.

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5. Marketing Department speaker to discuss experiential marketing

The Department of Marketing will hold a Marketing Speaker Series with Max Lenderman, executive creative director at GMR Marketing, Monday, April 27, at 2:25 p.m. in David A. Straz, Jr. Hall 106. Lenderman will address “Experience the Message: How Experiential Marketing is Changing the Brand World,” discussing how businesses are learning to re-connect with their customers by creating new and exciting experiences.

Lenderman’s work has won numerous industry awards, and his book, Experience the Message: How Experiential Marketing is Changing the Brand World, was a Canadian Business Book of the Year Finalist in 2006. He also recently published the book Brand New World: A Maverick Ad Man Uncovers the Global Hyper Market.

For more information and to RSVP, contact Beth Feldner, office associate, at 8-3311 by tomorrow, April 24.

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6. Program about computational sciences includes workshop, speaker

The Department of Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science will hold a program about its new graduate degrees in computational sciences Wednesday, April 29, from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m., including a workshop, poster session and keynote speaker, in Cudahy Hall.

Marquette will begin offering master of science and doctoral degrees in computational sciences this fall.

Computational sciences is the application of math models and computer software developed to simulate and investigate phenomena in the natural sciences and engineering. Students will benefit from the network of existing collaborations the MSCS department has created not only among themselves, but with professors in engineering, chemistry and other Milwaukee-area research institutions, according to Dr. Anne Clough, chair and professor of MSCS. These collaborations allow students to work with real data and solve real problems during their studies.

“As research in the 21st century becomes more complicated, the need for highly trained computational scientists to develop systems and software to solve multi-scale scientific problems has become increasingly important,” said Clough. “Usually a center or an institute is needed to offer the interdisciplinary opportunities you will find within our one department.”

E-mail or call 8-7573 for more information.

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7. 79 students honored with leadership awards

The Division of Student Affairs recently honored 79 students who have made outstanding contributions to the university or Milwaukee community by implementing programs and services through DSA, Campus Ministry or student organizations. Students were recognized for contributions in celebration and promotion of diversity, community service, peer education, recreation, health and wellness, social and arts programming, spiritual development and justice education, and student governance and organizational leadership.

Five students were recognized with awards to honor exceptional contributions across several areas:

Vice President’s Award for Distinguished Leadership, Scholarship and Service — Claire Anglim (J. William and Mary Diederich College of Communication, West Bend, Wis.)

Outstanding Freshman Leadership Award — Melissa May (Helen Way Klingler College of Arts and Sciences, Lemont, Ill.)

Outstanding Sophomore Leadership Award — Shazia Ali (Helen Way Klingler College of Arts and Sciences, Wauwatosa, Wis.)

Outstanding Junior Leadership Award — D.J. Quam (College of Engineering, Mahtomedi, Minn.)

Outstanding Senior Leadership Award — Katie Coldwell (Helen Way Klingler College of Arts and Sciences, Excelsior, Minn.)

The Spirit of Marquette Award was presented to the Les Aspin Center Alumni Council and Muslim Student Association for excellence in supporting the mission of the university through their activities.

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8. Marquette receives award for voice/e-mail system

The Association for Information Communications Technology Professionals in Higher Education has honored Marquette with a 2009 ACUTA Award for Institutional Excellence in Information Communications Technology. Marquette was selected in ACUTA’s Medium-Size Institution category for its unified messaging initiative, the new integrated voice/e-mail system in which employees can access their voicemail messages through the e-mail system.

Kathy Lang, chief information officer; and Mary Simmons, network and security director, accepted the award at the ACUTA Awards Luncheon on Tuesday, April 21, at the 38th Annual Conference and Exhibition in Atlanta.

ACUTA’s goal in presenting these awards is “to recognize vision and technological leadership in the creative use of information communication technology to support teaching, research, decision-making and the delivery of services,” according to the award announcement.

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9. Hunger Clean-Up volunteers donated 30,000 hours to Milwaukee

The 20th annual Hunger Clean-up on Saturday, April 18, was marked by 2,200 students and 100 employees and alumni volunteering at nearly 100 sites in the area. Volunteers donated 30,000 hours to the Milwaukee community in Marquette’s largest one-day service project.

Grants of $3,000 each went to Aids Resource Center, Benedict Center for Restorative Justice, The Guest House, and Repairers of the Breach from HCU fundraising efforts of $22,550 and in-kind donations of $50,000.

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10. Office of the Bursar to discontinue check-cashing services

Due to widespread electronic banking options and duplicative services nearby, the Office of the Bursar will discontinue check-cashing and Western Union services beginning July 1, 2009.

US Bank, with a branch located in the AMU, offers check-cashing services, as do area banks within walking distance of Marquette. Western Union services will be available at US Bank in the AMU by the end of May. US Bank also provides MoneyGrams, a money transfer service similar to that of Western Union.

As additional banking conveniences, seven ATMs are located on campus, including in the AMU (2), Cudahy Hall, Department of Public Safety, Law School, Raynor Library and Straz Tower.

To reduce the risk of carrying large amounts of cash from cashing payroll checks Marquette employees, including student employees, can have their Marquette pay deposited directly into their personal checking account. The Office of the Comptroller, Payroll, can coordinate direct payroll deposits with virtually any bank.

Marquette also offers the MarquetteCASH program, which enables students and employees to carry less cash by using their Marquette ID card as a debit card against their Marquette Cash balance.

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11. SharePoint shortcuts updated

Since SharePoint was updated last weekend, the only way for users to access their SharePoint site now is to enter http://sp.mu.edu in their browser and navigate to the site. Old shortcuts to other links will no longer work for SharePoint.

For more information, contact the IT Services Help Desk at 8-7799.

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12. Tomorrow’s Relay for Life benefits cancer research

Colleges Against Cancer will host the fourth annual Relay for Life from 6 p.m. Friday, April 24, to 6 a.m. Saturday, April 25, at Valley Fields. Proceeds from the games and food benefit the American Cancer Society’s fight to cure cancer.

For more information, contact Colleges Against Cancer.

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13. Philosophy department hosting research conference

The Department of Philosophy will hold an undergraduate research conference Saturday, April 25, from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in Cudahy 001. Five students will present their research results, which were blind-reviewed by a committee of faculty and students. The conference will conclude with a presentation of student awards.

The conference is free and open to the public.

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14. Rockwell engineer to speak at engineering colloquium

Bruce Weiss, principal engineer at Rockwell Automation, will present “Applying Computational Fluid Dynamics and Infrared Thermography to IGBT Power Module Cooling Design in Industrial Inverter Drives” for the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering colloquium at 3 p.m. Monday, April 28, in Olin Engineering 202. The lecture is free and open to the public.

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15. Clothing drive to benefit Milwaukee Rescue Mission

The Department of Recreational Sports is holding a clothing drive to benefit the Milwaukee Rescue Mission through Friday, May 1. Drop-off bins are located at both the Helfaer Rec Center and Rec Plex.

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16. Libraries post April issue of Ex Libris

Raynor Memorial Libraries has issued the April edition of Ex Libris, featuring staff reading recommendations for recent fiction and nonfiction books by faculty and alumni, and literary prizewinners.

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17. Child Care Center requesting gardening supplies

The Krueger Parent and Child Care Center is accepting donations of small gardening tools, seeds and plants for their children to use in their garden. To donate, or for more information, contact Amy Kaboskey, director of the Child Care Center, at 8-2806.

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18. LIMO access restricted on Wells Street

Due to the Wells Street median construction, LIMOs are unable to pick-up or drop-off on Wells Street between N. 13th and N. 16th streets during construction, nor will LIMO Express vans be able to be flagged down in these areas. Call for LIMOs at 8-6363 for transport to and from this area and the dispatcher will direct you to where the LIMO will pick up. For drop-off, the LIMO driver will take you as close to your destination as possible.

The LIMO Express will still have an AMU stop on Wisconsin Avenue and the regular LIMOs will pick-up and drop-off for the AMU at both Wisconsin Avenue and at Schroeder/AMU. The SSP Safety Patrol Escorts will not be affected by the construction and can still be requested by calling the LIMO number or flagging them down on the street, from 5 p.m. to midnight during the school year.

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19. Take shelter during severe weather

In recognition of Tornado Awareness Week, members of the Marquette community are reminded to take shelter immediately when the local emergency sirens sound for severe weather. A tornado warning means that a tornado is in the area and everyone should take immediate shelter, preferably in a basement or below-ground location.

A tornado watch means that conditions are right for a tornado. Continue normal activities but monitor the situation.

For more information, see the Emergency Procedures Guide.

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