1. Offices of the General Counsel, Administration moving to Zilber Hall

The Office of the General Counsel will begin its move into Zilber Hall on Thursday, Dec. 10. The office expects to monitor phone and e-mail messages during its move, resuming normal operations Monday, Dec. 14, in Zilber 205.

The Office of Administration will begin its move into Zilber Hall on Friday, Dec. 11. The office expects to monitor phone and e-mail messages during its move and will resume normal operations Tuesday, Dec. 15, in Zilber 256.

The offices of the Provost (Dec. 14) and Marketing and Communication (Dec. 17) are scheduled to begin their moves next.

Current locations (and contact information) for employees and offices are listed in the online directory, which is updated with each Zilber move. The printed campus directory will be published at the beginning of second semester, when all the moves have been completed.

Watch News Briefs for more information as the moves take place.

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2. Economist to address “State of the U.S. Housing Market”

Dr. Lawrence Yun, chief economist and senior vice president of research at the National Association of Realtors, will discuss “State of the U.S. Housing Market” Thursday, Dec. 10, at 2 p.m. in the Raynor Library Beaumier Suites. A reception will follow.
Prior to joining the NAR, Yun worked as an economic consultant to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and the U.S. Department of Education.
The free event is co-sponsored by the Marquette Center for Global and Economic Studies and the Marquette Center for Real Estate, in partnership with the Wisconsin Realtors Association.

For more information or to RSVP, contact Nicole Truog, associate director of real estate program, at 8-8041.

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3. MUsical Staff, Naturals performing this week

Several holiday musical performances will take place this week:

• MUsical Staff, the employee choir, will perform Tuesday, Dec. 8, in the Weasler Auditorium and Thursday, Dec. 10, in the Varsity Theatre. Both performances begin at 11:30 a.m.

•  The Naturals’ annual Christmas concert is Friday, Dec. 11, at 7:30 p.m. in Todd Wehr Chemistry 100. The male a cappella group will sing renditions of Christmas classics such as Carol of the Bells and Silent Night, as well as arrangements of popular seasonal tunes.

• Carillonneur Mark Konewko will perform Carillon Concerts from Marquette Tower at noon Sundays, Dec. 13 and 20.

All concerts are free and open to the public.

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4. Former engineering dean passes away

Dr. Joe Matar, Eng ’44, former dean of the College of Engineering, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 2.

Matar started at Marquette in 1944 as an engineering instructor and subsequently served as assistant professor, director of engineering research, associate professor and professor. He served as dean of engineering from 1965 to 1971 and associate provost for the university from 1971 to 1974. He received emeritus professor rank in 1990, retiring the same year.

Memorials may be made to the building fund for the College of Engineering’s Discovery Learning Complex, dean's office.

Condolences can be sent to:

Norman Matar (son)

c/o Michael Anthony

6654 West Chambers St.

Milwaukee, WI  53210

Funeral services have been held.

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5. Nominate students for scholarships

Several alumni groups have scholarship awards for which they are seeking nominations. Faculty and staff who know students who qualify for any of these awards are encouraged to nominate them or, for the scholarships that do not require nominations, to encourage students to apply. Students receiving tuition remission or full-tuition scholarships are not eligible for these awards.

The Association of Marquette University Women Scholarship — $2,500 for junior (60-99 credits) women beginning their senior year in the fall of 2010 who are enrolled full-time with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.3 and demonstrate financial need. Application deadline is Feb. 1, 2010.

Ralph H. Metcalfe, Sr., Scholarship — Three awards, sponsored by the Ethnic Alumni Association, of up to $1,600 each for Marquette students of color who are enrolled full-time with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 and demonstrate financial need. At least one award will go to an Educational Opportunity Program student and one to a non-EOP student. Application deadline is Feb. 12, 2010.

AMUW Ignatian Leadership Award — $1,000 award for a senior woman enrolled full-time who excels academically and demonstrates leadership and service to the Marquette and Milwaukee (or her hometown) communities and strives to live out the Ignatian ideals. Faculty/staff nomination is required along with student application. Application deadline is Feb. 19, 2010.

Pedro Arrupe Award — $2,500 for a junior in good standing and enrolled full-time who emulates the values and ideals of Rev. Pedro Arrupe, S.J., superior general of the Society of Jesus from 1961 to 1984, and is involved in service in and beyond the Marquette community. Faculty/staff nomination is required along with student application and essay. Application deadline is March 26, 2010.

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6. Service learning requests due this week

Faculty who are interested in incorporating a service learning component into their spring 2010 course(s) should inform the Service Learning office by Friday, Dec. 11.

The Service Learning Program facilitates student academic learning through meaningful service experiences to positively affect the community. It seeks to bring campus and community together to share resources, meet real community needs and help educate men and women to become change agents.

Faculty interested in learning more about the pedagogy or how to incorporate service learning into their courses should contact Kim Jensen Bohat, director of the Service Learning Program, at 8-0250.

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7. Advent Reconciliation and Feast of Immaculate Conception Services scheduled

Campus Ministry will hold an Advent Reconciliation Service, “Be Strong, Fear Not,” in the AMU Chapel of the Holy Family today, Dec. 7, at 7:30 p.m. The event will begin with a communal prayer service and include time for individual confession. Rev. Tom Lawler, S.J., vocation director for the Society of Jesus in the upper Midwest, will preside. Emily Schumacher-Novak, Manresa Coordinator for Liturgy, will provide a reflection.

Campus Ministry will also hold Masses at noon, 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. for the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, a holy day of obligation, tomorrow, Dec. 8, in the AMU Chapel of the Holy Family. There will not be any Masses at the St. Joan of Arc Chapel tomorrow.

For more information contact Emily Schumacher-Novak, Manresa Coordinator for Liturgy, at 8-3058.

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8. E-teaching projects to be presented

The Center for Teaching and Learning and Information Technology Services will host the project presentations of this semester’s e-teaching workshop series that focused on a variety of course design and multimedia resources to enhance teaching in D2L. Project presentations will be Wednesday, Dec. 9, in Raynor Library 320H, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

A certificate is presented to participants who complete all seven sessions of the workshop series. The e-teaching workshops are offered every semester, so it is not necessary to attend all seven sessions in one semester.

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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9. Department of Biological Sciences to hold a seminar

Dr. John Allingham, assistant professor of biochemistry at Queen’s University, Canada, will present a seminar Friday, Dec. 11, at 3:15 p.m. in Wehr Life Sciences 111. The title of the presentation is “The Cytotoxic Marine Macrolide Lobophorolide Mediates Dimerization of Actin with 2.2 Stoichiometry.”

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10. Live nativity begins tomorrow

Straz Tower will sponsor its fourth annual “Bring Home Jesus” event with a 24-hour live nativity beginning at 10 p.m. tomorrow, Dec. 8, in front of Raynor Library. More than 100 volunteers will staff the nativity scene to increase awareness and action to combat homelessness among children.

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11. Exchange other university T-shirts for a new Marquette shirt

Marquette Athletics is holding a shirt exchange in which Marquette community members can donate T-shirts from other universities in exchange for a new Marquette T-shirt. All shirts collected will be donated to the Salvation Army.

The T-shirt exchange is Thursday, Dec. 10, and Friday, Dec. 11, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the AMU second floor lobby.

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12. Holiday Giving Tree gifts due

Marquette community members who have selected a gift tag for the Holiday Giving Tree need to turn in their gifts (with the tag) at the Rec Center, Rec Plex, AMU Information Desk or Lalumiere 340.

Gifts benefit Jewish Family Services, Bethesda Outreach Program, Caritas for Children, Hands of Faith Ministry, Milwaukee Christian Center and La Casa de Esperanza.

Contact Kathleen Hawkins, administrative assistant for the Department of Social & Cultural Sciences, at 8-5500 for more information.

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13. FACHEX deadline for children of employees is Dec. 10

The certification deadline for FACHEX eligibility for current high school seniors applying to other Jesuit colleges and universities is Thursday, Dec. 10. Each school has its own date for admission materials.

FACHEX (Faculty, Administrator, and Staff Children Exchange Program) is an undergraduate tuition remission program that allows dependents eligible for full tuition benefits at the “exporting” institution to apply for the same benefits at participating “importing” institutions. It was established by the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities in 1971 and continues under the sponsorship of the Chief Academic Officers’ Conference.

Complete the Parent Request for Certification and send it to Kimberly Newman, executive administrative assistant in the Office of the Provost. Guidelines are also posted online.

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14. Easy Pass deadline is Dec. 18

The deadline to participate in the Easy Pass payroll deduction program is Friday, Dec. 18. The Easy Pass offers unlimited Milwaukee County bus rides, including Freeway Flyers and special event shuttles, to the Bradley Center, Miller Park and other locations.

The program cost has increased to $210 per quarter and can be deducted before taxes to save money. Sign up between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. in Union Station, AMU, for passes that will be good during January, February and March. Those who wish to drop must also do so in Union Station by Friday, Sept. 25.

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15. Celebrating women at Marquette — women’s and gender studies

In 1975, Marquette President John Raynor, S.J., established the Marquette University Women’s Council. The council acted as a special committee of prominent leaders that represented Marquette in the community and promoted the interests and views of women in university activities. Called “ambassadresses of good will,” many members were not alumnae but shared a common interest in advancing both Marquette and Milwaukee. Within a year of its founding, the MUWC concentrated on the development of a campus art museum.

Want to know more? Go to the Centennial Celebration of Women Web site. A new note will be featured each week.

In 1909, Marquette became the first Catholic university in the world to offer coeducation as part of its regular undergraduate program. To help honor the centennial, a year-long series of historical notes highlighting turning-point moments and figures in Marquette’s collaborative past is running in News Briefs.

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