1. December Commencement is this weekend

Marquette’s December Commencement will take place Sunday, Dec. 20, at 9:30 a.m. at the U.S. Cellular Arena. The program will include individual recognition of the candidates and remarks by Marquette President Robert A. Wild, S.J.; Janine Geske, distinguished professor of law; and Scott Passolt, a graduating senior from the College of Business Administration.

The Baccalaureate Mass will be Saturday, Dec. 19, at 7:30 p.m. at Church of the Gesu, celebrated by Father Wild and other members of the Marquette Jesuit community.

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2. Offices of Provost, Administration and Marketing moving to Zilber Hall

The Office of the Provost is closed today and tomorrow, Dec. 14 and 15, as it moves into Zilber Hall. Staff have limited e-mail and phone access and will resume normal operations Wednesday, Dec. 16, in Zilber 448 and 454.

The Office of Administration is monitoring phone and e-mail messages during its move into Zilber Hall today, Dec. 14. It will resume normal operations tomorrow, Dec. 15, in Zilber 256.

The Office of Marketing and Communication will monitor phone and e-mail messages during its move Thursday, Dec. 17. It will resume limited operations Friday, Dec. 18, in Zilber 235.

The Office of the President will move next, Jan. 5.

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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3. Register for All University Christmas Party by Wednesday

Join faculty and staff in sharing the spirit of the season at the All University Christmas Party from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 23. The new location is the Union Sports Annex.
 
Departments and offices are asked to inform University Special Events of the number of faculty and staff attending from their area by Wednesday, Dec. 16. Call 8-7431 for more information.

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4. Father Teske honored with Aquinas Medal

The American Catholic Philosophical Association has awarded its highest honor to Rev. Roland Teske, S.J., professor emeritus of philosophy, for his scholarly achievement in the field and his dedication to teaching.

Father Teske received the 2009 Aquinas Medal, which is given each year to an individual who has made significant contributions to American philosophical thought. During his career Teske has published more than 30 books and 125 scholarly articles and book chapters. His writings have included numerous translations — many for the first time into English or any modern language — of Latin or German works, from Augustine to Rahner.

Previous honorees have included Jacques Maritain and Bernard Lonergan.

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5. Library exhibit features women transforming Marquette

A Women Transforming Marquette centennial exhibit is now on display on the second floor of Raynor Library. This 18-panel historical exhibit contributes to the Centennial Celebration of Women at Marquette and features such topics as the Association of Marquette University Women, faculty, residence life and student extracurricular activities. The exhibit was researched and designed by students enrolled in History 4101, Technology for Historians, part of Marquette’s interdisciplinary minor in public history.

The exhibit is accessible during all library open hours through Feb. 4, 2010.

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6. D2L introductory training sessions scheduled

Desire2Learn Introductory Instructor Training will be held in Raynor 320H through the Center for Teaching and Learning:

• Jan. 12, 9 a.m. to noon
• Feb. 12, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
• March 17, 9 a.m. to noon

The training is for faculty who wish to incorporate D2L into their teaching. It provides an overview of the D2L tool set and is especially helpful for new and adjunct faculty or for faculty who wish to use more technology in their instruction.

Register online.

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7. Department of Biological Sciences to hold a seminar

Dr. James Buchanan, professor of biological sciences, will present a seminar Friday, Dec. 18, at 3:15 p.m. in Wehr Life Sciences 111. The title of the presentation is “Descending Control of the Lamprey Spinal Cord — How Does the Brainstem Direct Locomotor Movements?”

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8. Food drive benefits Hunger Task Force

Raynor Memorial Libraries and Marquette Student Government are holding a food drive through Friday, Dec. 18. Nonperishable food items will benefit the Hunger Task Force of Milwaukee, which distributes more than 9.5 million pounds of food to area food banks. Collection barrels are located in the Raynor lobby, AMU Information Desk and the MUSG office, AMU 133.

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9. Law School to hold information session

The Law School will host an information session for prospective students Friday, Dec. 18, at 11:45 a.m. in Sensenbrenner 210. The session will provide information about admissions and financial aid, curriculum, intellectual and student life. A brief tour of the Law School will be led by a current law student. No registration is necessary.

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10. Windows 7 now available on new Marquette computers

New Marquette computers now come with the new operating system from Microsoft, Windows 7, offering faster and more reliable performance. IT Services will not automatically update the current operating system on existing computers unless there is a special need. Employees who choose to update to Windows 7 will need to buy the upgrade using departmental funds. The PC must also meet the minimum hardware configuration.

Employees with personally owned computers can buy Windows 7 at an academic discount from JourneyEd through Jan. 3, 2010.

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11. Celebrating women at Marquette Loretta Sell

She performed for presidents, popes and European royalty. She appeared on the cover of Life magazine. Revlon created shades of lipstick and nail polish in her name. But just who was Loretta Sell?

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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