1. Band performing “Lord of the Rings” Sunday

The Marquette Symphonic Band will perform Sunday, Feb. 22, at 2 p.m. in the Varsity Theatre. The concert, “Lord of the Rings,” will include music by Johan de Meij, Dmitri Shostakovich, Peter Mennin and Roger Nixon.

The performance is free and open to the public.

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2. The rationality of faith explored at annual Aquinas Lecture

The relationship between faith and reason will be the topic of the annual Aquinas Lecture at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 22. Dr. Daniel Garber, chair of philosophy at Princeton University, will deliver “What Happens After Pascal’s Wager: Living Faith and Rational Belief,” in the Raynor Library Beaumier Conference Center. Garber will use the work of French philosopher Blaise Pascal to discuss what it means for faith to inform reason and how confident people should be regarding the rationality of religious belief. On-site registration will be required for the free, public lecture.

Garber studies the relationships of philosophy, science and society in the period of the scientific revolution. He has written two books, Descartes’ Metaphysical Physics and Descartes Embodied, and has co-edited the Cambridge History of Seventeenth-Century Philosophy and the annual Oxford Studies in Early Modern Philosophy.

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3. Lecture to address the history of the papacy

Papal history is the topic of the annual Wade Lecture at 4 p.m. Monday, Feb. 23, in Cudahy 001. The Rev. Thomas Worcester, S.J., the 2008-2009 Wade Chair, will discuss “The Modern Papacy: Between Tradition and Innovation,” about the papacy’s similarities and differences over a 500-year period, from the pontificate of Julius II in the 16th century to John Paul II in the 20th century.

Worcester is a specialist in French, Renaissance and Catholic Church histories. He authored Seventeenth-Century Cultural Discourse: France and the Preaching of Bishop Camus and more than a dozen scholarly articles and co-edited two anthologies created for art exhibitions at the Worcester Art Museum and the McMullen Museum at Boston College.

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4. ESPN’s Dick Vitale to participate in campus book-signing

Dick Vitale, well-known college basketball commentator on ESPN, will sign copies of his new book, Dick Vitale’s Fabulous 50 Moments and Players in College Basketball Wednesday, Feb. 25, from noon to 1 p.m. in the Spirit Shop, AMU. Books are expected to be available for presale at the Spirit Shop beginning tomorrow, Feb. 20.

Vitale will be on campus to participate in the ESPN broadcast of the men's 6 p.m. basketball game vs. Connecticut that night.

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5. Brazilian chef preparing native dishes next week

Adriana Yunes Caporossi, the first Sodexo Global Chef from Brazil, will visit campus to prepare Brazilian cuisine Feb. 23-24. Caporossi is the director of culinary training with Sodexo Brazil and is responsible for the training and development of its culinary team members nationwide.

Caporossi will prepare Brazilian specialties:
Monday, Feb. 23:
• Lunda Room, AMU, 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. — Brazilian specialties will be added to the menu for the day. Caporossi will also be available to visit with guests. Reservations are recommended.

• Marquette Place, AMU, 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. — Brazilian salad will be featured on the menu at Fresh Greens, and NYC Subs will offer a Brazilian soup.

• Marquette Place, AMU, 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. — Brazilian salad will be featured on the menu at Fresh Greens, and a Brazilian soup will be offered at NYC Subs. Caporossi will also be available to visit with guests.

• Second floor lobby, AMU, 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. — Samples of greens with grilled fruits and passion fruit vinaigrette, shrimp porridge and mousse de café will be available. A capoeira Brazilian dance group will also perform from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 24:
• Straz Tower Dining Room, 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. — Brazilian menu selections include empada, feijoada, bobo de camarao and mousse de café. Caporossi will also be available to visit with guests.

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6. Panelists to discuss experience with international law

The International Law Society will host a panel of speakers to discuss their experiences in international law at 7 p.m., Monday, Feb. 23, in Sensenbrenner 210. Panelists include Max Chester, an attorney specializing in contract negotiation with companies in Russia; Brian Flora, a retired Foreign Service officer; Erik Guenther, a criminal defense attorney with experience training legal personnel in Afghanistan; Lisa Laplante, visiting assistant professor of law at Marquette; and Col. Michael Tobin, a military officer who assisted in the construction of the justice system in Afghanistan.

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7. MUSG to host open discussion on diversity

MUSG will host Marquette INNERchange Monday, Feb. 23, from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in AMU Monaghan Ballroom E. The program offers an open discussion regarding diversity and celebrates age, culture, faith, ethnicity, race, gender, sexual orientation, language, disability and social class. The INNERchange will take place in three 20-minute discussions, offering participants different perspectives on the topics.

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8. Les Aspin center hosts immigration forum

The Les Aspin Center for Government Alumni Council will hold a forum examining immigration, “Beyond Borders: How U.S. Immigration Policy Affects the Economy.” The event will be held Tuesday, Feb. 24, at 5:30 p.m. in Raynor Libraries Beaumier suites B and C.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the Les Aspin Center’s Marquette office at 8-7446.

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9. Research commercialization featured at faculty seminar

Faculty interested in the commercialization of their research in the sciences, dentistry, engineering, health sciences, and nursing are invited to attend a free faculty commercialization seminar from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, March 28, at The Milwaukee Club, 709 N. Jefferson St.

The seminar will feature panel and roundtable discussions and case study presentations from leaders in higher education and research commercialization. The seminar also includes a luncheon presentation and a networking reception.

Topics presented will include characteristics of successful academic commercialization and venture creation projects; commercialization potential in faculty research areas; pathways to research commercialization; and advisers and supporters.

Sponsored by the Kohler Center for Entrepreneurship, College of Business Administration and Graduate School of Management, and the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, the seminar has been underwritten by a grant from the Helen Bader Foundation.

To register, contact Steve Laczniak, graduate intern, at 8-0673 by Monday, March 16.

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10. Dr. Stephanie Quade is named dean of students

Dr. Stephanie Quade has been named dean of students within the Division of Student Affairs to reflect her responsibilities of coordinating judicial affairs, overseeing the maintenance of student records, and directing the Burke Scholarship Program. She also supervises professional staff responsible for aspects of the Marquette experience that include new student programs, community service and intercultural programs.

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11. Detecting false academic credentials workshop to be held

Faculty and staff are invited to a workshop on “Detecting Falsifications in Academic Credentials," Wednesday, Feb. 25, from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. in AMU 407. The workshop will be presented by Margit A. Schatzman, president of Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc. and is sponsored by the Office of International Education.

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12. Clarification on Service Learning Program history

An item in the Feb. 12 News Briefs announcing Bobbi Timberlake’s award from the Wisconsin Campus Compact didn’t accurately reflect the early history of Marquette’s Service Learning program. Although Timberlake has developed Marquette’s program over the past 15 years, Dr. Andrew Tallon, professor of philosophy and director of University Press, received the two U.S. Department of Education grants to establish the program and directed it as a project for its first years.

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13. Love Your Body Week events begin Monday

Next week’s 11th annual “Love Your Body Week” will include free fitness classes in the AMU on Monday, Feb. 23, and Tuesday, Feb. 24, lunchtime speakers on mindful eating and body image, and keynote speaker Jenni Schaefer, who will share her struggle with an eating disorder.

Cobeen Hall residents will also hold their annual swing-a-thon outside of Raynor Memorial Library. Two residents at a time will swing on a swing from Monday, Feb. 23, at 9 a.m. until Tuesday, Feb. 24 at 9:30 p.m., a total of 36.5 hours to remind women to love their body 365 days a year. Donations collected during the event will be given to the Roger’s Memorial Hospital Eating Disorders Center, Oconomowoc, Wis.

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14. Professionals to discuss work experience at free lunch

Three professionals will talk about their experience in the workplace Tuesday, Feb. 24, at 12:30 p.m. in AMU 157. Tina Dettlaff, sales office manager at Direct Supply Inc.; Kelsey Eash, client service manager at Wells Fargo; and Jacqueline Schultz, executive team leader of Guest Experience at Target, will participate in the Power Lunch hosted by Office of Student Development's Intercultural Programs and the Career Services Center.

The event is free and includes lunch.

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15. Public safety offering self-defense classes

The Department of Public Safety will hold free self-defense classes:
• Monday, Feb. 23, at 5 p.m. in AMU 163
• Monday, March 30, at 5 p.m. in AMU 157

The class incorporates national and local crime trends, and a hands-on approach and effective techniques for escaping potentially dangerous situations for both males and females.

Register by calling DPS at 8-6800.

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16. Register for pingpong tournament by Sunday

The Office of International Education is hosting its annual pingpong tournament for students, faculty and staff Friday, Feb. 27, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. in AMU 407. There is no cost to enter, but participants must register by Sunday, Feb. 22, in AMU 407. All ability levels are welcome.

For more information, contact the OIE at 8-7289.

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17. Save money when filing federal income tax return

Parents of students can take advantage of thousands of dollars in federal tax credits when filing income tax returns.

Students attending colleges and universities in Milwaukee and certain other Wisconsin counties can take advantage of increased Hope and Lifetime Learning tax credits for 2008 taxes that are double those of last year. In addition, the definition of qualified education expenses has been expanded.

• The Hope credit for students in Milwaukee County is 100 percent of the first $2,400 of qualified education expenses and 50 percent of the next $2,400 of such expenses for a maximum credit of $3,600. This expanded credit is due to a disaster area declaration announced following severe flooding in June.

• Students can also take advantage of an increased Lifetime Learning credit of 40 percent of qualified expenses paid with a maximum credit of $4,000.

The amount that can be deducted for miles driven has changed for 2008 for students who drive their car to and from school for work-related education and qualify to deduct transportation expenses.

Credits for the Hope, Lifetime Learning and education savings bond programs are gradually reduced if modified gross adjusted income matches new thresholds.

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