1. Clinton strategist James Carville to visit Marquette

Democratic political strategist James Carville will deliver a speech, “James Carville Behind the Headlines from Clinton to Obama: Your Questions, His Perspective,” Wednesday, April 22, at 7 p.m. in the AMU ballrooms. Carville will discuss the campaign strategies used to elect President Barack Obama and the issues the Obama administration is facing during his first 100 days in office.

The speech is free and open to the public, but tickets must be picked up in advance. Tickets will be available for Marquette students, faculty or staff in the AMU Brooks Lounge beginning Monday, March 30. Tickets for the general public will be available beginning Monday, April 6. Limit two tickets per Marquette ID or four tickets per person for the general public.

Carville is best known for his leadership of former President Bill Clinton’s first campaign in 1992. Prior to that he led several prominent U.S. Senate and gubernatorial campaigns in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Georgia. He has also been a lead consultant on international elections, including the successful campaign of former Prime Minister Ehud Barak in Israel in 1999. Now a best-selling author and television pundit, Carville resides with his wife, leading Republican strategist Mary Matalin, and two daughters in New Orleans.

Carville’s visit is co-sponsored by the Marquette University Les Aspin Center for Government Alumni Council, the Division of Student Affairs and the Helen Way Klingler College of Arts and Sciences. The event is also supported by the Marquette University Student Government student activity fee.

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2. Ownership of Public Lands is topic of Klement Lecture

Dr. Patricia Limerick will present “The Ownership of the Public Lands: The Romance of Local Control meets the Romance of Expertise” for the 17th annual Frank L. Klement Lecture tomorrow, March 24, at 7:30 p.m. in Emory Clark Hall 120. Limerick is professor of history and director of the Center of the American West at the University of Colorado. She is the author of several books, including Something in the Soil, Desert Passages: Encounters with the American Deserts and The Legacy of Conquest: The Unbroken Past of the American West.

The program is free and open to the public.

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3. Marquette nominated for civil engineering Award

The Milwaukee chapters of Engineers Without Borders-USA and their completed Rio Motagua Bridge project are one of six nominees for the Outstanding Civil Engineering Achievement Award by the American Society of Civil Engineers for a Marquette Civil Engineering Senior Design project in Guatemala.

The bridge in La Garrucha, Guatemala, began as an endeavor to improve the day-to-day life of a rural community in Guatemala. Designed and constructed by Marquette under the mentorship of the EWB-USA Wisconsin Professional Partners, the 67-foot bridge is improving accessibility for more than 100,000 people to community resources, including bus routes to schools, medical facilities and markets. Previously, only a pedestrian bridge existed at the narrowest point of the Motagua River in La Garrucha, Guatemala. During the six-month rainy season the river flow obstructed passage on the bridge.

The project will be presented at the Engineers Without Borders-USA 2009 International Conference in Milwaukee, March 26-29.

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4. Women’s basketball team begins WNIT play tonight

The women's basketball team will take on Butler in the first round of the Women's National Invitation Tournament today, March 23, at 7 p.m. at the Al McGuire Center. Attendees are invited to a reception with free desserts and punch prior to the game, beginning at 6 p.m. in the northeast corner of the concourse. No registration needed.

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5. State school superintendent candidates to speak at forum

Competing ideas about the future of Wisconsin’s schools will be the topic of “On the Issues with Mike Gousha” Thursday, March 26, from 12:15 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. in Sensenbrenner 325. Gousha will feature a forum with Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction superintendent candidates Tony Evers and Rose Fernandez 10 days before the election takes place.

Evers is the deputy state superintendent and has served as a teacher, principal and superintendent of the Verona and Oakfield school districts. Fernandez has worked as a nurse, hospital administrator and businesswoman and is an advocate for virtual schools. The candidates will discuss the challenges facing Milwaukee Public Schools and districts across the state. The event is co-sponsored by WisPolitics.com.

Register online.

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6. Biomedical engineering research presented at symposium

The Biomedical Engineering Department will host its Biomedical Engineering Symposium, and Anthony Sances Jr. Memorial Lecture, on Thursday, March 26, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. in Raynor Memorial Library Beaumier suites.

Keynote speaker Dr. Mitra J. Hartmann, assistant professor of mechanical biomedical engineering at Northwestern University, will present “From Biomechanics to Behavior: Active Sensing in the Rat Whisker System.” Graduate students and faculty from Marquette and the Medical College of Wisconsin will discuss their current research. RSVP to Brigid Lagerman, associate chair of biomedical engineering.

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7. Haggerty Museum hosting forum about Wisconsin visual arts

The Patrick and Beatrice Haggerty Museum of Art will host “The State of Art: Open Forum about the Visual Arts in Wisconsin,” Thursday, March 26, at 7 p.m. Discussion leaders will be Debra Brehmer, owner of Portrait Society Gallery; Polly Morris, director of development, marketing and outreach at UWM Peck School of the Arts; Jane Simon, curator of exhibitions, Madison Museum of Contemporary Art; and George Tzougros, executive director of the Wisconsin Arts board.

The forum is being held in conjunction with the museum’s Current Tendencies exhibition featuring 10 Wisconsin artists. The exhibition features works in diverse mediums by emerging, mid-career and established Wisconsin artists — Jennifer Angus, Peter Bardy, Anne Kingsbury, Colin Matthes, Shana McCaw, Brent Budsberg, T.L. Solien, Sonja Thomsen, George Williams Jr., and Xiaohong Zhang.

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8. Spitfire Grill musical offers appreciation of small-town life

The Department of Performing Arts will present Spitfire Grill at Helfaer Theatre from March 26 through April 5. The performance is the story of recently paroled Percy Talbott working at the Spitfire Grill, the only eatery in town, bringing a fresh appreciation of the beauty of small-town life. She reinvigorates the residents of Gilead, and in doing so, they rediscover themselves.

Contact the Helfaer Theatre box office at 8-7504 for tickets.

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9. “Who Counts?” $3,500 grant proposals due March 31

Faculty are invited to submit proposals for “Who Counts? Math Across the Curriculum for Global Learning” curriculum development grants.

Proposals are sought from tenure and tenure-track faculty to create mathematical reasoning assignments to be integrated in their courses across the curriculum during the 2009-2010 academic year. Successful applicants will receive $3,500 curriculum development grants. The application deadline is Tuesday, March 31.

For more information, contact Dr. Christine Krueger, “Who Counts?” program director and associate professor of English, or Susan Kuehl, “Who Counts?” program coordinator, at 8-4809.

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10. Thirty-five faculty promoted for fall 2009 semester

The university has promoted 31 faculty members to professor or associate professor with tenure effective for the fall 2009 semester. Promoted to professor are Dr. Andrew Dentino, dentistry; Dr. Chris Foley, civil and environmental engineering; Dr. Jeanne Hossenlopp, chemistry; Dr. Charles Melching; civil and environmental engineering; Dr. Gary Meyer, communication studies; and Dr. Dan Zitomer, civil and environmental engineering.

Promoted to associate professor with tenure are Dr. Noel Adams, philosophy; Dr. Monica Adya, management; Dr. Eufemia Afinoguenova, foreign languages and literatures; Dr. David Baker, biomedical sciences; Dr. Sharon Chubbuck, educational policy and leadership; Dr. Mark Cotteleer, management; Dr. Jean Grow, advertising and public relations; Dr. Kristin Haglund, nursing; Dr. Ryan Hanley, political science; Dr. Steven Hartman-Keiser, English; Dr. Sandra Hunter, physical therapy; Janine Kim, law; Dr. Lezlie Knox, history; Dr. Timothy McMahon, history; Dr. Michael Monahan, philosophy; Dr. Christopher Okunseri, dentistry; Dr. Andrei Orlov, theology; Dr. Debra Oswald, psychology; Matthew Parlow, law; Dr. Anthony Pennington-Cross, finance; Dr. Michael Politano, physics; Dr. Janice Schaefer, theology; Dr. Daniel Sem, chemistry; Dr. Meghan Stroshine, social and cultural sciences; and Dr. Sarah Wadsworth, English.

Participating faculty promoted to associate professor of legal writing are Lisa Hatlen and Jessica Slavin.

Promoted to clinical associate professor of physical therapy are Dr. Laurie Kontney and Dr. Tina Stoeckmann.

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11. Part-time students incorporated into their college services

Recognizing that the “part-time student category” has become increasingly blurred as undergraduate students start and stop their studies, the university has integrated services for part-time students into regular college services, more fully engaging students with their college.

Effective fall 2009, students who enroll for less than a full load each semester will be advised in their home college, rather than the College of Professional Studies. Accompanying these program changes will be a modification in the tuition structure for students enrolling for less than full time. The former reduced “PTSD rate” for part-time students will be eliminated effective fall 2009. This change will affect fewer than 200 part-time students.

All students enrolled in colleges other than the College of Professional Studies for less than 12 credit hours will pay one tuition rate. Current PTSD students will be grandfathered, remaining eligible to pay the reduced rate as long as they remain continuously enrolled in a degree program until they leave the university or complete their degree. Non-degree seeking students who wish to take advantage of this provision must apply and be accepted for degree status before fall term 2009.

Marquette will continue to welcome students who wish to enroll for less than full-time in the future, but they will be assisted by their college office, rather than the PTSD program.

PTSD students have received a letter informing them of their grandfathered status and the requirement for continuous enrollment to maintain the lower rate.

For more information, contact Anne Deahl, associate vice provost for academic support programs, at 8-6786.

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12. Sweatshop workers to share personal experiences

Former sweatshop workers from Honduras and Puerto Rico will share their experiences in their struggle for human rights at Soup with Substance tomorrow, March 24, in AMU 407 from noon to 1 p.m. A free, simple meal of soup and bread will be provided.

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13. Taizé prayer service being held Tuesday

A Taizé prayer service will be held tomorrow, March 24, at 7 p.m. in the Chapel of the Holy Family, AMU. Taizé prayer is a form of Christian prayer that includes meditative songs, Scripture reading, silent reflection and prayers of intercession. The service will last less than an hour and all faiths are welcome.

For more information, contact Rachelle Kramer, assistant director of campus ministry, at 8-3695.

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14. Annual Faber Center Lecture addresses medieval women

Dr. Elizabeth Dreyer, author of Making Sense of God: A Woman's Perspective will speak on “Medieval Women Mystics: Weird or Wonderful” for the Annual Faber Center Lecture on Wednesday, March 25, from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in the AMU Lunda Room. No RSVP is required. Light refreshments will be served.

Contact the Faber Center for Ignatian Spirituality for more information.

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15. Math, psychology and chemistry departments hosting colloquiums

Dr. Irina Rypina, postdoctoral investigator at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Woods Hole, Mass., will discuss “Lagrangian Coherent Structures and Transport in Oceanic and Atmospheric Flows” at 4 p.m. Thursday, March 26, in Cudahy 401. The colloquium is sponsored by the Department of Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science.

The Department of Psychology will hold a colloquium Thursday, March 26, at 3:30 p.m. in Cramer 104J. Dr. Dave Pincus, assistant professor of psychology at Chapman University, and Dr. Kristen Kinsfogel, psychologist at the University of California-Irvine, will present "Life and Career ‘On the Other Side’ of Graduate School."

The Department of Chemistry will hold a colloquium Friday, March 27, at 4:15 p.m. in Todd Wehr Chemistry 121. Dr. Michael Green, associate professor of chemistry at Pennsylvania State University, will present "Understanding C-H bond Activation in Heme Proteins: The Role of Thiolate Ligation in Cytochrome P450.”

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16. Free ethnic food at Darfur speaker event

The Darfur Action Coalition will host speaker August Mayai, cofounder of the Machara Miracle Network, Wednesday, March 25, at 6 p.m. in the AMU Ballrooms. Mayai will speak about his work, the conflict in Darfur and Sudan today. Free, traditional Middle Eastern and Sudanese food will also be provided.

Contact Elizabeth Longo for more information.

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17. Film about homosexuality and Christianity being shown

The award-winning film, For the Bible Tells Me So, will be shown Thursday, March 26, at 7 p.m. in Cudahy 001, with a discussion following. The film explores how Biblical interpretation affects the framing of questions around homosexuality within Christian denominations. It also chronicles the faith journeys of families with children who are gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgendered.

The showing is sponsored by the Gay/Straight Alliance, Campus Ministry and Intercultural Programs.

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18. TIAA-CREF representatives available for financial counseling

TIAA-CREF consultants will be available for one-on-one financial counseling sessions from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 25, Thursday, March 26 and Friday, March 27, in AMU 364.

Call 1-800-732-8353 to schedule an appointment.

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