1. Dick Enberg discussed lessons learned from Al McGuire at Commencement

Dick Enberg offered his recollections of friend and former Marquette Coach Al McGuire at Marquette’s Commencement ceremony yesterday, May 17.

More than 2,400 undergraduate and graduate students participating in Commencement exercises heard Enberg emphasize the importance of education and the route that he took from campus disc jockey to nationally recognized award-winning sports journalist. “Education was very, very good to me,” said Enberg. “It accepted a perfect nobody and allowed him to be somebody. On the ride I encountered the most unforgettable character I’ve ever met, Al McGuire.”

McGuire recognized the value of education and the special accomplishment of ‘“getting the piece of paper,’ the diploma,” said Enberg. “He promised every one of his players and their parents that part of playing for Marquette was getting that piece of paper. And in his 13 years here, he was enormously proud that 90 percent of them did.”

Enberg described being so impressed with McGuire’s insights about life that he decided to record them in writing, leading to the creation of a one-act play on his life. “It is one of my most rewarding experiences ever, because for 70 minutes this rascal of a friend is once again, alive,” said Enberg.

Taking lessons that he learned from McGuire, Enberg urged Marquette’s graduates to “climb that brick wall” and not back down from challenges that they will face; enjoy the beauty of unplanned, simple surprises; and to say “thank you.”

The full text is available online.

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2. Wellness-minded employees needed for new initiative

Dr. John Pauly, provost, and Greg Kliebhan, senior vice president, have recently approved the creation of the University Wellness Implementation Committee to promote the wellness needs and interests of Marquette employees.

The committee will be responsible for planning, implementing and promoting wellness activities and programs based on information such as surveys and aggregate health risk appraisal data. Goals include a healthier workforce and containing medical and insurance costs for employees.

Marquette’s recent wellness offerings have included World Day for Physical Activity participation; an “Eat Right Challenge”; a strength training seminar; and an upcoming five-week fitness challenge (see next article).

Marquette employees interested in organizing activities such as these and serving on this committee must express their interest to their respective dean or vice president by Friday, May 29. Deans and vice presidents will appoint committee members to three-year terms effective July 1. The committee will meet monthly, beginning in August.

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3. Fitness program participants can win a Trek bike

Participants in the Employee Wellness Program’s five-week Be Fit Challenge will be eligible to win an iPod Shuffle or a Trek bicycle by getting 30 minutes of exercise five days per week.

Registered employees will receive a log to track and report their exercise each week to be eligible to win an iPod Shuffle. Participants who meet the challenge all five weeks will be entered into the grand prize drawing for a Trek bicycle. Participants receive exercise tips and encouragement along the way. A beginner program is also available.

Register with Mandi Weis, employee wellness coordinator, at 8-4581 by today, May 18.

May is National Physical Activity and Sports Month and National Employee Health and Fitness Day is May 20.

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4. Piano sale open to Marquette community members

A large selection of new and used baby grand, vertical and digital pianos used on campus by Marquette students, as well as other pianos, will be on sale as part of the usage agreement between Marquette and Marquette’s manufacturing partners May 29-31. Most instruments are less than a year old and include a full factory warranty and tuning. Delivery arrangements and no-interest financing is available on site, in the Tony and Lucille Weasler Auditorium.

The pre-sale for Marquette community members is May 29 and 30 by appointment. Call 8-4360.

The sale will be open to the public Sunday, May 31, from noon to 5 p.m.

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5. Submit scholarly accomplishments to Compendium

Faculty and staff with 2009 professional accomplishments, such as publications, presentations and awards, should make sure they’re documented on the university’s News From You online resource. Accomplishments that have occurred since November 2008 will be used to compile the next issue of Compendium, which will be distributed at the beginning of the 2009-10 academic year. Those accomplishments are also posted on Marquette’s research Web page.

Compiling these faculty accomplishments is an excellent way to let the campus community know about the great research taking place at Marquette and to allow fellow faculty to see opportunities for cross-disciplinary collaboration. The online listing also allows external Web search access to faculty accomplishments.

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6. Biological sciences department hosting seminars

The Department of Biological Sciences will host seminars Friday, May 22, and Wednesday, May 27, at noon in Wehr Life Sciences Building 111.

Dr. Allison Abbott, assistant professor of biological sciences, will present "Big Job for Little RNAs: Functional Analysis of microRNA Genes in C. elegans” May 22.

Dr. David Wagner, assistant professor of biological sciences, will speak about “Exploring the Ligand Binding Pocket of GABAA Receptor” May 27.

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7. Graduate School and Graduate School of Management holding information sessions

The Graduate School will hold an open house Thursday, June 4, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the AMU ballrooms. Information about the Graduate School's more than 40 programs as well as the application process and financial aid will be provided

The Graduate School of Management will hold information sessions covering curriculum, admissions requirements, application process and other information in June. Each session begins with a reception before the presentation:

Tuesday, June 2, 5:30 p.m. — Waukesha MBA Program, at MRA, the management association, N19 W24400 Riverwood Dr., Waukesha.

Wednesday June 3, 5:30 p.m. — Executive MBA program, College of Business Administration Executive Center, Straz Hall, second floor.

Thursday, June 4, 5 p.m. — On-campus MBA and MS programs, Cudahy 001.

To RSVP or for more information, call 8-7145 or e-mail.

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8. Golf outing includes food and door prizes

The faculty, staff and administrator golf outing will take place Thursday, June 11, at Brookfield Hills Golf Course. The $31 cost includes 18 holes of golf, food, door prizes and awards. Participants will have the option of an early, middle or late start time between 11:15 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.

The registration deadline is Monday, May 25. Space is limited.

To register, contact Lori Suleski, office coordinator for Recreational Sports, at 8-1558.

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9. Rec Plex offering children’s swimming program

The Rec Plex will offer a Learn to Swim children’s program sponsored by the American Red Cross on Mondays and Wednesdays from June 6 to July 1. The program is segmented into six levels, in addition to the Tiny Tots/Wee Folks program. The cost is $35 for members and $41 for non-members.

Sign-ups begin Tuesday, May 26, at the Rec Plex. Call John Kratzer, general manager, at 8-7778 for more information.

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10. LIMOs, foot escorts and shuttle to continue throughout summer

Student Safety Programs will be available for transports or escorts throughout the summer months. Call 8-6363 from 5 p.m. to 3 a.m. for LIMO requests — the white Kilbourn LIMO Express or the blue door-to-door LIMOs.

Marquette community members can call 8-6363 from 5 p.m. to midnight for foot escorts, and 8-6800 for Early Morning Shuttle (minivan) service within the service area.

Conference and convention attendees can also use these services by showing a form of identification, such as driver’s license, conference lanyard, etc.

Contact SSP for more information.

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