1. University will test text messaging system tomorrow

Marquette will test its emergency text messaging system, textMU, tomorrow, Nov. 3. 

All students, faculty and staff with university-owned cell phones or who registered their own personal phones through PeopleSoft or CheckMarq will receive a message that says, “This is a TEST of the textMU system. This is only a TEST.” If you do not receive this message by 3 p.m. Tuesday, please send an e-mail, including your cell phone number and your cell phone carrier, to: security@marquette.edu.  

The university will use the text messaging system, coordinated through the Department of Public Safety, when there is an imminent threat on campus. It will also be used in the event that severe weather causes class cancellations.

The text messaging system augments other forms of campus communication, including e-mail, voice mail, social media and/or the marquette.edu Web site, as the situation warrants. 

All faculty and staff with university-owned cell phones have been automatically enrolled in the system. Faculty and staff may also register their personal cell phone numbers in the “Personal Information” section of MyJob. Phone numbers are uploaded for the text messaging system regularly.

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2. University Advancement begins move to Zilber Hall

University Advancement is the first department to begin its move to the new Zilber Hall, 1250 W. Wisconsin Ave. UA will occupy the third floor and western part of the fourth floor.

Engagement and external relations personnel of UA will begin taking occupancy Wednesday, Nov. 4; development personnel on Nov. 11; and operations and the vice president’s office Nov. 17. UA requests patience in response time for each employee as he/she moves, but will otherwise maintain business operations as well as possible.

UA expects to completely vacate Cramer Hall today, Nov. 2, and 500 North on Nov. 13.

Tenants of Zilber Hall will be assigned parking in the Wells Street Structure, which has the capacity to accommodate them. Parking assignments for those using the structure and Lot F will not be changed until the next campus parking permit reassignment, which will take place in May 2010 for the August 2010 to August 2012 period, based primarily on seniority.

Thirteen offices are moving to Zilber Hall from November to December. The offices of Student Financial Aid and Bursar will move next, around Nov. 18, followed by the Office of the Registrar, around Nov. 23. Watch News Briefs for more information as the moves take place.

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3. Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra to perform at Gesu tomorrow

The Klingler College of Arts and Sciences and the Diederich College of Communication, in association with Church of the Gesu, will host the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra at Church of the Gesu on tomorrow, Nov. 3, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Admission is free. Doors open at 6 p.m.

The concert will be conducted by Stuart Chafetz, known for his ability to engage audiences with classical, pops and family concerts. He is the resident conductor of the MSO and music director and conductor of the Maui Pops Orchestra. The concert will feature symphonies from Mozart, Haydn and Beethoven. The performance will begin with a prelude by Marquette choruses.

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4. Benefits staff available for individual meetings Thursday

HR will hold Employee Assistance Days for one-on-one meetings with the benefits team:
• Thursday, Nov. 5, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., AMU 254
• Wednesday, Nov. 11, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., AMU 252

All employees are encouraged to read the benefits information packet they received at home and add and/or modify benefits through MyJob during the annual enrollment period, which runs through Nov. 13.

Additional information is available on the benefits Web site.

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5. Business Plan Competition accepting entries

The Kohler Center for Entrepreneurship is accepting submissions for its 2010 Business Plan Competition. At least one member of a team must be a Marquette student, faculty or staff member or an alumnus/a. The application deadline is Monday, Dec. 7, 2009.

Following the deadline, the submissions will be reviewed by a team of judges. The entrants accepted into the competition are then paired with an entrepreneurial mentor to develop a more in-depth plan. Workshops on business model development, plan refinement and presentation skills are held periodically throughout the competition. Fully-developed plans will be reviewed by a panel of judges. The winners, who will be announced on April 12, 2010, will receive services, such as legal, accounting and public relations assistance.

For more information, contact Steve Laczniak, graduate assistant in the Department of Management, at 8-0673.

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6. Libraries to present program about Salzmann rare book collection

Dr. Wanda Zemler-Cizewski, associate professor in theology, will present “Treasures of the Salzmann Library's Rare Book Collection," Wednesday, Nov. 4, at 4:30 p.m. in the Raynor Library Prucha Reading Room. Zemler-Cizewski specializes in the history and theology of the Middle Ages. A small selection of pre-1520 books from the collection will be on display.

A partnership between Marquette and the Milwaukee Archdiocese led to the deposit of 900 volumes and more convenient access in an environmentally controlled vault in the Department of Special Collections and University Archives.

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7. Archeologist to discuss Iranian ceramics and artifacts

Kevin Cullen, Discovery World at Pier Wisconsin archaeologist, will present “Lunchtime Learning: The Collection of Iranian Ceramics and Artifacts from the Milwaukee Public Museum” Wednesday, Nov. 4, at 11:30 a.m. at the Haggerty Museum of Art in conjunction with the museum’s Persian Visions: Contemporary Photography from Iran exhibition.

Persian Visions: Contemporary Photography from Iran is an exhibition of photography and video installations by Iran’s most celebrated photographers. The exhibition gathers personal perspectives of contemporary Iran filtered through individual sensibilities, while simultaneously addressing public concerns.

The exhibition runs through Jan. 17, 2010.

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8. Ethicist to discuss women and Catholic social teaching

Dr. Lisa Cahill, the J. Donald Monan, S.J., Professor at Boston College, will present “Justice for Women in Catholic Social Teaching,” Thursday, Nov. 5, at 7 p.m. in the Varsity Theatre. The event is free and open to the public.

Cahill is past president of the Catholic Theological Society and the Society of Christian Ethics. Her areas of special interest are method in theological ethics, especially in the Roman Catholic national law tradition; use of scripture in ethics; ethics of sex and gender; medical ethics; and history of Christian ethics.  

Cahill’s visit is part of the Gathering Points lecture series, co-sponsored by Marquette University’s Office of Mission and Identity and Gesu Parish.

The Cahill lecture is part of Marquette’s Centennial Celebration of Women.

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9. Judy Woodruff to speak at Law School

PBS NewsHour Senior Correspondent Judy Woodruff will be a guest for “On the Issues” with Mike Gousha on Saturday, Nov. 7, from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. in Sensenbrenner 325.

Woodruff has covered politics and other news for more than three decades. She previously worked as a White House correspondent for NBC News and served as an anchor and senior correspondent for CNN. Since joining PBS in 2007, Woodruff has been a key member of the NewsHour team, delivering the day’s news to millions of viewers.

Register online.

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10. Janine Geske to speak about leadership and spirituality

Distinguished Professor of Law Janine Geske will be the guest speaker at the Faber Center's Women's Centennial "Leading from the Spirit" luncheon Thursday, Nov. 12, from noon to 1 p.m. in the AMU Henke Lounge. Geske will speak on how her journey to personal and professional leadership has been influenced by her spiritual journey. The gathering is open to all female employees and will include lunch. RSVP to Ellen Blonski, administrative assistant, at 8-4545 by Monday, Nov. 9. Space is limited.

The Faber Center is also sponsoring the "Faber Takes Three" onine reflections, featuring a diverse group of friends and colleagues from around the Marquette community from different faith traditions and beliefs. This week’s reflection is provided by Alan Madry, professor of law. A reflection by Marquette President Robert A. Wild, S.J., was featured last week and is available online.

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11. Ethnically diverse women in health care is subject of nursing panel

The College of Nursing will host “Centennial Celebration of Ethnically Diverse Women in Health Care” Thursday, Nov. 12, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. in Cudahy 001. RSVP deadline is Tuesday, Nov. 10.

Panelists include Dr. Norma Martinez-Rogers, associate clinical professor of family nursing at the University of Texas Health Center, San Antonio; JoAnn Lomax, manager of patient relations at Froedtert Memorial Lutheran Hospital, Milwaukee; and Kate Harrington, graduate of Marquette’s Nurse-midwifery program.

Panelists will describe their roles and the populations they serve, as well as the “facilitators and barriers” encountered in their roles and how they’ve overcome the barriers.

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12. Psychology, biology, math and chemistry departments holding seminars

Dr. Paul Florsheim, associate professor of social work at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, will present a colloquium for the Department of Psychology on Thursday, Nov. 5, at 3:30 p.m. in Schroeder Complex 256. He will present “Co-Parenting Counseling for Pregnant Adolescents and their Parents: Results, Lessons Learned and Future Directions.”

Dr. David McLean, assistant professor of neurobiology and physiology at Northwestern University, will present a Department of Biological Sciences seminar Friday, Nov. 6, at 3:15 p.m. in Wehr Life Sciences 111. The title of the presentation is “Switching Gears: New Perspectives on Movement Control from the Zebrafish.”

The Department of Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science will hold a colloquium Friday, Nov. 6, at 4 p.m. in Cudahy 401. Dr. Douglas Harris, professor of mathematics, statistics and computer science, will present “Top-Bottom Spaces.”

The Department of Chemistry will hold a colloquium Friday, Nov. 6, at 4:15 p.m. in Todd Wehr Chemistry 121. Dr. Bruce Ault, professor of chemistry at the University of Cincinnati, Southwestern Medical Center, will present “Spectroscopic Studies of the Chemistry of Ozone: Applications to Atmospheric Chemistry and Semiconductors.”

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13. Informational opportunities for graduate and professional programs scheduled

The College of Professional Studies is holding information sessions about educational opportunities for Marquette employees. A session for undergraduate programs will be held Thursday, Nov. 5, from 5:45 p.m. to 7 p.m. in Cudahy 414. The session for graduate programs will be held Thursday, Nov. 12, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the AMU ballroom. For more information, call 8-3153. To schedule a personal consultation, call Lori Kazaks, recruitment coordinator, at 8-7118.

The Law School will host an information session for prospective students Friday, Nov. 6, 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.

The Graduate School will hold an open house Thursday, Nov. 12, 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. RSVP by Tuesday, Nov. 10.

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

Tuesday, Nov. 10, 5:30 p.m. — Waukesha MBA Program, at MRA, the management association, N19 W24400 Riverwood Dr., Waukesha.

Wednesday, Nov. 11, 5:30 p.m. — Executive MBA program, College of Business Administration Executive Center, Straz Hall, second floor.

Thursday, Nov. 12, 5 p.m. — On-campus MBA and MS programs, College of Business Administration Executive Center, Straz Hall 105.

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

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14. Soup with Substance to address immigration reform

Fred Tsao, Policy Director at the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, will present "Immigration Reform” Tuesday, Nov. 3, in AMU 227 for Soup with Substance.

A light meal of bread and soup will be served at 12:15 p.m. The talk will begin at 12:30 p.m.

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15. Event to commemorate "20th Anniversary of the Jesuit Martyrs"

Campus Ministry and the student organization JUSTICE will commemorate the “20th anniversary of the Martyrs” of the University of Central America from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 5, in the garden behind the Jesuit Residence. Enter between the Jesuit Residence and the AMU.

The commemoration will include a depiction, photos and narratives of the scene that took place in the Jesuit garden at the UCA on Nov. 16, 1989, when six Jesuits, their housekeeper and her daughter were killed by soldiers during the civil war of El Salvador in the 1980s.

The United States Congress recently passed a resolution remembering and commemorating the lives and work of the eight individuals.

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16. Holiday Giving Tree gift tags now available

Gift tags are now available for the Holiday Giving Tree. Campus community members can select a tag to buy a $15-$25 gift for an adult or child from Jewish Family Services; Bethesda Outreach Program; Caritas for Children; Hands of Faith Ministry; Milwaukee Christian Center and La Casa de Esperanza.

Gifts must be returned by Dec. 4. Monetary donations are also welcome.

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

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17. Alpha Xi Delta selling bag lunches

Alpha Xi Delta will celebrate its philanthropy week by selling classic bag lunches, Wednesday, Nov. 4, through Friday, Nov. 6. The lunches will cost $2 and include a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, chips or fruit and a juice box. Puzzle-shaped cookies will be for sale as well, Nov. 4–6 and Nov. 9–11, symbolizing the group’s new philanthropy, “Autism Speaks.” Both sales will take place under the Raynor bridge, under the Olin bridge and in the Straz and Lalumiere Halls lobbies.

Proceeds benefit “Autism Speaks.”

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18. Celebrating women at Marquette women faculty in the philosophy department

During the early decades of the 20th century, women at Marquette made significant advancements in entering the male-dominated world of Jesuit higher education. However, the heart of Jesuit education — the liberal arts — remained the domain of men. That changed when the Department of Philosophy decided to challenge the status quo.

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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