1. Recommendations for open dean positions requested

Provost John Pauly invites the Marquette community to assist the work of the dean search committees for the Klingler College of Arts & Sciences and the OPUS Dean of the College of Engineering. Search information can be found on the Marquette Web site at http://www.marquette.edu/klinglerdean and www.marquette.edu/opusdean.
“Experts in leadership searches believe firmly that the great majority of successful placements come through a personal network, not advertisements,” said Pauly. “There’s no substitute for a colleague or friend reaching out to someone in their personal or professional network, making them aware of our special opportunities. The outcomes of these searches are critical and will allow us to build on the results of Marquette’s successful leadership placements in recent years.”   
Dr. H. Richard Friman, search committee chair for arts & sciences, and Dr. Kyuil Kim, search committee chair for engineering, echoed Pauly’s invitation. They have already engaged their respective committees, asking them to forward the links and seek nominations. Questions about either search can be directed to the respective search committee chair.

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2. Benefits enrollment closes Friday; individual meetings available

HR will hold an Employee Assistance Day for one-on-one meetings with the benefits team Wednesday, Nov. 11, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., in 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.

Choices employees need to make include whether or not to participate in the individual medical, dental and vision insurance plans. If retaining the same coverage, employees do not need to change anything. However, employees electing to participate in the health insurance plan now need to provide covered dependents’ social security numbers, per new federal regulations. Employees also need to choose whether or not to participate in a flexible spending account. Enrolling annually is required to participate.

Health risk assessments are available to all employees. Call 1-877-765-3213 and press "1" to schedule an on-campus appointment. Health plan participants who complete both parts of the HRA — biometric screening and online health questionnaire — will receive a 5 percent discount for 2010 health insurance premiums.

Additional information is available on the benefits Web site.

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3. HRA questionnaire, wellness survey are two separate projects

Two related but different health-promoting and wellness initiatives (questionnaire & survey) are occurring on campus simultaneously.

The Health Risk Assessment includes an online questionnaire that you must fill out to qualify for the discounted rate on your health insurance. This questionnaire can only be filled out after you have your biometric screening performed (either on campus or through your health care provider) since it requires data measured during the screen. If you completed your screening on campus, you were given information on how to log onto and complete the HRA online questionnaire. Employees can also access the questionnaire from the HR benefits Web site. Aurora Health Care is the agency working with Marquette’s Department of Human Resources for the HRA. If you completed the Aurora questionnaire, inputting your biometric screening data, then you will qualify for the discount on your health insurance premium. You also have the opportunity to print your results. For questions about the HRA, contact the HR benefits office at 8-7305.

The second initiative, occurring at the same time, is related but different. The 2009 Marquette Wellness Culture and Interest Survey, a follow-up to a similar survey conducted last year, is designed to determine what initiatives and programs are important to our specific community of Marquette full-time employees. If, as a community, we want to decrease our health care costs, then preventive and medical self-care programs will be critical to achieving this goal. However, no one wants to make assumptions about what programs are important to employees. So, the survey asks you to tell us what you need, what you want, and what you are interested in regarding helping you achieve health from hire through retirement. E-mails to Marquette community members for this survey will be sent today. There is no summary or printing of results with this evaluation. The survey results will be used by the Department of Human Resources and the Employee Wellness Committee to plan wellness programming as the university applies to participate in Milwaukee’s Well City initiative. For questions about the wellness survey, contact Dr. Paula Papanek, associate professor of exercise science, at 8-6079.

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4. Next 100 years of women at Marquette to be discussed

Kristi Bowman, associate professor of law at Michigan State University, will speak on “Equality, Equity and the Education of Marquette Women for the Next 100 Years,” Friday, Nov. 13, at 2 p.m. in Sensenbrenner 325. A panel of Marquette faculty and students/alumnae respondents will comment. The event is free and open to the public. No registration is needed. The program is sponsored by the Subcommittee on Equity of the Committee on Faculty Welfare, in conjunction with the Centennial Celebration of Women at Marquette.

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5. ROTC to hold library dedication and Veterans Day events; NROTC wins competition

Marquette Army ROTC will honor the late professor of military science Col. Edward Dey and his family by dedicating an Army ROTC library in his name on Veterans Day, Wednesday, Nov. 11, at 8 a.m. in the Old Gym. Dey devoted his time and expertise to develop ROTC cadets at Marquette into strong, intelligent leaders from 1965 to 1973. Since his death in 2002, Dey’s wife and nine children have continued that legacy by donating funds each year to Army ROTC for books and technology.

TRI-ROTC (Navy, Army and Air Force ROTC) will also hold a Veterans Day Ceremony at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 11, in the Old Gym. Alex Kaleta, former assistant professor of military science and currently senior associate registrar, will serve as guest speaker.

Marquette’s Naval ROTC recently participated in the 37th Annual University of Wisconsin NROTC Fall Invitational, winning the overall competition and collecting first place in three of the six events. The invitational included the universities of Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, Northwestern, Ohio State and host Wisconsin from the Big Ten; Colorado, Missouri and Iowa State from the Big 12; Marquette from the BIG EAST and Miami (Ohio) from the Mid-American Conference. Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) from the Chicago NROTC Consortium also sent their unit to Madison. Marquette accumulated 595 points, 140 points ahead of the second-place finisher.

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6. Panel to discuss health care reform

The Les Aspin Center for Government Alumni Council will hold "The Way Forward" on health care reform in America, "Unaffordable or Unavoidable?: A Forum on Health Care Reform,” Wednesday, Nov. 11, at 6 p.m. in Marquette Hall 200.

Panelists include:
• Dr. Susan Giaimo, visiting assistant professor of political science
• Dr. John McAdams, associate professor of political science
• Dr. Robert Kraig, executive director, Citizen Action of Wisconsin
• State Rep. Leah Vukmir, representative for Wisconsin’s 14th Assembly District

The event is free and open to the public.

"The Way Forward" series offers interactive forums with a panel of experts that examine the way forward for our nation on a variety of public policy issues. For more information, contact the Les Aspin Center's Marquette office at 8-7446.

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7. Department of Performing Arts presents A Midsummer Night’s Dream

The Department of Performing Arts will present one of Shakespeare’s best-known comedies, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Nov. 12 through Nov. 22.

Performances are:
• Thursday, Nov. 12, through Saturday, Nov. 14, at 7:30 p.m.
• Sunday, Nov. 15, at 2:30 p.m.
• Wednesday, Nov. 18, through Saturday, Nov. 21, at 7:30 p.m.
• Sunday, Nov. 22, at 2:30 p.m.
Ticket prices range from $5 to $20. Call the theatre box office at 8-7504. Discounts are offered to senior citizens and Marquette students, employees and alumni.

As part of Philanthropy Friday events, the Department of Performing Arts will also raise money for St. Ben’s Community Meal program Nov. 13 and 20. For every single ticket sold, the department will donate 10 percent to St. Ben’s.

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8. Sen. Russ Feingold to speak at Law School

U.S. Senator Russ Feingold will be a guest for On the Issues With Mike Gousha Friday, Nov. 13, from noon to 1 p.m. in Sensenbrenner 307.

Feingold, a Wisconsin Democrat, attorney and former Rhodes Scholar, is known for his independent streak. He will discuss today’s pressing issues, such as health care reform and the war in Afghanistan.

Register online.

Gousha, an award-winning journalist, continues his “On the Issues” series of provocative and insightful interviews with local and national public officials, journalists and other newsmakers throughout the year. A complete schedule is available online.

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9. Heartland Delta VI Conference deadline is Nov. 16.

All faculty, staff and administrators received an invitation from Rev. Robert A. Wild, S.J., president, to consider applying for the Heartland Delta VI Conference at Xavier University, May 25-28, 2010. The application deadline is Monday, Nov. 16. 

Those chosen for the Marquette delegation will be notified Dec. 1.

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10. Second annual Theotokos Lecture to focus on Our Lady of Guadalupe

Dr. Maxwell Johnson, professor of liturgical studies at the University of Notre Dame, will deliver the second annual Theotokos Lecture, “The Virgin of Guadalupe in Ecumenical Context: One Lutheran’s Perspective,” Sunday, Nov. 15, at 2 p.m. in Emory Clark Hall 111. Johnson’s lecture will discuss the Lutheran outlook on the apparition of Our Lady of Guadalupe. A reception will follow.

Johnson's research interests and publications are in the origins and development of early Christian Liturgy, the history and theology of the rites of Christian initiation, the liturgical year and the Eucharist; and current ecumenical theological questions, especially among Roman Catholics, Lutherans and Anglicans. He is the author or editor of several books and more than 60 articles in scholarly and pastoral-theological publications.

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11. FBI honors Geske, Restorative Justice Initiative

Distinguished Professor of Law Janine Geske and the Marquette University Law School Restorative Justice Initiative will be honored with the Director’s Community Leadership Award from the FBI. The award is presented on behalf of the director of the FBI to individuals and organizations in recognition of their efforts to combat crime, terrorism, drugs and violence in America. Nominations are made by each of the 56 local FBI field offices.  

Richard Ruminski, special agent in charge of the Milwaukee division of the FBI, will present the award tomorrow, Nov. 10, at the Restorative Justice Initiative’s annual conference, which this year addresses school bullying. In spring 2010, Geske will be honored by FBI Director Robert Mueller, III, with other recipients at a ceremony at FBI headquarters in Washington, DC.

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12. Faber Center holding lunch at homeless shelter

The Faber Center for Ignatian Spirituality will join members of Repairers of the Breach, a day shelter run for and by the homeless, to share a light lunch and scripture reflection Friday, Nov. 13. Participants will leave as a group from the Faber Center, Schroeder Complex 111, at 11:45 a.m. and return to campus by 1 p.m. All faith traditions are welcome. RSVP by Wednesday, Nov. 11, to Ellen Blonski, administrative assistant, at 8-4545.

The Faber Center is also offering weekly reflections online, “Faber Takes Three!” focusing on justice and its intersection with spirituality. The reflections are offered by individuals throughout the university who come from different faith traditions and beliefs. This week's reflection is provided by Alan Madry, professor of law.

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13. Psychology, biology and chemistry departments holding seminars

Dr. Steve Guastello, professor of psychology, will present a colloquium for the Department of Psychology on Thursday, Nov. 12, at 3:30 p.m. in Schroeder Complex 256. He will present “Chaos, Complexity and Emergency Response.”

Dr. Alice Barkan, professor of biology at the Institute of Molecular Biology at the University of Oregon, will present a Department of Biological Sciences seminar Friday, Nov. 13, at 3:15 p.m. in Wehr Life Sciences 111. The title of the presentation is “The Parallel RNA Universe of Plant Organelles.”

The Department of Chemistry will hold a colloquium Friday, Nov. 13, at 4:15 p.m. in Todd Wehr Chemistry 121. Dr. Eric Houser, project manager at the Science and Technology Branch of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, will present “The Science of Threat Detection.”

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14. Prayer service to include meditative songs, silent reflection

A Taizé Prayer Service will be held today, Nov. 9, at 7 p.m. in the AMU Chapel of the Holy Family. The prayer service will be offered for the poor in conjunction with Hunger and Homelessness Month.
Taizé Prayer is a form of Christian prayer founded by a community of Brothers in Taizé, France. The prayer includes meditative songs, Scripture reading, silent reflection and prayers of intercession. All faiths are welcome. 

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

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15. Deadline for COS election is Tuesday

The deadline for the COS election is tomorrow, Nov. 10, at 4:30 p.m. An e-mail was sent last week to all eligible support staff with a link to the election ballot.  
For more information, or if you did not receive the ballot but should have, contact Kristina Fisher, vice chair of COS, at 8-7431.

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16. Service Member Appreciation Day is Wednesday

The Jeanette Kapus Silver Wings Chapter will host its third annual Service Member Appreciation Day to show appreciation for the armed forces. Members of Silver Wings will provide thank you cards and banners for attendees to personalize with notes of gratitude to men and women service members on Veterans Day, Wednesday, Nov. 11, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the AMU second floor lobby. These cards and banners will be sent to military contacts of Silver Wings.

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17. Fall of Berlin wall shown in film, display

Delta Phi Alpha, the German National Honor Society, will show Freedom Without Walls, a short documentary observing the 20th anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall, at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 11, in Cudahy 001. Robert Joda, S.J., assistant professor of German, will speak before the film about his experiences in Berlin before the wall’s construction, which began in August 1961.

DPA will also host a display, "From Peaceful Revolution to German Unity" highlighting the fall of the Berlin Wall and German reunification, on the second floor of Raynor Library through Friday, Nov. 13.

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18. Food drive is world record attempt

Sodexo Dining Services will hold a national one-day food drive, “Helping Hands Across America,” Thursday, Nov. 12, in which they are attempting to break the Guinness World Record for largest drive in a 24-hour period.  

Donated canned and non-perishable food items will be provided to Marquette University Campus Kitchens and Milwaukee’s Second Harvest food bank. Suggested donations include canned green beans, French’s dried onion, canned pumpkin, mashed potato flakes, canned cranberries, stuffing mix and cream of mushroom soup, canned meat, beef stew, tuna, canned chili, peanut butter and canned or dried beans.  

Food can be dropped off in the AMU second floor lobby from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. to donate food items. Supporters can also participate by purchasing paper “helping hands” in university retail and residential dining areas through Nov. 11.

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19. HAVEN program to address stalking

Stalking, recommended responses and preventive measures will be discussed at a HAVEN Conversation Series at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 12, in the Straz Tower first floor classroom.

The program will be presented Dr. Mike Zebrowski, director of the Counseling Center.

The program is cosponsored by Straz Tower Hall.

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20. Celebrating women at Marquette — a coeducational journalism school

Through Father Copus’s dedication and support, Marquette established a coeducational journalism school — the first at a Catholic university — in 1910. By the beginning of the 1930s, women constituted one-third of all journalism students.

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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