1. Marquette Central opening in Zilber Hall this week

With their move into Zilber Hall, the offices of the Bursar, Financial Aid and Registrar will open Marquette Central on Thursday, Nov. 19, enabling students to access the services of the three offices in one centralized location.

Marquette Central is located on the first floor of the building, inside the entrance at 1250 W. Wisconsin Ave. Staff members from the three offices have been cross-trained to respond to student questions about enrollment and financial services. Marquette Central will provide walk-in and phone service (8-4000) for students Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. A Marquette Central Web site is in the Beta stage. Students and employees are encouraged to access the Beta site at http://demo.mu.edu/mucentral/ and offer suggestions.

The offices of the Bursar and Student Financial Aid are closed and will re-open as a part of Marquette Central at 8 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 19. Staff are unavailable during the move.

The Office of the Registrar will close at 4:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 20, and re-open at 8 a.m. Monday, Nov. 30. Staff will be unavailable during the move; however, as of Thursday, Nov. 19, many of the student services formerly accessed within the Office of the Registrar will be provided at Marquette Central.

A new, previously announced identification procedure is also required for access to student records.

Current locations (and contact information) for employees and offices are listed in the online directory, which is updated with each Zilber move. The printed campus directory will be published at the beginning of second semester, when all the moves have been completed.

The Office of the Senior Vice President will be the next occupant of Zilber Hall, with the move tentatively scheduled to begin the week of Nov. 30. Watch News Briefs for more information as the moves take place.

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2. Limited H1N1 Vaccine available today

Marquette Student Health Service has received 500 doses of the injectable H1N1 vaccine and will hold a clinic in the AMU ballrooms today, Nov. 16, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. or while quantities last. Individuals will be accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis. Wait times may be long.

In keeping with Wisconsin Division of Public Health guidelines, only students or employees who fall into priority groups will be eligible to receive the vaccine at this clinic, including:

• Pregnant women.

• People who live with or care for infants aged less than 6 months (parents, siblings, daycare providers or others working in child care settings).

•  Health care and emergency personnel who have direct contact with patients or infectious material. This includes students required to work in health care clinical settings as part of their academic programs. Most of these students were offered vaccinations earlier this fall.

• People 18 years of age or younger who have chronic medical conditions that put them at higher risk for influenza-like complications.

Students and employees attending the H1N1 vaccine clinic today must be prepared to present their Marquette ID and indicate under which priority group they fall.

SHS is in continued contact with state and local health authorities and will update the campus community as more vaccine is received or as guidelines for allocation change.

Members of the Marquette community who do not fit these current priority groups are encouraged to check with their local health departments or personal health care providers for vaccine availability.

SHS still has a limited amount of seasonal flu vaccine available. Call 8-7184 for a seasonal flu appointment.

As a reminder, anyone with flu-like symptoms should stay home from class, work or campus activities until they are fever-free for 24 hours.

For more information, visit the SHS Web site.

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3. On-campus HRA appointments end Friday

Employees participating in the health insurance plan have until Friday, Nov. 20, to participate in an on-campus health risk assessment to be eligible to receive a 5 percent discount for 2010 health insurance premiums. Both parts of the HRA — biometric screening and health questionnaire — must be completed to receive the health insurance premium discount. The online health questionnaire must be completed by Monday, Nov. 23.

Call 1-877-765-3213 and press "1" to schedule an on-campus appointment.

Additional information is available on the benefits Web site.

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4. Resources available after student's death

In response to the tragic suicide of freshman Andrew Siebenaler this past weekend, a Web site with resources for students, faculty and staff has been developed. Please keep the Siebenaler family and those who knew Andrew in your prayers.

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5. Social justice leaders to discuss their efforts in India

“Transforming the Lives of Street Kids in India” is the topic of a dialogue between Marquette alumnus Paul Wilkes, Jour ’60, and Rev. Cedric Prakash, S.J., the 2009-10 Wade Scholar, tomorrow, Nov. 17, at 7 p.m. in AMU 252.
 
Father Prakash has dedicated his life to the promotion of human rights and social justice issues, leading community development centers in Ahmedabad, India, a city in the northeast state of Gujarat. Wilkes, a nationally known author on religious belief and spirituality, is the founder and director of Home of Hope, an organization that supports an orphanage in Kochi, India, in the southwest state of Kerela.

The event is sponsored by the Manresa Project and supported by the College of Communication, Theology Department, College of Nursing, College of Education, Campus Ministry and the Office of International Education.

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6. Faculty to share how they arrived at their research focus

The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs and the Manresa Project will host Dr. Madeline Wake, Dr. Miao (Grace) Wang and Dr. Michael Wert in the “One Thing Led to Another,” series Wednesday, Nov. 18, from noon to 1:30 p.m. in Raynor Beaumier Suite A. The series features short, lunch-time presentations by faculty who will share the paths they followed to their research focus.

• Wake, Raynor chair and university professor, will present “Global nursing journey.”

• Wang, assistant professor of economics, will present “It’s international.”


• Wert, assistant professor of history, will present “Lost in Translation: Figuring out why the past matters in Japan.”

A free lunch of soup and salad will be served. Employees and graduate students are welcome. RSVP to Jennie Schatzman, office coordinator.

The series is co-sponsored by the Office and Research and Sponsored Programs and Manresa for Faculty with the Center for Teaching and Learning.

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7. Jazz ensembles and wind ensemble performing free concerts

The Jazz Ensembles will present their fall concert Thursday, Nov. 19, at 7 p.m. in the Varsity Theatre. The concert will feature jazz standards from the swing era, as well as Latin, fusion and bebop styles.
 
The Wind Ensemble will perform its second concert of the year Sunday, Nov. 22, at 2 p.m. in the Varsity Theatre. The concert, “Landmark Works for Winds,” will include many of the most important works for wind band from the last century, including newer works from the Japanese school of composition and contemporary American composers.

Each concert is free and open to the public.

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8. Christine Neumann-Ortiz will discuss immigration reform

The Center for Transnational Justice Lecture Series will host Christine Neumann-Ortiz, founding executive director of Voces de la Frontera, a low-wage and immigrant workers center, tomorrow, Nov. 17, at 4:30 p.m. in AMU 163. She will present “Immigration Reform: Challenges and Prospects.” The lecture is free and open to the public.

Neumann-Ortiz is recognized as a national voice for immigration reform and has organized the largest political march in Wisconsin history, with more than 80,000 people supporting her campaign for humane immigrant policies.

Call 8-5991 or e-mail for more information.

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9. Illegal immigrants to be discussed at economics program

The Center for Global and Economic Studies will host Andreas Buehn, professor of business and economics at Technische Universitat, Dresden, in honor of the Centennial Celebration of Women at Marquette. Buehn will present “How Many Illegal Immigrants Enter the United States? From Where and Why?” Thursday, Nov. 19, from 3:30 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. in David Straz 106.

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10. Lehner to present for Honors Program lecture series

Dr. Ulrich Lehner, assistant professor of theology, will speak in the 2009-10 Honors Program Lecture Series, Thursday, Nov. 19, at 5 p.m. in the AMU Henke Lounge. Lehner will present “Searching for God’s Truth in History — Some Autobiographical Reflections.”

The Honors Student Advisory Council hosts the lecture series by inviting faculty to address a topic from the viewpoint of “If this were the last lecture of your career, what would you say?”

Additional speakers will be Dr. Barrett McCormick, professor of political science (Jan. 14); Dr. Julian Hills, associate professor of theology (Feb. 11); Dr. Susan Mountin, director of the Manresa Project (March 11); and Dr. Ronald Zupko, professor emeritus of history (April 15).

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11. Counseling Center holding suicide prevention training

The Counseling Center is offering a “Question, Persuade and Refer” suicide prevention training session Friday, Nov. 20, from noon to 1:30 p.m. in AMU 252. The training program teaches attendees how to ask someone if he/she is suicidal and how to persuade that person to accept a referral for counseling. RSVP to the Counseling Center at 8-7172.

12. Linguistics Club guest to speak about Pennsylvania Dutch

The Marquette Linguistics Club will host an expert on Pennsylvania Dutch, Dr. Mark Louden, professor of German and Jewish studies at UW-Madison, today, Nov. 16, at 7:30 p.m. in Lalumiere 172. He will present "Pennsylvania Dutch and Language Contact in the United States." The talk is free and open to the public.

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13. OIE events this week include religion and food discussion

The Office of International Education will host Dr. Peter Harle, professor of religious studies at the University of Minnesota, to present “Religion and Food: A Cultural Connection” Tuesday, Nov. 17, at 2 p.m. in AMU 407. He will discuss the intersection of religion and food and how religion governs what is, and can be, eaten by a variety of groups around the United States and the world.


The lecture is part of International Education Week events. Additional events will be held all week.


A Faculty International Research Panel will be held Wednesday, Nov. 18, at noon in AMU 157. International faculty research from the winners of last spring's poster contest will present their research. Presenters are:


• Dr. Eugenia Afinoguenova, associate professor of Spanish – “The ‘Itinerant Museum’: Agrarian Reform, Peasant Revolt, and the Cultural Policy of Spain's Second Republic.”

• Dr. Ruth Ann Belknap, assistant professor of nursing – “Vamos Juntas: A pilot participatory action research project to assist Spanish-speaking immigrant women in moderating life stressors.”

• Dr. Irfan Omar, assistant professor of theology — “Muslim Outreach for Interfaith Dialogue: Al-Risala Movement's Mission for the 21st Century.”

• Dr. Toni Roucka — clinical assistant professor of general dental sciences, “Emergency dental care training for refugee health providers: An answer to dental care access in long-term refugee camps.”

A soup and salad lunch will be served and RSVPs are requested to Susan Whipple, assistant director of international education, at 8-7289. Presenters and topics will include:

A diverse group of Marquette alumnae will present “Women of the World: How My International Experiences Shaped Me and My Career” Wednesday, Nov. 18, at 7 p.m. in AMU 407. They will discuss their success stories and how international and intercultural experiences can help reach personal and professional goals.

The events are sponsored by the Office of International Education.
 
International Education Week is an opportunity to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide.

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14. Program to address the direction of STEM education in Wisconsin

Van Walling, executive director at Engineers & Scientists of Milwaukee and a STEM education advocate, will present "Future Directions of STEM Education in Wisconsin" tomorrow, Nov. 17, at 4:30 p.m. in Schroeder Complex 112. This Noyce Scholar Program Future STEM Teacher Seminar is free and open to the public. 

The national Noyce Scholarship Program seeks to encourage talented STEM majors and professionals to become K-12 teachers.

For more information, contact Dr. Kathleen Cepelka, associate dean of the College of Education and co-director of the Noyce Scholar Program, at 8-7375.

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15. Smoking cessation support provided for Great American Smokeout

The Center for Health Education and Promotion is providing smoking cessation support and activities for the Great American Smokeout on Thursday, Nov. 19:


• smoke-free dining and bowling at the Union Sports Annex, all day.
• hot dogs and hot chocolate for sale from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. under the Raynor Bridge, with Colleges Against Cancer.
• smoking cessation information in the AMU second floor lobby from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
• following MUquitterinyouon Twitter for cessation support.

The Employee Wellness Program also has a Smoking Cessation Guide and information about Great American Smokeout “Quit Kits,” self-help materials, classes and support groups, and success stories from Marquette employees. For more information, contact Mandi Weis, employee wellness coordinator, at 8-4581, or the Center for Health Education and Promotion at 8-5217.

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16. Psychology and philosophy departments presenting seminars

Dr. John Grych, professor of psychology, will present a colloquium for the Department of Psychology on Thursday, Nov. 19, at 3:30 p.m. in Schroeder Complex 256. He will present “Toward a More Comprehensive Model of the Impact of Interparental Conflict on Children.”

The Department of Philosophy will host Dr. Eva Kit-Wah Man on Friday, Nov. 20, from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. in the Raynor Library Beaumier Suites. The 2009 AMUW Chair at Marquette, Man will present “The Relation of ‘Self’ and ‘Others’ in the Confucian Traditions and Its Implications to Global Feminisms and Public Philosophies.

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17. Law School holding admissions information session Saturday

The Law School will host an admissions information session Saturday, Nov. 21, from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., in Sensenbrenner Hall. Representatives from the Law School Office of Admissions and the Program in Part-Time Legal Education will address topics such as law school curriculum, class schedules for day full-time and day and evening part-time students, course streams, admission requirements, Law School Admission Test information, the application timetable and financial aid.

Register online.

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18. Food drive benefits Hunger Task Force

Raynor Memorial Libraries and Marquette Student Government are holding a food drive through Friday, Dec. 18. Nonperishable food items will benefit the Hunger Task Force of Milwaukee, which distributes more than 9.5 million pounds of food to area food banks. Collection barrels are located in the Raynor lobby, AMU Information Desk and the MUSG office, AMU 133).

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19. Windows 7 now available on new Marquette computers

New Marquette computers now come with the new operating system from Microsoft, Windows 7, offering faster and more reliable performance. IT Services will not automatically update the current operating system on existing computers unless there is a special need. Employees who choose to update to Windows 7 will need to buy the upgrade using departmental funds. The PC must also meet the minimum hardware configuration. Employees with personally owned computers can buy a Windows 7 academic discount from JourneyEd. A GROW training session will also be held Wednesday, Nov. 18, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. in Cudahy 208. Register online.

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20. TIAA-CREF representatives available for financial counselinge

TIAA-CREF consultants will be available to faculty and staff for individual and confidential financial counseling sessions Wednesday, Nov. 18; Thursday, Nov. 19; and Friday, Nov. 20; from 9:30 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. in AMU 233. The session can include overall financial advice, asset allocation, retirement income options, diversifying financial portfolios and learning about mutual funds, brokerage, life insurance and annuities.

Call 1-800-842-2005, ext. 255674, to schedule an appointment.

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21. Celebrating women at Marquette intercollegiate athletics

The 1970s ushered in a new era for intercollegiate athletics across America, an era of new opportunity for women athletes. Designed to end discrimination in education, the effects of Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972 extended beyond the classroom and required equal opportunities for women athletes. Before Title IX, women’s teams lacked funding, programs, facilities and equipment — not to mention the opportunity to participate at the intercollegiate level.

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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