1. Mission and identity and risk unit move to Zilber Hall this week

The Office of Mission and Identity and the risk unit will begin their moves into Zilber Hall on Wednesday, Dec. 2. The Office of Mission and Identity expects to monitor phone and e-mail messages during its move, Dec. 2 to 4, and resume normal operations Monday, Dec. 7, in Zilber 423.

The risk unit, comprising the Office of Risk Management, Environmental Health & Safety and Internal Audit, will also monitor phone and e-mail messages during its move, Dec. 2 to 4 and resume partial operations Friday, Dec. 4, in Zilber 212. The offices will open for normal business Monday, Dec. 7.

The Office of the General Counsel is scheduled to move next, beginning Dec. 10.

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.

Watch News Briefs for more information as the moves take place.

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2. H1N1 vaccine now available to all Marquette students and employees

Marquette Student Health Service will hold another H1N1 vaccine clinic in the AMU Ballrooms Thursday, Dec. 3, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. The H1N1 vaccine is now available to all members of the Marquette community with an MUID.

The H1N1 vaccine is offered at no cost. Individuals will be accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis while quantities last. Wait times may be long. The H1N1 vaccine is also available by appointment; call SHS at 8-7184 for more information.

Seasonal flu vaccine is also still available by calling SHS for an appointment. Students receiving the seasonal flu shot before Dec. 11 are still eligible for raffle prizes. The seasonal flu vaccine is $25.
Anyone with flu-like symptoms should stay home from class, work or campus activities until he/she is fever-free for 24 hours.
For more information visit the SHS Web site.

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3. Student evaluations begin today

Fall 2009 course evaluations are available for students to complete online beginning today, Nov. 30, until Saturday, Dec. 12. The Marquette Online Course Evaluations System is used to administer the evaluations. 

Students receive an e-mail to their eMarq email accounts today with login information and instructions about how to complete the evaluations online. Students can also access the online system directly.

Results will be made available to faculty after all final grades for all classes have been submitted to the Office of the Registrar, Tuesday, Dec. 22. Instructors, department chairs and deans will receive an e-mail around Dec. 22 with login information and instructions about how to access the online results. 

For additional information, including a sample in-class announcement, the course evaluation schedule and a sample evaluation form, visit the MOCES informational Web site.

For more information contact Gary Levy, associate vice provost for institutional research and assessment, at 8-7906.

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4. Marquette to convert bonds to take advantage of low interest rates

Marquette University will convert nearly $84 million in variable rate bonds to fixed rate bonds next month. Robert W. Baird & Co. is serving as underwriter for the bonds, which the firm will begin marketing soon.
Chuck Lamb, vice president for finance, said the conversion is expected to save the university interest costs and stabilize the debt over time. “We want to take advantage of the current historically low interest rates available to us,” he said. “In addition, the fixed rate will enable us to predict debt payments from year to year.”
The variable rate bonds were issued in 2008 to finance the construction of Eckstein Hall, the new Law School facility, and renovation of McCabe Hall, as well as other residence hall work.
The new, fixed rate bonds will be available in increments of $5,000, with a maturity of 24 years. Interest earned is exempt from federal tax.

Contact your financial advisor for more information on ordering the bonds.

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5. Marquette to appear in webcast about admissions process

Roby Blust, dean of admissions and enrollment planning, will appear on a live Webcast co-sponsored by the Wall Street Journal and college search Web site Unigo on Wednesday, Dec. 2, at 6 p.m. The webcast will be live-streamed and available online afterward.

The event, “Inside the Admissions Office,” will feature Marquette along with admission deans from Bryn Mawr College, Grinnell College, Princeton University, University of Pennsylvania, University of Vermont, Wesleyan University and Williams College.

It will be moderated by Jordan Goldman, the founder and CEO of Unigo, and will explore topics including what a dean of admissions looks for when reviewing a college application, the importance of grades, test scores, interviews, essays and more.

Questions for the webcast can be submitted online ahead of time.

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6. College of Nursing receives maximum accreditation

The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education has granted the College of Nursing’s baccalaureate and master’s degree programs the maximum 10-year accreditation. The college’s doctor of nursing practice program was granted the maximum five-year accreditation.

“We are very pleased that CCNE has again recognized the quality of the Marquette College of Nursing and its programs,” said Dr. Margaret Faut Callahan, dean of the college. “The accreditation reaffirms that we are providing an excellent nursing education for our students and preparing them well for their careers of providing health care to others.”

CCNE evaluated the Marquette College of Nursing in areas such as mission and governance, institutional commitment and resources, curriculum and teaching-learning practices, and aggregate student and faculty outcomes.

CCNE is the only nursing education accrediting agency dedicated exclusively to the accreditation of bachelor's and graduate-degree nursing education programs.

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7. Poster session and colloquy features faculty/student research

The Office of the Vice Provost for Research and the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs will host the Fifth Annual Forward Thinking Poster Session and Colloquy tomorrow, Dec. 1, from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the AMU Ballrooms. Dr. Arthur Hefti, chair of the Committee on Research, will provide opening remarks.

Eight colleges and 16 departments are represented in 44 posters and two colloquy sessions about projects that will take place in the next 12 months.

The goal of the event is to celebrate and encourage faculty research that involves students.

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8. Ecuadorian immigrant to speak about migration

The Center for Transnational Justice and the Mexico-US Solidarity Network will host Nelly Ortiz, who will deliver “Why We Leave? A First-Hand Account of Migration to the US,” Wednesday, Dec. 2, from 5:30 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. in AMU 227.

Ortiz, a leader in Chicago’s immigrant community, worked in a Coca-Cola bottling plant in Cuenca, Ecuador, before moving to the US in 1995. She is currently an organizer for Cleaning Power, a women’s household cleaning cooperative. The speech is free and open to the public.

Contact Dr. H. Richard Friman, Eliot Fitch Chair for International Studies, at 8-5991 for more information.

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9. AIDS awareness events include photo display, speaker about Kenya

The student organization Watumishi is hosting a Gallery Night at the Haggerty Museum of Art on Wednesday, Dec. 2, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., displaying photographs of AIDS and poverty around the world. The event, held in recognition of World AIDS Week, will also include music and free food. Admission is $3. Proceeds benefit Watumishi's library project in Kenya.

Watumishi will host Dr. Peninnah Kako, assistant professor of nursing at UW-Milwaukee, to speak about her research on AIDS in Kenya, "En route to HIV discovery and its aftermath: Experiences of Kenyan women," Thursday, Dec. 3, at 7 p.m. in AMU Ballroom A.

Watumishi will also have information available and shirts for sale in front of the AMU Brew from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday this week.

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10. Program for Women Transforming Marquette exhibit is Thursday

The opening program for the Women Transforming Marquette exhibit at Raynor Memorial Libraries is Thursday, Dec. 3, from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. The exhibit, in conjunction with the Centennial Celebration of Women at Marquette, was researched and designed by students in the Technology for Historians and The Craft of Digital Storytelling classes. Students will describe their conceptualization of the exhibit, research and other aspects of the project at the program.

The exhibit will open Friday, Dec. 11, and will run through Feb. 4, 2010, on the second floor of Raynor Library.

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11. Water crisis author to speak at Law School event

Dr. Robert Glennon, author of Unquenchable: America’s Water Crisis and What To Do About It, will deliver a luncheon address about the nation’s water crisis Tuesday, Dec. 8, from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the AMU Ballrooms. Glennon's remarks, part of the “On the Issues of Mike Gousha” series, should be particularly relevant to a Milwaukee audience, given the region's efforts to become a global water technology hub. The cost is $15 for lunch or $25 for lunch and a copy of Unquenchable.

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12. Recruiting Trends summary and webinar available

A summary report of Dr. Phil Gardner’s Recruiting Trends is now available online. Gardner, director of research, Collegiate Employment Research Institute at Michigan State University, describes the opportunities and challenges faced by 2010 college graduates based on a recent national survey of 2,500 diverse employers.

The summary was prepared by Laura Kestner, director of career services, who attended the annual Recruiting Trends Conference in Chicago with other members of Career Services. The college labor market is a reflection of the overall state of the economy and, as such, Kestner anticipates another challenging spring semester.

The summary includes:
• hiring by industry
• advice to share with Marquette students and recent graduates
• upcoming Career Services programs and services

Career Services will also host a webinar of the report itself Thursday, Dec. 10, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Holthusen Hall Career Services Seminar Room. E-mail to RSVP. Bring your own lunch.

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13. Articles requested for peace and conflict journal

The Center for Peacemaking is soliciting submissions for the next issue of the Journal for the Study of Peace and Conflict, a peer-reviewed journal that accepts submissions from all disciplines.

The journal publishes a variety of scholarly articles, essays and poetry on topics such as war, peace, global cooperation, domestic violence, teaching approaches, and interpersonal conflict resolution, including questions of military and political security, the global economy, and global environmental issues.

The intended audience includes scholars from a wide range of interests within the university community and educated members of the public.

The deadline for abstract submissions Thursday, Dec. 10, 2009. The deadline for article submissions is Jan. 30, 2010.

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14. Compendium submissions due today

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 by end of day today, Nov. 30.

Accomplishments that have occurred since June 2009 that did not appear in the summer issue of Compendium will be used to compile the next issue of Compendium, which will be distributed at the beginning of second semester. 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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15. “Emerging technologies” to be presented for e-teaching workshop

The Center for Teaching and Learning and Information Technology Services will present “Emerging technologies” Wednesday, Dec. 2, in Raynor Library 320H, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

The presentation is part of a D2L e-teaching workshop series focusing on a variety of course design and multimedia resources to enhance teaching in D2L. A certificate is presented to participants who complete all seven sessions. The e-teaching workshops are offered every semester, so it is not necessary to attend all seven sessions in one semester.

The final session this semester will be project presentations Wednesday, Dec. 9, in Raynor Library 320H, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Register with Dr. Dave Buckholdt, director of the Center for Teaching and Learning, or Jon Pray, associate vice provost for educational technology.

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16. Psychology, biology and chemistry seminars held this week

Diogene Ntarindwa, a Rwandian writer and actor, will give a lecture at the Department of Psychology’s colloquium Thursday, Dec. 3, at 3:30 p.m. in Marquette 200. Ntarindwa will deliver “The Role of Memory in Identity Formation: The Life Story of a Former Exile from Rwanda,” discussing his life experiences and expertise regarding memory and identity.

Dr. Mark Alkema, assistant professor of neurobiology at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, will present a Department of Biological Sciences seminar Friday, Dec. 4, at 3:15 p.m. in Wehr Life Sciences 111. The title of the presentation is “Neural Control of a C. elegans Escape Response.”

The Department of Chemistry will hold a colloquium Friday, Dec. 4, at 4:15 p.m. in Todd Wehr Chemistry 121. Dr. Jean Chmielewski, professor of Chemistry at Purdue University, will present “Next Generation Therapeutic Targets: Multidrug Resistance and Regenerative Medicine.”

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17. Law School to hold information session

The Law School will host an information session for prospective students Friday, Dec. 4, 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.

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18. Spanish honor society hosting clothing drive

Sigma Delta Pi Spanish Honor Society will host a clothing drive beginning today, Nov. 30, to Dec. 11 to benefit St. Adalbert’s Parish on Milwaukee’s south side. New and gently used clothing can be placed in boxes in Lalumiere Hall’s lobby.

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19. 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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20. Celebrating women at Marquette — women’s and gender studies

The university launched a new women’s and gender studies major this fall. But, the origin of the academic program dates to the early 1970s, when Marquette began offering a course dedicated to studying women’s issues, “Women in Perspective.”

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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