1. Author of Dead Man Walking speaking, receiving honorary degree

Free tickets for the speech by Sister Helen Prejean, CSJ, are still available in the Brooks Lounge, AMU. Marquette will present Sister Prejean with an honorary degree at 7 p.m., today, Oct. 8, followed by her speech, “DEAD MAN WALKING: The Journey Continues." Sister Prejean is the author of Dead Man Walking: An Eyewitness Account of the Death Penalty in the United States.

The presentation is also the opening of the seventh annual national conference of the Peace and Justice Studies Association, which is being hosted by the Center for Peacemaking on Marquette’s campus.  

Sister Prejean’s visit is being sponsored by the Center for Peacemaking and the Centennial Celebration of Women at Marquette.

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2. Al’s Run is Saturday; campus to be congested

Briggs & Al's Run & Walk for Children's Hospital will take place Saturday, Oct. 10. Day-of-event registration for the three- and five-mile run/walk is from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Wheelchair participants depart at 10:15 p.m., followed by the mass start for runners at 10:30 a.m. and then walkers.

Access to the 16th Street parking structure from 16th Street will be maintained, as will access to the Wells Street parking structure from Wells Street. There will be no parking charge in either structure until after the runners leave campus. Due to the congestion, Marquette community members are encouraged to allow for extra travel time around campus Saturday.

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3. Learn more about unified communication

The next step in unified communications at Marquette is a new phone system that will enable many employees to access e-mail, voice-mail, audio/web/video conferencing, instant messaging and Voice over Internet Protocol through their computers using Office Communicator.

Occupants of the new Zilber Hall will be the first to have the system installed as they move in over the next few months. All telephones in the building will run through the university’s data network.

Kathy Lang, chief information officer, said individuals will have Office Communicator installed on their computers approximately two to three weeks before each office is scheduled to move to allow employees time to learn the features of the new system. The Office of University Advancement is expected to begin moving into Zilber Hall in early November. More than 100 employees have been involved in a pilot of the new phone system over the past six months.

The IT department has created a Web site with frequently asked questions about unified communications, a glossary of terms and links to tutorials for various functions. In addition, IT staff will conduct GROW sessions about the use and functions of Office Communicator — on Oct. 20 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. and Nov. 4 from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. To register, call 8-7305 or e-mail.

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4. Cordova, Korieh presenting gender research

Dr. Sarah Davies Cordova, associate professor of French, and Dr. Chima Korieh, assistant professor of history, will discuss their current research and the state of gender research in their discipline Tuesday, Oct. 13, at noon in Raynor Library Beaumier Suite A.

Davies will address "Intersecting Histories in Dance Studies" and Korieh “This Matter Concerns Women: Women and Protest Movement in Colonial Nigeria.” The program is part of the “Conversations on Women and Research” session in a series of informal, noon-hour discussions hosted by Raynor Memorial Libraries in honor of the Centennial Celebration of Women. Each session will feature two faculty members discussing their current research and the state of gender research in their discipline.

RSVP to Susan Hopwood, outreach librarian, at 8-5995. Space is limited. A light lunch will be provided. The series is sponsored by Raynor Memorial Libraries and Women's and Gender Studies.

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5. Haggerty Museum opening Iranian photography exhibition

Gary Hallman, associate professor of art at the University of Minnesota, will give the opening presentation for the Haggerty’s Museum’s Persian Visions: Contemporary Photography from Iran exhibition Wednesday, Oct. 14, at 6 p.m. at the museum. A reception will follow.

The presentation will provide an overview of the initiation of the project, the criteria for the selection of the artists, as well as a sense of the cultural and political climate that shaped both the photographic work and project itself. Selected pieces from the exhibition will provide discussion points illustrating the influences of history, culture and the political climate on contemporary practice in Tehran.

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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6. Scientific reasoning and Ignatian pedagogy to be discussed

A “Critical Thinking, Scientific Reasoning and Ignatian Pedagogy” discussion will be held Tuesday, Oct. 13, from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. in Cudahy 001.

Within the context of Ignatian pedagogy, this event invites faculty and TAs to consider how to improve students’ critical thinking skills in all disciplines by incorporating practices of scientific reasoning. A reception will follow.  

Dr. Patricia Dooley, visiting professor of chemistry from Bard College-Simons Rock, will be the featured speaker, with responses by Dr. Gary Krenz, chair of mathematics, statistics and computer science; and Dr. Susan Mountin, director of Manresa Project. Dr. Christine Krueger, associate professor of English and Who Counts program director, will moderate.

The program is sponsored by Who Counts: Math Across the Curriculum for Global Learning; the Department of Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science; and the Manresa Project for Vocation Discernment.

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7. Marquette celebrates women in engineering

Celeste Baine, director of the Engineering Education Service Center, will speak to parents and high school students at 6:15 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 14, in Olin Engineering 202 as part of a day-long event celebrating women in engineering.

Her presentation, “GIRLS RULE,” is part of an evening of activities that includes dinner, hands-on workshops for participating students and a presentation for parents by Dr. Jon Jensen, associate dean of the College of Engineering. Cost for the evening is $20 for each parent/daughter team. Register online or call 8-2106.

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8. "Video and audio production and distribution in D2L" to be presented

The Center for Teaching and Learning and Information Technology Services will present “Video and audio production and distribution in D2L” Wednesday, Oct. 14.

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.

Additional sessions this semester will include:
Oct. 28 — Synchronous technology
Nov. 11 — Using social networking tools in teaching
Dec. 2 — Emerging technologies
Dec. 9 — Project presentations of D2L enhanced courses

All sessions are 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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9. Marquette Magazine centennial edition arrives today

Marquette Magazine's special commemorative issue celebrating 100 years of women at Marquette is arriving in mailboxes today.

Four alumnae and two current students share their stories in a frank, roundtable discussion of what it’s like to be a young woman at Marquette. Marquette Magazine also asked faculty to nominate their female superstars, resulting in five students who are "women to watch."

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10. Speaker to discuss transgender experiences

The Women's and Gender Studies program will host Ashley Altadonna, local filmmaker, to showcase two of her short films at “Transgender Experiences Through Film: An Evening with Transexual Filmmaker Ashley Altadonna,” today, Oct. 8, at 7 p.m. in Cudahy 001. The films have been shown at festivals in London, Berlin, Melbourne, New York, Seattle and San Francisco and cover the concept of gender in general as well as Altadonna’s personal experience living as a transsexual individual. A talk back session will follow.

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11. “Twitter for Professors” program offered tomorrow

A Grow with Marquette program, “Twitter for Professors” will be held Friday, Oct. 9, from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. in Raynor Library 320H. Attendees will be shown how to create a Twitter account; write a profile; learn basic Twitter functions; and creatively use Twitter in classes to promote students' class engagement, collaboration and learning. Presenters are Dr. Gee Ekachai, associate professor of advertising and public relations; and Linda Menck, professional in residence of advertising and public relations. 
Call Human Resources at 8-7305 or e-mail to register.

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12. German National Honor Society offering free brats tomorrow

Delta Phi Alpha, the German National Honor Society, is hosting Oktoberfest tomorrow, Oct. 9, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. with free brats and music under the Raynor Library bridge. The event is to celebrate and raise awareness of German influences in America.

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13. $1 admission at women’s soccer game tomorrow

The women’s soccer team is offering $1 off the ticket price with the donation of two non-perishable food items tomorrow, Oct. 9, at 7 p.m. against Connecticut at Valley Fields.

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