1. Benefits packets sent to employee homes

The benefit packet of annual enrollment information for Marquette employees has been sent to employee homes. All employees are encouraged to read the information packet and use MyJob to add and/or modify benefits during the annual enrollment period from Oct. 26 (Benefits Information/Wellness Day) through Nov. 13.

Actions that employees must take during the enrollment period are:

• Update and/or verify personal information, including beneficiaries, covered dependents and emergency contacts. 

• New this year, per federal regulations, employees enrolling in the health insurance plan are required to add covered dependents’ Social Security numbers.

• Choose whether or not to participate in the individual plans for medical, dental and vision insurance. Employees who are not changing their medical, dental or vision coverage do not need to update their insurance coverage on MyJob. Their 2010 plan elections will default to their current elections.

• Choose whether or not to participate in a flexible spending account. FSAs require annual enrollment.

• Choose whether or not to participate in the health risk assessment. To receive a discount for 2010 insurance premiums, employees must complete both parts of the health risk assessment: biometric screening and online health questionnaire. Additional information is available on the Benefits Web site.

Employees can also schedule their health risk assessment to qualify for a discounted 2010 health insurance premium by calling 1-877-765-3213 and pressing "1" to make an appointment for their on-campus HRA. Appointments are available Oct. 26 through Nov. 20. Employees can also see their primary care provider for a health risk assessment.

HRA participation is open to all employees, whether they enroll in the Marquette insurance plan or not.

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

Three faculty will present “One Thing Led to Another,” Wednesday, Oct. 21, from noon to 1:30 p.m. in Raynor Library Beaumier Suite A. The program features short, lunchtime presentations by faculty who will share the paths they followed to their research focus.

Presenters and topics are:
•  Dr. Roberta Coles, chair of social and cultural sciences, “Race & class: up close and personal.”

• Dr. Ed de St. Aubin, associate professor of psychology, “Otherwise unemployable: becoming legal, then legitimate, and heading for authentic.”

• Dr. Virginia Chappell, associate professor of English, “Thinking outside in.”

A light soup and salad lunch will be served. Faculty and graduate students are welcome.

RSVP to Jennie Schatzman, office coordinator.

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

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3. Naylor to discuss Iranian history for Haggerty exhibition

Dr. Phillip Naylor, associate professor of history, will present “Lunchtime Learning: An Overview of Iranian History” Wednesday, Oct. 21, 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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4. Catholic Health Association executive to speak about health care ethics

Dr. Patricia Talone, grad ’87, vice president of mission services for the Catholic Health Association of the United States, will present “Careers in Health Care Ethics” Wednesday, Oct. 21, at 5 p.m. in Olin Engineering 198.

She is the author of Feeding the Dying: Religion and End of Life Decisions and lectures on mission and health care ethics.

The program is sponsored by the Department of Theology.

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5. Scotton, McNamara to discuss Chinese media and economy

Dr. James Scotton, associate professor of journalism, will discuss “Media in China: Freer or More Controlled” Thursday, Oct. 22, at 6:30 p.m. in AMU 407. His talk is based on his forthcoming book, "New Media for a New China" to be published in spring 2010.

Rev. Dennis McNamara, S.J., professor and special assistant to the university president for China affairs at Georgetown University, will present “International Perspectives on the Economic Crisis,” Friday, Oct. 23, at noon in AMU 157. He will discuss the economic crisis based on his travels and research in Asia, particularly focusing on the interwoven economies of the United States and China. Soup will be served.

Both programs are sponsored by the Office of International Education.

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6. Scholar to discuss courtly love in medieval literature

Dr. William Calin, graduate research professor of French at the University of Florida-Gainesville, will present “The Knight, the Lady and the King: Courtly Love in Medieval Literature,” Wednesday, Oct. 28, from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the Raynor Library Beaumier Suite. Refreshments will be provided.

Calin, a medieval scholar, has authored 11 books and more than 100 scholarly articles and has presented more than 200 papers and lectures on the topics of medieval literature, French poetry, Occitan, Anglo-Norman and modern Breton literature and Franco-British Literary Relations in the Middle Ages and Renaissance.

Contact Dr. Steven Millen Taylor, coordinator of the medieval studies minor, at 8-6309 for more information.

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7. Contractor will discuss the rebuilding of New Orleans

An alumnus who is president of an engineering and consulting firm in Louisiana will recount his experiences in rebuilding New Orleans following Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in a special presentation sponsored by the College of Engineering on Wednesday, Oct. 28.

Rhaoul Guillaume, president of GoTech, will speak at 5 p.m. in the AMU ballroom. His speech, “Being a Difference: Hurricanes Katrina and Rita,” is free and open to the public. Registration will begin at 4:30 p.m. Register with University Special Events at 8-7431.

Among the projects GoTech undertook in New Orleans were the repairing of the city’s submerged streets; construction management services for the rebuilding of New Orleans public school system and the city’s infrastructure, including police and fire stations, recreation center, museums and libraries damaged by flooding; and replacement work on the Twin Span Bridge between the cities of New Orleans and Slidell.

Guillaume will also speak with engineering students in classes throughout the day Oct. 28.

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8. Shoo the Flu is next week

Seasonal influenza vaccines will be available at Shoo the Flu (with pneumonia vaccines), Oct. 26 and 27, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., in the AMU first floor lobby. No appointment is necessary. Seasonal flu shots cost $30 (EPO reimbursement at 100 percent and PPO reimbursement at 80 percent, by year’s end). Medicare part B and Medicaid will also be accepted. Pneumonia shots will cost $45 (no insurance reimbursement). Cash and checks will be accepted.

Student Health Service is also offering the seasonal flu vaccine for employees and students in the lower level of Schroeder Complex and at sites across campus. Cost is $25. Cash, check, Mastercard/Visa and MU Cash are accepted. Student Health Service is unable to do third party billing; however, a receipt will be provided that can be submitted to insurance carriers. Call 8-7184 to schedule an appointment.

The vaccine for the H1N1 influenza is not yet widely available, but the university will continue to update the campus community with information when it is. For more information, see the Student Health Service Web site.

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9. Some hours of operation change for fall break

Departments and services with special hours of operation during fall break include:

Alumni Memorial Union
Oct. 21 — 7 a.m. to 11:45 p.m.
Oct. 22 — 7 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Oct. 23 — 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Oct. 24 — 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Oct. 25 — 8 a.m. to 11:45 p.m.

IT Services Help Desk
Oct. 21-22 — 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Oct. 23 — 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Oct. 24 — 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Oct. 25 — closed

Raynor Memorial Libraries
Oct. 21 — 7:45 a.m. to 9 p.m., 24-hour access ends
Oct. 22-23 — 7:45 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Oct. 24 — 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Oct. 25 — 10 a.m. to 11:45 p.m., 24-hour access resumes

Rec Center
Oct. 21 — 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Oct. 22 — 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Oct. 23 — 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Oct. 24-25 — closed

Rec Plex
Oct. 21-22 — 5:45 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Oct. 23 — 5:45 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Oct. 24 — 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Oct. 25 — 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Spirit Shop
Oct. 21 — 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Oct. 22-23 — 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Oct. 24 — 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Oct. 25 — 2 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.

Union Sports Annex Restaurant
Oct. 21-23 — 4 p.m. to midnight
Oct. 24-25 — 11 a.m. to midnight

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10. Parking meter fees to increase around campus

The City of Milwaukee Common Council recently passed an ordinance that increases the cost of street parking for an hour at certain meters around the city beginning Nov. 1. This includes meters around campus and Aurora Sinai, which will increase from 50 cents to $1 an hour. This is the first change to these meters, according to the city, since 1992.

Affected streets in the Marquette area are:
• north side of W. Clybourn Street from 11th to 14th streets
• south side of W. Kilbourn Avenue from 13th to 11th streets
• north side of W. Kilbourn Avenue from 11th to 12th streets
• both sides of W. Wells Street from 11th to 17th streets
• both sides of W. Wisconsin Avenue from 16th to 17th streets
• south side of W. Wisconsin Ave. from 17th to 19th streets
• west side of 11th Street from Tory Hill to W. Wells Street
• both sides of 12th Street from W. Wisconsin Avenue to W. Wells Street
• east side of 12th Street from W. Wells Street to W. State Street
• west side of 12th Street from W. State Street to W. Kilbourn Avenue
• both sides of 13th Street from W. Wells Street to W. Kilbourn Avenue
• east side of 16th Street from W. Clybourn Street to W. Kilbourn Avenue
• west side of 16th Street from W. Kilbourn Avenue to W. Wisconsin Avenue
• west side of 17th and 18th streets from to W. Clybourn Street to W. Wisconsin Avenue
• east side of 19th Street from W. Wisconsin Avenue to W. Clybourn Street

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11. Free admission to employees for volleyball game

The Marquette volleyball team invites all employees to attend its match Wednesday, Oct. 21, at 7 p.m. against UW-Green Bay at the Al McGuire Center. Admission for faculty, staff and administrators is free with an MUID.
 
Additional tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for youth.

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12. Submit entries for 2010 Experts Directory by Oct. 23

Faculty and staff who would like to be included in the Office of Marketing and Communication’s 2010 Experts’ Directory and Media Guide need to respond by Friday, Oct. 23. Those who are new to Marquette or have not previously been listed in the directory should submit their entry online.

Those who are already in the directory and wish to remain there can simply do nothing — they will automatically be included in the next edition. However, anyone who has changes to his or her contact information or areas of expertise should contact Amanda Gottheardt, office associate in the Office of Marketing and Communication, at 8-0298. To check your existing entry, visit the University News Center and enter your name in the Online Experts Directory box.

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13. Web cast to cover campus sustainability strategies

The Sustainability Task Force will present the streamed Web cast of Campus Sustainability Day 7: Sustainability Strategies for Vibrant Campus Communities Wednesday, Oct. 21, from noon to 1:30 p.m. in AMU 227.

Attendees are welcome to bring their lunch.

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14. Vespers service to be held Wednesday

Rev. John Jones, professor of philosophy, will lead a Vespers service in the St. Joan of Arc Chapel Wednesday, Oct. 21, at 6 p.m.

Vespers is the evening prayer service of the Orthodox Church.

He will also lead a Vespers service Wednesday, Nov. 18, at 6 p.m. in the St. Joan of Arc Chapel.

For more information, contact Father Jones at 8-5938 or Steve Blaha, assistant director of campus ministry, at 8-6873.

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15. Faber Center holding Caring for Aging Parents Support Group

The Faber Center for Ignatian Spirituality is hosting a Caring for Aging Parents Support Group for those helping to care for an aging relative. Rev. J.J. O’Leary, S.J., associate director, will facilitate the group, which will meet Thursday, Oct. 22, from noon to 1 p.m. in Schroeder Complex 111.

No RSVP is needed.

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16. Law School to hold information session

The Law School will host an information session for prospective students Friday, Oct. 23, 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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17. Caramel apple sale to benefit children in Tanzania

The Marquette Student Nurses Association will sell caramel apples for $2 each under the Raynor Library bridge from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 21. Proceeds benefit Hearts in Unity, which provides clothing, food and education to children in Tanzania.

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18. Free apples provided in celebration of individuality

In honor of the United Kingdom’s Apple Day holiday celebrating individuality, MUSG’s diversity commission will hand out free apples outside the Olin Engineering Center Wednesday, Oct. 21, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Each apple, harvested from the local Barthel Orchards, will be tagged with an inspirational quote to reinforce the notion and importance of celebrating everyone’s individuality.

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19. TIAA-CREF representatives available for financial counseling

TIAA-CREF consultants will be available to faculty and staff for individual and confidential financial counseling sessions Wednesday, Oct. 21, Thursday, Oct. 22, and Friday, Oct. 23, from 9:30 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. in AMU 362. 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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20. Celebrating women at Marquette the Haggerty Museum of Art

The Patrick and Beatrice Haggerty Museum of Art is an enduring testament to the generosity and commitment of the Haggerty family.

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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