1. University will test text messaging system

Marquette will test its emergency text messaging system, textMU, on Tuesday, Nov. 3. 

All students, faculty and staff with university-owned cell phones or who registered their own personal phones through PeopleSoft or CheckMarq will receive a message that says, “This is a TEST of the textMU system. This is only a TEST.” If you do not receive this message by 3 p.m. Tuesday, please send an e-mail, including your cell phone number and your cell phone carrier, to: security@marquette.edu.  

The university will use the text messaging system, coordinated through the Department of Public Safety, when there is an imminent threat on campus. It will also be used in the event that severe weather causes class cancellations.

The text messaging system augments other forms of campus communication, including e-mail, voice mail, social media and/or the marquette.edu Web site, as the situation warrants. 

All faculty and staff with university-owned cell phones have been automatically enrolled in the system. Faculty and staff may also register their personal cell phone numbers in the “Personal Information” section of MyJob.

New entries must be made by noon Friday, Oct. 30, to be included in the test on Nov. 3.

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2. Annual employee campaign to benefit Marquette, United Way, UPAF

The sixth annual Marquette Community Campaign will run through Friday, Nov. 13. The campaign is the annual opportunity for Marquette employees to donate to the university’s Annual Fund — especially for scholarship aid; the United Performing Arts Fund, which assists performing arts organizations in southeastern Wisconsin; and United Way, which supports local health and human service programs. In addition to scholarship aid, employees can also contribute to other initiatives, including the law and engineering building funds.

The university’s goal is raise at least $210,000 from faculty, staff and administrators. Employees can contribute by payroll deduction as well as by credit card, check or money order.

Watch for more information in the November issue of Marquette Matters.

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3. Father Wild reflects on Centennial Celebration of Women

Rev. Robert A. Wild, S.J., president of Marquette, provides this week’s reflection for the Faber Center for Ignatian Spirituality, discussing the Centennial Celebration of Women at Marquette.

The Faber Takes Three! weekly video reflections feature a diverse group of friends and colleagues from around the Marquette community from different faith traditions and beliefs.

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4. Funeral arrangements for Rev. Richard McGarrity, S.J., are Saturday

Rev. Richard McGarrity, S.J., former associate vice-president of academic affairs at Marquette, died on Oct. 26. Visitation will begin at 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31, in lower Gesu Church, followed by the Mass of Christian Burial at 7 p.m. in upper Gesu Church.

From 1971 to 1977 Father McGarrity was assistant professor of marketing at Marquette, followed by a tertianship at Regis College in Toronto. He returned to Marquette as assistant vice-president for academic affairs, later becoming associate vice-president, and remained in that position until 1999. He was also a hall minister at Schroeder Hall for more than 20 years and chaplain of the men's tennis team. In 1999 he was assigned to be president of the Jesuit Partnership in Milwaukee.

Expressions of condolence may be sent to:
Marquette University Jesuit Community
c/o Rev. James Flaherty, S.J.
1404 West Wisconsin Ave.
Milwaukee, WI 53233-2238
Margaret McGarrity (sister)
24 Prince William St.
St. Stephen, N.B. E3L 1R8  Canada
William Brennan (brother-in-law)
989 McCavour Dr.
St. John, N.B. E2M 4M2  Canada
Aurette McGarrity (sister-in-law)
256 London Road
Sarnia, ONT N7T 4V8  Canada


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5. Social justice expert to address human rights challenges in India

Rev. Cedric Prakash, S.J., a native of India, will discuss his home country’s human rights challenges today, Oct. 29, at 7 p.m. in AMU 157 when he presents “Sixty Years of the Indian Constitution: Challenges and Concerns.”

Prakash has dedicated his life to the promotion of human rights and social justice issues. In 2001 Prakash founded Prashant, a center dedicated to the promotion of human rights, justice and peace, also based in Ahmedabad, where he continues to serve as the director.

Prakash is serving as the 2009-10 Wade Scholar at Marquette.

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6. Panel discussion to address social innovation, entrepreneurship

Jane Leu, Marquette’s first social entrepreneur-in-residence, will participate in “Innovation for Social Impact: Starting and Funding Solutions to Our Most Pressing Problems” Tuesday, Nov. 3, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. in the AMU ballroom.

The event will feature a panel discussion by four experts in the field of social entrepreneurship, in addition to Leu, founder of Upwardly Global:

• George Bogdanovich — founder, Community Warehouse
• Salli Martyniak — president, Forward Community Investments
• Kathryn Dunn — community investment officer, Helen Bader Foundation Inc.

The event is free and open to the public. Register with Laura Furey, graduate assistant for community service and sustainability, at 8-5791.

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7. Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra to perform at Gesu

The Klingler College of Arts and Sciences and the Diederich College of Communication, in association with Church of the Gesu, will host the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra at Church of the Gesu on Tuesday, Nov. 3, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Admission is free.

The concert will be conducted by Stuart Chafetz, known for his ability to engage audiences with classical, pops and family concerts. He is the resident conductor of the MSO and music director and conductor of the Maui Pops Orchestra. The concert will feature symphonies from Mozart, Haydn and Beethoven. The performance will begin with a prelude by Marquette choruses.

The MSO has 88 full-time musicians performing more than 140 concerts each season.

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8. Benefits staff available for individual meetings

HR will hold Employee Assistance Days for one-on-one meetings with the benefits team:

• Thursday, Nov. 5, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., AMU 254
• Wednesday, Nov. 11, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., 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 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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9. Increased parking meter fees to begin Monday

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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10. Cross country squads hosting BIG EAST championship Saturday

The men’s and women’s cross country teams will host the 2009 BIG EAST Cross Country Championship Saturday, Oct. 31, at the Wayne E. Dannehl National Cross Country Course in Kenosha, Wis. The men’s 8K race will begin at 11 a.m., followed by the women’s 6K race 11:50 a.m. This marks the first time since 1996 that Marquette has hosted a cross country conference championship.

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11. Blood drive tomorrow

ROTC will also host a blood drive Friday, Oct. 30, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Old Gym A100. Schedule an appointment at 1-800-GIVE-LIFE. Walk-ins are also welcome.

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12. Midwest Seminar in Ancient and Medieval Philosophy hosting program

The Marquette Midwest Seminar in Ancient and Medieval Philosophy will host Dr. Barry Kogan, tomorrow, Oct. 30, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the Raynor Library Beaumier Suite A. Kogan will present “Theophany and Philosophy: Judah Halevi’s Account of the Origins of the Religion of Israel in the Kitab al-Khazari.”

Kogan is the Clarence and Robert Efroymson professor of Jewish religious thought and philosophy at Hebrew Union College, Cincinnati.

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13. Former inmates to speak about their meaning-making process

Three former inmates will speak about how they find and create meaning in their individual lives and how this is done when one is incarcerated at “Inmates Speak Up” Monday, Nov. 2, at 7 p.m. in Marquette Hall 200. One inmate, rapper Apollian the GSP, will perform with a cellist. Refreshments will be served.

The event is sponsored by the student group Active Minds and the psychology course “Meaning Making in a Complex World.”

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14. Founder of NOURISH to speak about feeding struggling families

Carol Christensen, Grad ‘99 and founder of NOURISH Farms-to-Family Philanthropy, will speak at “Real People, Real Stories” Tuesday, Nov. 3, at noon in AMU 407.

Christensen walked away from her corporate career to create NOURISH, a collaboration between local farmers and volunteers to bring meals inspired by fresh, local ingredients to struggling families to eat well.

Lunch will be provided. The event is sponsored by Manresa, Office of International Education and Intercultural Programs.

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15. Lecture to address addiction susceptibility

The Integrative Neuroscience Research Center in the Department of Biomedical Sciences is hosting a lecture by Dr. Michela Marinelli, associate professor of cellular and molecular pharmacology at the Chicago Medical School. Marinelli will speak about “Stress, Drugs and Dopamine: Interactions that Increase Addiction Susceptibility,” Tuesday, Nov. 3, from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in Schroeder Complex 256.

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16. Book fair to benefit Samís Hope Foundation

The Multicultural Business Organization will host a book fair Nov. 2-6 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Nov. 4 in the AMU first floor lobby. The proceeds benefits Sam’s Hope Foundation, which will donate the books and profits to the Milwaukee Public Schools. The fair is sponsored by the Milwaukee Bucks, Sam’s Hope, Time Warner and Scholastic Book Fairs.

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17. Physical therapy students offering $7 massages

The Physical Therapy Department will host Massage-a-thon 2009 from Nov. 2 to Nov. 20 on the third floor of Schroeder Complex. The cost is $7 for every 15 minutes. Appointments can be made online. Walk-ins are welcome.

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18. Libraries hosting Phi Beta Kappa exhibit

Marquette’s chapter of Phi Beta Kappa is hosting a national traveling exhibit describing the history of the nation's oldest and most widely known academic honor society.

The exhibit features 15 framed historic and contemporary images from various university archives on the second floor east wall through Dec. 19. PBK members have included 17 U.S. presidents, seven of the nine current Supreme Court justices and 131 Nobel Laureates

For more information about Marquette’s chapter or the traveling exhibit, contact chapter secretary Jessica Slavin.

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19. COS election taking place next week

The Committee on Staff election will begin Tuesday, Nov. 3, and end Tuesday, Nov. 10, at 4:30 p.m. An e-mail will be sent next week to eligible support staff with additional information and a link to the electronic ballot.

Contact Kristina Fisher, COS vice chair, at 8-7431 for more information.

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