1. Tickets available to hear author of Dead Man Walking

Free tickets for the speech by Sister Helen Prejean, CSJ, will be available beginning tomorrow, Sept. 15, in the Brooks Lounge, AMU. Marquette will present Sister Prejean with an honorary degree at 7 p.m., Thursday, 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.

There is a limit of two tickets per Marquette ID for Sister Prejean’s address. Beginning Sept. 22, remaining tickets will be made available to the general public. The presentation is 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. Former U.S. Attorneys Biskupic and Peterson to speak at Law School

Former U.S. Attorneys Steven Biskupic and Erik Peterson will be guests for “On the Issues” with Mike Gousha at the Law School Wednesday, Sept. 16, from noon to 1 p.m. in Sensenbrenner 325.

Biskupic and Peterson will discuss their perspectives about the role of a federal prosecutor, a job that can be rewarding, challenging and politically charged.

Register online.

Gousha, an award-winning journalist, continues his “On the Issues” series of provocative and insightful interviews with local and national public officials, journalists and other newsmakers throughout the year. A complete schedule is available online.

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3. International expert to lecture on water technology

An internationally recognized water scientist will give a free, public lecture Wednesday, Sept. 16, at 7 p.m. in Cudahy 401. Dr. Willy Verstraete, professor and head of the Laboratory of Microbial Ecology and Technology at Ghent University in Belgium, will discuss “Maximal Use of Resources Present in ‘Used Water.’” The lecture is free and open to the public.
Verstraete will be at Marquette as part of an Anaerobic Treatment Short Course organized annually at Marquette by Dr. Dan Zitomer, professor of civil and environmental engineering. The two-day course Sept. 16 and 17 draws attendees from throughout the United States and Canada.
The recipient of the 2006 International Water Association Imhoff Award for his contribution to biotreatment, Verstraete has authored or co-authored nearly 40 books and more than 300 scientific articles regarding biotechnology for water and wastewater.

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4. Law School marks Constitution Day with panel discussion

The Law School will mark Constitution Day on Thursday, Sept. 17, with a program, “The Overlooked Constitution,” at noon in Sensenbrenner 325. The four panelists and their topics are:
• Dr. Stephen Engel, assistant professor of political science, “The Membership of Congress clause of Article 1, Section 5.”
• Ed Fallone, associate professor of law, “The ‘Republican Form of Government’ clause of Article 4, Section 4.”
• Nora O’Callaghan, visiting associate professor of law, “The Forgotten Thirteenth Amendment.”
• Stephen Vladeck, professor of law at American University Law School, “The ‘Calling Forth clause’ of Article I, Section 8.”

No registration needed. Lunch will be provided.

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5. Lecture to address Israel-Palestine conflict

The Center for Peacemaking will host a lecture by Rev. Ray Helmick, S.J., Thursday, Sept. 17, at 7 p.m. in Cudahy 001. A professor of theology from Boston College, Father Helmick will present “Israel-Palestine: What is the Vatican Position?” Father Helmick is an authority in conflict resolution and mediation and has been involved in the peace process in Northern Ireland, the Balkans and Israel-Palestine.

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6. Weekend conference focuses on Lonergan thinking

“Lonergan on the Edge,” a conference inspired by the thought of Rev. Bernard J.F. Lonergan, S.J., will take place from Friday, Sept. 18, to Sunday, Sept 20, in the Raynor Library Beaumier Suites.

Presentations span philosophy and theology and place Lonergan's thought in dialogue with cognitive psychology, Thomas Kuhn, ancient Greek literature, Kant, Heidegger, Thomas Aquinas, St. Benedict, Edith Stein and liberation and political theologies. Speakers include graduate students from Marquette, Boston College, Loyola Marymount University, Emory University, Regis College, the University of Toronto, Villanova University and The New School for Social Research.

Contact graduate students Juli Vazquez or Jeremy Blackwood for a conference schedule and more information.

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7. USA Today sports columnist Christine Brennan to speak at Marquette

Christine Brennan, USA Today columnist, television sports analyst and best-selling author, will speak about women in sports journalism for the J. William and Mary Diederich College of Communication’s Axthelm Lecture. The event will take place Tuesday, Sept. 22, at 4 p.m. in the Weasler Auditorium. It is free and open to the public.

Brennan is an on-air commentator for ABC News and ESPN and has covered 13 consecutive Olympic Games, starting with the 1984 Los Angeles Games. 

The Pete and Bonnie Axthelm Memorial Program was established to acknowledge and recognize the life of Pete Axthelm, a former writer at the New York Herald Tribune, Sports Illustrated and Newsweek, and his sister Bonnie, a former Media Networks and 3M executive.

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8. Employees can attend women’s soccer game for free

The women's soccer team will host a Faculty & Staff Appreciation Night on Thursday, Sept. 17, at 7 p.m. The team hosts the University of South Florida at Valley Fields in Marquette’s first BIG EAST home game of the season. Marquette employees receive free admission with their MU ID and free Bubbs Barbeque.

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9. Catholic worship practices adjusted to prevent spread of influenza

To help prevent the spread of influenza this fall, Campus Ministry and Church of the Gesu have begun offering communion in the form of bread only, which individuals are encouraged to receive in their hands. A verbal “Peace be with you” will also replace the traditional handshake or other personal contact. These changes are temporary and will affect all Masses.

Campus Ministry and Church of the Gesu parish took the decision very seriously and made the changes only after consultation with medical professionals. They hope to return to normal practices soon.

For more information, contact Emily Schumacher, Manresa Coordinator for Liturgy, at 8-3058.

Additional information about seasonal and H1N1 flu and prevention is available on the Student Health Service Web site.

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10. Discussion to address race, class and green movement

MUSG’s Diversity Commission will host “At the Intersection: Race, Class, and the Environment,” Thursday, Sept. 17, at 6:30 p.m. in AMU 407. The event will feature dinner and dialogue with community members, students and faculty about “the intersection of race, class and the green movement.” The panel will include area representatives from Walnut Way Conservation Corp., The League of Young Voters — Campaign Against Violence, and the Urban Ecology Center.

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11. Engineering, chemistry and biology seminars scheduled

Dr. Carl Crawford, president of Csuptwo, in Bayside, Wis., will present “Dual Energy Computed Tomography for Explosive Detection” for the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering Colloquium. The presentation will take place tomorrow, Sept. 15, at 2 p.m. in Haggerty 120.

The Department of Chemistry will hold a colloquium Friday, Sept. 18, at 4:15 p.m. in Todd Wehr Chemistry 121. Dr. Stephen Gray, senior chemist at Argonne National Laboratories, will present “Light Interactions with Metallic Nanostructures.”

Dr. Kathleen Karrer, professor of biological sciences, will present a seminar Friday, Sept. 18, at 3:15 p.m. in Wehr Life Sciences 111. The title of her presentation is “Genome Remodeling: Making a Somatic Macronucleus from the Germ Life Micronucleus of Tetrahymena.”

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12. Weight Watchers at Work open house scheduled

The Employee Wellness Program is offering a 17-Week Weight Watchers at Work Meeting Series, beginning with an open house/enrollment meeting Thursday, Sept. 17, from 12:30 p.m. to 1 p.m. in AMU 163. Cost is $186. Cash, checks (with a three-payment option) and major credit cards are accepted.
Meetings are Thursdays from noon to 1 p.m. beginning Sept. 24. Locations will vary in the AMU and Raynor Library.

Contact Mandi Weis, employee wellness coordinator, at 8-4581 for more information.

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13. Newest issue of Compendium available

The summer issue of Compendium, the semiannual publication of faculty and staff accomplishments, has been distributed to all faculty. The next issue will be distributed this winter and will cover accomplishments from early summer 2009 through early winter 2009.

Faculty and staff with scholarly accomplishments that have occurred since June 2009, such as publications, presentations and awards that aren’t in the summer issue, should make sure they’re documented on the university’s News From You online resource. Those accomplishments are also posted on Marquette’s research Web page.

Recent accomplishments should be submitted online.

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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14. Malicious code targeting social networking site users

IT Services encourages Marquette Community members to watch out for an invitation to view a video that then prompts a notification to update Adobe Flash Player. This “update” is actually malicious code that will infect a computer and attempt to gather sensitive information such as credit card numbers and is not a legitimate Adobe Flash Player update.

Visit the vendor’s Web site and the Staying Safe on Social Networking Sites document and use caution when downloading and updating applications.

Contact the Help Desk at 8-7799 for more information.

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15. Easy Pass deadline is Sept. 25

The deadline to participate in the Easy Pass payroll deduction program is Friday, Sept. 25. The Easy Pass offers unlimited Milwaukee County bus rides, including Freeway Flyers and special event shuttles, to the Bradley Center, Miller Park and other locations.

The program costs $198 per quarter and can be deducted before taxes to save money. Sign up between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. in Union Station, AMU, for passes that will be good during October, November and December. Those who wish to drop must also do so in Union Station by Friday, Sept. 25.

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16. Microsoft Office software available through IT Services

Marquette community members can now access the JourneyEd Web site through IT Services to acquire their own Microsoft Office software for $59.98. This program is in response to past licensing changes from Microsoft.

Employees can purchase the license without future use being dependent on employment, as in the past. This license program is only available to current employees and students of higher educational institutions.

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17. Celebrating women at Marquette — cross-country powerhouse

Marquette’s cross-country team burst on the scene in 1978, and just a few years later it was a national powerhouse. The 1982 team became the first women’s team in Marquette history to win a national championship and is still the only women’s team enshrined in the Marquette Athletics’ Hall of Fame.

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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