1. Spring course evaluations begin today

Students can complete course evaluations for spring 2009 classes through Sunday, May 3. Students will also receive an e-mail from the “Marquette Course Evaluation Manager” with instructions about how to login and complete the course evaluations online.

Your course evaluations matter. Evaluations are used by Marquette to review classes and instructors with the primary goal of improving the quality of both. Student responses are private and confidential, and no identifying information will ever appear with responses.

Additional information, including FAQs, the course evaluation schedule and a sample evaluation form, are available online and by e-mail.

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2. Ben & Jerry’s co-founder to speak about entrepreneurism

Ben & Jerry’s co-founder Jerry Greenfield will discuss “Entrepreneurial Spirit, Social Responsibility and Radical Business Philosophy” today, April 20, at 7:30 p.m. in the Tony and Lucille Weasler Auditorium.

Jerry Greenfield and Ben Cohen founded Ben & Jerry’s Homemade Ice Cream Scoop Shop in Vermont in 1978. Decades later, Ben & Jerry’s has expanded to offer its ice cream in supermarkets and is a prominent name in the ice cream industry. Greenfield will discuss Ben & Jerry’s social, product and economic missions.

Ice cream will be served.

The program is sponsored by Marquette University Student Government Speakers Commission.

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3. James Carville to visit this week

Democratic political strategist James Carville will deliver a speech, “James Carville Behind the Headlines from Clinton to Obama: Your Questions, His Perspective,” Wednesday, April 22, at 7 p.m. in the AMU ballrooms. Carville will discuss the campaign strategies used to elect President Barack Obama and the issues the Obama administration is facing during his first 100 days in office.

Tickets, which were previously available for free but are now “sold out,” are required for admittance. Anyone with a ticket who is now unable to attend is encouraged to give the ticket to someone who can use it.

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4. Nieman Lecture will address intellectuals and the media

Dr. Robert McChesney, research professor in the Institute of Communications Research and the Graduate School of Information and Library Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, will present “Intellectuals, the Media, and the Crisis of our Times” Tuesday, April 28, at 1:30 p.m. in AMU 227.

The speech is the J. William and Mary Diederich College of Communication Nieman Lecture.

McChesney is an author, activist, journalist and co-founder of national media reform organization Free Press.

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5. Value of strong relationships to be discussed at Boheim Lecture

Dr. Alberta Gloria, Association of Marquette University Women Chair in Humanistic Studies, will present “Cura Personalis in Academia Today: The Value of Building Strong Relationships,” for the Eleanor H. Boheim Lecture on Wednesday, April 29. The free, public lecture will take place at 7 p.m. in the Beaumier Suites of the John P. Raynor, S.J., Memorial Library.

A professor of counseling at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Gloria researches psycho-sociocultural factors for Chicana/os and other racial and ethnic minority students in higher education. She also examines issues of cultural congruency for these students within academic and cultural environments.

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6. Construction on Wells Street median begins today

Construction of a median on Wells Street to make crossing the street safer for the community began today. The City of Milwaukee’s Department of Public Works project consists of constructing three landscaped islands in the middle of Wells between 13th and 16th streets.

Wells will remain open to traffic with at least one lane in each direction during construction. No parking will be permitted on Wells between 13th and 16th streets during construction, which is expected to be completed May 29.

The median effort was led by Marquette University Student Government and Ald. Bob Bauman, Arts '74, with support from the offices of Public Affairs, Administration, Finance and the University Architect.

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7. Sustainability efforts highlighted at multiple programs

The sustainability efforts of Marquette and some vendors that serve campus will be discussed tomorrow, April 21, at 7 p.m., in Cudahy 128. The panel will be lead by Mike Whittow, sustainability officer, and include representatives from Sodexo Campus Dinning Services, Follete Higher Education Group (Book Marq) and Stone Creek Coffee. This discussion is co-sponsored by Students for an Environmentally Active Campus and the Office of Administration.

Four faculty will also share their research on sustainability and the environment, Thursday, April 23, at 7:30 p.m., in Cudahy 118. “Environmental Thought at Marquette and the Four Views of the Cathedral,” is being sponsored by SEAC and will include the following speakers: Dr. Susanne Foster, associate professor of philosophy, “The Ethics of Food and Diet for a Small Planet”; Alan Madry, professor of law, “Obligations to Future Generations”; Dr. Jame Schaefer, assistant professor of theology, “Extending Catholic Social Teaching on Earth”; and Dr. McGee Young, assistant professor of political science, “The Sierra Club and Development of Political Efficacy.”

“Trayless Dining” will be offered in Straz Tower and Cobeen, Mashuda and McCormick dining rooms this week to conserve water and energy and reduce food waste.

Each Brew Cafe will offer $1 refills of the brewed coffee to guests who bring their own sustainable/re-usable coffee mugs (up to 20 ounces of coffee per purchase) through April 24.

Also in recognition of Earth Day, April 22, IT Services encourages several “green” practices:

• Reduce Printing — Save paper and money with double-sided printing. Use Print Preview before printing to find errors and avoid unnecessary printing. When you need a copy of a document, instead of printing, scan and e-mail the document to yourself. If you want to take a document along with you, save it to a disk or USB key drive rather than print a copy.

• Audio or Video Conferencing to avoid unnecessary travel — Explore the new desktop and audio video conferencing tools offered in the updated version of Communicator to conference with multiple people either on or off campus.

• Save Electricity — Turn off your monitor when you are not using it to save energy. IT Services is employing virtual servers to conserve power. A virtual server acts like a physical server, but uses a fraction of the capacity, reducing cooling costs for running multiple physical servers. IT Services will also be changing the image of deskptops/laptops to “go to sleep” instead of using screensavers. The screen saver uses as much energy as when the computer runs normally. The sleep mode cuts energy use substantially.

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8. Add your name to Eckstein Hall

Marquette community members are invited to become part of Marquette history by signing the final beam of Eckstein Hall, the future home of Marquette University Law School, before it becomes part of the building later this year. The beam and permanent markers will be available under a tent in Lot A, behind McCormick Hall, Thursday, April 23, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

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9. Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universität professor to speak on world religions

Dr. Bärbel Beinhauer-Köhler, professor of religious studies at Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universität in Frankfurt, Germany, will speak on “Visual Cultures of World Religions,” tomorrow, April 21, at 3:30 p.m. in Raynor Library Beaumier Suite A.

The event is free and open to the public. It’s sponsored by the Theology Department and Office of International Education.

For more information contact Dr. Irfan Omar, assistant professor of theology, at 8-3746.

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10. CabarAIDS to benefit AIDS awareness

Abbottsford Hall will host its free, third annual CabarAIDS benefit concert tomorrow, April 21, from 4 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. outside of Schroeder Hall. Several resident bands and musicians will perform. T-shirts will also be available. Donations and proceeds will benefit Watumishi and AIDS awareness.

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11. “Faith in Uncertain Times” is topic of Manresa event

The Manresa Project will host a Destination Dinner, “Seniors Speak! Featuring four members of the Class of 2009!” Tuesday, April 21, at 6 p.m. in the AMU Lunda Room. Seniors will reflect on their college careers, including Adrian Garcia, MUSG diversity commissioner; Chris Hallberg, sociology and Spanish pre-med major; Jenni Shine, theater and peace and justice studies major; and Mary Kate Wagner, social welfare and justice major participating in Jesuit Volunteer Corps South. Dinner will be served.

For more information, contact Barbara DeYoung, Manresa Project office associate, at 8-0263.

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12. Hate crimes and Columbine to be discussed tomorrow

“Journey to a Hate-Free Millennium” will be held Tuesday, April 21, at 7:30 p.m. in the Tony and Lucille Weasler Auditorium. In conjunction with the 10-year anniversary of the Columbine High School tragedy, the program will cover the hate crimes committed against James Byrd Jr., Matthew Shepard and the students at Columbine High School.

The program is free and open to the public.

It’s sponsored by ARCh, a Milwaukee non-profit group; Omega Delta Fraternity; Gay/Straight Alliance; Black Student Council; and Sigma Lambda Gamma Sorority.

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13. Free film addresses guerrilla wars

Engineers Without Borders will host a free showing of El Violin on Wednesday, April 22, at 6:30 p.m. in Lalumiere 176. The film, about guerrilla wars, has won multiple international awards.

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14. Spina bifida and folic acid to be discussed

Tish Sylvester, resource coordinator for the Spina Bifida Association of Wisconsin, will give a presentation on the importance of folic acid related to spina bifida, a common disabling birth defect, Wednesday, April 22, at 7 p.m. in Cramer 104J.

The program is sponsored by Delta Xi Phi Multicultural Sorority, Inc.

Light refreshments will be provided.

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15. Transsexual to speak about personal experience

Julia Serano, a California-based writer, spoken word performer, trans activist and biologist, will speak Thursday, April 23, at 7 p.m. in Johnston 103. She will discuss her trans experience, transgender issues in professional spaces, and the struggles trans people face within some communities.

Serano is the author of Whipping Girl: A Transsexual Woman on Sexism and the Scapegoating of Femininity, a collection of personal essays that reveal how misogyny frames popular assumptions about femininity and shapes many of the myths and misconceptions people have about transsexual women.

The event is sponsored by Empowerment, the Gay Straight Alliance and MUSG.

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16. Watumishi offering AIDS panel, Kenyan library discussion

Watumishi: People of Service, Marquette's HIV/AIDS awareness student group, will host two events for AIDS Awareness Week:

• Thursday, April 23 — Watumishi Community Panel, on the impact of HIV/AIDS in Milwaukee at 7 p.m. in Marquette Hall 200.

• Saturday, April 25 — Friends of Watumishi Summit, a discussion on the progress of the Library Learning Center in Voi, Kenya, in the Mashuda ballrooms. The event will also include a silent auction to benefit the Voi community, and light refreshments. The event will run from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

The events are co-sponsored by the Center for Health Education & Promotion/Student Health Service, Campus Ministry and Gay/Straight Alliance.

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17. Presentation about challenges facing veterans scheduled

“Listening to Veterans,” a program addressing post-traumatic stress disorder and other readjustment challenges facing veterans, will take place Thursday, April 23, from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the John P. Raynor, S.J., Library Beaumier Conference Center. The program, which will focus on Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans, is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Dr. Michael Duffey, associate professor of theology, at 8-3748.

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18. Psychology, chemistry and biology departments to hold colloquiums

The Department of Psychology will hold a colloquium Thursday, April 23, at 3:30 p.m. in Cramer 104J. Dr. Greg Fosco, a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Oregon Child and Family Center, will present "The Family Context of Child and Adolescent Development: Promoting Adaptive Behavioral and Emotional Self-Regulation."

Dr. Vladimir Gevorgyan, professor of organic chemistry at University of Illinois, Chicago, will present “Development of Novel-Transition Metal-Catalyzed Syntheti Methodologies.” This Department of Chemistry colloquium will take place Friday, April 24, at 4:15 p.m. in Todd Wehr Chemistry 121.

The Department of Biological Sciences will hold two colloquiums Friday, April 24. Dr. Eugene Millar, Arts ’94, assistant scientist at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, will discuss “From Microbes to Monuments: Contributions of Native Americans to the Global Control of Infectious Diseases” at noon in Wehr Life Sciences Building 108. At 3:15 p.m. in Wehr Life Sciences 111, Dr. Liang Tong, professor of biological sciences at Columbia University, will present "Structural Studies of Fatty Acid Metabolism and Relevance to the Obesity Epidemic.”

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