1. H1N1 vaccine available today

Marquette Student Health Service will hold an H1N1 vaccine clinic in the AMU Ballrooms today, Dec. 3, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. The H1N1 vaccine is now available to all members of the Marquette community with an MUID.

The H1N1 vaccine is offered at no cost. Individuals will be accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis while quantities last. Wait times may be long. The H1N1 vaccine is also available by appointment; call SHS at 8-7184 for more information.

Seasonal flu vaccine is also still available by calling SHS for an appointment. Students receiving the seasonal flu shot before Dec. 11 are still eligible for raffle prizes. The seasonal flu vaccine is $25.
Anyone with flu-like symptoms should stay home from class, work or campus activities until he/she is fever-free for 24 hours.
For more information visit the SHS Web site.

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2. Mission and identity and risk unit closed during move

The Office of Mission and Identity and the risk unit are closed during their moves into Zilber Hall. Mission and Identity is monitoring phone and e-mail messages during its move and will resume normal operations Monday, Dec. 7, in Zilber 423.

The risk unit, comprising the Office of Risk Management, Environmental Health & Safety and Internal Audit, is monitoring phone and e-mail messages during its move, resuming partial operations tomorrow, Dec. 4, in Zilber 212. The offices will open for normal business Monday, Dec. 7.

The Office of the General Counsel is scheduled to move next, beginning Dec. 10.

Current locations (and contact information) for employees and offices are listed in the online directory, which is updated with each Zilber move. The printed campus directory will be published at the beginning of second semester, when all the moves have been completed.

Watch News Briefs for more information as the moves take place.

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3. Lessons and Carols begins concert series tomorrow

The holiday music season begins tomorrow with the Lessons and Carols Concert, “Christus Natus Est,” featuring the Marquette Chorus, the Liturgical Choir and The Naturals, Marquette’s male a cappella group. The concert is Friday, Dec. 4, at 7:30 p.m. in the Church of the Gesu. Doors open at 7 p.m.

Other holiday music events include:

• Marquette Carillon Concerts from Marquette Tower at noon Sundays, Dec. 6, 13 and 20, performed by carillonneur Mark Konewko.

•  Marquette’s music ensembles will present a holiday concert Sunday, Dec. 6, at 2 p.m. in the Varsity Theatre. The concert will include selections by the Marquette Chorus, Gospel Choir, Jazz Ensembles, Orchestra, Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble. MUsical Staff, the faculty and staff choir, will sing pre-concert Christmas Carols.

• MUsical Staff will perform Tuesday, Dec. 8, in the Weasler Auditorium and Thursday, Dec. 10, in the Varsity Theatre. Both performances begin at 11:30 a.m.

•  The Naturals’ annual Christmas concert is Friday, Dec. 11, at 7:30 p.m. in Todd Wehr Chemistry 100. The group will sing a capella renditions of Christmas classics, such as Carol of the Bells and Silent Night, as well as arrangements of popular seasonal tunes.

All concerts are free and open to the public.

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4. Business Plan Competition entries due Monday

The Kohler Center for Entrepreneurship is accepting submissions for its 2010 Business Plan Competition. At least one member of a team must be a Marquette student, faculty or staff member or an alumnus/a. The application deadline is Monday, Dec. 7.

Following the deadline, the submissions will be reviewed by a team of judges. The entrants accepted into the competition are then paired with an entrepreneurial mentor to develop a more in-depth plan. Workshops on business model development, plan refinement and presentation skills are held periodically throughout the competition. Fully developed plans will be reviewed by a panel of judges. The winners, who will be announced on April 12, 2010, will receive services, such as legal, accounting and public relations assistance.

For more information, contact Steve Laczniak, graduate assistant in the Department of Management, at 8-0673.

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5. Economist to address "State of the U.S. Housing Market"

Dr. Lawrence Yun, chief economist and senior vice president of research at the National Association of Realtors, will discuss “State of the U.S. Housing Market” Thursday, Dec. 10, at 2 p.m. in the Raynor Library Beaumier Suites. A reception will follow.
Prior to joining the NAR, Yun worked as an economic consultant to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and the U.S. Department of Education.
The free event is co-sponsored by the Marquette Center for Global and Economic Studies and the Marquette Center for Real Estate, in partnership with the Wisconsin Realtors Association.

For more information or to RSVP, contact Nicole Truog, associate director of real estate program, at 8-8041.

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6. Masses to return to "normal" procedures for communion, sign of peace

Campus Ministry will return to “normal” procedures during their Masses, beginning with the 10 p.m. Mass today at the St. Joan of Arc Chapel. Communion will be distributed under both species and the congregation will be encouraged to share a sign of peace with each other. Campus Ministry continues to discourage receiving communion on the tongue during the cold and flu season.

The decision was made in conjunction with Student Health Service and Gesu Parish now that H1N1 vaccine is available to the entire Marquette community. For more information contact Emily Schumacher-Novak, Manresa Coordinator for Liturgy, at 8-3058.

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7. Pools, tennis courts to close for reconstruction

Due to new state requirements, both the Helfaer Recreation Center and the Rec Plex pools will be closed for construction. 

The Rec Center pool is closing beginning at 3:30 p.m. today, Dec. 3, and re-opening Monday, Jan. 4. The Rec Plex pool will close Wednesday, Dec. 23, and re-open Monday, Jan 11. 

The tennis courts will also be closed for resurfacing due to summer flood damage. The courts will be closed from Monday, Dec. 14, to Monday, Jan. 11.

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8. Who are the most interesting December graduates?

The Office of Marketing and Communication is seeking stories about graduates this December for possible use with area media. December graduates with unusual backgrounds; who overcame substantial obstacles in getting their degree; who will be doing something unusual after graduation; with recent exclusive awards, academic recognition, publications or scholarship; etc. are some ideas that would be appropriate.

What graduates do you know who have fascinating stories to tell? E-mail their names and plenty of details by Thursday, Dec. 10.

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9. Eucharistic Adoration and Night Prayer to be held

Campus Ministry and Catholic Outreach are sponsoring Eucharistic Adoration with Night Prayer today, Dec. 3, at the St. Joan of Arc Chapel from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Campus Ministry will also hold an Advent Reconciliation Service, “Be Strong, Fear Not,” in the AMU Chapel of the Holy Family on Monday, Dec. 7, at 7:30 p.m. The event will begin with a communal prayer service and include time for individual confession. Rev. Tom Lawler, S.J., vocation director for the Society of Jesus in the upper Midwest, will preside. Emily Schumacher-Novak, Manresa Coordinator for Liturgy, will provide a reflection.

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10. Math department and Integrative Neuroscience Center to hold seminars

The Department of Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science will hold a colloquium tomorrow, Dec. 4, at 4 p.m. in Cudahy 401. Dr. Melody Ghahramani, assistant professor of mathematics, statistics and computer science at the University of Winnipeg, will present “On the Combined Estimating Functions Method with Applications in Finance.”

The Integrative Neuroscience Center will host Dr. John Fernstrom, professor of psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh, Tuesday, Dec. 8, at 3:30 p.m. in Schroeder Complex 256. Fernstrom will present “Dietary Amino Acids and Proteins Influence Serotonin Synthesis in Brain: Functional Implications.”

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11. Rwandian artist to present one-man show

Diogene Ntarindwa, a Rwandian writer and actor, will perform his one-man show, Carte d’identité, Sunday, Dec. 6, at 5 p.m. in Straz Tower Upper Theater. Ntarindwa will address memory in identity formation, notions of reconciliation and how the personal story can tell history. The show runs 90 minutes and is presented in French.

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12. Linguist to discuss endangered Native American languages

The Linguistics Club will host Dr. Monica Macaulay, professor of linguistics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Monday, Dec. 7, at 7:30 p.m. in Cudahy 001. Macaulay will present “Endangered Native American Languages in Wisconsin.” The event is free and open to the public.

Her talk will focus on Native American languages in the Milwaukee area and Wisconsin in general. She will also discuss her role in producing a Menominee language dictionary and other ways she has participated in reviving/documenting local languages that are in danger of extinction.

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13. Fair Trade Holiday Fair to be held Monday

The student organization JUSTICE will host the Third Annual Fair Trade Holiday Fair Monday, Dec. 7, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the AMU Ballrooms. The event will feature local businesses selling fair trade products from around the world including clothing, jewelry, crafts, tea, coffee and chocolate.

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14. DPS offers driver safety tips

With snowfall beginning to appear in the weather forecasts, the Department of Public Safety encourages Marquette community members to exercise caution when driving through campus and in nearby neighborhoods.

• Obey traffic signals and posted speed limits.
• Pay attention to all that is going on around you. Don’t become distracted by talking on your phone or playing your radio at a high volume.
• Yield to pedestrians in the crosswalks.
• Watch for pedestrians suddenly stepping into traffic, whether they’re in a crosswalk or not.
• Be especially careful during rainy and snowy weather, when streets are often slick, making it difficult for vehicles to stop suddenly.
• Give yourself extra travel time in poor weather conditions.

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