1. December Commencement is this weekend

Marquette’s December Commencement will take place Sunday, Dec. 20, at 9:30 a.m. at the U.S. Cellular Arena. The program will include individual recognition of the candidates and remarks by Marquette President Robert A. Wild, S.J.; Janine Geske, distinguished professor of law; and Scott Passolt, a graduating senior from the College of Business Administration.

The Baccalaureate Mass will be Saturday, Dec. 19, at 7:30 p.m. at Church of the Gesu, celebrated by Father Wild and other members of the Marquette Jesuit community.

MUSG will host a reception for graduates and their families and friends from 8:45 p.m. to 11 p.m. Dec. 19 in the AMU Grand Ballroom. Free appetizers and desserts will be provided.

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2. Offices of Provost, Administration and Marketing moving to Zilber Hall

The Office of the Provost is closed today and tomorrow, Dec. 14 and 15, as it moves into Zilber Hall. Staff have limited e-mail and phone access and will resume normal operations Wednesday, Dec. 16, in Zilber 448 and 454.

The Office of Administration is monitoring phone and e-mail messages during its move into Zilber Hall today, Dec. 14. It will resume normal operations tomorrow, Dec. 15, in Zilber 256.

The Office of Marketing and Communication will monitor phone and e-mail messages during its move Thursday, Dec. 17. It will resume limited operations Friday, Dec. 18, in Zilber 235.

The Office of the President will move next, Jan. 5.

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. Father Teske honored with Aquinas Medal

The American Catholic Philosophical Association has awarded its highest honor to Rev. Roland Teske, S.J., professor emeritus of philosophy, for his scholarly achievement in the field and his dedication to teaching.

Father Teske received the 2009 Aquinas Medal, which is given each year to an individual who has made significant contributions to American philosophical thought. During his career Teske has published more than 30 books and 125 scholarly articles and book chapters. His writings have included numerous translations — many for the first time into English or any modern language — of Latin or German works, from Augustine to Rahner.

Previous honorees have included Jacques Maritain and Bernard Lonergan.

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4. Library exhibit features women transforming Marquette

A Women Transforming Marquette centennial exhibit is now on display on the second floor of Raynor Library. This 18-panel historical exhibit contributes to the Centennial Celebration of Women at Marquette and features such topics as the Association of Marquette University Women, faculty, residence life and student extracurricular activities. The exhibit was researched and designed by students enrolled in History 4101, Technology for Historians, part of Marquette’s interdisciplinary minor in public history.

The exhibit is accessible during all library open hours through Feb. 4, 2010.

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5. Free treats available at study breaks

Students are invited by the Senior Challenge 20.10 to stop by their table from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 16, in the AMU second floor lobby for free treats. Students can also make an ornament for a reflection tree and share their favorite Marquette memory.

The Ethnic Alumni Association is hosting its semi-annual study break event for students Wednesday, Dec. 16, from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the AMU Henke Lounge. Students are invited to enjoy a free dessert reception and relax with fellow students and alumni.

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6. Shuttles to train and bus stations available for Christmas break

The Department of Public Safety will provide shuttles to the Amtrak and Greyhound/Megabus stations for Christmas break. Shuttles will run every hour, on the hour, Friday, Dec. 18, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., leaving from the DPS office in the 16th Street parking structure.

Starting at 5 p.m., students can request a ride to the Amtrak or bus terminal using the LIMO service, which runs until 3 a.m. LIMO service is also available to bring students back to campus from the train and bus stations, from 5 p.m. to 3 a.m., when they arrive back in Milwaukee. LIMO requests are made by calling DPS at (414) 288-6363. No reservation or notice is needed for the hourly shuttle on Friday, Dec. 18. Whether using the shuttle or LIMO service, students should plan ahead as departure and pick-up times cannot be guaranteed.

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7. Department of Biological Sciences to hold a seminar

Dr. James Buchanan, professor of biological sciences, will present a seminar Friday, Dec. 18, at 3:15 p.m. in Wehr Life Sciences 111. The title of the presentation is “Descending Control of the Lamprey Spinal Cord — How Does the Brainstem Direct Locomotor Movements?”

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8. Food drive benefits Hunger Task Force

Raynor Memorial Libraries and Marquette Student Government are holding a food drive through Friday, Dec. 18. Nonperishable food items will benefit the Hunger Task Force of Milwaukee, which distributes more than 9.5 million pounds of food to area food banks. Collection barrels are located in the Raynor lobby, AMU Information Desk and the MUSG office, AMU 133.

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9. Law School to hold information session

The Law School will host an information session for prospective students Friday, Dec. 18, 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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10. Registration open for sorority recruitment

Marquette sororities will host “A Red Carpet Affair: Panhellenic Formal Recruitment” Jan. 28-31, 2010. Recruitment provides an inside look at all the chapters and information about Marquette Greek life.

Register online.

For more information contact Maggie Homer.

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11. Windows 7 available for students at a discount rate

Students currently using Vista (Service Pack 1 or 2) can purchase Windows 7 at a student discount for $29.99 through Jan. 3, 2010. Windows 7, the new operating system from Microsoft, offers faster and more reliable performance and provides better ways to find and manage files, enhanced taskbar previews and improved support for 64-bit PCs.

Students with an older operating system on a computer that meets the minimum hardware requirements would need to reinstall Windows.

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12. Celebrating women at Marquette Loretta Sell

She performed for presidents, popes and European royalty. She appeared on the cover of Life magazine. Revlon created shades of lipstick and nail polish in her name. But just who was Loretta Sell?

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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