1. Finalist added to arts and sciences dean search

The search committee for the Helen Way Klingler College of Arts & Sciences has added an additional finalist, Dr. Robert Lueger, dean of arts & sciences at Creighton University. Lueger will interview on campus Wednesday and Thursday, Feb. 11 and 12. His open forums for the entire university are Wednesday, Feb. 11, 3:45 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. in AMU 157, and Thursday, Feb. 12, 12:15 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. in AMU Ballroom D.

Committee chair Dr. Al Rivero noted, “The committee is pleased to provide the campus community with another finalist, honoring the position’s posting as open until filled and replenishing the slate after two earlier finalists withdrew.”

Lueger’s cover letter and CV, as well as audio tapes from the open forums for finalists Dr. Tim Machan and Dr. Diane Michelfelder, can be found at http://www.marquette.edu/klinglerdean/candidates.shtml.

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2. Nobel Prize winner speaks on human rights today

Dr. Shirin Ebadi, the first Muslim woman and first Iranian to receive the Nobel Peace Prize, will deliver the Mission Week keynote address “Human Rights and the Consequences of Faith,” today, Feb. 5, at 4 p.m. in the Monaghan Ballroom, AMU. Tickets for Ebadi's address are no longer available, but her speech will be simulcast in AMU 157. No tickets are necessary to attend the simulcast.

Prior to Ebadi's speech, she will receive an honorary degree of law from Marquette. Father Robert A. Wild, S.J., president of Marquette, will confer the degree. Joseph Kearney, dean of the Law School, will read the citation.

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3. Nigerian professor to describe African impact on the United States

“The African Impact on the United States” is the topic of the 2009 Ralph H. Metcalfe Sr. Lecture. Dr. Toyin Falola, a distinguished teaching professor at the University of Texas at Austin, will speak at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 10, in AMU 227. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Falola is the Frances Higginbotham Nalle Centennial Professor in History and a fellow of the Historical Society of Nigeria and the Nigerian Academy of Letters. He has also written a number of books, including Key Events in African History: A Reference Guide; Nationalism and African Intellectuals; and A Mouth Sweeter than Salt.

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4. Jesuits hosting open house with free cookies and coffee

The Marquette Jesuits will host a Mission Week Java with the Jesuits event tomorrow, Feb. 6, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Jesuit Residence, east entrance. Marquette community members are invited to drop by for cookies, coffee and conversation.

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5. Communication student honored with national award

J. William and Mary Diederich College of Communication senior Keith Jamerson has been named one of the most promising minority students in the nation by the American Advertising Federation. He is being honored in New York this week by the AAF.

The Most Promising Minority Students program connects the advertising industry with the nation’s top minority college seniors.

Jamerson, who is double majoring in advertising and psychology, has interned for Electronic Arts and Deutsch Inc. in California. While at Deutsch, he contributed to the agency’s successful pitch for the Sony Playstation advertising account.

At Marquette, Jamerson has been active in the Advertising Club, the track and field team and volunteering as a tutor at the Adult Learning Center.

In recommending him to the award selection committee, Dr. Jean Grow, assistant professor of advertising and public relations, wrote that “Keith is one amazing guy. He has sought mentoring with industry professionals and continues to gather industry experience through his amazing internships.”

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6. Libraries launching Carl Van Vechten collection

Raynor Library’s Special Collections and University Archives will launch a new digital collection Monday, Feb. 9, featuring more than 700 portraits made by author, critic and amateur photographer Carl Van Vechten. The Feb. 9 launch coincides with the 100th anniversary of the NAACP. Bruce Kellner, a Van Vechten scholar and author of his biography, will provide remarks at 7 p.m. in the Raynor Library. The event is co-sponsored by the departments of English and history.

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7. “Voices of Marquette” provided for Mission Week

Marquette community members can enjoy the "Voices of Marquette" podcasts throughout Mission Week. This series of audio podcast interviews is being released daily during Mission Week, highlighting the lives, work and commitments of members of the Marquette community, including Janine Geske, distinguished professor of law; Dr. John Pauly, provost; Rev. Bryan Massingale, associate professor of theology; Dr. Irfan Omar, assistant professor of theology; and Terri Mitchell, women’s basketball coach.

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8. Eucharistic Adoration taking place this afternoon

Campus Ministry and Catholic Outreach are sponsoring Eucharistic Adoration until 8 p.m. today, Feb. 5. The Blessed Sacrament will be exposed in the Eucharistic Chapel in the AMU across from Campus Ministry. Catholic Outreach will close with praise, worship and benediction beginning at 8 p.m. in the Chapel of the Holy Family.

Contact Emily Schumacher, Campus Ministry, at 8-3058 for more information.

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9. Information about U.S. work visas presented tomorrow

Immigration Attorney Mark Rhoads will present information about H-1B visas and “green cards” tomorrow, Feb. 6, at 1 p.m. in AMU 163.

Students can also schedule a one-on-one 10-minute meeting with Rhoads between 10 a.m. and noon tomorrow, Feb. 6, by calling the Career Services Center at 8-7423.

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10. Senior speaker nominations due tomorrow

Nominations for senior speaker at May Commencement are available for all eligible seniors interested in speaking at graduation. Nominations are due tomorrow, Feb. 6.

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11. Math colloquium to address “Group Selection in High-dimensional Regression”

The Department of Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science will host a colloquium Friday, Feb. 6, at noon in Cudahy 401. Dr. Fengrong Wei, Department of Mathematics at the University of Iowa, will speak on “Group Selection in High-dimensional Regression.”

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12. Free rally towels at women’s basketball game

The first 2,000 fans through the door at the women’s basketball game against No. 1-ranked UConn on Saturday, Feb. 7, at the Al McGuire Center, will receive a free MU rally towel. Tip-off is 7 p.m. The team is hoping for its second sell-out of the season and third in program history.

Call 8-GOMU for tickets.

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13. HIV/AIDS awareness retreat this weekend

An HIV/AIDS awareness overnight retreat will be held from Friday, Feb. 6, through Saturday, Feb. 7. The retreat will focus on gaining a better understanding of the HIV/AIDS pandemic and how it is affecting the world. Applications can be picked up and submitted to the Center for Community Service, AMU 329. Applications are due Friday, Feb. 6.

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14. Public safety offering self-defense classes

The Department of Public Safety will hold free self-defense classes:
• Monday, Feb. 9, at 5 p.m. in AMU 163
• Monday, Feb. 23, at 5 p.m. in AMU 163
• Monday, March 30, at 5 p.m. in AMU 157

The class incorporates national and local crime trends and a hands-on approach and effective techniques with simple strategies for escaping potentially dangerous situations for both males and females.

Register by calling DPS at 8-6800.

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15. Mr. Omega Man competition kicks off Healthy Relationships Week

Nine Marquette gentlemen will compete in the third annual Mr. Omega Man competition Sunday, Feb. 8, at 1 p.m. in the Varsity Theatre. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased in the AMU rotunda Friday, Feb. 6, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.; from any Alpha Chi Omega member; and at the door for the show. All proceeds benefit the Sojourner Truth House, a local shelter for victims of domestic violence.

This is the kickoff event for Alpha Chi Omega's Healthy Relationships Week, a week designed to promote and educate the Marquette community about healthy relationships. Mr. Omega Man is co-sponsored by Alpha Chi Omega and the Center for Health Education and Promotion/Student Health Service.

Contact Samantha Toigo for more information.

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16. Free food at Lebanese night event

Student Mohammad N. ElBsat and the Office of International Education will host the third annual Lebanese night tomorrow, Feb. 6, at 6:30 p.m. in AMU 407. The event will include free Lebanese food, a belly dance performance, and an introduction to the culture of Lebanon.

For more information contact the Office of International Education at 8-7289.

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17. Talented students invited for “Open Mic Night”

The Office of Residence Life will host an “Open Mic Night” on behalf of the Marquette University Apartments. The event will take place Monday, Feb. 9, from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. in the Humphrey Hall auditorium. Students are welcome to read poetry, play an instrument or sing. E-mail to reserve a spot. Space is limited.

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18. Free anxiety screenings offered Monday

The Counseling Center is offering free anxiety screenings Monday, Feb. 9, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Holthusen 205. Symptoms of anxiety can include excessive worry, nervousness, rapid heart rate and stomachaches, and can interfere with academics and relationships.

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19. RSVP by Monday for Diversity Advocate Network orientation

The Division of Student Affairs Diversity Committee will host a Diversity Advocate Network orientation Thursday, Feb. 12, from 10 a.m. to noon in the Raynor Library Beaumier Suites. The Diversity Advocates Network consists of administrators, faculty and staff who support, mentor and advocate for students from underrepresented groups on campus.

RSVP to Julie Murphy, coordinator for new student programs, at 8-5769 by Monday, Feb. 9.

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20. A Mission Week daily reflection — Katie Scannell

I Act because I believe that we are called to put our faith into action so that all of God’s children, regardless of religion, gender, race, culture or socioeconomic status, can be united in God’s universal church of faith, hope, peace and love.

Last year I had the opportunity to study abroad in Cape Town, South Africa, and there, I truly saw God’s universal church of love in action. When I think of the children I met there I am reminded of the lessons they taught me through example about finding strength, love, hope, forgiveness and faith out of the most challenging of situations. I saw how prevalent crime, injustice and inequality are in the township communities, and I began to feel empowered to work for peace and social justice. Every human being, especially every child, has the same rights given by God to live a free, happy and safe life. Additionally, all of us, as brothers and sisters in Christ, have a responsibility to care for one another.

By engaging in both the Milwaukee and the global community, I have found that the power and hope of the human spirit is astounding. I ask myself, “What has made all of this beauty possible?” The answer is God’s love. God’s love connects us all, whether it is for a moment or for a lifetime. Putting my faith into action is my daily challenge, powered by my love of the world, my faith in God and my belief in the strength of humanity. I have felt moments of both consolation and desolation. However, through it all, I have truly felt that if we can envision a world that recognizes the common humanity we all share, a world as God intended, then we must take action and dedicate our lives to serving others.

~ Katie Scannell
senior, Helen Way Klingler College of Arts and Sciences

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