1. Buzz Williams named one of Business Journal’s “Forty Under 40”

Nine of the 40 individuals selected by The Business Journal’s 2009 “Forty Under 40,” which recognizes young leaders in the Milwaukee area, have Marquette connections. Buzz Williams, men’s basketball coach, was selected along with eight alumni.

The eight alumni in The Business Journal’s 2009 “Forty Under 40” group are:

Julie Ledger, Eng ’99, Opus North Corp.
Jennifer Mattes, Grad ’00, Johnson Controls Inc.
Laura (Ellen) Piotrowski, GSM ‘07, Robert W. Baird & Co.
John Reinke, Grad ‘04, Generation Growth Capital
Ann Marie Ronsman, Nurs 97, Froedtert & Medical College of Wisconsin
Christine Specht, Arts ‘96, Cousins Subs
Leslie Stewart, Jr., Comm ’05 and Grad ’07, V&J Holdings Co.
Andrew Wronski, Arts ’91, Foley & Lardner LLP

They will be formally honored at a dinner Monday, March 9.

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2. One-minute video examines impact of Jesuit education

Have you taken a look yet at the one-minute video about the importance of a Jesuit education in today’s world?

Check out Jesuit 2.0, forward it to friends and share a story about how Jesuit education has impacted your life.

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3. Discussion to focus on human rights in Obama era

Dr. William Shulz, former executive director of Amnesty International, will discuss “Human Rights Challenges Facing the Obama Administration,” tomorrow, Feb. 17, at 2 p.m. in AMU 407. The program is sponsored by the Human Rights Initiative and the Office of International Education.

For more information, contact Susan Whipple,, assistant director of the Office of International Education.

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4. Public Service Conference highlights community justice in Wisconsin

Policymakers, academics and community representatives will explore the future of community justice and its implications for Wisconsin at “The Future of Community Justice in Wisconsin,” presented by the Law School on Friday, Feb. 20, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., in the AMU.

The conference will bring together criminal justice experts to explore the role of community justice councils in engaging communities, developing effective intervention strategies, promoting cooperation across jurisdictional lines, facilitating creative problem-solving, and reducing race-based disparities in the treatment of similar cases.

The keynote address, “Building Communities with Justice,” will be delivered by Jeremy Travis, president of City University of New York’s John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Travis is the author of But They All Came Back: Facing the Challenges of Prisoner Reentry.

A complete conference schedule is available online.

The conference is free for university students. The cost is $40 for members of the public. Registration is required.

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5. The rationality of faith explored at annual Aquinas Lecture

The relationship between faith and reason will be the topic of the annual Aquinas Lecture at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 22. Dr. Daniel Garber, chair of philosophy at Princeton University, will deliver “What Happens After Pascal’s Wager: Living Faith and Rational Belief,” in the Raynor Library Beaumier Conference Center. Garber will use the work of French philosopher Blaise Pascal to discuss what it means for faith to inform reason and how confident people should be regarding the rationality of religious belief. On-site registration will be required for the free, public lecture.

Garber studies the relationships of philosophy, science and society in the period of the scientific revolution. He has written two books, Descartes’ Metaphysical Physics and Descartes Embodied, and has co-edited the Cambridge History of Seventeenth-Century Philosophy and the annual Oxford Studies in Early Modern Philosophy.

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6. Lecture to address the history of the papacy

Papal history is the topic of the annual Wade Lecture at 4 p.m. Monday, Feb. 23, in Cudahy 001. The Rev. Thomas Worcester, S.J., the 2008-2009 Wade Chair, will deliver “The Modern Papacy: Between Tradition and Innovation,” about the papacy’s similarities and differences over a 500-year period, from the pontificate of Julius II in the 16th century, to John Paul II in the 20th century.

Worcester is a specialist in French, Renaissance and Catholic Church histories. He authored Seventeenth-Century Cultural Discourse: France and the Preaching of Bishop Camus, more than a dozen scholarly articles and co-edited two anthologies created for art exhibitions at the Worcester Art Museum and the McMullen Museum at Boston College.

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7. Faculty presenting 20 slides in less than seven minutes

Marquette faculty will present ideas related to their research and personal lives at Milwaukee’s Pecha Kucha night on Tuesday, Feb. 24, at 8 p.m. at Sugar Maple, 441 E. Lincoln Ave., Milwaukee.

Each fast-paced presentation features a speaker allowed 20 slides and 20 seconds per slide, for a total length of 6 minutes and 40 seconds. Marquette presenters are Dr. William Henk, dean of the College of Education; Laura Kestner, director of the Career Services Center; Linda Menck, professional in residence in the Diederich College of Communication; Dr. William Cullinan, dean of the College of Health Sciences; and Dr. Ed de St. Aubin, associate professor of psychology. Some of the presentation topics include how people create meaning in their lives and the links between love, learning and leading. The evening will also include presentations from five MIAD participants.

Pecha Kucha, a Japanese word that means “chit-chat,” was started in Toyko as a format for architects to share their projects. It has spread to cities around the world as a medium to share ideas in business, art, academia and more.

The cost is $10 in advance and $12 at the door, supporting the global non-profit Pecha Kucha organization. Advance tickets can be purchased online.

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8. Register to vote in tomorrow’s spring primary election

Wisconsin’s 2009 spring primary election will be tomorrow, Feb. 17. Voters across the state will consider candidates for county circuit court judges and the state superintendent of public instruction. The general election will be April 7.

If students registered to vote in the November 2008 election and their address has not changed, they may simply go to their polling site and vote. New voters and students with new addresses may register to vote at the polls on election day.

To register at the polls, students living off-campus must bring a form of government-issued identification (such as a driver’s license from your home state) and proof of residence (such as a utility bill or a lease). Students who live in university-owned residence halls and apartment buildings only need to bring their Marquette ID to register. More information, including where to vote on Election Day, are available online.

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9. Mission Week programs are available online

The video of the Mission Week keynote address, “Human Rights and the Consequences of Faith,” by Dr. Shirin Ebadi Ebadi, is now available online, as is the “Current Jesuit Conversations and the Invitation to Partnership in Mission” talk by Rev. John Fitzgibbons, S.J., of the University of San Francisco.

Marquette community members can also enjoy the "Voices of Marquette" interviews online. The podcasts highlight 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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10. Career fair, state department offer jobs and internships

Seniors can seek full-time, post-graduate positions and sophomores and juniors can learn about internships at The WorkForce Career Fair, Thursday, Feb. 19, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the AMU ballrooms. Approximately 100 companies and 800 students will attend the fair. Students should dress professionally and bring their resumes.

Brian Flora, diplomat-in-residence at the University of Illinois-Chicago, will speak about obtaining a job or internship with the State Department or Foreign Service on Thursday, Feb. 19, from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. in AMU 163.

Flora will also be at the WorkForce Career Fair the same day, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Students interested in taking the Foreign Service exam can make a one-on-one appointment by calling the Career Services Center at 8-7423.

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11. Les Aspin Center informational sessions to be held

The Les Aspin Center for Government, Marquette’s study center in Washington, D.C., will hold information sessions on Wednesday, Feb. 18, at 7:30 p.m. and Thursday, Feb. 19, at 6:30 p.m. Both sessions will be held in Raynor Libraries Beaumier Suites B and C.

The Les Aspin Center offers students the chance to work and learn in the nation’s capital for a semester or summer session. Internships are available for all majors. Applications for the summer and fall 2009 programs are available online, and are due by March 24. For more information, contact the Les Aspin Center’s Marquette office at 8-7446.

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12. Peacemaking internships discussed this week

The Center for Peacemaking will hold a student discussion about its Szymczak summer internships Thursday, Feb. 19, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in Cudahy 001. Students who have held these internships will discuss their experiences and how to apply for an internship.

Each summer the Szymczak internships provide funds for students wishing to engage in practical, applied work in nonviolence. Last summer, placements included Catholic Worker House, Honduras, South Africa and Ireland.

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13. Chemistry department to hold colloquium

The Department of Chemistry will hold a colloquium Friday, Feb. 20, at 4:15 p.m. in Todd Wehr Chemistry 121. Dr. Martin St. Maurice, assistant professor of biological sciences, will present "Molecular Mechanisms of Allostery and Catalysis in the Multi-Functional Pyruvate Carboxylase Enzyme.”

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14. Public safety offering self-defense classes

The Department of Public Safety will hold free self-defense classes:

• 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. Personal training services now offered to students

The Department of Recreational Sports is now offering personal training services to students at the Helfaer Recreation Center. The first 30-minute session is free and each additional hour-long session is available for an introductory student rate of $12 per hour.

Training sessions will be conducted by a certified personal trainer.

For more information contact the Rec Center at 8-5624.

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16. MUSG hosting trip to Dave & Buster’s in Chicago

MUSG is sponsoring a trip to Dave & Buster’s, a Chicago eatery and video arcade, Friday, Feb. 20. Buses will depart from AMU at 7 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 20, and return to campus at 2 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 21.

Tickets are available for purchase in the Brooks Lounge, first floor of AMU. Tickets are $20 and include transportation and a $20 game card. Students must be 18 years of age or older to attend and 21 or older to receive a beverage wristband.

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17. Raynor exhibit highlights Milwaukee history

Raynor Memorial Libraries are hosting a “My History is Milwaukee’s History” exhibit until May 15, on the 3rd floor of Raynor. The traveling exhibit is based on the “Children in Urban America” project by Dr. James Marten, chair and professor of history. The exhibit explores aspects of childhood in Milwaukee and is on loan from the Milwaukee County Historical Society.

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18. “Remove the Blindfold” displays address oppression

“Remove the Blindfold,” a series of visual and educational displays about oppression, will be on display in the Mashuda Hall ballrooms this week. The displays were created by student organizations to help students learn about different kinds of oppression.

The displays will be available Monday, Feb. 16, through Thursday, Feb. 19, from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. and Friday, Feb. 20, from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.

The program is sponsored by Residence Hall Association and the Office of Residence Life.

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