1. Interviews set for dean of arts and sciences finalists

Three finalists for dean of the Klingler College of Arts and Sciences will be on campus this month for interviews with faculty, students and administrators.

The three finalists are:
• Dr. Brian Blake, associate professor and chair of the Department of Computer Science and director of graduate studies at Georgetown University;
• Dr. Tim Machan, professor of English, Marquette University; and
• Dr. Marietta Morrissey, professor of sociology at the University of Toledo.

Dr. Albert Rivero, chair of the search committee, praised both the quantity and quality of the applicants for the deanship. “Our experience demonstrated that Marquette University is an attractive environment within academia,” he said. “That is especially true for the Klingler College of Arts and Sciences, with its strong emphasis on the liberal arts and preparing students for the changing world in which they will live and work.”

Dr. Blake received his Ph.D. from George Mason University and has 14 years of industrial experience as an engineer for such firms as General Electric, Lockheed Martin, General Dynamics and The MITRE Corporation. He joined the Georgetown faculty in 2000 and has published more than 85 articles on service-oriented architectures, component-based software engineering, services-based software engineering, software engineering education and workflow and process management systems. His research has been supported by more than $5 million in grants from a variety of commercial and government organizations.

Dr. Blake will be on campus Jan. 13 and 14. An open forum is scheduled for noon to 1:30 p.m. Jan. 14 in Raynor Library Beaumier Suites B&C.

Dr. Machan has served as chair of Marquette’s English Department on three different occasions (1998-2001, 2001-2004, 2004-2007) during his 23-year tenure. His research focuses on medieval language and literature, with the publication of nine books and approximately 40 articles and 30 reviews. His 10th book will be published this winter by Oxford University Press. Dr. Machan earned his baccalaureate degree and his Ph.D. at the University of Wisconsin-Madison; his master’s degree is from the University of Durham in England.

The open forum for Dr. Machan will be held on Jan. 28 from noon to 1:30 p.m. in AMU ballroom B.

Dr. Morrissey has served as acting associate dean for the natural sciences and mathematics at Toledo and as associate dean for the social sciences. Her research focuses on Latin American stratification and development, and she has received two Fulbright awards. A graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, Dr. Morrissey received her master’s and Ph.D. degrees from Michigan State University. Prior to her 15 years at the University of Toledo, she was on the faculty at Texas Tech University.

Dr. Morrissey will visit Marquette Jan. 20 and 21, with her open forum scheduled for Jan. 21 from noon to 1:30 p.m. in AMU ballroom C.

More complete biographical information about each candidate is available at http://www.marquette.edu/klinglerdean/candidates.shtml.

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2. The BFG to be performed this weekend 

The Department of Performing Arts’ Annual Theatre for Young Audiences performance will feature The BFG, based on Roald Dahl’s children’s novel about the Big Friendly Giant. Performances are at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 10, and Sunday, Jan. 11, at the Tony & Lucille Weasler Auditorium.

In this imaginative adaptation of the classic book, young Sophie befriends the 24-foot Big Friendly Giant. Together, they team up against trouble-making giants to save the children of England. Along the way, Sophie discovers the music of "whizzpopping,” learns the art of making dreams and experiences many other adventures. The play is best suited for ages five and older.

Ticket prices for The BFG are $10 and can be purchased by contacting the theatre box office at 8-7504.

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3. Spring classroom assignments posted in CheckMarq

Students can access CheckMarq for the most up-to-date spring 2009 course classroom assignments. Students unable to locate where a course is meeting should contact the department offering the course. 

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4. Ziggies ceases operation

Ziggies, the eatery at 1626 W. Wisconsin Ave., ended commercial operations on Dec. 31. The owner of the business, Nicholas Onassis, is retiring and will vacate the premises in mid-January.

Ziggies occupied a portion of the lower level and some basement space in the Marquette Apartments property purchased by the university in 2007. The property is being renovated as a suite-style residence hall to be ready for occupancy in August 2009. The area occupied by Ziggies will become part of the common space available for student usage.

Onasis will reimburse students, faculty or staff who prepaid for Ziggies meals. Contact him at 414-344-1462 prior to Friday, Jan. 16.

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5. Students needed for Hunger Clean-Up planning committees

The Office of Student Development's Center for Community Service is seeking student leaders for the planning team for Hunger Clean-Up, Marquette’s largest one-day service project, Saturday, April 18, 2009. Opportunities include publications, graphic design, fundraising, external communications, logistics and public relations. More information is available online.

Applications are due Friday, Jan. 23, 2009.

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