1. Economic leaders to discuss future of business and economy

The College of Business Administration will host an Economic Leadership Forum at 7:30 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 27, in the AMU ballrooms with faculty and area business leaders. These experts will provide insight on the local, national and global economic challenges and opportunities in the year ahead. The event is free and open to the public.

Marquette's new James H. Keyes Dean of Business Administration, Dr. Linda Salchenberger, will moderate the panel of industry leaders and Marquette faculty experts:
Dr. Abdur Chowdhury, professor of economics
Dr. David Clark, chair and professor of economics
Dr. David Krause, director of Applied Investment Management Program
Jim Imhoff, CEO of First Weber Group Inc.
Mary Ellen Stanek, managing director and director of asset management of Robert W. Baird and Co.

A continental breakfast, starting at 7:15 a.m., is included. Register by Tuesday, Jan. 20, with Stefanie Pinnow, alumni relations office associate, at 8-7441.

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2. Police chief to discuss first year in Milwaukee

Milwaukee Police Chief Edward Flynn will be the first guest of the year for “On the Issues with Mike Gousha,” Wednesday, Jan. 21, at noon in Sensenbrenner Hall, Eisenberg Memorial Hall.

Flynn arrived in Milwaukee last January to take over the job of Milwaukee Police Chief. A year later, violent crime has dropped dramatically in the city. Flynn will discuss his first year on the job, what worked to reduce crime and why.

Register online.

A schedule of “On the Issues” events is available online.

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3. Marquette ranks among Kiplinger's best values in private universities

In its annual ranking of Best Values in Private Colleges, Kiplinger's placed Marquette No. 44 among the top 50 private universities for 2009.

The list of 100, which is divided into 50 private universities and 50 liberal arts colleges, is based on academic quality and affordability, with quality accounting for two-thirds of the total.

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4. News Briefs to be distributed on Tuesday next week

Since Marquette will be closed Monday, Jan. 19, to observe the Martin Luther King Holiday, News Briefs will be distributed Tuesday, Jan. 20. The submission deadline is still tomorrow, Jan. 16, at noon.

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5. Protect yourself in cold weather

Student Health Service advises students to protect themselves in extremely cold weather conditions by covering their ears, face and hands, wearing proper footwear and layering clothing. Such precautions can prevent frostbite. At the first signs of any redness or pain in any skin area, get out of the cold. Medical care should be sought if the skin turns white or grayish, feels unusually firm and is numb. It’s a good idea to be aware of the winter weather predictions each day so precautions can be taken. Warmth should take precedence over style when the winter weather turns severe.

Students with classes or other activities should take advantage of both the LIMO and LIMO Express services offered through the Department of Public Safety. Call for LIMO service between 5 p.m. and 3 a.m. Wait times may be longer due to the weather conditions; stay inside until the LIMO arrives. The LIMO Express will also be running on its continuous routes this evening. The “Wells Express” travels westbound on Wisconsin Avenue and then eastbound on Wells Street; the “Kilbourn Express” travels eastbound on Wisconsin Avenue and then westbound on Kilbourn.

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6. Honors program lecture returns with Dr. Michael Monahan

Dr. Michael Monahan, assistant professor of philosophy, will present “My Other Degrees: Lessons from the Martial Arts about Knowledge, Philosophy and Life,” the fourth installment of the Honors Program Lecture. The lecture is Thursday, Jan. 22, from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the Henke Lounge, AMU. Light refreshments will be served. The lecture is free and open to the public.

The Honors Student Advisory Council began the lecture series by inviting seven teachers to address a topic from the viewpoint of “If this were the last lecture of your career, what would you say?” The lectures are offered the third Thursday of every month in the AMU.

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7. George Martin to speak at Soup with Substance

George Martin, former program director for Peace Action Wisconsin, will present “Reflections on Martin Luther King Jr. and Today” at Soup with Substance on Wednesday, Jan. 21, from noon to 1 p.m. in AMU 227.

A simple meal of soup, bread and water will be provided.

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8. Alumni to discuss careers outside their majors

The Manresa Project will host a Destination Dinner for students to talk with three successful alumni about their career journeys without directly using their majors. The speakers include Sean Berthold, Bus Ad, ’96; Sarah Fairchild, Arts ’03; and Kate Trevey, Bus Ad ’04.

The dinner will take place Thursday, Jan. 22, at 6 p.m. in the Lunda Room, AMU.

For more information, contact the Manresa Project at 8-0263.

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9. Junior Achievement hosting information session

Junior Achievement will host an information session Wednesday, Jan. 21, at 4:45 p.m. in the University Advancement offices in the 500 N. 19th St. building. The session will include information about Junior Achievement’s mission, the need for Junior Achievement programs in the region and how to get involved. Volunteer opportunities include serving as "consultants" who lead classroom activities, mentors for the Business Challenge, innovators to execute a Junior Achievement Volunteer Recognition and Retention program, and assisting with fundraisers.

RSVP to Kayte Gannon, training manager, at 8-7699.

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10. Raynor Memorial Libraries launch new search feature

Raynor Memorial Libraries have launched a new search feature on the libraries’ home page that can simultaneously search multiple online databases, up to 30, at one time. Users can access the Quick Search tool in the “find articles” tab on the home page. A detailed help section explaining how Quick Search works can also be found under the same tab. In addition to Quick Search, other search tabs on the home page include “library catalog,” “find databases,” “online journals” and “Google scholar.”

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11. Swimming lessons, fitness assessments and classes available

The Rec Plex will offer the children’s Learn to Swim Program, sponsored by the American Red Cross, on Tuesday evenings from Jan. 20 to March 17. Registrations are being accepted at the Rec Plex for levels one to six and the Tiny Tots and Wee Folks program, a parent and child interactive class for children six months to six years of age. For more information, contact John Kratzer at 8-7778.

The Helfaer Recreation Center and the Rec Plex are offering free fitness assessments to students. Fitness assessments reveal strengths and weaknesses for designing a personalized exercise program. For more information, contact the Fitness Assessment Center.

Schedules for group fitness classes are also available at the Rec Center and the Rec Plex. Sign-ups for classes at the Rec Center begin Tuesday, Jan. 20, at 9 a.m., and sign-ups for Rec Plex classes begin Wednesday, Jan. 21, at 9 a.m. Classes are on a first-come, first served basis, and all classes will begin Monday, Jan. 26, at both locations. For more information, contact the group fitness office at 8-6979.

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12. Comedy Night to start at 8 p.m. today

Winter Flurry’s Comedy Night has been moved up to start at 8 p.m. today, Jan. 15. The event features Studio 013 Refugees and Arvin Mitchell in the AMU Ballrooms. Free refreshments will be served.

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13. New hours for Café Italiano and Marquette Place

Campus Dining Services has set new hours for spring semester at Schroeder Hall’s Café Italiano and Marquette Place in AMU.

Café Italiano is open for breakfast and lunch Monday through Friday. Breakfast hours are 7:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. and lunch hours are 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dinner is served Wednesday through Sunday from 4:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Takeout is also available Thursday through Sunday from 8:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

Marquette Place is open Monday through Thursday 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Friday 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Marquette Place is closed Saturday and Sunday.

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14. SSP offering expanded LIMO service

Student Safety Programs is now offering door-to-door LIMO service on Friday and Saturday nights until 4 a.m. during the academic year. Call 8-6363 or flag down a LIMO for a ride. This service is in addition to the regular LIMO service offered from 5 p.m. to 3 a.m., the Student Safety walking escorts from 5 p.m. until midnight, and the Early Morning Shuttle from 3 a.m. to 7 a.m. All of these services are offered seven days a week and can be requested by calling 8-6363.

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15. Save money when filing federal income tax return

College students can take advantage of thousands of dollars in federal tax credits because of their student status when filing income tax returns.

Students attending colleges and universities in Milwaukee and certain other Wisconsin counties can take advantage of increased Hope and Lifetime Learning tax credits for 2008 taxes that are double those of last year. In addition, the definition of qualified education expenses has been expanded.

• The Hope credit for students in Milwaukee County is 100 percent of the first $2,400 of qualified education expenses and 50 percent of the next $2,400 of such expenses for a maximum credit of $3,600. This expanded credit is due to a disaster area declaration announced following severe flooding in June.

• Students can also take advantage of an increased Lifetime Learning credit of 40 percent of qualified expenses paid with a maximum credit of $4,000.

The amount that can be deducted for miles driven has changed for 2008 for students who drive their car to and from school for work-related education and qualify to deduct transportation expenses.

Credits for the Hope, Lifetime Learning and education savings bond programs are gradually reduced if modified gross adjusted income matches new thresholds.

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16. Study participants eligible to win $50 Amazon.com gift card

Volunteers are needed for a 10-minute online research survey about religion and spirituality. Participants must be at least 18 years of age and currently receiving mental health services such as therapy or assessment.

For more information contact psychology graduate student Melissa Miller.

The study has been approved by Marquette’s Institutional Review Board for the protection of human subjects. For more information about research participant rights, contact the Office of Research Compliance, 8-7570.

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17. Parents of children with autism needed for study

Parents of children aged 2 to 18 with autism spectrum disorder are needed for a study about how parenting stress and relationships with a spouse affect the health of parents of children with ASD.

Participants will be asked to complete four questionnaires, which should take less than 40 minutes.

For more information, contact nursing graduate student Norah Johnson at 414-337-7718.

The study has been approved by Marquette’s Institutional Review Board for the protection of human subjects. For more information about research participant rights, contact the Office of Research Compliance, 8-7570.

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