1. Father Wild honored by New York school

Marquette President Robert A. Wild, S.J., received the Cura Award for dedication and leadership in higher education from St. Aloysius School in Harlem Wednesday night.

St. Aloysius is a two-campus archdiocesan school in central Harlem dedicated to educating inner city children at risk of never reaching their potential. Jesuits lead St. Aloysius parish.

Previous recipients of the Cura award have included both educators and corporate executives.
Robert C. Reardon, chairman of the St. Aloysius Advisory Board, noted the high percentage of Marquette students who are the first generation of their families to attend college and said of Father Wild, “The commitment you have made to education as an issue of justice for our young people is why we call you friend and why we honor you tonight.”

In accepting the award at the dinner attended by more than 300 people, Father Wild acknowledged the common missions of the two schools: “Marquette and St. Aloysius share a bond in our pledge to seek out and form well-educated leaders. They start as youngsters at St. Al's; we carry on as they reach young adulthood.”

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2. George Washington economist to discuss mortgage industry

Dr. Anthony M. Yezer, professor of economics at George Washington University, will present “Mortgages: The Bad, The Good and The Optimal,” at 8 a.m. Friday, March 20, in the John. P. Raynor, S.J., Library. Check-in for the event begins at 7:45 a.m. The talk and Q&A will run until 9:15 a.m. Rocky Marcoux, commissioner of the Milwaukee Department of City Development, will deliver opening remarks. Registration is required by tomorrow, March 13, to Christine Heebner, office associate, at 8-7946.

Yezer, a specialist in regional and urban economics, researches credit risk, fair lending and real estate finance. He has been a fellow of the Homer Hoyt Advanced Studies Institute since 1991 and serves on the governing board of the Financial Services Research Program. Yezer has also testified to the U.S. Congress on the definition and measurement of subprime lending.

The free event is sponsored by the Center for Global and Economic Studies and Center for Real Estate, both housed in the College of Business Administration.

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3. Former Detroit mayor to discuss challenges facing American cities

Former American Bar Association President Dennis Archer will serve as a guest for “On the Issues with Mike Gousha” on Tuesday, March 17, at 12:15 p.m. in Sensenbrenner 325.

Archer, who is also the former mayor of Detroit, will discuss his legal career and challenges facing American cities. Archer made history in 2003 when he became the first African-American president of the American Bar Association. He is a former Michigan Supreme Court Justice and was appointed legal guardian for civil rights pioneer Rosa Parks and helped settle her estate.

Register online.

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4. Law School hosting conflict resolution conference

The nationally ranked dispute resolution program at the Law School will host an interdisciplinary conference examining the relationship between media and conflict resolution Saturday, March 21, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. The International Media and Conflict Resolution Conference will host experts from diverse fields to discuss the influence of different forms of the media in the development, escalation and de-escalation of conflict.

The cost of the conference is $40. Registration is due Tuesday, March 17.

For more information, contact Natalie Fleury, program coordinator for dispute resolution, at 8-8038.

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5. Jesuit to discuss reforming the Vatican

Rev. Thomas Reese, S.J., senior fellow at Woodstock Theological Center at Georgetown University, will present “Reforming the Vatican: What the Church Can Learn from Other Institutions,” at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 19, in the Tony and Lucille Weasler Auditorium.

Reese is former editor of America magazine and authored a trilogy of books examining church organization and politics on the local, national and international levels — Archbishop: Inside the Power Structure of the American Catholic Church; A Flock of Shepherds: The National Conference of Catholic Bishops; and Inside the Vatican: The Politics and Organization of the Catholic Church.

The program is sponsored by Marquette University and Gesu Parish. It is part of the series Gathering Points: Tracking the Spirity in Challenging Times.

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6. Alcohol’s impact on Marquette addressed in two programs

To raise awareness about the impact of alcohol on the Marquette community, the Division of Student Affairs is hosting “Alcohol Summit: What is the Culture of Alcohol at Marquette?” and “Take the Pledge Drive.”

“Alcohol Summit: What is the Culture of Alcohol at Marquette?” will be held Tuesday, March 17, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the AMU ballrooms. The event will feature a program facilitated by Janine Geske, distinguished professor of law, panel discussions, information tables and refreshments.

For “Take the Pledge Drive,” Marquette community members are asked to

sign a pledge to either abstain from or, if of legal drinking age, to use alcohol responsibly on St. Patrick’s Day, Tuesday, March 17. Contact the Office of Student Development at 8-7205 or AMU 121 for a pledge card.

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7. Père Marquette Lecture presented by Notre Dame professor

Dr. Cyril O'Regan, Huisking professor of theology at the University of Notre Dame, will present the Père Marquette Lecture in Theology on Sunday, March 22, at 2 p.m.

O’Regan, who has held academic positions at Saint John’s School of Theology and the Department of Religious Studies at Yale, will discuss "Theology and the Spaces of Apocalyptic" in the Tony and Lucille Weasler Auditorium.

O’Regan identifies himself as a systematic theologian who is interested in a wide variety of topic areas and contemporary figures in theology, both Catholic and Protestant. He is especially interested in Trinitarian thought, eschatology and the variety of forms of postmodern theology.

Lecture is free and open to the public. Refreshments will follow.

Proposals must be submitted online by Sunday, March 15.

For more information, contact Dr. Michael Duffey, associate professor of theology, at 8-3748.

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8. Neuroscience and engineering colloquiums scheduled Tuesday

Dr. Ning Xi, professor of electrical and computer engineering at Michigan State University, will present “Nano Robotics Manipulation and Assembly for Manufacturing Nano Sensors and Devices.” The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering will host the program at 3 p.m. Tuesday, March 17, in Olin Engineering 202.

The Integrative Neuroscience Research Center will host Dr. Kevin Keenan, assistant professor of human movement sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Tuesday, March 17, from 3:30 p.m. to 4:40 p.m. in Schroeder Complex 256. Keenan will present "Hand function: Assessing the Complex Control of Finger Forces and Movements."

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9. MUSG hosting meet-and-greet for president and VP candidates

The 2009 Presidential and Executive Vice Presidential Candidate Meet and Greet, hosted by the Marquette University Student Government, will be Monday, March 16, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in Raynor Library Beaumier Suites B and C.

Presidential candidates include John Kristan, Henry Thomas and Eric Pond. Executive vice president candidates are Shazia Ali, Stephanie Stopka and Joe Glass.

Refreshments will be served.

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10. Sessions to cover IMAP Belize program

Campus Ministry will host information sessions on the IMAP Belize program Thursday, March 19, at 5:30 p.m. in AMU 407, and as a Soup with Substance on Friday, March 20, at noon in AMU 305.

IMAP Belize is an immersion experience to the Central American country of Belize each January during semester break.

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11. Arrupe scholarship application deadline is March 20

Applications for the Pedro Arrupe Award are due Friday, March 20. The $2,500 scholarship is for a junior who emulates the values and ideals of Rev. Pedro Arrupe, S.J., the superior general of the Society of Jesus, and is involved in service in and beyond the Marquette community.

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12. Free drawing classes offered at Haggerty Museum

The Patrick and Beatrice Haggerty Museum of Art will host free drawing classes on Fridays March 20, March 27 and April 3 from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. The classes are open to all Marquette students regardless of experience.

Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design senior Jeff Sama will teach the classes. Paper and pencils will be provided.

RSVP to Curator of Education Lynne Shumow at 8-5915 by the day before the scheduled class.

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13. $7 massages at Massage-A-Thon

Physical therapy students will host a Massage-A-Thon from Thursday, March 19, through Friday, April 17, on the third floor of Schroeder Health Complex.

Hours are Mondays from 3 to 9 p.m.; Wednesday 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Thursdays noon to 9 p.m.; and Fridays noon to 6 p.m.

Cost is $7 for each 15 minutes up to one hour. Appointments can be scheduled online. Walk-ins are also welcome.

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14. Lenten menus and Irish lunch provided by Dining Services

Dining Services will provide an Irish lunch in four residence hall dining rooms on St. Patrick's Day, as well as Lenten menus on Fridays throughout Lent.

In observing Lent, Dining Services is preparing menus on Fridays during Lent across campus. Union Sports Annex will provide a beer-battered cod sandwich, a shrimp basket and New England clam chowder; the Lunda Room will offer baked and fried cod; Marquette Place will have a fish sandwich, grilled cheese, tuna salad sub, roasted veggie sub, salads and black bean burrito; and Brew Cafés will serve tuna salad croissant sandwiches and salads.

Cobeen, Straz, Mashuda and McCormick halls will serve boiled sliced corn beef, steamed cabbage, glazed carrots, grilled vegetable reuben and more for lunch on St. Patrick’s Day, Tuesday, March 17, for $7.25 (meal plans and cash).

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15. Save money when filing federal income tax return

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. Take shelter during severe weather

Members of the Marquette community are reminded to take shelter immediately when the local emergency sirens sound for severe weather. A tornado warning means that a tornado is in the area and everyone should take immediate shelter, preferably in a basement or below-ground location.

A tornado watch means that conditions are right for a tornado. Continue normal activities but monitor the situation.

For more information, see the Emergency Procedures Guide.

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