1. Legendary sportscaster Dick Enberg to give 2009 Commencement address

Award-winning sports journalist Dick Enberg will be the speaker for Marquette University’s Commencement ceremony on Sunday, May 17. The ceremony will take place at the Bradley Center, 1001 N. 4th St., at 9:30 a.m.

Known for his versatility, Enberg has covered nearly every major sporting event since his debut on NBC in 1975. He has been the voice of Major League Baseball, the National Basketball Association, U.S. Open Golf Championship, college football and basketball, the Wimbledon and French Open Tennis Tournaments, and the Olympic Games. In January 2000 he joined CBS Sports, working on the NFL on CBS, college basketball and the U.S. Open Tennis Championships, as well as contributing to other sports broadcasts.

Following the retirement of legendary coach Al McGuire after Marquette’s win of the 1977 NCAA men’s basketball team championship, Enberg and McGuire were paired in the broadcast booth. Enberg later wrote a one-man play, McGuire, about his late colleague and good friend. The play, which debuted at Marquette’s Helfaer Theatre in 2005, will be performed on campus again this spring. Enberg will be at the performances on Friday and Saturday, May 15 and 16. Tickets are available by calling the box office at 8-7504.

At the Commencement ceremony, Enberg, who has a doctorate in health sciences from Indiana University, will receive an honorary degree from Marquette, as will three others:

Frank Busalacchi, Wisconsin Secretary of Transportation, oversaw the largest construction project in state history, reconstruction of the Marquette Interchange.

Dr. Clifford Christians, professor of communication at the University of Illinois, specializes in the philosophy of technology, communication theory and media ethics.

Maria Rosa Leggol, S.S.S.F., is the founder of Sociedad Amigos de los Ninos in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. More than 40,000 orphaned, neglected and abused children have received shelter and support from the nun known as the “Mother Teresa of Central America.”

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2. Graduate Certificate in Entrepreneurship approved for next year

The University Academic Senate today approved the creation of a Certificate in Entrepreneurship, which will be offered through the Graduate School of Management starting in fall 2009.

“The program will instill entrepreneurial thinking across campus in many disciplines with the aim of providing students with the skills needed to create a business — innovation, entrepreneurship and business acumen developed within a context of social responsibility,” said Tim Keane, director of the Kohler Center for Entrepreneurship in the College of Business Administration.

Applicants will be required to have a four-year undergraduate degree from an accredited institution that fits Marquette’s standards of admission to a graduate business degree program. Students are not required to take the GMAT or GRE. Candidates must also write a letter of intent.

Certificate students will be required to take 15-16 hours of coursework at Marquette, including three core entrepreneurship courses and two elective courses in a professional area such as business or engineering. Students must also complete a business plan. It is expected that most students will participate in the Kohler Center for Entrepreneurship’s annual Business Plan Competition.

For more information, contact Keane at 8-5722 or Dr. Jeanne Simmons, associate dean of the College of Business Administration/Graduate School of Management, at 8-7145.

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3. Third-graders, Jessica Doyle visiting campus tomorrow

More than 200 third-graders will visit campus tomorrow, March 17, from 8:30 a.m. to 1:45 p.m.

The students will be on campus for the Milwaukee Bucks/Sam’s Hope Slam Dunk for Literacy, a program promoting reading to children from Milwaukee’s Lloyd Street School, Auer Avenue School, Hartford Avenue University School and Wisconsin Conservatory of Lifelong Learning.

Sam’s Hope was founded by three teenagers and continues to be staffed by high school and college volunteers, including students from Marquette’s College of Education this year.

In keeping with this year’s focus on geography, children will tour the Marquette campus, visiting Raynor Library, Helfaer Theatre, St. Joan of Arc Chapel and AMU. Other activities will include a geography-themed Jeopardy! game, coloring cut-outs of states and more.

Wisconsin First Lady Jessica Doyle and Bango, the Milwaukee Bucks’ mascot, will visit with the children.

“We are excited that Marquette has this opportunity to help children deepen their love of reading,” said Dr. Kathleen Cepelka, associate dean of Marquette’s College of Education. “Supporting literacy is an important component of our mission to be the difference for children, our schools, our community and our world.”

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4. Retired CIA expert to discuss intelligence-gathering

Arthur Brown, former CIA East Asia Division chief, will deliver “From North Korea to Guantanamo: Reality beyond the Hype,” at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 18, in the Beaumier Conference Center of the John P. Raynor, S.J., Library. Brown will discuss current events, including nuclear proliferation in Asia, the use of torture in intelligence gathering and the efficiency of the United States' intelligence gathering. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Brown’s CIA career included eight years as a case officer, 14 years as a field manager in Asia and Africa and three years as the highest-ranking officer specializing in Asian Pacific affairs. Prior to Brown’s retirement from the CIA in 2005, he personally advised President George W. Bush and White House senior staff on critical intelligence from Asia, directed the operational strategy of all CIA activity in the Asian Pacific region, and guided CIA responses to hostile counterintelligence and terrorist threats against the United States and allied interests.

The lecture is sponsored by the Department of History.

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5. Hmong religion and spirituality is topic of program

Dr. Vincent Her, assistant professor of ethnic and racial studies at UW-La Crosse, will address Hmong culture and spirituality in American society Friday, March 20, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. in Raynor Library Beaumier Suites B&C. His speech is "Hmong Cosmology, Religion and Spirituality: Acknowledging Religious Differences and Bridging Cultural Divides.”

Respondents will be:
• Practicing shaman Yang Thai Vang, a senior at UW-Madison majoring in Southeast Asian studies and cultural anthropology who has been featured in two documentaries produced by Wisconsin Public Television, Split Horn and Teen Shaman.

• Rev. Paul Fliss, associate pastor at St. Monica Parish in Whitefish Bay and at St. Eugene Parish in Fox Point, who was formerly director of Asian Ministry for the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, and the only Anglo priest to speak Hmong.

For more information, contact Dr. Daniel Meissner, associate professor of history, at 8-3552.

The presentation is sponsored by the Simmons Religious Commitment Fund.

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6. Marketing department presents speaker on experiential marketing

The Department of Marketing will present a program with Max Lenderman, executive creative director at GMR Marketing, the largest “live” marketing company in North America, from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, March 20. Lenderman will address “Experience the Message: How Experiential Marketing is Changing the Brand World” in David A. Straz, Jr. Hall 106.

Lenderman’s speech will focus on how businesses — large and small — are learning to re-connect with their customers through creating new and exciting experiences. Experiential marketing is now driving strategies and tactics for brands and products in an increasingly cluttered and fragmented marketplace, according to Lenderman.

Lenderman’s work has won numerous industry awards, including the 2006 and 2007 Pro Award, the 2006 MAA Worldwide Globes Award and the 2007 and 2008 Ex Award. His book, Experience the Message: How Experiential Marketing is Changing the Brand World, was a Canadian Business Book of the Year Finalist in 2006. His forthcoming book, Brand New World: A Maverick Ad Man Uncovers the Global Hyper Market will be published this month.

For more information or to RSVP, contact Beth Feldner, at 8-3311.

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7. Ownership of Public Lands is topic of Klement Lecture

Dr. Patricia Limerick will present “The Ownership of the Public Lands: The Romance of Local Control meets the Romance of Expertise” at the 17th annual Frank L. Klement Lecture in Emory Clark 120, on Tuesday, March 24, at 7:30 p.m. Limerick is professor of history and director of the Center of the American West at the University of Colorado. The program is free and open to the public.

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8. Women’s and Gender Studies major and minor begin in fall

The Women's and Gender Studies program will launch its new major and minor in fall 2009. Students can now major or minor in women’s and gender studies, an updated version of the former women’s studies major, which will promote a critical, feminist and cross-cultural understanding of gender and power in a global context and across disciplines. The program includes a revised introductory course, a new senior capstone class and an emphasis on interdisciplinary education. Students will be able to choose their classes from two tracks, exploratory and integrative, which incorporate classes related to gender studies in many different areas of academia.

Students from all colleges can incorporate WGST studies into their Marquette education and should keep this option in mind during the advising and registration period for fall semester. For the first time, the introductory course will be offered in the fall, rather than the spring.

For more information, contact Dr. Amelia Zurcher, program director and associate professor of English.

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9. Visit adviser before registration begins March 23

Fall registration begins Monday, March 23, 2009. To prepare for registration, students should visit their adviser before registration begins, as determined by their college advising policy. Fall registration appointments have been assigned and can be accessed on CheckMarq. Students may register at that time or thereafter.

Everyone will register with the new Course Numbering Policy effective fall 2009 for all courses. The Course Numbers Translator provides a comparison between the old and new numbers.

Academic Advisement in CheckMarq is a helpful tool for undergraduates to determine their schedule and make advising sessions more effective.

Snapshot is available to plan courses.

Summer registration also continues should students wish to take summer courses. No appointment is needed to register for summer.

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10. Rapper Chuck D to discuss music, politics and culture

The MUSG Speakers Commission will present “Race, Rap and Reality,” featuring Chuck D, tomorrow, March 17, at 8 p.m. in Marquette Hall 100.

At this free event, Chuck D, co-founder of the rap group Public Enemy, will discuss issues in what he coins “race, rap and reality.” Chuck D will offer insights about rap music as well as talk about topics such as politics, Internet file-sharing, race in the media, and the representation of urban culture.

In May 2004, Rolling Stone magazine named Chuck D one of the 50 most important performers in rock ‘n’ roll history not only for his contributions as a performer and speaker, but also for his role as a national spokesperson for Rock The Vote, a campaign to encourage voter participation among younger demographics.

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11. Dr. Nancy Snow to discuss “hospitableness”

Dr. Nancy Snow, associate professor of philosophy, will discuss “Hospitableness: A Neglected Virtue” on Thursday, March 19, at 4 p.m. in Coughlin 139, at the Marquette Ethics and Political Philosophy Workshop.

The purpose of the workshop is to provide a supportive forum for faculty and students to present, discuss and develop their work in progress and provide a framework for the discussion of important issues in both moral and political philosophy.

Additional presentations will include:

• “Violence and Integrity: From Victim to Survivor,” April 2 at 4 p.m. by Melissa Mosko, philosophy lecturer.

• “Autonomy in Relation,” April 16 at 3:30 p.m. by Dr. Andrea Westlund, assistant professor of philosophy at UW-Milwaukee.

For more information, contact Dr. Franco Trivigno, assistant professor of philosophy.

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12. Zurcher to speak about “Why I Read” in Last Lecture Series

Dr. Amelia Zurcher, associate professor of English, will speak Thursday, March 19, in the Honors Program’s Last Lecture Series. Zurcher will address “Why I Read: Writing, Reading and Narcissism” in the Henke Lounge from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. Light refreshments will be provided.

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13. Biology, chemistry departments holding colloquiums

The Department of Biological Sciences will hold a colloquium Friday, March 20, at 3:15 p.m. in Wehr Life Sciences 111. Dr. Ramesh Raina, associate professor of biology at Syracuse University, will present "Molecular Basis of Plant-Pathogen Interactions."

The Department of Chemistry will hold a colloquium Friday, March 20, at 4:15 p.m. in Todd Wehr Chemistry 121. Dr. Jon Tunge, associate professor of chemistry at the University of Kansas, will present "Synthesis via Decarboxylative Coupling.”

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14. Registration open for Campus Ministry retreats

Campus Ministry’s “Finding God in All Things” retreat, March 20 to 22, is open for registration. The retreat will be held at Camp Vista and costs $45 to participate.

The Marquette Experience retreat, April 3 to 5, is also open for registration. The cost is $45 and registration ends March 20. Space is limited.

The final First-Year Experience retreat will be Friday, March 27, to Sunday, March 29. All first-year students are invited. Cost is $45. The registration deadline is Friday, March 20, but space is limited.

Register online.

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15. Law School to hold information session

The Law School will host an information session for prospective students Friday, March 20, at 11:45 a.m. in Sensenbrenner Hall. The session will provide information about admissions and financial aid, curriculum and intellectual and student life. A brief tour of the Law School will be led by a current law student. No registration is necessary.

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16. Prizes awarded for attending spelling bee

The Office of Student Development will host the final round of a campus spelling bee Friday, March 20, at 9 p.m. in the Tony & Lucille Weasler Auditorium.

Attendees can win prizes and participate in mini spell-offs. The residence hall with the largest attendance will win a $500 prize.

For additional information, contact Jen Reid, student affairs communication director, at 8-7205.

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17. Book drive to benefit psychiatric hospital

The student organization Active Minds is collecting used books, posters and picture calendars for Aurora Psychiatric Hospital until Friday, March 20. Collection boxes are located at the AMU Information Desk as well as Holthusen 205.

For more information contact Michael Mannarino.

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