1. Free, public conference to address “ethics of interpretation”

Marquette will host “The Ethics of Interpretation: From Ancient to Postmodern Times” May 13 and 14 in the Raynor Library Beaumier Suites. This free, public conference will examine interpretation practices from ancient times to the present and discuss the ethical aspects of the decisions interpreters make when they approach a text.

Register by contacting Dr. Pol Vandevelde, professor of philosophy, at 8-5962; or Dr. Franco Trivigno, assistant professor of philosophy, at 8-5952.

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2. Free ice cream at study break Wednesday

The Ethnic Alumni Association will host a study break with free ice cream and beverages Wednesday, May 6, from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in AMU 252.

Contact Alumni Relations at 8-7697 for more information.

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3. Public Safety honors students and employees

The Department of Public Safety honored employees and students for their partnership with the department in maintaining a safe campus at an awards ceremony last week.

Phil McCarragher was recognized as the Student Safety Program Employee of the Year.

Among the 10 individuals who received Citizen Merit Awards for their roles in assisting Public Safety were eight students: Matt Brusky, Jessica Fuentes, Jessica Herrera, Christy Lueck, Melvin McElrath, Claire Milbrandt, Timothy Pauly and Alex Thornburg. Also recognized were two employees, Debra Biersack and Claudette Joe from Facilities Services.

Public Safety Merit Awards were presented to Lts. Billy Fyfe, Brian Joschko and Paul Mascari; Public Safety Investigator Rob Krystowiak; Public Safety Officers Craig Coleman, Amy Huber, Wil Lopez, Carrie Spalding, Mark Thunstedt, Joe Weingart and Jill Weisensel; and Communication Officers Amy Hudson, Holly Schaller, Jodi Scordo and Karen Walshon.

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4. Marquette monitoring H1N1 flu status, no cases reported

Marquette University officials, in collaboration with the Milwaukee Health Department, continue to closely monitor reports of H1N1 flu worldwide and locally. Despite two confirmed cases in Milwaukee County and increasing numbers of probable cases of H1N1 influenza in the City of Milwaukee, no cases of H1N1 influenza virus have been identified in Marquette employees or students. Based on current medical evidence, so far this strain of influenza seems to be behaving similar to that of typical, seasonal strains of influenza, according to Dr. Carolyn Smith, senior physician in Student Health Service.

There is no immediate impact on the university or its operations.

The university works closely with the City of Milwaukee Health Department on all matters of public health. Members of the university community are reminded to take common-sense precautions to prevent the spread of germs, including frequent hand-washing, covering your nose and mouth when you cough or sneeze, avoiding touching eyes, nose and mouth, and avoiding close contact with sick people.

If you do develop symptoms consistent with influenza, including fever, sore throat, cough and body aches, stay home and minimize contact with others. For more information, contact Student Health Service at 8-7184 or the City of Milwaukee’s H1N1 Flu Hotline at 414-286-3616.

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5. Summer parking permits now available

Students planning to remain on campus during the summer can purchase summer parking permits online beginning today, May 4.

Information and summer rates are available on the Parking Services Web site. Shorter term, temporary permits will remain available for sale in the parking office in the Wells Street Structure.

All parking lots will be open and free of charge over the Commencement Weekend, May 15 to May 17. Gates to all lots will open Friday afternoon and will remain open throughout the weekend. Permit requirements and visitor charges will not resume until Monday, May 18.

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6. CheckMarq unavailable to view grades beginning Friday

Students and those who have been given guest access will not have access to view grades in CheckMarq from 8 a.m. Friday, May 8, to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 13, to allow the Office of the Registrar time to post grades and run reports.

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7. Department of Biological Sciences holding colloquium

The Department of Biological Sciences will hold a colloquium Friday, May 8, at 3:15 p.m. in Wehr Life Sciences Building 111. Dr. Michael McManus, professor of microbiology and immunology at the Diabetes Center at the University of California, San Francisco, will present "Mammalian RNA Interference Pathways.”

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8. Engineering Outreach offering new summer academies for children

The College of Engineering is inviting children between the ages of 6 and 18 to participate in summer engineering academies. Through hands-on experiments, students will enter the world of robotics, electronics and engineering.

New programs include: “The Science of Toys,” “The Ultimate LEGO Experience,” “Civil Engineering,” “Fun with 3D Computer-Aided-Design: An Introduction to Pro/ENGINEER,” “Mechanical Engineering,” “Electrical Engineering – A Shocking Experience” and “The Greatest Secret on Earth.”

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9. Personal training now available at the Rec Center and Rec Plex

The Department of Recreational Sports is now offering personal training services to members and non-members of the Rec Center and Rec Plex. Each session lasts one hour and costs $20 for current members of either facility and $25 an hour for non-members.

For more information, contact Shannon Bustillos, department of recreational sports assistant director, at 8-7778.

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10. Office of the Bursar to discontinue check-cashing services

Due to widespread electronic banking options and duplicative services nearby, the Office of the Bursar will discontinue check-cashing and Western Union services beginning July 1, 2009.

US Bank, with a branch located in the AMU, offers check-cashing services, as do area banks within walking distance of Marquette. Western Union services will be available at US Bank in the AMU by the end of May. US Bank also provides MoneyGrams a money transfer service similar to that of Western Union.

As additional banking conveniences, seven ATMs are located on campus, including AMU (2), Cudahy Hall, Department of Public Safety, Law School, Raynor Library and Straz Tower.

To reduce the risk of carrying large amounts of cash from cashing payroll checks Marquette employees, including student employees, can have their Marquette pay deposited directly into their personal checking account. The Office of the Comptroller, Payroll, can coordinate direct payroll deposits with virtually any bank.

Marquette also offers the MarquetteCASH program, which enables students and employees to carry less cash by using their Marquette ID card as a debit card against their Marquette Cash balance.

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