1. Tickets available to hear author of Dead Man Walking

Free tickets for the speech by Sister Helen Prejean, CSJ, will be available beginning tomorrow, Sept. 15, in the Brooks Lounge, AMU. Marquette will present Sister Prejean with an honorary degree at 7 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 8, followed by her speech, “DEAD MAN WALKING: The Journey Continues." Sister Prejean is the author of Dead Man Walking: An Eyewitness Account of the Death Penalty in the United States.

Marquette will present Sister Prejean with an honorary degree during her visit. The presentation is also the opening of the seventh annual national conference of the Peace and Justice Studies Association, which is being hosted by the Center for Peacemaking on Marquette’s campus.

Sister Prejean’s visit is being sponsored by the Center for Peacemaking and the Centennial Celebration of Women at Marquette.

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2. Former U.S. Attorneys Biskupic and Peterson to speak at Law School

Former U.S. Attorneys Steven Biskupic and Erik Peterson will be guests for “On the Issues” with Mike Gousha at the Law School Wednesday, Sept. 16, from noon to 1 p.m. in Sensenbrenner 325.

Biskupic and Peterson will discuss their perspectives about the role of a federal prosecutor, a job that can be rewarding, challenging and politically charged.

Register online.

Gousha, an award-winning journalist, continues his “On the Issues” series of provocative and insightful interviews with local and national public officials, journalists and other newsmakers throughout the year. A complete schedule is available online.

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3. International expert to lecture on water technology

An internationally recognized water scientist will give a free, public lecture Wednesday, Sept. 16, at 7 p.m. in Cudahy 401. Dr. Willy Verstraete, professor and head of the Laboratory of Microbial Ecology and Technology at Ghent University in Belgium, will discuss “Maximal Use of Resources Present in ‘Used Water.’” The lecture is free and open to the public.
Verstraete will be at Marquette as part of an Anaerobic Treatment Short Course organized annually at Marquette by Dr. Dan Zitomer, professor of civil and environmental engineering. The two-day course Sept. 16 and 17 draws attendees from throughout the United States and Canada.
The recipient of the 2006 International Water Association Imhoff Award for his contribution to biotreatment, Verstraete has authored or co-authored nearly 40 books and more than 300 scientific articles regarding biotechnology for water and wastewater.

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4. Law School marks Constitution Day with panel discussion

The Law School will mark Constitution Day on Thursday, Sept. 17, with a program, “The Overlooked Constitution,” at noon in Sensenbrenner 325. The four panelists and their topics are:
• Dr. Stephen Engel, assistant professor of political science, “The Membership of Congress clause of Article 1, Section 5.”
• Ed Fallone, associate professor of law, “The ‘Republican Form of Government’ clause of Article 4, Section 4.”
• Nora O’Callaghan, visiting associate professor of law, “The Forgotten Thirteenth Amendment.”
• Stephen Vladeck, professor of law at American University Law School, “The ‘Calling Forth clause’ of Article I, Section 8.”

No registration needed. Lunch will be provided.

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5. Center for Peacemaking kicks off Israel-Palestine program

Nonviolent Practice in Israel-Palestine, a year-long program sponsored by Center for Peacemaking, will begin Thursday, Sept. 17, with a lecture by Rev. Ray Helmick, S.J., at 7 p.m. in Cudahy 001. A professor of theology from Boston College, Father Helmick will present “Israel-Palestine: What is the Vatican Position?” Father Helmick is an authority in conflict resolution and mediation and has been involved in the peace process in Northern Ireland, the Balkans and Israel-Palestine.
Highlighting the Israel-Palestine program will be the opportunity for selected students to travel to the region during the summer of 2010. The application form and program requirements are available online. Thursday’s lecture is a requirement for the application.

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6. Weekend conference focuses on Lonergan thinking

“Lonergan on the Edge,” a conference inspired by the thought of Rev. Bernard J.F. Lonergan, S.J., will take place from Friday, Sept. 18, to Sunday, Sept 20, in the Raynor Library Beaumier Suites.

Presentations span philosophy and theology and place Lonergan's thought in dialogue with cognitive psychology, Thomas Kuhn, ancient Greek literature, Kant, Heidegger, Thomas Aquinas, St. Benedict, Edith Stein and liberation and political theologies. Speakers include graduate students from Marquette, Boston College, Loyola Marymount University, Emory University, Regis College, the University of Toronto, Villanova University and The New School for Social Research.

Contact graduate students Juli Vazquez or Jeremy Blackwood for a conference schedule and more information.

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7. USA Today sports columnist Christine Brennan to speak at Marquette

Christine Brennan, USA Today columnist, television sports analyst and best-selling author, will speak about women in sports journalism for the J. William and Mary Diederich College of Communication’s Axthelm Lecture. The event will take place Tuesday, Sept. 22, at 4 p.m. in the Weasler Auditorium. It is free and open to the public.

Brennan is an on-air commentator for ABC News and ESPN and has covered 13 consecutive Olympic Games, starting with the 1984 Los Angeles Games. 

The Pete and Bonnie Axthelm Memorial Program was established to acknowledge and recognize the life of Pete Axthelm, a former writer at the New York Herald Tribune, Sports Illustrated and Newsweek, and his sister Bonnie, a former Media Networks and 3M executive.

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8. Catholic worship practices adjusted to prevent spread of influenza

To help prevent the spread of influenza this fall, Campus Ministry and Church of the Gesu have begun offering communion in the form of bread only, which individuals are encouraged to receive in their hands. A verbal “Peace be with you” will also replace the traditional handshake or other personal contact. These changes are temporary and will affect all Masses.

Campus Ministry and Church of the Gesu parish took the decision very seriously and made the changes only after consultation with medical professionals. They hope to return to normal practices soon.
For more information, contact Emily Schumacher, Manresa Coordinator for Liturgy, at 8-3058.

Additional information about seasonal and H1N1 flu and prevention is available on the Student Health Service Web site.

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9. Discussion to address race, class and green movement

MUSG’s Diversity Commission will host “At the Intersection: Race, Class, and the Environment,” Thursday, Sept. 17, at 6:30 p.m. in AMU 407. The event will feature dinner and dialogue with community members, students and faculty about “the intersection of race, class and the green movement.” The panel will include area representatives from Walnut Way Conservation Corp., The League of Young Voters — Campaign Against Violence, and the Urban Ecology Center.

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10. Engineering, chemistry and biology seminars scheduled

Dr. Carl Crawford, president of Csuptwo, in Bayside, Wis., will present “Dual Energy Computed Tomography for Explosive Detection” for the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering Colloquium. The presentation will take place tomorrow, Sept. 15, at 2 p.m. in Haggerty 120.

The Department of Chemistry will hold a colloquium Friday, Sept. 18, at 4:15 p.m. in Todd Wehr Chemistry 121. Dr. Stephen Gray, senior chemist at Argonne National Laboratories, will present “Light Interactions with Metallic Nanostructures.”

Dr. Kathleen Karrer, professor of biological sciences, will present a seminar Friday, Sept. 18, at 3:15 p.m. in Wehr Life Sciences 111. The title of her presentation is “Genome Remodeling: Making a Somatic Macronucleus from the Germ Life Micronucleus of Tetrahymena.”

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11. Information about sororities presented today

The Panhellenic Association will host a sorority information session today, Sept. 14, at 6:30 p.m. in AMU Ballroom A. Information about each sorority and free refreshments will be available.

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12. Teach For America to offer information session

Teach For America will hold an information session Wednesday, Sept. 16, at 8:30 p.m. in Marquette Hall 100. Refreshments will be provided.

The first application deadline of the academic year is Friday, Sept. 16. The application is available online.

Teach For America is the national corps of recent college graduates and working professionals from all academic majors, backgrounds and career interests who commit two years to teach in urban and rural public schools and become lifelong leaders for expanding educational opportunity for children. Each year Teach For America selects a diverse corps of individuals to make a impact on the academic prospects of students growing up today in low-income communities.

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13. Les Aspin Center holding information sessions

The Les Aspin Center for Government, Marquette's study center in Washington D.C., will hold information sessions Wednesday, Sept. 16, at 7:30 p.m. and Thursday, Sept. 17, at 6:30 p.m. in Raynor Library Beaumier Suites BC.

The Les Aspin Center offers students the chance to live, work and learn in the nation's capital for a semester or summer session. Internships are available for all majors, including biomedical engineering, nursing, communications, business and political science. Applications for the summer and fall 2009 programs are available online. Applications are due Oct. 16. Call 8-7446 for more information.

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14. Applications for Winter Flurry organizers due soon

Winter Flurry Executive Board and Planning Team application deadlines have been extended to Friday, Sept. 18, at 4:30 p.m. for the executive board and Oct. 2, at 4:30 p.m. for the Planning Team. Applications are available in the Office of Student Development, AMU 121.

Interviews are Sept. 25-30 for the executive board and Oct. 5-10 for the planning team.

Contact Gerald Harris, coordinator for campus programs, at 8-0511 for more information.

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15. Malicious code targeting social networking site users

IT Services encourages Marquette Community members to watch out for an invitation to view a video that then prompts a notification to update Adobe Flash Player. This “update” is actually malicious code that will infect a computer and attempt to gather sensitive information such as credit card numbers and is not a legitimate Adobe Flash Player update.

Visit the vendor’s Web site and the Staying Safe on Social Networking Sites document and use caution when downloading and updating applications.

Contact the Help Desk at 8-7799 for more information.

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16. Microsoft Office software available through IT Services

Marquette community members can now access the JourneyEd Web site through IT Services to acquire their own Microsoft Office software for $59.98. This program is in response to past licensing changes from Microsoft.

This license program is only available to current employees and students of higher educational institutions.

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17. Celebrating women at Marquette cross-country powerhouse

Marquette’s cross-country team burst on the scene in 1978, and just a few years later it was a national powerhouse. The 1982 team became the first women’s team in Marquette history to win a national championship and is still the only women’s team enshrined in the Marquette Athletics’ Hall of Fame.
Want to know more? Go to the Centennial Celebration of Women Web site. A new note will be featured each week.

In 1909, Marquette became the first Catholic university in the world to offer coeducation as part of its regular undergraduate program. To help honor the centennial, a year-long series of historical notes highlighting turning-point moments and figures in Marquette’s collaborative past is running in News Briefs.

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