1. Panel to discuss health care reform legislation

A “Health Care Reform: What Does it Mean for You?” panel discussion will be held at 7:15 a.m. Monday, May 3, in the AMU ballrooms. A panel of local health care leaders will help explain the impact the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act has on all Americans.

There is no cost to attend. Breakfast will be provided. Register online.

Moderated by Mike Gousha, distinguished fellow in law and public policy, the panel will include:

Dr. Margaret Faut Callahan, dean of nursing
• Sue Ela, system chief operating officer, Aurora Healthcare
Don Hamm, president and CEO, Assurant Health
• Peggy Troy, president and CEO, Children’s Hospital and Health System
Dr. Raymond Zastrow, president, QuadMed

For more information, contact Theresa Nemetz, director of regional engagement, at 8-4768.

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2. Alternative Theatre Festival features performances all weekend

The Department of Performing Arts’ Alternative Theatre Festival will include free performances through Sunday, May 2, in Helfaer Theatre.

Attempts on her life by Martin Crimp will be performed today, April 29, and Saturday, May 1, at 7:30 p.m.

4.48 Psychosis by Sarah Kane will be performed tomorrow, April 30, at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, May 2, at 2 p.m.

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3. Hybrid teaching projects to be presented

The Center for Teaching and Learning and the Instructional Media Center will host the project presentations of this semester’s hybrid teaching series that focuses on developing and teaching hybrid/blended courses. Project presentations will be 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, May 3, in Raynor 320H.

Hybrid courses combine classroom-based and online teaching and learning. A goal of the workshop series is for each participant to prepare an instructional module for use online. Faculty who attend the six workshops and prepare an online module receive a certificate of completion. All requirements do not need to be met in one semester. The series is offered every semester. Space is limited.

Contact Dr. Dave Buckholdt, director of the Center for Teaching and Learning, at 8-0268, for more information.

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4. Gay and lesbian marches on Washington are topic of lecture

MUSG and the Gay/Straight Alliance are hosting the annual Starshak Lecture on Monday, May 3, at 5:30 p.m. in AMU 254. The lecture, “Infighting and insurrection: How conflict works in the gay and lesbian marches on Washington,” will be presented by Dr. Amin Ghaziani, a postdoctoral fellow at Princeton University. Ghaziani will examine how internal dissent within the LGBTQ communities have shaped the discourse about rights and political aims sought.

The Starshak lecture is also sponsored by the Gender & Sexuality Alliance, the Department of Social and Cultural Sciences, the Department of Political Science and the Program in Women's and Gender Studies.

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5. Neuroscience speaker to discuss motor tasks and aging

The Integrative Neuroscience Center is hosting Dr. Evangelos Christou, assistant professor of health and kinesiology at Texas A&M University. Christou will present “Aging and learning of new motor tasks” Tuesday, May 4, from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in Schroeder Complex 256.

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6. Simmons Religious Commitment Fund recipients announced

Eight projects have been awarded financial support from the Simmons Religious Commitment Fund for fiscal 2011. Project, funding amount and grant recipients are:

• “Project Night, Night” (providing a tote bag with a security blanket, age-appropriate book and a stuffed animal to children as they enter a homeless shelter), $2,500, Kathleen Hawkins, administrative assistant, Department of Social and Cultural Sciences

• “Public Lecture Discussion and Luncheon on the Preferential Option for the Poor,” $2,000, Alan Madry, professor of law, and Dr. Jame Schaefer, associate professor of theology

• “Religious Symbols in the Entrances and Lobbies of Marquette’s Residence Halls and Apartments,” $2,000, Dr. Jim McMahon, assistant vice president/dean of residence life

• “The Milwaukee Ignatian Spirituality Project,” $1,500, Gerry Fischer, assistant director of campus ministry

• “Life with Dignity, Beliefs, Practices and Economic Diversity Speaker,” $1,200, Drs. Albert Abena, director of the Community Dental Clinic-North; Kathleen Cepelka, associate dean of education; Kerry Kosmoski-Goepfert, associate dean/clinical assistant professor of nursing; and Kim Halula, associate dean/clinical professor of health sciences

• “Honors Program Seminars: Mindfulness and Spirituality and The Spiritual Life in the Eastern Orthodox Church,” $1,200, Rev. John Jones, professor of philosophy, and Dr. Anthony Peressini, director of the Honors Program and associate professor of philosophy

• “Speaker Series, ‘Careers in Peacework,’” $1,000, Dr. Claire Badaracco, professor of advertising and public relations

• “The Purchase of Religious Art for Residence Hall Chapels,” $650, Rev. Thomas Anderson, S.J., assistant director of campus ministry

The fund finances small projects to provide seed money for programs and events that deepen the religious nature of Marquette. This year, proposals that were interdisciplinary and interdepartmental, as well as proposals that recognized Marquette’s Centennial of Co-education, received special consideration.

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7. Tell us about interesting May graduates

The Office of Marketing and Communication is seeking stories about May 2010 graduates for possible use with area media. May graduates with unusual backgrounds; who overcame substantial obstacles in getting their degree; who will be doing something unusual after graduation; with recent national-level exclusive awards, academic recognition, publications or scholarship; etc. are some ideas that would be appropriate.

What graduates do you know who have fascinating stories to tell? E-mail their names and plenty of details by Monday, May 3.

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8. Business travel arrangements now made with online portal

Marquette and Carlson Wagonlit Travel, a preferred booking agent for the university, have launched a new, more efficient and cost-effective travel portal for making university-related travel arrangements.

Employees using CWT to schedule travel arrangements for themselves or others can create a professional profile and book arrangements with the “Horizon” portal. Profiles contain standard contact and account information about employees and are needed for all online travel arrangements through CWT.

For more information about the booking tool contact CWT at 1-888-547-2722.

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9. Speaker to discuss HIV/AIDS in Milwaukee

The student group Watumishi is sponsoring “Current status of HIV/AIDS in Milwaukee, Wisconsin” today, April 29, at 7 p.m. in Todd Wehr Chemistry 121. Bill Keeton, director of government relations at the AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin, will discuss government support for the fight against AIDS, protecting essential AIDS funding and advocating for enlightened HIV care, treatment and prevention policies.

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10. Hype Marquette to perform hip-hop showcase

Hype Marquette will present its spring showcase, "What’s all the hype about?" Saturday, May 1, at 3 p.m. in the Weasler Auditorium. The show features hip-hop dance performances by the Marquette team and other local dance groups. Admission is free. For more information contact Hype Marquette.

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11. A cappella concert to benefit Haiti and Chile relief

The Gold 'N Blues co-ed a cappella group will host its spring "Harmony for Hope" concert Sunday, May 2, at 2:30 p.m. in the Varsity Theatre. All proceeds benefit Chile and Haiti relief.

In addition to the Gold ‘N Blues, the concert will showcase other a cappella groups, including:
• Conchordance of Lawrence University
• DWaC of DePaul University
• The Naturals of Marquette University
• Marquette University High School Elite Choir

Tickets are $5 in the AMU Brooks Lounge.

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12. Eastern Orthodox Vespers service held by Campus Ministry

Campus Ministry will hold an Eastern Orthodox Vespers service Monday, May 3, at 6 p.m. in the Saint Joan of Arc Chapel. Vespers is an evening prayer service that is spiritually beautiful and peaceful, filled with God’s love in Christ through the Holy Spirit, according to Campus Ministry.

For more information, contact Rev. John Jones, professor of philosophy, at 8-5928.

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13. Faber Center sharing lunch and Scripture at Repairers of the Breach

The Faber Center for Ignatian Spirituality will join guests at Repairers of the Breach, a day shelter run for and by the homeless, to share a light lunch and Scripture reflection Friday, May 7. Participants will leave as a group from the Faber Center, Schroeder Complex 111, at 11:45 a.m. and return to campus by 1 pm. Transportation is provided. All faith traditions are welcome. RSVP to Ellen Blonski, administrative assistant, by Wednesday, May 5.

This week's Faber Center "Faber Takes Three" on-line reflection is provided by Rev. William Kurz, S.J., professor of theology.

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14. $2 fitness classes offered tomorrow

The Department of Recreational Sports will offer its last $2 fitness classes of the semester tomorrow, April 30. Classes are free to members and cost $2 for nonmembers on a first-come, first-served basis:

• Zumba, 4 p.m., Rec Center
• Cardio Attack, 3 p.m., Rec Plex

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15. Free blood pressure screenings available

The Employee Wellness Program is holding a free blood pressure screening for university employees Tuesday, May 4, from noon to 2 p.m. in AMU 254. No appointment is needed.

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16. Guest lodging available at Mashuda Hall

Faculty, staff and administrators who have a job candidate, guest speaker, seminar participant, new staff member, parent or other visitor who needs a place to stay while on campus can reserve a room at the Mashuda Hall Guest Wing, 1926 W. Wisconsin Ave.

Nineteen air-conditioned rooms with two extra-long twin beds, full bath with linens, desk, cable TV, microwave-refrigerator and WiFi accommodate up to 38 people. Other amenities available for an extra fee include overnight parking, in-hall meal service and use of campus recreational facilities.

For rates and room availability, contact Conference Services in the Office of Residence Life at 8-7208.

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17. Discounted Summerfest tickets available

Human Resources has arranged for discounted Summerfest tickets for Marquette employees. General admission tickets are $13 ($15 value), weekday tickets are $4 ($8 value) and the “3 for $33” option includes three separate day admissions to Summerfest. Tickets can be printed at home. Enter “marquette” for the company code. The promotion ends tomorrow, April 30.

Summerfest runs June 24 to July 4.

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