Former professional football player Robert Turner will deliver “Not for Long: An Examination of Life in the NFL,” at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 27, in the Raynor Library Beaumier Conference Center. As Marquette’s 2009/2010 Arnold L. Mitchem Dissertation Fellow, Turner will speak about his research on the transition to life after the NFL.
Turner is a doctoral candidate in sociology at the City University of New York, completing his dissertation. Turner played professional football for four years during the late 1980s in the United States Football League, Canadian Football League and the National Football League. He has presented papers at the American Sociological Association and the Eastern Sociological Society.
The Mitchem Fellowship program assists under-represented ethnic groups in joining the professorate by giving doctoral candidates from other U.S. universities one academic year of support and the opportunity to teach an undergraduate course at Marquette while finishing their dissertations.
Applications for the Way Klingler Fellowship grants are due Tuesday, Jan. 19. The program, which provides awards to advance research and scholarship, was made possible through an $18 million donation by Helen Way Klingler in May 2004.
Way Klingler Fellowships are for full-time regular faculty at the associate or full professor rank who have potential for significant scholarship. Faculty will be nominated by academic deans or self-nominated with dean endorsement. Fellowships will be awarded in “science” and “humanities” categories. Science applicants are those with a track record of strong research funding whose research requires higher expense items such as equipment, supplies and research staff. Humanities applicants are those with national recognition for scholarship whose critical research requirements may be time, access to information and travel.
Two Way Klingler fellowships will be awarded in 2010, one each in science and humanities. The science fellow will receive $50,000 annually for three years, and the humanities fellow will receive $20,000 annually for three years.
Marquette Central will host an open house from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, Jan. 19-22, on the first floor of Zilber Hall. Free hot chocolate and cookies will be provided.
Marquette Central opened in December, centralizing the services of the offices of the Bursar, Financial Aid and Registrar. Attendees can meet staff and learn more about enrollment and financial services.
Tours of Zilber Hall will be offered at the building’s formal dedication and open house, scheduled for spring.
Proposals for Simmons Religious Commitment Funds are due Friday, Jan. 29. The funds provide small grants ($500 to $2,500) for projects that are clearly connected with the enhancement of a religious endeavor at Marquette. Preference is given to projects that promote religious aspects of the mission and identity of Marquette.
The College of Engineering will hold outreach academies for students ages 6 through 18 this semester, offering single-day programs on Saturdays and week-long programs over spring break.
One of the weeklong programs, April 5-9, allows students to build and program robots built of LEGOs to compete in a sumo wrestling-style competition. Other academies include special sessions for girls ages 6-11 and 12-18 interested in engineering, additional robotics programs, a computer-aided design academy and a civil engineering academy.
More information, along with registration information, is available online.
A Women Transforming Marquette centennial exhibit is on display on the second floor of Raynor Library. This 18-panel historical exhibit contributes to the Centennial Celebration of Women at Marquette and features such topics as the Association of Marquette University Women, faculty, residence life and student extracurricular activities. The exhibit was researched and designed by students enrolled in History 4101, Technology for Historians, part of Marquette’s interdisciplinary minor in public history.
The exhibit is accessible during all library open hours through Feb. 4.
News Briefs will be published Tuesday, Jan. 19, rather than Monday next week due to the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday, when the university will be closed. The submission deadline will remain at noon tomorrow, Jan. 15.
Church of the Gesu will host its annual blood drive and Chili-fest on Monday, Jan. 18, from 12:45 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. in Father Herian Hall of the Gesu Parish Center. Homemade chili and bread will be provided to donors. E-mail or call 8-7101 for an appointment. Walk-ins are welcome.
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