1. President’s Address focuses on accomplishments of the past year

In addition to news of his retirement in June 2011, Marquette President Robert A. Wild, S.J., in his annual President’s Address today, cited the extensive construction and renovation projects on campus and announced that the university’s Krueger Child Care Center would move into the 500 North building at the northeast corner of 19th and Clybourn during the 2010-11 academic year. The new location, recently vacated by the Office of University Advancement, provides easy access and parking, as well as room for growth.

Father Wild noted that there was construction going on “in every corner of the campus – from the Discovery Learning Complex, for which we will break ground tomorrow, on the west to Eckstein Hall on the east, with projects underway at several points in between, including renovations in Humphrey Hall, Johnston Hall and the Todd Wehr Chemistry building.” He cautioned that, other than the child care center, no other office moves are planned in the immediate future. “The Office of the University Architect is working closely with the Campus Committee on Space and Infrastructure to explore various scenarios,” he said. “At stake is not only identifying the optimal uses for the areas being vacated but also the university’s ability to absorb the cost of renovating and occupying the vacant space. Because only limited funding for such renovations is included in the FY 2011 capital budget, unfortunately there won’t be dramatic changes in the near future.”

In examining the university’s financial position, Father Wild said there is “mostly good news but also some that is less pleasant.” On the positive side, he noted that cash reserves are strong, budgets are running in the black and freshman applications are up 11 percent over last year and 31 percent over two years ago.

He acknowledged the modest increase in the salary pool compared to the 4.75 percent tuition increase, explaining that in order to keep Marquette affordable the university offered significantly more financial aid to students this year. “While gross tuition revenue is presently strong and will be strong next year, our students’ families are increasingly pressed in their own finances,” he said. “We have needed to react quickly to a dramatic increase in requests from current students for additional financial aid and, fortunately, we had the financial flexibility to do that.”

“The main thing I want to leave you with today is that Marquette is financially sound and stable,” he said. “Our overall cautious and careful approach to managing the university’s finances is continuing to keep us out of any sort of real trouble.”

Calling it a year of “unprecedented opportunities” Father Wild recounted the many events of the Centennial Celebration of Women, culminating in last month’s conferral of the Père Marquette Discovery Award on the Little Rock Nine. “Hearing about the torment and triumph these individuals experienced as young students who sought the best education possible underscored the great importance of Marquette’s continued commitment to educational access,” he said.

Father Wild also cited the increase in federally funded research on campus, saying he anticipated the university “will reach nearly $25 million in sponsored funding by June 30.”

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2. Haggerty Museum of Art presentation features art conservator

The Haggerty Museum of Art is hosting “The Conservation of Paintings: Historical and Technical Discoveries,” from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday, March 9. Conservator Barry Bauman, who has made several historical and technical discoveries, will share some of his experiences in the discipline of treating and conserving paintings. Bauman is the former associate conservator of paintings for the Art Institute of Chicago and an elected fellow of the American Institute for Conservation. He also founded and directed the Chicago Conservation Center for 20 years. A reception will follow the presentation.

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3. Workshop and panel discussion to address Fulbright program

The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs will host a Fulbright Scholar Program workshop Wednesday, March 10, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. in AMU 163. Gary Garrison, assistant director of Asia (workplace) Institute of International Education, and Ranya Rashed, manager of the American Program (workplace) Fulbright Commission in Egypt, will discuss the application process and opportunities available to faculty through the Fulbright Scholar Program.

Marquette faculty members who have received a Fulbright will also discuss their experiences and answer questions from 11 a.m. to noon in AMU 163.  

RSVP to Jennie Schatzman, office coordinator, at 8-7225 for the workshop or faculty panel.

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4. Peruvian chef preparing native dishes next week

Juan Carlos Barzola, a Sodexo Global Chef from Peru, will visit campus to prepare Peruvian cuisine March 8-9. Barzola is executive chef of Sodexo business, industry and education segments. Previously he directed kitchens for the JW Marriott Hotel in Lima, Peru; Royal Caribbean Celebrity Cruises in Europe; Roosevelt Hotels & Suites; and the APC Corporation, one of the largest catering companies in Peru.

Barzola will prepare Peruvian specialties:

Monday, March 8
• Lunda Room, AMU, 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. — Peruvian specialties will be added to the menu for the day. Barzola will also be available to visit with guests. Reservations are recommended.

• Marquette Place, AMU, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. — Barzola’s chupe de camarones (shrimp chowder) will be featured at NYC Subs and solterito arequipeno salad (Peruvian bean salad) will be offered at Fresh Greens.

Tuesday, March 9:
• Cobeen Hall Dining Room, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. — Peruvian menu selections that will be added are ceviche (citrus-marinated seafood dish) vegetarian, seco de cordero al estilo norteno (northern style lamb), chupe de camarones (shrimp chowder), and mazamorra morada (purple corn pudding). Barzola will also be available to visit with guests.

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5. Marquette team for KAPCO challenge participating in final round

SHY Milwaukee (Supporting Homeless Youth), which took first place in the first round of the KAPCO Charitable Challenge, is competing against the winners from Concordia University and Wisconsin Lutheran in the final challenge.

For the challenge, SHY needs to share its mission statement with 150,000 people. The statement is “We recognize that our world is in need of hope. Together we commit ourselves to opening our hearts to those around us. Our family stretches beyond the walls of our house — we are called to give shelter to our parents on the streets, open our dressers to our brothers and sisters without clean clothing, share our tables with children lacking a meal, and empty our pockets to family members in need. We can change the world we live in, we can change the lives of those around us, we can make this community a family. Through charity we can build a family of love.”

In the final round SHY also needs to:
• continue to help homeless youth shelters in Milwaukee.
• expand its mission to Marquette University High School.
• "make a wish" for a 10-year-old girl, who has been battling cancer since she was 3 years old, and her family.
• perform random acts of kindness in Milwaukee County.

The team will present its efforts to the challenge judges at 6 p.m. today, March 4, and will learn the competition results shortly thereafter.

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6. Nominations for student organization awards due March 26

Nominations are now being accepted to recognize the contributions student organizations make in the Marquette community.    
The annual Spirit of Marquette Award honors Marquette student organizations demonstrating a commitment to the ideals in the university mission statement — excellence, faith, leadership and service. Up to three awards will be presented, accompanied by a cash gift to support the organization.
Nominations are also being accepted for seven other student organization awards — Outstanding Student Organization Advisor, Diversity Program of the Year, New Student Organization of the Year, Social Program of the Year, Educational Program of the Year, Community Service Program of the Year, and Officer of the Year.

Nominations are due at 4:30 p.m. Friday, March 26.

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7. Engineering holding programs on water pollution and NanoOptics

Jeffrey Morris, attorney with Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren, will present “A Survey of Wisconsin Water Pollution Law” at noon Tuesday, March 9, in Haggerty 494. The program is sponsored by the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.  

Dr. James Merz, professor of electrical engineering at the University of Notre Dame, will present “NanoOptics of semiconductor quantum wells, wires and dots” for the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering colloquium Tuesday, March 9, at 2 p.m. in Olin Engineering 120.

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8. $2 fitness classes offered tomorrow

The Department of Recreational Sports will offer $2 fitness classes tomorrow, March 5. Classes are free to members and cost $2 for nonmembers on a first-come, first-served basis:

• Cardio Party, 1 p.m., Rec Center
• Circuit Training, 1 p.m., Rec Center
• Yoga, 2 p.m., Rec Plex
• Body Conditioning, 3 p.m., Rec Plex
• Spinning, 4 p.m., Rec Center
• Dance Aerobics, 4 p.m., Rec Center

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9. DPS plunging into Lake Michigan this Saturday

The Department of Public Safety is coordinating a team for the 2010 Polar Plunge to benefit Special Olympics Wisconsin.

The Polar Plunge will take place at Bradford Beach on Saturday, March 6, at noon. DPS is providing free round-trip transportation from the DPS office to Bradford Beach beginning at 11 a.m. Plungers and non-plunging supporters can register online for the Marquette team.

For more information, contact Sue Cooper, crime prevention officer, at 8-5244.

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10. Show to feature Latin American culture

The Latin American Student Organization is hosting its largest cultural show of the year, “Colores,” Saturday, March 6, from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Weasler Auditorium. The event features dancing, singing, poetry, acting and other acts exhibiting Latino culture. Tickets will be sold at the door for $5.

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11. Faber Center hosting Rev. Simon Harak, S.J., and lunch at homeless shelter

The Rev. G. Simon Harak, S.J., director of the Center for Peacemaking, will be the second speaker in the Faber Center for Ignatian Spirituality's "The Three Jesuits" speaker series. Father Harak will offer his perspective on the resurrection from the Gospel of St. John on Thursday, March 11, from noon to 1 p.m. in the AMU Henke Lounge. Lunch will be provided. Reservations are required to 8-4545 by Tuesday, March 9.

The Faber Center will also join members of Repairers of the Breach, a day shelter run for and by the homeless, to share a light lunch and Scripture reflection Friday, March 12. Participants will leave as a group from the Faber Center, Schroeder Complex 111, at 11:45 a.m. and return to campus by 1 p.m. All faith traditions are welcome. RSVP by Wednesday, March 10, to Ellen Blonski, administrative assistant, at 8-4545.

The Faber Center is also offering weekly reflections online, "Faber Takes Three," provided by members of the Marquette community. This week's reflection is offered by Dr. Robert Deahl, dean of the College of Professional Studies.

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12. Free health screenings, door prizes at Gesu event

Gesu Parish will host “Morning of Health and Well-Being” Sunday, March 7, from 8:30 a.m. to noon in the Gesu lower church. Health information and door prizes will be provided for adults and children.

The School of Dentistry will host oral cancer screenings. Additional services include CPR demonstrations, hand massage and screenings for blood pressure, blood sugar and low back pain.

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