1. Message from the chair of the Marquette University Board of Trustees

To Marquette Faculty, Staff and Students:

When Father Wild last week announced his retirement, effective June 30, 2011 or when his successor takes office, whichever is later, the Board of Trustees' first response was to thank him for the enormous contributions he has made to our university. And yet thank you somehow seems too small a phrase for a person whose legacy will be so enormous. Marquette today is a strong and vital institution, and our faculty, staff and students rightly share in a sense of pride and possibility about its future.

The Board of Trustees, in keeping with its fiduciary responsibilities and cognizant of Father Wild’s age (71 at the time of his retirement), has discussed succession planning with Father Wild on an annual basis for several years, with a particular focus on assessing the leadership characteristics most desirable in the next President of Marquette University.

I now invite you to join this critical discussion. A series of listening sessions will be held on campus to invite input from all stakeholders on the Presidential Search, including what characteristics, experiences and qualifications — both personal and professional — should be used to inform and recruit Marquette’s 23rd President. The dates for the listening sessions are:

  • Students: April 7, 3 p.m. - 5 p.m.
    Facilitated by Dr. Chris Miller, Vice President for Student Affairs

  • Faculty: April 8, 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
    Facilitated by Janine Geske, Distinguished Professor of Law

  • Administrators and Staff: April 7, 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. 
    Facilitated by Dr. Chris Miller, Vice President for Student Affairs

  • Alumni and Parents: April 6, 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. 
    Facilitated by Dr. Chris Miller, Vice President for Student Affairs

All sessions will be held in Zilber Hall 025.

Please RSVP to universityspecialevents@marquette.edu or call 288-7431. Specify the session you want to attend.

If you are unable to attend one of the listening sessions, you can also contribute your ideas and input via an online form at marquette.edu/presidentialsearch.

In addition, special discussion sessions are planned with the University Academic Senate, the Marquette University Student Government, the Marquette Jesuit Community, the University Leadership Council and the National Board of the Marquette University Alumni Association.

At its March 3 meeting, the Board of Trustees affirmed the university’s current bylaw that requires that the President of Marquette University be a member of the Society of Jesus, and elected the following trustees as the Presidential Search Committee: Ms. Mary Ellen Stanek, Arts ’78, Chair; Ms. Natalie A. Black, Law ’78; Rev. James P. Flaherty, S.J., Arts ’78; Mr. Richard J. Fotsch, Eng ‘77, Grad ’84; Mr. John J. Stollenwerk, Sp ‘62, Grad ’66; Mr. Charles M. Swoboda, Eng ’89; and Ms. Cherryl T. Thomas, Arts ’68.

At my request, Julie Tolan, Vice President for University Advancement, will serve as staff to the committee, supported as necessary by other members of the university staff.

We will have many opportunities to honor Father Wild over the next 15 months, even as the normal business of the university continues. Because of his leadership, we begin the process of identifying a worthy successor from a position of great strength. We are a community characterized by a strong sense of possibility and a deep commitment to our distinctive mission in the world. I am grateful for all you do to build an ever-greater Marquette University, and am honored to serve you at this important moment in our history.

Darren R. Jackson, Bus Ad ‘86
Chair, Marquette University Board of Trustees

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2. Wade Public Lecture to address illegal immigrants

Rev. Dean Brackley, S.J., the Rev. Francis C. Wade Chair for spring semester, will present “The Migrants: Illegals or God’s Ambassadors?” Wednesday, March 10, at 4 p.m. in the Raynor Library Beaumier Suites.

Brackley has taught at the University of Central America in El Salvador for the past 19 years. He volunteered to teach at the university after six Jesuit priests, along with their housekeeper and her daughter, were murdered at the school in 1989. Before teaching in El Salvador, Father Brackley taught theology and ethics at Fordham University and worked in social ministry on Manhattan’s Lower East Side and in the South Bronx.

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3. Mulla, Bellegarde-Smith to discuss Haiti

Dr. Sameena Mulla, assistant professor of social and cultural sciences, who was in Port-au-Prince when the Haiti earthquake struck in January, will join Dr. Patrick Bellegarde-Smith, professor of Africology at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, to present “Haiti Educational Forum: Haiti in Context.” The program, which will be held Thursday, March 11, from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the Raynor Library Beamier Suites, is sponsored by the Office of International Education.

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4. Dr. Susan Mountin hosted by Honors Program

Dr. Susan Mountin, director of Manresa for Faculty, will speak in the 2009-10 Honors Program Lecture Series on Thursday, March 11, at 5 p.m. in Raynor Library Beaumier Suite A. Mountin will present “Final Exam: Matthew 25:31-end — Exploring the continuum from charity to justice.” The Honors Student Advisory Council hosts the lecture series by inviting faculty to address a topic from the viewpoint of “If this were the last lecture of your career, what would you say?”

Dr. Ronald Zupko, professor emeritus of history, will give the final honors lecture of the semester April 15.

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5. First Year Reading Text announced

Manresa at Marquette has selected Peace Like a River, the award-winning novel by Leif Enger, as the 2010 First Year Reading Text.
Set in the Minnesota countryside and North Dakota Badlands of the 1960s, Peace Like a River is a story about one family's effort to redeem their fugitive son and brother and the challenges to their own moral values and family bonds caused by their quest. Part romance, adventure yarn, tragedy and meditation on family and loyalty, Peace Like a River is a story of love, religious faith and the work and trust required by both.

Employees interested in serving as book discussion leaders should e-mail Dr. Jim Marten, chair and professor of history.

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6. Annex holding viewing party for Wednesday’s men’s game

The Union Sports Annex will open at 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 10, for the men's BIG EAST tournament game, which begins at 1 p.m. If Marquette wins, the Annex will open at 11 a.m. Thursday, March 11, for Marquette’s 1 p.m. game. Both games will include fan giveaways and food specials.

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7. Free, open practice sessions of NCAA tournament teams to be held

Marquette and the City of Milwaukee will host the first and second rounds of the 2010 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship March 19-21 at the Bradley Center. Free, open practice sessions featuring participating teams will be held Thursday, March 18. Doors open at 11 a.m., with team practices held from noon to 3 p.m. and 4:25 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Practice times of individual teams will be provided in News Briefs after tournament pairings are announced Sunday, March 14, at 5 p.m.

Tickets to the games in Milwaukee on March 19 and 21 are sold out.

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8. Library exhibit featuring publications of women deans

As part of the year-long series of displays in the Raynor lobby celebrating the Centennial Celebration of Women at Marquette, Marquette’s women deans will be featured during March. The display highlights publications by Dr. Lori Bergen, dean of the Diederich College of Communication; Dr. Margaret Callahan, dean of the College of Nursing; Dr. Jeanne Hossenlopp, interim dean of the Klingler College of Arts and Sciences and incoming dean of the Graduate School and vice provost for research; Dr. Linda Salchenberger, dean of the College of Business Administration and the Graduate School of Management; and Janice Welburn, dean of libraries. The women are also featured in the libraries’ newest READ poster.

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9. Meditation, nonviolence programs held by peacemaking center

The Center for Peacemaking is holding free meditation sessions every Monday from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. in Academic Support Facility 201. Techniques to decrease stress, increase energy and achieve better focus and concentration will be taught. Snacks will be provided.

The Center for Peacemaking will hold nonviolence training facilitated by the center’s Milwaukee Peacemaker of the Year, Julie Enslow, Wednesday, March 10, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

For more information contact the Center for Peacemaking at 8-8444.

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10. Environmental sustainability forum Wednesday

The Office of Sustainability is hosting a forum Wednesday, March 10, at 5 p.m., in AMU 448 to promote sustainability and share insights that will help connect students, employees and staff in developing a more sustainable campus. The campus community is encouraged to think about ways to save money on transportation, electricity, water, building maintenance, waste stream or any other cost source while making a positive impact on sustainability and the environment.

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11. Campus Ministry holding Eucharistic Adoration and night prayer

Campus Ministry and Catholic Outreach will sponsor Eucharistic Adoration and night prayer Thursday, March 11. Adoration will be in the AMU Blessed Sacrament Chapel from noon to 7 p.m. Night prayer will start at 8 p.m. in the St. Joan of Arc Chapel. For more information or to sign up to be a guardian, contact Emily Schumacher-Novak, Manresa coordinator for liturgy, at 8-3058.

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12. Psychology, biology and chemistry seminars this week

Dr. Terri deRoon-Cassini, instructor of trauma/critical care at the Medical College of Wisconsin, will present a Department of Psychology colloquium Thursday, March 11, at 3:30 p.m. in Schroeder Complex 256. The program title is “Life After Graduate School: Psychology Practice in an Academic Medical Setting.”

Dr. Thomas Schoenfeld, vice president of Lucigen Corporation, will present a seminar Friday, March 12, at 3:15 p.m. in Wehr Life Sciences 111. The title of the presentation is “High temperature viral metagenomes and the search for new enzymes.”

The Department of Chemistry will hold a colloquium Friday, March 12, at 4:15 p.m. in Todd Wehr Chemistry 121. Dr. David Petering, professor of chemistry at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, will present “Imaging zinc in cells: What is being imaged?”

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13. Free coffee samples offered for Marquette private label

The Brew Cafés will host a free coffee sampling Wednesday, March 10, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. outside the AMU Brew Bayou to gather feedback about two coffee choices under consideration for Marquette's first private label coffee. Both choices are fair trade and certified organic, created with help from Stone Creek Coffee Roasters.

Participants are also invited to submit suggestions for the blend's name. The winner will win a 1-pound bag of the new blend.

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14. Law School to hold information session

The Law School will host an information session for prospective students Friday, March 12, at 11:45 a.m. in Sensenbrenner 239. The session will provide information about admissions, financial aid, curriculum and intellectual and student life. A brief tour of the Law School will be led by a current law student. No registration is necessary.

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15. TIAA-CREF representatives available for financial counseling

TIAA-CREF consultants will be available to faculty and staff for individual and confidential financial counseling sessions Thursday, March 11, and Friday, March 12, from 9:45 a.m. to 3 p.m. in AMU 362. The session can include overall financial advice, asset allocation, retirement income options, diversifying financial portfolios and learning about mutual funds, brokerage, life insurance and annuities.

Call 1-800-842-2005, ext. 255674, to schedule an appointment.

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16. Celebrating women at Marquette — early influence of two women

In the early 20th century, two women’s generosity and commitment to change fueled Marquette’s transformation from a college to a university. Each woman had a university building named in her honor. 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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