1. Board of Trustees is seeking your input

All faculty and staff are invited to attend listening sessions to provide input in the development of the leadership characteristics needed in the 23rd President of Marquette University.

Darren Jackson, chair of the Board of Trustees, and Mary Ellen Stanek, chair of the Presidential Search Committee, have stressed the importance of involving all stakeholders in the identification of the personal characteristics and professional experience and qualifications required to succeed Marquette President Robert A. Wild, S.J. Father Wild earlier this month announced his intent to retire, effective June 30, 2011 or when his successor takes office, whichever is later.

Listening sessions for employees are scheduled the first week of April as follows:
For administrators: Wednesday, April 7, 9 a.m. – 11 a.m., Zilber 025, facilitated by Dr. Chris Miller, vice president for student affairs

For support staff: Wednesday, April 7, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Zilber 025, facilitated by Dr. Chris Miller, vice president for student affairs

For faculty: Thursday, April 8, 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Zilber 025, facilitated by Janine Geske, distinguished professor of law

A verbatim transcription of each session will be prepared and shared on the Presidential Search Web site. Input from the sessions will be used by the search committee and the Board of Trustees in the development of a Presidential Profile.

For planning purposes, please register for one of the above sessions by contacting University Special Events at 8-7431. Please specify the session you will attend — administrators, support staff or faculty.

Additional listening sessions have been scheduled for the University Leadership Council, the University Academic Senate, and the Marquette Jesuit community.

Faculty, administrators and staff can also provide input online. Comments can be submitted anonymously.

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2. Funeral services for Joseph Zilber to be held tomorrow

Services for Joseph Zilber will be at 10 a.m. tomorrow, March 23, in the AMU Monaghan Ballroom. Zilber, a Milwaukee entrepreuner who announced a gift of $30 million for the Law School in 2007, passed away Friday.

Interment will follow at Second Home Cemetery, 3705 S. 43rd St. The family suggests contributions to the endowment fund of the Zilber Family Hospice, care of Aurora Visiting Nurse Association.

"Joe Zilber made an immeasurable difference in the lives of Milwaukee’s citizens, and demonstrated again and again, in words and in deeds, his steadfast commitment to the welfare of this community,” said President Robert A. Wild, S.J. “We at Marquette are proud to call him an alumnus, and remain ever grateful for his generous support of his alma mater, particularly through the Marquette University Law School and the Zilber Scholars. On behalf of the Marquette community, I offer my prayers and deepest sympathy to the family and many, many friends of Joe Zilber. We will all mourn his passing even as we celebrate the remarkable gift of his life."

Zilber met his wife, Vera Feldman, at Marquette. Together, they established the Zilber Scholars program at the Law School in 1984.

In recognition of the Mr. Zilber’s remarkable generosity, Marquette named its new student services and administration building, which opened in 2010, Joseph J. and Vera Zilber Hall. The forum in the new Law School, Eckstein Hall (opening September 2010), will also be named in their honor. In 2009, Marquette recognized Zilber’s tremendous dedication to Marquette and to the community with the Marquette Alumnus of the Year award.

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3. Dr. Shawn Copeland to discuss Marquette women and theology

Dr. Shawn Copeland, associate professor of education at Boston College, will present “Marquette Women and the Shaping of North American Theology,” Tuesday, March 23, at 4 p.m., in AMU 227. She was associate professor of theology at Marquette from 1994 to 2003.

Since 1956, more than 200 women have immersed themselves in religious education in nearly all aspects of ministry, and in seminary, college and university teaching, shaping Christian life and thought in North America, according to Copeland. She will discuss these women and how they embody Marquette’s commitment to excellence, leadership, service and faith.

The lecture is held in conjunction with the Centennial Celebration of Women at Marquette.

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4. Former AMUW chair to discuss "What is art for?"

Dr. Ruth Lorand, professor of philosophy at the University of Haifa, Israel, will present "What is art for? Reflections on the film Babette's Feast and Plato's Theory of Art” Wednesday, March 24, at 4 p.m. in the Raynor Beaumier Suites. Lorand, who specializes in history of philosophy, aesthetics and Kant, was the 2005-2006 AMUW chair in humanistic studies and is the author of four books, numerous essays and scholarly papers.

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5. World War II moms are subject of research presentation

Dr. Ana Garner, associate professor of journalism, and Dr. Karen Slattery, associate professor of broadcast and electronic communication, will present “Mobilizing mother: From good mother to patriotic mother in World War I” at noon Thursday, March 25, in Raynor Beaumier Suite A. The presentation will focus on how the U.S. government and wartime media mobilized mothers of soldiers to accept the nation’s sacrifice of their children.

Faculty are encouraged to invite graduate students. Light lunch and beverages are provided. Registration is encouraged.

The presentation is part of a year-long series sponsored by Raynor Memorial Libraries and women’s and gender studies in celebration of the Centennial Celebration of Women at Marquette. The last event in the series will feature Dr. Ellen Eckman, associate professor of education, and Dr. Heather Hlavka, assistant professor of social and cultural sciences, Wednesday, April 14.

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6. Former poet laureate to read at Marquette

Samuel Hazo, founder of the International Poetry Forum in Pittsburgh and poet laureate of Pennsylvania from 1993-2003, will read from his most recent collection, The Song of the Horse, at 4 p.m., Thursday, March 25, in Raynor Beaumier Suite A. A brief reception will follow.

Hazo, professor emeritus of English at Duquesne University, has also published fiction, plays and essays, including a collection, The Power of Less: Essays on Poetry and Public Speech, published by Marquette University Press. He received an honorary degree from Marquette in 1989.

Hazo comes to Marquette under the auspices of Renascence: Essays on Values in Literature, the 61-year-old scholarly journal edited and published at Marquette.

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7. Holocaust survivors to share experiences

Holocaust survivors Jack Dygola and Arleen Peltz will share their stories Thursday, March 25, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in Cudahy 001.  

The program is co-sponsored by Marquette Jewish Student Union, Campus Ministry, Hillel Milwaukee and The Nathan and Esther Pelz Holocaust Education Resource Center.

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8. Marquette to host Badger State Science and Engineering Fair

Marquette University will host the ninth annual Badger State Science and Engineering Fair Saturday, March 27, with approximately 100 students from across Wisconsin expected to present their research projects.

The junior scientists will explain their displays to the public from 4:15 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. in the AMU ballroom. Entries include projects in the behavioral/social science, biology, chemistry/biochemistry, engineering, environmental/earth/space science, math/computer science, medicine/health, microbiology and physics categories.

There are 30 different awards, including Best-of-Show, which provides the recipient and a mentor with travel and lodging expenses for the International Science & Engineering Fair, the Governor’s Young Scientist Award, and an award from the College of Engineering for an exemplary engineering project, which provides a $10,000 renewable scholarship.

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9. Casper Lecture is "Death and the Maiden in Chaucer’s England"

The Department of History will host the Eighth Annual Casper Lecture on Tuesday, March 30, at 7:30 p.m. in Cudahy 001. Dr. Judith Bennett, professor of history at the University of Southern California, will speak on "Death and the Maiden in Chaucer's England." 

Bennett has published extensively on peasant women, women's work and never-married women, particularly in later medieval England. Marquette students may have encountered her textbooks, particularly her biography of a medieval peasant woman, in HIST 1001: Western Civilization.

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10. Dr. Mary Dallman to speak at Marquette Stress Symposium

The Integrative Neuroscience Research Center will hold the Marquette Stress Symposium on Wednesday, March 31, at 2 p.m. in AMU 157. The symposium will bring together national experts in the fields of stress neurobiology and physiology, including the keynote address by Dr. Mary Dallman, professor emerita of physiology at University of California, San Francisco, who will present “Stress and Comfort Food: It Is Not All Hypothalamic.”

Additional presentations include “The Hypothalamic-Pituitary-Adrenal Adaptation to Acute Neonatal Hypoxia” by Dr. Hershel Raff, professor of medicine and physiology at the Medical College of Wisconsin and director of endocrine research at Aurora St. Luke's Medical Center; and “Understanding Timing of Adrenal Rhythms: How Important is a Clock?” by Dr. William Engeland, professor of neuroscience at the University of Minnesota.

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11. Lenten Reconciliation Service is Thursday

Campus Ministry will hold a Lenten Reconciliation Service, “Love One Another,” Thursday, March 25, at 7:30 p.m. in the AMU Chapel of the Holy Family. Rev. John Fitzgibbons, S.J., will preside and Steve Blaha, assistant director of campus ministry, will offer a reflection. Individual reconciliation will be available after the communal service.

For more information contact Emily Schumacher-Novak, Manresa coordinator for liturgy, at 8-3058.

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12. Psychology, biology and chemistry holding seminars

The Department of Psychology will hold a colloquium Thursday, March 25, at 3:30 p.m. in Schroeder Complex 256. Dr. Jeana Magyar-Moe, assistant professor of psychology at the University of Wisconsin-Steven’s Point, will present “Positive Psychological Interventions in Counseling and Psychotherapy.”

Dr. Gail Waring, professor of biological sciences, will present a seminar Friday, March 26, at 3:15 p.m. in Wehr Life Sciences 111. The title of the presentation is “The shell game: Genetic and biochemical analyses of eggshell assembly in drosophila.”

The Department of Chemistry will hold a colloquium Friday, March 26, at 4:15 p.m. in Todd Wehr Chemistry 121. Dr. J. Sivaguru, professor of chemistry at North Dakota State University, will present “Stereocontrol in light induced reaction in solution and within water soluble containers.”

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13. Workshop offered about graphic design and social networking tools

The Center for Teaching and Learning and the Instructional Media Center are offering “Graphic design, assessment and social networking tools” Monday, March 29.

The workshop is part of a hybrid teaching series that focuses on developing and teaching hybrid/blended courses. 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 this coming spring semester. Faculty who attend the six workshops and prepare an online module will receive a certificate of completion. All requirements do not need to be met in one semester. The series will be offered every semester. Space is limited.

Workshops are 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. in Raynor 320H. Additional workshops will be:

April 19 — Instructional design, blogging and learning communities
May 3 — Project presentations

Register with Dr. Dave Buckholdt, director of the Center for Teaching and Learning, at 8-0268.

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14. Relay for Life holding informational meeting

Relay For Life will hold an informational meeting, including for team captains, Wednesday, March 24, at 8 p.m. in Olin Engineering 202.

Relay for Life will take place April 24-25 on Marquette’s Central Mall. Participants will participate in games and activities while walking or running around a track to raise funds to fight cancer.

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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 25, and Friday, March 26, 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 — leaders in government

These three Marquette alumnae and government leaders have worked tirelessly to make a difference and to strengthen their neighborhoods, communities, state and nation. 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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