1. Zilber Hall to be dedicated Wednesday

Joseph and Vera Zilber Hall, Marquette’s new student services and administration building, will be dedicated Wednesday, May 5. The gathering will begin outside at 4 p.m., with the dedication by President Robert A. Wild, S.J., on the north side of the building. A reception and self-guided tours will follow.

The four-story, 130,000-square-foot building opened in November 2009, bringing together the offices of the Bursar, Registrar and Student Financial Aid in a common service center, Marquette Central, on the first floor, along with the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. Administrative offices occupy the upper floors, with the offices of the President, Provost and Senior Vice President on the fourth floor.

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2. Students get state grant to continue electric vehicle development

An electric van project will receive a $65,000 grant from Wisconsin’s Clean Transportation Program to continue development, making the vehicle drivable.

The student project was one of 33 Wisconsin public and private grants announced by Gov. Jim Doyle. Funding for the $15 million in clean transportation grants comes through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

The Marquette project involves the conversion of a 15-passenger van previously used by the Department of Public Safety to a fully functioning, electric-powered vehicle. Senior design teams in the College of Engineering have been working on the project for three years, according to Dr. George Corliss, professor of electric and computer engineering and director of the senior design projects. Students expect to use the grant money to buy the batteries and power management equipment necessary to power the vehicle.

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3. Forgiveness is topic of one-day conference

“Forgiveness in a social and political context,” a one-day conference focusing on forgiveness, will take place Friday, May 14, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in Raynor Beaumier Suites BC. The conference is free and open to the public.

Scheduled presentations include:

• Dr. Sharon Chubbuck, associate professor of education — “Collective narratives among urban teenagers of color: Their experience of forgiveness," 9 a.m. to 9:45 a.m.

• Dr. Michael Duffey, associate professor of theology — "Guatemala: Can victims forgive from a position of powerlessness, without justice, and when the violence is not yet past?" 9:45 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

• Lisa Laplante, visiting professor of law — "Levels of reconciliation in transitional justice processes: From the inter-personal to the socio-legal-political," 10:45 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

• Janine Geske, distinguished professor of law — "How do you forgive a murderer?” 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

• Dr. Pol Vandevelde, professor of philosophy — "Political forgiveness: challenge and potential," 1:30 p.m. to 2:15 p.m.

• Dr. David Pettigrew, professor of philosophy at Southern Connecticut State University ­— documentary film screening and discussion: "The geography of genocide in Bosnia: redeeming the Earth," 2:15 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

The conference is organized by the seminar on phenomenology and hermeneutics. For more information or to register (recommended for non-Marquette attendees) contact Dr. Pol Vandevelde at 8-5962.

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4. Proposals for Caribbean studies conference due May 10

Abstracts for the International Conference on Caribbean Studies, “Looking to the Caribbean: Film and Literature,” which will be held at Marquette Oct. 7-9, are due Monday, May 10. Papers may be read in Spanish, English or French. Presentations are limited to 20 minutes and abstracts should not be more than a page. Proposals for panels/sessions should include the session title, explanation of the session and title of each presentation.

The conference is sponsored by the Marquette Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures and the Department of World Languages at the University of North Florida.

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5. DPS recognizes five students with Citizen Merit Awards

The Department of Public Safety expressed its gratitude to five students for their efforts in keeping the Marquette community safe by presenting its Citizen Merit Awards last week. The awards are given to members of the Marquette community whose actions display care and concern for others and contribute to the safety and security of the greater community.

2010 student recipients are:

• Danielle Boles, senior in the Helen Way Klingler College of Arts and Sciences, reported her observations last August involving a robbery in which a citizen was seriously injured, initiating a timely response by DPS and the Milwaukee Police Department, leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspects.

• Christopher Dupin, senior in the College of Arts and Sciences, encountered a person burglarizing his apartment last September, followed him out of the building and alerted patrolling DPS officers who apprehended the suspect, leading to his arrest and conviction.

• Thomas Evans, junior in the College of Engineering, aided a citizen who was wounded during an armed robbery last August, administering care the victim required to survive. DPS apprehended the suspects, who were later convicted.

• Margaret Mary Steele, graduate student in the College of Arts and Sciences, reported suspicious activity near her apartment building last August, leading to the apprehension and conviction of armed robbery suspects who were being pursued by DPS.

• Dan Wright, junior in the College of Arts and Sciences, while preparing to surf in Lake Michigan last week noticed a kiteboarder in distress in the water and battled heavy waves to reach him and pull him to safety.

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6. Employees receiving 30-percent off at Spirit Shop

Marquette employees will receive 30 percent off almost everything in the Marquette Spirit Shop during Employee Appreciation Days, Wednesday, May 5, and Thursday, May 6. Employees must show their MUID to receive the discount. Regular exclusions apply.

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7. Classroom access for final exams announced

During the final exam period, smart classrooms with key access will be opened by the Department of Public Safety prior to the exam. Smart classrooms with card reader access are to be opened by the faculty member, using his/her MUID. Non-smart classrooms will be opened by the custodial staff.

Call the Department of Public Safety at 8-6800 for additional assistance.

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8. Final grades due May 18

Undergraduate, graduate, dental and health sciences final grades are due Tuesday, May 18, at noon. To ensure a quick turn-around for scanned exams, exams should be submitted to the IT Services Help Desk immediately after the exam. Exam scanning instructions are available online. For more information about grading, contact Kerry Grosse, associate registrar, at 8-6320. For questions after regular business hours, contact the IT Services Help Desk at 8-7799.

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9. Registration for AMUW book discussion extended

The Association of Marquette University Women will host a book club Wednesday, May 5, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Raynor Library Beaumier Suites. Attendees will discuss the memoir Brother, I’m Dying by Haitian author Edwidge Danticat. Light refreshments will be served.

Registration has been extended up to the event date, May 5. Register with Alumni Engagement at 8-7441.

The book is available in paperback through most major booksellers.

Following the discussion, Dr. Sameena Mulla, assistant professor of social and cultural sciences, will share reflections about her personal experience in Haiti. Mulla was visiting family in a suburb of Port-au-Prince when the January earthquake hit.

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10. Biology and chemistry departments to hold seminars

Dr. Robert Fitts, professor of biological sciences, will present a seminar for the Department of Biological Sciences on Friday, May 7, at 3:15 p.m. in Wehr Life Sciences 111. The title of the presentation is “Studies on the cellular mechanisms of muscle fatigue.”

The Department of Chemistry will hold a colloquium Friday, May 7, at 4:15 p.m. in Todd Wehr Chemistry 121. Dr. Douglas Grotjahn, professor of chemistry at San Diego State University, will present “Proton transfer and hydrogen bonding in organometallic chemistry and catalysis.”

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11. Purchasing Summerfest tickets supports Marquette scholarship aid

Marquette community members can support Marquette scholarship aid through the online purchase of Summerfest tickets. For every standard price ($15) admission ticket, $3 will benefit Marquette’s general scholars fund. Tickets can be printed at home. The promotion runs through Monday, May 31.

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12. Food drive to benefit Hunger Task Force

Hunger Clean-Up is collecting non-perishable food donations for Hunger Task Force during final exams and move out. Collection bins will be located in the lobby of each residence hall, Campus Town East, Campus Town West and Humphrey Hall May 7-14.

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13. Environmental sustainability forum Wednesday

The Office of Sustainability is hosting a forum Wednesday, May 5, at 5 p.m., in AMU 227 to promote sustainability and share insights that will help connect students and employees 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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14. Law School to hold information session

The Law School will host an information session for prospective students Friday, May 7, 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. Celebrating women at Marquette — Teaching Excellence award recipients

For the first time in 1970, a female professor was honored with a Teaching Excellence award from Marquette. Since then 26 others have been recognized with this honor. Want to know more? Go to the Centennial Celebration of Women Web site.

This is the final Historical Note of the Week update. A special thanks to the the Office of the President, Raynor Memorial Libraries, University Archives and the Office of Marketing & Communication for providing the weekly features. Previously posted historical notes are available online.

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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