1. Forgiveness is topic of conference tomorrow

“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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2. Funding awards for water research to be announced tomorrow

The Industrial Advisory Board for the National Science Foundation Industry/University Cooperative Research Center focused on water equipment, policy and technology research will announce funding awards for 2010-11 Friday, May 14. The campus community is invited to join guests from the Milwaukee Water Council and the water industry at 11:30 a.m. in AMU 227 for the announcements.
RSVP to University Special Events at 8-7431.

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3. Prayer service for guidance and understanding to be held

The Faber Center will host an open prayer service tomorrow, May 14, at noon in the AMU Chapel of the Holy Family, to pray for the university and for guidance and respectful understanding of all involved in the controversy over the College of Arts and Sciences dean search. The service will include a request for the grace of each of us in communicating with others, maintaining our own integrity and with human concern. We will ask God to bless the university and to bring good from this difficult time. Faculty, administrators and staff of all faiths and beliefs are welcome.

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4. College of Communication receives reaccreditation

The Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications, the agency responsible for the evaluation of professional journalism and mass communications programs in colleges and universities, recently granted both the undergraduate and graduate programs in the J. William & Mary Diederich College of Communication reaccreditation for six years.

A site team visited campus Jan. 31 to Feb. 3, evaluating the college’s programs in advertising, journalism, broadcast and electronic communication and public relations, and the master of arts in communication. The team, a group of journalism and mass communication professionals and educators, interviewed students, faculty, staff and other Marquette officials. Their report was reviewed in March by the Accrediting Committee, with a final decision from the Accrediting Council, which met May 1 in Arlington, Va.

“We are delighted to receive this strong endorsement of our programs in journalism and mass communication from the Accrediting Council,” said Lori Bergen, dean of the Diederich College. “External evaluations of our academic programs are very important and provide us with unbiased assessments of what we do well, in addition to generating ideas for improvement. This process helped us see better ways to evaluate student learning in the college and generated some insights about strengthening our diversity and inclusiveness.”

Marquette’s programs in journalism and mass communication were first accredited in 1929. Marquette is the only university among the 28 Jesuit colleges and universities in the United States to be accredited by the organization.

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5. Marquette launches master’s specialization in sports leadership

The College of Professional Studies is now offering a sports leadership specialization for its master’s in leadership studies degree. Enrollment in the program is now open and classes will commence in fall 2010.
One of only two such programs in the Milwaukee area, Marquette’s sports leadership specialization provides students with a degree that focuses on sports, but also provides general leadership education. The program was developed in consultation with the Department of Athletics and will give students a direct link to its Division I sports teams and its affiliation with the Big East.

To earn a master's degree in leadership studies with the sports specialization, students must complete a total of 36 credit hours of course work, including 15 credits in core leadership classes and 15 credits of sports leadership classes plus a six-credit integrative learning experience. Otherwise, students may take 18 credits in core leadership classes and 18 credits in sports leadership classes and a comprehensive exam.

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6. Receptions for Drs. Margaret Bloom and William Wiener next week

Dr. John Pauly, provost, and the Office of the Provost will host receptions honoring Dr. William Wiener and Dr. Marquette Bloom on Wednesday and Thursday, respectively, next week. Receptions will take place from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the Zilber Hall fourth floor common area, with the program beginning at 3:30 p.m.

The reception for Wiener, vice provost for research and dean of the Graduate School, will be Wednesday, May 19. The reception for Bloom, vice provost for undergraduate programs and teaching, will be Thursday, May 20.

Bloom and Wiener are stepping down from their positions at the end of the 2009-2010 academic year.

RSVP to University Special Events at 8-7431.

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7. WGST Program announces undergraduate research fellowships

The Women's and Gender Studies Program has announced the two winners of the 2010 Undergraduate Summer Research Fellowships

Lillian Figg-Franzoi, an international affairs major, received the WGST Summer 2010 Undergraduate Research Fellowship. She will research "Iranian Feminist Discourse: Analyzing the Impact of the Islamic Revolution," advised by Dr. Sameena Mulla, assistant professor of social and cultural sciences.

Therese Bermingham, a psychology and WGST double major, received the Who Counts/WGST Summer 2010 Undergraduate Research Fellowship. She will research "Homonegativity and lesbian development: the impact of micro-networks and macro-contexts," advised by Dr. Ed de St. Aubin, associate professor of psychology. “Who Counts: Math Across the Curriculum for Global Learning” is funded by the U.S. Department of Education Fund for the Improvement of Post Secondary Education Grant.

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8. New smoking policy to go into effect July 1

Beginning Thursday, July 1, smoking will be prohibited in all university buildings and within 25 feet of all building entrances and balconies. The policy also prohibits smoking in parking structures and university-owned vehicles as well as the designation of any indoor location as a “smoking area.”

The university’s smoking policy has been revised to comply with Wisconsin Act 12, “Smoke-Free Wisconsin,” as well as to support campus health and safety.

Voluntary compliance will be emphasized. However, anyone observing someone who is smoking in a no-smoking area is encouraged to courteously inform the smoker that he/she is in violation of the university’s smoking policy. Repeated violations by employees may be subject to the university’s progressive disciplinary policy; by students to the university’s student code of conduct.

For more information, contact Steve Duffy, associate vice president of administration, at 8-6897.

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9. Working with minors is subject of information session

The Office of Risk Management will hold an information session Thursday, May 20, for offices and individuals involved with coordinating activities, both on- and off-campus, that involve minors. The program will take place from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. in Zilber 200R.

The university and its faculty, administrators, staff, students and volunteers have a particular obligation to protect the safety and interests of the most vulnerable, including minors who are participating in activities and programs on campus. As a result, University Policy and Procedure 4-26, “Working with Minors,” has several requirements in connection with activities involving minors (those under the age of 18). The program will cover:

• Registering programs with the Office of Risk Management.

• Background checks for faculty, administrators, staff, volunteers and university students over the age of 18 years who are participating in activities covered by the policy.

• Training needed for those participating in such activities.

• Behavioral requirements, including prohibitive practices, for those participating in activities covered by the policy.

• Procedures to be followed when inappropriate conduct is suspected.

Contact the Office of Risk Management — Charyl Burke, risk manager, at 8-1552 or Kim Llanas, risk management assistant, at 8-8492 — for more information.

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10. Neuroscience center hosting speaker from Northwestern University

The Integrative Neuroscience Center is hosting Dr. Matt Tresch, assistant professor of biomedical engineering at Northwestern University. Tresch will present “Neurophysical substrates of motor coordination” Tuesday, May 18, from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in Schroeder Complex 256.

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11. Committee on Staff adds new members

Seven new representatives have been elected to the Committee on Staff:

Area representatives for Office of the Senior Vice President:
• Luba Aganina, office associate, University Advancement
• Sandy O’Donoghue, office coordinator, Recreational Sports
• Andrew Seifert, projects assistant, Office of Administration
Area representative for Office of the Provost:
• Elizabeth Wawrzyniak, office associate, Raynor Memorial Libraries
• Shirley Haig, records coordinator, College of Business Administration
• Jean Ott, Registration Assistant, School of Dentistry
Member-at-large/area representative for Office of the President:
• Stephanie Glanzmann, office assistant, School of Dentistry

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12. Submit scholarly accomplishments for Compendium publication

Faculty and staff with professional accomplishments, such as publications, presentations and awards, should make sure they’re documented on the university’s News From You online resource.

Accomplishments that have occurred since November 2009 that did not appear in the winter issue of Compendium will be used to compile the next issue of Compendium, which will be distributed at the beginning of the academic year. Those accomplishments are also posted on Marquette’s research Web page.

Compiling these faculty accomplishments is an excellent way to let the campus community know about the great research taking place at Marquette and to allow fellow faculty to see opportunities for cross-disciplinary collaboration.

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13. Engineering holding courses for young students this summer

The College of Engineering is offering summer programs for students ages 6 through 18 this summer. Now in its fifth year, the College of Engineering outreach program promotes interest in science, technology, engineering and math through hands-on problem-solving activities.
Seven new programs will be offered this summer, including three that were developed at the Museum of Science in Boston for the Engineering is Elementary project: A Sticky Situation: Designing Walls; Marvelous Machines: Making Work Easier; and A Work in Process: Improving a Play Dough Process. These programs are in addition to 10 others.
Registration and additional information are available online. Fees range between $150 and $200. All programs have limits on class size, and applicants will be enrolled on a first-come, first-served basis.

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14. Swimming lessons available through Rec Plex

The Rec Plex is offering a Learn to Swim Program sponsored by the American Red Cross June 7-30. The program is segmented into six levels, in addition to the Tiny Tots/Wee Folks program. Sign-ups begin Monday, May 17. Call John Kratzer, general manager of the Rec Plex, at 8-7778 for more information.

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