1. Commencement weekend includes Mass, webcast and free parking

Nearly 1,300 undergraduates and more than 700 graduate and professional students will receive their Marquette degrees at Commencement on Sunday, May 23, at 9:30 a.m. at the Bradley Center. The Baccalaureate Mass will be Saturday, May 16, at 4:30 p.m. at the U.S. Cellular Arena.  

For the first time, Commencement will be webcast so that family and friends not in attendance can participate in the ceremony.

Wendy Kopp, founder and chief executive of Teach For America, will be the Commencement speaker. Nicholas Ingraham, from the Helen Way Klingler College of Arts and Sciences, will serve as the student speaker. Kopp will receive an honorary degree from Marquette, along with:

• Joan Biskupic, Jour '78, Supreme Court biographer and veteran journalist
• Anne M. Burke, Illinois Supreme Court Justice and founder of the Chicago Special Olympics
• Janice McLaughlin, M.M., Arts '69, author and president of the Maryknoll Sisters

All campus parking lots will be open and free of charge over Commencement weekend, May 21-23. Gates to all lots will open Friday afternoon and will remain open through Sunday evening. Structures will still be staffed with an attendant. For more information, contact Jay Sobota, parking services manager, at 8-6911.

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2. Zoo Interchange closures to affect Commencement traffic

Construction on the Zoo Interchange will result in interchange closures during Commencement weekend — from 9 p.m. Friday, May 21, through 5 a.m. Monday, May 24.

Demolition of the old bridge from I894 north to I94 west will require the closure of:

• I94 east (through the interchange)

• the ramp from I94 west to I894/US45 south

• US45 south to I894 south (through the interchange)

• the ramp from I94 east to US45 north

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3. CTSI workshop registration deadline is tomorrow

The Clinical & Translational Science Institute is hosting a Rehabilitation Collaborative Research Workshop, Wednesday, May 26, from noon to 4 p.m. in the AMU Ballrooms to present collaborative research and technologies in rehabilitation. The workshop will bring research scientists and clinicians from participating institutions (Marquette, Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee School of Engineering and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee) and the community together to discuss research directions and identify potential collaborations. Register by Friday, May 21.

CTSI has pledged up to $100,000 in pilot and collaborative grant funding to support proposals from collaborations that are formed at this workshop. During lunch, presentations will be given by Dr. Kris Ropella, chair and professor of biomedical engineering, and Dr. Sheila Schindler-Ivens, assistant professor of physical therapy.

Breakout sessions in which investigators will discuss their interests and explore potential collaborations will include:

• addiction and disabilities
• assistive technology
• comparative effectiveness research
• language, communication and oral rehabilitation
• motor rehabilitation
• pain and medication
• psychosocial and behavioral issues
• sensory rehabilitation
• wellness and quality of life

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4. Zilber Hall receives Mayor’s Design Award

Zilber Hall has been recognized with a 2010 Mayor’s Design Award in the “Urbanism Redefined” category for projects that are sensitive to the urban context. The award is one of 23 projects being honored today, May 20, by Mayor Tom Barrett for contributing to the design excellence of the urban landscape.

The first floor of Zilber Hall, a 130,000-square-foot, four-story building at 1250 W. Wisconsin Ave., is the base location for some of the university’s primary student services. Administrative offices occupy the second and third floors, with a chapel on the second floor. The fourth floor executive suite includes the offices of the President, Provost and Senior Vice President. 

Designed by Kubala Washatko Architects and constructed by Opus North Corporation, Zilber Hall is constructed of masonry and precast concrete panels that are designed to maximize the amount of natural light in the interior workspaces.

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5. Sawkins to host gallery walk-through at Haggerty Museum

Dr. Annemarie Sawkins, associate curator of the Haggerty Museum of Art, will conduct a Lunchtime Learning program with a gallery walk-through of A Collection’s Legacy, Women Donors at the Haggerty at noon Tuesday, May 25.

In recognition of the 25th anniversary of the museum and The Centennial Celebration of Women at Marquette, A Collection’s Legacy celebrates the role women donors have played in the development of the museum’s collection. Representing a range of works from Old Master paintings to contemporary prints and photographs, the exhibition highlights key works from the permanent collection.

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6. Piano sale open to Marquette community members

A large selection of new and used baby grand, vertical and digital pianos used on campus by Marquette students, as well as other keyboards, orchestral string instruments, and acoustic and electric guitars, will be on sale May 28-31 as part of a partnership between Marquette and the Rockley Family Foundation. Most instruments are less than a year old and include a full factory warranty and tuning. Delivery arrangements and no-interest financing is available on site in the Varsity Theatre.

The pre-sale for Marquette community members is May 29 and 30 by appointment. Call 8-4484.

The sale will be open to the public Monday, May 31, from noon to 5 p.m.

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7. Carillon concert dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary

In the spirit of the Centennial Celebration of Women at Marquette, the Music Programs will sponsor a carillon concert dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary at noon Sunday, May 23. The concert, based on the Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary, will be performed by Mark Konewko, carillonneur, from the Marquette Hall tower.

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8. Graduate School of Management holding information sessions

The Graduate School of Management will hold information sessions covering curriculum, admissions requirements, application process and other information in June:

Tuesday, June 1, 5:30 p.m. reception and 6 p.m. presentation — Waukesha MBA Program, at MRA, the management association, N19 W24400 Riverwood Dr., Waukesha.

Wednesday, June 2, 5:30 p.m. reception and 6 p.m. presentation — Executive MBA program, College of Business Administration Executive Center, Straz Hall, second floor.

Thursday, June 3, 5 p.m. reception and 5:30 p.m. presentation — On-campus MBA and MS programs, College of Business Administration Executive Center, Straz Hall 105.

To RSVP or for more information, call 8-7145.

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9. Bicycle commuting workshop to be held

The Employee Wellness Program is holding a Bicycle Commuting Workshop Tuesday, June 1, from noon to 1 p.m. in AMU 163. This presentation, provided by the Bicycle Federation of Wisconsin, is for beginner and experienced bicycle commuters. Topics include bicycle choice, cargo and clothing, lighting, foul weather, parking, routes and safety. To register, contact Mandi Richter, wellness coordinator, at 8-4581.

A social cycling group for employees is also forming. The purpose is for participants to enjoy a weekly outdoor bike ride, while networking with fellow Marquette employees. Contact Kurt Gering, project manager in ITS, with preferred biking speed and distance, if interested.

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10. Donations of blankets, books and stuffed animals sought for homeless children

Committee on Staff is collecting donations of blankets, books and stuffed animals for homeless children in shelters. Project Night Night packages are given to children, newborns to pre-teens, to help feel secure, ready-to-learn and significant. Each “Night Night” package contains a new security blanket, an age-appropriate children’s book and a stuffed animal in a new canvas tote bag. Monetary donations are also accepted.

The project is supported by Simmons Religious Funds.

For more information contact Kathy Hawkins, administrative assistant in the Department of Social and Cultural Sciences, at 8-6838.

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11. Oral History Project documenting experiences of women at Marquette

As part of the Centennial Celebration of Women, Marquette is gathering first-person accounts that will document the experiences of women at Marquette with an Oral History Project. Marquette community members are invited to share recollections of campus life, female faculty and staff, women’s athletics, AMUW and women religious.

The university is also looking for stories from female pioneers who enrolled in academic programs that historically served male students, such as the Law School, College of Engineering and School of Dentistry. Forms can be completed online.

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