1. Benefits enrollment period ends tomorrow

Marquette’s annual benefits enrollment ends tomorrow, Friday, Nov. 12, at 11:59 p.m.

Key steps for benefits enrollment, with changes made through MyJob, are:

• Update/verify personal information, including beneficiaries, dependents’ birth dates, and social security numbers and emergency contacts.
• Choose whether to participate in the health, dental and vision insurance plans.
• Decide whether to participate in a flexible spending account. Enrolling annually is required. Existing health care debit (benny) cards are valid through Dec. 31, 2014, and 2011 elections are auto­matically loaded onto the card.

The deadline to enroll with Hyatt Legal Services, a voluntary group legal plan that provides professional legal counsel, is also tomorrow. The printed form needs to be turned in to Human Resources, Straz Tower 185.

Health risk assessments are still available to all employees. Health plan participants who complete both HRA parts — biometric screening and health questionnaire — receive a 5-percent discount for 2011 health insurance premiums. To schedule an on-campus appointment for a health risk assessment, call 1-877-765-3213 and press “1.” Employees must complete their biometric screening by Nov. 19 and the online questionnaire through Nov. 22.

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2. Teaching Enhancement Award applications are due Dec. 1

Applications for the 2011 Way Klingler Teaching Enhancement Awards are due Dec. 1, 2010. This annual award is given to a team of two or more faculty to develop, implement and evaluate a specific teaching project. One award of up to $20,000 will be given to the selected project team for one fiscal year. The award fosters improvement in student learning within specific courses or clusters of courses. Projects for 2011-12 that feature innovations that promote active learning and/or the use of e-learning approaches are of particular interest.

Applications for the Way Klingler Faculty Development Awards are also available. The program provides awards to advance research and scholarship:
Way Klingler Young Scholar Award — Up to two awards will be given for 2011-12 to full-time regular junior faculty in the three years following their third-year review. The awards of up to $32,000 are intended to fund $2,000 in operating costs and to cover up to 50 percent of annual salary to afford the recipient a one-semester sabbatical. Application deadline is Jan. 12, 2011.

Way Klingler Fellowship Award — One award, the Way Klingler Humanities Fellow, will be made in 2011 and the competition for 2012 will be for the Way Klingler Science Fellowship. The humanities fellow will receive $20,000 annually for three years. The application deadline is Jan. 19, 2011.

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3. Social justice conference to be held Nov. 12-13

Marquette will host "The Concept of Social Justice" conference in Cudahy 001 tomorrow, Nov. 12, from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday, Nov. 13, from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The conference is free and open to the public.

Speakers will include:
Dr. Jean Bethke Elshtain, Laura Spelman Rockefeller Professor of Social and Political Ethics in the Divinity School at the University of Chicago

Dr. John Finnis, Biolchini Family Professor of Law at Notre Dame Law School and Professor of Law and Legal Philosophy at the University of Oxford

Rev. Joseph Koterski, S.J., S.J., associate professor of philosophy at Fordham University

Dr. Nicholas Wolterstorff, professor emeritus of philosophical theology

The event is sponsored by the American Public Philosophy Institute and the Thomas International Center, in conjunction with the Klingler College of Arts and Sciences, and the departments of Political Science, Economics, Theology and Philosophy. The conference is also supported by the Earhart Foundation.

For more information, e-mail Dr. Christopher Wolfe, professor emeritus of political science.

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4. Entrepreneurship Week to feature Apple’s Wozniak, Priceline’s Hoffman

To celebrate Global Entrepreneurship Week, the Kohler Center for Entrepreneurship in the College of Business Administration will host a weeklong series of programs on entrepreneurship and innovation Nov. 14-20. Events include a live video presentation by Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak and a keynote address from Jeff Hoffman, founder and former CEO of the Priceline.com family of companies.
All Entrepreneurship Week events are free and open to the public; however, seating is limited and registration is required.
The week will kick off Tuesday, Nov. 16, with Hoffman’s keynote presentation, “Keys to Entrepreneurial Success: Lessons Learned from the Most Successful Entrepreneurs,” at 6 p.m. in the AMU ballrooms.
On Thursday, Nov. 18, Wozniak will appear live via video conference at 5:30 p.m. in the Weasler Auditorium. A panel discussion on starting and growing technology companies will follow the presentation. The panel, which includes Dan Voell, co-founder of GoBuzz; Chris Hallberg, founder of SMUG Coffee; and Justin Beck, co-founder and CEO of PerBlue, will be moderated by Tim Keane, director of the Kohler Center for Entrepreneurship.
The winner of the Fast Pitch Competition, Friday, Nov. 19, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. in Straz Hall 105, will receive an iPad. The competition is a fast-paced opportunity for budding entrepreneurs to pitch their business ideas in two minutes or less.

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5. Theotokus Lecture to address "Mary at the Cross" today

Dr. Stephen Shoemaker, associate professor of religious studies at the University of Oregon, will present the Department of Theology’s Theotokus Lecture today, Nov. 11, at 7 p.m. in Clark 111.

Shoemaker's speech is titled "Mary at the Cross, East and West: Maternal Compassion and Affective Piety in the Earliest Life of the Virgin and the High Middle Ages." Refreshments will be served. The lecture is free and open to the public.

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6. Big weekend for soccer, volleyball and basketball teams

Several athletic events will highlight this weekend’s activities, including the women's soccer team’s NCAA first and second round games, the men's and women's basketball season openers and the final regular season matches for the women's volleyball team.
The women’s volleyball team (20-7, 10-2 BIG EAST) will host Louisville at 6 p.m. tomorrow, Nov. 12, and Cincinnati at 2 p.m. Sunday. With a pair of victories, Marquette will claim its first-ever BIG EAST volleyball championship. Tickets for Friday’s match are $1 each and will be available at the Al McGuire Center at the game.
A No. 3 seed in the 64-team NCAA tournament, the women’s soccer team hosts Central Michigan at 7:30 p.m. Friday. The winner will advance to play UW-Wisconsin or UW-Milwaukee at 1 p.m. Sunday at Valley Fields. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for youths 18 and younger.
Both the men’s and women’s basketball teams open the 2010-11 regular season this weekend. The men will face Prairie View A&M at 8 p.m. Friday at the Bradley Center, while the women open against Arkansas-Pine Bluff at 7 p.m. Saturday at the McGuire Center. Tickets to Friday’s men’s game are half price.
With multiple events scheduled for Friday evening, free shuttles will be available at the McGuire Center following the volleyball match to transport students and employees to Valley Fields or the Bradley Center.
For more information, call 8-4668.

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7. Gold n Blues and Wind Ensemble to perform

The Gold n Blues a cappella group will perform today, Nov. 11, at 7:30 p.m. at In Tandem Theater at Calvary Church, 628 N. 10th St., next to Straz Tower. The group will perform a Michael Jackson medley and songs by Annie Lennox, One Republic, Sara Bareilles, Toto and Owl City. The event will also include a silent auction with holiday gift baskets, handcrafted jewelry, a North Face winter coat and Miami Bucks tickets. Tickets cost $8 at the door. For more information contact Maria Cooper, assistant director of the Honors Program, at 8-7516.

Several free concerts are also coming up. Each will be held in the Varsity Theatre. The concerts are free and open to the public:

Sunday, Nov. 14, 2 p.m., Wind Ensemble — The performance, “Classical Music for Wind Band,” will feature several works by classical composers, including J.S. Bach’s Toccata and Fugue in D Minor and Respighi’s Pines of Rome.

Thursday, Nov. 18, 7 p.m., Jazz Band — The performance will include a variety of jazz styles, including swing, bebop, cool jazz, fusion and funk by composers such as Duke Ellington, Dizzy Gillespie, Tito Puente and Count Basie.

Sunday, Nov. 21, 2 p.m., Symphonic Band — The concert will feature wind band classics from the United States and a mini-musical tour of Europe.

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8. Speakers to discuss health outcomes and patient safety

Dr. Ed Barthell, director of business development for Microsoft’s Health Solutions Group, will present “Outcomes Based Health Information Exchange” at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 16, in Clark 123.

John Stadler, patient safety manager at Manchester Veterans Administration Medical Center, will present “Patient Safety within the Veterans Administration,” at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 17, in Clark 120.

The programs are sponsored by the College of Nursing in honor of its 75th anniversary celebration.

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9. Cainkar to discuss Muslim American youth experience

Dr. Louise Cainkar, assistant professor of social and cultural sciences, will present “The Muslim-American Experience” Wednesday, Nov. 17, from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. in the AMU Henke Lounge.

Cainkar, author of Homeland Insecurity: The Arab American and Muslim American Experience after 9/11, will draw a complex portrait of Muslim American youth identity and share an initial analysis of her research on youth in Chicago. The program is sponsored by the Center for Peacemaking.

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10. President of Active Minds named Student Leader of the Year

Danielle Strauss, a senior in the Klingler College of Arts and Sciences and president of the student chapter of Active Minds, was named Student Leader of the Year this week by Active Minds, Inc., at its National Mental Health on Campus Conference at Montclair State University in Montclair, N.J. Strauss was selected for the award for her energy and leadership of the Active Minds chapter at Marquette.

“Danielle is not only an articulate advocate, her effective leadership also brings out the best in her fellow chapter members,” said Sonya Weisburd, chapter coordinator for the western region of Active Minds, Inc. “She encourages others to take the lead on projects they care about and has the ability to get all hands-on-deck to pull off incredible programs.”

Active Minds is a national non-profit organization that works with nearly 300 student-run chapters at colleges and universities throughout the United States and Canada to raise mental health awareness and decrease stigma on college campuses.

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11. Free dance performances this weekend

MU Dance Inc. will perform its Fall Showcase on Saturday, Nov. 13, at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m.; and Sunday, Nov. 14, at 1 p.m. in the Weasler Auditorium. 

Dance Inc. is a student organization that will feature several types of dance at this free show. E-mail for more information.

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12. Students to discuss contribution of Arab community in Milwaukee

Students will discuss the contributions of the Arab community in Milwaukee and how the Church influences the lives of the Arab-Christian community Sunday, Nov. 14, at 12:30 p.m. at St. George Melkite Church, 1617 W. State St. The program will also cover Arabic culture through food, music, architecture, language and marriage patterns. Free Arabic food and dessert will be served.
The program is sponsored by the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures and the Arab and Muslim Women’s Research and Resource Institute.

For more information e-mail Dr. Enaya Othman, visiting assistant professor of foreign languages and literatures.

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13. Book Marq hosting open house about Higher Education Opportunity Act

The Book Marq will host a two-day open house to discuss the Higher Education Opportunity Act and the textbook ordering process from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, Nov. 15 and 16.

Possible discussion topics include:

  • HEOA textbook provision
  • Textbook ordering deadlines
  • Course packs and copyright clearance
  • Textbook rental program
  • Campus / instructor specific rental titles
  • Publisher bundles
  • Textbook editions and ancillaries

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14. Spirituality of the Eastern Orthodox Church is topic of discussion

The student organization Orthodox Christian Fellowship is sponsoring “Transformed in Christ: An introduction to Eastern Orthodox Spirituality” Tuesday, Nov. 16, from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in Lalumiere 396. Rev. John Jones, professor of philosophy, will discuss the spiritual life of the Eastern Orthodox Church through the lens of the icons of the Church. The discussion will explore how these “windows into heaven” express God’s relationship with humans and “the basic reality of our life in Christ — to be living icons of Christ and seek to share in and radiate Christ’s life and love to the world.”

For more information, e-mail Agust Magnusson.

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15. Hybrid teaching projects to be presented

The Center for Teaching and Learning and the Instructional Media Center will host the project presentations of this semester’s hybrid teaching series that focuses on developing and teaching hybrid/blended courses. Project presentations will be 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 17, in Raynor 320H.

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 is offered every semester. Space is limited.

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

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16. Weight Watchers at Work series to begin

The Employee Wellness Program is offering a 12-week Weight Watchers at Work Meeting Series beginning with an open house/enrollment meeting Thursday, Nov. 18, from 12:30 p.m. to 1 p.m. in Raynor Library Beaumier Suites B/C. Cost is $144 and includes 14 weeks of Weight Watchers e-tools. Cash, checks (with a three-payment option) and major credit cards are accepted.

Meetings are Thursdays from noon to 1 p.m. beginning Dec. 2. Locations will vary in the AMU and Raynor Library. A minimum of 15 employees is required.

Marquette employees who are unable to attend the at-work meetings can now take advantage of a special savings on Weight Watchers Online.

Since Weight Watchers at Work meetings began at Marquette in July 2009, 16 participants have lost 10 percent of their body weight, 28 have lost 5 percent, and nine have reached their goal weight and are now lifetime members.

For more information contact Mandi Richter, employee wellness coordinator, at 8-4581.

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17. Free group fitness classes offered tomorrow

The Department of Recreational Sports is offering free group fitness classes tomorrow, Nov. 12.

The classes are free to members. The cost is $2 for faculty and staff who are non-members to enter the facility and participate in the classes:

• Spin at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. at the Rec Center
• Zumba at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. at the Rec Center
• Aerobic Dance at 3 p.m. at the Rec Plex

Call 8-6979 for more information.

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18. Coloring contest to benefit veterans’ organization

The Department of Recreational Sports is holding a turkey coloring contest to benefit VETS Place Central, which offers transitional housing to 72 veterans and rental units to age-eligible or disabled veterans.

Campus community members can purchase turkeys for a $1 donation at the Rec Center or Rec Plex. Turkeys must be returned by Friday, Nov. 19. The first place winner will receive two free personal training sessions at the Rec Center or Rec Plex. The second place winner will receive an Intramural Champions T-shirt.

For more information contact Mike Cosgrove, office coordinator of recreational sports, at 8-2038.

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19. 16th Street sidewalk, street lane to close

Due to window installation on the east façade of the new Discovery Learning Complex, the sidewalk and one driving lane on the west side of 16th Street south of Wisconsin Avenue will be closed from Nov. 15 to Dec. 10.

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