1. New minors approved for College of Communication

Provost John Pauly has given final approval to new minors in dance and fine arts in the J. William and Mary Diederich College of Communication. The University Academic Senate was informed on these minors earlier this week.

The minor in fine arts is a collaboration with the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design. Students will be able to choose from among four sequences: motion narrative, graphic design, photography and studio art. The 18-credit minor will have two required courses — Visual Dynamics 1: Concept, Process & Composition and Animation. The college’s minors in studio arts and art history will be discontinued.

The 21-credit dance minor in the Department of Performing Arts will introduce students to four styles of dance — ballet, modern, tap and African. Other required courses will include Dance History and Composition and Choreography.

The Academic Senate also recommended approval of a proposed graduate program in clinical and translational rehabilitation health sciences that will include a Ph.D. and an accelerated master’s program with both thesis and non-thesis options. The proposal is expected to go to the Board of Trustees in December for final approval. The Department of Physical Therapy in the College of Health Sciences projects that the new program will add nine doctoral students and 16 master’s students. The proposed Ph.D. program was an important element in the successful $20 million grant received by the Milwaukee-area Clinical and Translational Science Institute, of which Marquette is a partner.

In other business, Provost Pauly also gave final approval to the termination of the major in electrical and computer engineering, which is now part of the newly modified major in electric and electronic engineering; students currently enrolled will be able to complete the terminated major. Senators also were informed of the elimination of four concentrations in the leadership program of the College of Professional Studies. The termination of the concentrations in Liberal Studies Perspectives, Professional Communication, Information Systems and Commerce will allow the college to “focus on leadership and community outreach further supporting the college’s values of ethical leadership, civic engagement and social responsibility,” according to the senate documents.

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2. Faculty Council hosting discussion with trustee, provost and council members

The Faculty Council is hosting a discussion for faculty, “Academic Excellence at Marquette: Preparing for the Challenges Ahead” Monday, Nov. 22, from noon to 1:30 p.m. in AMU ballroom AB. Dr. Christine Krueger, chair of University Academic Senate, will moderate a panel of Dick Fotsch, chair of the Marquette Board of Trustees Committee on Enrollment and Academic Excellence; Dr. John Pauly, provost; Dr. Marilyn Frenn, Faculty Council chair; Dr. John Pustejovsky, Faculty Council member; and John Jentz, Faculty Council member.

Discussion topics will include:
• Vision of academic excellence at Marquette, what at Marquette encourages academic excellence, what gets in the way and how might resources best be used to promote excellence.
•  How, if at all, academic excellence takes a different form in Jesuit universities.
•  What “Destination Programs” do we, or should we, have at Marquette.

Beverages will be provided. Attendees are welcome to bring their lunch.

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3. Business Plan Competition entries received by Dec. 6 are free

The Center for Entrepreneurship is accepting submissions for its 2011 Business Plan Competition. The application, which requires completing an entry form and answering three questions, is due Monday, Jan. 10, 2011. Applications received by Monday, Dec. 6, 2010, are free. Cost for those applying after Dec. 6 is $50. At least one member of a team must be a Marquette student, faculty or staff member or an alumnus/a.

Participants can expect individual feedback throughout the competition from experienced entrepreneurs and investors. They will also hear from previous participants and be able to share information with each other through networking workshops on business model development, plan refinement and presentation skills, which will be held periodically throughout the competition.
The fully-developed plans will be reviewed by a panel of judges who will select semi-finalists to participate in oral presentations. The winners, who will be announced at the Marquette Business Plan Competition Banquet April 13, 2011, will receive services, such as legal, accounting and public relations assistance. Winners also will be invited to participate in the Governor’s Business Plan Competition.

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4. Jazz Band performing tonight; Symphonic Band on Sunday

The Marquette Jazz Band will perform a free, public concert tonight, Nov. 18, at 7 p.m. in the Varsity Theatre. 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.

The Symphonic Band will perform a free, public concert Sunday, Nov. 21, at 2 p.m. in the Varsity Theatre. The concert will feature wind band classics from the United States and a mini-musical tour of Europe.

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5. Singers, dancers and drummers needed for Mission Week performance

The Office of Mission and Ministry is looking for Marquette community members to participate in the opening of the keynote speaker event during Mission Week. Ethnic dancers, drummers and singers are needed for a culturally enriched performance at 4 p.m. Feb. 10, 2011, and for rehearsals.

For more information, contact Brigid Alba, administrative assistant in the Office of Mission and Ministry, at 8-1794.

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6. Mike Wiedower retiring after 40 years at Marquette

A retirement party for Mike Wiedower, ITS security analyst — systems and messaging, will be held Thursday, Dec. 9, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Haggerty Museum of Art.

Wiedower began his career at Marquette in 1970 as a public safety security guard, working his way up to sergeant and then assistant director. He moved to IT Services in 1999 as the department’s first security analyst. As security analyst, Wiedower safeguards Marquette’s computing systems and data from accidental or unauthorized access, investigates potential threats and provides training in security matters to university faculty and staff.

RSVP by Wednesday, Dec. 1, to Delores Hutchins, ITS administrative assistant, at 8-7395.

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7. Study participants receive $25 for walking

Volunteers are needed for a research study, "Foot and Ankle Motion Analysis Using Dynamic Radiographic Imaging," to estimate the forces on the ankle joint during normal walking.

Participants, who will be asked to walk normally while their motion is captured on radiographic imaging, must:
• Be male.
• Be age 18-30.
• Have no orthopaedic or neuromuscular impairment that may affect lower extremity muscles.
• Participate in a five-minute screening at Marquette, involving normal walking and foot measurement.
• Attend a single, one-hour visit at the Medical College of Wisconsin. Weeknight and weekend appointments are available.

Participants receive $25.

For more information, contact the College of Engineering’s Motion Analysis Lab at 805-7456, or Ben McHenry, biomedical engineering doctoral student.

The study is being conducted by Dr. Gerald Harris, professor of biomedical engineering, and Dr. Jason Long, assistant professor of orthopaedics at the Medical College of Wisconsin.

The study has been approved by Marquette’s Institutional Review Board for the protection of human subjects. For more information about research participant rights, contact the Office of Research Compliance at 8-7570.

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8. Only one issue of News Briefs next week

Due to the Thanksgiving holiday, News Briefs will not be issued Thursday, Nov. 25. There will be a News Briefs newsletter on Monday, Nov. 22. The submission deadline for Monday is noon tomorrow, Nov. 19.

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9. Suicide Awareness Walk will take place tomorrow

Active Minds will host the second annual Suicide Awareness Walk tomorrow, Nov. 19, beginning at 6 p.m. at Lalumiere Hall. Participants can make luminaries and light them in remembrance of those who have died. The walk around campus and a brief ceremony will follow.

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10. Egg rolls for sale tomorrow at Lalumiere Hall

The Hmong Student Organization will host an egg roll sale tomorrow, Nov. 19, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Lalumiere lobby. Chicken and vegan egg rolls will be available for $1.25 each and two egg rolls for $2. Proceeds benefit the HSO.

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11. Giving Tree gifts due Nov. 29 or Dec. 3

Most gifts for the Holiday Giving Tree are due Friday, Dec. 3, but the purple tags that say “blue bags” are due to the AMU information desk at noon Monday, Nov. 29.

Contact Kathleen Hawkins, social and cultural sciences administrative assistant, at 8-5500 for more information. The tree is sponsored by Marquette Volunteers.

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12. Committee on Administrators ballots due Dec. 6

Ballots for the Committee on Administrators annual membership election are due Monday, Dec. 6. COA ballots are for one at-large representative and two area representatives — Office of Finance/Office of the President/General Counsel/Senior Vice President area representative and the Office of Student Affairs/Intercollegiate Athletics area representative.  

Ballots were mailed to all administrators and can be returned to Mary Minson, chair of the COA Committee on Nominations, Appointments and Elections. Election results will be announced in January.

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13. Marquette in the News delivers university media coverage to your inbox

The Office of Marketing and Communication monitors local, state and national media coverage involving Marquette University. OMC distributes via e-mail a collection of the top news stories about Marquette and members of the university community every Thursday afternoon. Marquette community members who would like to be added to the distribution list should e-mail Marquette in the News.
To stay informed of all Marquette mentions in the news, or to track a specific facet of the university, sign up for news alerts through a search engine like Google or Yahoo. These services provide news alerts based on customized keyword searches. Go to http://www.google.com/alerts and enter “Marquette University” or whichever university unit you would like to track.

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14. Meet with Marquette community members when traveling abroad

The Marquette University Alumni Association is looking for assistance in reaching out to the more than 2,100 alumni, parents of students and other Marquette community members who live outside the United States.

Alumni Relations asks faculty and staff interested in meeting alumni during their travels to contact Alumni Relations about their plans. No matter what country faculty and staff are traveling to, Alumni Relations is willing to help connect with alumni there.

According to survey results from an article in the fall 2008 issue of Marquette Magazine, alumni would love to meet with faculty and university staff members who are traveling to their countries.

Contact Martha Moore, senior alumni relations officer, at 8-0398 for more information.

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15. Employees invited to participate in bowling league

Rec Sports is gathering information to start an eight- to 10-week faculty/staff bowling league starting in January. Location and times of the league are to-be-determined. For more information and to express interest, contact John Kratzer, general manager of the Rec Plex, at 8-7778.

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16. 11th Street on-ramp closure rescheduled

The schedule for the closure of the 11th Street on-ramp to I-94 east/I-43 south has changed. The closure will now take place at 9 a.m. tomorrow, Nov. 19, with the permanent opening scheduled for the evening of Wednesday, Nov. 24.

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