1. Online questionnaires for health risk assessments due today

Employees participating in the Marquette health insurance plan have until 11:59 p.m. today, Nov. 22, to complete the online health questionnaire for their health risk assessment. Employees who complete both parts of the HRA — biometric screening and the health questionnaire — receive a 5 percent discount for 2011 health insurance premiums. After submitting their questionnaire, participants will receive a detailed e-mail report to retain for their records and for their primary care provider.

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2. Course evaluations begin Nov. 29

Fall 2010 course evaluations will be available for students to complete online from Monday, Nov. 29, through Sunday, Dec. 12. The Marquette Online Course Evaluations System will be used to administer the evaluations.

Students will receive an e-mail to their eMarq e-mail account Monday, Nov. 29, with login information and instructions about how to complete the evaluations. Students can also access the online system directly.

Results will be made available to faculty after all final grades for all classes have been submitted to the Office of the Registrar, anticipated to be Wednesday, Dec. 22. Instructors, department chairs and deans will receive an e-mail around Dec. 22 with login information and instructions about how to access the online results. 

Additional information, including a sample in-class announcement, the course evaluation schedule and a sample evaluation form, is available online.

For more information contact Laura MacBride, research analyst, at 8-6931.

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3. Gov. Doyle to speak at Law School

The Law School will host Gov. James Doyle on Tuesday, Nov. 30, at 12:15 p.m. in Eckstein Hall for “On the Issues With Mike Gousha.” Gov. Doyle, the state’s outgoing chief executive, will discuss his career in public service and his future, as he wraps up his second and final term in office.

Register online.

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4. J.R.R. Tolkien expert to give free lecture

Mike Foster (Arts ‘68, Grad ‘71), retired professor of English and journalism at Illinois Central College, will present “J.R.R. Tolkien and the Languages of his Legendarium,” Monday, Nov. 29, at 7 p.m. in the Prucha Archives Reading Room, third floor of Raynor Library. Foster is the North American representative for the Tolkien Society and a voting member of the Mythopoeic Society Inklings scholarship committee. He has studied Marquette’s Tolkien manuscripts since 1977.

The event, hosted by Raynor Memorial Libraries and the Marquette Linguistics Club, is free and open to the public. Guests who do not have a Marquette ID must register by calling Special Collections at 8-7256 before noon Nov. 29.

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5. Publishing research in social entrepreneurship to be discussed

Dr. Phil Auerswald, co-editor of Innovations, a quarterly journal from MIT Press, will present “Publishing Research in Social Innovation & Social Entrepreneurship” in a free webinar Tuesday, Nov. 30, from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. in Zilber 370. Auerswald, associate professor of public policy at George Mason University, will discuss opportunities in the social entrepreneurship sector within the framework of developing and publishing applied research, and introduce ideas about the future of higher education, including content/knowledge creation and dissemination.

Auerswald's work focuses on entrepreneurship, technology and innovation. George Mason University is one of 10 Ashoka Changemaker Campus members nationally, as is Marquette.

RSVP to Elizabeth Wieland, university advancement office associate, at 8-0726.

For more information contact Dr. Jeff Snell, special adviser to the president, at 8-4758.

The webinar is sponsored by the Office of the Provost’s Social Entrepreneurship Initiative.

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6. Leadership training program wins regional award

Six students from Marquette’s Residence Hall Association and National Residence Hall Honorary were recently honored with the Student Award for Leadership Training from the Great Lakes Affiliate of College and University Residence Halls. They were selected for their TRAC program — “Training Residence and Apartment Councils,” which prepares residential students for new leadership positions within their community.

Students recognized with the award were Matthew Dresen and John Dunlap, College of Business Administration; Molly Milota and Ann Shay, Klingler College of Arts and Sciences; Melanie O’Laughlin, Diederich College of Communication; and Allison Reitzner, College of Health Sciences.

As the regional award winner, the TRAC program will be considered for the National Association of College and University Residence Halls award Jan. 20, 2011.

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7. Nominations for U.S. professor of the year due Dec. 1

The Committee on Teaching is seeking recommendations for its nomination for the U.S. Professors of the Year program. The program salutes the most outstanding undergraduate instructors in the country — those who excel in teaching and positively influence the lives and careers of students. Recommendations must be received by Dec. 1.

A recommended faculty member must be a full-time teacher at Marquette who exhibits extraordinary dedication to undergraduate teaching as demonstrated by excellence in:

• Impact and involvement with undergraduate students

• Scholarly approach to teaching and learning

• Contribution to undergraduate education at Marquette, in the community and within the profession

Recommended faculty must also have been recognized in the past for teaching excellence, such as with a teaching award received within a department or college, the university or through a disciplinary or professional organization.

Recommendations can be submitted by e-mail with:

• the nominator’s name

• the name of the recommended teacher

• three to five sentences explaining why the individual should be selected. Self-recommendations are accepted.

All recommendations will be reviewed by the Committee on Teaching to verify full-time status and previous award recognition.

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8. Tell us about interesting December graduates

The Office of Marketing and Communication is seeking stories about December 2010 graduates for possible use with area media. Graduates with unusual backgrounds; who overcame substantial obstacles in getting their degree; who will be doing something unusual after graduation; with recent national-level exclusive awards, academic recognition, publications or scholarship; etc. are some ideas that would be appropriate.

What graduates do you know who have fascinating stories to tell? E-mail their names and plenty of details.

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9. Submit requests for fall 2010 review sessions and final exam classrooms

To reserve classroom space for fall 2010 review sessions held prior to exam week, Dec. 13 to 18, complete the online Ad-Hoc Classroom Reservation Request Form. This form must also be used for those who want to give their final exam in a classroom other than the one assigned. A 24-hour notice is needed for these requests.

Contact Annette Conrad, associate director of AMU, for more information.

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10. Registration deadline for AMUW Advent event is Wednesday

The Association of Marquette University Women will host its annual Advent Reflection Luncheon on Wednesday, Dec. 1, at 11:30 a.m. in the Raynor Library Beaumier Suites. Alumni, faculty, staff and friends can learn about AMUW activities and share in an Advent reflection led by Dr. Margarett Schlientz, Nurs ’61, former College of Nursing faculty member and past recipient of the AMUW Mary Neville Bielefeld Award.
Cost is $20 per person. Register by Wednesday, Nov. 24, by e-mail or with Alumni Engagement and Outreach at 8-7441.

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11. Faber Center offering Advent Half-Day Ecumenical Retreat

The Faber Center for Ignatian Spirituality is hosting an Advent Half-Day Ecumenical Retreat, with a morning of prayer and reflection Friday, Dec. 3, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Church of the Gesu. 

Continental breakfast and lunch are included. 

Register by Monday, Nov. 29, at 8-4545.

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12. Engineering and neuroscience colloquiums next week

Dr. Robert Bishop, Opus Dean of Engineering, will present “Precision Lunar Descent Navigation” Tuesday, Nov. 30, at 1:30 p.m. in Haggerty Engineering 204A. His presentation is a colloquium of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

The Integrative Neuroscience Research Center will host Dr. Devin Mueller, assistant professor of psychology at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Tuesday, Nov. 30, at 3:30 p.m. in Cramer 104J. He will present "Extinction and Retrieval of Cocaine-associated Memories."

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13. "Emerging technologies" to be presented

The Center for Teaching and Learning and Information Technology Services will present “Emerging technologies” Wednesday, Dec. 1, in Raynor Library 320H, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

The presentation is part of a D2L e-teaching workshop series focusing on a variety of course design and multimedia resources to enhance teaching in D2L. A certificate is presented to participants who complete all seven sessions. The e-teaching workshops are offered every semester, so it is not necessary to attend all seven sessions in one semester.

Project presentations of D2L enhanced courses will be Wednesday, Dec. 8, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. in Raynor Library 320H.

Register with Dr. Dave Buckholdt, director of the Center for Teaching and Learning, or Jon Pray, associate vice provost for educational technology.

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14. Students to participate in Dorothy Day Social Justice Community

Applications for the Office of Residence Life’s Dorothy Day Social Justice Community are now available. Academic advisers need to be aware that the program provides an opportunity for 44 sophomore students to live together in Straz Tower and participate in a yearlong social justice-focused living/learning experience.

Students will enroll in discrete sections of Philosophy of Human Nature in the fall semester and Christian Discipleship in the spring semester. Each course meets the university’s core requirement and each will incorporate a shared service-learning component. The curricular and service components are enhanced by out-of-classroom experiences that bring students together in reflection on classroom concepts, their service and other experiences that help shed light on the meaning of justice in their lives.

Applications are due Feb. 25, 2011.

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15. Some hours of operation change for Thanksgiving break

Departments and services with special hours of operation for Thanksgiving break include:

Alumni Memorial Union
Tuesday, Nov. 23 — 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Wednesday, Nov. 24 — 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Thursday, Nov. 25, to Saturday, Oct. 27 — Closed
Sunday, Nov. 28 — 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

IT Services Help Desk
Wednesday, Nov. 24 — 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Thursday, Nov. 25, to Sunday, Nov. 28 — Closed

Rec Center
Tuesday, Nov. 23 — 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Wednesday, Nov. 24 — 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Thursday, Nov. 25, to Sunday, Oct. 28 — Closed

Raynor Memorial Libraries
Tuesday, Nov. 23 — 7:45 a.m. to 9 p.m.; 24-hour access ends
Wednesday, Nov. 24 — 7:45 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Thursday, Nov. 25, to Friday, Nov. 26 — Closed
Saturday, Nov. 27 — 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 28 — 10 a.m. to 11:45 p.m.; 24-hour access resumes

Rec Plex
Tuesday, Nov. 23 — 5:45 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Wednesday, Nov. 24 — 5:45 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Thursday, Nov. 25 — Closed
Friday, Nov. 26 — 5:45 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 27 — 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 28 — 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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16. Column marshals needed for Mid-year Commencement

Faculty, staff and administrators are needed to be column marshals for Mid-year Commencement, Sunday, Dec. 19, at the U.S. Cellular Arena. A column marshal is a guide to lead the graduates, faculty, staff and stage party into the arena and escort them out after the ceremony.
Column marshals will need to arrive at the arena at 8 a.m. The ceremony is expected to conclude at 11:30 a.m.
Contact University Special Events at 8-7431 for more information.

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17. Relay for Life registration fee reduced prior to winter break

Colleges Against Cancer is hosting Relay for Life from April 30 to May 1, on Central Mall. Participants will participate in games and activities while walking or running around a track to raise funds to fight cancer.

Team registration is available online. Teams registering before winter break will receive a discounted registration fee of $100. The registration fee for teams signing up after break is $150.

More information is available online and @MUCAC on Twitter.

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18. Library newsletter features holiday reading selections

Raynor Memorial Libraries’ Ex Libris issue for November features recommended books for holiday reading. The newsletter includes books in the Browsing Collection, new books by faculty and alumni and literary prizewinners.

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19. 11th Street on-ramp closure extended

The closure of the 11th Street on-ramp to I-94 east/I-43 south has been extended. It is now scheduled to reopen the afternoon of Monday, Nov. 29.

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