1. Caribbean studies conference being held at Marquette

The Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures and the journal Caribe are hosting an International Conference on Caribbean Studies, “Looking to the Caribbean: Film and Literature,” Oct. 7-9 at Marquette. The conference will feature guest artists Iván Acosta, a film director (Amigos) and playwright (El Super) best-known for fiction that reflects his experiences as a Cuban exile; Matías Montes Huidobro, a Cuban novelist, poet, playwright and critic; and Leandro Soto, a painter and performance artist.

Marquette community members can attend for free all panel discussions and the Saturday play, Los Acosados, de Matías Montes Huidobro, from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in Straz Tower Theatre.

For more information, contact Dr. Armando Gonzalez-Perez, professor of Spanish, at 8-7264.

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2. MPS superintendent to speak at Law School

The Law School is hosting Milwaukee Public Schools Superintendent Gregory Thornton for “On the Issues with Mike Gousha” Tuesday, Oct. 12. Thornton will offer his thoughts on the future of the state’s largest school district, improving academic performance in MPS and on stabilizing the district’s fiscal situation at 12:15 p.m. in Eckstein Hall.

Register online. Seating is limited.

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3. Sawkins conducting walking tour of campus stained glass

Dr. Annemarie Sawkins, associate curator at the Haggerty Museum of Art, will host a walking tour of stained glass on campus Wednesday, Oct. 13, beginning at noon at the the Haggerty Museum of Art.

The program is held in conjunction with the museum’s exhibition Let There be Light: Stained Glass and Drawings from the Collection of Oakbrook Esser Studios. The exhibition examines the function of stained glass as a means for religious storytelling and investigates how that history impacts the understanding of work in stained glass by contemporary viewers. Works designed by Tiffany Studios, Frank Lloyd Wright, Mayer of Munich, Leo Cartwright, Johann Minten, Janet McKenzie and James Walker are featured in the exhibition, which runs through Jan. 2, 2011.

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4. Hiroshima observer to speak about peace through capitalism

Lee Thomas, a soldier in the United States invasion force of Japan, will discuss “Peace Profits: Moneymaking and Peacemaking,” Wednesday, Oct. 13, at noon in AMU 227. Thomas went from celebrating the power of the atomic bomb to grieving over the destruction he later witnessed in Hiroshima, to then working to promote peace through capitalism. He has been chairman of Universal Woods, Inc. in Louisville, Ky., since 1993. The program is sponsored by the Center for Peacemaking and is free and open to the public.

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5. Water quality program among 10 new engineering academies

The Engineering Outreach Program in the College of Engineering is offering 10 new academies for students ages 6 through 18, in addition to popular returning programs. Now in its sixth year, the program continues to develop and offer unique opportunities for students to have fun while learning problem-solving skills.

The 10 new academies include “Water: It’s All About Energy,” which will have students testing water samples from local waterways through hands-on experiments in the Marquette Water Quality Center. Other new programs include “Catching the Wind: Designing Windmills,” a program from the Engineering is Elementary program developed at the Museum of Science in Boston, and “The Greatest Siege Machine Class Ever,” in which students will build and compare different types of catapults.

The Engineering Outreach Program encourages all students, regardless of age, race or gender, to explore and study engineering. A registration form and complete list of programs are available on the College of Engineering website. Program fees range from $60 to $190. All programs have class size limits and enrollment is first-come, first-served. Online registration is available.

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6. VPN users need to access new version

Marquette’s virtual private network has been replaced by ITS and can be accessed online. The existing VPN will no longer be accessible during the mid-term break in late October.  

The VPN connects Marquette community members who have a commercial high-speed Internet service with restricted Marquette online resources while off campus.

For more information contact the IT Services Help Desk at 288-7799.

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7. Committee on Administration accepting nominations

Committee on Administration is accepting nominations for its annual membership election. Nomination forms have been mailed and are due to Mary Minson, chair of the COA Committee on Nominations, by Friday, Oct. 15. Nominations are being accepted for:

• at-large representative
• Office of Student Affairs representative
• offices of Finance, the President, General Counsel and Senior Vice President representative

Final election ballots will be mailed in November and election results will be announced in January.

For more information, contact Minson at 8-5989.

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8. Water quality, health care informatics to be discussed at engineering programs

The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering will host a seminar Tuesday, Oct. 12, at noon in Haggerty Engineering 494. Dr. Charles Melching, professor of civil and environmental engineering, will present ”Water-Quality Simulation in Support of the Development of An Integrated Strategy to Meet Dissolved Oxygen Standards for the Chicago Area Waterways.”

Dr. Suresh Choubey, CSE chief scientist at the GE Healthcare-Milwaukee Applied Science Lab, will present “Research Trends in Healthcare Informatics” Tuesday, Oct. 12, at 1:30 p.m. in Haggerty Engineering 204A. His presentation is a colloquium of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

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9. "Deep structure of Haiku" to be discussed

John McQuade, co-founder of Miksang Contemplative Photography, will present “Heaven, Earth, and Human: The Deep Structure of Haiku” from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 14, in Raynor Beaumier Suites BC.

The program is sponsored by the Honors Program and is free and open to the public.

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10. Free group fitness classes offered tomorrow

The Department of Recreational Sports will offer free group fitness classes tomorrow, Oct. 8.

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
• Dance Basics, Strength and Sculpting at 3 p.m. at the Rec Plex

Call 8-6979 for more information.

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11. "Video and audio production and distribution in D2L" to be presented

The Center for Teaching and Learning and Information Technology Services will present “Video and audio production and distribution in D2L” Wednesday, Oct. 13.

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.

Additional sessions this semester will include:

Oct. 27 — Synchronous technology
Nov. 10 — Using social networking tools in teaching
Dec. 1 — Emerging technologies
Dec. 8 — Project presentations of D2L enhanced courses

All sessions are in Raynor Library 320H, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

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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12. College of Professional Studies to hold information session

The College of Professional Studies will hold an information session for prospective students Saturday, Oct. 16, from 10 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. in Cudahy 414. The session will include information on bachelor’s degree programs designed for working adults and Saturday, weeknight and online courses. There will also be information on the application process, financial aid opportunities and the eight-week session format. Register online or at 8-3153.

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13. Best Buddies holding weeklong bake sale

Best Buddies is holding a bake sale Monday, Oct. 11, through Friday, Oct. 15, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. under the Raynor bridge. The bake sale will feature puppy chow as well as an assortment of other baked goods. All proceeds will benefit Best Buddies Marquette.

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