1. Basketball seasons kick off with free Marquette Madness

Marquette Madness will be held at the Al McGuire Center on Friday, Oct. 15, at 7 p.m., celebrating the official start of the 2010-11 Golden Eagle men’s and women’s basketball seasons. Doors open at 6:45 p.m. The event will include team introductions, scrimmages and three-point and dunk contests. For the first time, fans in attendance will be able to participate in the dunk contest voting by text message. All attendees receive a free “Realizing The Dream” long-sleeved T-shirt and a schedule poster.  

12th Street will be closed beginning at 4:30 p.m. and will re-open to traffic sometime after 7:30 p.m. Employee parkers in Lots F and G will need to exit southbound to Wisconsin Avenue only.

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2. Native American film festival begins today

Multicultural Affairs is hosting a free Native American Film Fest and celebration through Saturday, Oct. 16, highlighting the complexity of Native American identities and experiences.

The movie schedule is available online.

Other events include:
• Thursday, Oct. 14, 7:30 p.m., Weasler Auditorium — Panel discussion about the anatomy of the Anti-Mascot Protest with Richie Plass, a Menominee, Stockbridge/Munsee Indian from the Menominee Indian Reservation; and Cliff Morton, Hortonville school teacher

• Friday, Oct. 15, 7:30 p.m., AMU 157 — Discussion with Lakota actor and musician Moses Bringsplenty, and Phil Frame, Eagle Butte Lakota Indian

• Saturday, Oct. 16, 5:30 p.m., AMU 227 — Ada Deer, former assistant secretary of the Interior under President Clinton and head of the Bureau of Indian Affairs, will speak about Indian education

For more information contact Maria Oropeza, assistant dean of student development, at 8-7205.

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3. Law School hosting gubernatorial and senate debates

The Law School will host the WISN 12 “UPFRONT” Town Hall Challenge, featuring candidates for governor Tom Barrett and Scott Walker, tomorrow, Oct. 15. It will be moderated by Mike Gousha, distinguished fellow in law and public policy and host of the weekly “UPFRONT” television show. The event is completely full, but can be watched live on WISN-TV Ch. 12 at 6:30 p.m.

The two candidates for U.S. Senate, Ron Johnson and Russ Feingold, will be the guests for the final “UPRONT” Town Hall Challenge Friday, Oct. 22, at the Law School, moderated by Gousha. Registration for this event is also closed, but the debate will be broadcast live WISN-TV Ch. 12 at 6:30 p.m.

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4. Women’s soccer team hosting Breast Cancer Awareness Night

The Marquette women’s soccer team is hosting a Breast Cancer Awareness Night tomorrow, Oct. 15, at 7:05 p.m., against the Cincinnati Bearcats at Valley Fields. The women will wear pink jerseys to be sold after the game to benefit the Milwaukee Breast and Cervical Cancer Awareness program. Six jerseys are also being auctioned online.

Admission to the match will be waived with a donation. For more information or to bid on jerseys, contact Markus Roeders, head coach.

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5. First sugar maple on campus to be planted tomorrow for tree collection

A sugar maple tree will be planted tomorrow, Oct 15, at 10 a.m. on the northwest corner of the quad near Raynor Library for the Wisconsin Native Tree Collection at Marquette University. The tree will be planted in memory of Rev. Harold Bradley, S.J., who had the idea for a campus native tree collection.

Dr. Gail Schumann, adjunct professor of biological sciences, will speak about Father Bradley and the native tree collection. Ali Clark, president of Students for the Environmentally Active Campus, will speak about the sugar maple.

The collection features more than 26 trees and shrubs native to southeastern Wisconsin throughout campus. This will be the first sugar maple, the Wisconsin state tree, on the Marquette campus.

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6. Chowdhury named to Chicago Fed advisory council

Dr. Abdur Chowdhury, chair and professor of economics, has been appointed to the Chicago Federal Reserve Bank’s Academic Advisory Council. Chowdhury will join more than a dozen other professors from institutions within the Chicago Fed’s district to provide monetary policy advice to the central bank.
 
The Fed’s Academic Advisory Council meets twice annually, in March and September. Charles Evans, Chicago Fed president, presides over the daylong meetings, which typically include Fed presentations on the economy and a roundtable discussion.
 
Chowdhury specializes in open economy macroeconomics and monetary policy. As the chief economist for Capital Market Consultants in Milwaukee, he prepares quarterly and monthly commentaries on U.S. and global economic issues and challenges. He also provides regular advice on economic policy issues to a number of investment firms and financial institutions.

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7. Marquette competing as vegan-friendly campus in online vote

Marquette community members can vote for Marquette as one of the most vegan-friendly colleges in the country through an online competition in the “Small U.S. Schools” category. Marquette was selected by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals based on quality and quantity of vegan options and online feedback from students, according to Kevin Bayley, marketing manager for Sodexo Campus Services. Voting for the first round ends Monday, Oct. 18.

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8. Prizes offered for drivers pledging to not using cell phones

Provost John Pauly is challenging Marquette employees to “drive well without a cell” during the month of October. Employees can pledge to refrain from using a cell phone while driving through the Employee Wellness Program to improve their and others’ safety.

Participant names will not be posted publicly, but will be added to a tally of total employee pledges. The first 250 employees to take the pledge will receive a Marquette key chain. Participants should return to the website each remaining Monday in October to enter for a weekly drawing for a Scrub-A-Dub car wash and oil change (valued at $40).
 
For more information, contact Mandi Richter, wellness coordinator, at 8-4581.

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9. Chemistry, math and biology departments to hold colloquiums

Some department colloquium times and locations have been updated since Monday:

Dr. Scott Kable, professor of chemistry at the University of Sydney, will present “Probing New Reaction Mechanisms That Don't Follow Transition State Paths.” This Department of Chemistry colloquium will be Friday, Oct. 15, at 4:15 p.m. in Todd Wehr Chemistry 121.

The Department of Mathematics, Statistics, and Computer Science will hold a colloquium Friday, Oct. 15, at 3:30 p.m. in Cudahy 401. Dr. Rong Ge, assistant professor of mathematics, statistics, and computer science, will present “Evaluating Parallel I/O Energy Efficiency.”

Dr. Craig Hunter, professor of molecular and cellular biology at Harvard University, will present a Department of Biological Sciences colloquium Friday, Oct. 15. Hunter will present “Systemic RNAi and Intercellular RNA Transport in C. elegans” at 3:15 p.m. in Wehr Life Sciences 111.

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10. Group fitness classes reopening; free classes offered tomorrow

The Department of Recreational Sports is “re-opening” registration for group fitness classes Oct. 18 at the Rec Center and Rec Plex. All classes will be $25 for members and $30 for non members. Classes begin Monday, Oct. 25, and run through the first week in December.

The Department of Recreational Sports is also offering free group fitness classes tomorrow, Oct. 15. 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
• “Ballet Basics, Strength and Sculpting” at 3 p.m. at the Rec Plex
• “Change It Up To Shape It Up” at 4 p.m. at the Rec Center

Call 8-6979 for more information.

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11. Law School to hold information session

The Law School will host an information session for prospective students Saturday, Oct. 23, at 9:30 a.m. in Eckstein Hall. The session will include information about admissions, financial aid and curriculum and optional tours. Register online.

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12. Emergency Procedures Guide available online

Employees who do not have a copy of their Emergency Procedures Guide should download a copy or request one from their building emergency coordinator.

The guide provides a quick reference for responding to criminal activity, bomb threats, infectious disease, medical emergencies, chemical spills, fire, hazardous leaks, severe weather and utility failures. Employees should review the guide periodically and become familiar with what they should do for themselves and others in an emergency.

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