1. Benefits Information and Wellness Day is Monday

Benefits Information and Wellness Day kicks off Marquette’s annual benefits enrollment period in the AMU Monaghan Ballroom from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, Oct. 25. Employees will have the opportunity to meet the benefits team, health insurance vendors and participate in free health screenings such as pulmonary function, oral cancer, chiropractic and bone density.

Employees may also complete the biometric screening for step one of the health risk assessment, by appointment only. 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, which is available to all employees, call 1-877-765-3213 and press “1.” Employees must complete their biometric screening by Nov. 19 and the online questionnaire Oct. 25 through Nov. 22.

Marquette’s annual enrollment period will begin Oct. 25 and run through Nov. 12. All employees should have received a benefits enrollment packet at home.

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 an FSA. 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.

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2. Nursing sponsoring Catholic social teaching lecture and one-woman play

Rev. Joseph Koterski, S.J., associate professor of philosophy at Fordham University, will present "Caritas in Veritate: Life Issues and Catholic Social Teaching,” Tuesday, Oct. 19, from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. in Clark 111. Father Koterski’s presentation will be based on the third encyclical of Pope Benedict XVI, Caritas in Veritate, which describes how charity is at the heart of the Catholic Church’s social teachings and that respect for all human life is essential for social justice. A reception will follow.

Dr. Barbara Leigh of the Milwaukee Public Theater will present a one-woman play about the difference between patient and provider perspectives Wednesday, Oct. 20, from 3:30 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. in Clark 111. The play, Art of Healing, brings the audience into the perspective of one whose life is profoundly changed by an accident.

Both events are sponsored by the College of Nursing in honor of its 75th anniversary celebration.

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3. Pulitzer Prize-winning alumna to deliver Simmons Lecture

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jacqui Banaszynski, Jour ’74, will deliver the annual Edward D. Simmons Lecture on Society and Human Values at 5 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 28, in the AMU ballrooms. The free, public lecture, “The Heart of the Story: Bearing witness with courage and compassion,” calls for journalists to question how to challenge authority and fight for justice.

Banaszynski brings a background of working in newsrooms for more than 30 years, most recently as projects editor at The Seattle Times. She is currently the Knight Chair at the Missouri School of Journalism and is an Editing Fellow at the Poynter Institute.

While at the St. Paul, Minn., Pioneer Press, Banaszynski won the 1988 Pulitzer Prize in feature writing and the Society of Professional Journalists’ Distinguished Service Award for “AIDS in the Heartland,” an intimate account of the death of a gay farm couple. She was a finalist for the 1986 Pulitzer Prize in international reporting for coverage of the Ethiopian famine and won the national Associated Press Sports Editors award with deadline coverage at the 1988 Summer Olympics.

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4. Program addresses Clinical and Translational Science Institute

The Public Policy Forum and the Milwaukee Regional Research Forum, with assistance from the Wauwatosa Chamber of Commerce, will explain the Clinical and Translational Science Institute, Monday, Oct. 25, at 11:45 a.m. at the Crowne Plaza Hotel Milwaukee West, 10499 Innovation Drive, Wauwatosa. The new president of the Medical College of Wisconsin, Dr. John Raymond, will be introduced, and the first-ever T. Michael Bolger Award will be presented.

The CTSI is a partnership of all of the major academic institutions in the region — Marquette, Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee School of Engineering and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, as well as Froedtert Memorial Lutheran Hospital, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, Zablocki VA Medical Center and Blood Center of Wisconsin. Formed in 2008, the institute is developing an infrastructure to enable researchers from various institutions to collaborate and compete for federal grants.

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5. Pathways to funding presented by ORSP, OPA and advancement

“Your Pathway to Funding: How University Offices Collaborate in Pursuit of External Funding” will be presented Monday, Nov. 1, from noon to 1 p.m. in AMU 157.

The various ways that projects on the Marquette campus become funded will be discussed. Three primary offices — Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, Office of Public Affairs and University Advancement — work together to secure funding for research and other efforts. How each office works, what services they provide and which path may be the best for a project will be covered.

Lunch will be served. RSVP to Jennie Schatzman, office coordinator in ORSP, by Wednesday, Oct. 27.

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6. Undergrads to present Honors Program research projects

The Honors Program will host its seventh Annual Honors Research Fair on Thursday, Oct. 28, from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in Raynor Library Beaumier Suite A. Summer 2010 fellowship recipients will present their research projects, including:

• Hilary Braseth, economics, “Rebuilding New Orleans: Non-profit behavior in Katrina’s wake”

• Jessica Jeruzal, philosophy, “Healthcare reform and its effect on efforts to start a co-op in Wisconsin”

• Claire Lally, English, “Leslie Marmon Silko’s Almanac of the Dead and Native American feminist identity”

• Caitlin O’Brien, social and cultural sciences, “Works of Mercy: Observing community values at the Casa Maria Catholic Worker House”

The Honors Undergraduate Research Project is intended to provide honors students with an opportunity to conduct, write and disseminate an original research project with a university faculty member.

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7. Final training session about purchasing policy revisions is Thursday

The last training session about revised purchasing policies will be held in Raynor Beaumier Suites BC on Thursday, Oct. 21, from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Training is for users of the Marquette financial system, including account holders and credit card users. Content covered includes bid level requirements, diversity supplier inclusion, IRS requirements for credit card use and contract processing requirements related to the generation of purchase orders. The revised policies took effect Oct. 1.    

All campus account holders will be required to confirm knowledge of the policies:

UPP 1-06 Contracts Obligating University Funds
UPP 3-01 Purchasing Policy and Procedure
UPP 3-05 Procedure for Processing Invoices, DIVs and Consulting Fees
UPP 3-08 University Credit Card Program
E-mail to register.

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8. Black Panther Party exhibition featured at Haggerty Museum

The exhibition “The Black Panthers: Making Sense of History” is running at the Haggerty Museum of Art through Jan. 2, 2011.

In 1967, while a student at the University of California, Berkeley, Stephen Shames met Black Panther Party co-founder Bobby Seale at an antiwar demonstration in San Francisco and began photographing the Panthers. This self-assigned project continued for the next six years, ending in 1973. Embraced by the organization, Shames was allowed unprecedented access, enabling him to capture not only its public face — street demonstrations, protests and militant posturing — but also unscripted behind-the-scenes moments, from private party meetings to Bobby Seale in prison. Through his output, Shames amassed an impressive archive of images, most of which have never been seen.

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9. Department of Biological Sciences holding colloquium

Dr. Erik Sontheimer, professor of biochemistry, molecular biology and cell biology at Northwestern University, will present a Department of Biological Sciences colloquium Friday, Oct. 22. Sontheimer will present “RNA-Directed Genetic Interference Pathways in Bacteria and Animals” at 3:15 p.m. in Wehr Life Sciences 111.

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10. Public Safety offering self-defense classes

The Department of Public Safety will hold free self-defense classes at 5 p.m. in AMU 227 Monday, Oct. 25, and Tuesday, Nov. 9.

The class incorporates national and local crime trends, a hands-on approach and effective techniques with simple strategies for escaping potentially dangerous situations for both males and females. Register online or by calling DPS at 8-6800.

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11. Wisconsin Avenue on-ramp reopens today

The Wisconsin Avenue on-ramp to I-94 east/I-43 south re-opened today, Oct. 18. The ramp was closed in September due to cracks in a concrete column supporting the ramp.

Demolition of the existing column begins tomorrow night depending on a noise test. If acceptable, work should be completed next week.

For more information contact the WisDOT Statewide Traffic Operations Center at (414) 227-2142.

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