1. Engineering receives $4.75 million grant to help children with disabilities

Marquette has been named a national Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center by the U.S. Department of Education and will receive nearly $5 million over the next five years to implement four research and four development projects aimed at addressing the needs of children with orthopaedic disabilities.

Dr. Gerald Harris, professor of biomedical engineering, is the principal investigator for the MU-RERC project, which will also involve other departments at Marquette, as well as the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at the Medical College of Wisconsin, Shriners Hospital for Children in Chicago, the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and the Milwaukee School of Engineering.

The research projects funded under the grant include:

  • Gait analysis of children with osteogenesis imperfecta (OI) and severe clubfoot deformity to determine strain on the femur and humerus (in those using crutches) in order to modify activities or design better devices to absorb forces (and thus prevent fractures) and to better direct surgeons so they are aware of high load areas.
  • Using MRI and fMRI imaging for children with cerebral palsy to assess if there are changes in brain activity as a result of surgery or robotic-assisted rehabilitation of the arms and legs.
  • Evaluation of home-based robot-guided therapy, combined with interactive game elements to keep children interested, and tele-assessment to determine effectiveness in maintaining mobility in children with cerebral palsy.
  • Mobility modeling of the upper and lower extremities (arms and legs) to determine the relationship between internal joint forces, assistive devices, ankle arthroeresis (implants) and longer-term tissue level effects as they relate to pain and function.

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2. Marquette named "Developer of the Year" by Wisconsin Builder

Marquette has been selected “Developer of the Year” by Wisconsin Builder magazine for its annual “Newsmakers of the Year” issue, which will run in November. Marquette was honored at an awards dinner Oct. 27 for its many recent construction and renovation projects, including the 200,000-square foot Ray and Kay Eckstein Hall for the Law School, the five-story Discovery Learning Complex for the College of Engineering, and the 130,000 square foot Joseph and Vera Zilber Hall for student services and administration.

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3. Fall music performances kick off on Halloween

Marquette music programs will begin their annual fall concerts with a performance of Danse Macabre, or “Dance of Death,” by the symphony orchestra on Halloween. All concerts are in the Varsity Theatre and are free and open to the public.

Sunday, Oct. 31, 2 p.m., Symphony Orchestra — The orchestra will perform Danse Macabre to celebrate Halloween. It will also perform other works such as Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet, Barber’s Intermezzo from Vanessa and Emperor Waltz by Johann Strauss Jr.

Sunday, Nov. 6, 3 p.m., Gospel Choir — The Gospel Choir invites the community to praise the Lord and rejoice His blessings at “Hallelujah.” A free reception and fellowship will follow the concert in the Cudahy Hall lobby.

Sunday, Nov. 14, 2 p.m., Wind Ensemble — The performance, “Classical Music for Wind Band,” will feature several works by classical composers including J.S. Bach’s Toccata and Fugue in D Minor and Respighi’s Pines of Rome.

Thursday, Nov. 18, 7 p.m., Jazz Band — 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.

Sunday, Nov. 21, 2 p.m., Symphonic Band — The concert will feature wind band classics from the United States and a mini-musical tour of Europe.

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4. Former president of Supreme Court of Israel and Ray Suarez to be hosted by Law School

The Law School will also host the annual E. Harold Hallows Lecture on Monday, Nov. 1, at 4:30 p.m. in Eckstein Hall. Aharon Barak, visiting professor of law, and Oscar M. Ruebhausen distinguished senior fellow at Yale Law School and former president of the Supreme Court of Israel, will present, “Society, Law and Judging.” Barak will discuss his philosophy concerning the role of law in society and the role of the judge in lawmaking, including judging, interpretation, balancing, justiciability, standing and comparative law. Register online. Space is limited.

The Law School will also host NewsHour Senior Correspondent Ray Suarez on Saturday, Nov. 6, at 2 p.m. in Eckstein Hall for “On the Issues With Mike Gousha.” Suarez, former host of the NPR program Talk of the Nation, is a veteran journalist who has worked for CNN, ABC Radio, CBS Radio and WMAQ-TV in Chicago. He will discuss the mid-term election results and issues of the day. Register online.

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5. Undergrads to present women’s and gender studies research

Six undergraduates will present their research at the inaugural Women's and Gender Studies Undergraduate Research Colloquium on Friday, Oct. 29, from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. in Cramer 087. The two winners of the Summer 2010 WGST Undergraduate Research Fellowship plus three more undergraduates will present their gender-related research, followed by a reception.

Presenters are:

• Therese Bermingham, Klingler College of Arts and Sciences — Winner, WGST Undergraduate Research Fellowship, Summer 2010, "Homonegativity and lesbian development: the impact of micro-networks and macro-contexts." Bermingham’s fellowship was supplied by Who Counts: Math Across the Curriculum for Global Learning, which is funded by the U.S. Department of Education Fund for the Improvement of Post Secondary Education grant.
• Lillian Figg-Franzoi, Klingler College of Arts and Sciences — Winner, WGST Undergraduate Research Fellowship, Summer 2010, “Islamology, Throwness and Iranian Feminism”

• Claire Lally, Klingler College of Arts and Sciences — "Violence and Prophecy in Leslie Marmon Silko's Almanac of the Dead"
• Kristin Sippel, Klingler College of Arts and Sciences — “The ERA: The Effects of the Pro-ERA and Stop ERA Movements”
• Katalin Skelton, College of Health Sciences — "Is There a Sex Difference in the Age of Elite Marathon Runners?"

• Simone Smith, Klingler College of Arts and Sciences — "The Enslaved Woman and the Video Model: Parallels of Subordination and Commodification.".

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6. Army ROTC hosting Veterans Day ceremonies

Marquette Army ROTC will host a Wall of Honor and Cadet Contracting Ceremony on Veterans Day, Thursday, Nov. 11, in the Marquette Gymnasium. The ceremony will honor all armed forces service men and women. An induction ceremony for the Wall of Honor will memorialize five ROTC alumni killed in action:

  • Col. Gerald Clark, Arts ’66
  • Lt. Richard Fox, Arts ’67
  • Capt. Neil Reuter, Bus Ad ’59
  • Lt. George Steinberg, UWM
  • Capt. James Wenzel, Arts ’54

New cadets will contract with Marquette’s Army ROTC, making their commitment to the Army and Marquette University.

Register online or contact Eden Jahn, university advancement receptionist, at 8-7860 by Thursday, Nov. 4.

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7. Nov. 12 performance of The Beaux Stratagem offers dinner and the show

The Department of Performing Arts will present The Beaux Stratagem, Nov. 11-21 at Helfaer Theatre.

After squandering their fortunes on drink and gambling, Tom Aimwell and Jack Archer seek refuge in the countryside. They hope to seduce two ladies of status and fortune, but true love and a band of thieves soon complicate their scheming. This play was adapted by Thornton Wilder in 1939 and finished 65 years later by Tony Award-nominated playwright Ken Ludwig.

Friday’s performance, Nov. 12, will be preceded by dinner and a dessert talk by the show’s director, Maureen Kilmurry, and other production team members. A wine and beer cash bar will begin at 5:30 p.m. in the AMU Lunda Room, followed by dinner at 6 p.m. It will conclude in time for attendees to walk to the Helfaer Theatre for the 7:30 p.m. performance. Choice of entrée includes chicken breast provençal or stuffed portabella mushroom. The dinner and show package cost is $50 per person. For more information and to make a reservation, contact Kevin Wleklinski, theatre box office coordinator, at 8-7505 by Friday, Nov. 5.

Performances are:
· Thursday, Nov. 11, through Saturday, Nov. 13, 7:30 p.m.
· Sunday, Nov. 14, 2:30 p.m.
· Wednesday, Nov. 17, through Saturday, Nov. 20, 7:30 p.m.
· Sunday, Nov. 21, 2:30 p.m.

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8. Reception to show gratitude for adjunct and part-time faculty

Manresa for Faculty will host a Gratitude Reception for all adjunct and part-time faculty Tuesday, Nov. 9, from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the Center for Teaching and Learning, Raynor Library 320.  

A short presentation on available resources will be offered by Dr. David Buckholdt, university professor and director of the Center for Teaching and Learning, at 5 p.m.  

RSVP by Friday, Nov. 5, to Dr. Susan Mountin, director of Manresa for Faculty, at 8-3693.

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9. Health insurance premiums discounted 5 percent with HRA completion

Marquette’s annual benefits enrollment runs through Friday, Nov. 12. All employees should have received a benefits enrollment packet at home.

Health risk assessments are available to all employees. 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, call 1-877-765-3213 and press “1.” Employees must complete their biometric screening by Nov. 19 and the online questionnaire through Nov. 22.

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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10. Marquette Matters features article about new Dorothy Day book

The November issue of Marquette Matters will be distributed to employee mailboxes within the next few days, featuring articles about Drs. Gary Meyer and Jeanne Hossenlopp and their new roles as vice provosts; Manresa for Faculty; the new AMUW chair; and a new book about Dorothy Day.

Marquette University Press has published the book, All the Way to Heaven: the Selected Letters of Dorothy Day. Edited by Robert Ellsberg, the volume draws on Day’s personal papers and includes letters from 1923 to the months before her death in 1980. Her correspondents ranged from friends and family to well-known 20th century figures such as Thomas Merton, Daniel Berrigan, Cesar Chavez, Allen Ginsberg, Katherine Ann Porter, and Cardinal Spellman. Circulating copies of All the Way to Heaven may be found in Raynor’s Browsing Collection. The clothbound book with dust jacket is also available for $35 through Marquette University Press. Call (800) 247-6553.

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11. Volleyball team goes for ninth straight win; soccer seasons wrap up this weekend

The women’s volleyball team is aiming for its ninth and 10th straight wins this weekend at the Al McGuire Center. Marquette takes on West Virginia tomorrow, Oct. 29, at 7 p.m. and Pittsburgh at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 31.

The men's soccer team will wrap up its regular season Saturday, Oct. 30, at Valley Fields against Seton Hall for Senior Night. The next day, Oct. 31, the No. 16 ranked women’s soccer team will play a BIG EAST Championship quarterfinal match against either DePaul or Pittsburgh at 1:05 p.m.

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12. Physical therapy students offering $7 massages

The Physical Therapy Department will host Massage-a-thon 2010 from Nov. 1 to Nov. 19 on the third floor of Schroeder Complex. Massages are offered Monday and Tuesday 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Wednesday noon to 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Thursday 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.; and Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The cost is $7 for every 15 minutes. Appointments can be made online or by e-mail. Walk-ins are welcome.

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13. Free group fitness classes offered tomorrow

The Department of Recreational Sports is offering free group fitness classes tomorrow, Oct. 29.

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. at the Rec Center
• Zumba at 1 p.m. at the Rec Center
• Total Body Conditioning at 4 p.m. at the Rec Center
• Piyo at 3 p.m. at the Rec Plex

Call 8-6979 for more information.

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14. Department of Chemistry presenting colloquium

The Department of Chemistry will host a colloquium Monday, Nov. 1, at 4:15 p.m. in Todd Wehr Chemistry 121. Dr. Ralf Kaiser, professor of chemistry at the University of Hawaii, will present “The Origin and Chemical Evolution of Titan’s Aerosol Layers.”

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15. MUTV hosts screening party for sitcom premiere

Marquette University Television will host a screening party for the premiere of its first original sitcom, Campus Town, Tuesday, Nov. 2, at 7 p.m. in the Johnston Hall lounge. The series, starring Marquette students Morgan White, Brittany Green, Aly Purcell, Mike Schuessler and Brendan Takash, chronicles the trials and tribulations of post-college life.

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16. Suicide-prevention training offered by Counseling Center

The Counseling Center will hold a QPR suicide-prevention training session Tuesday, Nov. 2, from noon to 1:30 p.m. in AMU 254. The “Question, Persuade, Refer” training is a nationally recognized program designed to save lives through increasing awareness about suicide risk factors and warning signs. It teaches participants how to talk to someone about suicide and educates participants on how to facilitate appropriate mental health referrals.

For more information, contact the Counseling Center at 8-7172.

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17. Workshop offered about blogging and learning communities

The Center for Teaching and Learning and the Instructional Media Center are offering “Instructional design, blogging and learning communities” Wednesday, Nov. 3.

The workshop is part of a hybrid teaching series that focuses on developing and teaching hybrid/blended courses. Hybrid courses combine classroom-based and online teaching and learning. A goal of the workshop series is for each participant to prepare an instructional module for use online this coming spring semester. Faculty who attend the six workshops and prepare an online module will receive a certificate of completion. All requirements do not need to be met in one semester. The series will be offered every semester. Space is limited.

Workshops are 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. in Raynor Library 320H. Project presentations will be Nov. 17.

Register with Dr. Dave Buckholdt, director of the Center for Teaching and Learning, at 8-0268.

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18. Food and money donations to support hunger relief

Sodexo is accepting donations through Friday, Nov. 12, to help those in the United States affected by hunger.

In Sodexo’s Helping Hands Across America campaign, cash donations will be accepted at all campus dining and retail locations. Food donations to benefit Marquette’s Campus Kitchen will be accepted at all campus dining and retail locations from Monday, Nov. 8, to Friday, Nov. 12. Campus Kitchen provides more than 550 meals every week in Milwaukee and to Feeding America.

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