1. Nationally known journalists to discuss journalism in democracy

To kick off the Centennial of Journalism at Marquette, College of Communication students will produce and direct a roundtable discussion with nationally known journalists focusing on the role of journalism in democracy, the first of its Centennial Seminars. The event will be live-streamed tomorrow, Sept. 24, at 2 p.m. in Johnston 103. 

The panel will include John Barron, general manager of the Chicago Sun-Times; Dr. Bonnie Brennen, Nieman Professor of Journalism; Chris Bury, ABC News national correspondent; Dr. Tom Grimes, professor of journalism and mass communication at Texas State University; Sophia Nelson, political strategist and columnist; Raquel Rutledge, Pulitzer Prize-winner and Milwaukee Journal Sentinel journalist; and Ron Smith, assistant managing editor, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

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2. Changemaker Campus initiatives arrive at Marquette

Marquette has become the 10th higher education institution bestowed with the Changemaker Campus title by the Ashoka Institute, a leader in social entrepreneurship — the practice of applying sustainable business models to solve social problems. Information sessions on what the Ashoka partnership means for the campus community will be held in AMU 380 Oct. 6 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., Oct. 7 from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., and Oct. 8 from noon to 2 p.m. Space is limited and reservations are requested. RSVP to Elizabeth Wieland, university advancement office associate, at 8-0726.

There will also be “A History of the Field of Social Entrepreneurship Education” webinar featuring Alex Nicholls, University of Oxford lecturer in social entrepreneurship, Tuesday, Sept. 28, from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. in Zilber 370. RSVP to Wieland.

Watch for more information about Marquette’s involvement with Changemaker Campus and the exploration of a fit for social entrepreneurship at Marquette in the October issue of Marquette Matters.

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3. "Social Media and Rapid Emergence of Social Commerce" to be presented

Philip Nowak, social media analyst at Delver.com will present “Social Media and Rapid Emergence of Social Commerce” Wednesday, Sept. 29, from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. in Marquette Hall 100. Nowak will discuss how big brands overcame their initial reluctance and dived into social media without a solid business strategy or revenue model. He will cover the rapid emergence of social commerce and how companies are leveraging online social networks to build trust with consumers, ultimately helping them make more educated purchasing decisions.
The program is sponsored by the College of Business Administration. For more information contact Dr. Terence Ow, assistant professor of management, at 8-5104.

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4. Jesuit vocation director elected to Marquette Board of Trustees

Rev. Thomas Lawler, S.J., vocation director for the Society of Jesus in the upper Midwest, has been elected to the Marquette Board of Trustees.

A native of Milwaukee, Father Lawler was ordained a priest in 1999. He earned a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Dallas; a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from St. Michael’s Institute in Spokane, Washington; a master of divinity degree from the Weston Jesuit School of Theology in Cambridge, Massachusetts; and a master of social work degree from Loyola University Chicago.

Father Lawler trained in social work and counseling in Chicago before serving as assistant director of the Sioux Spiritual Center, a Jesuit retreat center and ministry training program for Native American Catholics in South Dakota. Along with vocation ministry, Father Lawler offers weekend retreats for adults and students on the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola.

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5. Shames to discuss his Black Panther Party photography at Haggerty Museum

Photographer Stephen Shames will conduct a gallery walk-through of the exhibition The Black Panthers Making Sense of History Wednesday, Sept. 29, at 6 p.m. at the Haggerty Museum of Art. A reception will follow.  

The program is free and open to the public.

In 1967, while a student at the University of California, Berkeley, 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 prolific output, Shames amassed an impressive archive of images, most of which have never been seen.

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6. City Year CEO to host discussion on education at Marquette

College of Education Dean Bill Henk will moderate a discussion on service and education with City Year Co-Founder and CEO Michael Brown on Friday, Oct. 1, at noon in the Weasler Auditorium.

City Year is an educational nonprofit that places young adults in high-need schools for a year to tutor and mentor students, especially those that exhibit risk factors associated with dropping out. The organization, which is part of AmeriCorps, was founded in Boston in 1988 and now operates in 20 domestic cities and two international sites. Milwaukee launched the program this year with 60 corps members serving in six Milwaukee Public Schools.

Friday’s discussion with Brown will focus on the national service movement, the high school dropout crisis and the work of City Year across the nation and in Milwaukee. For his work at City Year, Brown has been awarded several distinctions and was named one of America’s Best Leaders by US News and World Report.

The event is free and open to the public and no RSVP is needed.

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7. Immigration, Sacco and Vanzetti to be discussed at lecture

Dr. Kevin Boyle, National Book Award-winning historian, will re-examine the controversial 1927 executions of two Italian-American anarchists for the 19th Annual Klement Lecture at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 5, in Cudahy 001. Boyle, professor of history at Ohio State University, will present “The Glorious Dead: An American Ordeal,” exploring the case of Ferdinando Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti and applications to current debates over immigration and terrorism.

For more information contact Dr. Alison Clark Efford, assistant professor of history.

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8. Honors Program course proposals due Oct. 1

Honors Program course proposals from all disciplines and colleges are due Friday, Oct. 1. The Honors Program encourages intellectual experimentation and faculty to try courses they’ve always wanted to teach.

One particular area of need is HOPR 3955 — the Honors Undergraduate Research Opportunity. The course is intended to provide honors students with an opportunity to conduct an original research project with a faculty member and write up and disseminate findings. For more information contact the Honors Program at 8-7516.

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9. Dr. South to discuss themes in Mad Men series

Dr. James South, professor of philosophy and editor of Mad Men and philosophy: Nothing is as it seems, will lead a discussion on his work at Boswell Books, 2559 N. Downer Ave., Milwaukee, on Tuesday, Sept. 28, at 7 p.m. South’s book explores issues of happiness, freedom, authenticity, feminism and identity as it relates to the characters and themes in the television series Mad Men.

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10. Engineering, math and neuroscience colloquiums scheduled

The Department of Mathematics, Statistics, and Computer Science will hold a colloquium tomorrow, Sept. 24, at 4 p.m. in Cudahy 401. Balamurugan Pandiyan, Ph.D. candidate in mathematics, statistics and computer science, will present “Mathematical Modeling and Dynamical Analysis of the Disruption of the Hypothalamus-Pituitary-Thyroid (HPT) Axis."

Dr. Xizhou Feng, research engineer in ITS, will present “The Intersubband Approach Towards Si-Based Lasers,” Tuesday, Sept. 28, at 1:30 p.m. in Haggerty Engineering 204A. His presentation is a colloquium of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

Dr. Robert Wheeler, assistant professor of biomedical sciences, will present “Negative Affect and Drug Seeking” for The Integrative Neuroscience Research Center. The lecture will be held Tuesday, Sept. 28, from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in Cramer 104J. For more information contact Cathy Morrell, biomedical sciences program coordinator, at 8-7329.

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11. D2L introductory training sessions offered

Desire2Learn Introductory Instructor Training will be held in Raynor 320H through the Center for Teaching and Learning:

• Sept. 29, 9 a.m. to noon
• Nov. 9, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

The training is for faculty who wish to incorporate D2L into their teaching. It provides an overview of the D2L tool set and is especially helpful for new and adjunct faculty and for faculty who wish to use more technology in their instruction.

Register online.

Faculty who need help with D2L but cannot attend the scheduled sessions should contact the IT Services Help Desk at 8-7799.

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12. Audio-visual language courses available through libraries

Raynor Memorial Libraries now offers unlimited online access to Mango, a self-paced audio-visual set of language courses. Mango courses cover 22 foreign languages and 15 English-as-a-second-language courses. Each course has a conversational focus and integrates vocabulary, pronunciation, grammar and culture.

Mango is available in two versions, Basic and Mango Complete. Each course requires two to five hours to complete. Users may create a login profile, and access is permitted for current members of the Marquette community.

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13. Faber Center hosting book club this fall

The Faber Center for Ignatian Spirituality is hosting a monthly book club beginning Wednesday, Oct. 6, from noon to 1 p.m., in Schroeder Complex 111. The fall semester’s participants will read and meet monthly to discuss The Practice of the Presence of God, Conversations and Letters of Brother Lawrence.” Discussions are also scheduled for Nov. 3 and Dec. 1.

Lunch and books are provided. For more information or to register, contact Michael Hogan, director of the center, at 8-5059.

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14. Free Zumba and spin classes offered tomorrow

The Department of Recreational Sports is offering free group fitness classes tomorrow, Sept. 24.

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
• Hip Hop and Body Sculpting at 3 p.m. at the Rec Plex
• Zumba at 4 p.m. at the Rec Center

Call 8-6979 for more information.

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15. Traffic and sidewalks affected by engineering construction site

Due to construction of the Discovery Learning Complex at the corner of 16th Street and Wisconsin Avenue, sidewalk closures on the west side of 16th Street will take place periodically through tomorrow, Sept. 24. There will also be periodic eastbound lane closures on Wisconsin Avenue from Sept. 27 through Oct. 1.

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16. New Foundations in Wisconsin directory available

Raynor Memorial Libraries’ Funding Information Center has released its 2010 Foundations in Wisconsin directory. The annual directory provides information on Wisconsin private, corporate and community foundations and grants paid in the last year. A hard copy of the directory is available for purchase and a free electronic copy can be accessed online.

For more information contact Mary Frenn, funding information librarian, at 8-1995.

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17. Free weekly meditation sessions offered

The Center for Peacemaking is holding free meditation sessions every Monday from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m., in Academic Support Facility 201. Participants will be taught techniques to decrease stress, increase energy and achieve better focus. Snacks are provided.

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