1. Concerts and Mass featured for Family Weekend

Marquette’s Family Weekend celebration will include a Saturday Mass and Sunday concert.

Campus Ministry is sponsoring the Mass on Saturday, Oct. 2, at 4:30 p.m. at the Church of the Gesu, celebrated by Rev. Fred Zagone, S.J., assistant to the vice president in University Advancement. Campus Ministry will also hold Masses on Sunday, Oct 3, at 4 p.m. at the Church of the Gesu and at 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. in the AMU Chapel of the Holy Family. For more information, contact Emily Schumacher-Novak, assistant director of campus ministry, at 8-3058.

The Marquette University Chorus will perform a concert Saturday, Oct. 2, at 3 p.m. in the Weasler Auditorium. The concert will include performances by the MU Chorus, Men's and Women's Choirs, Chamber Choir and the MUsical Staff, featuring folk songs, sacred music and contemporary choral pieces.

The Marquette University Bands will perform a concert Sunday, Oct. 3, at noon in Westowne Square, in conjunction with Family Weekend. The concert will include performances by the Marquette Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band, and will feature marches, show tunes and movie music. In the event of rain, the concert will be held in the Varsity Theatre.

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2. Flu vaccinations available

Influenza vaccinations (injectable) will be available to students, faculty and staff at several sessions beginning Monday, Oct. 4. This year’s vaccination is combined to cover both the seasonal and H1N1 influenzas. Employee spouses and dependents are also eligible for vaccinations. Cost is $25 per person. Employees and dependents participating in the Marquette health plan can submit their payment receipt for reimbursement (EPO coverage is 100 percent; PPO is 80 percent). All employees who receive the flu vaccine will be entered into a prize drawing.

Flu clinics are:
• Monday, Oct. 4, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., AMU second floor lobby
• Tuesday, Oct. 5, from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., McCormick Hall lobby
• Monday, Oct. 11, 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., Cobeen Hall lobby
• Tuesday, Oct. 12, from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., AMU second floor lobby
• Tuesday, Oct. 19, from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., Schroeder Hall lobby
• Monday, Oct. 25, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., AMU first floor lobby
• Tuesday, Oct. 26, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., AMU first floor lobby

Clinics are administered by the College of Nursing, Human Resources and Student Health Service.

The Marquette Neighborhood Health Center is also offering the combined influenza vaccine, both injectable (for ages 6 months and older) and nasal mist (for ages 2 to 49 years) for $40. Both are covered by MU insurance with no co-pay — insurance is billed directly. Call 933-9100 for an appointment. Appointments are available 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday; 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday; and some Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Marquette employees can also subscribe to the Human Resources RSS feed for regular benefit news sent directly to their e-mail.

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3. Co-founder of nonviolence center to discuss peace in the Holy Land

Mubarak Awad, co-founder of the Palestine Center for the Study of Nonviolence and professor of international service at American University, will present a lecture on “Prospects for the use of nonviolence in promoting peace in the Holy Land.” The lecture, which is sponsored by the Center for Peacemaking, will take place at 7 p.m. tomorrow, Sept. 28, in AMU 157.

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4. Letters of intent for CTSI grants due Friday

The Clinical and Translational Science Institute is seeking applications from new and established investigators for its 2010 Pilot & Collaborative Grants in Clinical and Translational Research. Mandatory letters of intent are due Sept. 30 and the application submission deadline is Oct. 29.

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 to compete for federal grants.

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 speak, and the first-ever T. Michael Bolger Award will also be presented.

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5. Papers for pediatric behavioral health research conference due Oct. 1

The Fourth Annual Interdisciplinary Pediatric Behavioral Health Research Conference, "Inspiring Collaboration in Research,” is soliciting abstracts for the Feb. 25, 2011, conference. Abstracts are due Oct. 1, 2010.

The keynote address, "Effects of Extreme Prematurity on Early School Progress," will be given by Dr. H. Gerry Taylor, professor of pediatrics at Case Western Reserve University, Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital, University Hospitals of Cleveland. Breakout sessions will include quality of life, intersection of mental and physical health, pain, methods and other pediatric research.  

The conference is sponsored by Children’s Health and Hospital System in cooperation with Marquette University, Children’s Research Institute, Children’s Service Society of Wisconsin, UW-Milwaukee and the Medical College of Wisconsin.

Contact at Dr. Astrida Kaugars, assistant professor of psychology, at 8-3665 for more information..

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6. Marquette researchers form environmental biotechnology group

Marquette researchers have organized a regional Environmental Biotechnology Research Group to foster interdisciplinary research and collaboration on the uses of biotechnology to treat or manage contaminated water, soil and air.

The group, which includes faculty from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Alverno College and other local institutions, will sponsor a series of weekly brown bag discussions on Fridays. The discussions, from noon to 1 p.m., will be held in Haggerty Engineering 494.

“As we address our current research challenges and meet the requirements for federally sponsored funding, we benefit by bringing together the engineers, scientists in the Milwaukee region whose research in genomics, proteomics, microbiology and other fields relates to environmental biotechnology,” said Dr. Dan Zitomer, professor of civil, construction and environmental engineering and director of Marquette’s Water Quality Center.

The first meeting will be Friday, Oct. 1, featuring Dr. Jason He from the Department of Civil Engineering and Applied Mechanics at UWM. He will discuss “Bio-Electrochemical Water and Wastewater Treatment and Bioenergy Recovery.” All researchers and graduate students are welcome.

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7. Diversity Advocate Network hosting orientation

The Diversity Advocate Network will hold an orientation Thursday, Sept. 30, from 10 a.m. to noon in the Raynor Library Beaumier Suites. The Diversity Advocates Network consists of administrators, faculty and staff dedicated to providing student services that not only enhance students’ academic performance, but also nurture the whole person. Orientation participants receive a placard to be hung on a window or door as a notification that the bearer is someone who values diversity and is in support of an inclusive campus environment

RSVP to Turquoise Welch, clinical office manager in Student Health Service, at 8-1683.

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8. Terri Mitchell to speak about leadership and spirituality

Terri Mitchell, head women's basketball coach, will be the featured speaker for "Leading from the Spirit,” the Faber Center's Women's luncheon Tuesday, Oct. 5, from noon to 1 p.m., in the AMU Henke Lounge. Mitchell will speak about her professional and personal leadership journey and how it has been influenced by her spirituality. Lunch is provided.

All female employees are invited to attend. RSVP by Friday, Oct. 1. Space is limited.

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9. Counseling Center offering suicide prevention training

The Counseling Center will hold a QPR suicide-prevention training session Tuesday, Oct. 5, 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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10. Workshop offered about online student activities and e-portfolios

The Center for Teaching and Learning and the Instructional Media Center are offering “Online student activities and e-portfolios” Wednesday, Oct. 6.

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. Additional workshops will be:

Oct. 20 — Graphic design, assessment and social networking tools
Nov. 3 — Instructional design, blogging and learning communities
Nov. 17 — Project presentations

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

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11. Prizes offered for drivers pledging to not use 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 can also return to the website each 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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12. Couples wanting to avoid pregnancy naturally needed for study

The College of Nursing’s Institute for Natural Family Planning is recruiting couples interested in preventing pregnancy to participate in a study involving two Web-based methods of natural family planning. Dr. Richard Fehring, professor of nursing and director of the institute, is the principal investigator in the study, supported by a $595,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

The purpose of the study is to evaluate and compare the success and satisfaction of two Internet-based family planning methods — one “high tech” and one “low tech.”

All participating couples will receive a free electronic hormonal fertility monitor and test strips (market value about $200), access to the electronic charting system and online discussion rooms, and advice from the professional nurse NFP teachers and physicians linked to the study. Each couple will also receive $10 for each month’s participation in the study. 

Participants in the study must be in a committed relationship, sexually active and have no known fertility problems. Women must be between the ages of 18 and 42. Their male partners must be between 18 and 50. Both partners must intend for the woman not to become pregnant for the 12 months of the study.

The study has been approved by Marquette’s Institutional Review Board for the protection of human subjects. For more information about research participant rights, contact the Office of Research Compliance, 8-7570.

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13. Eastern Orthodox Vespers service to be held

Campus Ministry and the Marquette Chapter of Orthodox Christian Fellowship will hold an Eastern Orthodox Vespers service Thursday, Sept. 30, at 6 p.m. in the Saint Joan of Arc Chapel. Vespers is an evening prayer service that is spiritually beautiful and peaceful, filled with God’s love in Christ through the Holy Spirit, according to Campus Ministry.

For more information, contact Rev. John Jones, professor of philosophy, or Agust Magnusson, president of OCF.

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14. Department of Biological Sciences to hold colloquium

The Department of Biological Sciences will hold a colloquium Friday, Oct. 1, at 3:15 p.m. in Wehr Life Sciences 111. Dr. David Mitchell, professor of cell and development biology at SUNY Upstate Medical University, will present “Cilia — A Great Way to Travel.”

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15. Law School to hold information session

The Law School will host an information session for prospective students Friday, Oct. 1, at 11:45 a.m. in Eckstein 263. The session will provide information about admissions and financial aid, curriculum and intellectual and student life. A tour of the Law School will also be provided. No registration is necessary.

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16. 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. 4
• Monday, Oct. 25
• 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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17. TIAA-CREF representatives available for financial counseling

TIAA-CREF consultants will be available to faculty and staff for individual and confidential financial counseling sessions from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, Oct. 1, in AMU 362. The session can include overall financial advice, asset allocation, retirement income options, diversifying financial portfolios and learning about mutual funds, brokerage, life insurance and annuities.

Call 1-800-842-2005, ext. 255674, to schedule an appointment.

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