1. International Day and poster session tomorrow

The Office of International Education will host the 26th annual International Day tomorrow, April 9, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event celebrates the rich cultural diversity of the Marquette community, which includes students from more than 65 countries and a variety of cultural groups. Student organizations will host booths with activities, food samples, arts, crafts, fashion and music. In recognition of the Centennial Celebration of Women at Marquette, participants are also including the role of women in their displays and presentations.
OIE will also host the second annual Marquette International Research Poster Session tomorrow in AMU 252 and 254. Posters will be on display from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., followed by judging from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. and a reception with remarks from Dr. John Pauly, provost, from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. Eleven Marquette faculty members will present their international research projects while competing for three $1,000 research grants.

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2. Hunger Clean-Up registration deadline tomorrow; shirts available

Hunger Clean-Up, Marquette’s largest one-day service project, will take place Saturday, April 17. Registration deadline is tomorrow, April 9. Volunteers will be sent to various organizations around Milwaukee to provide a day of service at worksites including Project Respect, the Salvation Army, the Urban Ecology Center, Wisconsin Humane Society, Milwaukee Riverkeeper, Project Concern, Growing Power and Habitat for Humanity.

Hunger Clean-Up T-shirts are also available for $15 each, which includes a donation to Hunger Clean-Up. Shirts can be ordered in the Office of Student Development, AMU 329, through Friday, April 16. Cash, checks, MU Cash and credit cards are accepted.

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3. Green Week events include farmers market, park clean-up

Green Week events, through April 10, allow the Marquette community to learn about, discuss and debate major environmental issues that are making a local, national and global impact.  

Friday, April 9
• Farmers Market and Yard Sale Trade-Off, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Central Mall — fresh fruits, vegetables, baked goods and healthy snacks will be available for purchase; attendees can also bring old books, stationary items, CDs, pillows, T-shirts, cell phones, etc. to trade it for something else. Items not traded will be donated to the St. Vincent DePaul Milwaukee Thrift Store.
• Wisconsin Native Tree Project Run-Through, 2 p.m. to 3 p.m., Central Mall — Dr. Gail Schumann, adjunct professor of biological sciences, and student Beth Wilson will provide an overview of the project.
• Studio 013 Refugees comedy show “Captain Planet Recycles Jokes,” 8 p.m. in Marquette Hall 200.

Saturday, April 10:
• Best Buddies/SEAC Riverside Park Clean-Up in conjunction with the Urban Ecology Center, 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at Riverside Park, 1500 E. Park Place, Milwaukee — Sign up at 8:15 a.m. Saturday outside the AMU Brew Bayou, transportation will be provided. 

Green Week is co-sponsored by MUSG, the Sustainability Task Force, the Law School, the Environmental Law Society, Campus Ministry, Students for an Environmentally Active Campus, Art Club; Kappa Sigma, Center for Peacemaking, College of Arts and Sciences Student Council; Haggerty Museum of Art, Vegan Essentials and the Studio 013 Refugees.

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4. Père Marquette Lecture to address Biblical women in Syriac tradition

Dr. Susan Ashbrook Harvey will present "Song and Memory: Biblical Women in Syriac Tradition" for the Père Marquette Lecture at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 11, in Raynor Beaumier Suites BC.

Ashbrook is the Willard Prescott and Annie McClelland Smith Professor and Chair of Religious Studies at Brown University, specializing in ancient Christianity of the Syriac and Byzantine traditions, religion and the senses and religious culture and social history. She has studied women in early Christianity, especially women in Syriac Christianity, more recently focusing on the presentation of Biblical women in early Syriac hymns and verse homilies and on the women’s choirs that sang about them.

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5. Jamie Hyneman from MythBusters to speak Monday

Jamie Hyneman, one-half of the Discovery Channel‘s MythBusters team, will share his experiences in the science and technology industry, as well as his favorite mythbusting stories, Monday, April 12, at 7:30 p.m. in the Weasler Auditorium. Doors open at 7 p.m. for this free event.

Hyneman has had his hand in producing effects for more than 800 commercials and dozens of feature films. He has several patents and numerous of awards for effects projects, along with having co-hosted Mythbusters with Adam Savage through more than 100 episodes.

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6. Sister Margaret Guider to speak about women and the Church

Sister Margaret Guider, OSF, associate professor of missiology at the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry, will present “Numen Flumenque, Mulieres Ecclesiaque: God and River, Women and the Church” Tuesday, April 13, at 7 p.m. in the Weasler Auditorium. Guider lectures widely and is noted for her work on intercultural communication, racism and racial privilege; the Franciscan missionary charism and consecrated life in the context of a world church. The event is free and open to the public.

The event is part of “Gathering Points: Tracking the spirit in challenging times,” a lecture series on the contemporary Catholic Church sponsored by Marquette and Church of the Gesu.

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7. Dr. Ron Zupko hosted by Honors Program

Dr. Ron Zupko, professor emeritus of history, will speak in the 2009-10 Honors Program Lecture Series on Thursday, April 15, at 5 p.m. in AMU Henke Lounge. Zupko will present “What Went Wrong with the Crusades: Implications for the Modern Near East.”

The Honors Student Advisory Council hosts the lecture series by inviting faculty to address a topic from the viewpoint of “If this were the last lecture of your career, what would you say?”

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8. World Language chairperson to speak about cura personalis

Maribel Ouiellé-Silva, World Language chairperson, will present “Marquette's cura personalis: How it transformed my professional and personal life by helping me to become an indomitable teacher and a successful educational leader in the Chicago Public Schools,” Friday, April 16, from 4 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. in Lalumiere 114.

Ouiellé-Silva, grad ’00, will discuss her life and professional achievements, as well as the rewards and demands of working in the Chicago Public School system and her work with immigrant and low-income high school students.

The event is hosted by the Teaching Excellence Committee. Refreshments will be provided.

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9. Faculty promoted for fall 2010 semester

The university has promoted 25 faculty members to professor or associate professor with tenure effective for the fall 2010 semester. Promoted to professor are Dr. Roberta Coles, social and cultural sciences; Dr. John Curran, English; Dr. Owen Goldin, philosophy; Dr. Doug Lobner, biomedical sciences; Dr. Philip Naylor, history; Dr. Kristy Nielson, psychology; Dr. Rajendra Rathore, chemistry; Dr. Stephen Saunders, psychology; Dr. Nancy Snow, philosophy; Dr. R. Clifton Spargo, English; and Dr. Joyce Wolburg, advertising and public relations.

Promoted to associate professor with tenure are Dr. Dmitri Babikov, chemistry; Dr. Ruth Ann Belknap, nursing; Dr. David Berzins, general dental services; Dr. Edward Blumenthal, biological sciences; Dr. Kathy Bobay, nursing; Dr. James Gardinier, chemistry; Dr. Irene Guenther, history; Dr. Stephen Karian, English; Rev. Gregory O’Meara, S.J., law; Dr. Irfan Omar, theology; Dr. Christopher Stockdale, physics; Dr. Erik Ugland, broadcast and electronic communication; Dr. Miao Wang, economics; and Dr. Baolin Wan, civil and environmental engineering.

Five participating faculty members were also promoted. Promoted to professor of legal writing is Alison Julien. Promoted to associate professor of legal writing is Rebecca Blemberg. Promoted to archivist is Mark Thiel. Promoted to associate archivist are William Fliss and Michelle Sweetser.

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10. Celebration of the sacraments of Christian initiation Sunday

Members of the Marquette community will receive the sacraments of Christian Initiation Sunday, April 11, at the 4 p.m. Mass at Church of the Gesu. Rev. Douglas Leonhardt, S.J., associate vice president of mission and ministry, will preside.

Three candidates for full initiation will receive baptism, confirmation and first Eucharist; three candidates will be received into full communion with the Catholic Church and receive confirmation and first Eucharist; 10 candidates will complete their initiation by receiving the sacrament of confirmation. One additional candidate will be received into full communion with the Catholic Church and receive first Eucharist. These 17 candidates have spent the fall and spring semesters growing in Catholic, Christian faith through either the Rite of Christian Initiation process or confirmation program sponsored by Campus Ministry.  
A reception in the lower church will follow. For more information, contact Steve Blaha, assistant director of Campus Ministry, at 8-6873.

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11. Parking rates to remain the same for next year

Parking Services will hold next year’s parking rates at the same rates as this year. Full-time student commuter permits will be $226 per semester, while part-time permits are $75. Overnight/24-hour parkers will generally pay $345 per semester.

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12. Illinois State University chair of languages to discuss language as cultural tool

The Linguistics Club will host Dr. Dan Everett, chair of languages, literatures and cultures at Illinois State University and author of the book, Don't sleep, there are snakes: Life and language in the Amazonian jungle, Tuesday, April 13, at 5:30 p.m. in Todd Wehr Chemistry 100. Everett will present "Language as a Cultural Tool." The event is co-sponsored by MUSG and the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures.

For more information contact Bradley Rentz.

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13. Electrical engineering and neuroscience center holding seminars

The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering will host a colloquium Tuesday, April 13, at 2 p.m. in Haggerty Engineering 120. Josh Matson, associate engineer, and Dr. Peter Schmidt, principal engineer, at Rockwell Automation will present “Advanced Modeling Techniques for Solving Complex Industrial Automation Problems.”

The Integrative Neuroscience Center is hosting Dr. Julie Blendy, associate professor of pharmacology at the University of Pennsylvania on Tuesday, April 13, from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in Schroeder Complex 256. Blendy will present a seminar, “Molecular basis of addition and depression.”

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14. Child care center requesting donations for silent auction

The Krueger Parent and Child Center is requesting donations of silent auction items for its celebration of Week of the Young Child, April 12-16. Potential donors can contact Renee Anderson, team teacher, at 8-5806 for more information, or drop off items at the center, 749 N. 17th St. Marquette community members can also stop by the center April 12-16 to bid on items.

The silent auction will close April 16 at the center’s “Sportz Banquet,” from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at The Annex. Contact the Child Care Center at 8-5655 for ticket information.

Among the week’s other events, the children will parade down Wisconsin Avenue to the Al McGuire Center and play in the practice gym on Blue and Gold Day, Monday, April 12. For family night, Wednesday, April 13,  at Riverfront Pizzeria, 509 East Erie St., 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., attendees should notify restaurant staff that they are there for the MUCCC benefit and 15 percent of their food bill will benefit the child care center.

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15. CPS hosting session about undergraduate degrees for busy adults

The College of Professional Studies will host an undergraduate information session for prospective adult students Saturday, April 17, from 10 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. in Cudahy 414. The session will cover accelerated bachelor's degree programs and information about Saturday, weeknight and selected online course offerings; the application and admission process; and financial aid.

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16. Registration for Rec Plex Scramble begins Monday

The 15th annual Rec Plex Scramble will be Thursday, June 3, at Silver Spring Country Club in Menomonee Falls. Participation on the Falls Course is $100 and $115 for the Island Course.

Register online beginning Monday, April 12, at 11 a.m. For more information contact John Kratzer, general manager of the Rec Plex, at 8-7778.

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17. Bayanihan student organization hosting Filipino cultural performance

The Bayanihan student organization will present "Kuwento ng Pag-Ibig: Not your typical love story," a night of Filipino cultural performances, tomorrow, April 9, at 7 p.m. in the Weasler Auditorium. Admission is free but donations will be collected for Our Children's Homestead, an organization dedicated to ensuring safe and secure homes for abused, neglected and troubled children.

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18. Free fitness classes offered tomorrow

The Department of Recreational Sports will offer free fitness classes tomorrow, April 9. Classes are free to all students and members on a first-come, first-served basis:

• Dance Aerobics, 3 p.m., Rec Plex
• Spin, 4 p.m., Rec Center
• Zumba, 4 p.m., Rec Center

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19. Invictus showing at the Varsity Theatre this weekend

MUSG will host screenings of the movie Invictus starring Matt Damon and Morgan Freeman tomorrow, April 9, at 9 p.m. and Saturday, April 10, at 7 and 10 p.m. in the Varsity Theatre. Cost is $2 with a MUID and $3 for general admission.

Set in 1995, Invictus spotlights Nelson Mandela (Freeman) during his first term as the South African president. To unite the apartheid-torn country, Mandela enlists the national rugby team in the 1995 Rugby World Cup.

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20. Eastern Orthodox Vespers service held by Campus Ministry

Campus Ministry will hold an Eastern Orthodox Vespers service Monday, April 12, 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, at 8-5928.

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