Each year Marquette University celebrates its values and commitment to excellence by awarding honorary degrees and including in its graduating class a number of outstanding individuals recognized for their scholarship and exceptional achievements. I am asking for your help in identifying future honorary degree recipients.
Because the great majority of honorary degrees are awarded to individuals nominated by you, the Marquette community, I ask you to thoughtfully consider an individual we might so recognize. That person may have demonstrated leadership in a profession or provided exemplary service to society. In all cases there must be an appropriateness of the nominees to the distinctive mission and values of Marquette University. Since honorary degrees are not awarded in absentia or posthumously, it is also helpful to know that if an invitation is offered, this nominee will be likely to accept Marquette’s invitation.
Nominations will be considered by the Committee on University Honors. Should you make a nomination, it should take the form of a letter or e-mail of support explaining why it would be appropriate for Marquette to honor this particular person. It should include some basic biographical information, a short account of the individual’s principal accomplishments, and a clear rationale for recognition by Marquette University. Please direct your questions and nomination, which may be submitted by e-mail, to Chad Oldfather, chair of the Committee on University Honors and associate professor of law, by Tuesday, June 1.
Individuals whom the Board of Trustees approves for an honorary degree may, for a variety of reasons, not be able to accept it with the next graduating class. Once approved by the trustees, an offer may be extended at some point over a five-year period that is mutually agreeable to both the individual and Marquette.
You may find it helpful to review the names of previous honorary degree recipients. The 2010 honorary degree recipients are:
• Wendy Kopp, founder and chief executive of Teach For America
• Joan Biskupic, Jour '78, author and Supreme Court correspondent for USA Today
• Anne M. Burke, Illinois Supreme Court Justice and founder of the Chicago Special Olympics
• Janice McLaughlin, M.M., Arts '69, author and president of the Maryknoll Sisters
Thank you for your help in identifying potential honorary degree recipients. The quality of your nominations allows us to showcase in a very public way the embodiment of excellence, faith, leadership and service that are the hallmarks of our mission statement.
University Engagement is hosting Alumni National Awards Weekend April 22-24. Mary Ellen Bolger Stanek, Arts ’78, will be among 55 Marquette alumni and friends to be honored on campus during at the All-University Awards dinner. Visit the Alumni National Awards site to learn more about the 55 recipients.
Joseph and Vera Zilber Hall, Marquette’s new student services and administration building, will be dedicated Wednesday, May 5. The gathering will begin outside at 4 p.m., with the dedication by President Robert A. Wild, S.J., on the north side of the building. A reception and self-guided tours will follow.
RSVP to University Special Events at 8-7431 by Wednesday, April 28.
The four-story, 130,000-square-foot building opened in November 2009, bringing together the offices of the Bursar, Registrar and Student Financial Aid in a common service center, Marquette Central, on the first floor, along with the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. Administrative offices occupy the upper floors, with the offices of the President, Provost and Senior Vice President on the fourth floor.
Just in time for Earth Day, the Renewal Task Force has posted a summary of Zilber Hall’s eco-friendly initiatives, including features that saved money during construction and others that continue to conserve energy and resources daily.
Martha Hennessy, Dorothy Day’s granddaughter, will present “The Mystery of Faith: Discipleship to Dorothy Day and Jesus,” tomorrow, April 23, at noon in Raynor Beaumier Suites BC. A free, simple soup lunch will be served.
The event is co-sponsored by the Manresa Project, Raynor Memorial Libraries, the Center for Peacemaking, Campus Ministry, the Department of Theology and the Faber Center for Ignatian Spirituality.
The Marquette Jazz Ensemble will perform their annual spring concert today, April 22, at 7 p.m. in the Varsity Theatre. The concert will include a variety of jazz works by Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Charles Mingus, Gordon Goodwin and many other jazz legends.
The Marquette Chorus concert will feature the men’s, women’s and chamber choirs Saturday, April 24, at 3 p.m. in the Varsity Theatre. Performers will sing a range of pieces from sacred selections, spirituals, waltzes and culturally inspired songs from Australia and Africa.
MUsical Staff, the faculty and staff choir, will present a free, spring concert Tuesday, April 27, at 11:15 a.m. and Thursday, April 29, at 12:15 p.m. in the Varsity Theatre. The choir will cover several genres, including madrigals, folk songs, modern and classical, and choral music such as Mozart’s Regina Coeli and Rutter’s For the Beauty of the Earth.
The College of Education will host “Separate and Unequal: Educational Inequality in Milwaukee” Monday, April 26, from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in the AMU Lunda Room. Panelists who will discuss the nature of educational inequality in Milwaukee include:
• Garrett Bucks, Milwaukee director of Teach for America
• Martha Elson, Teach for America corps member
• Dr. Francesca Lopez, assistant professor of educational policy and leadership
• Sean Roberts, Milwaukee Teaching Fellows site director
The university’s recently expanded computing power that benefits research campus-wide will be featured at a Cyberinfrastructure Open House on Wednesday, April 28, from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. on the second floor of Cudahy Hall. The program includes a short presentation at 4:15 p.m., tours and poster sessions. The event is hosted by Dr. John Pauly, provost, and the Marquette Research Computing Task Force.
Through university support and external grants, including a $560,000 National Science Foundation grant, the improvements made to Marquette’s cyberinfrastructure, known as the MUGrid, allow Marquette researchers to tackle increasingly challenging and complicated research.
RSVP to University Special Events at 8-7431 by Monday, April 26.
Laurene Heybach, Arts ’74 and Law ’78, a civil rights and poverty law attorney, will present “Bending toward justice: Reflecting on how our lives as 21st-century lawyers can make a difference” Friday, April 30, at 4:30 p.m. in Sensenbrenner Hall, third floor. Her address is the Law School Pro Bono Society’s Posner Pro Bono Lecture. Following the presentation will be the induction of members into the Pro Bono Society. A reception will conclude the event at 5:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.
Heybach founded the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless Law Project after working as a supervisory attorney for the Homeless Advocacy Project at the Legal Assistance Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago.
Marquette University and the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra are offering reduced price tickets at MU Night at the Symphony, Friday, April 30, at 8 p.m. at the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts, 929 N. Water St.
The orchestra will perform Brahms’ Requiem under the direction of Edo de Waart, conductor. The Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra Chorus and the Milwaukee Children’s Choir will also perform Stravinsky’s Symphony of Psalms and Brahms’ A German Requiem with the symphony.
Students can purchase advance tickets online for $12 by entering source code 14096.
All seats are subject to availability and are non-refundable. For more information contact Erin Yanes, business development and events manager at MSO, at 414-226-7811.
The Office of Marketing and Communication is seeking stories about May 2010 graduates for possible use with area media. May graduates with unusual backgrounds; who overcame substantial obstacles in getting their degree; who will be doing something unusual after graduation; with recent national-level exclusive awards, academic recognition, publications or scholarship; etc. are some ideas that would be appropriate.
What graduates do you know who have fascinating stories to tell? E-mail their names and plenty of details by Monday, May 3.
The Women’s and Gender Studies program is offering two undergraduate fellowships of $750 each (plus additional travel funds of up to $400 each) for research projects in any field having to do with women's or gender studies.
Successful applicants, who will be expected to be enrolled at Marquette in the fall of 2010, will work this summer with a faculty sponsor on a new or existing project, which they will present to the campus community in fall 2010. Applicants need not be WGST majors or minors and applications from all academic areas are welcome. Applications are due electronically to Dr. Amelia Zurcher, WGST director, by Monday, April 26.
The Department of Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science will hold a colloquium tomorrow, April 23, at 4 p.m. in Cudahy 401. Dr. Sarah Merz, professor of mathematics at the University of the Pacific, will present “The competition graph and a generalization.”
The Integrative Neuroscience Center will host Dr. Daniel Corcos, professor of kinesiology and nutrition at the University of Illinois-Chicago. Corcos will present “Effects of exercise in Parkinsonian patients” Tuesday, April 27, from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in Schroeder Complex 256.
The Manresa Outreach Team will host "Embrace Your Inner Child," a relaxation workshop, Wednesday April 28, at 8 p.m. in the AMU Henke Lounge. Refreshments will be provided.
The Department of Recreational Sports will offer free fitness classes tomorrow, April 23. Classes are free to all students and members on a first-come, first-served basis:
• Cardio Party, 4 p.m., Rec Center
• Dance Aerobics, 3 p.m., Rec Plex
• Spin, 4 p.m., Rec Center
With several recent incidents of bicycle theft on- and off-campus involving the cutting of cable locks, the Department of Public Safety reminds bicycle owners of several safety tips:
• Always secure your bicycle with an effective locking device. High security U-shaped locks are available for $20 from the Parking Services office.
• Secure bicycles to fixed objects, such as permanent bicycle racks that are cemented or anchored to the ground. Do not secure bicycles to trees or other objects that can be removed or broken. On campus, bicycle parking is allowed in designated areas only.
• The City of Milwaukee requires that all bicycles be licensed. Free licensing decals can be obtained from the Parking Services office. Licensing also assists in identifying the owners of recovered bicycles.
• Secure bicycles in well-traveled, well-lit areas.
Bicycle racks should be used only for short-term parking. Those in need of long-term or overnight bicycle storage should use secured bike corrals in the 16th Street and Wells Street Parking Structures. Bicycles must be registered with Parking Services prior to accessing the bike corrals.
For more information, contact DPS at 8-6800.
Members of the Marquette community are reminded to take shelter immediately when the local emergency sirens sound for severe weather. A tornado warning means that a tornado is in the area and everyone should take immediate shelter, preferably in a basement or below-ground location.
A tornado watch means that conditions are right for a tornado. Continue normal activities but monitor the situation.
For more information, see the Emergency Procedures Guide.