1. Tickets available to hear President Clinton’s press secretary

Dee Dee Myers, White House press secretary during President Clinton’s first term, will speak Thursday, April 29, at 7 p.m. in the AMU ballrooms. The country’s first female press secretary, Myers will sign copies of her book, Why Women Should Rule the World, immediately following her speech.

Tickets are required for this free, public event and can be picked up in the AMU Brooks Lounge. There is a limit of two tickets per individual.

Myers’ visit is sponsored by the student organization Empowerment and held in conjunction with the Centennial Celebration of Women at Marquette. The event is co-sponsored by MUSG, Klingler College of Arts and Sciences, Diederich College of Communication, Division of Student Affairs, Office of Student Development, Les Aspin Center for Government, Office of Public Affairs, Women’s and Gender Studies, College of Communication Student Council, College of Arts and Sciences Student Council, Pi Sigma Alpha Political Science Honor Society and Residence Hall Association.

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2. Course evaluations begin today

Course evaluations for spring 2010 classes are available beginning today, April 26, through Sunday, May 9. Login to complete your evaluations. Students will also receive an e-mail from the “Marquette Course Evaluation Manager” with login information and instructions about how to complete the course evaluations online. 

Course evaluations are used by the institution to review classes and instructors with the primary goal of improving the quality of both. Responses are private and confidential, and no identifying information will ever appear with responses.

For additional information, including FAQs, the course evaluation schedule, a sample evaluation form, and more, visit the MOCES website or e-mail questions.

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3. Business faculty to present at BizTech Expo

Four Marquette University College of Business Administration faculty members will present business strategy seminars at the BizTech Conference and Expo April 28-29. Presented by BizTimes Milwaukee, the BizTech Conference and Expo is held at the Wisconsin Exposition Center at State Fair Park.

Led by some of the Milwaukee area’s leading business professionals and experts, the seminars are scheduled throughout the two-day event and range in topics across the business spectrum. Marquette business faculty will present three seminars:

• Dr. Dennis Garrett, associate professor of marketing — “Taming the Angry Customer” Wednesday, April 28, 10:45 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

• Dr. Douglas Fisher, director of the Center for Supply Chain Management, and Dr. Mark Cotteleer, associate professor of management — “Center Strategy: Leveraging University Centers for Business Value,” Thursday, April 29, 10:45 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

• Tim Keane, director of the Kohler Center for Entrepreneurship and Golden Angels Network — “Everything You Should Know About Angel Investors,” Thursday, April 29, 1:45 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Register online.

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4. 1,100 backpacks on Central Mall draw attention to suicide prevention

Some 1,100 backpacks representing the 1,100 college students nationally who die by suicide each year will be displayed on Central Mall as part of a national traveling exhibit for suicide prevention awareness.

The backpacks will be displayed from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, April 28. The rain location is the first floor of Alumni Memorial Union. The exhibit is free and open to the public. About 75 of the backpacks include a brief profile of a college student who was a suicide victim.

Rev. Charles Rubey, founder of Catholic Charities' “Loving Outreach to Survivors of Suicide program, Chicago, will speak at 4 p.m. at the exhibit. LOSS serves people who have experienced grief from the suicide of a loved one.

The event is coordinated by the Marquette chapter of Active Minds, a student organization that promotes mental health discussion and combats student suicide. The national chapter of Active Minds received a $50,000 Pepsi Refresh grant and selected Marquette as one of 10 locations on this tour for the “Send Silence Packing” display.

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5. Author to discuss impact of women collecting art

In conjunction with the exhibition A Collection’s Legacy, Women Donors to the Haggerty, Dr. Dianne Sachko Macleod, professor emerita of art history at the University of California, will present “How Art Collecting Empowered American Women” Wednesday, April 28, at 6 p.m. at the Haggerty Museum of Art.

Macleod is author of Enchanted Lives, Enchanted Objects: American Women Collectors and the Making of Culture, which was awarded the Jacques Barzun Prize in Cultural History by the American Philosophical Society. Her research cuts across disciplines to embrace art history, aesthetics, history, literature and gender studies.

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6. Rousseau to discuss unconscious biases in search for truth

Dr. Denis Rousseau, professor of physiology and biophysics at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, will present “Pathological Science: The Science of Things that are not so (Unconscious Biases in the Search for Truth)” Thursday, April 29, at 5:30 p.m. in Todd Wehr Chemistry 100.

Rousseau will also present the Department of Chemistry’s colloquium Friday, April 30, at 4:15 p.m. in Todd Wehr Chemistry 121. He will discuss “Unraveling the catalytic mechanism of cytochrome c oxidase, the terminal electron transfer complex.”

Rousseau began his career in 1969 as a technical staff scientist at Bell Labs in Murray Hill, New Jersey, and challenged the existence of “polywater,” an erroneous concept that was then being heralded as a great new scientific discovery by some of the world’s leading scientists. This experience in dealing with a very popular, but flawed, scientific concept engendered his enduring concern for “pathological science” and its underlying causes.

Both lectures are sponsored by the Department of Chemistry.

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7. Dr. James Tiedje to deliver Oliver H. Smith Memorial Lecture

Dr. James Tiedje, director of the Center for Microbial Ecology at Michigan State University, will deliver the 24th annual Oliver H. Smith Memorial Lecture on Friday, April 30. Tiedje will speak on “Genomic and Metagenomic Insights into the Microbial World” at 3:15 p.m. in Clark 111.

Tiedje has published more than 400 scientific papers and has been president of the American Society for Microbiology, the International Society for Microbial Ecology and was chair of the Soil Biology Division of the International Union of Soil Science.

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8. MUsical Staff performing spring concerts this week

MUsical Staff, the faculty and staff choir, will present free spring concerts Tuesday, April 27, at 11:15 a.m. and Thursday, April 29, at noon (previously scheduled for 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.

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9. Sande Robinson to be honored at retirement reception

The Office of the Provost and the Educational Opportunity Program will host a retirement reception celebrating the dedicated service of Sande Robinson, EOP director. The reception will take place Wednesday, May 12, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the AMU Monaghan Ballroom, with the program beginning at 4 p.m. Register with University Special Events at 8-7431 by Wednesday, May 5.

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10. Seminars address bioethics, vitamin D and world religions

The Department of Clinical Laboratory Science and the Exercise Science Program will hold a colloquium Wednesday, April 28, at noon in Schroeder Complex 256. Dr. Hershel Raff, professor of medicine at the Medical College of Wisconsin and director of the endocrine research laboratory at Aurora St. Luke’s Medical Center, will present “Vitamin D.”

Dr. Therese Lysaught, associate professor of theology, will present “Bioethics as Biopolitics” for the Marquette Ethics and Political Philosophy Workshop on Thursday, April 26, at 3:30 p.m. in Coughlin 139. The program is hosted by the Department of Philosophy.

The Department of Psychology will hold a colloquium Thursday, April 29, at 3:30 p.m. in Schroeder Complex 256. Dr. Irfan Omar, assistant professor of theology, will present “Unity in Diversity: How Our Experience of the World’s Religions May Help Us Live Better.

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11. AIDS awareness events held all week

The Center for Health Education and Promotion and other campus sponsors are hosting a number of events in recognition of AIDS Awareness Week, April 25-30, including:

• April 26, 7 p.m., “Sex @ 7: Sex & Chocolate Panel,” AMU Ballroom D — panel discussion about love, relationships and sexual health.

• April 27, 8:30 p.m., “True Life: My Life Has Been Affected By HIV/AIDS or an STI,” Schroeder Hall multi-purpose room — community members share their personal experiences.

• April 27, 6 p.m., “CabarAIDS,” Mashuda Hall ballrooms, a musical variety show with the Gold ‘N Blues, MOOSE and the Newfies, 34DD, Brian Harper and Square One.

For more information contact the Center for Health Education and Promotion at 8-5217.

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12. Street harassment and language addressed at event

A program about street harassment and language, "Can I have your number?" will take place tomorrow, April 27, at 7 p.m. in Cudahy 001. The event will include a comedy sketch from Mad TV, "Can I have yo numba," and video testimonies of Marquette students in a guided discussion that asks questions such as "how harmful is street harassment?" "Who does it affect and why" and "What should our response be?"

The program is hosted by VOICE, a peer education group that coordinates sexual violence awareness and prevention programming, and HAVEN, a network of faculty and staff who work with these issues.

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13. Asian and Pacific Islander professionals to discuss careers

The Career Services Center will host the last POWER Lunch of the academic year Wednesday April 28, from noon to 1 p.m. in AMU 163, focusing on Asian and Pacific Islander career professionals. Topics will include career information specific to each professional’s area of expertise and a focus on real experiences. Free lunch is provided.

Panelists include:

• Caroline Shau, vice president of technology, Marshall & Ilsley Corporation
• Shary Tran, HR compliance & diversity manager, Briggs & Stratton Corporation
• Berni Xiong, founder and owner, Bx Life Coaching
• Vue Yang, partner/ director of new business development, The Haya Group

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14. International internships discussed at program

The Office of International Education will hold a session about internships abroad Thursday, April 29, at 7 p.m. in AMU 407. AIESEC, present in 107 countries and at 1,700 campuses world-wide, will cover opportunities for students and recent graduates to obtain internships in foreign countries. AIESEC provides opportunities to students from all academic backgrounds to take on leadership positions at the local level and attend or organize conferences for other members (regional, national, or international). AIESEC is open to students from all academic backgrounds.

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15. Libraries offer reading recommendations, post Athletic Hall of Fame collection

Raynor Memorial Libraries has issued an April issue of Ex Libris, the newsletter of staff reading recommendations. This edition features a wide range of contemporary books available in the libraries — recent non-fiction, fiction, books by faculty and alumni, and literary prizewinners. The libraries have also produced a new research guide on the Dead Sea Scrolls. Now numbering 88 guides, the series covers both broad academic subjects and non-curricular topics, such as career research, patents, test preparation, and writing and citing.
The libraries have also posted its newest digital archive collection, featuring Marquette’s Athletic Hall of Fame. The collection holds materials about all individuals and the five teams enshrined between its establishment in 1972 and the 2009 inductees. In addition to digitized photographs, the collection includes select paintings, sketches, plaques and textual materials. The Hall of Fame collection joins related athletic heritage collections — Ralph Metcalfe: The Olympic Years and Women in Blue and Gold.

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16. Celebrating women at Marquette — AMUW

The Association of Marquette University Women continued their commitment of promoting cultural and educational opportunities for women Saturday, April 24, by presenting the Mary Neville Bielefeld Award to Mary Alice Tierney Dunn, Sp ‘72. Want to know more about AMUW? Go to the Centennial Celebration of Women Web site. A new note is featured each week.

In 1909, Marquette became the first Catholic university in the world to offer coeducation as part of its regular undergraduate program. To help honor the centennial, a year-long series of historical notes highlighting turning-point moments and figures in Marquette’s collaborative past is running in News Briefs.

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