1. Stained glass exhibition at Haggerty opens Wednesday

The Haggerty Museum of Art will open the exhibition Let There be Light: Stained Glass and Drawings from the Collection of Oakbrook Esser Studios Wednesday, Aug. 25. An opening/gallery walk-through will take place at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 1, with Paul Phelps, owner of Oakbrook Esser Studios, and Janet McKenzie, artist. A reception and book signing with McKenzie will follow.

This exhibition examines the function of stained glass as a means for religious storytelling and investigates how that history impacts the understanding of work in stained glass by contemporary viewers. Works designed by Tiffany Studios, Frank Lloyd Wright, Mayer of Munich, Leo Cartwright, Johann Minten, Janet McKenzie and James Walker will be featured in the exhibition, which runs through Jan. 2, 2011.

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2. Mass of the Holy Spirit, Welcome Back Picnic are Aug. 29

Marquette President Robert A. Wild, S.J., invites the Marquette community to celebrate the beginning of the academic year at the Mass of the Holy Spirit on Sunday, Aug. 29, at 4 p.m. in the Church of the Gesu. The 20th annual All-University Welcome Back Picnic will follow in Central Mall from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. The event will take place rain or shine. Casual dress is appropriate. No registration is necessary. For more information or for special needs, call University Special Events at 8-7431.

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3. Marquette ranks 75th nationally

Marquette University ranks 75th, up from 84th last year, among the top national universities in the 2011 edition of America's Best Colleges, released last week by U.S. News & World Report. Marquette was listed among 262 U.S. universities that offer undergraduate majors as well as master's and doctoral degrees, the premier category of institutions ranked by the publication. The university was again named among the “A+ Options for B Students” and was one of only 50 universities recognized in the “Great Schools, Great Prices” category, which relates a school’s academic quality, as indicated by its 2011 U.S. News ranking, to the 2009-2010 net cost of attendance for a student who receives the average level of need-based financial aid.

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4. Sigma Delta Pi earns 18th consecutive national award

Marquette’s chapter of the National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society has been named an "Honor Chapter" for its outstanding activities in 2008-09, the 18th consecutive year it has received this distinction.
Each May, all 575 chapters of Sigma Delta Pi are asked to submit an annual report detailing their activities and projects from the academic year. Based on these reports, the National Executive Committee chooses about 10 "Honor Chapters" annually. Some of SDP’s accomplishments last year included:

• Providing simultaneous translation for Colombian painter Andrea Rojas at the Haggerty Museum of Art, who gave a talk at the museum and also visited several Spanish classes.

• Providing translation for Hurtado University Law School (Santiago, Chile) students who visited the Law School in September 2009.

• For the first time ever, four Marquette students were chosen by the National Sigma Delta Pi committee to receive summer scholarships to Mexico and Peru.

• Winning the Octavio Paz award, which is granted to chapters that complete three consecutive years as chapters of honor and merit.

• Fund-raising for St. Adalbert's Catholic Church.

Dr. Germán Carrillo, associate professor of Spanish, serves as Marquette's chapter adviser.

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5. New smoking policy prohibits smoking in all university buildings

Smoking is now prohibited in all university buildings and within 25 feet of all building entrances and balconies to comply with Wisconsin Act 12, “Smoke-Free Wisconsin,” as well as to support campus health and safety. The policy also prohibits smoking in parking structures and university-owned vehicles and prohibits designating any indoor location as a “smoking area.”

Voluntary compliance is emphasized. However, anyone observing someone who is smoking in a no-smoking area is encouraged to courteously inform the smoker that he/she is in violation of the university’s smoking policy. Repeated violations by employees may be subject to the university’s progressive disciplinary policy; by students to the university’s student code of conduct.

Raynor Memorial Libraries have resources available.

For more information, contact Steve Duffy, associate vice president of administration, at 8-6897.

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6. News Briefs resumes semi-weekly schedule this week

Beginning Thursday, Aug. 26, the News Briefs e-newsletter will resume its twice-a-week publication schedule. The deadlines to submit articles remain at noon Friday for Monday editions and noon Wednesday for Thursday editions.

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