1. Little Rock Nine award conferral to be Webcast

The conferral of the Père Marquette Discovery Award, the university’s highest honor, on the Little Rock Nine will be Webcast, tomorrow, Feb. 9, at 4 p.m. from the Varsity Theatre. Following presentation of the Discovery Award Medal, Mike Gousha, distinguished fellow in law and public policy, will interview the Little Rock Nine. Marquette community members can submit questions that may be used at the question and answer portion of the awards conferral.   

Tickets for a simulcast in the Weasler Auditorium are still available in the AMU Brooks Lounge until 11:30 p.m. today and beginning at 10:30 a.m. tomorrow while supplies last. Those joining the simulcast are also invited to attend the general reception immediately following the Père Marquette Discovery Award Ceremony in the AMU Monaghan Ballroom. Members of the Little Rock Nine will attend.

Raynor Memorial Libraries have a Little Rock Nine and the Père Marquette Award exhibit on display in the AMU second floor lobby until Feb. 12. The exhibit addresses the legacy and personal courage of the teenagers who changed America, offering a historical overview of the civil rights years, 1954 to 1965, concentrating on school desegregation following Brown v. Board of Education. The exhibit will move to the Raynor Lobby from Feb. 13 to March 2.

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2. Free H1N1 vaccines available this week

Student Health Service will hold H1N1 vaccination clinics in the AMU first floor lobby Wednesday and Thursday, Feb. 10 and 11, from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. The H1N1 vaccine is available at no cost to anyone with an MUID.

The H1N1 vaccine is also available by appointment in SHS. Marquette community members should call Student Health Service at 8-7184 for more information.

Seasonal flu vaccine is also available, at a cost of $25, by calling SHS for an appointment.

Anyone with flu-like symptoms should stay home from class, work or campus activities until he/she is fever-free for 24 hours.

For more information visit the SHS Web site.

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3. New testament lecture, comedy hosted by Honors Program

Dr. Julian Hills, associate professor of theology, will speak in the 2009-10 Honors Program Lecture Series on Thursday, Feb. 11, at 5 p.m. in AMU 157. Hills will present “Hidden Texts at the Open Frontier: How the Apocryphal New Testament Came to America.” 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?”

The lecture also kicks off the fifth annual Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities Honors Program Conference, hosted by Marquette Feb. 12-13. More than 50 honors students and faculty from Regis, Creighton, Rockhurst, Loyola Marymount, Loyola Baltimore, Canisius, Loyola New Orleans, Xavier and Fordham are expected to attend.

Also open to the Marquette community as part of the AJCU conference will be two local comedians performing a free, interactive and improvisational show at the Annex on Saturday, Feb. 13, at 8:30 p.m. Honors Program senior Hilary Braseth and her a cappella group Gold ‘n Blueswill open for the comedians at 8 p.m.

Additional speakers for the Honors Program Lecture Series this year will be Dr. Susan Mountin, director of the Manresa Project (March 11), and Dr. Ronald Zupko, professor emeritus of history (April 15).

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4. Panel discussion to address Milwaukee’s underserved

Women from the College of Professional Studies serving Milwaukee's underserved — including the elderly, mentally ill and urban poor — will share their experiences and explore how they chose community service careers Monday, Feb. 22, in AMU Ballroom E. The program, "Women Leaders Touching the Lives of Milwaukee's Underserved," will begin with networking and refreshments from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m., followed by the panel discussion from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Panelists are:

• Katie Cox, Grad '04, urban literacy special projects coordinator, Cardinal Stritch University
• Paulina de Haan, CPS graduate student and community coordinator, Safe Streets Initiative, Law School
• Terry Gardner Smith, Grad '08, senior human resources manager, Harley-Davidson Motor Company
• Tracy Johnson, Comm '99, executive director, TEMPO Milwaukee
• Stephanie Stein, Grad '02, director, Milwaukee County Department on Aging

Eva Soeka, director of dispute resolution, will moderate.

Register by Monday, Feb. 15.

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5. Wade Public Lecture rescheduled

The Wade Public Lecture, originally scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 25, has been rescheduled for Wednesday, March 10, at 4 p.m. in the Raynor Library Beaumier Suites.

Rev. Dean Brackley, S.J., the Rev. Francis C. Wade Chair for spring semester, will present “The Migrants: Illegals or God’s Ambassadors?” He has served as a professor of theology at the Universidad Centroamericana in El Salvador since 1990.

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6. Applications for McNair Scholars Program due March 2

The McNair Scholars Program is accepting applications from eligible undergraduate students interested in pursuing graduate study. Students accepted to the program will participate in an eight-week summer research experience and receive a $2,800 stipend. The program also offers GRE preparation, visits to area graduate schools and participation in national and regional research conferences.

To qualify, students must have a GPA of at least 2.5 and have completed 60 credits by the end of the spring 2010 semester.

Applications are available online and due Monday, March 1. For more information, contact the McNair Program Office at 8-1771.

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7. Flashlights being collected for Haiti

Dr. Sameena Mulla, assistant professor of social and cultural sciences and a native of Haiti, was in a suburb of Port-au-Prince visiting family when the earthquake hit. As a result of her extraordinary connections to relief work occurring within the country and her ability to ensure that supplies are transported to Haiti immediately, she is requesting donations of flashlights (solar-powered and wind-up varieties are preferred) and batteries, to be used for relief efforts in Haiti. Donated items can be dropped off in the Department of Social and Cultural Sciences in Lalumiere Hall 340.
Items collected before Feb. 12 will be provided to Youthaiti, a Milwaukee non-profit organization formed in 2008 to support sanitation projects in Haiti. Those collected after Feb. 12 will be delivered to Hope for Haiti in Washington, D.C., which regularly flies supplies to Haiti.  

Contact Mulla for more information at 8-3441.  
Other Marquette organizations are supporting fundraising efforts to support the people of Haiti. All money raised will go directly to Catholic Relief Services and the Jesuit Refugee Service for relief in Haiti.

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8. Aspin Center holding information session

The Les Aspin Center for Government will hold information sessions on Wednesday, Feb. 10, at 7 p.m. and Thursday, Feb. 11, at 6:30 p.m. in the Raynor Library Beaumier Suites.

The Aspin Center offers students of all majors the chance to live, work and learn in Washington, D.C. Applications for the summer sessions and fall 2010 semester are due March 5. For more information, contact the Les Aspin Center at 8-7446.

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9. Campus Ministry holding several retreats

Campus Ministry is sponsoring a Lenten Retreat in Daily Life for busy people, Feb. 16 to March 25, to help undergraduates work on their faith relationships during Lent. The retreat requires a commitment of praying at least 15 minutes a day and weekly meetings with a spiritual director. Go online for information and to register, or call Campus Ministry at 8-6873 by Thursday, Feb. 12.

Another retreat, Finding God in All Things, is taking place Feb. 24-26. The retreat offers opportunities for quiet reflection within the beauty of nature with insights from a team of student leaders showing where and how God is a part of everyday life. Cost is $45. Go online to register by Feb. 22.

Campus Ministry's Connect Retreat gives first-year students the time and space to reflect on the role faith plays in their lives at Marquette and the opportunity to explore questions of faith along with other first-year students, March 5-7 at the Lutherdale Retreat Center in Elkhorn, Wis. The cost is $45 and space is limited. Register online.

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10. Soup with Substance features Afghani ER doctor

An Afghani ER doctor (who is not being named online to help protect his safety), will share his experiences as an on-call emergency room surgeon at noon Friday, Feb. 12, in AMU 227 for Soup with Substance.

Soup with Substance is a free presentation on an issue related to peacemaking and social justice over a simple meal of soup and bread. For more information, contact Patrick Kennelly, associate director of the Center for Peacemaking, at 8-8446.

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11. Next book available for Late Night Marquette Book Club

Copies of the next book, Destined To Witness, for the Late Night Marquette Book Club Discussion Series, are available for free in AMU 121 to the first 30 students. Other students can still participate in the discussion but will need to purchase the book on their own.

The book club is sponsored by Late Night Marquette and the BookMarq monthly, providing students the opportunity to discuss a wide variety of different novels chosen by Marquette faculty and staff. Book Club discussions are facilitated by the faculty or staff member who has chosen the book.

Gerald Harris, coordinator for campus programs, has chosen this month’s book and will facilitate the discussion Thursday, Feb. 25, from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. in the Henke Lounge, AMU. Coffee and light snacks will be provided.

Register online.

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12. Chemistry department holding colloquium

The Department of Chemistry will hold a colloquium Friday, Feb. 12, at 4:15 p.m. in Todd Wehr Chemistry 121. Dr. Alexander Tarnovsky, professor of chemistry at Bowling Green State University, will present “Photoinduced rearrangement and energy flow in small polyatomic molecules in solution.”

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13. Law School to hold information session

The Law School will host an information session for prospective students Friday, Feb. 12, at 11:45 a.m. in Sensenbrenner 239. The session will provide information about admissions, financial aid, curriculum and intellectual and student life. A brief tour of the Law School will be led by a current law student. No registration is necessary.

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14. Handmade valentines for sale

The Eta Sigma Phi Classical Honors Society is selling handmade valentines Tuesday to Friday, Feb. 9-12, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Lalumiere Hall. Each valentine features a Latin or Greek romantic phrase and translation.

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15. Chicken Oscar and chocolate-covered strawberries at Lunda Room

The AMU Lunda Room is offering Valentine’s Day specials of chicken Oscar (chicken breast topped with sautéed shrimp, asparagus spears and hollandaise sauce) and chocolate-covered strawberries Thursday, and Friday, Feb. 11 and 12, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. For reservations call 8-3073. Walk-ins are also welcome.

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16. Monitor university communications for weather closings

In the event of a weather-related closing, students, faculty and staff will be notified by e-mail and, for those registered, by text messaging and Twitter. Local media will be notified of any closing, and Marquette.edu would also post information.

To receive the text message, students should enter their cell phone number in the “Personal Information” section of CheckMarq and keep it updated. Instructions are online.

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17. Celebrating women at Marquette — glass ceilings

In the ‘70s, women at Marquette were ready to break through glass ceilings and change the female roles in society forever. Want to know more? Go to the Centennial Celebration of Women Web site. A new note will be 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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