1. Retired football player to discuss research on NFL players

Former professional football player Robert Turner will deliver “Not for Long: An Examination of Life in the NFL,” at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 27, in the Raynor Library Beaumier Conference Center. As Marquette’s 2009/2010 Arnold L. Mitchem Dissertation Fellow, Turner will speak about his research on the transition to life after the NFL.

Turner is a doctoral candidate in sociology at the City University of New York, completing his dissertation. Turner played professional football for four years during the late 1980s in the United States Football League, Canadian Football League and the National Football League. He has presented papers at the American Sociological Association and the Eastern Sociological Society. 

The Mitchem Fellowship program assists under-represented ethnic groups in joining the professorate by giving doctoral candidates from other U.S. universities one academic year of support and the opportunity to teach an undergraduate course at Marquette while finishing their dissertations.

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2. Win an iPod at Marquette Central open house

Marquette Central will host an open house from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, Jan. 19-22, on the first floor of Zilber Hall. Students can enter a prize drawing to win an iPod. Free hot chocolate and cookies will also be provided.

Marquette Central opened in December, centralizing the services of the offices of the Bursar, Financial Aid and Registrar. Attendees can meet staff, learn more about enrollment and financial services, and how to access their information using their Marquette Central Access Number.

Tours of Zilber Hall will be offered at the building’s formal dedication and open house, scheduled for spring.

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3. Manresa Scholars Program scholarships available

Sophomores and juniors of all Christian faiths who are interested in discerning a call to Christian ministry through a field education experience are invited to apply to the Manresa Scholars Program for the 2010-2011 academic year. Partial-tuition scholarships will be awarded to students accepted to the program.

An informational meeting will be held in AMU 231 on Monday, Jan. 25, at 4:30 p.m. Applications are available from Campus Ministry and are due Monday, Feb. 22, at 4:30 p.m. in AMU 236. Contact Gretchen Baumgardt, assistant director of campus ministry, at 8-3689, for more information.

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4. College of Engineering holding sessions for K-12 students

The College of Engineering will hold outreach academies for students ages 6 through 18 this semester, offering single-day programs on Saturdays and week-long programs over spring break.

One of the weeklong programs, April 5-9, allows students to build and program robots built of LEGOs to compete in a sumo wrestling-style competition. Other academies include special sessions for girls ages 6-11 and 12-18 interested in engineering, additional robotics programs, a computer-aided design academy and a civil engineering academy. 

More information, along with registration information, is available online.

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5. Spirituality group to address women’s voices in Catholic tradition

Undergraduate women are invited to join Women’s Wisdom spirituality group, which will discuss and reflect upon the variety of women’s voices within the Catholic tradition. The group meets on Thursdays at 2 p.m.

For meeting locations and more information, contact Emily Schumacher-Novak, Manresa coordinator for liturgy, at 8-3058.

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6. Library exhibit features women transforming Marquette

A Women Transforming Marquette centennial exhibit is on display on the second floor of Raynor Library. This 18-panel historical exhibit contributes to the Centennial Celebration of Women at Marquette and features such topics as the Association of Marquette University Women, faculty, residence life and student extracurricular activities. The exhibit was researched and designed by students enrolled in History 4101, Technology for Historians, part of Marquette’s interdisciplinary minor in public history.

The exhibit is accessible during all library open hours through Feb. 4.

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7. News Briefs to run Tuesday next week

News Briefs will be published Tuesday, Jan. 19, rather than Monday next week due to the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday, when the university will be closed. The submission deadline will remain at noon tomorrow, Jan. 15.

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8. Blood drive and Chili-fest are Monday

Church of the Gesu will host its annual blood drive and Chili-fest on Monday, Jan. 18, from 12:45 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. in Father Herian Hall of the Gesu Parish Center. Homemade chili and bread will be provided to donors. E-mail or call 8-7101 for an appointment. Walk-ins are welcome.

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