1. Law School hosting elder law conference

The Law School will host an elder law conference, “The Push to Institutionalize Prevention: We Win, We Lose,” Friday, March 26. The conference begins at 9:30 a.m. at the Hyatt Regency Milwaukee, 333 W. Kilbourn Ave. Registrations are due tomorrow, March 19.

This symposium “sheds light on the excellent, the misguided and the mysterious aspects of preventive care, with recognition of the roles that law, policy and politics play through finance and quality assurance.”

There is no cost to Marquette faculty and students. Cost is $40 for others.

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2. Game-watching at Annex and nationally; Final Four floor on display

The Union Sports Annex opens at 4 p.m. today, March 18, for viewing the men’s basketball game against Washington in the first round of the NCAA tournament. Tip-off time is 6:20 p.m. Food specials and fan giveaways will be offered.

Game-watching events will also take place elsewhere in Wisconsin and throughout the United States, including in Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, Washington and Washington, D.C.

The actual Final Four floor that will be used for the men’s NCAA basketball semi-final and championship games in Indianapolis will be on display between Schroeder Hall and AMU from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, March 22. Attendees can sign the banner on the truck and pick up a free mini-basketball. The court was completed at a Milwaukee firm, Connor Sport Court International.

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3. Resolution to honor centennial celebration introduced in House of Representatives

A resolution honoring the Centennial Celebration of Women at Marquette commending the university for continuing to fulfill its Catholic, Jesuit mission of offering premier higher education opportunities to all students who have a desire to learn has been introduced in the House of Representatives by Rep. Gwen Moore, Arts ‘78.

In 1909, Marquette admitted women and educated them alongside of men, and this academic year, 2009-2010, marks 100 years of co-education at Marquette.

“Marquette’s pioneering decision in 1909 to admit women alongside men is something of which our entire university community is incredibly proud,” said President Robert A. Wild, S.J. “Recognizing this milestone gave us the opportunity to celebrate the past, but also to draw attention to the continued importance of access to quality education at all levels.”

The full text of the resolution is available online.

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4. Celebrate Father Wild’s birthday with cupcakes and punch

Marquette community members are invited to sing Happy Birthday to President Robert A. Wild, S.J., at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 30, in the AMU second floor lobby. Cupcakes and punch will be provided in celebration of Father Wild’s 70th birthday

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5. Calboli, Dempsey and Pokrywczynski to discuss research origins

Three faculty will present their “One Thing Led to Another” stories Tuesday, March 23, in the Raynor Beamier Suite A from noon to 1:30 p.m. Speakers and presentations are:

• Irene Calboli, associate professor of law, “Can we say that research passion is genetic?”
• Dr. Deirdre Dempsey, associate professor of theology, “Digging Dead Languages: how ancient scripts changed my life.”
• Dr. James Pokrywczynski, associate professor of advertising and public relations, “From sports to piracy and every swashbuckler in between.”

A soup and salad lunch will be provided. RSVP to Jennie Schatzmann, office coordinator in the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs. Drop-ins are also welcome.

The program is part of a series of faculty research autobiographies sponsored by the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs and Manresa for Faculty in the Center for Teaching and Learning. For more information contact Kathy Durben, director of project planning and development in ORSP, at 8-5470; or Dr. Susan Mountin, director of Manresa Project, at 8-3693.

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6. Alumna to discuss social entrepreneurship

Jessica Cigelske, Comm ’04, co-founder of teecycle.org, will discuss social entrepreneurship at “Alumnae Real People, Real Stories: Being the Difference Post Graduation” Tuesday, March 23, at noon in AMU 407.

“Real People, Real Stories” highlights individuals who might be seen as “ordinary people” but who have done something extraordinary in their lives or community, according to the Office of International Education, Office of Student Development and Manresa Project, which sponsor the series. The series is held in conjunction with the Centennial Celebration of Women at Marquette.

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7. Peacemaking center sponsoring speaker, award nominations

Jesse Greenberg, Midwest political director of J Street, is guest speaker for the Center for Peacemaking’s Israel-Palestine program Tuesday, March 23, at 7 p.m. in Cudahy 001. J Street is the only federal Political Action Committee established to promote meaningful American leadership to end the Israeli-Palestinian and Israeli-Arab conflicts peacefully and diplomatically, according to the center. For more information call 8-8444.

The Center for Peacemaking is also accepting nominations to honor individuals and organizations that embody the mission of the center by exploring the power of nonviolence. Candidates should demonstrate fostering peace in their communities through a variety of methods such as conflict resolution, cross-cultural understanding, relationship-building and structural change. The community that has been affected by the candidate may be at the local, regional, national or international level. Nominations are due Thursday, March 31. The Center for Peacemaking Awards Ceremony will be Saturday, April 17, at 5 p.m. in AMU 305. For more information call 8-8444.

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8. Author Sklenicka to discuss Raymond Carver

Author Carol Sklenicka will discuss Raymond Carver and her book, Raymond Carver: A Writer’s Life at 4 p.m. Monday, March 29 in AMU 227. A reception and book-signing will follow. The program is free and open to the public.

Sklenicka interviewed hundreds of people to provide the story of a pre-eminent writer of the 20th century and a major figure in helping reinvigorate the short story in the 1970s and ‘80s.

The event is sponsored by the Helen Way Klingler College of Arts and Sciences RCM Fund, the Department of English, Sigma Tau Delta, the Marquette Writing Society, and the Office of Student Development.

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9. Alumnae to discuss effect of mission pillars

Alumnae of the Helen Way Klingler College of Arts and Sciences will share their life experiences and discuss how the pillars of the Marquette mission influenced their personal and professional lives Tuesday, March 30, at 4:30 p.m. in the Raynor Library Beaumier Suites.

Participants in “Excellence, Faith, Leadership and Service: Finding Synergy in Women’s Lives” are:

• Barbara Busch, Arts ’64, retired Peace Corps officer and community volunteer
• Camille Devaney, Arts ’63, Grad ’66, manager of technical support at Abbott Laboratories, mother of three and grandmother of two
• Maura Devine, Arts ’92, president of Devine PR, wife and mother of three

The program is moderated by Dr. Amelia Zurcher, associate professor of English and director of the Women’s and Gender Studies Program.

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10. Arrupe scholarship applications due March 26

Applications for the Pedro Arrupe Award are due Friday, March 26. The scholarship provides $2,500 to a junior in good standing who is enrolled full-time and emulates the values and ideals of Rev. Pedro Arrupe, S.J., superior general of the Society of Jesus from 1961 to 1984, and is involved in service in and beyond the Marquette community. Faculty/staff nomination is required along with the student application and essay.

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11. MUSG to hold spring election debate

Marquette University Student Government will hold a debate between the two parties running for MUSG president and executive vice president — Meghan Ladwig/Joseph Ciccone and Emil Ovbiagele/Ravi Gill.

The debate will take place Monday, March 22, at 7 p.m. in AMU Ballroom E.

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12. Environmental sustainability forum Tuesday

The Office of Sustainability is hosting a forum Tuesday, March 23, at 2 p.m., in AMU 256A to promote sustainability and share insights that will help connect students, employees and staff in developing a more sustainable campus. The campus community is encouraged to think about ways to save money on transportation, electricity, water, building maintenance, waste stream or any other cost source while making a positive impact on sustainability and the environment.

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13. Engineering and neuroscience hosting seminars

Michael Simpson, attorney with Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren, will present “An Introduction to the Great Lakes — St. Lawrence River Basin Compact” at noon Tuesday, March 23, in Haggerty Engineering 494. The program is sponsored by the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.  

The Integrative Neuroscience Research Center will host Dr. Alan Bloom, professor of pharmacology and toxicology at the Medical College of Wisconsin, at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 23, in Schroeder Complex 256. Bloom will present "Pharmacological fMRI Studies: From Humans to Rats."

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14. Public Safety offering self-defense classes

The Department of Public Safety will hold free self-defense classes:

• Wednesday, March 24
• Wednesday, April 21

The class incorporates national and local crime trends and a hands-on approach and effective techniques with simple strategies for escaping potentially dangerous situations for both males and females. Register by calling DPS at 8-6800.

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15. Used athletic gear collected for charity

The Club Triathlon Team will collect used athletic gear in boxes in the AMU, Rec Plex, Rec Center and residence halls from March 22 through April 8. Old gear such as shirts, shorts, shoes and equipment will be donated to Repairers of the Breech and St. Paul's Lutheran Church.

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16. Library "spotlight" highlights Red Cloud Indian School collection

Raynor Memorial Libraries’ March “In the Spotlight” features the Holy Rosary Mission – Red Cloud Indian School Digital Collection. The collection, begun in 2006, has reached 1,000 images documenting the visual history of the Red Cloud School and the Oglala Lakota (Sioux) in western South Dakota and Nebraska. The images date from the 1860s to 2000, including family and parish life, students and faculty and prominent figures in Western history.

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