1. Forgiveness is topic of conference tomorrow

“Forgiveness in a social and political context,” a one-day conference focusing on forgiveness, will take place Friday, May 14, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in Raynor Beaumier Suites BC. The conference is free and open to the public.

Scheduled presentations include:

• Dr. Sharon Chubbuck, associate professor of education — “Collective narratives among urban teenagers of color: Their experience of forgiveness," 9 a.m. to 9:45 a.m.

• Dr. Michael Duffey, associate professor of theology — "Guatemala: Can victims forgive from a position of powerlessness, without justice, and when the violence is not yet past?" 9:45 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

• Lisa Laplante, visiting professor of law — "Levels of reconciliation in transitional justice processes: From the inter-personal to the socio-legal-political," 10:45 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

• Janine Geske, distinguished professor of law — "How do you forgive a murderer?” 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

• Dr. Pol Vandevelde, professor of philosophy — "Political forgiveness: challenge and potential," 1:30 p.m. to 2:15 p.m.

• Dr. David Pettigrew, professor of philosophy at Southern Connecticut State University ­— documentary film screening and discussion: "The geography of genocide in Bosnia: redeeming the Earth," 2:15 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

The conference is organized by the Seminar on Phenomenology and Hermeneutics. For more information or to register (recommended for non-Marquette attendees) contact Dr. Pol Vandevelde at 8-5962.

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2. College of Communication receives reaccreditation

The Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications, the agency responsible for the evaluation of professional journalism and mass communications programs in colleges and universities, recently granted both the undergraduate and graduate programs in the J. William & Mary Diederich College of Communication reaccreditation for six years.

A site team visited campus Jan. 31 to Feb. 3, evaluating the college’s programs in advertising, journalism, broadcast and electronic communication and public relations, and the master of arts in communication. The team, a group of journalism and mass communication professionals and educators, interviewed students, faculty, staff and other Marquette officials. Their report was reviewed in March by the Accrediting Committee, with a final decision from the Accrediting Council, which met May 1 in Arlington, Va.

“We are delighted to receive this strong endorsement of our programs in journalism and mass communication from the Accrediting Council,” said Lori Bergen, dean of the Diederich College. “External evaluations of our academic programs are very important and provide us with unbiased assessments of what we do well, in addition to generating ideas for improvement. This process helped us see better ways to evaluate student learning in the college and generated some insights about strengthening our diversity and inclusiveness.”

Marquette’s programs in journalism and mass communication were first accredited in 1929. Marquette is the only university among the 28 Jesuit colleges and universities in the United States to be accredited by the organization.

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3. Marquette launches master’s specialization in sports leadership

The College of Professional Studies is now offering a sports leadership specialization for its master’s in leadership studies degree. Enrollment in the program is now open and classes will commence in fall 2010.
 
One of only two such programs in the Milwaukee area, Marquette’s sports leadership specialization provides students with a degree that focuses on sports, but also provides general leadership education. The program was developed in consultation with the Department of Athletics and will give students a direct link to its Division I sports teams and its affiliation with the Big East.

To earn a master's degree in leadership studies with the sports specialization, students must complete a total of 36 credit hours of course work, including 15 credits in core leadership classes and 15 credits of sports leadership classes plus a six-credit integrative learning experience. Otherwise, students may take 18 credits in core leadership classes and 18 credits in sports leadership classes and a comprehensive exam.

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4. WGST Program announces undergraduate research fellowships

The Women's and Gender Studies Program has announced the two winners of the 2010 Undergraduate Summer Research Fellowships

Lillian Figg-Franzoi, an international affairs major, received the WGST Summer 2010 Undergraduate Research Fellowship. She will research "Iranian Feminist Discourse: Analyzing the Impact of the Islamic Revolution," advised by Dr. Sameena Mulla, assistant professor of social and cultural sciences.

Therese Bermingham, a psychology and WGST double major, received the Who Counts/WGST Summer 2010 Undergraduate Research Fellowship. She will research "Homonegativity and lesbian development: the impact of micro-networks and macro-contexts," advised by Dr. Ed de St. Aubin, associate professor of psychology. “Who Counts: Math Across the Curriculum for Global Learning” is funded by the U.S. Department of Education Fund for the Improvement of Post Secondary Education Grant.

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5. New smoking policy to go into effect July 1

Beginning Thursday, July 1, smoking will be prohibited in all university buildings and within 25 feet of all building entrances and balconies. The policy also prohibits smoking in parking structures and university-owned vehicles as well as the designation of any indoor location as a “smoking area.”

The university’s smoking policy has been revised to comply with Wisconsin Act 12, “Smoke-Free Wisconsin,” as well as to support campus health and safety.

Voluntary compliance will be 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.

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

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6. Neuroscience center hosting speaker from Northwestern University

The Integrative Neuroscience Center is hosting Dr. Matt Tresch, assistant professor of biomedical engineering at Northwestern University. Tresch will present “Neurophysical substrates of motor coordination” Tuesday, May 18, from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in Schroeder Complex 256.

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7. Engineering holding courses for young students this summer

The College of Engineering is offering summer programs for students ages 6 through 18 this summer. Now in its fifth year, the College of Engineering outreach program promotes interest in science, technology, engineering and math through hands-on problem-solving activities.
 
Seven new programs will be offered this summer, including three that were developed at the Museum of Science in Boston for the Engineering is Elementary project: A Sticky Situation: Designing Walls; Marvelous Machines: Making Work Easier; and A Work in Process: Improving a Play Dough Process. These programs are in addition to 10 others.
 
Registration and additional information are available online. Fees range between $150 and $200. All programs have limits on class size, and applicants will be enrolled on a first-come, first-served basis.

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8. Swimming lessons available through Rec Plex

The Rec Plex is offering a Learn to Swim Program sponsored by the American Red Cross June 7-30. The program is segmented into six levels, in addition to the Tiny Tots/Wee Folks program. Sign-ups begin Monday, May 17. Call John Kratzer, general manager of the Rec Plex, at 8-7778 for more information.

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