1. Caribbean studies conference being held at Marquette

The Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures and the journal Caribe are hosting an International Conference on Caribbean Studies, “Looking to the Caribbean: Film and Literature,” Oct. 7-9 at Marquette. The conference will feature guest artists Iván Acosta, a film director (Amigos) and playwright (El Super) best-known for fiction that reflects his experiences as a Cuban exile; Matías Montes Huidobro, a Cuban novelist, poet, playwright and critic; and Leandro Soto, a painter and performance artist.

Marquette community members can attend for free all panel discussions and the Saturday play, Los Acosados, de Matías Montes Huidobro, from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in Straz Tower Theatre.

For more information, contact Dr. Armando Gonzalez-Perez, professor of Spanish, at 8-7264.

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2. Open forum with Father Wild is Tuesday

Marquette University Student Government will host its semi-annual Father Wild Forum on Tuesday, Oct. 12, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the AMU first floor lobby. During this open forum, students will have the opportunity to voice their opinions, questions comments and ideas directly to Marquette President Robert A. Wild, S.J., Senior Vice President Greg Kliebhan and Provost John Pauly.

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3. MPS superintendent to speak at Law School

The Law School is hosting Milwaukee Public Schools Superintendent Gregory Thornton for “On the Issues with Mike Gousha” Tuesday, Oct. 12. Thornton will offer his thoughts on the future of the state’s largest school district, improving academic performance in MPS and on stabilizing the district’s fiscal situation at 12:15 p.m. in Eckstein Hall.

Register online. Seating is limited.

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4. Sawkins conducting walking tour of campus stained glass

Dr. Annemarie Sawkins, associate curator at the Haggerty Museum of Art, will host a walking tour of stained glass on campus Wednesday, Oct. 13, beginning at noon at the the Haggerty Museum of Art.

The program is held in conjunction with the museum’s exhibition Let There be Light: Stained Glass and Drawings from the Collection of Oakbrook Esser Studios. The 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 are featured in the exhibition, which runs through Jan. 2, 2011.

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5. Hiroshima observer to speak; peacemaking fellowships to be discussed

Lee Thomas, a soldier in the United States invasion force of Japan, will discuss “Peace Profits: Moneymaking and Peacemaking,” Wednesday, Oct. 13, at noon in AMU 227. Thomas went from celebrating the power of the atomic bomb to grieving over the destruction he later witnessed in Hiroshima, to then working to promote peace through capitalism. He has been chairman of Universal Woods, Inc. in Louisville, Ky., since 1993. The program is sponsored by the Center for Peacemaking and is free and open to the public.

The center is also hosting an information session about the Szymczak Peacemaking Fellowship on Wednesday, Oct. 13, from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. in AMU 254. Each year the CFP awards nearly $16,000 in Szymczak Peacemaking Fellowships of $200 to $2,000 grants for Marquette students to actively work for peace and explore nonviolence. At the end of their experience, the peacemakers present their discoveries.

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6. Water quality program among 10 new engineering academies

The Engineering Outreach Program in the College of Engineering is offering 10 new academies for students ages 6 through 18, in addition to popular returning programs. Now in its sixth year, the program continues to develop and offer unique opportunities for students to have fun while learning problem-solving skills.

The 10 new academies include “Water: It’s All About Energy,” which will have students testing water samples from local waterways through hands-on experiments in the Marquette Water Quality Center. Other new programs include “Catching the Wind: Designing Windmills,” a program from the Engineering is Elementary program developed at the Museum of Science in Boston, and “The Greatest Siege Machine Class Ever,” in which students will build and compare different types of catapults.

The Engineering Outreach Program encourages all students, regardless of age, race or gender, to explore and study engineering. A registration form and complete list of programs are available on the College of Engineering website. Program fees range from $60 to $190. All programs have class size limits and enrollment is first-come, first-served. Online registration is available.

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7. VPN users need to access new version

Marquette’s virtual private network has been replaced by ITS and can be accessed online. The existing VPN will no longer be accessible during the mid-term break in late October.  

The VPN connects Marquette community members who have a commercial high-speed Internet service with restricted Marquette online resources while off campus.

For more information contact the IT Services Help Desk at 288-7799.

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8. Students can register early to vote in Nov. 2 election

Students intending to vote in the 2010 general election Nov. 2 need to be registered and can avoid the long lines on Election Day by registering early.

The Office of Public Affairs, the Les Aspin Center for Government and the Office of Student Development are sponsoring a “Get out the Vote” table for students to register, with support from Get out and Rock the Vote from the Spanish O’Donnells. Students can register in the AMU first-floor lobby:

• Friday, Oct. 8, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
• Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 11 and 12, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
• Wednesday, Oct. 13, from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Registration is also available at the Office of Public Affairs, 1616 W. Wells St.

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9. Registration open for two Campus Ministry retreats

The registration deadline for Campus Ministry’s Marquette Experience XXIII Retreat is Friday, Oct. 15. The retreat is for sophomores, juniors and seniors to connect with God and learn how Ignatian ideals are lived in their lives. It will be held Oct. 29-31 at the St. Vincent Palotti Retreat Center in Elkhorn, Wis. Cost is $45. For more information contact Ann Mulgrew, assistant director of campus ministry, 8-3694.

Registration for the Connect Retreat is also open, giving first-year students the time and space to reflect on the role that faith has played in their lives at Marquette. Students will be able to explore questions of faith along with others who are seeking to invite and experience God's presence in their lives. The retreat will be held Nov. 5-7 at the Lutherdale Retreat Center in Elkhorn. The cost is $45 and space is limited. For more information contact Craig Zimmer, assistant director of campus ministry, at 8-0522.

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10. Aspin Center holding an information session tonight

The Les Aspin Center for Government is holding an information session about its spring and summer internships in Washington, D.C., at 7:30 p.m. today, Oct. 7, in Raynor Beaumier Suites BC.

For more information e-mail, Kathryn Hein, assistant director of the Les Aspin Center.

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11. Water quality, health care informatics to be discussed at engineering programs

The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering will host a seminar Tuesday, Oct. 12, at noon in Haggerty Engineering 494. Dr. Charles Melching, professor of civil and environmental engineering, will present ”Water-Quality Simulation in Support of the Development of An Integrated Strategy to Meet Dissolved Oxygen Standards for the Chicago Area Waterways.”

Dr. Suresh Choubey, CSE chief scientist at the GE Healthcare-Milwaukee Applied Science Lab, will present “Research Trends in Healthcare Informatics” Tuesday, Oct. 12, at 1:30 p.m. in Haggerty Engineering 204A. His presentation is a colloquium of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

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12. "Deep structure of Haiku" to be discussed

John McQuade, co-founder of Miksang Contemplative Photography, will present “Heaven, Earth, and Human: The Deep Structure of Haiku” from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 14, in Raynor Beaumier Suites BC.

The program is sponsored by the Honors Program and is free and open to the public.

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13. Free group fitness classes offered tomorrow

The Department of Recreational Sports will offer free group fitness classes tomorrow, Oct. 8.

The classes are free to members:
• Spin at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. at the Rec Center
• Zumba at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. at the Rec Center
• Dance Basics, Strength and Sculpting at 3 p.m. at the Rec Plex

Call 8-6979 for more information.

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14. Movie and improvisation group featured this weekend

MUSG is hosting The Sorcerer’s Apprentice and the Shakespeare Improvisation group this weekend.

The Sorcerer’s Apprentice will be showing at the Varsity Theatre on Friday, Oct. 8, at 9 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 9, at 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. Cost is $2 with a Marquette ID and $3 without an ID.

The Shakespeare Improvisation group will perform Saturday, Oct. 9, from 9 p.m. to 10 p.m. in the Weasler Auditorium. This group will perform in the classic Elizabethan style taking on some of history’s most famous plays. Admittance is free for Marquette students.

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15. Bags tournaments to be held Saturday

Sigma Phi Delta Fraternity will host two bags tournaments Saturday, Oct. 16, at Schroeder field, on Wells Street between 12th and 13th streets. The first tournament will be from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. and the second will be from 3:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. The winners from each tournament will receive a Marquette-themed board and bags. In the event of rain, the tournament will take place in the Rec Center.

Cost is $5 per person or $10 per team, with 16 teams participating in each tournament. To sign-up contact Ronald Vick by Tuesday, Oct. 12.

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16. Events to be held for Coming Out Week

Schroeder Hall and Gay Straight Alliance are hosting events for Coming Out Week, Oct. 11-15, including:

• Monday, Oct. 11, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., puppy chow and bracelet sale at Lalumiere Hall
• Tuesday, Oct. 12, at 8:30 p.m., “True life: I'm part of the LGBTQ Community,” in the Schroeder Hall multipurpose room
• Thursday, Oct. 14, from 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m., “Chronicles of the Closet” open mic night at the AMU Brew Bayou

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17. Best Buddies holding weeklong bake sale

Best Buddies is holding a bake sale Monday, Oct. 11, through Friday, Oct. 15, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. under the Raynor bridge. The bake sale will feature puppy chow as well as an assortment of other baked goods. All proceeds will benefit Best Buddies Marquette.

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