1. “What’s at the Heart of a Catholic University?” is topic of Kelly Lecture

The fundamental relationship between Catholicism and a Catholic university is the focus of the 2011 William J. Kelly, S.J., Lecture at 4 p.m. Thursday, April 28, in David A. Straz, Jr., Hall 105. Free and open to the public, “What’s at the Heart of a Catholic University” will be presented by Dr. Patrick Carey, William J. Kelly, S.J., Chair in Catholic Theology.

A university is not a church and the Catholic Church is not a university. So, what is the fundamental relationship between Catholicism and the university? Does the presence of a campus ministry, a theology department or an emphasis on social justice constitute the heart of a Catholic university? Or, is it something else? Carey will focus on these questions and argue that a Catholic university underlines an inherent relationship between learning, teaching, research and faith.

Carey’s research areas include the history of Christian theology, American Catholic life and thought, and Christian life and thought in the United States.

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2. Holy Week services held at Church of the Gesu

Church of the Gesu will hold Holy Week services:

• April 21, Holy Thursday, Upper Church
  7 p.m., Mass of the Lord's Supper

• April 22, Good Friday
  Noon, Celebration of the Lord's Passion
  3 p.m., Stations of the Cross with Children
  5:30 p.m., Celebration of the Lord's Passion 

• April 23, Holy Saturday
   8:30 p.m., The Easter Vigil

• April 24, Easter Sunday
  7:30 a.m., 9:15 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Masses

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3. Water cycle and sustainable communities to be discussed

Dr. Vladimir Novotny, professor emeritus of civil and environmental engineering at Marquette and professor of civil and environmental engineering at Northeastern University, will present “Closing the Water Cycle, Recovering Energy and Resources in the Future Sustainable Communities,” Tuesday, April 26, from noon to 1 p.m. in Haggerty Engineering 494. The lecture is part of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering’s Environmental Engineering Seminar series and the Regional Environmental Biotechnology Research Group meetings.

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4. Providing health care to the uninsured, at-risk to be discussed

The College of Nursing will host two speakers for the Bi-National Forum on Health Care, “Perspectives from Health Professionals Engaged in the Struggle,” Wednesday, April 27, at 5 p.m. in Clark Hall 111. Jeffery Luecke, registered nurse at Walker’s Point Clinic, will present “Caring for the Uninsured,” and Dr. Edmundo Mesta, CEO of Hospital Angeles Torreon, will present “Healthcare in a High Risk Environment.” Presenters will discuss the struggles professionals face in providing health care in “the most segregated city in the United States” and in one of Mexico’s most volatile areas. For more information, contact Irene Cvetich, administrative assistant in nursing, at 8-3812.

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5. “Revitalizing Marquette” hosting “Civic Engagement” session

The Revitalizing Marquette Student Task Force is hosting “Exploring Structure and Civic Engagement,” a discussion about Marquette’s Catholic, Jesuit mission and identity, Wednesday, April 27, at 5:30 p.m. in Raynor Library Beaumier Suites BC. The program will include a presentation by Dr. John Pauly, provost.

This discussion is the third in a conversation series that was initiated by students in response to the need for campus-wide dialogue in the wake of the 2010 arts and sciences dean search. “Exploring Structure and Civic Engagement” engages students, faculty and administrators together in reflection and dialogue, probing what mission means and how it is reflected in the Marquette community. E-mail for more information.

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6. Engineering, neuroscience and laboratory science presentations to be held

Dr. Susan McRoy, professor of electrical engineering and computer science at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, will present a Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering colloquium at 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 26, in Olin Engineering 120. McRoy will present “Building Natural Language Dialog Systems for Public Health.”

The Integrative Neuroscience Research Center will host Dr. Edward Blumenthal, associate professor of biological sciences, Tuesday, April 26, at 3:30 p.m. in Schroeder Complex 256. Blumenthal will present “Drop-Dead: A Neurodegeneration Gene with Effects Far Beyond the Brain.”

The Department of Clinical Laboratory Science will host “MAGPIX and xMAP Technology: Applications for Multiplex Biomarkers,” Wednesday, April 27, at noon in Schroeder Complex 256. The seminar will be given by Jeffrey Lehr, field applications specialist at EMD Millipore. A workshop on how to use the instrument will follow. RSVP to Dr. Fang Yao Stephen, assistant professor of clinical laboratory science.

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7. Jesuit to speak at Pro Bono Society induction

Rev. Fred Kammer, S.J., director of the Jesuit Social Research Institute of Loyola University in New Orleans, will engage in a discussion on “Pro Bono Publico and the Common Ground” Friday, April 29, at 4 p.m. in Eckstein Hall with Mike Gousha, distinguished fellow in law and public policy. The Law School’s Posner Pro Bono Exchange precedes the induction of members into the Pro Bono Society.

Marquette law students who have performed 50 or more hours of pro bono service during their Law School careers will be inducted into the society. A reception will follow the induction. Register on-line or by calling 8-6452. For more information, contact Christine Wilczynski-Vogel, associate dean for external relations, events and facilities, at 8-3167.

Father Kammer is a member of the New Orleans Province of the Jesuits. From 2002 to 2008, he was the provincial superior of the province, guiding the Jesuits’ post-Hurricane Katrina recovery and service to the devastated region’s poor and needy. From 1992 to 2001, he was the president/CEO of Catholic Charities USA.

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8. 2011 Wellness Champion of the Year to receive spa package

The Employee Wellness Program is accepting nominations for the 2011 Wellness Champion of the Year. Those nominated should exemplify a healthy Marquette employee, living a healthy lifestyle and setting a great example for healthy living. Potential attributes include exhibiting healthy body weight, work/life balance, stress management and regular exercise. He/she may also eat healthy, including a well-balanced and nutritious diet rich in fruit and vegetables; doesn’t smoke; and just exudes a positive, healthy lifestyle, serving as a role model for health and wellness.  

Perhaps this individual has always been this way, or maybe this year has been a year of great changes and effort to become a healthy and well person.

One nominated individual will be selected as Marquette’s first-ever Wellness Champion Employee of the Year and be awarded a $100 spa gift certificate.

Nominations are due May 3.

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9. Alumni careers; Vietnam War in Laos to be discussed

The Office of Student Development Multicultural Affairs and the Career Services Center will sponsor “Career Café: Those Who Have Gone Before You: MU Alumni Panel” Tuesday, April 26, from 12:30 p.m. to 1:20 p.m. in AMU 157. Recent Marquette alumni will discuss their transition into a career post-graduation, to include topics of time management, switching careers and negotiating salaries. The event is free and includes lunch. For more information, contact DJ Todd, coordinator of multicultural affairs, in the Office of Student Development or Laura Kestner, director of the Career Services Center.

The Office of Student Development Multicultural Affairs, Campus Ministry and the Center for Peacemaking will sponsor “Soup with Substance: The Secret War” Wednesday, April 27, at noon in AMU 227. Members of the Hmong Student Organization will lead a discussion on the continuation of the Vietnam War in Laos, known as the “Secret War,” and its effect on the region and its people. For more information, contact DJ Todd or Patrick Kennelly, associate director of the Center for Peacemaking.

The events are part of Asian-Pacific Islander Celebration Month.

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