1. Marquette alum James Foley to deliver Nieman Lecture

Journalist James Foley will speak about his experience as a captive in Libya at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 7, in the Alumni Memorial Union Monaghan Ballroom.

Foley, a 1996 Marquette graduate, arrived in Libya in March 2011 as a reporter for the GlobalPost to cover the growing hostilities between rebels and the regime of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi. Gadhafi forces killed a fellow journalist who was traveling with Foley and apprehended him and two colleagues who were then held in a Tripoli jail for 45 days. 

Foley was set free following an international campaign spearheaded by his friends from Marquette, former colleagues at Teach For America, and family and childhood friends in New Hampshire. The campaign included an online petition that garnered nearly 35,000 signatures and a media plan that brought his captivity and eventual release to the world’s attention.

His speech, “A Conflict Correspondent’s Front-Row View of History,” is part of a lecture series sponsored by the J. William and Mary Diederich College of Communication. The Nieman Chair and Lecture series was endowed in honor of Lucius W. Nieman, who founded the Milwaukee Journal in 1882 at age 24 and served as the paper’s long-time editor-in-chief.

The story of Foley’s capture and release can be found in the current Marquette Magazine, including a letter to Marquette in his own words.

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2. Inauguration exhibit on display

The Libraries’ Department of Archives and Special Collections has prepared an exhibit of selected inaugural greetings and congratulations sent to Father Pilarz on the second floor of the AMU. The exhibit contains certificates, proclamations, the presidential mace and selected photos from the Sept. 22 and 23 inaugural events. The exhibit runs through Tuesday, Dec. 13.

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3. University mourns death of Sheila Reilly

Marquette University mourns the death of Sheila Reilly, former head of the dance department, who passed away Nov. 26.

Reilly was the head of the dance department at Marquette for 35 years, as well as the head of the dance department for Interlockhen National Music Camp for 26 years. Her dancers performed at the White House for President Kennedy in 1963.

Visitation will be at Alexian Village Chapel of the Holy Spirit, 9301 W. 76th Street, Saturday, Dec. 3, from 10:30 a.m. to noon, with the funeral mass at noon.

In lieu of flowers, memorials in her name can be sent to the John Neumeier Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to education development and the presentation of dance.

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4. Business Plan Competition accepting early submissions

The 10th annual Business Plan Competition is accepting early submission entries. Teams that submit entries by Monday, Dec. 12, will have the registration fee waived and be entered in a drawing to win a Google Chromebook. Entries can be submitted for business or social ventures. Registration and full competition details are available online.

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5. Neuroscience colloquium to be held

Dr. Kathleen Sluka, professor in the department of physical therapy and rehabilitation science at University of Iowa, will present “Mechanisms Underlying Chronic Musculoskeletal Pain” for The Integrative Neuroscience Research Center. The presentation will take place Tuesday, Dec. 6, at 3:30 p.m. in Schroeder Complex 256.

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6. Praise and worship prayer offered

A praise and worship style prayer will be offered Monday, Dec. 5, in St. Joan of Arc Chapel from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m., followed by fellowship. This event is co-sponsored by Campus Ministry, Campus Crusade for Christ, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, the Knights of Columbus and Lutheran Campus Ministry. For more information, contact Stephen Blaha, assistant director of Campus Ministry, at 8-6873.

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7. Holiday concerts to be held

Marquette University’s music programs will be holding multiple music events during the holiday season.

The 10th annual Lessons and Carols concert, "Gloria in excelsis Deo," will be Friday, Dec. 2, at 7:30 p.m. at the Church of the Gesu.

The concert will feature selections by John Rutter and Eric Whitacre, performed by Marquette University Chorus, directed by Mark Konewko; Marquette University Liturgical Choir, directed by Tom Kastor; and instrumentalists from the Milwaukee area. This candlelight service also features nine Biblical passages and traditional Christmas carols. Doors open at 7 p.m. and donations are accepted at this free concert.

The Marquette University chorus will be featured in the Music Area Holiday Concert along with the jazz ensemble, gospel choir, orchestra, symphonic band, and wind ensemble Sunday, Dec. 4, at 2 p.m. in the Varsity Theater.

Marquette’s premiere all male a cappella choir, the Naturals, will perform in “A Cappella Christmas” Saturday, Dec. 10, at 5 p.m. in the Weasler Auditorium.

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8. Easy Pass deadline is Dec. 13

The deadline to participate in the Easy Pass payroll deduction program is Tuesday, Dec. 13. The Easy Pass offers unlimited Milwaukee County bus rides, including Freeway Flyers and special event shuttles to the Bradley Center, Miller Park and other locations.

The program now costs $201 per quarter, instead of $210, and can be deducted before taxes to save money. Sign up between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. in AMU Union Station for passes that will be good during January, February and March. Participants who will be canceling their Easy Pass must also do so in Union Station by Dec. 13.

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9. Thank-you cards available for military

The Brew Cafes are holding “Holiday for Heroes” to thank the men and women serving in the military overseas. Those interested in creating a holiday card or thank-you card can stop by the Brew Bayou in the AMU Tuesday, Dec. 6, and Wednesday, Dec. 7, from 7 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. “Holiday for Heroes” is sponsored by the American Red Cross. Supplies will be provided for those interested in making a card, and cards will be distributed by the end of the week.

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10. Christmas activities for faculty and staff featured in Marquette Matters

The December/January issue of Marquette Matters, the printed monthly employee newsletter, will arrive in employee mailboxes within the next few days. This issue features articles about the Law School polling project, Dr. Lawrence Soley’s Fulbright Fellowship, university finances and the new physical therapy clinic.

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11. Fair trade fair taking place next week

The annual JUSTICE Fair Trade Fair will be held Friday, Dec. 9, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in AMU Ballrooms A and B. The fair will feature socially responsible and environmentally friendly shopping. For more information, contact Colleen Ross.

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12. Tell us about interesting December graduates by next Friday

The Office of Marketing and Communication is seeking stories about December 2011 graduates for possible use with area media. Graduates who have remarkable plans and jobs post-graduation; unusual backgrounds; overcame substantial obstacles in getting their degree; recent national-level exclusive awards, academic recognition, publications or scholarship; etc. are some ideas that would be appropriate.

What graduates do you know who have fascinating stories to tell? E-mail their names and plenty of details by Friday, Dec. 9.

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13. Holiday Giving Tree gifts due Dec. 5

All Holiday Gift Tree gifts can be turned in now through Monday, Dec. 5. Gifts can be turned in at the AMU info desk, Lalumiere 340, Rec Center, Rec Plex or Marquette Central. Marquette Volunteers appreciate all those who helped with this holiday project.

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14. SIPRs holding holiday meeting

The Social Innovation Practitioners and Researchers are holding a holiday meeting Thursday, Dec. 8, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. in Zilber 370. This holiday meeting will include a discussion on the upcoming Midwest University Consortium for Social Innovation, Faculty Champions for Social Innovation at Marquette and a call for Marquette faculty presentations to use social innovations in their disciplines as a tool for engaged learning.

Refreshments and snacks will be served. Interested participants can RSVP to Jeff Snell, special adviser to the president, at 8-4758. SIPRs was formed in response to growing interest in the Social Innovation Initiative, presented by the Office of the Provost.

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15. Study participants needed for strength matching

Volunteers are needed for a strength matching muscle fatigue research study, “Cognitive Stress and Neuromuscular Fatigue with Aging.” This study is conducted by Dr. Sandra Hunter, associate professor of exercise science.

The Neurophysiology of Human Movement laboratory in the program of exercise science is recruiting healthy young women and men aged 18 to 35 for a gender strength matching study. Specific requirements include women with very strong arm strength and men who do not regularly strength train. Compensation is provided. Call Bonnie Schindler-DeLap at 8-6674.

The study has been approved by Marquette’s Institutional Review Board for the protection of human subject. For more information about research participant rights, contact the Office of Research Compliance, 8-7570.

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16. Free group fitness classes offered tomorrow

The Department of Recreational Sports is offering free group fitness classes tomorrow, Dec. 2.

The classes are free to members. The cost is $2 for faculty and staff who are non-members to enter the facility and participate in the classes:

• Spin at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. at the Rec Center
• Zumba at 1 p.m. at the Rec Center

For more information, call the group fitness office at 8-6979 or contact Shannon Bustillos, assistant director of recreational sports, at 8-7778.

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17. Spirit Shop holding sale

The Marquette Spirit Shop is holding a Gear Up Sale now through Wednesday, Dec. 7. Selected fan wear will be 30 percent off, with an additional of 30 percent taken off already reduced clearance merchandise, as part of a bonus buy.

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