1. Professor and rector of Santa Clara University Jesuit community elected to Marquette University Board of Trustees

Rev. Michael A. Zampelli, S.J., rector of the Jesuit community and the Paul Locatalli, S.J., Professor in the Department of Theatre and Dance at Santa Clara University, has been elected to the Marquette University Board of Trustees.

Zampelli teaches courses in performance and culture, gender/sexuality in performance, theatre history, and literature. Father Zampelli’s scholarly work has appeared in journals such as Theatre Survey, Text and Presentation, and Religion and Theatre. He has also contributed essays on pre- and early-modern performance to several book volumes, including From Rome to Eternity: Catholicism and the Arts in Italy, 1550–1650 and The Jesuits II: Cultures, Sciences, and the Arts, 1540–1773.

In conjunction with his teaching and research, Father Zampelli also directs stage performances. He is particularly concerned with the process of retrieving historical performances for contemporary audiences. As rector, he is the religious superior for the Jesuits living and working at Santa Clara University.

Father Zampelli earned a bachelor’s degree in English from Georgetown University, a master’s degree in humanities from Fordham University, master of divinity and master of sacred theology degrees from the Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley, and a doctorate in drama from Tufts University in 1998. He was ordained a priest in 1993.

“Father Zampelli is as passionate about Catholic, Jesuit higher education as he is knowledgeable and experienced. He's one of those gifted educators who leaves students spellbound in lecture halls. As a Santa Clara faculty member with a keen understanding of academia, he will bring a valuable perspective to Marquette's board of trustees,” said Marquette President Scott R. Pilarz, S.J.

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2. All-university Christmas celebration is next week

The all-university Christmas celebration for students, faculty and staff is Wednesday, Dec. 14, from noon to 1:30 p.m. on the second floor of the AMU. This celebration will have Christmas treats, hot chocolate, festive music and lots of holiday cheer.

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3. Final grades due Dec. 20

Final grades are due in CheckMarq by noon, Tuesday, Dec. 20, for classes ending on or before Saturday, Dec. 17. The Office of the Registrar will enter grades of NG (no grade) on any grade roster with missing grades starting at noon on Dec. 20. Faculty will be responsible for submitting a grade change form for each student who receives a grade of NG.

Instructions are available from IT Services for instructors planning to scan exams. To ensure quick grading, exams should be turned in to the IT Services Help Desk on the second floor of Cudahy for scanning as soon as possible.

Contact Kerry Grosse, associate registrar, at 8-6320 or Vicki Trautschold, associate registrar, at 8-6313 Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. with questions about grading. The IT Services Help Desk is available after hours for questions at 8-7799.

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4. Holiday Gift of Time made permanent

Eligible Marquette employees will have two extra holidays this year and one to three additional holidays in future years, with the university deciding to close most offices from Christmas Eve through New Year's Day.

Marquette President Scott R. Pilarz, S.J., said the extended holiday period will allow employees more time to celebrate the Christmas season with family and friends and to plan ahead from year to year. In the past, the decision on whether to close university offices was made on an annual basis.

Cas Castro, director of human resources, said the change means there will be at least 11 holidays each year and, in some years, 14 holidays. These include Martin Luther King Jr., Day; Good Friday; Memorial Day; Independence Day; Labor Day; Thanksgiving; the day after Thanksgiving; and Christmas Eve through New Year's Day.

For 2011, most university offices will be closed the entire week of Dec. 26-30. That means the current holiday schedule, which included Dec. 23, 26 and 30 and Jan. 2 as holidays, is being adjusted. The holiday scheduled for Dec. 23 will remain. The Jan. 2 date will be applied to Dec. 29 and two extra holidays — Dec. 27 and Dec. 28 — are being added.

Limited campus services, including Public Safety, Facility Services and the Rec Plex, will remain open. In some cases hours will be adjusted.

Employees in departments where 24/7 or holiday coverage is necessary will work with their supervisors on alternative schedules.

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5. University mourns death of Kay Turano

Marquette University mourns the death of Kay Turano, who passed away December 4.

Turano’s long association with Marquette began as a volunteer for Rev. John J. Walsh, S.J., and the Marquette University Players. She organized a children’s program that held many productions, including Oliver Twist and Peter Pan. Kay’s volunteer work led to her working as an executive secretary for three consecutive Marquette presidents, Rev. Edward J. O’Donnell, S.J.; Rev. William F. Kelley, S.J; and, for twenty five years, Rev. John P. Raynor, S.J. Turano was also a member of Alpha Sigma Nu.

Visitation will be Friday, Dec. 9, from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. at the Church of the Gesu, with the funeral service directly following. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Gesu Parish.

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6. 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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7. OIE announces summer study abroad programs

The Office of International Education announces the summer 2012 study abroad program listings. Marquette faculty-led summer programs are an opportunity for students to build on their global knowledge through a hands-on experience. Applications will be accepted beginning Monday, Dec. 19. Students can explore new programs in Bolivia, Cuba, Cyprus, Morocco and London/Barcelona. More information is available on the OIE website.

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8. Brew City Stomp Down tickets available tomorrow

The National Pan-Hellenic Council of Marquette will present “Brew City Stomp Down” Saturday, Feb. 4, at the Riverside Theater. The show will feature Marquette’s DJ Poizon Ivy and talented step crews from across the Midwest.

Tickets are $20 and will be sold starting Friday, Dec. 9, at noon, and can be purchased online, at the Riverside and Pabst Theater box offices or at 414-286-3663. Ticket sales run Monday through Friday, from noon until 6:30 p.m. Contact Brew City Stomp Down for more information, or visit Twitter for event updates.

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9. Spirit Shop holding meet and greet, sales

The Marquette Spirit Shop is offering an opportunity to meet Coach Buzz Tuesday, Dec. 13, from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Spirit Shop during the ESPN Sports Radio broadcast.

The Spirit Shop is holding two sales in December:
•Christmas Sale, Friday, Dec. 9 through Friday, Dec. 23, sweatshirts, t-shirts and caps will be 25 percent off, with additional bonus buys throughout the store and 50 percent off on selected items.

•Super Tuesday 12 Hour Sale, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 13., with up to 50 percent off on selected items.

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10. Final free group fitness classes tomorrow

The Department of Recreational Sports is offering free group fitness classes tomorrow, Dec. 9. These are the last free Friday fitness classes until the spring semester.

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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11. Tell us about interesting December graduates by tomorrow

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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12. 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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