1. Rev. David Tracy presenting “Naming God: Event, Form, Fragment” today

Rev. David Tracy, S.T.L., S.T.D., will present a Catholic intellectual tradition lecture, “Naming God: Event, Form, Fragment,” at 7 p.m. today, Feb. 7, in the AMU Monaghan Ballroom. Father Tracy is a Roman Catholic theologian, the Andrew Thomas Greeley and Grace McNichols Greeley Distinguished Service Professor (emeritus) of Catholic Studies, and professor of theology and the philosophy of religions in the University of Chicago Divinity School. He is the author of The Analogical Imagination: Christian Theology and the Culture of Pluralism.

This Mission Week program is sponsored by the offices of the Provost and Mission and Ministry.

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2. Employee service award nominations due Friday

Nominations for Excellence in University Service Awards will be accepted until Friday, Feb. 11. This is an opportunity for Marquette employees to recommend co-workers who demonstrate the Ignatian ideal of care for others, as well as carry out the mission of the university. Candidates should be nominated based on meritorious service that is above and beyond their normal duties. Two administrators and two support staff will be selected. Nominations will be kept for consideration for two years.

Individual Excellence in University Service Award plaques will be presented to this year's award recipients at a ceremony Wednesday, March 30. The names of the recipients will also be added to a permanent plaque in the AMU Henke Lounge.

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3. Presidential Inauguration date set, Honorary Steering Committee named

The inauguration of Rev. Scott Pilarz, S.J., as the 23rd president of Marquette University will take place Thursday and Friday, Sept. 22 and 23, 2011. Mass will take place Thursday evening, with the inaugural ceremony following on Friday morning. Times and additional details will be announced.
Provost John Pauly, with the recommendation of the University Academic Senate, has announced that classes will be canceled from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 23, so that all students and faculty may have the opportunity to attend the inauguration ceremony. Please note that classes will not be canceled the entire day.
An Honorary Steering Committee, made up of faculty, staff, students, alumni and others, has been named to oversee the inaugural events. Janice Welburn, dean of libraries, will chair the committee. Other committee members include Steve Cottingham, athletic director; Dr. William Cullinan, dean, College of Health Sciences; Tricia Geraghty, vice president, Marketing and Communication; Stephanie Glanzmann, chair, Committee on Staff, and office assistant, School of Dentistry; Dr. Joseph Green, director, Educational Opportunity Program; Mary Henke, trustee emerita; Darren Jackson, chair, Board of Trustees; Dr. Christine Krueger, chair, University Academic Senate and associate professor of English; Lisa Olson, chair, Committee on Administrators, and director of business operations, Information Technology Services; Rev. Phil Rossi, S.J., interim dean, Klingler College of Arts and Sciences and professor of theology; Valerie Reed, president, Marquette University Alumni Association; Stephanie Russell, vice president for Mission and Ministry; Andrea Schneider, professor of law; Ann Taghikhani, director of University Special Events; Joey Ciccone, 2011-12 MUSG president; and Meghan Ladwig, 2010-11 MUSG president.
A planning committee chaired by Ann Taghikhani will manage event logistics.

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4. Alumna/best-selling author to discuss Arapaho spirituality

Margaret Coel, Jour ’60, will share how her study of Arapaho spirituality has informed her writing and life at “Finding Common Ground: Imagining Another Spiritual Path” at noon tomorrow, Feb. 8, in Johnston 104. Coel is a New York Times best-selling author of the acclaimed Wind River Mystery Series, set among the Arapahos on Wyoming’s Wind River Reservation.

This Mission Week program is sponsored by the Diederich College of Communication.

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5. Ojibwe performer to feature songs, flute and hoop dancing

Thirza Defoe, a performer from the Ojibwe and Oneida tribes of Wisconsin, will share her culture and its history through performance and presentation of social songs, traditional flute music, storytelling and hoop dancing at “Storytelling and Imagination: Performance and Narrative” at 2 p.m., 2:45 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. tomorrow, Feb. 8, in Johnston 103.

This Mission Week program is sponsored by the Diederich College of Communication.

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6. Collage Concert to feature seven university performing groups

Marquette’s first Collage Concert will be held tomorrow, Feb. 8, at 4 p.m. in the AMU Monaghan Ballroom. Seven of the university’s instrumental and performing groups will perform for 10 minutes each, showcasing the wide variety of musical styles and genres that contribute to how we think about religious imagination. Refreshments will be served.

This Mission Week event is sponsored by the Office of Student Development.

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7. Anderson to discuss nationalist violence and Christian unity

Dr. Braden Anderson, Grad ’06, lecturer in theology, will present a Soup with Substance, “One Church under God: Imagining Christian Unity Amidst National Division” from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 9, in the AMU Henke Lounge. Anderson will discuss how nationalist violence is among the most prominent forms of violence propagated by Christians against other Christians and non-Christians alike, how to address these divisions for the sake of reconciliation and how the resources of the Christian theological tradition might provide guidance.

This Mission Week event is sponsored by the Center for Peacemaking and Campus Ministry.

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8. Coffee, chocolate and prayer featured at event

A Women’s Prayer and Poetry Coffeehouse will be held at 4:15 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 9, in the AMU Henke Lounge. Attendees can enjoy coffee and chocolate while listening to faculty, staff and students share prayers, poems and songs representing diverse faith traditions and beliefs. No registration needed.

This Mission Week event is sponsored by the Faber Center for Ignatian Spirituality and Office of Mission and Ministry.

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9. Young, black professionals featured at roundtable discussion

The Office of Student Development’s Division of Multicultural Affairs is sponsoring “Young, Black, Successful” Friday, Feb. 11, at 6 p.m. in the AMU Lunda Room. Community leaders and professionals from the Greater Milwaukee area will share stories of their success and offer real life perspectives during roundtable discussions. Featured speakers include Jason Fields, Wisconsin State representative; Marquette Baylor, caseworker in the local office of Sen. Herb Kohl; Dr. Ramel Smith, psychiatrist at Children’s Hospital; and entrepreneur Kevin Newell.

For more information contact the Office of Student Development at 8-1412.

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10. Marquette nationally ranked in Peace Corps participation last year

Marquette University ranked 25th among medium-sized colleges and universities category (5,000- 15,000-undergraduates) for student participation in the Peace Corps last year, according to data released by the Peace Corps.

Twenty-one Marquette undergraduate alumni are serving as Peace Corps volunteers. George Washington University led the medium-sized school category with 72 alumni.

Since the founding of the Peace Corps in 1961, 663 Marquette alumni have served as volunteers.

Peace Corps volunteers serve their country through a federal government agency in support of world peace and friendship, working on issues ranging from AIDS education to information technology and environmental preservation.

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11. Research forum on community and civic engagement to be held

A campus research forum on community and civic engagement with Dr. Jeanne Hossenlopp, vice provost for research, will be held Monday, Feb. 14, from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. in Raynor Libraries Beaumier Suites BC. The forum will pull Marquette resources together to create a campus-wide research agenda that builds on existing strengths.

A follow-up forum will be held Tuesday, April 5, at 10 a.m. in Raynor Libraries Beaumier Suites BC.

The meetings will identify key connections to the community already in existence, key connections to the community that are needed, additional faculty or resources that should be included and plan development to move a research agenda forward. RSVP to Jennie Schatzman, office coordinator of research and sponsored programs, at 8-7225.

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12. Honors Program hosting Ho-Chunk medicine man and Lakota woman

The Honors Program is presenting a contemplative lecture Tuesday, Feb. 15, from 5 to 6 p.m. in Raynor Conference Suite A. Michael Day, a Ho-Chunk medicine man, and Nancy DoveSong, a Lakota, will discuss the notion of spirituality and its relationship to theology, religion, psychology, ethics and philosophy.

The lecture, “Maintaining Native American Traditions in Modern Times,” is hosted by Dr. Anthony Peressini, director of the Honors Program, and is supported in part by the Simmons Religious Commitment Fund.

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13. Retirement planning programs offered

The Department of Human Resources is offering a series of retirement planning programs, “Retirewise,” which will focus on retirement savings, how to calculate inflation, tax-saving tips and selecting distribution schedules from 403(b) or 401(k) plans. The series, presented by Paul Tourville, financial planner at Next Level Planning & Wealth Management, and Mike Russo, financial services representative at MetLife, will be offered in two tracks:

• The “Freshmen Series,” a beginner and refresher course, for employees starting to plan for retirement or in need of a refresher course in retirement planning, will be held Tuesdays, Feb. 8, 15 and 22, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., in AMU 157, and Wednesdays, Feb. 9, 16 and 23, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in AMU 157.

• The “Sophomore Series,” an intermediate to advanced course for employees who have an average to advanced understanding of the financial aspects of retirement planning, will be held Tuesdays, March 1, 8, 22 and 29, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., in AMU 157; Wednesdays, March 2, 9 and 23, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in AMU 157; and Wednesday, March 30, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., AMU 163.

Registration is required.

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14. Workshop to address presentation technology

The Center for Teaching and Learning and the Instructional Media Center are holding “Presentation Technology; Prezi, VOPTT, etc.” Monday and Tuesday, Feb. 7 and 8.

The workshop is part of a series focusing on e-teaching subjects and skills that are useful in online and hybrid (combined online and face-to-face) teaching. The series combines the subjects formerly offered in the separate e-teaching and hybrid workshops.

Each workshop will be offered twice a week, on Monday and Tuesday, from noon to 1:30 p.m. in Raynor 320H:

Feb. 21 and 22 — Using quizzing, surveys and gradebook in D2L
Feb. 28 and March 1 — Using the discussion forum in D2L
March 7 and 8 — Producing and using digital images
March 21 and 22 — Video and audio production
March 28 and 29 — Web 2.0: web pages, timelines, storytelling; wikis and blogs, etc.
April 4 and 5 — Using clickers
April 11 and 12 — Same time technology: Skype, Live Meeting, etc.
April 18 and 19 — What librarians can do for you
May 2 and 3 — Social media; Facebook, LinkedIn, etc.

Registration is suggested, but not required, at 8-7305. For more information contact Dr. Dave Buckholdt, director of the Center for Teaching and Learning, at 8-0268.

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15. Pink Zone basketball game, bra drive being held

The women's basketball team will host its 6th Annual Women's Basketball Coaches Association's Pink Zone game Saturday, Feb. 19, at 2 p.m., when the Golden Eagles take on the Rutgers Scarlet Knights at the Al McGuire Center. The event includes a pregame health fair beginning at 1 p.m.

Fans are encouraged to wear pink to the game in support of breast cancer awareness. Pink Zone T-shirts will also be available at the game and the Spirit Shop. All proceeds will benefit the Kay Yow/WBCA Cancer Fund and the Milwaukee Breast and Cervical Cancer Awareness Program. Go online for more information or to donate to the cause.

In conjunction with the “Pink Zone” event, the Center for Health Education and Promotion is hosting its third annual “Bra Drive,” through Saturday, Feb. 19. Collection bins are located around campus, including in the AMU, Rec Center, Rec Plex and McCormick, Schroeder, Cobeen and Mashuda residence halls to collect new or gently used bras for the Sexual Assault Treatment Center of Greater Milwaukee. Bras will be collected until halftime of the game. For more information, contact the Center for Health Promotion at 8-5217.

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16. Biology, philosophy, psychology and chemistry colloquiums this week

The Department of Biological Sciences will host a seminar Friday, Feb. 11, at 3:15 p.m. in Wehr Life Science 111. Dr. Grover Waldrop, professor of kinetic and chemical mechanisms of enzymatic reactions from Louisiana State University, will present “A Tale of Two Functions: Enzymatic Activity or Translational Repression by a Biotin-Dependent Enzyme.” Refreshments will be served at 3 p.m. For more information, call the Department of Biological Sciences at 8-7355.

Rev. Garth Hallett, S.J., adjunct professor of philosophy and dean of the College of Philosophy and Letters at St. Louis University, will present “Language and Descartes' Disembodied Ego” at 3:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 11. This Department of Philosophy colloquium will be held in Raynor Beaumier Suite A.

The Department of Psychology will hold a colloquium Thursday, Feb. 10, at 3:30 p.m. in Cramer 104J. Dr. Stewart Shankman, associate professor of psychology at University of Illinois Chicago, will present “A psychophysiological investigation into appetitive and aversive motivation in psychopathology.”

Dr. Jonathan Wilker, associate professor of inorganic chemistry at Purdue University, will present “Biomaterials at the Beach: Characterization and Synthetic Mimics of Shellfish Adhesives.” This Department of Chemistry colloquium will be Friday, Feb. 11, at 4 p.m. in Todd Wehr Chemistry 121. Refreshments will be available beginning at 3:45 p.m.

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17. A Mission Week prayer — God’s Grandeur

On each of the days during Mission Week, a different poem is being offered to the campus community for reflection. Instead of a traditional prayer or reflection, these poems are suggested as ways to explore one’s religious imagination.  

God’s Grandeur
by Rev. Gerard Manley Hopkins, S.J., Victorian poet (1844-1889)

The world is charged with the grandeur of God.
 It will flame out, like shining from shook foil;
 It gathers to a greatness, like the ooze of oil
Crushed. Why do men then now not reck his rod?
Generations have trod, have trod, have trod;
And all is seared with trade; bleared, smeared with toil;
 And wears man’s smudge and shares man’s smell:
the soil
Is bare now, nor can foot feel, being shod.

And for all this, nature is never spent;
 There lives the dearest freshness deep down things;
And though the last lights off the black West went
 Oh, morning, at the brown brink eastward, springs –
Because the Holy Ghost over the bent
 World broods with warm breast and with, ah! bright wings.

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