1. University mourns death of Dr. Claudia Schmidt

Dr. Claudia Schmidt, associate professor of philosophy, passed away Friday, Jan. 7, after a long battle with leukemia. Specializing in Hume, Kant and philosophy of history, Schmidt joined Marquette as an assistant professor in 2000 and was promoted to associate professor in 2007.

Her published work includes David Hume — Reason in History (2003), and articles on Hume, Kant and the philosophy of history appeared in Kant-Studien, Clio, Studies in History and Philosophy of Science, Southern Journal of Philosophy and elsewhere. Schmidt also served in a number of leadership positions for Phi Beta Kappa, Zeta Chapter of Wisconsin. “In her teaching, Claudia was able to share her enthusiasm for the history of philosophy, and her graduate course in Kant was one that prepared students well for further study,” said Dr. James South, chair and associate professor of philosophy. “As a colleague, Claudia was unfailingly delightful. Her sense of humor, her concern for colleagues and students and her joy in her vocation as a scholar and teacher were contagious.”

Schmidt received her bachelor’s degree in history from the University of California at Riverside, her master’s in religious studies from the University of California at Santa Barbara, a doctorate in theology from Graduate Theological Union and a doctorate in philosophy from the University of Iowa.

She is survived by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Heartland Schmidt, and other family and friends. A private funeral service is planned. Plans are pending for public memorial services in Milwaukee (which will be announced in News Briefs) and California.

Memorials in her honor may be made to:
Way Klingler College of Arts and Sciences
c/o University Advancement

Expressions of condolence may be sent to:
Mr. and Mrs. Heartland Schmidt
209 Nisbet Way
Riverside, CA 92507
Please remember Dr. Schmidt, her family and friends in prayer.

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2. Way Klingler Fellowship Award applications due tomorrow

Applications for the Way Klingler Fellowship Award are due tomorrow, Jan. 19. One award, the Way Klingler Humanities Fellow, will be made in 2011 and the competition for 2012 will be for the Way Klingler Science Fellowship. The humanities fellow will receive $20,000 annually for three years.

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3. Performance added for A Year with Frog and Toad

The Department of Performing Arts has added a fourth public performance of A Year with Frog and Toad, Saturday, Jan. 22, at 11 a.m. The other three previously scheduled shows have sold out.

The story follows two friends, the cheerful and popular Frog and the grumpy Toad, through four seasons. Waking from hibernation in the spring, they proceed to plant gardens, swim, rake leaves and go sledding, learning life lessons along the way, including about friendship and rejoicing in the attributes that make each of us different and special.

Tickets cost $11 can be purchased by contacting the box office at 8-7504.

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4. Milwaukee Brewers’ Rick Schlesinger to speak at Law School

Milwaukee Brewers Executive Vice President of Business Operations Rick Schlesinger, who oversees the day-to-day operations of Milwaukee’s major league baseball team, will be a guest for On the Issues With Mike Gousha on Thursday, Jan. 27, at 12:15 p.m. in Eckstein Hall.

Schlesinger, a lawyer who has worked for Disney and the Anaheim Angels, will discuss the challenges of running a professional sports franchise, industry trends and how he wound up working in baseball. The event is co-sponsored by the National Sports Law Institute of the Law School.  

Register online. Space is limited.

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5. Singers, dancers and drummers needed for Mission Week performance

The Office of Mission and Ministry is looking for Marquette community members to participate in the opening of the keynote speaker event during Mission Week. Ethnic dancers, drummers and singers are needed for a culturally enriched performance at 4 p.m. Feb. 10, and for rehearsals.

For more information and to RSVP, contact Brigid Alba, administrative assistant in the Office of Mission and Ministry, at 8-1794 by Friday, Jan. 28.

Dr. Paul Farmer, a medical anthropologist and physician, will speak at 4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 10, in the Varsity Theatre for the Mission Week 2011 keynote address, “Imagine a More Just World: Partnering with the Poor.” Farmer is founding director of Partners In Health, an international non-profit organization that provides direct health care services and has undertaken research and advocacy activities on behalf of those who are sick and living in poverty.

Mission Week 2011 will be held Feb. 6-11. For more information or to assist with Mission Week 2011, contact the Office of Mission and Ministry at 8-1881.

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6. Wiener honored with American Foundation for the Blind award

Dr. William Wiener, professor and former dean of the Graduate School and vice provost for research, has been named one of two 2011 Migel Medal recipients by the American Foundation for the Blind. The medal, the highest award in the field of blindness according to AFB, honors professionals and volunteers whose dedication and achievements have improved the lives of people who are blind or visually impaired.

Early in his career, Wiener chaired a committee to develop a code of ethics for orientation and mobility specialists that has since been incorporated into the process of certification for orientation and mobility professionals. Wiener was also instrumental in developing a certification examination that formed the foundation for initial certification. In addition, he is the chief editor of Foundations of Orientation and Mobility (the textbook used in most university programs in visual impairment, according to Wiener), a member of the Board of Directors of the American Foundation for the Blind, former president of the Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired and former chairperson of the Editorial Advisory Board of the Journal of Visual Impairment and Blindness.

Wiener will be honored by the AFB March 11-12 in Seattle.

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7. Nominate students for scholarships

Several alumni groups have scholarship awards for which they are seeking nominations. Faculty and staff who know students who qualify for any of these awards are encouraged to nominate them or, for the scholarships that do not require nominations, to encourage students to apply. Students receiving tuition remission or full-tuition scholarships are not eligible for these awards.

The Association of Marquette University Women Scholarship — $2,500 for junior (60-99 credits) women beginning their senior year in fall 2011 who are enrolled full-time with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.3 and demonstrate financial need. Application deadline is Feb. 4, 2011.

Ralph H. Metcalfe, Sr., Scholarship — Three awards of up to $2,000 each for Marquette students of color who are enrolled full-time with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 and who demonstrate financial need. At least one award will go to an Educational Opportunity Program student and one to a non-EOP student. Sponsored by the Ethnic Alumni Association. Application deadline is Feb. 11, 2011.

AMUW Ignatian Leadership Award — $1,000 award for a senior woman (graduating in 2011) enrolled full-time who excels academically and demonstrates leadership and service to the Marquette and Milwaukee (or her hometown) communities and strives to live out the Ignatian ideals. Faculty/staff nomination is required along with student application. Deadline is Feb. 18, 2011.

Pedro Arrupe Award — $2,500 for a junior in good standing and enrolled full-time who emulates the values and ideals of Rev. Pedro Arrupe, S.J., superior general of the Society of Jesus from 1961 to 1984, and is involved in service in and beyond the Marquette community. Faculty/staff nomination is required along with student application and essay. Deadline is March 25, 2011.

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8. Schedule classroom space for review sessions, final exams and ad hoc events

Faculty can submit the online form to request classroom space from the Office of the Registrar beginning today, Jan. 18, through Jan. 31 for their spring 2011 course review sessions and final exams. Beginning Monday, Feb. 1, faculty will submit the online form to AMU Event Management.

Scheduling of classroom space for all ad hoc events is handled by AMU Event Management. To request classroom space for an ad hoc event, complete the Classroom Reservation Request Form. To request a change for an existing ad hoc reservation, contact Annette Conrad, associate director of Alumni Memorial Union. Faculty who need changes to classrooms for their courses continue to use the SOC Change form.   

Before reserving a separate classroom for student testing accommodations, faculty should contact the testing coordinator in the Office of Disability Services. This office now arranges space and a proctor for students who qualify for testing accommodations (private room, extra time, text-to-speech software, etc.). Reservations can be made throughout the term, without the need to schedule through the Office of the Registrar or Events Management. For more information, see the test proctoring guidelines from Disability Services.

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9. Training and feedback sessions for contract review offered

The Purchasing Department and Office of the General Counsel will conduct training and feedback sessions for the changes to UPP 1-06, Contracts Obligating University Funds, on Monday, Jan. 24, at 3 p.m., and Wednesday, Jan. 26, at 9:30 a.m., in the Raynor Library Beaumier Suites. The sessions will focus on continuous improvement in understanding and simplifying the new processes as well as an opportunity for users to give feedback.

For more information, contact the Purchasing Department at 8-7453, or the Office of the General Counsel at 8-7343.

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10. Sessions about working with minors, driving training policies offered

The Office of Risk Management will host a training session for UPP 4-26, Working with Minors, Tuesday, Jan. 25, from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. in AMU 157. The session will cover whom the policy applies to and its proper implementation. Contact Kim Llanas, insurance and claims administrator, at 8-8492 to register.
A session about UPP 1-26, University Vehicles and Driver Training Policy, as it relates to the Alert Driving System and its application, is also being planned (date TBD). Contact Llanas if interested in attending. If there is limited interest, the session may be postponed to later in 2011.

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11. Classroom software updated

General pool classroom computers have been upgraded with Windows 7 and Microsoft Office 2010. For more information, contact the Help Desk at 8-7799.

For additional software installation requests, contact Marie Hegerty, associate registrar, at 8-6312.

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12. Learn to Swim Program offered at Rec Plex

The Rec Plex is offering a Learn to Swim Program for children and adults sponsored by the American Red Cross from today, Jan. 18, through March 8. The program is segmented into six levels, in addition to the Tiny Tots/Wee Folks program. Cost is $40 for members and $46 for non-members.

Call John Kratzer, general manager of the Rec Plex, at 8-7778 for more information.

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13. Dept. of Recreational Sports offers Triathlon Challenge

The Department of Recreational Sports is offering its Triathlon Challenge, an individual fitness challenge, beginning Tuesday, Jan. 25. Participants will choose three activities from a list of various workout options to complete the designated mileage or hours during the semester.

Registration is limited and begins today, Jan. 18. For more information contact Shannon Bustillos, assistant director of recreational sports, at 8-7778.

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14. Monitor university communications for weather closings

In the event of a weather-related closing, students, faculty and staff will be notified by e-mail and, for those registered, by text messaging and Twitter. Local media will be notified of any closing, and Marquette.edu would also post information.

All faculty and staff with university-owned cell phones have been automatically enrolled for text messages. Faculty and staff may also register their personal cell phone numbers in the “Personal Information” section of MyJob.

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15. Father Wild and men’s basketball team featured on Sports32, ESPNU

An interview with Marquette President Robert A. Wild, S.J., will be featured today, Jan. 18, at 5 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. on Sports32. As a featured segment in Inside Marquette Basketball with Buzz Williams, Father Wild will discuss his tenure at Marquette, his relationship with Men's Basketball Head Coach Buzz Williams and the importance of athletics at Marquette.

The men’s basketball team will also be featured during a 30-minute ESPNU program, All-Access: Marquette Men’s Basketball, Wednesday, Jan. 19, and Friday, Jan. 21, at 5 p.m. The show will guide fans through a typical day as seen from the perspective of the coaches and players, with Williams giving an inside look at a film session and practice with the Golden Eagles.

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