1. Nominate a co-worker for an employee service award

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. Four employees 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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2. "As America Ages" is topic of Boheim lecture

Dr. Karyn Holm, professor of nursing at DePaul University, will give a special presentation of the Distinguished Eleanor H. Boheim Lecture, “As America Ages,” at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 1. The lecture, free and open to the public, will take place in the Raynor Library Beaumier Suites and is sponsored by the Association of Marquette University Women.

Holm will address a number of issues facing America with more people living into their 80s, and beyond, than ever before. She will discuss how our ability to promote healthy aging, the development of technology and advancement of research influences society’s expectations about health and health care for aging Americans.

Holm, the 2007-08 AMUW Women’s Chair in Humanistic Studies, has focused her research and scholarship on the importance of physical activity and exercise in health, the prevention of heart disease and bone loss in women, and functional decline with hospitalization in aging adults.

AMUW promotes the interests of Marquette's past, present and future women students to link them in a common endeavor.

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3. Kohl’s chief Mansell to deliver keynote at annual Business Leaders Forum

Kevin Mansell, chairman, president and CEO of Kohl’s Department Stores, will deliver the keynote speech at the College of Business Administration’s annual Business Leaders Forum luncheon Wednesday, Feb. 2, in the AMU ballroom. Mansell will present “Winning During Challenging Times.” The cost of is $40 per person. Corporate tables of eight are available for $400. Register online.

Mansell joined Kohl's in 1982 as a divisional merchandise manager and was promoted to general merchandise manager in 1987. During the next nine years, he added responsibility for the company's merchandise planning, allocation and micromarketing; became senior executive vice president of merchandising and marketing in 1998; and was named president and director in 1999. He was promoted to Kohl's CEO in 2008 and named chairman of the board in 2009.

Established in 1999, the Business Leaders Forum is a speaker series sponsored by the College of Business Administration. The forum provides a setting for nationally recognized business leaders to engage in discussions and interact with students, faculty and local business leaders.

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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. Peacemaker in Residence giving two presentations

Dr. Jim Douglass, 2010-11 Peacemaker in Residence, will give two presentations that are free and open to the public.

Douglass, co-founder of the Ground Zero Center for Nonviolent Action in Poulsbo, Wash. and Mary’s House, a Catholic worker house of hospitality in Birmingham, Ala., will discuss what it means for a president of the United States to be transformed into a peacemaker at the edge of total nuclear war in “JFK, Obama and the Unspeakable Wednesday, Feb. 2, at noon in AMU 227. At 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 3, in Raynor Library Beaumier Suite B, Douglass will discuss if Gandhi and his assassins can become a way of liberation in “Gandhi and the Unspeakable.”

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6. Memorial service for Dr. Claudia Schmidt is Feb. 1

A memorial service for Dr. Claudia Schmidt, associate professor of philosophy who passed away Jan. 7, will be held Tuesday, Feb. 1, at 7 p.m. at Mark's Episcopal Church, 2618 N. Hackett Ave., Milwaukee. Rev. April Berends, rector of St. Mark's, will lead the service.

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7. Janice Welburn named Academic/Research Librarian of the Year

Janice Welburn, dean of libraries, has been named the 2011 Association of College and Research Libraries’ Academic/Research Librarian of the Year. The award recognizes an outstanding member of the library profession who has made a significant national or international contribution to academic/research librarianship and library development.

Welburn was selected for her devotion to mentoring new librarians throughout her career and her commitment to diversity and professional service. Welburn has contributed to academic and research librarianship through service on numerous ACRL boards and committees, has co-edited Advocacy, Outreach and the Nation’s Academic Libraries: A Call for Action and Human Resources Management in Today’s Academic Library: Meeting Challenges and Creating Opportunities. She is also the co-author of numerous articles and book chapters.

“This award is truly deserved, and we are very, very proud to have Janice as a colleague here at Marquette,” said President Robert A. Wild, S.J. “Janice is a tremendous asset and resource for our students, faculty and staff.”

“Janice is a tireless worker,” said Kenley Neufeld, chair of the ACRL Academic/Research Librarian of the Year Award Committee and library director at Santa Barbara City College. “She naturally possesses the people skills that most of us work hard to obtain — integrity, trust, kindness and a passion for the profession. Janice has made a major impact on academic and research librarianship not only for her contribution to the literature concerning diversity not only in academic libraries but also in libraries in general.”

Welburn will be formally recognized by the ACRL Wednesday, March 30, in Philadelphia.

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8. Mission Week book discussion to cover Mountains Beyond Mountains

Mike Hogan, director of the Faber Center for Ignatian Spirituality, will host a Mission Week book discussion of Tracy Kidder's novel, Mountains Beyond Mountains: The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, a Man Who Would Cure the World" Monday, Feb. 7, from noon to 1 p.m. at the Faber Center, Schroeder Complex 111. Call 8-4545 for a free copy of the book and to register by Wednesday, Feb. 2. Space is limited.

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9. 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. 1, 8, 15 and 22, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., in AMU 157, and Wednesdays, Feb. 2, 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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10. Libraries now offering mobile access

The libraries are now offering anywhere, on-the-go library access, with no apps needed. Two innovations now allow library users to connect to the library website and to the campus catalog, MARQCAT, using mobile devices.

The website may be accessed directly, while smartphones connecting to the standard site will be redirected. The mobile site has been configured to connect to the most-used services, including Ask a Librarian, research guides, databases, class reserves, hours and more. The catalog, dubbed MARQmobile, also detects mobile users and formats the screen accordingly. Both sites support Android, iPhone, Blackberry and others.

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11. Psychology, chemistry, nursing and neuroscience programs to be held

The Department of Psychology will hold a colloquium Thursday, Jan. 27, at 3:30 p.m. in Cramer 104J. Drs. Steve Saunders, professor of psychology, and Alyson Gerdes, assistant professor of psychology, will present “Externship preparation: Question and answer.”

The College of Nursing will hold a forum tomorrow, Jan. 25, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:20 p.m. in the Clark Hall terrace. Dr. Robert Topp, professor and assistant dean for research at the University of Louisville School of Nursing, will present “Getting Students Involved in Research.”

Dr. Carsten Krebs, associate professor of chemistry, biochemistry and molecular biology at Penn State University, will present “Formation and Function of the Heterodinuclear Mn/Fe Cofactor of Chlamydia Trachomatis Ribonucleotide Reductase.” This Department of Chemistry colloquium will be Friday, Jan. 28, at 4 p.m. in Todd Wehr Chemistry 121. Refreshments will be available beginning at 3:45 p.m.

The Integrative Neuroscience Research Center will host a seminar Tuesday, Feb. 1, from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., in Schroeder Complex 256. Dr. David Baker, associate professor of biomedical sciences, will present “Probing outside the synapse to understanding diseases of the brain.” For more information, contact Cathy Morrell, academic coordinator for biomedical sciences, at 8-7329.

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12. Women’s basketball game costs $2 for employees

All Marquette faculty and staff will receive $2 admission and a free bag of popcorn with a Marquette ID for the women’s basketball game Wednesday, Jan. 26, at 7 p.m. Marquette will host Louisville at the Al McGuire Center for Faculty and Staff Appreciation Night.

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13. Study abroad fair and information sessions to be held

The Office of International Education will host its spring study abroad fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 26, in the AMU second floor lobby area. Marquette community members will have the opportunity to see what programs Marquette offers and to speak with program representatives and OIE staff.

OIE will also hold information sessions for specific programs next week.

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14. Weight Watchers enrollment offered, FSA reimbursement provided

The Employee Wellness Program is offering a special mid-series Weight Watchers at Work enrollment event Thursday, Jan. 27, from noon to 1 p.m. in Raynor Beaumier Suite A. Attendees can sample Weight Watchers snacks and smoothies, hear from successful members and enter a prize drawing. For $72, attendees can join for six weeks of meetings and receive eight weeks of free e-tools. Cash, checks and major credit cards are accepted. A gift will be provided to anyone who joins and for current members who bring a friend. Weight Watchers meetings are Thursdays from noon to 1 p.m. in Raynor Library. The first class of the six-week series will begin Feb. 3. For more information on Weight Watchers at Work, contact Mandi Richter, employee wellness coordinator, at 8-4581.
With a letter from a physician stating weight loss is a medical necessity, Weight Watchers at Work classes are an eligible medical flexible spending account expense (food is not included). This could include weight loss needed to control diabetes, high blood pressure, and other weight-related medical issues. For more information contact the Employee Benefits Corporation, Marquette’s FSA administrator, at 1-800-346-2126.

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15. Teach for America hosting alumni discussion panel

Career Services is sponsoring a Teach for America alumni discussion panel Thursday, Jan. 27, at 8 p.m. in Lalumiere 232. Teach For America is a non-profit organization dedicated to help eliminating educational inequity in the United States. Marquette announced its partnership with TFA in March 2009.

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16. Donations to combat childhood disorder collected at tomorrow’s basketball game

The Department of Intercollegiate Athletics’ Student-Athlete Advisory Council will accept contributions for “Cure for Kirby” at the men’s basketball game against the University of Connecticut tomorrow, Jan. 25, at 8 p.m. at the Bradley Center.

Marquette student-athletes wearing “Cure for Kirby” T-shirts will be at Bradley Center exits after the game accepting contributions to benefit the Children’s Medical Research Foundation to fund research and find a cure for Sanfilippo B syndrome. The Children’s Medical Research Foundation was established in 1995 in response to 19-year-old Kirby Wilson’s diagnosis of Sanfilippo B syndrome, a rare neuro-genetic disorder stopping normal development and typically causing death before adulthood.

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17. Public Safety offering self-defense classes

The Department of Public Safety will hold a free self-defense class at 5 p.m. Monday, Jan. 31, in AMU 163.

The class incorporates national and local crime trends, a hands-on approach and effective techniques with simple strategies for escaping potentially dangerous situations for both males and females. Participants are encouraged to wear athletic attire. Registration is required by calling DPS at 8-6800.

Additional classes will be held at 5 p.m. in AMU 163:

• Tuesday, Feb. 22
• Monday, March 28
• Tuesday, April 12

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18. Confidential hotline available to report financial misconduct

Marquette University values its obligation to students, faculty, staff and the public to maintain the highest ethical standards. To help maintain those standards, the university offers an anonymous, confidential hotline for reporting activities that may represent financial misconduct.
Marquette contracts with EthicsPoint to provide a secure server and toll-free hotline, which are not operated by Marquette. This resource may be especially important for members of our community who feel uncomfortable discussing suspected financial misconduct with their colleagues or supervisors.
Individuals can report activities online or by calling 1-800-445-7068.

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