1. Mass and reception to be held for St. Ignatius Feast Day

Marquette University will observe St. Ignatius Feast Day on Monday, Aug. 1. Rev. Jeffrey LaBelle, S.J., assistant professor of educational policy and leadership and rector of the Marquette Jesuit Community, will celebrate Mass at the AMU Chapel of the Holy Family at noon. A reception in the AMU rotunda will follow.

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2. Undergrads to present McNair research projects

Undergraduate students participating in the Ronald E. McNair Scholars Program this summer will present their research at the 21st Annual McNair Undergraduate Research Symposium, which will be held July 27-28. Poster presentations will be held Wednesday, July 27, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. in AMU 163. On Thursday, July 28, the oral presentations will be held from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. in Cudahy Hall, followed by a reception.

For more information, contact the McNair Scholars Program at 8-1771.

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3. Adults age 50 and over needed for memory research

Dr. Kristy Nielson, chair and professor of psychology, is seeking volunteers age 50 and over for memory studies designed to predict who will age “successfully” and those who may get Alzheimer’s disease.

Study participation involves cognitive and memory testing and, for some participants, the use of a Nintendo game system in their home, with the option for annual follow-up. Participants will receive compensation. Qualified participants must be in good general health and not have Alzheimer’s disease (although mild memory difficulties are permitted). Individuals who have family members who have or had Alzheimer’s disease are particularly desired.

For more information or to volunteer, call 8-5888 or e-mail Dr. Nielson.

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

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4. Former associate provost Father Fitzgibbons to become president of Regis University

The Regis University Board of Trustees has announced former Marquette associate provost for faculty development Rev. John P. Fitzgibbons, S.J., as the 24th president of Regis University. Father Fitzgibbons will take office June 1, 2012, succeeding Rev. Michael Sheeran, S.J., the current Regis University president who will move to Washington, D.C., upon retirement to work in one of the Jesuit offices.

Father Fitzgibbons most recently served as associate provost for faculty development at Marquette University, from August 2009 to June 2011. During that time, he worked with faculty, deans and other administrators to strengthen Marquette’s strategies for meeting career, work, life and leadership challenges faced by faculty. This included serving on the Provost's Academic Planning Team, staffing the Deans Council and serving on the Committee on Academic Policy and Issues. He also served on the Marquette Department of English faculty from 1993 to 1996.

Before moving to Denver in spring 2012, Father Fitzgibbons will remain at Marquette while studying budget development, advancement, organizational structure and public relations. He will also attend Regis Board of Trustees meetings and visit with a number of presidents of Jesuit universities.

“The Board of Trustees is pleased to welcome Father Fitzgibbons as the next leader of Regis University,” said Dick Kelly, chair of the Regis University Board of Trustees. “Father Fitzgibbons’ experience in higher education, his vision, and his commitment to collaborating with the university’s many constituencies will be among his many contributions as president. We are confident that Regis will continue to thrive under his direction.”

According the Regis announcement, Father Fitzgibbons’ experience in Catholic higher education as a Jesuit priest, professor, administrator and trustee will ensure the continued strength of Regis University’s Jesuit Catholic heritage, guide strategic planning efforts and support growth and academic excellence at Regis University.

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5. Department of Biomedical Sciences to hold Student Research Day on Friday

The College of Health Sciences Department of Biomedical Sciences will be conducting the annual Student Research Day in Cramer Hall Lounge on Friday, July 29, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The program involves 39 students selected from a pool of more than 100 students from across the country working in 17 labs throughout the college. It culminates in a juried poster presentation based on the research the students have conducted over the course of 10 weeks.

This event includes two poster presentation sessions from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Dr. Jean M. Hossenlopp, vice provost for research and dean of the graduate school, will deliver a keynote address at 10:30 a.m. in Cramer Hall room 087. Refreshments will be provided. Contact Cathy Morrell at 8-7329 for more information.

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6. Group exhibition of Crossroads Art artists presented this week

A two-day group exhibition of work by the artists of the Haggerty Museum of Art’s Crossroads Art on 27th and Wells will be presented at the SoHi building, 760 N. 27th St., on the southeast corner of 27th and Wells streets. The free exhibition is open to the public from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., Friday, July 29, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, July 30. Food and refreshments will be served Friday evening.

The exhibition is presented in conjunction with the outreach exhibition Crossroads Art on 27th and Wells, featuring window installations by Wisconsin artists Hans Gindlesberger, Rafael Francisco Salas, Michael Velliquette and Rina Yoon. The project is sponsored by Avenues West Association and the Haggerty Museum.

Also presented at the Haggerty is a small exhibition of work by Schomer Lichtner and Ruth Grotenrath, Interior/Exterior, that features still-life images and scenes of Holy Hill from June 22 to Aug. 7. In works that range from major historical paintings to a variety of prints, Seeing In Sequence runs June 22 to Aug. 7. The Sacred Made Real will highlight religious paintings from the 16th century to the mid-20th century from June 22 to Dec. 31.

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7. D2L upgrade to be previewed

The D2L support team will preview the new version of Desire2Learn on Thursday, July 28, from noon to 1 p.m. in Johnston 103.

Marquette will upgrade to the latest generation of D2L in mid-August. New features include an improved HTML editor, new assessment tools, and the ability to provide voice-annotated feedback. There will also be some new graphic treatments for course sites and an updated D2L homepage. While there will be some functional enhancements, faculty and students will still find the user experience familiar, according to Jon Pray, associate vice provost for educational technology.

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8. AMUW Fall Book Club to cover The Other Wes Moore

The Association of Marquette University Women will host its annual Fall Book Club on Tuesday, Sept. 13, beginning at 7 p.m. in the Raynor Library Beaumier Suites. The best-selling memoir The Other Wes Moore by Wes Moore will be discussed. The event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. 

Advance registration is appreciated. Contact Alumni Engagement and Outreach at 8-7441 or for more information.

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9. Summer reading, First-year Reading selection guide offered by libraries

Raynor Memorial Libraries offer summer reading suggestions in the July issue of Ex Libris. The newsletter features contemporary fiction and non-fiction books from the Browsing Collection, a special summer selection for armchair travelers and recent books by faculty, staff and alumni.

A resource guide for the 2011 First-Year Reading selection, The Other Wes Moore, is also available from Raynor Memorial Libraries. The guide contains interviews with the author, book reviews, discussion questions, and a selection of library resources on the book’s themes.

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10. Wellness rewards available by visiting farmersí market

Marquette employees will receive one punch on their Wellness Rewards punch card for each weekly visit made to the Westown Farmer’s Market, which runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. every Wednesday throughout the summer. The market is located on Michigan Street between Third and Fourth streets — approximately a 10-minute walk one-way. Cards and card punches will be provided at the Westown information tent located in the center of the market.

Every time employees attend a qualifying employee wellness program, they’re eligible to receive a punch on a Wellness Rewards Card. Employees who complete a punch card with 10 punches earn a Wellness Reward Package and entry into an annual grand prize drawing, from participating partners. Wellness Rewards Punch Cards are available at all qualifying employee wellness programs.

Marquette is a sponsor of the farmers’ market and the free River Rhythms concert series, which is held from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesdays at Père Marquette Park.

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11. TIAA-CREF consultants available for free financial counseling

TIAA-CREF representatives will offer individual and confidential financial counseling sessions for faculty and staff Tuesday, July 26, and Wednesday, July 27, from 9:45 a.m. to 3 p.m. in AMU 231. Consultants will be available to discuss personal financial goals and how to reach them by investing in financial solutions such as mutual funds, brokerage, life insurance and annuities.

Schedule an appointment online, or call (800) 732-8353.

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