1. Submit nominations for honorary degree recipients by June 15

From Marquette President Robert A. Wild, S.J.:

Each year Marquette University celebrates its values and commitment to excellence by awarding honorary degrees and including in its graduating class a number of outstanding individuals recognized for their scholarship and exceptional achievements. I am asking for your help in identifying future honorary degree recipients.

Because the great majority of honorary degrees are awarded to individuals nominated by you, the Marquette community, I ask you to thoughtfully consider an individual we might so recognize. That person may have demonstrated leadership in a profession or provided exemplary service to society. In all cases there must be an appropriateness of the nominees to the distinctive mission and values of Marquette University. Since honorary degrees are not awarded in absentia or posthumously, it is also helpful to know that if an invitation is offered, this nominee will be likely to accept Marquette’s invitation.

Nominations will be considered by the Committee on University Honors. Should you make a nomination, it should take the form of a letter or e-mail of support explaining why it would be appropriate for Marquette to honor this particular person. It should include some basic biographical information, a short account of the individual’s principal accomplishments, and a clear rationale for recognition by Marquette University. Please direct your questions and nomination, which may be submitted by e-mail, to Chad Oldfather, chair of the Committee on University Honors and associate professor of law, by June 15.

Individuals whom the Board of Trustees approves for an honorary degree may, for a variety of reasons, not be able to accept it with the next graduating class. Once approved by the trustees, an offer may be extended at some point over a five-year period that is mutually agreeable to both the individual and Marquette.

You may find it helpful to review the names of previous honorary degree recipients.

Thank you for your help in identifying potential honorary degree recipients. The quality of your nominations allows us to showcase in a very public way the embodiment of excellence, faith, leadership and service that are the hallmarks of our mission statement.

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2. Free MATLAB and Simulink seminars to be held

The College of Engineering will host free MathWorks seminars on MATLAB and Simulink on Tuesday, June 14, in Olin Engineering 202. Lunch will be provided.

“Technical Computing with MATLAB,” 9 a.m. to noon, will cover how to use MATLAB and its add-on products to develop algorithms, visualize and analyze data, and perform numeric computation. MATLAB provides a flexible environment for teaching and research in a wide range of applications, including signal processing and communications, image processing, math and optimization, statistics and data analysis, control systems, hardware data acquisition, computational finance, and computational biology. MathWorks engineers will provide an overview of MATLAB through live demonstrations, examples and user testimonials.
“How a Differential Equation Becomes a Robot,” 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. is tailored for engineers and those with previous MATLAB knowledge. The session will cover the iterative process of analysis, design and optimization involved in the development and implementation of a real-world practical application. The demonstration example will examine how a simple second order differential equation can evolve into a complex dynamic model of a multi-degree of freedom robotic manipulator that includes the controls, electronics and three-dimensional mechanics of the complete system.
Register online.

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3. Former faculty member and golf and soccer coach passes away

Dr. Charles Nader, former faculty member, golf coach and soccer manager/coach, passed away May 27 at the age of 91.

Nader joined the Physical Education Department in 1953 as an assistant professor and was promoted to associate professor in 1957. He became a member of the Department of Education in 1968, when the Department of Physical Education was abolished. He also served as golf coach from 1954 to 1985 and soccer manager/coach from 1965 to 1975. He retired from Marquette in 1984.

Nader graduated from La Crosse State Teachers College (now UW-La Crosse) in 1941, majoring in physical education and history. He went on to receive a master of arts degree in physical education from the University of Iowa in 1942 and his doctorate at Indiana University in 1953. 

Visitation will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 9, at St. Jude the Apostle Church, 800 Glenview Ave., Wauwatosa, with a memorial Mass following at 11 a.m. Burial will be private at Most Precious Blood Church Cemetery in New London, Wis. In lieu of flowers, memorials to Stars and Stripes Honor Flight, Inc. or St. Jude the Apostle Church are requested.

Condolences can be sent to his wife, Mrs. Lydia Nader, 3023 S. 84th Street, Milwaukee, WI 53227.

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4. Bicyclists receive refreshments and prizes tomorrow

The Employee Wellness Program invites employees to keep the car at home and bike to work during the Bicycle Federation of Wisconsin's Bike to Work Week, June 6 to 10. The program will host a Bike to Work Celebration tomorrow, June 7, from 7 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. at Westowne Square (rain site is inside the AMU) for those biking to or from work during Bike to Work Week. Free coffee, smoothies and light snacks will be provided. All attendees will be given a Marquette University bike strap and entered into a drawing for one of six free bike tune-ups offered by Crank Daddy’s and Wheel and Sprocket. Event attendees will also receive a punch on their Wellness Rewards punch card. 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. No reservation required.  

The Employee Wellness Program has also partnered with the Sustainability Task Force to offer three $50 Wheel and Sprocket gift certificates as prize drawings to employees participating in the 2011 Scott Get Up & Ride Wisconsin Bike Challenge, running through Sept. 30. The challenge is a free event that allows participants to track bicycle miles and trips for both transportation and recreation using the challenge website.

For more information contact Mandi Richter, employee wellness coordinator, at 8-4581.

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5. College of Professional Studies to hold information session Wednesday

The College of Professional Studies will hold an undergraduate degree information session for prospective adult students Wednesday, June 8, from 5:45 p.m. to 7 p.m. in Cudahy 414. Information to be presented will include accelerated eight-week-session bachelor’s degree programs (leadership and organizations, professional communication, criminology and law studies, psychology); Saturday, weeknight and online course offerings; the application process; and financial aid opportunities.

Register online or by calling 8-3153.

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6. Deadline to apply for Global Technology Experience trip to India is June 15

The application deadline for the January 2012 Global Technology Experience trip to India is Wednesday, June 15. A $500 deposit toward the $3,800 cost is due at that time.

Course credit from the College of Business Administration is available for graduate and undergraduate Marquette students. Non-students are also welcome. Attendees will visit leading software developers, educational institutions and policymakers, and learn how companies develop software across national and cultural boundaries. The itinerary includes New Delhi, Pune, Jaipur and Agra, and corporate site visits.

Non-students can join the corporate visits or develop their own plans at those times. The trip runs Jan. 3-15, 2012.

Apply online. Alumni and friends will need to create a new account to process their application. Space is limited.

For more information contact Dr. Monica Adya, associate professor of management, at 8-7526.

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7. TIAA-CREF consultants available for free financial counseling

TIAA-CREF representatives will be offering individual and confidential financial counseling sessions for faculty and staff Wednesday, June 8, and Thursday, June 9, from 9:45 a.m. to 3 p.m. in AMU 362. 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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8. Discounted Six Flags tickets available

Human Resources has discounted Six Flags Great America tickets available. General admission tickets, for those age three and older, cost $34 ($56.99 at the gate for adults and $36.99 for children under 48 inches tall). Children age 2 and under are free. Season passes are also available for $66.94, including tax.

Tickets are available in Human Resources, Straz Tower 185. Checks and cash with exact change accepted. Call 8-7305 for more information.

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