1. Author and peace activist to discuss Dorothy Day

Eastern Orthodox teacher, author and peace activist Jim Forest will present "Dorothy Day: A Saint for Today's World?" tomorrow, May 3, from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. in the Raynor Library Prucha Archives Reading Room.

Forest, resident of the Netherlands, is the secretary of the Orthodox Peace Fellowship. A lifelong peacemaker, he is the author of many books, including Praying with Icons (1997), Living with Wisdom: A Life of Thomas Merton (1991), Ladder of the Beatitudes (1999), and the forthcoming All Is Grace: A Biography of Dorothy Day (Orbis Books, 2011).

Forest’s visit is sponsored by Raynor Memorial Libraries, Office of Residence Life, Department of Philosophy and the Edward D. Simmons Religious Commitment Fund.

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2. Friends of the Haggerty to honor Father Wild

President Robert A. Wild, S.J., will be honored by the Friends of the Haggerty Museum of Art as the recipient of the Patricia B. Apple Service Recognition Award at a luncheon at the Woman’s Club of Wisconsin at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 11. The biennial Apple Award recognizes outstanding service to the museum. This year’s award honors Father Wild’s strong support for the museum throughout his Marquette presidency.

Cost is $25 to Marquette employees and students, and $40 for the public. RSVP by Wednesday, May 4, by calling University Special Events at 8-7431. Space is limited.
The award is named for Patricia Apple, the first recipient of the award in 2001 and the first president of the Marquette Women’s Council as well as the chairperson of the museum’s building campaign.

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3. Theatre arts programs receive accreditation

The National Association of Schools of Theatre, the agency responsible for the evaluation of theatre programs in colleges and universities, recently granted the theatre arts and theatre teacher certification programs in the J. William and Mary Diederich College of Communication accreditation for five years.

NAST, founded in 1965, is an organization of approximately 170 accredited institutional school, conservatory, college and university members that establishes national standards for undergraduate and graduate degrees and other credentials.

Institutional membership is gained through the peer review process of accreditation, which must meet requirements on adequate facilities, degree programs and instructor qualifications. Stephen Hudson-Mairet, chair of performing and media arts, was notified of Marquette’s status after NAST’s Commission on Accreditation voted to grant Associated Membership until the next full review in the 2016-2017 academic year.

“This a great accomplishment for the college,” said Lori Bergen, dean of the Diederich College. “External evaluations of our academic programs are very important and provide us with unbiased assessments of what we do well, in addition to generating ideas for improvement.”

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4. Students to present about challenge of water sustainability

The introduction of Project Waterscore, sponsored by the Department of Political Science and the Interdisciplinary Minor in Environmental Ethics, will take place tomorrow, May 3, from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. in Cramer Hall 004E.

Students representing 12 different majors across the university will present a report on the challenge of water sustainability based on a semester of intensive research. With a focus on practical solutions, the presentation will showcase a newly developed, accessible, scaleable, web-based platform that empowers consumers to make smart water choices and engage community stakeholders to foster conservation.

Project Waterscore is supported by a grant from the Ashoka Foundation as part of its partnership with Marquette University.

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5. Holocaust survivor to share story

Susie Fono, a resident of Milwaukee and a survivor of both the Nazi and Soviet occupations of Hungary, will discuss the daily battle of survival for her and her family and share feelings about being labeled with the yellow star tomorrow, May 3, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the Weasler Auditorium.
Fono was seven years old when the Nazis invaded Hungary, yet she remembers the day when the Nazis imposed ethnic laws on the Jewish population. 

For more information, contact Steve Blaha, assistant director of Campus Ministry, at 8-6873.
This event is co-sponsored by Hillel Milwaukee, Marquette Jewish Student Union, Campus Ministry and the Nathan and Esther Pelz Holocaust Education Resource Center.

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6. Final exam classroom access announced

During the final exam period, smart classrooms with key access will be opened by the Department of Public Safety prior to the exam. Smart classrooms with card reader access are to be opened by the faculty member, using his/her MUID. Non-smart classrooms will be opened by the custodial staff.

Call the Department of Public Safety at 8-6800 for additional assistance.

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7. Wellness Champion nominations due tomorrow; bike workshop offered

Nominations for the Employee Wellness Program’s 2011 Wellness Champion of the Year are due tomorrow, May 3. Those nominated should exemplify a healthy Marquette employee, living a healthy lifestyle and setting a great example for healthy living. Potential attributes include exhibiting healthy body weight, work/life balance, stress management and regular exercise. He/she may also eat healthy, including a well-balanced and nutritious diet rich in fruit and vegetables; doesn’t smoke; and just exudes a positive, healthy lifestyle, serving as a role model for health and wellness. Perhaps this individual has always been this way, or maybe this year has been a year of great changes and effort to become a healthy and well person. One nominated individual will be selected as Marquette’s first-ever Wellness Champion Employee of the Year and be awarded a $100 spa gift certificate.

The Employee Wellness Program is also hosting a workshop with the Bicycle Federation of Wisconsin in preparation for Bike to Work Week, June 6-10. An advanced-level session, Thursday, May 5, from noon to 1 p.m. in AMU 305, will cover bicycle choice, dealing with cargo and clothing, lighting, foul weather riding, bike parking, route selection, safety and “on the road” repairs. To register, contact Dr. Christopher Simenz, clinical associate professor of exercise science, at 8-6175. Participants will 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.

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8. iPad 2 raffle tomorrow to benefit Japanese relief efforts

Raynor Memorial Libraries will raffle off an iPad 2 (16 gb Wi-Fi model) for one day only, tomorrow, May 3, to benefit Red Cross Japanese relief efforts. Tickets can be purchased at the Raynor Library Circulation Desk (1 for $5, 3 for $12, 5 for $20) from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m.

The iPad is the gift of an anonymous donor.

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9. Biology and chemistry colloquiums to be held this week

Dr. Rebecca Parales, associate professor of microbiology at the University of California Davis, will present “Unusual Appetites: Bacterial Degradation of Nitrotoluenes” Friday, May 6, at 3:15 p.m. in Wehr Life Science 111. Refreshments will be served at 3 p.m. For more information, call the Department of Biological Sciences at 8-7355.

Dr. Qiang Cui, associate professor of chemistry at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, will present “SCC-DFTB/MM: Developments and Application to Biological Problems.” This Department of Chemistry colloquium will be Friday, May 6, at 4 p.m. in Todd Wehr Chemistry 121. Refreshments will be available beginning at 3:45 p.m.

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10. TIAA-CREF presentations offered for those nearing retirement

Human Resources and TIAA-CREF will host information sessions for employees who are five to 10 years from retirement from 11 a.m. to noon tomorrow, May 3, in AMU 227 and from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, May 4, in AMU 157.

Topics will include:
• sources of retirement income
• evaluating retirement income needs
• asset allocation
• income options available from TIAA-CREF
• taxation and penalties
• systematic withdrawal and other income options

RSVP with which date you’re attending to Hannah Jung, benefits assistant. Spouses are welcome to attend.

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11. Tell us about interesting May graduates by this Friday

The Office of Marketing and Communication is seeking stories about May 2011 graduates for possible use with area media. Graduates who have remarkable plans and jobs post-graduation; unusual backgrounds; overcame substantial obstacles in getting their degree; recent national-level exclusive awards, academic recognition, publications or scholarship; etc. are some ideas that would be appropriate.

What graduates do you know who have fascinating stories to tell? E-mail their names and plenty of details by Friday, May 6.

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12. Employee discount available for girls’ basketball camp

Marquette Women's Basketball will hold its annual Summer Day Camp for girls entering first through eighth grades Monday, Aug. 1, through Friday, Aug. 5. The camp provides individual instruction from Marquette coaches and a competitive atmosphere.

Cost is $250. Marquette employees receive a $25 discount. For more information and for the employee discount code, contact Kiesha Oliver, executive assistant of women’s basketball, at 8-5784.

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13. Guest lodging available in campus apartments

Guest apartments are available in Campus Town West to provide visitors with an alternative to area hotel accommodations. 

Faculty, staff and administrators can house job candidates, guest speakers, seminar participants, new staff members, parents and other visitors who need a place to stay while on campus. Each furnished, air-conditioned guest apartment can accommodate up to four people and has a fully equipped kitchen with appliances and dishes, two extra-long twin beds with pillows and bed linens, alarm clock/radio, dresser, desk, closet space, a full bathroom with linens, wireless Internet access, an iron/ironing board and a television with cable in a living room with a couch and chair.

For rates and room availability, contact Conference Services in the Office of Residence Life at 8-7208.

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14. Taco sale taking place Thursday

The Physical Therapy Student Council will sell walking tacos Thursday, May 5, from noon to 2 p.m. in front of Raynor Library. The cost is $3 for one taco or $5 for two. Proceeds will support the MUPT Student Council.

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