1. Father Wild tribute event is tomorrow

The Campus Tribute in Honor of President Robert A. Wild, S.J., is tomorrow, May 17, from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the AMU Monaghan Ballroom. The program begins at 3:30 p.m.

Father Wild will retire this summer after 15 years as Marquette president.

Faculty, staff and administrators can RSVP to University Special Events at 8-7431.

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2. Seven promoted to emerita/emeritus status

Seven faculty members have been conferred with emerita/emeritus status. Dr. Madeline Wake, Raynor Chair and university professor, will hold the rank of dean emerita. Dr. Claire Badaracco, professor of public relations, was designated professor emerita, while Rev. John Donnelly, S.J., professor of history; Dr. Lawrence LeBlanc, professor of political science; and Dr. Steven Taylor, professor of foreign languages and literatures, were each designated professor emeritus.

Rev. Thomas Hughson, S.J., associate professor of theology, and Dr. Thomas Wenzel, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering, were each designated associate professor emeritus.

The rank of emeritus may be conferred upon a retiring tenured faculty member or a retiring academic administrator in recognition of the sustained high-quality performance shown throughout his/her career. The University Committee on Faculty Promotions and Tenure recommends emerita/emeritus cases to the provost and president for final approval.

The emerita/emeritus ranking takes effect upon retirement.

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3. Father LaBelle appointed rector of the Marquette Jesuit Community

Rev. Jeffrey LaBelle, S.J., has been appointed the next rector of the Marquette University Jesuit Community, effective July 31, St. Ignatius Day. He will succeed Rev. James Flaherty, S.J., who has been named president of Nativity Jesuit Middle School in Milwaukee.

The rector is appointed by Rev. Adolfo Nicolás, S.J., superior general of the Society of Jesus, as the religious superior who oversees the community of Jesuits who live and work at Marquette University. As rector, Father LaBelle, assistant professor of educational and policy and leadership, will be responsible for how the Marquette community of about 45 Jesuits interacts with university faculty, staff, students and alumni. He will work closely with Rev. Scott Pilarz, S.J., incoming university president, in promoting the Jesuit and Catholic mission of Marquette.

Father LaBelle will also continue his duties of teaching, service and scholarship. He is the author of four books, including Catholic Colleges in the 21st Century: A Road Map for Campus Ministry, which is currently in press.  He holds a doctor of education degree from the University of San Francisco; master of theology and master of divinity degrees from the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley; and a bachelor of arts degree in InterAmerican Studies, Spanish and English as a second language from the University of the Pacific.

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4. Free gift and prizes offered for May 18 walk; Weight Watchers series starts

Dr. John Pauly, provost, will lead a walk around the Marquette Mile for National Employee Health and Fitness Day at noon on Wednesday, May 18, beginning and ending in front of the Rec Center (rain location is inside the Rec Center). All participants will receive a gift in recognition of Marquette being a Well Workplace. Each participant will also be given a poker card at registration and will collect five cards along the route. The top poker hands win prizes, including massages, AMU gift cards and a one-year membership to the campus recreational facilities. RSVPs requested. Although the walk with Pauly begins at noon, participants can walk anytime from noon to 1:30 p.m. The Department of Recreational Sports will also offer free admission to the Rec Center and Rec Plex on May 18.

The Employee Wellness Program is also holding an open house/enrollment meeting for a 12-week Weight Watchers at Work series Thursday, May 26, from 12:30 p.m. to 1 p.m. in Raynor Beaumier Suites BC. Cost is $144 and includes 14 weeks of e-tools, beginning June 2. Cash, checks and major credit cards are accepted. Weight Watchers meetings are Thursdays from noon to 1 p.m. Locations will vary in the AMU and Raynor Library. For more information on Weight Watchers at Work, contact Mandi Richter, employee wellness coordinator, at 8-4581.

Since Weight Watchers at Work meetings began at Marquette in July 2009, Marquette participants have lost 1,578 pounds. During the current series, total weight lost is 97.2 lbs and four members have reached their 5 percent goal.

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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5. Last week for two Haggerty Museum exhibitions

Two exhibitions at the Haggerty Museum of Art run through Sunday, May 22.  

The Truth Is Not in the Mirror: Photography and a Constructed Identity explores the nature of portraits and portraiture in contemporary photography. The photographic portrait of today is often a highly constructed artifice whose intent and purpose is to comment on the status of the individual and community in contemporary society (rather than to catch a glimpse of who the portrayed individual really is) and to challenge or trick the viewer into looking deeper into issues of identity, with those portrayed serving as ciphers for the photographer’s point of view, according to the museum. The exhibition features the work of more than 20 artists.

Hollywood Icons, Local Demons: Ghanaian Popular Paintings by Mark Anthony consists of paintings for three different plays. Ghanaian master artist Mark Anthony is acclaimed for his signage-inspired paintings that attract audiences to itinerant theatrical performances or “concert parties” by local musicians and actors. This exhibition of Anthony’s work consists of sets of paintings for three different plays: Some Rivals Are Dangerous; In This World, If You Do Not Allow Your Brother to Climb, You Will Not Climb; and When A Royal Dies, We Take Him Home. Each set portrays key scenes from the plays, including tales that reflect the social pressures brought about by rapid change and globalization, designed to attract attention and promote discussion as people walk or ride by.

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6. Registration available for faculty/staff and Rec Plex golf outings

The registration deadline for the annual Faculty/Staff Golf Outing is Tuesday, May 24. The event, Thursday, June 9, at Brookfield Hills Golf Course, costs $32 and includes 18 holes of golf, food, door prizes and awards. Tee times are available from 11:20 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Carts are available for $21. Space is limited. To donate a door prize contact Anne Pufahl, assistant director of recreational sports, at 8-1558.

The 16th Annual Rec Plex Golf Scramble will be Thursday, June 2, at the Silver Spring Country Club in Menomonee Falls, Wis. Registration (search by state and Marquette University) is still available for the Falls course; the Island Course is full. For more information contact John Kratzer, general manager of recreational sports, at 8-7778 or Sandy O’Donoghue, office coordinator for recreational sports, at 8-1783.

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