1. Fall 2011 final exam classroom access announced

Fall 2011 final exams are Monday, Dec. 12, through Saturday, Dec. 17. Smart classrooms with key access that are scheduled during final exam week will be opened by DPS prior to the start of the exam. Smart classrooms with card reader access can be opened by using a faculty MUID. Additional, non-smart classrooms scheduled during final exam week will be opened by custodial staff.

If access problems are encountered, contact DPS at 8-6800.

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2. Conference to feature graduate student research on writing pedagogy

The 18th annual UW-Milwaukee/Marquette Graduate Writing Pedagogy Conference will be held Monday, Dec. 5, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Raynor Conference Center. The conference is being hosted by the English Department and sponsored by the Center for Teaching and Learning.

This event features a poster display of English graduate students’ research into different aspects of writing pedagogy, including the dynamics of class participation, effective instructional uses of digital technology and strategies for establishing strong teaching personae.

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3. Grant applications available for Simmons Religious Commitment Fund

The Simmons Religious Commitment Fund has grants available for individuals who wish to initiate a project at Marquette with the objective of furthering the mission of the university. The modest grants are available to all full-time employees of the university.

For grant details and to apply, visit the Office of Mission and Ministry. The proposal deadline is Feb. 15, 2012.

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4. Registration open for Faber Center Advent Retreat

The Faber Center is hosting an Advent Half-Day Ecumenical Retreat Friday, Dec. 2, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Gesu Parish Center. Dr. Susan Mountin, director of Manresa for faculty, will lead “Living in the In-Between: The Challenge of Advent.” All faiths are welcome. Interested participants must register by Wednesday, Nov. 30, with Ellen Blonski, administrative assistant, at 8-4545. This free retreat includes continental breakfast and lunch.

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5. Workshop to address plagiarism offered

The Center for Teaching and Learning is offering a workshop, “Web 2.0 Tools,” Thursday, Dec. 1, from noon to 1:30 p.m. in Raynor 320h.

To register, email Mary Grant, CTL office associate, at the Center for Teaching and Learning. CTL continues to offer one-on-one consultations and department-specific programming.

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6. Revitalizing Marquette hosting diversity discussion

The Student Task Force of Revitalizing Marquette is hosting “Imagine Diversity,” a discussion to cultivate awareness of inclusive and exclusive tendencies within the campus culture, Wednesday, Nov. 30, at 5 p.m. in Raynor Library Beaumier Suites B and C.

Revitalizing Marquette will reflect upon and examine the ways in which each level of the university approaches diversity in the creation of community, and to evaluate where Marquette can enhance the roles of members of the Marquette community.

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7. Honors program photography class to hold closing show

The Marquette honors program will hold their fourth annual Miksang Photography Reception class closing show Thursday, Dec. 8, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. in Coughlin Hall 001. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, contact Miriam Hall, lecturer for the honors program.

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8. Poster fair to explore university life at Marquette

Students from the advanced composition English course will hold a research poster fair Monday, Dec. 5, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. in the Raynor Conference Center. Fifteen students will present their undergraduate research on university life at Marquette, which includes ethnographic research and proposals for change. Refreshments will be served. For more information, contact Beth Godbee, assistant professor of English, at 8-3468.

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9. Law School to hold information session

The Law School will hold an information session for prospective students Friday, Dec. 2, in Eckstein 263. The session will cover admissions, financial aid, curriculum, intellectual and student life, and information from current students.

The session begins at 11:45 a.m. and lasts approximately one hour, followed by a brief tour. Register online.

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10. Multiple departments holding colloquiums

Dr. Xin Feng, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering, will discuss “Detecting Potentially Hazard Materials at the Airport Checkpoints Using Automated Segmentation and Recognition Technology,” Tuesday, Nov. 29, in Olin 120 at 2 p.m. A reception will be held at 1:30 p.m. in Olin 204A. For more information, contact Dr. Edwin Yaz, professor and chair of electrical and computer engineering, at 8-6820.

The Department of Psychology will hold a colloquium Thursday, Dec. 1, at 3:30 p.m. in Cramer Hall 104J. Dr. Peter Glick, professor of psychology at Lawrence University, will present “Damned if She Does, Damned if She Doesn’t: Perceptions of Women Who Accept versus Reject Patronizing Help.”

The Department of Biological Sciences will host a seminar Friday, Dec. 2, at 3:30 p.m. in Wehr Life Sciences 111. Dr. Allison Abbott, assistant professor of biological sciences, will present “Uncovering New Functions for MicroRNAs in C. elegans.”

Marek W. Urban, distinguished professor of Polymers and High performance Materials at University of Mississippi, will present “Design and Synthesis of Self-Healing Polymer Networks” for a Department of Chemistry colloquium. The program will be Friday, Dec. 2, at 4 p.m. in Todd Wehr Chemistry 121. Refreshments will be available beginning at 3:45 p.m.

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11. Achievement gap topic of Soup with Substance

Alan Borsuk, senior fellow in law and public policy, will examine the achievement gap at Soup with Substance, Wednesday, Nov. 30, at noon in AMU 157. The topic, “Many frustrating paths: Are we making progress in closing the achievement gap?”, will look at ways to improve the academic success of low-income students.

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12. Advent reconciliation service to be held

An Advent reconciliation service will be celebrated in the AMU Chapel of the Holy Family on Monday, Dec. 5, at 7 p.m. For more information, contact Timothy Johnston, assistant director of campus ministry for liturgical programs, at 8-0522.

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13. Holy day of obligation to be celebrated

The Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception will be celebrated at noon and 9 p.m. in the AMU Chapel of the Holy Family Thursday, Dec. 8. Due to this holy day of obligation, there will be no Masses in the Joan of Arc Chapel on Thursday, Dec. 8. Contact Timothy Johnston, assistant director of liturgical programs in campus ministry, for more information at 8-0522.

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14. Compendium submissions due Dec. 2

Faculty and staff with professional accomplishments, such as publications, presentations and awards, should make sure they’re documented on the university’s Compendium online resource by Friday, Dec. 2.

Accomplishments that have occurred June 1 through November 30 that did not appear in the summer issue of Compendium will be used to compile the next issue of Compendium, which will be distributed at the beginning of February. Those accomplishments are also posted on Marquette’s research Web page.

Compiling these faculty accomplishments is an excellent way to let the campus community know about the research taking place at Marquette and to allow fellow faculty to see opportunities for cross-disciplinary collaboration.

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15. InterVarsity holding bake sale

InterVarsity Christian Fellowship is holding a bake sale Monday, Dec. 5, and Tuesday, Dec. 6, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the lobby of Lalumiere. Proceeds will go toward the purchase of a heifer cow for a community in need as part of Heifer International. Heifer International provides animals to communities in need as a source of food and revenue. For more information, contact InterVarsity Christian Fellowship.

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16. Last week for bowling league registration

There will be a faculty and staff bowling league at the Annex on Mondays at 5 p.m. The league will begin in January and last approximately 10 to 12 weeks, with exact dates and duration to be determined by the number of registered teams. Teams should consist of three people, with a maximum of two substitutes. The cost is $8 per person for three games, including shoe rental and the banquet fund.

Registration ends Wednesday, Nov. 30. Those interested in participating but are without a team can contact John Kratzer, general manager of the Rec Plex, at 8-7778. Early registration is recommended, as the league is limited to 12 teams.

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