The College of Engineering will celebrate the opening of its new $50 million facility, Engineering Hall, Friday, Oct. 7, at 3 p.m. The campus community is invited to tour the building and hear speakers, including Marquette President Scott R. Pilarz, S.J., and Opus Dean of Engineering Robert Bishop. The ceremony will take place in a tent south of Engineering Hall, 1637 W. Wisconsin Ave.
Engineering Hall was planned to illustrate engineering principles, according to Bishop. “This building is a form of art, combining function with aesthetics,” he said. “The details of the 115,000-square-foot building — from the exterior design and front canopy to the stained and polished concrete floors, from the LED lighting to the experimental green roof — are designed to display engineering.”
Bishop emphasized that Engineering Hall is not just a building — he called it a “platform for the transformation taking place inside.” He said, “Today’s engineers must be problem-solvers, creative thinkers, innovators. They need to understand business and be able to communicate. We’re changing the way we educate engineers and the new building reflects those changes. It’s organized not by departments but by the key engineering challenges we face as a global society — clean water, safe roads, efficient energy and healthy families.”
The new building is the first of a two-part initiative, with a 135,000-square-foot, $50 million second phase addition already designed and fundraising underway.
With hundreds of guests expected to be in attendance, employee parkers in the 16th Street Structure are asked to park on levels three through six or relocate to the Wells Street Structure at 1240 West Wells St. The attendant at the Wells Street entrance will assist with entry.
Adm. Dennis Blair, former director of national intelligence in the Obama administration, will speak Monday, Oct. 17, at 3 p.m. in the Weasler Auditorium.
During his talk, “The Role of the Armed Forces in Democratic Development,” Blair will discuss the role of the armed forces in established democracies, in transitions from dictatorship to democracies, and how the armed forces of established democracies can support democratic development around the world.
Blair is the director of a project being developed by the Council for a Community of Democracies to focus on the role of the military in democratic transition. CCD will work with Blair and an expert group of regional coordinators from around the world to develop and publish a Handbook on the Military and Democracy in early 2012. Once the Handbook is completed, the second phase of the project will begin introducing the handbook lessons and contents to important military training bodies in NATO, the US defense community, and other democratic countries.
Tickets (limit two per person) are required and are available in the AMU Brooks Lounge.
Blair’s talk is sponsored by the Department of Political Science and the Helen Bader Foundation.
Marquette University maintains a no weapons allowed policy to the extent permitted under 2011 Wisconsin Act 25, which authorizes the carrying of concealed weapons by licensed individuals, effective Nov. 1. The university complies with applicable state and federal statutes and local ordinances regarding the possession of firearms or other dangerous weapons.
A new website, marquette.edu/weapons-policy, outlines the provisions of the policy for students, faculty and staff, guests, contractors and tenants. Signs are being posted on campus buildings, including academic and office facilities and residence halls, indicating that “Weapons are prohibited in this building.” Such signs are required by state law to implement the university’s no-weapons policy.
Questions about the university’s weapons policy should be directed to the Office of Administration, at 8-1463. Call the Department of Public Safety at 8-6800 with concerns about violations of the weapons policy.
The third annual PR + Social Media Summit will be held Tuesday, Oct. 11, from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. in the AMU and Weasler Auditorium.
The one-day conference features speakers and panelists from Fortune 50 companies, news organizations, public relations agencies and brands discussing their social media strategy for business, sports and arts and entertainment.
Speakers include George Smith, senior manager of social strategy at PepsiCo; Jenny McTighe, director of communications at IBM; and Chris Barger, senior vice president of global programs at Voce Communications and General Motors’ 2010 “Social Media Leader of the Year.”
The J. William and Mary Diederich College of Communication and Hanson Dodge Creative are co-sponsoring the event.
Conference fees are $99 for professionals and $25 for Marquette faculty, who can use the discount code “MUstaff2011” in the online payment form and show their Marquette ID at check-in. A limited number of discounted tickets are available.
The Department of Philosophy will host a conference, “Unsettled Boundaries: Philosophy, Art, and Ethics East/West: A Meeting of Chinese and Western Scholars” Oct. 12-14. The conference will explore common ground between the cultures of China and the West with a focus on their respective philosophies and arts, including traditional and contemporary views. The conference is free and open to the public.
Scholars from Beijing Normal University of China, the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Hong Kong Baptist University and Peking University will be joined by professors from Marquette, Bard College, CUNY, Emory University, Florida International University, Harvard University, Seattle University and the University of Auckland for the two-day conference.
Session topics include:
• The Unsettled Boundaries of Philosophy
• The Archetype of Chinese Aesthetic Activity and a Construction of Everyday Aesthetics
• Jazz Improvisation and Japanese Parchment: The Art of Unmediated Gesture in Two Cultures
• Renewing the Ancient Quarrel, or, Engaging Art’s Emphatic Claims
• What’s the Difference? Art in China: A Case Study
• The Body and Its Image in Classical Chinese Aesthetics
• Spilt Ink: Staging Chineseness in Contemporary Chinese Art
• Anglophone Philosophy of Art meets Marxist-Leninist Philosophy of Art
Flu shots for $20, the same cost as at campus flu clinics, are now available at the Marquette Neighborhood Health Center. Influenza vaccinations (injectable) are also available to students, faculty and staff at several flu clinics this month. Clinics are administered by the Student Health Service in collaboration with the College of Nursing and Department of Human Resources.
Employees and dependents participating in the Marquette health plan pay for the shot at the time of vaccination and Marquette University will submit for reimbursement on their behalf. The reimbursement levels will vary based on the health insurance plan (EPO coverage is 100 percent; PPO is 80 percent).
Call the Marquette Neighborhood Health Center at 933-9100 for an appointment. Appointments are available 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday; 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday; and some Saturdays.
This year's vaccination is combined to cover both the seasonal and H1N1 flu strains.
The Office of Marketing and Communication is looking for brief descriptions of how university employees plan to fulfill the Call to Service initiative introduced at the Inauguration of Rev. Scott R. Pilarz, S.J.
Information should be emailed to OMC by 5 p.m. Monday, Oct. 10, and include your name, title, department and two to three sentences describing what you (or your group) plan to do (or are doing) for your service experience and why that particular service activity is important to you. The information will be considered for use in communication materials regarding the Call to Service, inspiring others to take the pledge and commit to service.
The year-long Call to Service initiative asks students, faculty, staff, alumni and all members of the Marquette family to sign the pledge online, indicating a commitment to give service hours in the year ahead. The Call to Service website provides suggestions and resources for service projects in the area and ways to connect directly with non-profits in need.
A new faculty group, Social Innovation Practitioners and Researchers, will meet Thursday, Oct. 13, from noon to 1:30 p.m. in Zilber 370. Dr. Jeff Snell, special adviser to the president, will lead a discussion about examples of courses, across the disciplines, using social innovation as a tool for engaged, interdisciplinary learning.
The group is being formed in response to growing interest in the social innovation initiative presented by the Office of the Provost. Future meetings will be held Nov. 3 and Dec. 8.
Sandwiches will be served. RSVP to Snell at 8-4758.
Proposals for 40-minute breakout sessions by students, faculty and administrators are requested for the 2011 Student Leadership Summit. Proposals must be submitted by noon Friday, Oct. 14, and can be submitted online.
The summit is an annual conference sponsored by the Office of Student Development that is open to all undergraduate students. The theme for the conference, which will be held Sunday, Nov. 6, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the AMU, is “Be Ignited.”
Contact Kate Trevey, assistant dean for leadership and vocation programs, at 8-7205 for more information.
Free, proctored practice tests for the GRE, LSAT, MCAT, DAT, OAT and PCAT will be offered Saturday, Oct. 15, at 10 a.m. in Wehr Chemistry. Check in at the lobby. All scores will be available by 5 p.m. that day. Study tips will also be offered. Register online. Online practice test options are also available online.
The event is sponsored by the Black Law Student Association and Kaplan Test Prep and Admissions.
The first class in the series, “Food Preparation 101,” is Monday, Oct. 10, in AMU 163. Other classes in the series include “Healthy Desserts” Nov. 9, “Healthy Comfort Foods” March 1, and “BBQ Grilling” April 18. Each class will be held from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. Tips on healthy eating are available on the Employee Wellness Program website.
Register by contacting Mandi Richter, wellness coordinator, at 8-4581.
Dr. Cheryl Stucky, professor of cell biology, neurobiology and anatomy at the Medical College of Wisconsin, will present “Cellular Mechanisms of Touch and Pain Transduction” for The Integrative Neuroscience Research Center. The presentation will take place Tuesday, Oct. 11, at 3:30 p.m. in Schroeder Complex 256.
Marquette graduates who are now working in classrooms through Teach For America will discuss educational inequity Tuesday, Oct. 11, at 7 p.m., in Clark 111. The panel will interact with the audience in a dialogue about educational inequity in Milwaukee and across the United States.
The program is sponsored by the Career Services Center.
The Nonprofit Center of Milwaukee will host a workshop Wednesday, Oct. 12, from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. in AMU 227 about serving on a nonprofit board or committee. Attendees will learn about the nonprofit sector, benefits of board service, conduct a self-evaluation as a basis for making a good board connection and receive information about nonprofits seeking board and committee members.
The workshop is free to the Marquette community. Cost is $20 for all other attendees. Advance registration is required; register by calling 414-344-3933. Space is limited. The event is sponsored by the Service Learning Program in the Center for Teaching and Learning.
The Office of Marketing and Communication monitors local, state and national media coverage involving Marquette University. OMC distributes via e-mail a collection of the top news stories about Marquette and members of the university community every Thursday afternoon. Marquette community members who would like to be added to the distribution list should email Marquette in the News.
To stay informed of all Marquette mentions in the news, or to track a specific facet of the university, sign up for news alerts through a search engine like Google or Yahoo. These services provide news alerts based on customized keyword searches. Go to http://www.google.com/alerts and enter "Marquette University" or whichever university unit you would like to track.
The Department of Recreational Sports is offering free group fitness classes tomorrow, Oct. 7.
The classes are free to members. The cost is $2 for faculty and staff who are non-members to enter the facility and participate in the classes:
• Spin at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. at the Rec Center
• Body blast at 1 p.m. at the Rec Plex
• Zumba at 1 p.m. at the Rec Center and 3 p.m. at the Rec Plex
• Hip hop fitness at 4 p.m. at the Rec Center
Boxing Club, Marquette's newest club sport, is hosting its first event, a club fundraiser Saturday, Oct. 8., at 8 p.m. at the Turner Hall Ballroom, 1032 N. 4th St. Every student who mentions "Boxing Club" or brings in a flyer to the Mondo Lucha Variety Show at the Turner Hall Ballroom gets $3 off, with $2 benefitting the club.
The Muslim Student Association will host its annual Fast-A-Thon on Tuesday, Oct. 11. Campus community members are invited to fast during the day and break the fast together at 6 p.m. in AMU Ballroom C. At the free dinner, Dr. Irfan Omar, associate professor of theology; Dr. Joshua Burns, assistant professor of theology; and Sister Carol Ann Smith, SHCJ, spiritual director for the Sisters of the Holy Child Jesus and former director of Marquette’s Center for Ignatian Spirituality, will discuss fasting in Abrahamic faiths.
The event is supported by MUSG activity funds.