1. Benefits Information and Wellness Day is Monday

Benefits Information and Wellness Day kicks off Marquette’s annual benefits enrollment period in the AMU Monaghan Ballroom from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, Oct. 24. Employees will have the opportunity to meet the benefits team and health insurance vendors and participate in free health screenings such as pulmonary function, oral cancer, chiropractic and bone density. Information will be provided about a variety of campus wellness services, including cancer prevention and detection, smoking cessation, nutrition and stress management.

Employees may also complete the biometric screening for step one of the health risk assessment, by appointment only. Health plan participants who complete both HRA parts — biometric screening and health questionnaire — receive a 10-percent discount for 2012 health insurance premiums. To schedule an on-campus appointment for a health risk assessment, which is available to all employees, call 1-877-765-3213 and press “1.” Employees must complete their biometric screening by Nov. 18 and the online questionnaire Oct. 24 through Monday, Nov. 21.

Marquette’s annual enrollment period runs through Friday, Nov. 11. All employees should have received a benefits enrollment packet at home.

Everyone choosing a medical plan, even if previously enrolled, must re-enroll at myjob.mu.edu. Those participating in a flexible spending account must also re-enroll annually.

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2. Free fall music concerts start Oct. 30

The music programs will begin their annual fall concerts with a performance, “Music for the Stage,” by the symphony orchestra Sunday, Oct. 30. All concerts are in the Varsity Theatre and are free and open to the public. 

• Sunday, Oct. 30, 2 p.m., Symphony Orchestra Concert 

• Saturday, Nov. 5, 3 p.m., Gospel Choir Concert 

• Sunday, Nov. 13, 2 p.m., Wind Ensemble Concert 

• Thursday, Nov. 17, 7 p.m., Jazz Ensemble Concert

• Saturday, Nov. 19, 7 p.m., Gold ‘N Blues Concert. Tickets are $10 for students and $15 for all others.

• Sunday, Nov. 20, 2 p.m., Symphonic Band Concert

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3. Will Allen to speak at Law School

Will Allen, founder and CEO of Growing Power, will be a guest at “On the Issues with Mike Gousha,” Tuesday, Oct. 25, from 12:15 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. in Eckstein Hall.

At Growing Power, a farm and community food center, Allen promotes the belief that all people, regardless of economic circumstances, should have access to fresh, safe, affordable and nutritious foods at all times. The son of a sharecropper, former professional basketball player, ex-corporate sales leader and now farmer, Allen was named in 2010 by Time magazine as one of the 100 most influential people in the world.

Register online. Seating is limited.

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4. Five undergrads to present Honors Program research

Five undergraduate students will present their research at the Honors Program Research Fair Wednesday, Oct. 26, from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in Raynor Library Beaumier Suite C. In addition to the short presentations, the fair will include a poster session and light refreshments.

Presenters are:

Ashley Hinkamper: “The Effect of Deployment on the Parents of Those Deployed.” Faculty research sponsor is Stephen Saunders, professor of psychology.

Dominique Reid: “Freedom as Reflection and Action in Spinoza’s Ethics.” The faculty research sponsor is Dr. Melissa Shew, visiting assistant professor of philosophy.

Kathryn Scott: “The Measure of a Citizen: Knowledge and Action in American Civic Life.” The faculty research sponsor is Dr. Julia Azari, assistant professor of political science.

Tayler Sheahan: “Female Sterility & Compromised Eggshell Integrity of Drop-Dead Mutants in Drosophila Melanogaster.” The faculty research sponsor is Dr. Edward Blumenthal, associate professor of biological sciences.

Jisun Yoo: “Examining the Use of Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells and Adeno-Associated Viral Vectors for Familial Hypercholesterolemia Treatment.” The faculty research sponsor is Max Cayo, graduate student in the Department of Cell Biology, Neurobiology and Anatomy at the Medical College of Wisconsin.

The Honors Undergraduate Research Project is intended to provide honors students with an opportunity to participate in, conduct, write up and disseminate an original research project with a university faculty member.

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5. Father Brackley, honorary degree recipient, dies in El Salvador

Rev. Dean Brackley, S.J., who was awarded an honorary doctor of religious studies degree at the Sept. 23 inauguration of President Scott R. Pilarz, S.J., died of pancreatic and liver cancer Sunday, Oct. 16.

Father Brackley entered the Society of Jesus in 1964 and was ordained into the priesthood in 1976. He joined the faculty at the University of Central America after six of his fellow Jesuits were killed at the height of a civil war, and he traveled throughout the United States and to Europe to lecture about the situation in El Salvador and to keep the memory of the priests and other martyrs alive. During his ministry, Father Brackely worked as a community organizer in the South Bronx, experiencing the difficulties faced by people living in poor communities, and also served as an administrator for the University of Central America’s School for Religious Education from 1990 to 1996.

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6. Flu vaccinations available Monday and Tuesday

Influenza vaccinations (injectable) will be available to students, faculty and staff next week at the last two flu clinics. This year's vaccination is combined to cover both the seasonal and H1N1 flu strains.

Employee spouses and dependents are also eligible for vaccinations. Cost is $20 per person. Employees and dependents participating in the Marquette health plan are eligible to receive reimbursement for their flu shot. Those eligible 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).

Flu clinics are:
• Monday, Oct. 24, from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., AMU second floor lobby
• Tuesday, Oct. 25, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., AMU first floor lobby

Clinics are administered by Student Health Service in collaboration with the College of Nursing and Department of Human Resources.

Flu shots for $20, the same cost as at campus flu clinics, are also available at the Marquette Neighborhood Health Center.

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.

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7. Faculty development programs presented by Manresa for Faculty

Manresa for Faculty is presenting three faculty development programs to explore topics that are priorities for Jesuit and Catholic education.

Dr. Kati Tusinski Berg, assistant professor of corporate communication, will present “Engaging Undergraduates in the Research Process: The Girl Effect Collaborative Research Project” Tuesday, Oct. 25, from noon to 1 p.m. in Raynor 320h.

Rev. John Fitzgibbons, S.J., associate provost for faculty development, and Dr. Susan Mountin, director of Manresa for Faculty, will present “Vocation of the Teacher Scholar: Mid-Career Faculty” Wednesday, Oct. 26, from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in Raynor Beaumier Suites BC.

Dr. Rebecca Nowacek, associate professor of English and director of the Writing Center, will discuss “The Art of Reflective Teaching: A Primer from the Scholarship of Teaching” Tuesday, Nov. 1, from noon to 1 p.m. in Raynor Beaumier Suite D.

Register with Mary Grant, office assistant in the Center for Teaching and Learning.

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8. Marquette professor of theology to receive peace education honor

The Wisconsin Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies has selected Dr. Terrence Rynne, adjunct professor of theology and co-founder of the Center for Peacemaking, as the 2010-11 Dick Ringler Distinguished Peace Educator. The award will be presented at the institute’s fall conference tomorrow, Oct. 21, at Cardinal Stritch University.

Rynne co-founded the Center for Peacemaking in 2007 with his wife, Sally, and Dr. Michael Duffey, associate professor of theology. He is co-president of the Sally and Terry Rynne Foundation, which is dedicated to peace and the empowerment of women, as well as the author of Gandhi and Jesus: The Saving Power of Nonviolence.

The Dick Ringler Distinguished Peace Educator Award recognizes a faculty or staff member from a Wisconsin university or college who has made an outstanding contribution to the teaching or studying of conflict, peace and global cooperation, human rights, environmental responsibility and/or conflict resolution. The Wisconsin Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies is a consortium of private and public colleges and universities dedicated to enriching academic and public discourse on issues of peace and conflict.

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9. Some hours of operation change for fall break

Buildings and services with special hours of operation for fall break include:

Raynor Memorial Libraries
Wednesday, Oct. 19 – 7:45 a.m. to 9 p.m. (24-hour access ends)
Thursday and Friday, Oct. 20-21 – 7:45 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 22 – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 23 – 10 a.m. to 11:45 p.m. (24-hour access resumes)

Rec Center
Wednesday, Oct. 19 – 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 20 – 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 21 – 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 22-23 – building closed

Rec Plex
Wednesday, Oct. 19 – 5:45 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 20 – 5:45 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 21 – 5:45 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 22 – 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 23 – 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Alumni Memorial Union and Information Desk
Wednesday, Oct. 19 – 7 a.m. to 11:45 p.m.
Thursday to Saturday, Oct. 20-22 – 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 23 – 9 a.m. to 11:45 p.m.

Spirit Shop
Wednesday-Friday, Oct. 19-21 – 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 22 – 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 23 – 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.  

Union Sports Annex  
Wednesday and Thursday, Oct. 19-20 – 4:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 21 – 4:30 p.m. to close
Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 22-23 – 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

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10. Documentary and film discussion to address autism

A free showing of the film, The Boy Inside, will take place Thursday, Oct. 27, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. in Clark 120 in recognition of Disability Awareness Month. The film addresses a young boy and his family’s journey with Asperger syndrome, a form of autism, and includes interviews with autistic children and their families. Following the film, Dr. Martin Scanlan, assistant professor of educational policy and leadership, will facilitate a reflective discussion.

The event is sponsored by the Office of Student Development, Multicultural Affairs, the Office of Disability Services and MARQ Your Path. For more information, contact Meghan Schifalacqua, MARQ Your Path counselor, at 8-3444.

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11. Engineering and neuroscience colloquiums to be held next week

Dr. Gary Krenz, chair and professor of mathematics, statistics, and computer science, will discuss “Modeling Redox Reactions in Endothelia Cells” Tuesday, Oct. 25. The colloquium for the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering will begin at 2 p.m. in Olin 120. A reception will be held at 1:30 p.m. in room 204-A. For more information, call 8-6820.

Dr. Kristoff Kipp, assistant professor of exercise science, will present “Sensorimotor Integration in Individuals with Ankle Instability” for The Integrative Neuroscience Research Center. The presentation will take place Tuesday, Oct. 25, at 3:30 p.m. in Schroeder Complex 256.

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12. Rojas to present bilingual translation of Tales of Clay

Dr. Nelson López Rojas, visiting assistant professor of Spanish, will present a bilingual translation of Salarrué’s Tales of Clay on Wednesday, Oct. 26, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. in Lalumiere 288. Rojas will discuss why the book is important to the study of cultural evolution and how it relates to the discrimination against indigenous peoples in El Salvador. The event is sponsored by the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures.

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13. Get free office supplies; dispose of unwanted supplies

In conjunction with Office Max, Marquette will again offer departments a chance to redistribute excess office supply inventory on campus (no furniture, just supplies). 

Items may be dropped off Monday, Oct. 24, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Staff can “shop” Tuesday, Oct. 25, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event will take place in AMU 163.

Supplies are for Marquette University use only.

The office supply exchange allows departments a chance to redistribute supplies that were ordered in incorrect quantities or by mistake, and are otherwise going unused. The items do not need to have an OfficeMax label on them to be included.

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14. Group fitness classes reopened

The Department of Recreational Sports has reopened registration for all group fitness classes at the Rec Center and Rec Plex, with the exception of yoga and pilates classes. Classes will run from Monday, Oct. 24, through Thursday, Dec. 1. Cost for the five weeks is $25 for members and $30 for non-members. Space is limited.

For more information contact Shannon Bustillos, assistant director of recreational sports, at 8-6979.

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15. AMU to host blood drive

The Alumni Memorial Union will host an all-university blood drive Wednesday, Oct. 26, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. in the AMU ballrooms. Appointments are not required, but can be made online. For more information, contact the Blood Center of Wisconsin at 877-232-4376.

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16. Egg rolls available for delivery Monday

The Hmong Student Association will hold an egg roll sale Monday, Oct. 24. Deliveries of pork or veggie egg rolls will be made from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. for $8/half-dozen and $15/dozen. This is an order-only event. To place an order, email Rhaoda Thao or Maly Lor.

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