1. New York Times best-selling author to present Burleigh Media Ethics lecture

Jane McGonigal, game designer and New York Times best-selling author of Reality is Broken: Why Games Make Us Better and How they Can Change the World, will present the 2011 Burleigh Media Ethics lecture Wednesday, Oct. 26, at 4 p.m. in the Weasler Auditorium. McGonigal will discuss how the principles behind gaming can be applied to solving many of the world’s greater social and economic issues.

Drawing on the latest findings in psychology, cognitive science and sociology, McGonigal is turning gameplay to socially positive ends by developing new reality-based games that are being used to find solutions to business, personal, community-based and worldwide problems. McGonigal has advised companies such as Microsoft, McDonald’s, Intel, Disney and Mattel, and has created games for organizations such as the World Bank and the American Heart Association. She is currently director of game research and development at the Institute for the Future and the creative director at SocialChocolate.com, a game development startup that is using scientific findings to create new social adventure games.

The J. William and Mary Diederich College of Communication’s annual Burleigh Media Ethics lecture honors William R. Burleigh, Jour ’57, and addresses the ethical issues today’s communicators report on, as well as those they wrestle with in their own work.

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2. Inauguration academic event examines challenging superficiality

Three Marquette educators and guest presenter Rev. Michael Zampelli, S.J., of Santa Clara University, will discuss “Depth of Thought, Depth of Imagination: Challenging Superficiality” Monday, Nov. 14, In Eckstein Hall, at 4 p.m. held in conjunction with the Presidential Inauguration. The lively and interactive discussion will be based on an address that Rev. Adolfo Nicolas, S.J., superior general of the Society of Jesus, presented to Jesuit university leaders in April 2010 in Mexico City.

Father Zampelli, a professor of theatre and dance, will discuss how educators help students examine their inner lives. Steve Blaha, assistant director of campus ministry; Margaret Callahan, dean of nursing; and John Su, associate professor of English, will provide commentary. Dr. John Pustejovsky, chair and associate professor of foreign languages and literatures, will moderate. A reception will follow. RSVP at 8-7431 by Monday, Nov. 7.

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3. Opportunity to meet social entrepreneur in residence

The university’s 2011 social entrepreneur in residence, Greg Van Kirk, Ashoka Fellow and co-founder of the New Development Solutions Group, will meet with employees and discuss the social innovation movement at Marquette and across higher education, focusing on building a university ecosystem for educating the next generation of positive social changemakers:

  • Tuesday, Nov. 1 from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. in AMU Henke Lounge, welcome breakfast for Greg Van Kirk.
  • Thursday, Nov. 3, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Zilber 370. Sandwiches will be served.
  • Thursday, Nov. 3, from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. in Zilber 370. Light refreshments will be served.

R.S.V.P. to Calissa Barnes, or contact Dr. Jeff Snell, special adviser to the president, at 8-4758.

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4. Law School to host Robert F. Boden Lecture

Margaret Raymond, Fred W. and Vi Miller Dean and Professor of Law at UW-Madison, will present “‘The Report of My Death Was an Exaggeration’ – Delaying the Postmortem on American Law Practice” at the Annual Boden Lecture on Tuesday, Nov. 8 at 4:30 p.m. in Eckstein Hall. Reservations are required for this free lecture, and spots can be reserved online through Tuesday, Nov. 1.

This event is hosted by the Law School.

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5. Acute Care for Elders conference to be held Nov. 4

The 2011 conference for the Acute Care for Elders will be Friday, Nov. 4, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the AMU grand ballroom. The ACE conference aims to increase the number of health care professionals who employ the principles of geriatric medicine in caring for older adults. The conference consists of 10 different seminars, including “Cultural Sensitivity in Caring for Older Adults” and “Geriatrics Quality and Safety in Real Time.”

Interested participants can register online. Patients and caregivers are welcome. The cost of participation is free for all non-physicians, $132 for medical and osteopathic doctors, and the cost may be waived for members of the Marquette community.

This event is sponsored by the College of Nursing’s Wisconsin Geriatric Education Center. For more information, contact Patricia Maloney or call (414) 217-7058.

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6. Father Wild honored by Research Forum

Rev. Robert A. Wild, S.J., retired president of Marquette University, today was one of two individuals to receive the 2011 T. Michael Bolger Award from the Milwaukee Research Forum.

The award, named in honor of the retired president of the Medical College of Wisconsin, is given in recognition of exceptional accomplishments in biomedical research. Father Wild was recognized for his “leadership in raising the profile of Marquette’s School of Dentistry, the College of Health Sciences and the College of Nursing.” Dr. Reza Shaker, director of the Clinical and Translational Science Institute at the Medical College, praised Wild for “improving Marquette’s health-related programs by training a powerful workforce that is dedicated to improving the health of the people in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and the entire nation.” Dr. Howard Jacob from MCW was the second recipient of the 2011 Bolger Award.

Today’s event, sponsored by the Public Policy forum, featured a panel of higher education leaders, including, Dr. Jeanne Hossenlopp, vice provost for research and dean of the Graduate School, and representatives from the Medical College of Wisconsin, UW-Milwaukee and the Milwaukee School of Engineering. They discussed “the role of colleges and universities in building Milwaukee’s future.”

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7. Sorby and Wadsworth to screen Louisa May Alcott documentary

Raynor Memorial Libraries will present “Louisa May Alcott: The woman behind Little Women at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 25, at the Milwaukee Public Library, Krug Rare Book room, 814 W. Wisconsin Ave.

Drs. Angela Sorby and Sarah Wadsworth, associate professors of English, will screen the first half of the American Masters 2008 documentary film about Alcott, plus scenes from the 1994 film Little Women. They will lead a discussion about how Alcott changed details of her life for Little Women, and how her life story was further edited for the mass film audience

The program is the third event in this fall’s grant-funded Alcott series focusing on the woman behind Little Women.

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8. Authors to speak at "Building a Better Milwaukee"

The College of Professional Studies and the Cardinal Stritch Leadership Center will host the first of three “Building a Better Milwaukee” seminars that aim to use the power of communities to build a better Milwaukee for all citizens. “Creating Abundance Together” will be held Wednesday, Nov. 2, from noon to 3 p.m. in AMU ballrooms B and C, and again from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Redeemer Lutheran Church, 631 North 19th St.

Speakers include John McKnight and Peter Block, authors of The Abundant Community: Awakening the Power of Families and Neighborhoods, and Walter Brueggemann, author of Journey to the Common Good.

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9. Senior Speaker nominations being accepted

Nominations are being accepted for the undergraduate Senior Speaker for December graduation. Faculty and staff are encouraged to nominate a graduating senior who would provide an inspiring and insightful speech about his or her time on campus. Nominations will be accepted through Friday, Nov. 4, and can be submitted online.

All nominated students will be invited to submit an application. A selection committee, appointed by MUSG, will interview students, listen to proposed speeches and make a final recommendation to Rev. Scott R. Pilarz. For additional information, contact John Heflin, MUSG Senior Speaker coordinator.

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10. Workshop to address hybrid courses and service learning

In addition to one-on-one consultations and department-specific programming, The Center for Teaching and Learning is offering one workshop next week:

• “Being Inclusive for Students with Disabilities” Tuesday, Nov. 1, from 2 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. in Raynor 320h.

The CTL is offering programming for faculty in thematic series this fall, beginning with an inclusive excellence program, “We are Marquette;” a series on best practices, “Teaching at Its Best;” and a series centered on creating feedback in courses, “In the Loop and in the Know.”

The CTL also offers an e-learning certificate in which participants integrate instructional technology in their courses. Manresa for Faculty is hosting “One Thing Led to Another” forums and the Service Learning Program is offering a series to assist and orient faculty to programs with community based-research and service learning.

To register, email Mary Grant, CTL office associate, at the Center for Teaching and Learning.

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11. $2,500 available for research on nonviolent peacemaking

The Center for Peacemaking is accepting applications for the 2012 Rynne Research Grants, two research grants of up to $2,500 for Marquette faculty and administrators to advance research on an aspect of nonviolent peacemaking. The awards are intended to fund work for a two-month period during the summer of 2012. Applicants are encouraged to submit a research proposal of their choice or on a topic in one of the center’s research areas.

The 2011 Rynne Fellows will present their work at an information session Tuesday, Nov. 15, at 5 p.m. in AMU 227.

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12. Psychology and chemistry colloquiums this week

The Department of Psychology will hold a colloquium Thursday, Oct. 27, at 3:30 p.m. in Cramer Hall 104J. Dr. Nakia Gordon, assistant professor of psychology, will present “Exploration of Emotion Induction Paradigms.”

Dr. Steve Regen, distinguished professor of chemistry at Lehigh University, will present “Hyper-Thin Membranes for Hydrogen Purification” for a Department of Chemistry colloquium. The program will be Friday, Oct. 28 at 4 p.m. in Todd Wehr Chemistry 121. Refreshments will be available beginning at 3:45 p.m.

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13. Grad School to host open house

The Graduate School will host an open house Thursday, Nov. 3 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the AMU ballrooms for those interested in pursuing a Graduate School program.

To reserve a spot, R.S.V.P. to the Graduate School at 8-7137 by Monday, Oct. 31.

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14. Free retreat, prayer service for lost loved ones hosted by Faber Center

The Faber Center for Ignatian Spirituality will host its free fall retreat, “The Heart of the Matter: Listening to God’s Heart Beat in the World,” Friday, Oct. 28, to Sunday, Oct. 30, at the Jesuit Retreat House, Oshkosh, Wis. Check-in is Friday from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., followed by dinner at 7 p.m. Departure is after Sunday’s noon lunch. Dr. Laurie Cassidy, assistant professor of religious studies at Marywood University, Scranton, Penn., will serve as retreat director. Register online. Space is limited.

The Faber Center will also hold an All Souls Ecumenical Prayer Service for employees, students and family members who have experienced the loss of a loved one over the past year on Wednesday, Nov. 2, at 4 p.m. in the AMU Chapel of the Holy Family. All faith traditions are welcome. Contact Ellen Blonski at 8-4545 for more information.

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15. Register for Supper for 12 Strangers by Wednesday

Hosts for Supper for 12 Strangers are needed Saturday, Nov. 5; Sunday, Nov. 6; Saturday, Nov. 12; and Sunday, Nov. 13. This tradition offers Marquette faculty, staff and alumni an opportunity to host two to 12 students in their home for dinner and an evening of casual conversation. The “supper” can be as formal as a gourmet meal on fine china or as casual as pizza on paper plates. Registration deadline is Wednesday, Oct. 26.

Register online. For more information, contact Libby Gard, engagement and external relations office associate, at 8-8440.

The event is sponsored by the Association of Marquette University Women.

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