1. Father Rossi to continue as A&S dean through 2012-13

Rev. Philip J. Rossi, S.J., will remain as interim dean of the Helen Way Klingler College of Arts and Sciences through the 2012-13 academic year, Marquette President Scott R. Pilarz, S.J., announced today.
 
Father Pilarz said, after consultation with Provost John Pauly, Father Rossi, the department chairs and various faculty members within the college, he decided that it was best to spend this year identifying the needs of the college and developing a profile for a new dean.
 
“This is an incredibly important hire for the university,” Father Pilarz said. “I want to be sure we take our time, both in the development of a process for input and in assessing what the future may hold for the college. The College of Arts and Sciences truly lies at the heart of a Jesuit university. It touches every Marquette undergraduate and is the way we deliver on the promise of a Jesuit education.”
 
Father Pilarz praised the work of Father Rossi and expressed appreciation for his willingness to continue serving as dean. “I am confident that Father Rossi will continue the good work of the college, including the hiring of new faculty and the development of the interdisciplinary programs that we both feel offer increased opportunities for our students,” he said.
 
Father Pilarz said Provost Pauly will work with the A&S department chairs, faculty and staff to identify priorities by June 2012, with the intent of launching a national search for a new dean in fall 2012.

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2. Holiday Gift of Time made permanent

Eligible Marquette employees will have two extra holidays this year and one to three additional holidays in future years, with the university deciding to close most offices from Christmas Eve through New Year’s Day.

Marquette President Scott R. Pilarz, S.J., said the extended holiday period will allow employees more time to celebrate the Christmas season with family and friends and to plan ahead from year to year. In the past, the decision on whether to close university offices was made on an annual basis.

Cas Castro, director of human resources, said the change means there will be at least 11 holidays each year and, in some years, 14 holidays. These include Martin Luther King, Jr., Day; Good Friday; Memorial Day; Independence Day; Labor Day; Thanksgiving; the day after Thanksgiving; and Christmas Eve through New Year’s Day.

For 2011, most university offices will be closed the entire week of Dec. 26-30. That means the current holiday schedule, which included Dec. 23, 26 and 30 and Jan. 2 as holidays, is being adjusted. The holiday scheduled for Dec. 23 will remain. The Jan. 2 date will be applied to Dec. 29 and two extra holidays — Dec. 27 and Dec. 28 — are being added.

Limited campus services, including Public Safety, Facility Services and the Rec Plex, will remain open. In some cases hours will be adjusted.

Employees in departments where 24/7 or holiday coverage is necessary will work with their supervisors on alternative schedules.

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THE INAUGURATION OF REV. SCOTT R. PILARZ, S.J.

3. Academic apparel distributed Monday for inauguration, tickets available in Brooks Lounge

Faculty participating in the Inaugural Ceremony procession who have reserved academic apparel through Herff Jones should pick up their order Monday, Sept. 19, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. in AMU 448. Call University Special Events at 8-7431 with questions about academic apparel. Faculty participating in the procession do not need a ticket for the ceremony and should plan to arrive at the Al McGuire Center by 9 a.m. Friday, Sept. 23.

The Inauguration Ceremony will take place Friday, Sept. 23, at 10 a.m. at the Al McGuire Center. Doors will open at 9 a.m. A Luncheon Celebration will follow at AMU and Westowne Square.

Tickets are required for the ceremony and can be picked up through Wednesday, Sept. 21, or while supplies last, in the AMU Brooks Lounge. Employees and students can pick up one ticket per Marquette ID. The Brooks Lounge is open from 10 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, and from 2 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

All members of the Marquette community are also invited to the Inaugural Mass on Thursday, Sept. 22, but are reminded that seating inside Church of the Gesu is limited. Doors will open at 2:30 p.m. for the 3:30 p.m. Mass. Tickets are not required for the Mass.

As previously announced, classes are cancelled Friday, Sept. 23, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. for campus community members to be able to attend the festivities.

Both the Inaugural Mass and Ceremony will be webcast for those unable to attend in person.

More information about the Presidential Inauguration events is available online.

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4. Inauguration activities include "On the Issues" and Norris Park dedication

Rev. Scott R. Pilarz, S.J., will discuss his impressions of his first few months as president and his views on what the future holds for Marquette at “On the Issues with Mike Gousha” Monday, Sept. 19, at 12:15 p.m. in Eckstein Hall. Register online.

Green Fest: Norris Park Dedication and Games on the Green” will be Tuesday, Sept. 20, at 4 p.m. at Norris Park, Kilbourn Avenue between 18th and 19th streets, as part of inaugural week activities. The dedication ceremony will be followed by games, food and live music.

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5. Marquette recognized by U.S. News & World Report and as College of Distinction

Marquette University ranks 82nd among the top national universities in the 2012 edition of America's Best Colleges, released by U.S. News & World Report. Marquette is listed among U.S. universities that offer undergraduate majors as well as master's and doctoral degrees, the premier category of institutions ranked by the publication. The university is again among the “A+ Options for B Students” and is one of only 50 universities recognized in the “Best Value Schools” category, which relates a school’s academic quality, as indicated by its 2012 U.S. News ranking, to the 2010-2011 net cost of attendance for a student who receives the average level of need-based financial aid. Marquette is ranked No. 63 by high school and private independent school guidance counselors.

The College of Business Administration’s undergraduate program is ranked 81st. Its programs in supply chain management and entrepreneurship are ranked 16th and finance is 18th, respectively. The College of Engineering is also ranked at No. 130.

Marquette is also featured in the 2010/2011 edition of Colleges of Distinction, published by Student Horizons. Schools are selected that demonstrate excellence in four areas: engaged students, great teaching, vibrant communities and successful outcomes. According to the publication, Marquette’s “challenging curriculum and commitment to excellence in all things helps produce some of the most talented and successful graduates in the nation … and works to develop in its students an intellectual curiosity that not only asks questions, but also demands right action, keeping with the university’s belief that the mind is nothing without the heart.”

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6. Al's Run is Saturday, campus to be congested

Briggs & Al's Run & Walk for Children's Hospital of Wisconsin will take place Saturday, Sept. 17. Event day registration begins at 8 a.m. in a tent in Westowne Square, west of the AMU. Cost is $35 for runners and $30 for walkers (children under 12 are $17 and $12, respectively).

Streets along the route will be intermittently closed to traffic during the event to allow the safe passage of runners and walkers. A number of no-parking, tow-away zones will also be in effect.

Access to the 16th Street parking structure from 16th Street will be maintained, as will access to the Wells Street parking structure from Wells Street. There will be no parking charge in either structure until after the runners leave campus. Due to the congestion, Marquette community members are encouraged to allow for extra travel time around campus Saturday.

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7. Debate about media regulation to be held tomorrow

Distinguished media and First Amendment scholars will debate the constitutionality of government regulation of provocative media content Friday, Sept. 16, from noon to 1 p.m. in the Eckstein Hall appellate courtroom.

The event, “Violence, Vulgarity and the First Amendment,” is sponsored by the Law School and the J. William and Mary Diederich College of Communication in recognition of Constitution Day, which commemorates the signing of the U.S. Constitution in 1787. It is open to the public and food will be served.

Panelists will explore the impact of a recent and upcoming court case on the government’s ability to shield minors and others from dangerous or offensive content, and on the legitimacy of broader government regulation of media. The panel will include Dr. Amy Kristin Sanders, assistant professor of journalism and mass communication at the University of Minnesota; Roy Gutterman, director of the Tully Center for Free Speech at Syracuse University; and Peter Rofes, professor of law at Marquette. The panel will be moderated by Dr. Erik Ugland, associate dean for graduate studies and research in the College of Communication.

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8. Film and discussion to address end-of-life care

Consider the Conversation will be screened Saturday, Sept. 17, at 10 a.m. in Father Herian Hall, Gesu Parish Center.

The project sheds light on the 21st century American struggle with communication and preparation at end-of-life. Consider the Conversation examines multiple perspectives on end-of-life care and includes information and experiences gathered from interviews with patients, family members, doctors, nurses, clergy, social workers and national experts from around the country. A discussion will follow.

For more information call 8-7101.

This event is sponsored by the College of Nursing and Health Ministry and Adult Formation of Gesu Parish.

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9. Event to focus on thought of Rev. Bernard Lonergan, S.J.

Lonergan on the Edge 2011, will be held tomorrow, Sept. 16, beginning at 9 a.m., and Saturday, Sept. 17, beginning at 10:10 a.m. in the Raynor Library Beaumier Suites.

The presentations span both philosophy and theology, placing the thought of Rev. Bernard Lonergan, S.J., in dialogue with a variety of topics and thinkers, such as human rights, forensic science, liturgical minimalism, phenomenology, Christ’s experience of pain, intellectual and psychic conversion, Balthasar, Aquinas, Sontag and Rothko. Speakers include graduate students from Marquette as well as Boston College, Loyola Marymount University, University of Toronto, University of St. Thomas (Houston) and Loyola University Chicago. The second day of the conference will include a panel discussion on “Lonergan as a Reader of Aquinas.”

For more information email graduate student Jeremy Blackwood.

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10. Center for Peacemaking holding fall retreat Saturday

The Center for Peacemaking will hold a fall retreat Saturday, Sept. 17, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the AMU Chapel of the Holy Family.

The retreat will address “struggles to transform our lives and our world by living Christ’s example and message of universal love and kindness in all our relationships.” The retreat will include how to promote peace within the family, community, workplace, political structures and the world.

The retreat will be led by Emmanuel Charles McCarthy, founder and original director of The Program for the Study and Practice of Nonviolent Conflict Resolution at the University of Notre Dame, and John Carmody, director of the Center for Christian Nonviolence in Wilmington, Del.

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11. Restorative justice mediation session to appear on Oprah network

Oprah Winfrey’s OWN network will air a restorative justice mediation session with Janine Geske, distinguished professor of law. The program, “Confronting … My Son’s Killer,” will air at 9 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17.

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12. Award-winning Esquire writer to visit Marquette

Author and award-winning Esquire writer-at-large Mike Sager will visit the J. William and Mary Diederich College of Communication Sept. 19-21 to discuss his work.

Sager has been writer-at-large for GQ, contributing editor for Rolling Stone and a staff writer at the Washington Post. In 2010, he won the American Society of Magazine Editor’s National Magazine award for best profile for his Esquire piece "The Man Who Never Was," about the drug problems of quarterback Todd Marinovich.

A reception, which is open to the public, will take place in the jPad on the first floor of Johnston Hall from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, Sept. 19.

Sager will speak on the topic "The Journalist Wears Two Hats: Reporter and Writer" from 2 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 20, in Johnston 300.

He will give a reading of his work followed by a question and answer session that’s open to the public from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 20, in the jPad.

For more information email Dr. Pamela Nettleton, assistant professor of journalism.

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13. Lecture to address future of Afghanistan

The Center for Transnational Justice will sponsor "The International Community and the Future of Afghanistan" Monday, Sept. 26, at 4 p.m. in AMU 163.

The lecture will be presented by Dr. Heinz-Gerhard Justenhoven, director of the Institute for Theology and Peace, Hamburg, Germany.

For more information, contact Dr. H. Richard Friman, Eliot Fitch Chair for International Studies and professor of political science, at 8-5991.

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14. "Predestination, Sola Gratia and Mary's Immaculate Conception" is topic of lecture

The Theology Department will hold its annual Theotokus Lecture on Thursday, Sept. 29, at 7 p.m. in Cudahy 001 (lower level). Rev. Edward T. Oakes, S.J., Chester & Margaret Paluch Professor of Theology at the University of St. Mary of the Lake in Mundelein, Ill., will present "Predestination, Sola Gratia and Mary’s Immaculate Conception."

Father Oakes will discuss how the Catholic Church’s doctrine of Mary’s Immaculate Conception has long been regarded as a stumbling block to the eventual reunion of the Christian Churches. This doctrine seems to conflict with Scripture, which says that “all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23), but when examined more closely, the doctrine actually dovetails with important Reformation concerns, especially unmerited grace and predestination, according to Father Oakes. His lecture will seek to illuminate the topics of unmerited grace and predestination through the prism of this doctrine.

Refreshments will be served.

For more information email Dr. Ulrich Lehner.

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15. Math, philosophy, neuroscience and education programs to be held

The Department of Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science will hold a colloquium tomorrow Sept. 16, at 4 p.m. in Cudahy 401. Dr. Douglas Harris, professor of Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science, will present “Completeness and Compactness with Little Separation.”

Dr. David Roochnik, professor of philosophy at Boston University, will present “Reading Aristotle's Writing” for the Midwest Seminar in Ancient and Medieval Philosophy. The lecture will take place Tuesday, Sept. 20, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. in AMU 227.  

Dr. Robert Peoples, associate professor of biomedical sciences, will present “Molecular Sites of Action of Alcohol on NMDA Receptors” for The Integrative Neuroscience Research Center. The presentation will take place Tuesday, Sept. 20, at 3:30 p.m. in Schroeder Complex 256.

The Department of Counselor Education and Counseling Psychology will hold a colloquium Wednesday, Sept. 21, at noon in AMU 227. Dr. Kevin Tate, assistant professor of counselor education and counseling psychology, will present “Career counseling and privilege: What happens when our clients have almost no choice.” For more information, call 8-1433.

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16. Newest issue of Compendium available

The summer issue of Compendium, the semiannual publication of faculty and staff accomplishments, has been distributed to faculty. The next issue will be distributed this winter and will cover accomplishments from June 2011 through November 2011.

Faculty and staff with scholarly accomplishments that have occurred since June 2011, such as publications, presentations and awards that aren’t in the summer issue, should make sure they’re submitted on the university’s Compendium online resource. 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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17. Activities planned for Sexual Violence Awareness Week

A number of campus events will be held in recognition of Sexual Violence Awareness Week 2011 — Take a Stand: Know the Facts, which runs Sunday, Sept. 18, through Friday, Sept. 23. Events are intended to honor survivors, raise awareness and educate about the issue of sexual violence. Highlights include:
• The 9th Annual O’Donnell Hall Teeter Totter Marathon, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sept. 18-20 at various locations on campus,

Take a Stand BBQ, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 18, at O’Donnell Field.

Soup with Substance: Relationships, Sex & Violence on a College Campus, at noon Tuesday, Sept. 21, in AMU 157

The Road to Shameless: A Survivor’s True Story of Rape and Recovery, at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 21, in the Weasler Auditorium.

Rock Against Rape, at 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23, in Straz Tower auditorium.

For more information contact the Center for Health Education and Promotion at 8-5217.

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18. Aspin Center information sessions are next week

The Les Aspin Center for Government will hold information sessions for its fall, spring and summer programs Wednesday, Sept. 21, at 7 p.m. and Thursday, Sept. 22, at 6 p.m. in Raynor Library Beaumier Suites. The sessions will cover the intern and academic experience, how to apply and important deadlines and dates.

Founded in 1988, the Les Aspin Center for Governemnt offers internships for students of all majors in both Milwaukee and Washington, D.C., tailored to fit the student's area of study.

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19. Free group fitness classes offered tomorrow

The Department of Recreational Sports is offering free group fitness classes tomorrow, Sept. 16.

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
• Kickboxing at 4 p.m. at the Rec Center
• Zumba at 1 p.m. inside and on the sand volleyball courts at the Rec Center
• Turbokick at 1 p.m. at the Rec Plex

Registration for group fitness classes with the Department of Recreational Sports is still open, as well. Sign up at the appropriate facility. For more information call the group fitness office at 8-6979 or contact Shannon Bustillos, assistant director of recreational sports, at 8-7778.

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20. Marquette Crew to compete in Milwaukee River Challenge

The Marquette University Rowing Club will compete in the 11th Annual Milwaukee River Challenge Saturday, Sept. 17. Racing begins at 8 a.m. and will continue through the early afternoon. The three-mile race will begin at 25th and Canal streets on the Menomonee River and proceed east to the junction of the Milwaukee River, heading north to Schlitz Park below Pleasant Street.

More than a dozen bridges on the Milwaukee and Menomonee rivers will allow spectators views of the racing.

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