1. ZoomShift takes top prize in Business Plan Competition

ZoomShift, a web-based staff scheduling tool created by Benjamin Bartling, a senior in the College of Business Administration, has been awarded Best Overall Plan in the 2011 Business Plan Competition.
The Best Social Plan award went to The Ability Center, a fitness, athletic and recreation facility specifically designed for individuals with disabilities and their special needs, yet inclusive of the able-bodied public.

In its ninth year, the Business Plan Competition attracted 52 entrants, the most in the contest’s history. Of those, 20 were social ventures. The competition last year added a separate category for businesses with a focus on addressing a societal need.
“The growth of and energy around the Business Plan Competition this year, particularly in the social venture category, is indicative of a growing focus on entrepreneurship campuswide,” said Tim Keane, director of the Kohler Center for Entrepreneurship, which sponsors the contest. “We saw an impressive and diverse array of start-ups — I think many will go on to be successful enterprises.”
A full list of award winners is available online.

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2. First Year Reading Text to be The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates

The text for the 2011 First Year Reading Program has been selected. After reading fiction for several years, new students this fall will read the autobiographical work, The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates by Wes Moore. The book is the story of Moore’s accidental discovery that another young man who grew up in inner city Baltimore shared his name, but not his life story. The “first” Wes Moore is an Afghanistan combat veteran, a Rhodes Scholar and a successful businessman. The other is serving a life sentence in prison. The selection fits the First Year Reading Program’s mission to encourage students to reflect on their own choices and on the forces acting on their lives.

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3. Eckstein Hall named Project of the Year for Business Journal real estate awards

Ray and Kay Eckstein Hall, home of Marquette University Law School, today received the top award — Project of the Year — in The Business Journal’s 2011 Real Estate Awards program.

Projects were considered based on the merits, financial success and each development’s impact on the community, according to Mark Kass, editor. “We had a spirited debate, but in the end decided to go with the Law School (for Project of the Year) because of the impact it was having on the community,” he said. The panel of judges included Bob Greenstreet, dean of architecture and urban planning at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

A profile of Eckstein Hall will be published in a special section of the Business Journal tomorrow, April 15.

The $85 million building officially opened for students in August 2010, featuring groundbreaking technology and state-of-the-art conference facilities with advanced broadcast facilities. Overlooking the Marquette Interchange, the building serves as a symbolic interchange for legal study and public debate in the region. The curving expanse of glass on the south side of the building opens to the city and invites people to look in, while the campus-side façade uses the signature campus brick to connect with Marquette’s historic campus. Perhaps the most distinctive feature of Eckstein Hall is the Zilber Forum, a four-story atrium with a dramatic staircase that is the central interior feature, providing room for both studying and socializing as well as event space for large gatherings. Eckstein Hall recently received LEED® – Silver Certification, in recognition of its water reduction and recycling initiatives and its use of local building materials.

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4. Teachers of the Year to participate in College of Education roundtable today

The College of Education will host a reception and roundtable discussion honoring three Marquette alumnae who have been named 2010 Wisconsin Teachers of the Year today, April 14, in the Weasler Auditorium. The reception will begin at 6 p.m., followed by the roundtable discussion at 7 p.m. Chosen for their instructional innovation, leadership and community involvement, the honorees are Middle School Teacher of the Year and Wisconsin Teacher of the Year Maureen Look-Ainsworth, Arts ’86; High School Teacher of the Year Claudia Felske, Arts ’90; and Special Services Teacher of the Year Peggy Wuenstel, Sp ’80.

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5. The Lion in Winter opens today

The Department of Performing Arts will present The Lion in Winter beginning today, April 14, to May 1. This black comedy features Henry II banishing his wife, Eleanor, locking her in the castle and taking on a French mistress. Eleanor is temporarily freed for the holidays, however, and all three of their sons vie to inherit the throne.

The play is produced in collaboration with the Milwaukee Chamber Theatre, so all performances will be at the Broadway Theatre Center’s Cabot Theatre, 158 N. Broadway. Tickets cost $15 if you show a Marquette ID when purchasing or picking up tickets, which are available by calling 414-291-7800 (mention “Marquette discount”).

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6. Liturgical Choir and Wind Ensemble performing this weekend

Marquette musical groups are holding free concerts in the coming weeks. All shows, which are open to the public, are performed in the Varsity Theatre, except for the Liturgical Choir April 16 and Marquette University Chorus performance April 30, which will be in the Church of the Gesu.

Liturgical Choir, Saturday, April 16, at 7:30 p.m., will present “When in Our Music God is Glorified” and feature styles including Gregorian chant, hymnody, Taize music, classical choral works, contemporary song, African songs and gospel music. Donations will benefit the American Red Cross for Japan earthquake and tsunami relief.

Marquette Wind Ensemble, Sunday, April 17, at 2 p.m., will feature music from contemporary and classical U.S. composers under an “American Originals” theme.

Marquette University Chorus, Saturday, April 30, at 7 p.m., will include selections by composers J.M. Martin and Franz Abt.

Marquette Symphony Orchestra, Sunday, May 1, at 2 p.m., will feature an extra academic focus this year. The concert will include performances of Brahms’ Academic Festival Overture, and Polovtsian Dances by Alexander Borodin, a Russian composer and chemist. Shubert’s Symphony No. 8 Unfinished will also be featured.

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7. Travis Huhn named national student employee of the year

Travis Huhn, a senior in the College of Engineering from Sheboygan, Wis., has been named the 2011 National Student Employee of the Year by the National Student Employment Association for his leadership and initiative with Marquette’s Student Safety Programs.

Hired as a shuttle driver his freshman year, Huhn qualified for all Student Safety Programs positions by his junior year. Huhn was promoted to Nighttime Supervisor in 2009, and in 2010 he was promoted to the positions of student employment coordinator and the department’s computer development assistant.

Huhn initiated several new programs, including a committee to enhance supervisor involvement and protocols to assist employees in improving job performance. In his role as computer development assistant, a long-vacant position, Huhn covered a variety of duties including creating databases and developing online document sharing systems to reduce paperwork.

Marquette’s Student Safety Programs provide walking escorts and rides for students, faculty and staff on campus and the surrounding area. Working with the Department of Public Safety, the programs provide significant crime-prevention services for the campus community.

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8. Dr. Rosemary Stuart to be honored by AMUW

Dr. Rosemary Stuart, professor of biological sciences, will receive the 2011 AMUW Nora Finnigan Werra Faculty Achievement Award, which recognizes a female faculty member who has excelled in research, teaching and service to Marquette and the community, and has mentored students and other faculty.

Stuart will be honored by the Association of Marquette University Women at the Mary Neville Bielefeld Awards Mass, Reception and Brunch, Saturday, April 30, during Alumni National Awards Weekend. The Mass takes place at 9:30 a.m., in the AMU Chapel of the Holy Family, followed by the reception at 10:30 a.m. in the AMU Henke Lounge and brunch at 11 a.m. in the AMU Lunda Room.

Register online or contact University Special Events at 8-7431.

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9. Office of Disability Services holding open house

The Office of Disability Services will hold an open house for the new MARQ Your Path program Tuesday, April 19, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. in Marquette Hall 01.

MARQ Your Path is a new TRIO Student Support Services program for students with disabilities designed to support academic excellence and increase retention and graduation rates. Current participants will share their experiences as well as information about the program. There will also be a demonstration of assistive technologies.

For more information, contact MARQ Your Path at 8-3444.

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10. Applications for Women's and Gender Studies fellowships due Wednesday

The Office of the Provost Office is offering two faculty/undergraduate student research fellowships for research related to gender and/or sexuality. Two faculty/student pairs will receive $4,000 each, $2,500 to the faculty member and $1,500 to the student, for research to be performed in summer and fall semesters 2011. The fellowships are intended to support authentic collaboration that will advance the scholarship of both faculty member and student. 

The Women's and Gender Studies program also will award two undergraduate summer research fellowships of $750 each for research related to gender and/or sexuality to be performed by an undergraduate student under the supervision of a faculty member during summer 2011. 

Student applicants need not be WGST majors or minors. 

Applications are due electronically by Wednesday, April 20, to Dr. Amelia Zurcher, director of women's and gender studies.

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11. Day of Silence taking place tomorrow

Participants in The Day of Silence, tomorrow, April 15, take some form of a vow of silence to bring attention to the name-calling, bullying and harassment — “the silencing” — experienced by lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered or questioning individuals.  

Participation, in support of building a campus environment and university community that cherishes the human dignity of each person and taking an active role in reflecting university values, can take place in a number of ways:
• Vow to be silent, for even part of the day, and wear a sticker that explains your silence to others. Stickers will be available at residence hall and apartment desks all day today, April 14, and tomorrow, April 15; in the AMU second floor lobby tomorrow from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; and outside Raynor Library from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. tomorrow.

• Sign the Day of Silence Sign in the AMU second floor lobby from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. tomorrow.

• Join a silent procession at 4 p.m. from the St. Joan of Arc Chapel to the AMU Brew Bayou for a ceremony to “break the silence.”

• Support those who participate.
The event is sponsored by Campus Ministry, the Center for Health Education and Promotion, the Counseling Center, the Division of Student Affairs, the Gender Sexuality Alliance, Multicultural Affairs, the Office of Residence Life, and the Office of Student Development.
For more information, contact Steve Blaha, assistant director of campus ministry, at 8-6873.

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12. Free hip-hop dance showcase Saturday

Hype Marquette will host its spring hip-hop dance showcase, “We Mean Business,” Saturday, April 16, at 5 p.m. in the Weasler Auditorium. The showcase will feature hip-hop dance performances by the Marquette team and other local dance groups, including Hype UWM, Remix and Dance Inc.

For more information, e-mail Hype Marquette.

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13. Tangled showing at Varsity Theatre this weekend

Tangled will be showing at the Varsity Theatre tomorrow, April 15, at 9 p.m., and Saturday, April 16, at 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. The film tells the story of Rapunzel, who was kidnapped as a baby and has been locked by Mother Gothel in a secret tower her entire life. Rapunzel takes Flynn Rider, a bandit who was scaling the tower, captive, making a deal with him to be her guide so she can leave the tower. Tickets are available at the door for $2 with an MUID and $3 without.

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14. Marquette Radio to host spring concert

WMUR Marquette Radio will host its 2011 Spring Utility Concert on Tuesday, April 19, at 7 p.m. in the Weasler Auditorium. Performers will include XV, Machine Gun Kelly, The Dean’s List, Brenton Duvall, Prophetic and the winner of the WMUR Battle of the Bands.

Admission is free to all college students with a valid college I.D. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. For more information, contact Ivy Awino.

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15. Nursing and engineering colloquiums to be held

The College of Nursing will hold a doctoral student-faculty forum Tuesday, April 19, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:20 p.m. in the terrace of Clark Hall. Dr. Ruth Kleinpell, professor of nursing at Rush University, will present “Promoting Clinical Research in the Hospital Setting: Strategies for Success.” Register by e-mail or call 8-3869.

Dr. Dan Ionel, chief scientist of electrical drives and controls at Vestas Technology R&D Americas, will present a Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering colloquium at 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 19, in Olin Engineering 120. Ionel will present “Renewable Energies Series (2): 100% Renewable Electricity — a 2050 European Target.”

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16. Tell us about interesting May graduates

The Office of Marketing and Communication is seeking stories about May 2011 graduates for possible use with area media. Graduates who have remarkable plans and jobs post-graduation; unusual backgrounds; overcame substantial obstacles in getting their degree; recent national-level exclusive awards, academic recognition, publications or scholarship; etc. are some ideas that would be appropriate.

What graduates do you know who have fascinating stories to tell? E-mail their names and plenty of details.

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17. Hair donations to benefit Locks of Love

The Cobeen Residence Hall staff and GLOW Salon and Spa will host a Locks of Love donation Wednesday, April 20, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in AMU 305. GLOW will provide free haircuts and styles to participants who donate 10 or more inches of hair. For those who do not have 10 inches of hair to donate, haircuts will be provided for a $10 donation to Locks of Love.

Locks of Love is a non-profit organization that provides hairpieces to children under age 18 who are suffering from long-term medical hair loss.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, contact Angie Macias.

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