1. Course evaluations begin today

Course evaluations for spring 2011 classes are available beginning today, April 25, through Sunday, May 8 (except for the Law School and School of Dentistry). Students are receiving an e-mail from the “Marquette Course Evaluation Manager” with login information and instructions about how to complete the course evaluations online.

Course evaluations are used by the institution to review classes and instructors with the primary goal of improving the quality of both. Student responses are private and confidential, and no identifying information will ever appear with student responses.

Additional information, including FAQs, the course evaluation schedule, a sample evaluation form and more, is available online. E-mail for more information.

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2. Diversity panel discussion and international dinner buffet offered

The Department of Psychology’s Diversity Committee will host a two-day program, “Celebrating Diversity at Marquette University,” Friday and Saturday, April 29 and 30.

A panel discussion on cultural, religious and gender diversity will be held Friday from 3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. in Emory Clark 111. Panelists will include Dr. Angela Zapata, diversity counselor in the Counseling Center; Dr. Irfan Omar, associate professor of theology; and Dr. Amelia Zurcher, associate professor of English. Dr. Anees Sheikh, professor of psychology, will moderate. Dr. William Welburn, senior adviser to the provost for diversity initiatives, will provide concluding remarks. Refreshments will be served. RSVP to Sherri Lex, administrative assistant in the Department of Psychology, at 8-7218, by Wednesday, April 27.

The committee will also host “International Buffet Dinner, Dance, and Entertainment” Saturday, April 30, from 6:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. with music from around the world in the Cramer Hall lounge. Call 8-7218 for free tickets while supplies last. Dress is business casual, although ethnic attire is strongly encouraged.

The events are co-sponsored by the Multicultural Center, Faber Center for Ignatian Spirituality, Women’s and Gender Studies and Psi Chi: The National Honor Society in Psychology.

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3. Bill Drayton, founder of Ashoka, participating in campus luncheon

Dr. John Pauly, provost, will host a luncheon with Bill Drayton, founder of Ashoka, the largest global network of social entrepreneurs, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, May 21 (campus location TBD). RSVP to Elizabeth Wieland, office associate in University Advancement, at 8-0726. Seating is limited.
Having founded Ashoka more than 30 years ago, Drayton will receive an honorary doctorate from Marquette at Commencement the following day, Sunday, May 22. He holds in high regard faculty teaching at Jesuit colleges and universities, given their roles in shaping future leaders and agents of positive social change (men and women for others). Marquette is one of Ashoka’s 10 university-partners nationally.

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4. Author of Heather Has Two Mommies to speak

Author Lesléa Newman will present the 2011 Starshak Lecture, “Heather’s Mommy Speaks Out: A Presentation on Homophobia, Censorship and Family Values,” tomorrow, April 26, at 3:30 p.m. in Todd Wehr Chemistry 121.

Newman has written 60 books, including the children’s book, Heather Has Two Mommies, and the award-winning short story collection, A Letter to Harvey Milk. She has received the James Baldwin Award for Cultural Achievement, the Continuing the Legacy of Stonewall Award and the Hachamat Lev Award. A book signing will follow the presentation.

The program is sponsored by the Department of Psychology and the Women’s and Gender Studies Program. For more information, contact Dr. Ed de St. Aubin, associate professor of psychology, at 8-2143.

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5. Soup with Substance, The Asia Project presented this week

The Office of Student Development Multicultural Affairs, Campus Ministry and the Center for Peacemaking will sponsor “Soup with Substance: The Secret War” Wednesday, April 27, at noon in AMU 227. Members of the Hmong Student Organization will lead a discussion on the continuation of the Vietnam War in Laos, known as the “Secret War,” and its effect on the region and its people. For more information, contact DJ Todd or Patrick Kennelly, associate director of the Center for Peacemaking.

The Office of Student Development Multicultural Affairs will also sponsor “Varsity LIVE! Featuring the Asia Project” Thursday, April 28, at 10 p.m. in the Varsity Theatre. The event is free and will include entertainment by artist and poet The Asia Project, who has been featured on HBO’s Def Poetry Jam.

The events are part of Asian-Pacific Islander Celebration Month.

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6. Prayer vigil for alumnus held captive is tomorrow

A prayer vigil for James Foley, Arts ’96, who is being held by the Libyan government along with three other journalists, will be held at 6 p.m. tomorrow, April 26, in the AMU Chapel of the Holy Family.

Prayer requests can be submitted to the Marquette community.

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7. Free block party in Central Mall tomorrow

The University Apartments Council is holding a block party tomorrow, April 26, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in Central Mall. This free event includes hotdogs, popcorn, cotton candy, snow cones and live music.

Rain location is the Campus Town East Multi-Purpose Room.

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8. Author and peace activist to discuss Dorothy Day

Eastern Orthodox teacher, author and peace activist Jim Forest will present "Dorothy Day: A Saint for Today's World?" Tuesday, May 3, from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. in the Raynor Library Prucha Archives Reading Room.

Forest, resident of the Netherlands, is the secretary of the Orthodox Peace Fellowship. A lifelong peacemaker, he is the author of many books, including Praying with Icons (1997), Living with Wisdom: A Life of Thomas Merton (1991), Ladder of the Beatitudes (1999), and the forthcoming All Is Grace: A Biography of Dorothy Day (Orbis Books, 2011).

Forest’s visit is sponsored by Raynor Memorial Libraries, Office of Residence Life, Department of Philosophy, and the Edward D. Simmons Religious Commitment Fund.

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9. Dance Inc. holding spring showcase

Dance Inc., a student organization focusing on a variety of styles of dance, will present its spring showcase, “You Can’t Stop the Beat,” Thursday, April 28, at 8 p.m., and Sunday, May 1, at 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. in the Weasler Auditorium. The performances feature 19 pieces performed in jazz, ballet, lyrical, hip hop, contemporary, tap and African dance style. Admission is free.

For more information, contact Dance Inc.

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10. Department of Chemistry holding colloquium

Dr. Gerald Meyer, Bernard N. Baker professor of chemistry at Johns Hopkins University, will present “Electron Transfer Dynamics in Efficient Molecular Solar Cells.” This Department of Chemistry colloquium will be Friday, April 29, at 4 p.m. in Todd Wehr Chemistry 121. Refreshments will be available beginning at 3:45 p.m.

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11. Doubt to be shown Wednesday at Church of the Gesu

Church of the Gesu will host a free screening of Doubt on Wednesday, April 27, at 6:30 p.m. in Father Herian Hall, Gesu Parish Center. Doubt tells the story of a Bronx Catholic grade school in 1964, where a popular priest's ambiguous relationship with a troubled student is questioned by the school's principal.

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