1. Eckstein Hall earns LEED® certification

Ray and Kay Eckstein Hall, Marquette’s new Law School facility, has received LEED® — Silver Certification, according to Tom Ganey, university architect. LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is an internationally recognized green building certification system; its new construction rating system measures the environmental impacts inherent in the design, construction, operations and management of a building.

Ganey said the university, the faculty, staff, students and alumni from the Law School and the Opus Group, the design builder on the project, were committed to constructing an energy efficient building.

“As we began the process of designing Eckstein Hall, our first priority was to build a facility that would enable us to provide an exceptional legal education,” Joseph D. Kearney, dean of the Law School, said. “But as we began talking to alumni, students and others, it was quickly apparent that this magnificent building would also be an important opportunity to signal Marquette’s commitment to the environment and sustainable building practices. This LEED® certification is another point of pride for the Marquette Law School community.”

Eckstein Hall received points toward LEED® certification through various initiatives, including:

• Achieving 41 percent water-usage reduction through the installation of dual-flush toilets and low-flush urinals, lavatories, showers and kitchen sinks.

• Recycling more than 1,354 tons of on-site generated construction waste rather than dumping it in landfills.

• Utilizing recycled materials for more than 31 percent of the total building materials.

• Using local materials that were extracted, harvested, recovered and/or manufactured within 500 miles of downtown Milwaukee for 41.7 percent of the building materials.

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2. Farmer simulcast tickets still available

Tickets are still available for the simulcast of the Mission Week keynote address by Dr. Paul Farmer at 4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 10, in the Weasler Auditorium. Tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis in the AMU Brooks Lounge from noon to 11:30 p.m. while supplies last. Farmer, who has helped revolutionize medical care to the poorest people on earth, will present “Imagine a More Just World: Partnering with the Poor.” Tickets for his address in the Varsity Theatre are no longer available. A reception for all attendees will follow in the AMU Monaghan Ballroom.

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3. Saint John’s Bible, rare books featured throughout Mission Week

A Heritage Edition, or replica, of the Saint John’s Bible, a handwritten, hand-illuminated Bible, is available for public viewing during Mission Week, through Feb. 11. Marquette is displaying the four volumes of the Heritage Edition of the St. John’s Bible in a special exhibit in the AMU rotunda from 7 a.m. to 11:45 p.m. through Feb. 11.

The original Saint John’s Bible is a seven-volume, one-of-a-kind work housed at Saint John’s University in Collegeville, Minn. It was commissioned in 1998 by the university and its Benedictine monks and took 10 years to handwrite and illuminate.

In conjunction with the St. James Bible exhibit, Raynor Memorial Libraries are hosting “Sacred and Spiritual Writings from the Rare Book Collection” through Saturday, Feb. 19. The exhibit, on the second floor of Raynor Library near the staircase, includes a 1483 gold-illuminated Bible by printer and goldsmith Anton Koberger, a 19th century manuscript Qur'an, an 1880 Catholic prayerbook in the Otchipwe Indian language, and spiritual works by Merton, Donne, Hopkins and more.

After Mission Week, the Heritage Edition — which includes the Pentateuch, Historical Books, Wisdom Books, Psalms, Prophets, Gospels and Acts, and Letters and Revelation — will be preserved and permanently displayed in the Prucha Archives Reading Room on the third floor of the Raynor Memorial Libraries. A different illumination will be presented each day. The university will purchase the remaining three volumes of the edition as they become available in 2011–12, according to Janice Welburn, dean of libraries.

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4. Anderson to discuss nationalist violence and Christian unity

Dr. Braden Anderson, Grad ’06, lecturer in theology, will present a Soup with Substance, “One Church under God: Imagining Christian Unity Amidst National Division” from noon to 1 p.m. tomorrow, Feb. 9, in the AMU Henke Lounge. Anderson will discuss how nationalist violence is among the most prominent forms of violence propagated by Christians against other Christians and non-Christians alike, how to address these divisions for the sake of reconciliation and how the resources of the Christian theological tradition might provide guidance.

This Mission Week event is sponsored by the Center for Peacemaking and Campus Ministry.

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5. Coffee, chocolate and prayer featured at event

A Women’s Prayer and Poetry Coffeehouse will be held at 4:15 p.m. tomorrow, Feb. 9, in the AMU Henke Lounge. Attendees can enjoy coffee and chocolate while listening to faculty, staff and students share prayers, poems and songs representing diverse faith traditions and beliefs. No registration needed.

This Mission Week event is sponsored by the Faber Center for Ignatian Spirituality and the Office of Mission and Ministry.

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6. Creighton photojournalism professor to discuss his work with Native Americans

Rev. Don Doll, S.J., professor of photojournalism at Creighton University and 2006 Nebraska Artist of the Year, will speak about his work as a photographer as it relates to Mission Week’s theme, “IMAGINEGOD,” Friday, Feb. 11, at 9 a.m. in Johnston 104. Father Doll, recipient of the Kodak Crystal Eagle award for Impact in Photojournalism and the Nikon World Understanding through Photography award, will present “Finding a vocation in a vocation about his work with Native Americans.”

This Mission Week event is sponsored by the J. William and Mary Diederich College of Communication.

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7. Drum circle is a celebration of creativity and connection

Marquette community members can participate in a celebration of creativity and connection at a drum circle, “Connecting our Spirit, Celebrating our Song,” Thursday, Feb. 10, at 11 a.m., 11:45 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. in AMU Marquette Place. Participants will use hand drums and other instruments to create and cultivate imaginative music. No experience is necessary.

This Mission Week event is sponsored by the Office of Mission and Ministry.

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8. Faculty to share how they arrived at their academic focus

Dr. James Courtright, Dr. Allison Gerdes and Rev. Simon Harak, S.J., will share the paths they followed to their academic focus in a Mission Week “One Thing Led to Another,” Friday, Feb. 11, from noon to 1:30 p.m. in Raynor Beaumier Suites BC.

•  Courtright, professor of biological sciences, will present “Nature has great beauty and I was given admission to the great gallery of her creations”

• Gerdes, assistant professor of psychology, will present “When Missions Intersect”

• Father Harak, director of the Center for Peacemaking, will present “Journey to Non-Violence”

A free, light lunch will be served. RSVP to Jennie Schatzman, office coordinator. Walk-ins are also welcome. For more information contact Kathy Durben, director of project planning and development in the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, at 8-5470; or Dr. Susan Mountin, director of Manresa for Faculty, at 8-3693.

This Mission Week event is co-sponsored by the Office and Research and Sponsored Programs and Manresa for Faculty with the Center for Teaching and Learning.

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9. Africologist to discuss mass media and African quest for liberation

The Haggerty Museum of Art will host a lecture by Dr. Ahmed Mbalia, senior lecturer in Africology at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Wednesday, Feb. 16, at 6 p.m. at the museum.

Mbalia will present ”The Dialectics of Mass Media in African Peoples Quest for Liberation” in conjunction with the Hollywood Icons, Local Demons: Ghanaian Popular Paintings by Mark Anthony exhibition.

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10. Counseling Center offering suicide prevention training

The Counseling Center is offering QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer) suicide prevention training Feb. 16, from noon to 1:30 p.m., March 24 from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., and May 3, from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. QPR trains participants how to get help for someone who is suicidal. Register with the Counseling Center at 8-7172.

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11. A Mission Week prayer — Fall in Love

On each day of Mission Week, a different poem is being offered to the campus community for reflection. Instead of a traditional prayer or reflection, these poems are suggested as ways to explore one’s religious imagination.  

Fall in Love
Attributed to Rev. Pedro Arrupe, S.J., (1907-1991)

Nothing is more practical than
finding God, than
falling in Love
in a quite absolute, final way.
What you are in love with,
what seizes your imagination, will affect everything.
It will decide
what will get you out of bed in the morning,
what you do with your evenings,
how you spend your weekends,
what you read, whom you know,
what breaks your heart,
and what amazes you with joy and gratitude.
Fall in Love, stay in love,
and it will decide everything.

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