1. University mourns death of Dr. Claudia Schmidt

Dr. Claudia Schmidt, associate professor of philosophy, passed away Friday, Jan. 7, after a long battle with leukemia. Specializing in Hume, Kant and philosophy of history, Schmidt joined Marquette as an assistant professor in 2000 and was promoted to associate professor in 2007.

Her published work includes David Hume — Reason in History (2003), and articles on Hume, Kant and the philosophy of history appeared in Kant-Studien, Clio, Studies in History and Philosophy of Science, Southern Journal of Philosophy and elsewhere. Schmidt also served in a number of leadership positions for Phi Beta Kappa, Zeta Chapter of Wisconsin. “In her teaching, Claudia was able to share her enthusiasm for the history of philosophy, and her graduate course in Kant was one that prepared students well for further study,” said Dr. James South, chair and associate professor of philosophy. “As a colleague, Claudia was unfailingly delightful. Her sense of humor, her concern for colleagues and students and her joy in her vocation as a scholar and teacher were contagious.”

Schmidt received her bachelor’s degree in history from the University of California at Riverside, her master’s in religious studies from the University of California at Santa Barbara, a doctorate in theology from Graduate Theological Union and a doctorate in philosophy from the University of Iowa.

She is survived by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Heartland Schmidt, and other family and friends. A private funeral service is planned. Plans are pending for public memorial services in Milwaukee (which will be announced in News Briefs) and California.

Memorials in her honor may be made to:
Way Klingler College of Arts and Sciences
c/o University Advancement

Expressions of condolence may be sent to:
Mr. and Mrs. Heartland Schmidt
209 Nisbet Way
Riverside, CA 92507
Please remember Dr. Schmidt, her family and friends in prayer.

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2. Airfare, personalized BigNoggin among prizes for National Marquette Day

Entries for the National Marquette Day photo contest, in which one student will receive roundtrip airfare to anywhere AirTran flies, a personalized BigNoggin, game tickets, recognition during the game and more, are due Friday, Jan. 21.

Entries will be judged on originality and creativity, and entering more than one way does not increase chances of winning.

National Marquette Day is celebrated by Marquette students, alumni and fans across the globe, including nearly 50 game-watching parties from Los Angeles to London.

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3. Performance added for A Year with Frog and Toad

The Department of Performing Arts has added a fourth public performance of A Year with Frog and Toad, Saturday, Jan. 22, at 11 a.m. The other three previously scheduled shows have sold out.

The story follows two friends, the cheerful and popular Frog and the grumpy Toad, through four seasons. Waking from hibernation in the spring, they proceed to plant gardens, swim, rake leaves and go sledding, learning life lessons along the way, including about friendship and rejoicing in the attributes that make each of us different and special.

Tickets cost $11 can be purchased by contacting the box office at 8-7504.

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4. Milwaukee Brewers’ Rick Schlesinger to speak at Law School

Milwaukee Brewers Executive Vice President of Business Operations Rick Schlesinger, who oversees the day-to-day operations of Milwaukee’s major league baseball team, will be a guest for On the Issues With Mike Gousha on Thursday, Jan. 27, at 12:15 p.m. in Eckstein Hall.

Schlesinger, a lawyer who has worked for Disney and the Anaheim Angels, will discuss the challenges of running a professional sports franchise, industry trends and how he wound up working in baseball. The event is co-sponsored by the National Sports Law Institute of the Law School.  

Register online. Space is limited.

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5. Singers, dancers and drummers needed for Mission Week performance

The Office of Mission and Ministry is looking for Marquette community members to participate in the opening of the keynote speaker event during Mission Week. Ethnic dancers, drummers and singers are needed for a culturally enriched performance at 4 p.m. Feb. 10, and for rehearsals.

For more information and to RSVP, contact Brigid Alba, administrative assistant in the Office of Mission and Ministry, at 8-1794 by Friday, Jan. 28.

Dr. Paul Farmer, a medical anthropologist and physician, will speak at 4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 10, in the Varsity Theatre for the Mission Week 2011 keynote address, “Imagine a More Just World: Partnering with the Poor.” Farmer is founding director of Partners In Health, an international non-profit organization that provides direct health care services and has undertaken research and advocacy activities on behalf of those who are sick and living in poverty.

Mission Week 2011 will be held Feb. 6-11. For more information or to assist with Mission Week 2011, contact the Office of Mission and Ministry at 8-1881.

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6. Wiener honored with American Foundation for the Blind award

Dr. William Wiener, professor and former dean of the Graduate School and vice provost for research, has been named one of two 2011 Migel Medal recipients by the American Foundation for the Blind. The medal, the highest award in the field of blindness according to AFB, honors professionals and volunteers whose dedication and achievements have improved the lives of people who are blind or visually impaired.

Early in his career, Wiener chaired a committee to develop a code of ethics for orientation and mobility specialists that has since been incorporated into the process of certification for orientation and mobility professionals. Wiener was also instrumental in developing a certification examination that formed the foundation for initial certification. In addition, he is the chief editor of Foundations of Orientation and Mobility (the textbook used in most university programs in visual impairment, according to Wiener), a member of the Board of Directors of the American Foundation for the Blind, former president of the Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired and former chairperson of the Editorial Advisory Board of the Journal of Visual Impairment and Blindness.

Wiener will be honored by the AFB March 11-12 in Seattle.

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7. McNair Scholars program holding information sessions

The McNair Scholars program is accepting applications from undergraduate students interested in pursuing graduate study. Students accepted to the program will participate in an eight-week summer research experience and receive a $2,800 stipend. The program also offers GRE preparation, visits to area graduate schools and participation in national and regional research conferences.

The McNair Series will hold information sessions:

• “The McNair Scholars Program Overview,” Monday, Jan. 24, at 5:30 p.m., in AMU 121, and Thursday, Jan. 27, at 5:30 p.m., in Marquette Hall 402.

• “Developing a Research Topic,” Monday, Jan. 31, at 5:30 p.m., in AMU 121, and Thursday, Feb. 3, at 5:30 p.m., in Marquette Hall 402.

• “Finding a Mentor,” Monday, Feb. 7, at 5:30 p.m., in AMU 121, and Thursday, Feb. 10, at 5:30 p.m., in Marquette Hall 402.

To qualify, students must have a GPA of at least 2.5 and have completed 60 credits by the end of the spring 2011 semester.

Applications are available online and are due Friday, March 11. For more information, contact the McNair Program Office at 8-1771.

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8. Scholarships available from alumni groups

Several alumni groups have scholarship awards for which they are seeking applications. Students who qualify for any of these awards are encouraged to apply. In some cases, a nomination from a Marquette faculty or staff member must accompany the application. Students receiving tuition remission or full-tuition scholarships are not eligible for these awards.

The Association of Marquette University Women Scholarship — $2,500 for junior (60-99 credits) women beginning their senior year in fall 2011 who are enrolled full-time with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.3 and demonstrate financial need. Application deadline is Feb. 4, 2011.
Ralph H. Metcalfe, Sr. Scholarship — Three awards of up to $2,000 each for Marquette students of color who are enrolled full-time with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 and who demonstrate financial need. At least one award will go to an Educational Opportunity Program student and one to a non-EOP student. Sponsored by the Ethnic Alumni Association. Application deadline is Feb. 11, 2011.

AMUW Ignatian Leadership Award — $1,000 award for a senior woman (graduating in 2011) enrolled full-time who excels academically and demonstrates leadership and service to the Marquette and Milwaukee (or her hometown) communities and strives to live out the Ignatian ideals. Faculty/staff nomination is required along with student application. Deadline is Feb. 18, 2011.

Pedro Arrupe Award — $2,500 for a junior in good standing and enrolled full-time who emulates the values and ideals of Rev. Pedro Arrupe, S.J., superior general of the Society of Jesus from 1961 to 1984, and is involved in service in and beyond the Marquette community. Faculty/staff nomination is required along with student application and essay. Deadline is March 25, 2011.

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9. Applications for Marquette Action Program trips due Friday

Applications for the Marquette Action Program are due Friday, Jan. 21. MAP provides 18 trips throughout the United States during spring break, offering a wide range of opportunities to engage in service and reflect on social justice.  

E-mail for more information, or contact Rev. Thomas Anderson, S.J., assistant director of campus ministry, at 8-4203, or Caitlin Cervenka, student coordinator, at 708-287-1025, for more information.

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10. Update personal contact information in university records

All students are strongly encouraged to update their personal contact information via CheckMarq. The university needs an updated address and telephone number (preferably a mobile number) for each student. This information is used by university staff to contact students in emergencies and for vital university business.

Students should log on to CheckMarq, scroll to the “Personal Information” section and update their information by Tuesday, Jan. 25, and continue to do so whenever there is a change of address or phone number.

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11. Sessions about working with minors, driving training policies offered

The Office of Risk Management will host a training session for UPP 4-26, Working with Minors, Tuesday, Jan. 25, from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. in AMU 157. The session will cover whom the policy applies to and its proper implementation. Contact Kim Llanas, insurance and claims administrator, at 8-8492 to register.
A session about UPP 1-26, University Vehicles and Driver Training Policy, as it relates to the Alert Driving System and its application, is also being planned (date TBD). Contact Llanas if interested in attending. If there is limited interest, the session may be postponed to later in 2011.

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12. Deadline to pre-register for the spring election is Jan. 26

Wisconsin's 2011 spring partisan primary election will be held Tuesday, Feb. 15. Students can pre-register to vote by mail at Milwaukee Public Libraries or the Election Commission by 5 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 26. Students will need to provide a valid driver's license number, a state-issued identification card number or the last four digits of their Social Security number, as well as proof of residency at a local address. Go online for more information on voting, including where to cast your ballot on election day.

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13. Learn to Swim Program offered at Rec Plex

The Rec Plex is offering a Learn to Swim Program for children and adults sponsored by the American Red Cross from today, Jan. 18, through March 8. The program is segmented into six levels, in addition to the Tiny Tots/Wee Folks program. Cost is $40 for members and $46 for non-members.

Call John Kratzer, general manager of the Rec Plex, at 8-7778 for more information.

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14. Dept. of Recreational Sports offers Triathlon Challenge

The Department of Recreational Sports is offering its Triathlon Challenge, an individual fitness challenge, beginning Tuesday, Jan. 25. Participants will choose three activities from a list of various workout options to complete the designated mileage or hours during the semester.

Registration is limited and begins today, Jan. 18. For more information contact Shannon Bustillos, assistant director of recreational sports, at 8-7778.

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15. Music and movie downloads addressed in copyright policy

The Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008 contains provisions for the regulation of peer-to-peer applications when used in ways that infringe on the copyrights of commercial works (usually entertainment media files). The Marquette Acceptable Use Policy includes a section, “Copyrights and licenses,” that defines copyright rules and possible penalties for not following the rules.

Sites where individuals can legally download music, movies, etc., are available online.

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16. Monitor university communications for weather closings

In the event of a weather-related closing, students, faculty and staff will be notified by e-mail and, for those registered, by text messaging and Twitter. Local media will be notified of any closing, and Marquette.edu would also post information.

To receive the text message, students should enter their cell phone number in the “Personal Information” section of CheckMarq and keep it updated. Instructions are online.

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17. Annual notification of FERPA rights

Marquette University is required by federal law to notify all students of their FERPA (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act) rights at the beginning of each term.

Go online to review the annual FERPA notification. For more information visit Marquette Central on Zilber Hall first floor, or call 8-4000.

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18. Father Wild and men’s basketball team featured on Sports32, ESPNU

An interview with Marquette President Robert A. Wild, S.J., will be featured today, Jan. 18, at 5 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. on Sports32. As a featured segment in Inside Marquette Basketball with Buzz Williams, Father Wild will discuss his tenure at Marquette, his relationship with Men's Basketball Head Coach Buzz Williams and the importance of athletics at Marquette.

The men’s basketball team will also be featured during a 30-minute ESPNU program, All-Access: Marquette Men’s Basketball, Wednesday, Jan. 19, and Friday, Jan. 21, at 5 p.m. The show will guide fans through a typical day as seen from the perspective of the coaches and players, with Williams giving an inside look at a film session and practice with the Golden Eagles.

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