1. 2011-2012 tuition announced

Undergraduate tuition at Marquette University will increase $1,360 next year — to $31,400.

In a letter to parents, Marquette President Robert A. Wild, S.J., said the university “is aware that our students and families continue to be affected by the economy’s downturn.” He stressed the importance of a strong fiscal foundation in providing “a quality education to our students, grounded on the principles of academic excellence, faith, leadership and service to others.”

More than 90 percent of Marquette’s undergraduates receive financial aid, and Father Wild said fundraising for endowed and current use scholarships remains a top priority.

In response to student interest for more flexibility and access, the university has adopted a single meal plan, called the Anytime Dining Plan. The plan is similar to the most popular meal plan offered in the past, the Carte Blanche Plan. Students will be able to eat when they want, as much as they want, as many times as they want in the traditional dining halls on campus — at Cobeen, McCormick and Straz Tower. In addition, during any meal period, students may access any of the 14 destination dining locations on campus.

Student fees remained the same. Per-credit and annual tuition rates for graduate and professional programs also increased.

The new 2011-2012 rate guide in posted on the bursar’s website.

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2. Nominate full-time faculty for Teaching Excellence Awards

Nominations for Teaching Excellence Awards are due Monday, Feb. 7. Academic student organization presidents and the presidents of the Graduate Student Organization and MUSG may nominate up to three full-time faculty from any college or program.

Marquette University is blessed with many excellent teachers and in 1959 began a tradition of honoring full-time faculty members who are recognized by students and colleagues as extraordinary teachers. The award citation reads in part: “In recognition of demonstrated ability to inspire students to see the ideals of the University and to cause them to grow in knowledge and scholarship for the glory of God and the good of others.”

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3. Father Wild bobblehead to be given away at basketball game

In recognition of the career of Marquette President Robert A. Wild, S.J., the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics will hold a ceremony in his honor during the Saturday, Feb. 19, men’s basketball game.

All fans in attendance will receive a commemorative bobblehead of him at the game, 8 p.m. vs. Seton Hall at the Bradley Center. A limited number of tickets are available online and by calling 1-800-745-3000.

Father Wild, an avid basketball fan, championed Marquette’s membership in the BIG EAST Conference in 2005. Fans can catch a glimpse of him at home basketball games, where he is known for establishing the Marquette gold sweater vest as preferred fan apparel. 

The university will have completed more than $375 million of construction, renovation and beautification projects during the presidency of Father Wild, who will retire this summer. Those projects include the Al McGuire Center, Raynor Library, School of Dentistry, Zilber Hall and Eckstein Hall.

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4. "As America Ages" is topic of tomorrow’s Boheim lecture

Dr. Karyn Holm, professor of nursing at DePaul University, will give a special presentation of the Distinguished Eleanor H. Boheim Lecture, “As America Ages,” at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 1. The lecture, free and open to the public, will take place in the Raynor Library Beaumier Suites and is sponsored by the Association of Marquette University Women.

Holm will address a number of issues facing America with more people living into their 80s, and beyond, than ever before. She will discuss how our ability to promote healthy aging, the development of technology and advancement of research influences society’s expectations about health and health care for aging Americans.

Holm, the 2007-08 AMUW Women’s Chair in Humanistic Studies, has focused her research and scholarship on the importance of physical activity and exercise in health, the prevention of heart disease and bone loss in women, and functional decline with hospitalization in aging adults.

AMUW promotes the interests of Marquette's past, present and future women students to link them in a common endeavor.

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5. Peacemaker in Residence giving two presentations

Dr. Jim Douglass, 2010-11 Peacemaker in Residence, will give two presentations this week that are free and open to the public.

Douglass, co-founder of the Ground Zero Center for Nonviolent Action in Poulsbo, Wash. and Mary’s House, a Catholic worker house of hospitality in Birmingham, Ala., will discuss what it means for a president of the United States to be transformed into a peacemaker at the edge of total nuclear war in “JFK, Obama and the Unspeakable Wednesday, Feb. 2, at noon in AMU 227. At 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 3, in Raynor Library Beaumier Suite B, Douglass will discuss if Gandhi and his assassins can become a way of liberation in “Gandhi and the Unspeakable.”

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6. Top Milwaukee FBI agent to speak at Law School

FBI Special Agent in Charge Nancy McNamara, the first woman to head the Milwaukee Division of the FBI, will speak at an “On the Issues With Mike Gousha” session at the Law School at 12:15 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 10. McNamara will discuss the FBI’s mission, national security, public corruption and her professional journey.

Register online. Space is limited.

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7. Save the date: Newt and Callista Gingrich to visit campus

Plans are being finalized for Newt Gingrich, former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, and his wife Callista to visit Marquette on Tuesday, March 29.

The Gingriches will present Nine Days that Changed the World, a documentary they produced about Pope John Paul II’s historic visit to Poland in 1979. The 7 p.m. screening of the film will include a presentation by Newt and Callista Gingrich, followed by a book signing by the Gingriches.

The free event will be open to all members of the Marquette community. Ticket availability, location and other information will be announced as soon details are available.

The student organizations sponsoring this event include the College Republicans, Democracy Matters, International Affairs Society, Knights of Columbus at Marquette, Les Aspin Center for Government Alumni Council, Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society, Pi Sigma Alpha Political Science Honor Society and St. Robert Bellarmine Society.

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8. AMUW scholarship application is due Friday

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. Libraries offering bibliography management workshops

Raynor Memorial Libraries are offering workshops for the web-based bibliography management software RefWorks. Users will learn how to set up an account, import citations and produce bibliographies in all standard formats.

Workshops will be held in Raynor 227:
• Wednesday, Feb. 2, from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.
• Thursday, Feb. 3, from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.
• Tuesday, Feb. 15, from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.
• Wednesday, Feb. 16, from noon to 1 p.m.

No advance registration is needed. For more information, contact Rose Trupiano, research and instructional services librarian, at 8-5998.

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10. Register for social entrepreneurship bootcamp by Friday

The Center for Community Service, Ashoka and Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship Student Organization are hosting “Be a Changemaker Bootcamp,” Saturday, Feb. 26, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in AMU 157. The bootcamp is a free, one-day opportunity for students to learn about social entrepreneurship, gain tools and resources needed to address social issues, and begin the process of creating a social venture focused on important issues. Students will be encouraged to work together to create a social venture and present to a panel. Ventures could receive $1,000 in SEED funding to put the plan into action.

Food will be provided and free T-shirts will be available if students have a friend sign up. Registration deadline is Friday, Feb. 4.

Students interested in being a facilitator should contact Leslie La Bonte, coordinator for community service programs, at 8-4327.

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11. Orientation staff applications due beginning Friday

Team leader applications for Orientation Staff at Preview and New Student and Family Orientation are due Friday, Feb. 4. Applications for the Group discussion leader and program assistant positions are due Friday, March 11. Every year, approximately 100 Marquette students help welcome the incoming freshmen class.

Information sessions for students interested in group discussion leader and program assistant positions will be held Thursday, Feb. 24, from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. in AMU 111, and Tuesday, March 8, from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. in AMU 111.

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12. Psychology, biology and chemistry colloquiums to be held this week

The Department of Psychology will hold a colloquium Thursday, Feb. 3, at 3:30 p.m. in Cramer 104J. Christopher Belkofer, practicum coordinator and graduate art therapy instructor at Mount Mary College, will present “Art therapy and the brain: Therapeutic applications of art.”

Dr. William Fry, senior associate dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, and professor of plant pathology at Cornell University, will present a Department of Biological Sciences seminar Friday, Feb. 4, at 3:15 p.m. in Wehr Life Science 111. Fry will present “Will Genomics Enable Control of the Plant Disease that caused the Irish Potato Famine?” Refreshments will be served at 3 p.m.

Dr. Emily Weiss, Clare Boothe Luce Assistant Professor at Northwestern University, will present “Exciton Dissociation at Quantum Dot-Molecule Interfaces.” This Department of Chemistry colloquium will be Friday, Feb. 4, at 4 p.m. in Todd Wehr Chemistry 121. Refreshments will be available beginning at 3:45 p.m.

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13. Aspin Center hosting sessions about interning in Washington, D.C.

The Les Aspin Center for Government will hold information sessions Tuesday, Feb. 8, at 7 p.m. and Wednesday, Feb. 9, at 6 p.m. in Johnston 103.

The Aspin Center offers students a chance to live, work and learn in Washington, D.C., for a semester or summer session. Internships are available for all majors. Material will also be available on the Les Aspin Center’s local initiative in which students are placed in legislative internships in Milwaukee.

Applications for the summer and fall 2011 sessions are due Friday, March 4.

For more information, contact the Les Aspin Center Marquette office at 8-7446.

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14. 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. Contact information is uploaded from CheckMarq periodically.

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15. Follow Marquette updates online

Marquette community members can get information and stay up-to-date with Marquette happenings through multimedia and social networks. Connect with Marquette through:

Marquette on Twitter – in 140 characters or less.

Marquette’s Facebook page, as well as many Marquette departmental pages. Nearly 13,500 fans follow Marquette’s Facebook page.

• Marquette on foursquare to discover tips about places on campus, including historical trivia and campus activities.

Marquette News Center — RSS subscription available to receive university news announcements.

Marquette’s YouTube channel, where viewers can watch, rate and comment on videos about Marquette.

Videos of key thought leaders speaking on campus on the Difference Network.

Marquette photos on Flickr.

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16. Free food at Relay for Life carnival

Colleges Against Cancer is hosting a carnival in Cramer 87 on Monday, Feb. 7, from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. with free food. Information booths will provide information on volunteering, joining a Colleges Against Cancer committee, registering a team and Relay for Life activities.

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17. Law School to hold information session

The Law School will host an information session for prospective full- and part-time students Friday, Feb. 4, in Eckstein 246, the Appellate Courtroom. The session will provide admissions and financial aid information and a panel of current students.

Tours of the Law School will begin at 9 a.m. and the seminar begins at 10 a.m. Register online.

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18. Memorial service for Dr. Claudia Schmidt rescheduled

The memorial service for Dr. Claudia Schmidt, associate professor of philosophy who passed away Jan. 7, has been rescheduled. The service will take place Tuesday, Feb. 8, at 7 p.m. at St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 2618 N. Hackett Ave., Milwaukee.

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19. Haggerty Museum cultural identity panel discussion postponed

The Haggerty Museum of Art’s cultural identity panel discussion with SNAPmilwaukee writers/artists scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 2, has been postponed to April 6.

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