1. 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?" tomorrow, 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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2. Friends of the Haggerty to honor Father Wild

President Robert A. Wild, S.J., will be honored by the Friends of the Haggerty Museum of Art as the recipient of the Patricia B. Apple Service Recognition Award at a luncheon at the Woman’s Club of Wisconsin at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 11. The biennial Apple Award recognizes outstanding service to the museum. This year’s award honors Father Wild’s strong support for the museum throughout his Marquette presidency.

Cost is $25 to Marquette students and employees, and $40 for the public. RSVP by Wednesday, May 4, by calling University Special Events at 8-7431. Space is limited.
The award is named for Patricia Apple, the first recipient of the award in 2001 and the first president of the Marquette Women’s Council as well as the chairperson of the museum’s building campaign.

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3. Theatre arts programs receive accreditation

The National Association of Schools of Theatre, the agency responsible for the evaluation of theatre programs in colleges and universities, recently granted the theatre arts and theatre teacher certification programs in the J. William and Mary Diederich College of Communication accreditation for five years.

NAST, founded in 1965, is an organization of approximately 170 accredited institutional school, conservatory, college and university members that establishes national standards for undergraduate and graduate degrees and other credentials.

Institutional membership is gained through the peer review process of accreditation, which must meet requirements on adequate facilities, degree programs and instructor qualifications. Stephen Hudson-Mairet, chair of performing and media arts, was notified of Marquette’s status after NAST’s Commission on Accreditation voted to grant Associated Membership until the next full review in the 2016-2017 academic year.

“This a great accomplishment for the college,” said Lori Bergen, dean of the Diederich College. “External evaluations of our academic programs are very important and provide us with unbiased assessments of what we do well, in addition to generating ideas for improvement.”

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4. Students to present about challenge of water sustainability

The introduction of Project Waterscore, sponsored by the Department of Political Science and the Interdisciplinary Minor in Environmental Ethics, will take place tomorrow, May 3, from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. in Cramer Hall 004E.

Students representing 12 different majors across the university will present a report on the challenge of water sustainability based on a semester of intensive research. With a focus on practical solutions, the presentation will showcase a newly developed, accessible, scaleable, web-based platform that empowers consumers to make smart water choices and engage community stakeholders to foster conservation.

Project Waterscore is supported by a grant from the Ashoka Foundation as part of its partnership with Marquette University.

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5. Holocaust survivor to share story

Susie Fono, a resident of Milwaukee and a survivor of both the Nazi and Soviet occupations of Hungary, will discuss the daily battle of survival for her and her family and share feelings about being labeled with the yellow star tomorrow, May 3, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the Weasler Auditorium.
Fono was seven years old when the Nazis invaded Hungary, yet she remembers the day when the Nazis imposed ethnic laws on the Jewish population. As the last generation to be able to interact with a Holocaust survivor, students have the opportunity to listen to and learn from Susie Fono.

For more information, contact Steve Blaha, assistant director of Campus Ministry, at 8-6873.
This event is co-sponsored by Hillel Milwaukee, Marquette Jewish Student Union, Campus Ministry and the Nathan and Esther Pelz Holocaust Education Resource Center.

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6. Course evaluations run through Sunday

Course evaluations for spring 2011 classes are available through Sunday, May 8. Students should have received 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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7. Last week to purchase Senior Week T-shirts

MUSG is sponsoring Senior Week, May 17-22, a week of events for graduating seniors and December 2010 graduates. Tickets are on sale in the AMU Brooks Lounge and available first-come, first-served. T-shirts are also available for $8 in Brooks Lounge until Saturday, May 7.

Contact MUSG at 8-7416 for more information.

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8. iPad 2 raffle tomorrow to benefit Japanese relief efforts

Raynor Memorial Libraries will raffle off an iPad 2 (16 gb Wi-Fi model) for one day only, tomorrow, May 3, to benefit Red Cross Japanese relief efforts. Tickets can be purchased at the Raynor Library Circulation Desk (1 for $5, 3 for $12, 5 for $20) from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m.

The iPad is the gift of an anonymous donor.

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9. Biology and chemistry colloquiums to be held this week

Dr. Rebecca Parales, associate professor of microbiology at the University of California Davis, will present “Unusual Appetites: Bacterial Degradation of Nitrotoluenes” Friday, May 6, at 3:15 p.m. in Wehr Life Science 111. Refreshments will be served at 3 p.m. For more information, call the Department of Biological Sciences at 8-7355.

Dr. Qiang Cui, associate professor of chemistry at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, will present “SCC-DFTB/MM: Developments and Application to Biological Problems.” This Department of Chemistry colloquium will be Friday, May 6, at 4 p.m. in Todd Wehr Chemistry 121. Refreshments will be available beginning at 3:45 p.m.

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10. Pure Dance Marquette presenting free showcase this weekend

Pure Dance Marquette will present its ninth student showcase, “Catch Phrase!,” Saturday, May 7, at 8 p.m. and Sunday, May 8, at noon. All pieces are self-choreographed by Pure Dance members and will include styles of tap, jazz and lyrical. The showcase is approximately an hour and a half, with two acts separated by an intermission. Admission is free.

Donations will benefit Child's Play Charity to bring entertainment and comfort to patients in childrens' hospitals.

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11. Tell us about interesting May graduates by this Friday

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 by Friday, May 6.

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12. Taco sale taking place Thursday

The Physical Therapy Student Council will sell walking tacos Thursday, May 5, from noon to 2 p.m. in front of Raynor Library. The cost is $3 for one taco or $5 for two. Proceeds will support the MUPT Student Council.

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