1. Petition available for student aid changes

Marquette University’s Office of Public Affairs, in conjunction with the Office of Student Financial Aid, is monitoring debates in Congress regarding student financial aid funding. An email was sent earlier this week to all students who receive federal financial aid, alerting them to potential cuts.

Recent congressional budget deals have already cut $30 billion from the federal student aid programs. 

“That’s why it’s more important than ever to provide adequate funding for the core federal student aid programs like Pell Grants, Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants (SEOG), Federal Work Study, TRIO, and other student aid and loan benefits,” said Rana Altenburg, vice president of public affairs.

A higher education coalition consisting of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities, of which Marquette is a member, and 61 other higher education associations, has developed a petition in support of Federal Student Aid which will be sent to Capitol Hill. 

Faculty, students, parents and staff can sign the petition on the Student Aid Alliance website to express their support for saving Pell grants and other student aid from potential cuts from the Joint Committee on Deficit Reduction/”Super Committee” and the FY12 Appropriations.

Further information can also be found on the Office of Public Affairs’ website.

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2. Last day to register for Big East virtual career fair

The Big East Consortium is hosting a live virtual fair this fall. Registration is open through Thursday, Nov. 3. Students will have an opportunity to speak with representatives from over 40 organizations, including Garmin, Dannon, Verizon and Con-Way. Representatives from companies will be available at indicated times to chat live about available opportunities. For more information, contact Bethany Olson, event planner and career counselor in the Career Services Center, at 8-4850.

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3. Women's and gender studies holding fellowship presentations

The 2011 recipients of the WGST Faculty-Student Research Fellowships and the Undergraduate Summer Research Fellowships will discuss their research projects and present their findings Monday, Nov. 7, from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. in Clark Hall 111. A reception will follow in Cramer Hall 087. For more information, contact Dr. Amelia Zurcher, associate professor of English and coordinator of the women’s studies program, at 8-3475.

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4. Senate seat and financial VP position open in MUSG

MUSG has one senate commuter seat available. Interested commuter students may apply. For more information, contact the MUSG senate or visit the MUSG office in AMU 133.

MUSG is looking for a new financial vice president to serve as the chair of the Budget Committee. Responsibilities include preparing and managing the annual budget, and supervising five office staff members. The FVP is a unique position, which combines a campus-wide student leadership opportunity with practical business career experience. Applications are now being accepted online and in the MUSG office in AMU 133. For more information about the position, contact Joey Ciccone

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5. Men's basketball tickets still available

Marquette University student tickets packages for the 2011-12 men’s basketball season are still available for all full-time students. Tickets cost $110 and include all 16 home games and an official Marquette Fanatics t-shirt. 

Students can also take advantage of an installment payment plan, with four payments. The first payment of $27.50 is required at purchase, and the remaining three payments will automatically be charged at the end of each month from November through January.

This season is highlighted by games against Georgetown, Louisville, Pittsburgh and Vanderbilt. Residence halls will be open the morning of Saturday, Jan. 14, for students interested in attending games Jan. 14 and 16.

Purchase tickets online or at 8-4668.

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6. MUSG starting diversity initiative

Marquette University Student Government is implementing a new diversity initiative in an effort to improve the input and representation of all students and student organizations. A series of roundtable discussions will be held Monday, Nov. 14, at 7:30 p.m. in the Multicultural Center.

These roundtables will discuss issues facing underrepresented student populations, with a strong focus on topics such as race, sexual orientation and religion.

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7. Final lecture in Alcott series to be presented

Raynor Memorial Libraries’ will present “Louisa May Alcott: Literary phenomenon and social reformer, at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 10, in Raynor Memorial Libraries.

Dr. Sarah Wadsworth, associate professor of English, will present a lecture on Alcott’s complex and varied role in the literary marketplace as a self-trained and successful professional writer.

The program is the final event in this fall’s grant-funded Alcott series focusing on the woman behind Little Women, hosted by Raynor Memorial Libraries and the Milwaukee Public Library.

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8. Senior Speaker nominations due tomorrow

Friday, Nov. 4, is the final day to nominate an undergraduate to be the Senior Speaker for December graduation. Students are invited to nominate a graduating senior who would provide an inspiring and insightful speech about his or her time on campus. Nominations can be submitted online.

All nominated students will be invited to submit an application. A selection committee, appointed by MUSG, will interview students, listen to proposed speeches and make a final recommendation to Father Pilarz. For additional information, contact John Heflin, MUSG senior speaker coordinator.

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9. "Holy Days" performance at Marquette depicts family life in Dust Bowl

In 1936, the Great Plains of Kansas were plagued with drought and decay in the wake of the Dust Bowl and the Great Depression. As America migrated to find work, one family remained rooted to their barren farm, haunted by loss and the memories of a once prosperous life.

Harrowing and uplifting, this Marquette Theatre Arts performance of Sally Nemeth’s Holy Days chronicles the strength of the human spirit in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds. Holy Days is partially supported by the Theatre and Social Justice Fund and features the work of an all-student design team. The performance will run:

· Thursday, Nov. 10, through Saturday, Nov. 12, 7:30 p.m.
· Sunday, Nov. 13, 2:30 p.m.
· Wednesday, Nov. 16, through Saturday, Nov. 19, 7:30 p.m.
· Sunday, Nov. 20, 2:30 p.m.

Ticket prices for the general public range from $16 to $20. Discounts are offered to senior citizens, Marquette students, employees and alumni. Tickets can be purchased by contacting the theatre box office at 8-7505 or online.

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10. Spring registration begins Nov. 7

Students should visit their adviser, as determined by their college advising policy, before registration for spring semester begins Monday, Nov. 7. Undergraduates should use their degree progress report from Academic Advisement in CheckMarq to help plan their schedule and make advising sessions more effective. Snapshot is available now to plan spring courses. Spring registration appointments have been assigned and can be accessed on CheckMarq.

Bulletins are now accessible online for the 2011-12 academic year. The new site is searchable, more up-to-date, easier to use and more cost-effective. This site is the most up-to-date source of course, degree and policy information for all students. As a result of the new bulletin software application — with the ability to access degree requirements, course and policy information online — the printed bulletins will no longer be produced.

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11. Campus Ministry holding conversation about upcoming Mass changes

“Missal and Muffins,” an event discussing the new Roman Missal and upcoming changes to Mass, is Tuesday, Nov. 8, at 8 p.m. in the Chapel of the Holy Family in the AMU. Muffins and hot cider will be provided.

For more information contact Timothy Johnston, assistant director of Campus Ministry for Liturgical Programs.

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12. Cutting-edge spinal injury technologies to be discussed

Dr. Kenneth Lee, chief of the spinal cord injury division at the Clement J. Zablocki Veteran’s Affairs Medical Center, will present “Spinal Cord Injury Technologies,” Tuesday, Nov. 15, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in Cramer 038.

Dr. Lee will discuss his personal rehabilitation from war injuries sustained in Iraq and provide information on the new cutting-edge technologies being utilized for acute and long-term patients in the Milwaukee Spinal Cord Injury Center.

This event is sponsored by the College of Health Sciences Alumni Association.

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13. Neuroscience colloquium to be held next week

Dr. Ellen Unterwald, professor in the department of pharmacology at Temple University School of Medicine, will present “Dopamine-Opioid Interatctions and Their Role in Cocaine-Mediated Behaviors,” for The Integrative Neuroscience Research Center. The presentation will take place Tuesday, Nov. 8, at 3:30 p.m. in Schroeder Complex 256.

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14. MUSG hosting casino night and film showing

Marquette University Student Government will host a Casino Night Friday, Nov. 4, from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. in the AMU ballrooms. This event will include a variety of card games such as black jack, roulette, poker, craps, slot machines and Bingo, along with the opportunity to win prizes.

The suspenseful thriller, “30 Minutes or Less”, about two fleeing criminals who kidnap a pizza delivery guy, strap a bomb to his chest and tell him he has only hours to rob a bank or he will suffer consequences, will be showing at the Varsity Theatre Friday, Nov. 4, at 9 p.m.; Saturday, Nov. 5, at 7 p.m. and 10 p.m.; and Sunday, Nov. 6, at 7:30 p.m.

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15. Claims of justice topic of Department of Philosophy lecture

The Department of Philosophy is presenting the first annual Donald J. Schuenke Chair Lecture, Thursday, Nov. 10, at 4 p.m. in Clark Hall 111. Dr. Margaret Walker, professor and Donald J. Schuenke Chair of philosophy, will present “Historical Understanding and the Claims of Justice.” For more information, contact the Department of Philosophy at 8-6857.

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16. College of Professional Studies to hold info session

The College of Professional Studies will hold an undergraduate degree information session for prospective adult students Thursday, Nov. 10, from 5:45 p.m. to 7 p.m. in Cudahy Hall 414. Information to be presented includes accelerated eight week session bachelor’s degree programs; Saturday, weeknight and select online course offerings; the application process; and financial aid opportunities. Interested participants can register online or call 8-3153.

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17. McNair Scholars and Multicultural Affairs holding colloquium

The McNair Scholars Program and Multicultural Affairs will co-host a colloquium Thursday, Nov. 10, at noon in Raynor Conference Center Study Room D.

Two students from the McNair Scholars Program will present research on “Comparative Studies on the Causes of Ethnic Conflict and its Intensification into Genocide,” and “The Turkish Question: How the AKP’s Islamic Orientation has affected Turkish Politics.”

For more information, contact the McNair Scholars Program at 8-1771, or the Multicultural Center at 8-7205.

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18. Toastmasters International holding informational meeting

Marq Our Words, a Toastmasters International chapter, is holding a Pecha Kucha-style meeting at noon Wednesday, Nov. 9, in Raynor 320H. Pecha Kucha is a fast-paced style that involves giving a 20-slide PowerPoint presentation on any topic spending only 20 seconds on eachslide.

The purpose of Toastmasters is to practice conducting meetings, giving impromptu speeches, presenting prepared speeches, providing constructive feedback and more — in a supportive environment. For more information, contact Michelle Sweetser, Toastmasters vice president for membership.

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19. Taize Prayer Service to be held for hunger awareness

A Taize Prayer Service will be held in honor of Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Month in order to pray for all those in need. The service will take place Monday, Nov. 7, at 7 p.m. at Redeemer Lutheran Church 631 N. 19th St. For questions and more information contact Angie Macias.

This event is sponsored by Midnight Run through Campus Ministry.

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20. Praise and worship prayer offered

A praise and worship style prayer will be offered Monday, Nov. 7, at 8 p.m. in the AMU Chapel of the Holy Family, followed by fellowship. This prayer is co-sponsored by Campus Ministry, Cru, InterVarsity, Knights of Columbus and Lutheran Campus Ministry. Contact Steve Blaha, assistant director of Campus Ministry at 8-6873 for more information.

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21. Holiday Giving Tree gifts due Dec. 5

Gift tags are still available for Marquette community members interested in participating in the Holiday Giving Tree. Gifts are due Monday, Dec. 5, to various drop-off locations on campus. Marquette donors are matched with individuals from five agencies in the community in need of gifts ranging from $15 to $25. Interested participants can email Kathleen Hawkins, chair of Marquette Volunteers.

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22. Habitat for Humanity holding dance

The Marquette Habitat for Humanity chapter is hosting “Give Thanks to Habitat for Humanity Dance,” a $5 event Friday, Nov. 18, from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. at Marquette Place.

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