1. New York Times best-selling author to present Burleigh Media Ethics lecture

Jane McGonigal, game designer and New York Times best-selling author of Reality is Broken: Why Games Make Us Better and How they Can Change the World, will present the 2011 Burleigh Media Ethics lecture Wednesday, Oct. 26, at 4 p.m. in the Weasler Auditorium. McGonigal will discuss how the principles behind gaming can be applied to solving many of the world’s greater social and economic issues.

Drawing on the latest findings in psychology, cognitive science and sociology, McGonigal is turning gameplay to socially positive ends by developing new reality-based games that are being used to find solutions to business, personal, community-based and worldwide problems. McGonigal has advised companies such as Microsoft, McDonald’s, Intel, Disney and Mattel, and has created games for organizations such as the World Bank and the American Heart Association. She is director of game research and development at the Institute for the Future and the creative director at SocialChocolate.com, a game development startup that is using scientific findings to create new social adventure games.

The annual Burleigh Media Ethics lecture honors William R. Burleigh, Jour ’57, and addresses the ethical issues today’s communicators report on, as well as those they wrestle with in their own work.

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2. 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 use your 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. Students may register at that time or thereafter.

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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3. U.S. Rep Gwen Moore to speak at Law School

U.S. Rep. Gwen Moore, Arts '78, will discuss the critical issues facing the nation and today’s political climate at “On the Issues with Mike Gousha,” Thursday, Oct. 20, from 12:15 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. in Eckstein Hall.

After serving 16 years as a state lawmaker, Moore was elected to the House of Representatives in 2004. The Milwaukee Democrat represents Wisconsin’s 4th District, which includes Milwaukee and her alma mater, Marquette. Moore is a member of the House Committee on Financial Services and the House Budget Committee. 

Register online. Seating is limited.

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4. Sorby and Wadsworth to screen Louisa May Alcott documentary

Raynor Memorial Libraries will present “Louisa May Alcott: The woman behind Little Women at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 25, at the Milwaukee Public Library, Krug Rare Book room, 814 W. Wisconsin Ave.

Drs. Angela Sorby and Sarah Wadsworth, associate professors of English, will screen the first half of the American Masters 2008 documentary film about Alcott, plus scenes from the 1994 film Little Women. They will lead a discussion about how Alcott changed details of her life for Little Women, and how her life story was further edited for the mass film audience

The program is the third event in this fall’s grant-funded Alcott series focusing on the woman behind Little Women.

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5. University Apartment deposits due Oct. 28

A $200 housing deposit (check or money order) for new/prospective residents is due to the University Apartments Office, 1500 W. Wells St., Suite 109, by Oct. 28.

Students who plan to live in University Apartments must pay the deposit when signing up. This deposit provides them with the opportunity to participate in the University Apartment sign-up process, though it does not guarantee housing.

Housing deposits are only refundable if the student (or roommates) does not assign him/herself to an apartment using the online system. If a student (or roommates) selects an apartment through the online system, his/her deposit is not refundable, even if he/she does not choose to live in University Apartments.

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6. INRC to host Society for Neuroscience Milwaukee Chapter

The Integrative Neuroscience Research Center will host the fall meeting for the Society for Neuroscience Milwaukee Chapter on Thursday, Oct. 20, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. in Cramer Hall 087. 

Dr. Reza Shaker, Joseph E. Geenen professor, senior associate dean and director of the Clinical and Translational Science Institute at the Medical College of Wisconsin, will be the keynote speaker. A reception will follow.

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7. Law School to hold information session

The Law School will hold an information session for prospective students Friday, Oct. 21, in Eckstein 263. The session will cover admissions, financial aid, curriculum, intellectual and student life, and information from current students.

The session begins at 11:45 a.m. and lasts approximately one hour, followed by a brief tour. Register online.

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8. Books, blankets and stuffed animal donations benefit homeless children

Project Night Night will hold an open house Wednesday, Oct. 19, in Marquette Hall 003 from noon to 1 p.m. in recognition of Milwaukee’s first-ever Homeless Awareness Week, which runs Oct. 15-22. Project Night Night is collecting books, blankets and stuffed animals for the totes along with hats, scarves and mittens for the homeless children at area shelters.

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9. $7 massages available at Massage-A-Thon

Physical therapy students are holding their Massage-A-Thon from Monday, Oct. 24, through Friday, Nov. 11, at Schroeder Health Complex 397. Cost is $7 for every 15 minutes, up to 60 minutes. Appointments can be scheduled by email or online. Walk-ins are also welcome. Gift certificates are available.

Hours are:

Mondays and Tuesdays — 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Wednesdays — 9 p.m. to 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Thursdays — 9 a.m. to noon and 3 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Fridays — 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

A special price of $5 for every 15 minutes, up to 60 minutes, will be offered Oct. 24 and 26. Massage-A-Thon will be closed Tuesday, Oct. 25.

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10. Gesu hosting organ dedication concert Saturday

Church of the Gesu will celebrate the completion of its organ project with a 7:30 p.m. dedication concert Saturday, Oct. 22, featuring organist Isabelle Demers. Gesu's historic pipe organ has been extensively rebuilt and enlarged by the Schantz Organ Company of Orrville, Ohio, into a new instrument of 6,804 pipes, which now includes pipes from all the previous renovations as well as new pipes built by Schantz.

The concert is co-sponsored by Schantz and The American Guild of Organists, Milwaukee Chapter.

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