1. Student forum with Father Pilarz is tonight

MUSG will host its first student forum with Rev. Scott R. Pilarz, S.J., today at 7:30 p.m. in the AMU first floor lobby. The forum gives students the opportunity to ask Father Pilarz questions about his goals and plans for Marquette.

Students can also tweet their questions to #MUprez with the possibility of having the question asked at the forum.

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2. 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 currently 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 J. William and Mary Diederich College of Communication’s 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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3. Opportunity to meet social entrepreneur in residence

The university’s 2011 social entrepreneur in residence, Greg Van Kirk, Ashoka Fellow and co-founder of the New Development Solutions Group, will meet with students and discuss the social innovation movement at Marquette and across higher education, focusing on becoming an agent of positive social change, and career opportunities in the United States and around the world:

  • Tuesday, Nov. 1 from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. in AMU Henke Lounge, welcome breakfast for Greg Van Kirk.
  • Tuesday, Nov. 1 from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. in AMU Henke Lounge, hosted by Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship Student Organization. Dinner will be served.
  • Wednesday, Nov. 2 from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in Zilber 025, hosted by SIESO and Arts and Sciences Student Council. Pizza will be served.

For more information, contact Dr. Jeff Snell, special adviser to the president, at 8-4758.

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4. Law School to host Robert F. Boden Lecture

Margaret Raymond, Fred W. and Vi Miller Dean and Professor of Law at UW-Madison, will present “‘The Report of My Death Was an Exaggeration’ – Delaying the Postmortem on American Law Practice” at the Annual Boden Lecture on Tuesday, Nov. 8 at 4:30 p.m. in Eckstein Hall. Reservations are required for this free lecture, and spots can be reserved online through Tuesday, Nov. 1.

This event is hosted by the Law School.

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5. Acute Care for Elders conference to be held Nov. 4

The 2011 conference for the Acute Care for Elders will be Friday, Nov. 4, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the AMU grand ballroom. The ACE conference aims to increase the number of health care professionals who employ the principles of geriatric medicine in caring for older adults. The conference consists of 10 different seminars, including “Cultural Sensitivity in Caring for Older Adults” and “Geriatrics Quality and Safety in Real Time.”

Interested participants can register online. Patients and caregivers are welcome. The cost of participation is free for all non-physicians, $132 for medical and osteopathic doctors, and the cost may be waived for members of the Marquette community.

This event is sponsored by the College of Nursing’s Wisconsin Geriatric Education Center. For more information, contact Patricia Maloney or call (414) 217-7058.

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6. Father Wild honored by Research Forum

Rev. Robert A. Wild, S.J., retired president of Marquette University, today was one of two individuals to receive the 2011 T. Michael Bolger Award from the Milwaukee Research Forum.

The award, named in honor of the retired president of the Medical College of Wisconsin, is given in recognition of exceptional accomplishments in biomedical research. Father Wild was recognized for his “leadership in raising the profile of Marquette’s School of Dentistry, the College of Health Sciences and the College of Nursing.” Dr. Reza Shaker, director of the Clinical and Translational Science Institute at the Medical College, praised Wild for “improving Marquette’s health-related programs by training a powerful workforce that is dedicated to improving the health of the people in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and the entire nation.” Dr. Howard Jacob from MCW was the second recipient of the 2011 Bolger Award.

Today’s event, sponsored by the Public Policy forum, featured a panel of higher education leaders, including, Dr. Jeanne Hossenlopp, vice provost for research and dean of the Graduate School, and representatives from the Medical College of Wisconsin, UW-Milwaukee and the Milwaukee School of Engineering. They discussed “the role of colleges and universities in building Milwaukee’s future.”

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7. 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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8. Authors to speak at "Building a Better Milwaukee"

The College of Professional Studies and the Cardinal Stritch Leadership Center will host the first of three “Building a Better Milwaukee” seminars that aim to use the power of communities to build a better Milwaukee for all citizens. “Creating Abundance Together” will be held Wednesday, Nov. 2, from noon to 3 p.m. in AMU ballrooms B and C, and again from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Redeemer Lutheran Church, 631 North 19th St.

Speakers include John McKnight and Peter Block, authors of The Abundant Community: Awakening the Power of Families and Neighborhoods, and Walter Brueggemann, author of Journey to the Common Good.

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9. Senior Speaker nominations due Nov. 4

Nominations are being accepted for the undergraduate 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 will be accepted through Friday, Nov. 4, and 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 Rev. Scott R. Pilarz, S.J., president. For additional information, contact John Heflin, MUSG Senior Speaker coordinator.

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10. Registration open for Fall Leadership Summit

Registration is open for the Fall 2011 Student Leadership Summit. The summit will be held Sunday, Nov. 6, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Alumni Memorial Union. Registration is free and includes lunch for all participants. Interested students can contact Kate Trevey, assistant dean for leadership and vocation programs, at 8-7205 for more information.

The Fall 2011 Student Leadership Summit is sponsored by the Office of Student Development.

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11. MAP information sessions to be held this week

The Marquette Action Program will host information sessions for the 2012 alternative spring break trips Wednesday, Oct. 26 at 9 p.m. in AMU 157 and Thursday, Oct. 27 at 6 p.m. in AMU ballrooms A and B. Attendees will learn about the program and locations, including new sites in Joplin, Mo., the Red Cloud Indian Reservation and Brooklyn, N.Y. The cost of participation is $215, and applications can be found on the Campus Ministry website.

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12. Teach for America has Oct. 26 application deadline

Students interested in applying for Teach for America must complete the application by Wednesday, Oct. 26. TFA participants receive full salary and benefits, and federal student loan deferral. All majors and professional experience are welcome. For more information, contact Kayla Murphy.

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13. Psychology and chemistry colloquiums this week

The Department of Psychology will hold a colloquium Thursday, Oct. 27, at 3:30 p.m. in Cramer Hall 104J. Dr. Nakia Gordon, assistant professor of psychology, will present “Exploration of Emotion Induction Paradigms.”

Dr. Steve Regen, distinguished professor of chemistry at Lehigh University, will present “Hyper-Thin Membranes for Hydrogen Purification” for a Department of Chemistry colloquium. The program will be Friday, Oct. 28 at 4 p.m. in Todd Wehr Chemistry 121. Refreshments will be available beginning at 3:45 p.m.

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14. Career Services hosting seminar on majors and careers

Career Services and the Counseling Center are hosting “Help! I don’t know what to do with my life!” Thursday, Nov. 3, from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Career Services Center Seminar Room. This seminar aims to help students place personal meaning into choosing a major and career.

Students will identify core values, listen to other students’ stories, reflect on values and gain understanding on integrating values and spirituality into a career path. R.S.V.P. is required, and students can contact Leslie Skaistis, Counseling Center psychologist, to reserve a spot.

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15. Grad School to host open house

The Graduate School will host an open house Thursday, Nov. 3 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the AMU ballrooms for those interested in pursuing a Graduate School program.

To reserve a spot, R.S.V.P. to the Graduate School at 8-7137 by Monday, Oct. 31.

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16. Register for Supper for 12 Strangers by Wednesday

All students are invited for an evening of conversation, networking and a home-cooked meal in the home of a Marquette alum, faculty or staff member at Supper for 12 Strangers on Nov. 5, 6, 12 or 13. This tradition offers an opportunity for two to 12 students to dine at the home of Marquette faculty, staff or alumni for dinner and an evening of casual conversation. The “supper” can be as formal as a gourmet meal on fine china or as casual as pizza on paper plates. Register as a group of friends or go solo and make some new friends. Registration deadline is Wednesday, Oct. 26. For more information and to register, contact Libby Gard, engagement and external relations office associate, at 8-8440.

The event is sponsored by the Association of Marquette University Women.

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17. Prayer service for lost loved ones to be held

The Faber Center will also hold an All Souls Ecumenical Prayer Service for employees, students and family members who have experienced the loss of a loved one over the past year on Wednesday, Nov. 2, at 4 p.m. in the AMU Chapel of the Holy Family. All faith traditions are welcome. Contact Ellen Blonski at 8-4545 for more information.

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