President Scott R. Pilarz, S.J., along with Provost John Pauly, has taken this semester to lay the ground work for strategic planning through a series of listening sessions. As this process begins, the university is also preparing to reaffirm its institutional accreditation. In a short video, Father Pilarz shares how the self-study process will help inform and provide a foundation as the university progresses through the planning process.
Father Pilarz will complete the listening sessions Tuesday, April 24, when he meets with the College of Nursing. During the course of the semester, he hosted 10 sessions with the university's individual colleges, two sessions for administrative offices, and one session for students.
Progress reports on the reaffirmation of accreditation/self-study process are also available on the accreditation website. Self-study drafts will be completed over the summer and fall 2012 semester. During the spring 2013 semester, a draft of the self-study will be released to the entire campus community for review and comment. The anticipated site visit by Marquette's accrediting agency, the Higher Learning Commission, will occur in the fall of 2013 or spring of 2014.
Marquette will host Milwaukee's Denim Day celebration Wednesday, April 25, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. in Emory Clark Hall, 111. The event will include inspiring performances, speakers, community resources and a survivor speak-out. Students and staff are encouraged to wear jeans to the event as a symbol of supporting survivors of sexual assault and as a protest against erroneous and destructive attitudes about sexual violence. Denim Day is recognized internationally each April during Sexual Violence Awareness Month.
Denim Day began as a protest against a 1997 Italian court case, in which a convicted rapist's sentence was overturned. The court ruled that because the teenage victim's jeans were tight, the victim must have assisted in their removal, thereby making the sex act consensual. Enraged by the verdict, women in the Italian Parliament protested by wearing jeans to work. In April 1999, the state of California established the first Denim Day in the United States.
This year's Milwaukee Denim Day is being organized by the United Way, The Healing Center, Sexual Assault Treatment Center of Greater Milwaukee, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Mount Mary College and Pathfinders. Participation packets, including stickers, posters, awareness ribbons and additional information, are available by contacting Sue Cooper, coordinator of sexual violence and advocacy services in Student Health Service, at 8-5244.
Spring 2012 course evaluations will be available for students to complete online beginning Monday, April 23, through Sunday, May 6. The Marquette Online Course Evaluations System (MOCES) will be used to administer the evaluations.
Students are now able to submit evaluations on mobile devices such as smart phones and tablets. This new functionality has the potential to increase response rates by allowing instructors to conduct course evaluations in class. For instructions on how to conduct in-class MOCES evaluations, please go online.
Students will receive an e-mail to their eMarq email accounts Monday, April 23, with login information and instructions about how to complete the evaluations online, and can also access the MOCES system via marquette.edu/evaluate.
Results will be made available to faculty after final grades for all classes have been submitted to the Office of the Registrar, anticipated to be Wednesday, May 23. Instructors, department chairs and deans will receive an e-mail on or around Wednesday, May 23, with login information and instructions about how to access the online results.
For additional information, including a sample in-class announcement, the course evaluation schedule, a sample evaluation form and more, visit the MOCES website. Contact Laura MacBride, research analyst, at 8-6931 for more information.
The Gender Resource Center director candidate scheduled to present on campus this Wednesday, Audrey Skwierawski, J.D., has withdrawn her application, meaning there will be no candidate presentation that day. The remaining Gender Resource Center director candidate presentations this week are:
The College of Nursing will host Dr. Courtney H. Lyder, the 2011-2012 Ralph H. Metcalfe Chair, on campus tonight. A reception will be held in Lyder's honor today, Monday, April 23, at 5:30 p.m. in the Raynor Memorial Libraries, Beaumier Suites B and C, followed by Lyder's presentation on healthcare reform at 6 p.m. Lyder serves as dean and professor at the UCLA School of Nursing. He is a respected researcher in patient safety and geriatric nursing, and a leading advocate for healthcare diversity.
He will also present at the College of Nursing's doctoral student faculty forum Tuesday, April 24, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:20 p.m. in the Clark Hall Terrace. Students and faculty outside of nursing are welcome to attend.
The Metcalfe Chair is a non-residential chair that brings an African American, Latino, or Native American scholar to Marquette each semester. To RSVP, or for more information, contact Bridget O'Meara, program and communication coordinator in the College of Nursing, at 8-3869.
The final installment of the Integrative Neuroscience Research Center seminar series will be held Tuesday, April 24, at 3:30 p.m. in Schroeder Complex, 256. Dr. William A. Truitt, professor of anatomy and cell biology at the University of Indiana School of Medicine, will present "Neural Biology of Panic Disorder."
For more information, contact the INRC at 8-7329.
The College of Professional Studies and the Cardinal Stritch Leadership Center will host the last of three "Building a Better Milwaukee" seminars that aim to use the power of communities to build a better Milwaukee for all citizens. "Leading for an Abundant Milwaukee" will be held Wednesday, April 25, from noon to 3 p.m., and again from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., in the Miller Room at the O'Donnell Park Pavilion, 910 E. Michigan St., Milwaukee.
The seminar will explore the specific leadership qualities and tools required to create a better Milwaukee. Ann Goggins Gregory, senior director of knowledge at Bridgespan Group, will speak about innovative ways non-profits have responded to tough economic times and the shifts in non-profit and funder thinking to bring about breakthrough social impact. Register online or call (414) 410-4646 for more information.
The Department of English, along with FAME (Friends and Alumni of Marquette English) and the Office of Student Development, will host their annual "Shakespeare's Birthday Party" Wednesday, April 25, at 4 p.m. in the Weasler Auditorium. The celebration will include a performance of In Acting Shakespeare, featuring James DeVita of American Players Theatre. The show is DeVita's adaptation of Sir Ian McKellan's script, Acting Shakespeare, and blends together the story of Shakespeare's life and soliloquies with DeVita's own story of how the works of Shakespeare led him from working on fishing boats to a career on the stage.
This event is free and open to the campus community. Contact the Department of English at 8-7179 for more information.
Rev. Peter J. Henriot, S.J., will discuss, "New Dimensions of Jesuit Social Action in Africa," Thursday, April 26, at 4 p.m. in the Office of International Education Program Center, Holthusen Hall, fourth floor.
Father Henriot is a leader in Jesuit social action in Africa. He is a member of the Zambia-Malawi Province of the Society of Jesus and served as director of the Jesuit Centre for Theological Reflection from 1990-2010. He currently serves as the director of development for the new Loyola Jesuit Secondary School in Kasungu, Malawi.
This event is sponsored by the Office of International Education, Office of Mission and Ministry and Center for Peacemaking. For more information, contact the Office of International Education at 8-7289.
The final program in the Counseling Center's mental health programming series will be held Wednesday, April 25, from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the AMU, 157. With finals just around the corner, the topic of the discussion will be, "Taking ACTion to Manage Stress," which will be led by Maria DiMattina, counselor in the Counseling Center, and Dr. Leslie Skaistis, psychologist in the Counseling Center. They will provide information about a cognitive-behavioral based therapeutic model called ACT to help participants gain control over their anxiety and their lives during this stressful time of the year.
For more information, contact the Counseling Center at 8-7172.
The Marquette Obesity Venture (MOVe) and the College of Health Science's Clinical and Translational Rehabilitation Health Sciences program are co-hosting a seminar titled, "Obesity and African American Women: A Black Feminist Construction," Thursday, April 26, at noon in Schroeder Complex, 356. The seminar is open to the public and will be delivered by Dr. Angelique Harris, assistant professor of social and cultural sciences.
For additional information, contact Dr. Paula Papanek, associate professor of exercise science, at 8-5069.
The Center for Teaching and Learning will host, "How an engaged and inclusive classroom prepares students for the contemporary work force," Wednesday, May 16, from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in Eckstein Hall, fourth floor conference room.
The day will focus on interdisciplinary dialogue that addresses how race and gender are pertinent in every classroom, and is designed to facilitate and enhance conversations about improving teaching and learning at Marquette related to race and gender justice. The keynote address, "Because Race and Gender Matters: Creating Inclusive Classrooms To Optimize Student Success," will be presented by Dr. Kris Renn, associate professor of higher, adult and lifelong education at Michigan State University.
All participants must register for the seminar through the Center for Teaching and Learning website. Faculty wishing to submit proposals to present should do so by Monday, April 30. Proposals can be campus mailed to the Center for Teaching and Learning, Raynor Memorial Libraries, 326, or emailed to Mary Grant, office assistant in the Center for Teaching and Learning.
This past weekend, the Division of Student Affairs honored 75 Marquette students who have made outstanding contributions to the university or Milwaukee community by implementing programs and services through Student Affairs, Campus Ministry or student organizations. Students were recognized for contributions in celebration and promotion of diversity, community service, peer education, recreation, health and wellness, social and arts programming, spiritual development and justice education, and student governance and organizational leadership.
Five students were recognized with awards to honor exceptional contributions across several areas:
For a complete list of award recipients, visit the Division of Student Affairs website.
Faculty and staff are asked to consider becoming a Book Discussion Leader for the 2012 First Year Reading Program. The text will be the memoir, Half a Life, by Darin Strauss, winner of the 2011 National Book Critics Circle Award for Memoir. Discussion leaders will lead a group of 20 first year students in an hour-long discussion of the book Thursday, August 23, during new student orientation. Free copies of the book will be available early this summer, and the Office of Student Development will provide discussion questions and hold informal discussions of the book in the weeks leading up to orientation.
Contact Kate Trevey, assistant dean for leadership and vocation programs in the Office of Student Development, at 8-7205 with questions or to sign up. The deadline to participate is May 7.
The Women's and Gender Studies program at Marquette has awarded 2012 collaborative faculty-student research fellowships to:
The 2012 undergraduate summer research fellowships were awarded to:
Students in the Marquette University Honors Program participating in the inaugural contemplative writing class this semester will host an end of semester reading Thursday, April 26, from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. in the Haggerty Museum of Art. Readings from eight students will reflect a full range of poetry, fiction, personal essay and lyrical essay.
A light reception with refreshments will follow the readings. For more information, contact Miriam Hall, Honors Program lecturer.
Faculty, staff and students are invited to attend the Educational Opportunity Program's graduation celebration Monday, April 30, at 5 p.m. in the Weasler Auditorium. Students in EOP will be recognized for their accomplishments and for achieving their degrees. For more information, contact EOP at 8-7593.
Grow with Marquette is hosting, "Lacrosse 101: Meet Marquette's Newest Varsity Teams," Thursday, April 26, from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Al McGuire Center. Participants will learn about Marquette's newest varsity sport, which will begin its inaugural season in spring 2013. Head coaches Joe Amplo and Meredith Black will be in attendance to discuss America's fastest-growing sport, and student-athletes will demonstrate some of the techniques of the sport. Contact Grow with Marquette at 8-1560 to enroll.
In conjunction with TIAA-CREF, Marquette will offer individual and confidential financial counseling sessions for faculty and staff. The 45-minute sessions will answer three common questions asked by participants: Am I saving enough for retirement, am I properly allocated, and what are the options for taking distributions from my account? One-on-one sessions are available Tuesday, April 24, and Wednesday, April 25, in the AMU, 362.
To schedule an appointment, call (312) 345-5605 between 9:30 a.m. and 4 p.m.
The Marquette Faculty/Staff Chorale will present its annual spring concert Tuesday, May 1, and Thursday, May 3, at 11:30 a.m. in the Varsity Theatre. Marquette faculty, staff and students are encouraged to attend the free concerts.
Registration is now open for Marquette summer basketball camps for boys ages 5-17. Three different weeklong sessions will be offered Monday through Friday for the following dates: June 18-22, June 25-29, and July 23-27. Camp runs from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. each day, and all camps are held on Marquette's campus.
Activities will focus on individual skill development, league games, camp contests and team play. The cost is $275 per camp, but a $25 discount is available for children directly related to an individual employed by Marquette University. Registration is required and space is limited.
For more information, contact the Men's Basketball Office at 8-3294.
The final monthly Law School Chapel Mass of the spring semester will be held Tuesday, April 24, at 12:15 p.m. in the St. Edmund Campion Chapel on the fourth floor of Eckstein Hall. Rev. Thomas Anderson, S.J., assistant director of Campus Ministry and Law School chaplain, will preside. All members of the Marquette community are welcome to attend.