1. All-university Christmas celebration to be held Dec. 12

The all-university Christmas celebration for students, faculty and staff will take place Wednesday, Dec. 12, from noon to 1:30 p.m. on the second floor of the AMU. This celebration will include Christmas treats, hot chocolate, festive music and holiday cheer.

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2. Member of Oak Creek Sikh Gurwara to share insights on solidarity across faiths

All members of the Marquette community are invited to attend "From Strangers to Solidarity: Reflection Dinner with Kanwardeep Singh Kaleka," Wednesday, Dec. 5, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the AMU, 227. Kanwardeep Singh Kaleka, a member of the Wisconsin Sikh Gurwara and nephew of slain Temple president, Mr. Satwan Singh Kaleka, will share reflections and insights on how the southeastern Wisconsin Sikh community, other communities of faith and neighbors throughout the region have developed relationships and started to grow in their commitment to one another since the August Oak Creek Temple shooting. This program will explore how solidarity is not possible, but necessary across different faiths. 

A traditional Sikh dinner will be served. Registration is not required, however seating is limited. This event is sponsored by Campus Ministry, Intercultural Engagement in the Office of Student Development, the Office of International Education, Spirituality Education Awareness and Sikhism, the Indian Student Association and MUSG. For additional information, contact John Janulis, coordinator for multicultural affairs, at 8-7205.

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3. Simmons Fund applications due Feb. 15

The submission deadline for proposals to the Edward D. Simmons Religious Commitment Fund is Friday, Feb. 15, for grants for the 2013-14 academic year. The fund finances small projects or seed money for programs and events that deepen the religious nature of Marquette. Grants generally range from $500 to $2,500. Proposals that promote religious aspects of the mission of the university will be given preference.

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4. Session offered on D2L functions related to grading

The Center for Teaching and Learning will host a forum addressing faculty questions about D2L functions and processes to help with end-of-semester grading and planning for the spring semester Thursday, Dec. 6, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. in Raynor Memorial Libraries, 330B. Contact Heidi Schweizer, eLearning director, at 8-8811 with additional questions.

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5. Seminar to share insights from computational chemistry

The Biological Sciences Fall Seminar Series will host "Mechanism and Function of Protein S-Nirosylation: Insights from Computational Chemistry," Friday, Dec. 7, at 3 p.m. in Wehr Life Sciences, 111. Dr. Qadir Timerghazin, assistant professor of chemistry, will lead the seminar. The event will be hosted by Dr. Martin St. Maurice, assistant professor of biological sciences. Refreshments will be served prior to the seminar at 2:45 p.m. in Wehr Life Sciences, 108.

For more information, contact the Department of Biological Sciences at 8-7355.

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6. Department of Math, Statistics and Computer Science colloquium series ends Friday

The Department of Math, Statistics and Computer Science will host a colloquium Friday, Dec. 7, at 1 p.m. in Cudahy Hall, 401. Meryem Karaman, teaching assistant, and Ferdaus Kawsar, research assistant in the Department of Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science, will present, "A Mathematical Model for Analyzing Temporal Processing Effects of Fourier Encoding Anomalies and their Correction in fMRI Data," and, "Very Accurate Activity Detection Using Multiple Sensors."

For more information, contact the Department of Math, Statistics and Computer Science at 8-7573.

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7. Social Innovation Design Pitch contest to take place this Wednesday

The Office of the Provost and the Social Innovation Initiative will host "Design Your Change in the World: Marquette's Social Innovation Design Pitch Contest," Wednesday, Dec. 5, from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in Emory Clark Hall, 111. The winning team will receive up to $1,000 in financial support to attend the Ashoka Exchange in San Diego from Friday, Feb. 22 to Saturday, Feb. 23.

Refreshments will be served. For additional information, contact Elizabeth Wieland, office associate for development, at 8-0726.

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8. Attend open house public meetings on environmental and engineering analysis of I-94 East-West Freeway Corridor

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation will host two open house public meetings about an environmental and engineering analysis of the I-94 East-West Freeway Corridor, a study that covers 2.85 miles of I-94 between 70th Street and 25th Street in Milwaukee County. The corridor includes the system interchange US 41/WIS 341/Miller Parkway, and six service interchanges, including 70th Street/68th Street, Hawley Road, Mitchell Boulevard, 35th Street, 26th Street/St. Paul Avenue and West Wisconsin Avenue/Wells Street. Meetings will be held:

  • Wednesday, Dec. 5, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the State Fair Park, Tommy Thompson Youth Center, Gate #5, 640 S. 84th Street, which can be accessed via Milwaukee County Transit System Route 67.

  • Thursday, Dec. 6, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Marquette University High School, 3401 W. Wisconsin Avenue. Use the Henke Center entrance in the parking lot on Michigan Street, which can be accessed via Milwaukee County Transit System Route 10, 30 or 35.

The same information will be presented at both meetings. Additional information on the analysis can be found online.

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9. Soup with Substance to discuss rebuilding the Sikh community in the face of disaster

The next Soup with Substance, "Rebuilding Community in the Face of Tragedy," will take place Wednesday, Dec. 5, from noon to 1 p.m. in the AMU, 157, and will feature Kanwardeep Singh Kaleka, a member of the Wisconsin Sikh Gurdwara and nephew of the slain Temple president, Satwan Singh Kaleka. Kanwardeep Singh Kaleka will explore the internal healing and reconciliation efforts within the southeastern Wisconsin Sikh community since the Oak Creek Temple shooting on August 5, 2012. 

Marquette's Center for Peacemaking, Campus Ministry and Center for Intercultural Engagement partner to host Marquette's Soup with Substance program. The program invites members of the Marquette and larger Milwaukee community to listen and discuss a topic with a local or national figure known for their academic or practical work in nonviolence, while enjoying free soup and bread during the lunch hour. For more information, contact the Center for Peacemaking at 8-8444.

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10. Winter Compendium submission deadline is Dec. 7

Faculty and staff with professional accomplishments, such as publications, presentations and awards, should make sure they are documented by submitting them for inclusion in Compendium by Friday, Dec. 7. Accomplishments submitted to the Faculty Activities Database can be shared directly with Compendium by checking the box to grant permission. Faculty and staff who do not use the FAD need to submit accomplishments online. Accomplishments that have occurred since June 1, 2012, will be used to compile the winter issue, which will be distributed in February 2013.

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11. 2013 Engineering Academies schedule available

The Engineering Outreach team has published the Spring 2013 K-12 Engineering Academies schedule with programs from February until May. Engineering Academies cover a variety of interesting and challenging topics for students in kindergarten through high school. Courses challenge students to become critical-thinking problem solvers, appreciate STEM and explore engineering. Since 2006, the Outreach team develops and offers unique programs for students to have fun while solving real-world engineering problems.

Visit the K-12 Engineering Academies website to view the entire spring schedule with dates, times, descriptions and costs. All registrations for Engineering Academies are submitted online, and students are accepted on a first come first served basis. For more information contact Molly Savage, engineering outreach coordinator, at 8-3517.

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12. Marquette Faculty/Staff Chorale to present annual Christmas concert

The Marquette Faculty/Staff Chorale will present its annual Christmas concert Thursday, Dec. 6, at 11:30 a.m. in the Varsity Theatre. Marquette faculty, staff and students are encouraged to come and enjoy this free concert of Renaissance, modern and traditional carols.

For more information, contact Timothy Johnston, assistant director for liturgical programs, at 8-0522.

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13. Holiday Giving Tree gifts due Dec. 7

Holiday Giving Tree tags have arrived for Marquette community members who signed up to purchase a gift for one of more than 600 individuals who are in need this holiday season. Wrapped gifts must be returned to various drop-off locations on campus by Friday, Dec. 7. The approximate value of the gifts should range from $15 to $25.

To sign up to receive a Giving Tree name or to make a donation, contact Kathleen Hawkins, administrative assistant in the Office of Social and Cultural Sciences, at 8-6838.

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14. Praise and worship style prayer offered tonight

Campus Ministry, Cru, InterVarsity, Knights of Columbus and Lutheran Campus Ministry will host praise and worship style prayer tonight, Monday, Dec. 3, from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the AMU, Chapel of the Holy Family. This month's focus will be on Marquette's mission of service to the wider world. All are invited to attend to connect with God and others during the season of Advent.

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15. Celebrate the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception

Campus Ministry will celebrate the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, a holy day of obligation, with a special Mass Friday, Dec. 7, at 6 p.m. in the AMU, Chapel of the Holy Family. All members of the Marquette community are welcome. For additional information, contact Timothy Johnston, assistant director for liturgical programs, at 8-0522.

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16. Anxiety reduction programming to help reduce stress of finals

The Counseling Center will host an end-of-semester Anxiety Reduction Programming Series Monday, Dec. 3 through Friday, Dec. 7, across campus. Events held throughout the week include workshops, biofeedback, pet therapy and helpful resource material. A complete schedule of the program series can be found online. For additional information, contact Chris Daood, assistant director of the Counseling Center, at 8-7172.

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17. TIAA-CREF consultants available for free financial counseling

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 Wednesday, Dec. 5 and Thursday, Dec. 6, in the AMU, 362.

To schedule an appointment, call (312) 345-5658, Monday through Friday, between 9:30 a.m. and 4 p.m.

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18. Win gift cards for completing Campus Ministry online survey

Campus Ministry invites all Marquette students, faculty and staff to participate in a brief online survey. Regardless of religious affiliation, participation in this survey will help assess the current worship climate on campus and provide information that will help to better serve the Marquette community. Participants are entered to win a $25 gift certificate to the Brew or the Spirit Shop.

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19. Donate cookies to Child Care Center Cookie Walk

The Child Care Center will accept donated cookies Monday, Dec. 3 through Wednesday, Dec. 5, from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Child Care Center, to be sold by the dozen at the Child Care Center's Cookie Walk Thursday, Dec. 6, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Child Care Center. Proceeds from the walk will go to the Child Care Center. For more information, contact the Child Care Center at 8-5655.

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20. New Marquette Pep Band CD available

The Marquette Pep Band has a new CD recording of music from the 2011-2012 season. The CD was professionally recorded and is available in the Marquette Spirit Shop.

For more information on the band program, contact Dr. Erik Janners, director of music in the Office of Student Development, at 8-7125.

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21. Join Child Care Center for Christmas carols in the AMU

The Child Care Center will be gathering in the AMU second floor lobby Wednesday, Dec. 5, at 10 a.m. to sing Christmas carols. All are welcome to join the caroling for some holiday cheer.

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