1. Campus community celebrates 50th anniversary of Second Vatican Council

In this global "Year of Faith" declared by Pope Benedict XVI, the Catholic Church is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Second Vatican Council. Marquette's commemoration of Vatican II began Oct. 11, 2012, the 50th anniversary of the Council's opening, and will end Nov. 24, 2013, the Feast of Christ the King.

"This anniversary is an important learning opportunity for our university community," says President Scott R. Pilarz, S.J. "So many of us, myself included, have no living memory of the Church before Vatican II. It is a challenge for us to imagine the seismic shift it represented. The Council changed almost every aspect of Catholic culture and experience, especially our world view. I think in particular of Gaudium et Spes and the world view it articulates. From our vantage point 50 years later, we can take that for granted. This anniversary provides an opportunity to explore anew."

Lectures, book discussions, interfaith panels and other events throughout the year will celebrate the spirit of the Council, which continues to animate the Church and Marquette's mission as a Catholic, Jesuit university.

University departments and student organizations interested in sponsoring a program that celebrates Vatican II and its heritage should contact Vatican II Committee Chair Rev. Thomas Anderson, S.J., at 8-4203. A listing of campus events, historical information and links to other resources are available online.

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2. Campus card reader test will take place Jan. 3

The Department of Public Safety will run a lockdown test of campus card readers Thursday, Jan. 3, at approximately 10:15 a.m. During the test, which is anticipated to last less than five minutes, all card readers on campus will lock. Those who have clearance on their MUID card to enter a given door will still be able to do so during the drill. Those who do not have MUID clearance to enter given doors will be unable to open those doors during the drill.

The ability to lock down all readers on campus is a critical function for the campus community in case of an emergency. For additional information, contact Katie Berigan, lieutenant in the Department of Public Safety, at (414) 881-6790.

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3. Holiday hours in effect Dec. 24, 2012, through Jan. 1, 2013

The university will be closed Monday, Dec. 24, 2012, through Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013, for the Christmas holiday. Limited campus services, including Public Safety, Facility Services and the Rec Plex, will remain open.

University Advancement and the Office of Finance will meet the needs of the university's benefactors by providing services for year-end giving during the Christmas break. University Advancement's Gift Services and Donor Relations departments will be open December 27, 28 and 31, providing coverage to handle prompt processing of gifts and timely acknowledgements. The Office of Finance's Treasury Services area will also be available to ensure that gifts involving stock transfers and wire transfers can be expedited. For more information regarding year-end giving, contact Amanda Cose at 8-4467.

The university will re-open Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013. Complete holiday and semester break hours can be found online.

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4. Way Klingler Young Scholar and Fellowship applications due in early January

Applications for the 2013-14 Way Klingler Young Scholar and Fellowship Awards are due in early January.

Way Klingler Young Scholar Award Up to four awards will be given for 2013-14 to full-time regular junior faculty in the three years following their third-year review. The awards of up to $22,000 are intended to fund $2,000 in operating costs and to cover up to 50 percent of annual salary to afford the recipient a one-semester sabbatical. Applications are due Friday, Jan. 11, 2013.

Way Klingler Fellowship Award Two awards, one in each applicant-designated area of science or the humanities and social sciences, will be made in 2013. The humanities fellow will receive $20,000 annually for three years, and the science fellow will receive $50,000 annually for three years. Applications are due Friday, Jan. 18, 2013.

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5. Faculty/staff invited to play with Pep Band Dec. 22

The Pep Band invites faculty and staff who play a wind or percussion instrument to join the band for the annual faculty/staff pep band participation game Saturday, Dec. 22, when the men's basketball team takes on Louisiana State University at the BMO Harris Bradley Center. Admission to the game is free for participants. For additional information or to participate, contact Dr. Erik Janners, director of music, at 8-7125.

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6. Employee Wellness Program to offer free trial week for group fitness classes

The Employee Wellness Program will offer a free trial week for group fitness classes Monday, Jan. 7, to Friday, Jan. 11. No sign-up is necessary except for spin classes, which are limited to 15 participants. Those interested in attending a spin class should contact Kristin Kipp, adjunct instructor of physical therapy. A schedule of free classes can be found online.

Regular classes begin the week of Monday, Jan. 21. A list of classes and registration can be found online. For additional questions, contact Kristin Kipp, adjunct instruction of physical therapy, at 8-4476.

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7. Volunteers needed for Midnight Run's Noon Run over holiday break

Midnight Run's Noon Run is in need of volunteers over the holiday break. With the support of the Redeemer Lutheran Church, the Noon Run meal will continue to be served at the Redeemer Lutheran Church site on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from noon to 1 p.m. To volunteer or for more information, contact Shelly Bruehling, parish administrator at Redeemer Church.

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