1. Engineers Without Borders founder to deliver Mission Week keynote address tomorrow

Dr. Bernard Amadei, founding president of Engineers Without Borders USA and co-founder of Engineers Without Borders – International, will present Mission Week’s keynote address, “Engineering for the Developing World: From Crisis to Development,” tomorrow at 4 p.m. in the AMU, Monaghan Ballroom.

Amadei is a professor of civil engineering at the University of Colorado at Boulder and director of the Mortenson Center in Engineering for Developing Communities. He will discuss how population growth, especially in developing or underdeveloped countries, will create unprecedented demands on resources that will be critical for engineers to address, and will propose ways to contribute to the building of a more sustainable, stable and equitable world.

There will be a reception in the Lynch Lounge immediately following the keynote address. This event is free and open to the public. Tickets are not required, but individuals are asked to register for the event by emailing University Special Events.

This event is sponsored by the College of Engineering, Graduate School of Management, Marquette University Student Government, the Office of Mission and Ministry and the Office of the Provost’s Social Innovation Initiative.

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2. University will test emergency messaging systems Friday

Marquette will test its emergency text messaging system, ConnectEd, and its Deep Freeze emergency notification system at 1 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 24. 

All faculty and staff with university-owned cell phones or who registered their personal phones through MyJob will receive a message that says, “This is a TEST of the textMU system. This is only a TEST.” If you do not receive this message by 1:15 p.m., send an e-mail, including your cell phone number and your cell phone carrier, to security@marquette.edu. Speed of text message delivery may be affected by the user’s cell phone carrier.

Deep Freeze is a computer software program installed on many university-owned classroom computers and on computers in IT-managed computer labs. (Some computer labs are managed by individual departments and colleges and are not connected to the IT-based Deep Freeze system.) The Deep Freeze software allows an emergency message to be displayed when the computer is on.

Any computer with Deep Freeze installed will have a message display saying, “This is a TEST on Friday, Feb. 24. DPS is conducting a test of the Deep Freeze system as part of our Critical Incident Management Plan. To clear this message from your screen, press enter.” This will be done at the beginning of the class period to minimize disruption. To clear the message, click “OK” on the pop-up window or simply hit “enter” on the keyboard. Any problems should be reported to the ITS Help Desk at 8-7799.

The university will use the text messaging and Deep Freeze systems, coordinated through the Department of Public Safety, when there is an imminent threat on campus. The text messaging system will also be used in the event that severe weather causes class cancellations. These systems augment other forms of campus communication, including e-mail, voice mail, social media and/or the marquette.edu website, as the situation warrants.

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3. Input requested on new Gender Resource Center

The Office of the Provost and the planning team for Marquette’s new Gender Resource Center (GRC) invite faculty and staff to participate in a dialogue series regarding the formation of a GRC on Marquette’s campus. There are three dialogue sessions available:

  • Non-Faculty Employees: Wednesday, Feb. 29, from noon to 1 p.m. in AMU, 227
  • Faculty: Monday, Feb. 27, from noon to 1 p.m. in AMU, 157
  • Faculty: Tuesday, Feb. 28, from noon to 1 p.m. in AMU, Ballroom D

The faculty and staff dialogue series is designed to capture the diversity of ideas across the campus community in advance of the opening of the GRC and in preparation for the hiring of its founding director, who is expected to begin this fall. Participants are asked to consider answers to the following questions in preparation for the discussion:

  • What can the GRC do for you?
  • How do we maintain inclusivity so the GRC becomes a space for bringing different groups together?
  • What obstacles may impede the success of the GRC?  How might we minimize these?
  • What would a vibrant and effective GRC look like at Marquette?

Participants should reserve a spot by contacting Lori Ozminkowski, administrative assistant in the Office of the Provost, at 8-6456, no later than Wednesday, Feb. 22.

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4. Proposals sought for Metcalfe Chair and Freedom Project

The Office of the Provost is inviting proposals for individuals outside of Marquette University to serve as the 2012-2013 Metcalfe Chair, and for symposia, exhibits, discussion series and other programming as part of the Freedom Project, a year-long exploration of the many meanings of freedom in the United States and in the world. The Freedom Project is Marquette University’s commemoration of the Sesquicentennial of the Civil War.

Nominations for the Metcalfe Chair should include a letter from an academic department or college detailing the recipient’s scholarly contributions and relationship to the theme of the Freedom Project, accompanied by a curriculum vitae, budget summary and a tentative plan for the recipient’s visit to Marquette and Milwaukee.

Additional information can be found online. Proposals are due by March 1 to the Provost’s Office of Diversity. Contact Dr. William Welburn, associate provost for diversity and inclusion, at 8-8028 or Dr. James Marten, professor and chair of the Department of History and coordinator of the Freedom Project, at 8-7901.

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5. Excellence in Diversity Grants available

The Office of the Provost will award up to four Excellence in Diversity Grants to support and strengthen cultural diversity at Marquette. The grants will be awarded in amounts up to $2,500, and can be used during the 2012-2013 academic year for scholarly work that fosters awareness of cultural diversity for the benefit of the campus community. Past awards have supported lectures and presentations, as well as augmentations to classroom teaching. Projects must be academic focused, and priority will be given to proposals emphasizing collaboration between students and faculty.

Complete proposal requirements are available online. Grant proposals are due to Dr. William Welburn, associate provost for diversity and inclusion, by March 1.

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6. Kohler Center for Entrepreneurship hosting program on growing social ventures

Jodee Benavides, community outreach manager at ArtWorks, will present, “Growing social ventures through relationships,” a lunch and learn session on Friday, Feb. 24 at noon in 707 Building, 442. Benavides is an expert on relationship building through branding. His presentation is part of the Kohler Center’s “Innovation Lab” series, which seeks to turn ideas into business and social ventures.

Contact Tina Quealy, associate director of the Kohler Center for Entrepreneurship, at 8-7337 for additional information.

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7. Research fellowships available in gender and sexuality studies

The Office of the Provost will award up to six research fellowships to Marquette faculty currently engaged in scholarly or creative work related to gender or sexuality studies. Faculty with work in progress and those needing support for exploratory research are encouraged to apply. The fellowships will be incorporated into the Gender Resource Center, which is preparing to recruit a director who is expected to begin next fall.

Each award will provide a stipend of $5,000 for the month of June 2012. Eligible awardees must hold permanent tenure track appointments, have terminal degrees and be returning to the university for the 2012-2013 academic year. A report on the results of each awardee’s project will be due by September 15, 2012.

Full proposal submission requirements can be found online. All proposals are due by Friday, March 9, and awardees will be notified by April 1. Contact Dr. William Welburn, associate provost for diversity and inclusion, at 8-8028 with questions.

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8. Two-day program celebrating diversity at Marquette begins Friday

The Department of Psychology is co-sponsoring a two-day program, Celebrating Diversity at Marquette University, on Feb. 24 and 25. The second annual, “Diversity Dialogue: A Panel Discussion on Cultural, Religious and Gender Diversity,” will be held Friday, Feb. 24, from 3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. in Emory Clark Hall, 111.

On Saturday, Feb. 25, there will be an international buffet, dinner and dance in the Alumni Memorial Union Ballroom from 6:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Admission is free and open to faculty, staff, students, and alumni. Interested individuals must pick up a ticket from the Department of Psychology Office. Contact Sherri Lex at 8-7218 or go online for more information.

Additional co-sponsors include: Helen Way Klingler College of Arts and Sciences, Office of the Associate Provost for Diversity and Inclusion, Graduate School, Office of Mission and Ministry, Faber Center for Ignatian Spirituality and Sodexo.

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9. Democratic candidate in likely recall election for Governor to discuss latest campaign

Kathleen Falk, the only declared candidate in a potential recall race against Governor Scott Walker, will discuss her latest campaign as part of the Law School’s “On the Issues” series with Mike Gousha on Wednesday, Feb. 29, from 12:15 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. in Eckstein Hall.

Falk announced her intentions just days after more than one million recall signatures were filed with the Government Accountability Board. She is the former Dane County executive, a post she was elected to four times. Falk has also served as assistant attorney general and public intervenor in the Wisconsin Department of Justice, and in 2002, became the first major party female candidate for Governor of Wisconsin.

Reserve a spot online.

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10. Student Affairs member available to help navigate university resources

Responding to a recommendation from Marquette University Student Government, the Division of Student Affairs will pilot the role of a Student Referral Resource this semester. For the remainder of the semester, Dr. Linda Lee, from the Office of Student Affairs, is available to help students navigate campus resources, including helping to define a problem and helping determine where to seek resolution.

Students can contact Dr. Lee at 8-7206. She will also hold office hours on Wednesdays and Thursdays in AMU, 424.

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11. Listserv available for faculty and staff interested in exchanging information about gender and sexuality issues

A listserv has been created by Marquette faculty and staff for those interested in exchanging information and creating dialogue about lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer or questioning (LGBTQ) issues. The listserv is open to all faculty and staff, including those that identify themselves as LGBTQ, and any others interested in joining a discussion related to LGBTQ issues.

To subscribe, send an email to LIST@marquette.edu, leaving the subject line blank. In the body of a blank email (no signature), type the following: Subscribe LS-LGBTAFACSTAFF your.name@marquette.edu, replacing the “your name” placeholder with your Marquette email address. Contact Dr. Shaun Longstreet at 8-1777 with questions.

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12. "Who's your neighbor?" coffee house today

The Repairers of the Breach choir will sing soulful music based on testimonials shared by members of the Repairers Community, today at 4 p.m., in the AMU, Lunda Room. Complimentary coffee and treats will be served.

This event is sponsored by the Faber Center for Ignatian Spirituality and Midnight Run. For more information, contact the Faber Center for Ignatian Spirituality at 8-4545.

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13. TIAA-CREF consultants available for free financial counseling starting tomorrow

In conjunction with TIAA-CREF, Marquette will offer individual, 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, Feb. 21, through Thursday, Feb. 23, in AMU, 362.

To schedule an appointment, call (312) 345-5605 Monday through Friday, between 9:30 a.m. and 4 p.m.

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14. Free healthy cooking demonstrations offered

The Employee Wellness Program and Sodexo have partnered to offer a Healthy Cooking Series, which will teach employees how to cook tasty and healthy meals in minutes.

  • “Healthy Comfort Foods,” Thursday, March 1
  • “BBQ Grilling,” Wednesday, April 18

All sessions will be held from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. in AMU 163. Registration is required, and can be completed by contacting Mandi Richter, wellness coordinator, at 8-458.

Additional tips on healthy eating and Employee Wellness Programs can be found online.

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15. Discounted basketball tickets available for Wednesday's game

Tickets to the Marquette men’s basketball game against Rutgers on Wednesday, Feb. 22 at 7 p.m. are available for staff at $5 off regular prices. This is the second-to-last home game of the season.

To purchase tickets, staff should go online, select the game they would like to attend and, when prompted, enter the special offer code: gomarquette.

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