1. University will test emergency messaging systems tomorrow

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

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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2. Loyola sociology professor to present on combining university and community knowledge today

Dr. Phil Nyden, professor of sociology and director of the Center for Urban Research and Learning at Loyola University Chicago, will present, “Do We Know it All? Combining University and Community Knowledge in Research,” today at 4 p.m. in the AMU, Ballrooms A and B. Nyden will present his ideas and research about the importance of incorporating community engagement in research projects as part of the 2011-2012 Presidential Inauguration Academic Event series. A reception will be held in the AMU’s Lynch Lounge immediately following Nyden’s presentation.

This event is sponsored by the Graduate School of Management, the College of Education and the Office of Mission and Ministry.

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3. Second Law School Poll released yesterday

President Barack Obama leads each of his Republican rivals in Wisconsin, according to the new Marquette Law School Poll. The poll showed former Senator Rick Santorum with a lead among the Republicans vying for president, and also showed a split race for U.S. Senate. Respondents were also asked about the recent “John Doe” investigation involving former aides and associates of Governor Scott Walker, jobs in the state and the proposed iron-ore mine in northwestern Wisconsin. Full poll results are available online. Faculty and students are welcome to participate in analysis of the data or to use the data for teaching, research or commentary.

For questions or additional information, contact Michael K. McChrystal, professor of law, at michael.mcchrystal@marquette.edu.

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4. Documentary screening today: "Old South"

Danielle Beverly, visiting professional in residence in digital media, will screen and lead a discussion about her documentary, "Old South," tonight, Feb. 23, at 5 p.m. in Johnston Hall’s jPad. The film follows a Georgia neighborhood as it battles a Confederate flag-flying college fraternity whose members stage an annual, antebellum-style parade.

For more information, contact the Diederich College of Communication at 8-7133.

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5. Stories of under-covered Milwaukee neighborhoods

Sharon McGowan, editor of Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service, will discuss the importance of sharing the daily triumphs and challenges of Milwaukee's inner-city neighborhoods tomorrow at 10 a.m., in Johnston Hall's jPad.

A bus tour of the city’s under-covered neighborhoods will take place immediately following McGowan’s presentation. To sign up for the bus tour, contact Julie Rosene, special events coordinator in the Diederich College of Communication, at 8-5646.

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6. Soup with Substance: "Connecting neighbors for change"

Join members of Milwaukee's Common Ground for a discussion on, “Connecting neighbors for change: Practical community organizing,” tomorrow at noon in the AMU, 227. The group will explain how, through training and support, neighbors can be turned into collaborative leaders to help shape community decisions.

RSVP to Gerald Fischer at 8-6873. This event is sponsored by Campus Ministry, the Center for Peacemaking and Common Ground.

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7. Forum on European Studies to be held

Raynor Memorial Libraries, the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures and the Office of International Education are offering a global discussion series beginning Wednesday, Feb. 29, from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. in the Raynor Memorial Libraries Conference Center. The discussion, “What’s Next for Europe? Open Questions for European Studies,” will focus on international events and questions facing the region, and will feature a panel of faculty experts.

Refreshments will be served. For more information, visit the Raynor Memorial Libraries website.

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8. College Republicans and Young Americans for Freedom hosting lecture

Marquette University College Republicans and Young Americans for Freedom are hosting a lecture on pro-life issues given by Dr. Mike Adams, professor at the University of North Carolina-Wilmington, on Thursday, March 1, at 7 p.m. in the AMU, Ballroom E. Adams’ lecture will be followed by a question and answer session.

For additional information or to RSVP, contact Marquette College Republicans.

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9. Retirement education program begins next week

Marquette faculty and staff ages 55 and older are invited to participate in the second of two MetLife retirewise® programs being held this spring, which will help employees understand the complex questions of retirement. Topics to be addressed include the various aspects to consider when planning for retirement, how to prevent running out of money and how future healthcare costs can impact finances.

The program will begin with a session titled, “Building the Foundation,” on Tuesday, Feb. 28, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., in the AMU, 157.

More information on the retirewise® program, upcoming sessions and registration can be found online.

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10. 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 the AMU, 227
  • Faculty: Monday, Feb. 27, from noon to 1 p.m. in the AMU, 157
  • Faculty: Tuesday, Feb. 28, from noon to 1 p.m. in the 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 Friday, Feb. 24.

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11. Lenten reflection series begins Monday

The Faber Center for Ignatian Spirituality’s Lenten reflection series, the Third Week Group, will begin Monday, Feb. 27, from noon to 1 p.m. at the Faber Center in Schroeder Complex, 111. The reflection will be facilitated by Kathy Coffey-Guenther, director of Ignatian Programs and associate director of the Faber Center.  A light lunch will be served.

Additional reflection sessions will be held March 5, March 19 and March 26, at the same time and location. Registration for the reflection series is still open. For additional information, contact Ellen Blonski, administrative assistant at the Faber Center, at 8-4545.

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12. Gathering Points lecture to focus on the contemporary Catholic Church

As part of Mission Week, the Gathering Points lecture series will host a discussion on the contemporary Catholic Church on Tuesday, Feb. 28, at 7 p.m., in the AMU, Ballrooms A and B. Dr. Richard Gaillardetz, Joseph McCarthy Professor of Catholic Systematic Theology at Boston College, will discuss questions such as, "Does the theology of the laity have a future?" and more.

The Gathering Points lecture series is co-sponsored by the Office of Mission and Ministry and Church of the Gesu. For more information, contact the Office of Mission and Ministry at 8-1881.

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13. Hunger Clean-Up to host "Sample the Soups" event

Members of the Marquette community are invited to Hunger Clean-Up’s “Sample the Soups” event on Tuesday, Feb. 28, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., in the AMU Ballrooms. Soup and bread will be provided free of charge and participants can take home a homemade ceramic bowl made by Empty Bowls Milwaukee. The event is free of charge, although a $5 donation is suggested.

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14. Campus Ministry to host discussion on getting to know Mass again

Campus Ministry will host the first in a series of discussions about the parts of Mass, “But Only say the Word: Getting to Know the Mass Again,” on Tuesday, Feb. 28, from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m., in the Chapel of the Holy Family. The Marquette community is invited to talk about the experience of Mass and reflect on the Eucharistic gathering.

This event is sponsored by Campus Ministry. For more information, contact Timothy Johnston, assistant director for liturgical programs, at 8-0522.

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15. Teach kids about healthy habits through Project FUN

The Employee Wellness Program and the College of Nursing are offering families the opportunity to participate in Project FUN, a free, online nutrition and physical activity program designed for parents and youth in grades four to eight. The free program is part of a study being conducted by Marquette, Medical College of Wisconsin, and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Project FUN will teach parents how to support healthy eating and promote physical activity. Kids will learn about healthy snacks and the importance of physical activity.

For more information or to register, contact Christine Glen, RN, in the College of Nursing, at (847) 544-6852.

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16. Free group fitness classes on Friday

The Department of Recreational Sports is offering the following free group fitness classes to members tomorrow, Feb. 24. The cost is $2 for faculty and staff who are non-members.
• Zumba at 1 p.m. at the Rec Center 
• Cardio kickboxing at 4 p.m. at the Rec Center 
• Spin at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. at the Rec Center
• Cardio dance at 1 p.m. at the Rec Plex
• Zumba at 3 p.m. at the Rec Plex

For more information, call the group fitness office at 8-6979 or contact Shannon Bustillos, assistant director of recreational sports, at 8-7778.

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