1. Celebrate diversity at Marquette today and tomorrow

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

Saturday, Feb. 25, there will be an international buffet, dinner and dance in the AMU, Monaghan 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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2. Register by March 1 for workshop to create a blended or online course

Marquette faculty and staff are invited to apply for a summer workshop on online/blended course design, which will be held on four successive Fridays, beginning May 18. Participants will work with an instructional designer to develop either a blended or online course that is driven by student learning outcomes and designed to engage students in active learning experiences. At the end of the workshop participants will have developed an online or blended course. A stipend of $2,000 will be awarded to all successful applicants.

More information and an application can be found online. Space is extremely limited. Interested candidates should submit an application to Heidi Schweizer, director of e-Learning in the Center for Teaching and Learning, in Raynor Memorial Libraries, 326, by March 1. For additional information, contact Heidi Schweizer at 8-8811.

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3. Integrative Neuroscience Research Center hosting seminar

Dr. Chris Olsen, assistant professor in the Neuroscience Research Center at Medical College of Wisconsin, will give a presentation titled, "Shedding Light on Addiction: Using Operant Sensation Seeking to Study Motivated Behavior," on Tuesday, Feb. 28, at 3:30 p.m. in Schroeder Complex, 256.

The full schedule of the Integrative Neuroscience Research Center's (INRC) spring seminar series is available online. For additional information, contact the INRC at 8-7329.

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4. Biological Sciences Seminar Series continues next Friday

The Biological Sciences Seminar Series will host "Mitochondrial Potassium Channels in C. elegans and Mice," Friday, March 2, at 3:30 p.m. in Wehr Life Sciences, 111. Dr. Keith Nehrke, associate professor at the University of Rochester's School of Medicine and Dentistry, will lead the seminar. The event is hosted by Dr. Allison Abbott, assistant professor of biological sciences.

Refreshments will be served prior to the seminar at 3:15 p.m. in Wehr Life Sciences, 108. For more information, contact the Department of Biological Sciences at 8-7355.

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5. Grow with Marquette offering retirement planning sessions

Grow with Marquette is sponsoring two upcoming sessions on retirement planning. "Understanding and Achieving Your Long Term Financial Goals," is aimed at mid-career employees seeking advice on sensible investment strategies and setting financial goals, and will be held Thursday, March 1, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. in Raynor Memorial Libraries, Beaumier Suite C, and Wednesday, March 7, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., in the AMU, 163. The two sessions are identical.

A session titled, "Approaching Retirement: Issues and Income Flexibilities," for individuals who are three years or less from retirement, will provide information on all income options offered by TIAA-CREF, and will be held Thursday, March 1, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., in Raynor Memorial Libraries, Beaumier Suite C, and Wednesday, March 7, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 a.m. in the AMU, 163. The two sessions are identical.

Email Grow with Marquette or call 8-1560 to reserve a seat.

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6. Monitor university communications for weather-related closings

In the event of a weather-related closing, students, faculty and staff will be notified by e-mail and, for those registered, by text message and Twitter. Local media will be notified of any closing, and Marquette.edu will also post information.

All faculty and staff with university-owned cell phones have been automatically enrolled to receive text messages from the university. Faculty and staff may also register their personal cell phone numbers in the "Personal Information" section of MyJob.

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7. Marquette Engineering Academies offering classes for K-12 students

Marquette Engineering Academies will offer 13 classes for K-12 students this spring. The classes are designed to challenge youth to become critical-thinking problem solvers and to explore the engineering design process.

Nine summer classes are also currently open for registration. The full spring and summer class schedules are posted online, and registration is also available online. For more information, contact Molly Baker, coordinator of engineering outreach, at 8-3517.

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8. Pre-registration for Marquette 5K pregame run/walk ends Feb. 27

The Department of Recreational Sports will host a 5K pregame run/walk before the Marquette vs. Georgetown men's basketball game Saturday, March 3, at 9 a.m., outside of Todd Wehr Chemistry. Participants will run or walk the Marquette Mile three times, either as an individual or as part of a team. The event is open to students, faculty and staff.

The registration fee is $5 per person, and pre-registration can be done at the main offices of the Helfaer Rec Center or the Rec Plex until Monday, Feb. 27. All participants who pre-register will receive a gold, long sleeve t-shirt. Pre-registration is encouraged, although walk-in registration will be available the day of the event, beginning at 8 a.m. Contact the Fitness Assessment Center at 8-5624 for additional information.

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9. Spirit Shop hat sales benefit military veterans

The Marquette Spirit Shop is participating in a national program called Operation Hat Trick (OHT), which generates support and funds for soldiers and veterans seeking medical treatment in VA medical centers. Two officially-licensed Marquette hats are now available in the Spirit Shop, priced from $18 to $24.

For more information, contact Jim Graebert, senior director of merchandising and licensing in the Spirit Shop, at 8-3050.

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