1. Law School to host community discussion on mental health treatment

Marquette University Law School and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel will sponsor a community discussion on how better care can be provided for those with mental illness who pose a danger to themselves and others. The event, "Imminent Danger: A Community Discussion," will take place Wednesday, Jan. 11, from 7:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. at Eckstein Hall.

A recent investigation by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel concluded that a legal standard for commitment in caring for the mentally ill, a result of a Milwaukee lawsuit, has proved tragically inadequate. The community discussion will address what was learned from the investigation.

Lucinda H. Roy, professor at Virginia Tech and author of No Right to Remain Silent: The Tragedy at Virginia Tech, will give the keynote address. Professor Roy was the academic adviser to Virginia Tech student Seung-Hui Cho, the student responsible for the Virginia Tech shootings. Meg Kissinger, author of the Journal Sentinel series, as well as experts from the medical and legal fields will also be present. A complete schedule of panelists is available online.

The program will begin at 8:15 a.m., with welcome remarks from Joseph Kearney, dean and professor of law, and Marty Kaiser, editor of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Lectures and panel discussions will continue throughout the day until 1:15 p.m., with a complimentary lunch at 11:45 a.m.

Those interested in attending should register through the Marquette Law School website.

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2. First year reading text nominations sought

The selection committee for the first year reading text is seeking input from members of the Marquette community for the book to be read by first-year students during orientation in fall 2012. Those interested in suggesting a book for the committee to consider can send the book title, author and a short paragraph explaining why this book is appropriate for the First Year Reading Program to Kate Trevey, assistant dean for leadership and vocation, by Friday, Jan. 6. First year reading texts should:

  • Be relatively short, with no more than 300 pages;
  • Engage both student readers and faculty or staff discussion leaders;
  • Lead students to reflect on their own gifts, talents and values as a means of defining their own identity.

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3. Silent retreat to be offered next week

Campus Ministry and the Faber Center are offering a five-day silent retreat in the Ignation tradition. The retreat will take place Monday, Jan. 9, through Saturday, Jan. 14, in Oshkosh, Wis. This retreat is open to all students, faculty and staff. The silent retreat will have opportunities for personal prayer, reflection, rest and time outdoors. Contact Emily Schumacher-Novak, assistant director of Campus Ministry, for more information.

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4. Scholarship awards available

Several Marquette alumni organizations are seeking faculty/staff nominations and assistance in communicating annual scholarship award opportunities to undergraduate students. Students receiving tuition remission or full-tuition scholarships are not eligible for these awards.

Association of Marquette University Women (AMUW) Ignatian Leadership Award — $1,000 award for a senior woman, graduating in 2012 and enrolled full time, who excels academically and demonstrates leadership and service to the Marquette and Milwaukee communities, or her hometown community, and strives to live out the Ignatian ideals.  Faculty/staff nomination is required along with student application by Feb. 15, 2012.

Pedro Arrupe Award — $2,500 for a junior in good standing and enrolled full-time who emulates the values and ideals of Rev. Pedro Arrupe, S.J., and is involved in service in and beyond the Marquette community.  Faculty/staff nomination is required along with student application and essay by March 23, 2012.

AMUW Scholarship — $2,500 for junior women beginning their senior year in Fall 2012 who are enrolled full time with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.3 and demonstrate financial need. Application deadline is Feb. 15, 2012.

Ethnic Alumni Association Ralph H. Metcalfe, Sr., Scholarship – Three awards of up to $2,000 each for students of color who are enrolled full-time with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 and demonstrate financial need.  At least one award will go to an Educational Opportunity Program student and one to a non-EOP student. Application deadline is Feb. 15, 2012.

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5. Faculty invited to join health care consortium

Marquette University is part of a newly formed regional Health Care Economics and Innovation consortium that brings academic, community and institutional partners together. The consortium will focus on:

• Value, quality, cost-effectiveness and health economics;
• Innovations in health care delivery and alignment with the principles and practices of health care reform;
• Commitment to health improvement of the Wisconsin population.

Individuals interested in joining a campus workgroup to plan Marquette’s participation in the consortium should contact Jeanne Hossenlopp, vice provost for research and dean of the graduate school. Three representatives from the workgroup will serve on the consortium’s development committee during a planning phase beginning in January and running through April.

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6. Biweekly staff employees to receive payroll tax credit

Biweekly staff employees will notice changes to their payroll checks dated Jan. 4 and Jan. 18, 2012. Because checks dated Jan. 4 were processed before the U.S. Congress passed a two-month extension of the payroll tax holiday, an additional 2 percent was withheld for Social Security taxes.

Biweekly staff employees will receive the 2 percent withheld as a credit applied to their Social Security taxes on their checks dated Jan. 18, 2012. For more information please contact the Payroll Department at 288-5165.

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