1. Strategic planning update, emerging vision shared by President Scott R. Pilarz, S.J.


Yesterday, President Scott R. Pilarz, S.J., shared a letter with faculty and staff that updated the campus community on the strategic planning process and included a video that describes elements of the emerging vision for Marquette.

In the letter, Father Pilarz described the "urgent way our community must collaborate and innovate to ensure that our students are ready to assume lives as agents for change and problem solvers in a world of growing complexity." He also shared that he and Provost John Pauly are now working to incorporate the feedback received from the campus community into updated versions of the strategic planning themes.

The strategic planning website is updated frequently with news about the planning process, including various opportunities to share input – both in person and via email. The strategic planning Coordinating Committee has met regularly throughout the semester, and meeting agendas and minutes are posted to the website for each meeting, to ensure the strategic planning process is transparent and inclusive.

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2. Apply for faculty retirement benefit by Dec. 3


The deadline for tenured faculty to apply for benefits in return for surrender of tenure at the end of the 2012-13 academic year is 4:30 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 3. This includes tenured faculty that wish to retire completely, as well as those who wish to accept a part-time appointment and stipend. To be eligible to receive benefits in return for the surrender of tenure, a tenured faculty member must be eligible for retirement under University Policy and Procedure 4-18, including being at least 55 years of age and having a combined total age and years of full-time service with the university that equals at least 70. Tenured faculty who wish to retire at the end of the 2013 fall academic term must apply for tenure surrender benefits no later than Friday, Feb. 1, 2013. The policy is located online.

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3. 'Diederich Ideas' student production wins College Emmy Award

The student-produced "Diederich Ideas: Reporting from the Front Line" program was awarded an Emmy by the Television Academy at a Nov. 18 ceremony in Chicago. The program, focused on reporting during times of conflict, featured a panel discussion and pre-recorded interviews with a number of locally and nationally recognized media professionals, including James Foley, Arts '96, who was captured by the Libyans while reporting on the war. "Diederich Ideas" was produced by MUTV, with help from the Instructional Media Center. The full story can be found online.

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4. Strategic Planning Coordinating Committee hosting office hours Monday

The Strategic Planning Coordinating Committee co-chairs and members will host office hours Monday, Dec. 3, from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. in the AMU, 231. Other strategic planning office hours throughout the semester include:

  • Tuesday, Dec. 11, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. in the AMU, 233

Those interested in attending any of the office hours should RSVP to Laura Hagan, office assistant in the Office of the University Architect, at 8-4439.

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5. Law School to host panel reflecting on Wisconsin's historic election season

On Thursday, Dec. 6, one month after the historic November elections, the Law School will host "Wisconsin 2012: The voters have spoken. What did they tell us?" from 8:15 a.m. to noon in Eckstein Hall. A group of panelists will look back at what happened this election season and why, from voter attitudes and media coverage to political advertising and campaign strategy. Panelists will include:

  • Dr. Charles Franklin, visiting professor of law and public policy and director of the Marquette Law School Poll
  • Dr. Amber Wichowsky, assistant professor of political science
  • Ken Goldstein, president of Kantar Media/Campaign Media Analysis Group
  • Craig Gilbert, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Washington, D.C., bureau chief
  • Jeff Mayers, president of WisPolitics
  • Keith Gilkes, campaign manager for Scott Walker and Tommy Thompson
  • John Kraus, campaign communications director for Tammy Baldwin

Reserve a spot online.

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6. NFL Hall of Fame member, entrepreneur and Marquette Trustee Emeritus Willie Davis to discuss new book

Willie Davis, Green Bay Packer legend, NFL Hall of Fame member, Marquette trustee emeritus and entrepreneur, will discuss his new book, Closing the Gap, Thursday, Dec. 6, at 5:30 p.m. at the University Club. The event is free but registration is required, which can be completed online.

Members of the Marquette community can pre-order a signed copy of Closing the Gap by Willie Davis in time for the holidays if ordered through the Spirit Shop by Wednesday, Dec. 5. Book orders, which are $36.95 and include shipping and handling, can be placed by contacting the Spirit Shop at 8-3050.

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7. Applications for Companions in Inspiring Futures being accepted

Faculty interested in exploring the traditions and contemporary study of Jesuit Higher Education and Ignatian Pedagogy are invited to participate in "Companions in Inspiring Futures," a new cohort of a year-long faculty learning community. Ten faculty members from across the disciplines will reflect on their teaching and student learning in light of the 500-year history of Ignatian practice and the contemporary direction of Jesuit higher education worldwide. Each participant will adapt a course that they will teach during the 2013-2014 academic year, and stipends of $600 in salary dollars will be awarded to those who fully participate. The group will meet six times during the spring semester, beginning Friday, Feb. 1. Additional information and application requirements can be found online.

Applications are due by Friday, Dec. 21. The program is sponsored by Manresa for Faculty in the Center for Teaching and Learning. For additional information contact Susan Mountin, director of Manresa for Faculty in the Center for Teaching and Learning, at 8-3693.

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8. Integrative Neuroscience Research Center hosting seminar

Barry E. Levin of the department of neurology and neurosciences at the New Jersey Medical School/UMDNJ will present, "Metabolic sensing neurons and astrocytes and the control of energy homeostasis," Tuesday, Dec. 4, at 3:30 p.m. in Schroeder Complex, 256.

This seminar is sponsored by the College of Health Sciences' Integrative Neuroscience Research Center (INRC). The full schedule of the INRC's fall seminar series is available online. For additional information, contact the Integrative Neuroscience Research Center at 8-7329.

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9. Biological Sciences Seminar rescheduled for Dec. 14

The Biological Sciences Fall Seminar Series will host, "Environmental Pollution, Human Impact, and Microbes in Action," Friday, Dec. 14, at 3 p.m. in Wehr Life Sciences, 111. Dr. Krassimira Hristova, assistant professor of biological sciences, will lead the seminar.

Refreshments will be served prior to the seminar at 2:45 p.m. in Wehr Life Sciences, 108.

For more information, contact the Department of Biological Sciences at 8-7355.

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10. Honors Program to present exhibition of mindfulness in photography

The Honors Program will present "Miksang Contemplative Photography Class Closing Show," Thursday, Dec. 6, from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. in Coughlin Hall, 001. Attendees can view the class perceptions of a semester-long exploration of mindfulness in photography. More information about Miksang and contemplative photography can be found online.

Light refreshments will be served. For additional information, contact Miriam Hall, lecturer for the Honors Program.

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11. Students to share research on life at Marquette

Students of English 3210 – Advanced Composition – "Ethnography of the University: Developing an Inquiry State of Mind," will host a research poster fair Monday, Dec. 3, from 11 a.m. to 11:50 a.m. in the Raynor Memorial Libraries' Beaumier Suites. Fourteen students will present their undergraduate research of university life at Marquette and their proposals for change. Light refreshments will be served.

For more information, contact Dr. Beth Godbee, assistant professor of English, at 8-3468.

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12. Contemplative Community to host presentation on centering prayer

Contemplative Community will present, "Centering Prayer: A Christian Form of Meditation," Monday, Dec. 3, from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. in Raynor Memorial Libraries' Beaumier Suites.

Barbara B. Prendergast, who holds a master's degree in theology from Marquette, will deliver the presentation. Prendergast is a trained presenter for centering prayer and serves on the leadership team for Contemplative Outreach of Southeastern Wisconsin.

For more information, contact Alice Gormley, database management and serials librarian, at 8-7252.

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13. Tell us about interesting December graduates by Dec. 7

The Office of Marketing and Communication is seeking stories about December 2012 graduates for possible use with area media. Graduates who have remarkable plans and jobs post-graduation; unusual backgrounds; overcame substantial obstacles in getting their degree; recent national-level exclusive awards, academic recognition, publications or scholarship; etc. are some ideas that would be appropriate.

What graduates do you know that have fascinating stories to tell? E-mail their names and plenty of details by Friday, Dec. 7.

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14. Celebrate start of Advent season with holiday concerts

Marquette University's music programs will hold multiple music events during the holiday season.

The Liturgical Choir and Marquette University Chorus will perform their annual Lessons and Carols Concert Friday, Nov. 30, at 7:30 p.m. at Church of the Gesu. Approximately 150 student musicians will perform in the concert, which will celebrate the upcoming Advent season. Doors will open at 7 p.m.

The Music Area Holiday Concert, featuring the Jazz Ensembles, Gospel Choir, Chorus, Orchestra, Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble will take place Sunday, Dec. 2, at 2 p.m. in the Varsity Theatre. These six different musical ensembles will be performing a variety of holiday music.

Both concerts are free; donations are appreciated.

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15. Commuter Value Pass deadline is Dec. 13

The deadline to participate in the Commuter Value Pass payroll deduction program is Thursday, Dec. 13. Formerly known as the Easy Pass, the Commuter Value Pass offers unlimited Milwaukee County bus rides, including Freeway Flyers and special event shuttles to the Bradley Center, Miller Park and other locations.

The program costs $210 per quarter and can be deducted before taxes to save money. Sign up between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. in the AMU, Union Station, for passes that will be good during January, February and March. Those who wish to drop the pass must also do so in Union Station by Thursday, Dec. 13.

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16. Gift sale to benefit physical therapy scholarship fund ends tomorrow

The "almost everything $6 gift sale" in the AMU will continue through Friday, Nov. 30. The hours are Thursday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The sale features gifts, jewelry and accessories, with 20 percent of the sale proceeds going to the Physical Therapy Faculty Student Scholarship Fund. Items will include both licensed merchandise greater than $6 and specials under $6.

Marquette Cash and credit cards are accepted. Those interested in making a contribution to the scholarship fund to assist graduate students in the Doctor of Physical Therapy program can contact Kathleen Ludington, director of development for the College of Health Sciences, at 8-1410.

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17. Advent penitential service and confession to be held

All members of the Marquette community are invited to celebrate the Sacrament of Penance Tuesday, Dec. 4, at 7 p.m. in the AMU, Chapel of the Holy Family. There will be a short penance service followed by individual confession. For additional information, contact Timothy Johnston, assistant director of liturgical programs, at 8-0522.

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18. Marquette Faculty/Staff Chorale to present annual Christmas concert

The Marquette Faculty/Staff Chorale will present its annual Christmas concert Thursday, Dec. 6, at 11:30 a.m. in Varsity Theatre. Marquette faculty, staff and students are encouraged to come and enjoy this free concert of Renaissance, modern and traditional carols.

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19. Free group fitness classes on Friday

The Department of Recreational Sports is offering the following free group fitness classes to members tomorrow, Nov. 30. The following classes will be offered free of charge:

Rec Center:

  • Spin Class at 1 p.m and 4 p.m.
  • Hip Hop Fitness at 1 p.m.
  • Zumba at 4 p.m.

Rec Plex:

  • Hot Lunch Variety at noon

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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