1. Community Campaign runs through Wednesday


The Marquette Community Campaign will run through Wednesday, October 17. The annual Marquette Community campaign is an opportunity for employees to donate to the university's Annual Fund — especially for scholarship aid; the United Performing Arts Fund, which assists performing arts organizations in southeastern Wisconsin; and United Way, which supports local health and human service programs. In addition to scholarship aid, employees can also contribute to other initiatives, including the law and engineering building funds.

The university's goal is raise at least $340,000 from faculty and staff. Employees can contribute by payroll deduction as well as by credit card or check. Visit the Community Campaign site for more details.

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2. Limited number of tickets remain to see poet Mary Oliver receive honorary degree, give poetry reading Nov. 12


Renowned poet Mary Oliver, winner of the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize, will receive an honorary degree from Marquette University Nov. 12, at 4 p.m. in the AMU, Monaghan Ballroom. Oliver, described by the New York Times as "far and away, this country's best-selling poet," will also read from her poems during the event. The event is free and open to the public but tickets are required. A very limited number of tickets are still available for pick up in the AMU, Brooks Lounge.

Oliver's new poetry collection, A Thousand Mornings, was released Oct. 11. She will be signing the book immediately following her reading at 5:30 p.m. Books will be available for purchase at the event.

For questions or special needs, contact University Special Events at 8-7431.

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3. Health insurance premiums discounted 10 percent with health risk assessment completion

The benefits annual enrollment period will kick off with the Benefits Information and Wellness Day Monday, Oct. 22, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the AMU, Monaghan Ballrooms. The enrollment period will run through Friday, Nov. 9. Health risk assessments are available to all employees and on a volunteer basis to their spouses or same-sex domestic partners. Employees who complete both health risk assessment parts the biometric screening and health questionnaire will receive a 10 percent discount for their 2013 health insurance premiums.

To schedule a campus appointment for a health risk assessment, call 877-765-3212 and press "1," or schedule an appointment online. Employees must complete their biometric screening by Saturday, Nov. 17, and their online questionnaire by Monday, Nov. 19.

There are several key steps for online benefits enrollment that should be completed after Monday, Oct. 22, with changes made through MyJob:

  • Update and verify personal information, dependents' birth dates, social security numbers and emergency contacts.
  • Choose whether to participate in the health, dental or vision insurance plans and at what tier level. New for 2013, an Employee Plus One tier has been added for the health, dental and vision benefits.
  • Decide whether to participate in a Flexible Spending Account. Enrolling annually is required. Existing health care debit cards are valid through Monday, Dec. 31, 2014, and 2013 elections are automatically loaded onto the card.

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4. Annual Simmons Lecture to be held Oct. 30

The Center for Ethics Studies and the Klingler College of Arts and Sciences, through the generosity of Marquette alumnus Keith G. Myers, will sponsor the Dr. Edward D. Simmons Lecture on Society and Human Values on Tuesday, Oct. 30, from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. in the AMU, Monaghan Ballrooms. Dr. P. Aarne Vesilind will present "Kermit's Lament: It's Not Easy Being Green," which will challenge the basic precepts of green engineering and ask business leaders, planners and engineers to reconsider why they are committed to working toward this goal.

Vesilind joined the faculty at Duke University in 1970 and was chair of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. While at Duke, he headed for many years the Program in Science, Technology and Human Values, an undergraduate enrichment program that sought to build bridges between the humanities and engineering. He wrote more than 174 articles in professional journals, has been a principal investigator on more than 53 research projects and training grants, and has authored more than 20 textbooks and other technical and professional books.

The event is free and a reception will follow. For more information, contact University Special Events at 8-7431.

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5. Fall 2012 enrollment data is available

Official fall 2012 enrollment statistics, compiled by the Office of Institutional Research and Assessment, are now available on OIRA's website. This includes headcount enrollment data, major and minor counts, freshman class information, student credit hours, class size information, retention and graduation rates and the Common Data Set. Individuals who have previously accessed any reports on OIRA's website may need to refresh their Internet browser to see the most recent reports.

Marquette currently enrolls 11,749 students, of which 8,293 are undergraduates and 3,456 are graduate and professional students. Students hail from every state and 69 countries. This year's freshman class consists of 1,927 first-time, full-time students, 53% of whom are female and 71% of whom are from out of state.

Any questions can be directed to Alexandra Riley, associate director of the Office of Institutional Research and Assessment, at 8-8049. To request additional information or data, use OIRA's information request form.

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6. New Law School Poll released Oct. 17, free webinar Oct. 18

A new Law School Poll will be released Wednesday, Oct. 17, and will focus on the Wisconsin race for president and U.S. Senate as both continue to intensify. The results will be discussed at "On the Issues with Mike Gousha," Wednesday, Oct. 17, from 12:15 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. in Eckstein Hall. Register online.

University Advancement will host featured guests Charles Franklin, director of the Law School Poll and an ABC News polling expert, and Mike Gousha, Marquette Law School distinguished fellow, for a free webinar Thursday, Oct. 18, about the Law School Poll, where the presidential candidates stand, key Senate seats to watch and the historic 2012 election year. Register online.

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7. Colloquium to address clinical practice implications in mental health care

The Department of Counselor Education and Counseling Psychology Colloquium Series will present, "The Process of Seeking Treatment for Mental Health Problems: Implications for Clinical Practice," Wednesday, Oct. 17, from noon to 1:15 p.m. in the AMU, 227. Dr. Stephen Saunders, professor of psychology and director of graduate studies, will lead the seminar.

For more information, contact the Department of Counselor Education and Counseling Psychology at 8-5790.

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8. Faculty proposals for 2013-14 Honors seminars due today

The University Honors Program invites faculty to propose Honors seminars for the 2013-14 academic year. The program strives to offer seminars in a wide variety of disciplines from all of Marquette's undergraduate colleges and offers four different kinds of seminars, each somewhat different in emphasis. The first and second year seminars are taught as course overloads, and the third and fourth year seminars usually replace one course in the faculty member's departmental or college course load.

Guidelines for proposals for all seminars can be found online and are due Monday, Oct. 15. For more information or to discuss ideas for a proposal, contact Amelia Zurcher, associate professor and director of the Honors Program, at 8-3475.

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9. Faber Center offering Ignatian and Immersion Retreats

The Faber Center for Ignatian Spirituality will offer "Promise to Resurrection," a group retreat experience of the 19th Annotated Retreat of the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius. The retreat group will gather eight times per semester during the 2012-13 academic year on Tuesdays, beginning Oct. 23, from noon to 1 p.m. in the AMU, Chapel of the Holy Family.

In addition, the Faber Center will hold an informational meeting regarding the third Spring Break Mission Retreat Wednesday, Oct. 24, from noon to 1 p.m. in the Faber Center, Schroeder Complex, 111. The Mission Retreat, which will take place Sunday, March 10 to Wednesday, March 13, is an immersion experience with the Casa Romero Renewal Center, located on Milwaukee's south side, and will focus on understanding the issues affecting immigrants and migrants in Milwaukee.

For more information, contact Dr. Kathy Coffey-Guenther, associate vice president of Mission and Ministry, at 8-6672.

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10. Attend Wisconsin Women in Higher Education Leadership Conference

The Office of the Provost invites members of the Marquette community to learn more about Wisconsin Women in Higher Education Leadership by attending the organization's state conference Thursday, Oct. 25 to Friday, Oct. 26 at Carroll University in Waukesha, Wis. WWHEL provides opportunities for networking and information sharing and supports women in leadership by encouraging female faculty and staff to pursue leadership positions.

For additional information, contact Sara Bartolotta, event planner for University Special Events and the Office of Public Affairs, at 8-0514.

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11. Documentary screening held in recognition of Disability Awareness Month

In recognition of Disability Awareness Month, Intercultural Engagement in the Office of Student Development, the Office of Disability Services and MARQ Your Path invite the Marquette community to a free screening of the HBO documentary, The Journey into Dyslexia, Tuesday, Oct. 23, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the AMU, 227. The film explores the emotional effects that dyslexia has on individuals, along with how society's expectations of intelligence affect a person's ability to fully participate and be accepted into a variety of systems.

Light refreshments and a brief discussion will follow the film. For more information, contact Meghan Schifalacqua, MARQ Your Path counselor in Student Educational Services, at 8-3444, or John Janulis, coordinator for Multicultural Affairs in the Office of Student Development, at 8-7205.

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12. Volunteers, donations needed for Project Homeless Connect

Campus Ministry is now accepting donations of new socks, gloves, hats, disposable razors and reading glasses for Project Homeless Connect. This annual event, in which the homeless of Milwaukee can access multiple services and resources they may need, will take place Thursday, Oct. 18, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the AMU.

Donations can be brought to Ann Hilbert, administrative assistant, in Campus Ministry, AMU, 236, or to Carol Chilson, administrative assistant to the dean, in Zilber Hall, 136.

Those interested in volunteering for Project Homeless Connect can fill out a volunteer form online.

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13. Nominate an undergraduate student for Senior Speaker

Nominations are now being accepted for the undergraduate Senior Speaker for the December graduation ceremony, and recommendations from faculty and staff are strongly encouraged. All nominated students will be invited to submit an application. A selection committee, appointed by MUSG, will interview students, listen to proposed speeches and make a final recommendation to President Scott R. Pilarz, S.J.

Nominations will be accepted through Sunday, Nov. 4, and can be submitted online. For additional information, contact Patrick Millar, MUSG Senior Speaker coordinator.

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14. Graduate School of Management to host open houses

The Graduate School of Management will hold several open houses for its MBA and MS programs throughout November:

  • On-campus MBA and MS programs Thursday, Nov. 8, at 5 p.m. in the AMU, Monaghan Ballrooms
  • On-campus MBA and MS programs Tuesday, Nov. 13, at 5:30 p.m. in Straz Hall
  • Executive MBA program Wednesday, Nov. 14, at 5:30 p.m. in Straz Hall
  • Waukesha MBA program Thursday, Nov. 15, at 5:30 p.m. at the Management Association, N19 W24400 Riverwood Dr., Waukesha, Wis.

For directions, additional information or to register, contact the Graduate School of Management at 8-7145.

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15. Law School to hold information session Friday

The Law School will hold an information session for prospective students Friday, Oct. 19, in Eckstein Hall, 263. The session will cover admissions, financial aid, curriculum, intellectual and student life, and information from current students.

The session begins at 11:45 a.m. and lasts approximately one hour, followed by a brief tour. Register online. For more information, contact Law School Admissions at 8-6767.

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16. Employee Wellness and Center for Peacemaking offering meditation sessions

Employee Wellness will offer a four-week guided meditation class every Wednesday from Oct. 24 through Nov. 14, from 12:15 p.m. to 12:45 p.m. in the AMU, 448. The cost for the four-week session is $16. Registration is available online. For more information, contact Kristin Kipp, adjunct instructor of physical therapy, at 8-4476.

In addition, the Center for Peacemaking will offer meditation sessions Mondays, from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Center for Peacemaking, Academic Support Facility, 201. The power of meditation can increase concentration, develop mental clarity and reduce stress. The meditation sessions are free; no registration is needed. For more information, contact Carole Poth, office associate at the Center for Peacemaking, at 8-8446.

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17. Department of Recreational Sports sponsoring 5K Glow Run

The Department of Recreational Sports will host a 5K Glow Run Thursday, Nov. 8, at 9 p.m. Registration is now open at both the Rec Plex and the Rec Center. The run will loop the Marquette Mile three times, and participants will wear glow-in-the-dark items to illuminate the course.

Registration is $5. The event will be co-sponsored by MU Radio, Late Night Marquette and Muscle Milk. For additional information, contact the Department of Recreational Sports at 8-5625.

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