1. Poet Mary Oliver to 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.

Marquette celebrates its values and commitment to excellence by awarding honorary degrees to outstanding individuals recognized for their scholarship and exceptional achievements. President Scott R. Pilarz, S. J., also an English professor, invited Oliver in recognition of her outstanding and unique contributions to American literature and culture.

"In addition to putting us in touch with deep emotions and insights — and making us feel more alive — great poetry invites us to reflect and see our lives in new ways," he said. "Mary Oliver's poetry has added significantly to our understanding of the human condition and the experience of life."

Oliver's new poetry collection, A Thousand Mornings, will be 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.

The event is free and open to the public but tickets are required. The Marquette campus community can pick up one ticket per person beginning Monday, Sept. 24 in the AMU, Brooks Lounge. Members of the public can pick up two tickets per person beginning Monday, Oct. 1. For questions or special needs, contact University Special Events at 8-7431.

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2. Teaching Enhancement Award applications now available


Applications for the 2013-14 Way Klinger Teaching Enhancement Award are now available. The award is intended to foster the development of effective and sustainable changes and innovations in teaching approaches within specific courses or clusters of courses. For 2013-14, projects featuring innovations that promote high impact educational practices are encouraged.

Applications are due by Friday, Nov. 30, and should be submitted to Dr. Gary Meyer, vice provost for undergraduate programs and teaching.

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3. Pulitzer Prize-winning author to deliver Klement Lecture as part of Freedom Project

Marquette University's Freedom Project will host Dr. Steven Hahn, Roy F. and Jeannette P. Nichols Professor of History at the University of Pennsylvania and Pulitzer Prize-winning author, to deliver the Frank L. Klement Lecture Thursday, Sept. 27, at 7:30 p.m. in Raynor Memorial Libraries Conference Center. Hahn will present "The Dimensions of Freedom: Slave Emancipation, Indian Peoples and the Projects of the New American State." The Freedom Project at Marquette seeks to explore the many meanings of freedom in the United States in commemoration of the sesquicentennial of the Civil War.

For more information, contact Dr. James Marten, professor and chair in the Department of History, at 8-7901.

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4. Blessing for Madonna della Strada chapel in Zilber Hall is Sept. 27

A blessing for the newly completed Madonna della Strada chapel in Zilber Hall will be held Thursday, Sept. 27, at 10:30 a.m. Sept. 27 is a significant date because the Society of Jesus was approved as a religious order on that date in 1540. The chapel features four stained glass images, drawn from illuminations in the St. John's Bible, and serves as a small and quiet space for prayer, meditation and liturgy. The St. John's Bible is the only 20th century illumination of the entire Old and New Testaments.

The chapel will be open weekdays from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., and after hours with card access. Contact the Office of Mission and Ministry at 8-1881 with additional questions or to reserve the space for liturgy.

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5. AMUW Boheim Lecture to address political unrest in Syria

Dr. Lisa Wedeen, the Association of Marquette University Women 2012-13 Women's Chair in Humanistic Studies, will deliver this year's annual Distinguished Eleanor H. Boheim Lecture, "Political Unrest: Notes from Syria," Wednesday, Sept. 26, at 6 p.m. in Raynor Memorial Libraries' Beaumier Suites.

The lecture will tackle issues of ongoing violence, the importance of ideology and the economic geography of protest, in an attempt to make sense of current events in Syria. Wedeen is the Mary R. Morton Professor of Political Science and the College at the University of Chicago. Her areas of specialty include comparative politics, the Middle East, political theory and feminist theory. She spent the first months of the Arab uprisings in Syria and recently returned from Beirut.

Registration is available online. For additional information, contact Emily Wacker Schultz, senior engagement officer, at 8-8490.

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6. Les Aspin Center to host panel on effects of media coverage on political campaigns

The Les Aspin Center for Government and the Diederich College of Communication will host "Media Coverage of Modern Campaigns: Biased, Balanced or Broken?" on Monday, Oct. 1, from noon to 1:15 p.m. in the AMU, Monaghan Ballrooms. Three Marquette community members will discuss how the media's coverage of campaigns affects the outcome of elections and whether media coverage determines how people vote:

  • Ben Tracy, member of the university Board of Trustees and CBS National News correspondent
  • Christopher Murray, coordinator of student affairs and visiting instructor at the Les Aspin Center for Government
  • Bonnie Brennen, Nieman professor of journalism

The discussion will be moderated by Dr. Erik Ugland, associate dean for graduate studies and research and associate professor of broadcast and electronic communication. For additional information, contact University Special Events at 8-7431.

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7. Department of Biological Sciences' fall seminar series continues Friday

The Biological Sciences Fall Seminar Series will host, "The Genetic Code is Global But Translation is Local: A Proposal for Auxiliary Genetic Information in Synonymous Codons," Friday, Sept. 28, at 3 p.m. in Wehr Life Sciences, 111. Dr. Richard Maraia of the National Institutes of Health will lead the seminar. The event will be hosted by Dr. James Anderson, associate professor of biological sciences and radiation safety officer.

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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8. Online seminar to address best practices for online and blended courses

The Center for Teaching and Learning will offer a three-week online seminar that will explore best practices for facilitating online or blended courses beginning the week of Monday, Oct. 15 through Sunday, Nov. 4. Week one will focus on the skills and strategies needed to develop an online learning community. The next week will address the pedagogical, social, managerial and technical factors associated with promoting interactivity. In the final week, participants will explore techniques for managing effective assessment and feedback in the online environment.

All seminar work will be completed online. Register by Monday, Oct. 8. A link to the course will be provided upon registration. For additional information, contact Heidi Schweizer, eLearning director, at 8-8811.

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9. Foundations in Wisconsin 2012 edition now available

Raynor Memorial Libraries have released the 2012 edition of Foundations in Wisconsin. The annual print directory and its companion subscription database assist grant-seekers in locating private, corporate and community foundations registered in Wisconsin.

The new edition includes 1,301 foundations, including 57 new foundations, with more than $7 billion in assets and combines annual grants of a record-high $490 million. Both formats are available for purchase, but current members of the Marquette community have free access to the online directory.

The Libraries' Funding Information Center serves the research needs of Marquette, Milwaukee and Wisconsin grant-seekers. Orientations to the collections and to the grants process are held regularly. For more information, contact Mary Frenn, funding information librarian, at 8-1995.

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10. Observe 50th anniversary of Vatican II with reading and discussion

Manresa for Faculty in the Center for Teaching and Learning invites all faculty and staff to participate in readings and discussions of Vatican II related to interreligious dialogue in observance of the 50th anniversary of the Second Vatican Council. Sessions topics and dates include:

Registration can be completed online. For additional questions, contact Susan Mountin, director of Manresa for Faculty, at 8-3693.

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11. Soup with Substance to feature panel on School of the Americas

The Center for Peacemaking will host a Soup with Substance panel discussion on the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation, formerly known as School of the Americas, Wednesday, Sept. 26, from noon to 1 p.m. in the AMU, 163. Joyce Ellwanger, a former SOA prisoner of conscience, Ciara McHugh, Marquette University student, and Carole Poth, office associate in the Center for Peacemaking, will discuss why they stand in solidarity with the people of Latin America and the Caribbean to close SOA, the U.S. Army's training facility for foreign military personnel.

The School of the Americas Watch seeks to close the U.S. Army SOA through vigils and fasts, demonstrations and nonviolent protest, as well as media and legislative work. For more information, contact the Center for Peacemaking at 8-8444.

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12. Purchasing Department training sessions available

GROW with Marquette and the Purchasing Department will hold training sessions Tuesday, Oct. 2, from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., and Tuesday, Oct. 9, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. in Raynor Memorial Libraries' Beaumier Suites. Sessions will cover how to successfully purchase goods and services, supporting documentation requirements, when and how to obtain bids, quotations and requests for proposals, and how Marquette benefits when making the correct purchasing decision.

Contact GROW with Marquette at 8-7305 to register.

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13. Law School to hold information session this Friday

The Law School will hold an information session for prospective students Friday, Sept. 28, 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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14. Women's Club accepting donations for Breadwinner Scholarship Fund

For more than 25 years, the Marquette University Women's Club has solicited donations for the Breadwinner Scholarship Fund, a fund established to provide financial support for students who have lost their "breadwinner" parent while attending Marquette. Donors to the scholarship fund were then featured in a December holiday card that was sent to the Marquette community. While the holiday card tradition has come to an end, fundraising for this significant scholarship continues. Current Marquette employees can make contributions to this significant scholarship fund directly through the 2012 Marquette Community Campaign.

For more information, contact Sara Harvey, senior director of annual campaigns, at 8-4766.

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15. Monthly Mass in Law School Chapel continues Thursday

Rev. Thomas Anderson, S.J., assistant director of Campus Ministry and Law School chaplain, will celebrate monthly Mass in the Marquette University Law School Chapel on the fourth floor of Eckstein Hall during the fall semester. Mass will be held from 12:15 p.m. to 12:45 p.m. on:

  • Thursday, Sept. 27
  • Thursday, Oct. 25
  • Thursday, Nov. 29

All members of the Marquette community are welcome to attend.

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16. Collegiate Entrepreneurs to host Broken Yolk owner

The Collegiate Entrepreneurs of Marquette will host Jim Gatto, owner of Broken Yolk and Sandwich Shoppe, Wednesday, Sept. 26, at 6:30 p.m. in Marquette Hall, 100. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Thomas LeNoir.

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17. Register with Marquette's team for the Milwaukee Heart Walk

Join Provost John Pauly and Jeanne Hossenlopp, vice provost for research/dean of the graduate school, at Veterans Park on Sunday, Sept. 30 for the 2012 Milwaukee Heart Walk in support of the research funding that Marquette receives from the American Heart Association. The Heart Walk is the premiere fund-raising event for the Heart Association, raising money to save lives from the country's #1 and #4 killers heart disease and stroke.

Activities begin at 9 a.m. with opening ceremonies at 10 a.m. for both the one and three mile routes. The Heart Walk will offer live music, free food and drinks, a survivor/tribute area, a kid's zone, health screenings and more. There are no entry fees, but walkers are eligible for a Heart Walk t-shirt once they have raised a minimum of $100. For every $100 raised online between today, Thursday, Sept. 20 and Tuesday, Sept. 25, participants will be entered into a drawing for an iPad.

For more information on joining Marquette's team, contact Kimberly Newman, executive administrative assistant in the Office of the Provost, at 8-7033.

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