1. Marquette named a "Green College" by Princeton Review

Marquette is one of seven Wisconsin institutions of higher education named to the Princeton Review's "2012 Guide to 322 Green Colleges," produced in collaboration with the Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). The university was chosen for demonstrating notable commitments to sustainability in academic offerings, campus infrastructure, activities and career preparation.

The full press release can be found online.

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2. Deadline for MUSG positions, student organization funding is tomorrow

Applications for various general positions within Marquette University Student Government (MUSG), including elections coordinator, senior speaker coordinator, student advocate and administrative assistant are due by Friday, April 20 for best consideration. Both paid and volunteer positions are available; refer to the application for more information on individual positions. Applications for more than 20 student committees within MUSG that serve to represent the student body on various university matters are also available. Applications can be picked up in the MUSG office in the AMU, 133, or filled out on the MUSG website.

The deadline to apply for Student Organization Funding (SOF) for events occurring Aug. 27 to Sept. 30 is Friday, April 20. MUSG provides SOF for on-campus events including speakers, discussion panels, concerts and barbecues, and off-campus events such as conference travel and service trips. More information about events that qualify for SOF can be found online. SOF Funding Request Forms are available in the MUSG office in the AMU, 133, or online. For additional information, contact Bill Neidhardt, MUSG executive vice president.

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3. 2011 Social entrepreneur in residence named a Latin America Social Entrepreneur of the Year

Greg Van Kirk, Marquette's 2011 social entrepreneur in residence, was named one of six Latin America Social Entrepreneurs of the Year at the World Economic Forum on Latin America earlier this week. Van Kirk is a co-founder of Community Enterprise Solutions, a company that seeks to lower risks for micro-entrepreneurs in rural communities, which face a profound and sustained lack of access to vital technologies, products and services that can improve the quality of life. To meet this need, CE Solutions trains, equips and supports first-time entrepreneurs to sell basic products such as efficient cooking stoves and water filters in remote villages around the world. Since 2004, CE Solutions has worked with 300 entrepreneurs to sell more than 75,000 products in the course of 3,000 village campaigns.

The full press release can be found online.

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4. Shakespeare's The Comedy of Errors begins today

As part of National Poetry Month, the Department of Performing Arts will close its mainstage season with one of Shakespeare's earliest and most outrageous comedies, The Comedy of Errors. Stocked with multiple sets of identical twins who are constantly mistaken for each other, feuding spouses and pending executions, it is a production full of wit and excitement. Performances will be held April 19 through April 21 at 7:30 p.m.; April 22 at 2:30 p.m.; April 25 through April 28 at 7:30 p.m.; and April 29 at 2:30 p.m. Visit the Helfaer Theatre box office or go online to purchase tickets.

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5. Metcalfe Chair to give presentation on campus next week

The College of Nursing will host Dr. Courtney H. Lyder, the 2011-2012 Ralph H. Metcalfe Chair, on campus next week. A reception will be held in Lyder's honor Monday, April 23, at 5:30 p.m. in Raynor Memorial Libraries, Beaumier Suites B and C, followed by Lyder's presentation at 6 p.m. Lyder serves as dean and professor at the UCLA School of Nursing. He is a respected researcher in patient safety and geriatric nursing, and a leading advocate for healthcare diversity.

Lyder will also speak at the College of Nursing's doctoral student faculty forum Tuesday, April 24, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:20 p.m. in the Clark Hall Terrace. Students and faculty outside of Nursing are welcome to attend.

The Metcalfe Chair is a non-residential chair that brings an African American, Latino, or Native American scholar to Marquette each semester. To RSVP, or for more information, contact Bridget O'Meara, program and communication coordinator in the College of Nursing, at 8-3869.

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6. Earth Week events on campus, April 23 - 27

In honor of Earth Week 2012, Marquette will host the following events the week of April 23:

Monday, April 23: Meatless Monday in the dining halls. Global Medical Brigades will talk about its service trip to Panama at 7 p.m. in Cudahy Hall, 118.

Tuesday, April 24: Clothing drive and book swap in the AMU lobby from 11 p.m. to 2 p.m. The film, The Story of Stuff, will be shown at 7 p.m. in Marquette Hall, 200.

Wednesday, April 25: Environmental economist and adjunct associate professor of economics, Dr. Heather Kohls, will discuss water sustainability at 2:30 p.m. in the AMU, 254.

Thursday, April 26: Amy Heart, solar program manager for the City of Milwaukee, will discuss how to conserve energy at 4 p.m. in Lalumiere Hall, 280. An "energy fast" will take place at 8 p.m., where students are encouraged to turn off lights and unplug appliances before taking part in a game of Capture the Flag on the Central Mall.

Friday, April 27: Arbor Day will be celebrated with a native tree tour starting at the Raynor Memorial Libraries' Bridge at 2 p.m. A prayer service and tree planting will follow.

Earth Week 2012 at Marquette is sponsored by Students for an Environmentally Active Campus, Sigma Kappa, the Great Outdoors Club, Global Medical Brigades, Omega Delta and UNICEF. Additional information can be found online.

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7. Baccalaureate Mass planning meeting is today

All graduating seniors are invited to attend a Baccalaureate Mass planning meeting today, Thursday, April 19, from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the AMU, 254. For more information, contact Timothy Johnston, assistant director for liturgical programs, at 8-0522.

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8. Gender Resource Center interviewing candidates for director position

The Gender Resource Center invites the campus community to participate in a series of presentations by candidates for the position of director of the Gender Resource Center, which will be held during the week of April 23. Four candidates for the director position are scheduled to visit campus and give presentations.

  • Dr. Susannah Bartlow is a faculty member in the Department of Women's and Gender Studies at Dickinson College in Carlisle, Penn., and the founding director of the university's Women's Center. Bartlow will give a presentation Monday, April 23, at 2:30 p.m. in Raynor Memorial Libraries, Beaumier Suites B and C.
  • Anthony Papini is the director of educational leadership for the Pride Foundation of Seattle. Papini will give a presentation Tuesday, April 24, at 2:30 p.m. in Johnston Hall, 103.
  • Audrey Skwierawski, J.D., is the assistant attorney general and violence against women resource prosecutor for the State of Wisconsin's Department of Justice. Skwierawski will give a presentation Wednesday, April 25, at 2:30 p.m. in Raynor Memorial Libraries, Beaumier Suites B and C.
  • Brian Patchcoski is the assistant director of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Ally Student Resource Center at Pennsylvania State University. Patchcoski will give a presentation Friday, April 27, at 2:30 p.m. in Raynor Memorial Libraries, Beaumier Suites B and C.

For additional information, contact Lori Ozminkowski, administrative assistant in the Office of the Provost, at 8-6456.

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9. Dr. Leona VandeVusse to be honored by AMUW

Dr. Leona VendeVusse, Ph.D. R.N., C.N.M., F.A.C.N.M. and associate professor of nursing, will receive the 2012 AMUW Nora Finnigan Werra Faculty Achievement Award, which recognizes a female faculty member who has excelled in research, teaching and service to Marquette and the community, and has mentored students and other faculty.

VandeVusse will be honored by the Association of Marquette University Women at the Mary Neville Bielefeld Awards Mass, Reception and Brunch, Saturday, April 28, during Alumni National Awards Weekend. The Mass takes place at 9:30 a.m. in the Chapel of the Holy Family, followed by a reception at 10:30 a.m. in the AMU, Henke Lounge, and brunch at 11 a.m. in the AMU, Lunda Room.

Register online or contact University Special Events at 8-7431.

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10. Department of Math, Statistics and Computer Science to hold colloquium Friday

The Department of Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science will hold a colloquium Friday, April 20, at 4 p.m. in Cudahy Hall, 401. Dr. Jeb Willenbring, associate professor of mathematical sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, will present "Harmonic Polynomials and Counting Permutations."

For more information, contact Oanh Pham, administrative assistant in the Department of Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science, at 8-6333.

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11. Department of Philosophy to host colloquium on relativism

The Department of Philosophy will host a colloquium Friday, April 20, at 3:30 p.m. in Raynor Memorial Libraries, Beaumier Suite A. David Velleman, professor of philosophy at New York University, will present, "A Reasonable Relativism." Velleman is a founding co-editor of Philosophers' Imprint and has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Guggenheim Foundation. For more information, contact the Department of Philosophy at 8-6857, or Dr. Theresa Tobin, assistant professor of philosophy, at 8-1414.

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12. International business forum to focus on European financial crisis

The Department of International Business will host a forum on the European financial crisis, Tuesday, April 24, from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. in David Straz Hall, 105. The keynote address will be given by Freddy Van den Spiegel, economic advisor for BNP Paribas Fortis and professor at Free University of Brussels and Vlerick Management School. Discussion panelists will include: Andrew A. Brusch of BMO Capital Markets, Ulice Payne of Addison-Clifton, LLC, and Mike Van Handel from ManpowerGroup.

Register online.

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13. Celebrate National Poetry Month, Lewis and Clark at Raynor Libraries

Raynor Memorial Libraries and the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures will hold an International Poetry Reading in conjunction with National Poetry Month Tuesday, April 24, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Raynor Memorial Libraries' Conference Center. Students, faculty and staff are invited to listen to or read a favorite non-English poem. Light refreshments will be available. Those interested in reading poetry should contact Dr. Jason Meyler, assistant professor of Spanish, at 8-6835.

Dr. Herman J. Viola, Marquette alumnus and curator emeritus of the Smithsonian Institution, will present "The View from the River Bank" in conjunction with the "Lewis and Clark and the Indian Country" exhibition Wednesday, April 25, at 4:30 p.m. in the Raynor Memorial Libraries' Conference Center. The lecture is co-sponsored by the Badger State Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation. The traveling Lewis and Clark exhibit is installed in the Raynor Memorial Libraries' lobby through April 27.

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14. Student Health Advisory Board applications due Monday

The Student Health Advisory Board (SHAB), an advisory body to Student Health Service, will be accepting applications through Monday, April 23, at 4:30 p.m. SHAB is responsible for representing the needs, opinions and ideas of students, recommending changes in services or policies and participating in the publicity and marketing of Student Health Service.

To learn more about SHAB or to pick up an application, visit the Center for Health Education and Promotion in the 707 Building, 130. For additional information, contact Becky Michelsen, health educator, at 8-5217.

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15. Poster session on life at Marquette and proposals for change

Class members of English 3210,"Advanced Composition: Ethnography of the University," will host a poster session Thursday, April 26, from 1 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. in the Raynor Memorial Libraries' Conference Center. Fifteen students will present their undergraduate research on life at Marquette and proposals for change.

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

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16. Vietnamese Student Association to host culture showcase

The Vietnamese Student Association will host its first culture showcase, "Discovering Our Roots," Saturday, April 21 at 7 p.m. in the AMU, 163. Traditional Vietnamese culture will be displayed via dances, skits and a fashion show.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Khanh Tran or RSVP on Facebook.

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17. Tickets for Senior Week events are on sale

Senior Week tickets for graduating seniors are on sale in the AMU, Brooks Lounge. Daily activities for graduating seniors are held during Senior Week, which will take place Monday, May 14 to Sunday, May 20. For additional information, contact musg.programs@marquette.edu.

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18. Software training offered at Wakerly Center

The Wakerly Training Academy now offers classes on a variety of computer software packages in the Wakerly Technology Training Center in Johnston Hall, 122. Classes are offered during the evenings and on weekends and are open to the public. Space is limited. Fees include instruction and all materials; certification for Final Cut Pro is an additional fee.

Registration can be completed online. For more information or to check on the availability of a class, contact the Resident Einstein Desk at 8-6485.

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19. Project Lemonade Stand to be held on campus tomorrow

Local fifth, sixth and seventh graders will learn about entrepreneurship by selling lemonade under the Raynor Memorial Libraries' Bridge, outside of Olin Engineering and at the Central Mall, Friday, April 20, from noon to 2 p.m.

This event is sponsored by Collegiate Entrepreneurs of Marquette. For additional information, contact Thomas LeNoir.

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20. Hype Marquette will present Graffiti Hip Hop Dance Showcase

Hype Marquette dance team will present a Graffiti Hip Hop Dance Showcase Saturday April 21, at 5 p.m. in the Weasler Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public.

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21. Rec Center and Rec Plex to offer free Friday fitness

The following classes will be offered free of charge this Friday, April 20:

Rec Center:

  • 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. Spin
  • 1 p.m. Zumba

Rec Plex:

  • 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. Spin
  • 1 p.m. Zumba

For more information, visit the Department of Recreational Sports website, or contact Shannon Bustillos, assistant director for recreational sports, at 8-7778.