1. Marquette to host Milwaukee's Denim Day celebration this week as part of Sexual Violence Awareness Month

Marquette will host Milwaukee's Denim Day celebration Wednesday, April 25, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. in Emory Clark Hall, 111. The event will include inspiring performances, speakers, community resources and a survivor speak-out. Students and staff are encouraged to wear jeans to the event as a symbol of supporting survivors of sexual assault and as a protest against erroneous and destructive attitudes about sexual violence. Denim Day is recognized internationally each April during Sexual Violence Awareness Month.

Denim Day began as a protest against a 1997 Italian court case, in which a convicted rapist's sentence was overturned. The court ruled that because the teenage victim's jeans were tight, the victim must have assisted in their removal, thereby making the sex act consensual. Enraged by the verdict, women in the Italian Parliament protested by wearing jeans to work. In April 1999, the state of California established the first Denim Day in the United States.

This year's Milwaukee Denim Day is being organized by the United Way, The Healing Center, Sexual Assault Treatment Center of Greater Milwaukee, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Mount Mary College and Pathfinders. Participation packets, including stickers, posters, awareness ribbons and additional information, are available by contacting Sue Cooper, coordinator of sexual violence and advocacy services in Student Health Service, at 8-5244.

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2. Father Pilarz shares insights on accreditation and strategic planning

President Scott R. Pilarz, S.J., along with Provost John Pauly, has taken this semester to lay the ground work for strategic planning through a series of listening sessions. As this process begins, the university is also preparing to reaffirm its institutional accreditation. In a short video, Father Pilarz shares how the self-study process will help inform and provide a foundation as the university progresses through the planning process.

Father Pilarz will complete the listening sessions Tuesday, April 24, when he meets with the College of Nursing. During the course of the semester, he hosted 10 sessions with the university's individual colleges, two sessions for administrative offices, and one session for students.

Progress reports on the reaffirmation of accreditation/self-study process are also available on the accreditation website. Self-study drafts will be completed over the summer and fall 2012 semester. During the spring 2013 semester, a draft of the self-study will be released to the entire campus community for review and comment. The anticipated site visit by Marquette's accrediting agency, the Higher Learning Commission, will occur in the fall of 2013 or spring of 2014.

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3. Course evaluations open today

Course evaluations open today, April 23, and are available through Sunday, May 6. Students who complete evaluations for all of their classes will be entered into a drawing to win a new iPad. The online course evaluation system, MOCES, is also available as a mobile-friendly page, for students who wish to complete evaluations on their mobile devices.

Course evaluations are used by Marquette to review classes and instructors, with the primary goal of improving the quality of both. Responses are private and confidential, and no identifying information will ever appear with a response. For additional information, including FAQs, the course evaluation schedule and a sample evaluation form, visit the MOCES website.

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4. Wednesday presentation for Gender Resource Center director candidate cancelled

The Gender Resource Center director candidate scheduled to present on campus this Wednesday, Audrey Skwierawski, J.D., has withdrawn her application, meaning there will be no candidate presentation that day. The remaining Gender Resource Center director candidate presentations this week are:

  • 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.
  • 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.

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5. Student Affairs announces winners of student leadership awards

This past weekend, the Division of Student Affairs honored 75 Marquette students who have made outstanding contributions to the university or Milwaukee community by implementing programs and services through Student Affairs, Campus Ministry or student organizations. Students were recognized for contributions in celebration and promotion of diversity, community service, peer education, recreation, health and wellness, social and arts programming, spiritual development and justice education, and student governance and organizational leadership.

Five students were recognized with awards to honor exceptional contributions across several areas:

  • Rev. Andrew J. Thon, S.J., Vice President's Award for Distinguished Leadership, Scholarship and Service: Trent Carlson, College of Business Administration
  • Outstanding Freshman Leadership Award: Joanne Vazquez, College of Business Administration
  • Outstanding Sophomore Leadership Award: Madeline Young, College of Engineering
  • Outstanding Junior Leadership Award: Joseph Daufenbach, Klingler College of Arts and Science
  • Outstanding Senior Leadership Award: Shona Hang, College of Health Sciences

For a complete list of award recipients, visit the Division of Student Affairs website.

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6. Department of Intercollegiate Athletics to host fan barbecue May 1

The Department of Intercollegiate Athletics will host a free barbecue Tuesday, May 1, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Central Mall, to thank students for their year-long support. The picnic will include pulled pork sandwiches, brats, cookies, chips and fruit salad, courtesy of Bubb's BBQ. Buzz Williams, head men's basketball coach, will announce the winners of Fanatics Rewards prizes. An RSVP is not required, but students should click here if they plan to attend.

For additional information, contact Brian Bowsher, director of marketing and sales for intercollegiate athletics, at 8-3040.

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7. Metcalfe Chair to give presentation on campus today

The College of Nursing will host Dr. Courtney H. Lyder, the 2011-2012 Ralph H. Metcalfe Chair, on campus tonight. A reception will be held in Lyder's honor today, Monday, April 23, at 5:30 p.m. in the 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.

He will also present 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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8. Attend a Fulbright student information session

The Office of International Education, the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs and the Klinger College of Arts and Sciences invite students to attend a Fulbright student information session Wednesday, April 25, at 5:30 p.m. in the OIE Program Center, Holthusen Hall, fourth floor.

The Fulbright program provides students with government-sponsored grants for study and research or teaching assistantships abroad, to increase mutual understanding between the United States and other countries. The Fulbright program offers fellowships to graduating seniors, graduate students, young professionals and artists to study abroad for one academic year.

For more information, contact Lezlie Knox, associate professor of history, at 8-7863.

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9. Educational Opportunity Program to hold graduation celebration

Faculty, staff and students are invited to attend the Educational Opportunity Program's graduation celebration Monday, April 30, at 5 p.m. in the Weasler Auditorium. Students in EOP will be recognized for their accomplishments and for achieving their degrees. For more information, contact EOP at 8-7593.

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10. Integrative Neuroscience Research Center Seminar Series continues tomorrow

The final installment of the Integrative Neuroscience Research Center seminar series will be held Tuesday, April 24, at 3:30 p.m. in Schroeder Complex, 256. Dr. William A. Truitt, professor of anatomy and cell biology at the University of Indiana School of Medicine, will present "Neural Biology of Panic Disorder."

For more information, contact the INRC at 8-7329.

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11. Shakespeare's birthday to be celebrated on campus

The Department of English, along with FAME (Friends and Alumni of Marquette English) and the Office of Student Development, will host their annual "Shakespeare's Birthday Party" Wednesday, April 25, at 4 p.m. in the Weasler Auditorium. The celebration will include a performance of In Acting Shakespeare, featuring James DeVita of American Players Theatre. The show is DeVita's adaptation of Sir Ian McKellan's script, Acting Shakespeare, and blends together the story of Shakespeare's life and soliloquies with DeVita's own story of how the works of Shakespeare led him from working on fishing boats to a career on the stage.

This event is free and open to the campus community. Contact the Department of English at 8-7179 for more information.

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12. Final topic of "Building a Better Milwaukee" series is leading for an abundant Milwaukee

The College of Professional Studies and the Cardinal Stritch Leadership Center will host the last of three "Building a Better Milwaukee" seminars that aim to use the power of communities to build a better Milwaukee for all citizens. "Leading for an Abundant Milwaukee" will be held Wednesday, April 25, from noon to 3 p.m., and again from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., in the Miller Room at the O'Donnell Park Pavilion, 910 E. Michigan St., Milwaukee.

The seminar will explore the specific leadership qualities and tools required to create a Better Milwaukee. Ann Goggins Gregory, senior director of knowledge at Bridgespan Group, will speak about innovative ways non-profits have responded to tough economic times and the shifts in non-profit and funder thinking to bring about breakthrough social impact. Register online or call (414) 410-4646 for more information.

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13. Jesuit expert on social justice in Africa to speak on campus

Rev. Peter J. Henriot, S.J., will discuss, "New Dimensions of Jesuit Social Action in Africa," Thursday, April 26, at 4 p.m. in the Office of International Education Program Center, Holthusen Hall, fourth floor.

Father Henriot is a leader in Jesuit social action in Africa. He is a member of the Zambia-Malawi Province of the Society of Jesus and served as director of the Jesuit Centre for Theological Reflection from 1990-2010. He currently serves as the director of development for the new Loyola Jesuit Secondary School in Kasungu, Malawi.

This event is sponsored by the Office of International Education, Office of Mission and Ministry and Center for Peacemaking. For more information, contact the Office of International Education at 8-7289.

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14. Counseling Center to host final program in series on mental health topics

The final program in the Counseling Center's mental health programming series will be held Wednesday, April 25, from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the AMU, 157. With finals just around the corner, the topic of the discussion will be, "Taking ACTion to Manage Stress," which will be led by Maria DiMattina, counselor in the Counseling Center, and Dr. Leslie Skaistis, psychologist in the Counseling Center. They will provide information about a cognitive-behavioral based therapeutic model called ACT to help participants gain control over their anxiety and their lives during this stressful time of the year.

For more information, contact the Counseling Center at 8-7172.

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15. Seminar on obesity and race will be held Thursday

The Marquette Obesity Venture (MOVe) and the College of Health Science's Clinical and Translational Rehabilitation Health Sciences program are co-hosting a seminar titled, "Obesity and African American Women: A Black Feminist Construction," Thursday, April 26, at noon in Schroeder Complex, 356. The seminar is open to the public and will be delivered by Dr. Angelique Harris, assistant professor of social and cultural sciences.

For additional information, contact Dr. Paula Papanek, associate professor of exercise science, at 8-5069.

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16. Women's and Gender Studies Program announces recipients of 2012 research fellowships

The Women's and Gender Studies program at Marquette has awarded 2012 collaborative faculty-student research fellowships to:

  • Dr. Sarah Gendron, associate professor of French and Kelly Henkel, communication studies and French major, for their project "Gendercide Culture: The Role of Popular Culture in the Treatment of Women During and After Genocide."
  • Dr. Christine Krueger, professor of English and Mallory Daily, English and philosophy major and Spanish minor, for their project, "Making History: A Life of Mary Anne Everett Green."

The 2012 Undergraduate Summer Research Fellowships were awarded to: :

  • Julia Novotny, women's and gender studies and psychology major and Spanish for the professions and fine arts minor for her project, "Asserting the Right to Belong: Mentoring Among Graduate Student Women," advised by Dr. Beth Godbee, assistant professor of English.
  • Natalie Peters, psychology and women's and gender studies major and sociology minor for her project, "It's Just a Joke: Reactions to and Justifications of Gender Stereotypes," advised by Dr. Deb Oswald, associate professor of psychology.

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17. Hear reading of original works from Honors Program students

Students in the Marquette University Honors Program participating in the inaugural contemplative writing class this semester will participate in an end of semester reading Thursday, April 26, from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. in the Haggerty Museum of Art. Readings from eight students will reflect a full range of poetry, fiction, personal essay and lyrical essay.

A light reception with refreshments will follow the readings. For more information, contact Miriam Hall, Honors Program lecturer.

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18. Student Health Service encouraging STD testing

As April is Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STD) Awareness month, the Marquette Student Health Service is calling attention to the impact of STDs and promoting STD testing. This year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has launched a "Get Yourself Tested" campaign, encouraging young people, who are particularly vulnerable, to get themselves tested and spread the word about the campaign.

Marquette's Student Health Service is encouraging testing for chlamydia, the most common bacterial STD among young people and an infection that often goes untreated because so many individuals are asymptomatic. During the month of April, Student Health Service will be offering chlamydia testing for all students at a reduced price of $25. Seventy-five percent of sexually active women and 50 percent of sexually active men who have chlamydia do not experience any symptoms. For more information or to schedule an appointment, contact Student Health Services at 8-7184.

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19. Marquette Faculty/Staff Chorale to present spring concert

The Marquette Faculty/Staff Chorale will present its annual spring concert Tuesday, May 1, and Thursday, May 3, at 11:30 a.m. in the Varsity Theatre. Marquette faculty, staff and students are encouraged to attend the free concerts.

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20. Monthly Mass in Law School Chapel tomorrow

The final monthly Law School Chapel Mass of the spring semester will be held Tuesday, April 24, at 12:15 p.m. in the St. Edmund Campion Chapel on the fourth floor of Eckstein Hall. Rev. Thomas Anderson, S.J., assistant director of Campus Ministry and Law School chaplain, will preside. All members of the Marquette community are welcome to attend.

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