1. Study abroad information meetings to be held

The Office of International Education will offer study abroad information sessions beginning Monday, Jan. 30. Sessions will highlight programs in various geographic areas and provide students the opportunity to talk with study abroad alumni. A detailed schedule and additional information is available on the Office of International Education website. Applications for summer, fall and academic year programs are due March 1.

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2. Former Governor Tommy Thompson to discuss upcoming campaign at Law School

On Thursday, Feb. 2, from 12:15 p.m. to 1:15 p.m., Republican U.S. Senate candidate Tommy Thompson will speak at the Law School as part of the “On the Issues” series with Mike Gousha.

Thompson was elected Governor of Wisconsin four times and served as Health and Human Services Secretary in the George W. Bush administration. Now, after a stint in the private sector, Thompson is running for public office again. He will address what’s driving his decision to run and his opinions on the current political climate in Washington and Wisconsin.

Reserve a spot online.

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3. Pilarz appoints executive vice president

Marquette University President Scott R. Pilarz, S.J., announced the appointment of Mary DiStanislao, Ed.D., as executive vice president, a newly created role at the university. She will oversee the Office of Administration, the Division of Student Affairs and the Department of Human Resources. In addition, she will work closely with Provost John Pauly and Father Pilarz to facilitate university-wide strategic planning.

In a letter to faculty and staff, Father Pilarz said, "Mary brings a breadth of experience and a diversity of perspective that will be critical to our journey forward. As a senior leader at Penn for the last twelve years, she describes her most important job as the development of students, putting them at the crux of the university's work, and using and managing all resources most efficiently for their benefit."

Presently the senior associate director of athletics and senior woman administrator at the University of Pennsylvania, DiStanislao holds a doctorate in higher education from the Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania, along with a master of arts in education from the School of Education and Social Policy at Northwestern University and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management, also at Northwestern. In a highly diverse career that spans more than 35 years, she has worked in private industry, coached women's basketball at the Division I level, served as an administrator in the Wharton School and for the past 12 years held leadership positions in the Department of Athletics at Penn.

DiStanislao will assume her duties on a full-time basis beginning in March.

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4. Nominations due Feb. 3 for Teaching Excellence Awards

Full-time faculty members, as well as academic student organization presidents and the presidents of GSO and MUSG, may nominate up to three full-time faculty members from any college or program for the Teaching Excellence Award. This award honors full-time faculty members, “In recognition of demonstrated ability to inspire students to see the ideals of the university and to cause them to grow in knowledge and scholarship for the glory of God and the good of others.”

Nominations are due Friday, Feb. 3, 2012. More information on the award and the nominating ballot can be found online.

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5. English Dept. sponsoring book swap

Friends and Alumni of Marquette English (FAME) will host a book swap on the second floor of the AMU Sunday, Jan. 29, from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to bring gently used or new books to share and swap. Textbooks will not be part of the book swap. Participants can take home up to half of what they provide, up to five books. Remaining books will go to the Milwaukee Rescue Mission and Sojourner Truth Family House. For more information, contact the Department of English at 8-7179.

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6. Scholarship awards available

Several Marquette alumni organizations offer annual scholarship awards and are seeking applications. Students who meet the criteria for these awards are encouraged to apply. In some cases, a nomination from a Marquette faculty or staff member is also required. Students receiving tuition remission or full-tuition scholarships are not eligible for these awards.

AMUW Ignatian Leadership Award — $1,000 award for a senior woman, graduating in 2012 and enrolled fulltime, who excels academically and demonstrates leadership and service to the Marquette and Milwaukee communities, or her hometown community, and strives to live out the Ignatian ideals.  Faculty/staff nomination is required along with student application by Feb. 15, 2012.

The Association of Marquette University Women (AMUW) Scholarship — $2,500 for junior women beginning their senior year in fall 2012 who are enrolled fulltime with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.3 and demonstrate financial need. Application deadline is Feb. 15, 2012.

Ethnic Alumni Association Ralph H. Metcalfe, Sr., Scholarship — Three awards of up to $2,000 each for students of color who are enrolled fulltime with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 and demonstrate financial need.  At least one award will go to an Educational Opportunity Program student and one to a non-EOP student. Application deadline is Feb. 15, 2012.

Pedro Arrupe Award — $2,500 for a junior in good standing and enrolled fulltime who emulates the values and ideals of Rev. Pedro Arrupe, S.J., and is involved in service in and beyond the Marquette community.  Faculty/staff nomination is required along with student application and essay by March 23, 2012.

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7. First Law School poll launches

The first Marquette Law School Poll was released yesterday and showed the state with divided opinions on Gov. Scott Walker, President Obama and key state policy issues from the last year.

Walker holds leads of six to ten percentage points over four potential Democratic opponents in hypothetical matchups for a possible gubernatorial recall election. President Obama holds a similar eight-point lead in the presidential race. Likewise, the state remains divided over a variety of policy issues including the voter ID law, which 66 percent support, and cuts to public school aid, which only 29 percent support.

The poll interviewed 701 registered Wisconsin voters by both landline and cell phone Jan. 19-22, 2012. The margin of error is +/- 3.8 percentage points for the full sample. Complete poll information, including the questions, demographic breakdowns and methodology details can be found online at law.marquette.edu/poll.

The poll is directed by Charles Franklin, visiting professor of law and public policy and a national expert in polling and voter opinion. Mike Gousha, Alan Borsuk and faculty from the Law School will also provide context as the yearlong project continues. Franklin met last fall with members of the Department of Political Science and the Diederich College of Communication to invite their participation in the project; the Law School encourages faculty throughout the university to participate in analyzing the results.

“This is the starting point in being able to assess attitudes of Wisconsin voters throughout 2012. While the project is of broad interest to the public, from citizens to media, we particularly hope that it will be a resource to our Marquette colleagues,” said Law School Dean Joseph D. Kearney.

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8. Career Services Center and CIRCLES eMentor Network seeking student mentees

The CIRCLES eMentor Network is a new program that the Marquette University Alumni Association has created on LinkedIn where faculty and alumni have the opportunity to connect with a student or young alumni to offer them career advice, industry information and address other concerns. Students can sign up online to learn more and be admitted to the LinkedIn group to receive a mentor.

Contact Jennilee Schlinsky, engagement officer, with questions.

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9. McNair Scholars Program info session to be held

Undergraduates interested in applying to the McNair Scholars Program for the upcoming year should attend one informational session.

Sessions will be held:

• Thursday, Feb. 2
• Tuesday, Feb. 7
• Wednesday, Feb. 22

All sessions will be at 5 p.m. in the Raynor Conference Room, Beaumier Suite A.

Current McNair Scholars will be available to share insights and provide an overview to the McNair experience. This program prepares eligible students for graduate study by providing a variety of services including research internships, GRE prep, funding to conferences and graduate school visits. All applications are due Friday, March 9.

For more information, call the McNair Program Office at 8-1771.

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10. Applications due for Morris K. Udall Scholarship

Sophomore and junior students who have been actively involved in environmental issues or Native American health/tribal policy and plan a future in one of these fields are encouraged to apply for the Morris K. Udall Scholarship by Monday, Feb. 6.

The foundation anticipates awarding 80 merit-based scholarships of $5,000 and 50 honorable mention awards in 2012. For more information about the scholarship and to advance an application, contact Dr. Jame Schaefer, associate professor of theology.

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11. Raynor Memorial Libraries offering RefWorks workshops

Raynor Memorial Libraries will be offering free RefWorks workshops for students and faculty. All sessions will be held in Raynor 227.

Sessions will be held:

• Wednesday, Feb. 1, noon to 1 p.m.
• Thursday, Feb. 2, 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

Participants will learn how to set up an account, how to export and manage citations, and produce a bibliography using one of hundreds of citation outputs, including APA, MLA, Chicago and Turabian. Contact Rose Trupiano, librarian, at 8-5998.

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12. Time changes for free group fitness classes Friday

The Department of Recreational Sports is offering free group fitness classes tomorrow, Jan. 27.

Classes are free to members. The cost is $2 for faculty and staff who are non-members:

• Spin at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. at the Rec Center
• Zumba at 1 p.m. at the Rec Center and at 3 p.m. at the Rec Plex
• Kickboxing at 1 p.m. at the Rec Plex
• Cardio Kickboxing at 4 p.m. at the Rec Center

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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13. MUSG to host tubing excursion

MUSG will host a tubing excursion Saturday, Feb. 4, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Sunburst Ski Hill in Kewaskum, Wis. Tickets are available in the Brooks Lounge for $15. Marquette cash is accepted. Tickets include transportation to and from Sunburst Ski Hill, three hours of tubing and a complimentary lunch. A limited number of tickets are available. For more information, visit the MUSG website.

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14. Frybread fundraiser for Native American Student Association

The Marquette Native American Student Association (NASA), in partnership with the American Indian Task Force on Domestic Violence, will host their first frybread fundraiser Friday, Feb. 3, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Lalumiere Lobby. Frybread will be sold at $1 per piece, $5 per half-dozen and $10 per dozen. Indigenous Wojapi blueberry sauce will be $1.

Those who cannot make the event can arrange for campus delivery by contacting Noemy Sandoval, NASA president, or Jacqueline Schram, governmental and community affairs associate.

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15. Follow Marquette updates online

Marquette community members can get information and stay up-to-date with Marquette happenings through multimedia and social networks. Connect with Marquette through:

Marquette on Twitter – in 140 characters or less.
Marquette’s Facebook page, as well as many Marquette departmental pages. There are more than 19,000 followers of Marquette’s Facebook page.
• Marquette on foursquare to discover tips about places on campus, including historical trivia and campus activities.
Marquette News Center — RSS subscription available to receive university news announcements.
Marquette’s YouTube channel, where viewers can watch, rate and comment on videos about Marquette.
Videos of key thought leaders speaking on campus on the Difference Network.
Marquette photos on Flickr.

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