1. Director selected for Gender and Sexuality Resource Center

Following a nationwide search this spring, the Office of the Provost has selected Dr. Susannah Bartlow to serve as director of the Gender and Sexuality Resource Center. Bartlow previously led the Women's Center at Dickinson College in Carlisle, Penn., and was a contributing faculty member in the Women's and Gender Studies department.

Marquette's Gender and Sexuality Resource Center will open in fall 2012 under the direction of the Office of the Provost. The Center, which will be located on the fourth floor of the Alumni Memorial Union, will foster collaboration across academic departments, as well as with the Division of Student Affairs. Staff will provide support and counsel for educational programming and scholarly work related to gender and sexuality.

"This is an important step forward as we continue to embrace diversity and enhance inclusivity within our campus community," said Dr. William Welburn, associate provost for diversity and inclusion. "Susannah's success opening a similar center at Dickinson College combined with her vision and strategic mindset will help the university pursue dialogue and growth around issues of gender and sexuality."

Bartlow will assume her duties on campus by Aug. 1, and will be charged with developing and enhancing programming, education and scholarship related to gender and sexuality, and fostering a diverse, inclusive and safe environment for students, faculty and staff interested in and affected by gender and sexuality issues.

As founding director of Dickinson College's Women's Center, Bartlow established the initial infrastructure, budget and five-year strategic plan for the Center, in addition to supervising professional staff and volunteers. She also secured a nearly $300,000 grant from the Department of Justice's Office of Violence Against Women to implement a campus-wide violence prevention program.

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2. Tomorrow is Election Day

Tomorrow, Tuesday, June 5, is the gubernatorial recall election in Wisconsin. The unique timing with the end of spring semester and students moving into new housing may present a challenge to some students who wish to vote in this election. Please refer to this memo from the Government Accountability Board, which helps explain what students need to do to register.

More information about voting on campus can be found online.

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3. Law School conference to address the political divide

At the end of the week in which Wisconsin will conduct its first-ever statewide recall election and with the political divide at an all-time high, the Marquette Law School Restorative Justice Initiative will host a conference to examine how public discourse got to this point and how to move forward beyond it. "Restoring Faith in Government: Encouraging Civil Public Discourse," will take place Friday, June 8, beginning at 8:30 a.m. at Eckstein Hall.

Keynote speaker John Avalon, senior columnist for Newsweek and The Daily Beast, CNN contributor and author of Independent Nation: How Centrism Can Change American Politics and Wingnuts: How the Lunatic Fringe Is Hijacking America, will give a presentation about his views on healing the polarization in America.

A full conference schedule and list of panelists is available online. The event includes continental breakfast and lunch. Registration is required and can be completed online.

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4. College of Nursing to co-host Wisconsin Cancer Survivorship Forum

The College of Nursing is co-hosting the third annual Wisconsin Cancer Survivorship Forum Wednesday, June 6, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the AMU Ballrooms. The forum is aimed at survivors and health care providers, and will feature local and national speakers, a panel discussion, breakout sessions and an area for exhibitors.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information and to register, go online. For additional information, contact Susan Breakwell, clinical associate professor of nursing, at 8-3848.

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