1. New Marquette-New York Times partnership awarded grant from Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has selected a new Marquette University–New York Times partnership, FixesU, as one of 10 grantees in a field of approximately 1,000 applicants from 85 countries. The Foundation's funding program, called Grand Challenges, requested proposals for projects with a "world-changing level of potential."

FixesU combines Marquette's Social Innovation Initiative with the journalism prowess of New York Times authors David Bornstein (best-selling author of How to Change the World) and Tina Rosenberg (Pulitzer prize-winning author of The Haunted Land). FixesU will build the first Wiki-style platform that packages "solutions-journalism" – specifically, the New York Times Fixes columns co-authored by Bornstein and Rosenberg – into mini-case-studies for educators around the world to embed social innovation in, and across, the curriculum. The Gates Foundation awarded a $100,000 grant as initial seed money to the partnership.

Jeff Snell, special adviser to the president and leader of the university's Social Innovation Initiative, was the principal author of the grant proposal. The Foundation's grant timeline is 18 months beginning November 1, 2012, though a robust FixesU prototype is expected to be ready for user input in spring 2013.

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2. Liz Cheney, Howard Dean debate role of government in a free society tonight

As part of the Arthur N. Rupe Foundation Great Debate Series, the Marquette Young Americans for Freedom will host, "The Role of Government in a Free Society," a debate between Liz Cheney and Howard Dean, Thursday, Nov. 1, at 7 p.m. in the Weasler Auditorium. Kent Wainscott, local political reporter for WISN, will moderate the debate.

The debate is free. Tickets are available online or can be picked up in the AMU, Brooks Lounge.

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3. Watch election results at election night viewing party

The Department of Political Science and the Les Aspin Center for Government will host an election night viewing party, Tuesday, Nov. 6, beginning at 6 p.m. in Olin Engineering, rooms 116, 119 and 120. Drs. Julia Azarai, Paul Nolette, Karen Hoffman and Amber Wichowsky of the political science department will be present to watch returns come in on multiple news outlets.

Food and beverages will be provided. Registration is not required. For additional information, contact Dr. Karen Hoffman, visiting assistant professor of political science, at 8-1573.

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4. Men's basketball Fanatics tickets still available

Marquette University student tickets packages for the 2012-13 men's basketball season are still available for all full-time students. Tickets cost $99 and include admission to all 16 home games as well as the official Fanatics t-shirt.

The season is highlighted by games against Wisconsin, as well as Big East opponents Pittsburgh, Syracuse and Notre Dame.

Purchase tickets online or by calling the Ticket Office at 8-4668.

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5. International Flag sashes available for December graduates

December graduates who hold citizenship from another country or have traveled overseas through a Marquette University program have the opportunity to order an international flag sash to wear at the December graduation ceremony.

Students who wish to purchase a flag sash must bring a completed online form and a check to the Office of International Education on the fourth floor of Holthusen Hall by Friday, Nov. 9. Flag sashes are available for all countries, and the cost is $32 for a single country sash, $42 for a double country sash and $52 for a triple country sash.

For more information contact Erin LeMoine, international communication and marketing coordinator, at 8-7289.

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6. Graduate School of Management to host open houses in November

The Graduate School of Management will hold several open houses for its MBA and MS programs throughout November:

  • On-campus MBA and MS programs – Thursday, Nov. 8, at 5 p.m. in the AMU, Monaghan Ballrooms
  • On-campus MBA and MS programs – Tuesday, Nov. 13, at 5:30 p.m. in Straz Hall
  • Executive MBA program – Wednesday, Nov. 14, at 5:30 p.m. in Straz Hall

For directions, additional information or to register, contact the Graduate School of Management at 8-7145.

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7. Autism Speaks to hold general interest meeting

Autism Speaks U Marquette, a newly-founded organization that will focus on the acceptance and awareness of autism spectrum disorder in both the campus and local community, will meet Tuesday, Nov. 6, at 5:30 p.m. in Cudahy Hall, 001. This will be a general interest meeting for any students looking to get involved and learn more about the organization.

For more information, contact Kim Surfus.

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8. Playwright to discuss Marquette production of Women of Lockerbie

Deborah Brevoort, playwright of Marquette Theatre Arts' November production of Women of Lockerbie, will discuss her process for making the story come to life in a presentation Saturday, Nov. 10, at noon in Johnston Hall, 103. This event is the ideal chance for future playwrights, academics and theatre-goers to go behind the scenes and discover what it take to produce this type of theatre. For more information, contact Deb Krajec, artistic associate professor of performing arts, at 8-1504.

The Theatre Arts Department will showcase The Women of Lockerbie, inspired by the Pan Am 103 tragedy depicting a grieving mother searching for her son's remains seven years after the crash. Performances will be held at the Helfaer Theatre:

  • Thursday, Nov. 8, through Saturday, Nov. 10, at 7:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, Nov. 11, at 2:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Nov. 14, through Saturday, Nov. 17, at 7:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, Nov. 18, at 2:30 p.m.

Tickets are $10 for students and $16 for alumni and employees, and are available for purchase online or by calling the Helfaer Theatre at 8-7504.

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9. Strategic Planning Coordinating Committee hosting office hours Monday

The Strategic Planning Coordinating Committee co-chairs and members will host office hours Monday, Nov. 5, from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. in the AMU, 231. Other strategic planning office hours throughout the semester include:

  • Thursday, Nov. 15, from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. in the AMU, 448
  • Monday, Nov. 26, from 11 a.m. to noon in the AMU, 231
  • Monday, Dec. 3, from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. in the AMU, 231
  • Tuesday, Dec. 11, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. in the AMU, 233

Those interested in attending any of the office hours should RSVP to Laura Hagan, office assistant in the Office of the University Architect, at 8-4439.

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10. Art of Tolkien to be explored at Nov. 8 lecture

To continue Marquette's year-long celebration of the 75th anniversary of The Hobbit's publication, J.R.R. Tolkien scholars Wayne G. Hammond and Christina Scull will present "J.R.R. Tolkien and the Art of Middle-Earth," Thursday, Nov. 8, at 4:30 p.m. in Raynor Memorial Libraries' Beaumier Suites.

Tolkien illustrated and created maps for The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, and the authors will give a slideshow presentation on Tolkien's artwork, with special emphasis on The Hobbit. Space is limited. Register by calling 8-7256.

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11. Graduate School Dissertation Boot Camp registration available

Registration is open for the Graduate School's Dissertation Boot Camp Monday, Jan. 7 through Friday, Jan. 11, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily with an early dismissal on Friday in the Raynor Memorial Libraries, lower level. The boot camp offers a dedicated time and place for doctoral students to come together and work towards the completion of their dissertations.

For more information and to register, contact Bethany Neubauer, Graduate School service assistant.

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12. McNair Scholars to present research Nov. 8

The McNair Scholars Program, the Urban Scholars Program and the Office of Student Development – Intercultural Engagement will co-host a colloquium Thursday, Nov. 8, at noon in the AMU, 407. Two undergraduates from the McNair Scholars Program will present their research:

Shoji Sanders, Law School - "'Blackness as Property' to Agents of Contract: The Alternative Model"

Brett J. Christensen, psychology – "Effects of Perceived Discrimination, Acculturative Stress and Coping on Depression in Latino College Students"

A complimentary light lunch will be served. For more information, contact the McNair Scholars Program at 8-1771.

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13. Summer internships in Washington, D.C. available for Native American students

The Udall Foundation is offering ten-week, fully funded summer internships in Washington, D.C. to Native American undergraduate, graduate and law students who wish to learn more about the federal government and issues affecting Native American tribes. Interested students can check their eligibility and access the application online. Applications are due by Thursday, Jan. 31.

For more information and to receive support on the application, contact Dr. Jame Schaefer, associate professor of theology and Udall faculty representative, at 8-3742.

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14. Preparation sessions offered for Social Innovation Design Contest

In preparation for the Social Innovation Design Contest Thursday, Dec. 6, overview and prep sessions will be held from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in Zilber Hall, 025 on the following dates:

  • Saturday, Nov. 3
  • Saturday, Nov. 17

A light breakfast will be served at the prep sessions. Winners of the Social Innovation Design Contest will receive up to $1,000 to attend the Ashoka Exchange Thursday, Feb. 21 to Saturday, Feb. 23, in San Diego, and automatic entry in the Midwest Social Innovation Pitch Contest and the national Dell Social Innovation Challenge.

The Social Innovation Design Contest is sponsored by the Office of the Provost's Social Innovation Initiative. For more information or to participation, contact Elizabeth Wieland, office associate in University Advancement, at 8-0726, or Tyler Atkinson, president of Changemakers.

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15. Philosophy colloquium to address diagrams, proof and normativity

The Department of Philosophy Colloquium Series will host, "Diagrams, Proof and Normativity," Friday, November 2, at 3:30 p.m. in Cudahy Hall, 118. Dr. Koji Tanaka of the University of Auckland will deliver the lecture.

The lecture is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the Philosophy Department at 8-6857.

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16. Seminar to address mesenchymal stem cells

Aleksandra Glavaski-Joksimovic of the Department of Neurosurgery at the Medical College of Wisconsin will present, " Mesenchymal Stem Cells for Neuroprotection and Neuroregeneration," Tuesday, Nov. 6, at 3:30 pm. in Schroeder Complex, 256.

This seminar is sponsored by the College of Health Sciences' Integrative Neuroscience Research Center. The full schedule of the INRC's spring seminar series is available online. For additional information, contact the Integrative Neuroscience Research Center at 8-7329.

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17. Seminar to address mesenchymal stem cells

Aleksandra Glavaski-Joksimovic of the Department of Neurosurgery at the Medical College of Wisconsin will present, " Mesenchymal Stem Cells for Neuroprotection and Neuroregeneration," Tuesday, Nov. 6, at 3:30 pm. in Schroeder Complex, 256.

This seminar is sponsored by the College of Health Sciences' Integrative Neuroscience Research Center. The full schedule of the INRC's spring seminar series is available online. For additional information, contact the Integrative Neuroscience Research Center at 8-7329.

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18. Contemplative Community to host talk on mindfulness in everyday life

Contemplative Community will host, "Mindfulness in Everyday Life," Monday, Nov. 5, from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. in Raynor Memorial Libraries' Beaumier Suites. Dr. Paul Norton, president of the Mindfulness Community of Milwaukee, will introduce participants to the background of the practice of mindfulness and give an introductory training in the techniques of meditation and mindfulness-based stress reduction.

The lecture is free. For additional information, contact Alice Gormley, database management and serials librarian, at 8-7252.

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19. Recreational Sports hosting annual Turkey Coloring Contest

Employee Wellness will offer a five-week series of yoga classes, held every Wednesday from Nov. 7 to Dec. 12, from 4:45 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. in Cramer Hall, 050. The cost is $25 for five classes. Space is limited.

Registration can be completed online. For additional information, contact Kristin Kipp, adjunct instructor of physical therapy, at 8-4476.

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20. Free group fitness classes on Friday

The Department of Recreational Sports is offering the following free group fitness classes to members tomorrow, Nov. 2. The following classes will be offered free of charge:

Rec Center:

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

Rec Plex:

  • Hip Hop/Zumba at noon

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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