1. University mourns the loss of Theatre Arts Professor Phylis Ravel

The university mourns the loss of Phylis Ravel, artistic associate professor in the Department of Theatre Arts, who passed away Nov. 6, 2012. Ravel joined the Performing Arts faculty in 1997 and throughout her 15 years of leadership and inspired teaching, helped students explore their creativity, talent and countless social justice issues. Her leadership reinvigorated the theatre program to become a nationally recognized, professionally oriented Bachelor of Arts program that prepares artists for the theatre and entertainment industry. Her vision was a driving force for the social justice programming in the department and she was instrumental in bringing shows such as Dead Man Walking, The Trial of the Catonsville 9 and Censored on Final Approach to the Marquette community.

Ravel was active in the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival new plays program, and was an award-winning playwright and director. Her play Censored on Final Approach was performed on campus and selected to perform at the KCACTF Region III festival in Saginaw, Mich., in January 2010.

A fund has been established in her honor to support social awareness activities and the pursuit of justice through theatre. Gifts can be made in her memory to support the Phylis Ravel Theatre and Social Justice Fund by mailing them to University Advancement, Marquette University, 1250 W. Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 53233. Please indicate Phylis Ravel Theatre and Social Justice Fund on the check.

An off-campus memorial service will be held in January 2013. Additional details will be shared as they are available.

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2. Campus Ministry hosting listening hours for students affected by Hurricane Sandy

Campus Ministry will host special drop-in listening hours for students affected by Hurricane Sandy on Friday, Nov. 9, from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Campus Ministry office, located in the AMU, 236. Campus ministers are available to students for spiritual and moral support if they have personal concerns related to Hurricane Sandy and who have loved ones living in the affected areas. The drop-in hours will also offer students the chance to talk about their experiences with students who are having the same concerns in order to begin the healing process.

Students who are unable to make it to the drop-in office hours are encouraged to stop by the Campus Ministry office whenever they have a moment to let the staff know how their families are doing.

For additional information, contact Mary Sue Callan-Farley, director of Campus Ministry, at 8-6873.

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3. Attend men's and women's basketball kickoff events this weekend

Marquette Nation will host its second annual Countdown to Tipoff event Sunday, Nov. 11, before the Marquette vs. Colgate men's basketball game. This event welcomes the freshman class into the men's basketball tradition and helps new students learn what it means to be a true Marquette Fanatic. The event will begin at 2:45 p.m. at the BMO Harris Bradley Center. It will begin at 2:45 p.m. at the BMO Harris Bradley Center. For more information, contact Taylor Schult, associate engagement officer for university advancement, at 8-0389.

Join the Marquette women's basketball team for their home opener at the Al McGuire Center Saturday, Nov. 10, as they host Butler beginning at 7 p.m. The game will also be the home opener Kickoff Carnival, which includes carnival games, prizes and other games for kids on the concourse. The game will also feature a halftime performance by a youth acrobatic team. There will be free pizza for the first 300 students in attendance. Women's basketball games are free for Marquette students with a student ID.

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4. OIE hosting various events in celebration of International Education Week

The Office of International Education will host a number of events in celebration of International Education Week, Monday, Nov. 12 to Friday, Nov. 16, that explore the benefits of international education. ManpowerGroup's vice president of global finance operations, Patricia Puccinelli, will present "The Need for Global Competence in the Workforce," Thursday, Nov. 15, at 10 a.m. in the AMU, Henke Lounge.

Throughout the week, students and faculty can participate in the annual photo contest on OIE's Facebook page that picks the best photo students and faculty have submitted from their international adventures. Other events include conversations with Latin American Scholars, a Global Village Bazaar, a presentation of Cherokee music and more. A full list of events can be found online.

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5. Annual Marburg Lecture will focus on field experiments and the economy

Dr. John A. List, the Homer J. Livingston Professor of Economics at the University of Chicago, will deliver the annual Marburg Memorial Lecture Tuesday, Nov. 13, at 3:30 p.m. in the Weasler Auditorium. In "Life as a Laboratory: Using Field Experiments in Economics," List will discuss why women get paid less than men, how to shrink the racial achievement gap in one minute and what seven words can end discrimination.

One of the pioneers in the development and use of field experiments in economics, List has used field experimental methods to conduct dozens of studies and has focused on such wide-ranging topics as charity, discrimination, field auctions in the market for baseball cards, environmental regulation and the role of incentives in productivity. From May 2002 to July 2003 he served as senior economist for the President's Council of Economic Advisors for Environmental and Resource Economics. The lecture is free and open to the public; no registration is required. A reception will follow the one-hour program.

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6. Attend panel discussion on post-graduation options

The Association of Social Welfare and Justice Students will host an informal panel of Marquette graduates who will discuss post-graduation options for Arts and Sciences majors Tuesday, Nov. 13 at 8 p.m. in Lalumiere, 296.

The discussion will focus on the benefits of going to graduate school right away versus the benefits of finding a job after graduation or participating in volunteer service.

For additional information, contact Katie Long.

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7. Emergency Procedures Guide updated

The university's Emergency Procedures Guide has been updated and is available online. The guide provides a quick reference for responding to emergencies on campus, including criminal activity, bomb threats, infectious disease, medical emergencies, chemical spills, fire, hazardous leaks, severe weather and utility failures. Students should review the guide periodically and become familiar with what they should do for themselves and others in an emergency.

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8. Metcalfe Chair in history to discuss slavery and the politics of freedom

The last major Fall 2012 event of the Freedom Project will take place Monday, Nov. 12, when Metcalfe Chair Richard Blackett will present "Taking Leave: Fugitive Slaves and the Politics of Freedom, 1850-1860," at 7:30 p.m. in Raynor Memorial Libraries' Beaumier Suites B and C. Blackett is the Andrew Jackson Professor of History at Vanderbilt University and author of numerous books on the role African Americans played in the movement to abolish slavery.

The Freedom Project is a year-long commemoration of the Sesquicentennial of the Civil War that explores the many meanings and histories of emancipation and freedom in the United States and beyond.

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9. College of Health Sciences to present panel on mental health issues

The College of Health Sciences will present a panel discussion, "Conversations on Mental Health," Tuesday, Nov. 13, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in Cudahy Hall, 001. Panelists will include:

  • Jason Marti, who provides a compelling first-hand depiction of the challenges of living with a mental disorder. Marti is also a state-certified peer specialist and often presents in the National Alliance on Mental Illnesses' "In Our Own Voice" program

  • Dr. David Baker, associate chair and professor of biomedical sciences, who will explore the transformation of neuroscience research from a field of serendipitous discovery to one of targeted, pathology based investigation. He will also share stories of how many past medical breakthroughs have been achieved by accident.

  • Matt Kuntz, who served as a lieutenant in the U.S. Army and is currently executive director of the National Alliance on Mental Illness for Montana. As a result of his advocacy efforts at the national level, Senate Bill 711 was signed into law on Oct. 8, 2009, requiring mental health screening for departing and returning service members. He is the founder of Mean Monkey Sports, which sponsors the Xsports4vets program that gives combat veterans the opportunity to participate in extreme sports as a therapeutic tool for post-traumatic stress disorder. His efforts and accomplishments have been highlighted by President Obama, high-profile media outlets and the Major League Baseball Association.

A reception will follow the event. For more information, contact Michael Anderson, academic coordinator, at 8-7329.

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10. CEO of PEARLS for Teen Girls, Inc., is next guest for "On the Issues"

Danae Davis, CEO of PEARLS for Teen Girls, Inc., will be the next guest for "On the Issues with Mike Gousha," Thursday, Nov. 15, from 12:15 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. in Eckstein Hall.

Trained as a lawyer, Davis has served as the legal counsel for the Governor of Wisconsin, executive at Miller Brewing and Kraft Foods, and former director of the Department of Employee Relations for the City of Milwaukee. Today, Davis serves as the leader of PEARLS for Teen Girls, Inc., a Milwaukee nonprofit that serves at-risk girls ages 10 to 19. The organization's goal is to reduce teenage pregnancies in Milwaukee and to send more young women to college. Davis will discuss her organization's mission, her career and her hopes for the city of Milwaukee during "On the Issues."

Register online.

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11. Guest speakers from Colombia to celebrate university's Spanish Honors Society

Sigma Delta Pi, the National Spanish Honors Society, will honor the university's chapter of Sigma Delta Pi, Gamma Gamma, for its 20th consecutive year as "Chapter of Honor and Merit" with guest speakers Dr. Gabriel Pabón and Dr. Enrique Cabeza from Colombia. The lecturers will present on teaching and literature Thursday, Nov. 15, and Friday, Nov. 16, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. in Cudahy Hall, 001. Both Pabón and Cabeza are renowned Spanish linguists. 

An initiation ceremony for the 34 new members of the university's Sigma Delta Pi chapter will take place Saturday, Nov. 17, at 1:30 p.m. in the AMU, 163. Light refreshments will be served following the event. For additional information, contact Carolyn Madigan or Kirsten Lehman.

These events are free and are sponsored by the Office of International Education, the Klingler College of Arts and Sciences, the Department of Foreign Languages, the Graduate School and Sigma Delta Pi.

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12. Attend discussion on animal ethics

The Animal Health and Wellness Club will host a lecture on animal ethics given by Cheryl Abbate, philosophy graduate student, Tuesday, Nov. 13, at 7 p.m. in Wehr Chemistry, 112. Pizza will be served prior to the lecture at 6:30 p.m.

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13. MS in Computing program to host panel discussion as part of Entrepreneurship Week

The MS in Computing Program, in conjunction with Milwaukee Software Process Improvement Network, will host a panel discussion on what it takes to be a successful entrepreneur Thursday, Nov. 15, at 5:30 p.m. in Cudahy Hall, 001. A panel of experts will discuss the characteristics of entrepreneurs and alternative paths in the process of starting technology ventures. Networking and free food will take place from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., with the panel discussion following from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

This free event is part of Entrepreneurship Week. Registration can be completed online.

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14. Colloquium to address analysis and management of access control policies

The Department of Math, Statistics and Computer Science will host a colloquium Friday, Nov. 9, at 1 p.m. in Cudahy Hall, 401. Elisa Bertino from the department of computer science at Purdue University will present, "EXAM A Comprehensive Environment for the Analysis and Management of Access Control Policies."

For more information, contact the Department of Math, Statistics and Computer Science at 8-7573.

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15. Free group fitness classes on Friday

The Department of Recreational Sports is offering the following free group fitness classes to members tomorrow, Nov. 9. The following classes will be offered free of charge:

Rec Center:

  • Hip Hop Fitness at 1 p.m.
  • Dance Fitness at 4 p.m.
  • Spin at 4 p.m.

Rec Plex:

  • Variety Hot Lunch at noon
  • Dance Fitness at 3 p.m.

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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