1. Course evaluations open today

Fall 2012 course evaluations open today, Monday, Nov. 26, and are available through Sunday, Dec. 9. 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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2. Graduate and professional students invited to attend discussion on strategic planning themes

The Strategic Planning Coordinating Committee, in collaboration with Campus Ministry and the Board of Graduate Studies, will host a discussion Thursday, Nov. 29, from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. in Raynor Memorial Libraries, Conference Room A, to gather input from graduate and professional students on the proposed strategic themes. The five strategic planning themes can be found online.

To register, contact Megan Petrik, psychology doctoral candidate and graduate representative on the Strategic Planning Coordinating Committee, at 8-5218 (ext. 1) by Wednesday, Nov. 28.

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3. James Wake Memorial Lecture to feature oncology expert

The College of Nursing's Institute for Palliative and End of Life Care will host the James Wake Memorial Lecture Thursday, Dec. 13, at 5 p.m. in the AMU, Monaghan Ballroom. Dr. Betty Ferrell, professor and research scientist at the City of Hope Medical Center in Los Angeles, will present "Improving the Quality of Spiritual Care in Palliative Care."

Ferrell has practiced in the field of oncology nursing for more than 35 years and has focused her clinical expertise and research in pain management, quality of life and palliative care. Specifically, her research focuses on spiritual care as a critical component in palliative care situations where patients face serious and life-threatening illness.

This lecture series is in memory of James Wake, a chaplain who specialized in end-of-life-ministry and husband of former Marquette Provost Dr. Madeline Wake, R.N., F.A.A.N.

A reception will follow the lecture. For more information, contact University Special Events at 8-7431.

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4. Spotlight talent show auditions begin today

The Office of Student Development will hold auditions for the Spotlight talent show, part of this year's Winter Flurry, Monday, Nov. 26 through Thursday, Nov. 29, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Friday, Nov. 30, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Single and group performances of any talent are encouraged to audition in eight minutes or less.

Audition signups are available online. For additional information, contact the Office of Student Development at 8-7205.

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5. Annual Lessons and Carols Concert is Friday

The Liturgical Choir and Marquette University Chorus will perform their annual Lessons and Carols Concert Friday, Nov. 30, at 7:30 p.m. at Church of the Gesu. Approximately 150 student musicians will perform in the concert, which will celebrate the upcoming Advent season.

Admission is free; donations are appreciated. Doors will open at 7 p.m.

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6. Miracle on Westowne Square will be held Dec. 2

The university will host Igniting Hope: Miracle on Westowne Square Sunday, Dec. 2, the first Sunday of Advent. The event will begin with an 8 p.m. Mass in the Chapel of the Holy Family in the AMU, concelebrated by President Scott R. Pilarz, S.J. Following the Mass, there will be a candlelight procession to Westowne Square, where there will be a tree lighting ceremony and blessing beginning at 9:15 p.m., concelebrated by Father Pilarz. The event will conclude with a reception in the AMU, Monaghan Ballrooms, which will include cookies, hot cider and hot cocoa. Students, faculty and staff are invited to attend this event, meant to bring the campus community together to reflect and prepare for the winter season.

For additional information, contact the Residence Hall Association at 8-5851.

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7. Women's volleyball team to face Creighton on Friday in NCAA tournament

The women's volleyball team has earned an at-large bid to the 2012 NCAA Women's Volleyball Championship for the second-straight year, and will face Creighton in the first round Friday, Nov. 30, at 4:30 p.m. in Minneapolis.

The Golden Eagles are making their second appearance in the 64-team field as an at-large selection out of the BIG EAST Conference, which also placed Louisville and Notre Dame in the tournament. The winner of Friday's contest will face the winner of the 6:30 p.m. match between No. 8 Minnesota (24-7) and Liberty (25-7) on Saturday at 6 p.m.

Tickets for the first and second rounds are on sale online. Tickets are also available for purchase in person or over the phone by 9 a.m. tomorrow through the Gopher Ticket Office at 1-800-U-GOPHER. All-session reserved tickets are $20, while all-session general admission is $17 and student/youth/senior general admission is $12.

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8. Law School to hold information session Nov. 30

The Law School will hold an information session for prospective students Friday, Nov. 30, in Eckstein Hall, 263. The session will cover admissions, financial aid, curriculum, intellectual and student life, and information from current students. The session begins at 11:45 a.m. and lasts approximately one hour, followed by a brief tour. Register online. For more information, contact Law School Admissions at 8-6767.

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9. Win gift cards for completing Campus Ministry online survey

Campus Ministry invites all Marquette students, faculty and staff to participate in a brief online survey. Regardless of religious affiliation, participation in this survey will help assess the current worship climate on campus and provide information that will help to better serve the Marquette community. Participants will be entered to win a $25 gift certificate to the Brew or the Spirit Shop.

For more information, contact Timothy Johnston, assistant director for liturgical programs, at 8-0522.

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10. Attend poster sessions on international research, forward thinking

The Office of International Education will host "Marquette International Research Poster Session," and the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs with the Office of the Vice Provost for Research will host "Forward Thinking Poster Session and Colloquy," Wednesday, Nov. 28, from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the AMU, Monaghan Ballroom. This event provides the opportunity to learn about research projects and connect with faculty and students across the university.

A reception will follow the sessions from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. For additional information, contact Erin Folstad, director of project planning and development, at 8-3642.

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11. Department of Math, Statistics and Computer Science colloquium series continues Friday

The Department of Math, Statistics and Computer Science will host a colloquium Friday, Nov. 30, at 1 p.m. in Cudahy Hall, 401. Rizwana Rizia and Farzana Rahman, teaching assistants in the Department of Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science, will present "I Am Not a Goldfish in a Bowl: Privacy Preservation in RFID-Based Healthcare Systems," and "KnockAround: Location-Based Service via Social Knowledge." For more information, contact the Department of Math, Statistics and Computer Science at 8-7573.

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12. Gift sale to benefit physical therapy scholarship fund

The "almost everything $6 gift sale" will take place Wednesday, Nov. 28 through Friday, Nov. 30, in the AMU lobby. The sale will run from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday. The sale features gifts, jewelry and accessories, with 20 percent of the sale proceeds going to the Physical Therapy Faculty Student Scholarship Fund. Items will include both licensed merchandise greater than $6 and specials under $6.

Marquette Cash and credit cards are accepted. Those interested in making a contribution to the scholarship fund to assist graduate students in the Doctor of Physical Therapy program can contact Kathleen Ludington, director of development for the College of Health Sciences, at 8-1410.

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13. Final monthly Mass in Law School Chapel is this Thursday

Rev. Thomas Anderson, S.J., assistant director of Campus Ministry and Law School chaplain, will celebrate the final monthly Mass in the Marquette University Law School Chapel on Thursday, Nov. 29, from 12:15 p.m. to 12:45 p.m. All members of the Marquette community are welcome to attend.

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14. Gesu Parish offering Advent Morning of Reflection

The Church of the Gesu will offer an Advent Morning of Reflection Saturday, Dec. 1, from 9 a.m. to noon at the Church of the Gesu. Rev. Wally Stohrer, S.J., will be the retreat director. Father Wally has served on the faculty member in the Department of Philosophy and is the chaplain for the College of Nursing.

This event is free. To register, contact Mike Heimbach, director of adult formation at Gesu Parish, or call 8-7101.

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15. Donate cookies to Child Care Center Cookie Walk

The Child Care Center will accept donated cookies Monday, Dec. 3 through Wednesday, Dec. 5, from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Child Care Center, to be sold by the dozen at the Child Care Center's Cookie Walk Thursday, Dec. 6, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Child Care Center. Proceeds from the walk will go to the Child Care Center. For more information, contact the Child Care Center at 8-5655.

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