1. Vice President for Marketing and Communication Tricia Geraghty to leave Marquette

Tricia Geraghty, currently Vice President for Marketing and Communication, is resigning effective Nov. 9, 2012, to become the Corporate Vice President for Marketing and Public Relations at Children's Hospital of Wisconsin.

"This news is bittersweet since Tricia has been an excellent leader at the university for many years," said President Scott R. Pilarz, S.J. "She was one of the first people that I met at Marquette after being named president, and she was particularly helpful during the presidential transition and throughout my first year in Milwaukee. So while I am sorry to see Tricia leave Marquette, I'm not surprised that Children's Hospital recognizes her many talents. I am pleased that she will be working at another wonderful mission-driven organization in our Milwaukee community. We should be proud that Tricia's work at Marquette helped lead her to this next, new career opportunity at Children's Hospital of Wisconsin. I know that Marquette and Children's Hospital will continue to work together for the betterment of our Milwaukee community."

Geraghty has been responsible for comprehensive brand and marketing strategy at the university since 2001 and was the first vice president for Marketing in the institution's history, a role she helped create in 2005. During Geraghty's leadership of the university's marketing and communication areas, the university launched its first brand marketing effort under the tagline, "Marquette University. Be The Difference." Her efforts have helped elevate the university's academic reputation, established the university as a national leader in social media, expanded the geographic reach of Marquette's brand, and brought new and innovative ideas to the university's work with prospective students, alumni and benefactors.

"Tricia has also been an important adviser to me and to my predecessor, Father Bob Wild, S.J., and is a valued member of Marquette's leadership team," Pilarz said. "Tricia brought a high level of intelligence, a wealth of charm, and a great deal of savvy to her work, qualities that have made her effective both at Marquette and in the wider community. I encourage our community to join me in wishing Tricia the very best in this next phase of her career."

"We will conduct a search for the new vice president for marketing and communication, and I'm confident that we can identify a top quality leader in the near future," Pilarz said.

Watch News Briefs for a celebration in Geraghty's honor in the next few weeks.

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2. GE Healthcare to provide educational grant of advanced technology for nursing simulation center

GE Healthcare, a leading provider of health care technologies to hospitals, clinics and health care networks worldwide, will provide a $440,000 educational grant of items including patient monitors with advanced technological capabilities, a central nursing station, telemetry technology, infant incubators and ventilators, for the College of Nursing's new Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare Center for Clinical Simulation.

Technology from GE Healthcare will be installed throughout the Center for Clinical Simulation, and will be on display during an open house for the new Center for Clinical Simulation Friday, Oct. 19, from 3:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. in Emory T. Clark Hall.

Reserve a spot for the open house by contacting University Special Events at 8-7431. Free parking is available in the 16th Street Parking Structure between West Wisconsin Avenue and West Wells Street.

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3. Marquette University student receives Legion of Valor Bronze Star

Courtney L. Martin, battalion executive officer and senior political science major at Marquette University, was awarded the Legion of Valor Bronze Star Oct. 11. She is just one of six ROTC students in the United States to receive the annual award, representing the north-central region.

The Legion of Valor is a U.S. organization comprised of the Medal of Honor, Distinguished Service Cross, Navy Cross and Air Force Cross award recipients. The Bronze Star award, consisting of a bronze cross and certificate, is awarded annually to exceptional ROTC students who achieve scholastic excellence and demonstrate outstanding leadership qualities.

As a Navy ROTC student, Martin attends physical training (PT) two mornings a week at 6 a.m. As the battalion executive officer, she is in charge of the midshipman staff and overall execution of all NROTC battalion activities. Martin was also a key contributor on the Marquette Women's Club National Championship basketball team and NROTC basketball team. "I am incredibly honored to receive this award," Martin said. "My fellow NROTC midshipmen are like a second family to me. So many people have supported me every step of the way. From the second I got here to Marquette, it has been a great fit and I've never looked back," Martin said.

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4. Volunteers needed for Election Day

The Office of Public Affairs is looking for volunteers to work two-hour shifts to assist visitors and students on campus on Election Day, Nov. 6. The Alumni Memorial Union Ballroom is a polling site for many students living in university and off-campus housing, as well as for members of the neighborhood community. Volunteer roles include greeting visitors and directing them to the polling site in the AMU, directing voters to their proper ward, helping students not registered to obtain a fee payment receipt if they live in university-owned housing, and explaining to unregistered voters the proper identification needed for same-day registration. Ten volunteers per shift will be needed.

Shift times on Nov. 6 are as follows:

  • 7 a.m. to 9 a.m.
  • 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
  • 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
  • 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.
  • 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
  • 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

The Milwaukee Elections Commission will be providing training for volunteers. Those interested in volunteering should contact Mary Czech-Mrochinski in the Office of Public Affairs at 8-7491.

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5. Tickets sold out to see poet Mary Oliver receive honorary degree, give poetry reading Nov. 12

Renowned poet Mary Oliver, winner of the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize, will receive an honorary degree from Marquette University Nov. 12, at 4 p.m. in the AMU, Monaghan Ballroom. Oliver, described by the New York Times as "far and away, this country's best-selling poet," will also read from her poems during the event. Tickets for this event are now sold out.

Oliver's new poetry collection, A Thousand Mornings, will be released Oct. 11. She will be signing the book immediately following her reading at 5:30 p.m. Books will be available for purchase at the event. For questions or special needs, contact University Special Events at 8-7431.

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6. Application deadline for Les Aspin Center Winter break program in Africa extended

The Les Aspin Center will offer a study abroad opportunity in Ghana over winter break. During the three-credit course, students will examine the manner in which culture, values and identity shape global and domestic politics in a developing democracy. Applications are available online and are now due by Sunday, Oct. 21.

For more information, contact Meghan Lefeber, manager of business and programs at the Les Aspin Center for Government, at 202-544-6265.

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7. Change in Mass schedule over Fall Break

Mass will not be held at 4 p.m. in the Church of the Gesu or at 8 p.m. in the Chapel of the Holy Family this Sunday, Oct. 21. The 10 p.m. Mass in the Chapel of the Holy Family will still be celebrated.

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8. Nobel prize winner in physics to give Coyne Lecture

Joseph H. Taylor, a recipient of the Nobel Prize in physics, will present "Binary Pulsars and Relativistic Gravity" as the 7th annual Rev. George V. Coyne, S. J., Lecturer in Astronomy and Astrophysics on Tuesday, Oct. 23, at 7 p.m. in the Weasler Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public.

The annual Coyne Lecture honors the tradition of excellence in research exemplified by the Rev. Coyne by bringing an outstanding astronomer or astrophysicist to campus to give a public lecture explaining his or her research. The Coyne lecturer is selected annually by faculty members of Marquette's physics department.

For more information, contact the Physics Department at 8-7247.

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9. Open Access Week webcast and e-Publications panel discussion

Open Access Week will take place next week on campus, and will kick off with a webcast, hosted by SPARC and The World Bank, Monday, Oct. 22, from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Raynor Memorial Libraries' Beaumier Suites. The 90-minute live online panel will discuss why Open Access is imperative for scholarship. Panelists will include academics, the president of the National Association of Graduate-Professional Students and a publisher at The World Bank. For more information, contact Raynor Memorial Libraries at 8-7556.

An Open Access Week panel discussion will address e-Publications, Marquette's institutional repository, Thursday, Oct. 25, from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. in Raynor Memorial Libraries' Beaumier Suites. Panelists will explore their own experiences with open access and using e-Publications:

  • Dr. Beth Godbee, assistant professor of English
  • Dr. Richard Fehring, professor of nursing
  • Rose Fortier, coordinator of digital programs at the Raynor Memorial Libraries
  • Savannah Pederson, student

For more information, contact e-Publications at 8-1675.

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10. Forum to be held on health care reform and the November elections

The Department of Biomedical Sciences, the College of Health Sciences, the Department of Political Science, Alpha Epsilon Delta, the American Medical Student Association, the Biomedical Sciences Student Association and the Pre-Dental Organization will sponsor "Health Care Reform and the November Elections" Monday, Oct. 29, from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. in Wehr Chemistry, 100.

A panel of political scientists and experts in the field of health care provision and insurance will discuss the Affordable Care Act and Republican proposals for its repeal and replacement, as well as the effects that the 2012 election may have on the course of health care reform. Panelists will also discuss the enormous changes that are already occurring in the U.S. health care system and what this dynamic environment will mean for ordinary Americans and for those students enrolled in or considering careers in health care and dentistry.

For more information, contact Dr. Susan Giaimo, visiting assistant professor of political science, at 8-3356.

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11. Attend conversation on education in Milwaukee

The Task Force on Community Engagement will host "Conversation on Community Engagement: A Focus on Education in Milwaukee," Monday, Oct. 29, from 10:30 a.m. to noon in AMU, 163. The forum will include a panel discussion focused on the education landscape in Milwaukee and will highlight the kinds of programs, research and service taking place among Marquette faculty, staff and students. The panel will be moderated by Dr. Bill Henk, professor and dean of the College of Education, and round-table dialogues will follow.

Those interested in attending should contact the Office of Public Affairs at 8-7491.

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12. Department of Philosophy to present lecture on Aquinas

The Aquinas and the Arabs International Working Group at Marquette will present the Midwest Seminar in Ancient and Medieval Philosophy seminar workshop,"The Spirituality of Beatitude in Aquinas," Tuesday, Oct. 23, at 4 p.m. in the Raynor Memorial Libraries' Beaumier Suites. The workshop will be led by Katja Krause, professor of philosophy at King's College London.

This seminar is free and sponsored by the Department of Philosophy and the Aquinas and the Arabs International Working Group. For additional information, contact Dr. Richard Taylor, professor of philosophy, at 8-5649.

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13. Haggerty to feature programs with artists from Thenceforward, and Forever Free exhibition

The Haggerty Museum of Art will offer two programs with artists featured in the current exhibition, Thenceforward, and Forever Free, which runs through Saturday, Dec. 22. Elisabeth Surbin will present "Recreating Missing Histories" as part of the Curtis L. Carter Art and Social Change Lecture Series Wednesday, Oct. 24, at 6 p.m. in Eckstein Hall, Appellate Courtroom. The Curtis L. Carter Art and Social Change Lecture Series is supported by an endowment fund created by the Friends of the Haggerty in honor of the Haggerty's founding director and his commitment to exhibitions and programs that explore the role of the arts as a vehicle for addressing social change issues.

The Marquette University Excellence in Diversity Grant and the Marquette University Andrew W. Mellon Fund will sponsor a conversation by Michael Ray Charles and Dr. Travis L. Dixon of the University of California-Los Angeles, where they will discuss Charles' works, Thursday, Nov. 8, at 6 p.m. in Straz Hall, 105. A reception will follow in the Haggerty Museum of Art.

For more information contact Mary Dornfeld, communications assistant at the Haggerty Museum of Art, at 8-7290.

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