1. Milwaukee Common Council president to speak on his passion for improving civic life

Milwaukee Common Council President and Marquette alumnus Alderman Willie Hines Jr., will share his journey from Marquette student to City Hall in a Soup with Substance presentation titled, "From Marquette Hall to City Hall and Back Again — Nurturing a Passion for Improving Civic Life," Wednesday, Oct. 24, from noon to 1 p.m. in the AMU, 157. Hines will invite students to discuss with him ways that they might nurture their own interests in improving the quality of life for all citizens of large urban areas like Milwaukee.

In April 2004, Alderman Hines was elected by his fellow Common Council members as the 48th council president of the City of Milwaukee, and became one of the first African Americans ever to defeat a sitting Common Council member. He was named one of the Milwaukee Business Journal's "Forty Under 40" and the Public Policy Forum honored him with its Charles McNeer Civic Leadership Award. He was also recognized as the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Milwaukee's "Alum of the Year."

This event is sponsored by the Center for Peacemaking.

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2. Presentation by Project Rachel founder, other events held to mark Respect for Life week

Vicki Thorn, founder of Project Rachel, the post-abortion healing ministry of the Catholic Church, and executive director of the National Office of Post-Abortion Reconciliation and Healing, will present, "Abortion: Soul Wound of the World," Wednesday, Oct. 24, at 7 p.m. in Clark Hall, 111.

Thorn served as the first Respect Life Director for the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, and in August 2009, she received the People of Life Award from the Pro-Life Secretariat of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops for her service to the Church. She is a corresponding member of the Pontifical Academy for Life. Thorn and her husband, Dr. William Thorn, associate professor of journalism, were inducted into the Pontifical Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre in October 2008 as Knight and Lady.

Other Respect for Life Week events include:

  • Respect for Life prayer vigil, Monday, Oct. 22, at 8 p.m. in St. Joan of Chapel
  • Bake sale to benefit students' trip to the March for Life, Tuesday, Oct. 23, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., under the Raynor Memorial Libraries bridge
  • Screening of October Baby, Thursday, Oct. 25, at 7 p.m. in Clark Hall, 111

Respect for Life week events are sponsored by Campus Ministry and Students for Life.

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3. Strategic Planning Coordinating Committee hosting office hours Wednesday

The Strategic Planning Coordinating Committee co-chairs will host office hours Wednesday, Oct. 24, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. in the AMU, 231. Other strategic planning office hours throughout the semester include:

  • Tuesday, Oct. 30, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. in the AMU, 448
  • Monday, Nov. 5, from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. in the AMU, 231
  • 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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4. University mourns the death of Constance Johnson

The university mourns the death of Constance (Connie) M. Johnson, who retired from the university in 2006 after working in the Law Library for more than 33 years. She passed away Friday, Oct. 12. A memorial Mass will be held in her honor at Church of the Gesu on Friday, Oct. 26, at 9 a.m.

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5. Intercultural Engagement to host LGBTQ ally event

Intercultural Engagement will host, "Coming Out...As An Ally," Thursday, Oct. 25, at 7 p.m. in the Center for Intercultural Engagement. This event will explore what it means to be an ally through the stories of different individuals who have identified themselves as allies for the LGBTQ community.

For more information, contact Intercultural Engagement at 8-3111.

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6. Teach for America to host information session, bookmark drive on campus

Teach for America will host a bookmark drive and information session Monday, Oct. 29, from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the Career Services Center, located in Holthusen Hall. Participants can make bookmarks for fourth and fifth graders at La Causa School, and current Teach for America corps members will be available to talk about their classroom experience and help answer any questions about the application process before the upcoming Friday, Nov. 2, submission deadline.

Contact Helen Hillis, Teach for America campus coordinator, with additional questions.

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7. Legally blind senior to share inspirational story

College of Communication senior Justice Shorter, who is legally blind, will share her inspiring story of acceptance and growth beyond her disability, Thursday, Oct. 25, at 7 p.m. in Lalumiere Hall, 216. Shorter will discuss how she discovered accessible alternatives in education and life, as well as the role her teachers have played throughout her journey.

An interactive question and answer session will follow the lecture. This event is sponsored by the College of Education Student Council.

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8. Documentary screening held in recognition of Disability Awareness Month

In recognition of Disability Awareness Month, Intercultural Engagement in the Office of Student Development, the Office of Disability Services and MARQ Your Path invite the Marquette community to a free screening of the HBO documentary, The Journey into Dyslexia, Tuesday, Oct. 23, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the AMU, 227. The film explores the emotional effects that dyslexia has on individuals, along with how society's expectations of intelligence affect a person's ability to fully participate and be accepted into a variety of systems.

Light refreshments and a brief discussion will follow the film. For more information, contact Meghan Schifalacqua, MARQ Your Path counselor in Student Educational Services, at 8-3444, or John Janulis, coordinator for Multicultural Affairs in the Office of Student Development, at 8-7205.

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9. Wednesday is last day to register for Supper for 12 Strangers

Students can sign up to enjoy a home cooked meal in the home an area Marquette alumnus, faculty or staff member as part of the Association of Marquette University Women, annual Supper for 12 Strangers. Suppers will be held on the following dates:

  • Saturday, Nov. 3
  • Sunday, Nov. 4
  • Saturday, Nov. 10
  • Sunday, Nov. 11

Students can register online by Wednesday, Oct. 24, to attend with friends or on their own. For additional information, contact Libby Gard, advancement associate, at 8-8440.

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10. Kohler Lunch and Learn series to feature Yappem founder

The Kohler Center for Entrepreneurship's Lunch and Learn series will host, "Yappem – How to Build Your Brand Through Social Media," Friday, Oct. 26, from noon to 1 p.m. in Olin Engineering, 120. Dave Sachse, BUAD '08 and founder of Yappem, will talk about his experience building a social media platform and explain how social media can help companies build a bigger, better and more interactive brand.

The Kohler Center's Lunch and Learn series is open to all students, faculty, staff and alumni, and includes a free lunch. Registration is available online. For more information, contact Kate Novotny, office assistant in the College of Business Administration, at 8-4175.

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11. Preparation sessions offered for Social Innovation Design Contest

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

  • Saturday, Oct. 27
  • 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 participate, contact Elizabeth Wieland, office associate in University Advancement, at 8-0726, or Tyler Atkinson, president of Changemakers.

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12. Registration now open for first-year Connect Retreat

First-year students can now register for the Connect Retreat, an opportunity to meet and share with other first-year students during a weekend of reflection and time away from campus. The retreat will be held Friday, Nov. 2 to Sunday, Nov. 4, at Lutherdale Ministries in Elkhorn, Wis. While exploring questions about their faith at Marquette, participants will be able to form a community with others who are seeking to invite and experience God's presence in their lives.

The cost is $45 and covers transportation and food. Registration can be completed online. For additional information, contact Emily Schumacher-Novak, assistant director of Campus Ministry, at 8-3058.

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13. Panel discussion for individuals considering law school, Oct. 29

Individuals who are considering pursuing a law degree can attend a panel discussion, "What Would a Juris Doctor Do?" on Monday, Oct. 29, from 12:15 p.m. to 1:15 pm. in Eckstein Hall, 433B. Prominent Marquette lawyers will discuss their respective career paths and answer questions from the audience. Panelists will include:

  • Attorney Anique Ruiz, Gonzalez Saggio & Harlan
  • The Honorable Carl Ashley, Milwaukee County Circuit Court Judge
  • Attorney Genyne Edwards, principal consultant at WOO Connections

This event is sponsored by the Black Law Students Association, and will include a free lunch and the opportunity to network and connect with some of Milwaukee's most distinguished attorneys. RSVP online; space is limited. For additional information, contact BLSA secretary Makda Fessahaye.

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14. Seminar to address investigating traumatic brain injury in animal models

Dr. Matthew D. Budde from the department of neurosurgery at the Medical College of Wisconsin will present, "Investigating Traumatic Brain Injury in Animal Models using Diffusion Tensor Imaging," Tuesday, Oct. 23, at 3:30 p.m. 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 fall seminar series is available online. For additional information, contact the Integrative Neuroscience Research Center at 8-7329.

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15. Colloquium to focus on importance of signaling pathways in drug discovery

Dr. Gregory Thatcher of the College of Pharmacy at the University of Illinois at Chicago will present, "The Nitric Oxide Signaling Pathway in Drug Discovery," Friday, Oct. 26, at 4 p.m. in Todd Wehr Chemistry, 121.

This seminar is sponsored by the Department of Chemistry. The full schedule of the Department of Chemistry's fall colloquium series is available online. For additional information, contact the Department of Chemistry at 8-3515.

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16. Seminar to address gene expression and ecological success

The Biological Sciences Fall Seminar Series will present, "C-di-GMP and Bistable Gene Expression: A Lifestyle Choice for Ecological Success and Pathogenicity," Friday, Oct. 26, at 3 p.m. in Wehr Life Sciences, 111. Dr. Ching-Hong Yang of the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee's Department of Biological Sciences will lead the seminar. The event will be hosted by Dr. Dale Noel, professor of biological sciences.

Refreshments will be served prior to the seminar at 2:45 p.m. in Wehr Life Sciences, 108. For more information, call the Department of Biological Sciences at 8-7355.

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17. Celebrate the Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament this Thursday

Campus Ministry will celebrate a Solemn Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament Thursday, Oct. 25, beginning at 8:30 a.m. with morning prayers in the Chapel of the Holy Family. All members of the Marquette community are welcome to participate in this 12-hour period of adoration. Rev. Phil Hurley, S.J., will preside and offer benediction at the closing service at 8:30 p.m. in the Chapel of the Holy Family. Students are welcome to stop by and pray for any part of the day.

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

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18. WoW Café and Wingery now accepting meal exchanges

The WoW Café and Wingery in the Union Sports Annex is now accepting meal exchanges. Students on the Anytime Dining Meal Plan can now use one meal exchange per week at WoW. WoW is a New Orleans-inspired restaurant featuring 17 different chicken wings sauces.

Additional information about using meal exchanges at WoW, as well as a menu, can be found online.

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19. Monthly Masses in Law School Chapel continue Thursday

Rev. Thomas Anderson, S.J., assistant director of Campus Ministry and Law School chaplain, will celebrate monthly Mass in the Marquette University Law School Chapel on the fourth floor of Eckstein Hall during the fall semester. The next Law School Chapel Mass will be held Thursday, Oct. 25, from 12:15 p.m. to 12:45 p.m. All members of the Marquette community are welcome to attend. The final Law School Chapel Mass of the fall semester will be held Thursday, Nov. 29.

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20. Samosa sale on campus Wednesday

The Indian Student Association will hold a samosa sale Wednesday, Oct. 24, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Wehr Chemistry lobby. Samosas, a traditional Indian pastry, will be offered for $1 each. For additional information, contact Puja Bhagwakar.

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