1. Poet Mary Oliver to 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.

Marquette celebrates its values and commitment to excellence by awarding honorary degrees to outstanding individuals recognized for their scholarship and exceptional achievements. President Scott R. Pilarz, S. J., also an English professor, invited Oliver in recognition of her outstanding and unique contributions to American literature and culture.

"In addition to putting us in touch with deep emotions and insights — and making us feel more alive — great poetry invites us to reflect and see our lives in new ways," he said. "Mary Oliver's poetry has added significantly to our understanding of the human condition and the experience of life."

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.

The event is free and open to the public but tickets are required. The Marquette campus community can pick up one ticket per person beginning Monday, Sept. 24 in the AMU, Brooks Lounge. Members of the public can pick up two tickets per person beginning Monday, Oct. 1. For questions or special needs, contact University Special Events at 8-7431.

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2. Pulitzer Prize-winning author to deliver Klement Lecture as part of Freedom Project

Marquette University's Freedom Project will host Dr. Steven Hahn, Roy F. and Jeannette P. Nichols Professor of History at the University of Pennsylvania and Pulitzer Prize-winning author, to deliver the Frank L. Klement Lecture Thursday, Sept. 27, at 7:30 p.m. in Raynor Memorial Libraries Conference Center. Hahn will present "The Dimensions of Freedom: Slave Emancipation, Indian Peoples and the Projects of the New American State." The Freedom Project at Marquette seeks to explore the many meanings of freedom in the United States in commemoration of the sesquicentennial of the Civil War.

For more information, contact Dr. James Marten, professor and chair in the Department of History, at 8-7901.

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3. First-year students invited to day of reflection

Campus Ministry and the Division of Student Affairs invite all first-year students to attend a day of reflection that will address what is important to students about being at Marquette. "Who Will You Be?" will be held Saturday, Sept. 29, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the AMU, Monaghan Ballrooms. Highlights of the day will include a presentation from President Scott R. Pilarz, S.J., about his time as a student at a Jesuit school, small group conversations facilitated by fellow students and presentations from Marquette faculty and staff.

The day of reflection is free and includes a complimentary lunch. Space is limited. Register online by Thursday, Sept. 27.

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4. Les Aspin Center to host panel on effects of media coverage on political campaigns

The Les Aspin Center for Government and the Diederich College of Communication will host "Media Coverage of Modern Campaigns: Biased, Balanced or Broken?" on Monday, Oct. 1, from noon to 1:15 p.m. in the AMU, Monaghan Ballrooms. Three Marquette community members will discuss how the media's coverage of campaigns affects the outcome of elections and whether media coverage determines how people vote:

  • Ben Tracy, member of the university Board of Trustees and CBS National News correspondent
  • Christopher Murray, coordinator of student affairs and visiting instructor at the Les Aspin Center for Government
  • Bonnie Brennen, Nieman professor of journalism

The discussion will be moderated by Dr. Erik Ugland, associate dean for graduate studies and research and associate professor of broadcast and electronic communication. For additional information, contact University Special Events at 8-7431.

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5. AMUW Boheim Lecture to address political unrest in Syria

Dr. Lisa Wedeen, the Association of Marquette University Women 2012-13 Women's Chair in Humanistic Studies, will deliver this year's annual Distinguished Eleanor H. Boheim Lecture, "Political Unrest: Notes from Syria," Wednesday, Sept. 26, at 6 p.m. in Raynor Memorial Libraries' Beaumier Suites.

The lecture will tackle issues of ongoing violence, the importance of ideology and the economic geography of protest, in an attempt to make sense of current events in Syria. Wedeen is the Mary R. Morton Professor of Political Science and the College at the University of Chicago. Her areas of specialty include comparative politics, the Middle East, political theory and feminist theory. She spent the first months of the Arab uprisings in Syria and recently returned from Beirut.

Registration is available online. For additional information, contact Emily Wacker Schultz, senior engagement officer, at 8-8490.

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6. Aspin Center hosting sessions about interning in Washington, D.C.

The Les Aspin Center for Government will hold information sessions Tuesday, Oct. 2, at 6:30 p.m. and Wednesday, Oct. 3, at 6 p.m., in Raynor Memorial Libraries' Beaumier Suites.

The Aspin Center offers students the opportunity to live, work and learn in Washington, D.C., for a semester or summer session. Internships are available for all majors. Material will also be available on the Kleczka Internship Program, Les Aspin Center's local initiative in which students are placed in legislative internships in Milwaukee.

Applications for the spring 2013 session are due Monday, Oct. 29. Students studying at the Aspin Center during the spring semester will have the opportunity to attend events related to the Presidential Inauguration and the 25th anniversary of the Les Aspin Center.

For more information, contact the Les Aspin Center Marquette office at 8-7446.

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7. Collegiate Entrepreneurs to host Broken Yolk owner

The Collegiate Entrepreneurs of Marquette will host Jim Gatto, owner of Broken Yolk and Sandwich Shoppe, Wednesday, Sept. 26, at 6:30 p.m. in Marquette Hall, 100. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Thomas LeNoir.

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8. Soup with Substance to feature panel on School of the Americas

The Center for Peacemaking will host a Soup with Substance panel discussion on the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation, formerly known as School of the Americas, Wednesday, Sept. 26, from noon to 1 p.m. in the AMU, 163. Joyce Ellwanger, a former SOA prisoner of conscience, Ciara McHugh, Marquette University student, and Carole Poth, office associate in the Center for Peacemaking, will discuss why they stand in solidarity with the people of Latin America and the Caribbean to close SOA, the U.S. Army's training facility for foreign military personnel.

The School of the Americas Watch seeks to close the U.S. Army SOA through vigils and fasts, demonstrations and nonviolent protest, as well as media and legislative work. For more information, contact the Center for Peacemaking at 8-8444.

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9. Department of Biological Sciences' fall seminar series continues Friday

The Biological Sciences Fall Seminar Series will host, "The Genetic Code is Global But Translation is Local: A Proposal for Auxiliary Genetic Information in Synonymous Codons," Friday, Sept. 28, at 3 p.m. in Wehr Life Sciences, 111. Dr. Richard Maraia of the National Institutes of Health will lead the seminar. The event will be hosted by Dr. James Anderson, associate professor of biological sciences and radiation safety officer.

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

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10. McNair Scholars Program to hold information session tomorrow

The McNair Scholars Program is accepting applications from undergraduate students interested in pursuing graduate study. Information sessions about the program will be at 5 p.m. in the Raynor Memorial Libraries on the following dates:

  • Tuesday, Sept. 25
  • Wednesday, Oct. 3

At the sessions, current McNair Scholars will share insights and provide an overview of the McNair experience. The program prepares eligible students for graduate study by providing a variety of services, including research internships, GRE prep, funding for conferences and graduate school visits. Applications are due Friday, Oct. 12.

For more information, call the McNair Program Office at 8-1771.

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11. Law School to hold information session this Friday

The Law School will hold an information session for prospective students Friday, Sept. 28, 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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12. Individuals ages 18-26 needed for research study

Dr. Nakia Gordon, assistant professor of psychology, and Dr. Amy Van Hecke, assistant professor of psychology, are recruiting participants for a research study that investigates brain activity, heart rate and emotions. Volunteers should be in good health and 18-to-26-years-old. The two-hour research session will take place at Marquette.

Participants will complete questionnaires, participate in a noninvasive EEG (electroencephalogram) scan, which is a non-harmful way to measure brain activity, have their heart rate measured, and will be asked to rate their emotional response to photos. All testing will occur at Cramer Hall.

This study has been approved by Marquette's Institutional Review Board for the protection of human subjects. For more information about research participant rights, contact the Office of Research Compliance at 8-7570. For further information or to participate, contact Kate Reiter, study coordinator, at 8-6134.

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13. Monthly Mass in Law School Chapel continues 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. Mass will be held from 12:15 p.m. to 12:45 p.m. on:

  • Thursday, Sept. 27
  • Thursday, Oct. 25
  • Thursday, Nov. 29

All members of the Marquette community are welcome to attend.

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14. Register with Marquette's team for the Milwaukee Heart Walk

Join Provost John Pauly and Jeanne Hossenlopp, vice provost for research/dean of the graduate school, at Veterans Park on Sunday, Sept. 30 for the 2012 Milwaukee Heart Walk in support of the research funding that Marquette receives from the American Heart Association. The Heart Walk is the premiere fund-raising event for the Heart Association, raising money to save lives from the country's #1 and #4 killers heart disease and stroke.

Activities begin at 9 a.m. with opening ceremonies at 10 a.m. for both the one and three mile routes. The Heart Walk will offer live music, free food and drinks, a survivor/tribute area, a kid's zone, health screenings and more. There are no entry fees, but walkers are eligible for a Heart Walk t-shirt once they have raised a minimum of $100. For every $100 raised online between today, Thursday, Sept. 20 and Tuesday, Sept. 25, participants will be entered into a drawing for an iPad.

For more information on joining Marquette's team, contact Kimberly Newman, executive administrative assistant in the Office of the Provost, at 8-7033.

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