1. Wear jeans to support Denim Day on April 24

On Wednesday, April 24, the university will once again recognize Denim Day, an annual international effort to support survivors and create a global change in attitudes towards sexual assault. This is part of the university's month-long recognition of Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

Denim Day began as a protest against a 1997 Italian court case, in which a convicted rapist's sentence was overturned. The court ruled that because the teenage victim's jeans were tight, the victim must have assisted in their removal, thereby making the sex act consensual. Enraged by the verdict, the women in the Italian Parliament launched into immediate action and protested by wearing jeans to work.

Denim Day 2013 will feature a clothing drive to benefit Pathfinders Milwaukee, an agency providing shelter and safety for homeless youth. Donation boxes will be placed in each of the residence halls, the Gender and Sexuality Resource Center and Student Health Service beginning Monday, April 15. Arrangements can also be made to retrieve donated items from any campus location.

Faculty, staff and students can pick up free T-shirts and buttons from the Denim Day information table located in the AMU, second floor, Wednesday, April 17, and Thursday, April 18, from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m.

For more information or to request a Denim Day participation packet, contact Sue Cooper, coordinator of sexual violence and advocacy services, at 8-5244.

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2. Layden to be honored as Alumnus of the Year during Alumni National Awards Weekend, April 25-27

Donald W. Layden, Jr., Arts '79, Law '82, will be among 53 Marquette alumni and friends to be honored on campus during Alumni National Awards Weekend, April 25-27. Layden will be honored with the 2013 Marquette University All-University Alumnus of the Year Award Saturday, April 27, at the All-University Awards dinner. Layden is a partner at Quarles & Brady, an operating partner with Baird Venture Partners and a leader on a diverse group of nonprofit boards from Milwaukee to the Philippines. He and his wife, Mary Jo, also a Marquette alumna, are members of the Ignatian Associates community. Layden serves on the boards of many local nonprofits, including United Way of Greater Milwaukee, the Milwaukee Area Workforce Investment Board, the Milwaukee Art Museum, Summerfest and Schools That Can Milwaukee, among others.

Visit the Alumni National Awards site to learn more about the 53 recipients or to register for any of the 13 events during the weekend. Faculty and staff are encouraged to attend the Alumni National Awards Weekend celebrations. In addition to Layden, other All-University award recipients include:

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3. Dr. Roberta Coles honored with AMUW Nora Finnigan Werra Faculty Achievement Award

Dr. Roberta Coles, professor and chair of social and cultural sciences, has been selected to receive the 2013 AMUW Nora Finnigan Werra Faculty Achievement Award. This annual award honors and recognizes a female faculty member who has excelled in research, teaching and service to Marquette and the community and has mentored students and other faculty.

Coles will be honored by the Association of Marquette University Women at the Mary Neville Bielefeld Awards Mass, Reception and Brunch Saturday, April 27, during Alumni National Awards Weekend. Registration can be completed online or by contacting University Special Events at 8-7431.

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4. Interdisciplinary conference to facilitate conversations across the humanities

The Way Klingler College of Arts and Sciences will host an interdisciplinary conference, "Conversations Across the Humanities," Friday, April 19, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in Cudahy Hall. This conference will feature nearly 30 presentations from faculty members and graduate students from the departments of English, foreign languages and literatures, history, philosophy, psychology, and theology, as well as from the College of Communication and the Raynor Memorial Libraries. Sessions will cover topics such as popular representations of religious figures, navigating race and space across the disciplines, revisiting American borderlands and digital humanities.

This conference is free; a complete schedule can be found online.

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5. Conference to address contemporary poetry and spirituality

The Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures will present "And Have You Changed Your Life?," a contemporary poetry and spirituality conference, Saturday, April 20, from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Raynor Libraries' Beaumier Suites. The conference will explore poetry written in societies that are uncomfortable with religion, where the abuse of language alters trust in words and where the devaluing of the person grows more intense. Several Marquette professors will perform. For questions and to register, contact Dr. John Pustejovsky, associate professor of German, at 8-7129.

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6. William J. Kelly, S.J., Lecture to discuss Protestant America in the 19th century

Dr. Patrick W. Carey, professor and William J. Kelly, S.J., Chair in Catholic Theology, will present "Sin, Confession and Forgiveness in 19th Century Protestant America" as part of the 2013 William J. Kelly, S.J., Chair Lecture, Thursday, April 18, at 4 p.m. in Emory Clark Hall, 111. This lecture will describe representative 19th-century American Protestant theological objections to the Catholic sacrament of penance and the varying Protestant understandings of sin, repentance and forgiveness.

For additional information about this free lecture, contact the Department of Theology at 8-7170.

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7. Presentation to address vaccine efficiency prediction method

Dr. Michael W. Deem, John W. Cox professor of biochemical and genetic engineering and professor of physics and astronomy at Rice University, will deliver a public presentation Friday, April 12, at 9 a.m. in the Raynor Memorial Libraries' Beaumier Suite A. "Evolution in the Bacterial, Archael and Jawed Vertebrate Immune Systems" will discuss a method to predict vaccine efficiency that is at least as predictive as animal model studies.

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8. Integrative Neuroscience Research Center Spring Seminar Series continues April 16

The College of Health Sciences Integrative Neuroscience Research Center Spring 2013 Seminar Series will present "Neuronal Coordination in Memory Circuits" Tuesday, April 16, at 3:30 p.m. in Schroeder Complex, 256. Dr. Kamran Diba of the department of psychology at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee will lead the seminar.

For more information, contact the College of Health Sciences at 8-5053. A complete schedule of the Spring 2013 Seminar Series can be found online.

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9. Colloquium to focus on software engineering for the media industry

The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering Spring 2013 Colloquium Series will host "State-of-the-art Software Engineering for the Media Industry" Tuesday, April 16, at 2 p.m. in Olin, 120. James Conigliaro, director of interactive technology at Journal Communications, Inc., will lead the seminar.

Refreshments will be served prior to the seminar at 1:30 p.m. in Olin, 204-A. For more information, contact the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at 8-6820.

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10. Department of Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science Colloquium Series continues tomorrow

The Department of Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science Colloquium Series will host "Singularities in an ODE to Determine New Twisting Type N Einstein Spaces" Friday, April 12, at 1 p.m. in Cudahy, 401. Dr. George Corliss, senior research scientist/professor emeritus of electrical and computer engineering, will deliver the lecture.

Pre-colloquium refreshments will be served at 12:30 p.m. in Cudahy, 342. For additional information or questions, contact Dr. Rong Ge, assistant professor of mathematics, statistics and computer science, at 8-6344.

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11. Step Up! to host Rwandan Genocide survivor, screening of documentary

Step Up! will host Consolee Nishimwe, survivor of the Rwandan Genocide, Monday, April 15, at 5 p.m. in the AMU, Monaghan Ballroom B. Nishimwe will speak about her book Tested to the Limit, which shared her powerful story of survival.

On Wednesday, April 17, Step Up! will host a screening of the documentary Brussels-Kigali at 6:30 p.m. in Marquette Hall, 100. This documentary follows the 2009 Brussels Assizes Court trial in absentia Ephrem Nkezabera, leaders of the extremist Hutu Interahamwe militias. Is a mourning process possible? What is the state of reparation and justice now that the work of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda is coming to an end?

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12. Final Lunch and Learn of the semester to feature founder of Ann’s Hope Foundation

In the last Lunch and Learn session of the semester, Tuesday, April 16, at noon in Straz Hall, 269, Ann Harrington will discuss her work with Ann’s Hope Foundation, a charitable, not-for-profit organization whose purpose is to raise awareness of the dangers of melanoma cancer and to increase the level of research, early detection and prevention efforts in the community. Her talk will focus on how she started a non-profit charitable organization and what challenges such an organization faces compared to the traditional entrepreneurial business venture.

A light lunch will be served. Register online.  For additional questions, contact Sarah Eslyn, events coordinator in the College of Business Administration, 8-7745.

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13. Tell us about interesting May graduates by tomorrow

The Office of Marketing and Communication is seeking stories about May 2013 graduation candidates for possible use with local media. Interesting stories include graduates who have remarkable plans and jobs post-graduation; have unusual backgrounds; have overcome substantial obstacles in getting their degree; have won recent national-level awards; have received academic recognition; or have been featured in scholarly publications.

What graduates do you know who have fascinating stories to tell? Email their names and as many details as possible by Friday, April 12.

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14. Register for webinar on core of contemplative education

The Center for Teaching and Learning will host a webinar, "Practice: The Core of Contemplative Teaching," Wednesday, April 17, from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. in Raynor Memorial Libraries, 330B. This webinar is offered by the Association for Contemplative Mind in Education.

Registration can be completed online. All faculty and graduate students are welcome to participate. For additional information, contact Dr. Susan Mountin, director of Manresa for Faculty, at 8-3693.

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15. Faber Center to host reflection on retirement

The Faber Center for Ignatian Spirituality will host "A Reflective Approach to Retirement" Monday, April 15, from noon to 1 p.m. in Schroeder Complex, 111. This reflection is open to all employees, whether retiring now or in the near future. Thoughtful and spiritual ways of addressing the transition will be discussed.

A light lunch will be served. RSVP to Ellen Blonski, administrative assistant in the Faber Center, at 8-4545.

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16. Undergraduate Admissions to host "open campus" visit day

The Office of Undergraduate Admissions will be hosting an "open campus" visit day for 180 admitted students and their families Monday, April 15, as a part of Admitted Student Days. Please be aware of these extra guests on campus and help us showcase what makes Marquette so special.

For any questions regarding this event, contact Katelynn Pope, admissions counselor in Undergraduate Admissions.

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17. Register for annual Rec Plex golf outing

The 18th Annual Rec Plex Golf Scramble will be held Thursday, June 6, at Silver Spring Country Club's Island and Falls course in Menomonee Falls, Wis. Proceeds from the event benefit the Breadwinner Scholarship, which aids students who have lost their "breadwinner" parent during their undergraduate years, and the Rec Sports equipment budget.

Online registration begins Monday, April 15 at 10 a.m. The cost is $100 or $115 for individuals and $400 or $460 per foursome, depending on the course. For more information, contact John Kratzer, general manager of the Rec Plex, at 8-7778.

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18. "Almost everything $6" gift sale to benefit PT scholarship fund

The "almost everything $6 gift sale" is taking place Wednesday, April 10, to Friday, April 12, in the AMU, opening daily at 10 a.m. This sale features gifts, jewelry and accessories, with 20 percent of the sale proceeds going to the Physical Therapy Faculty Student Scholarship Fund. The sale 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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19. Free group fitness classes on Friday

The Department of Recreational Sports is offering the following free group fitness classes to members tomorrow, April 12. The following classes will be offered free of charge:

Rec Center:

  • Spin Class at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m.
  • Cardio Kick at 4 p.m.

Rec Plex:

  • Variety Class 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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