1. Marquette community praying for victims of Boston Marathon violence

The Marquette community extends its prayers and deepest condolences for all those involved in the explosions at the Boston Marathon this afternoon.

“We are aware that members of our Marquette family were running in and attending the Boston Marathon today, and our prayers are with them and their families,” said President Scott R. Pilarz, S.J. “Our thoughts and sympathies are with the victims, their families and the entire city of Boston.”

During this difficult time, we offer this prayer for peace.

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2. Denim Day 2013 clothing drive begins today, free T-shirts and buttons available

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.

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 on Monday, April 15. Arrangements can also be made to retrieve donated items from any campus location.

All faculty, staff and students can pick up free T-shirts and buttons from the Denim Day info table Wednesday, April 17 and Thursday, April 18, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the AMU, second floor lobby.

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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3. Pere Marquette Dinner is May 2

The 55th annual Pere Marquette Dinner will be held Thursday, May 2, at 6 p.m. in the AMU, Monaghan Ballroom. The night will honor this year’s Teaching Excellence Award winners, as well as the winners of the Lawrence G. Haggerty Award for Research Excellence, the Way Klingler Faculty Fellowship Awards, the Way Klingler Sabbatical Award, the Way Klingler Young Scholar Awards and the Way Klingler Teaching Enhancement Award.

This year, to emphasize the focus on faculty, invitations were extended to full-time faculty, deans, University Leadership Council members, Jesuits, professors emeriti, retired Teaching Excellence Award winners and Board of Trustees members. Deans and vice presidents were encouraged to invite a number of adjunct faculty and individuals working closely with award recipients.

Staff contributions to the university will be recognized at the Excellence in University Service Awards Luncheon on Tuesday, June 4. The luncheon will celebrate staff members who have made extraordinary contributions to the university.

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4. Submit classroom requests for spring exam review sessions and final exams

Faculty who need additional classroom space before or during final exam week, May 6-11, including for exam review sessions, need to complete an online Review/Exam Room Request form. A 24-hour notice is needed to accommodate these requests, but it is best to get these reservations in right away.

For additional information, contact Alexander Frain, associate registrar in the Office of the Registrar, at 8-6312.

5. Theatre Arts presents Urinetown

Marquette Theatre Arts will present Urinetown, a satirical musical that follows the men and women of Urinetown who come together to defend their right to answer nature’s call. The show will run Wednesday, April 18, through Sunday, April 28 at the Helfaer Theatre.

The winner of three Tony Awards in 2002, Urinetown is a satirical musical that shocks audiences of all ages with its witty, yet unexpected storyline that encompasses love and freedom. Urinetown will be presented by special arrangement with Music Theatre International. The performance will run:

  • Thursday, April 18, through Saturday, April 20, at 7:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, April 21, at 2:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, April 24, through Saturday, April 27, at 7:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, April 28, at 2:30 p.m.

Tickets are $10 for students and $16 for alumni and employees, and are available for purchase online or by calling the Helfaer Theatre at 8-7504.

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6. Workshop to address five types of conflict resolution

The Dispute Resolution Association will host a presentation-workshop, “Five Types of Conflict,” Tuesday, April 16, from noon to 1 p.m. in the AMU, 252. Based on Christopher Moore’s “Circle of Conflict: Causes and Interventions,” from The Meditation Process, this presentation will address the types of conflict encountered on a daily basis and what to do about them. David Angel of the Dispute Resolution Association will also present.

Dispute Resolution Association presentation-workshops are designed to combine theory with practice. Participants are invited to learn about the theory in an interactive presentation-workshop format designed to help participants leave knowing how to put theory into use. Registration is requested, but not required, by contacting David Angel by Tuesday, April 16.

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7. Attend presentation on theological viewpoints of animals

The Animal Health and Wellness Club will host a lecture on how animals have been viewed in theology throughout time, including through a variety of theological viewpoints, Tuesday, April 16, from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. in Wehr Chemistry, 112. Andrew Kuzma, graduate assistant in theology, and Christopher Brenna will deliver the lecture.

Pizza will be served prior to the lecture at 6:30 p.m. For additional information, contact the Animal Health and Wellness Club.

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8. Attend second installment of Last Lecture series

The Honors Program Student Council and the Arts and Sciences Student Council will host the second installment of the Last Lecture Series, “Laughing in the Face of an Army of Pacifists (Humor and the Absurd),” Thursday, April 18, at 7 p.m. in the Haggerty Museum of Art. Russ Hammer, lecturer of philosophy, will deliver the lecture.

This free event is open to the entire Marquette community. Refreshments will be provided. For additional information, contact the Honors Program at 8-7516 or the Honors Program Student Council.

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9. Colloquium to address finding the way to solar fuels

The Department of Chemistry Spring 2013 Colloquium Series will host “Finding the Way to Solar Fuels” Friday, April 19, at 4 p.m. in Wehr Chemistry, 121. Dr. Tom Meyer of the University of North Carolina Department of Chemistry will lead the seminar.

Refreshments will be served prior to the seminar at 3:45 p.m. in Wehr Chemistry, 121. For more information, contact the Department of Chemistry at 8-3515. A complete schedule of the Spring 2013 Colloquium Series can be found online.

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10. Seminar to address the chemistry of bacterial development

The Biological Sciences Seminar Series will host the Oliver H. Smith Memorial Lecture, “The Chemistry of Bacterial Development,” Friday, April 19, at 3 p.m. in Wehr Life Sciences, 111. Dr. Roberto Kolter of the Harvard Medical School Department of Microbiology and Immunobiology will lead the seminar, which will be hosted by Dr. James Maki, 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, contact the Department of Biological Sciences at 8-7355.

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11. Soup with Substance to explore teaching about empathy in a conflicting society

Dr. Michalinos Zembylas, associate professor of education at Open University in Cyprus, will present a Soup with Substance discussion on “The Emotional Complexities of ‘Our’ and ‘Their’ Loss: The Vicissitudes of Teaching about/for Empathy in a Conflicting Society,” Wednesday, April 17, at noon in the AMU, 157.

Zembylas will explore, using examples from the response of Greek Cypriot school children to Turkish Cypriots:

  • What enables a student to empathize with the emotional perspective of another individual, especially someone from an "enemy" community?
  • Is it "appropriate" to teach children about/for empathy at the elementary school level, particularly when a conflict is still unresolved?
  • How does the political, cultural and educational context shape the process of teaching about empathy at schools in a conflicting society?
  • Does a student who gets to "know about" the "enemy's" life experience necessarily empathize with it?

Zembylas has written five books on the way emotions and politics intersect with social justice pedagogies and peace education. Recently, he has studied the ambivalence of forgiveness in contexts of intractable conflict. During his career, he has worked with peace educators in South Africa, Northern Ireland, Israel/Palestine and South Africa.

This Soup with Substance event is sponsored by the Center for Peacemaking, the College of Education and the Office of International Education.

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12. Attend training session on new D2L upgrade system

Desire2Learn, the university’s core management system, will be upgraded to version 10 during Commencement weekend, May 17 to 19. Training sessions for the new software have been scheduled for the following dates:

  • Friday, April 19, from noon to 2 p.m.
  • Thursday, April 25, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Tuesday, May 7, from 10 a.m. to noon

Faculty teaching summer courses, both online and in the classroom, are strongly encouraged to attend. Registration can be completed online.

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13. Column marshals needed for May Commencement

Faculty and staff are needed to serve as column marshals for May Commencement Sunday, May 19, at the BMO Harris Bradley Center. Column marshals are guides who lead graduates, faculty, staff and stage party into the arena and escort them out after the ceremony. 

Column marshals need to arrive by 7:45 a.m. and will be needed for the duration of the ceremony. Approximate end time is 11:30 a.m.

For additional information or to participate, contact University Special Events at 8-7431.

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14. Campus Ministry seeking Baccalaureate Mass ushers

Campus Ministry is looking for people to help usher the 2013 Baccalaureate Mass at the U.S. Cellular Arena Saturday, May 18. Ushering involves greeting people as they arrive, helping with the flow for communion and cleaning up programs after Mass. The Baccalaureate Mass begins at 4:30 p.m. Ushers are asked to arrive by 3 p.m. and stay until 6:30 p.m. to help with clean-up. Registration to volunteer is available online.

For those interested in helping out or for more information, contact Annie Devine, assistant director in Campus Ministry, at 8-3689.

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15. Public Safety to offer self-defense classes

The Department of Public Safety will offer a self-defense class Wednesday, April 17, at 5 p.m. in the AMU, 163. For additional information, contact Joseph Secanky, public safety officer, at 8-6800.

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16. Capoeira Nagô Marquette to host fourth annual batizado event

Capoeria Nagô Marquette will host its fourth annual batizado event Sunday, April 21, from noon to 2 p.m. at Mayfair Mall, center court. Capoeira is a frenetic display of athletic and acrobatic skill, and batizado is the high-point of the year. This year’s event will feature guests from across the U.S., including Contra Mestre Gusmao.

On-campus workshops will begin Wednesday, April 24. For additional information, visit Milwaukee Capoeira or contact Joseph Dobbs.

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17. Learn how to prepare healthy, tasty meals at cooking series

The Employee Wellness Program and Sodexo have partnered to offer an Eat Right Healthy Cooking series to teach employees how to prepare healthy and tasty meals. The final session, “Learn to Roll Your Own Sushi,” will be held Thursday, April 18, from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the AMU, 163.

Registration is required and can be completed by contacting Sherri Walker, office associate in the College of Professional Studies, at 8-1425.

Additional tips on healthy eating can be found online.

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