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1. Father Pilarz and Opus Prize recipient Father Miranda will preside at Mission Week Mass this afternoon

President Scott R. Pilarz, S.J., will preside and Opus Prize recipient Rev. Trevor Miranda, S.J., will deliver the homily at Mission Week Mass, a special celebration of the Mission Week 2013 theme, Wednesday, Feb. 6, at 4 p.m. in Church of the Gesu. Jesuit martyr St. Paul Miki of Japan will be remembered at the liturgy. A reception in the Lower Church will follow.

This event is sponsored by Campus Ministry. All Opus Prize recipients and representatives will attend. For additional information, contact University Special Events at 8-7431 or visit the Mission Week website.

Watch for Marquette Magazine web exclusives on Mission Week events throughout the week and visit the Marquette Tumblr and Facebook accounts for reflections on Mission Week events as they happen. Participants are encouraged to use the hashtag #missionweek when tweeting about Mission Week events.

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2. Tickets available for Mission Week keynote event tomorrow: The World is our Home

All Opus Prize guests will be interviewed together for the first time, a compelling public conversation among international leaders of faith and justice at the Mission Week keynote event, The World is our Home, Thursday Feb. 7, at 4 p.m. in the Varsity Theatre.

Ambassador Mark Dybul, executive director of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, will facilitate. The fund has invested nearly $23 billion in support of large-scale prevention, treatment and care programs, and Dybul is widely recognized as a visionary leader on global health for his role in creating and implementing the President's Emergency Program for AIDS Relief, the largest global health initiative undertaken to address a single disease. He attended Marquette University High School and received his bachelor's and medical degrees from Georgetown University. Dybul's impressive career includes a residency in internal medicine at the University of Chicago Hospitals and a fellowship in infectious diseases from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. Central to Dybul's guiding principles are the core values of excellence, humility and service. His enthusiasm for the work of the Opus Prize recipients has brought him to campus from his work in Geneva, Switzerland.

Doors open at 3:30 p.m. Tickets are required and are available in the AMU, Brooks Lounge. One ticket per MUID will be issued. For additional information, contact University Special Events at 8-7431 or visit the Mission Week website.

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3. Attend discussion on storytelling for social change

At an interactive session titled, "Storytelling for social change," Dr. Nelson Neumann of Pastoral da Criança and Diederich College of Communication faculty will facilitate a discussion that asks students to consider how communication plays a role in successful social and global change, Thursday, Feb. 7, at 9:30 a.m. in Johnston Hall's jPad. Pastoral da Criança is a network of 212,000 volunteers and leaders dedicated to addressing family issues among the poor in Brazil and Latin America. For large-scale efforts like these to succeed, organizations must have a compelling story.

This event is sponsored by the Diederich College of Communication. Registration is required. Capacity is limited. For additional information, contact University Special Events at 8-7431 or visit the Mission Week website.

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4. Lunch and Learn event will focus on mission and business

Monsignor Richard Albert of Helping Hands for the Poor will discuss mission-driven, sustainable venture creation at the Kohler Center's Lunch and Learn series, Thursday, Feb. 7, at noon in the AMU, 163. This interactive biweekly workshop gives Marquette and Milwaukee entrepreneurs the opportunity to collaborate, share information and network, and is sponsored by the College of Business Administration.

Registration is required. Capacity is limited. For additional information, contact University Special Events at 8-7431 or visit the Mission week website.

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5. Opus Prize recipient Maggy Barankitse is next guest for "On the Issues"

Mike Gousha will facilitate a conversation about how Maggy Barankitse's organization, Maison Shalom, is working to restore hope to the people of Burundi at the next installment of "On the Issues with Mike Gousha," Thursday, Feb. 7, at 12:15 p.m. in Eckstein Hall, Appellate Courtroom. The multifunctional organization Maison Shalom has established "children's villages" around the country, which provide them a nurturing environment so they can be reintegrated into loving families.

Registration is required. Capacity is limited. For additional information, contact University Special Events at 8-7431 or visit the Mission week website.

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6. Presentation to highlight work of two Opus Prize recipients

Opus Prize recipients Brother Stan Goetschalckx, F.C., Rev. Richard Frechette, C.P., and Rev. John Halligan, S.J., will join students and faculty from the colleges of Health Sciences and Engineering to highlight their work through video vignettes and presentations, Thursday, Feb. 7, at 12:30 p.m. in the AMU, 227.

This event is co-sponsored by the colleges of Health Sciences and Engineering. Registration is required. Capacity is limited. For additional information, contact University Special Events at 8-7431 or visit the Mission week website.

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7. Register for Mission Week dinner with Opus Prize recipients and representatives

Guests will join the Opus Prize recipients for an evening of gratitude and inspiration Thursday, Feb. 7, at 6:30 p.m. in the AMU, Monaghan Ballroom. Maggy Barankitse and Father Frechette will address the group on behalf of all the women and men of compassion who have been awarded the prestigious Opus Prize.

Check-in will begin at 6:15 p.m. The cost is $50 per person for faculty and staff, and free for students. Registration is required. For additional information, contact University Special Events at 8-7431 or visit the Mission week website.

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8. Attend a reflection on Mission Week

It is an Ignatian practice to pause and recall the gifts we have received in the form of people and experiences. After a week of hosting and being inspired by the 10 Opus Prize recipients, the Marquette community is invited to do just that in the form of a special time of reflection, Friday, Feb. 8, at noon in the Chapel of the Holy Family.

A light lunch will immediately follow. For additional information, contact University Special Events at 8-7431 or visit the Mission week website.

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9. In-person reaffirmation of accreditation feedback sessions begin Monday

Feedback on Marquette's reaffirmation and accreditation process is being collected now through Friday, Feb. 22, and can be submitted online or by attending in-person feedback sessions, which will each focus on one of the five main criteria of the self-study. Sessions will be held from 3 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. on the following dates:

  • "Mission" Monday, Feb. 11, in Raynor Memorial Libraries' Beaumier Suite A

  • "Ethical and Responsible Conduct" Tuesday, Feb. 12, in Raynor Memorial Libraries' Beaumier Suites B/C

  • "Teaching and Learning Quality, Resources and Support" Thursday, Feb. 14, in the AMU, 227

  • "Teaching and Learning Evaluation and Improvement" Wednesday, Feb. 20, in the AMU, 163

  • Resources, Planning and Institutional Effectiveness" Thursday, Feb. 21, in the AMU, 157

The five criteria in the self-study are broken down into 21 core components and 71 subcomponents. Brief descriptions of these sections are available online, allowing campus members to identify areas of the self-study they might choose to review. Additional information and background about the reaffirmation of accreditation process is available online and in the February issue of Marquette Matters.

In a short video, President Scott R. Pilarz, S.J., encourages the campus community to review the self-study draft prepared for Marquette's reaffirmation of accreditation. The self-study is a critical step in the process and the feedback will be used to help ensure the final document accurately reflects the university.

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10. Colleges of Business Administration and Engineering Alumni Associations to host National Marquette Day pre-game receptions

The Business Administration Alumni Association will host a reception prior to the National Marquette Day game against Notre Dame Saturday, March 2, beginning at 10 a.m. at Molly Cool's Seafood Tavern, 1110 Old World Third Street. Join alumni to network and visit with fellow Marquette alumni and friends in the business community and enjoy a brunch buffet, drink specials and a 50/50 cash raffle.

Reception and game ticket prices, as well as reception-only ticket prices, and registration can be found online. Register by Friday, Feb. 22. For questions or special needs, contact Alysia Dvorachek, advancement associate, at 8-7697.

The College of Engineering Alumni Association will also host a silent auction and brunch prior to the game Saturday, March 2, beginning at 9:30 a.m. at the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts, Bradley Pavilion, 929 N. Water Street. Since its inception, this annual event has raised nearly $200,000 in scholarship support for engineering students. Join alumni, family and friends for a brunch buffet.

Reception and game ticket prices, as well as reception-only ticket prices, and registration can be found online. Register by Friday, Feb. 22. For questions or special needs, contact Lindsay Gonzalez, advancement associate, at 8-4768. Parking will be available in the attached Marcus Center structure for $10.

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11. Celebrate the Exposition and Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament tomorrow

An Exposition and Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament will be celebrated Thursday, Feb. 7, at 8:30 p.m. in the AMU, Chapel of the Holy Family. For more information, contact Timothy Johnston, assistant director of Campus Ministry, at 8-0522.

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12. Mission Week daily reflection: On Prayer

Each day of Mission Week, a different poem is being offered to the campus community for reflection. Instead of a traditional prayer or reflection, these poems are suggested as ways to explore one's religious imagination. The Faber Center has also developed daily video reflections for the campus community, which are available on the Faber Center website.

Today as we become more at home in the world, astonished at all there is and has been, we gradually come to know that our searching and serving is not our initiative, but a response to the tremendous love of God that has been offered to us. To illuminate this idea, we give our attention to Ruth Burrows, OCD.

On Prayer
by Ruth Burrows, OCD

"What we think of as our search for God is, in reality, a response to the divine Lover drawing us to himself. There is never a moment when divine Love is not at work...This work is nothing other than a giving of the divine Self in love. The logical consequence for us must surely be that our part is to let ourselves be loved, let ourselves be given to, let ourselves be worked upon by this great God and made capable of total union with Him."

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