1. Aquinas Lecture to focus on omnisubjectivity

The Department of Philosophy will host the annual Aquinas Lecture Sunday, Feb. 24, at 3 p.m. in Raynor Memorial Libraries' Beaumier Suites A/B. Dr. Linda Zagzebski, Kingfisher College Chair of the Philosophy of Religion and Ethics at the University of Oklahoma, will present "Omnisubjectivity: A Defense of a Divine Attribute."

Dr. Linda Zagzebski is past president of the Society of Christian Philosophers and of the American Catholic Philosophical Association. In 2012-13 she held a Guggenheim Fellowship to complete her book, Epistemic Authority: A Theory of Trust, Authority, and Autonomy in Belief.

A reception will follow the lecture.

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2. New Delta Dental insurance cards issued

To continue to protect employees' privacy, the Department of Human Resources recently requested a full re-issuing of Delta Dental ID Cards to all employees enrolled in the university's dental benefit. Delta Dental has assigned an alternate ID number (no longer a Social Security number) for all Delta plan participants, effective March 1, 2013. New ID cards with this number have already been mailed to primary subscribers.

The ID cards will now include the entire new Employee Identification Number. This replaces the previous EIN which was your social security number, showing only the last four digits on the card. Employees participating in the dental benefit must present this new ID card to their dentist at the time of service, as the EIN will facilitate processing of claims. Delta Dental will still have Social Security numbers on file so if a claim does come in under an old ID number, it will be processed without delay.

For additional information, contact Human Resources at 8-7305.

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3. Simmons Fund applications deadline extended to Feb. 23

The submission deadline for proposals to the Edward D. Simmons Religious Commitment Fund is Saturday, Feb. 23, for grants for the 2013-14 academic year. The fund finances small projects or seed money for programs and events that deepen the religious nature of Marquette. Grants generally range from $500 to $2,500. Proposals that promote religious aspects of the mission of the university will be given preference.

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4. Colloquium to discuss algorithm visualization

The Department of Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science Colloquium Series will host "Algorithm Visualization: A Perspective on the Past and a Vision for the Future," Friday, Feb. 22, at 1 p.m. in Cudahy, 401. Dr. Tom Naps, Department of Computer Sciences, University of Wisconsin–Oshkosh, 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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5. Seminar to address rethinking stress biology

The College of Health Sciences' Integrative Neuroscience Research Center Spring 2013 Seminar Series will present "Rethinking Stress Biology," Tuesday, Feb. 26, at 3:30 p.m. in Schroeder Complex, 256. Dr. James P. Herman, of the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Cincinnati School of Medicine, 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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6. Register for ImpactNext business model challenge

ImpactNext, a new venture contest that has replaced the Business Plan Competition, is open to undergraduate and graduate students, alumni and staff. The competition is sponsored by the Kohler Center for Entrepreneurship. Applicants must submit a registration form, which includes a summary of and questionnaire about the proposed business model, by March 8, 2013. The registration fee is $25 for those who apply by Feb. 22 and $50 after. Student scholarships are available.

The competition will culminate with an event on Friday, April 12, 2013. Participants will showcase their business models during a networking and poster session. Preliminary judging during that time will determine one winner from each category: undergraduate, graduate, alumni, staff and community. Each category winner is eligible to receive $1,000 toward their venture.

Judges at that time will also determine the top five finalists (not necessarily category winners) who will move on to the next round. Those finalists will deliver one- to two-minute pitches to the judges and the audience; judges will have the opportunity to ask questions. Winners will be announced later in the evening. The grand-prize winner among the five finalists will receive $2,000.

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7. Nominate a senior to serve as Senior Speaker at spring Commencement

Nominations are being accepted for the undergraduate Senior Speaker for May graduation. Faculty and staff are strongly encouraged to recommend graduating seniors who embody the values of leadership, service, excellence and faith. The nominations will be accepted through Thursday, March 7, and can be submitted online. Seniors will be able to vote from a list of ten nominated seniors on Tuesday, March 26.

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8. Discounted tickets available for men's basketball game versus Syracuse

Faculty and staff can purchase discounted tickets for the last available men's basketball home game at the BMO Harris Bradley Center, which will take place Monday, Feb. 25, at 6 p.m. Tickets are available at a special group rate of $5-off regular single-game prices. This will be Syracuse's final BIG EAST game in Milwaukee, which will also be a battle for the number one spot in the BIG EAST.

To purchase tickets, click this link and, when prompted, enter the special offer code: gomarquette. Call 8-4668 or email athletics@marquette.edu for assistance purchasing tickets.

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9. Marquette Wind Ensemble to host percussion soloist John Beck

The Marquette University Wind Ensemble will welcome guest soloist John Beck for their concert "Music of the Dance," Sunday, Feb. 24, at 2 p.m. in the Varsity Theatre.

Beck, an internationally-renowned soloist and educator, is an artist and faculty member at the North Carolina School of the Arts. He will perform two works with the wind ensemble as a part of this concert. This event is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Dr. Erik Janners, director of music in the Office of Student Development, at 8-7125.

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10. Pre-law students and advisers invited to Wisconsin Statewide Minority Students and Adviser Seminar Day tomorrow

The Wisconsin Statewide Pre-Law Minority Students and Advisers Day 2013 will be held Friday, Feb. 22, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the University of Wisconsin Law School in Madison. This free event for pre-law students and academic advisers will include conversation with admissions officers from Marquette University Law School and the University of Wisconsin Law School. For those traveling from Milwaukee to Madison, free round-trip bus transportation is available from the law schools.

Registration for the event and free bus transportation can be completed online. Participants must register separately for the event and transportation. This event is cosponsored by Marquette University Law School, the University of Wisconsin Center for Academic Excellence, the University of Wisconsin Law School and Multicultural Affairs and Student Success at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.

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11. Hunger Clean-Up to host "Sample the Soups" event

Hunger Clean-Up, with the support of Sodexo, will host "Sample the Soups," Tuesday, Feb. 26, from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the AMU, Monaghan Ballrooms. Soup and bread will be provided free of charge and participants can take home a homemade ceramic bowl made by Empty Bowls Milwaukee.

The event is free, although a $5 to $10 donation is suggested. Music will be performed by Claire Kelly and Ben Wagner. All donations help fund Hunger Clean-Up efforts.

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12. Faculty and staff with children invited to take survey on family health and wellness

Faculty and staff with children ages 2 to 18 are invited to take a brief survey on family health and wellness. This survey is IRB-approved at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and is sponsored by health care faculty at Marquette University, the Medical College of Wisconsin and UW-Milwaukee.

The survey can be completed online. Surveys will be completely anonymous and will take about ten minutes to complete. For additional information, contact Dr. Astrida Kaugars, associate professor of psychology, at 8-3665.

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13. TIAA-CREF consultants available for free financial counseling

In conjunction with TIAA-CREF, Marquette will offer individual and confidential financial counseling sessions for faculty and staff. The 45-minute sessions will answer three common questions asked by participants: am I saving enough for retirement, am I properly allocated, and what are the options for taking distributions from my account? One-on-one sessions are available Wednesday, Feb. 27, in the AMU, 362 and Thursday, Feb. 28, in the AMU, 233.

To schedule an appointment, call (866) 843-5640, Monday through Friday, between 9:30 a.m. and 4 p.m.

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14. Sign up to participate in Relay for Life

The Marquette University chapter of Colleges Against Cancer will host Relay for Life, from Saturday, April 13, from 6 p.m. to Sunday, April 14, at 2 a.m. at the Helfaer Recreation Center. Themed "Super Heroes," this event will feature food, games and activities throughout the night while participants take turns walking around the track.

Team sign-ups are now available online. Relay for Life is the biggest annual fundraiser sponsored by Colleges Against Cancer and the American Cancer Society. Funds raised go toward helping advance cancer research and treatments.

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15. Free group fitness classes on Friday, sign up for Fit Pass

The Department of Recreational Sports is offering the following free group fitness classes to members tomorrow, Feb. 22. The following classes will be offered free of charge:

Rec Center:

  • Spin Class at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m.
  • Full Body Sculpt at 4 p.m.

Rec Plex:

  • Variety Class at noon
  • Cardio Kickboxing 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.

Faculty and staff can also purchase a Fit Pass, which will serve as an all-access pass for fitness classes after spring break. The pass is $30, and participants can choose to have access to aerobics classes only or spin classes only. An Ultimate Pass can be purchased for $40, and will give participants access to any class at either facility. Passes may be obtained between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. from the Group Fitness Office at the Rec Center. For additional information, call 8-6979.

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