1. Education, law and part-time MBA graduate programs rank high in U.S. News & World Report

The latest graduate school rankings from U.S. News & World Report show Marquette programs ranking among the best in the country. Of particular note this year are improvements in rankings for graduate programs in education, part-time MBA and law.

The College of Business Administration's part-time MBA program is ranked 50th, up 15 spots from its previous ranking.

The College of Education's graduate program is ranked 65th, up 14 spots from its previous ranking of 79th.

The Law School's part-time program is ranked 18th overall, up one spot from its previous ranking. The Law School's overall ranking is 94th, up two spots.

The magazine does not rank all graduate programs annually.

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2. RSVP to Distinguished Scholars Reception by tomorrow

The annual Distinguished Scholars Reception will be held Tuesday, March 26, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. in Eckstein Hall, fourth floor conference center. Recipients of the Lawrence G. Haggerty Award for Research Excellence, Way Klingler Young Scholar Awards and the Way Klingler Fellowship Award will be announced at the reception. President Scott R. Pilarz, S.J., and Dr. Jeanne Hossenlopp, vice provost for research and dean of the Graduate School, will host the event with the Committee on Research.

RSVP to University Special Events at 8-7431 by Tuesday, March 19.

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3. K-12 education expert to speak about education reform initiatives

Peter McWalters, former state of Rhode Island Commissioner of K-12 education, will present this year's Tommy G. Thompson Lecture Tuesday, March 19, at 4:30 p.m. in the AMU, Monaghan Ballroom. The lecture is free and open to the public, and will be followed by a reception.

McWalters spent more than 30 years as a practitioner in the education field, and formerly served as interim strategic director for Educator Workforce, Council of Chief State School Officers. Drawing on his experience with all levels of education reform initiatives, McWalters will speak on the topic of "The Common Core and Educator Effectiveness, An Opportunity." The lecture will connect Common Core Standards to teacher effectiveness and reveal how reform initiatives are central to better student learning outcomes. McWalter's remarks will draw on his work as superintendent of a large urban school system and his 17 years as Rhode Island's state education commissioner.

The Tommy G. Thompson lecture series is jointly sponsored by the Office of the Provost, College of Education and the Tommy G. Thompson Center at Marquette, which houses four decades of the former Wisconsin governor's papers, including extensive documentation of Thompson's role in the education reform movement.

Registration is required and can be completed online.

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4. Les Aspin Center for Government to celebrate 25th anniversary reunion

The Les Aspin Center for Government will host a 25th anniversary celebration Thursday, April 11. Rev. Tim O'Brien, founder and director of the Les Aspin Center for Government, will participate in a conversation with Mike Gousha, distinguished fellow in law and public policy, from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in Eckstein Hall. A reunion and reception for Les Aspin Center alumni, local politicians and community leaders will take place after the event from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., with a program at 7 p.m., at the Haggerty Museum of Art.

RSVP to University Special Events by Thursday, April 4.

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5. Send-off event, game-watching party held as men's basketball team heads to NCAA tournament

The men’s basketball team has qualified for its eighth straight NCAA tournament appearance, and will play the Davidson Wildcats Thursday, March 21, at 2:10 CT, at the Rupp Arena in Lexington, Ky. The game will be televised on truTV.

All members of the campus community are invited to the team send-off event that will take place outside of the Al McGuire Center at 3:30 p.m. tomorrow, Tuesday, March 19. The Marquette band, cheerleaders and Golden Eagle mascot will be at the event to send-off the No. 3-seeded team.

The Union Sports Annex will open at noon Thursday, and will host a viewing party with fan giveaways, raffle prizes and a T-shirt toss.

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6. Seminar to address plasticity of EEG asymmetry in adolescents with autism spectrum disorders

The College of Health Sciences' Integrative Neuroscience Research Center Spring 2013 Seminar Series will present "Plasticity of EEG Asymmetry in Adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorders," Tuesday, March 19, at 3:30 p.m. in Schroeder Complex, 256. Dr. Amy Van Hecke, assistant professor of psychology, 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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7. Midwest Seminar in Ancient and Medieval Philosophy to host talk on Plato

The university's Midwest Seminar in Ancient and Medieval Philosophy will present "Who Are Plato's Lovers of Sights and Sounds and What Are They Thinking?: Pseudo-philosophers and the Realm of Opinion in The Republic," Friday, March 22, at 3:30 p.m. in the AMU, 252. Dr. Constance Meinwald, associate professor of philosophy and director of undergraduate studies at the University of Illinois – Chicago, will deliver the lecture.

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8. Biological Sciences seminar series continues Friday

The Biological Sciences Seminar Series will host, "Antisense Oligonucleotides for CNS Diseases: From The Bench to the Bedside," Friday, March 22, at 3 p.m. in Wehr Life Sciences, 111. Dr. Frank Rigo of Isis Pharmaceuticals will lead the seminar, which will be hosted by Dr. Stephen Munroe, 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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9. Chemistry colloquium to discuss molecule activation

The Department of Chemistry Spring 2013 Colloquium Series will host, "Small Molecule Activation at Nickel and Platinum Centers: From Bulky Tin to Tempo Radical Ligands," Friday, March 22, at 4 p.m. in Wehr Chemistry, 121. Dr. Burjor Captain of the University of Miami 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. Wisconsin Women in Higher Education Leadership to host luncheon presentation on mental health care

The Marquette chapter of Wisconsin Women in Higher Education Leadership will present "Meg Kissinger: An Investigative Reporter Being the Difference," Thursday, March 21, from noon to 1 p.m. in the AMU, Monaghan Ballrooms. Meg Kissinger, Public Service Journalism Fellow and student adviser in the Diederich College of Communication, will share her personal experience in reporting on mental health for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. A Pulitzer Prize nominated journalist, Kissinger will also speak to the current state of mental health care in the local and global communities. 

A light lunch will be served. RSVP by Monday, March 18, by contacting Sara Bartolotta, event planner, at 8-0514.

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11. Marquette Literary Review now accepting submissions

The Marquette Literary Review is now accepting submissions of creative fiction and poetry works. Email works for consideration to mu.litreview@gmail.com by Sunday, March 24. The Marquette Literary Review is sponsored by the Department of English.

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12. Soup with Substance to discuss the Kino Border Initiative

Dr. Ruth Belknap, associate professor of nursing, will discuss the Kino Border Initiative, a bi-national organization located in Arizona and Mexico that works in the area of migration, as part of the Soup with Substance series Wednesday, March 20, from noon to 1 p.m. in the AMU, 157. Belknap will speak about her experiences and work at the KBI during her 2012 sabbatical semester.

The KBI was created in January 2009 by six organizations from the United States and Mexico, to include the California Province of the Society of Jesus, the Jesuit Refugee Service/USA, the Missionary Sisters of the Eucharist, the Mexican Province of the Society of Jesus, the Diocese of Tucson and the Archdiocese of Hermosillo. The organization strives to promote U.S./Mexico border and immigration policies that affirm the dignity of the human person and the spirit of bi-national solidarity. Soup with Substance is sponsored by the Center for Peacemaking, Intercultural Engagement and Campus Ministry.

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13. Kohler Center Lunch and Learn series to host vice president of sales at Bionix

The Kohler Center for Entrepreneurship's Lunch and Learn series will host Scott Buehrer, vice president of sales at Bionix, Thursday, March 21, from noon to 1 p.m. in Olin Engineering, 120. Buehrer will discuss the knowledge he has gained about starting and successfully operating companies over his long career. Buehrer's work with various entrepreneurs and companies is extensive, including 15 years in the sales department for three manufacturers and ten years with a multi-billion dollar, multi-nation company.

The Kohler Center's Lunch and Learn Series is open to all students, faculty, staff and alumni, and includes a free lunch. Registration is available online. For more information, contact Sarah Eslyn, events coordinator in the College of Business Administration, at 8-7745.

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14. Nominations for Pedro Arrupe Award due Friday

The Marquette University Alumni Association National Alumni Board is offering an annual scholarship award, the Pedro Arrupe Award, and is seeking faculty/staff nominations. Please note that students receiving tuition remission or full-tuition scholarships are not eligible for this award.

Pedro Arrupe Award $3,700 for a junior in good standing and enrolled full-time who emulates the values and ideals of Rev. Pedro Arrupe, S.J., and is involved in service in and beyond the Marquette community. A faculty/staff nomination is required along with the student application and essay by Friday, March 22.

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15. Inclusive Leadership CommUNITY to host workshop on confronting discrimination

The Inclusive Leadership CommUNITY of McCormick Hall, through the support of an Excellence in Diversity grant, will host Dr. Art Munin, dean of students at DePaul University, Monday, March 25, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the AMU, Monaghan Ballrooms A/B. Munin will engage participants in an interactive workshop to confront bias and discrimination effectively. For more information, contact Stacie Dooley, associate dean of residence life, at 8-3917.

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16. Ott Memorial Writing Center to host workshop on writing effective literature reviews

The Ott Memorial Writing Center will host a workshop on writing effective literature reviews Monday, March 25, from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. in Raynor Memorial Libraries, Beaumier Suite A. The workshop will focus on the genre of "review of literature" common in the social sciences and sciences.

Register at 8-5542 or by emailing muwritingcenter@gmail.com.

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17. FAME Connects panel to discuss careers for English majors

Friends and Alumni of Marquette English (FAME), will host the second annual FAME Connects panel discussion Wednesday, March 20, from 4:30 p.m. to 5:10 p.m. in the AMU, 163. Panelists will include Carrie Bell, a team lead in advertiser services at Google; Neha Glandt, a grant development specialist at the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Milwaukee; and Jay Ponteri, an assistant professor of English at Marylhurst University. The panelists will speak about their experiences at Marquette and will give insight on how being an English major can benefit future career choices.

For more information, contact the Department of English at 8-7179.

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18. Employee Wellness to offer two guided meditation sessions

Employee Wellness will offer two additional guided meditation sessions this semester. Each session is four weeks long and will be held from 12:15 p.m. to 12:45 p.m. every Wednesday in Coughlin Hall, 001. The next session begins Wednesday, March 20 and ends Wednesday, April 10. The cost is $16 per four-week session.

Registration is available online. For more information, contact Kristin Kipp, adjunct instructor of physical therapy, at 8-4476.

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19. Public Safety to offer self-defense classes

The Department of Public Safety will offer two free self-defense classes:

  • Monday, March 25, at 5 p.m. in the AMU, 227
  • Wednesday, April 17, at 5 p.m. in the AMU, 163

The classes incorporate national and local crime trends and a hands-on approach and effective techniques with simple strategies for escaping potentially dangerous situations for both males and females.

For additional information or to register, contact Joseph Secanky, public safety officer, at 8-6800.

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20. Law School to hold information session Friday

The Law School will host an information session for prospective students Friday, March 22, in Eckstein Hall. The session will cover admissions, financial aid policies and procedures, 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.

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21. Campus Ministry and Gesu to host "A Walk Through Holy Week" concert and seminar

Campus Ministry and Church of the Gesu will host "A Walk Through Holy Week" Friday and Saturday, March 22-23.

A concert featuring Dan Schutte, an influential composer of liturgical music today will take place Friday, March 22, at 7 p.m. at Church of the Gesu. A morning of reflection on Holy Week will take place on Saturday, March 23, beginning at 9 a.m. in Church of the Gesu.

The event is free and open to the public, but an offering is appreciated. Contact Timothy Johnston, assistant director of liturgical programs at 8-0522 with questions.

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