1. Charles Franklin to become full-time member of Marquette faculty, will continue Law School Poll

Nationally recognized government scholar and pollster Charles Franklin is joining the Law School faculty on a full-time basis, and the groundbreaking Marquette Law School Poll will continue into the future, President Scott R. Pilarz, S.J., announced today.

Franklin, who served as a visiting professor at the Law School during 2012, will continue in his previous role as poll director and become a professor of law and public policy effective Aug. 1. Franklin is leaving the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he has been a professor of political science since 1992.

"Professor Franklin's appointment is one of the first steps in implementing the university's strategic plan, approved last week by the board of trustees," said Pilarz. "The Marquette Law School Poll, like the Law School's public policy initiative more generally, has prompted us to reach beyond traditional academic boundaries, to embrace new and collaborative methods of research and service, and to help drive the conversation on important questions affecting the region, state and nation."

Franklin led the Marquette Law School Poll during the highly scrutinized 2012 election cycle, establishing Marquette as the definitive source for information concerning public opinion in Wisconsin. It was the largest independent polling project in state history and accurately captured voter attitudes before every major election in 2012, including the gubernatorial recall, U.S. Senate and presidential races. With his move to Marquette, Franklin will use the Marquette Law School Poll to explore additional public policy issues and track upcoming political races of interest to voters.

In addition to his 21 years of experience at UW-Madison, Franklin co-founded Pollster.com, which became an award-winning site for nonpartisan polling analysis. He has been a member of the ABC News election-night analysis team since 2002. He is also past president of the Society for Political Methodology and an elected fellow of the society.

More information can be found here.

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2. Marquette named a "Green College" by Princeton Review for second consecutive year

Marquette is one of eight Wisconsin institutions of higher education named to the Princeton Review's "2013 Guide to 322 Green Colleges," produced in collaboration with the Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). The university was chosen for demonstrating notable commitments to sustainability in academic offerings, campus infrastructure, activities and career preparation. Marquette also made the list last year.

The full press release can be found online.

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3. J.R.R. Tolkien manuscripts to be shown publicly

Raynor Memorial Libraries' Department of Special Collections will host a public showing of selected original manuscripts from J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, through the end of 2014. Presentations will take place on the following Fridays at 2:30 p.m. in Raynor Memorial Libraries' Prucha Archives Reading Room, third floor: May 17; July 19; Sept. 13; Nov. 15; Jan. 17, 2014; March 7, 2014; May 16, 2014; July 11, 2014; Sept. 12, 2014; and Nov. 21, 2014.

All presentations will last approximately 45 minutes. Showings are open to all members of the Marquette community; no reservations are necessary. For additional information, contact William Fliss, associate archivist, at 8-5906.

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4. Join Father Pilarz for National Employee Health and Fitness Day walk

President Scott R. Pilarz, S.J., Provost John Pauly and Executive Vice President Mary DiStanislao will participate in an "Employee Poker Walk" in honor of National Employee Health and Fitness Day on Wednesday, May 15. Father Pilarz will give remarks at 12:10 p.m. at the Rec Center, with a one-mile walk around the Marquette Mile beginning at 12:15 p.m. Each participant will collect playing cards throughout the walk, and the top poker hands at the end of the walk will win prizes.

The Poker Walk is sponsored by the Employee Wellness Program, Sodexo and the Department of Recreational Sports. Register for the walk online by Friday, May 10. For additional questions or information, contact Kristin Kipp, wellness coordinator, at 8-5607. All employees will receive free admission to the Rec Center and Rec Plex May 15-17 in celebration of National Employee Health and Fitness Day.

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5. Attend informational session on revised National Institutes of Health Public Access Policy

Raynor Memorial Libraries and the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs will host two informational, hands-on sessions regarding the revised National Institutes of Health Public Access Policy Thursday, May 16, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. and Wednesday, May 22, from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., both in the Raynor Memorial Libraries, R330.

Training sessions are designed to provide an overview of the new policy, which will delay processing of an award if publications arising from it are not in compliance with the Public Access Policy. It will also highlight resources available and walk through the electronic system that will determine if grant-related publications are in compliance. Those with an NIH Commons username and password should bring that information to the meeting.

Registration can be completed online. Additional resources about the policy change can also be found on Raynor Memorial Libraries' website and the NIH website.

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6. Seminar to address control of synapse development by astrocytes

The College of Health Sciences' Integrative Neuroscience Research Center Spring 2013 Seminar Series will present "Control of Synapse Development by Astrocytes," Tuesday, May 14, at 3:30 p.m. in Schroeder Complex, 256. Dr. Cagla Eroglu of the Department of Cell Biology at Duke University 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. Marquette Theatre Arts presents Gathering Blue

Marquette Theatre Arts will showcase Gathering Blue, a musical about a young girl's quest to uncover the truth about her world and discover the places that exist beyond it. Performances will be held at the Helfaer Theatre:

  • Friday, May 10, and Saturday, May 11, at 7 p.m.
  • Sunday, May 12, at 3:30 p.m.
  • Friday, May 17, and Saturday, May 18, at 7 p.m.
  • Sunday, May 19, at 3:30 p.m.

Marquette Theatre subscribers receive $2.00 off the $10 single ticket price. To redeem this discount offer, create an account or login to www.FirstStage.org with Source Code 18865, or order by phone at 414-267-2961 and mention Source Code 18865.

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8. "On the Issues" to focus on newest Law School Poll

Charles Franklin, nationally recognized government scholar, director of the Marquette Law School Poll and the most recent addition to the Law School's full-time faculty, will be the next guest for "On the Issues with Mike Gousha," Tuesday, May 14, from 12:15 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. in Eckstein Hall.

Franklin and Gousha will go inside the numbers of the latest Marquette Law School Poll, which will look at public views on national and state issues including health care reform, vouchers and public schools, job creation efforts and Wisconsin budget priorities including transportation, tax cuts, borrowing and schools. The new poll also will give an early read on perceptions of potential 2016 presidential candidates.

Register online.

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9. Haggerty Museum of Art hosting three new summer exhibitions

The Haggerty Museum of Art will welcome three new summer exhibitions, which will run June 5 to July 28. The new exhibitions are: Abberance and Artifice, the Norton Collection, which ruptures visual and cultural boundaries to interrogate perceptions of what is considered "normal" or "natural;" New Objectivity in German Art, Highlights from the Marvin and Janet Fishman Collection, a stylistically diverse collection characterized by matter-of-fact representation of harsh realities; and Jim Dow's American Studies, a photography collection that documents the idiosyncratic qualities of everyday sites, taken on numerous road trips across America.

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10. Participants needed for Marquette's International Friendship Program

Marquette's International Friendship Program is currently looking for individuals and families interested in spending time once a month with a new international student over the course of the academic year. Application can be found online.

For additional information, contact Erin LeMoine, international communication and marketing coordinator, at 8-5762.

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11. Law School to hold information session Friday

The Law School will host an information session for prospective students Friday, May 10, 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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12. Registration for summer group fitness classes now open

Online registration is now open for the Employee Wellness Program's summer 2013 group fitness classes. A ten-week program will be offered for the summer that includes new classes and new locations. Information on each class, as well as online registration forms, can be found online. Classes will begin the week of Monday, June 3. Space is limited.

For additional information, contact Kristin Kipp, wellness coordinator, at 8-5607.

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13. News Briefs begins weekly schedule the week of May 20

The News Briefs e-newsletter will begin its once-a-week summer publication schedule beginning the week of May 20. Thursday, May 16, will be the last Thursday edition until fall semester.

The submission deadline for Monday publication remains noon on Fridays.

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14. Faculty/Staff golf outing to be held June 13

The annual Faculty/Staff Golf Outing will be held Thursday, June 13, beginning at 11:20 a.m. at Brookfield Hills Golf Course. A registration fee of $32 includes 18 holes of golf, food, door prizes and awards. Carts cost an additional $21.

For additional information or to register, contact Lori Suleski, office coordinator for recreational sports, or Anne Pufahl, assistant director of recreational sports, at 8-1558 by Tuesday, May 28.

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