1. Faculty community input session on presidential search is tomorrow; search website updated with tentative timeline

A community input session on the presidential search will be held for faculty Tuesday, Nov. 12, from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. in Raynor Memorial Libraries' Beaumier Suites B and C. RSVP online. Dr. Kristina Ropella, executive associate dean in the College of Engineering, and Dr. Stephanie Quade, dean of students in the Office of Student Development, will facilitate the session. Members of the Presidential Search Committee will be present at the session.

As the Search Committee and the Board of Trustees did in the previous presidential search in 2010, they are asking that the Marquette community provide input on the leadership qualifications that are most important for the president. Because the university's process during the presidential search three years ago was both extensive and inclusive, the Presidential Search Committee is reviewing the Presidential Profile that was developed at that time and asking for input on whether these attributes are still valid or should be adjusted.

An online form is available for faculty and staff who are unable to attend a community input session. Feedback is due by Thursday, Nov. 14.

The Presidential Search website has been updated with additional information about completed steps in the process, as well as upcoming milestones. Check back often for updates as the search progresses.

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2. Benefits enrollment period ends Friday

Marquette's annual benefits enrollment ends Friday, Nov. 15, at 11:59 p.m.

Key steps for benefits enrollment, with changes made through MyJob, are:

  • Update/verify personal information, including beneficiaries, dependents' birth dates, Social Security numbers and emergency contacts.

  • Choose whether to participate in the health, dental and vision insurance plans. New this year, a High Deductible Health Plan is available to all benefit-eligible employees.

  • Decide whether to participate in a Flexible Spending Account, which requires annual enrollment. Existing health care debit (Benny) cards are valid through Dec. 31, 2014, and 2014 health care elections are automatically loaded onto the card.

Health Risk Assessments are available to all employees. Health plan participants who complete both HRA parts biometric screening and health questionnaire receive a 10-percent discount for 2014 health insurance premiums. To schedule an on-campus appointment for a health risk assessment, call 1-877-765-3213 and press "1."

The second step is for individuals to complete an HRA Online questionnaire using the results from their biometric screening. This questionnaire will be available through midnight on Monday, Nov. 25. Where it says to enter the employee's Social Security number, employees should enter their nine-digit employee ID number with no extra zeros, numbers, dashes or letters. The group password is MARQUETTE in all caps.

A HRA Frequently Asked Questions for 2014 document is available, as well as a using MyJob for Annual Enrollment Help Guide.

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3. Teaching Excellence Awards nominations due Friday

Nominations for the Teaching Excellence Awards are due Friday, Nov. 15. The awards are given to those who have demonstrated commitment to a student-centered concern for individual student growth, development, and welfare that positively impacts Marquette students and have shown evidence of effective teaching and student learning.

Full-time faculty members as well as academic student organization presidents and the presidents of the Graduate Student Organization and Marquette University Student Government may nominate up to three full-time faculty members from any college or program.

Nominations can be submitted online.

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4. Theatre Arts presents The Boys Next Door this week

Marquette Theatre is currently showing The Boys Next Door, a truthful look into the lives of four men with mental challenges living together in a group home. The show will run through Sunday, Nov. 17, at the Helfaer Theatre. Performances are:

  • Wednesday, Nov. 13, through Saturday, Nov. 16, at 7:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, Nov. 17, at 2:30 p.m.

Tickets cost $20, with discounts available for students, alumni and employees. Tickets can be purchased online or by calling the Helfaer Theatre at 8-7504.

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5. Interfaith dialogue dinner tomorrow will explore the purpose of life

A free interfaith dialogue dinner will be held Tuesday, Nov. 12, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the AMU, Monaghan Ballroom. This event is open to all members of the Marquette community, and will feature an Indian meal and an Indian cultural performance, called Bhangra. The dialogue dinner will explore questions about the purpose of life with representatives from Buddhist, Christian, Jewish, Muslim and Sikh religious traditions.

The event is co-sponsored by Campus Ministry, Intercultural Engagement, Office of International Education, MUSG and the Indian Student Association. For more information, contact Steve Blaha, assistant director of Campus Ministry, at 8-6873.

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6. Center for Peacemaking hosting presentation on U.S.–Mexico border

The Center for Peacemaking will host a presentation on how to keep borders from creating divisions in communities Tuesday, Nov. 12, at 4 p.m. in the AMU, 254. Dr. Grant Silva, Rynne Faculty Research Fellow and assistant professor of philosophy, will speak about his research on the U.S.—Mexico border, including how to keep borders from creating divisions in people's minds, homes and communities.

Silva received a Rynne Faculty Research Fellowship through the Center for Peacemaking. Applications for the 2014 Rynne Faculty Research Fellowship are due Feb. 15, 2014, and can be found online.

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7. Rev. Oliver Rafferty, S.J., to deliver annual Wade Lecture this week

Rev. Oliver Rafferty, S.J., will deliver "Ireland, the Catholic Church, and the British Empire 1800-1921," for the annual Rev. Francis Wade, S.J., Public Lecture Wednesday, Nov. 13, at 5 p.m. in Raynor Memorial Libraries' Beaumier Suites.

Originally from Ireland, Father Rafferty earned his doctorate at Oxford University in the United Kingdom and teaches history at the University of London's Heythrop College. Father Rafferty is teaching "Readings in Irish History: 1800-1970" at Marquette during the fall semester.

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8. "On the Issues" examines public attitudes on criminal sentencing

Marquette Law Professors Michael O'Hear and Charles Franklin will be the featured guests for "On the Issues with Mike Gousha," Thursday, Nov. 14, from 12:15 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. in Eckstein Hall.

O'Hear and Franklin will analyze the results of a recent Marquette Law School Poll that shows Wisconsin voters favor truth in sentencing – but also favor cost-effective sentencing that moves prisoners into less expensive forms of punishment when it is safe to do so.

O'Hear, a nationally recognized authority on criminal punishment, is an editor of the Federal Sentencing Reporter and the author of numerous scholarly works on sentencing and criminal procedure. He joined the Marquette faculty in 2000, was the first editor of the Marquette Law School Faculty Blog and has served as the Law School's first associate dean for research since 2008.

Franklin has been the director of the Marquette Law School Poll since 2012. He joined the Marquette faculty on a full-time basis in August, becoming a professor of law and public policy.

Registration is available online.

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9. Marquette Writing Month will feature workshops and write-in events

The first annual Marquette University Writing Month a community building event for writers of fiction and non-fiction continues throughout the month of November with events online and in person.

In-person "MU WriMo Write Ins" will be held:

  • Thursday, Nov. 14, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the AMU, 254
  • Saturday, Nov. 16, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. in the AMU, 157
  • Tuesday, Nov. 19, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the AMU, 163
  • Thursday, Nov. 21, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the AMU, 252
  • Saturday, Nov. 23, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. in the AMU, 163

Dr. Angela Sorby, associate professor of English, will host a 45-minute workshop, "Work Those Metaphors," during the MU WriMo Write In on Saturday, Nov. 16. Novelist and Professor of English C.J. Hribal will host a workshop, "Writing (and Revising) Scenes: The Proper Care and Feeding of Your Scene Beast," during the MU WriMo Write In on Saturday, Nov. 23.

Everyone is welcome to attend for all or part of the events. RSVP online or contact the MU WriMo team at 8-5542.

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10. Next Soup with Substance to focus on sacredness of the circle

The Center for Peacemaking will host its next Soup with Substance on Wednesday, Nov. 13, at noon in the AMU, 157. This event will replicate Talking Circles, part of a deeply rooted Native American tradition, which provides an opportunity for participants to share their stories and receive support in an effort to balance personal wellness. The circle structure symbolizes equality, as everyone within it is on the same level with an equal voice.

For additional information, contact the Center for Peacemaking at 8-8444.

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11. GSRC to host student gallery presentation on history of human sexuality in music and advertising

The Gender and Sexuality Resource Center will host a student gallery presentation Wednesday, Nov. 13, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the AMU, 425, on how depictions of human sexuality in popular music and advertisements have changed during the past decade. Students in Dr. Ed de St. Aubin's Human Sexuality class will display their class projects and discuss changes in depictions and perceptions about sex in popular media during the past 100 years.

The gallery-style event will include free snacks and beverages, as well as music and imagery dating from the 1920s. Contact the GSRC for additional information.

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12. Next installment of the Last Lecture Series to focus on drug discovery

The Honors Program Student Council will host the next installment of the Last Lecture Series Thursday, Nov. 14, at 5 p.m. in Cudahy, 001. Dr. Matthew Dodge, assistant professor of chemistry, will present "Drug Discovery and Self-Discovery: Stories of Life and Lab."

A question-and-answer session will follow the lecture, and refreshments will be provided.

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13. First solider injured in Iraq War to speak on campus Thursday

Marquette University Student Government welcomes Sgt. Eric Alva, the first American soldier seriously injured in the Iraq War, to its "Speaker Series" on Thursday, Nov. 14, at 7 p.m. in the Varsity Theatre. Alva, a spokesperson for the Human Rights Campaign, will discuss LGBT issues and the military.

For more information, visit the MUSG office in the AMU, 133, or contact MUSG at 8-7416.

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14. Women's and Gender Studies fellowship recipients to present research

The 2013 Women's and Gender Studies Fellowship recipients and the Undergraduate Summer Research Fellowships will discuss their research projects and findings Thursday, Nov. 14, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. in Emory Clark Hall, 111.

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15. Department of Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science Colloquium Series continues Friday

The Department of Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science Colloquium Series will continue Friday, Nov. 15, at 3 p.m. in Cudahy, 401. Dr. Sankha Basu from the Pennsylvania State University Department of Mathematics will deliver "A Model of Intuitionism Based on Turing Degrees."

Pre-colloquium refreshments will be served at 2:30 p.m. in Cudahy, 342. For additional information, contact Dr. Rong Ge, assistant professor of mathematics, statistics and computer science, at 8-6344.

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16. Mass for Peace and Justice will conclude weeklong observance to remember Salvadoran martyrs

A special Mass for Peace and Justice will be celebrated Friday, Nov. 15, at noon in the St. Joan of Arc Chapel. The liturgy will conclude a weeklong observance to commemorate the Salvadoran Martyrs. During the Mass, students and staff who will be traveling to the Ignatian Family Teach-In will be blessed and sent forth on their journey. All are welcome to attend the celebration.

For additional information, contact Timothy Johnston, assistant director of liturgical programs, at 8-0522.

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

The 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 to the end of 2014. Presentations will take place on the following Fridays at 2:30 p.m. in the Raynor Memorial Libraries' Prucha Archives Reading Room, third floor:

  • Nov. 15, 2013
  • Jan. 17, 2014
  • March 7, 2014
  • May 16, 2014
  • July 11, 2014
  • Sept. 12, 2014
  • Nov. 21, 2014

All presentations will last approximately 45 minutes. For additional information, contact William Fliss, associate archivist, at 8-5906.

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18. Pioneer of Ziploc to discuss entrepreneurialism in new speaker series

Inventor Steven Ausnit, considered a pioneer who helped create the Ziploc bag, will discuss his six decades of business ventures and entrepreneurialism to mark Entrepreneurship Week on Tuesday, Nov. 19, at 6 p.m. in the AMU, Monaghan Ballroom. A 5 p.m. reception will precede the keynote event, which begins at 6 p.m.

Ausnit formed Minigrip Inc., and played an integral role in the development of the re-closable plastic bag. Now retired from Minigrip, Ausnit remains an active entrepreneur, investing in various businesses around the world while holding 116 patents in his name and co-holding 67 others.

Ausnit's appearance is the first of a new "After Hours" speaker series established by the Kohler Center for Entrepreneurship, which along with The Coleman Foundation of Chicago, is sponsoring the event.

Register online.

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19. Alpha Chi Omega hosting phone drive for victims of domestic violence

Alpha Chi Omega sorority has partnered with Verizon Wireless to host an on-campus cell phone drive. Bins are placed throughout campus in support of Verizon Wireless's phone-recycling program, HopeLine, which benefits victims of domestic violence.

Through the HopeLine program, Verizon Wireless collects wireless phones, batteries and accessories from any wireless service provider that are no longer in use. They are then refurbished and sold with all proceeds supporting local domestic violence shelters and programs. HopeLine also provides wireless phones and airtime for use by domestic violence victims.

Go online for additional information on HopeLine from Verizon and to learn how to donate a wireless phone.

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20. Wellness Program offering guided meditation, first aid class and healthy cooking series this month

The Wellness Program is hosting a four-week guided meditation session beginning Wednesday, Nov. 13. Sessions will be held every Wednesday from 12:15 p.m. to 12:45 p.m. in Coughlin Hall, 001. The cost is $16 and registration is available online.

A first aid class will be offered Thursday, Nov. 14, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. in Schroeder Complex's Athletic Training Laboratory, room 250. The class is open to employees' spouses/significant others and is limited to 10 people. The cost is $40, and includes a book and certification card. Register online.

The next installment of the Wellness Program's Healthy Cooking Series, "Healthier Holiday Desserts," will be held Tuesday, Nov. 19, from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the AMU's first floor lobby. Register online.

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21. Prospective adult students invited to undergraduate information session

The College of Professional Studies will hold an undergraduate information session for prospective adult students Thursday, Nov. 14, from 5:45 p.m. to 7 p.m., in Cudahy Hall, 414. Learn about accelerated bachelor's degree programs; Saturday, weeknight, blended online and selected fully online course offerings; the application process and financial aid opportunities.

Register online or by calling 8-3153.

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22. Local author to discuss women's empowerment, emotional well-being

Pi Beta Phi and Active Minds will host Milwaukee author Michelle Bersell on Monday, Nov. 18, at 7 p.m. in the AMU, Monaghan Ballroom E. Bersell wil discuss women's empowerment and emotional well-being.

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23. $10 massages available during Massage-A-Thon

Physical therapy students will host a Massage-A-Thon through Friday, Nov. 15, at Schroeder Health Complex, 397. Hours are Mondays from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m., Tuesdays from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m., Wednesdays from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Thursdays from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Fridays from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m.

The cost is $10 for 15 minutes, $15 for 30 minutes, $25 for 45 minutes and $30 for one hour. Appointments can be made online. Walk-ins are welcome, and cash, check or Marquette Cash are accepted.

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1. Faculty community input session on presidential search is tomorrow; search website updated with tentative timeline

2. Benefits enrollment period ends Friday

3. Teaching Excellence Awards nominations due Friday

4. Theatre Arts presents The Boys Next Door this week

5. Interfaith dialogue dinner tomorrow will explore the purpose of life

6. Center for Peacemaking hosting presentation on U.S.–Mexico border

7. Rev. Oliver Rafferty, S.J., to deliver annual Wade Lecture this week

8. "On the Issues" examines public attitudes on criminal sentencing

9. Marquette Writing Month will feature workshops and write-in events

10.Next Soup with Substance to focus on sacredness of the circle

11. GSRC to host student gallery presentation on history of human sexuality in music and advertising

12. Next installment of the Last Lecture Series to focus on drug discovery

13. First solider injured in Iraq War to speak on campus Thursday

14. Women's and Gender Studies fellowship recipients to present research

15. Department of Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science Colloquium Series continues Friday

16. Mass for Peace and Justice will conclude weeklong observance to remember Salvadoran martyrs

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

18. Pioneer of Ziploc to discuss entrepreneurialism in new speaker series

19. Alpha Chi Omega hosting phone drive for victims of domestic violence

20. Wellness Program offering guided meditation, first aid class and healthy cooking series this month

21. Prospective adult students invited to undergraduate information session

22. Local author to discuss women's empowerment, emotional well-being

23. $10 massages available during Massage-A-Thon