1. MUSG/RHA election to be held Wednesday

The MUSG/RHA spring election will be held Wednesday, April 3, from 12 a.m. to 10 p.m. through Marquette Involvement Link. Full-time undergraduate students are eligible to participate in the election for MUSG president/executive vice president, MUSG academic senators, RHA president and vice president, and Class of 2013 senior speaker.

For additional information, including candidates, visit the MUSG elections website. Election results will be announced Thursday, April 4, at 10 a.m. in the AMU, first floor commons, outside the MUSG office.

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2. Vigil for captured alumnus James Foley is April 5

A vigil for alumnus James Foley, Arts '96, captured in Syria by unidentified gunmen last November, will be held in the AMU's Chapel of the Holy Family, Friday, April 5, at 7 p.m.

The Marquette community will be joined by Foley's parents, Diane and John Foley, to appeal for the safety and release of their son during the vigil. Foley was working as a freelance journalist in northwest Syria for GlobalPost reporting on the civil war in the country. His whereabouts are currently unknown.

April 5 is the two-year anniversary of Foley being captured by the Libyan government, which held him as a captive in a Tripoli jail for 45 days in 2011. He was in the country reporting on the growing hostilities between rebels and the regime of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi. Foley was set free following an international campaign spearheaded by his friends from Marquette, former colleagues at Teach For America, and family and childhood friends in New Hampshire. Community members can show their support by signing an online petition for his release.

For more information, contact Emily Wacker Schultz, senior engagement officer, at 8-8490.

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3. Director of National Center for Transgender Equality to speak on campus

Mara Keisling, executive director of the National Center for Transgender Equality, will deliver "Trending Now #transequality: Transgender Equality and Justice with Mara Keisling," Wednesday, April 10, at 7 p.m. in the AMU, Monaghan Ballrooms.

A self-identified transgender woman, Keisling is among the nation's leading voices for transgender equality. Since the NCTE was founded in 2003, she has won significant advances in transgender equality such as the passage of the first ever transgender-inclusive federal legislation, modification of the State Department rules for changing gender markers on passports and the historic first Congressional Hearing on transgender issues.

The event is sponsored by Intercultural Engagement, the Gender Sexuality Alliance, the Center for Teaching and Learning, the Gender Sexuality Resource Center and MUSG.

Kiesling will also present a presentation for faculty and staff Wednesday, April 10, from 9 a.m. to 1:30 a.m. in the AMU, Monaghan Ballroom D, on creating trans-inclusive classroom and student culture environments. Registration is not necessary.

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4. Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics team leader to present Coyne Lecture

David W. Latham, team leader at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, will present this year's Coyne Lecture, "Super Earths and Life," Tuesday, April 9, at 5 p.m. in the Weasler Auditorium.

Latham, senior astronomer at the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory, has a research background in the search for and characterization of extra solar planetary systems, utilizing both ground-based and space-based observations. He is leading a team at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics that is using the HARPS-N spectrometer to confirm and characterize small planets identified by NASA's Kepler Mission, with the goal of determining the properties of a population of rocky planets similar to the Earth.

The annual Coyne Lecture honors the tradition of excellence in research exemplified by the Rev. Coyne by bringing an outstanding astronomer or astrophysicist to the Marquette campus to give a public lecture explaining his or her research. The Coyne lecturer is selected annually by faculty members in the Department of Physics.

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5. Kohler Center for Entrepreneurship to host ImpactNext: Business Model Competition

The Kohler Center for Entrepreneurship will host the ImpactNext: Business Model Competition Friday, April 12, from 4:30 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. in the AMU, Monaghan Ballrooms. Attendees will have the opportunity to attend the poster and networking sessions and hear about the competitor's businesses. The top five overall business models will be presented to the audience Shark Tank style.

This event is free but registration is required. Contact Sarah Eslyn, events coordinator, at 8-7745 with questions.

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6. Mental Health Awareness Week will be held April 8-14

Active Minds, Kappa Sigma, NAMI Greater Milwaukee and other campus organizations will sponsor Mental Health Awareness Week from April 8-14. The week's goals include raising awareness, sharing stories and reducing stigma about mental health. A full list of events can be found online or on Facebook.

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7. Academic departments and programs sponsoring Vagina Monologues performance April 5

The departments of English, psychology and philosophy, the Women's and Gender Studies Program and the Gender and Sexuality Resource Center will sponsor a performance of The Vagina Monologues on Friday, April 5, at 7 p.m. in the AMU, Monaghan Ballrooms. Presented with the student group Empowerment, the Vagina Monologues is an episodic play written by Eve Ensler to bring awareness to the issue of violence against women and girls. Donations will benefit Hope House of Milwaukee, a safe and temporary refuge for those needing a place to sleep that provides food, health care and educational opportunities to those in need. There will be a talkback session with the actresses after the performance.

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8. Kohler Center to host entrepreneurship panel

The Kohler Center for Entrepreneurship will host ImpactNext: Business Model Competition Friday, April 12, from 4:30 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. in the AMU, Monaghan Ballrooms. Attendees will have the opportunity to attend the poster and networking sessions and hear about the competitor's businesses. The top five overall business models will be presented to the audience Shark Tank style.

This event is free but registration is required. Contact Sarah Eslyn, events coordinator, at 8-7745 with questions.

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9. Bayanihan Student Organization to host annual cultural show

The Bayanihan Student Organization will host its annual cultural show on Sunday, April 7, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the Weasler Auditorium.

For more information, contact Chrysee Gorospe, cultural events coordinator of the Bayanihan Student Organization.

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10. Celebration of the sacraments of Christian Initiation is April 7, Mass times change

Thirteen members of the Marquette community will receive the sacraments of Christian Initiation on Sunday, April 7, at the 3 p.m. Mass at Church of the Gesu. Rev. Thomas Anderson, S.J., assistant director of Campus Ministry, will preside. A reception will be held immediately after in the lower level of Gesu Church. The candidates have spent the fall and spring semesters growing in Catholic, Christian faith through either the Rite of Christian Initiation process or Confirmation Program, both sponsored by Campus Ministry.

University Mass times for April 7 are 3 p.m. at Church of the Gesu and 8 p.m. in the Chapel of the Holy Family. There will be no 4 p.m. or 10 p.m. Masses this Sunday.

For more information, contact Stephen Blaha, assistant director of Campus Ministry, at 8-6873.

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11. Gesu Church façade repairs continue this spring

For more than two years, members of Gesu Parish Staff and the Finance Council have been diligently working to assess and address specific maintenance and repair needs of the outside of the historic Church of Gesu. This year the priorities are the east steeple, the front of the church, the nave (central area of the church), the transept (side) entrances and the fleche (the slender spire on the roof at the intersection of the nave and transepts).

Weather permitting, construction of scaffolding for work will begin on Monday, April 1. Scaffolding design for these efforts includes "protected" walkways helping to ensure access to entrances throughout most of the process.

Direct any questions about the fašade repair process to John O'Brien, in the Parish Center, at 8-7101.

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12. Seminar to address conceptions of the body in the 14th century

The Midwest Seminar in Ancient and Medieval Philosophy will present "Some Conceptions of Body in the 14th Century" Thursday, April 4, at 1:30 p.m. in the AMU, 252. Dr. Henrik Lagerlund, associate professor and chair of philosophy at the University of Western Ontario, will deliver the lecture.

For additional information, contact Dr. Richard Taylor, professor of philosophy, at 8-5649.

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13. Student Health 101 launches April issue

Marquette's Student Health 101 magazine has launched its April issue, featuring how-to videos and articles on topics such as the top five foods to power up your plate, beating stress before tests, differences in people's physical reaction to alcohol and the benefits of exercise. The April issue also features a chance to win $2,500.

The Student Health 101 magazine can be found online. Follow Student Health 101 on Facebook for insider stories, videos and articles on how to stay healthy in mind, body and spirit.

For more information, contact Student Health Service at 8-7184.

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14. Chemistry colloquium to discuss signaling pathways in cancer and Alzheimer's

The Department of Chemistry Spring 2013 Colloquium Series will host "Chemical Genetic Dissection of Signaling Pathways in Cancer and Alzheimer's Disease" Friday, April 5, at 4 p.m. in Wehr Chemistry, 121. Dr. Kavita Shah of the Purdue University 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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15. Biological Sciences Seminar Series continues Friday

The Biological Sciences Seminar Series will host "RNA-induced Chromatin Modification" Friday, April 5, at 3 p.m. in Wehr Life Sciences, 111. Dr. Sam Gu of the Rutgers University Department of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry will lead the seminar, which will be hosted by Dr. Lisa Petrella, assistant 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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