1. Wear jeans to support Denim Day on April 24

On Wednesday, April 24, the university will once again recognize Denim Day, an annual international effort to support survivors and create a global change in attitudes towards sexual assault. This is part of the university's month-long recognition of Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

Denim Day began as a protest against a 1997 Italian court case, in which a convicted rapist's sentence was overturned. The court ruled that because the teenage victim's jeans were tight, the victim must have assisted in their removal, thereby making the sex act consensual. Enraged by the verdict, the women in the Italian Parliament launched into immediate action and protested by wearing jeans to work.

Denim Day 2013 will feature a clothing drive to benefit Pathfinders Milwaukee, an agency providing shelter and safety for homeless youth. Donation boxes will be placed in each of the residence halls, the Gender and Sexuality Resource Center and Student Health Service beginning Monday, April 15. Arrangements can also be made to retrieve donated items from any campus location.

Faculty, staff and students can pick up free T-shirts and buttons from the Denim Day information table located in the AMU, second floor, Wednesday, April 17, and Thursday, April 18, from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m.

For more information or to request a Denim Day participation packet, contact Sue Cooper, coordinator of sexual violence and advocacy services, at 8-5244.

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2. Submit artwork for MUmontage mural competition

Marquette University Student Government and MU Mania are seeking student sketches for a "paint by numbers" concept mural that will be painted by students in the first week of classes for the fall semester. It will be called the MUmontage, with the emphasis that the mural will represent the community atmosphere that is Marquette. Drawings should depict the themes, "What makes Marquette a community to you?" and "How are we united as one student body?"

Artwork is due Tuesday, April 16, and can be dropped off at the MUSG office or emailed to MUSG.Programs@marquette.edu. A campus-wide vote for the top design will take place Tuesday, April 23, to Sunday, April 28. This sketch will then be placed on a giant canvas for the student body to fill in by painting by numbers the first week of the fall 2013 semester, and the final product will be revealed at the first After Dark hosted by MUSG Program Board next fall.

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3. Step Up! To host Rwandan Genocide survivor, screening of documentary

Step Up! will host Consolee Nishimwe, survivor of the Rwandan Genocide, Monday, April 15, at 5 p.m. in the AMU, Monaghan Ballroom B. Nishimwe will speak about her book Tested to the Limit, which shared her powerful story of survival.

On Wednesday, April 17, Step Up! will host a screening of the documentary Brussels-Kigali at 6:30 p.m. in Marquette Hall, 100. This documentary follows the 2009 Brussels Assizes Court trial in absentia Ephrem Nkezabera, leaders of the extremist Hutu Interahamwe militias. Is a mourning process possible? What is the state of reparation and justice now that the work of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda is coming to an end?

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4. Join discussion on community development and sustainability in Milwaukee

Hunger Clean-Up and the Center for Community Service will host "Meeting Milwaukee: A Discussion on Community Development and Sustainability" Tuesday, April 16, at 7 p.m. in the AMU, 163. What does it take to turn a community in the direction of health and vibrancy, and how does a once healthy community shift away from these qualities? What are barriers that need changing in struggling communities, and what's the key to resident engagement that works? Join this discussion with insight from a panel of members from the Building Neighborhood Capacity Program in Metcalfe Park.

Refreshments and snacks will be provided. For additional information, contact MU Community.

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5. Alpha Xi Delta to host events benefitting Autism Speaks

As part of Autism Awareness month, Alpha Xi Delta will host two events this week to benefit Autism Speaks. PopXi Corn will be held Friday, April 12, from 10 p.m. to midnight at the Alpha Xi Delta House on 17th and Kilbourn. Students can stop by and purchase popcorn for $1.

On Saturday, April 13, Alpha Xi Delta will host the third annual Pass Xi Syrup event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the 2040 Lofts. Students can enjoy all-you-can-eat pancakes for $5. Tickets can be purchased from any Alpha Xi Delta member and all this week in the AMU and Lalumiere Hall.

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6. Midnight Run to host student film festival

Midnight Run will host "Reel Poverty," its annual student film and arts festival on Milwaukee poverty, Thursday, April 18, at 8 p.m. in the Annex. All are invited to this free event to see student films and to enjoy local photo art and musicians.

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7. Athletics to hold spring tryouts for cheerleading, dance team

The Department of Intercollegiate Athletics will hold spring tryouts for the 2013-14 cheerleading squad and dance team Sunday, April 28, at the Al McGuire Center. Dance team tryouts will be held at 9 a.m., with cheerleading tryouts at noon.

Prior to tryouts, Athletics will offer a series of cheerleading and co-ed stunt clinics from April 15 to April 24 and a dance team clinic April 27.

Interested students who are unable to attend the clinics and tryout should submit a DVD of required skills, a list of which will be sent upon request. All material must be received by Sunday, April 28. For more information, contact Mary Larkin, office manager of Intercollegiate Athletics and Spirit Squad coach, at 8-4796.

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8. Conference to address contemporary poetry and spirituality

The Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures will present "And Have You Changed Your Life?," a contemporary poetry and spirituality conference, Saturday, April 20, from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Raynor Libraries' Beaumier Suites. The conference will explore poetry written in societies that are uncomfortable with religion, where the abuse of language alters trust in words and where the devaluing of the person grows more intense. Several Marquette professors will perform. For questions and to register, contact Dr. John Pustejovsky, associate professor of German, at 8-7129.

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9. Interdisciplinary conference to facilitate conversations across the humanities

The Way Klingler College of Arts and Sciences will host an interdisciplinary conference, "Conversations Across the Humanities," Friday, April 19, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in Cudahy Hall. This conference will feature nearly 30 presentations from faculty members and graduate students from the departments of English, foreign languages and literatures, history, philosophy, psychology and theology, as well as from the College of Communication and the Raynor Memorial Libraries. Sessions will cover topics such as popular representations of religious figures, race and space across the disciplines, revisiting American borderlands and digital humanities.

This conference is free; a complete schedule can be found online.

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10. William J. Kelly, S.J., Lecture to discuss Protestant America in the 19th century

Dr. Patrick W. Carey, professor and William J. Kelly, S.J., Chair in Catholic Theology, will present "Sin, Confession and Forgiveness in 19th Century Protestant America" as part of the 2013 William J. Kelly, S.J., Chair Lecture, Thursday, April 18, at 4 p.m. in Emory Clark Hall, 111. This lecture will describe representative 19th-century American Protestant theological objections to the Catholic sacrament of penance and the varying Protestant understandings of sin, repentance and forgiveness.

For additional information about this free lecture, contact the department of theology at 8-7170.

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11. Presentation to address vaccine efficiency prediction method

Dr. Michael W. Deem, John W. Cox professor of biochemical and genetic engineering and professor of physics and astronomy at Rice University, will deliver a public presentation Friday, April 12, at 9 a.m. in the Raynor Memorial Libraries' Beaumier Suite A. "Evolution in the Bacterial, Archael and Jawed Vertebrate Immune Systems" will discuss a method to predict vaccine efficiency that is at least as predictive as animal model studies.

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12. Integrative Neuroscience Research Center Spring Seminar Series continues April 16

The College of Health Sciences Integrative Neuroscience Research Center Spring 2013 Seminar Series will present "Neuronal Coordination in Memory Circuits" Tuesday, April 16, at 3:30 p.m. in Schroeder Complex, 256. Dr. Kamran Diba of the department of psychology at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee 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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13. Colloquium to focus on software engineering for the media industry

The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering Spring 2013 Colloquium Series will host "State-of-the-art Software Engineering for the Media Industry" Tuesday, April 16, at 2 p.m. in Olin, 120. James Conigliaro, director of interactive technology at Journal Communications, Inc., will lead the seminar.

Refreshments will be served prior to the seminar at 1:30 p.m. in Olin, 204-A. For more information, contact the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at 8-6820.

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14. Department of Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science Colloquium Series continues tomorrow

The Department of Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science Colloquium Series will host "Singularities in an ODE to Determine New Twisting Type N Einstein Spaces" Friday, April 12, at 1 p.m. in Cudahy, 401. Dr. George Corliss, senior research scientist/professor emeritus of electrical and computer engineering, 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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15. Final Lunch and Learn of the semester to feature founder of Ann’s Hope Foundation

In the last Lunch and Learn session of the semester, Tuesday, April 16, at noon in Straz Hall, 269, Ann Harrington will discuss her work with Ann’s Hope Foundation, a charitable, not-for-profit organization whose purpose is to raise awareness of the dangers of melanoma cancer and to increase the level of research, early detection and prevention efforts in the community. Her talk will focus on how she started a non-profit charitable organization and what challenges such an organization faces compared to the traditional entrepreneurial business venture.

A light lunch will be served. Register online.  For additional questions, contact Sarah Eslyn, events coordinator in the College of Business Administration, 8-7745.

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16. Tell us about interesting May graduates by April 12

The Office of Marketing and Communication is seeking stories about May 2013 graduation candidates for possible use with local media. Interesting stories include graduates who have remarkable plans and jobs post-graduation; have unusual backgrounds; have overcome substantial obstacles in getting their degree; have won recent national-level awards; have received academic recognition; or have been featured in scholarly publications.

What graduates do you know who have fascinating stories to tell? Email their names and as many details as possible by Friday, April 12.

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17. "Almost everything $6" gift sale to benefit PT scholarship fund

The "almost everything $6 gift sale" is taking place Wednesday, April 10, to Friday, April 12, in the AMU, opening daily at 10 a.m. This sale features gifts, jewelry and accessories, with 20 percent of the sale proceeds going to the Physical Therapy Faculty Student Scholarship Fund. The sale will include both licensed merchandise greater than $6 and specials under $6.

Marquette cash and credit cards are accepted. Those interested in making a contribution to the scholarship fund to assist graduate students in the Doctor of Physical Therapy program can contact Kathleen Ludington, director of development for the college of health sciences, at 8-1410.

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18. Register for annual Rec Plex golf outing

The 18th Annual Rec Plex Golf Scramble will be held Thursday, June 6, at Silver Spring Country Club's Island and Falls course in Menomonee Falls, Wis. Proceeds from the event benefit the Breadwinner Scholarship, which aids students who have lost their "breadwinner" parent during their undergraduate years, and the Rec Sports equipment budget.

Online registration begins Monday, April 15 at 10 a.m. The cost is $100 or $115 for individuals and $400 or $460 per foursome, depending on the course. For more information, contact John Kratzer, general manager of the Rec Plex, at 8-7778.

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19. Free group fitness classes on Friday

The Department of Recreational Sports is offering the following free group fitness classes to members tomorrow, April 12. The following classes will be offered free of charge:

Rec Center:

  • Spin Class at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m.
  • Cardio Kick at 4 p.m.

Rec Plex:

  • Variety Class at noon
  • Dance Fitness 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.

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