A Marquette University alumnus has posthumously donated $1 million in merit-based achievement awards and annual support for faculty and staff professional development, Rev. Scott R. Pilarz, S.J., university president, announced today.
Dr. Robert C. Olson, Davenport, Iowa, was a 1953 graduate of the Marquette University School of Medicine, now known as the Medical College of Wisconsin. Through the estate of the late Dr. Olson and his wife, Patricia Olson, the Olsons' surviving children, Margaret (Peg) (Physical Therapy, '75), Dedham, Maine; Jane (Interpersonal Communications, '77), East Lansing, Mich.; and Stephen (Steve) (Speech, Broadcast Communications, '78) Franklin, Wis.; were given the task to determine how to direct the endowment to best carry on their father's legacy.
"This generous contribution from a legacy family will allow us to continue a larger drive for new excellence at Marquette University," said President Scott R. Pilarz, S.J. "This gift offers an incredible opportunity for future generations of Marquette students to begin their own legacies by sharing their talents, dreams and hopes for the future."
The Olson family evenly divided the merit-based awards and annual support for professional development among their three areas of personal interest: communication, physical therapy and student leadership.
The gift will support scholarship awards and professional development in the following areas:
Rev. Daniel Hendrickson, S.J., associate vice president in the Office of the Executive Vice President, has taken on the role of Title IX coordinator for the university, in addition to his other administrative duties related to the reaffirmation of accreditation process and emergency preparedness and planning efforts.
Title IX, a groundbreaking statute intended to end gender and sex discrimination in education, became law in 1972. While the most famous of its requirements is that schools provide females with equal athletic opportunities, it also mandates gender equity in all aspects of the educational system. Title IX requires and promotes gender equity in four key areas: sex segregation and stereotypes in education; pregnant and parenting teens' rights; gender-based violence and compliance with the Clery Act; and athletics.
Father Hendrickson will be supported by four deputy Title IX coordinators, one from each of the four divisions most closely linked to Title IX policies:
Father Hendrickson and the deputy Title IX coordinators will oversee campus training and education initiatives, promote awareness of Title IX requirements and ensure their proper reporting. The deputy Title IX coordinators will be the primary liaisons with individuals involved in situations related to Title IX compliance.
The Department of Public Safety will remain the central investigatory body for all issues related to Title IX requirements. DPS will continue to work closely with the Milwaukee Police Department and other external partners to ensure compliance with Title IX reporting, procedures and requirements.
Father Hendrickson can be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org, via phone at 8-4976 or via mail at: Zilber Hall, 1250 W. Wisconsin Ave., Suite 435, Milwaukee, Wis., 53233.
The December 2013 Mid-year Commencement ceremony will be the final mid-year graduation ceremony for Marquette University. This decision was made in consultation with University Leadership Council and the Executive Committee of the Academic Senate. Marquette University Student Government was also briefed on the future of Marquette's Commencement activities.
Beginning in 2014, the university will focus its energy and resources on the May Commencement ceremony at the BMO Harris Bradley Center, which will allow all graduates to share in university-wide festivities involving high-profile speakers and honorary degree recipients, which have included baseball legend Henry Aaron, Teach for America founder Wendy Kopp and will include Bill Cosby this May. Mid-year graduates will continue to be granted degrees when their graduation requirements are complete, and are encouraged to participate in Commencement following the completion of coursework. For information on this year's May Commencement ceremony, please visit the Commencement web page. Students should consult with their college offices regarding specific graduation requirements and ceremony participation questions.
Several incidents of theft from university buildings have recently been reported to the Department of Public Safety. In most cases, personal items were left unsecured and unattended for relatively short periods of time. Protect your property by keeping it with you or in a secure place at all times. Never leave your property unattended, even for short periods of time. This is especially important in areas easily accessed by the public. Remain alert and report any suspicious persons or activity to the Department of Public Safety's emergency line at 8-1911.
Earth Week will be celebrated on campus April 22-26. Join Students for an Environmentally Active Campus in celebrating the following events:
Monday, April 22: Earth Day
Tuesday, April 23: Energy Sustainability
Wednesday, April 24: Water Sustainability
Thursday, April 25: Public Health
Friday, April 26: Arbor Day
Additional information about Earth Week events can be found online.
The Honorable Maged Refaat Aboulmagd, consul general of the Arab Republic of Egypt in Chicago, will deliver "The Prospects between Egypt and America Post-January 25 Revolution," Tuesday, April 23, from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. in Raynor Memorial Libraries' Beaumier Suites B and C. Two years after the Egyptian revolution, the effects are still being felt in the Middle East and across the globe. The Consul General will discuss what really took place in Egypt during the revolution and how recent development will affect future U.S.-Egyptian relations and U.S.-Middle East relations at large.
Aboulmagd has been a diplomat with the Egyptian Foreign Ministry since 1989 and held positions in Belgium, Bahrain, Russia and Nigeria, as well as with the Permanent Mission of Egypt to the United Nations. Aboulmagd's other special assignments and UN-related experience include serving as an alternate representative to the UN Security Council and as an UN Observer.
A reception will follow the event. For additional information, contact the Office of International Education at 8-7289.
The Gender and Sexuality Resource Center will host "How Many Genders? A Perspective from Medieval Europe," Monday, April 22, at noon in the AMU, 425. Dr. Lezlie Knox, associate professor of history, will present her research on the topic.
Register by Friday, April 19, by contacting the Gender and Sexuality Resource Center at 8-4975, to receive a free lunch at the event.
The GSRC will also host a symposium, "Ambivalent Sexism and Body Esteem," Tuesday, April 23, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. in Cudahy Hall, 114. Dr. Stephen Franzoi, professor of psychology, and Katherine Frost, psychology doctoral candidate, will present their research on the revision of the Body Esteem Scale, which was first developed in 1984 and is currently used by researchers around the world.
Registration is not necessary. Hors d'oeurves and refreshments will be served.
The Raynor Memorial Libraries will hold a series of events in honor of Dorothy Day, the devout Catholic social activist, and in commemoration of the 80th anniversary of the Catholic Worker Movement, which quickly emerged following the publication of the first issue of the Catholic Worker newspaper on May 1, 1933.
A complete description of events can be found online.
As April is Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STD) Awareness Month, Student Health Service is calling attention to the impact of STDs and promoting STD testing. This year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has launched a "Get Yourself Tested" campaign, encouraging young people, who are particularly vulnerable, to get themselves tested and spread the word about the campaign.
For more information or to schedule a STD testing appointment, contact Student Health Service at 8-7184.
Women in Physics will host Dr. Evalyn Gates, CEO of the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, Wednesday, April 24, at 4 p.m. in the Weasler Auditorium. Dr. Gates will deliver "Einstein's Telescope: The Hunt for Dark Matter and Dark Energy." For additional information, contact Lauren Scherer, office assistant, at 8-7595.
The Department of History Casper Lecture Fund will host "She Had Always Enjoyed Her Freedom: Re-enslavement and the Law in the Era of the Haitian Revolution," Monday, April 22, at 7:30 p.m. in the Raynor Memorial Libraries' Beaumier Suites. Rebecca J. Scott, Charles Gubson Distinguished University Professor of History and Professor of Law at the University of Michigan, will deliver the lecture.
Psi Chi, the psychology honor society, will host a panel seminar about careers in psychology and graduate options for psychology majors Wednesday, April 24, at 6:30 p.m. in Emory Clark Hall, 123. Topics to be discussed include types of graduate degrees, career options, preparing for the GRE, choosing a graduate program and the graduate application process.
Snacks and light refreshments will be served.
The Department of Biological Sciences will hold its annual Undergraduate Research Day on Friday, April 26, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. in Wehr Life Sciences, first floor. This event will feature undergraduate research poster presentations.
For more information contact Kristen Boeh, administrative assistant, at 8-7356.
Alpha Chi Omega sorority will host a "Walk a Mile in her Shoes" event Sunday April 28, on the Central Mall. "Walk a Mile in her Shoes," the International Men's March to Stop Rape, Sexual Assault and Gender Violence, is a project of Venture Humanity, Inc., a nonprofit organization. Male students participating in the event will walk one mile in women's high heeled shoes to protest sexualized violence, educate the campus community and raise money for chronically underfunded rape crisis centers, domestic violence shelters and other sexualized violence prevention and recovery services. Proceeds from the walk will benefit the Milwaukee Women's Center. Register online. Female and male students are welcome to participate in the event.
For additional information, contact Danielle Kirby, vice president of philanthropy at Alpha Chi Omega.
Join members of the Admissions and Student Services staff to explore attending law school on a part-time basis Tuesday, April 23, from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Marquette alumni who began their education as part-time students influence the legal profession in the courtroom and the boardroom, in government agencies and in private practice. Learn more about the Law School's part-time program online.
The Dispute Resolution Association will present "Negotiation: Compete or Problem-solve," Tuesday, April 23, from noon to 1 p.m. in the AMU, 252.
The workshop will attempt to answer a simple question with a not-so-simple answer: in negotiations, when should individuals "compete" and when should they "problem-solve?" Based on Gain the Edge! by Martin Latz, the workshop is designed to combine theory with practice. Participants are invited to come and learn about the theory in an interactive presentation-workshop format designed to help participants leave knowing how to put that theory into use.
Register by emailing David Angel, president of Marquette's Dispute Resolution Association.
The Marquette Contemplative Community will host "Mindful Eating: Food for Thought," Monday, April 29, from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. in Raynor Memorial Libraries' Beaumier Suites B and C. The free presentation will include mindfulness practices and discussion, and will be given by Mark McDonough, pastor of Calvary Presbyterian Church. McDonough has more than 30 years' experience with spiritual disciplines and has taught mindfulness courses for Marquette's Honors Program.
To register, email Alice Gormley, database management/serials librarian, by April 25. Participants should indicate if they have a preference for, or an allergy to, oranges or bananas.
The Physical Therapy Student Council will host a Massage-A-Thon from Wednesday, April 3, through Friday, April 26, in Schroeder Complex, 397. Hours are as follows:
The cost is $8 for 15 minutes, $15 for 30 minutes, $22 for 45 minutes and $30 for an hour. Appointments can be made online or by email. Walk-ins are welcome, and cash, check or Marquette Cash is accepted.
The Marquette University Liturgical Choir will perform their spring concert, "The World is Our Home," Saturday, April 20, at 7:30 p.m. at Church of the Gesu. The concert is free, but donations to Heifer International will be accepted.
The Marquette Wind Ensemble will perform its final concert of the year Sunday, April 21, at 2 p.m. in the Varsity Theatre. This free performance will feature a band arrangement of Shostakovich's Twelfth Symphony, as well as a salute to graduating seniors.
Pure Dance Marquette will host its annual spring showcase, "Pure Dance Marquette…C'est La Vie," Sunday, April 21, at 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. in the Weasler Auditorium. Admission is free and open to the entire Marquette community.
Graduating seniors who are interested in assisting at the Baccalaureate Mass Saturday, May 18, can sign-up be a liturgical minister online. Readers, hospitality ministers, servers, musicians and other liturgical ministers are needed.
For additional information, contact Timothy Johnston, assistant director of liturgical programs, at 8-0522.
Throughout the Lenten season, the campus community participated in a technology fast to give alms to the Heifer Project and to St. Ben's Community Meal in Milwaukee. A total of 42 participants pledged 1,074 hours throughout the season, with a total of $716 going to St. Ben's Community Meal and $1,040 going to the Heifer Project.
For additional information on how to participate in Campus Ministry programs, stop by the Campus Ministry office in the AMU, 236.