1. Course evaluations now available

Spring 2013 course evaluations opened Monday, April 22, and are available through Sunday, May 5. Students who complete evaluations for all of their classes will be entered into a drawing to win a new iPad. The online course evaluation system, MOCES, is also available as a mobile-friendly page, for students who wish to complete evaluations on their mobile devices.

Course evaluations are used by Marquette to review classes and instructors, with the primary goal of improving the quality of both. Responses are private and confidential, and no identifying information will ever appear with a response. For additional information, including FAQs, the course evaluation schedule and a sample evaluation form, visit the MOCES website.

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2. MUSG to host events this weekend, finals week

MUSG will host several events throughout the final weeks of the semester, including an outdoor movie, After Dark at the Roller Rink, free finals week snacks and a Late Night Breakfast.

  • Toy Story outdoor screening Thursday, April 25, at 9 p.m. on the Central Mall Free popcorn and collectable cups with movie theatre snacks, as well as a raffle, will be available.

  • After Dark at the Roller Rink, Saturday, April 27, from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. at Incredi-Roll Family Fun Center, West Allis Free rollerblading, pizza, soda and transportation is available for all students. The first 100 students to signup will receive free admission to laser tag. Buses will leave SHAMU at 10:15 p.m., and will return to campus on the hour. Register by visiting the MUSG Office, AMU, 133, or outside the AMU, Brew Bayou, on Thursday, April 25, and Friday, April 26.

  • Free finals week snacks Monday, May 6, at 9 p.m. in the AMU, second floor In conjunction with Sodexo, free snacks will be offered to all students.

  • Late Night Breakfast Wednesday, May 8, at 9 p.m. in McCormick Dining Hall In conjunction with Sodexo, a free breakfast of pancakes, bacon, sausage, eggs and hashbrowns will be offered free to all students.

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3. Stress reduction activities, pet therapy offered before finals week

The Counseling Center, MUSG and Student Health Service will offer a variety of stress-reduction activities Wednesday, May 1, from noon to 3 p.m. in front of the AMU. Activities will include pet therapy, chair massages and Frisbee; free popcorn will also be provided. In the event of rain, the event will take place in the entrance of Raynor Memorial Libraries.

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4. Latin American Student Organization to host annual Colores showcase

The Latin American Student Organization will host its annual Colores cultural performance showcase, "Carnivale," Saturday, April 27, in the Weasler Auditorium. The show will include various student performances, live music and a professional Brazilian Capoeira performance. Doors will open at 11:45 a.m., and the show will run from noon to 2:30 p.m.

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5. Donate textbooks to support National Center for Family Literacy

The College Student Personnel Association graduate student organization in the College of Education is collecting donations of textbooks and college level reading books for Better World Books. Better World Books will sell the collected books, with all proceeds going towards the National Center for Family Literacy. Donation bins marked "Support Literacy: Put Books Here" will be placed in the following locations:

  • Schroeder Complex, first floor lobby near the Teacher's Education Office and Hartman Center
  • Lalumiere Hall, main lobby
  • Straz Hall, main lobby
  • AMU, second floor near the information desk

Those with large donations of books can contact Lauren Mountain, graduate assistant in the Office of Student Development, to set up a date and time to pickup books.

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6. Student Health Service encouraging STD testing

Since 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.

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7. Donations needed for Project Night Night

Donations are being accepted for Project Night Night, an organization that provides 25,000 Night Night Packages each year, free of charge, to homeless children in need of childhood essentials. Items needed are new crib-size blankets, new or like-new stuffed animals and new or like-new books for children up to age 11. Fleece and yarn are also needed for creating blankets.

Items can be delivered to Lalumiere, 340, or arrangements can be made to deliver items to Marquette Hall, 003, over a lunch hour. Committee members are also needed to help collect items and pack and deliver the totes over lunch hours. Contact Kathleen Hawkins, administrative assistant of social and cultural sciences and chair of MU Volunteers, at 8-5500.

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8. Free movie screening for faculty, staff and students

MUSG will sponsor a private screening of the upcoming CBS Films production, The Kings of Summer, for all faculty, staff and students Wednesday, May 1, at the Landmark Theatre, 2589 N. Downer Ave. This coming-of-age film tells the story of three teenage friends in the who, in the ultimate act of independence, decide to spend their summer building a house in the woods and living off the land.

Tickets can be downloaded online. To download free passes, visit gofobo.com/rsvp and enter code MARQTZXF. Tickets are limited and will be served on a first come, first-serve basis.

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9. Dr. Andrew Kahrl honored by Organization of American Historians

Dr. Andrew Kahrl, assistant professor of history, has been selected by the Organization of American Historians to receive the 2013 Liberty Legacy Foundation Award, given annually for the best book by a historian on the civil rights struggle from the beginnings of the nation to the present. Kahrl's book, The Land Was Ours: African-American Beaches from Jim Crow to the Sunbelt South, weaves together the history of race with the history of leisure and capitalism and legal and environmental history, offering a reinterpretation of the meaning of civil rights for African-Americans.

Kahrl was presented with the award Saturday, April 13, at the 106th annual meeting of the Organization of American Historians in San Francisco. Founded in 1907, the organization is the largest learned society and professional organization dedicated to the teaching and studying of the American past.

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10. Terence Miller given a World Citizen Award by International Institute of Wisconsin

Terence Miller, director of the Office of International Education, will be awarded the World Citizen Award by the International Institute of Wisconsin at its annual World Citizen Celebration dinner Saturday, April 27. With more than 15 years of international higher education experience, Miller oversees international student and scholar services, study abroad and the English as a Second Language program, and manages strategic international partnerships. Miller's research interests include human rights, rule of law, transitional justice and development of civil societies.

The International Institute of Wisconsin is an organization dedicated to the promotion of international cooperation and understanding that initiates, coordinates and sponsors a variety of activities and programs about immigration and social services, refugee resettlement, citizen diplomacy, and interpretation and translation.

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11. Colloquium to address assistive robotics and health care technology

The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering Spring 2013 Colloquium Series will host, "Assistive Robotics and Technologies for Health Care Applications," Tuesday, April 30, at 2 p.m. in Olin Engineering, 120. Dr. Ayanna M. Howard, Motorola Foundation Professor and Chair in the Robotics Ph.D. Program at Georgia Institute of Technology, will lead the seminar.

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

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12. Seminar to address neural regulation of negative affect and addiction

The College of Health Sciences' Integrative Neuroscience Research Center Spring 2013 Seminar Series will present "The Neural Regulation of Negative Affect and Addiction," Tuesday, April 30, at 3:30 p.m. in Schroeder Complex, 256. Dr. Robert Wheeler, assistant professor of biomedical sciences, 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. Dispute Resolution Association to host workshop on difficult conversations

The Dispute Resolution Association will hold a presentation workshop, "Difficult Conversations," Tuesday, April 30, from noon to 1 p.m. in the AMU, 252. The presentation-workshop will take a look at the three conversations within a difficult conversation: the "what happened?" conversation, the feelings conversation and the identity conversation.

RSVP is requested, but not required, for this free event. For additional information or to RSVP, contact David Angel, president of the Dispute Resolution Association.

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14. Faculty/Staff Chorale to perform annual spring concert

The Faculty/Staff Chorale, under the direction of Mark Konewko, carillonneur and director of university chorus, will present its annual spring concert Tuesday, April 30, and Thursday, May 2, at 11:15 a.m. in the Varsity Theatre. All are invited to attend the concert, which will feature music ranging from the Renaissance to modern era.

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15. Chili cook-off competition to take place April 30

Regional Sodexo chefs will test their best chili recipes against the Marquette Chili Champ, Aaron Cooper, Tuesday, April 30, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the AMU. Cooper won the fall 2012 Chili Challenge with his "Jamaican Me Crazy" recipe. Admission is $3 to sample all recipes and vote for the winner.

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16. Free group fitness classes on Friday

The Department of Recreational Sports is offering the following free group fitness classes to members tomorrow, April 26. The following classes will be offered free of charge:

Rec Center:

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

Rec Plex:

  • Variety Class at noon

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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