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1. Mission Week keynote event is today

All Opus Prize guests will be interviewed together for the first time, a compelling public conversation among international leaders of faith and justice at the Mission Week keynote event, The World is our Home, Thursday Feb. 7, at 4 p.m. in the Varsity Theatre.

Ambassador Mark Dybul, executive director of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, will facilitate. The fund has invested nearly $23 billion in support of large-scale prevention, treatment and care programs, and Dybul is widely recognized as a visionary leader on global health for his role in creating and implementing the President's Emergency Program for AIDS Relief, the largest global health initiative undertaken to address a single disease. Doors open at 3:30 p.m. Tickets are required and are available in the AMU, Brooks Lounge. One ticket per MUID will be issued. For additional information, contact University Special Events at 8-7431 or visit the Mission Week website.

After the keynote event, meet the Opus Prize recipients, who will be scattered among various "salons" for individual and small-group conversations, Thursday, Feb. 7, at 5:15 p.m. on the second floor of the AMU. Wander among the salons and talk personally with these amazing women and men of faith who have made the world and its people their home. All Opus Prize recipients and representatives will attend.

Watch for Marquette Magazine web exclusives on Mission Week events throughout the week and visit the Marquette Tumblr and Facebook accounts for reflections on Mission Week events as they happen. Participants are encouraged to use the hashtag #missionweek when tweeting about Mission Week events.

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2. Mission Week dinner with Opus Prize recipients and representatives is tonight

Guests will join the Opus Prize recipients for an evening of gratitude and inspiration Thursday, Feb. 7, at 6:30 p.m. in the AMU, Monaghan Ballroom. Maggy Barankitse and Father Frechette will address the group on behalf of all the women and men of compassion who have been awarded the prestigious Opus Prize.

Maggy Barankitse and Father Frechette will speak at the event. Check-in will begin at 6:15 p.m. The cost is $50 per person for faculty and staff, and free for students. Registration is required. For additional information, contact University Special Events at 8-7431 or visit the Mission Week website.

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3. Attend a reflection on Mission Week

It is an Ignatian practice to pause and recall the gifts we have received in the form of people and experiences. After a week of hosting and being inspired by the 10 Opus Prize recipients, the Marquette community is invited to do just that in the form of a special time of reflection, Friday, Feb. 8, at noon in the Chapel of the Holy Family.

A light lunch will immediately follow. For additional information, contact University Special Events at 8-7431 or visit the Mission Week website.

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4. Freshmen and seniors asked to complete the National Survey of Student Engagement

Freshmen and seniors will receive an email from President Scott R. Pilarz, S.J., Tuesday, Feb. 12, asking them to participate in the National Survey of Student Engagement. The NSSE survey takes approximately 15 minutes to complete, and helps the university understand how students are spending time in and out of the classroom.

In appreciation for participating, all students who complete the survey by April 1 will be entered into a drawing for one of 10 Marquette Cash gift cards worth $50 each. Approximately 1,500 students are eligible to win.

If you have any questions about this project at Marquette University or how we plan to use the results, please contact Alexandra Riley, associate director of the Office of Institutional Research and Assessment, at 8-8049.

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5. MUSG to hold information session tonight on running for 2013-14 election

MUSG will host an information session Thursday, Feb. 7, at 5 p.m. in the AMU, 133, for students interested in running for MUSG president and executive vice president or academic senator for the 2013-14 academic year. Current MUSG Elections Coordinator David Kuester will discuss the requirements and expectations of candidates.

Election packets will be available at the meeting or in the MUSG office in the AMU, 133, following the meeting. Election materials will also be available online Thursday, Feb. 7. All registration materials are due to the MUSG office by Monday, Feb. 25, by 5 p.m.

For additional questions or concerns, contact David Kuester.

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6. Kohler Center for Entrepreneurship starts new business model challenge

The Kohler Center for Entrepreneurship in the College of Business Administration today announced it is accepting applications for ImpactNext, the center's new business model challenge. The new venture contest replaces the Marquette Business Plan Competition, which the Kohler Center sponsored for 10 years.

ImpactNext is open to undergraduate and graduate students, alumni and staff. New to this competition, ImpactNext welcomes community members who are dedicated to fostering job growth and development in the central city. Applicants must submit a registration form, which includes a summary of and questionnaire about the proposed business model, by March 8, 2013. The registration fee is $25 for those who apply by Feb. 22 and $50 after. Student scholarships are available.

The competition will culminate with an event on Friday, April 12, 2013. Participants will showcase their business models during a networking and poster session. Preliminary judging during that time will determine one winner from each category: undergraduate, graduate, alumni, staff and community. Each category winner is eligible to receive $1,000 toward their venture.

Judges at that time will also determine the top five finalists (not necessarily category winners) who will move on to the next round. Those finalists will deliver one- to two-minute pitches to the judges and the audience; judges will have the opportunity to ask questions. Winners will be announced later in the evening. The grand-prize winner among the five finalists will receive $2,000.

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7. Seminar to address the basal forebrain cholinergic system

The College of Health Sciences' Integrative Neuroscience Research Center Spring 2013 Seminar Series will present, "The Basal Forebrain Cholinergic System: Anatomy to Function and Dysfunction," Tuesday, Feb. 12, at 3:30 p.m. in Schroeder Complex, 256. Dr. Laszlo Zaborszky of the Center for Molecular and Behavioral Neuroscience at Rutgers University 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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8. Strategic Planning Coordinating Committee hosting office hours Monday

The Strategic Plan Coordinating Committee co-chairs will host office hours Monday, Feb. 11, from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. in the AMU, 231. Other strategic planning office hours throughout the semester include:

  • Wednesday, Feb. 20, from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. in the AMU, 233
  • Thursday, Feb. 28, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. in the AMU, 362
  • Thursday, March 7, from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. in the AMU, 362
  • Monday, March 18, from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. in the AMU, 231
  • Wednesday, March 27, from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the AMU, 233

Those interested in attending any of the office hours should RSVP to Laura Hagan, office assistant in the Office of the University Architect, at 8-4439.

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9. Free group fitness classes on Friday, register for 5k

The Department of Recreational Sports is offering the following free group fitness classes to members tomorrow, Feb. 8. 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.
  • Water Rumba at 3 p.m.
  • Zumba at 4 p.m.

Rec Plex:

  • Variety Class at noon
  • Full Body Sculpt at 3 p.m.

In addition, registration for the Leprechaun Leap 5k is now open. Registration is available in the main office at the Rec Center or Rec Plex.

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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10. Mission Week daily reflection: Putting Love into Practice

Each day of Mission Week, a different poem is being offered to the campus community for reflection. Instead of a traditional prayer or reflection, these poems are suggested as ways to explore one's religious imagination. The Faber Center has also developed daily video reflections for the campus community, which are available on the Faber Center website.

As we continue to celebrate the work and efforts of the Opus Prize recipients, we recall St. Ignatius' reminder of the true expression of love.

Putting Love into Practice
St. Ignatius of Loyola

Love consists in sharing what one has and what one is with those one loves.
Love ought to show itself in deeds more than in words.

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