1. Thank donors on annual Tuition Runs Out Day, Feb. 14

Marquette Nation will host its annual Tuition Runs Out Day, Thursday, Feb. 14, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the AMU, second floor lobby. Tuition Runs Out Day marks the point in the academic year when tuition dollars run out and the remainder of the year is funded by private donations. Students are encouraged to stop by and sign a thank you card for a Marquette donor.

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2. Submit FAFSA forms by this Friday, Feb. 15

Students must complete and submit the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) online every year to be considered for financial aid. The Office of Student Financial Aid recommends having the FAFSA filed and submitted no later than Friday, Feb. 15, so that it can be processed and sent to Marquette by the March 1 priority deadline. The student and one parent will need their own federal PIN numbers to electronically sign the FAFSA. To request a PIN, go online.

If the FAFSA is received by Marquette after the March 1 priority deadline, financial aid could be reduced or eliminated due to limited funding. Any required documents must also be submitted to Marquette Central within 30 days of the student's initial request for missing documents. Missing documents are listed on CheckMarq.

For any additional questions, contact Marquette Central at 8-4000.

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3. Third annual Diversity Dialogue to address cultural, religious and gender diversity

The Department of Psychology Diversity Committee will present the third annual "Diversity Dialogue: A Panel Discussion on Cultural, Religious and Gender Diversity," Thursday, Feb. 14, from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. in Cramer Hall, 104J. Panelists include:

  • Dr. Lisa Edwards, associate professor of counselor education and counseling psychology
  • Dr. Michael Dante, director of the Faber Center for Ignatian Spirituality
  • Dr. Susannah Bartlow, director of the Gender and Sexuality Resource Center

The panel will be moderated by Dr. Anees Sheikh, professor of psychology. Closing remarks will be given by Dr. William Welburn, associate provost for diversity and inclusion.

Refreshments will be served at this free event. This event is cosponsored by the Associate Provost for Diversity and Inclusion, the Helen Way Klingler College of Arts and Sciences, the Graduate School, the Faber Center for Ignatian Spirituality, Intercultural Engagement in the Office of Student Development, and the Gender and Sexuality Resource Center.

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4. Annual Ciszek Lecture is Feb. 18

The Marquette University Knights of Columbus will present the 2013 Ciszek Lecture Monday, Feb. 18, at 7:30 p.m. in the AMU, 227. Rev. James Kubicki, S.J., national director of the Apostleship of Prayer, will present "Heroic Catholicism: Can You Live the Faith Today?" In a less cynical time, President John F. Kennedy energized a generation with the question, "Ask not what your country can do for you. Ask what you can do for your country." Today it seems that the question on most people's minds is, "What can my country and church do for me?" Is idealism dead and how can one live a heroic life of faith today? Father Kubicki will offer a response in this free lecture.

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5. In-person reaffirmation of accreditation feedback sessions begin this week

Feedback on Marquette's reaffirmation and accreditation process is being collected now through Friday, Feb. 22, and can be submitted online or by attending in-person feedback sessions, which will each focus on one of the five main criteria of the self-study. Sessions will take place from 3 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. on the following dates:

  • "Mission" Monday, Feb. 11, in Raynor Memorial Libraries' Beaumier Suite A

  • "Ethical and Responsible Conduct" Tuesday, Feb. 12, in Raynor Memorial Libraries' Beaumier Suites B/C

  • "Teaching and Learning Quality, Resources and Support" Thursday, Feb. 14, in the AMU, 227

  • "Teaching and Learning Evaluation and Improvement" Wednesday, Feb. 20, in the AMU, 163

  • "Resources, Planning and Institutional Effectiveness" Thursday, Feb. 21, in the AMU, 157

The five criteria in the self-study are broken down into 21 core components and 71 subcomponents. Brief descriptions of these sections are available online, allowing campus members to identify areas of the self-study they might choose to review. Additional information and background about the reaffirmation of accreditation process is available online and in the February issue of Marquette Matters.

In a short video, President Scott R. Pilarz, S.J., encourages the campus community to review the self-study draft prepared for Marquette's reaffirmation of accreditation. The self-study is a critical step in the process and the feedback will be used to help ensure the final document accurately reflects the university.

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6. 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., tomorrow 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 or how Marquette plans 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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7. Students can grant guest access to grades

Interested students can provide parents, guardians and others access to view their grades by setting up a guest account in CheckMarq. Students can give access to view mid-term and final grades, as well as Bursar and Financial Aid account information. Additional details are available online.

Log-in to CheckMarq to set up guest access. Students are in control of the guest access and have the ability to change the password at any time. For additional information or questions, contact Mechelle Cockfield, administrative assistant in the Office of the Registrar, at 8-7507.

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8. Night of Chocolate tickets on sale

Marquette University Student Government will host Night of Chocolate: Carnival on Thursday, Feb. 14, beginning at 8:30 p.m. in the AMU, Monaghan Ballrooms. This semi-formal, Brazilian carnival-themed event will feature dark chocolate, milk chocolate and white chocolate fountains and dipping items such as fruits, pretzels, crackers, marshmallows and more. Tickets are available in the AMU Brooks Lounge for $5 with a Marquette ID.

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9. Play for Kay women's basketball game to feature bra drive, health fair

The women's basketball team will take on Notre Dame Sunday, Feb. 17, at 1:30 p.m. at the Al McGuire Center as part of the "Play for Kay" pink-out event. Prior to the event at 12:30, an interactive Health Fair will feature a wide variety of displays, activities and promotional materials designed to keep participants healthy for a lifetime. A complete list of displays and activities can be found online. The Health Fair is sponsored by the Center for Health Education and Promotion, the Association of Marquette University Women, Marquette Athletics and the Marquette University Ethnic Alumni Association.

In addition, the Center for Health Education and Promotion is hosting its fifth annual "Bra Drive" now through Sunday, Feb. 17. Collection bins are located around campus, to include the AMU, McCormick Hall, Schroeder Hall, Cobeen Hall, the Rec Center, the Rec Plex and the Al McGuire Center, to collect new or gently used bras for the Sexual Assault Treatment Center of Greater Milwaukee. Bras will be collected until halftime of the game. Last year, more than 150 bras were donated. For more information about the drive, contact the Center for Health Education and Promotion at 8-5217.

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10. Indian Student Association to host annual show and traditional Indian dinner

The Indian Student Association will host its annual show Saturday, Feb. 16, at 7:30 p.m. in the Weasler Auditorium. "Three Idiots" is based on the popular Hindi movie about the adventure of three college students as they go through the ups and downs of their love lives and build strong friendships with one another.

Prior to the film showing, a traditional Indian dinner will be served at 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the AMU, Lunda Room.

Tickets are available now through Friday, Feb. 15, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the second floor of the AMU for $7.

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11. University Dining Services to celebrate Black History Month

Marquette University Dining Services is celebrating Black History Month by offering Caribbean, Southern and Creole/Cajun dishes all month long. The participating dining halls are Cobeen Hall, McCormick Hall and Straz Tower.

Dining Services will also pay tribute to prominent African American entrepreneurs, inventors, scientists and soldiers by highlighting their achievements in Facebook posts that can be found online.

For more information, contact Krista Burns, marketing manager of University Dining Service, at 8-0718.

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12. Restorative Justice Conference to address death penalty versus life without parole

The Law School will host "Restorative Justice Conference: The Death Penalty Versus Life Without Parole: Comparing the Healing Impact on Victims' Families and the Community," beginning with a keynote address Thursday, Feb. 21, from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. in Eckstein Hall. Marilyn Armour, associate professor and university distinguished teaching professor in the School of Social Work at the University of Texas, will deliver the keynote address "What Difference Does it Make? How the Harshest Possible Punishment Influences Family Members of Homicide Victims." The keynote address is free.

The conference will continue Friday, Feb. 22, beginning with registration at 8 a.m. Panels will take place throughout the day until 3:40 p.m., and will address the death penalty and life without parole, and how they affect victims' families. Conference cost is $20; register online.

This conference is based on a study by Marilyn Peterson Armour and Mark S. Umbreit, "Assessing the Impact of the Ultimate Penal Sanction on Homocide Survivors: A Two State Comparison."

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13. Seminar to address aqueous biological systems

The Biological Sciences Seminar Series will host "Interesting Chemistry Present in Aqueous Biological Systems," Friday, Feb. 15, at 3 p.m. in Wehr Life Sciences, 111. Dr. Julie Peller of the Indiana University-Northwest Department of Chemistry will lead the seminar, which will be hosted by Dr. Robert Fitts, chair and 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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14. Department of Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science Colloquium Series to discuss hypergraphs

The Department of Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science Colloquium Series will host "Packing Sparse Hypergraphs," Friday, Feb. 15, at 1 p.m. in Cudahy, 401. Dr. Christopher Stocker, visiting assistant professor of mathematics, statistics and computer science, 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. Colloquium to address new tools in spectrochemical analysis

The Department of Chemistry Spring 2013 Colloquium Series will host, "Cryogenic Photofragmentation Mass Spectrometry: New Tools for Spectrochemical Analysis," Friday, Feb. 15, at 4 p.m. in Wehr Chemistry, 121. Dr. Mark Johnson of the Yale 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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