A couple has donated $8.3 million to the J. William and Mary Diederich College of Communication, President Scott R. Pilarz, S.J., announced yesterday.
Peter and Patricia Frechette, of Minneapolis, made the gift in honor of Patricia's parents, Perry and Alicia O'Brien. Perry and Alicia graduated from Marquette in 1936 and 1935, with degrees in journalism and liberal arts. The couple designated the gift toward the launch of "The Perry and Alicia O'Brien Fellowship in Public Service Journalism." Patricia's father, Perry, was a longtime reporter with the Janesville Gazette.
"This remarkable contribution will allow us to enhance our commitment to innovative academic excellence," said Pilarz.
The new fellowship, which will begin in fall 2013, will bring three journalists from all types of media to Marquette for each academic year. During this time, the journalists will research and produce an in-depth public service journalism project.
The fellowships will integrate students from the Diederich College of Communication into the journalism projects as assistants, exposing them to first-hand experience in the work of journalism. Dr. Lori Bergen, dean of the Diederich College of Communication, described the fellowship as the "teaching hospital model" of journalism, noting it will be "consistent with experiential teaching and learning."
MUSG will host Aron Ralston, outdoorsman, author and environmentalist, Thursday, Feb. 28, at 7:30 p.m. in the Varsity Theatre. Doors open at 7 p.m. This event is free.
Ralston left his corporate job at Intel to pursue his passion for mountain climbing. Even with his lost arm, he still continues to climb. His memoir was adapted for the film 127 Hours. For more information, contact MUSG at 8-7416 or 8-7498.
Raynor Memorial Libraries will host "A Roundtable Discussion on Peter Jackson's The Hobbit," Thursday, Feb. 21, at 4:30 p.m. in Raynor Memorial Libraries' Beaumier Suites B/C.
Tolkien scholars Dr. Robin Reid of Texas A&M University, Dr. Yvette Kisor of Ramapo College of New Jersey, Dr. Edward L. Risden of St. Norbert College and Richard C. West of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, will share insights on Jackson's film adaptation and engage in a lively conversation about the work.
This event is in commemoration of the 75th anniversary of J.R.R. Tolkien's beloved classic, The Hobbit. The event is free and open to the public. Space is limited; all attendees are asked to pre-register with the Library Archives at 8-7256 by Wednesday, Feb. 20, at noon.
For more information, contact Emily Zegers, assistant librarian and coordinator of marketing and outreach for the Dean's Office, at 8-7068.
The CIRCLES eMentor Speaker Series will feature Wayne Breitbarth, Marquette alumnus and author of The Power Formula for LinkedIn Success: Kick-start Your Business, Brand and Job Search, Wednesday, Feb. 20, at 5:30 p.m. in the Raynor Memorial Libraries' Beaumier Suites. Breitbarth will present "The Brand Named You: Develop Your LinkedIn Profile to Open Doors and Find Career Success."
Registration is free and includes a light dinner. Advance registration is recommended and can be completed online. For additional questions or special needs, contact Linda Manka, advancement association for engagement communication, at 8-5390.
The Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, Raynor Memorial Libraries and the Office of International Education will host the third installment of the Global Discussion Series, "What's Next for the Middle East?," Wednesday, Feb. 20, from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. in the Raynor Memorial Libraries' lower level conference room. This discussion will focus on the large questions facing the region and will allow faculty and students to share their views, experiences and research questions. Tea and coffee will be served. A librarian will also be present to provide reliable sources to further explore topics discussed.
This event is free and open to all faculty, staff and students. For additional information, contact the Office of International Education at 8-7289.
The Marquette University Wind Ensemble will welcome guest soloist John Beck for a concert, "Music of the Dance," Sunday, Feb. 24, at 2 p.m. in the Varsity Theatre.
Beck, an internationally-renowned soloist and educator, is an artist and faculty member at the North Carolina School of the Arts. He will perform two works with the wind ensemble as a part of this concert. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Dr. Erik Janners, director of music in the Office of Student Development, at 8-7125.
Prize-winning pianist Hwaen Ch'uqi will join the Marquette Symphony Orchestra for a winter concert Sunday, Feb. 17, at 2 p.m. in the Varsity Theatre. Ch'uqi will perform with the orchestra in Mendelssohn's Piano Concerto No. 1. Also on the concert's program is Mozart's Overture to the Magic Flute, Haydn's Symphony No. 94 'Surprise,' and Strauss, Jr.'s Blue Danube Waltz.
For more information, contact Dr. Jason Ladd, assistant director of instrumental music, at 8-7476.
The Gender and Sexuality Resource Center will host "Television Boys' Clubhouses as Wedding Chapels: Who Needs a Bride?" Tuesday, Feb. 19, from noon to 1 p.m. in the AMU, 425. Dr. Pamela Nettleton, assistant professor of journalism, will present her research at this event.
This event is free and includes lunch. RSVP by Monday, Feb. 18, at 11 a.m. to guarantee a lunch.
The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering Spring 2013 Colloquium Series will host, "Two-Dimensional High Frequency Resonant
Transducers based on Atomically-Thin Nanostructures – Graphene and Beyond," Tuesday, Feb. 19, at 2 p.m. in Olin Engineering, 120. Dr. Philip Feng, assistant professor of Electrical Engineering at the Case School of Engineering at Case Western Reserve University, 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.
The 16th Annual Maria Dittman Library Research Competition is accepting submissions through Friday, March 8. The competition recognizes the importance of library research in academia and offers a $200 prize in three categories: freshman and sophomore, junior and senior, and graduate and professional papers. Submissions must be A-grade papers written during the fall 2012 semester at Marquette. Full submission details and the entry form are now available.
The 2013 Wisconsin Statewide Pre-Law Minority Students and Advisors Day will be held Friday, Feb. 22, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the University of Wisconsin Law School in Madison. This free event for pre-law students and academic advisors will include conversation with admissions officers from Marquette University Law School and the University of Wisconsin Law School. For those traveling from Milwaukee to Madison, free round-trip bus transportation is available from the law schools.
Registration for the event and free bus transportation can be completed online. Participants must register separately for the event and transportation. This event is cosponsored by Marquette University Law School, the University of Wisconsin Center for Academic Excellence, the University of Wisconsin Law School and Multicultural Affairs and Student Success at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.
The men's club basketball team will host a tournament Saturday, Feb. 16, from 3:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Helfaer Recreation Center. This four-team tournament will be sponsored by Muscle Milk. Admission will be $1, with all proceeds going to the Men's Club Basketball Fund.
The Counseling Center will hold a "Question, Persuade, Refer" (QPR) suicide prevention training session Thursday, Feb. 21, from noon to 1:30 p.m. in AMU, 254. QPR training is a nationally recognized program designed to save lives by teaching individuals to identify and refer someone who may be suicidal. During the training session, participants will learn about the risks and warning signs of suicide, how to talk to someone about suicide and how to facilitate appropriate mental health referrals to sites at Marquette and within the Milwaukee community.
For more information and registration, contact the Counseling Center at 8-7172. Those unable to make the training may schedule a private QPR training with a group of ten or more individuals.
The Office of Marketing and Communication has developed a new interface for the Marquette website, and a prototype is available for the university community to review. Faculty, staff and students are invited to review the prototype and share suggestions or recommendations via the feedback forms available on each page. The prototype will be open for review until mid-February, with the goal of beginning implementation of a new web interface this summer.
Intercultural Engagement in the Office of Student Development is seeking nominations for the Fourth Annual Golden Roses: A Tribute to the Women at Marquette. Golden Roses is a celebration recognizing female staff, faculty and administrators for their contributions towards supporting underrepresented students in the campus community.
More information on Golden Roses and the nomination form can be found online. Nominations can be made by any Marquette community member and must be submitted by Monday, Feb. 18. For additional questions, contact Intercultural Engagement at 8-7205.
The Department of Recreational Sports is offering the following free group fitness classes to members tomorrow, Feb. 15. The following classes will be offered free of charge:
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.