1. Petition available to support student financial aid programs

Several upcoming government initiatives at the federal and state levels could impact student financial aid programs. Those interested in expressing support for exempting federal student aid from potential cuts can sign a petition online.

In 2011 and 2012, Marquette students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends were one of the most active groups in signing the petition promoted by the Student Aid Alliance to protect federal student financial aid. According to the Student Aid Alliance, if the mandated cuts are implements by Congress, students could lose up to $876 a year in federal aid.

At the federal level, if Congress fails to reach an agreement by March 1, 2013, sequestration or automatic spending cuts would kick in that would impact student financial aid programs. It is estimated that sequestration would result in a 5.1 percent decrease to Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants, Federal Work Study, TRIO, and other student aid and loan benefits in the current fiscal year 2013. Pell Grants are exempted from this decrease until fiscal year 2014.

At the state level, Gov. Walker and the legislature provided state-level funding for the Wisconsin Tuition Grant and other student financial aid programs last session. The governor's budget for 2013-15 also provides state-level funding for such programs. However, it remains important that state legislators hear from supporters of financial aid about the importance of state-level funding for such programs. Those interested in signing the "power of Financial Aid" petition can do so online.

The Office of Public Affairs, in conjunction with the Office of Student Financial Aid, continues to monitor the decisions made by Congress and advocate on behalf of Marquette students. Additional information can be found online.

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2. Love Your Body Week begins today

The university's 15th annual Love Your Body Week begins today, Monday, Feb. 25. Events during this week are intended to recognize National Eating Disorder Awareness Week and provide interactive education about positive body image, self-esteem and overall wellness. Events include:

  • Health Huts: Stop by one of the Health Huts located on the second floor of the AMU to learn about events taking place during the week and find information and resources about body image, eating disorders, disorder eating and healthy nutrition.

  • True Life ... I Want to Love my Body: Hear true life testimonies from students and staff and learn about campus and community resources on Tuesday, Feb. 26, at 7 p.m. in the Schroeder Hall Multipurpose Room. A body blessing will also be offered.

  • Someday Melissa screening: Attend a showing of Someday Melissa, a documentary inspired by the journal writings of Melissa, who at 19 lost her life to an eating disorder, Wednesday, Feb. 27, at 7 p.m. in Cramer Hall, 004E. A question-and-answer session will follow the screening.

  • No BODY's Perfect: This program will be presented by the CHEP's Peer Health Educators Thursday, Feb. 28, at 6 p.m. in Straz Tower, and will focus on how self-esteem and body image work together.
  • Various free Friday fitness classes will be held at the Rec Center and Rec Plex Friday, March 1, to encourage physical wellness. Specific class information is available online and will be included in Thursday's News Briefs.

A complete schedule of Love Your Body Week events can be found on the Center for Health Education and Promotion's website. For additional information, contact the Center for Health Education and Promotion at 8-5217.

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3. University mourns the loss of Janet Gottfreid

The university mourns the loss of Janet Gottfreid, project manager in the Office of the University Architect, who passed away Feb. 22 after a long battle with cancer. Janet held a number of roles at Marquette over the years, including associate vice president in University Advancement and director of University Special Events. Janet served for many years as the hostess of the annual Etiquette Dinner, which taught seniors preparing for job interviews about proper etiquette for business luncheons.

Janet is survived by her sons, grandchildren and siblings. A wake will be held Thursday, Feb. 28, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Church of the Gesu, followed by a Mass at 5 p.m. A reception will be held after Mass.

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4. MUSG to host climber who inspired the film 127 Hours

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.

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5. Pre-game party being held at the Annex on National Marquette Day

The National Marquette Day pre-game party at the Annex will be held Saturday, March 2, from 10:30 a.m. to noon. Free food, face painting, giveaways and shuttles to the game will be available. Marquette trivia will also take place at 11 a.m.

This event is sponsored by Marquette Nation and the NCAA Choice Grant. Additional information can be found on the Marquette Nation Facebook page.

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6. Attend discussion about importance of service

The Center for Community Service will host "So You Think You Can Serve?" a discussion about the meaning and importance of service Wednesday, Feb. 27, at 6 p.m. in the AMU, 137. Students will learn how to engage with the Milwaukee community, plan service events and make connections with local service agencies. After the presentation, staff will be available to individuals or groups for consultations to brainstorm ways to serve.

For additional information, contact Kelly Knox, coordinator for student community service programs.

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7. Applications now available for Social Justice Living Learning Community

The Social Justice Living Learning Community is now accepting applications for freshman interested in spending their sophomore year living with others who have similar goals of advocating for justice issues. This is an opportunity for students to live on two floors in Straz Tower and focus on creating positive social change. Participants will take one class with fellow community members each semester, which includes a service-learning component designed to enhance students' academic experience through engagement with Milwaukee.

Applications are due Friday, March 8. For additional information, contact Andrew Levy, residence hall director in Straz Hall.

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8. Honors Program, Arts and Sciences Student Councils to host Last Lecture Series

The Honors Program Student Council and the Arts and Sciences Student Council will host the first installment of its Last Lecture Series Thursday, Feb. 28, at 5 p.m. in the Haggerty Museum of Art. Dr. Julius Ruff, professor of history, will present an engaging lecture that answers the question, "If this were your last time to address a group of students, what would you say to them?"

A question-and-answer session will follow the lecture. The event is free and open to all members of the Marquette community; refreshments will be provided. For additional information, contact the Honors Program office at 8-7516 or the Honors Program Student Council.

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9. Best Buddies Marquette to host fifth annual showcase

Best Buddies Marquette will host its fifth annual Best Buddies Showcase to spread awareness about individuals with disabilities Sunday, March 3, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the AMU, Monaghan Ballroom. The show will include a fashion and talent show by students and their buddy pairs from the Milwaukee community, as well as a silent auction. All proceeds from the silent auction, as well as donations, will go to the Best Buddies Friendship Walk.

The event is free, but donations will be accepted.

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10. Maria Dittman Library Research Competition now accepting student papers

The 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.

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11. Soup with Substance to host Afghan Peace Volunteers alumnus

The Center for Peacemaking will host "Soup with Substance: Beyond the Classroom How my Marquette Education Shaped my Peacemaking Experience in Afghanistan," Wednesday, Feb. 27, at noon in the AMU, 157. Chris Jeske, Bus Ad '11, will share stories that link together formative moments of his education with transformative experiences from his recent trip to Kabul, Afghanistan, with the Afghan Peace Volunteers. His presentation will cover topics such as looking at who owns history, seeing innate human goodness in others and using community to transform violence. Jeske now serves as the program associate in the Center for Peacemaking, where he works closely with students interested in promoting peace and entering peacemaking careers.

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12. Wisconsin assembly speaker and assembly minority leader next "On the Issues" guests

Wisconsin Assembly Speaker Robin Vos (R-Rochester), and Assembly Minority Leader Peter Barca (D-Kenosha) will be the next guests for "On the Issues with Mike Gousha," Friday, March 1, from 12:15 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. in Eckstein Hall. They're two of the most powerful politicians in Wisconsin, helping determine the future direction of the state. Can Republicans and Democrats find common ground on issues such as job creation, tax cuts, and education reform? Vos and Barca will discuss policy and priorities when they take a break from the budget deliberations in Madison to visit the Law School.

Register online.

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13. Presentation to address reconciliation as a method for peace building

Dr. Khalil Dokhanchi, professor of political science at the University of Wisconsin-Superior, and founder of UW-Superior's Peace Studies program, will present "Reconciliation: Framework for Peace," Wednesday, Feb. 27, at 7 p.m. in the AMU, 163. Dokhanchi will discuss reconciliation as the best method of conflict resolution and peace building. His presentation will also link his research on reconciliation in post-conflict societies, human rights and American foreign policy towards the Middle East.

This free presentation is sponsored by the Center for Peacemaking.

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14. Lonergan Project colloquium to address globalization

The Marquette Lonergan Project's annual spring colloquium, "Lonergan's Economics and the Global Financial Crisis," will be held Thursday, Feb. 28, and Friday, March 1, in Raynor Memorial Libraries' Beaumier Suites B/C.

Dr. Paul St. Amour, associate professor and chair of philosophy at St. Joseph's University, will present "An Introduction to Lonergan's Macroeconomic Theory," Thursday, Feb. 28, at 4 p.m. Respondents will include Dr. John Davis, professor of economics; Dr. D. Stephen Long, professor of theology; and Ryan Hemmer, graduate student in theology.

Joseph Cioni, lecturer at the Carroll School of Management at Boston College, will present "The Subprime Mortgage Crisis: An Instance of the Longer Cycle of Decline," Friday, March 1, at 10 a.m. Respondents will include Dr. Anthony Pennington-Cross, professor of finance; Dr. Sarah Peck, chair and associate profess of finance; and Glenn Butner, graduate student of theology.

Rev. Robert Doran, S.J., professor and Emmett Doerr Chair of theology, will read a paper by Rev. Michael Czerny, S.J., Ph.D., Office of the President at the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, titled "The International Financial and Monetary Systems Who's Moving Any Reform?" Friday, March 1, at 2 p.m. Respondents will include Rev. Nicholas Santos, S.J., assistant professor of marketing; Dr. Darrell Dobbs, professor of political science; and Rev. Joseph Ogbonnaya, assistant professor of theology.

For additional information, contact Father. Doran at 8-3164.

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15. Law School event to address the charter school movement

The Law School will host "Charter Schools: Assessing the Present, Looking to the Future," Wednesday, March 20, from 8 a.m. to noon in Eckstein Hall.

Join the Law School as it brings together noteworthy national, state and local figures to examine the charter school movement. The two-decade-old movement to create independent, publicly funded schools is of major significance, as more than two million children nationwide are enrolled in charter schools each year, but the charter impact has been difficult to assess. Speakers will include Margaret (Macke) Raymond, director of the Center for Research on Education Outcomes at Stanford University; Sarah Carr, author or Hope Against Hope: Three Schools, One City, and America's Struggle to Educate Its Children; and a panel of local leaders.

The event is free. Register online by Thursday, March 14.

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16. Strategic Planning Coordinating Committee hosting office hours Thursday

The Strategic Plan Coordinating Committee co-chairs will host office hours Thursday, Feb. 28, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. in the AMU, 364. Other strategic planning office hours throughout the semester include:

  • 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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17. Department of Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science Colloquium Series to continue Friday

The Department of Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science Colloquium Series will host "Enumeration and Domination," Friday, March 1, at 1 p.m. in Cudahy, 401. Dr. Mingzhong Cai of the Department of Mathematics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison 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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18. Colloquium to address the dehaloperoxidase paradox

The Department of Chemistry Spring 2013 Colloquium Series will host "The Dehaloperoxidase Paradox," Friday, March 1, at 4 p.m. in Wehr Chemistry, 121. Dr. Stefan Franzen of the North Carolina State 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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19. Biological Sciences Seminar Series continues Friday

The Biological Sciences Seminar Series will host "From Flagellar Movement to Epigenetic Modulation," Friday, March 1, at 3 p.m. in Wehr Life Sciences, 111. Dr. Pinfen Yang, associate professor of biological sciences, will lead the seminar.

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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20. Raynor Memorial Libraries to feature two new exhibits in Prucha Reading Room

Raynor Memorial Libraries is hosting two new exhibits in the Prucha Reading Room, now through April 1.

The Pennyroral Caxton Bible King James Version, created by artist Barry Moser, features vellum binding, specially designed types, specially made paper, hand-folded folios and 230 three-block prints. The Bible was gifted to the university from Bruce and Suzie Kovner. Visitors may view the Bible weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on weekends and evenings by appointment by calling 8-7256. The pages on display will change regularly to follow the passages for Lent.

Crucifix Meditations, an exhibition of drawing prints by artists John Steczynski and Aileen Callahan, depicts the crucifixion and serves as a vehicle for spiritual prayerful reflection that is removed from political perspectives. This exhibit can be viewed during regular business hours or by appointment.

For additional information, contact Emily Zegers, coordinator of marketing and outreach in Raynor Memorial Libraries, at 8-7068.

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21. Attend Greek battle formation recreation and lecture on ancient Greek body armor

Students in HIST 3201 Greece and Rome will recreate a Greek phalanx, a battle formation from antiquity, Friday, March 1, at noon on Lalumiere quad. The re-creation will be led by Wisconsin Professor of the Year Dr. Greg Aldrete.

Following the recreation, Aldrete will present "Reconstructing Ancient Linen Body Armor" at 5 p.m. in the Raynor Memorial Libraries' Beaumier Suites. Aldrete will speak about his recreation of Alexander the Great's linen armor. The lecture is free.

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22. International dinner, dance and entertainment to take place Sunday

The Department of Psychology Diversity Committee will present the third annual International Buffet Dinner, Dance and Entertainment Sunday, March 3, from 5:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. in the AMU, Monaghan Ballroom. Admission is free and open to all members of the Marquette community. Business casual attire is required; ethnic attire is strongly encouraged.

To reserve tickets, contact the Department of Psychology at 8-7218. This event is cosponsored by the Office of 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, Multicultural Engagement in the Office of Student Development, the Gender and Sexuality Resource Center, and Sodexo.

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23. Monthly Masses in Law School Chapel resume Wednesday

Rev. Thomas Anderson, S.J., assistant director of Campus Ministry and Law School chaplain, will celebrate Mass in the Marquette University Law School Chapel on the fourth floor of Eckstein Hall during the spring semester. The next Mass for the spring semester will be held Wednesday, Feb. 27, from 12:15 p.m. to 12:45 p.m. All members of the Marquette community are welcome to attend. Mass will also be held on:

  • Wednesday, March 27
  • Wednesday, April 24

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1. Petition available to support student financial aid programs

2. Love Your Body Week begins today

3. University mourns the loss of Janet Gottfreid

4. MUSG to host climber who inspired the film, 127 Hours

5. Pre-game party being held at the Annex on National Marquette Day

6. Attend discussion about importance of service

7. Applications now available for Social Justice Living Learning Community

8. Honors Program, Arts and Sciences Student Councils to host Last Lecture Series

9. Best Buddies Marquette to host fifth annual showcase

10. Maria Dittman Library Research Competition now accepting student papers

11. Soup with Substance to host Afghan Peace Volunteers alumnus

12. Wisconsin assembly speaker and assembly minority leader next "On the Issues" guests

13. Presentation to address reconciliation as a method for peace building

14. Lonergan Project colloquium to address globalization

15. Law School event to address the charter school movement

16. Strategic Planning Coordinating Committee hosting office hours Thursday

17. Department of Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science Colloquium Series to continue Friday

18. Colloquium to address the dehaloperoxidase paradox

19. Biological Sciences Seminar Series continues Friday

20. Raynor Memorial Libraries to feature two new exhibits in Prucha Reading Room

21. Attend Greek battle formation recreation and lecture on ancient Greek body armor

22. International dinner, dance and entertainment to take place Sunday

23. Monthly Masses in Law School Chapel resume Wednesday