1. MUSG to host forum with Father Pilarz March 19

Marquette University Student Government will host a student forum with President Scott R. Pilarz, S.J., Tuesday, March 19, at 7 p.m. in the AMU, first floor lobby. This will be an opportunity for students to ask Father Pilarz and university leadership about campus issues. Established in 1996, the president-student forum gives students the opportunity to speak directly to the university's senior leadership.

Students can also share their thoughts and questions for Father Pilarz in advance of the forum by using hashtag #muprez, or by directing tweets to @MarquetteU or @MUSG.

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2. Conference to present multidisciplinary perspectives on engaging Islam and Muslims

A Middle East and North Africa Studies conference, "Engaging Islam and Muslims: Multidisciplinary Perspectives," will take place Tuesday, March 19, and Wednesday, March 20, in the Raynor Memorial Libraries' Beaumier Suites, B/C. This is an interdisciplinary conference involving faculty and students from five departments: history, foreign languages and literatures, philosophy, social and cultural sciences, and theology.

Dr. John P. Entelis, professor of political sciences and director of the Middle East Studies Program at Fordham University, will deliver the opening plenary, "A Comparative Assessment of Political Islam in Contemporary Tunisia, Algeria and Morocco," Tuesday, March 19, from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Provost John Pauly will deliver the welcome and Dr. Phillip Naylor, professor of history, will serve as the chair. A reception will follow this free event.

Conference presentations will be held Wednesday, March 20, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. The full conference schedule is online. The conference is funded through a grant from the Helen Way Klingler College of Arts and Sciences.

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3. Registration deadline extended to March 15 for ImpactNext business model challenge

ImpactNext, a new venture contest that has replaced the Business Plan Competition, is open to undergraduate and graduate students, alumni and staff. The competition is sponsored by the Kohler Center for Entrepreneurship. Applicants must submit a registration form, which includes a summary of and questionnaire about the proposed business model, by Friday, March 15. The registration fee is $50. Student scholarships are available.

The competition will culminate with an event on Friday, April 12. 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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4. Attend panel discussion on role of individual freedoms in modern America

The Department of History and the Klingler College of Arts and Sciences Mellon Fund will host "Challenging Freedom: The FBI, U.S. Intelligence Services and Individual Freedoms in Modern America," Thursday, March 21, at 4:30 p.m. in Raynor Memorial Libraries' Beaumier Suites. Dr. Athan Theoharis, professor emeritus of history; Robert Donnelly of Gozaga University; Ken O'Reilly of the University of Alaska and MATC; and Aaron Stockham of the Waterford School will debate and discuss the FBI, U.S. Intelligence Services and individual freedoms in modern America.

This event is part of the Freedom Project, a year-long commemoration of the Sesquicentennial of the Civil War that explores the many meanings and histories of emancipation and freedom in the United States and beyond.

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5. Strategic Plan Coordinating Committee hosting office hours next Monday

The Strategic Plan Coordinating Committee co-chairs will host office hours Monday, March 18, from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. in the AMU, 231. Other strategic planning office hours throughout the semester include:

  • 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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