1. Education, law and part-time MBA graduate programs rank high in U.S. News & World Report

The latest graduate school rankings from U.S. News & World Report show Marquette programs ranking among the best in the country. Of particular note this year are improvements in rankings for graduate programs in education, part-time MBA and law.

The College of Business Administration's part-time MBA program is ranked 50th, up 15 spots from its previous ranking.

The College of Education's graduate program is ranked 65th, up 14 spots from its previous ranking of 79th.

The Law School's part-time program is ranked 18th overall, up one spot from its previous ranking. The Law School's overall ranking is 94th, up two spots.

The magazine does not rank all graduate programs annually.

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2. Father Pilarz forum rescheduled to April 10

Marquette University Student Government will host a student forum with President Scott R. Pilarz, S.J., Wednesday, April 10, at 6 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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3. K-12 education expert to speak about education reform initiatives

Peter McWalters, former state of Rhode Island Commissioner of K-12 education, will present this year's Tommy G. Thompson Lecture Tuesday, March 19, at 4:30 p.m. in the AMU, Monaghan Ballroom. The lecture is free and open to the public, and will be followed by a reception.

McWalters spent more than 30 years as a practitioner in the education field, and formerly served as interim strategic director for Educator Workforce, Council of Chief State School Officers. Drawing on his experience with all levels of education reform initiatives, McWalters will speak on the topic of "The Common Core and Educator Effectiveness, An Opportunity." The lecture will connect Common Core Standards to teacher effectiveness and reveal how reform initiatives are central to better student learning outcomes. McWalter's remarks will draw on his work as superintendent of a large urban school system and his 17 years as Rhode Island's state education commissioner.

The Tommy G. Thompson lecture series is jointly sponsored by the Office of the Provost, College of Education and the Tommy G. Thompson Center at Marquette, which houses four decades of the former Wisconsin governor's papers, including extensive documentation of Thompson's role in the education reform movement.

Registration is required and can be completed online.

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4. Visit adviser before fall class registration begins March 25

Before registering for classes for the fall semester, students must visit their academic adviser, as determined by their college advising policy. Students should bring a list of courses they are planning to take for the summer or fall semester, as well as any questions about study abroad, internships, double-majors and minors. Undergraduate students use Academic Advisement in CheckMarq to help plan class schedules and make advising sessions more effective.

Summer registration begins Thursday, March 21 (no appointment required). Fall class registration begins Monday, March 25, and Snapshot is available to plan fall courses. Registration appointments have already been assigned and can be accessed on CheckMarq. Students may register for classes at their assigned time or thereafter.

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5. Send-off event, game-watching party held as men's basketball team heads to NCAA tournament

The men’s basketball team has qualified for its eighth straight NCAA tournament appearance, and will play the Davidson Wildcats Thursday, March 21, at 2:10 CT, at the Rupp Arena in Lexington, Ky. The game will be televised on truTV.

All members of the campus community are invited to the team send-off event that will take place outside of the Al McGuire Center at 3:30 p.m. tomorrow, Tuesday, March 19. The Marquette band, cheerleaders and Golden Eagle mascot will be at the event to send-off the No. 3-seeded team.

The Union Sports Annex will open at noon Thursday, and will host a viewing party with fan giveaways, raffle prizes and a T-shirt toss.

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6. Inclusive Leadership CommUNITY to host workshop on confronting discrimination

The Inclusive Leadership CommUNITY of McCormick Hall, through the support of an Excellence in Diversity grant, will host Dr. Art Munin, dean of students at DePaul University, Monday, March 25, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the AMU, Monaghan Ballrooms A/B. Munin will engage participants in an interactive workshop to confront bias and discrimination effectively. For more information, contact Stacie Dooley, associate dean of residence life, at 8-3917.

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7. Les Aspin Center for Government to celebrate 25th anniversary reunion

The Les Aspin Center for Government will host a 25th anniversary celebration Thursday, April 11. Rev. Tim O'Brien, founder and director of the Les Aspin Center for Government, will participate in a conversation with Mike Gousha, distinguished fellow in law and public policy, from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in Eckstein Hall. A reunion and reception for Les Aspin Center alumni, local politicians and community leaders will take place after the event from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., with a program at 7 p.m., at the Haggerty Museum of Art.

RSVP to University Special Events by Thursday, April 4.

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8. Kohler Center Lunch and Learn series to host vice president of sales at Bionix

The Kohler Center for Entrepreneurship's Lunch and Learn series will host Scott Buehrer, vice president of sales at Bionix, Thursday, March 21, from noon to 1 p.m. in Olin Engineering, 120. Buehrer will discuss the knowledge he has gained about starting and successfully operating companies over his long career. Buehrer's work with various entrepreneurs and companies is extensive, including 15 years in the sales department for three manufacturers and ten years with a multi-billion dollar, multi-nation company.

The Kohler Center's Lunch and Learn Series is open to all students, faculty, staff and alumni, and includes a free lunch. Registration is available online. For more information, contact Sarah Eslyn, events coordinator in the College of Business Administration, at 8-7745.

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9. FAME Connects panel to discuss careers for English majors

Friends and Alumni of Marquette English (FAME), will host the second annual FAME Connects panel discussion Wednesday, March 20, from 4:30 p.m. to 5:10 p.m. in the AMU, 163. Panelists will include Carrie Bell, a team lead in advertiser services at Google; Neha Glandt, a grant development specialist at the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Milwaukee; and Jay Ponteri, an assistant professor of English at Marylhurst University. The panelists will speak about their experiences at Marquette and will give insight on how being an English major can benefit future career choices.

For more information, contact the Department of English at 8-7179.

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10. Library to host Freedom Project video competition and event

Students are invited to respond to the question "What does freedom mean to you?" as part of the Freedom Project. Recording sessions will take place:

  • Thursday, March 21 from 4 to 5:30 p.m. in the Raynor Memorial Library Beaumier Suites
  • Monday, March 25 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on the second floor rotunda of the AMU

Prize packages will be given to students with standout videos.

Additionally, the Freedom Project 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.

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11. Soup with Substance to discuss the Kino Border Initiative

Dr. Ruth Belknap, associate professor of nursing, will discuss the Kino Border Initiative, a bi-national organization located in Arizona and Mexico that works in the area of migration, as part of the Soup with Substance series Wednesday, March 20, from noon to 1 p.m. in the AMU, 157. Belknap will speak about her experiences and work at the KBI during her 2012 sabbatical semester. 

The KBI was created in January 2009 by six organizations from the United States and Mexico, to include the California Province of the Society of Jesus, the Jesuit Refugee Service/USA, the Missionary Sisters of the Eucharist, the Mexican Province of the Society of Jesus, the Diocese of Tucson and the Archdiocese of Hermosillo. The organization strives to promote U.S./Mexico border and immigration policies that affirm the dignity of the human person and the spirit of bi-national solidarity. Soup with Substance is sponsored by the Center for Peacemaking, Intercultural Engagement and Campus Ministry.

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12. Iron Chef competition is March 22

MUSG, the Center for Health Education and Sodexo will host an Iron Chef competition Friday, March 22, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the AMU, Marquette Place. Students will compete in teams of four to create the best food dishes, judged by faculty members.

Interested students should contact Amy Melichar, coordinator of the Center for Health Education and Promotion. The event is free and open to all students.

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13. Ott Memorial Writing Center to host workshop on writing effective literature reviews

The Ott Memorial Writing Center will host a workshop on writing effective literature reviews Monday, March 25, from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. in Raynor Memorial Libraries, Beaumier Suite A. The workshop will focus on the genre of "review of literature" common in the social sciences and sciences.

Register at 8-5542 or by emailing muwritingcenter@gmail.com.

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14. Marquette Literary Review now accepting submissions

The Marquette Literary Review is now accepting submissions of creative fiction and poetry works. Email works for consideration to mu.litreview@gmail.com by Sunday, March 24. The Marquette Literary Review is sponsored by the Department of English.

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15. Public Safety to offer self-defense classes

The Department of Public Safety will offer two free self-defense classes:

  • Monday, March 25, at 5 p.m. in the AMU, 227
  • Wednesday, April 17, at 5 p.m. in the AMU, 163

The classes incorporate national and local crime trends and a hands-on approach and effective techniques with simple strategies for escaping potentially dangerous situations for both males and females.

For additional information or to register, contact Joseph Secanky, public safety officer, at 8-6800.

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16. Campus Ministry to host Lenten Reconciliation Service

Campus Ministry will host a Lenten Reconciliation Service Tuesday, March 19, at 7 p.m. in the AMU, Chapel of the Holy Family. The evening will include a prayer service followed by individual confession.

For more information, contact Timothy Johnston, assistant director of liturgical programs for Campus Ministry, at 8-0522.

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17. Law School to hold information session Friday

The Law School will host an information session for prospective students Friday, March 22, in Eckstein Hall. The session will cover admissions, financial aid policies and procedures, curriculum, intellectual and student life and information from current students.

The session begins at 11:45 a.m. and lasts approximately one hour, followed by a brief tour. Register online.

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18. Seminar to address plasticity of EEG asymmetry in adolescents with autism spectrum disorders

The College of Health Sciences' Integrative Neuroscience Research Center Spring 2013 Seminar Series will present "Plasticity of EEG Asymmetry in Adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorders," Tuesday, March 19, at 3:30 p.m. in Schroeder Complex, 256. Dr. Amy Van Hecke, assistant professor of psychology, 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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19. Biological Sciences seminar series continues Friday

The Biological Sciences Seminar Series will host, "Antisense Oligonucleotides for CNS Diseases: From The Bench to the Bedside," Friday, March 22, at 3 p.m. in Wehr Life Sciences, 111. Dr. Frank Rigo of Isis Pharmaceuticals will lead the seminar, which will be hosted by Dr. Stephen Munroe, 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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20. Chemistry colloquium to discuss molecule activation

The Department of Chemistry Spring 2013 Colloquium Series will host, "Small Molecule Activation at Nickel and Platinum Centers: From Bulky Tin to Tempo Radical Ligands," Friday, March 22, at 4 p.m. in Wehr Chemistry, 121. Dr. Burjor Captain of the University of Miami 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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21. Pedro Arrupe Award scholarship applications due Friday

The Marquette University Alumni Association National Alumni Board is offering an annual scholarship award, the Pedro Arrupe Award. Students who meet the criteria for this award are encouraged to apply. Please note that a nomination from a Marquette faculty or staff member is also required along with the application. Students receiving tuition remission or full-tuition scholarships are not eligible for this award.

Pedro Arrupe Award — $3,700 for a junior in good standing and enrolled full-time who emulates the values and ideals of Rev. Pedro Arrupe, S.J., and is involved in service in and beyond the Marquette community. A faculty/staff nomination is required along with the student application and essay by Friday, March 22.

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22. Midwest Seminar in Ancient and Medieval Philosophy to host talk on Plato

The university's Midwest Seminar in Ancient and Medieval Philosophy will present "Who are Plato's Lovers of Sights and Sounds and What Are They Thinking?: Pseudo-philosophers and the Realm of Opinion in The Republic," Friday, March 22, at 3:30 p.m. in the AMU, 252. Dr. Constance Meinwald, associate professor of philosophy and director of undergraduate studies at the University of Illinois Chicago, will deliver the lecture. This event is free and open to all members of the Marquette community.

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23. Campus Ministry and Gesu to host "A Walk Through Holy Week" concert and seminar

Campus Ministry and Church of the Gesu will host "A Walk Through Holy Week" Friday and Saturday, March 22-23.

A concert featuring Dan Schutte, an influential composer of liturgical music today will take place Friday, March 22, at 7 p.m. at Church of the Gesu. A morning of reflection on Holy Week will take place on Saturday, March 23, beginning at 9 a.m. in Church of the Gesu.

The event is free and open to the public, but an offering is appreciated. Contact Timothy Johnston, assistant director of liturgical programs at 8-0522 with questions.

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1. Education, law and part-time MBA graduate programs rank high in U.S. News & World Report

2. Father Pilarz forum rescheduled to April 10

3. K-12 education expert to speak about education reform initiatives

4. Visit adviser before fall class registration begins March 25

5. Send-off event, game-watching party held as men's basketball team heads to NCAA tournament

6. Inclusive Leadership CommUNITY to host workshop on confronting discrimination

7. Les Aspin Center for Government to celebrate 25th anniversary reunion

8. Kohler Center Lunch and Learn series to host vice president of sales at Bionix

9. FAME Connects panel to discuss careers for English majors

10. Library to host Freedom Project video competition and event

11. Soup with Substance to discuss the Kino Border Initiative

12. Iron Chef competition is March 22

13. Ott Memorial Writing Center to host workshop on writing effective literature reviews

14. Marquette Literary Review now accepting submissions

15. Public Safety to offer self-defense classes

16. Campus Ministry to host Lenten Reconciliation Service

17. Law School to hold information session Friday

18. Seminar to address plasticity of EEG asymmetry in adolescents with autism spectrum disorders

19. Biological Sciences seminar series continues Friday

20. Chemistry colloquium to discuss molecule activation

21. Pedro Arrupe Award scholarship applications due Friday

22. Midwest Seminar in Ancient and Medieval Philosophy to host talk on Plato

23. Campus Ministry and Gesu to host "A Walk Through Holy Week" concert and seminar