1. National search firm Witt/Kieffer chosen to help with presidential search; RSVP for student community input session on presidential search

The Presidential Search Committee has chosen national executive search firm Witt/Kieffer, which specializes in the higher education and nonprofit industries, to assist with the search for Marquette's 24th president. A senior partner from Witt/Kieffer has been present at each community input session this week and will be present at all of the community input sessions next week, along with members of the Search Committee. Witt/Kieffer has significant experience in helping conduct presidential searches at both Catholic and Jesuit universities.

A community input session on the presidential search will be hosted by MUSG for all students on Wednesday, Nov. 13, from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. in the AMU, Monaghan Ballroom E. RSVP online.

Dr. Kristina Ropella, executive associate dean in the College of Engineering, and Dr. Stephanie Quade, dean of students in the Office of Student Development, will facilitate the session. Members of the Presidential Search Committee will be present at the session.

As the Search Committee and the Board of Trustees did in the previous presidential search in 2010, they are asking that the Marquette community provide input on the leadership qualifications that are most important for the president. Because the university's process during the presidential search three years ago was both extensive and inclusive, the Presidential Search Committee is reviewing the Presidential Profile that was developed at that time and asking for input on whether these attributes are still valid or should be adjusted.

An online form is available for students who are unable to attend a community input session. Feedback is due by Thursday, Nov. 14.

In addition, discussion sessions are planned with faculty, staff, University Academic Senate, the Faculty Council, the Marquette Jesuit community, the University Leadership Council, the Marquette University Alumni Association National Board and the Parents Council.

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2. The Madison Letter performing on campus tonight

MUSG will host the next installment of this year's "Unplugged Series" Thursday, Nov. 7, at 8:30 p.m. in the AMU. This coffeehouse concert will feature Nashville-based band The Madison Letter, one of four nominees for the 2013 MTV-U Chevy Sonic College Woodie Award. Student Claire Kelly will open the event.

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3. First solider injured in Iraq War part of MUSG "Speaker Series"

Marquette University Student Government welcomes Sgt. Eric Alva, the first American soldier seriously injured in the Iraq War, to its "Speaker Series" Thursday, Nov. 14, at 7 p.m. in the Varsity Theatre. Alva, a spokesperson for the Human Rights Campaign, will discuss LGBT issues and the military.

For more information, visit the MUSG office in the AMU, 133, or contact MUSG at 8-7416.

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4. Attend reflection to honor the Jesuit martyrs of El Salvador

A reflection to honor the Jesuit martyrs and Ramos women of El Salvador will be held Tuesday, Nov. 12, at noon in the AMU, Henke Lounge. St. Ignatius calls individuals to reflect on touchstone moments of their faith that allow God's presence to be felt more deeply. Dr. Kathy Coffey-Guenther, associate vice president for mission and ministry, will explore some of these markers of holiness at the reflection.

Coffey-Guenther has worked in private practice as a psychotherapist and spiritual director integrating psychological and theological paradigms to assist in psycho-spiritual healing. In addition to her clinical and retreat work, she also serves as a speaker and consultant to religious congregations, clergy and religious, and parishes focusing on the work of community building, conflict resolution and spiritual growth.

This reflection is sponsored by the Center for Peacemaking, Intercultural Engagement and Campus Ministry.

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5. Committee on Diversity and Equity listening session is Nov. 14

The Committee on Diversity and Equity will host a listening session for students to explore challenges and opportunities related to diversity and equity at Marquette on Thursday, Nov. 14, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the AMU, 163.

For more information, contact Dr. Jean Grow, associate professor of strategic communication and advertising and chair of the University Committee on Diversity and Equity, at 8-6357.

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6. OIE International photo contest entries due Nov. 13

The Office of International Education will hold its fifth annual international photo contest on OIE's Marquette Global Facebook page. Students, faculty and staff are welcome to submit photos by Wednesday, Nov. 13. Voting will be open during International Education Week, Friday, Nov. 15, through Friday, Nov. 22. To vote, "like" a photo on Facebook. For a list of contest rules, or to vote without Facebook, visit the contest page.

Winning entries will receive awards valued at $75 or less. Winners will be announced Friday, Nov. 22.

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7. Marquette Contemplative Community announces threefold lecture series

The Marquette Contemplative Community and the Edward D. Simmons Religious Commitment Fund will fund a threefold contemplative series. The series begins this fall with two sessions on sight and sound, and culminates in March with a series of workshops by Ven. Thubten Chodron.

The next session, "Kirtan," is Wednesday, Nov. 13, from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the Calvary Presbyterian Church, 935 W. Wisconsin Ave. Kirtan is an ancient participatory music experience that quiets the mind and relaxes the body.

For more information, visit the Contemplative Community website.

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8. Boston College professor to speak about 50th anniversary of Vatican II

The Office of Mission and Ministry, the Department of Theology and Gesu Parish will host "Renewing the Liturgy, Revitalizing the Church: The Vatican II Reforms at 50," Wednesday, Nov. 13, at 7 p.m. in Church of the Gesu. Rev. John F. Baldovin, S.J., professor of historical and liturgical theology at Boston College and current Ignatius Loyola Chair at Fordham University, will present the lecture and discuss how the Second Vatican Council animates Marquette's mission, as well as its challenges for the future.

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9. Women's and Gender Studies fellowship recipients to present research

The 2013 Women's and Gender Studies Fellowship recipients and the Undergraduate Summer Research Fellowships will discuss their research projects and findings Thursday, Nov. 14, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. in Emory Clark Hall, 111.

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10. Dance Inc. putting on two free shows Nov. 9-10

Dance Inc., a student organization focusing on a variety of dance styles, will present "Dance Until We Drop" Saturday, Nov. 9, at 5 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 10, at noon. Both performances will be held in the Weasler Auditorium. Admission is free.

In addition, Dance Inc. will hold a bake sale Thursday, Nov. 7, and Friday, Nov. 8, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. outside Straz Hall.

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11. Recreational Sports hosting annual Turkey Coloring Contest

The Department of Recreational Sports will hold its annual Turkey Coloring Contest through Friday, Nov. 22. Turkeys can be purchased for $1 at the main office of either the Rec Center or Rec Plex. All proceeds go to VETS Place Central's Thanksgiving dinner.

VETS Place Central is a full-service, one-stop homeless shelter that provides a holistic approach to serving the homeless veteran population. Prizes will be awarded for the top two turkeys.

For more information, contact Michael Cosgrove, office coordinator for Recreational Sports, at 8-0238.

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12. Tickets available for NCAA men's basketball tournament action in Milwaukee

Second- and third- round action of the 2014 NCAA Division One Men's Basketball Championship will be held Thursday, March 20, 2014, and Saturday, March 22, 2014, at the BMO Harris Bradley Center, hosted by Marquette University. Tickets are available online.

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13. Upcoming "Puzzlepalooza" will benefit Autism Speaks

Alpha Xi Delta will host "Puzzlepalooza" Thursday, Nov. 14, from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the AMU's Union Sports Annex. Tickets are $5, and all proceeds will benefit Autism Speaks. Contact any sorority member for tickets.

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14. Physician Assistant Studies blood drive is Nov. 19

The Physician Assistant Studies program is hosting a campus blood drive Tuesday, Nov. 19, from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the book pick-up room, 824 N. 16th St., next to the Book Marq. Make an appointment online.

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