1. Electronic timekeeping system for student employees deployed this week

As of Sunday, Nov. 17, all student employees should be using the electronic EmpCenter timekeeping system to record their time worked at university jobs. The EmpCenter timekeeping system can be accessed online and at time clocks at various areas around campus.

This electronic solution will ensure greater efficiency for student employees and supervisors in recording, approving and submitting time records. In addition, for students with more than one on-campus job, the hours they are paid for will be more clearly represented on their bi-weekly payslip.

Students should ask their supervisor or refer to the timekeeping website for answers to questions about utilizing the EmpCenter timekeeping system. For additional information, students may also call the Student Timekeeping Call Center at (414) 288-3037.

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2. Presentation on writing resumes and CVs is tonight

Career Services and Psi Chi, the Psychology Honor Society, are hosting a presentation on writing resumes and CVs, Thursday, Nov. 21, from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. in Olin, 202. The presentation will also cover effective strategies for successful interviews. Light refreshments will be served.

For additional information, contact Abigail Helbing.

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3. Steve Forbes to speak on campus next week

The Marquette University College Republicans will host Steve Forbes, president and CEO of Forbes, Inc., Monday, Nov. 25, at 7:30 p.m. in the AMU, Monaghan Ballroom. Forbes will present, "The Flat Tax Revolution," which will argue how a flat tax could benefit the United States. In his remarks, he will discuss flat tax benefits through the lens of the current economic landscape and forecast, including its effects on the IRS and job creation.

Forbes is the author of several books, a former presidential candidate and currently serves on the Board of Overseers of the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and on the Board of Visitors for the School of Public Policy of Pepperdine University, as well as the boards of The Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation, the Heritage Foundation and The Foundation for the Defense of Democracies. Forbes, Inc.'s flagship publication, Forbes, has a circulation of more than 900,000.

For more information, contact Matthew Walker, co-chair of the Marquette University College Republicans.

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4. Free Christmas ornaments given to first 2,000 fans at women's basketball game vs. Duke on Sunday

Free Marquette Christmas ornaments will be given to the first 2,000 fans at the women's basketball game vs. Duke Sunday, Nov. 24, at 3 p.m. at the Al McGuire Center. Additionally, there will be a "garage sale" in which shirts and promotional items from past years will be priced to sell.

Students get in free with their MUID.

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5. Jewish Student Union hosting Hanukkah party tomorrow

The Jewish Student Union will host a Hanukkah party Friday, Nov. 22, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. in the AMU, Luna Room and Henke Lounge. The event will include free food, dreidel games, menorah-making crafts, a jelly donut-eating contest and more.

Those interested in attending should RSVP to Ryan Perel.

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6. Liturgical Choir to perform autumn concert this weekend

The Liturgical Choir will perform "Come and Go with Me to That Land: An Autumn Festival of Song" on Saturday, Nov. 23, at 7:30 p.m. at Church of the Gesu. Admission to the concert is free, and doors will open at 7 p.m. The concert will feature a number of American spirituals and gospel songs, including "How Can I Keep From Singing," "Down to the River to Pray" and "My God is a Rock."

For additional information, contact Thomas Koester, assistant director in Campus Ministry and director of the Liturgical Choir, at 8-3695.

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7. Pure Dance Marquette fall show is Sunday

Pure Dance Marquette, a lyrical and jazz performance group, will perform its fall showcase Sunday, Nov. 24, at noon and 4:30 p.m. in the Weasler Auditorium. This event is free and open to the public.

For additional information, visit the Pure Dance Marquette Facebook page.

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8. Social Innovation Design Contest is Dec. 3

The annual Social Innovation Design Contest will take place Tuesday, Dec. 3, from 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. in Raynor Memorial Libraries. The winning student team will receive help in attending the 2014 AshokaU Exchange at Brown University and automatic entry in the Midwest Social Innovation Start-Up Challenge. The contest is open to all Marquette students.

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9. Writing Center hosting workshop on breaking through writer's block

The Ott Memorial Writing Center is hosting a workshop on proven strategies for productive writing that help break through writer's block Monday, Nov. 25, from 11 a.m. to noon in Raynor Memorial Libraries' Beaumier Suite A.

Register by emailing the Writing Center or calling 8-5542.

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10. Share ideas about the future of Menomonee Valley

Members of the Marquette community are invited to share ideas and thoughts about the future of the Menomonee Valley on Tuesday, Nov. 26, from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m., in the AMU, 157. Representatives from the Menomonee Valley Partners and the Department of City Development will be on campus to listen to ideas from the community and to share their thoughts about possible future projects.

Marquette University, through the Office of Public Affairs, is one of many community partners supporting the Menomonee Valley 2.0 plan.

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11. Dissertation Boot Camp registration now open

Registration is open for the Graduate School's Dissertation Boot Camp to be held Friday, Jan. 6, through Tuesday, Jan. 10, in Raynor Memorial Libraries. The camp offers a dedicated time and location for graduate and doctoral students to come together and work toward completion of their dissertations. Faculty facilitators are available throughout the week to monitor progress and offer suggestions.

Participants will work from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily with an early dismissal on Friday. For more information contact Lizzie Kerrick by Friday, Dec. 20.

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12. College of Nursing hosting discussion on African-Americans' perceptions of palliative care in Milwaukee

The College of Nursing will host a panel discussion, "Palliative Care in African-American Communities: Focus Group Study," Thursday, Dec. 5, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the AMU, Henke Lounge.

The three principal investigators of the Greater Milwaukee Foundation-funded focus group project Dr. Margaret Callahan, interim provost and dean of the College of Nursing; Dr. Ronda Hughes, associate professor of nursing; and Dr. Susan Breakwell, clinical associate professor of nursing will address what was learned from Milwaukee's African-American communities about their wishes regarding palliative and end of life care. The session is designed to spark conversations about new ideas and initiatives for strengthening palliative care access and services for African-Americans in the Milwaukee area.

Register by emailing Andrea Petrie, director of development in the College of Nursing, by Monday, Nov. 25.

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13. Attend international research and forward thinking poster sessions and colloquy

The Office of International Education will host Marquette's International Research Poster Session along with the Forward Thinking Poster Session and Colloquy, hosted by the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, the Graduate Student Organization and the Office of the Vice Provost for Research, Tuesday, Dec. 3, from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the AMU, Monaghan Ballroom. A reception will follow the event, which aims to celebrate and encourage faculty research from all disciplines that involves students and international research.

For more information, contact Erin Folstad, director of project planning and development in ORSP, at 8-3642.

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14. Faculty and Staff Chorale to perform annual Christmas concert

The Faculty and Staff Chorale will present its annual Christmas concert Tuesday, Dec. 3, and Thursday, Dec. 5, at 11:30 a.m. in the Varsity Theatre. The free concert is open to the Marquette community and will feature Renaissance, modern and traditional carols.

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15. Donations of hats, mittens and scarves needed

The College of Education is holding a donation drive for gently used child-sized hats, mittens and scarves through Wednesday, Nov. 27, in Schroeder Complex, 151, and at the information desk in the AMU.

Donations will be given to children who attend the Hartman Literacy and Learning Center in the College of Education, which provides after-school tutoring for local children.

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16. Discounts on computers available to students, faculty and staff

Academic prices for computers from Apple, HP and Lenovo are available to faculty, staff and students. Among the available deals are savings of up to $200 on a new Mac from the Apple Store for Education and $30 off select HP notebook and desktop PCs.

Learn more about the computer discounts online.

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17. Applications available for Morris K. Udall Scholarship

Sophomore and junior students who have been actively involved in environmental work, Native American health or tribal policy, and plan a future in one of these fields are encouraged to apply for the Morris K. Udall Scholarship by Wednesday, March 5, 2014.

For more information about the scholarship and to request an application, contact Dr. Jame Schaefer, associate professor of theology.

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18. News Briefs to only be distributed on Monday next week

Due to the Thanksgiving holiday, News Briefs will not be issued Thursday, Nov. 28. News Briefs will resume its regular schedule Monday, Dec. 2.

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