1. Mission Week will take place Feb. 2-7; theme is "The Art and Practice of Forgiveness"

All members of the Marquette community are invited to explore "The Art and Practice of Forgiveness" during Mission Week 2014, which will take place from Sunday, Feb. 2, through Friday, Feb. 7, 2014. The capacity to forgive and be forgiven informs individuals' spiritual, psychological and social development in profound ways. Mission Week 2014 will examine the theme of forgiveness in many forms, from the interpersonal to the international. Watch News Briefs for additional information about this important week of discussion and reflection.

2. Giving to Marquette in fiscal 2013 topped $47 million

The number of alumni, parents and friends who invested in Marquette over the past fiscal year increased by 3 percent to nearly 28,000 benefactors, who gave more than $47 million in new gifts and pledges, according to University Advancement. Thirty new endowed scholarships were funded and the university received three gifts of more than $1 million including an $8.3 million gift for the Diederich College of Communication to fund the new O'Brien Fellowship in Public Service Journalism.

Gifts to annual funds totaled more than $10 million, including a record-high level of support for the Blue & Gold Fund of nearly $4 million, compared to $3.3 million the previous year. The President's Society, the university's annual giving recognition society, grew by 15 percent in fiscal 2013, welcoming 1,756 members that each contributed at least $2,500 during the fiscal year. In addition, 138 members were welcomed into the new Young Alumni level of the society, which has special, graduated giving levels for those who earned an undergraduate degree from Marquette during the past 15 years. In total, President's Society members' gifts supported more than 650 different funds across the university including scholarship aid, research, capital projects, student and faculty activities, service learning, and sustaining overall excellence.

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3. Miracle on Westowne Square is Dec. 2

The Marquette University Residence Hall Association will host a tree lighting and blessing, "Igniting Hope: Miracle on Westowne Square," for students, faculty and staff, Monday, Dec. 2, at 4:30 p.m. in Westowne Square, the area between the AMU and McCormick Hall.

Rev. Doug Leonhardt, S.J., associate vice president of mission and ministry, and Rev. Daniel Hendrickson, S.J., associate vice provost in the Office of the Provost, will preside over the ceremony, with Christmas carols sung by the university's Liturgical Choir. A reception with light refreshments will follow in the AMU, Monaghan Ballrooms, with entertainment provided by Marquette's male a capella group, The Naturals.

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4. Complete course evaluations for a chance to win an iPad

Fall 2013 course evaluations are available through Sunday, Dec. 8. Students who complete evaluations for all of their classes will be entered into a drawing to win a new iPad. The online course evaluation system, MOCES, is also available as a mobile-friendly page for students who wish to complete evaluations on their mobile devices.

Course evaluations are used by Marquette to review classes and instructors, with the primary goal of improving the quality of both. Responses are private and confidential, and no identifying information will ever appear with a response. For additional information, including FAQs, the course evaluation schedule and a sample evaluation form, visit the MOCES website.

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5. Steve Forbes to speak on campus tonight

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 potential impact on the IRS and job creation.

Forbes is the author of several books, a two-time 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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6. Therapy animals on campus next week to help combat finals stress

Stress relief activities, including therapy animals, will be available for students Monday, Dec. 2, from noon to 2 p.m. in the AMU, first floor lobby.

This event is sponsored by the Counseling Center and MUSG.

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7. Campus Ministry to bless the Advent wreath on Sunday

Campus Ministry will bless the university's Advent wreath Sunday, Dec. 1, at 10 p.m. in the AMU, Chapel of the Holy Family. For more information, contact Timothy Johnston, assistant director in campus ministry, at 8-0522.

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8. "Beat Bucky Week" will feature campus-wide events

Marquette Nation will sponsor the second annual "Beat Bucky Week," Monday, Dec. 2, through Saturday, Dec. 7. Events will be held throughout the week to get campus ready for the men's and women's basketball rivalry games.

  • Badger Roast – Monday, Dec. 2, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the AMU, Marquette Place
  • Bingo at the Annex – Wednesday, Dec. 4, beginning at 10 p.m.
  • Campus-wide Spirit Day – Friday, Dec. 6 (wear Marquette gear)
  • Men's basketball viewing party – Saturday, Dec. 7, at the Union Sports Annex, tipoff at 1:15 p.m.
  • Women's basketball game – Saturday, Dec. 7, in the Al McGuire Center, tipoff at 7 p.m.

In addition, a class penny war and a Wisconsin t-shirt trade-in will be held each day in the AMU. For additional information, follow Marquette Nation on Facebook or use the hashtag #BeatBucky on Twitter.

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9. Free HIV testing available next week

In recognition of World AIDS Day, the Marquette University Medical Clinic will offer free, confidential HIV testing Monday, Dec. 2, and Tuesday, Dec. 3. Walk-ins are welcome, but students can make an appointment by calling 8-7184.

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10. "Almost everything $6" gift sale to benefit Physical Therapy Scholarship fund

The "almost everything $6" gift sale is taking place Monday, Dec. 2, to Wednesday, Dec. 4, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. in the AMU. This sale features gifts, jewelry and accessories, with 20 percent of the sale proceeds going to the Physical Therapy Faculty Student Scholarship Fund. The sale will include both licensed merchandise greater than $6 and specials under $6.

Marquette Cash and credit cards are accepted. Those interested in making a contribution to the scholarship fund to assist graduate students in the Doctor of Physical Therapy program can contact Kathleen Ludington, director of development for the College of Health Sciences, at 8-1410.

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11. MIT professor Wilder goes "On the Issues" to discuss slavery's role in U.S. higher education

Massachusetts Institute of Technology Professor Craig Steven Wilder will discuss his new book on the role slavery played in American institutions of higher education in the next "On the Issues with Mike Gousha," Wednesday, Dec. 4, from 12:15 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. in Eckstein Hall.

Wilder, a professor of history and head of the history faculty at MIT, is the author of Ebony and Ivy: Race, Slavery, and the Troubled History of America's Universities. The book examines slavery and racism in the early history of some of the most revered U.S. colleges and universities.

Seating is limited; registration is available online.

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12. Neuroscience colloquium to discuss the brain's reward circuit

The Integrative Neuroscience Research Center will host Dr. Virginia Pickel from Weill Cornell Medical College, Tuesday, Dec. 3, at 3:30 p.m. in Schroeder Complex, 256. Pickel will present "Convergent Targeting of Acetylcholine and Dopamine in the Brain's Reward Circuit."

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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. Attend screening of award-winning documentary on the Federal Reserve

The Center for Global and Economic Studies and the Applied Investment Management program in the College of Business Administration will host a screening of the award-winning documentary Money for Nothing: Inside the Federal Reserve, Wednesday, Dec. 4, at 5 p.m. A panel discussion about the issues addressed in the film will follow the screening. RSVP online.

For more information, contact Lee Hovorka, office associate in the College of Business Administration, at 8-8024.

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15. Behavior Clinic to celebrate 10th anniversary

The Behavior Clinic will celebrate its 10-year anniversary Wednesday, Dec. 4, in the AMU, Henke Lounge. Registration begins at 4 p.m. and the program will start at 4:30 p.m. Founded by Dr. Robert Fox in collaboration with Penfield Children's Center, Marquette's pioneering Behavior Clinic has enhanced the lives of Milwaukee-area families by bringing cutting-edge pediatric mental health counseling to the community.

Register online, or contact Jennifer Hammernik Niespodziani, advancement associate, at 8-1506.

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16. Holiday Giving Tree gifts due Dec. 5

All those who took a Holiday Giving Tree gift tag must drop off gifts by Thursday, Dec. 5. Gifts can be dropped off at the AMU Information Desk; Lalumiere, 340; the Rec Center; Rec Plex; or Zilber Hall, 121. All gifts should be wrapped with the tag securely attached to the outside.

For further information, contact Kathleen Hawkins, chair of MU Volunteers, at 8-5500.

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17. Raynor Memorial Libraries seeking feedback on new homepage

Raynor Memorial Libraries will launch a new homepage in spring 2014 and is seeking feedback from users during beta testing. Those interested in participating should visit the new webpage and complete the feedback form at the bottom of the page by Saturday, Dec. 14.

For more information, contact Mary Frenn, funding information librarian, at 8-1995.

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18. Attend Advent morning of reflection

Church of the Gesu will host an Advent morning of reflection Saturday, Dec. 7, from 9 a.m. to noon, directed by Associate Pastor Fr. John Schlegel, S.J. Lunch will be provided. Register by Sunday, Dec. 3, by contacting Michael Heimbach at 8-7107.

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19. Chapels can now be reserved online

The Chapel of the Holy Family and St. Joan of Arc Chapel can now be reserved online. For additional information, contact Timothy Johnston, assistant director in Campus Ministry, at 8-0522.

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