1. 2014 graduation applications available online

Students who plan to graduate in 2014 can now apply online for graduation. Applications need to be completed before the appropriate deadlines, which are published in the Academic Calendar. The "Apply for Graduation" link is located in students' CheckMarq accounts under the "My Academics" tab. Students are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. Students who cannot apply for graduation online but believe they are eligible to graduate should contact their college or school office immediately. For additional information, refer to the Commencement policy.

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2. Executive Vice President Mary DiStanislao to leave Marquette

Dr. Mary DiStanislao, executive vice president, announced to her staff yesterday that she will leave her position in order to pursue leadership opportunities outside of the university. DiStanislao, who was appointed by Rev. Scott R. Pilarz, S.J., came to Marquette from the University of Pennsylvania.

"I really appreciate having had the opportunity to work with so many people committed to such a meaningful mission," DiStanislao said. "As the university begins its presidential transition, this is a natural time for Marquette to evaluate its leadership team moving forward, and it also allows me to step back, reflect and pursue future career possibilities. I want to thank everyone who contributed to our important work to move the university forward."

DiStanislao oversaw administration, human resources, student affairs and university planning. Tom MacKinnon, Father Pilarz's chief of staff, also left the university last week.

Rev. Robert A. Wild, S. J., will assume his duties as interim president Wednesday, Oct. 16, and will work closely with Interim Provost Dr. Margaret Faut Callahan, the academic deans and the vice presidents to ensure continuity of the university's operations and strategic plan moving forward.

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3. Stress relief activities available during midterm week

Stress relief activities, including therapy animals, will be available to students next week to combat the stress of midterms. Stress relief activities will be held Monday, Oct. 14, from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the Raynor Memorial Libraries entrance.

There will also be information available to help manage stress. This event is sponsored by the Counseling Center and MUSG.

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4. Panel discussion will focus on preparing for a career after graduation

Students interested in learning how networking, having a mentor and leadership skills are important for building a career after graduation should attend a panel discussion Wednesday, Oct. 23, from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the lower level of Zilber Hall.

Panelists from the College of Engineering, Marquette University Alumni Association and Office of Student Development will discuss how to join the MUAA eMentor Network on LinkedIn, as well as tips and tricks for starting a successful career.

Register online. Space is limited. A complimentary light meal will be provided. For additional information, contact Dan DeWeerdt, director of business and career alumni engagement.

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5. Hispanic Heritage Month celebration being held on campus

MUSG and the Latin American Student Organization invite students and staff to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month and appreciate Latin culture at Fiesta de Noche Saturday, Oct. 12, at 9:30 p.m. in the AMU, Marquette Place. Free food, dancing and prizes will be available.

Additional information is available on Facebook.

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6. Students needed to write letters, donate care package supplies to overseas troops

Lutheran Campus Ministry of Affiliated Ministries will host a letter-writing campaign to overseas U.S. troops Tuesday, Oct. 15, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the AMU, second floor lobby. Students will have the opportunity to write letters to five U.S. troop members, as well as donate the following items to be sent in care packages: mac n' cheese, gold fish crackers, Ramen noodles, Crystal Light, large boxer briefs, feminine supplies, instant soup, instant coffee/cocoa, tuna packets, college basketball items and country music. Donations for postage will also be accepted.

For more information, visit the event's Facebook page.

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7. Dispute resolution workshop to focus on when to compete and when to problem-solve

The Dispute Resolution Association will offer a free workshop, "Negotiation: Compete or Problem-Solve?," Tuesday, Oct. 15, from noon to 1 p.m. in the AMU, 163.

The workshop will address what happens when the correct negotiation tyle is adopted, and will include discussion of how these principles can be applied to ongoing situations like the deadline for increasing the national debt ceiling. The workshop is based on the book, Gain the Edge! by Martin Latz.

RSVP to David Angel, president of the Dispute Resolution Association.

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8. Global Discussion Series to focus on "What's Next for Asia?"

The Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, Raynor Memorial Libraries and the Office of International Education will host the fourth installment of the Global Discussion Series, "What's Next for Asia?," Tuesday, Oct. 15, from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. in Raynor Memorial Libraries' Beaumier Suites. The discussion will focus on the questions facing the region and will allow faculty and students to share their views, experiences and research questions.

For additional information, contact the Office of International Education at 8-7289.

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9. Social Innovation Initiative to host Pulitzer Prize-winning author

The Social Innovation Initiative will host Pulitzer Prize-winning author Tina Rosenberg at two events Wednesday, Oct. 16. Both events will feature discussions on how Rosenberg's teaching at Yale Law School, co-founding of Solutions Journalism and involvement with FixesU intersect with the six strategic themes identified for Marquette's future. A welcome breakfast will take place in the AMU, 227, from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. A dinner reception and discussion will take place in Zilber Hall, 025, at 6 p.m. Complimentary meals will be served at both events.

To RSVP for one or both events, email Neal Ruitta. Space is limited.

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10. University mourns the death of former College of Engineering Dean Douglas Green

The university mourns the death of Douglas M. Green, who served as the dean of the College of Engineering from 1999-2003. Green passed away Sunday, Sept. 29, at the age of 71. A graveside service was held Saturday, Oct. 5, in Big Spring, Texas.

Please remember Green, his family and friends in prayer.

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11. Anticipated parking overflow on campus this Friday

Due to the Cyber Security Summit Friday, Oct. 11, Parking Services anticipates additional traffic in university parking structures. Parkers in both the 16th Street Structure and the Wells Street Structure should be aware of this event and plan accordingly to find campus parking the morning of the summit. Once the 16th Street Structure fills, cars will be rerouted to the Wells Street Structure and other service lots.

For additional information, contact Jay Sobota, manager of parking services, at 8-6911.

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12. Neuroscience colloquium to discuss psychostimulants

The Integrative Neuroscience Research Center will host Dr. Craig Berridge of the University of Wisconsin-Madison's psychology department Monday, Oct. 14, at 3:30 p.m. in Schroeder Complex, 256. Ebert will present "Psychostimulants as Cognitive Enhancers: ADHD, Catecholamines and the Prefrontal Cortex."

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13. Honors Program and McNair Scholars to present undergraduate research projects

The Honors Program and McNair Scholars will present the results of their individual undergraduate summer research projects Thursday, Oct. 24, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. in Raynor Memorial Libraries' Beaumier Suites.

Light refreshments will be served. For more information, visit the Honors Program website.

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14. Law School to host admissions seminar Oct. 19

The Law School will host an Admissions Saturday Seminar Saturday, Oct. 19, at 10 a.m. in Eckstein Hall. This seminar will feature admissions and financial aid information, as well as a current student panel. Optional tours of the Law School will be available prior to the seminar.

Registration can be completed online. For more information, contact Law School Admissions at 8-6767.

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15. Panel discussion to focus on prison overpopulation

The Office of the Provost, Department of Psychology and Project Return will host a panel of national and local experts to discuss solutions to address prison overpopulation Sunday, Nov. 10, at 3:30 p.m. in the AMU, Monaghan Ballrooms.

Project Return's annual gala and fundraiser will be held later that night, also in the AMU, Monaghan Ballrooms. The gala will begin at 5:30 p.m. with a silent auction followed by dinner and a discussion at 6 p.m. Tickets to the dinner are $50, with a student rate of $25. To register for the gala, contact Dr. Ed de St. Aubin, associate professor and assistant chair of psychology at 8-2143 by Monday, Nov. 4.

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

The Office of Mission and Ministry, the Department of Theology and Church of the Gesu will host "Renewing the Liturgy, Revitalizing the Church: The Vatican II Reforms at 50," Wednesday, Nov. 13, at 7 p.m. in Gesu Church. 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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17. Access available to Sloan Consortium online learning society

The Center for Teaching and Learning subscribes to the Sloan Consortium, a professional online learning society devoted to advancing quality e-Education learning into the mainstream of education. Those interested in accessing Sloan-C resources, including academic journals and workshops, should contact the Center for Teaching and Learning at 8-0263, or visit the CTL's website for additional information.

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