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. Therapy animals on campus today to combat midterm stress

Stress relief activities, including therapy animals, will be available for students today from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the Raynor Memorial Libraries entrance to help combat the stress of midterms.

This event is sponsored by the Counseling Center and MUSG.

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3. Tinker v. Des Moines lead litigant to speak about free speech issues

Mary Beth Tinker, the lead litigant in the landmark First Amendment case, Tinker v. Des Moines, will speak about free speech issues Wednesday, Oct. 16, from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. in Eckstein Hall, 246. Tinker will be joined by attorney and alumnus Mike Heistand. They will address contemporary student expression issues and the continued relevance of the Tinker vs. Des Moines precedent.

For more information, contact Dr. Erik Ugland, associate professor of digital media and performing arts, at 8-3494.

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4. 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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5. Volunteers needed Thursday for Project Homeless Connect

Campus Ministry is looking for volunteers to help with Project Homeless Connect, an annual event in which the homeless of Milwaukee can access multiple services and resources they may need. Project Homeless Connect will take place Thursday, Oct. 17, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the AMU. Volunteers will serve as one-on-one partners for guests who come to the event. The volunteer form can be completed online.

Volunteers are also needed to help staff the event from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. on Oct. 17. Those interested in volunteering should email Gerry Fischer, associate director of Campus Ministry.

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6. University Apartments deposit collection begins Oct. 21

Deposit collection for students interested in living in University Apartments for the 2014-15 leasing periods begins Monday, Oct. 21, and ends Friday, Nov. 1. Interested students must pay a $300 deposit to participate in the selection process. Checks or money orders payable to Marquette University will be accepted at the University Apartments Office, located at 1500 West Wells, Suite 109. Cash and credit cards are not accepted.

Additional information about the assignment process can be found online or by contacting University Apartment and Off-Campus Student Services at 8-7281.

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7. Senior Speaker nominations now being accepted

Nominations are being accepted for the undergraduate Senior Speaker for December Commencement, which will be the university's final celebration of Mid-year Commencement. Faculty, staff and students are invited to nominate graduating seniors with a minimum 2.5 GPA who have never been on academic or disciplinary probation.

Nominations will be accepted through Wednesday, Oct. 23, and can be submitted by emailing Sterling Hardaway, MUSG Senior Speaker Coordinator.

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8. Marquette University Medical Clinic offering guided meditation series

The Marquette University Medical Clinic is offering a free four-week Guided Meditation series every Wednesday at 11 a.m. in the 707 Building, 130. The series will start Wednesday, Oct. 16. These sessions will help students learn how to utilize the benefits of breathing and meditation designed to improve focus and concentration, decrease the impact of stress and increase peace of mind.

To register, contact the Center for Peacemaking at 8-8444. Email healthyeagle@marquette.edu with questions.

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9. Mass schedule changes for Fall Break

Mass will not be celebrated at 4 p.m. at the Church of the Gesu or at 8 p.m. at the Chapel of the Holy Family this Sunday, Oct. 20, due to Fall Break. The 10 p.m. Mass at the Chapel of the Holy Family will still be celebrated.

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10. Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering colloquium to focus on the design of electric motors

The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering will host a colloquium, "State-of-the-Art Research in the Control and Design of Electric Motors," Tuesday, Oct. 15, at 2 p.m. in Olin Engineering, 202. Dr. Ahmed Sayed-Ahmed of Rockwell Automation will deliver the lecture.

Pre-colloquium refreshments will be served at 1:30 p.m. in Olin Engineering, 204A. For more information, contact the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at 8-6820.

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11. AMUW's annual Boheim Lecture to focus on women and the Arab Spring

Dr. Julia Clancy-Smith, the 2013-14 AMUW Chair of Humanities and professor of history at the University of Arizona-Tucson, will deliver the annual Distinguished Eleanor H. Boheim Lecture Wednesday, Oct. 23, at 6 p.m. in Raynor Memorial Libraries' Beaumier Suites. Titled "Revolutions: Women and the Arab Spring in North Africa," the lecture will argue for a long-term historical perspective in understanding why women are at the heart of the Arab Spring.

The lecture is presented by the Association of Marquette University Women, which promotes the interests of Marquette's past, present and future female students and strives to enhance educational and cultural opportunities for women.

Registration for this free event can be completed online. For additional information, contact the AMUW or Carol Winkel, director of regional engagement in University Advancement, at 8-7633.

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12. President of MacArthur Foundation to deliver lecture on North Korea

The Department of Political Science will host the Dr. John K.C. Oh Memorial Lecture on Asian Affairs on Wednesday, Oct. 30, at 4:30 p.m. in the AMU, Monaghan Ballroom. Dr. Robert Gallucci, president of the John D. and Catharine MacArthur Foundation, will deliver "Living with North Korea," which will discuss management of relations with the government in Pyongyang, including how to reduce the likelihood of conflict, reassure allies, avoid provocations and attract domestic support at home regarding relations with North Korea.

Gallucci previously served as dean of Georgetown University's Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service and with the U.S. Department of State as ambassador at large. An expert on Asia, Gallucci has authored several publications about political-military issues, including Neither Peace Nor Honor: The Politics of American Military Policy in Vietnam and Going Critical: The First North Korean Nuclear Crisis.

For more information, contact Kelley McCaskill, director of development for University Advancement, at 8-1590.

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13. Mass will be celebrated in the Law School Chapel on Oct. 16

Rev. Thomas Anderson, S.J., assistant director of Campus Ministry and Law School chaplain, will celebrate Mass in the Marquette University Law School Chapel on Wednesday, Oct. 16, from 12:15 p.m. to 12:45 p.m. The Law School Chapel is located on the fourth floor of Eckstein Hall. All members of the Marquette community are welcome to attend.

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14. Supper for 12 Strangers sign-up now available

Students can now sign up to enjoy a meal at the home of an area Marquette alumnus, faculty or staff member as part of the Association of Marquette University Women annual Supper for 12 Strangers. Suppers will be held on the following dates:

  • Saturday, Nov. 9
  • Sunday, Nov. 10
  • Saturday, Nov. 16
  • Sunday, Nov. 17

Register online by Wednesday, Oct. 30. For additional information, contact Molly Eldridge, assistant director of engagement in University Advancement, at 8-4497.

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