1. Wear denim April 23 to support survivors of sexual assault

On Wednesday, April 23, Marquette University will again recognize Denim Day, an annual international effort to support survivors and create a global change in attitudes towards sexual assault and all types of sexual violence. Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett has requested that Milwaukee institutions and individuals participate in this cause. Faculty, staff and students are encouraged to wear denim on April 23 to show their support for survivors of sexual assault.

Denim Day began as a protest against a 1997 Italian court case, in which a convicted rapist's sentence was overturned. The court ruled that because the teenage victim's jeans were tight, the victim must have assisted in their removal, thereby making the sex act consensual. Enraged by the verdict, the women in the Italian Parliament launched into immediate action and protested by wearing jeans to work.

"If we stay silent, instances of sexual violence will only continue, but if we all join together and become knowledgeable and willing to be the voice of those individuals who are affected by sexual violence, we can help transform our campus, this community and our world," Interim Provost Margaret Faut Callahan said. "That is something we are called to do as a Jesuit university. I urge our entire campus community to support Denim Day and survivors of sexual assault by wearing denim on April 23."

For more information, contact Chris Daood, assistant director of the Counseling Center and deputy Title IX coordinator, at (414) 288-1742.

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2. University to implement direct deposit for employee expense reimbursements

As part of the ongoing Oracle eBusiness Suite project, Accounts Payable will begin reimbursing employees via direct deposit to their bank accounts on record instead of reimbursement with hard copy checks, effective Monday, April 28. This change will increase the efficiency with which employees are reimbursed for travel and other university business expenses.

Employees will be automatically enrolled to receive reimbursements via direct deposit. Funds will be directed to the employee's primary bank account, shown as "Remaining Pay" in Employee Self Service in MyJob. To designate a different bank account for reimbursement deposits, employees should follow the instructions posted on the Accounts Payable website.

Contact Lorena Sanchez, accounts payable manager, with questions.

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3. Senator Tammy Baldwin goes "On the Issues" to discuss Washington's political divide

U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin will discuss Washington's political divide in the next "On the Issues with Mike Gousha," Wednesday, April 23, from 12:15 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. at Eckstein Hall.

Baldwin, a Democrat from Madison, is the first woman from Wisconsin to serve in the U.S. Senate and the first openly gay member elected to the Senate. Prior to her 2012 election to the Senate, Baldwin served in the U.S. House of Representatives and is a former state lawmaker.

Baldwin will offer her perspective on a range of issues, including the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, immigration reform, the national debt, the minimum wage and Washington's political divide.

Register online.

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4. CTL hosting presentation on supporting students who report sexual assault

The Center for Teaching and Learning will host, "Supporting Students Who Report Sexual Assault," Tuesday, April 22, from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. in Raynor Memorial Libraries, Study Room D on the lower level. Dr. Susannah Bartlow, director of the Gender and Sexuality Resource Center; Dr. Christopher Daood, deputy Title IX coordinator and assistant director of the Counseling Center; and Dr. Sarah Bonewits Feldner, associate professor of communication studies, will facilitate the discussion, which is designed to help expand knowledge and capacity to respond to students in ways that are both survivor-centered and Title IX compliant. The facilitators will provide an overview of myths about sexual assault, a review of Title IX reporting requirements, and both lecture and experiential opportunities to develop listening and response skills.

Register online.

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5. Soup with Substance to focus on a new approach to missionary work

The next Soup with Substance will examine the St. Francis Mission, established to restore hope and dignity to the indigenous people of the Rosebud Reservation in South Dakota. The event will be held Wednesday, April 23, from noon to 1 p.m. in the AMU, 157.

When the Jesuits were invited to establish a mission on the Rosebud Reservation in South Dakota in 1886, their mission was clear: educate and evangelize to the Lakota people. More than 125 years later, the reservation and mission still exist, but a feeling of hopelessness prevails. St. Francis Mission is working to change that. Located in the second-poorest county in the United States, St. Francis Mission offers eight different programs that focus on healing the body and spirit, and providing education.

Soup with Substance events are sponsored by the Center for Peacemaking.

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6. William J. Kelly, S.J., Chair Lecture is April 24

Dr. Patrick Carey, professor of theology and William J. Kelly, S.J., Chair in Catholic Theology, will present "Is Marquette Still Catholic?" Thursday, April 24, at 4 p.m. in Straz Hall, 105. Carey will describe some answers to the question by analyzing Marquette's historic statements on identity and suggesting three practical ways of fostering that identity in the future.

The lecture is sponsored by the Department of Theology.

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7. Libraries hosting poetry readings by Milwaukee poets Charles P. Ries and Stephen Anderson

Raynor Memorial Libraries will host poetry readings by two Milwaukee poets – Charles P. Ries and Stephen Anderson – Monday, April 28, from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. in Raynor Memorial Libraries' Prucha Reading Room. Readings will take place from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. with a discussion to follow.

Register by Thursday, April 24, as space is limited. This event is free and open to the public. Doors open at 4:15 p.m. and attendees should meet in the lobby of Raynor Memorial Libraries.

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8. Tree planting for Arbor Day will take place April 25

Students for an Environmentally Active Campus and the historic core renovation project team will celebrate National Arbor Day by hosting a prayer service and planting a swamp white oak tree as part of new landscaping around recently renovated Sensenbrenner Hall. The planting will add to the native tree collection on campus and will take place Friday, April 25, at noon on the east side of Sensenbrenner Hall.

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9. Training sessions offered for D2L upgrade

D2L will be upgraded to a new version Friday, May 16. The Center for Teaching and Learning will offer training sessions to provide an in-depth look at the new features. The training sessions will take place in Raynor Memorial Libraries, 330B, on the following dates:

  • Thursday, April 24, from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
  • Monday, April 28, from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.

Register online.

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10. "Earth, Art and Hip Hop" event will celebrate Earth Day on April 22

The Native American Student Association and Intercultural Engagement will present "Earth, Art and Hip Hop," Tuesday, April 22, in honor of Earth Day. The community event will feature Frank Waln and Sam Sampson, with special guests ArtWorks for Milwaukee and open mic performers, and will take place from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on the first floor of the AMU. The event will bring awareness to environmental issues through art, poetry and music.

For more information, please contact Laree Pourier, president of the Native American Student Association.

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11. Dental students hosting Sustainable Living Fair on April 23

Dental students will host the second annual Sustainable Living Fair on Wednesday, April 23, from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the School of Dentistry. Attendees can see presentations on sustainability and healthy living by students, faculty and local organizations. Refreshments and live music will be provided, and participants will have the chance to win raffle prizes from Milwaukee businesses.

Contact Michael Moran or Jonelle Doctor for more information.

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12. Department of Chemistry hosting colloquium on Friday

The Department of Chemistry will host "Synthesis and Structure-function Analysis of Photosensitizer-catalyst Solar Fuel Assemblies," Friday, April 25, at 4 p.m. in Wehr Chemistry, 121. Dr. Karen Mulfort from the Argonne National Laboratory will lead the seminar.

Refreshments will be served prior to the seminar at 3:45 p.m. in Wehr Chemistry, 121. For more information, contact the Department of Chemistry at (414) 288-3515.

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13. Institute for Natural Family Planning hosting presentation on women's reproductive health

The College of Nursing's Institute for Natural Family Planning will host "Urinary Hormone Monitoring and Women's Reproductive Health," Wednesday, April 30, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Raynor Memorial Libraries' Beaumier Suites B/C. Dr. Sarah Johnson, clinical and medical affairs manager at Swiss Precision Diagnostics Ltd, will present clinical and laboratory research in connection with biomarkers of women's health.

For more information contact Dr. Richard Fehring, director of the Institute for Natural Family Planning and professor emeritus of nursing, at (414) 288-3838.

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14. Best Buddies Marquette to host annual showcase April 27

Best Buddies Marquette will host its annual Best Buddies Showcase to spread awareness about the organization, which benefits individuals with disabilities, Sunday, April 27, from 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. The show will feature poetry that has been written about friendship, as well as a talent show and a silent auction. All proceeds from the silent auction and donations will go towards chapter events, which help enhances the lives of individuals with intellectual disabilities by providing one-on-one friendship opportunities.

For more information, contact Sarah Kendzior.

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15. AMUW Spring Book Club will be held May 7

The Association of Marquette University Women will host its annual Spring Book Club on Wednesday, May 7, at 7 p.m. in Raynor Memorial Libraries, Beaumier Suites. All are invited to join an evening of conversation about the novel Beautiful Fools by R. Clifton Spargo.

This event is free and open to the public. Register online. For additional information, contact Lindsay Gonzalez, engagement officer in University Advancement, at (414) 288-4768, or email amuw@marquette.edu.

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16. "Almost everything $6" gift sale this week will benefit Physical Therapy Scholarship fund

The "almost everything $6" gift sale will be held Tuesday, April 22, and Wednesday, April 23, 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 (414) 288-1410.

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17. Next Monthly Mass in Law School Chapel is Wednesday

Rev. Thomas Anderson, S.J., assistant director of Campus Ministry and campus minister in the Law School, will celebrate Mass in the St. Edmund Campion Chapel on the fourth floor of the Law School, Wednesday, April 23, at 12:15 p.m.

All members of the law school and Marquette community are welcome to attend.

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18. Pure Dance Marquette to host annual spring showcase this weekend

Pure Dance Marquette will host its annual spring showcase, "#WeArePure," Sunday, April 27, at noon and 4:30 p.m. in the Weasler Auditorium. Admission is free and the event is open to the entire Marquette community.

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