1. 16 faculty members promoted to emerita/emeritus status

Sixteen faculty members have been conferred with emerita/emeritus status, effective upon retirement. The following individuals have been promoted to professor emeritus: Dr. James Courtright, Department of Biological Sciences; Dr. Thomas Jablonsky, Department of History; Dr. J. Douglas Harris, Department of Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science; Dr. Anees Sheikh, Department of Psychology; Dr. Patrick Carey, Department of Theology; Dr. Robert Shuter, Department of Communication Studies; Dr. Larry Soley, Department of Journalism and Media Studies; Dr. William Pink, Department of Educational Policy and Leadership; Dr. Otto Widera, Department of Mechanical Engineering; and John Kircher, Law School. Dr. Kathleen Karrer, Department of Biological Sciences, and Dr. Margaret Bloom, Department of Counselor Education and Counseling Psychology, were promoted to professor emerita.

Dr. Michael Duffey, Department of Theology; Dr. Charles Breeden, Department of Economics; and Dr. Peter Toumanoff, Department of Economics, were promoted to associate professor emeritus. Phoebe Weaver Williams, Law School, was promoted to associate professor emerita.

The rank of emeritus may be conferred upon a retiring tenured faculty member or a retiring academic staff member in recognition of the sustained high-quality performance shown throughout his/her career. The University Committee on Faculty Promotions and Tenure recommends emerita/emeritus cases to the provost and president for final approval.

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2. Marquette named a "Green College" by Princeton Review for third consecutive year

Marquette is one of seven Wisconsin institutions of higher education named to the Princeton Review's "2014 Guide to 332 Green Colleges," produced in collaboration with the Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council. The university was chosen for demonstrating notable commitments to sustainability in academic offerings, campus infrastructure, activities and career preparation. This is the third consecutive year that Marquette has made the list.

The full list of colleges can be found online.

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3. RSVPs for Pere Marquette Dinner are due today

RSVPs are due today for the 56th annual Pere Marquette Dinner, which will be held Thursday, May 1, in the AMU, with a reception at 5 p.m. and dinner at 6 p.m. The night will honor this year's Teaching Excellence Award winners, as well as the winners of the Lawrence G. Haggerty Award for Research Excellence, the Way Klingler Faculty Fellowship Awards, the Way Klingler Sabbatical Award, the Way Klingler Young Scholar Awards and the Way Klingler Teaching Enhancement Award.

This year, invitations were sent to Marquette email accounts for faculty. Print invitations will not be distributed this year to save on costs for the event.

The following groups also received an invitation to the event: deans; University Leadership Council members; Jesuits; professors emeriti; retired Teaching Excellence Award winners; local Board of Trustees members; and select adjunct faculty and staff working closely with award recipients.

Staff contributions to the university will be recognized at the Excellence in University Service Awards Luncheon on Tuesday, June 3. The luncheon will celebrate staff members who have made extraordinary contributions to the university.

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4. Research on treatment of spinal cord injuries is topic of next Marquette Presents

The fifth installment of the College of Health Sciences' Marquette Presents series, Spinal Cord Injury – Improved Outcomes through Research, will be held Tuesday, April 29, from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. in the AMU, Monaghan Ballrooms. Speakers include Dr. Allison Hyngstrom, assistant professor of physical therapy, Dr. Murray Blackmore, assistant professor of biomedical sciences, and Marquette alumnus Bryon Riesch, Bus Ad '03.

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5. Author of Heroic Leadership and Pope Francis is next speaker for College of Engineering's Connecting with the World Lecture Series

Chris Lowney, author of Heroic Leadership and Pope Francis: Why He Leads the Way He Leads, will present "Heroic Leaders: Who They Are, How They Live," Friday, May 2, from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m., in Olin Engineering, 202.

Lowney has authored four books, including the bestselling Heroic Leadership, which has been translated into 11 languages. He currently serves as the board chair of Catholic Health Initiative, one of the nation's largest health care systems. He formerly worked as a managing director for JP Morgan & Co. in Tokyo, Singapore, London and New York. He also founded Pilgrimage for Our Children's Future, which funds education and health care projects in the developing world. He is a graduate of Fordham University.

The College of Engineering's Connecting with the World Lecture Series brings the most influential minds in engineering to Marquette's campus to share innovations and ideas that have changed or promise to change our world for the better. Through this series, students, faculty, and local industry and academic partners benefit from opportunities to meet and learn directly from leaders in the field. It is supported by the generosity of Marquette alumnus Ronald O'Keefe.

For more information, contact the College of Engineering at (414) 288-7030.

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6. Department of Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science hosting colloquium tomorrow

The Department of Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science will host a colloquium Friday, April 25, at 3 p.m. in Cudahy, 401. Syed Kirmani from the University of Northern Iowa will present "Some Results on Consecutive Records," focusing on the theory of records – record values, occurrences of records, and related strings and patterns.

Refreshments will be served prior to the colloquium at 2:30 p.m. in Cudahy, 342. For additional information, contact Dr. Rong Ge, assistant professor of mathematics, statistics and computer science, at (414) 288-6344.

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7. Writing Center offering a mini writing retreat this weekend

The Ott Memorial Writing Center will offer a mini writing retreat Sunday, April 27, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. in Raynor Memorial Libraries' Beaumier Suite A. Experienced writing center tutors will help participants set goals before the devoted time for writing begins.

The retreat is open to all writers. Light food and drink will be provided. Register by emailing muwritingcenter@gmail.com or by contacting the Writing Center at (414) 288-5542.

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8. 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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9. Ushers needed for Baccalaureate Mass

Campus Ministry is looking for faculty, staff and students to serve as ushers at Baccalaureate Mass on Saturday, May 17, at 4:30 p.m. at the U.S. Cellular Arena. Ushering involves greeting people as they arrive, handing out programs and helping direct the flow of people during Communion. After the Mass, ushers will be needed to help clean up programs and take down the ropes that cordon off different sections.

Ushers are asked to dress nicely and arrive by 3 p.m. to receive their assignments and participate in a brief training. Volunteers should be done by 6:30 p.m. at the latest. To volunteer, email Ann Hilbert, administrative assistant in Campus Ministry, by Friday, May 2.

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10. Column marshals needed for Commencement

Faculty and staff are needed as column marshals for Commencement on Sunday, May 18, at the BMO Harris Bradley Center. Column marshals will guide the graduates, faculty, staff and stage party into the arena, and escort them out after the ceremony. Marshals need to arrive by 7:45 a.m. and will be needed for the duration of the ceremony, which should conclude at approximately 11:30 a.m.

Contact University Special Events at (414) 288-7431 for more information.

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11. Future Milwaukee accepting applications for 2014-15 class

The Future Milwaukee Leadership Program is accepting applications through Monday, June 30, for its 2014-15 class. Sessions will begin in September and run through May 2015, two times each month on Monday evenings. Applications are available online.

Since 1978, the Future Milwaukee leadership program, which since 2005 has been housed in Marquette's College of Professional Studies, has been building a diverse group of ethically based leaders among all sectors of the Milwaukee community. To date, there are more than 1,600 Future Milwaukee graduates who serve as leaders in business, nonprofit, government and community organizations throughout the region. Each year, Future Milwaukee participants work in teams with area nonprofit organizations on major projects, ranging from fundraising initiatives to comprehensive marketing communication plans. Examples of class projects are available online.

For more information, call (414) 288-3153 or email the College of Professional Studies.

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12. Register for a Grow with Marquette session on advanced long-term care insurance concepts

Grow with Marquette classes on long-term care insurance will be held Tuesday, April 29, and Wednesday, April 30, from noon to 1 p.m. in the AMU, 448. Attendees will learn keys to picking a carrier, the differences between mutual companies and stock companies, tax considerations and how to be a smart policyholder.

To register, email Grow with Marquette or call (414) 288-7305.

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13. Marquette University Chorus, Marquette Symphony Orchestra performing free concerts this weekend

Marquette University Chorus will perform a free concert Friday, April 25, at 7 p.m. in the Church of the Gesu. The concert will feature the music of Ingegneri, Whitacre, Shaw, Lundvik, Schumann, Gounod and Lauridsen, and a complete performance of Morton Lauridsen's Lux Aeterna. The theme of the concert is darkness and light. For more information, contact Dr. Mark Konewko, carillonneur and director of the Marquette University Chorus, at (414) 288-3789.

The Marquette Symphony Orchestra will perform a free concert Sunday, April 27, at 2 p.m. in the Varsity Theatre. The orchestra will perform music by British composers and works by Dvorak and Brahms. For more information, contact Jason Ladd, assistant director of instrumental music, at (414) 288-7476.

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14. 14 students will receive Sacraments of Christian Initiation this weekend

Fourteen Marquette students will receive the sacraments of Christian Initiation Sunday, April 27, at the 4 p.m. Mass at the Church of the Gesu. Rev. Thomas Anderson, S.J., assistant director of Campus Ministry, will preside. A reception will follow immediately afterwards in the gathering space in Gesu's lower church.

Two of the students will receive all three sacraments of initiation Baptism, Confirmation, and first Eucharist. All 14 candidates have spent the fall and spring semesters growing in Catholic, Christian faith through either the Rite of Christian Initiation process or Confirmation formation program sponsored by Campus Ministry.

On Sunday, April 27, Mass will be held at 4 p.m. at Gesu Church and 10 p.m. in the Chapel of the Holy Family. There will be no 8 p.m. Mass at the Chapel of the Holy Family.

For more information, contact Steve Blaha, assistant director of Campus Ministry, at (414) 288-6873.

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15. Marquette Faculty/Staff Chorale to give spring concert next week

The Marquette Faculty/Staff Chorale will present its annual spring concert Tuesday, April 29, and Thursday, May 1, at 11:15 a.m. in the Varsity Theatre. The theme of the concert is the commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War.

The concerts are free and open to the entire Marquette community. The Faculty/Staff Chorale is directed by Mark Konewko, carillonneur and director of the Marquette University Chorus.

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16. Sign up to participate in Relay for Life this weekend

The Marquette chapter of Colleges Against Cancer will host Relay for Life from 6 p.m. Saturday, April 26, to 2 a.m. Sunday, April 27, at the Helfaer Recreation Center. The event will feature food, games and activities throughout the night while participants take turns walking around the track.

Team sign-ups are now available online. Relay for Life is the biggest annual fundraiser sponsored by Colleges Against Cancer and the American Cancer Society. Funds raised go toward helping advance cancer research and treatments.

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17. 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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18. Sign up for Marquette's Tails on the Trail team tomorrow

Registration to join a Marquette team participating in the Wisconsin Humane Society's Tails on the Trail Dog Walk is being held Friday, April 25, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Westowne Square. Student groups and puppies will be at the registration to help raise awareness for the event. Tails on the Trail Dog Walk is a one-mile walk at Greenfield Park in West Allis on Sunday, May 18, which will celebrate the impact animals have on human lives.

Proceeds from the event go to the Wisconsin Humane Society. The Brewers' dog, Hank, will participate in the Tails on the Trail walk.

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19. Registration for Rec Plex Golf Scramble begins Monday

The 19th Annual Rec Plex Golf Scramble will be held Monday, June 2, at the Wisconsin Club Country Club in Milwaukee. Proceeds from the event benefit the Breadwinner Scholarship, which aids students who have lost their "breadwinner" parent during their undergraduate years, and the Rec Sports equipment budget.

Register online beginning Monday, April 28, at 10 a.m. The cost is $130 for individuals and $520 per foursome. For more information, contact John Kratzer, general manager of the Rec Plex, at (414) 288-7778.

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