1. University mourns the death of distinguished alumnus and trustee emeritus Gerald (Gerry) Rauenhorst

The university mourns the death of one of its most illustrious and generous alumni, Gerald (Gerry) Rauenhorst, who was Marquette's longest-serving trustee, serving on the board from 1970 to 2000, when he was elected trustee emeritus. Rauenhorst was recognized as Alumnus of the Year in 1969, and Marquette recognized his unparalleled loyalty and commitment to the university by awarding him an honorary degree in 2001.

"Gerry generously shared his many gifts with the Marquette community, providing wise counsel for over 30 years as a trustee to three Marquette presidents including myself," Interim President Robert A. Wild, S.J., said. "Gerry's life in service to others represents the pinnacle of what we hope our graduates achieve. Please join me in thanking God for Gerry and remembering him and his family in our prayers during this difficult time."

In 1951 Rauenhorst earned a bachelor's degree in engineering from Marquette University, where he was concurrently a student and an assistant professor. Convinced that it was possible to succeed in business while maintaining a strong ethical code, he started his own business in 1953 with the company's headquarters in the breezeway of his growing family's home. From that initial leap of faith, The Opus Group has grown today into a family of commercial real estate development, construction and design companies headquartered in Minneapolis with eight additional locations, hundreds of employees and millions of square feet of completed projects nationwide.

Visitation will be Monday, May 5, from 4 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church, Edina, Minn. Funeral Mass will be Tuesday, May 6, at 10 a.m., with visitation one hour prior to the Mass. Memorials are preferred to the University of St. Thomas' Opus College of Business, Marquette University's College of Engineering Opus Scholars program, the Mayo Clinic's Center on Aging or a charity of the donor's choice.

Read the full obituary online.

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2. Spring semester grades due May 13 at noon

Grades for undergraduate, graduate, and dental and health sciences professional classes are due no later than Tuesday, May 13, at noon. Every student on each grade roster must have a grade by this deadline, as grades impact graduation, academic censure and financial aid. Instructions are available from IT Services for instructors who plan to scan exams. To ensure quick grading, submit exams to the IT Services Help Desk on the second floor of Cudahy Hall for scanning immediately after the end of the exam.

For questions regarding grading, contact Kerry Grosse, associate registrar, at (414) 288-6320. For questions after business hours, contact the IT Services Help Desk at (414) 288-7799.

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3. 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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4. Direct deposit for employee expense reimbursements begins this week

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 by check effective today. Expense reimbursements that are approved and submitted prior to this date will still be paid via check. Employees who are receiving an expense reimbursement will receive an email notification prior to having the funds directly deposited into their accounts.

Funds will be directed to the employee’s primary bank account, shown as “Remaining Pay” in Employee Self Service. 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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5. Author of Heroic Leadership and Pope Francis 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 Chemistry hosting colloquium on Friday

The Department of Chemistry will host "Photocatalysis with Visible Light," Friday, May 2, at 4 p.m. in Wehr Chemistry, 121. Dr. Tehshik Yoon, professor of chemistry at the University of Wisconsin-Madison 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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7. Biological Sciences hosting seminar on effects of pollutants on human and environmental health

The Department of Biological Sciences will host "Impact of Persistent and Emerging Pollutants on Human and Environmental Health," Friday, May 9, at 3 p.m. in Wehr Life Sciences, 111. Dr. Krassimira Hristova, assistant professor of biological sciences, will lead the seminar.

Refreshments will be served prior to the seminar at 2:45 p.m. in Wehr Life Sciences, 108. For more information, contact the Department of Biological Sciences at (414) 288-7355.

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8. Ignatian primer series, grief and loss discussion group meeting this week

The final event in the Faber Center's Ignatian primer series will take place Wednesday, April 30, from noon to 1 p.m. in Schroeder Complex, 111. The discussion will center on the role of emotions in Ignatian decision making. A light lunch will be served.

The Faber Center's grief and loss discussion group will meet Wednesday, April 30, from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in Schroeder Complex, 111. This group is open to employees who have experienced the loss of a loved one and would like to gather to reflect on the challenges this new reality poses.

For more information and to register for both events, contact Ellen Blonski, administrative assistant in the Faber Center, at (414) 288-4545. 

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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. Marquette Faculty/Staff Chorale to give spring concert this 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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11. 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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12. Female a cappella group to perform spring concert

The Meladies, an all-female a cappella group, will hold a free spring concert, "Come Together," Saturday, May 3, at 7 p.m. in the Varsity Theatre. The concert will feature performances by The Naturals and the Gold 'n Blues.

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13. Registration for Rec Plex Golf Scramble begins today

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. 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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14. Model of new Zoo Interchange will be on display in the AMU

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation will be on campus Wednesday, April 30, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the AMU to display a model of the new Zoo Interchange and provide information about the project. The Zoo Interchange 3D physical model is built to scale to reflect how the state's busiest interchange will look upon completion in 2018.

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15. Sigma Kappa Sorority to host Sigma Kappacinos fundraiser

Sigma Kappa will host its first "Sigma Kappacinos" event, Wednesday, April 30, and Thursday, May 1, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. outside Raynor Memorial Libraries. Coffee and baked goods will be sold and all proceeds will benefit Alzheimer's research.

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