1. Next information session on Diversity Advocates Network, new Safe Zone program is tomorrow

The Division of Student Affairs' Diversity Committee and the Gender and Sexuality Resource Center are offering two training opportunities for faculty and staff this spring.

Diversity Advocates training will resume in March 2014, and is a training program for faculty and staff to provide support, mentorship and advocacy for students by promoting diversity and inclusion on campus. The new training provides more comprehensive tools for developing diversity consciousness, understanding social identities, identifying acts of discrimination and stereotyping, and developing advocacy skills.

Also this spring, the Gender and Sexuality Resource Center in the Office of the Provost will be launching a Safe Zone program to give faculty and staff opportunities to deepen their knowledge about LGBT and gender justice issues, student identity development, and religion and sexuality. Both individuals and departments can participate in Safe Zone training to help build safe spaces and strengthen the network of campus partners interested in gender, sexuality and diversity on campus.

The Division of Student Affairs and the GSRC will host several 45-minute information sessions on the training programs:

  • Tuesday, Feb. 11, at 4 p.m. in the AMU, 254
  • Friday, Feb. 21, at 11 a.m. in the AMU, 157
  • Wednesday, Feb. 26, at 2 p.m. in the AMU, 163

For additional information or to request an information session for an office, contact Carla Fullwood, assistant dean for Intercultural Engagement; Dr. Angela Zapata, counselor and diversity coordinator in the Counseling Center; or Dr. Susannah Bartlow, director of the GSRC.

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2. O'Brien Fellowship to host multimedia presentation about carbon emission in China

The O'Brien Fellowship in Public Service Journalism will host a multimedia presentation featuring Hal Bernton, a Seattle Times reporter and 2013-14 O'Brien Fellow, Wednesday, Feb. 12, at 4 p.m. in Johnston Hall, jPad. Bernton, along with Diederich College of Communication graduate student Zhu Ye, will present "Coal and Wind in China's Inner Mongolia." Their research will contribute to a planned series of stories in The Seattle Times about the challenges of reducing carbon emission in China and the United States.

For more information, contact Herbert Lowe, director of journalism for social change, at (414) 288-4068.

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3. Mitchem Fellow to give lecture on racial leadership

The Women's and Gender Studies Program is sponsoring a lecture by Mitchem Fellow, Brandon Byrd, Wednesday, Feb. 12, at 3 p.m. in Raynor Memorial Libraries' Beaumier Suite A. Byrd, a Ph.D. candidate at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, will deliver "Black Women, Racial Leadership and the Roots of Haitian Underdevelopment."

For additional information, contact Dr. Carla Hay, associate professor of history and director of the WGST Program, at (414) 288-7150.

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4. Attend discussion on human trafficking in Milwaukee

The Center for Peacemaking, Intercultural Engagement and Campus Ministry will sponsor a Soup with Substance discussion on human trafficking in Milwaukee on Wednesday, Feb. 12, from noon to 1 p.m. in the AMU, 157.

La Shawndra Vernon, founding chair of the Human Trafficking Task Force of Greater Milwaukee, will discuss efforts to coordinate services for victims, community education, informed policy change and ways to stop perpetrators.

For additional information, contact the Center for Peacemaking at (414) 288-8444.

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5. Diversity Dialogue to address cultural, religious and gender diversity

The Department of Psychology Diversity Committee will present the fourth annual "Diversity Dialogue: A Panel Discussion on Cultural, Religious and Gender Diversity," Thursday, Feb. 13, from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the AMU, 163. Panelists include:

  • Dr. Robert Smith, associate professor of history at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
  • Dr. Susannah Bartlow, director of the Gender and Sexuality Resource Center
  • Dr. Anees Sheikh, professor of psychology
  • Dr. William Welburn, associate provost for diversity and inclusion

The panel will be moderated by Dr. Anthony J. Porcelli, assistant professor of psychology. Refreshments will be served.

For additional information, contact Porcelli at (414) 288-2028.

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6. CTL hosting faculty development sessions on creating transformational learning experiences and effective classroom feedback activities

The Center for Teaching and Learning will host two faculty development sessions next week:

  • "Creating Transformational Learning Experiences," will take place Monday Feb. 17, from 10:30 a.m. to noon, and will provide participants with examples of transformative learning, tools for assessment, and ways to encourage transformational learning in the classroom to cultivate student success and increase faculty satisfaction.

  • "Classroom Feedback Activities," will take place Tuesday, Feb. 18, from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m., and will provide a review of more than a dozen in-class active learning opportunities that encourage students to engage with course material and each other in STEM, social sciences and humanities courses.

Both faculty development sessions will be held in Raynor Memorial Libraries, 330B. Register online.

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7. ImpactNext Business Model Competition workshop is tomorrow

The Kohler Center for Entrepreneurship will hold a workshop Tuesday, Feb. 11, at 6:30 p.m. in Straz Hall, 269, in preparation for the ImpactNext Business Model Competition. The informal workshop will give prospective applicants the chance to get feedback on their business models as they work towards their final submission. RSVP online.

For additional information, contact Sarah Eslyn, events coordinator in the College of Business Administration, at (414) 288-7745.

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8. Faber Center hosting grief and loss discussion group; conversations about Pope Francis

The Faber Center will host a grief and loss discussion group Thursday, Feb. 13, 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.

The Faber Center will also host the first of three informal gatherings about Pope Francis on Tuesday, Feb. 18, from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in Schroeder Complex, 111.

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

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9. Wear blue and gold on Friday to celebrate National Marquette Day, Feb. 15

Campus will celebrate National Marquette Day by wearing blue and gold Friday, Feb. 14. The AMU Brew Coffee Shop will provide a 22-percent discount on drip coffee and baked goods to customers wearing blue and gold in honor of the 22nd anniversary of National Marquette Day, which is Saturday, Feb. 15. Employees can share Spirit Day photos on social media by tagging them with #MUDay14.

On National Marquette Day, Saturday, Feb. 15, alumni will gather in Milwaukee and in more than 80 locations around the world to celebrate Marquette and cheer on the men's and women's basketball team as they take on Xavier University.

For more information, visit the National Marquette Day website, or contact Jennilee Schlinsky, senior alumni engagement officer, at (414) 288-7661.

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10. Marquette Symphony Orchestra to perform Feb. 16

The Marquette Symphony Orchestra will perform Sunday, Feb. 16, at 2 p.m. in the Varsity Theatre. The concert will feature electric violinist Bridgid Bibbens, who has performed with musicians including Christina Aguilera, Mary J. Blige, Jay Z, Robin Thicke, John Mayer, Alicia Keys and Josh Groban. The orchestra will also perform Beethoven's Symphony No. 1, Op. 21.

The concert is free. For more information, contact Jason Ladd, assistant director of instrumental music, at (414) 288-7476.

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11. Register for a webinar on the history of the Beatles

The Marquette University Alumni Association will present a free webinar about the history of the Beatles on Wednesday, Feb. 19, at 1 p.m. Dr. James South, associate professor and associate dean for faculty in the Klingler College of Arts and Sciences, will explore the 50th anniversary of the Beatles' performance on The Ed Sullivan Show, as well as the social context that provided the background for "Beatlemania."

Register online.

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12. Discounted tickets available to two men's basketball home games this month

The Department of Intercollegiate Athletics is offering discounted tickets to two men's basketball home games for faculty, staff and their families. Employees can purchase tickets for $5-off regular single-game prices for No. 12 Creighton's first visit to Milwaukee as a BIG EAST member Wednesday, Feb. 19, as well as the match-up against Georgetown on Thursday Feb. 27. To purchase tickets, click here, select the game, and, when prompted, enter the special offer code: MUEMPLOYEE.

Employees should call (414) 288-4668, email athletics@marquette.edu or tweet @MUTicketOffice if they need assistance purchasing tickets.

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13. Scholarship awards available from alumni organizations

Several Marquette alumni organizations offer annual scholarship awards and are seeking applications. Students who meet the criteria for these awards are encouraged to apply. In some cases, a nomination from a Marquette faculty or staff member is also required. Students receiving tuition remission or full-tuition scholarships are not eligible for these awards.

  • The Association of Marquette University Women Scholarship — Approximately $2,500 for junior women beginning their senior year in fall 2014, who are enrolled full-time with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.3. The application deadline is Feb. 14.

  • Association of Marquette University Women Ignatian Leadership Award Award for a senior woman graduating in 2014 and enrolled full-time, who excels academically and demonstrates leadership and service to the Marquette and Milwaukee communities, or her hometown community, and strives to live out the Ignatian ideals. A faculty/staff nomination is required along with the student application by March 21.

  • Ethnic Alumni Association Ralph H. Metcalfe, Sr., Scholarship — Up to three awards of up to $2,000 each for students of color who are enrolled full-time with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5. At least one award will go to an Educational Opportunity Program student and one to a non-EOP student. The application deadline is Feb. 14.

  • The Marquette University Women's Council Scholarship A renewable tuition scholarship of approximately $3,000 annually for a non-traditional female undergraduate student. The application deadline is Feb. 14.

  • Pedro Arrupe Award Award for a junior in good standing and enrolled full-time who emulates the values and ideals of Rev. Pedro Arrupe, S.J., and is involved in service in and beyond the Marquette community. A faculty/staff nomination is required along with the student application and essay by March 21.

For questions about the application process or more information about these scholarships, contact Martha Moore, senior engagement officer in University Advancement at (414) 288-0398.

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14. Office supply exchange program to be held March 11

In conjunction with Office Max, Marquette will offer departments a chance to redistribute excess office supply inventory on campus. Office supplies, not including furniture, may be dropped off Monday, March 10, between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. in the AMU, 157. Faculty and staff may return on Tuesday, March 11, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the AMU, 157 to "shop" for new items. Office Max will also feature an office chair demo during the event.

The office supply exchange allows departments a chance to redistribute supplies that were ordered in incorrect quantities or by mistake and will otherwise be unused. The items do not need to have an Office Max label on them to be included.

For additional information, contact Jenny Alexander, director of purchasing, at (414) 288-7362.

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15. Software workshops available at the Wakerly Technology Training Center

The Wakerly Technology Training Center in the Diederich College of Communication offers both Apple and Adobe certification courses, as well as instruction in many other types of software in a small classroom environment. Evening and weekend courses are available, and all materials are provided for classes. More information, including a schedule of upcoming classes and pricing, can be found online.

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16. Alpha Chi Omega selling red carnations to support the fight against domestic violence

Alpha Chi Omega will sell red carnations for $1 on Valentine's Day, Friday, Feb. 14, on the second floor of the AMU. All proceeds will support the Milwaukee Women's Center, which provides comprehensive services for victims of domestic violence.

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