The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's "Chronic Crisis" series, in which Diederich College of Communication students teamed with a reporter to investigate mental health care in Milwaukee County and Belgium, has won a George A. Polk Award, one of journalism's most prestigious honors.
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reporter Meg Kissinger was one of 15 Polk winners announced Sunday night. She will share the award for medical reporting with the Sacramento Bee for its reports on mental health issues. Kissinger examined the county's troubled mental health system during a nine-month fellowship with the Diederich College of Communication. Groups of graduate and undergraduate students contributed to the series, "Chronic Crisis: A System That Doesn't Heal," as reporters, filmmakers and research assistants. Polk judges praised the series as "so revelatory, analytical and conclusive that they amount to a definitive study of a system that barely functions."
Kissinger's time at Marquette preceded the Perry and Alicia O'Brien Fellowship in Public Service Journalism, which this academic year has an inaugural class of three distinguished journalists working with students to examine vital energy, environmental and health care issues.
In October, the O'Brien program hosted "Milwaukee County's Mental Health: Solutions to a Chronic Crisis," a two-day conference that included a community discussion about the issues the series brought to light. The series has led to many reforms, including several bills signed by Gov. Scott Walker and another measure aimed at creating a new governing body to oversee mental health care in the county.
The Department of History will host Dr. Khalil Gibran Muhammad, one of the university's three Ralph H. Metcalfe Chairs this semester, for a lecture titled, "Guilty Until Statistically Proven Innocent: How Data Destroyed the Promise of Civil Rights," Monday, Feb. 24, at 7 p.m. in Eckstein Hall.
Muhammad is director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, a research division of the New York Public Library, and a former associate professor of history at Indiana University. His research focus is the link between race and crime and how it has shaped and limited opportunities for African–Americans. Muhammad's book, The Condemnation of Blackness: Race, Crime, and the Making of Modern Urban America, won the 2011 John Hope Franklin Best Book award in American Studies. He is working on his second book, Disappearing Acts: The End of White Criminality in the Age of Jim Crow. Muhammad's work has been covered widely by outlets such as The New York Times, The Washington Post, National Public Radio and more.
The Metcalfe Chair is a non-residential chair that brings an African-American, Latino/a or Native American scholar to Marquette each semester. For more information, contact Dr. Andrew Kahrl, assistant professor of history, at (414) 288-8513.
The Department of Counselor Education and Counseling Psychology will hold a colloquium Wednesday, Feb. 19, from noon to 1:15 p.m. in the AMU, 227. Dr. Bruce Moon, director of the graduate art therapy program at Mount Mary University, will present "Art Therapy for Helping Professions."
A schedule of upcoming colloquium presentations is online.
The Department of Social and Cultural Sciences will a host a colloquium Friday, Feb. 21, at 3 p.m. in Lalumiere, 322. Dr. Olga Semukhina, assistant professor of social and cultural sciences, will present, "Abuse of Power By Russian Police: Experiences With the National and International Legal Remedies."
Semukhina will present the results of her research based on data she collected in Volgograd, Russia, during 2011, including interviews with victims of police abuse and their lawyers, court documents, focus groups with criminal justice professionals and a survey of the general population. The project explores effectiveness of legal remedies for police abuse within the Russian legal system and the European Court of Human Rights.
Light refreshments will be served.
The Diederich College of Communication will host Kelly McBride, Poynter Institute senior faculty member and editor of The New Ethics of Journalism: Principles for the 21st Century, for the 2014 Burleigh Media Ethics Lecture on Tuesday, Feb. 25, at 4 p.m. in the Helfaer Theatre. McBride will deliver "Truth and Trust in the 21st Century: Why Journalism Ethics Will Change."
The Burleigh Media Ethics Lecture is sponsored annually by the Diederich College of Communication. Burleigh lectures address ethical issues today's communicators report on, as well as those they wrestle with in their own work.
The Office of the Associate Provost for Diversity and Inclusion and Friends and Alumni of Marquette English will host Dr. Amina Gautier, assistant professor of English at De Paul University, for a reading of her work Monday, Feb. 24, at 5 p.m. in Raynor Memorial Libraries' Beaumier Suites. Gautier, author of At-Risk and winner of the Flannery O'Connor Award in Fiction, has published more than 60 stories and is a scholar of 19th century American literature. She is a former Mitchem Fellow.
A reception will follow the reading.
The Kohler Center for Entrepreneurship will host the second edition of the "After Hours Speaker Series" on Monday, Feb. 24, at 6 p.m. in the Weasler Auditorium. The event will feature John Stollenwerk, former CEO and owner of Allen Edmonds Shoe Corporation. Stollenwerk, a Marquette University trustee emeritus, will discuss his time running the shoe brand along with his decades of international and domestic business experience.
Register online. For more information, contact Sarah Eslyn, events coordinator in the College of Business Administration, at (414) 288-7745.
The Midwest Seminar in Ancient and Medieval Philosophy will present "The Eastern Aquinas: Reflections on the Reception of Thomas in the Orthodox Christian World," Friday, Feb. 28, from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the AMU, 252. Dr. Marcus Plested, associate professor of theology, will deliver the lecture. The event is free and open to the public.
For more information, contact Dr. Owen Goldin, professor of philosophy, at (414) 288-5949.
The next Soup with Substance, "Here I Am, Lord: Living as an 'Underground Railroad' for Those Held Captive by Poverty," will be held Wednesday, Feb. 19, from noon to 1 p.m. in the AMU, 157. MacCannon Brown, founder of Repairers of the Breach, will share her call to work with the poor in Milwaukee and the graces and challenges that come with this work.
Soup with Substance is sponsored by the Center for Peacemaking. Registration is not required for this free event.
The university is upgrading its test scanning and scoring system and invites faculty and staff to participate in a review of vendors and software under consideration Monday, Feb. 24, from noon to 2 p.m. in Raynor Memorial Libraries' Beaumier Suites B and C. The system being updated is the one that scans student bubble sheet test forms and provides data analysis and reports for faculty. Faculty and staff who attend will have the opportunity to provide feedback and ask questions directly to the software publishers.
For more information, contact Therese Pawlicki, project manager in IT Services, at (414) 288-6455.
The Center for Teaching and Learning will present, "Making Good Pictures: Working with Digital Images," Monday, Feb. 24, from noon to 1:30 p.m. in Raynor Memorial Libraries, 330B. Participants will learn visual techniques for taking better digital photos, as well as effective image manipulation in Photoshop.
The Center for Teaching and Learning will host two workshops next week for faculty:
The Marquette chapter of Wisconsin Women in Higher Education Leadership and the Office of the Provost will present "Compassionate Milwaukee," Tuesday, March 4, from noon to 1 p.m. in the AMU, 163. Kathy Larson, Compassionate Milwaukee campaign organizer, will discuss the grassroots campaign and provide information on how to get involved in the movement. Compassionate Milwaukee stems from the Charter for Compassion, which focuses on leading in a manner that is fair, just and complies with the Golden Rule of equal treatment for all parties involved.
A light lunch will be served. RSVP by Friday, Feb. 28, by contacting Sara Bartolotta, event planner in University Special Events, at (414) 288-0514.
Marquette Theatre is performing Almost, Maine, a comedy that chronicles how the residents of the tiny town of Almost find themselves falling in and out of love in the strangest ways one magical winter night. Performances will run:
Tickets can be purchased online or by calling the Helfaer Theatre at (414) 288-7504.
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.
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."
GROW with Marquette and IT Services will host various hands-on technology training sessions throughout the semester. All sessions will take place from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
The Center for Teaching and Learning will host walk-in D2L support Friday, Feb. 21, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Raynor Memorial Libraries, 326B.
D2L support assistants will be available to answer questions and respond to concerns. No appointment is necessary.
Campus Ministry will hold a Taize prayer service Friday, Feb. 21, at 6:30 p.m. in the St. Joan of Arc Chapel. Taize prayer is an ecumenical form of prayer that includes short, meditative songs interspersed throughout the prayer, Scripture readings, a period of silent reflection and prayers of intercession.
For more information, contact Tom Koester, assistant director of liturgical music for Campus Ministry, at (414) 288-3695.
Autism Speaks U will host a bake sale Friday, Feb. 21, from noon to 4 p.m. in Wehr Chemistry and Lalumiere Hall. Puzzle-piece-shaped cookies will be available and all proceeds and donations benefit autism awareness and research.