1. University leadership reporting structure changed

In a letter to faculty and staff yesterday, Interim President Robert A. Wild, S.J., said, "With families stretched to the limit in their ability to afford additional tuition costs, these challenging times require us to take difficult but necessary steps. Only by aligning our operations and resources with our fiscal realities can we keep a Marquette education affordable for our students." Father Wild continued by saying, "the most difficult step is consolidating work and eliminating positions in our university workforce," and shared that 25 staff were being told that their employment at the university has ended.

As part of the consolidations, the Office of Administration was eliminated and the responsibilities of the vice president of administration will be assigned to other administrative areas. The Department of Public Safety, Information Technology Services, the Krueger Child Care Center and Parking Services will now report to Tom Ganey, vice president of planning. The university's sustainability efforts will be led by the Department of Facilities Services and the Office of the University Architect, which will be combined into one unit that will also report to Ganey.

The Alumni Memorial Union and Auxiliary Services will report to Dr. L. Christopher Miller, vice president for student affairs. As was announced in October 2013, the Division of Student Affairs now reports to the provost.

An updated organizational chart is available online.

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2. Next Committee on Diversity and Equity listening session is March 5

The Committee on Diversity and Equity is hosting the final session in a series of listening sessions exploring challenges and opportunities related to diversity and equity at Marquette. The joint session for both staff and students will take place Wednesday, March 5, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the AMU, 163.

For more information, contact Dr. Jean Grow, associate professor of strategic communication and advertising, and chair of the University Committee on Diversity and Equity, at (414) 288-6357. Staff and students who are unable to attend but would like to share feedback should email it to Grow.

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3. Arizona State University professor to speak at Department of Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science colloquium

The Department of Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science will host a colloquium Friday, Feb. 21, at 3 p.m. in Cudahy Hall, 401. Dr. Stephen Yau from Arizona State University will present "Human Factors in Trustworthy Intelligent Service-based Systems."

Yau will discuss how human factors are incorporated to improve trustworthiness of intelligent service-based systems.

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

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4. Aquinas Lecture will focus on 21st century moral psychology and classical Chinese philosophy

The Department of Philosophy will host the 78th Aquinas Lecture on Sunday, Feb. 23, at 3 p.m. in Raynor Memorial Libraries' Beaumier Suites. Dr. James Duke, professor of philosophy at Duke University, will deliver, "Moral Sprouts and Natural Teleologies: 21st Century Moral Psychology Meets Classical Chinese Philosophy."

A Templeton Distinguished Research Fellow, Duke also serves as professor of psychology and neuroscience and professor of neurobiology at Duke.

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5. Metcalfe Lecture to focus on how data destroyed the promise of civil rights for African-Americans

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's Appellate Courtroom.

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.

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6. Burleigh Media Ethics Lecture will be delivered by one of the country's leading voices in media ethics

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.

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7. Integrative Neuroscience Research Center seminar will focus on neurodegeneration

The Integrative Neuroscience Research Center will host "Clearing the Way to the End of Neurodegeneration: Mechanistic Insight into the Ubiquitination of Neurotoxic Proteins," Tuesday, Feb. 25, at 3:30 p.m. in Schroeder Complex, 256. Dr. Matt Scaglione of the Department of Biochemistry at the Medical College of Wisconsin will deliver the lecture.

For more information, contact the Integrative Neuroscience Research Center at (414) 288-7329.

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8. Bucyrus chairman Ted Rogers to speak about the ways philosophy and art inform business, engineering and leadership

A panel featuring Ted Rogers, Grad '68, former CEO and current chairman of Bucyrus International, will discuss the ways philosophy and art inform business, engineering and leadership Thursday, Feb. 27, at 4 p.m. in the Admissions Presentation Room on the first floor of Zilber Hall.

Rogers founded a billion dollar private equity firm, led Bucyrus International as CEO and has served on four Fortune 500 company boards. His love of the arts is reflected in his long-standing support of the classical Theatre for a New Audience in New York, where he has served as board chairman for 15 years, raising millions for the vision of sharing Shakespeare. Rogers has also served as chairman of the New York City Ballet.

Joining Rogers on the panel are Dr. Curtis Carter, professor of philosophy; Dr. Doug Fisher, director of the Center for Supply Chain Management; Dr. Kris Ropella, executive associate dean in the College of Engineering; and moderator Dr. John Su, professor of English and director of the Core of Common Studies.

Registration can be completed online. For more information, contact Marlee Rawski, director of regional engagement in University Advancement, at (414) 288-4767.

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9. Attend information sessions on Diversity Advocates Network, new Safe Zone program

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:

  • 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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10. Deadline to apply for Rynne Faculty Research Fellowship is March 3

The Center for Peacemaking Rynne Research Fellowship applications for faculty are available online and must be submitted by Monday, March 3. Two $2,500 research grants will be given to employees to advance research on an aspect of nonviolent peacemaking. They are intended to fund work for a two-month period during the summer. Faculty and staff can submit a research proposal of their choice or choose a topic in one of the Center for Peacemaking's priority research areas.

For more information or to discuss project ideas, contact Patrick Kennelly, director of the Center for Peacemaking, at (414) 288-8445.

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11. Faculty and staff invited to attend vendor presentations for test scanning software upgrade

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 Information Technology Services, at (414) 288-6455.

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12. Support the "Battle of the Beaks" giving challenge

Marquette, Creighton University and St. John's University are competing in a donor participation challenge Feb. 19 through March 11. All alumni and undergraduate giving counts toward the challenge. Participants can also become an ambassador and join the battle online.

For more information, contact Sara Harvey, senior director of annual campaigns in University Advancement, at (414) 288-4766.

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13. Student Media launched news website, Marquette Wire

The Diederich College of Communication's Student Media collaborated to launch a news website, Marquette Wire, a new digital platform for all student media outlets, including The Marquette Tribune, Marquette Television, Marquette Radio, the Marquette Journal and Marquette Student Media Advertising.

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14. Faber Center to host praying of the rosary, lunch at Repairers of the Breach

The Faber Center for Ignatian Spirituality will host a praying of the rosary, Tuesday, Feb. 25, from noon to 12:30 p.m., at Schroeder Complex, 111. Future dates include Tuesday, March 25, and Wednesday, April 16.

The Faber Center will also join guests at Repairers of the Breach, a day shelter run by and for the homeless, to share a light lunch and Scripture reflection on Friday, Feb. 28. Participants will leave as a group from the Faber Center, Schroeder Complex 111, at 11:45 a.m. and return to campus by 1:15 p.m. Transportation provided. All faith traditions are welcome.

To register or for more information, contact Ellen Blonski, administrative assistant for Faber Center, at (414) 288-4545.

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15. Law School to host open house for prospective students

The Law School will host an open house for prospective students Saturday, March 1, at 10 a.m. in Eckstein Hall. The open house will feature admissions and financial aid information, an overview of full- and part-time enrollment options, a panel featuring current law students and tour of the Law School.

Register online. For more information, contact Stephanie Nikolay, director of admissions and recruitment for the Law School, at (414) 288-8062.

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16. Autism Speaks U to host bake sale tomorrow

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.

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