1. Faculty promoted for fall 2014 semester

Marquette University has promoted 27 faculty members to professor or associate professor with tenure, effective for the fall 2014 semester. One additional faculty member was granted tenure, seven full-time participating faculty were promoted to clinical associate professor and one full-time participating faculty was promoted to clinical professor.

Promoted to professor are: Dr. Dmitri Babikov, chemistry; Dr. Sandra Hunter, exercise science; Janine Kim, law; Dr. Daniel Rowe, mathematics, statistics and computer science; and Dr. Pinfen Yang, biological sciences.

Promoted to associate professor with tenure are: Dr. Scott Beardsley, biomedical engineering; Dr. Pilar Bellver, foreign languages and literatures; Dr. Kati Tusinski Berg, strategic communication; Dr. Jeffrey Berry, speech pathology and audiology; Dr. Marilyn Bratt, nursing; Bruce Boyden, law; Dr. Jeffrey Drope, political science; Dr. Alison Efford, history; Dr. Jenn Fishman, English; Dr. Paul Gasser, biomedical sciences; Dr. Taly Gilat-Schmidt, biomedical engineering; Nadelle Grossman, law; Dr. April Harkins, clinical laboratory sciences; Dr. Amy Van Hecke, psychology; Dr. Qianhua Ling, accounting; Dr. Marta Magiera, mathematics, statistics and computer science; Dr. Felicia Miller, marketing; Dr. Dawne Moon, social and cultural sciences; Kali Murray, law; Dr. Julia Paulk, foreign languages and literatures; Dr. Philip Voglewede, mechanical engineering; Dr. Michael Wert, history.

Dr. Ronda Hughes, associate professor of nursing, was granted tenure.

Dr. Lance Hashimoto, a full-time participating faculty member in the School of Dentistry's Department of Surgical Sciences, was promoted to clinical professor.

Full-time participating faculty members promoted to clinical associate professor are: Catherine Bril, physician assistant studies; Dr. Jadwiga Hjertstedt, dental clinical services; David Leigh, exercise science; Patrick Loftis, physician assistant studies; Dr. Paul Luepke, dental surgical sciences; Dr. Conrad Nenn, general dental sciences; Dr. Andrew Starsky, physical therapy.

Academic tenure is intended to guarantee a faculty member the right to academic freedom and to not have his or her position terminated without just cause. It is achieved through demonstrating a strong record of published research and academic visibility, teaching and administrative service.

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2. Discussion leaders needed for 2014 First Year Reading Program

The 2014 First Year Reading will be March, by Rep. John Lewis. This graphic novel chronicles Lewis's youth in rural Alabama, including meeting Martin Luther King, Jr., the birth of the Nashville Student Movement and the battle to tear down segregation through nonviolent lunch counter sit-ins.

The choice of March as the First Year Reading Program book coincides with the 50th anniversary of some of the key moments in the civil rights movement, including the "Freedom Summer" and the passage of the landmark Civil Rights Act. Rep. Lewis, who will be the speaker at New Student Convocation during New Student and Family Orientation, was a central figure in the civil rights movement, organizing sit-ins, speaking at the 1963 March on Washington and leading the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee in the early 1960s. He served on the Atlanta City Council for several years before being elected to represent Georgia's 5th Congressional District in 1986.

Faculty members, senior Ph.D. students and academic staff interested in leading book discussions with small groups of first-year students should contact Dr. James Marten, professor and chair in the Department of History, by Saturday, April 12.

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3. Faculty members invited to forum on the strong provost model with Dr. Margaret Callahan tomorrow

Faculty members are invited to attend a forum with Dr. Margaret Faut Callahan, interim provost and dean of the College of Nursing, Tuesday, March 4, from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the AMU, Room 227. The theme of the forum will be the implementation of the strong provost model at Marquette and its implications for shared governance.

Callahan will respond to questions solicited in advance from the university community, which have been collected and reviewed by the Faculty Council to eliminate repetitive questions. She will also address further questions from the audience.

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4. Nominate a colleague for an Excellence in University Service Award by March 21

Nominations for this year's Excellence in University Service Awards will be accepted until Friday, March 21. This is an opportunity for Marquette employees to nominate colleagues who demonstrate and support the Ignatian ideal of care for others and carry out the mission of the university. Candidates should be nominated based on service that is above and beyond the duties normally assigned to their position, and must have a minimum of five consecutive years of service at Marquette.

Four employees will be chosen to receive Excellence in University Service Awards. Faculty members, deans and vice presidents are not eligible. Nominations from 2013 were kept on file for consideration this year, and nominations made this year will be kept on file for consideration in 2015.

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5. Attend Committee on Diversity and Equity listening session for staff and students this week

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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6. Biological Sciences to host seminar on the genetic causes of complex traits

The Biological Sciences Seminar Series will continue with "Deciphering the Genetic Causes of Complex Traits Using C. elegans," Friday, March 7, at 3 p.m. in Wehr Life Sciences, 111. Dr. Erik Anderson of the Department of Molecular Biosciences at Northwestern University, will lead the seminar. The event will be hosted by Dr. Allison Abbott, associate professor of biological sciences.

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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7. Raynor Memorial Libraries hosting research impact workshop March 12

Raynor Memorial Libraries will host a workshop on tracking research impact Wednesday, March 12, from 10 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. in Raynor Memorial Libraries' Beaumier Suites B/C. The workshop is geared toward faculty and graduate students. Participants will learn about several research impact measurement tools used for science research, such as Impact Factors, Journal Citation Reports, Figenfactor Scores, H-Index, SCIMago Journal and Country Ranks, as well as alternative metrics sources.

The workshop will be led by librarians with specialties in engineering, nursing, biological sciences, mathematics, economics and psychology research. Refreshments will be provided. Register online. For additional information, contact Heather James, research and instructional librarian, at (414) 288-6295.

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8. Applications for Women's and Gender Studies fellowships due March 28

The Women's and Gender Studies program is seeking proposals for four research fellowships to be awarded to faculty and undergraduate students for summer 2014. Two collaborative research fellowships will be awarded to faculty and undergraduate student teams for research to be performed in the summer and fall of 2014 related to gender and/or sexuality. In addition, two undergraduate summer research fellowships will be awarded for undergraduate research related to gender and/or sexuality, performed under the supervision of a faculty member during summer 2014.

Students and faculty in all disciplines and colleges are encouraged to apply. To be eligible, students must be undergraduates who will be enrolled at Marquette during fall 2014. All fellowship recipients will be expected to present their research to the campus community at a formal event in November. Contact Dr. Carla Hay, associate professor of history and director of the Women's and Gender Studies program, at (414) 288-7150, for an application. Applications are due by Friday, March 28.

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9. Ash Wednesday Masses will be held March 5

In observation of the beginning of Lent, Campus Ministry will hold Ash Wednesday Masses on Wednesday, March 5. Mass will be celebrated at noon in the AMU, Chapel of the Holy Family, and at 9 p.m. in the Church of the Gesu, and an Ecumenical Prayer service will be held at 6 p.m. in the AMU, Chapel of the Holy Family. In addition, Church of the Gesu will hold Masses at 6:15 a.m., 7 a.m., 11 a.m., 12:05 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.

For more information, contact Timothy Johnston, assistant director in Campus Ministry, at (414) 288-0522.

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10. Register for Retirewise MetLife Seminar geared toward employees ages 55 and older

The Department of Human Resources will offer a four-part MetLife Retirewise Sophomore Seminar in March and April that is geared toward employees ages 55 and older. The seminar is designed to build upon itself, so it is highly recommended to attend all four sessions, although it is not mandatory. The same two classes will be offered each week on two separate days over a four-week time frame.

For a seminar schedule and to register, visit the MetLife Plan Smart website or call 1-866-801-3547. Registration must be completed by Tuesday, March 18.

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11. Faber Center offering a half-day Lenten retreat, free Lenten reflection books

The Faber Center for Ignatian Spirituality will host a Lenten Half-day Ecumenical Retreat, "On the Road to Jerusalem: Jesus in Jericho," Friday, March 7, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Church of the Gesu. Rev. Jim Flaherty, S.J., assistant professor of philosophy, will lead the morning of reflection and renewal. Register by emailing the Faber Center or calling (414) 288-4545. This retreat is open to all faculty and staff, and falls within the guidelines of the Staff Retreat Leave benefit.

Limited copies of the book, Not By Bread Alone: Daily Reflections for Lent 2014, are available from the Faber Center. Email Ellen Blonski, administrative assistant, to request a copy, which will be given out on a first come, first served basis. Individuals who attend the Lenten retreat will also receive a copy.

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12. Employee Wellness offering CPR/AED classes, healthy cooking series, spinning training and stress reduction program in March

Employee Wellness is offering a variety of events during March.

A CPR/AED certification class will take place Wednesday, March 5, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. A recertification class will also be offered Wednesday, March 19, from noon to 1:30 p.m. Participants may also take an online certification class and attend a skills check Thursday, March 13, from noon to 1 p.m. Registration for all three events is available online.

The next installment of the Healthy Cooking Series, "Reduce Sodium, Boost Flavor," will be held Monday, March 17, from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. Registration is available online.

A 10-week spinning training program is available to help participants prepare for the 25-mile United Performing Arts Fund Ride for the Arts bike ride. Classes will be held every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. in the Rec Center, spinning room, beginning March 24. All classes will be taught by certified instructors, and the cost is $60. Registration can be completed online.

An eight-week self-guided program, "Stop Stress This Minute," will challenge participants to get out of a stress cycle. The program will run Monday, March 31, through Friday, May 16. Registration is free, and participants will receive a copy of the book Stop Stress This Minute by James Porter and an aromatherapy candle.

For more information, contact Kristin Kipp, wellness coordinator, at (414) 288-5607.

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13. Maria Dittman Library Research Competition now accepting student papers

The Maria Dittman Library Research Competition is accepting submissions through Friday, March 21. The competition recognizes the importance of library research in academia and offers a $200 prize in three categories: freshman and sophomore, junior and senior, and graduate and professional papers. Submissions must be A-grade papers written during the 2013 calendar year at Marquette. Full submission details and the entry form are now available.

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14. J.R.R. Tolkien manuscripts to be shown publicly on Friday

Raynor Memorial Libraries' Department of Special Collections will host a public showing of selected original manuscripts from J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, Friday, March 7, at 2:30 p.m. in Raynor Memorial Libraries' Prucha Archives Reading Room on the third floor.

The presentation will last approximately 45 minutes. For additional information, contact William Fliss, associate archivist, at (414) 288-5906.

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15. Commuter Value Pass deadline is March 19

The deadline to participate in the Commuter Value Pass payroll deduction program is Wednesday, March 19. Formerly known as the Easy Pass, the Commuter Value Pass offers unlimited Milwaukee County bus rides, including Freeway Flyers and special event shuttles to the Bradley Center, Miller Park and other locations.

The program costs $210 per quarter and can be deducted before taxes to save money. Sign up between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. in the AMU, Union Station, for passes that will be good during April, May and June. Those who wish to drop the pass must also do so in the AMU, Union Station, by Wednesday, March 19.

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16. Turner Hall's fish fry proceeds on March 7 to go to Blue and Gold Fund

Turner Hall Restaurant is partnering with the Blue and Gold Fund for its "Fish Fry For A Cause" during the 2014 Lenten season. Turner Hall will donate 10 percent of its food proceeds on Friday, March 7, to the Blue and Gold Fund. Faculty and staff are invited to attend the fish fry to support the Blue and Gold Fund.

Turner Hall Restaurant is located at 1038 N. 4th St., directly across the street from the BMO Harris Bradley Center. Reservations are highly recommended and can be placed by calling (414) 763-1490.

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