1. State of the University Address is March 18 at 3 p.m.

Interim President Robert A. Wild, S.J., and Interim Provost and Dean of the College of Nursing Dr. Margaret Faut Callahan, will deliver a State of the University Address on Tuesday, March 18, at 3 p.m. in the Varsity Theatre. Father Wild and Callahan will discuss the university's progress in living its strategic plan, Beyond Boundaries, key academic accomplishments and upcoming initiatives.

All faculty, staff and students are invited to attend.

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2. 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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3. Metcalfe Chair to give lecture on the global echo of rape and resistance

The Department of Philosophy will host Dr. Linda Martín Alcoff, one of the university's three Ralph H. Metcalfe Chairs this semester, for a lecture titled, "Global Echoes of Rape and Resistance," Thursday, March 20, in Raynor Memorial Libraries' Beaumier Suites B/C. Alcoff will discuss the concept of echoing as an important way to understand social change, especially the epidemic of global sexual violence, and how power may be distorted through communication and knowledge. A reception in Raynor Memorial Libraries' Lower Level Lobby will follow the lecture.

Alcoff is a professor of philosophy at Hunter College and the CUNY Graduate Center. Her writings have focused on social identity and race, epistemology and politics, sexual violence, Foucault, Dussel and Latino issues in philosophy. Alcoff is president of the Eastern Division of the American Philosophical Association, and has served as co-director of the Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy. In 2005, she was named the "Distinguished Woman in Philosophy" by the Society for Women in Philosophy, and in 2006 she was named one of the "100 Most Influential Hispanics" in the United States by Hispanic Business magazine.

The Metcalfe Chair is a non-residential chair that brings African-American, Latino/a or Native American scholars to Marquette each semester. For more information, contact Beth O'Sullivan, assistant to the chair of the Department of Philosophy, at (414) 288-6858.

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4. Congressmen Pocan, Ribble go "On the Issues" to discuss bipartisan cooperation in Washington

U.S. Reps. Reid Ribble and Mark Pocan of Wisconsin will discuss their efforts to foster bipartisan cooperation among members of Congress in the next "On the Issues with Mike Gousha," Monday, March 17, from 12:15 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. at Eckstein Hall.

Pocan, a Democrat from Madison, and Ribble, a Republican from the Fox Valley, have differing views on many issues, but they agree that elected officials in Washington must find a way to work together to move the country forward.

In a joint appearance, Ribble and Pocan will discuss their role in the No Labels Problem Solvers, a group of House and Senate members who meet regularly to build trust across the aisle.

Register online.

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5. Environmental engineering seminar on sludge thickening will be held March 17

The Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering will host an environmental engineering seminar, "Putting a New Spin on Sludge Thickening: Adventures in Product Development," Monday, March 17, from noon to 12:50 p.m. in Engineering Hall, 423. Joshua Gable, process engineer at Centrisys Corporation, will speak at the seminar.

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6. Women's and Gender Studies Program hosting presentation next week

The Women's and Gender Studies Program will host a presentation by Dr. Louise Cainkar, associate professor of social and cultural sciences, Wednesday, March 19, at 3 p.m. in Raynor Memorial Libraries' Beaumier Suite A. Cainkar will present "Learning to be Muslim: A Gendered Analysis."

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

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7. Alpha Sigma Nu to honor Marquette professor, alumnus at spring Mass and brunch

Alpha Sigma Nu Father Daninhy Alumni Club of Southeast Wisconsin will host its annual spring Mass on Sunday, March 30, at 10 a.m. in the AMU, Chapel of the Holy Family, followed by an awards brunch at 11 a.m. in the AMU, Lunda Room and Henke Lounge. Two members of the Marquette community who have lived out the Alpha Sigma Nu Jesuit Honor Society values of scholarship, loyalty and service will be honored at the event:

  • Rev. Bryan Massingale, professor of theology and associate director of undergraduate studies – Alumnus of the Year
  • William Schmitt, Arts '01 – Young Alumnus of the Year

Tickets for the brunch are available for $25. Alumni can sponsor a ticket for a current Marquette student to attend the brunch for $15. Checks can be made out to the Daninhy Alumni Club and sent c/o Jason Rae, 5027 W. North Avenue, Milwaukee, WI 53208. Registration is also available online. Register by Friday, March 21.

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8. Faber Center hosting series of conversations on Pope Francis

This event has been cancelled, due to a scheduling conflict.

The next conversation about Pope Francis will be held Tuesday, April 15.

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9. "Battle of the Beaks" giving challenge ends tomorrow

Marquette, Creighton University and St. John's University are competing in a donor participation challenge through Tuesday, 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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10. Rynne Faculty Research Fellowship deadline extended to March 17

Center for Peacemaking Rynne Research Fellowship applications are available online and the deadline has been extended to Monday, March 17. One $2,500 research grant will be given to advance research on an aspect of nonviolent peacemaking. The fellowship is intended to fund work for a two-month period during the summer. Faculty and staff are encouraged to submit a research proposal of their choice or on 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. Office supply exchange program is tomorrow

In conjunction with Office Max, Marquette will offer departments a chance to redistribute excess office supply inventory on campus. Faculty and staff can "shop" for new office supply items Tuesday, March 11, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the AMU, 157. Office Max will also feature an office chair demonstration 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.

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

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12. TIAA-CREF representative on campus next week for confidential financial counseling

A TIAA-CREF consultant will be available to faculty and staff for individual, confidential financial counseling sessions from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, March 18, in the AMU, 228; Wednesday, March 19, in the AMU, 368; and Thursday, March 20, in the AMU, 364. Employees can discuss their personal financial situation with a TIAA-CREF consultant, as well as how to achieve financial goals by investing in financial solutions such as mutual funds, brokerage, life insurance and annuities.

To schedule an appointment, call (866) 843-5640.

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13. Long-term care insurance classes available for employees

The Department of Human Resources will offer two introductory classes on long-term care insurance for employees Tuesday, March 18, and Wednesday, March 19, from noon to 1 p.m. in the AMU, 448. A financial adviser from Northwestern Mutual will present on the cost of long-term care, the role of Medicare and Medicaid, how to determine if long-term care insurance is the right choice, why people purchase long-term care insurance, the approximate cost of meaningful long-term care insurance, the key coverage decisions consumers must make and how Wisconsin's Partnership Program works.

Register online. For more information, contact Merry Otero, benefits specialist, at (414) 288-7922.

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14. 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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15. 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 recertification class will 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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16. Event on March 19 will affect parking availability

The Diederich College of Communication will host an all-day Digital Advertising+Marketing Summit on Wednesday, March 19, which will likely affect campus parking availability, as close to 500 guests are expected on campus. Once the 16th Street Parking Structure fills, employees will be rerouted to the Wells Street Parking Structure and available surface lots. Parking Services asks that employees build additional time into their commute to accommodate for potential parking changes.

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17. Register for benefit dinner supporting Hunger Clean-up

Hunger Clean-up will host a benefit dinner Wednesday, March 26, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the AMU, Monaghan Ballroom. Attendees will include Hunger Clean-up's three grant winners, and members of the past and current planning and leadership teams. Guests will receive information about the impact of Hunger Clean-up on the Marquette and Milwaukee communities. Parents, alumni and community members are invited.

The dinner is free, but donations are encouraged. For more information contact, Nicholas Smeriglio, Hunger Clean-Up marketing director. RSVP to Emily Runnoe by Friday, March 14.

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