On Wednesday, April 23, Marquette University will again recognize Denim Day, an annual international effort to support survivors and create a global change in attitudes towards sexual assault and all types of sexual violence. Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett has requested that Milwaukee institutions and individuals participate in this cause. Faculty, staff and students are encouraged to wear denim on April 23 to show their support for survivors of sexual assault.
Denim Day began as a protest against a 1997 Italian court case, in which a convicted rapist's sentence was overturned. The court ruled that because the teenage victim's jeans were tight, the victim must have assisted in their removal, thereby making the sex act consensual. Enraged by the verdict, the women in the Italian Parliament launched into immediate action and protested by wearing jeans to work.
"If we stay silent, instances of sexual violence will only continue, but if we all join together and become knowledgeable and willing to be the voice of those individuals who are affected by sexual violence, we can help transform our campus, this community and our world," Interim Provost Margaret Faut Callahan said. "That is something we are called to do as a Jesuit university. I urge our entire campus community to support Denim Day and survivors of sexual assault by wearing denim on April 23."
For more information, contact Chris Daood, assistant director of the Counseling Center and deputy Title IX coordinator, at (414) 288-1742.
The university will celebrate the accomplishments of the Class of 2014 during Senior Week, May 12-17. The week includes a variety of events for graduating seniors and their families and is designed to provide a relaxing way for seniors to connect as a class one more time before graduation. Online ticket sales end Friday, May 2.
The Office of Student Development is collecting photos of the Class of 2014 student experience for a slideshow to be played at the Senior Week Kick-off event at Whiskey Bar. Photos can be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org. Students submitting photos via email should include this line: "I give Marquette University permission to use this/these photos in the Senior Week 2014 slideshow." Photos will not be used for any other purpose besides the slideshow.
U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin will discuss Washington's political divide in the next "On the Issues with Mike Gousha," Wednesday, April 23, from 12:15 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. at Eckstein Hall.
Baldwin, a Democrat from Madison, is the first woman from Wisconsin to serve in the U.S. Senate and the first openly gay member elected to the Senate. Prior to her 2012 election to the Senate, Baldwin served in the U.S. House of Representatives and is a former state lawmaker.
Baldwin will offer her perspective on a range of issues, including the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, immigration reform, the national debt, the minimum wage and Washington's political divide.
The Native American Student Association and Intercultural Engagement will present "Earth, Art and Hip Hop," Tuesday, April 22, in honor of Earth Day. The community event will feature Frank Waln and Sam Sampson, with special guests ArtWorks for Milwaukee and open mic performers, and will take place from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on the first floor of the AMU. The event will bring awareness to environmental issues through art, poetry and music.
For more information, please contact Laree Pourier, president of the Native American Student Association.
The next Soup with Substance will examine the St. Francis Mission, established to restore hope and dignity to the indigenous people of the Rosebud Reservation in South Dakota. The event will be held Wednesday, April 23, from noon to 1 p.m. in the AMU, 157.
When the Jesuits were invited to establish a mission on the Rosebud Reservation in South Dakota in 1886, their mission was clear: educate and evangelize to the Lakota people. More than 125 years later, the reservation and mission still exist, but a feeling of hopelessness prevails. St. Francis Mission is working to change that. Located in the second-poorest county in the United States, St. Francis Mission offers eight different programs that focus on healing the body and spirit, and providing education.
Soup with Substance events are sponsored by the Center for Peacemaking.
Dental students will host the second annual Sustainable Living Fair on Wednesday, April 23, from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the School of Dentistry. Attendees can see presentations on sustainability and healthy living by students, faculty and local organizations. Refreshments and live music will be provided, and participants will have the chance to win raffle prizes from Milwaukee businesses.
Contact Michael Moran or Jonelle Doctor for more information.
Dr. Patrick Carey, professor of theology and William J. Kelly, S.J., Chair in Catholic Theology, will present "Is Marquette Still Catholic?" Thursday, April 24, at 4 p.m. in Straz Hall, 105. Carey will describe some answers to the question by analyzing Marquette's historic statements on identity and suggesting three practical ways of fostering that identity in the future.
The lecture is sponsored by the Department of Theology.
Students for an Environmentally Active Campus and the historic core renovation project team will celebrate National Arbor Day by hosting a prayer service and planting a swamp white oak tree as part of new landscaping around recently renovated Sensenbrenner Hall. The planting will add to the native tree collection on campus and will take place Friday, April 25, at noon on the east side of Sensenbrenner Hall.
Join MUSG for an excursion to Miller Park for a Brewers vs. Cubs game, Friday, April 25. Buses leave at 6 p.m. and the game starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are available for $15 in the Brooks Lounge and the first 50 tickets purchased come with a $5 food voucher.
Raynor Memorial Libraries will host poetry readings by two Milwaukee poets – Charles P. Ries and Stephen Anderson – Monday, April 28, from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. in Raynor Memorial Libraries' Prucha Reading Room. Readings will take place from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. with a discussion to follow.
Register by Thursday, April 24, as space is limited. This event is free and open to the public. Doors open at 4:15 p.m. and attendees should meet in the lobby of Raynor Memorial Libraries.
Applications are now available for the Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice, which will take place Nov. 15-17, in Washington, D.C. Students from Jesuit institutions across the country gather at this annual event to learn about and advocate for social justice issues affecting society today. The cost of the event is $175.
Applications are available online, and are due by Wednesday, April 30.
Best Buddies Marquette will host its annual Best Buddies Showcase to spread awareness about the organization, which benefits individuals with disabilities, Sunday, April 27, from 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. The show will feature poetry that has been written about friendship, as well as a talent show and a silent auction. All proceeds from the silent auction and donations will go towards chapter events, which help enhances the lives of individuals with intellectual disabilities by providing one-on-one friendship opportunities.
For more information, contact Sarah Kendzior.
Pure Dance Marquette will host its annual spring showcase, "#WeArePure," Sunday, April 27, at noon and 4:30 p.m. in the Weasler Auditorium. Admission is free and the event is open to the entire Marquette community.
The Department of Chemistry will host "Synthesis and Structure-function Analysis of Photosensitizer-catalyst Solar Fuel Assemblies," Friday, April 25, at 4 p.m. in Wehr Chemistry, 121. Dr. Karen Mulfort from the Argonne National Laboratory will lead the seminar.
Refreshments will be served prior to the seminar at 3:45 p.m. in Wehr Chemistry, 121. For more information, contact the Department of Chemistry at (414) 288-3515.
The College of Nursing's Institute for Natural Family Planning will host "Urinary Hormone Monitoring and Women's Reproductive Health," Wednesday, April 30, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Raynor Memorial Libraries' Beaumier Suites B/C. Dr. Sarah Johnson, clinical and medical affairs manager at Swiss Precision Diagnostics Ltd, will present clinical and laboratory research in connection with biomarkers of women's health.
For more information contact Dr. Richard Fehring, director of the Institute for Natural Family Planning and professor emeritus of nursing, at (414) 288-3838.
The "almost everything $6" gift sale will be held Tuesday, April 22, and Wednesday, April 23, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. in the AMU. This sale features gifts, jewelry and accessories, with 20-percent of the sale proceeds going to the Physical Therapy Faculty Student Scholarship Fund. The sale will include both licensed merchandise greater than $6 and specials under $6.
Marquette Cash and credit cards are accepted. Those interested in making a contribution to the scholarship fund to assist graduate students in the Doctor of Physical Therapy program can contact Kathleen Ludington, director of development for the College of Health Sciences, at (414) 288-1410.
Rev. Thomas Anderson, S.J., assistant director of Campus Ministry and campus minister in the Law School, will celebrate Mass in the St. Edmund Campion Chapel on the fourth floor of the Law School, Wednesday, April 23, at 12:15 p.m.
All members of the law school and Marquette community are welcome to attend.