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. Registration for more than 400 summer studies courses opens March 20

The university offers more than 350 on-campus options and more than 40 online courses during two, six-week summer sessions. Many introductory and core classes are available in this accelerated format, which can help students get ahead, catch up or take on a double major. Registration begins March 20. Students can register anytime on or after March 20; individuals will not receive a specific registration time like during fall and spring registration.

Visit the summer studies website for more information and a list of classes that are available.

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4. 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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5. Election packets available for MUSG president, executive vice president and academic senator positions

Election packets for MUSG President, Executive Vice President and Academic Senator positions are now available online, along with the election rules.

  • MUSG President and Executive Vice President
    The MUSG President and EVP will run together on a single ballot and serve as the face of MUSG, providing leadership to the organization and representing the voice of students to administration.

  • Academic Senators
    Senators are elected to represent the students within their college, in addition to pursuing campus concerns.

MUSG President, Executive Vice President and Academic Senator candidates will campaign in March before a campus-wide student election. Candidate packets are due by Friday, Feb. 28, at 5 p.m. in the AMU, 133.

For more information, contact Sam Schultz, MUSG president.

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6. Center for Peacemaking to host networking event

The Center for Peacemaking, Hunger Clean-Up and the peace studies major will host a networking event, "Making a Living, Making a Difference," Thursday, Feb. 27, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the AMU, Monaghan Ballrooms. This event is for students interested in exploring career opportunities that unite the goals of "making a living" and "making a difference." It provides the opportunity to connect and interact with a range of organizations and professionals who are making a difference in Milwaukee. Admission is free and registration is available online.

For additional information, contact the Center for Peacemaking at (414) 288-8444.

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7. 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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8. 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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9. 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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10. 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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11. 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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12. 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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13. Student Media launched news website, Marquette Wire

The Diederich College of Communication's Student Media collaborated to launch 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. 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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15. Register to participate in dance marathon to benefit Children's Hospital of Wisconsin

A dance marathon will take place Saturday, Feb. 22, from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. in the Union Sports Annex to raise money for Children's Hospital of Wisconsin. Registration costs $12, and can be completed online.

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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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