1. Mission Week begins with Mass on Sunday; tickets still available for keynote speaker

Rev. Doug Leonhardt, S.J., associate vice president of mission and ministry, will be the principal celebrant at the Mission Week 2014 opening liturgy, which will be held Sunday, Feb. 2, at 11:30 a.m. at Church of the Gesu. All members of the Marquette community are invited to attend to celebrate the beginning of Mission Week in prayer.

Immaculée Ilibagiza, who was a 23-year-old engineering student when the Rwandan genocide began in 1994, will deliver the keynote, "Forgiving the Unforgivable," at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 4, in the AMU, Monaghan Ballroom. Her personal story of the Rwandan genocide reflects a depth of suffering beyond what most people will ever experience. Yet, in the midst of losing nearly everyone dear to her and being threatened to the point of death, she now stands as beacon of forgiveness of others. Two tickets per MUID are available to faculty, staff and students, and can be picked up in the AMU, Brooks Lounge.

This year's Mission Week theme cuts to the core of the human experience. The ability to forgive after tragic events affects individuals' spiritual, psychological, and social development in profound ways. Mission Week 2014 will examine the theme of forgiveness in many forms, from the interpersonal to the international.

To keep the campus community informed about Mission Week events, News Briefs will be distributed every day next week. For more information and a full schedule of events, visit the Mission Week 2014 website.

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2. Commencement Senior Speaker nominations due tomorrow

Nominations are still being accepted for the undergraduate Senior Speaker for May Commencement. Faculty, staff and students are invited to nominate graduating seniors with a minimum 2.5 GPA who have never been on academic or disciplinary probation.

Nominations are due Friday, Jan. 31, and can be submitted online. For more information, email Sterling Hardaway, MUSG Senior Speaker Coordinator.

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3. Applications for Mardi Gras spring break service trips due tomorrow

Applications for Mardi Gras spring break service trips to New Orleans and New York are due Friday, Jan. 31, at 5 p.m. The New Orleans trip will provide support to areas still devastated by the effects of Hurricane Katrina, and the New York trip will provide relief to Hurricane Sandy victims.

Contact marquettemardigras@gmail.com with questions.

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4. Region-specific study abroad information sessions start tomorrow

The Office of International Education will hold region- and program-specific information sessions Friday, Jan. 31, through Monday, Feb. 10. Sessions will cover the types of programs, academics, scheduling, housing, financial aid and the application process. Recent study abroad students will share their experiences and answer student questions. Visit the OIE study abroad website and information session page for specific dates and times.

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5. Class of 2014 invited to participate in 100 Days to Graduation Celebration

The Office of Student Development will host a 100 Days to Graduation Celebration as part of Senior Week 2014 on Friday, Feb. 7, from 8 p.m. until midnight in the AMU, Brooks Lounge. Tickets can be purchased online until Monday, Feb. 3, and include food, a beverage ticket, live entertainment, a chance to win door prizes and a commemorative Class of 2014 mug.

For more information, contact Matt Lengen, coordinator for student organizations and leadership in OSD, at (414) 288-7205.

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6. National Institute on Drug Abuse senior investigator will give INRC seminar

The Integrative Neuroscience Research Center will host a seminar, "Context-induced Relapse to Drug Seeking: Behavioral and Neuronal Mechanisms," Tuesday, Feb. 4, at 3:30 p.m. in Schroeder Complex, 256. Dr. Yavin Shaham, senior investigator at the National Institute on Drug Abuse, will deliver the lecture.

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

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7. Morning prayer will be held every day during Mission Week

Begin each day of Mission Week with a brief interfaith prayer experience, focusing on one dimension of forgiveness. Morning prayer will be held from 8:10 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. in the AMU, Chapel of the Holy Family, each day of Mission Week, beginning Monday, Feb. 3. The first daily morning prayer, "Forgiveness of Ourselves," on Monday, Feb. 3, is co-sponsored by the Counseling Center and Campus Ministry.

The St. John's Bible will be on display during the week, as a source of reflection and inspiration. For more information and a full schedule of events, visit the Mission Week 2014 website.

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8. Soup with Substance to feature son of Sikh Temple shooting victim

A special Mission Week Soup with Substance, "The Sikh and the (former) Skinhead: Love and Forgiveness Will Triumph," will take place Monday, Feb. 3, at noon in the AMU, 227, and will feature the unlikely story of two men who have united for a common cause. Following the tragic death of Pardeep Kaleka's father at the Sikh Temple of Milwaukee, he and former white supremacist Arno Michaelis joined forces to create a world that is absent of hate and bigotry. Their personal work of forgiveness and reconciliation is resulting in new life for others.

This event is sponsored by the Center for Peacemaking. For more information and a full schedule of events, visit the Mission Week 2014 website.

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9. First book discussion on The Sunflower will be held Monday, Feb. 3

The Marquette community is encouraged to read The Sunflower: On the Possibilities and Limits of Forgiveness, which includes responses from 53 women and men from around the world who have, in one way or another, wrestled with the dilemma of whether to forgive someone. A series of book discussions will be held throughout Mission Week. Some of the individuals featured are notable global figures and others are anonymous victims of war and injustice.

The first book discussion will be held Monday, Feb. 3, from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. in Raynor Memorial Libraries' Beaumier Suites, and is sponsored by Raynor Memorial Libraries. Drs. Nancy Snow, professor of philosophy, and Stephanie Russell, vice president for mission and ministry, will facilitate the discussion.

For more information and a full schedule of events, visit the Mission Week 2014 website.

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10. Lecture to focus on Christian forgiveness

Rev. James Voiss, S.J., will deliver "Rethinking Christian Forgiveness: Theological, Philosophical, and Psychological Explorations," Monday, Feb. 3, at 7 p.m. in the AMU, Monaghan Ballroom. Sometimes what individuals think they know about forgiveness is just one part of the picture. Father Voiss will draw on multiple disciplines and perspectives to think creatively about forgiveness and how a changed perception might allow individuals to become more forgiving people.

This event is sponsored by Alpha Sigma Nu. For more information and a full schedule of events, visit the Mission Week 2014 website.

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11. Videos and projects related to forgiveness on display throughout Mission Week

The Faber Center will offer "Jesuit Voices," a series of video reflections by members of the Jesuit community on what Marquette's mission means to them and the value of Ignatian spirituality for people today.

An exhibit of The Forgiveness Project, which works at a local, national, and international level to help build a future free of conflict and violence by healing the wounds of the past, will be on display in the AMU, second floor rotunda. The traveling photo exhibit, "The f Word: Images of Forgiveness," tells the stories of people whose lives have been shattered by violence, tragedy and injustice and who are learning to forgive, reconcile or move on.

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12. Register for pilgrimage to Illinois Holocaust Museum and interfaith dialogue

Campus Ministry, the Department of Theology, Intercultural Engagement, the Office of International Education, the Office of Student Development, Hillel Milwaukee, Cru and InterVarsity Christian Fellowship will sponsor a pilgrimage to the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center in Skokie, Ill., Feb. 9. Participants will learn more about the Holocaust and engage in interfaith dialogue during the pilgrimage.

The pilgrimage costs $8 and registration can be completed online until Monday, Feb. 3. First priority will be given to students. For more information, contact Steve Blaha, assistant director of Campus Ministry, at (414) 288-3686.

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13. Law School to hold information session Feb. 7

The Law School is hosting an on-campus information session for prospective students Friday, Feb. 7, at 11:45 a.m. in Eckstein Hall. The information session will give prospective students a chance to learn about the Law School, admissions, financial aid, enrollment policies and procedures, and the curriculum, as well as to take a student-led tour of the Law School.

Register online.

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14. Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament is held every Monday in St. Joan of Arc Chapel

Starting Monday, Feb. 3, weekly adoration of the Blessed Sacrament will resume in the St. Joan of Arc Chapel. Exposition will take place at the close of the noon Mass and continue until 2:30 p.m. All are welcome to stop by the chapel for prayer and meditation.

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

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15. Participants needed for Type 2 diabetes research study

People with Type 2 diabetes and healthy adults ages 40 years or older are needed to participate in exercise science and physical therapy research. Compensation will be provided.

This study has been approved by Marquette's Institutional Review Board for the protection of human subjects. For more information about research participant rights, contact the Office of Research Compliance at (414) 288-7570.

For more information, contact Bonnie Schlinder-Delap, research assistant, at (414) 288-6674.

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16. Free group fitness classes available tomorrow

The Department of Recreational Sports is offering the following free group fitness classes to members tomorrow, Jan. 31.

Rec Center:

  • Spin Class at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m.
  • Hustle and Muscle at 1 p.m.
  • Zumba at 4 p.m.

Rec Plex:

  • Noontime Variety at noon

For more information, call the Group Fitness Office at (414) 288-6979 or contact Shannon Bustillos, assistant director of recreational sports, at (414) 288-7778.

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