1. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff to visit Marquette

Admiral Mike Mullen, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, will speak at Marquette Tuesday, April 5, at 10 a.m. in the Varsity Theatre.

As part of a series of appearances across the country, Mullen’s “Conversation with the Country” will include opening remarks followed by a question and answer period moderated by Mike Gousha, distinguished fellow in law and public policy. Preceding the event, Mullen will have breakfast with ROTC cadets and midshipmen.

Tickets are required for the “Conversation with the Country” and are available for the Marquette community beginning today, March 21, in the AMU Brooks Lounge. There is a limit of two tickets per Marquette ID. Contact University Special Events at 8-7431 with questions or special needs. For security reasons, backpacks and signs will not be allowed in the theatre; check-in for backpacks will be available under the tent on the west side of the theatre along the walkway.

Mullen was sworn in as the 17th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff on Oct. 1, 2007. He is the highest-ranking officer in the U.S. Armed Forces and the President’s principal military adviser, advising the secretary of defense, the National Security Council and Homeland Security. Since taking office, his priorities have been: (1) defending vital interests in the Middle East; (2) resettling, revitalizing and reconstituting the Armed Forces; and (3) properly balancing global risk.

A native of Los Angeles, Mullen graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1968. He is a graduate of the Advanced Management Program at the Harvard Business School and earned a master’s degree in operations research from the Naval Postgraduate School.

Mullen has served aboard six ships, serving as commanding officer on three. Ashore he has held leadership positions at the Naval Academy, in the Navy’s Bureau of Personnel and in the Office of the Secretary of Defense. His last operational assignment was as Commander, NATO Joint Force Command Naples/Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe.

The admiral’s appearance at Marquette was arranged through Jim Runde, a NROTC alumnus and trustee, and is sponsored by the departments of Aerospace Studies, Military Science and Naval Science.

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2. Mitchem to be honored as Alumnus of the Year

Dr. Arnold L. Mitchem, Grad ’81, Honorary Degree ’04, will be among more than 50 Marquette alumni and friends to be honored on campus during Alumni National Awards Weekend, April 28-30. Mitchem will accept the 2011 Marquette University All-University Alumnus of the Year Award. His work has opened the doors to higher education for hundreds of thousands of students through his work for the expansion for federally funded TRIO programs, the U.S. Department of Education’s largest discretionary program.
Other All-University honorees include:
• Merit Award — Dr. Stanley Jaskolski, Eng ’62, Grad ’64, ’67
• Service to the Community Award — Dr. Catherine Taylor Foster, Nurs ’58, Grad ’62
• Service to Marquette Award — Michael Farrell, Eng ’70 and Donna Behm Farrell, Arts ’70
• Spirit of Marquette Award — Benjamin Tracy, Comm ’98, Grad ’04
• Friend of the University Award — Northwestern Mutual

Register online for any of the weekend events.

Visit the Alumni National Awards website to learn more about all the 2011 Alumni National Award recipients or to nominate an alumnus/a for exemplary dedication to the mission of Marquette University.

For more information contact University Special Events at 8-7341.

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3. Men’s basketball team advances to NCAA Sweet Sixteen; send-off event tomorrow

The men's basketball team defeated Syracuse 66-62 last night to advance to the Sweet Sixteen in the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament. The Golden Eagles will play the University of North Carolina at 6:15 p.m. Friday, March 25, at the Prudential Center in Newark. A team departure/send-off will take place at the Al McGuire Center at 6 p.m. tomorrow.  

Marquette community members and the public can also sign a banner in front of the AMU information desk wishing the team well as they head off to New Jersey. The banner will be available tomorrow afternoon through Thursday. It will eventually find a permanent home in the Annex, hung as memorabilia.

The women's team came from behind to beat Texas 68-65 Saturday and will play Tennessee in the second round of the NCAA tournament at 6 p.m. today on ESPN2.

The Union Sports Annex will hold viewing parties for tonight’s women’s game and Friday’s men’s game, with fan giveaways and food specials. The Annex website will be updated with viewing party and game information for each team if they progress through the tournament.

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4. RSVP for Excellence in University Service Awards program by Wednesday

Four members of the Marquette community who exemplify the university’s mission will be honored at the award program on Wednesday, March 30, from 2:45 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. in the AMU Monaghan Ballroom.

RSVP by Wednesday, March 23.

Marquette University’s Excellence in University Service Award Program recognizes individuals for their contributions to the essential work of Marquette at the highest level of excellence. Congratulations to this year’s recipients:

• Trish Johnson, administrative assistant, Center for Psychological Services — Support Staff Award
• Rick Karabon, simulation lab assistant, School of Dentistry — Support Staff Award
• Mary Janz, associate dean, Office of Residence Life — Administrator Award
• Dan Smith, deputy chief information officer, Information Technology Services — Administrator Award

Watch for the April issue of Marquette Matters for more information about this year's winners.

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5. Campus research forum to address equipment and instrumentation

A campus research forum on campus equipment and instrumentation with Dr. Jeanne Hossenlopp, vice provost for research, will be held Wednesday, March 23, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. in AMU 163.

The purpose is to determine equipment needs across campus, identify multi-disciplinary user groups, and proactively develop a plan that will meet the campus community’s research needs. Discussion topics will include:

• Identifying key pieces of equipment already on campus
• Identifying key pieces of equipment that are needed on campus
• Identifying additional faculty from across campus who could become part of a user group
• Developing a strategy to acquire and maintain necessary equipment

RSVP to Jennie Schatzman, office coordinator of research and sponsored programs, at 8-7225.

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6. First Year Photo Project photography to be exhibited Friday

The photography of eight first-year students will be exhibited Friday, March 25, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the Raynor Library Atrium. In summer 2010, the eight students were chosen to document their first-year experience at Marquette, in still photography. The exhibit, Apertures of Imagination, is free and open to the public.  

The First Year Photo Project is sponsored by the Office of Student Development.

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7. “God in Mass Media?” is topic of Wade Lecture

The Rev. Francis Wade, S.J., Public Lecture will be delivered by Rev. Johannes Ehrat, S.J., Wednesday, March 30, at 4 p.m., in the Raynor Library Beaumier Suites. Father Ehrat, professor extraordinarius of social sciences at the Pontificia Università Gregoriana in Rome, will discuss “God in Mass Media? — A Semiotic Approach to a Theology of Communication.” Media scandals, with special attention to religious scandals, are the focus of his most recent research in television studies and investigative and other practices of journalism.

The lecture is sponsored by the Office of the Provost.

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8. Alumna and start-up co-founder to present Sances Lecture

The Department of Biomedical Engineering will host a symposium and Anthony Sances Jr. Memorial Lecture on Thursday, March 31, in the Raynor Library Beaumier Suites. Denise Zarins, Eng '93 and Grad ’95, director of product development at Medtronic Ardian and co-founder and former vice president of research and development for Ardian, will present the lecture, “MU to Silicon Valley: Changing healthcare one start-up at a time,” at 1 p.m.

Oral presentations from Ph.D. candidates will take place from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., followed by a poster session and wine and cheese reception from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.

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9. Marquette student in Japan safe

The Office of International Education has reported that Marquette’s only student in Japan, who was attending Sophia University in Tokyo, is safe and has returned to the United States. He was at Mount Takao when the earthquake hit and was able to return safely to campus. Sophia University’s grounds sustained no damage. The earthquake and tsunami were centered off the coast of Sendai, which is approximately 200 miles northeast of Tokyo. Marquette’s one international student from Japan has also confirmed that his family members who live in the Tokyo area are safe and unharmed.

The thoughts and prayers of the Marquette community go out to the Japanese people both in Japan and around the world.

To help the international relief efforts through a donation, contact Jesuits in Asia Pacific or Catholic Relief Services.

As a result of the crisis in Japan, Marquette has suspended its Sophia University Student Exchange program. The program’s suspension impacted three students who had not yet left the United States for the April 1 start to Sophia’s spring term.

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10. Rec Center pool is closed; other areas affected by water outage

Due to a water leak, the Rec Center is expected to have no running water in the pool, gym and main level lockers rooms until later this week (length of outage is TBD).

As a result, the pool is closed, and toilets, showers and drinking fountains in those areas are out of service.

The tennis locker rooms in the lower level are not affected and have limited shower and bathroom facilities.

The Rec Plex is available and open to Rec Center patrons during the repairs.

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11. “Art from the Heart” to benefit Hunger Clean Up

Hunger Clean Up will host "Art from the Heart," featuring Dance Inc., Pure Dance, The Naturals, student performers and guest speakers Wednesday, March 23, at 7:30 p.m. in the Weasler Auditorium.

The event will incorporate art and social justice to raise awareness about poverty, hunger and homelessness. Attendees can vote through donation buckets for their favorite performance to be the night's entertainment finale. All funds raised will benefit HCU efforts in the Milwaukee community.

This year's Hunger Clean-Up T-shirt will be available for purchase and teams can register for service on April 16.

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12. Free health screenings offered at Thursday event

The Department of Physical Therapy is hosting its first-ever Healthy Aging Symposium on Thursday, March 24, from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. in the Cramer Hall Student Lounge.

This student- and faculty-sponsored event will include free screenings for vision, blood pressure, balance, driving, sensation and strength. Informational handouts and giveaways will also be provided.

For more information contact Dr. Allison Hyngstrom, assistant professor of physical therapy, at 8-4566.

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13. Human trafficking is subject of talk Thursday

Jeff Stillings, supervisory special agent, ICE-Homeland Security Investigations, will present "The Challenge of Human Trafficking in Wisconsin" Thursday, March 24, at 3:30 p.m. in AMU 163.

This event is part of the Center for Transnational Justice Lecture Series. For more information, contact Dr. Rich Friman, Eliot Fitch Chair for International Studies and professor of political science.

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14. Biology, philosophy and chemistry colloquiums this week

Dr. James Maki, assistant professor of biological sciences, will present “The Sticky Relationships Between Attached Bacteria and Unattached Invertebrates” Friday, March 25, at 3:15 p.m. in Wehr Life Science 111. Refreshments will be served at 3 p.m. For more information, call the Department of Biological Sciences at 8-7355.

The Department of Philosophy will host a colloquium Friday, March 25, at 3:30 p.m. in Raynor Beaumier Suite A. Dr. Paul Guyer, Murray Professor in the Humanities at the University of Pennsylvania, will present “The Kantian Legacy in the History of Aesthetics.”

Dr. Latha Venkataraman, assistant professor of applied physics and applied mathematics at Columbia University, will present “Mechanics and Electronics of Single Molecule Circuits.” This Department of Chemistry colloquium will be Friday, March 25, at 4 p.m. in Todd Wehr Chemistry 121. Refreshments will be available beginning at 3:45 p.m.

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15. Student teams to present business models for social change

Marquette community members can observe student teams as they present their business plans for social change to a panel Tuesday, March 29, at 6 p.m. in AMU 254.

Student teams that submit a blueprint for a social entrepreneurial venture by 11:59 p.m. Tuesday, March 22, may be awarded $1,000 to launch their action plan for social change. These teams, after receiving feedback in preparation for the panel presentation, will pitch their venture to the panel of professionals and industry experts. Panel members (including an MTV representative) will provide guidance to further develop the initiatives. The top five teams that pass the panel will be awarded two $500 installments from Ashoka to launch their social venture.

For more information, contact Leslie LaBonte, coordinator of Community Service Programs, at 8-4327.

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16. Counseling Center offering suicide prevention training

The Counseling Center is offering QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer) suicide prevention from noon to 1:30 p.m., Thursday, March 24, from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., and May 3, from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. QPR trains participants how to get help for someone who is suicidal. Register with the Counseling Center at 8-7172.

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17. Law School to hold information session

The Law School will host an information session for prospective full- and part-time students Friday, March 25, in Eckstein 246, the Appellate Courtroom. The session will provide admissions and financial aid information and a panel of current students.

The session begins at 11:45 a.m. and lasts approximately one hour, followed by a brief tour. Register online.

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18. Blood drive taking place Friday

The Student Health Advisory Board is hosting a blood drive Friday, March 25, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. with the Blood Center of Wisconsin in AMU 227. Schedule an appointment online. Walk-ins are also welcome.

Donors must be at least 17 years old, in good health and weigh at least 110 pounds. Donors need to bring a photo I.D. with birth date.

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