1. University to develop comprehensive diversity plan

Interim Provost and Dean of the College of Nursing Dr. Margaret Faut Callahan announced in her recent faculty forum that the university is developing a comprehensive diversity plan. Callahan noted that Dr. William Welburn, associate provost for diversity and inclusion, will lead the campus-wide plan.

"It is critical that we not only encourage diversity, but that we continually foster an environment that is welcoming and respectful of every member of our community," Callahan said. "We know we will need collective input from faculty, staff and students across campus to form a meaningful plan, and we will begin this process in the upcoming weeks."

Callahan also noted that work is progressing on implementing a new bias incident reporting and response system. Jesuit peer institutions, such as Georgetown University, have implemented similar systems. Students will have the option to report bias incidents anonymously.

In the spring of 2014, Welburn will begin planning a climate study, with focus groups and campus surveys during the 2014-15 academic year. The objective of the study is to gather information and analysis related to the campus climate with a focus on diversity. Results will be shared with university leadership to help determine future initiatives.

In addition, the Division of Student Affairs will implement enhanced student education on diversity and inclusivity in fall 2014. The enhanced student education programs will model current successful programs related to gender-based violence.

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2. Bestselling Jesuit author to be Commencement speaker

Rev. James Martin, S.J., will be the Commencement speaker on Sunday, May 18, where he will also receive an honorary doctor of letters degree. Rev. Robert A. Wild, S.J., interim president, made the announcement last week in connection with the one-year anniversary of the election of Pope Francis.

"From his best-selling books to his active engagement in social media, Father Martin has helped articulate the values and mission of Jesuits and Catholics across the globe, and I can't wait to welcome him on campus," Father Wild said.

Father Martin is known for his many books, including The Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything, his frequent appearances on The Colbert Report and his position as editor-at-large for the Jesuit magazine, America.

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3. MUSG to host presidential forum with Father Wild on March 18

MUSG will host its biannual presidential forum with Interim President Robert A. Wild, S.J., Tuesday, March 18, at 7 p.m. in the AMU, first floor lobby. Students will have the opportunity to discuss their concerns directly with university leadership. Interim Provost and Dean of the College of Nursing Dr. Margaret Faut Callahan will also be in attendance.

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4. 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. Dr. Marilyn Frenn, professor of nursing and chair of University Academic Senate, will emcee the event. 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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5. U.S. News & World Report releases latest graduate program rankings

U.S. News & World Report has released its 2015 Best Graduate Schools rankings. Marquette programs ranked this year include the Law School, the Graduate School of Management and the College of Education's graduate program.

The Law School's overall ranking is 93rd, up one spot from last year. Its part-time program is ranked 16th, up two spots, and its dispute resolution program is 7th, up one spot. In the Graduate School of Management, the part-time MBA program is ranked 77th, down from its previous ranking of 50th, and the accounting program is No. 25. The College of Education's graduate program is ranked 98th, down from 65th.

U.S. News only ranks certain programs annually; others, particularly in the health disciplines, are ranked every two to three years.

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6. Theatrical rock show, Unplugged, to help combat rape and despair

Award-winning Milwaukee-born author and performer Paul McComas and talented Chicago singer-songwriter Maya Kuper will present Unplugged, a one-hour program of scenes and songs adapted from McComas' critically acclaimed novel. Both the novel and the show tell the story of troubled young alternative-rocker and rape survivor Dayna Clay, including her solitary journey into the wilderness of the South Dakota Badlands and her subsequent struggle to recover from depression, come to terms with her traumatic childhood and find inner peace.

The performance will take place Tuesday, March 25, at 7 p.m. in the AMU, Henke Lounge. Sponsored by the Center for Peacemaking, the Counseling Center and Active Minds, this event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Patrick Kennelly, director of the Center for Peacemaking, at (414) 288-8445.

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7. Applications due Friday for student scholarship awards

Undergraduate scholarship awards are offered by various Marquette alumni organizations. Details, including deadlines and criteria for each award, are available online. Students receiving tuition remission or full-tuition scholarships are not eligible for these awards.

  • Association of Marquette University Women Ignatian Leadership Award — Award for a senior woman graduating in 2014 and enrolled full time, who excels academically and demonstrates leadership and service to the Marquette and Milwaukee communities, or her hometown community, and strives to live out the Ignatian ideals. A faculty/staff nomination is required along with the student application by March 21.

  • Pedro Arrupe Award — Award for a junior in good standing and enrolled full time who emulates the values and ideals of Rev. Pedro Arrupe, S.J., and is involved in service in and beyond the Marquette community. A faculty/staff nomination is required along with the student application and essay by March 21.

For questions about the application process or more information about these scholarships, contact Martha Moore, senior engagement officer in University Advancement at (414) 288-0398.

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8. Digital Advertising + Marketing Summit to be held March 19, will affect parking

The Diederich College of Communication will host the second annual Digital Advertising + Marketing Summit Wednesday, March 19, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the AMU. The conference will focus on trends and the future of digital marketing and advertising. Designed for students and professionals, the event will cover topics including digital strategy, user experience, advertising, mobile, content marketing, publishing, and measurement and analytics.

The lineup features digital thought leaders from brands and organizations such as Rockwell Automation, Harley-Davidson Motor Company, Turner Broadcasting, CUNA Mutual Group, the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB), Advertising.com / AOL, Millenial Media and agencies such as Goodby Silverstein and Partners, Laughlin Constable and Raidious. Marquette faculty, staff and students can sign up at a discounted rate and learn more on the registration page.

This event will likely affect campus parking availability. 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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9. Campus Ministry hosting Archbishop Listecki on campus this week, sponsoring "Joy of Waffles and the Gospel" series

On Thursday, March 20, Most Rev. Jerome E. Listecki, archbishop of Milwaukee, will preside at the Rite of Election and Call to Continuing Conversion at 6 p.m. in the AMU, Chapel of the Holy Family. These rituals are part of the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults process.

During the liturgy, the archbishop will name two students as members of the elect and invite them to receive the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, and First Eucharist on Sunday, April 27. The archbishop will encourage students completing their Christian initiation and those seeking full communion with the Catholic Church to use the Lenten season to strengthen their faithfulness to Christ and their baptismal calling. This event is sponsored by Campus Ministry and the entire campus community is invited to attend. For more information, contact Steve Blaha, assistant director of Campus Ministry, at (414) 288-6873.

Campus Ministry will also host a four-week Tuesday night Lenten series, "The Joy of Waffles and the Gospel," which will give students a chance to explore Pope Francis' invitation to boldly and joyfully live the Good News of Jesus while enjoying a waffle bar. The series begins Tuesday, March 18, from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in the AMU, Monaghan Ballroom D.

Future dates include:

  • Tuesday, March 25, from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in the AMU, Chapel of the Holy Family Narthex
  • Tuesday, April 1, from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in the AMU, Chapel of the Holy Family Narthex
  • Tuesday, April 8, from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in the AMU, Chapel of the Holy Family Narthex

This "Salt and Light" Series is sponsored by Campus Ministry. No previous encounter with or knowledge of Pope Francis' apostolic exhortation is needed. For more information, contact Blaha.

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10. International flag sashes available for May graduates

May graduates who hold citizenship from another country or have traveled overseas through a Marquette program have the opportunity to order an international flag sash to wear at the May graduation ceremony.

Students who wish to purchase a flag sash must bring a completed online form and a check to the Office of International Education on the fourth floor of Holthusen Hall by Friday, April 11. Flag sashes are available for all countries, and the cost is $32 for a single country sash, $42 for a double country sash and $52 for a triple country sash.

For additional information, contact Erin LeMoine, international communication and marketing coordinator, at (414) 288-5762.

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11. Submissions to Maria Dittman Library Research Competition due Friday

The Maria Dittman Library Research Competition is accepting submissions through Friday, March 21. The competition recognizes the importance of library research in academia and offers a $200 prize in three categories: freshman and sophomore, junior and senior, and graduate and professional papers. Submissions must be A-grade papers written during the 2013 calendar year at Marquette.

Full submission details and the entry form are now available.

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12. Multiple departments hosting colloquiums this week

The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering will host "Impact of Local Interconnects on Timing and Power in a High Performance Microprocessor," Tuesday, March 18, at 2 p.m. in Olin Engineering, 120. Dr. Rupesh S. Shelar, principal engineer for LSI Corporation in India, will deliver the lecture. A reception with refreshments will be held prior to the colloquium at 1:30 p.m. in Olin Engineering, 204A. For more information, contact the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at (414) 288-6820.

The Integrative Neuroscience Research Center will host a seminar on "Social Stress and CRF-Dopamine Interactions in Rodent Models of Depression and Drug Abuse," Tuesday, March 18, at 3:30 p.m. in Schroeder Complex, 256. Dr. Klaus Miczek, of the Department of Psychology at Tufts University, will deliver the lecture. For more information, contact the Integrative Neuroscience Research Center at (414) 288-7329.

The Department of Counselor Education and Counseling Psychology will hold a colloquium Wednesday, March 19, from noon to 1:15 p.m. in the AMU, 227. Dr. Don Rosenberg, licensed psychologist, will present "EMDR and Trauma." A schedule of upcoming colloquium presentations is online.

The Biological Sciences Seminar Series will host the Oliver H. Smith Memorial Lecture "Mousy and the TRAMP: RNA Processing Surveillance, or Degradation in Simple and Complex Eukaryotes," Friday, March 21, at 3 p.m. in Wehr Life Sciences, 111. Dr. James Anderson, associate professor of biological sciences, will lead the seminar. Refreshments will be served prior to the seminar at 2:45 p.m. in Wehr Life Sciences, 108. For more information, contact the Department of Biological Sciences at (414) 288-7355.

The Department of Chemistry will host "Structure, Dynamics and Inhibition of Tiam1 PDZ Domain Complexes," Friday, March 21, at 4 p.m. in Wehr Chemistry, 121. Dr. Ernesto Fuentes from the University of Iowa 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.

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13. Haggerty Museum of Art will host discussion on consumerism

In conjunction with the Haggerty Museum of Art's current exhibitions, the Haggerty and the Chipstone Foundation will present "Lightning Talks," Tuesday, March 18, from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in Eckstein Hall. Six speakers representing diverse disciplines will each present a short lecture followed by a discussion on issues related to consumerism.

The presenters will include:

  • Dr. Syed Akhter, professor of marketing
  • Lane Hall, professor of English at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
  • Rob Hunter, editor of Ceramics in America
  • Niki Johnson, adjunct professor of sculpture at the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design
  • Lisa Moline, associate professor of art at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
  • Dr. Richard Popp, assistant professor at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

For additional information, contact the Haggerty Museum of Art at (414) 288-1669.

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14. Philosophy Department hosting Midwest Seminar in Ancient and Medieval Philosophy

The Department of Philosophy will host the Midwest Seminar in Ancient Medieval Philosophy Friday, March 21, from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. in Raynor Library, 330b. Adreas Lammer from the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitat München will present "Matter and Form in Avicenna's Physics: On the Commonality of Internal Principles."

For more information, contact Richard Taylor, professor of philosophy, at (414) 288-5649.

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15. Lenten Morning Prayer offered every Thursday

Campus Ministry will host a Lenten Morning Prayer, a brief reflective prayer of Scripture, starting Thursday, March 20 at 8:30 a.m. and continuing every Thursday during Lent, in the AMU, Chapel of the Holy Family.

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

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16. Writing Center hosting workshop on creating effective research posters

The Ott Memorial Writing Center is hosting a one-hour workshop to analyze examples of research posters and how to create rhetorically effective posters on Monday, March 24, from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. in Raynor Memorial Libraries' Beaumier Suite A.

Register by emailing the Writing Center or calling 8-5542.

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17. $10 massages available at physical therapy Massage-A-Thon

Physical therapy students will host a Massage-A-Thon from Monday, March 17, through Friday, April 11, at Schroeder Health Complex, 397. Hours are Mondays from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Tuesdays from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Wednesdays from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Thursdays from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.; and Fridays from noon to 7 p.m.

The cost is $10 for 15 minutes, $15 for 30 minutes, $25 for 45 minutes and $30 for one hour. Appointments can be made online. Walk-ins are welcome, and cash, check or Marquette Cash are accepted. All proceeds will go directly towards the graduation fund of the Physical Therapy Class of 2015.

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18. Law School to hold information session March 21

The Law School is hosting an on-campus information session for prospective students Friday, March 21, 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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