1. Poet’s biographer to speak for centennial celebration

Dr. Donna Hollenberg, professor of English at the University of Connecticut and author of a biography of poet Denise Levertov, will speak on “Denise Levertov’s Ambivalence about Feminist Poetry: Biographical Context, Interpretive Possibilities,” at 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 15, in the AMU Henke Lounge. A reception will follow.

Levertov was born in England in 1923 and emigrated to the United States in the 1950s. Influenced by poet William Carlos Williams and the “Black Mountain Poets,” she soon became one of America’s strongest young poetic voices. In the 1980s she converted to Catholicism and in the 1990s published a number of religious poems, as well as poems opposing the First Gulf War and nuclear proliferation. She read from her poems at Marquette in 1996 and died of cancer in 1997.        

The program is sponsored by The Centennial Celebration of Women at Marquette, the Department of English, and the Office of Student Development.

The event is free and open to the public.

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2. Schroeder complex evacuated this morning

At approximately 8:15 this morning, Schroeder Complex was evacuated after Public Safety officers detected a burning smell during a routine patrol inside the building. Milwaukee Fire Department responded and the cause of the smell was determined to be an unknown substance that had spilled in a laboratory oven, resulting in smoke. After investigation by the Milwaukee Fire Department’s Hazardous Materials team, the building was cleared for reoccupation at 9:25 a.m. The evacuation was a precautionary measure and no injuries were reported.

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3. Author Rick James to discuss Jesus Without Religion

Campus Crusade for Christ will host Rick James, author of Jesus Without Religion tomorrow, Oct. 13, at 8 p.m. in the Weasler Auditorium. James will discuss what Jesus said and did, and what that means for humans created and saved by God.

James will address the specific contexts that color Jesus' story — the answers about Jesus, according to James, are in the context.

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4. Nourzad to present for Honors Program lecture series

Dr. Farrokh Nourzad, professor of economics, will be the first speaker in the 2009-10 Honors Program Lecture Series, Thursday, Oct. 15, at 5 p.m. in AMU 252. Nourzad will present “The Current Economic Crisis and the Alleged Crisis in Economics.”

The Honors Student Advisory Council hosts the lecture series by inviting faculty to address a topic from the viewpoint of “If this were the last lecture of your career, what would you say?”

Additional speakers will be Dr. Ulrich Lehner, assistant professor of theology (Nov. 19); Dr. Barrett McCormick, professor of political science (Jan. 14); Dr. Julian Hills, associate professor of theology (Feb. 11); Dr. Susan Mountin, director of the Manresa Project (March 11); and Dr. Ronald Zupko, professor emeritus of history (April 15).

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5. Two Soups with Substance to be held this week

Campus Ministry will host two Soup with Substance events from noon to 1 p.m. this week. Rev. John Naus, S.J., will reflect on humor and its relation to spirituality, philosophy and theology Wednesday, Oct. 14, in AMU 227.

On Thursday, Oct. 15, Rev. Cedric Prakash, S.J., 2009 Wade Scholar, will present “Empowering the Marginalized” in AMU 163. Father Prakash is the director of Prashant, the Jesuit Center for Human Rights, Justice, and Peace in Ahmedabad, India.

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6. Public Safety Offering Free Bike Registration

The Department of Public Safety is offering free City of Milwaukee bicycle registration Thursday, Oct. 15. Public Safety officers will be on the second floor of the AMU from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and in the McCormick Hall lobby from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. to provide registration forms and distribute city license stickers. Completing the registration process will allow participants access to the university’s two bike corrals, located in the 16th Street and Wells Street parking structures. 

To keep bicycles secure, DPS reminds bicycle owners to:

• Secure their bicycle with effective locking devices. High security locks are available for $20 from the Parking Services office.

• Secure bicycles to permanent bicycle racks that are cemented or anchored into the ground. Avoid securing bicycles to trees or other objects that can be removed or broken. On campus, bicycle parking is allowed in designated areas only.

• Secure bicycles in well-traveled, well-lit areas.

• Engrave a personal identification number or message on their bicycle. Electric engravers can be borrowed from Public Safety.

For more information, contact DPS at 8-6800.

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7. Panel discussion to address sexuality and religion

Marquette University Student Government will host “At the Intersection: Sexuality and Religion” Thursday, Oct. 15, at 6 p.m. in AMU 163, a panel discussion exploring the relationship between sexuality and religion in today’s society. This free event includes dinner.

“At the Intersection: Sexuality and Religion” is part of a discussion series that MUSG’s Diversity Commission will host throughout the year.

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8. Biological and chemistry departments to hold seminars

Dr. James Anderson, associate professor of biological sciences, will present a seminar Friday, Oct. 16, at 3:15 p.m. in Wehr Life Sciences 111. The title of the presentation is “Genetic Analysis of a Yeast tRNA Methyltransferase: A Tail of a Twist.”

The Department of Chemistry will hold a colloquium Friday, Oct. 16, at 4:15 p.m. in Todd Wehr Chemistry 121. Dr. Challa Kumar, professor of chemistry at the University of Connecticut, will present “DNA-based Light Harvesting Complexes.”

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9. Scary Story Contest submission deadline is Friday

Late Night Marquette invites students to submit a short story for its Scary Story Contest. The winner of the contest will be announced Oct. 31 during the Late Night Halloween event — The Haunting in Connecticut. A “Marquette celebrity” will read the top stories aloud. The authors of the top stories will receive gift cards for BookMarq. The winning story will also be published on the Late Night Marquette Web site.

The submission deadline is 4:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 16, in AMU 121.

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10. Winter Flurry application deadline extended

The Winter Flurry 2010 Planning Team application deadline has been extended to Tuesday, Oct. 20. The interview dates have been moved to Oct. 26-29.

Winter Flurry is a week-long series of activities in January to kick off the spring semester in January, sponsored by the Office of Student Development.

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11. Cyber security tips offered by IT Services

In recognition of "October is national Cyber Security Awareness month," IT Services encourages Marquette community members to review security tips from staysafeonline.org, secure your home network and view Computer Security Awareness videos made by students from other universities on the Marquette ITS Cyber Security Awareness Web site.

Links to information about cyber security can also be submitted for consideration to be added to the Web page.

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12. Celebrating women at Marquette — AMUW’s next mission

With student housing greatly improved, AMUW focuses on its next mission: promoting educational and cultural opportunities for women.

Want to know more? Go to the Centennial Celebration of Women Web site. A new note will be featured each week.

In 1909, Marquette became the first Catholic university in the world to offer coeducation as part of its regular undergraduate program. To help honor the centennial, a year-long series of historical notes highlighting turning-point moments and figures in Marquette’s collaborative past is running in News Briefs.

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