1. RSVP deadline is today for Little Rock Nine book discussion

Books by two of the Little Rock Nine will be discussed Monday, Feb. 8, from 4 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. in the AMU Monaghan Ballroom. Carlotta Walls LaNier, author of A Mighty Long Way: My Journey to Justice at Little Rock Central High School, and Terrence Roberts, author of Lessons from Little Rock, will participate in their respective book discussions. Participants are strongly encouraged to read one of the books, which are available for purchase at the BookMarq. RSVP to University Special Events at 8-7431 by today, Feb. 1. Walls LaNier and Roberts will also participate in a book signing at 5:15 p.m. in the ballroom. Both books will be available for purchase.

Marquette will confer the Père Marquette Discovery Award, the university’s highest honor, on the Little Rock Nine in a special ceremony Tuesday, Feb. 9, at 4 p.m. in the Varsity Theatre. Seven of the nine members of the Little Rock Nine are expected to attend the awards ceremony — Elizabeth Eckford, Ernest Green, Gloria Ray Karlmark, Carlotta Walls LaNier, Terrence Roberts, Jefferson Thomas and Minnijean Brown Trickey. Health concerns prevent Melba Pattillo Beals and Thelma Mothershed Wair from attending, according to LaNier, president of the Little Rock Nine Foundation.

Although tickets for the Varsity Theatre are no longer available, tickets for a simulcast in the Weasler Auditorium can be picked up from 10 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. weekdays and 2 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday in the AMU Brooks Lounge. One ticket per Marquette ID is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Those joining the simulcast are also invited to attend the general reception immediately following the Père Marquette Discovery Award Ceremony in the AMU Monaghan Ballroom. Members of the Little Rock Nine will attend.

Simulcast tickets will be available to the general public beginning tomorrow, Feb. 2. Individuals can pick up two tickets without an ID while supplies last. A Webcast is also planned.

Following presentation of the Discovery Award Medal, Mike Gousha, distinguished fellow in law and public policy, will interview the Little Rock Nine. Marquette community members can submit questions that may be used at the question and answer portion of the awards conferral.   

As courageous teenagers, the Little Rock Nine dared to challenge racial segregation in public schools by enrolling at the all-white Central High School in 1957. They became an integral part of the fight for equal opportunity in American education.

As background for the Little Rock Nine visit, the libraries have posted a resource guide online. An online video is also available from Marquette Magazine.

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2. Gwen Ifill to speak on national politics and ‘reality’

Political journalist and author Gwen Ifill will visit the J. William and Mary Diederich College of Communication and speak about “Politics, Policy and Reality: What’s Really Going on in Washington” this week in conjunction with the Centennial Celebration of Women at Marquette.

Ifill will speak at 4 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 4, in the Tony and Lucille Weasler Auditorium. The speech is free and open to the public, and a book signing will follow the lecture.

Ifill is moderator and managing editor of Washington Week, senior correspondent for the NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, and is frequently asked to moderate debates in national elections, most recently the vice presidential debate in 2008.

The lecture is part of a series chaired by Bonnie S. Brennen, Nieman Chair and professor of journalism at Marquette. The Nieman Chair and lecture series were endowed in honor of Lucius W. Nieman, who founded the Milwaukee Journal in 1882 at age 24 and served as the paper’s long-time editor-in-chief.

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3. Fundraisers at basketball game, library to benefit Haiti relief efforts

The Marquette Young Alumni Association will accept donations to support the Haiti earthquake relief efforts at the men’s basketball game Wednesday, Feb. 3, versus DePaul at the Bradley Center. Donations will be accepted at all Bradley Center exits at the conclusion of the game. All money raised will go directly to Catholic Relief Services and the Jesuit Refugee Service for relief in Haiti.

Raynor Memorial Libraries will also host a bake sale to support Haiti relief efforts. Cookies, brownies, cupcakes and other baked items will be sold Wednesday, Feb. 3, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., in the Raynor Library lobby. Proceeds will benefit the people of Haiti through the Catholic Relief Services.

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4. H1N1 vaccination clinics scheduled

Student Health Service will hold H1N1 vaccination clinics in the AMU first floor lobby Wednesday and Thursday, Feb. 10 and 11, from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. The H1N1 vaccine is available at no cost to anyone with an MUID.

The H1N1 vaccine is also available by appointment in SHS. Marquette community members should call Student Health Service at 8-7184 for more information.

Seasonal flu vaccine is also available, at a cost of $25, by calling SHS for an appointment.

Anyone with flu-like symptoms should stay home from class, work or campus activities until he/she is fever-free for 24 hours.

For more information visit the SHS Web site.

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5. Alumnus to discuss nuclear threat

Rick Wayman, Bus Ad ’01, director of programs at the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation in Santa Barbara, Calif., will present "Stepping Back From the Nuclear Threat" Wednesday, Feb. 3, at 4:30 p.m. in AMU 252. Wayman will discuss the status of nuclear weapons in the world, what progress to expect on nuclear disarmament in 2010, and how to make a difference. He will also discuss his career path from Marquette’s business school to the non-profit sector.  
The program is free and open to the public. It’s sponsored by the Center for Peacemaking.

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6. Christian love addressed by Campus Ministry panel

Campus Ministry will host a panel discussion, “One Couple, Two Churches: Dating & Loving Another Christian,” Wednesday, Feb. 3, from noon to 1 p.m. in AMU 227. Christian couples will share their practical experiences in navigating questions of faith in their relationships. Participants are Dr. Jon Dooley, senior associate dean of student development, and Stacie Dooley, associate dean of residence life; Kate Trevey, coordinator for student organizations and leadership; Erin Lazzar, assistant dean of students; and students Wade and Erin Loofboro. Soup will be served.

Campus Ministry is also hosting silent communal prayer at 1 p.m., Monday thru Friday, in the AMU Chapel of the Holy Family.

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7. Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting by in America to be performed

The Department of Performing Arts will present Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting by in America, Feb. 11 through Feb. 21. The play reveals the neglected world of people who perform the most demanding jobs for the least amount of money, challenging views of the economic status-quo.

Performances are:

•  Thursday, Feb. 11 to Saturday, Feb. 13, at 7:30 p.m.
•  Sunday, Feb. 14, at 2:30 p.m.
•  Wednesday, Feb. 17 to Saturday, Feb. 20, at 7:30 p.m.
•  Sunday, Feb. 21, at 2:30 p.m.

Tickets range from $5 to $20 and are available online or by calling the theatre box office at 8-7504. Discounts are offered to senior citizens and Marquette students, employees and alumni.

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8. Excellence in University Service Awards nomination deadline is Feb. 19

Nominations for Excellence in University Service Awards will be accepted until Friday, Feb. 19. Candidates should be nominated based on meritorious service that is above and beyond the duties normally assigned to their positions. Nominees should demonstrate and support the Ignatian ideal of care for others, as well as carrying out the mission of the university on an ongoing basis. Two support staff and two administrators will be selected.

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9. Chemistry department holding colloquium

The Department of Chemistry will hold a colloquium Friday, Feb. 5, at 4:15 p.m. in Todd Wehr Chemistry 121. Dr. Mikhal Rubin, professor of chemistry at the University of Kansas, will present "Diastereoconvergent route toward donor-acceptor cyclopropanes via formal substitution reaction."

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10. Workshop offered about hybrid teaching and course design

The Center for Teaching and Learning and the Instructional Media Center are offering “Introduction to hybrid teaching and course design” Monday, Feb. 8.

The workshop is part of a hybrid teaching series that focuses on developing and teaching hybrid/blended courses. Hybrid courses combine classroom-based and online teaching and learning. A goal of the workshop series is for each participant to prepare an instructional module for use online this coming spring semester. Faculty who attend the six workshops and prepare an online module will receive a certificate of completion. All requirements do not need to be met in one semester. The series will be offered every semester. Space is limited.

Workshops are 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. in Raynor 320H. Additional workshops will be:

Feb. 22 — Web and MU-based resources for hybrid teaching
March 8 — Online student activities and e-portfolios
March 29 — Graphic design, assessment and social networking tools
April 19 — Instructional design, blogging and learning communities
May 3 — Project presentations

Register with Dr. Dave Buckholdt, director of the Center for Teaching and Learning, at 8-0268.

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11. New study abroad programs and online application

Marquette has added nine new semester and summer programs to its study abroad portfolio, including programs in Australia, France, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, London, Prague, Morocco and Palestine. Changes also include a new online study abroad application and advising system and a new financial aid model that allows student to use Marquette aid on more programs. All updates will affect students planning to study abroad beginning in the summer of 2010.

The full list of new programs and additional information are available online.

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12. Refer students to anxiety screening

Faculty and staff are encouraged to refer students showing signs of anxiety to the Counseling Center’s free anxiety screenings Thursday, Feb. 4, from noon to 2 p.m. in Holthusen Hall 205. Anxiety symptoms include excessive worry, nervousness, rapid heart rate and stomachache. Anxiety can interfere with academics and relationships.

A “Coping with Anxiety Group” is also being held Mondays from 3 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. in Holthusen 204. Contact Angela Zapata, counselor, at 8-7172 for more information.

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13. Campus Ministry offering Eucharistic Adoration

Catholic Outreach and Campus Ministry will offer Eucharistic Adoration in the AMU Eucharistic Chapel, Thursday, Feb. 4, from noon to 8 p.m. Praise and worship will accompany adoration beginning at 8 p.m. in the AMU Chapel of the Holy Family.

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14. Faber Center hosting men's spirituality group

The Faber Center Men's Spirituality Group will meet Thursday, Feb. 4, from noon to 1 p.m. in Schroeder Complex 111, discussing the effect of the women's movement on men. Lunch will be served. RSVP to the Faber Center at 8-4545 by Wednesday, Feb. 3.

The Faber Center is also offering weekly reflections on line. This week’s reflection is provided by Dr. Tom Bausch, professor of management.

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15. Weight Watchers at Work enrollment meeting is next week

The Employee Wellness Program is offering a 17-week Weight Watchers at Work Meeting Series beginning with an open house/enrollment meeting Thursday, Feb. 11, from 12:30 p.m. to 1 p.m. in Raynor Library Beaumier Suite A. Cost is $186 and includes 19 weeks of Weight Watchers etools. Cash, checks (with a three-payment option) and major credit cards are accepted.

Since Weight Watchers at Work meetings began at Marquette six months ago, 18 of the 23 participants lost 5 percent of their body weight and the other five lost 10 percent.
Meetings are Thursdays from noon to 1 p.m. beginning Feb. 18. Locations will vary in the AMU and Raynor Library. A minimum of 20 employees is required.

Contact Mandi Weis, employee wellness coordinator, at 8-4581 for more information.

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16. Celebrating women at Marquette — Leaders on the bench

Their education and experiences at Marquette helped to shape their worldview and aided them in becoming agents for positive change in society. 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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