1. 2010-11 tuition announced

Undergraduate tuition at Marquette University will increase $1,360 next year — to $30,040.

In a letter to parents, Marquette President Robert A. Wild, S.J., said the university makes every effort to “contain costs, identify efficiencies and invest wisely.” While he noted that the university had been negatively impacted by the downturn in the global economy, he pointed out that Marquette had been able to significantly increase the amount of financial aid available to students. Nearly 90 percent of undergraduates now receive financial aid.

Average room and board fees will increase approximately $300 next year, while rates for university-owned apartments will remain the same.

Per-credit and annual tuition rates for graduate and professional programs also increased.

The new 2010-11 rate guide is posted on the bursar’s Web site.

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2. Few tickets left to hear the Little Rock Nine; book discussion planned

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.

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.

Only a small number of tickets for the Varsity Theatre are still available. One ticket per Marquette ID is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Tickets for a simulcast in the Weasler Auditorium will be available after the tickets for the Varsity Theatre are exhausted. Tickets 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 while they’re available.

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, said LaNier, president of the Little Rock Nine Foundation.

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.   

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 Monday, Feb. 1. Walls LaNier and Roberts will also participate in a book signing at 5:15 p.m. in the AMU Monaghan Ballroom. Both books will be available for purchase.

As background for the Little Rock 9 visit, the libraries have posted a resource guide online.

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3. Interviews for dean candidates beginning

Provost John Pauly announced today that the search committees for the dean of the Klingler College of Arts & Sciences and the OPUS dean of the College of Engineering, chaired by Dr. H. Richard Friman and Dr. Kyuil Kim, respectively, have made considerable progress. Starting last fall with candidate pools that numbered in the hundreds, the committees have narrowed their lists to first-round, off-campus interviews to be completed in the next two weeks.
"The search committees have worked diligently and very effectively with their respective search firms,” Pauly said. “The quality of applicants has been impressive."
After these preliminary interviews, the committees will invite finalists to campus for in-depth interviews, beginning in mid-February. Those interviews will include an open forum as well as meetings with key stakeholders, including students. The finalists' resumes and interview schedules will be made public in advance of their visits.

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4. Good government in Wisconsin to be subject of panel discussion

Panelists will address “What Ever Happened to Good Government in Wisconsin? And How Should We Fix It?” today, Jan. 25, from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. in AMU 227. The event is free and open to the public.

The panel will discuss topics such as

• Campaign finance reform and why it is needed — or not
• Public financing – welfare for politicians or needed to make politicians beholden to citizens, not special interest groups?
• The disclosure and regulation of interest-group “issue ads” and other “outside” spending.
• The need for redistricting reform in Wisconsin — why and how to do it.

Panelists are Dr. John McAdams, associate professor of political science; E. Michael McCann, Boden teaching fellow and former Milwaukee County district attorney; State Rep. Jeff Stone; State Sen. Jim Sullivan; and Jay Heck, executive director of Common Cause in Wisconsin. Dr. Barrett McCormick, chair and professor of political science, will moderate.

The program is presented by Common Cause in Wisconsin and co-sponsored by the Marquette Political Science Department, Marquette College Democrats, Marquette College Republicans, Marquette Democracy Matters, Marquette Pi Sigma Alpha, League of Women Voters of Milwaukee County, League of Women Voters of Wisconsin Education Fund, Coalition for Wisconsin Aging Groups, and Wisconsin Alliance of Retired Americans.

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5. Margaret Wheatley to speak at women's leadership conference

Dr. Margaret Wheatley, writer and management consultant, will speak at the Milwaukee Community Leadership Conference, tomorrow, Jan. 26, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the AMU Monaghan Ballroom. The conference is free and open to the public. Register on-line.

The conference is sponsored by the Office of Mission and Ministry, Institute for Urban Life, Faber Center and the Office of the Provost. For more information, contact Brigid Alba, administrative assistant for university mission and ministry, at 8-1794.

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6. Weigel to speak about just war tradition

George Weigel, distinguished senior fellow of the Ethics and Public Policy Center, will present “President Obama’s Nobel Speech: Death or Resurrection of the Just War Tradition?” tomorrow, Jan. 26, from noon to 1 p.m. in Sensenbrenner 310. Lunch will be provided. 

The speech is the 2010 St. Thomas More Society Lecture co-sponsored by the Law School’s St. Thomas More Society and Federalist Society.

Weigel was the official biographer of Pope John Paul II and is the Vatican analyst for NBC News.

RSVP to Christine Wilczynski-Vogel, assistant dean of external affairs at the Law School, at 8-3167.

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7. Retired football player to discuss research on NFL players

Former professional football player Robert Turner will deliver “Not for Long: An Examination of Life in the NFL,” at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 27, in the Raynor Library Beaumier Conference Center. As Marquette’s 2009/2010 Arnold L. Mitchem Dissertation Fellow, Turner will speak about his research on the transition to life after the NFL.

Turner is a doctoral candidate in sociology at the City University of New York, completing his dissertation. He played professional football for four years during the late 1980s in the United States Football League, Canadian Football League and the National Football League. He has presented papers at the American Sociological Association and the Eastern Sociological Society. 

The Mitchem Fellowship program assists under-represented ethnic groups in joining the professorate by giving doctoral candidates from other U.S. universities one academic year of support and the opportunity to teach an undergraduate course at Marquette while finishing their dissertations.

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8. 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” 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 Dr. Bonnie Brennen, Nieman Chair and professor of journalism. The Nieman Chair and lecture series was 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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9. W-2 forms for 2009 are now available

Annual W-2 tax forms for employees are now available on MyJob. Printed W-2 forms from the Web page are an acceptable copy for attaching to annual tax returns. Use the printer icon below the words "Select Organization/Year," not the printer icon on your browser to print the form.

Traditional paper forms will also be mailed to permanent (home) addresses.

For more information about your W-2, contact the Payroll Department.

In addition to W-2s, MyJob centralizes other employee information in a single location and allows faculty and staff to view and update personal information collected by the university as part of employment.

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10. $1,500 stipends available for faculty learning community

Nominations for a spring faculty learning community, “Companions in Inspiring Futures,” sponsored by Manresa for Faculty in the Center for Teaching and Learning, are now being accepted. Applications are due Monday, Feb. 15.

Twelve faculty members from across the disciplines will be selected to participate in an experience of study and reflection on Ignatian Pedagogy and the Scholarship of Teaching in a Catholic, Jesuit institution. Stipends of $1,500 will be awarded to those who fully participate.  

Deans, vice presidents and faculty are encouraged to nominate colleagues. Self-nominations are also welcome.

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11. Request classrooms for ad hoc events and exam review sessions

Faculty who wish to request classroom space for an ad hoc event should complete the Classroom Reservation Request Form. To request a change for an existing ad hoc reservation, faculty should contact Annette Conrad, associate director of Alumni Memorial Union. Faculty who need changes to classrooms for their courses continue to use the SOC Change form.                                                                         

Faculty can also request classroom space from the registrar for their spring 2010 course review sessions and final exams through Tuesday, Feb. 3. Beginning Feb. 4, faculty will submit the online form.

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12. Haggerty Museum opening six exhibitions Wednesday

The Haggerty will open six exhibitions beginning Wednesday, Jan. 27, including Stella Johnson’s AL SOL: Photographs from Mexico, Cameroon and Nicaragua; Thomas Woodruff’s Freak Parade; Lucinda Devlin’s The Omega Suites; Barbara Morgan’s The Montages; The Northern Masters prints; and Old Master Paintings from the Haggerty.

The museum will host a gallery walk-through with Woodruff for his Freak Parade exhibition at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the museum. A reception and book signing with Woodruff will follow.           

The exhibitions will run through Sunday, April 18.

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13. Athletics/academics dinner is Wednesday

The second annual athletics/academics complimentary dinner to get acquainted with Athletics Department staff will be at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 27, at the Al McGuire Center. Contact Tom Ford, associate athletics director/academics services, at 8-5961 to RSVP for the dinner.

The women’s basketball team will play Georgetown University afterward. Tip-off is 7 p.m. at the Al McGuire Center. All faculty and staff can purchase half-price tickets, starting at $4. Call 8-GOMU for ticket information.

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14. Study abroad fair is Thursday

The Office of International Education will host its spring semester study abroad fair Thursday, Jan. 28, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., AMU second floor. The fair serves as an opportunity for students and employees to learn about Marquette’s study abroad program.

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15. Chemistry department holding colloquium

The Department of Chemistry will hold a colloquium Friday, Jan. 29, at 4:15 p.m. in Todd Wehr Chemistry 121. Dr. Patrick Holland, professor of chemistry at the University of Rochester, will present “Three-coordinate iron complexes: Synthesis, electronic structure, and insights into nitrogenase pathways.”

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16. Sessions to address Adobe Acrobat Pro and IT training

Human Resources will host GROW with Marquette programs about Adobe Acrobat Pro, and IT Services will hold Learn@Lunch sessions.

“Adobe Acrobat Pro — Level 1” is Friday, Feb. 5, from 9 a.m. to noon in Johnson 313. The program is for attendees who want to learn how to use Adobe InDesign page-layout software to create flyers, brochures, report covers, print ads, signage, etc.

“Adobe Acrobat Pro — Level 2” is Friday, Feb. 12, from 9 a.m. to noon in Johnson 313. Participants will create a complex multipage PDF document with embedded multimedia, including video and audio.

IT Services will offer Learn@Lunch IT training sessions from noon to 1 p.m. Jan. 28 (Unified Communications for those already converted to UC), Feb. 4 (Microsoft Windows 7) and Feb. 11 (Make forms using Microsoft Word) in Cudahy 208.

Space is limited for all programs. Register by calling 8-7305.

GROW with Marquette is a free series presented to Marquette faculty, staff and administrators for professional growth and development.

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17. Tomorrow’s POWER Lunch cancelled

The Career Services Center’s POWER Lunch scheduled for tomorrow, Jan. 26, has been canceled. Future POWER Lunch events will be Wednesday, Feb. 24 — African/African-American career professionals; Thursday, March 25 — diverse career women; and Wednesday, April 28 — Asian and Pacific Islander career professionals. Contact the Career Services Center for more information.

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18. Law School to hold information session

The Law School will host an information session for prospective students Friday, Jan. 29, at 11:45 a.m. in Sensenbrenner 239. The session will provide information about admissions and financial aid, curriculum, intellectual and student life. A brief tour of the Law School will be led by a current law student. No registration is necessary.

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19. TIAA-CREF representatives available for financial counseling

TIAA-CREF consultants will be available to faculty and staff for individual and confidential financial counseling sessions Thursday, Jan. 28, and Friday, Jan. 29, from 9:45 a.m. to 3 p.m. in AMU 362. The session can include overall financial advice, asset allocation, retirement income options, diversifying financial portfolios and learning about mutual funds, brokerage, life insurance and annuities.

Call 1-800-842-2005, ext. 255674, to schedule an appointment.

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20. Celebrating women at Marquette — Gamma Pi Epsilon

Although it is difficult to imagine Alpha Sigma Nu without the contributions of women today, women weren’t included in the prestigious Jesuit honor society until relatively recently. That spurred Marquette’s early women to petition President Albert C. Fox, S.J., to establish a female Jesuit honor society. Recognizing its importance and relevance, Father Fox approved the formation of Gamma Pi Epsilon in 1924.

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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