1. Marquette is part of consortium receiving $20 million NIH grant

The National Institutes of Health has awarded a $20 million grant to a consortium of eight Milwaukee institutions, including Marquette University, to create a Milwaukee research metropolis in which academic and health care organizations share resources and staff to advance biomedical research, patient care and education. 

The goal of the five-year funding, awarded through the NIH’s Clinical and Translational Science Awards program, is to create a borderless, complementary and synergistic biomedical research enterprise in the Milwaukee region that will accelerate the translation of research discoveries into new and improved medical treatments.

“The CTSA grant will facilitate the continued development of an infrastructure that fosters collaborative research among the institutions of higher education and health care organizations in the Milwaukee area,” Marquette President Robert A. Wild, S.J., said. “Marquette is pleased to be part of the collaboration that includes sharing equipment and laboratories, joint faculty appointments and the support and training of young clinical investigators in order to advance patient care within our community and beyond.”

A $720,000 award from the Medical College’s Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin program has already funded 17 collaborative research studies currently underway, including five involving Marquette researchers.

The NIH’s National Center for Research Resources awarded a perfect score to the Milwaukee consortium’s grant proposal, which is considered to be a national model for multi-institutional collaboration. The Medical College of Wisconsin will coordinate the grant, which will be administered by a new academic entity recognized by all partner institutions: the Clinical and Translational Science Institute of Southeast Wisconsin.

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2. Haggerty Museum hosting events for Theodore Czebotar exhibit

The Haggerty Museum of Art will host two gallery walk-throughs and an author visit next week in conjunction with the museum’s Theodore Czebotar Paintings from the Olympic Peninsula exhibit, which runs through Aug. 15.

• Pati Hamilton, niece of the artist, will conduct a gallery walk-through at noon Tuesday, July 27.

• Emile Mathis, owner of Mathis Gallery, will conduct a gallery-walk through at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 28. A reception from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. will precede the walk-through.

• Author Tim McNulty will present “Olympic National Park and the Olympic Peninsula: Stories from the Land,” at 6 p.m. Wednesday, July 28. The presentation is based on McNulty’s book, Olympic National Park: A Natural History, and will include some short readings from the book.  
 
The programs are free and open to the public. For information, contact Lynne Shumow, curator of community education and community outreach, at 8-5915.

The exhibition showcases works by Theodore Czebotar, a native or Racine, Wis., from the 1940s through the 60s. Czebotar traveled annually to northwestern Washington State, where he painted and filled sketchbooks of the Olympic Peninsula, an area largely unexplored at the time.

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3. Support Staff Appreciation Luncheon RSVPs due tomorrow

The Support Staff Appreciation Luncheon will be 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, July 26, in the AMU Monaghan Ballroom, with give-aways and door prizes. The RSVP deadline is tomorrow, July 20.

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4. Employee parking permit purchases due Friday

Employees who would like to purchase a campus parking permit for the 2010/2011 academic year need to complete the online application by Friday, July 23. All employees who plan to participate but who have not yet submitted their application must use the online form.

Employees who do not submit their online form by Friday will not be eligible for preferred surface lot locations such as lots F, D or S. Assignments to the two structures should not be affected. Permits will be sent to the employee’s campus address by Aug. 13.

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5. Season tickets on sale for Performing Arts' 2010-11 theatre season

Season theatre subscriptions for the Department of Performing Arts' 2010-11 mainstage season are now on sale at the Helfaer Theatre Box Office.

The four-performance season opens Sept. 23 and runs through May 1. Performances include The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, The Beaux' Stratagem, The Laramie Project and The Lion in Winter.

For more information or to order tickets, call the box office at 8-7505. Single performance tickets will go on sale in September.

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6. Workshop series to assist those living with chronic conditions

The Employee Wellness Program and the Marquette Neighborhood Health Center are offering a Living Well Workshop for adults with chronic conditions. The workshop will provide participants with skills to increase their quality of life, including managing nutrition, symptoms, medications, stress and emotions; problem-solving; exercise; and goal-setting.

The Marquette Neighborhood Health Center’s Patricia Sobchak, nurse, and Julie Bach, office coordinator, will facilitate the six-week workshop from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. every Monday from July 26 to Aug. 30 in AMU 252.

For more information or to register, contact Mandi Richter, wellness coordinator, at 8-4581.

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7. Registration for O-fest tables now available

Registration for university offices and departments to participate in the Office of Student Development’s Organization Fest, commonly known as O-Fest, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 2, in Central Mall is now available. O-Fest offers first-year and returning students the opportunity to learn about Marquette’s student organizations, programs and services.

A limited number of tables are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Contact the Office of Student Development to register.

In case of rain, the event will be rescheduled for Friday, Sept. 3.

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8. CPS holding program about accelerated degree options

The College of Professional Studies will host an information session Wednesday, Aug. 4, from 5:45 p.m. to 7 p.m. in Cudahy 414. The session will cover accelerated undergraduate degrees in organization and leadership, professional communication, criminology and law studies, as well as the application and admission processes and financial aid options. Register at 8-3153.

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9. Health risk assessment forms for primary care providers now available

The Primary Care Provider Form for employees planning to see their primary care provider for this fall’s two-part health risk assessment are now available.

There are two parts of the HRA process. The first step is a biometric screening completed by the employee’s primary care provider or a screening provided on campus. Biometric screenings for employees seeing their primary care provider must fall between July 1 through Nov. 19.

Dates for on-campus screenings will be announced for late October and mid-November in early fall.

The second step of the HRA is to complete an online questionnaire, which will be available in early October.

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10. Rec Centerís fitness center/weight room closed for renovations

The Helfaer Recreation Center’s Cardio Fitness Center/Weight Room is closed beginning today, July 19, through Monday, Aug. 23, for renovations.

Lower-level cardio courts, pool, gym and tennis courts will be unaffected by the construction and will remain open. Rec Center members will also be given access to the Rec Plex during the renovation.

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11. Raynor Library books due Aug. 14 need renewal

All books checked out from the Raynor Memorial general collection that are due Aug. 14, 2010, need to be renewed. The new due date will be Aug. 13, 2011. If you renewed your books since July 13, there is no need to repeat the process. After Sept. 14, 2010, you will have to bring the books to the library for renewal.
 
To renew items:

Login online.

• Enter first and last name and 14-digit Marquette Card barcode from your MUID.

• Click “Submit.”

• Select “Items Currently Checked Out.”

• You may renew all checked-out items by selecting the “Renew All” button; or renew individual titles by selecting the “Renew” button in front of each book. After selecting the individual titles you would like to renew, click on the "Renew selected items" button.

As a courtesy to other users, please return items no longer needed.

For more information or to renew items checked out through an authorized assistant, call Raynor Circulation a 8-7555.

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12. Take shelter during severe weather

Members of the Marquette community are reminded to take shelter immediately when the local emergency sirens sound for severe weather. A tornado warning means that a tornado is in the area and everyone should take immediate shelter, preferably in a basement or below-ground location.

A tornado watch means that conditions are right for a tornado. Continue normal activities but monitor the situation.

For more information, see the Emergency Procedures Guide.

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