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, community housing addressed by Campus Ministry

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.

As a sign of a shared commitment to the poor and marginalized, Campus Ministry invites students to help organize and stock newly received building materials Friday, Feb. 5, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. The activity will take place at the Community Warehouse, a non-profit faith-based provider set up to serve people in the Milwaukee community with affordable home and facility improvement materials. Meet at the Campus Ministry office, AMU 236, at 2 p.m.

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. 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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9. Workshop to address engaging student organization members

The Office of Student Development is hosting “Retention: Keeping Members Active and Engaged and Coming Back from Year to Year!” Wednesday, Feb. 10, from 8 p.m. to 9:15 p.m. in AMU 252. The workshop will address the difficulty of engaging members and keeping them involved. Snacks will be provided. RSVP online.

The session is part of “Forward! A Leadership Workshop Series” to help student organization members develop leadership skills and learn effective approaches when managing and working with others.

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10. Campus Ministry holding Lenten and Finding God retreats

Campus Ministry is sponsoring a Lenten Retreat in Daily Life for busy people, Feb. 16 to March 25, to help undergraduates work on their faith relationships during Lent. The retreat requires a commitment of praying at least 15 minutes a day and weekly meetings with a spiritual director. Go online for information and to register, or call Campus Ministry at 8-6873 by Thursday, Feb. 12.

A second retreat, Finding God in All Things, is taking place Feb. 24-26. The retreat offers opportunities for quiet reflection within the beauty of nature with insights from a team of student leaders showing where and how God is a part of everyday life. Cost is $45. Go online to register by Feb. 22.

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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. Networking through LinkedIn to be addressed at workshop

The Career Services Center will host a LinkedIn Workshop on Thursday, Feb. 4, from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Career Services Center, Holthusen Hall first floor. Attendees will be shown how to make LinkedIn work for them by connecting with professionals in their field.

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13. Free anxiety screenings offered Thursday

The Counseling Center is offering free anxiety screenings Thursday, Feb. 4, from noon to 2 p.m. in Holthusen 205. Symptoms of anxiety can include excessive worry, nervousness, rapid heart rate and stomachaches. 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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14. "Coping with Loss" peer discussion group offered

Campus Ministry is offering a “Coping with Loss” peer-to-peer discussion group for students who have been affected by the loss of a loved one. The group meets every other Thursday from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. beginning Thursday, Feb. 4.

For the location and more information, contact Ann Mulgrew, assistant director of campus ministry, at 8-6873.

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15. 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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16. Intramural tennis and innertube water polo sign-ups available.

Sign-ups for intramural tennis doubles and innertube water polo at the Rec Center are still available. Register at the Rec Center Intramural Sports Office by Thursday, Feb. 4, for sessions that begin Sunday, Feb. 7.

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17. 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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