In 2012-13 the Catholic Church will mark the 50th anniversary of the Second Vatican Council (Vatican II), which has had a deep impact on the self-understanding of Catholics and has influenced their relationship to the wider world. Declared by Pope Benedict XVI to be a global "Year of Faith," the formal commemoration of this anniversary will begin on Oct. 11, 2012, the 50th anniversary of the Council's opening, and end on Nov. 24, 2013, the feast of Christ the King.
Fifty years after its occurrence, the spirit of the Council continues to animate the Church's – and therefore Marquette's – mission. The engagement of Catholicity and culture, the commitment to social justice, the full and active participation of the faithful in the liturgy, and a reverence for other religious traditions are all living legacies of Vatican II. As a Catholic, Jesuit university, Marquette has a particular responsibility to explore the Council's meaning today and its challenges for the future.
All university departments and student organizations are invited to sponsor programs, or adapt existing programs, that address the Council and its heritage, i.e., a lecture, play, or book discussion, between October 2012 and November 2013. Contact Father Thomas Anderson, S.J., for information on upcoming programs or with ideas and suggestions. Further information is available on the Office of Mission and Ministry website.
The Strategic Planning Coordinating Committee co-chairs will host office hours on various dates throughout the fall 2012 semester to gather input from faculty, staff and students. Strategic planning office hours will be held:
Those interested in attending any of the office hours should RSVP to Laura Hagan, office assistant in the Office of the University Architect, at 8-4439.
Online scheduling for the biometric screening portion of the HRA begins today, Oct. 1. Appointments, which are available Oct. 22 to Nov. 17 to all employees whether they enroll in the Marquette health plan or not, can also be made by calling 1-877-765-3213 and pressing "1."
Employees who complete the two-part health risk assessment will receive a 10-percent discount on the employee portion of their 2013 medical premium. Participation in the HRA includes the biometric screening and completion of an online health questionnaire after the screening. The online questionnaire will be available Oct. 22 to Nov. 19. Upon completion of both parts of the HRA, employees will be eligible to receive the 10 percent discount, starting Jan. 1, 2013. New this year, spouses and same sex domestic partners are eligible to voluntarily participate in the HRA process. Saturday morning biometric screening appointments are available on campus for spouses and same sex domestic partners who wish to voluntarily participate in the HRA process. However, the Marquette employee must participate in order to receive the insurance discount.
Biometric screenings completed with a primary care provider are also eligible if completed between July 1 and Nov. 17. The primary care provider can complete the Health Risk Assessment Primary Care Provider Form and submit it to Aurora Health Care (contact information provided on the form) by Nov. 17. All screening information is confidential.
The benefits enrollment period will begin with Benefits Information and Wellness Day on Monday, Oct 22, and run through Friday, Nov. 9.
Employees do not need to re-enroll unless they are changing their plan option. Those participating in a flexible spending account and the MetLaw benefit must re-enroll annually.
Watch your home mailbox for the benefits information packet and additional important information on plan updates, which is expected to arrive the week of Oct. 8.
In response to the tragic death of Dr. Eufemia Sanchez de la Calle, associate professor of Spanish and resident director of the Marquette en Madrid program, the Division of Student Affairs and Campus Ministry are hosting two community support meetings this week. These are voluntary meetings open to all members of the campus community as a way to gain and offer support to each other during this difficult time. The meetings will take place on Wednesday, Oct. 3, from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. and from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. in the Office of International Education Program Center, Holthusen Hall, fourth floor. Campus community members will have the opportunity to share thoughts and feelings in response to the loss of a valued member of the Marquette community.
The Chapel of the Holy Family will be open this Thursday, Oct. 4, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. to coincide with the memorial service in Madrid for Dr. Sanchez de la Calle. There will be an opening prayer at 8 a.m. and a closing prayer at 4 p.m., with time for silent prayer and reflection in between.
Dr. John Rateliff, a renowned J.R.R. Tolkien scholar, will present "How The Hobbit Came to Milwaukee," Wednesday, Oct. 3, at 4:30 p.m. in Raynor Memorial Libraries, Beaumier Suites. The event kicks off a year-long celebration in honor of the 75th anniversary of The Hobbit's publication.
Rateliff will share what motivated Marquette to pursue the Tolkien manuscripts in the late 1950s and how they were obtained. The collection includes multiple working drafts for The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, along with an original watercolor rendering by Tolkien of the dust cover for The Hobbit and Thror's map. Also obtained was the original copy of the children's book Mr. Bliss, written and illustrated by Tolkien. The collection has grown and now includes books by and about Tolkien, periodicals produced by Tolkien enthusiasts, audio and video recordings, and a host of published and unpublished materials relating to Tolkien's life and fantasy writings.
The event is made possible by the Tolkien Archives Fund established by the late Richard G. Blackwelder and augmented by a generous donation from Trustee Emerita Mercedes Hurley Hughes. Space is limited. Register by calling 8-7256.
New York City's Fiasco Theatre Company, in residence with the Helfaer Theatre, presents its version of Cymbeline. Produced in collaboration with Alverno Presents, the performance is part tragedy, part romance and a large part comedy. Performances will be held at the Helfaer Theatre:
A gourmet buffet dinner and pre-show discussion will be held before the Friday, Oct. 12, show, beginning at 6 p.m. at the Haggerty Museum of Art. The cost for the dinner and show is $60 per person. Register online by Friday, Oct. 5, to attend the dinner and show. Space is limited. Proceeds from the performance will support the Phylis Ravel Theatre and Social Justice Fund, a collaboration between Marquette University and Alverno Presents.
Tickets for the show are $30 and are available for purchase online or by calling the Helfaer Theatre Box Office at 8-7504.
The Hartman Literacy and Learning Center will hold a 20th anniversary celebration Friday, Oct. 5, from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. in the Hartman Center, Schroeder Complex, 151. For 20 years, the Center, housed within the College of Education, has supported hundreds of Milwaukee area school children in mastering the core competency of reading.
Those interested in attending should respond to University Special Events at 8-7431 by Friday, Sept. 28.
Dr. Daniel McGhee, from the department of anesthesia and critical care at the University of Chicago, will present, "Smoking and Drinking: Ethanol Interactions with Nicotinic Receptors," Tuesday, Oct. 2, at 3:30 p.m. in Schroeder Complex, 256.
This seminar is sponsored by the College of Health Sciences' Integrative Neuroscience Research Center. A full schedule of the INRC's fall seminar series is available online. For additional information, contact the Integrative Neuroscience Research Center at 8-7329.
The Kohler Center for Entrepreneurship's Lunch and Learn series will host "What is Your Business Model? How to Use a Business Model Canvas to Answer the Big Question" Friday, Oct. 12, from noon to 1 p.m. in Olin Engineering, 120. Dr. McGee Young, associate professor of political science, will present an interactive workshop in which participants will explore how to use the Business Model Canvas as a strategic entrepreneurial tool to describe, design, challenge, invent and pilot a business model.
The Lunch and Learn series is open to all students, faculty, staff and alumni and a free lunch will be served. Registration is available online. Contact Kate Novotny, office assistant in the College of Business Administration, at 8-4175 with questions.
The Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, Raynor Memorial Libraries and the Office of International Education will host the second Global Discussion Series event, "What's Next for Latin America?" Friday, Oct. 5, from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. in Raynor Memorial Libraries' Conference Center. This engaging discussion will focus on the large questions facing the region and will allow faculty and students to share their views, experience and research. A librarian will also provide reliable resources to delve deeper into the topics discussed.
The discussion is free and open to all members of the Marquette community. Tea and crumpets will be served. For additional information, contact the Office of International Education at 8-7289.
A new Law School Poll will be released Wednesday, Oct. 3, and will focus on the Wisconsin race for president and U.S. Senate as both continue to intensify. Professor Charles Franklin, visiting professor of law and public policy and a nationally recognized expert in polling and voter analyses, will discuss the results at "On the Issues with Mike Gousha," Wednesday, Oct. 3, from 12:15 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. in Eckstein Hall.
Running throughout the year, the Marquette University Law School Poll provides a comprehensive, independent survey of voter attitudes in Wisconsin. It is the largest independent polling project in state history. Monthly polls measure voter attitudes toward the 2012 presidential and U.S. Senate elections; citizen reaction to current state policy debates and recall elections; and a wide range of opinions among Wisconsin voters.
The Ott Memorial Writing Center will host a series of "Writing Wednesdays" monthly workshops designed for faculty, instructional staff and graduate teaching assistants. The first workshop, to be held Wednesday, Oct. 3, from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in Raynor Memorial Libraries' Conference Room D, will focus on responding effectively to student writing. To register, contact the Ott Memorial Writing Center at 8-5542.
Manresa for Faculty in the Center for Teaching and Learning will sponsor a lunch-time panel "Post-tenure Blue: Whew...Now What?" featuring Dr. Sarah Feldner, associate professor in the College of Communication, Dr. Alexander Ng, associate professor of exercise science and Dr. Maura Moyle, associate professor of speech pathology and audiology. The panel will be held Thursday, Oct. 4, from noon to 1 p.m. at Raynor Memorial Libraries, Beaumier Suite A.
Registration is available online. For more information, contact Dr. Susan Mountin, director of Manresa for Faculty, at 8-3693.
The College of Engineering will host a presentation by Bryce Unger, project manager at CG Schmidt, on Milwaukee's Clock Shadow Building Wednesday, Oct. 3, at 7 p.m. in Engineering Hall, 236. The Clock Shadow Building has exceeded Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Platinum certification and has gained nationwide attention, including being recognized as the Best Green Building Project of 2012 by Engineering News Record Midwest.
Manresa for Faculty in the Center for Teaching and Learning will sponsor a faculty reading circle exploring the Vatican II document: The Decree on Ecumenism on Thursday, Oct. 4 from 3 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. in Raynor Memorial Libraries, 301.
Registration is available online. For more information, contact Dr. Susan Mountin, director of Manresa for Faculty, at 8-3693.
The Office of the Provost and the Department of Psychology will sponsor "Celebrate the Return," the annual Project Return gala Sunday, Oct. 28, beginning at 5 p.m. in the AMU, Monaghan Ballrooms. Project Return, a Milwaukee non-profit that facilitates the transition from prison back into the community, has a long history of Marquette involvement through student service learning, internships and faculty research. Laura Kaeppeler, native Wisconsinite and Miss America 2012, will deliver the keynote speech.
A meet-and-greet with Miss America will begin at 5 p.m., and a silent auction featuring items crafted by current inmates will begin at 5:30 p.m. Dinner will be served at 6 p.m. Tickets for the event are $50. To register for the gala, contact Dr. Ed de St. Aubin, associate professor and assistant chair of psychology, at 8-2143 by Monday, Oct. 22.
Campus Ministry is now accepting donations of new socks, gloves, hats, disposable razors and reading glasses for Project Homeless Connect. This annual event, in which the homeless of Milwaukee can access multiple services and resources they may need, will take place Thursday, Oct. 18, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the AMU.
Donations can be brought to Ann Hilbert, administrative assistant in Campus Ministry, AMU, 236, or to Carol Chilson, administrative assistant to the dean in Undergraduate Admissions, in Zilber Hall, 136.
Those interested in volunteering for Project Homeless Connect can fill out a volunteer form online.
In conjunction with TIAA-CREF, Marquette will offer individual and confidential financial counseling sessions for faculty and staff. The 45-minute sessions will answer three common questions asked by participants: am I saving enough for retirement, am I properly allocated, and what are the options for taking distributions from my account? One-on-one sessions are available Wednesday, Oct. 3 and Thursday, Oct. 4, in the AMU, 362.
To schedule an appointment, call (312) 345-5658, Monday through Friday, between 9:30 a.m. and 4 p.m.
The Indian Student Association, the Muslim Student Association, the Center for Peacemaking and MUSG, with support from Campus Ministry, will host a screening of the documentary Saving Face, which promotes diversity and awareness of a significant human rights issue Thursday, Oct. 4, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in Cudahy Hall, 001. Saving Face is an Oscar-winning documentary about the struggles faced by women in Pakistan due to acid violence.
For more information, contact Puja Bhagwakar, president of the Indian Student Association.
The Law School will hold an information session for prospective students Friday, Oct. 5 in Eckstein Hall, 263. The session will cover admissions, financial aid, curriculum, intellectual and student life, and information from current students.
The session begins at 11:45 a.m. and lasts approximately one hour, followed by a brief tour. Register online. For more information, contact Law School Admissions at 8-6767.
The College of Professional Studies will hold an undergraduate degree information session for prospective adult students Saturday, Oct. 13, from 10 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. in Cudahy, 414. Information presented will include eight-week session bachelor's degree programs, Saturday sessions, weeknight sessions, blended online education and fully online course offerings, the application process and financial aid opportunities. Register online or by contacting the College of Professional Studies at 8-3153.
The Church of the Gesu will host its second annual Hallowed Eve dinner and auction Saturday, Oct. 20, in the AMU. The dinner and auction begins at 5:45 p.m. and will include reception and fellowship, dinner, drinks, dessert, live and silent auctions, a 50/50 cash raffle and games. Register online by Saturday, Oct. 6. For more information contact Gesu Parish at 8-7101.
MUSG, Sodexo, the Center for Health Education and Promotion, the Office of Sustainability, the Office of Residence Life and the Alumni Memorial Union will host a Fresh Fall Farmer's Market Wednesday, Oct. 3, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in West Towne Square.
Come sample and purchase favorite fall items, including apples, potatoes, onions, carrots, squash and cider. Free reusable grocery bags will be given to the first 200 people. In the case of rain, Farmer's Markets will be held under the Olin Overhang.
The Marquette Physical Therapy Massage-A-Thon will run from Monday, Sept. 17, through Tuesday, Oct. 9, in Schroeder Health Complex, 397. Massage appointments can be made for the following times:
The cost is $7 for 15 minutes, and appointments can be made for up to one hour. Only cash or check will be taken for payment. Walk-ins are welcome, but appointments can also be made online.