1. Strategic planning discussion with Father Pilarz is Oct. 2

MUSG will host a student forum with President Scott R. Pilarz, S. J., Tuesday, Oct. 2, at 7 p.m. in the AMU, first floor lobby. The discussion will focus on the five themes developed to guide Marquette's strategic planning efforts. Established in 1996, the president-student forum gives students the opportunity to speak directly to the university's senior leadership.

Students can also share their thoughts and questions for Father Pilarz in advance of the forum by using the hashtag #muprez, or by directing tweets to @MarquetteU or @MUSG.

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2. First-year students invited to day of reflection

Campus Ministry and the Division of Student Affairs invite all first-year students to attend a day of reflection that will address what is important to students about being at Marquette. "Who Will You Be?" will be held Saturday, Sept. 29, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the AMU, Monaghan Ballrooms. Highlights of the day will include a presentation from President Scott R. Pilarz, S.J., about his time as a student at a Jesuit school, small group conversations facilitated by fellow students and presentations from Marquette faculty and staff.

The day of reflection is free and includes a complimentary lunch. Space is limited. Register online by Thursday, Sept. 27.

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3. Office of International Education to host talk by anti-apartheid leader

The Office of International Education and the Department of Social and Cultural Sciences will sponsor a talk given by Eddie Daniels, anti-apartheid leader, Monday, Oct. 1, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the Raynor Memorial Libraries' Conference Center.

Daniels grew up in Cape Town, South Africa where he faced inequalities, poverty and victimization. He became a part of the Liberal Party and later the Armed Resistance Movement, which sought to destabilize the apartheid government. As a result of his work, Daniels was sentenced to 15 years in prison, where he met and spent time with leaders like Nelson Mandela, Walter Sisulu and Ahmed Kathrada. After enduring years of an apartheid regime, being imprisoned in brutal living conditions and overcoming many obstacles, Daniels now spreads a message of non-racialism and reconciliation to the world.

For more information, contact Erin LeMoine, international communication and marketing coordinator, at 8-5762.

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4. Les Aspin Center to host panel on media coverage in modern campaigns

The Les Aspin Center for Government and the Diederich College of Communication will host "Media Coverage of Modern Campaigns: Biased, Balanced or Broken?" on Monday, Oct. 1, from noon to 1:15 p.m. in the AMU, Monaghan Ballrooms. Three Marquette community members will discuss how the media's coverage of campaigns affects the outcome of elections and whether media coverage determines how people vote:

  • Ben Tracy, member of the university Board of Trustees and CBS National News correspondent
  • Christopher Murray, coordinator of student affairs and visiting instructor at the Les Aspin Center for Government
  • Bonnie Brennen, Nieman Professor of Journalism

The discussion will be moderated by Dr. Erik Ugland, associate dean for graduate studies and research and associate professor of broadcast and electronic communication. For additional information, contact University Special Events at 8-7431.

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5. Activities offered as part of Banned Books Week

Raynor Memorial Libraries will host a series of events as part of The Freedom Project's Banned Books Week Sunday, Sept. 30, through Saturday, Oct. 6. "Banned Books: The Reading" will take place Monday, Oct. 1, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the upper gallery of the Haggerty Museum of Art. Faculty and administrators from across campus will read selections from banned books across different genres, including Dr. Larry Watson, visiting professor of English, who will read from his own work and reflect on the experience of having it banned. A complete lineup of readers can be found online. For additional information, contact Dr. James Marten, chair and professor of history, at 8-7901, or Dr. Stephanie Quade, dean of students, at 8-1412.

A "Virtual Read-Out" will take place Thursday, Oct. 4, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Raynor Memorial Libraries, second floor. Participants are invited to read an excerpt from their favorite book to show support of their favorite author and join the conversation about censorship.

"Forbidden Film Festival: Four Films Based on Banned Books," will be held Thursday, Oct. 4, in Raynor Memorial Libraries' Beaumier Suites. Film showings are meant to bring awareness to the campaign that challenges censorship and celebrates the freedom to read.

  • Lord of the Flies at 1 p.m.
  • Howl at 3 p.m.
  • Twilight at 5 p.m.
  • Hunger Games at 7:30 p.m.

All events are free, and no registration is required.

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6. Department of Theology to hold annual Theotokos Lecture

The Department of Theology will hold the annual Theotokos Lecture Tuesday, Oct. 2, from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. in Cudahy Hall, 001. Dr. Kevin Hart, theologian, philosopher, poet and professor of Christian studies at the University of Virginia, will address "Contemplation and Concretion: Four Marian Lyrics." A pre-lecture reception with refreshments will be held from 3:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. outside the lecture room.

For more information, contact Dr. Mark Johnson, associate professor of theology, at 8-7646.

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7. PR + Social Media conference to be held at Marquette

The fourth annual PR + Social Media Summit will be held Wednesday, Oct. 10, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the AMU and the Weasler Auditorium. The one-day conference features speakers and panelists from Fortune 50 companies, news organizations, public relations agencies and brands discussing their social media strategy for business, sports and arts and entertainment.

Speakers include Brian Moran, small business consultant and former executive director of sales development at The Wall Street Journal; Mary Henige, director of social media and digital communications at General Motors Company; and Molly McKenna Jandrain, director of public relations for McDonald's USA.

Students can buy regularly-priced $129 tickets for $25 online, using the discount code "hashtagstudentdiscount," and must bring their Marquette ID for check-in at the event. A limited number of discounted tickets are available. The Diederich College of Communication and Hanson Dodge Creative are co-sponsoring the event.

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8. Tolkien scholar to explore how The Hobbit came to Milwaukee

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.

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9. Integrative Neuroscience Research Center hosting seminar on drug addiction

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 spring seminar series is available online. For additional information, contact the Integrative Neuroscience Research Center at 8-7329.

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10. Connect with alumni professionals through CIRCLES eMentor Network

Students are invited to participate in the Marquette University Alumni Association's CIRCLES eMentor Network, an online community connecting students with alumni nationwide. More than 200 graduates in a wide variety of industries are available to provide career advice, answer questions and serve as a resource for participating students.

Students are also invited to the debut of the eMentor Speaker Series on Wednesday, Oct. 10, at 5:30 p.m. in Cudahy Hall, 001. Local professional sports executives will speak about their experiences in the industry:

  • Gord Ash, assistant general manager, Milwaukee Brewers
  • John Hammond, general manager, Milwaukee Bucks
  • John H. Steinmiller, Comm '04, manager of media relations, Milwaukee Brewers

The panel will be moderated by Jeff Sherman, Bus Ad '91, co-founder of OnMilwaukee.com and member of the CIRCLES eMentor Network. Seating is limited and registration can be completed online.

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11. Theatre Arts Department presents The Foreigner

The Theatre Arts Department will showcase The Foreigner, a comedy about a shy Englishman who is brought to a rural Georgia town under the pretense that he doesn't speak, and hilarity ensues. Performances will be held at the Helfaer Theatre:

  • Thursday, Sept. 27, through Saturday, Sept. 29, at 7:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, Sept. 30, at 2:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Oct. 3, through Saturday, Oct. 6, at 7:30 p.m.
  • Special family weekend performance Saturday, Oct. 6, at 1 p.m.
  • Sunday, Oct. 7, at 2:30 p.m.

Tickets are $10 for students and $16 for alumni and employees, and are available for purchase online or by calling the Helfaer Theatre at 8-7504.

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12. Applications for Ignatian Collegians due Oct. 5

Applications are now being accepted for Ignatian Collegians, a reflection and discernment program for undergraduate students doing regular service in the local community that are interested in reflecting on that experience through the lens of Ignatian spirituality.

Ignatian Collegians will meet weekly from Monday, Oct. 22, through Friday, Dec. 7, and will continue with monthly meetings during the spring semester. Meetings will be scheduled based on accepted participants' availability. Students of all faiths are welcome to apply.

Those interested can apply online by Friday, Oct. 5. For additional information, contact Annie Devine, assistant director of Campus Ministry, at 8-3689.

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13. Attend discussion on religion and science from an Islamic perspective

The Muslim Student Association will host "Science and Religion: An Islamic Perspective" Friday, Sept. 28, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in Cudahy Hall, 001. Hamza Andreas Tzortzis will give a talk on Islamic philosophy and provide insights into how some Muslims relate the concepts of science and religion. A brief question and answer session will be held after the talk for audience discussion on the topic.

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14. Sigma Kappa Sorority to host presentation on hazing

Sigma Kappa Sorority will host "Hazing on Trial," Monday, Oct. 1, at 7 p.m. in the Weasler Auditorium. The presentation will cover the painful contrast between what those who participate in hazing or who advocate, rationalize or justify it, and the truth. The event is free and open to all students.

For additional information, contact Alexis Holbach.

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15. Information session on Boren Award to be held

The Office of International Education will host a representative from Boren Awards for International Study Tuesday, Oct. 2, from noon to 1 p.m. in Holthusen Hall, fourth floor.

Boren Awards provide unique funding opportunities for U.S. undergraduate and graduate students interested in studying uncommon languages in Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America and the Middle East. Undergraduate students can receive up to $20,000 for an academic year abroad, and graduate students can receive up to $30,000 for language study and international research. In exchange for funding, recipients commit to working in the federal government for a minimum of one year.

More information about eligibility and deadlines can be found online. For additional questions, contact Erin LeMoine, international marketing and communications coordinator, at 8-5762.

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16. U.S. Court of Appeals judge next guest for "On the Issues"

The Honorable James A. Wynn, Jr., a member of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, will be the next guest for "On the Issues with Mike Gousha," Tuesday, Oct. 2, from 12:15 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. in Eckstein Hall. 

Judge Wynn is a Marquette Law School graduate who currently serves as a federal appeals court judge in North Carolina. Nominated to the court by President Obama in November 2009, Judge Wynn previously served on the North Carolina Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court of North Carolina. Prior to taking the bench in 1990, he served as a public defender and worked in private practice. Judge Wynn has also served as a certified Military Trial Judge and a captain in the U.S. Navy Reserves, and has received numerous medals and commendations. He began his law career in the U.S. Navy JAG Corps in 1979. Judge Wynn will discuss his distinguished career during this visit to Eckstein Hall as Marquette Law School's Nathan A. Fishbach Fellow. 

Register online.

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17. Hartman Literacy and Learning Center celebrates 20th anniversary

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.

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18. Law School to host annual Barrock Lecture on Criminal Law and conference on national crime commission

The Law School will host the annual George and Margaret Barrock Lecture on Criminal Law Thursday, Oct. 4, from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. in Eckstein Hall. Franklin Zimring, William G. Simon Professor of Law and Wolfen Distinguished Scholar at the University of California-Berkeley, will present "The Accidental Crime Commission: Its Legacies and Lessons." This event precedes the Law School's Wickersham Commission Conference addressing America's first national crime commission and the federalization of law enforcement Friday, Oct. 5. Register online.

The Wickersham Commission Conference, a discussion of America's first national crime commission and the federalization of law enforcement, Friday, Oct. 5, from 8 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. in Eckstein Hall. Created in 1929 by President Herbert Hoover, former U.S. Attorney General George Wickersham's national crime commission worked in the direction of a new vision of data-driven, scientifically managed law enforcement operating under the guidance of a comprehensive federal crime policy a vision that has animated succeeding waves of criminal reforms to the present. Register online.

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19. Department of Chemistry's colloquium series continues

The Department of Chemistry's fall colloquium series will host, "Analysis and Delivery of HNO for Treatment of Disease," Friday, Sept. 28, at 4 p.m. in Wehr Chemistry, 121. Dr. Katrina Miranda of the department of chemistry and biochemistry at the University of Arizona will deliver the presentation.

For additional information, contact the Department of Chemistry at 8-3515.

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20. Praise and worship offered Monday, Oct. 1

Campus Ministry, Cru, InterVarsity, Knights of Columbus and Lutheran Campus Ministry will offer a praise and worship style prayer Monday, Oct. 1, at 8 p.m. in the AMU, Chapel of the Holy Family. For additional information, contact Steve Blaha, assistant director of Campus Ministry, at 8-6873.

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21. Free group fitness classes on Friday

The Department of Recreational Sports is offering the following free group fitness classes to members tomorrow, Sept. 28. The following classes will be offered free of charge:

  • Cardio Kickboxing at 1 p.m. at the Rec Center
  • Full Body Sculpt at 4 p.m. at the Rec Center
  • Spin at 4 p.m. at the Rec Center
  • Hot Lunch at noon at the Rec Plex
  • Zumba at 3 p.m. at the Rec Plex

For more information, call the group fitness office at 8-6979 or contact Shannon Bustillos, assistant director of recreational sports, at 8-7778.

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