The university mourns the loss of Phylis Ravel, artistic associate professor in the Department of Theatre Arts, who passed away Nov. 6, 2012. Ravel joined the Performing Arts faculty in 1997 and throughout her 15 years of leadership and inspired teaching, helped students explore their creativity, talent and countless social justice issues. Her leadership reinvigorated the theatre program to become a nationally recognized, professionally oriented Bachelor of Arts program that prepares artists for the theatre and entertainment industry. Her vision was a driving force for the social justice programming in the department and she was instrumental in bringing shows such as Dead Man Walking, The Trial of the Catonsville 9 and Censored on Final Approach to the Marquette community.
Ravel was active in the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival new plays program, and was an award-winning playwright and director. Her play Censored on Final Approach was performed on campus and selected to perform at the KCACTF Region III festival in Saginaw, Mich., in January 2010.
A fund has been established in her honor to support social awareness activities and the pursuit of justice through theatre. Gifts can be made in her memory to support the Phylis Ravel Theatre and Social Justice Fund by mailing them to University Advancement, Marquette University, 1250 W. Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 53233. Please indicate Phylis Ravel Theatre and Social Justice Fund on the check.
An off-campus memorial service will be held in January 2013. Additional details will be shared as they are available.
Marquette's annual benefits enrollment ends Friday, Nov. 9, at 11:59 p.m. Changes to benefits plans can be made via MyJob.
Health risk assessments are still available to all employees. Health plan participants who complete both HRA parts - biometric screening and health questionnaire - will receive a 10-percent discount for 2013 health insurance premiums. Make an HRA appointment online or by calling 877-765-3213 and pressing "1." Employees must complete their biometric screening by Nov. 17, and the online questionnaire by Nov. 19, to be eligible for the 10-percent discount.
Nominations for the university's annual Teaching Excellence Award are due by Friday, Nov. 16. This award honors full-time faculty members in recognition of demonstrated ability to inspire students to see the ideals of the university and to cause them to grow in knowledge and scholarship for the glory of God and the good of others. More information on the award and the nominating application can be found online.
Dr. John A. List, the Homer J. Livingston Professor of Economics at the University of Chicago, will deliver the annual Marburg Memorial Lecture Tuesday, Nov. 13, at 3:30 p.m. in the Weasler Auditorium. In "Life as a Laboratory: Using Field Experiments in Economics," List will discuss why women get paid less than men, how to shrink the racial achievement gap in one minute and what seven words can end discrimination.
One of the pioneers in the development and use of field experiments in economics, List has used field experimental methods to conduct dozens of studies and has focused on such wide-ranging topics as charity, discrimination, field auctions in the market for baseball cards, environmental regulation and the role of incentives in productivity. From May 2002 to July 2003 he served as senior economist for the President's Council of Economic Advisors for Environmental and Resource Economics. The lecture is free and open to the public; no registration is required. A reception will follow the one-hour program.
The last major Fall 2012 event of the Freedom Project will take place Monday, Nov. 12, when Metcalfe Chair Richard Blackett will present "Taking Leave: Fugitive Slaves and the Politics of Freedom, 1850-1860," at 7:30 p.m. in Raynor Memorial Libraries' Beaumier Suites B and C. Blackett is the Andrew Jackson Professor of History at Vanderbilt University and author of numerous books on the role African Americans played in the movement to abolish slavery.
The Freedom Project is a year-long commemoration of the Sesquicentennial of the Civil War that explores the many meanings and histories of emancipation and freedom in the United States and beyond.
The College of Health Sciences will present a panel discussion, "Conversations on Mental Health," Tuesday, Nov. 13, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in Cudahy Hall, 001. Panelists will include:
A reception will follow the event. For more information, contact Michael Anderson, academic coordinator, at 8-7329.
The university's Emergency Procedures Guide has been updated and is available online. The guide provides a quick reference for responding to emergencies on campus, including criminal activity, bomb threats, infectious disease, medical emergencies, chemical spills, fire, hazardous leaks, severe weather and utility failures. Employees should review the guide periodically and become familiar with what they should do for themselves and others in an emergency.
Versions of this guide dated prior to October 2012 should be discarded. Departments can request copies of the guide by contacting Paul Mascari, senior lieutenant and assistant director of Public Safety.
Faculty and staff with professional accomplishments, such as publications, presentations and awards, should make sure they are documented by submitting them for inclusion in Compendium by Friday, Dec. 7. Accomplishments submitted to the Faculty Activities Database can be shared directly with Compendium by checking the box to grant permission. Faculty and staff who do not use the FAD need to submit accomplishments online. Accomplishments that have occurred since June 1, 2012, will be used to compile the winter issue, which will be distributed in February 2013.
Danae Davis, CEO of PEARLS for Teen Girls, Inc., will be the next guest for "On the Issues with Mike Gousha," Thursday, Nov. 15, from 12:15 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. in Eckstein Hall.
Trained as a lawyer, Davis has served as the legal counsel for the Governor of Wisconsin, executive at Miller Brewing and Kraft Foods, and former director of the Department of Employee Relations for the City of Milwaukee. Today, Davis serves as the leader of PEARLS for Teen Girls, Inc., a Milwaukee nonprofit that serves at-risk girls ages 10 to 19. The organization's goal is to reduce teenage pregnancies in Milwaukee and to send more young women to college. Davis will discuss her organization's mission, her career and her hopes for the city of Milwaukee during "On the Issues."
The deadline for tenured faculty to apply for benefits in return for surrender of tenure at the end of the 2012-13 academic year is 4:30 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 3. This includes tenured faculty that wish to retire completely, as well as those who wish to accept a part-time appointment and stipend. To be eligible to receive benefits in return for the surrender of tenure, a tenured faculty member must be eligible for retirement under University Policy and Procedure 4-18, including being at least 55 years of age and having a combined total age and years of full-time service with the university that equals at least 70. Tenured faculty who wish to retire at the end of the 2013 fall academic term must apply for tenure surrender benefits no later than Friday, Feb. 1, 2013. The policy is located online.
A faculty panel will share the joys and struggles of balancing work, family, research, travel and more at "Secrets of Faculty Life-Work Balance," Wednesday, Nov. 14, from noon to 1 p.m. in Raynor Memorial Libraries' Beaumier Suites. Panelists will include Dr. Monica Adya, associate professor of management; Dr. William Thorn, associate professor of journalism; and Dr. Sandra Hunter, associate professor of exercise science.
This event is sponsored by the Center for Teaching and Learning. Registration can be completed online. For more information, contact Susan Mountin, director of Manresa for Faculty, at 8-3693.
The Office of International Education will host a number of events in celebration of International Education Week, Monday, Nov. 12 to Friday, Nov. 16, that explore the benefits of international education. ManpowerGroup's vice president of global finance operations, Patricia Puccinelli, will present "The Need for Global Competence in the Workforce," Thursday, Nov. 15, at 10 a.m. in the AMU, Henke Lounge.
Throughout the week, students and faculty can participate in the annual photo contest on OIE's Facebook page that picks the best photo students and faculty have submitted from their international adventures. Other events include conversations with Latin American Scholars, a Global Village Bazaar, a presentation of Cherokee music and more. A full list of events can be found online.
The MS in Computing Program, in conjunction with Milwaukee Software Process Improvement Network, will host a panel discussion on what it takes to be a successful entrepreneur Thursday, Nov. 15, at 5:30 p.m. in Cudahy Hall, 001. A panel of experts will discuss the characteristics of entrepreneurs and alternative paths in the process of starting technology ventures. Networking and free food will take place from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., with the panel discussion following from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
This free event is part of Entrepreneurship Week. Registration can be completed online.
The Department of Math, Statistics and Computer Science will host a colloquium Friday, Nov. 9, at 1 p.m. in Cudahy Hall, 401. Elisa Bertino from the department of computer science at Purdue University will present, "EXAM – A Comprehensive Environment for the Analysis and Management of Access Control Policies."
For more information, contact the Department of Math, Statistics and Computer Science at 8-7573.
The Center for Teaching and Learning will sponsor "Ten Strategies for Using the Discussion Forum in D2L," Tuesday, Nov. 13 from noon to 1:30 p.m. in Raynor Memorial Libraries, 330B.
Registration is available online. For more information, contact Heidi Schweizer, e-Learning director at the Center for Teaching and Learning, at 8-8811.
The Animal Health and Wellness Club will host a lecture on animal ethics given by Cheryl Abbate, philosophy graduate student, Tuesday, Nov. 13, at 7 p.m. in Wehr Chemistry, 112. Pizza will be served prior to the lecture at 6:30 p.m.
Sigma Delta Pi, the National Spanish Honors Society, will honor the university's chapter of Sigma Delta Pi, Gamma Gamma, for its 20th consecutive year as "Chapter of Honor and Merit" with guest speakers Dr. Gabriel Pabón and Dr. Enrique Cabeza from Colombia. The lecturers will present on teaching and literature Thursday, Nov. 15, and Friday, Nov. 16, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. in Cudahy Hall, 001. Both Pabón and Cabeza are renowned Spanish linguists.
An initiation ceremony for the 34 new members of the university's Sigma Delta Pi chapter will take place Saturday, Nov. 17, at 1:30 p.m. in the AMU, 163. Light refreshments will be served following the event. For additional information, contact Carolyn Madigan or Kirsten Lehman.
These events are free and are sponsored by the Office of International Education, the Klingler College of Arts and Sciences, the Department of Foreign Languages, the Graduate School and Sigma Delta Pi.
Join the Marquette women's basketball team for their home opener at the Al McGuire Center Saturday, Nov. 10, as they host Butler beginning at 7 p.m. The game will also be the home opener Kickoff Carnival, which includes carnival games, prizes and other games for kids on the concourse. The game will also feature a halftime performance by a youth acrobatic team.
Tickets for this game are buy one get one free and can be purchased online. For more information or to purchase tickets, contact the Al McGuire Center Ticket Office at 8-4668.
Faculty and staff volunteers are needed to serve a Thanksgiving dinner Thursday, Nov. 22, to students who are unable to travel home for the holiday. Many of the 300 students expected to attend the dinner are international students. The dinner is provided in memory of Rev. William McEvoy, S.J., who first provided this annual dinner for students during the 1950s in the basement of the Dental School.
Faculty and staff are needed between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. to greet guests, serve the meal and help with minor clean up after the dinner. The Thanksgiving dinner is served in the Cobeen Hall dining room, and is sponsored by Campus Ministry with the assistance of the Office of Residence Life and Sodexo Food Service.
Interested faculty and staff should contact Sue Niemi, administrative secretary in Campus Ministry, at 8-3685 by Friday, Nov. 16 to volunteer.
The Department of Recreational Sports is offering the following free group fitness classes to members tomorrow, Nov. 9. The following classes will be offered free of charge:
For more information, call the group fitness office at 8-6979 or contact Shannon Bustillos, assistant director of recreational sports, at 8-7778.