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Message from Fr. Graham

University President Michael J. Graham, S.J., invites the University community to this year's President's Reception on Wednesday, May 14, at 3:00 p.m. in the James and Caroline Duff Banquet Center. Please take a moment to read his invitation, which includes more details about the event.

Tenure and promotion

Members of the University Rank and Tenure Committee as well as Provost and Chief Academic Officer Scott Chadwick are holding three information sessions on the tenure and promotion process for the 2014-2015 academic year. Faculty are invited to attend any or all of the sessions, which run from 4:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m. on Monday, May 5; Tuesday, Sept. 2; and Monday, Sept. 8. All sessions are in the Conaton Board Room.

Women of Excellence

The sixth annual Giving Circle Awards Reception is being held on Tuesday, April 29, at 11:30 a.m. in the James and Caroline Duff Banquet Center. The reception honors last year's grant recipients and recognizes the recipients of this year's Giving Circle grants. Registration is require by Tuesday, April 22, and cost $25 dollars, which includes lunch. Tables of eight are also available for $200. For more information contact Lisa Anderson at 3314 or andersonle@xavier.edu.

Down syndrome awareness

The Xavier community is invited to attend the third annual Down Syndrome Awareness Classic on Saturday, April 26, at 7:30 p.m., with the men's soccer team taking on 2010 national champion University of Akron. Admission is $5 with all gate proceeds going to support "Devin’s Team” and the Down Syndrome Association of Greater Cincinnati. Read the Xavier magazine story about men's soccer coach Andy Fleming and his daughter, Devin, who has Down syndrome. To learn more or to make a contribution, contact Fleming at fleminga@xavier.edu.

"Abolitionists" at Stowe House 

The Department of History is partnering with the Harriet Beecher Stowe House for a community discussion on the documentary "The Abolitionists" at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 27, at the Stowe House on Gilbert Avenue in Walnut Hills. Walker Gollar, associate professor of theology and expert on abolition and the Underground Railroad, moderates the discussion. This is the second of a four-part series on America's civil rights history.

Water shutdown

On Monday, April 21, the water is being shut off to all buildings on the Academic Mall from 7:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. This includes Edgecliff, Schmidt, Hinkle, Albers, Logan, Lindner, Alter, Hailstones and Schott halls, as well as Bellarmine Chapel and the McDonald Library. The shutdown is necessary to make piping repairs.

Edible books winner

University Library congratulates Mallory Tulcewicz for winning the eighth annual Edible Books Contest with her entry, "Burger Boy." Photos of the winning entry and all of this year's edible books are online.

Today publication

Due to the Easter holiday, Today at Xavier is not being published Monday, April 21. The next issue is Thursday, April 24.