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Dear Marquette students,

Inauguration Week is off to a great start, and you're a major reason why! Thank you to everyone who has participated in events thus far:

  • Congratulations to the 23 students who beat me in the Briggs & Al's Run: Cody Haberkorn, Brice Cleland, Jose Mora, Xander Jacobson, Samuel O'Melia, Dan Vrobel, Hope Orvold, Brian Leightner, Alexander Miller, Sister Irene Ogutu, Hannah Frett, Anthony Marino, James Daus, Kyle Wolf, Phillip Gessler, Malea Blise, Zack Wallace, Daniel Reiner, Sean Pierce, Zachary Hodgson, Laura Sauvage, Matthew Stagl and Peter Gawlas. Your "I Leveled Lovell" T-shirt is at the printer, and we'll get it to you soon. I greatly appreciated meeting many of the several hundred students who ran the race.

  • Thanks also to the more than 600 students who came to the Inaugural Ball on Saturday night. My wife, Amy, and I had a lot of fun and really enjoyed learning the Cupid Shuffle.

  • It was great meeting so many students at the Cobeen dining hall last night. I got to taste my first hot cookie — I now know why they're loved — and am motivated to come back for more.

There's a lot more to come. These aren’t all the events coming up, but they’re definitely highlights:

  • Join me tonight (Tuesday) for the Residence Hall Association Carnival on Westowne Square starting at 8 p.m. I may even be persuaded to get in the dunk tank.

  • An event that’s not technically on the schedule is tonight’s 10 p.m. Mass at St. Joan of Arc Chapel. I want to set a record for the number of attendees so we can make a circle the whole way around Father Marquette when we do the Hail Mary after Mass.

  • Tomorrow (Wednesday) offers a few more chances to get involved. If all goes as planned, I will be part of the Wobble Dance at halftime of the 7:05 p.m. soccer game at Valley Fields. After the game, Amy and I will be calling a few games of Glow BINGO on Central Mall. A few lucky winners will have dinner at our house.

  • At 8 a.m. Friday at the Father Marquette statue, the running group is planning to do two loops of the Marquette mile. The first loop will be for fun — all walkers and runners are welcome. The second loop will be a timed race, with trophies awarded to the top runners.

  • Of course, later Friday is the Inauguration Ceremony at 3 p.m. in the Al (you need a ticket) and the 4:30 reception at the Helfaer Recreational Center (all are welcome).

I hope to see you as often as you can make it!


Dr. Michael R. Lovell

Marquette University

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