As I mentioned at the welcome gathering today, it is difficult to fathom that we are nearly half-way through the semester. Nonetheless, here we are, fully immersed in the work of serving our students. This was evident from the amount of conversation I heard coming from the tables. The room was very alive.
I just want to take a moment to acknowledge your work over the past few weeks. The opening of the semester was a big success. The excitement among our first year students and their parents during move-in and New Student Convocation was palpable. There was high praise from our colleagues around the university for the spirit our Orientation program instilled in our students. And we continue to enrich that spirit through our services and programs.
No doubt there have been some challenges during the short time since students have arrived back on campus. But I know that you all are approaching these challenges in an Ignatian spirit, seeing these challenges as an opportunity for us to grow along with our students. Such challenges are a gift as one of our colleagues in Campus Ministry recently pointed out.
This year will no doubt bring us many more gifts. We will continue to strive for excellence in the already excellent work we do, work which is vital to this university. And we will continue to support each other in our efforts. I am extremely proud of this division, and I cannot thank each of you enough for your contributions to it.
Dr. L. Christopher Miller
The DSA Professional Development Schedule is now on line. Please note that we have built time into each of these programs at the beginning for socializing as per your feedback that we need more time to interact socially as colleagues.
Information about individual programs will be sent via Outlook invitations from the Office of Student Affairs. Please be sure to confirm or decline your attendance by responding to these calendar invitations. Catering and room set-up is arranged on the basis of these RSVPs.
For the third consecutive year, Marquette has provided educational programming on sexual misconduct prevention and bystander intervention to residential first year students. Student Affairs is extremely grateful to those who have organized this programming and those who have facilitated individual sessions. We'd like to acknowledge the following individuals in appreciation for their efforts toward this very important program.
*Indicates members of the planning team.
It's time to get your flu shot. Clinics will be held around campus through October 29th. Shots are only $20, and the fee is partially or fully reimbursable through Marquette medical insurance, depending upon which plan you hold. More information on clinic dates and locations can be found at Marquette University Medical Clinic's website.
384 students participated in Urban Connection on August 24th. Urban Connection is an annual component of New Student Orientation that welcomes new students into Marquette's tradition of service. Participating in Urban Connection is not only a great way to learn about service at Marquette, but also a way to make a difference in their new community and meet new classmates.
The event was organized largely by Nora Heiderscheidt, a current senior and member of the Orientation Planning Team. 344 participants were new students; the remainder were Orientation staff members that led each team.
Students volunteered at 23 sites, including sorting donations at the Habitat for Humanity ReStore and St. Hyacinth Food Pantry, deep cleaning dormitories at The Guest House, harvesting produce at the Hunger Task Force Farm, informing parents about programs at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee, and removing invasive species at the Urban Ecology Center. When students returned to campus, they reflected on the role of service in their next few years at Marquette.
The Office of Student Development partnered with Campus Ministry and Service-Learning to develop a training for student leaders around facilitating reflection. "So What? Skills for Reflective Leadership" had about 25 participants and discussed the Jesuit foundations of reflection, group climate, difficult conversations, and techniques.
Dr. Jon Dooley, Office of Student Development, is serving as lead author for a chapter accepted for publication. “Under the Surface of Service-Learning in Teacher Education” will appear in the forthcoming edition of Service-Learning and Civic Engagement: A Sourcebook, published by SAGE Publications.
Jim McMahon presented a program on the Dorothy Day Social Justice Living-Learning Community at this summer’s national conference of the Association of Student Affairs at Catholic Colleges and Universities.
Sara Johnson, Student Development, and Sgt. Jill Weisensel, Public Safety, will present a program titled "Take A Stand to Collaborate. Make a Choice to Intervene. Marquette TAKES ACTION" about the Marquette University Bystander Intervention Team at the NASPA IV-E Conference.
Leslie Skaistis, Counseling Center, presented at the National Career Development Association conference. Her presentation was entitled: career exploration and liberation: a career counseling group for first generation, low-income college students.
Mary Janz, Residence Life, served as Chair of the STARS college which is designed to introduce undergraduates to the housing profession. The college is affiliated with the Association of College and Universities Housing Officers-International (ACUHO-I) annual conference, Mary also presented a program on Mental Health Issues and Living in Residence Halls at ACHUO-I.
Tracy Gerth, Residence Life, is serving as a committee member on the Upper Midwest Region – Association of College and University Housing Officers (UMR-ACUHO) magazine.
Joan Ravanelli Miller, Counsling Center, was certified by the National Registry.
Angela Zapata, Counseling Center, was licensed as a psychologist.
Dan Bergen, Residence Life, is teaching "Rhetoric & Composition 1" at Marquette and "Classical Tradition in Literature" at Carthage College.
Stacie Dooley, Residence Life, is teaching a course in the College of Arts and Sciences entitled "Dynamics of Cross Cultural Engagement."
Colin Atkinson, Sean Berthold, Tracy Gerth, Mary Janz, Kelsey Stockton, and Christy Bergen (all of Residence Life) teach a section of "Principles of Peer Facilitation Among College Students" in the College of Education.
Kelsey Stockton, Residence Life, attended the National Housing Training Institute at the University of Georgia this past summer.
DeAndre Taylor, Residence Life, attended the Regional Entry Level Institute for Housing and Residence Life at the University of Northern Iowa this past summer.
The next edition of the DSA Newsletter will come out after the start of the spring semester. If you have story ideas and/or news you'd like to share, please contact Jen Reid, student affairs communication director.
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