Happy New Year! As we begin this spring semester, renewed and refreshed, I want to again acknowledge the incredible work you have all done this past year. It won't be long before we reach another busy April and close the year with commencement in May.
In reflecting on the past semester and looking forward, I wish to highlight the items below. And I wish you all the best in 2016.
The division has had tremendous success over the past year thanks to the great work of staff and partners. To see a summary of our successes and future directions, visit the annual report snapshot now posted online.
The search for our next vice president is in full swing. A search firm has been hired and has begun meeting with stakeholders this month. This is a closed search and, therefore, confidential. As more news becomes available, we will update the division accordingly.
Over the fall semester, Intercultural Engagement held 5 climate study groups: Women’s, LGBTQ student forum, Native American, Black/African American, and Latino/a. The forums went very well. About 20 students attended the Latino/a forum and about 85 attended the Black/African American forum. Students were truly engaged in developing solutions to the climate and worked collectively to develop the top three actions the University should take within the next 12 to 18 months. Information gathered at focus groups was then presented to the Board of Trustees Subcommittee on Student Experience and Athletics at the December 10 meeting by Eva Martinez Powless and William Welburn.
In addition to student focus groups, faculty and staff had the opportunity to engage in the process as well and suggest action initiatives. A summary of findings from all these conversations can be found online at the Climate Study website.
Throughout the past five years Marquette has placed a substantial amount of emphasis on sexual violence prevention education. While this is tremendously important and necessary education, many students, faculty, and staff have suggested more could be done around healthy sexuality and intimacy. In fact, in an article published by the Marquette Tribune on December 3, 2015, entitled, “University has room to improve on sexual health education,” one student stated, “I think that the most important thing that we can do is just start a conversation. […] Marquette doesn’t really do anything. They could at least set forth some sort of an initiative and empower student groups to spark a conversation about sexual health.”
In an effort to address these concerns, Kathy Coffey-Guenther, PhD, Associate Vice President, Mission and Ministry, Mary Sue Callan-Farley, Director, Campus Ministry, Emily Schumacher-Novak, Coordinator, Advocacy Services, and Sexual Violence Prevention and Education, and Dan Bergen, PhD, Interim Assistant Vice President of Student Affairs, met throughout the first semester to create a guiding statement related to healthy sexuality and intimacy. Following its creation, the statement was shared with faculty and staff whose work relates to this issue, along with an invitation to provide feedback. Grounded in our Catholic, Jesuit values and mission, the statement serves as an invitation to more meaningful conversations, and educational and programmatic opportunities around issues related to healthy sexuality.
As a part of an ongoing effort to address contemporary issues facing our students, the committee will be communicating the statement divisionally, as well as providing a series of discussion questions, and further resources on Catholic teaching related to the topic, in the coming month.
Mission Week 2016 kicks off with the Mission Week Mass on Sunday, January 31 at 11:30 a.m. at the Church of the Gesu. This year's theme is Earthjustice: Committing to Our Sacred World. There are many opportunities to engage in Mission Week activities, including a dialogue dinner sponsored by MUSG on Wednesday, February 3 at 5:30 p.m. in the AMU Ballrooms. Third in a series of dialogue dinners, this event provides an opportunity to connect with students and colleagues across the university in conversation. Please RSVP at MUSG's website. Other Mission Week opportunities can be found at the Mission Week website.
Ringing in the New Year
ACUI Region 9 Conference
AMU Alumni Reunion
Student Employment Opportunities
Applications for RAs and Managers are both due by midnight on Tuesday, January 19. If you have questions regarding the hiring process for either position, more information is available at ORL's website. (Select either RA Selection or Manager Selection from the main page). Contact Renee Dowdy for more information.
New Residence Hall Director
Lil Sibs Weekend
With the help of a generous grant from MillerCoors, the Marquette University Medical Clinic is partnering with numerous organizations on campus (Greek Life, MU Athletics, etc.) to bring the Red Watch Band program to life on Marquette's campus. Red Watch Band is a program that was designed after the preventable death of a student at Northwestern University from acute alcohol intoxication; the program teaches students to learn how to recognize the signs of toxic drinking, and what action to take once the signs are noticed. Once students have completed the training, they are given a red band to wear around their wrist, acknowledging that they are prepared to step in during a dangerous situation.
We are excited to begin this program and we really see it as a community-based program - this program will make the Marquette and local Milwaukee community a safer place to live, work, and play. Please contact Sara Johnson or Brenda Lenz if you are interested in being trained as a department or training student leaders.
The Office of Student Development is sponsoring a series of welcome back events this weekend. All events are guaranteed to be fun, exciting, and completely FREE to all Marquette students!
Events start on Thursday with the Spotlight Talent Show, hosted in the Weasler Auditorium beginning at 9 p.m. Space has traditionally filled quickly as students are excited to see a variety of talent ranging from individuals to groups, dance to a capella to comedy, and high stakes prizes.
Friday, students can attend a Snow Tubing Excursion at the Rock in Franklin, WI. This event requires a ticket, which will be available for pick-up in the Center for Leadership, Service, and Involvement (AMU 1st Floor) during its hours of operation. Tickets for the Snow Tubing Excursion at the Rock are limited, and buses will leave 16th Street and Wells at 8:30 p.m. on Friday night. Round trip transport and entrance is free, but students are advised to bring money for locker rental.
The week will close with the annual Snowball dance, Marquette’s largest semi-formal event on Saturday, January 23. If students wish to attend Snowball, they must pick up a ticket in the Center for Leadership, Service, and Involvement. Tickets are limited and there may be lines to enter the dance itself due to the capacity of the Ballrooms, so encourage students to arrive early to avoid lining up for the event. The planning team is committed to keeping Snowball a safe, entertaining evening and appreciates help in keeping this event alcohol-free. Anyone who appears intoxicated or is consuming alcohol will not be permitted to enter. Additionally, there will be students, administrators, and MUPD staff throughout the AMU to assist all students who attend. The only entrance will be on the East side of the AMU (near Schroeder), and there will be a coat check available. The celebration begins at 9pm in the AMU Ballrooms and continues through the night until 1am. Please note that students must bring their Snowball ticket and MUID to the dance. Due to the limited number of tickets, ONLY Marquette University students are permitted to attend.
If you have questions or would like to lend your support, please contact Jess Burkart in the Office of Student Development.
As announced on Marquette Today, the Office of Educational Services has relocated to Coughlin Hall. Additionally, staff within Student Affairs have been or will be relocated also.
Jodi Blahnik, Ph.D. of the Counseling Center was promoted to Senior Psychologist.
Mary Sue Callan Farley has been appointed chair of the AJCU Campus Ministry Directors Conference.
Sara Johnson was named the NASPA IV-E Alcohol and Other Drug Knowledge Community Representative. Her term will run until March 2017.
The next edition of the DSA Newsletter will come out in March 2016. 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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