Division Of Student Affairs

March 2016: Contents

From Interim Vice President for Student Affairs, Dr. Jim McMahon

It's hard to believe we are at the mid point of the semester already. While I am surprised each year at how quickly the academic year passes, I'm never surprised by the excellent work that comes out of this division and in collaboration with our partners. Please know how much your work is valued by the campus community.

One example of the value of the co-curricular experience is the attention being given to it in the Master Planning process. There is a definite recognition of the need for spaces and resources that support and enhance students' academics, and the the plan includes new facilities that will enhance the work of our division. With that said, please see the entry below on the Master Plan. The university's adoption of the co-curricular learning outcomes that the DSA Assessment Team helped to craft is another example of how our work with students impacts overall learning. Furthermore, next year the university will pilot a first-year seminar course, the purpose of which is to help students make a successful transition to the university academically and personally. The seminar will include a variety of content that has been delivered to students in various ways through programs and initiatives co/sponsored by the division. While our staff have known the impact we have on student learning and development all along, it's gratifying to see it embraced beyond our division.

By way of how our work contributes to student learning and development, I wish to draw attention to the Olson Family Student Leadership Institute, which will occur on Saturday, April 9. This institute brings together student leaders who work across our departments to create meaningful experiences for their peers. This institute could not happen without the work of the planning team as well as by the many staff members who volunteer their time as facilitators. I want to encourage people to become facilitators as it is a great opportunity to interact with student leaders outside of our day-t0-day work with them. More information about the Institute can be found below.

I also wish to call attention to the new hires listed at the bottom of this letter. Please welcome them into our Student Affairs family. In addition to the other items in this letter, I wish to highlight the architectural award for which Humphrey Hall has been nominated. As we look at ways to make our spaces more inclusive, integrative, innovative, and inviting, we can certainly view this award nomination as evidence of our effort towards that end.

Thank you again for your hard work and commitment to our students. Have a blessed Easter.

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Olson Family Student Leadership Institute:

The Olson Family Student Leadership Institute is a leadership development opportunity for all student employees and leaders working for and with the Division of Student Affairs (DSA) and Campus Ministry. Student participants will all be hired, elected, or selected for leadership roles in the DSA and Campus Ministry for the 2016-2017 academic year.

Staff facilitators are needed for the institute, which provides an opportunity for all student staff and leaders for the 2016-2017 academic year to join together to explore, develop, and reflect on their leadership skills. The Olson Family Student Leadership Institute will take place on Saturday April 9, 2016 from 10:00 am-2:00 p.m., and brunch will be provided.

Facilitators are required to:

  • Attend the event on Saturday April 9, 2016 from 9:45 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., during which, they will facilitate a 60 minute small group session with approximately 15-25 students and/or a session based on a specific skill area.
  • Attend one of two facilitator training sessions offered prior to the event to review the content and curriculum of the Institute. Training sessions will be Monday March 28, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. in AMU 157 or Thursday March 31, 2016 at 3:00 p.m. in AMU 157.

Please consider serving as a facilitator for this meaningful experience with student leaders. Staff who are interested should complete the registration form on the Marquette Involvement Link by Monday, March 14, 2016.

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Master Plan Update:

The university is hosting a Master Plan Progress Report event on Thursday, March 10 from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. in the AMU Ballrooms. The event is open to all on campus. Though the time allotted will focus largely on presentation of content, there will be some time for questions at the conclusion and follow-up with a brief survey for all attendees.

The strength and success of the Master Plan plan is dependent on the valuable input received from the campus community, so individuals are encouraged to attend. Please RSVP.

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MUSG News:

MUSG will be holding a student referendum on Tuesday, March 15 asking students if they would be willing to pay a recreation and wellness fee to support the quality of recreation and wellness space and resources on campus, including the construction of a new recreation and wellness facility. Students currently pay three students fees: UPASS, Medical Clinic, and Student Activity fee. A passing referendum would not necessarily guarantee a new fee be assessed, but it would show students' support for a fee. More information on the referendum can be found at MUSG's website.

Spring Elections
RHA's and MUSG's spring elections will take place on Thursday, April 7. Ballots will include candidates for RHA's president and executive vice president, MUSG president and executive vice president, MUSG academic senators, and the final senior speaker candidates. Please encourage student to vote on this day. Polls close at 10:00 p.m.

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Humphrey Hall Nominated for Award:

The American Society of Interior Designers Wisconsin chapter will be meeting on March 10 to celebrate design excellence and the Humphrey Hall renovation project has been submitted for a Design Excellence Award in the educational category.

ASID Wisconsin is the largest and the most prominent professional interior design organization in the state. We are dedicated to promoting high quality design. The Design Excellence Awards bestow honors on interior design professionals and members of ASID WI for exceptional interior design in 12 Residential categories and 17 Contract categories. Entries are juried by a hand-selected panel of experienced jurors. The judging is completely anonymous.

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RHA's Greater than One Event Focused on Identity and Inclusion:

Greater Than One is a new program embracing a wide array of identities on Marquette, Milwaukee and global communities. The program began with a two week photo campaign, asking students to write down their identity and what makes them unique (in the form of "I am ____ And I Am ____").

The campaign will culminate with a speaker event focusing on Marquette as a community, Milwaukee as a city, and the world as a global community on Wednesday, March 9, 2016 from 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. in the Weasler Auditorium. Five speakers will share the stories behind their “I Am” messages. Light refreshments will be provided as well as a photo booth, small gifts for the first 100 people and a chance to win T-shirts. Staff are encourage to attend and share this information with the students with whom they work.

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AMU News:

In January, the AMU student manager team held Spring SM Training where the group watched the documentary Bully and held a discussion based on the theme of invitation – how the simple concept of inviting someone to be part of a group, do something with you, etc. can impact their sense of belonging and create a welcoming environment. The theme selection was in response to Marquette Climate Study showing the main reasons student seriously considered leaving the university last year was because they did not feel they belonged, or that Marquette had a welcoming climate.

The AMU student employment program held a book drive in February as part of their Battle of the Departments competition. The drive resulted in 243 books being donated to the Hartman Literacy & Learning Center in the College of Education.

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Welcome to Student Affairs:

Music Programs welcomes Dr. Joel Flunker as the Assistant Director of Instrumental Music. Joel comes to Marquette from the United States Coast Guard Band and will begin his tenure August 1.

Intercultural Engagement welcomes Enrique Tejada as the Coordinator for the LGBTQ Resource Center, who will begin on April 4. Although originally from Fort Worth, Texas, Enrique has spent their last seven years in Student Affairs in five different states in both professional and graduate positions. A strong advocate for challenging socially accepted norms to better support all, Enrique brings with them a strong passion for advocacy for equity and inclusion for all students. Enrique hopes to continue their work with not only supporting LGBTQ students, but also the needs of each student through individual support.

The Office of Student Affairs welcomes Clara Dwyer as the office Administrative Assistant. Clara did her undergraduate degree at the University of Santa Clara.

The next edition of the DSA Newsletter will come out in July, 2016. If you have story ideas and/or news you'd like to share, please contact Jen Reid, Student Affairs Communication Director.