Division Of Student Affairs

Contents: September 2013

From the Vice President for Student Affairs
January 2014

As we find ourselves fully immersed in spring semester, I am filled with gratitude at the wealth of talent, knowledge, and experience within this division. This year will bring about many changes as the presidential search concludes and the provost search continues after that, but I am excited about these changes because I know that we will be prepared for whatever change may come.

We have already experienced a change in organizational structure, and as we continue to develop opportunities for collaboration with our academic colleagues, I am struck by how seamless our transition to the Office of the Provost has been. Our work in Student Affairs has always complemented the academic mission. Our academic colleagues are beginning to see how their work complements ours as well.

As with any semester, our students continue to challenge us intellectually, spiritually, and professionally. Education is a reciprocal relationship. We continue to grow as educators as our students continue to grow as adults. I am incredibly proud of the work you all do.


Dr. L. Christopher Miller
Vice President for Student Affairs

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Diversity Advocates Trainings and Safe Zone Trainings

The Division of Student Affairs Diversity Committee is excited to announce Diversity Advocates Trainings will resume in the spring 2014 semester. In 2011, the DSA Diversity Committee took a break from offering “Orientations” to train new Diversity Advocates (DAs). Since that time, the committee has changed the process of becoming a DA and improved the opportunities for ongoing connection and development as a DA. The Diversity Advocates Network continues to be a program where faculty and staff can provide support, mentorship and advocacy for students by promoting diversity and inclusion on campus. The new training provides more comprehensive tools on developing a diversity consciousness, understanding social identities, identifying acts of discrimination ad stereotyping, and developing skills around ally-ship and advocacy. The DSA Diversity Committee will be hosting a series of information sessions outlining changes to the program, the details of the new training, and the new expectations for Diversity Advocates.

Along with the launch of the new Diversity Advocates training this fall, the Gender and Sexuality Resource Center will be launching Safe Zone Trainings this spring. The Safe Zone program gives faculty and staff opportunities deepen their knowledge about LGBT and gender justice issues, student identity development, religion and sexuality, and ally work. Safe Zone certified individuals and offices will enhance their skills in building safe and brave spaces and strengthen the network of campus partners interested in gender, sexuality, and diversity on campus. The info session will outline the Safe Zone curriculum and requirements and offer an opportunity to sign up immediately for sessions offered in March.

Below are the dates and times for 45-minute general information sessions about the New Diversity Advocates and Safe Zone Trainings. Feel free to contact Carla Fullwood, Angela Zapata or Susannah Bartlow if you would like an information session presented for your staff/team:

Monday, January 27 - 12pm - AMU 254
Thursday February 6 - 10am – AMU 254
Tuesday February 11 -4pm - AMU 254
Friday, February 21 - 11am - AMU 157
Wednesday February 26 - 2pm – AMU 163

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Biofeedback Services

In addition to providing counseling services, the Counseling Center now offers Biofeedback as an alternative method of helping students learn to reduce their level of stress. Biofeedback is an interactive computer-based program that allows students to obtain direct feedback about their physiological symptoms of stress. Sensors that are placed on the fingers monitor changes in heart rate and sweat production, which are impacted by the person’s level of stress or relaxation. The program assists students in developing skills to reach a deep state of relaxation. Students who utilize the Biofeedback program at the CC may experience a range of health benefits including, but not limited to, reduced stress or anxiety, improved sleep, improved concentration, and reduced muscle tension.

Students can schedule a Biofeedback Intake by calling or going to the Counseling Center. A trained counselor will assist the student in learning the programs. Students can then schedule follow-up appointments to use the programs and equipment on their own at the CC.

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Center for Community Service

SERVE (Students Engaging in Real Volunteer Experiences) welcomes its first class of students! 20 first-year students will spend spring semester exploring volunteer opportunities throughout Milwaukee, learning about justice issues, and reflecting on how they can Be The Difference.

Hunger Clean-Up is celebrating 25 Years! Keep an eye out for special Hunger Clean-Up programming this spring.

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Holocaust Museum Pilgrimage

Join members of the Marquette community on Sunday, February 9 for a pilgrimage to the Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center located in Skokie, IL. “The Museum is dedicated to preserving the legacy of the Holocaust by honoring the memories of those who were lost and by teaching universal lessons that combat hatred, prejudice and indifference.” During this pilgrimage, learn more about the Holocaust and engage in interfaith dialogue.

The total cost for students will be $8 which covers admission to the museum. To attend, register online. Registrations will be accepted until Monday February 3. For more information on the pilgrimage, please contact Steve Blaha.

Co-sponsored by Campus Ministry, Hillel Milwaukee, the Affiliated Ministries of Campus Ministry, cru, Department of Theology, Intercultural Engagement, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, Office of International Education, and the Office of Student Development.

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New Student Orientation

New Student and Family Programs has made significant changes to the format of orientation services for students beginning their Marquette career in the spring 2014 semester. Formerly an on-campus, half-day program, Winter Orientation now consists of individualized phone calls from student orientation staff to the 40 incoming transfer students and 10 incoming first-year students. As of mid-January, over 80% of new students had received information via phone about a variety of topics to help ease their transition, including course registration and Checkmarq, academic advising, housing or commuter services, financial aid, and student involvement. In the coming weeks the student orientation leaders will contact all transfer students who opted into receiving a second phone call, and they will meet individually with new first year students. In mid-February, the Office of Student Development will host the Transfer Student Dinner, to give new and current transfer students the opportunity to gain more social connections. Students who begin mid-year face significant transitional challenges. Thank you to all that you do to welcome our newest community members and help them acclimate.

In addition, the 2014 Orientation Planning Team has been selected, and includes James Blair, Marco Polo Ramirez Becerra, Ben Weber, and Annie Shuey. The team is already actively seeking Orientation Staff applications for a variety of positions. As always, New Student Programs is striving to represent the Marquette student body. If you work with students that you think could be a good fit for Orientation please nominate them by sending their information to Caitlin Wozniak, Coordinator for New Student and Family Programs.

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Norman H. Ott Memorial Writing Center Satellite Clinic

In our ongoing collaboration with our academic colleagues, the Norman H. Ott Memorial Writing Center has opened a satellite clinic in McCormick Hall on Sunday, Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 7:00-9:00 p.m. This is a walk-in clinic with no appointments necessary, allowing greater accessibility of writing tutors to our students. Please help spread the word.

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Publications, Presentations, and Honors

Kristen Etzelmueller, Office of Residence Life, will receive a Master of Arts in Public Service Specialization in Leadership Studies from Marquette University in May 2014.

Sara Johnson, Office of Student Development, will present a program at the NASPA Annual Conference in Baltimore titled "Take A Stand to Collaborate. Make a Choice to Intervene. Marquette TAKES ACTION," about the Marquette University Bystander Intervention Team. Additionally, the program was also selected as a sponsored program from the Alcohol and Other Drug Knowledge Community. Sara will also co-present a program at the NASPA Annual Conference in Baltimore titled “In this Together: Peer-to-Peer Mentoring & Connecting New Professionals” with colleague Megan Lebre, University of California-East Bay, about the importance of peer-to-peer mentoring in the student affairs profession.

Stephanie Kohler-Neuwirth, M.D., Counseling Center, won third place for her poster presentation titled "Prenatal Mental Health Treatment and Pregnancy Outcomes" at the Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine annual meeting in November 2013.

Donna Wells, Office of Residence Life, earned a Master’s in Leadership Studies from Marquette University College of Professional Studies this past fall.

Dr. Angela Zapata, Counseling Center, co-authored a book that was published this past semester: Arredondo, P., Gallardo-Cooper, M., Delgado-Romero, E. A., & Zapata, A. L. (2014). Culturally Responsive Counseling with Latinas/os. Alexandria, VA: American Counseling Association.

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The next edition of the DSA Newsletter will come out after the start of the fall 2014 semester. If you have story ideas and/or news you'd like to share, please contact Jen Reid, student affairs communication director.