In this season of gratitude and with the completion of the semester soon upon us, I wanted take time to acknowledge the tremendous work of everyone in the division. Working with students continues to keep us on our toes, and I feel so very proud of what we contribute to the student experience in terms of care, education, building community, and promoting inclusion. I am incredibly grateful for the work you all do. Below are a few highlights of the work in which Student Affairs has been engaged this semester that speaks to our commitment to Marquette’s Mission.
Every five years, JASPA plans and coordinates a summer institute at one of its 28 member institutions. Planning the institute is no small feat. Institutes are themed around the particular context of student affairs work at Catholic Jesuit institutions. Dr. Stephanie Quade was one of the chairs of this summer’s institute titled “A Way Forward,” which looked at challenges and tensions of student affairs work and created spaces to identify ways to move forward. A group of Marquette staff from across the division attended the institute and found it a deeply meaningful experience.
As part of the ongoing work of student affairs at our own Catholic Jesuit Institution, Dr. Quade will be reconvening the JASPA delegation to look at ways to implement the recommendations made by the campus review team after the division-wide program review of the Principles of Good Practice for Student Affairs at Catholic Colleges and Universities The executive summary can be found on the DSA Assessment website.
On Saturday, November 7, more than 300 Marquette students helped older adults in the community to prepare their homes for the winter months as part of the annual Make a Difference Day, which was coordinated by Kelly Walker and Corey Lansing from the Office of Student Development. The students raked leaves, cleaned garages and did other outside chores that helped residents stay warm, safe, and independent this winter. This year, the program focused on the importance of genuinely getting to know people—both learning the stories of older adults and telling our own personal stories. The keynote speaker was Nate from 88.9’s Community Stories program, who shared his thoughts on this theme and later covered the event for the Community Stories program. Students were encouraged to visit with their older adult match and reflected on the importance of this relationship-building after returning to campus. This event is hosted by Greek Life and the Center for Community Service in partnership with Interfaith Older Adult Programs and Volunteer Milwaukee. A reflection was sponsored by the Greek community. Local media coverage of this event included stories aired on WTMJ-TV (NBC 4), WYMS-RADIO (88.9 FM) and WISN-TV (ABC 12).
Marquette got some good media coverage of its annual Teal Out campaign. MUPD handed out posters and ribbons as part of this campaign to raise awareness of sexual violence and domestic violence prevention efforts. The efforts coincided with the conclusion of campus-wide bystander intervention training sessions for all Marquette sophomores, a new addition to community-based programming that for the past five years has provided sexual violence prevention training sessions for all first-year students. Stories aired on WISN and on WTMJ-TV. Many thanks to Sara Johnson of MUMC who developed and organized the bystander intervention training, for Emily Schumacher Novak’s continued work on sexual violence prevention efforts, and to all the staff and students who served as facilitators of these educational efforts.
Additionally, several staff in the division recently attended Title IX training at UW-Whitewater. This ongoing work with Title IX continues to strengthen the Marquette Community.
MU Medical Clinic has been hard at work with flu shot clinics. The clinics are a collaboration with the College of Nursing. Nine separate flu shot clinics have been held on campus plus four in athletic facilities for a total of 13. A clinic was also held at MIAD (MUMC provides medical services for their students). A total of 1296 immunizations have been given at the various campus site clinics, 83 at MIAD and 727 at MUMC.
Additionally, both the Medical Clinic and the Department of Recreational Sports have been integral partners in employee wellness initiatives. To see available health resources, visit the Employee Wellness website.
MUSG hosted a Dialogue Dinner on November 11 in which students, faculty and staff shared experiences of Marquette’s community with each other. Planned in conjunction with the Office of Student Affairs and Campus Ministry, the dinner was well received among participants (over 100 attended, almost a fourth of whom were upper level leadership of the university). The next dinner is on 12/2, and people are encouraged to attend. Please RSVP at MUSG's website.
The Center for Intercultural Engagement in collaboration with the Southeastern Oneida Tribal Services (SEOTS) coordinated an immersion trip to the Oneida Reservation on November 7. Seven Marquette students participated in the experience where they learned about cultural and spiritual traditions of the Oneida Tribe. The group was led by Marquette alumnus and Oneida tribal member, Mark W. Powless, who took students around the Oneida reservation to visit historical sites and learn about the importance of Indigenous communities in the United States. Students truly enjoyed having an opportunity to visit a reservation and get exposure to a Native American professional that works for the Oneida Tribe.
Student Affairs sponsored a table at the Blue and Gold luncheon, which included five alumni who, as students, worked with a number of Student Affairs offices. Additionally, Rick Arcuri and Mary Janz reached out to staff and alumni to fill the AYTI suite for the Marquette Men’s Basketball home opener. The suite was sponsored by Pepsi.
Jeff Janz and Rick Arcuri are serving on the Master Planning Committee. Having Student Affairs represented in the future visioning of the university speaks to the contributions of the co-curricular experience as part of a transformational education. Much gratitude goes to Jeff and Rick for their work on this important endeavor.
Eva Martinez Powless and Dan Bergen have been asked to serve on the Committee for the Recruitment and Retention of Native American and Underrepresented Minority Students, chaired by Dr. William Welburn, Associate Provost for Diversity & Inclusion. The committee’s charge is to address the recruitment and retention of a more diverse student body, with particular attention given to Native American students, recognizing Father Marquette's deep historical relationship with to Native People.
Congratulations to Tracy Gerth of Residence Life, who was elected as the Vice President/President elect during the annual Upper Midwest Region of the Association of College and University Housing Officers (UMR-ACUHO), a three-year commitment. The first year she will serve as the Vice President. Year two she will lead the organization as President. The third and final year she will serve in a Past President role, offering support to the new President. Tracy will represent the region at the annual ACUHO-I conference for the next two years. During her tenure she will serve and lead the executive board for the region, setting the course and agenda for the work of UMR-ACUHO.
Congratulations also to Jen Reid who recently passed her dissertation qualifying exam.
The Office of Student Development welcomes two new staff members. Jess Burkart began her role as the Coordinator for Campus Programs on November 16, and Dave Stockton will begin his role as Director for Student Conduct on December 1.
The next edition of the DSA Newsletter will come out after the start of the spring 2016 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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