Mid-Semester Reflection

It’s hard to believe we’ve come to the midpoint of the semester. It feels as though just a few short weeks ago students were moving in.

It’s been an eventful semester. The September Board meeting went well. The Committee on Student Experience and Mission approved its charge after adding some language about mission formation and capital planning. The Trustees were genuinely interested in the information Student Affairs and Mission and Identity presented them at this first meeting and wanted to know more about students’ experience especially with regard to retention and success of under-represented populations.

Homecoming was great fun and brought many in the campus community together in pride of Marquette. We continue to look at ways to minimize the risks of high risk drinking at these kinds of campus-wide events, and we continue to work to create events that will appeal more specifically to students from under-represented populations.

Since we are at the midpoint of the semester, I want to update you on the strategic priorities we set for the year: A Culture of Inclusion, Social Responsibility Through Community Engagement, Formation of the Mind and the Heart, and Sustainability of Valuable Resources.

First Generation College Students
A resource group for first generation college students, “First Gen Trailblazers” was convened and meets every second and fourth Friday of the month from noon until 1pm.  Marla Guerrero and Joya Crear and heading up the group. There is also a professional development session planned in collaboration with colleagues in EOP that will help to educate us about the needs of today’s first gen students.  Look for more information to come on this event in the coming weeks.

African American Students
It is a goal of Student Affairs to improve retention and success of Marquette students who identify as African American. To this end, a group has been convened under the direction of Joya Crear to assess and address the needs of this vital population of students. The group will make recommendations for programming that we can implement the better serve this population of students.

Xavier Cole, DeJaun Washington, and Sam ColemanIn terms of programming that has already taken place, I want to highlight the Black Male Appreciation Luncheon that DeJuan Washington coordinated last week, which featured speaker Sam Coleman. Coleman currently serves as the Chief of Staff for the President of the Milwaukee Common Council, serves as a behavioral health therapist for a network of youth residential treatment homes in Milwaukee and Waukesha,  and serves on the City of Milwaukee Black Male Achievement Advisory Council led by Mayor Tom Barrett. This event was a great collaboration between Intercultural Engagement and Milwaukee community members. Sixty-five people were in attendance.

Additionally, Major Cooper has been hired as Interim Assistant Director of Intercultural Engagement for African American Student Services. Major has over 12 years of experience working in student services programs and ten of those years developing leadership programming for student organizations. In addition, Major has extensive experience creating Safe Spaces, Men of Color Initiatives, and has worked and advised Greek student organizations. Major is a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity where he has been key in mentoring and empowering youth.

Alcohol and Other Drugs
Nationally 10% of students nationally are in recovery. As such, we are seeking to create a Collegiate Recovery Program at Marquette. This means creating a center for students in recovery and providing a staff person to coordinate the center and provide counseling to students who are part of this community. We are currently writing a proposal for what this program might look like and investigating sources of support to create and sustain such a program.

Campus Housing
Progress continues on Wild Commons with the project being both on time and on budget. As was recently announced in MU Today, The Marq was recently bought by a community partner and will become part of university housing offerings to students. Marquette will manage the building in addition to the apartments the university owns and provide programming and services to students who reside there.

I encourage you all to give updates to your supervisor with regard to progress on our priorities and strategic goals. I want to know about the good work you’re all doing and share that with colleagues and potential donors.

I am full of gratitude for the work you do with and for students, and I am very excited about the progress we’ve made toward our goals and where we are headed. We Are Marquette.

Xavier A. Cole, Ed.D.
Vice President for Student Affairs

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November Diversity and Inclusion Events

There's much going on in Intercultural Engagement programming in the coming weeks. Below are some highlighted programs. Please share with others. Staff are encouraged to attend as well.

10/26 | LGBTQ+ Speaker Series
Noon-1PM, LGBTQ+ RC (AMU 140)
Featured Speaker: Laura Lingle
"Domestic and Sexual Violence and Their Impact on the LGBTQ+ Community."
Bring your own lunch.
11/1 | Film: We Shall Remain
6:30PM, CIE AMU 111
Sponsored by Native American Student Association
10/31–11/3| Dia de los Muertos Altar Display
AMU 2nd Floor Lobby
Sponsored by Office of Intercultural Engagement and Campus Ministry
11/14 | LGBTQ+ & Allies Community Lunch
Reflecting on Faith and Identity
12-1PM, LGBTQ+ RC (AMU 140)
Sponsored by LGBTQ+ Resource Center

Film: Act 31
6:30PM, CIE (AMU 111)
Sponsored by Native American Student Association and the Office of Intercultural Engagement
11/2 | Historicizing the Violence Against Native Women
Dr. Bryan Rindfleisch
4pm, Lalumiere Room 272
Co-Sponsored by the Center for Gender and Sexualities Studies and the Office of Intercultural Engagement
11/29 | Soup with Substance:
Native American Heritage Month

Noon-1PM, AMU 227
Sponsored by Office of Intercultural Engagement,
Center for Peacemaking, and Campus Ministry
11/20 | Transgender Day of Remembrance  

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Consider joining one of the JASPA committees. Committees provide an opportunity to network with colleagues across the country and assist JASPA in carrying out its mission. The committees looking for members include:

If you would like to join a committee please fill out this online form. Once you have completed the form, your information will be sent to the committee chair(s) who will be in touch as to the next steps.

The work going on in Student Affairs has an important impact on students' experience on campus. We do what we do for the students. It is also meaningful to get recognized for our work. The JASPA Community Impact Award is one way we can recognize our colleagues for the contributions they've made to the Marquette Community. This award is given monthly in order to emphasize the many different ways that Jesuit Student Affairs can impact the college community.

To learn more about the JASPA Community Impact Award, visit the Community Impact Award site. As a reminder, if you would like to nominate a person, group, or program for the award, please complete the online nomination form no later than the 5th of each month.

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Marquette Dining Gets National Press

Marquette Dining was recently featured in Food Management Magazine for its pop-up restaurants. This feature is one of the changes in the new dining program. Students have been pleased with the pop-ups for adding variety to their dining options. We hope staff are enjoying the new options, too.

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AMU News

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On Sunday, September 24 all AMU full-time and student staff gathered for a 3-hour annual training. This year’s All Staff theme was Men & Women for Others. The day included activities centered around how we at the AMU can be Men & Women for Others as individuals, and through the work we do in our different departments. Father Andy Thon joined the training to address the group on the topic and explored different Jesuit tenants that fostered into being Men & Women for Others. The day ended with Active Shooter training by MUPD Captain Jeff Kranz.

The AMU Battle of the Department Food Drive that ran 10/2-10/6 collected 361 non-perishable items that were donated to Hunger Task Force. This is up from last year where the drive collected 216 items.

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Neighborhood Clean-Up

MUSG is sponsoring a Neighborhood Clean-Up on Sunday, November 5 from 10 a.m. to noon. Folks who would like to join the effort can meet in the parking lot of the Milwaukee Rescue Mission, 830 N 19th St., at 9:45 a.m. This annual event is part of MUSG's Community Engagement efforts and is a great way to meet students, staff, and community members as well as give back to the Marquette neighborhood. For more information, visit MUSG's website.

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World Pancreatic Cancer Day

Purple RibbonNovember 16 is World Pancreatic Cancer Day. Last year Marquette University Student Nurses Association and Marquette University Colleges Against Cancer co-sponsored a recommendation to recognize the day annually on campus, and MUSG approved the legislation. Therefore, this year MUSG is working with these organizations to make this day more visible across campus with a number of awareness-based initiatives. You can help raise awareness by wearing something purple on Thursday, November 16.
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Residence Life News

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Join the Residence Hall Association for its annual HALLoween trick or treating program! On Wednesday, October 25th from 3:00-7:00 PM, student gHosts will lead groups of children through the residence halls for trick or treating. You and your families are welcome to join! Check-in will be at the AMU, where there will also be carnival games and a boo-tique. Hope to see you there!

The Office of Residence Life has selected the delegation to go to the annual Great Lakes Affiliate of College and University Residence Hall Regional Leadership Conference. This year’s conference is at UW-Lacrosse. Nine student leaders will participate in a variety of programming around leadership development.

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October/November Wellness Events

Employee Benefits Information and Wellness Day is today. Tuesday, October 24, 2017 from 9am-2pm in the AMU ballrooms.  Many health resources are featured at this event.

Massage-A-Thon. Come treat yourself with a relaxing massage from one of Marquette’s 6th year PT students! The MUPT Massage-A-Thon will take place October 30 - November 20 in Schroeder Complex Room 397. Reservations can be made by emailing or by going to our reservation website.

The Marquette Wellness Center is Open! Complete the online liability waiver for access and find out more information on how to use this space on our website

Marquette Wellness Ambassadors Needed! Marquette Wellness is expanding and forming our volunteer wellness ambassador network. This network is intended to help create a work environment that supports healthy lifestyles for all! A Marquette Wellness Ambassador (MWA) will work to encourage healthy lifestyle choices at work, identify environmental supports to influence and enhance co-workers healthy lifestyle, create peer support networks and could even develop department specific challenges, if desired! The Ambassador team is looking for individuals who are enthusiastic and passionate about wellness, that will lead by example, BE THE HEALTHY DIFFERENCE, and provide support within their department! More information is available on our online application or contact Kristin KippApply today!

Access the Marquette Wellness Portal! Marquette Wellness launched a NEW interactive and personalized wellness portal on October 1! This is where you can take your health assessment, enroll in health coaching and participate in activities that will engage and encourage a healthier lifestyle. You can access the wellness portal at You will need to follow the log in instructions and register as a first time user. Please follow the registration formula as outlined on the log in page. 

Marcus Center for the Performing Arts Discounts. Did you know that you can save on tickets to events at the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts, including early access to Broadway shows? Visit: to create your account. Enter the group code, Marquette, to start saving!

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Community Campaign

Thanks to all who participated in this year’s Community Campaign! Participation increased by 33% in comparison to last year, with over 75% of the Division employees contributing. The four departments that reached 100% are:

Alumni Memorial Union
Auxiliary Services
Residence Life
Student Affairs

Great job! Apple pies and cider are coming to your offices soon! AND, Dr. Cole has invited all departments who reached 100% to his residence. The date for the gathering is TBA.

The winners of the final drawing are:
Rob Mullens, AMU—Sobelman’s Gift Card
Lori Lepak, Medical Clinic—Edible Impressions cookies
Sandra O’Donoghue, Rec Center—Edible Impressions cookies
Jennifer Gruber, Residence Life—Starbucks Coffee and Lunch with Fr. Zagone at the Jesuit Residence
Bernardo Avila-Borunda, Campus Ministry—Starbucks Coffee and UPAF tickets
Katie Radtke, Student Development—Pizza Shuttle Gift Card and UPAF tickets

Prizes will be delivered by Wednesday, October 25.

A special thank you to the DSA Community Campaign Committee for your work in making this year’s campaign a successful one!

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Save the Date for the Student Affairs Holiday Party

Christmas Tree A calendar invitation will be sent out for this year’s holiday celebration on December 14, 2017 from 3 PM to 5 PM. This year the gathering will be hosted in the Annex and we will be partnering as a division with the Milwaukee Rescue Mission to donate toys to the children. Please be on the lookout for more details as the date approaches. We hope you will make the arrangements to join us!

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Student Affairs Featured Staff: Kristen Etzelmueller

Kristen Etzelmueller

How long have you been at Marquette?
I have been employed with Marquette since September of 2009.

What drew you into Student Affairs work? 
When I left the non-profit fundraising industry, I wanted to move into a different area of work. Higher education appealed to me because I was very mission driven and had a passion for helping others.  I was intrigued with Student Affairs because of those exact reasons – helping students and the mission of serving the community.  I have learned a great deal about Student Affairs and truly enjoy the experience.

Describe a typical day on the job for you. 
My main responsibilities fall under the administrative tasks of housing within the residence halls.  I maintain occupancy reports, track housing and meal plan billings as well as assist with incoming SPARK sessions and returning student housing selection.  I also schedule the publicity for students’ organizations and campus departments as well as the room reservations within the residence halls.  Customer service is another key area of my responsibilities when working with students and their families.

What is most rewarding about your work? 
Working with and for the students.  It’s so exciting to hear about their coursework and professional and personal goals.  It’s wonderful to have a job on a campus where you can see the growth of the students and the involvement they have within the university and surrounding community.

What is most challenging in your role? 
Trying to make everyone happy with their residence hall assignment!  I can understand the disappointment it causes when things don’t fall perfectly into place for the student. However honestly, I have seen so many success stories of how the housing situation does works out well for the student.   After all, every residence hall on Marquette’s campus has its wonderful perks!

What is your favorite book or author? 
It’s more of my favorite book genre which is either crime/mystery or history.  But, on a softer side I love Karen Kingsbury who is a Christian writer.

What’s the last show you binge-watched? 
Atypical and Fuller House season on Netflix!!!  But, then on the more intellectual side, since I love learning about history, I watched the PBS special The Vietnam War

What’s been your favorite part about working at Marquette so far? 
I was very fortunate to graduate with my Master of Arts degree in Public Service in May of 2010.  I never thought I would go back to school, but it was a very life changing challenge for me personally.  I was so grateful to have that opportunity as an employee.  Another favorite are the professional and personal growth opportunities offered in training, GROW sessions, spiritual enhancement of the Faber Center and having the option to become involved in community outreach.

What do you do to unwind and have fun? 
I have been a member of Jazzercise since 2001 which provides a great workout, and I also enjoy walking and swimming.  I spend a great deal of time with a wonderful group of family and friends as well.  I am also involved with my church as a Hospitality Coordinator coordinating volunteers for the service.  And during Brewers baseball season, I will either be at the game or watching on television!

What advice would you give to new colleagues at Marquette?
My best advice is to get involved in University sponsored programs, events and sessions offered.  This will help you to meet colleagues and see everything Marquette has to present both professionally and personally. 

What advice would you give to Marquette students? 
The same advice as to new colleagues.  Get involved, try something new and enjoy this new journey as you explore everything Marquette has to offer.  This is a pivotal time to discover unique aspects about yourself.

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The next DSA Newsletter will be published on November 28. The deadline for submissions is November 20.

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