Happy New Year from Dr. Cole

Happy new year and welcome back to campus. I hope the holiday break was rejuvenating and that each of you took some well deserved time to spend with family and friends. As we begin this semester, I am full of hope that the work we do with students will start to show itself in the way our students engage in the world, that we are moving toward a more compassionate and inclusive society.

In terms of our campus community, Student Affairs continues to work toward inclusivity and has made progress on the priorities we set back in August.

First Generation College Students
First Gen Trailblazers continues to meet under the coordination of Dr. Marla Delgado-Guerrero, Counselor and Diversity Coordinator with the Marquette Counseling Center, and Dr. Joya Crear, Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs. One initiative that will commence this semester is the “I AM 1st GEN” campaign. Any staff or faculty person who was a first generation college student can receive a sticker to display on their office doors so that students know they have allies and mentors on campus. The campaign will be rolled out this semester. Look for more information coming soon. There’s also professional development on first gen students planned for next month.

African American College Students
Under the direction of Dr. Joya Crear, Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs, the African American Student Success Task-force has been convened to assess and address the needs of this vital population of students. The charge of the task force is to conduct a thorough examination of the programs, policies, and practices that impact the African American student experience. This data-informed examination will culminate in a summary of short- and long-term recommendations for successfully building and supporting initiatives and an institutional climate that promotes access, engagement and inclusion across Marquette University for African American students.

Additionally, we are working to create a multicultural pre-orientation program that will assist in retention and success efforts as well as looking to engage these students' families better, creating opportunities for them to connect more easily with campus. We have received some funding from a donor toward this program and excited to begin crafting what this experience will look like for students and their families.

Alcohol and Drug Prevention
We continue to make progress toward a Collegiate Recovery Program at Marquette and have received funding from a donor to make the program possible. Possible spaces to house the program are being identified and staffing models discussed. Additionally, the Trustees who sit on the Student Experience and Mission subcommittee will have a presentation on Alcohol and Other Drugs on campus at the February meeting.

I am grateful for the care, compassion, and thoughtfulness you all bring to our work. I am proud to say “We Are Marquette” because we do make a difference. Best wishes for the start of the semester.

Dr. Xavier A. Cole
Vice President for Student Affairs


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Student Affairs News and Updates

Student Leadership Awards
As was noted in a recent email, some changes have been made to the Student Leadership Awards process and program for this year. The number of award categories has been reduced to three: 1) Emerging Leader Awards (first-year and sophomores only), (2) Magis Awards (all class levels), (3) Andrew J. Thon S.J. Award for Leadership (senior only). Additionally, recipients of the Emerging Leader and Magis Awards will be directly selected by individual departments. Departments can still nominate a senior for the Thon Award, which will be chosen by a selection committee.

More information can be found on line.

Student Affairs and Campus Ministry staff are encouraged to add the names of the students they are considering for selection to the online spreadsheet in order to see if there is any overlap in names across departments.

Final selections for the Emerging Leader and Magis awards (and nominations for the Thon Award) should be submitted by each department via the selection form by Friday, February 23.

DSA Leadership Committee
In the interest of communicating about and coordinating leadership efforts within Student Affairs, we are reconvening the DSA Leadership Committee. The former committee was established in 2005 to create a leadership development model that encouraged the development of leadership in service to others. The re-convened committee will be a means to collaborate on leadership initiatives in an intentional, coordinated way.

If you have interest in being part of this committee, please email Jen Reid. People who have expressed interest will be convened for a meeting within the coming weeks.

National Jesuit Student Leadership Conference 2018 logoNational Jesuit Student Leadership Conference
This year's National Jesuit Student Leadership Conference will take place July 18-21, 2018 at LeMoyne College in Syracuse, NY.

NJSLC is a student-led, student-planned conference designed for student leaders to prepare for their leadership positions with other students. The conference is comprised of workshops, group discussions, social programming, a day of service, and opening and closing banquets. NJSLC gives students a unique opportunity to develop leadership skills, learn how other institutions’ student government and organizations function, and compare ideas to further the Jesuit mission. This year's conference theme is "Ignite Your Magis."

Registration is now open. The cost to attend varies depending upon when students are registered, with an Early-bird registration rate of $395.00 per student through March. Registration include meals, lodging, conference workshops, and social activities. Transportation to Syracuse is not included in the conference fee.

Consider sponsoring a student who's involved in your department's programs/services. This is a great opportunity for our students to develop in mission and connect with student leaders from other Jesuit institutions. If you have interest in sponsoring a student to be part of this year's delegation, please contact Jen Reid in Student Affairs for more information.

DSA Holiday PartyGratitude
Thank you to everyone attended the holiday party at the Annex. It was a wonderful time to enjoy the season together and reveal some hidden bowling talents! Thank you additionally to all those who brought a gift for the Milwaukee Rescue Mission. The turnout was terrific and the toys, winter wear, and other contributions were much appreciated by the community at the center.

Congrats to Clara Dwyer and her family as they welcome their newest member Michael Dwyer, who was born on Friday, January 12. Mom and baby are doing well. (Note: If you need to contact Dr. Cole via email, please do so directly as Clara will be out on family leave.)

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Professional Development

The next DSA professional development opportunity will take place on Thursday, February 15 from 9:45 to 11:30 a.m. in the AMU Ballrooms. The session will feature Dr. Zebulun Davenport, Vice President for Student Affairs at West Chester University and co-author of the book First-Generation College Students: Understanding and Improving the Experience from Recruitment to Commencement. (Dr. Davenport's presentation will begin at 10 a.m.)

We're excited to partner with EOP and Enrollment Management on this initiative in effort to better serve Marquette's first generation college students. More information about this event was included in the Outlook calendar invitation.


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JASPA Annual Awards: Submission Deadline January 26, 2018
JASPA is proud to sponsor nine distinct awards to recognize outstanding programs and individuals working in Jesuit Higher Education institutions.  All JASPA award recipients will be announced at the JASPA Spring Annual Awards, and listed on the JASPA website.

JASPA recognizes that there are many great individuals who demonstrate a high level of commitment and excellence in Jesuit Student Affairs work. JASPA also recognizes that there are many examples of promising practices that exist in academia. We ask you to nominate individuals, programs, and services that contribute to collaboration or integration of student and academic affairs in a college or university setting. We can all benefit from learning about successful educational endeavors in these collaborations from our colleagues and honor those individuals who model exemplary performance in our Jesuit educational settings.

To learn more about the JASPA Annual Awards and to nominate, head to the JASPA Annual Awards site.

Here is a list of all the awards:

If you have questions about any of the awards or the submission process, please contact Aris Mosier, the Chair of the JASPA Recognition & Awards Selection Committee at or 310.338.7620

JASPA Annual Conference
Join your colleagues on Saturday, March 3, 2018 at Saint. Joseph’s University for the 2018 Annual Conference and Awards Banquet.

Registration information is available on the JASPA website or through the Annual Conference website. Early Registration pricing ends January 19, 2018.

If you have not already done so, please let Jen Reid, who is Marquette's JASPA liaison, know if you are attending, as she will coordinate a list of Marquette attendees and share that info among them.
NOTE: Attendees should register themselves, however.


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LGBTQ+ Resource Center Open House

January 22nd from 4-5:30 | Co-Sponsored by Gender and Sexuality Alliance (GSA) Student Organization

Join the LGBTQ+ Resource Center for an Open House from 4-5:30pm on Monday, January 2 for an Open House. The newly re-formed Gender and Sexuality Alliance Executive Board will be present along with the LGBTQ+ Resource Center staff. We are hoping to engage with staff, faculty, and students about the upcoming semester while providing a space for people to socialize. Light appetizers and refreshments will be provided. Hope to see you there!


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January/February Wellness News

Join Sodexo and Marquette Wellness in the new Innovation Kitchen! Come dine with Chef Jim Udulutch and your Marquette Wellness Team on January 25, 2018 from 12-1pm! Chef Jim, with Innovation Kitchen will provide information to all attendees on how the Innovation Kitchen will be partnering with Marquette Wellness through the Healthy Cooking Series. Q&A with Sodexo Dining Staff and the Marquette Wellness team will be offered with buffet lunch ($6.50 per person includes $5.00 off for attending presentation) refreshments recipes and schedule for upcoming Wellness & Healthy Cooking events. RSVP required.

Mindfulness Meditation classes begin January 29, 2018. You can register on line for this FREE 8-week class. 

Read the latest edition of the Employee Wellness Blog, which has information on a variety of wellness topics.

It's winter, and if the cold weather has put a damper on your outdoor walking, consider walking indoors right here on campus.

Marquette Wellness Introduces a New Wellness Initiative Fund Grant Program for departments or areas on campus to enhance their employees’ well-being. Our goal is to change the environment in which we work. We believe that changing our culture to support healthy behaviors at work will not only have a lasting impact on employee well-being, but also help to build a campus community that is supportive of health and well-being while fostering positivity and fun. Marquette Wellness has a budget to award up to $30,000 for FY 2019.We encourage creative and long-term solutions to support wellness in your department and across campus. More information can be found on line in our grant guidelines. The application deadline is 4:30pm on February 28, 2018. If funds remain available after this submission deadline, grant applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis throughout 2018. Only one application per department/area will be accepted. All initial award recipients will be notified by the end of March. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to Kristin Kipp. 


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Social Justice in Action Conference

Social Justice in Action Conference FlyerThis year's Social Justice in Action Conference will take place on Saturday, February 17 in Cudahy Hall. The conference is a one-day leadership development opportunity that engages students in exploring their roles in affecting social change, especially in the context of a Jesuit institution.

The conference will provide both entry-level discussions around allyship, privilege, volunteerism and social justice issues as well as more advanced skill-building for students who already identify as advocates and activists (for example, conflict management, effective marketing, storytelling, self-care) and will also include historical perspectives on social movements in Milwaukee, space for reflection, and an expression project.

There is no cost to attend. Please encourage students to sign up.


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Sample the Soups

Save-the-Date for Sample the Soups! This annual fundraising lunch supports Hunger Clean-Up. Stop by for some hot soup, live music, and take-home handmade ceramic bowl. Suggested donation just $5. February 27, 11am-2pm. Sponsored by Sodexo.

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Staffing Updates in Student Development

January begins with us celebrating the retirements of Sue Pendzich and Jeananne Bargholz: we are grateful for their years of service to Marquette and proud of their many contributions to the lives of our students.

We are happy to welcome the new Student Development Administrative Assistant, Kristin MaierMerz! Kristin is a graduate of UW-Green Bay and worked for the last two years as Administrative Assistant/Technical Operations Specialist in the Global Education Department at Fox Valley Technical College. She will join us on January 16—the first day of the semester.

Finally, Demetria Anderson has been named Director of Campus Activities and Student Involvement, having started as the Interim Director in September. Prior to starting at Marquette, Demetria worked at UW-Milwaukee, Hiram College, and Ursuline College and several other colleges in the Midwest. Demetria serves as the Chair of the Board of Directors for the National Association for Campus Activities and holds leadership roles with Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated.


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AMU News

AMU staff at St. Ann's CenterThe Alumni Memorial Union and Sodexo retail dining staff had the opportunity to volunteer at the St. Ann Center for Intergenerational Care on Wednesday, January 10.  St. Ann’s Center provides intergenerational, community-based health and educational services for children, adults, the elderly and people with disabilities.  It was a great opportunity for some of us to get out of our comfort zone and work hand in hand with the staff and meet some of their amazing clients.  This picture represents some of the AMU & Sodexo staff that were in attendance.

Once back on campus Stephanie Byrd and Jim Udulutch from the Innovation Kitchen demonstrated techniques in preparing an incredible entrée.  We’re excited for their official opening next week!  

Our amazing lunch was followed by a discussion on learning outcomes led by Ali Myszewski.  Ali talked about the DSA Co-Curricular Learning Outcomes that have been in development for the past couple years which will on focus Domain A: Life Skills and how the AMU will utilize assessment through semester student performance reviews for reporting beginning April 2018.

We rounded out our day with Dr. Kathy Coffey-Guenther from the Office of Mission and Ministry who joined us to reflect on living the mission and engaging change along with the importance of being present in your life.  Kathy’s approach was very relatable; we could not help but be captivated by her knowledge and passion for Marquette.

On Sunday, January 14 the AMU Student Manager Team took part in their spring semester back-to-school training.  In keeping with the fall All Staff theme of Men and Women for Others, the SM Team participated in Red Watch Band Bystander Intervention Training facilitated by a peer educator from the Wellness Center. The day also included team building activities and preparation for events in the semester ahead.


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Student Affairs Featured Staff: Deb Swanson

Deb Swanson with Rec Center ColleaguesTell us a little about yourself.
I grew up in Lake Geneva and attended Badger High school. I receive BS from UW-La Crosse and MS from UW-Madison. I taught for five years in Kenosha before going to Wisconsin.

I played college basketball and field hockey and had an opportunity to try out for the first Olympic field hockey team in the late 70’s.  Unfortunately, I tore my ACL in basketball and that ended my chance to attend the Olympic tryouts.  I also represented the USA in a basketball tournament in Brazil and played against Japan, Soviet Union, Brazil and Taiwan.

What drew you into Student Affairs/Rec Sports work?
I had a graduate assistantship in recreation at WI and decided exercise physiology wasn’t for me and my future was Rec Sports.  I interviewed for Intramural Sports job at Marquette in 1982 and was lucky enough to be offered the position.  After 35 years in Rec Sports and several different positions within the department, I’m looking forward to retiring this July.

What was your first position working with students?
I taught 7th, 8th and 9th grade physical education and health education.  I also coached at the high school level and junior high level.  I quickly realized that I needed to make a career change and decided to go back to school for a graduate degree.  That was the best decision I made and totally changed my life.

What’s been your favorite part about Milwaukee so far?
I love the summers around here because of the number of festivals and outdoor activities.

What do you do to unwind and have fun?
Lots of golf, pickleball, travel and getting together with friends.

What advice would you give to newer student affairs practitioners?
There will always be a few bumps in the road so take things in stride and be flexible.
You should ALWAYS have fun at work.

What advice would you give to Marquette students?
Take full advantage of your time at Marquette and participate in student organizations and activities outside of the classroom.  Those experiences will stay with you forever and better prepare you for the next phase of your life.  


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The next DSA Newsletter will be published on February 20, 2018. The deadline for submissions is February 12.

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