September 3, 2015

Dear students,

On behalf of the Division of Student Affairs, I would like to extend a warm welcome to each of you as we begin a new academic year. Last week, I had the privilege of welcoming 1,900 first-year students to our Marquette family as they arrived on campus during move-in day. After I shook many hands and watched emotional goodbyes, I kept reflecting on one takeaway: We have an incredibly diverse class and student body, coming from all walks of life and backgrounds. 

Our new students come from 42 states, two U.S. territories (Guam and Puerto Rico) and 19 countries. Nearly one-third are minority students and 386 are the first in the family to go to college. And, why is that so important? Experiencing a diversity of perspectives is at the heart of your transformational experience here at Marquette. At the core of our Guiding Values and mission as a Catholic, Jesuit institution, we seek to treat each other with respect and dignity, while being inclusive to all.

As you begin your semester this week, we encourage you to take advantage of the many programs, initiatives, resources and events on campus. Some include:

Additionally, ensuring our students feel safe while receiving an education at Marquette is our top priority, and we invest significant resources to provide a secure and healthy environment. If you haven’t already, please download the BlueLight App. It’s an incredible resource when traveling around campus. In the event there is an active safety situation on campus, we notify all students via text alerts and emails. To receive emergency messages, it is important that you update your cell number in CheckMarq.

We expect that you will also take an active role in making our campus as safe as possible by reporting suspicious activity on and near campus, walking in pairs and groups, and using Student Safety Patrols and LIMOs.

If you have questions about our services, please visit the Division of Student Affairs website or call our central office at (414) 288-7206 for assistance.

I wish you all my best for what promises to be an exceptional year ahead.

Jim McMahon, Ph.D.
Interim Vice President for Student Affairs

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