August 27, 2014
As we embark on a historic moment at Marquette – welcoming Dr. Michael R. Lovell as the university’s first lay president – the Division of Student Affairs extends a warm welcome to each of you for what promises to be a milestone year in the life of the university. Below please find information on news and upcoming events pertaining to student life at Marquette.
- Organization Fest and Community Service Fair: Marquette students are engaged students. Be sure to drop by this semester’s O-Fest and Community Service Fair on Thursday, Aug. 28, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on the Central Mall to learn about how to join student organizations and volunteer at non-profit agencies throughout the city. If you are unable to attend, log in to Marquette Involvement Link or visit the Center for Community Service to learn more.
- Safety and Wellness: Ensuring our students feel safe while they are receiving an education at Marquette is our top priority, and we invest significant resources to provide a secure and healthy environment. Students are also expected to 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 when traveling around campus after dark. Students should be aware that cell phones have increasingly been a target for criminals. The Department of Public Safety advises that students do not use their cell phones while walking on campus, and if approached, to give up their property immediately. In the event there is an active safety situation on campus, students are notified via email and text alert. Update your cell number in CheckMarq to receive text alerts.
- Bias Incident Reporting and Diversity Climate Study: Marquette is committed to creating and maintaining an inclusive community in which the dignity of all individuals is respected. Each of us has a responsibility to take action against bias of any kind by reporting it in one of the ways outlined on the Bias Incident website. In addition, as part of a comprehensive diversity plan, a working group of faculty, staff and students is currently working with a consultant to develop a university-wide campus climate study on diversity and inclusiveness. The study will be administered to all faculty, staff and students in spring 2015.
- Academic Integrity: For the 2014-15 academic year, Marquette will take a more proactive approach toward building knowledge and developing a culture around academic integrity. Several new initiatives will remind students of the importance of academic integrity, including a mandatory online tutorial developed for all undergraduate students. The tutorial can be accessed through D2L and should be completed by Oct. 24, 2014.
- Inauguration of Dr. Michael R. Lovell: The Inauguration of President Lovell will celebrate the university’s Catholic, Jesuit faith tradition and give us all a reason to show our blue and gold Marquette pride. The Inauguration Ceremony is Friday, Sept. 19, at 3 p.m. in the Al McGuire Center. One free ticket per Marquette ID is available to each student in the AMU Brooks Lounge while supplies last. The first 500 students to pick up their ticket will receive a free Gold-out T-shirt to wear to the Inauguration. The Inaugural Mass will be held Thursday, Sept. 18, at 4 p.m. in Church of the Gesu. Tickets are not required. In addition, there are many events with President Lovell throughout Inauguration Week that are being planned specifically for students. I encourage you all to participate and meet our new president.
Beyond these updates, don’t forget about the ongoing services of Student Educational Services for tutoring and academic support, Intercultural Engagement to help foster a diverse and inclusive environment, the Counseling Center to care for your mental health, Marquette University Medical Clinic to care for your physical health, Recreational Sports for opportunities to stay fit and Campus Ministry to strengthen your faith.
If you have any 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.
Dr. L. Christopher Miller
Vice President for Student Affairs