January 21, 2016
I want to take this opportunity to welcome new students to campus and welcome back those who are returning. As we begin a new year and semester at Marquette, I’d like to echo what Provost Myers addressed in Tuesday’s letter. I am inspired by the steps we’ve taken to be a more inclusive campus, but there is certainly more work to be done.
Speaking of work, Marquette’s Master Planning process is in full swing. Students will continue to be a critical part of this process. Your feedback is instrumental in shaping the future of our university.
Looking forward to this semester, I’d like to highlight some opportunities you can take advantage of and be involved in:
- Welcome back week: The Office of Student Development will host a number of events this weekend, including the Spotlight Talent Show, snow tubing at the Rock and the Snow Ball Dance. All events are guaranteed to be fun, exciting and free to all Marquette students. For ticket information, visit the Late Night Marquette website.
- Winter O-fest and the Community Service Fair: Explore more than 250 Marquette student organizations and learn about volunteer opportunities from nearly 40 local agencies today, Jan. 21, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on the second and third floors of the AMU.
- Lunch with President Lovell: President Lovell will host a series of lunches with students. Dates for the spring semester are Wednesday, Feb. 3; Friday, Feb. 26; and Wednesday, April 6. All lunches are held on the fifth floor of the AMU from noon to 1 p.m. Students interested in participating should fill out a request form. They will be contacted by the Office of Student Affairs to confirm attendance.
- Mission Week 2016: The week begins with Mass on Sunday, Jan. 31, at 11:30 a.m. at the Church of the Gesu. This year’s theme is Ecojustice—Committing to Our Sacred World, and there are many opportunities to engage throughout the week, including a dialogue dinner sponsored by MUSG in which students will have the opportunity to talk openly and honestly with faculty and staff.
- Greek Life recruitment: Recruitment for Marquette’s sororities and fraternities occur in January and February. Information and registration is available online.
- Search for the Vice President for Student Affairs: Student input is needed at an open forum with the search firm on Monday, Feb. 1, from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. in AMU 277.
- Wellness: Fit passes are on sale for $50 for the semester. Rec Sports will offer more than 40 classes a week between the two facilities in addition to free weekend classes. Try the classes out for free during the week of Jan. 25.
Marquette offers many other opportunities and resources for students, including recreational opportunities offered by the Department of Recreational Sports, academic support programs through Student Educational Services, internship and job search support from the Career Services Center.
The Marquette community, including the staff in the Division of Student Affairs, is here to support you and help make the most of your college experience. If you have any questions about the resources or programs available, 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 a great semester ahead.
Jim McMahon, Ph.D.
Interim Vice President for Student Affairs