January 14, 2015

Dear Students,

I am excited to start a new semester, but as our Jesuit mission encourages us, it’s important to take time and reflect. This past semester the university welcomed new members to Marquette’s leadership. I have never felt more excited to be a part of this university, and I have no doubt the renewed sense of mission and purpose that we experienced last fall will continue into 2015. I want to start by sharing with you a letter sent to the university by Jennifer Waters’ parents that expresses their deep gratitude for our community’s warm response following Jen’s accident in Madrid. This is a real testament to the Marquette spirit, and I’m proud of our students’ outpouring of support.

Next, Iíd like to highlight a few initiatives that the Division of Student Affairs is working on and supporting.

Inclusion and diversity continue to be two of our priorities. We have already begun to expand resources for you by renovating the Center for Intercultural Engagement which was completed during the Christmas break. Later this semester, all Marquette community members will be asked to participate in a campus climate study. You will receive a survey in February and I encourage you to thoughtfully respond to the questions. The more feedback we get, the better able we are to serve your needs and continue to make Marquette a welcoming and inclusive place for everyone.

Your safety and wellbeing is always a top priority. To that end, we continue to explore the possibility of creating a commissioned Marquette police force. A report has been completed and provided to President Michael R. Lovell, who will evaluate the recommendation for the impact it would have on the effectiveness of our public safety resources and campus safety. As that process continues, I continue to encourage you to take LIMOs, use our Blue Light phones and walk in groups. You can also download an app called BlueLight, which has a “walk safe” feature that allows you to share your traveling location with a close contact.

I also want to share that we continue to explore the feasibility of building new residence halls and additional upgrades for our wellness/recreational facilities. Such developments would be long-term aspirations and we are committed to maintaining and updating existing spaces as we can.

Beyond these larger initiatives, I cannot overlook the ongoing resources and programs offered at Marquette. As the spring semester begins, please make plans to participate and take advantage of some of the following opportunities:

Lastly, donít forget about the 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.

Sincerely,

Dr. L. Christopher Miller
Vice President for Student Affairs


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