Nominate Students for the Cardoner Scholars Program

Cardoner Scholars graphicThe Cardoner Scholars cohort of fall 2020 has just successfully wrapped up this November. The cohort of undergraduate first and second years spent six weeks learning about Ignatian values and pedagogy, their own strengths and identities as leaders, and reflected on social justice issues to create a personal mission statement that will guide them on their leadership journeys at Marquette. This program helps students build relationships and explores the DSA Contemplatives in Action model to prepare them for whatever leadership opportunities they embark on. Applications come out in January for our spring sessions. Please feel free to nominate first and second years to apply that you believe would benefit from this experience!

OEI Leadership is also working on a new program called Arrupe Ambassadors to introduce in the spring for sophomores, juniors, and seniors. This will be a cohort-based program focused specifically on social justice, vocation, and reflection with guest speakers and collaboration from other offices. Arrupe will help students reflect on their purpose as they look beyond college to set the world on fire. Please send any student names you would like to nominate for this program to!

We update our social media pages and the leaders calendar regularly with dates of applications, our single session programs, and other leadership opportunities on campus. Check us out and stay up to date @marquetteleadership on Facebook and Instagram!

AMU Updates

ACUI Region V Virtual Conference

The 2020 ACUI Region V Virtual Conference took place Monday, November 9 and Tuesday, November 10 with members from the Alumni Memorial Union and others from the university participating in the institutional registration.

Two AMU staff members presented educational sessions during the two-day conference:

  • Dan Abler, Assistant Director Operations, presented on Facilities Perspective on Reopening Our Building During COVIDcovering struggles and successes along the way of getting the Alumni Memorial Union ready to open its doors again after the university shutdown at the start of the pandemic.
  • Cassandra Chmielewski, AMU Graduate Assistant and Cassandra Sandberg, peer SAHE graduate student, presented a Flash session Life of a Student During COVID-19 discussing the transition from ending their undergraduate years at the start of the pandemic, starting up graduate school two months later, and how they are making connections with classmates in the new virtual setting at a new school.

At the conference awards program, two students from the Alumni Memorial Union student employment program were recognized:

  • Carmen Seda, senior in the College of Engineering and AMU student employee coordinator, was named the 2020 Undergraduate Student of the Year for her resiliency in the last year and for all of her efforts in transitioning AMU Student Manager trainings and meetings online.
  • Noelle Wills, junior in the College of Arts and Sciences, received first place student entry in the category of Campaigns in the Graphics Competition for the designs she created for the 2020 MU Homecoming series including event publicity used for the program and the MU Homecoming House Party logo design created for this year’s virtual at home component.

Justice in Action Conference 2021

Save the date. The Justice in Action Conference will take place on Saturday, February 27, 2021. The program will be a virtual program this year, and the planning team is hard at work crafting an engaging experience for students. 

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). We also intend to include historical perspectives on social movements in Milwaukee, space for reflection, and an expression project.

Election Recap

Marquette encourages students to be civically engaged in a number of ways, one of which is by exercising their right to vote. A group of Marquette faculty, staff, and students coordinated many get out the vote efforts across campus, encouraging students to register and vote this election. Offices and departments involved in these efforts include Athletics, the Political Science Department, Residence Life, Community Service, Marketing and Communication, Office of Engagement and Inclusion, Public Affairs, Student Affairs, Student Development, the Honors Program, Marquette Votes, and MUSG among others.

MUSG funded a TurboVote partnership in effort to make voter registration easier for students. A total of 580 people signed up for a TurboVote account through Marquette's TurboVote portal.

In terms of voter turnout, for the wards that encompass the Marquette neighborhood, the unofficial numbers as reported by the Milwaukee Elections Commission are as follows:

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Additionally, Marquette organized a pool of volunteers to act as voting agents for students in quarantine who wished to vote. A total of 12 students utilized this service. Special thanks to those who coordinated this process, volunteered, and/or acted as agents to assist students in exercising their right to vote.

Contemplatives in Action Student Leadership Awards

The 2021 Contemplatives in Action Student Leadership Award selection marks 52 years that Student Affairs has recognized student leadership through an awards program. Student Affairs recognizes  leadership aligned with our Leadership Development Model in the spirit of being a contemplative in action, one who's leadership is expressed in service with and for others. Students are recognized for their contributions to the Marquette and greater community in a number of leadership areas.

Departments will select individual students to receive Contemplative in Action Leadership Awards and Emerging Leader Awards. Departments can also nominate students for Magis Awards and the Thon Award for Leadership. The deadline for award selections and nominations will be March 8, 2021. 

The award program itself will take place virtually again this year and details will be announced in the coming months. Additional information on the selection process is posted online.

The next newsletter will be published on Tuesday, January 12, 2021.  Please send any items you'd like included to Jen Reid by Tuesday, January 5.

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