Divisional Updates

Mission Week

Mission Week 2019, Open to Your Life’s Purpose,  will take place February 4-10.  This year Mission Week will look at one of the stories from the life of St. Ignatius of Loyola, the founder of the Society of Jesus, when he sat by the Cardoner River and had the realization that God was in everything.  In order for St. Ignatius to have the experience that he did, he had to be open, present in the moment, quiet and listening, and reflective among other things.  During Mission Week, we are challenging our Marquette community to be open and truly be present in the moment.  In the quiet clarity of being open, we come to understand the Divine in all things.  And we begin to understand our place among them.    

Here are three ways that you can be a part of Mission Week 2019

  1. Display the Mission Week Poster and Butterflies in your office area.  Yes there will be colorful butterflies all over campus amid the snow and cold.
  2. Register and attend Mission Week events and encourage your fellow colleagues and students to attend events.  There will be many amazing speakers on campus during the week, and we would love to show them the support of our Marquette community by filling the room. Many of the events require registration, so check out the Mission Week website today and reserve your spot at any or all events! 
  3. Donate to our service project and help stuff purses.  We are so excited to be partnering with Fresh Start Learning Inc, and Purpose-filled purses.  We have a mega goal of collecting and stuffing 500 purses/back packs.  The donation drive is happening right now and then we will have a stuffing event during Mission Week.  Donate and sign-up today! 

National Marquette Day

National Marquette Day is Saturday, February 9. This year, Student Affairs has launched a number of efforts aimed at preventing high risk alcohol consumption:

  • A letter to students posted on Marquette Today signed by the VP of Student Affairs, VP and Director of Athletics and the Chief of Police that voices support of students who choose not to drink as well as lays out expectations for abiding by the law and University Conduct Code.
  • Letters from the deans to students in their colleges in support of the message above.
  • Letter to all faculty from Acting Provost Ah Yun that alerts faculty to prevention efforts and resources.
  • Alcohol Free Programming on Friday and Saturday collaboratively planned by students and staff in Student Affairs.

Staff are being asked to show support and attend events. Please review the sign-up sheet, if interested and available in helping out at Saturday’s events. 

Lunch with the Provost

The March lunch with the Provost is earmarked for staff. If you have interest in joining Kimo for lunch (in March or some other time in future), please encourage them to complete the online form to sign up.

Student Personnel Young Professionals Learning Network Conference

Tying Together for a Seamless Student Experience: How innovative campus connections among students, functional areas, academic affairs, and other institutions improve the student experience.  


February 16, 2019 | 9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. | The Commons at Marquette University | 721 N 17th St, Milwaukee, WI 53233

Early Registration Cost: $22 ($32 with parking)

Hosted by Marquette University's Graduate Organization for Student Affairs in Higher Education

Dr. Xavier Cole, Vice President for Student Affairs, will present as the keynote speaker. Additionally, presenters from various schools in the greater Milwaukee area including Marquette University, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and University of Wisconsin–Whitewater will be showcased. The SPYPLN Conference of 2019 will be a unique networking opportunity for young professionals interested in student affairs. Lunch will be provided during the conference.

Please register for the SPYPLN Conference and forward this registration form to any contacts that may be interested in attending.

If you have any questions, please email SPYPLN2019@gmail.

Orientation Leaders Applications

Photo of 2018 Orientation LeadersWe have officially launched the Orientation Leader 2019 application, and we need your help to spread the word to emerging leaders! Applications are due Monday, February through Handshake (Part 1) and Qualtrics (Part 2).

Each year, a diverse team of 110 dedicated students are selected to assist with Orientation. Orientation Leaders serve as group facilitators, resource people, and role models for new students and family members. Contributing to Marquette’s community as an Orientation Leader is an exciting opportunity for personal growth and professional leadership development!

If you have any questions, please reach out to Katie Radtke (

Living Learning Community Opportunities

Applications are now open for all sophomore Living Learning Communities for the 2019-2020 academic year.  If you work with students, faculty and staff who might have a passion in these areas please share this information with any first year student who you think may be interested. There are three options available:

  • Dorothy Day Social Justice LLC focuses on service and justice
  • DIVE LLC focuses on inclusion and dialogue around difficult conversations  
  • Nuestro Hogar LLC is an inclusive and welcoming environment for all those who value the Latinx community, culture, and identity

Justice in Action Conference

Justice in Action graphicEncourage students to register for the JUSTICE IN ACTION CONFERENCE, Saturday, February 23, 2018, 9am - 3pm in the Alumni Memorial Union.

A collaboration among multiple departments and students, the conference will provide both entry-level discussions around allyship, privilege, volunteerism and social justice issues prevalent in our community. Conference participants will explore their roles in
affecting social change, especially in the context of a Jesuit institution.

Online registration is open through February 17. The first 80 students to register will receive a conference t-shirt. There is no cost for students to attend.

Black History Month

Black History Month graphicFebruary is Black History Month, and there are a number of events planned on campus to celebrate the rich history and culture. Some highlights are as follows:

Monday, Feb. 11 | Africa Comes to America | AMU 157 | 6–8 p.m.
A panel discussion moderated by Oby Nwabuzor, MBA will articulate insights into cultural, claim identity, and biases; explore issues of life purpose; meaning and faith through a cultural lens; articulate and scrutinize personal values and beliefs; and analyze similarities and differences among cultures. This dialogue is a unique opportunity for Marquette University students and community members to hear from natives on being Black in America, the struggles, the barriers, the strive for success, the root of culture and why we all are one. Register online.

Monday, Feb. 18 | Soup with Substance | AMU 252 | 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Constitutional Awareness Week. Video: Former President Obama Provides Civics Lesson Sponsored by Office of Intercultural Engagement & Center for Urban Research, Teaching, and Outreach

Thursday, Feb. 21 | Speaker: Dr. Kelly Lytle Hernandez | AMU 254 | 6 p.m.
Sponsored by Office of Intercultural Engagement & Center for Urban Research, Teaching, and Outreach

Friday, Feb. 22 and Saturday, Feb. 23 | Film Screening: Milwaukee 53206 | Varsity Theatre |
2/22: 8 p.m.| 2/23: 8 p.m.& 10 p.m.
Sponsored by Office of Intercultural Engagement & Center for Urban Research, Teaching, and Outreach, and MUSG

A full calendar of events can be found online.

The next newsletter will go out March 5, 2019. If you have news you'd like shared with the Division and Campus Ministry, please email the information to Dr. Jen Reid, Director of Student Affairs Assessment and Communication.