Olson Leadership Institute

SAVE THE DATE: October 3, 2020

The Division of Student Affairs and Campus Ministry will be hosting the Olson Leadership Institute on October 3, 2020. We invite all students with leadership roles to attend and encourage our colleagues to make this part of your fall training calendar.

The Olson Leadership Institute will explore the Contemplatives in Action Leadership Model, using Strengths Finder to help students better understand themselves as individuals and in groups and community. As currently planned, the institute will be held from 10am to 1pm, leaving time in the afternoon for your team to continue job-specific training if desired. More details forthcoming as the program adapts to changing health considerations. We appreciate your flexibility.

If you have any questions, please contact Ali Myszewski. The Olson Leadership Institute is funded by a generous donation from the Olson Family.

Student Affairs Shoutouts

In this time of uncertainty, gratitude is especially important. Psychology Today notes many benefits of gratitude including improvements to psychological and physical health as well as enhancing empathy and reducing aggression. Long before studies confirmed such benefits, St. Ignatius placed gratitude as a means of growing in relationship to God and others. Indeed gratitude is practiced each time one prays the Examen.

We want to express our gratitude to everyone in Student Affairs who has made sacrifices, adapted routines, and been innovative in how we serve our students not only during this pandemic, but also throughout the year. We also want to recognize folks for particular accomplishments this past semester.


Two members of the Alumni Memorial Union staff were recognized as award recipients at the Association of College Unions International annual conference:

  • Edi Kuhn has been named the association-wide 2020 ACUI Richard D. Blackburn New Professional Award recipient that honors an emerging leader in the profession for their energy and involvement in advancing campus community. Edi was previously recognized at a regional level receiving the Rising Star Award for New Professionals. However, this award includes potential nominees from all 8 regions in the association that span the entire United States as well as Canada, Mexico, Ireland, the United Kingdom, Australia, Bermuda and Qatar.
  • Tricia Dobrient named the annual 2020 ACUI Values Graduate Student recipient presented to individuals who continuously uphold the ACUI core values in their daily work. The importance of the college union is actively demonstrated through this individual's commitment to unconditional human worth, joy, learning, caring community, innovation, diversity, and integrity.  

Office of Residence Life

Much gratitude and appreciation for the staff in ORL. 

Each of the hall directors have gone above and beyond, and while most have left campus they have continued to manage the move out, held virtual office hours, led social events all in order to help student feel connected during a scary, unknown time. Thank you, Whitney Woodson, Evan Williams, Geno Hampton, Jeni Edwards, Grace Konyar, Garrett Sims, Torchia Rogers, Bernadette Heitschmidt, Kristina Davila.  Equally, our apartment hall directors have continued extraordinary work while many of their residents remained on campus and now prepare for move out and turn over before summer residents move in.   Laura Klinger and Eric Hetland along with Rachel Tepps (Assistant Director) and Mike Gerard (Assignments Coordinator), you rock!

Special note to our graduate assistants and the work of the central staff.  Tracy Gerth-Antoniewicz has worked to keep virtual social engagement going along with our SGN Marquette edition. Renee Dowdy continues to keep our desks staffed and trained to meet our students’ and families’ needs. Sean Berthold has set up move-out sign-up systems, done rising sophomore room selection virtually, and is preparing for incoming students' assignments.  While doing this he has partnered, negotiated and problem solved packing, storing and shipping efforts for students who could not return. Woot!

While all this goes on, Michelle Carlson has managed an influx of office calls, time card processing, and trouble shooting all from her home.

ORL, you make Marquette home from home!

The next newsletter will go out in August 2020, prior to the opening of the semester. If you have news you'd like shared with the Division and Campus Ministry, please email the information to Jen Reid by Friday, August 14, 2020.