Welcome Back! We are well into the spring semester, and even though the temperature is cold, we are excited about the many opportunities and activities that the staff in the Division of Student Affairs has in the works. The division's newly written strategic plan demonstrates our commitment to Marquette's Mission, and we are already putting the document into practice.
We know how hard you work during the week at your academics, so we have designed many programs and events that not only complement your studies, but also help you to balance out the rigors of academia. Check the Late Night Marquette calendar and weekend line-up for a listing of events going on both on and around campus. Programming in the residence halls is one way to keep busy while taking a break from your studies as well. Check with your RA for other offerings both within your residence hall and across the campus. And if you are seeking something more active, visit the Rec Plex or Rec Center (which has had some new additions over the break). Fitness classes and intramurals are a great way to meet people, connect with friends, and work toward a healthy lifestyle.
In addition to those opportunities to kick back and let off a little steam, we also seek to help you reflect upon your many experiences. Intercultural Engagement, part of the Office of Student Development, has put together a calendar of events for Pan-African Heritage Month (Feb. 1 -28), which includes ample opportunities for discussion and dialogue. The Connections and Callings series is another opportunity for you to explore your gifts and talents and see how they meet the world's needs. Campus Ministry offers retreats for students as well if you are looking to explore Ignatian spirituality.
Your physical and mental health are also important. This is cold and flu season, so be sure to dress appropriately for the weather, and if you are feeling under the weather, do not hesitate to visit Student Health Service. Getting back into the swing of campus life can certainly be challenging, so if you begin to feel overwhelmed in any way, I urge you to find someone with whom you can talk. Our Counseling Center is a great resource.
Take advantage of what this campus has to offer. I wish you the best this semester. Marquette is committed to your success.
L. Christopher Miller, J.D., Ph.D.
Vice President for Student Affairs