January 22, 2014

Dear students,

This week we celebrate MLK Days of Engagement. As I reflect on the words of Martin Luther King, Jr., I am reminded of how far we have come in our struggle toward respect for the dignity of all people and also how much work there is still left to be done —  work that can and should be undertaken here at Marquette.

As I write this, it strikes me that respect comes in many forms: Respect for oneself and the responsibility each of you has to make choices that keep you safe and healthy. Respect for your peers, which means treating others with dignity, watching out for your fellow students and stepping in when others are potentially in harm’s way —  whether that be from drug and alcohol use to academic dishonesty to harassment of any kind. Bystander Intervention Training can help empower you to know when and how to help your friends. More than 500 students have been trained to date, and I encourage all of you to get involved. On a broader level, we expect that each and every one of our students respects what this university stands for, takes those messages of respect to heart, and acts in ways that demonstrate cura personalis both on and off campus.

Providing each of you with the academic, spiritual and emotional support you need to succeed is at the heart of all that we do here at Marquette. I’d like to call your attention to just a few of the programs and services available during the upcoming semester:

Don’t forget about the resources of Recreational Sports to enhance your physical wellness, Student Educational Services for tutoring and academic pursuits, and the Career Services Center as you prepare for internships and employment.

The Marquette community, including all the staff in Student Affairs, is here to support you and to help you make the most of your college experience. If you have any questions about the services or opportunities available, please visit the Division of Student Affairs website. If you can’t find what you are looking for, you can always call our central office at 414-288-7206 for assistance.

Dr. L. Christopher Miller
Vice President for Student Affairs


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