President’s message

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Energy, imagination and innovation are qualities I see every day across the Marquette campus and Milwaukee community. We’ll be seeing more of all of them in the pages of the redesigned Marquette Magazine.

Since I learned about a redesign of our alumni magazine, I’ve been looking forward to how the publication will more completely chronicle our work to create a student learning experience that’s second to none.

We have made distinctive progress in enhancing the student experience throughout November. First, we sank shovels into the construction site for a new residence hall — a development you’ll learn more about in coming months. It was followed by two outstanding events that further connected us with the community. Both were part of our new Marquette Forum (marquette.edu/forum) and allowed us to share a meal with people we might not otherwise have met.

A full house gathered at Redeemer Lutheran Church near campus to consider race and segregation in Milwaukee. The conversation gave me and others at the university insights into better understanding the challenges faced in the community — especially in the wake of unrest a few miles north of campus last summer — and how Marquette can better use its time and talents to help work toward solutions.

President Lovell hosts a pre-game huddle for the Golden Eagle’s women’s soccer team.

The Marquette University Student Government screened the documentary Two American Families. From the film and subsequent conversations it was clear that a great many opportunities in life depend on education. The words I heard made me even more conscious of and committed to a founding principle of Marquette: to provide educational opportunities to first-generation college students.

Finally, in late November, the annual Forward Thinking Poster Session and Colloquy drew faculty, staff and students together to discuss future research, which offered ideal opportunities for interdisciplinary partnerships.

These November events and conversations had in common a focus on a better future: a better place for students to live, a better understanding of the world around us, and a better approach to working together on research.

I know alumni share a deep interest in what happens on campus and a commitment to pitch in wherever and whenever possible. Please stay connected, watch our progress, and write to let me know what you think at president@marquette.edu.

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