Dear Marquette community:
As the first week of our remote learning comes to an end, I want to acknowledge how very difficult this transition is for all of us. I’ve heard firsthand from students who are deeply saddened at not being able to return to campus. These changes are especially hard for our seniors – this is not the last Marquette semester they expected. I’ve also received feedback from faculty and staff going through the arduous task of moving their courses to an online format in less than a week.
When our educational system is being disrupted by forces outside of our control, it’s normal to feel disappointment as our routines change and we are separated from our closest friends and colleagues. As we struggle to find a new normal, I am reminded of the outstanding students, faculty and staff who make Marquette so special. From the students who have found creative ways to support each other in a virtual world, to the faculty who are sharing prayers and funny videos to keep our spirits high, your resilience is inspiring.
In times like these, it’s more important than ever to focus on our faith, gratitude and lifting each other up. 1 Peter 4:8 says, “Most important of all, continue to show deep love for each other.” That is what I’m asking of the Marquette community.
Students – even though most of you are not physically seeing your friends on a regular basis, make it a point to check in with each other. In this time of social distancing, we must look for new ways to personally connect with each other. If you are feeling alone or overwhelmed, the Counseling Center is providing services via telephone, (414) 288-7172. Please ask for help if you need it. We are all here to support you.
Faculty and staff – please continue to reach out to your students and offer your support, guidance and empathy during this time of uncertainty. I also ask you to look out for each other. Check in with your chair, your dean, your vice president. Access the Employee Assistance Program, which is available via phone 24/7, (800) 236-3231. As you care for our students, make sure you’re also caring for yourself.
These are unprecedented times. We are all being asked to make life changes and sacrifices to promote safety for all. Our Jesuit principles provide us the foundation to move forward together.
We are Marquette.
Michael R. Lovell