A welcome back message from Dr. Xavier Cole, vice president for student affairs

Dear students,

Welcome back to campus! I hope you enjoyed a safe and peaceful Winter Break with family and friends.

First, I want to commend and thank you for your perseverance and flexibility as we continue to face this pandemic. Last year presented its challenges, but you remained committed to being the difference and helping us create a safe in-person Marquette experience.

I know it hasn’t always been easy, but through it all it is important to remain hopeful. Hope is a discipline. Just like yoga, meditation and mindfulness, we must practice hope to nourish our spirit and be in community with others.

We have an outstanding community here at Marquette to turn to when in need of a boost of hope. I encourage you to get involved through campus events, student organizations and wellness classes. O-Fest, scheduled for Feb. 3, is an outstanding opportunity to discover a new passion, hobby or group of friends.

We come together mindful that the pandemic is not over. We must continue to take steps to protect the health and safety of others. Marquette continues to have an indoor mask requirement, and we require all individuals to wear a well-fitting multi-layer mask in all campus buildings — please read the latest mask guidance online.

Additionally, all eligible students are required to upload proof of a booster shot to the MU Medical Clinic Portal by Feb. 1. The AMU Ballrooms will host a walk-in vaccination clinic on that same day, with first, second and booster doses available. By getting vaccinated and boosted, you are not only protecting yourself — you are protecting your fellow community members, your families and friends.

Please carefully read Marquette’s COVID-19 mitigation policies for this semester.

It is easy to lose sight of other aspects of health amid the pandemic, yet it is truly more important than ever to practice self-care and wellness. There are plenty of resources available for students to nurture both physical and mental health.

Take advantage of the recreation facilities and wellness classes. If you’re struggling or not feeling well, don’t hesitate to reach out for help. The Counseling Center offers virtual appointments and has partnered with SilverCloud to offer free virtual mental health resources. The Marquette Medical Clinic  is here to serve you as well.

There is an entire Marquette community behind you, cheering you on and ready to lend a hand.

Dr. Xavier Cole
Vice President of Student Affairs