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Pilgrims - Susan Jennifer Ellen

Five days into our time in Assisi, the pilgrims from Marian University have all experienced in new ways what our Franciscan sponsorship values mean—for us as individuals and for the Marian community.

Prayer has been a constant for us. Daily Eucharist—whether in small chapels, large basilicas or our hotel--has become the centering experience of our journey. More than half of us are not Catholic, but this most significant of all Catholic rituals has embraced all and engaged us in the formation of a community of individuals renewed in our commitment to the mission of Marian University—to be a great Catholic university dedicated to excellent teaching and learning in the Franciscan and liberal arts tradition.

Reverence for the dignity of every individual stands out as the first, and perhaps most treasured, Franciscan value. Meeting Francis and Clare as we have done—intimately and in amazing detail—has shown us how different they were from each other and from us. But we have also witnessed how much they cared for each other and for others, especially the poor and the sick, the outcast and the vulnerable. Through their eyes we see that every man and woman is made in God’s image, a wonder to behold, no matter how different from us. Marian’s commitment to serve a diverse student body has been reaffirmed as an incredibly important feature of who we are and what we stand for as a Catholic Franciscan community...read more

Pilgrims - Susan Jennifer Ellen

Five days into our time in Assisi, the pilgrims from Marian University have all experienced in new ways what our Franciscan sponsorship values mean—for us as individuals and for the Marian community.

Prayer has been a constant for us. Daily Eucharist—whether in small chapels, large basilicas or our hotel--has become the centering experience of our journey. More than half of us are not Catholic, but this most significant of all Catholic rituals has embraced all and engaged us in the formation of a community of individuals renewed in our commitment to the mission of Marian University—to be a great Catholic university dedicated to excellent teaching and learning in the Franciscan and liberal arts tradition.

New Student Organization Aims to Make Campus and Community Healthier

by Katie Bradley | Mar 19, 2014

A new campus organization, the Preventative Health and Wellness Club, is working to make the campus and community healthier. The group is on a mission to promote health and wellness to students and the surrounding community-at-large, by empowering them with the knowledge to make informed decisions about their mental, emotional, and physical wellness.

Striving to reach people of all ages and demographics, members of the club travel to different community events and schools to give interactive presentations. Recently, the club visited Eliza A. Baker School #55 and presented to K-3 classes, teaching them about germs: how they spread, how they work, and ways to avoid illnesses.

“To start off, we asked the children what they knew about germs. They actually knew a lot about germs—much more than I expected,” said Amber Boska, first-year medical student at the Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine (MU-COM) and co-vice president of the Preventive Health and Wellness Club. “After that, we gave them a few more facts about what “germs” are and how they can be taken care of through hand washing and using hand sanitizer.”

After the initial germ discussion, the group organized several fun and interactive ways for the kids to learn about germs, including an inventive game that put food coloring (representing the germ) against soap, in a bowl of milk.

The day ended with an epic game of freeze-tag where designated students played “germs” who immobilized their classmates and others, including Marian University medical students, played “soap-er heroes” and saved those tagged by the germs. Like any great Marvel comic, the “soap-er heroes” came out victorious.

“Throughout the whole experience, the students were engaged and asking questions. In my future career as a physician, one of my goals is to educate the community about their health, and this club provides me with the opportunity to work toward this goal a little earlier than I initially anticipated. It’s fantastic,” said Jenna Schultheis, first year medical student in MU-COM and president of the Preventive Health and Wellness Club.

Currently, the 10 members of the club are students in MU-COM. However, they are actively looking for more members, including nursing students and other undergraduates to join. 

Look for the Preventative Health and Wellness Club at the upcoming WTHR Health and Fitness Expo on April 26-27. Members will be involved in the MU-COM “Celebration of Wellness 5K” on Saturday, April 26 at 8:30 a.m. Details will be posted on our website when available.

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