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Marquette sponsored international travel reminder
As you prepare for Marquette sponsored international travel this summer, please remember that under current university rule, any Marquette sponsored international travel must follow the procedural guidelines outlined in University Policy and Procedures (UPP) 1-18 and register with the Office of International Education. Sponsored travel is not limited to credit bearing study abroad programs, but also includes conference travel, funded research projects, site visits or service trips.
Specific requirements depend upon the exact type of travel and full details can be found in UPP 1-18 at Marquette's Office of International Education website. General requirements typically include submitting the Employee Travel Information Form and detailed flight itinerary, accommodation information, and contact information for the duration of the overseas stay to the Office of International Education and appropriate chair, dean or director.
Chinese language students win at 9th annual language contest
Professor Jing Zhai traveled with her Chinese Language students to the Ninth Annual Wisconsin Association of Chinese Language Teachers Speech and Pronunciation Contest in Madison, Wisconsin on Saturday, Apr. 22. The conference, dedicated to building high-quality programs, strengthening teacher development and advancing the field of Chinese language education, gave prizes to six Marquette Chinese language students. Two Chinese 1002 students won awards in the beginner level of the non-heritage college group. Tkhukha Fam was awarded second place and Jeffrey Deropp placed third while four other students won the participation awards. Zhai believes that her students impressed the judges while also providing the Chinese program at Marquette a solid reputation. She is thankful for everyone who supported Marquette’s performance in the event.
2011 Social entrepreneur in residence named a Latin America Social Entrepreneur of the Year
Greg Van Kirk, Ashoka Fellow and Marquette's 2011 social entrepreneur in residence, was named one of six Latin America Social Entrepreneurs of the Year at the World Economic Forum on Latin America on Apr. 17. Van Kirk is a co-founder of Community Enterprise Solutions, a company that seeks to lower risks for micro-entrepreneurs in rural communities, which face a profound and sustained lack of access to vital technologies, products and services that can improve the quality of life. To meet this need, CE Solutions trains, equips and supports first-time entrepreneurs to sell basic products such as efficient cooking stoves and water filters in remote villages around the world. Greg began working in rural small business development as a Peace Corps volunteer in 2001. Since 2004, CE Solutions has worked with 300 entrepreneurs to sell more than 75,000 products in the course of 3,000 village campaigns. The full press release can be found online.
Study abroad students discuss race and U.S. elections in South Africa
A group of Marquette students currently studying abroad in South Africa recently participated in a unique program focused on engaging youth in debate on race and U.S. elections. Held at the Cape Town Central Library, MU students came out to watch the interactive digital video conference on “Barack Obama and the Paradox of Race in the United States” with American historian and political analysis, Dr. Andrew J. Diamond from the Sciences Po Centre for International Studies and Research in Paris. The conference touched on the evolution of the civil rights movement in America and the electoral process in the U.S.. Discussion followed on the impact Democratic versus Republican leadership might have on U.S. foreign policy and international relations, specifically surrounding foreign aid and development assistance to regions like Africa. The feedback from the event was very positive and Marquette students actively took part in the discussion.
GoinGlobal job search database
Today more than ever young people are applying skills learned during college study abroad experiences to obtain jobs worldwide. Marquette’s Career Services Center and the Office of International Education offer an online database, GoinGlobal, for students and graduates to access country-specific career and employment resources, as well as country career guides, H-1B info and country-specific corporate profiles. It is a premier provider of career and employment resources for evaluating, selecting and transitioning into a successful career in a foreign country. The founder and president of GoinGlobal said, “Interest among both new and seasoned professionals in pursuing international careers has skyrocketed in recent years for a variety of professional and personal reasons.” If you are thinking about taking your degree abroad, click here to access and explore the database using your eMarq username and password.
OIE participates in 23rd annual Hunger Clean-Up
Thirteen people participated in OIE’s Hunger Clean-Up team this year to volunteer their time in the Milwaukee community. Students, staff members and their family members were sent to the Housing Authority about a mile away from campus to beautify the apartments surrounding the Hillside Terrace Family Resource Center by painting entrance and porch railings. During an unexpected pizza break, provided by the Housing Authority staff, OIE gained new insights into the Housing Authority properties around the area including what they do for the community, how many people live there and the selection/application process to live there. The Housing Authority of the City of Milwaukee has worked to find suitable housing for 10,000 low-income families for over 60 years offering innovative affordable housing choices. “I didn’t realize how many people apply to live in the houses, and found it interesting that they own a lot of property all around Milwaukee; so it was a learning experience for me as well,” OIE student worker Ann Weber said.
OIE volunteers were also inspired to learn that, Paul Williams, the Housing Authority staff member who coordinated the event, was one of the student founders of Marquette’s Hunger Clean-up in 1989. Williams enjoyed seeing the program continue to serve the Milwaukee community 23 years later.
OIE International student survey winners announced
The Office of International Education gives a big thank you to all of the international students who completed OIE’s programming survey. Student feedback will guide OIE programming in the upcoming year. A special thank you to the following winners of our survey raffle:
- Xiaojing Sun - $15 gift card to Sobelman’s
- Meryem Karaman - $10 gift card to AMU
- Hang Lu - $10 gift card to AMU
- Lu Sun - $10 gift card to AMU
- Ram Sharma - $10 gift card to AMU
Thanks again for taking the time to complete the OIE programming survey!
Friday, May 4
4 - 6 p.m.
OIE Program Center, Holthusen Hall, 4th Floor
Celebrate graduating students and get energized for exam week. Join staff and students for food, cake and beverages, and to recognize all the accomplishments of the semester. The event will include a special recognition of graduating students. All are welcome to attend.
Ethnic Alumni Association Study Break
Wednesday, May 9
7 – 8 p.m.
AMU Lunda Room
Each semester, the Ethnic Alumni Association (EAA) hosts a Study Break with FREE DESSERT for students during finals week. All students are invited to stop by (for any length of time), enjoy a free ice cream social, and mingle with fellow students and EAA board members.
Interpreting for the Community: Essentials for Success
Friday, May 18
8 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Waukesha County Technical College, Richard T. Anderson Education Center
The International Institute of Wisconsin and WCTC are co-hosting this seminar, which features two informative sessions on the roles and skills of interpreters working at various levels in the community. A continental breakfast will open the seminar at 8 a.m. For more information, visit the IIE website.
Festival of India
Saturday, May 19
1 - 8 p.m.
The Cedarburg Cultural Center
The Festival of India will be a colorful explosion of Indian culture ignited by an exciting street dance at 1p.m. Enjoy performances by the Arabhi School of Dance, live Indian music, henna tattoos, sumptuous food, an Indian bazaar, demonstrations, fashion show, and more! This is a free event open to the public.
Sunday, May 20
1 - 8 p.m.
The Bradley Center
Congratulations graduates! Best of luck in all of your future endeavors.
Scholarships & Conferences
Check out our scholarships and conferences webpage dedicated to keeping up-to-date listings of scholarships, fellowships and academic conference opportunities available to undergraduate students, graduate students, faculty and staff. Click on the links below for details and the complete listing.
Academic and Conference Opportunities
-COIL Conference: Breaking Boundaries and Building Bridges with Globally Networked Learning Partnerships
Fellowships and Scholarships
-American Institute of Indian Studies (AIIS) Fellowship Competition