NEWS & HIGHLIGHTS

Study Abroad Fair Friday, Sept. 6

Flowers lying on the bridgeTake your education abroad!  Visit the joint Office of International Education and Office of International Business Studies Study Abroad Fair Friday, September 6, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. outside of AMU (rain location is on the second floor lobby of AMU). Marquette students, staff and faculty will have the opportunity to explore Marquette's study abroad opportunities and meet program representatives, students who have studied on the programs and study abroad coordinators. To learn more about specific programs, attend region-specific information sessions September 9-13 in the OIE Program Center on the fourth floor of Holthusen Hall.

Monday, September 9
5:30 p.m. Spain – Marquette en Madrid
6:30 p.m. Latin America

Tuesday, September 10
4:30 p.m. Canada
5 p.m. France
6 p.m. Germany
7 p.m. Italy

Wednesday, September 11
4:30 p.m. Denmark
5 p.m. England
6 p.m. Ireland
7 p.m. Australia

Thursday, September 12
5 p.m. China and Hong Kong
5:30 p.m. Japan, South Korea and Philippines
6:30 p.m. Middle East and North Africa

Friday, September 13
4 p.m. South Africa

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A warm welcome to new international students

A rescued scholarThe Office of International Education is happy to welcome its newest and largest group of international students. From Australia to Sweden, 200 undergraduate, graduate and exchange students arrived on campus to begin their studies at Marquette this fall.

The new international students came together for three days of orientation to get acquainted with the campus and life at Marquette. After a day full of information, new students met current students at a welcome picnic where they played games and got to know each other. The Marquette men’s soccer team joined us for tennis football, a water balloon toss, and balloon-popping trivia games. Check out photos from the event on our Facebook page.

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For Senegal Peace Corps volunteer, idea of service was planted at MU

Map illutrating diaspora Eight months into her two-year commitment, Peace Corps Volunteer Vivian Hoke is integrating into her local community in Senegal and tackling sustainable agriculture projects alongside local farmers. But her early success in West Africa can be attributed at least partly to experiences she had on the other side of the world at Marquette University.

Hoke graduated from Marquette with a bachelor’s degree in International Affairs in May 2012. Reflecting on her time there, Hoke can cite several examples of people and experiences that both led her to and prepared her for Peace Corps, starting with studying abroad through the South Africa Service Learning program.

“I think that program is a wonderful primer for anyone who may be considering Peace Corps,” Hoke said. “In fact, six out of the 20 of us who lived in the house together are either serving in Peace Corps Africa now, or went back to Africa to study or work.”

Hoke is one of 14 Marquette alums currently serving as Peace Corps Volunteers around the world. More than 680 Marquette graduates have served as volunteers since the agency was created in 1961. Read more about Hoke's work in the Peace Corps on the Midwest Peace Corps blog.

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Ashoka U announces unique grant opportunity

Suburban homeMarquette University has been recognized as an Ashoka U Changemaker Campus, which is a prestigious network of colleges and universities recognized for their commitment to social innovation. Ashoka U in partnership with PhotoWings, a nationally recognized nonprofit, is requesting project submissions for “Insights: Past, Present, and Future Self Through Photography,” a photography-based, interdisciplinary project opportunity.  

Faculty, staff and/or students from Ashoka U Changemaker Campuses are eligible to receive $1,000-$5,000 grants to host interdisciplinary photography-based projects that spark big ideas.  Proposals can be developed either as an extracurricular initiative or for an in-class assignment. The goal is to connect diverse individuals from across disciplines that might not ordinarily have the opportunity to collaborate. Grant applications are due Wednesday, Sept. 18. View the online call for proposals for more information.

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EVENTS

Study Abroad Fair
Friday, September 6
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Outside AMU

Learn about Marquette's study abroad programs. Talk with advisors, program representatives and study abroad alumni. Find out what taking your education global is all about.

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Indian Summer Festival
September 6-8
Maier Festival Park, 200 N. Harbor Dr.
www.indiansummer.org

Indian Summer Festival is celebrating its 27th year as the largest festival in the country celebrating Native Americans. The festival features traditional dancing, a tribal farmers market, a traditional marketplace, canoe rides, a special exhibit on native languages from the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian and more. The festival also offers a wide array of traditional Native American food including frybread, buffalo meat, venison, freshwater fish and roasted corn.

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Study Abroad Information Sessions
September 9-13, evenings
OIE Program Center, Holthusen Hall, 4th Floor

Interested in learning more about specific study abroad programs? If so, put the study abroad information sessions on your calendar. Study abroad coordinators and students who have been on the program will discuss program highlights to help you decide on the best program for you. Visit our website for exact dates and times.

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International Student Day with Marquette Soccer:
Men's and Women's Double Header

Sunday, September 8, 2013
Meet at the AMU Info Desk at Noon; Tailgate starts at 12:15 p.m. at Valley Fields

Join us as we cheer on Marquette in the world's most popular sport, soccer! Meet at the AMU Info Desk at noon and walk down to Valley Fields together for the student tailgate at 12:15 p.m.. At the tailgate, meet the men's soccer team, play 1 v. 1 in Fifa, 3 v. 3 on the soccer field, and enjoy free food! One lucky student will take home a USA Soccer prize pack valued at $150.

The Marquette women’s team plays Colorado College at 1:30 p.m. and the Marquette men’s team plays Drake University at 3:30 p.m. In between the men's and women's game, all international students will be invited onto the field to showcase Marquette's international community. Following each game, head over to the main entrance for post-match autograph sessions.

Donate one new or used soccer equipment item and receive two for the price of one admission. Wish list includes: soccer balls, cleats, uniform/practice shorts, uniform/practice shirts, ball pumps and new socks. All of the items collected will be donated to children in need as part of the Marquette Global Brigades 2013-14 trips.

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Social Entrepreneurship Luncheon
Monday, September 9, 2013
11:30-1 p.m.
AMU Ballrooms

Join the Social Innovation Initiative at Marquette at a fall luncheon featuring Dr. Carolyn Woo, president & CEO, Catholic Relief Services. Dr. Woo will describe how Social Entrepreneurship – a burgeoning field dedicated to solving social problems, including poverty, education and health care – is changing the way CRS impacts the lives of nearly 100 million of the world’s poorest people in over 100 countries. RSVP to universityspecialevents@mu.edu 

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Series on Sikhism
Tuesday, September 10, 2013
6-8 p.m.
AMU Ballrooms

Join the Marquette community to explore Sikhism, an often misunderstood religion. Learn about the true meaning of Sikhism and their role in society.

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Late Night Marquette: Fiesta!
Saturday, September 14, 2013
9 p.m.
Central Mall

Join Late Night Marquette for celebration of Latin American culture on the central mall.

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Cuba and the Politics of Class, Race, and Gender Justice
Wednesday, September 18
5-7:30 p.m.
Cudahy Hall 001

Norma Guillard Lamotta, Cuban feminist, filmmaker, gender justice activist, and psychologist, will present a film screening of Viviendo al límite (Living to the limit), a moving human portrait of a group of people diagnosed as HIV-positive in Cuba in 2004. Discussion will follow. Questions? Contact Dr. Susannah Bartlow, director, Gender and Sexuality Resource Center, 8-0704.

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Literacy and Inclusion: Cuba, 1961-2013
Thursday, September 19, 2013
7-9:30 p.m.
Cudahy Hall 001

Sociologist and independent filmmaker, Catherine Murphy, alongside Norma Guillard Lamotta, Cuban feminist, filmmaker, gender justice activist, and psychologist, will present a series of films discussing literacy and inclusion in Cuba from 1961-today. Films include Maestra (Teacher), La Tarea (Homework), Ni preguntas ni respuestas (No Questions or Answers). Discussion will follow. Questions? Contact Dr. Susannah Bartlow, director, Gender and Sexuality Resource Center, 8-0704.

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Scholarships & Conferences

diplomaCheck 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.

Fellowships, Scholarships and Conferences
- David L. Boren Scholarships & Fellowships for study abroad
- Gilman International Scholarship for study abroad
- Robert Bosch Foundation Fellowship
- Energy Africa Conference
- ISEP Communications & Marketing Internship

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CONTENTS

ALUMNI PROFILE

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Victoria Yang
Biomedical Sciences ‘15
Sophia University, Spring 2013

Studying abroad in countries outside of Western Europe opens up an array of country-, region- and language-specific scholarships. Victoria Yang, HESC ’15, studied abroad at Sophia University in Japan last spring and was fortunate enough to receive a $3,200 scholarship from the Japan Student Services Organization (JASSO), an institution that works to enhance international exchange and understanding.

Q: Why did you decide to study abroad at Sophia University?
A: I'm very interested in Japan and its culture. I like the fusion of old tradition and modernization that Japan offer. 

Q: Describe your experience in Japan.
A: My experience was amazing! I really loved the people. They were so helpful, especially with foreigners. I was able to explore many places and learned so much more about Japan as I lived there with the people. 

Q: What is your favorite part about living in Japan?
A: Each place in Japan has its own charm that makes it unique. The Tokyo Tower is this massive tourist attraction full of gifts and nick-knacks but if you take a small trail you can find yourself witnessing a traditional Buddhist ceremony at a temple.

Q: What was the biggest challenge you encountered?
A: The hardest part about Japan was the language, for sure. I've taken about a year and a half of Japanese, but it was not nearly enough to convey what I want to say. Also, learning the language in a classroom is very different from applying it in daily life. 

Q: How will your semester in Japan help you in your major field of study?
A: My semester in Japan will help me step out of my comfort zone and walk in the shoes of someone else. In Japan, I can't act like I did in America. I have to adapt myself to a new culture and make myself aware of other people. In order not to be rude or offend someone, I have to watch what other people do and observe them. This will help me in the future because I will have to know how to act in front of patients in order to be accommodating towards them! 

Q: Do you have any advice for students thinking about studying abroad?
A: I want to tell students to study abroad if they can! Instead of going to a place in Europe, they should try some place new and different (like Japan)!

 

 



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P.O. Box 1881
Milwaukee, WI 53201-1881
414.288.7289