Fulbright Scholars Program lifts limits and adds flexibility

Fulbright logoFor the 2014-2015 competition, the Fulbright Scholars Program has implemented several important changes. The restrictions regarding previous Fulbright experiences will no longer be a prohibitive factor in applying for an award.  Preference, however, will continue to be given to candidates who have not previously received a Fulbright. The Fulbright Program also now includes dependent supplements for same-sex domestic partners. 

In addition, U.S. scholars can now apply for "Flex Awards."  This initiative allows scholars who are unable to spend extended periods of time abroad to propose multiple stays of one to three months in the host country over a period of two to three years. The total proposed visits should equal approximately one semester of exchange. For awards focusing on teaching opportunities, applicants should include information about their planned lectures, seminars or colloquia. Suggesting areas of expertise outside those specifically noted in the proposal may make an applicant more attractive to hosting institutions.

In addition to their primary research or teaching activities, flex award scholars will be asked to give public talks, mentor students, and otherwise engage with the host-country academic community. Some programs may offer opportunities for multi-country research, but these should be discussed with the appropriate CIES staff.  For more information about flex awards and to view a list of countries offering these types of awards, please visit the CIES website.


International flag sashes available to purchase for May graduates

Universidad Iberoamericana Puebla logoMay graduates who hold citizenship from another country or who have gone overseas on a Marquette program have the opportunity to order an international flag sash to wear at the spring graduation ceremony To purchase a flag sash, students must complete the online order form and return the form and check made out to Marquette University to the Office of International Education by Friday, April 12. The cost is $32 for a single country sash, $42 for a double country sash and $52 for a triple country sash. Flag sashes from all countries are available.


Celebrate International Day 2013

Universidad Iberoamericana Puebla logoOn Friday, April 5 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Marquette will host International Day 2013, an event created to celebrate cultures all around the world. Marquette is home to international students from 68 countries, each of which has its own unique history, culture, and traditions.

“As the world becomes more global and interdependent, activities like International Day provide the Marquette community opportunities to enhance their knowledge of the world and to better navigate a global society,” said Susan Whipple, assistant director for the Office of International Education.

Students will be able to walk around and visit individual booths designed by international students and groups. From flags to clothing to specialty cuisine, the event will expose Marquette students to many different elements of cultures around the world. International Day 2013 will take place on the second floor of the AMU. For more information, email: world


Chinua Achebe, renowned figure in African literature, dies at 82

Universidad Iberoamericana Puebla logoChinua Achebe, the acclaimed Nigerian author and professor best known for his 1958 novel Things Fall Apart, passed away last Thursday after a brief illness. He was 82.

Achebe is revered for the role he played in African literature, particularly bringing an African perspective to the story of colonialism. Things Fall Apart, his most famous work published in 1958, told the fictional story of Okonkwo, a respected leader of the Umofia tribe in Nigeria.

The novel was praised for its accurate depiction of the social, historical, and cultural situation in Africa at the time. As Simon Gikandi, professor of English at Princeton University describes in The Chronicle Review, “Things Fall Apart transformed the African social imaginary, the stories Africans tell about themselves, their relation to the world, and their place in the narrative of modern time.”

On the 50th anniversary of the publication of Things Fall Apart in 2008, Achebe reflected on the book’s creation and influence with The Chronicle Review, “I knew that there was a story that was needed, that was waiting to come.”

While the novel’s publication initially drew criticism because Achebe had written in English, the language of the colonizer, today it has become a staple in college and high school classrooms. Achebe went on to write a number of other novels, including No Longer at Ease, the sequel to Things Fall Apart published in 1960.

Achebe was most recently a professor at Brown University, where he joined the faculty in 2009. Before that, he taught at Bard College for 19 years.


New book supports investing in women in a global economy

Universidad Iberoamericana Puebla logoA new book published by the Institute of International Education (IIE) and the American Institute for Foreign Study (AIFS) Foundation, Women in the Global Economy: Leading Social Change, brings together distinguished academics and practitioners to analyze women’s role in the global economy.

The book reviews a broad range of issues in the global economy, including the contributions and impact around the world of women as agents of social change. In this new global economy, investing in women is increasingly seen as a driver for social and economic development.

“We hope this book will encourage corporate leaders, policy makers and educators to learn about the best practices and implement effective policies and programs to promote women’s participation in the economic and social sphere,” said Allan Goodman, President and CEO of the Institute of International Education.



CalendarFrom excursions to the Milwaukee Art Museum to holiday celebrations, the Office of International Education offers a wide variety of programming open to all Marquette students. Check our events calendar for an up-to-date schedule of events.

A Dialogue about Measuring Intercultural Competence
Tuesday, April 2
12-1:30 p.m.
OIE Program Center, Holthusen Hall, 4th Floor

Join the Center for Teaching and Learning and the Office of International Education in welcoming Dr. Darla Deardorff, executive director of the Association of International Education Administrators, in an engaging discussion about intercultural competence and our students. Lunch will be provided. Registration is currently closed.


Fulbright Scholars Program Info Session
Thursday, April 4
12-1 p.m.
Raynor Library, Beaumier Suite C

Any Marquette faculty interested in the Fulbright Scholars program should attend the Office of Research and Sponsored Program’s Fulbright Brown Bag Lunch information session. The university’s 2011-2012 Fulbright recipients—Dr. Dan Meissner, Dr. John Borg and Dr. Larry Soley—will discuss their experiences with the program, ranging from writing the application to the teaching and research projects they engaged in while abroad to the impact their Fulbright had on them personally.  A question and answer period will follow their remarks.

Beverages and desserts will be provided.  Please reply to by April 1st if you plan to attend.


International Day
Friday, April 5
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
AMU, 2nd floor

Discover the many cultures that are represented across Marquette. International students and student organizations put together informative booths to share their culture with the greater Marquette community. Join us for great food, music and more.


Marquette Henna Wedding Day Celebration
Saturday, April 6
5:30-8:30 p.m.
AMU 227

Experience a traditional Arabic-Muslim Henna Night – a celebration that takes place the night before a wedding as the bride, groom, their family and friends gather in ceremony. This re-creation will feature a real Marquette couple, Alexander Fabrizio and Rochelle Christensen, who will be married this summer. Share in a ceremonial feast, listen to traditional music and spread the cheer. This is a public event. For more information and to RSVP, please contact


Towards a Spirituality of Accompaniment
Saturday, April 6
8 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Cousins Center, 3501 S. Lake Drive, St. Francis

This workshop will help us look at the strengths and challenges of our efforts to develop real partnerships and illustrate some of the best practices. Kim Lamberty, of Catholic Relief Services and a Marquette grad, will lead a reflection on new ways of relating with our global partners. She will guide us in a lively discussion of our experiences in parish twinning and global solidarity. The workshop will provide opportunities to share with each other, discover practical insights, and plan new ways to strengthen our twinning partnerships. Cost is $10 and includes lunch.

More information, including the day’s schedule and link to RSVP can be found online. If you have any questions, please contact us at 414-758-2280 or


Putting Global to Work: How to Utilize Your International Experience for Post-graduation Opportunities.
Tuesday, April 9
5-6:30 p.m.
OIE Program Center, Holthusen Hall, 4th Floor

This workshop will assist study abroad alumni and students with other international experiences with: incorporating the experience into the job application process including resumes, cover letters and interviews; exploring post-graduation opportunities abroad and considering careers that have a global impact; learning about real-world international career experiences from professionals in the field or former international volunteers.


Giving Voice to Muslim women in India
Wednesday, April 10
12-1 p.m.
OIE Program Center, Holthusen Hall, 4th Floor

Join us for a thought-provoking discussion on human rights with Naish Hassan, the founder and president of Bharatiya Muslim Mahila Andolan, India's largest Muslim women's network, with over 20,000 members. Hassan is carrying out a tireless campaign to give greater rights to women under India's Islamic law- such as banning unilateral oral divorce practices and ending child marriages. Beginning her work in the Muslim slums of Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, Hassan also has helped send hundreds of girls to school for the first time and given legal aid to victims of gender violence. Hassan has been an advocate for women's rights for over a decade, won several awards, and is a frequent commentator on the status of Muslims in India.

She will be joined by Caroline Neilsen, a Wisconsin native, who has worked in international development for five years with Freedom House, an international human rights advocacy organization and the Peace Corps. Neilsen also worked on-the-ground in India with Hassan and will share her experiences. Please RSVP to


"Putting yourself on Paper: Cover Letter and Resume Writing" Workshop
Wednesday, April 10
3:30-4:30 p.m.
OIE Program Center, Holthusen Hall, 4th Floor

Learn the guidelines for writing effective resumes and cover letters for the U.S. job market. If possible, bring a copy of your current resume and/or a copy of a cover letter that you have written to this session. This event is limited to 24 participants and professional dress is required. Refreshments will be provided. RSVP to Brenda Rodriguez at by noon on Monday, April 8.


Healthcare in a High Risk Environment
Thursday, April 11, 2013
4:30-6:30 p.m.
Clark Hall Room 111

Hear from Dr. Edmundo Mesta, CEO of Hospital Angeles Torreon in Mexico. Torreon is one of the most dangerous cities in Mexico, due to drug cartel activity. Join us to learn about the day-to-day struggles professionals face to provide healthcare in one of Mexico’s most volatile areas. RSVP to


Third Annual International Caribbean Conference
April 11-13
Various times and locations

The Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures will host the third annual Caribbean Conference Thursday, April 11-13. The conference will kickoff on April 11 from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. in Cudahy, 001. Cuban author Zoe Valdez will deliver the keynote address. Valdez has been named this year's recipient of Spain's Azorin Novel Prize for "La mujer que llora" (The Weeping Woman), a work about a lover and muse of Pablo Picasso. A reception with light refreshments will follow the event from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. followed by a round table event from 7-8:30 p.m. For the full conference schedule visit the FOLA website.


Green Card Process: Immigration Workshop
Friday, April 12
1-2 p.m.
OIE Program Center, Holthusen Hall, 4th Floor

Mr. Bob White of Masuda Funai will be providing guidance to international students and faculty about how to navigate through the complicated U.S. immigration maze in order to obtain H-1B and permanent resident status. Mr. White will be discussing potential changes to the U.S. immigration system which may affect legal immigration for international students and faculty. Please join your fellow international students and faculty members for this immigration workshop.


“The UN: From Canadian Eyes” Ambassador Guillermo Rishchynski
Tuesday, April 16
4-5:30 p.m.
OIE Program Center, Holthusen Hall, 4th Floor

Marquette welcomes Ambassador Guillermo Rishchynski, permanent representative of Canada to the United Nations to discuss, “The UN: From Canadian Eyes.” Ambassador Rishchynski will discuss the importance of the United Nations in pursuing security in the 21st century. The United Nations is a space where all nations of the world can work collectively to confront common challenges and pursue shared objectives through consensus and diplomacy.


International Poetry Reading
Tuesday, April 16
11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Raynor Library, Lower Level, Beaumier Suites B&C

Come celebrate National Poetry Month. Bring your lunch to the library and relax as you listen to poetry from around the world. If you would like to read a non-English poem, contact Dr. Jason Meyler to schedule a reading time.


"Telling your story: Interviewing Skills" Workshop
Wednesday, April 17
3:30-4:30 p.m.
OIE Program Center, Holthusen Hall, 4th Floor

Become familiar with the interview process in the U.S. and develop your interview skills during this hour long workshop! Specific emphasis will be placed on identifying and articulating the unique qualities and skills that you as an international candidate possess. This event is limited to 24 participants and professional dress is required. Refreshments will be provided. RSVP to Brenda Rodriguez at by noon on Monday, April 15.



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.

Fellowships, Scholarships and Conferences
- SUNY Language PACT Workshop : “Building Community to Strengthen Language Learning”
- Bridging Scholarship Program
- Student Traveler Internship
- Women & International Policy Seminar - May 20-24
(for students interested in foreign policy)





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Claire Seigworth
Arts and Sciences, ‘12

“It is really important to ensure that projects are sustainable long term for the community,” explains Claire Seigworth, Arts and Sciences ’12, as she describes her job as Business Brigades Developer for Global Brigades, the world’s largest student-led global health and sustainable development organization, serving the poor in Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama and Ghana. Founded by Marquette graduates in 2003, the organization has mobilized thousands of university students and professionals to improve quality of life in under resourced regions of the world.

Seigworth began working for Global Brigades last August. As Business Brigades Developer, she quickly learned the art of community organizing in the areas surrounding Torti, Panama, a rural village three hours east of Panama City. Seigworth and her co-workers met regularly with community members to help determine what financial services and business guidance would best help the community become more economically stable.

The local cooperative and agricultural association identified the need to build a slaughterhouse in the community so the farmers wouldn’t have to travel so far with their cattle. When Deloitte, a financial services company based in the U.S., expressed interest in sending volunteers to Global Brigades to leverage their professional knowledge for good, Seigworth coordinated their project plan. At Marquette, Seigworth was determined to become bilingual in Spanish and studied abroad her junior year in Santiago, Chile. She used her language skills daily in Panama, and served as the primary translator for the Deloitte volunteers throughout their project.

“In addition to helping the community determine what they would need for the slaughterhouse, the volunteers put on accounting and personal finance workshops,” Seigworth explained. "Every project plan is designed to be sustainable for the community, and it becomes part of Global Brigades strategic exit strategy. Our goal is to create an environment in which we are no longer needed."

Due to her strong writing skills, Seigworth was recently offered a new position at Global Brigades as online content developer. She moved back to Wisconsin in December and works remotely managing website content, writing blog posts, and recruiting new volunteers.

"Marquette's liberal arts education provided me with critical thinking skills that helped me succeed at Global Brigades. I was able to learn quickly by researching and evaluating information, and then applying the knowledge to solve problems." For students interested in working abroad, Seigworth suggests, “Be confident in yourself and your abilities. And put yourself out there. It is a lot of work, but you will find the right position for your skill set.”

To get involved in Global Brigades here at Marquette visit the Global Brigades website.





Office of International Education
P.O. Box 1881
Milwaukee, WI 53201-1881