Marquette alumni remembers JFK's assassination

JFK HeadshotPatricia Lefevere, a writer for the National Catholic Reporter, shared her experience as a student of Marquette University on the day John F. Kennedy was assassinated. This year marks the 50th anniversary of JFK’s death, which is remembered by all as a historic and tragic day in American history. Lefevere recalls notifying her professor of the event, and the rage they had all felt during those moments. Lefevere stated, “We left in tears, in silence, with indigestion and no evident homework. Many of us made our way next door to the Church of the Gesu, whose lower church was already swelling with student mourners and local Milwaukeeans. Never have I experienced such quiet.” The assassination of John F. Kennedy was a moment where time stood still in America. It is an event that will not be forgotten in the hearts and minds of all. The full article of Patricia Lefevere’s recollection of the event as a Marquette student can be read here.


Dr. German Carrillo inducted into the Academia Norteamericana de la Lengua

Dr. German Carrillo headshotDr. Germán D. Carrillo, a Spanish professor at Marquette University, was recently appointed full member of ANLE (Academia Norteamericana de la Lengua or North American Academy of the Spanish Language). The prestigious academy which turns 40 this year is a nonprofit, apolitical organization with the stated purpose to promote the unity of, and spread, the standard but always changing Spanish language in the United States. The 36 full members comprising the North American Academy are creative people who include linguists, lexicographers, essayists, scientific researchers, Spanish language historians, translators and members of other disciplines. Carillo has also served as a correspondent member of the organization since March of 2011.

Carillo explains, "This is the realization of a life-long aspiration and career defining moment. I am grateful to the Academy for this honor which I humbly accepted last month. ANLE will also publish a book I wrote two years ago about the most recent Colombian literature with a certain emphasis on Nobel Prize winner Gabriel Garcia Marquez (5 short essays), my favorite author. Other more recent and equally fascinating authors are also included in that book. I hope to be more involved in ANLE's international and national endeavors that deal with the growing and changing Spanish language in the United States."

The group also works closely with The Royal Academy of the Spanish Language, a very high level organization founded in 1713. The Royal Academy is the leading authority on the Spanish language and of the Academy Dictionary. It is in charge of maintaining the linguistic unity of Spanish despite its huge geographical extension and regional vocabulary variations. Professor Carrillo will also become a Corresponding member of the Royal Academy after addressing the ANLE corporation early next year in New York. Learn more about the ANLE group from their website.


European Alumni Network gathered in November

Group photo of European Alumni NetworkMarquette alumni and current study abroad students gathered in London on Nov. 7, for an event to bring European alumni together in celebration of Marquette. John Ferraro, alum and vice chair of the Marquette Board of Trustees, hosted the reception in the offices of Ernst & Young in London. With the help of Belton Flournoy, Bus Ad ’03, the event welcomed 23 attendees, many from the London area as well as others from as far as France, Germany, the Netherlands and the U.S.

Several alumni, and a current Marquette student presented at the reception. Michael Peterson, Bus Ad ’04, gave a university update and Rebecca Heinen, Eng ’15, provided a profile of current undergrad students, and also shared some of her own Marquette experience.

The event raised $500 in proceeds that will benefit the Office of International Education Fund that supports Marquette students studying abroad.


Italy: How Food Shaped a Nation

Italian cuisineFor students looking for an additional fascinating globally focused course to take for spring 2014, consider, Italian 3200: Italy: How Food Shaped a Nation. Taught by Claudia Pessarelli, this course is destined to make you hungry. The course description explains: “’We are what we eat.’ This proverb shows the importance of food in a culture.  For this reason, this course will undertake an historical trip into the culture of Italian cuisine.  Through readings, guest lecturers, movies and art, students will come to understand and have the opportunity to discuss critically how Italian cuisine is perceived today and how it became a way for Italian immigrants in the USA to keep their cultural and social identity, as well as create a new entity: the Italian-American cuisine.”


Spanish language summer program for Marquette faculty and staff

ibero logo Universidad Iberoamericana Puebla, a fellow Jesuit institution in Mexico, is offering a non-tuition Spanish Language Program for faculty and staff from AJCU institutions, like Marquette. During the two-week program, participants will take Spanish classes in the morning and have the opportunity to teach, offer seminars or explore collaboration with peers in the afternoons. Instruction at all levels of Spanish is available.


New map illustrates importance of global competence for U.S. students

map of the U.S.After compiling nearly one million data points, it has been found that in order to succeed in the interconnected 21st century, American students must be globally competent. Now some may say that this is common knowledge but a new online resource from Asia Society, the Longview Foundation, and analytics leader SAS, makes a compelling case for why a globally competent workforce and citizenry is a must. “Mapping The Nation: Linking Local to Global,” launched at the U.S. Department of Education by Secretary Duncan, presents data at state and country levels to show international connections for every county in the U.S. These connections are anywhere from jobs tied to global trade and immigrants with rich linguistic resources, to billions of dollars contributed to our economy by international students studying here.

The data also reveals a significant education gap: Not enough U.S. students at any level, K-16, are gaining the global knowledge and skills needed for success in this new environment. To see how global your state and county are visit the map here.


Books to read before studying abroad

stack of booksWhen traveling outside the country, students typically want to be as prepared as possible. Guidebooks and how-to guides are not always the answer to making sure you have an enlightened experience. Blogger and author Jobe Leonard, has compiled a list of seven books that are essential to read before studying abroad. However, Leonard says that the most important book is your own travel journal. “Nothing is more comforting during tough times while abroad than to look back at your experiences and how you triumphed and persevered through the difficult situations,” Jobe stated. Other titles that made the list include The Kickstarter Handbook: Real-Life Success Stories of Artists, Inventors, and Entrepreneurs by Don Steinburg, Improv Wisdom: Don’t Prepare, Just Show Up by Patricia Ryan Madson and other must reads for any study abroad student. The full list of books to read before going abroad can be found here.



Sports for peace and development

image of the OlympicsThe Generations for Peace Institute and Georgetown University released an international study that maps global initiatives. The reports identified organizations around the world who are using sports to build peace or to achieve development objectives. The research has found promising practices in design, implementation and evaluation of sports for peace and development programs and also suggests that strengthened links between academics and practitioners would be beneficial. The report provides one of the most comprehensive compilations of relevant literature to date and is a practical, usable resource for practitioners, educators, volunteers, donors, and others supporters of sport for peace and development activities. Co-Founder and President of Generations For Peace, HRH Princess Sarah Al-Feisal said: “This research is a useful resource for the sport for peace and development community: from program administrators and field practitioners, to volunteers and students. This mapping project is evidence that together, the Generations For Peace Institute and Georgetown University continue to be thought-leaders in the field of sport for peace and development.”



UWM offers new Master of Sustainable Peacebuilding

UWM logoUW- Milwaukee is now accepting applications for their inaugural class in the fall of 2014 for the Master of Sustainable Peacebuilding (MSP). MSP prepares practitioners with transdisciplinary skills and concepts required to engage today’s complex global problems. The program incorporates a holistic approach that integrates diverse fields such as conflict resolution, natural resources & environmental management, economic development, public health, policy and governance.

MSP is a two-year intensive program of 44 credits. First year core courses in complexity, human-environmental interactions, and systems mapping are followed up with a combination of core skills seminars, workshops & elective courses in year two. MSP is hands-on. Both years include six to eight week summer internships. Students conduct field work on-the-ground with peacebuilding partners in regions such as Central America, Africa, and the Balkans, as well as US-based projects in Southeastern Wisconsin.

If interested in the program, questions can be directed to Bridget Brown at Applications are due January 31 and students can find the application at




International Research Poster Session
Tuesday, December 3
1-3:30 p.m.
AMU Ballrooms

Learn about the exciting research that is taking place on the Marquette campus! The goal of this event is to celebrate and encourage faculty research from all disciplines that involves students and international research. Two selected projects will be awarded a $1,500 Marquette International Research Award. Learn about the current research happening in your field and connect with faculty and students from across the university.


Islamaphobia Workshop: Identifying Sources and Solutions
Wednesday, December 4
5-7 p.m.
Raynor Library, Beaumier Suite A

Join students and faculty for an interactive workshop facilitated by the Council on American-Islamic Relations, Chicago (CAIR-Chicago) on Islamaphobia. Co-sponsored by Social Welfare and Justice, Marquette Muslim Student Association and the Office of International Education. 


Holiday Extravaganza
Friday, December 6
5-7 pm
OIE Program Center

Celebrate the end of the semester by decorating ornaments, creating delicious gingerbread and sugar cookies, and making cards.  Santa will be on hand for photos and to hear your wishes for the holidays and New Year.  This is also a time to congratulate December graduates and wish a fond farewell to those who are leaving.  Join us for this fun, annual event!


Study Break at OIE
Sunday, December 8
6 p.m.
OIE Program Center

There are many holidays in December; learn what they are and how they are celebrated around the world while crafting a gingerbread house.  Take a break from studying (or game viewing) and bring your friends and roommates to join us! 



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
- PARC Announces First Annual Summer Media Development Seminar in Israel
- Two job openings at Global Citizens Network
- Participate in the Clinton Global Initiative University - Funding Available





Gabrielle Gray

Global Student Forum (GSF) and World Engineering Education Forum (WEEF)
By: Joe Packhem
Graduate Student, College of Engineering

Dr. Bishop, dean of the College of Engineering, has put Marquette on the map of the global engineering community. Because of his support and vision, I was able to travel to Cartagena, Columbia with fellow student Juan Tapiero to attend the 9th Global Student Forum (GSF) hosted by the Student Platform for Engineering Education Development (SPEED) and participate in the World Engineering Education Forum (WEEF), which followed. Both forums bring together academics, representatives from government bodies, engineering industry, nonprofit organizations and students from around the world to discuss issues relevant to engineering education.  

As a member of SPEED, I planned an hour and a half event called the Intergenerational Panel Discussion where academia, industry, and students discussed topics including engineering curricula and the use of engineering to solve large-scale problems. I also presented a new theoretical technology that I recently patented on removing hazardous particles in fluids with accurate measurement methods.

The Global Student Forum opened my mind to other cultures, and people. I had never spent much time thinking about other cultures or languages and had a wonderful time bonding with people from other countries. I learned many skills that are presently allowing me to tackle problems more strategically at work as well as in my studies.  Traveling to Cartagena, Columbia allowed me to make many wonderful connections with people from around the world who share similar values.  The individuals I encountered care about becoming educated and strive to immerse themselves in culture and grow as engineers. Those who attended the GSF were driven and focused.  In this environment, I was able to draw positive energy from the elaborate and thought provoking discussions and presentations that I observed. 

Due to my extraordinary experience abroad, I am very excited to continue assisting SPEED as I serve in my new role as the External Affairs Officer. As my work expands with the organization, I will be traveling to the first National Indian Student Forum to help coordinate their activities. Furthermore, I encourage all those who are interested in acting globally to communicate with me about joining the organization. You do not need to be an engineer to become a member. It is truly magical when the work you put forth leading up to an event becomes a reality, and you see all the smiling faces of the people you have impacted.  Please take these words to heart, and work with SPEED to make the 10th GSF the best it can be!

For more information about the Student Platform for Engineering Education Development (SPEED) visit

For more information about the World Engineering Education Forum (WEEF), visit



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Milwaukee, WI 53201-1881