Marquette historian's book wins prestigious award

Laura Matthew, a historian of colonial Guatemala and associate professor of Latin American history at Marquette, was awarded the Howard Francis Cline Memorial Prize for her book, "Memories of Conquest: Becoming Mexicano in Colonial Guatemala." The prestigious award, given once every other year by the Conference on Latin American History of the American Historical Association, recognizes a book or article that makes the most significant contribution to the history of Indians in Latin American. Professor Matthew’s book outlines a history of the thousands of Nahuas and Oaxacans who invaded Guatemala in the 1520s. To learn more about Laura Matthew’s current research and past projects, visit her blog.  


International flag sashes available to purchase for December graduates

December 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 mid-year graduation ceremony.  

To purchase a flag sash, students must complete the online order form and return the form and a check made out to Marquette University to the Office of International Education in Holthusen Hall, fourth floor by Friday, November 8. 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. Contact Erin LeMoine, international communication and marketing coordinator, at 8-7289 for more information.


International Week - November 15 - 22

A joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education, International Education Week is an opportunity to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide. It is through focusing on international perspectives and understanding that we become better collaborators, competitors and compassionate neighbors in today's global society.

From November 15- 22, the university will be hosting several international themed events for students and faculty. The Office of International Education will also be running an International Photo Contest through the Marquette Global Facebook page. Photo submissions are due Nov. 13. Complete contest rules can be found on the website.

International Week Event Highlights:
              Global Discussion Series: "What's Next for Sub-Saharan Africa? Open
Questions for African Studies"
- Friday, November 15
4 – 5:30 p.m.
Raynor Beaumeir Suites
The engaging discussion will focus on the large questions facing the region allowing faculty and students to share their views, experience and research questions. A panel of faculty experts will briefly sketch social and political background and critical issues and a librarian will offer reliable resources to dig deeper into the topics discussed

Study Abroad on a Shoestring – Monday, Nov. 18

5 p.m.
OIE Program Center
Holthusen Hall, 4th Floor
Don’t let sticker shock get in the way of your chance to study abroad. With financial aid, good budgeting, and a little saving, study abroad can be affordable. Join Marquette’s study abroad coordinators and learn how to make your study abroad destination, scholarships and fellowship opportunities work for you.

Salivate over Sushi – Tuesday Nov. 19

1-2 p.m.
AMU, 1st Floor
Sushi has become increasingly popular at Marquette and on university campuses across the United States. Learn how to roll your own sushi from Marquette’s own skilled sushi chefs. Discover the difference between Nigiri, Maki and Chirashi or just grab a tasty sushi roll to sample on your way to class.

International Pop Quiz at the Annex – Thursday Nov 21

9 p.m.

Union Sports Annex

Other events during the week include a panel discussion about the professional benefits of studying abroad, a soup with substance discussion about the modern art of central Asia, a Sikh temple visit, as well as many international food specials at various dining halls on campus. The full list of events will be announced on the OIE website.


Should every student study abroad?

Studying abroad is an exciting opportunity for many college students. However, some students struggle to see the benefits that studying abroad can offer their education, while others remember the experience as the best part of their college years. The New York Times recently opened the discussion of whether or not students should study abroad. Allan E. Goodman, the president and chief executive of Institute of International Education, and Stacie Nevadomski Berdan, an international careers expert, weighed in on the discussion with their views on international study. The two spoke to how American graduates lack the international experience, language capabilities and cross-cultural skills necessary to succeed in the global economy. The authors, who co- wrote “A Student Guide to Study Abroad,” argue that making study abroad a part of ones education in the most effective way for students to get these skills in diversity and culture.


Curtis S. Chin, a former U.S. ambassador to the Asian Development Bank offers an alternative view. To Chin, studying abroad is only as beneficial as one makes it. He believes that even the best programs will do little for an unmotivated student. In an ideal world where students are motivated to experience the culture and learn from their experience is where studying abroad is most effective.


Whether or not studying abroad is the best fit for every student, many students find it to be an educational experience that opens up their views on the world. Globalization is a concept that is not going away and with an increasingly interconnected globe, studying abroad offers students the opportunity to learn how to communicate in an intercultural environment, and gain critical skills that Goodman and Berdan claim to be essential in the work force. To see other opinions on the topic of Study Abroad, visit The New York Time’s room for debate.


Mellon Grant recipients travel to Chicago

Dr. Dan Meissner and Professor Jing Zhai, recipients of the Marquette Mellon Grant, hosted another successful event aimed at improving student awareness of East Asia. 35 students from professor Zhai’s language and culture courses, and Dr. Meissner's course on medieval East Asia, ventured to Chicago for a day of experiential learning.

The purpose of the trip was to provide Marquette students an "East Asia" experience here in the Midwest. The excursion to Chinatown encouraged students to consider comparative topics including urban vs. rural, and Chinese vs. Japanese culture comparisons. Chinese language students in Prof. Zhai's courses practiced translating signs and speaking Mandarin with shopkeepers.  Students enrolled in the history and culture courses sampled new foods, talked with monks at a Buddhist temple, sipped tea, explored shops packed with kitschy imports, and attended a street-side Falun Gang demonstration.  In many ways, experiencing life in Chinatown is like spending an afternoon in China, with its unique sights, tastes and smells.

At the Chicago Botanical Gardens, the group visited the Elizabeth Hubert Malott Japanese Gardens, which provided insight into Japanese aesthetics, architecture, and philosophy. The manicured gardens and the bonsai exhibit challenged students to compare Chinese and Japanese cultures, as well as to contemplate fundamental distinctions between Western and Eastern aesthetics.

The next Mellon events will include the showing of a Chinese film, and hopefully, a campus-wide demonstration of Ikebana which is a Japanese flower arrangement.


Photo exhibit features people, landscapes and animals of Tanzania

A 19-image photography exhibit depicting people, landscapes and animals from Tanzania is on display on the first floor of Johnston Hall. Photographic Journey: Tanzania is free to the public and open during regular building hours. Contact Julie Rosene, special events coordinator in the Diederich College of Communication, for additional information.


Robert Gates leaves large bequest to William & Mary College


Former U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates, chancellor of the College of William and Mary, has announced that he will donate his papers and $1.5 million to the college, a majority of which will fund study abroad scholarships, according to The Richmond Times Dispatch. The bequest includes $50,000 for cataloging and digitizing the collection. The remaining $1.45 million will be used for study abroad scholarships for undergraduate students studying international relations and global studies.

Steve Hanson, vice provost for international affairs and director of the Reves Center for International Studies, said the gift will help in mobilizing William and Mary students for public service on an international scale. Gates said the bequest will be used to build the endowment for the Robert M. and Rebecca W. Gates Scholarship. This fund was established in 2012 and has since awarded three merit-based scholarships for study abroad. William and Mary's goal is to expand the number of undergraduates who study abroad from 45 to 60 percent by 2018.




Muslim Student Association: No Shave November 2013
Friday, November 1
11 a.m. - 3 p.m.

The Muslim Student Association is hosting an event for the men of Marquette to show off their beards this month. No Shave November is an effort to raise awareness of prostate cancer, other male cancers and associated charities. Stop by the Muslim Student Association’s booth on Nov. 1 to register for one of three categories. Participants will take a “before” picture and are asked to grow out their beards from November 1 to December 2. Every participant will receive an “I survived No Shave November 2013” button with winners of the categories receiving free t-shits.



The Laugh in Peace Tour
Sunday, November 3
7 p.m.
UW- Milwaukee Union Ballroom - 2200 E. Kenwood Blvd.

Hillel Milwaukee presents a hilarious evening on non-political laughter starring Rabbi Bob Alper and Mohammed Amer.  Rabbi Bob Alper performs across North America, London, and at The Hollywood Improv. Mohammed Amer, born in Kuwait is a comedian crafted after observing Muslim life. The event is free and open to the public.



The Art of Professionalism
Monday, November 4
5-7 p.m
AMU Ballrooms

The Marquette University Career Services Center is offering a program on The Art of Professionalism. The evening will focus on professional behavior in everyday situations, at networking events, and in the workplace, plus cover dining etiquette and building a professional wardrobe. The information learned at this event will help explain the norms, and ins & outs of the American workplace.


Appetizers will be served and at the conclusion of the event all student attendees will be given a professional MU Career Services padfolio.  Registration is recommended but not required. Registration and more information is available on the Career Services website.


Conquering the Policy: Indian Boarding Schools
Monday, November 4
6 p.m.
Lunda Room- Alumni Memorial Union

Theodore Fontaine, author of "Broken Circle: The Dark Legacy of Indian Residential Schools," will share his first-hand experience as a survivor and reflect upon the direct and generational impacts of Indian boarding/residential schools on his people. Through the lens of genocide, Theodore will provide shattering details about his psychological, physical, emotional, and sexual abuse, but for purposes that may seem surprising - to inspire hope. Please join us for this intimate and illuminating event. A reception and book signing will follow. For more information contact John Janulis in the Office of Student Development.


Discover Your Life Purpose: A Journey in Finding Solidarity Among Sikhism and Other World Religions
Tuesday, November 12
6-8 p.m
AMU Ballroom A/B

Join a journey to find solidarity among Sikhism and other world religions. Share in traditional Indian food provided by Tandoor Restauran,t and listen to a panel discussion on the purpose of life with representatives from Sikhism, Christianity, Judaism, Islam and Buddhism. Enjoy a Bhangra performance and learn more about all of the religions represented on Marquette’s campus. For more information contact


Ireland, The Catholic Church, and the British Empire 1800-1921
Wednesday, November 13
5 p.m.
Raynor Memorial Libraries' Beaumier Suites

Rev. Oliver Rafferty, S.J. will deliver “Ireland, the Catholic Church, and the British Empire 1800- 1921” for the annual Rev. Francis Wade, S.J. Public Lecture. Originally from Ireland, Father Rafferty earned his doctorate at Oxford University in the United Kingdom and teaches history at the University of London’s Heythrop College. Father Rafferty is also teaching “Readings in Irish History: 1800-1970” at Marquette this fall.


The Cuban 5
Thursday, November 14
7 p.m.
UW- Milwaukee Union Room, 240- 2200 E. Kenwood Blvd.

Award winning author and Canadian journalism professor Stephen Kimber will speak on his new book “What Lies Across the Water: The Real Story of the Cuban Five,” at UW-Milwaukee. Professor Kimber’s book recounts the story of the five Cuban anti-terrorism agents who attempted to monitor violent extremists in the Miami exile community. Stephen Kimber is a professor of journalism at the University of King’s College in Halifax and an award-winning writer, editor and broadcaster. He specializes in writing non-fiction that reads like a novel, as he has done in his latest book on the case of the Cuban Five.

For more information, contact the Milwaukee Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild at (414) 273-1040 ext. 12; email, or visit


Big East Virtual Career and Graduate School Fair
Thursday, November 14

Looking for a job, internship or grad school can be a stressful process. Eliminate the stress by participating in the Big East Virtual Career and Graduate School Fair. Students and alumni are invited to attend this unique virtual event that helps job seekers meet employers and future graduate students meet school representatives in an efficient, environmentally-conscious way. Register now online.  If you have questions about the event contact Joel O’Brien at



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.

Faculty Fellowships & Conferences
Individual Advanced Research Opportunities Program (IARO)
WISE – Workshop on Intercultural Skills Enhancement 2014 Conference

Student Scholarships – Grad and Undergrad

International Development Fellows Program (IDFP)
Donald M. Payne International Development Graduate Fellowship Program









Marquette University embraces ingenuity as host of the Global Engineering Deans Council (GEDC).
The Global Engineering Deans Council (GEDC) was established in 2008 when a group of more than 20 engineering education leaders recognized a need for a global forum of engineering deans and rectors. Within a short five years, membership grew to include over 120 deans from nearly 40 countries. Through the support of Dr. Bob Bishop, OPUS dean of the College of Engineering, Marquette has grabbed the opportunity to host this unique global network led by Dr. Hans J. Hoyer, executive secretary, and his team.
The vision of GEDC is to empower deans in advancing their institution’s mission in preparing the next generation of engineers to successfully tackle the challenges of the 21st century and serve society more effectively. The council’s four main focuses include: institutional leadership, curriculum leadership, policy leadership and accreditation leadership. Annual conferences provide a space for members to leverage their collective strengths, discuss emerging issues and challenges, and share best practices pertaining to leading an engineering school.
Dr. Hans J. Hoyer explains, “The GEDC exists to improve the education systems in which engineers will learn the necessary skills to address and begin to solve complex global problems.”
Corporate representatives join deans as members invested in preparing the next generation of engineers and include representatives from Hewlett Packard, The Mathworks, and Airbus, among others. Rachel Schroeder, head of employment marketing for Airbus describes the benefits of their involvement, “I would say my top five objectives are…gaining a better understanding of how Airbus can work with higher education in a mutually beneficial way, and getting to know key university contacts from around the world.”
The Global Engineering Deans Council 2013 Annual Conference was held in Chicago, IL in October. This year’s conference focused on the use of technology in engineering education and evidence-based practices in making engineering education more effective and efficient.
The GEDC office is located in the College of Engineering, Haggerty Hall 209. Visit the GEDC website to learn more about the organization and the critical role they play in developing the next generation of engineers.




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