International Research Poster Session extends deadline

Poster Session presenter and her posterThe Office of International Education has extended its deadline for faculty to participate in the International Research Poster Session. Abstracts and grant applications will be accepted through Monday, November 4. Interested individuals may enter to be judged and considered for OIE's $1,500 International Research Award. This is a great opportunity for faculty looking for funding for summer 2014 research and scholarship. To participate, please follow the detailed guidelines on the OIE website.


Global Discussion Series: What's Next for Asia?

Event PosterThe Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, Raynor Memorial Libraries and the Office of International Education invite students and faculty to come together for an informal, interdisciplinary conversation surrounding global issues on Tuesday, October 15 from 4-5:30 p.m. as the Global Discussion Series presents its fourth event, “What’s Next for Asia? Open Questions for Asian Studies.” The engaging discussion will focus on the large questions facing the region allowing faculty and students to share their views, experience and research questions over tea and crumpets. A librarian will provide reliable sources to dig deeper into the topics discussed. This is a free event open to all students and faculty and will be held in Raynor Library conference room, lower level.


Mid-Autumn Festival Celebration

Group photo of students who attended the Mid-Autumn FestivalOn Friday, September 20, more than 100 Marquette students interested in Chinese culture and tradition participated in the Mid- Autumn Festival celebration. The event - organized by Dr. Dan Meissner, Professor Jing Zhai, and Professor Jean Richie – showcased the traditional Chinese customs that are typically performed at the festival.

Professor Jing Zhai explains, “[The festival] is celebrated on the 15th day of the eighth lunar month. It has its roots in the Shang dynasty tradition of moon worship, and is held at a time of the year when moon is at its “fullest” -- visually most large and bright.”  The Mid-Autumn festival is also a time for farmers to celebrate the end of the harvest and family members to gather together. At the event, students participated in many traditional festival activities. They made lanterns and hung them on the trees, lit candles, ate moon cakes, and told stories about the Mid-Autumn festival. The faculty believes that this event encourages cross cultural relations among the students at Marquette. Dr. Dan Meissner stated, “With a rapidly increasing population of Chinese students on campus, activities such as the Moon Festival help break down language and culture barriers. It also personalizes the "globalization" experience that we hope all Marquette students can enjoy.”

The event was made possible by the Marquette Mellon grant, awarded to the faculty heading up this activity. Professor Zhai shared, “The purpose of the Mellon fund is to support academic projects that significantly improve undergraduate education. All proposals must demonstrate an explicit connection to student learning.” The group is planning to use the remaining money from this grant for more events in the future such as a field trip to Chicago in October, Chinese movie screenings, guest speakers, and a Chinese New Year celebration in spring 2014.


Faculty present internationally

Dr. Andrew WilliamsDr. Andrew Williams, a professor and chairperson in the College of Engineering, recently traveled to Beijing, China, to present his research at the International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence. IJCAI is a nonprofit organization founded in 1969 for scientific and educational communities around the world to gather and share new information and discoveries in the realm of artificial intelligence.

Dr. Williams kept a blog through the duration of his trip to reflect on his work and travels through China and writes, “If there is one thing that I’ve had reinforced, is that interdisciplinary research is necessary to make progress in solving complex, real-life technology problems." Find more stories and insights into Dr. Williams’ travels through China on his personal blog.


Raynor Library virtual tour now available in Mandarin

Raynor LibraryRaynor Memorial Libraries recently completed a Mandarin version of its virtual library tour with the help of Jing Zhai, a professor in the Department of Foreign Languages and Literature. Students may watch the video here, or they may choose to watch the mobile version while doing a self-guided tour of the libraries.


Global Village now accepting ambassador applications

Global Village MuralThe Global Village is now accepting ambassador applications for students interested in joining this unique and thriving international community! The purpose of the Global Village program is to support international students in their transition to the United States. The Global Village is known as a tight-knit community with 60 students calling it home. Each apartment typically houses two Marquette students (known as ambassadors) and two international students. Throughout the semester, the ambassadors and international students spend a significant amount of time together exploring Marquette and the greater Milwaukee community. The relationships established through this program are often long-lasting and many students continue to stay in touch with their friends across the world.

Applications are available for pick-up in the University Apartments and Off-Campus Student Services Office housed in Campus Town East. You may also pick-up an application from any of the Residence Halls on-campus or print one by visiting the Office of Residence Life website. Please direct any inquires to Hannah Barr.

Key Dates:
October 7, 7-8 p.m.: Global Village Open House (Campus Town West Third Floor)
October 11: Applications due to the University Apartments Office by 4:30pm
October 21- 25: Interviews for Global Village Ambassador position
October 31: Notification of status for program


International Friendship Program featured on Milwaukee Public Radio

International students and their friendsMarquette's International Friendship Program is kicking off its sixth year this week. The program ensures that international students are exposed to more than just American college classrooms by pairing students with Milwaukee-area community members. Last month, two student participants of the program had the opportunity to interview on Milwaukee Public Radio. 

Qiaofei Song and Wenjun Fan - both from China - were selected to be interviewed about the program by Mitch Teich from 89.7. Teich asked the students why the program was an important part of their experience at Marquette, and other questions about their involvement. Song stated, "This is a good opportunity to practice speaking and listening skills and I also have a chance to learn a lot about American culture. We get a chance to know how an American family live(s)." Program coordinator, Erin LeMoine, also shared some insight, "On campus [our students] are very much with their peers, so the International Friendship Program gives them an opportunity to really connect with family members in the community and go to a soccer game or go enjoy a Thanksgiving dinner with a family."  The full interview recording can be found on the WUWM website.



Video Contest

Video Contest AdInterested in studying abroad but concerned about finances? will award $4,000 to the winner of this year’s Travel Video Contest. Students need only submit a video, no longer than five minutes, explaining where they want to study abroad and why. International students also may enter by describing travels they would like to take. The deadline for video submissions is October 23. For more information, visit the contest’s website.



Milwaukee Film Festival
September 26 – October 10
Local Theaters

The Milwaukee Film Festival continues for the next week and a half. The full line-up of 240 films consists of features and shorts from 44 different countries, including Haiti, Germany, Iran, South Africa and India. Check out the festival’s website for the full schedule of films.


Inter-Religious Summit:
Nonviolence and Peacemaking in World Religions

Thursday, October 3
9:00 a.m. ­ 5:30 p.m.
Raynor Library Beaumier Suites

Save the date for a one-day symposium on Nonviolence in World Religions. Choose from seven different sessions on peacemaking, nonviolence, forgiveness, and justice in seven major religious traditions. More information and a registration link are available on the Center for Peacemaking website.


OIE Open House during Family Weekend
Saturday, October 5
10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
OIE Program Center, Holthusen Hall, 4th Floor

Visit the Office of International Education and learn about study abroad opportunities, international programming and other cross-cultural exchange opportunities. Meet OIE staff, study abroad alumni and current international students.


Lessons From Abroad Returnee Conference
Saturday, October 5
9 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
DePaul University, Loop Campus, Chicago, IL

Join study abroad returnees from the Chicago area at the Lessons from Abroad Returnee Conference to learn how to make the most out of your study abroad experience. Attend workshops, discover how to work or study abroad after graduation and network with professionals in internationally based jobs. Student registration is $12. Check out the website for conference and registration details.


Red Leaf ARToberfest
Saturday, October 5
11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Charles Allis Art Museum, 1801 N. Prospect, Milwaukee

Join the Charles Allis Art Museum in their historic building on the East Side of Milwaukee to celebrate Red Leaf ARToberfest. The event will feature an arts and crafts fair and German cuisine. Special admission is $5 and includes tours of the art museum.


Table Tennis
Every Sunday
4:30 – 6:30 p.m.
OIE Program Center, Holthusen Hall, 4th Floor

Bring your friends – or come alone – and enjoy playing ping-pong!  Paddles and ping pong balls provided by OIE.  All are welcome, including friends, family members, classmates and roommates.


Conversation Cafe
Every Sunday
6 – 7:30 p.m.
OIE Program Center, Holthusen Hall, 4th Floor

Every Sunday, the Office of International Education hosts a conversation cafe as a way for international students to get to know each other and the American culture a little better. Share stories and experiences from your week, or just hang out and relax with friends in the International Office.


Six Flags Fright Fest Excursion
Saturday, October 12
7 p.m. - 1 a.m.
Six Flags Great America

Join Late Night Marquette in a scary adventure to Fright Fest! The amusement park transforms into a frightfully fun time, filled with ghosts, zombies and rollercoasters. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at Brooks Lounge. Visit the Late Night website for details.


Study Break
Sunday, October 13
5 – 7 p.m.
OIE Program Center, Holthusen Hall, 4th Floor

Need a midterm study break? Join us in OIE for a caramel apple sundae bar to unwind from studying.


Global Discussion Series: "What's Next for Asia? Open Questions for Asian Studies"
Tuesday, October 15
4 – 5:30 p.m.
Raynor Library Conference Room, lower level

The Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, Raynor Memorial Libraries and the Office of International Education encourage students and faculty to come together for an informal, interdisciplinary conversation surrounding global issues. The Global Discussion Series fourth event will focus on Asia. 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. This is a free event open to all students and faculty.


Afghan War Rugs: The Modern Art of Central Asia
September 20 – January 6
Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum

This international exhibition brings to the United States, for the first time, one of the most distinctive collections of Afghan rugs in the world. Purchased throughout Central Asia and in Europe, the rugs feature world maps, portraits of kings, khans and military leaders, cityscapes, and armaments.


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
- Australia Study Abroad Scholarship





Gabrielle Gray

Gabrielle Gray
B.A. Political Science
College of Education ‘13

In early June of 2013, I was able to attend the 18th Annual European Access Network (EAN) Conference and present research that was completed under the leadership and guidance of Dr. Joseph Green, director of the Educational Opportunity Program (EOP). My presentation, entitled, "Why AP? Rigorous Curriculum Leads to Undergraduate and Graduate School Success: The Rigorous Curriculum Success Pipeline for Underrepresented, First Generation and Low-Income Students Success: AP, College Access, College Retention, and Graduate School Enrollment," discussed the positive relationship between a rigorous secondary school curriculum, and success in post secondary education for traditionally underrepresented (low-income, first generation and racial minority) students.

Three and a half days in Strasbourg, France surrounded by educators, administrators, academics, advocates and policy makers from around the world whom were all concerned with one issue: access to higher education, provided me with an international experience that helped to broaden my view of education. The conference provided panel discussions, interactive talks and presentations that discussed the problem of access for students that have been categorized as being disadvantaged and underrepresented in higher education. I was intrigued by the discussions as it centered on students who are often left out of the conversation. More than the racial or socioeconomic definitions of being disadvantaged, as common in the American discussion, these global discussions encompassed religious and ethnic groups as well. 

My experience at the EAN Conference helped me put into context which groups of people around the world are provided with a quality education and which groups are left out. I hope to use this experience to expand my research to study the impact of other advanced curriculum programs used internationally to increase access to higher education for underrepresented students.



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