Marquette remembers the UCA martyrs of El Salvador

International Poster SessionTwenty-five years ago, on November 16, 1989, six Jesuits, their housekeeper and her daughter were brutally murdered by the Salvadoran military at the University of Central America in San Salvador, El Salvador. They were targeted for their work towards finding a peaceful solution to a violent civil war.

Their struggle for justice has deeply impacted the mission of Jesuit universities throughout the world. Their sacrifice demands that institutes of higher education continue the work of addressing issues of social justice locally and globally.

Marquette University joins countless Jesuit institutions around the world in hosting a wide variety of events commemorating and remembering these Jesuit martyrs. These events will be kicked off by a symposium on Friday, October 24, "El Salvador: The Legacy of Conflict Through an Interdisciplinary Lens," looking at conflict from the perspectives of literature and culture, theology and immigration. The symposium is then followed by a wide variety of events and opportunities for reflection. View the full calendar of events on the commemoration webpage.

In addition to these on-campus events, a delegation of Marquette students, faculty and staff will be traveling to El Salvador to take part in a commemoration at the University of Central America Nov. 12-17. The pilgrimage is fully funded by the Merkel Family Foundation. Read more about martyrs:



Calling all Faculty: Enter to win a $1,500 grant at the MU International Research Poster Session

Study Abroad Fair PosterThe Office of International Education has extended the deadline for the International Research Poster Session held in conjunction with the Forward Thinking Poster Session and Colloquy sponsored by the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (ORSP), the Graduate Student Organization and the Office of the Vice Provost for Research. The new deadline to indicate your intent to participate is Oct. 20. Abstracts are due on Nov. 3.

Interested individuals may enter to be judged and considered for OIE's $1,500 International Research Award or ORSP's $1,000 Jump Start grant. This is a great opportunity for faculty looking for funding for summer 2015 research and scholarship. Our aim is to encourage and showcase research among faculty members and students from all disciplines. This unique event provides a wonderful opportunity to share international research ambitions and connect with faculty and students across the university.

To participate, please follow the detailed guidelines on the webpages below:
Marquette International Research Poster Session
(OIE Contact: or x8-5762)

Forward Thinking Poster Session and Colloquy
(ORSP Contact: or x8-3642)



Marquette historians celebrate Panama Canal centennial

Panama CanalThis year marks the centennial celebration of the completion of the Panama Canal. Marquette University’s Michael Donoghue, history professor and expert on U.S. impact on the canal and Canal Zone, has been featured in several articles about the canal and it’s history, including one by BBC news. Duke University Press, which published Donoghue’s book, “Borderland on the Isthmus: Race, Culture, and the Struggle for the Canal Zone,” invited Dr. Donoghue to post a blog entry about the anniversary of the canal opening. Read Donoghue’s blog on the centennial of the Panama Canal here. Donoghue’s interview with BBC News can also be read here.



Marquette study abroad student enters National Geographic Photo Contest

Boren Awards LogoMarquette student Caroline Horswill recently submitted a photo she took while traveling in Pucón, Chile to National Geographic’s photo contest. This annual photo contest is known world wide and has received more that 7,000 entries from 150 countries. The winner will receive $10,000 and a trip to National Geographic headquarters in Washington D.C. to attend the annual Nation Geographic Photography Seminar in Jan. 2015. Find Caroline’s entry and other amazing photos here.



Erasmus Impact Study shows how study abroad benefits students in the job search

Studying abroad can give students a lot more than just a few great photos. A recent report has found that studying abroad has a positive impact on the lives of students during the search for employment. The Erasmus Impact Study (EIS) found that studying abroad enhances a student’s employability. Employers desire the critical transversal skills such as confidence, tolerance, problem-solving and adaptability that students develop from their experience. According to the study, on average, study abroad students experience a higher level of employability after a stay abroad than 70 percent of all students. The study also claims that 64 percent of employers believe that international experience is important for recruitment.

The EIS also analyzed the impact of mobility on careers. More than one in three students who did an Erasmus work placement was offered a job by their host company. The experience also seems to foster entrepreneurship: almost 1 in 10 students on a job placement started their own company, and more than 3 out of 4 plan to, or can envision doing so. Studying abroad gives students the opportunity to develop skills far beyond the classroom walls. The Erasmus Impact Study is just one of many studies that highlight the invaluable skills and opportunities studying abroad gives to all students who participate.



Critical Language Scholarship opportunity

Gilman LogoThe Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program offers a scholarship competition in thirteen languages in hopes of expanding the number of Americans studying abroad and mastering critical foreign languages. CLS provides study opportunities to a diverse range of students with the goal of building relationships between people of the United States and other countries. The languages for this year’s competition include: Arabic, Azerbaijani, Bangla, Chinese, Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Punjabi, Russian, Turkish and Urdu.

For students who want to learn more about CLS, the program will be hosting webinars this fall. Each webinar will give an overview of the CLS program and take a deeper dive into a specific topic related to the program. The upcoming webinar will provide focus heavily on application tips and recommendations.

For archived and upcoming webinars, visit the CLS Facebook page. For additional questions and to RSVP, please contact Sarah Bartfeld: (preferred method) or by phone at: 202-833-7522.


GoinGlobal: A resource for international employment

Looking for jobs internationally can be a difficult task. GoinGlobal helps with the search by providing critical resources to students searching for employment abroad. GoinGlobal’s online database contains country-specific career and employment resources, corporate profiles for key employers around the world, and more than 600,000 international internship and job listings. The GoinGlobal Country Career Guides are developed by local career specialists and updated annually. Explore guides from 34 countries as well as the U.S. and Canada. Access to this website is free for all Marquette students. Log in through MU Career Manager.

GoinGlobal will be hosting online training sessions for students interested in learning how to access the many resources the website has to offer. Participants will have an opportunity to ask questions during the session using live text chat. For more information about the sessions or to register for a live training event, click here.





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.



Jesus Christ, Peacemaker Presentation and Book Signing
Tuesday, October 7
7 p.m.
OIE Program Center (Holthusen Hall, 4th Floor)

Dr. Terrence Rynne will present on his new book Jesus Christ, Peacemaker: A New Theology of Peace and sign copies of the book after the presentation. Dr. Rynne teaches peace studies at Marquette University. He is also the co-President of the Sally and Terry Rynne Foundation, which is dedicated to peacemaking and the empowerment of women, and he is the founder of the Marquette University's Center for Peacemaking. This book shows how the early church took seriously the "hard sayings" of the sermon on the Mount, put them into practice even in the teeth of violent repression, and, as a result of imitating Jesus' lifestyle, converted the Roman Empire. This event is free and open to the public. Order the book from Orbis or Amazon.


Farmer's Market
Wednesday, October 8
11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Outside AMU (2nd level)

Local farmers will bring their fresh produce to campus for purchase. This is a great opportunity to get fresh fruit, vegetables, bread and cheese. All students, staff and family members are welcome.


Research Opportunities in Germany for all Academic Disciplines Workshop
Thursday, Oct. 9
3  - 5 p.m.
OIE Program Center, Holthusen Hall, 4th Floor

Dr. Sebastian Luft, Ph.D., associate professor of philosophy and German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) Research Ambassador, is well versed on the latest developments in German higher education, research and the many funding programs available to U.S. scientists and academics through DAAD. Join Dr. Luft at this info session to learn more about the opportunities available in Germany, including study grants, language grants, teaching grants, co-operative research grants and fellowships. Please RSVP to by Oct. 7 if you plan to attend. Refreshments will be provided.


Roundtable Discussion: The Violence Against Women Must Stop
Monday October 13
3 - 4:30 p.m.
Milwaukee Public Library, Centennial Hall, 733 North 8th Street

A heartfelt and sincere roundtable discussion will bring attention to the plight of women in developing nations. Discussion will revolve around what we all can do and what we all must do to ensure the health, safety and economic well-being of women and their families throughout the developing world. Distinguished participants will include Gov. Tommy Thompson; Sr. Marie Nakitende, director of a school in Uganda; Dr. Dehab Belay, internationally respected HIV/AIDS specialist with Catholic Relief Services Ethiopia Program; and James Santelle, US Attorney Eastern District and Marquette alumnus.


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

Take a break from studying and refuel with fun (but healthy) snacks. The ping-pong table will be out and we will have some fun activities for anyone whose brain needs a diversion. All students are welcome! On the menu: apple crisp (a typical fall treat), coffee, tea and hot chocolate.


Lecture: Tanzanian Ambassador to the U.S. – Liberata Mulamula
Thursday, October 23
10 a.m.
Weasler Auditorium

The Graduate School and the Social Innovation Initiative will be hosting Liberata Mulamula in the Weasler Auditorium on Thursday, Oct. 23. The Ambassador’s talk will focus on international business opportunities between the United States and Tanzania. She will also touch on the environmental needs in Tanzania, engineering issues, the need for clean water and the role of partnerships in her country’s development.


El Salvador: The Legacy of Conflict through an
Interdisciplinary Lens

Friday, Oct. 24
Marquette Law School, Eckstein Hall, Rm 433

Discuss El Salvador’s legacy of conflict through an interdisciplinary lens. Sessions will look at conflict from the perspectives of literature and culture, theology, immigration and migration. Event is sponsored by the Klingler College of Arts and Sciences, College of Nursing, Office of International Education and Raynor Memorial Libraries. View the complete agenda online.


Working in the US: What you need to know
Friday, October 24
3– 4:30 p.m.
Cudahy 001

Calling all international students. Are you thinking about an internship or permanent job in the US? Are you wondering what you need to do to get a job or what options are available to you? This informative session will provide all the information to get you started. This session will include a special focus on non-Business related careers (including teaching/research for graduate students), but all students are welcome. 


Apple Holler Trip
Friday, October 24
5 – 9 pm
Leave from AMU 2nd floor (near Info Desk)

Experience a traditional hay ride and campfire! Advanced registration (and $7 admission) is required. Friends and family members are all welcome!  Transportation and snacks will be provided by Global Village, the College of Business Administration and OIE. To register for the event, please email by Monday, October 13.



A Conversation with Dr. Thomas E. McNamara
Tuesday, October 28
5-7 p.m.
Lunda Room

Thomas E. McNamara, adjunct lecturer at George Washington University, has long served in critical roles for the U.S. Government. His career has included service as Assistant Secretary of State, Special Negotiator for Panama, Ambassador-at-Large for Counter Terrorism, Special Assistant to the President for National Security, Ambassador to Colombia, NSC Director, and other senior positions. From 1998 to 2001 Ambassador McNamara was President and CEO of the Americas Society and of the Council of the Americas; two non-profit organizations dedicated to educating the American public on the politics, economics, and cultures of the Western Hemisphere. In 2001, Ambassador McNamara was asked to return to the Department of State following the terrorist attacks of September 11th to assume the duties of Senior Advisor to the Deputy Secretary.


Halloween Spooktacular
Thursday, October 30
6 - 8 pm
OIE Program Center, Holthusen Hall, 4th Floor

Join OIE staff and MU students for an evening of creativity and fun: learn to carve a pumpkin while decorating cupcakes and enjoying candy traditional for this favorite American holiday. Come in costume; prizes will be awarded for the best costumes. Bring your friends and classmates for this fun, traditional event! All are welcome.


Morning of Reflection with Thomas Kelly Ph.D.
Saturday, Nov 1
8:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Chapel of the Holy Family in AMU

Morning reflection with Thomas Kelly, Ph.D., Professor of Theology, Creighton University, author of "When the Gospel Grows Feet: Rutilio Grande, SJ, and the Church of El Salvador; An Ecclesiology in Context."


A Faith that Does Justice
Monday, Nov. 3
4 - 5:15 p.m.
Raynor Library Beaumier Suite

Dr. Thomas Kelly of Creighton University will present on Rutilio Grande, S.J., one of the University of Central America martyrs. The event will explore how Grande's life influenced the future of El Salvador and challenges us to consider what it means to live our faith in service to the poor and vulnerable. Kelly is the author of "When the Gospel Grows Feet: Rutilio Grande, SJ, and the Church of El Salvador". This event is the Center for Peacemaking's inaugural Ignatian Peacemaking Lecture.




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, Conferences, and Internships

- Palestinian American Research Center Research Fellowship
- Palestinian American Research Center National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship
- Palestinian American Research Center Faculty Development Seminar
- The Lancet’s 2014 Wakley Essay Competition: Health-related Topic
- Saharan Crossroads Fellowship

Scholarships for High School Students

- The National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y)
- The Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) Abroad Program
- The Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange Program (CBYX)





Group of students and an MU volunteer

Upon graduation from Marquette University, alumna Katharine Braunschweiger knew she wanted to do an international post-grad year of service. “Service was an enormous component of my Marquette experience and I was looking to broaden my horizon and step out of my Milwaukee short-term volunteering comfort zone,” she said.

Braunschweiger discovered the Olancho Aid Foundation – a nonprofit, faith-based organization that empowers Honduran youth to transform themselves, their communities and their country through education. She explained, “Everything about OAF fit into place: it’s a Catholic organization; they have a strong mission and vision; they have a long-term volunteer program working with short-term mission groups for 20+ years; and in case of emergency, Honduras is conveniently close to the States (this put my mom at ease)."

With Olancho Aid, Braunschweiger is a full time 6th grade English teacher at OAF’s bilingual elementary school Centro Escolar Santa Clara. For her, a typical day in Honduras consists of teaching five days a week from 7- 2:30 p.m. and tutoring an hour once a week after school. She teaches six classes every day: reading, spelling, grammar, writing, math and science. She said, “My favorite part about working with OAF is everything: my students, the teachers and staff, the office employees, the city and all the friends that I have made during my time here. My students are fun-loving and actually enjoy learning. We have a cohesive and supportive group of teachers, the office staff is easily accessible and informative and Juticalpa is a small town where everyone knows and helps one another out.”

During her time at Marquette, Braunschweiger also studied abroad on the South Africa Service Learning program. She believes that her time abroad greatly influenced her decision to work internationally. Katharine shared, “When I was in South Africa I taught 5th, 8th, and 9th grade English as well as a reading club after school. My study abroad experience greatly influenced my decision to commit to international post-grad service. Teaching alone in the classroom in South Africa gave me the spark and confidence to seek other international teaching opportunities. At the beginning of my study abroad, I never would have guessed it was going to be so difficult to say good-bye to my school, students and the city. That’s when I realized 5 months was to short and I wanted to commit more time in one place and without the stress of also taking university classes.”

When asked if she had any advice for students who are interested in doing service work after they graduate Braunschweiger gave a very honest answer,-“ My advice to all graduating seniors is take a year off regardless of your major, dream job or family expectations. You have the rest of your life to work and in the long run, you will have learned life-long lessons and will never regret your post-grad experience. It may be nerve-wracking to turn down a job offer or tell your family you are moving far away but the friendships, cultural lessons and self-growth is something you will forever be changed by and have in your heart.”



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