Marquette boasts three prestigious Fulbright Award recipients

Fulbright Logo Marquette University Law School Professor Paul M. Secunda has earned a Senior Fulbright Scholar Award, and will spend the Fall 2015 semester in Australia teaching and doing research focused on the country’s national pension program. In addition, Danielle Klein, a master’s student in the Klingler College of Arts & Sciences, and Paul Brosnihan, who graduated from the College of Health Sciences in December 2014, each were selected for the Fulbright English Teaching Assistants awards as part of the Fulbright Student Award. Klein will work at a high school in Madrid and Brosnihan will be in Turkey during eight-month placements that begin in September. They will both help support local English teachers in the classroom and serve as cultural ambassadors for the United States. Read more about the student recipients here. Read more about Professor Secunda’s award here.


Marquette joins internationally renowned Global Social Benefit Institute

GSBI LogoMarquette has joined the Global Social Benefit Institute (GSBI®) Network, a growing group of universities with the common goal of providing a path out of poverty through innovation and entrepreneurship. Marquette will become the 10th Jesuit institution globally to join and only the second Jesuit university in the United States.

As a network partner, Marquette will take the lead on domestic GSBI initiatives, which include research in action programs for students, development of case studies, and helping train other like-minded universities in the GSBI methodology. In addition, Marquette will support local social enterprises and socially innovative nonprofit organizations throughout Southeastern Wisconsin in a series of Boost training programs. The Boost program is designed to give high potential social enterprises a breakthrough in impact, growth, and long-term financial sustainability. Please view the full Marquette news brief online.


Spanish Language and Cultures Living-Learning program still has slots available for fall

HolaMarquette’s new Spanish language and Cultures Living-Learning Community is set to launch in fall 2015 and currently has a couple of male slots still open. The purpose of this community is to provide a living environment where students can practice speaking Spanish and learn about Hispanic cultures by participating in events and activities on campus and in the surrounding community. Eligible students include those who are native or heritage Spanish speakers and those who have completed or will be enrolled in Spanish 3001 during the fall 2015 term, or have placed out of this course. Students will live together in Straz Tower. For more information and an application please contact Dr. Jim McMahon or Dr. Anne Pasero or visit the Residence Life website.


Mexican consulate to open in Milwaukee

Mexian Consulate entrance plaqueJose Cabrera, advisor for the Institute of Mexicans Abroad, announced during a recent Southside Organizing Committee that a Mexican consulate would open in Milwaukee before the end of the year. This news is the result of the efforts of a group of Hispanic leaders who have encouraged Wisconsin legislators and Governor Walker to make an appeal to the Mexican president to bring a consulate to Milwaukee to serve the growing Hispanic population in the city. The Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service spoke with Beatriz Gonzalez from the Centro Hispano of Milwaukee and she explained that scheduling an appointment at the consulate in Chicago currently takes six to eight weeks and carries the additional challenge of getting to Chicago. She is looking forward to having a consulate here in Milwaukee. Read more about the news here and here.


40 Maps that explain the Middle East

Map of the MideastMaps offer unique ways of viewing the world. They can flip perspectives on their head. Max Fisher of compiled 40 maps that he deems “crucial for understanding the Middle East – its history, its present, and some of the most important stories in the region today.” The maps discuss the history of how the Sykes-Picot treaty carved up the Middle East, illustrate the 2011 Arab Spring, tell the story of the Sunni-Shia divide, and demonstrate Syria’s religious and ethnic diversity among other topics. The maps are a beautiful demonstration of how different disciplines view similar topics through very different lenses. View all 40 maps online at



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.

Gustavo Gutiérrez on "Liberation Theology and the Martyrs"

Monday, April 20
4 p.m.
Weasler Auditorium

Gustavo Gutiérrez, O.P., one of the founders of Liberation Theology and Cardinal O’Hara Chair of Theology at the University of Notre Dame, will present on “Liberation Theology and the Martyrs” on Monday, April 20th at 4:00 p.m., in the Weasler Auditorium. The keynote address is the concluding event in the Marquette Commemoration of the 25th Anniversary of the UCA Martyrs of El Salvador. Father Gutiérrez is the author of the landmark The Theology of Liberation as well as numerous other books and articles. His lecture is sponsored the Theology Department, the Office of International Education, the Provost’s Office for Diversity and Inclusion and the Office of Student Development and is open to the public. Reception to follow.


Ambassador Harry Thomas presents on Careers in the Foreign Service and "The U.S. as an Asia-Pacific Nation"
Thursday, April 23
3 p.m. – Careers in the Foreign Service
4 p.m. – “The U.S. as an Asia-Pacific Nation”
OIE Program Center, Holthusen Hall, 4th Floor

Office of International Education (OIE) will host Ambassador Harry K. Thomas on Thursday, April 23 at 3 p.m., to speak with students interested in a career in Foreign Service. Following the meeting at 4 p.m., Ambassador Thomas will also be giving a lecture entitled “The U.S. as an Asia-Pacific Nation.” Both events are sponsored by the International Institute of Wisconsin and the Office of International Education and will be held in the OIE Program Center, 4th floor of Holthusen Hall.

Harry K. Thomas, Jr. is the Diplomat in Residence at Arizona State University, responsible for the State Department’s recruitment efforts in the Southwest and is an adjunct faculty member teaching an international relations course in the School of Global and Political Studies.

He is a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Career Minister and served most recently as the ambassador to the Philippines.  Prior to that, he was Director General of the Foreign Service and Director for Human Resources of the U.S. State Department. He also served as a Special Assistant to Secretary of State Rice and Executive Secretary of the Department.


H1B and Working Visas
Friday, April 24
4:30 p.m.
David Straz Hall, Room 105

This session is for all international students interested in working in the United States after graduation. Join the Office of International Education, the Business Career Center and the Career Services Center for this informative seminar delivered by immigration law expert Bob White, J.D. who will discuss visas and employment eligibility for international students. 

Mr. White is a frequent lecturer, moderator and panel participant on immigration issues affecting the business and academic communities.  He serves as immigration counsel for numerous colleges and universities and is a member of the leadership team of the NAFSA: Association of International Educators Region V. Mr. White was previously Chair of the Chicago Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), member of the AILA Board of Governors and a member of the Chapter's Department of Labor Liaison Committee


Translation Conference
April 24-25
Hefter Center
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Historically, Translation Studies was largely normative (telling translators how to translate). But as the discipline has grown and expanded, Translation Studies has borrowed from an array of disciplines that support and inform it: Comparative Literature, Computer Science, History, Linguistics, Philology, Philosophy, Media Studies, and Semiotics, among others. While traditionally addressing the movement and history of ideas, languages, and cultures, translation is also a recurring concept in Science and Technology Studies where it evokes the relational agency of humans and nonhumans within actor-networks. Drawing on this breadth of traditions and approaches, this year’s conference will address the regulations and contestations of what is translatable, untranslatable, and by/for whom–in sum, the politics of translation in the widest sense of the term. It will explore translation in its most expansive, trans-disciplinary sense: translation as exchange, migration, and mobility, including media circulation and cross-cultural communication. For more information visit


Italian Film Festival
April 24-26
UWM Union Theatre
2200 E. Kenwood Blvd.

The ninth annual festival, bringing contemporary Italian cinema, returns with free screenings April 24-26 to the UWM Union Theatre. This year's program ranges from "Song 'e Napule," a comedy about a musician out to capture a mobster, to "Gold Will Set You Free," a documentary about the Jewish experience during the Nazis' occupation of Rome. All movies are in Italian, with English subtitles. Info:


Fulbright Student Program 2016-2017 Info Sessions
Monday, April 27 - 5-6 p.m. Lalumiere Hall 172
Tuesday, April 28 - 4:30-5:30 p.m. Lalumiere Hall 288
Lalumiere 288

The application for 2016-2017 Fulbright Student Program is now open. John Pustejovsky, Marquette's Fulbright Program Advisor, invites you to learn more about the Fulbright U.S. Student Program. Fulbright provides grants for individually designed study/research projects, or for English Teaching Assistant Programs. This year Fulbright grantees will travel to more than 140 countries. We will discuss types and duration of grants, eligibility, selection criteria, the components of the application, and the application timeline. For more information on Fulbright, contact Dr. John Pustejovsky (, or visit All are welcome!


Farewell Celebration
Friday, May 1
4-6 p.m.
OIE Program Center, Holthusen Hall, 4th floor

As the semester comes to a close, we want to take the time to recognize the important contributions all our students make to the campus community, to bid a fond farewell to those who are leaving us and to celebrate the accomplishments of all the May and August graduates. Refreshments will be served. The event will be held from 4:00 to 6:00 pm at OIE (Holthusen Hall 4th Floor). All students, family members and friends are invited to attend.


Great Lakes Environmental Film Festival

May 1-3
Marquette University

The inaugural Great Lakes Environmental Film Festival is sponsored by the Diederich College of Communication and will show environmental movies from around the world, with some screenings including question-and-answer sessions with visiting filmmakers. Admission is free. For film titles, dates and times, visit:


Diversity Gala
Saturday, May 2
6 p.m.
AMU Monaghan Ballrooms

Students from the Department of Counselor Education and Counseling Psychology will host the 15th annual Diversity Gala Saturday, May 2, at 6 p.m. in AMU Monaghan Ballrooms. Dr. Joseph Green, director of the Educational Opportunity Program, will be the keynote speaker at the event. A silent auction will also be held. Dress code is formal attire. Hors d’oeuvres will be served with a cash bar. The cost of the event is $20 for GSO members, $25 for non-GSO members, $35 for professionals and $5 extra for tickets purchased at the door. Checks can be made out to “MU CECP.” RSVP by Wednesday, April 15, to Michelle Retzer.


Father Gregory Boyle, S.J. presents "Barking to the Choir: Now Entering the Kinship of God"

Thursday, May 7
7 p.m.
Church of The Gesu (Upper Church)

Father Boyle is the founder and Executive Director of Homeboy Industries, the largest gang intervention, rehabilitation and re-entry program in the U.S., now in its 25th year. His dedication to finding a place for all in our society brought him to the Boyle Heights community of East Los Angeles, where he served as pastor of Dolores Mission Church from 1986 through 1992. It was there that Father Greg started what would become Homeboy Industries, a nonprofit organization that employs and trains more than 300 former gang-members every year in seven social enterprises. Homeboy Industries also provides critical services to the 12,000 people who walk through the doors every year seeking a better life. Father Greg is the author of the New York Times bestselling book, “Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion.” There is no charge for Fr. Greg’s presentation, but a donation of a non-perishable food item for Central City Churches Outreach Ministry would be welcomed!




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 and Scholarships
- Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans for Graduate Study
-Peace Action Wisconsin Summer Internship




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OIE Global Correspondent

Study abroad is notoriously praised as an unquestionably amazing experience. Most of the people I talk to about their time studying abroad say how they can’t really sum up the awesomeness in words. For me that has always been a tad bit annoying as I think its a cop out to unearthing the ingredients behind such a beautiful experience. I do understand though, and also realize the huge degree of variety in experiences (like if you were to go to a country that speaks your native language(s) vs. one where 99% of the time you really have no idea what people are saying). But still, I’ve always believed there should be some kernel of wisdom to dig out. As much as I enjoy exploring Shanghai as a city, even when I’m lost wandering in my pajamas for 3 hours: (story for another time perhaps), I enjoy the kind of self-exploration that has unraveled. Yet, I’m not sure if it would be possible if I went here with a close friend. Anyways…going to a city this different and essentially alone has thrown my maturing process into hyperdrive.

The past two weeks I’ve felt a bit down. I’m fairly good friends with the 2 Marquette kids that I came here with, but I guess I expected a type of bond to develop like the ones I have back home. I expected to meet people straight away that I would form life-long bonds with to go on crazy adventures. Maybe I expected too much. This period of relative loneliness has left me reflecting on my tendency for forming symbiotic relationships with people and my lack of overall independence as a person. I tend to dwell in self-doubt about my actions and am constantly fearful of others’ view of my behavior. And I realize that this isn’t mostly my being sensitive to their feelings, its mostly my fear of being alone, standing on my own view of the world. And everyone has this…maybe we can mask it for a time, surround ourselves with a myriad of distractions, but everyone at the core is afraid of being alone, despite interpreting our loneliness differently. But I think the more we work at tackling this fear, and open ourselves up to the criticism of others by just being ourselves, the world really opens up. And the first week I was here this happened almost automatically. It wasn’t a conscious decision, but everything was fresh and new and I could only really be myself, with no idea of others’ expectations most of the time. But now as the city has begun to have several expected stimuli, I have allowed this comfort to quietly lull my burning passion for adventure.

Fortunately, some of the activities that have reengaged me with fresh stimuli include a trip to the Yellow Mountains. With two french guys also studying in Shanghai, my roommate and I ventured a 13 hour train ride to see some completely new elements of Mother Nature, escaping the poor air quality of Shanghai. On the train ride, we met two Chinese gentlemen that grew up in the town we were arriving in who graciously decided to be our host. When the train finally arrived, they treated us to some amazing dumplings for breakfast and paid for our taxi. They also took us to the local bus station which brought us to a hostel (per their suggestion) where we got us a 75% discount on rooms… Now that’s hospitality. I also received a teaching job, to teach English where I earn just under the equivalent of $30/hour. My first couple of experiences teaching (I teach mainly to 20-30 year olds), have opened the door to a drive I didn’t know was there. It’s something I think I’ll continue to pursue, at least in some form, for the rest of my life. This past weekend I went to a city 4 hours away spur of the moment with a new crew of guys (in the picture below: the two to the left are from France, second to the left is from Ireland and the one on the far right is from Belgium). We hadn’t planned anything, we didn’t know when the trains were leaving, what hostel we were going to stay in, what sites we were going to see, and it ended up great. We had a pleasant surprise of being given the only space left at a hostel…the roof. We were given two tents on the roof of the hostel with a gorgeous view of the city, after being turned down at least 10 other times at hotels on the way. 

This might sound repetitive and cliche, but the one idea that I keep trying to hang onto is pushing aggressively beyond my comfort zone and letting my heart lead the way. A corollary to that is constantly reminding myself to be grateful for what I have and refresh my mind with the perspective that I’m alive and well, studying abroad in a beautiful country that still has an unlimited potential of good things to reveal. 

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