Marquette alumni gather to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Marquette en Madrid

MU in MadridLast week during spring break, 20 Marquette en Madrid alumni gathered in Spain alongside faculty, staff, host families and current students to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Marquette en Madrid study abroad program. Active since 1965, Marquette en Madrid is one of the nation’s oldest cultural immersion programs in Spain.

Alumni attendees thoroughly enjoyed the unique opportunity to reconnect with each other, reacquaint themselves with the best of Madrid, and share memories of their time living and studying in the city. They even had the chance to sit in on a few Reunidas courses at the Universidad Complutense.

Marquette also formalized the broadening of the Madrid program to allow students from an expansive range of disciplines including communication, nursing and engineering to participate in this once-in-a-lifetime global experience in the heart of one of Europe’s greatest cultural capitals. Beginning in fall 2015, students will have the opportunity to study at one of two institutions – The University of Comillas and Saint Louis University Madrid – which will take the place of current partner Universidad Complutense de Madrid. The summer program will continue in its current format, with students being led by Marquette faculty. The changes were developed after conducting focus groups with students returning from Madrid during the past few years and reflect Marquette’s desire to be responsive to shifting student needs.

The University of Comillas, a fellow Catholic, Jesuit university, introduced alumni to the student options at the Comillas Cantoblanco campus and held a formal signing of the new partnership agreement between our two universities. The University of Comillas Rector graciously celebrated mass with reunion participants and joined the group at the reception, which followed.

Marquette’s Jesuit Father Adolfo Nicolás, Superior General of the Society of Jesus, has emphasized the call for Catholic, Jesuit institutions to collaborate with each other and to “re-imagine ourselves in this globalized world.” The university’s new partnerships will allow us to do just that, opening doors for more students where they were previously closed.



Marquette celebrates the Chinese Lantern Festival

Students at the Chinese Lantern FestivalOn March 5, nearly 100 students joined together to participate in a Chinese Lantern Festival dinner party in Sensenbrenner Hall. The lantern festival marks the last day of the 15-day Lunar New Year or Spring Festival celebration. Students enjoyed authentic Chinese food from the Confucius House restaurant and each student had the opportunity to decorate their own lantern.
At the event, students from China recollected how they celebrate the Lantern Festival in their hometowns. In Beijing, families visit the public parks to walk among large lantern displays. In Wuhan (central China), people dance on stilts and walk along the streets trying to solve the riddles written on the lanterns. In Chongming (near the coastal city of Shanghai), people make lanterns and then set them adrift on lakes or let them rise up into the sky fueled by the heat from the lights.

Dr. Daniel Meissner, co-coordinator of the event, remembers his experiences celebrating the festival when he taught in China, “We lived in a small rural city that like most of China, turned off electricity at 10 p.m. However, for the Lantern Festival the city came alive at night with light. Peddlers sold hand made paper lanterns in various shapes and sizes from the standard round globe signifying the full moon of the festival to intricate animal designs for the New Year. Children wandered the streets with their lanterns in hand and parents in tow, bringing warmth and gaiety to the usual cold and darkness of the winter months.”

The History Department, Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation sponsored the event. The primary objective of Mellon grant funded events such as the Lantern Festival is to enhance intercultural understanding and competency among Chinese and non-Chinese students on campus through bridge building events.



International flag sashes available to purchase for spring graduates

flag sashesGraduates walking in May commencement who hold citizenship from another country or who have gone overseas on an international program through Marquette have the opportunity to order an international flag sash to wear at the ceremony.

To purchase a flag sash, students must complete the online order form. Return the form and a check made out to “Marquette University” to the Office of International Education in Holthusen Hall, fourth floor, by Friday, April 10. 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 marketing and communications coordinator, at 8-7289 for more information.



Center for Transnational Justice announces course development grant competition

transnational justiceThe Marquette University Center for Transnational Justice (CTJ) will be awarding up to four $3,600 grants for full-time Marquette faculty to develop new courses, or significantly revise existing courses, that explore issues of justice that transcend national borders. The course must be taught at least once within three semesters following notice of the grant award. Innovative proposals are sought especially in the areas of migration, economics, politics, justice and human security. Application instructions are available on the Center for Transnational Justice website. The application deadline for the Spring 2015 competition is noon, Friday April 10, 2015.



Marquette announces 134th Commencement speaker

commencementSister Margaret "Peggy" O'Neill, S.C., Marquette alumna, will be the keynote speaker at Marquette's 134th Commencement ceremony. O'Neill is the founder of El Centro Arte Para la Paz, an agency in El Salvador dedicated to helping the country's poor and marginalized. "Sister O'Neill is a superb role model for our graduates, someone we would be proud to present as an illustration of the principles of intellectual and moral excellence that Marquette proclaims," President Michael R. Lovell said.



UN celebrates International Women's Day

intenrational women's day photoOn March 8, UN Women organization celebrated International Women’s Day – a day for upholding women’s achievements, recognizing challenges, and focusing greater attention on women’s rights and gender equality to mobilize all people to do their part. The theme of this year’s International Women’s Day was “Empowering Women, Empowering Humanity: Picture it!” The UN Women organization also launched on a new plan for gender equality on March 8 that asks governments to make commitments to address the challenges that are holding women and girls back from reaching their full potential within the next 15 years. “Planet 50-50 by 2030: Step It Up For Gender Equality.” Step It Up will showcase specific commitments that governments make, leading up to the United Nations General Assembly in September 2015. The initiative comes at a critical moment in time as a new development agenda is taking shape to replace the Millennium Development Goals. To learn more about how to Step It Up or see what the UN Women organization does, click here.




Chinese is growing in popularity as a second language

DragonRecently, there has been a growth in people picking up Mandarin books and learning Chinese as a second language around the world. In 2010 alone, 750,000 people from around the world took the Official Chinese Proficiency Test (HSK). All these people from different industries and backgrounds are learning Chinese in hopes to understand the often-misunderstood country better and benefit from knowing the most widely spoken language in the world whether it is for personal reasons or business opportunities.

As China’s economy grows, the importance for non-Chinese to understand the culture, and language is becoming more and more imperative. “Chinese isn’t the new French, it’s the new English” says Robert Davis, director of the Chinese-language program in Chicago’s public school system, which has 8,000 students studying Mandarin. Today, there are Chinese programs in more than 550 elementary, junior high and senior high schools, a 100% increase in two years. While at the college level, enrollment in Chinese-language classes has increased 51% since 2002, according to the Modern Language Association, a language and literature education organization. Marty Abbott, the spokeswoman for the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, says early figures suggest the number of students now studying Chinese has “got to be somewhere around 30,000 to 50,000.”








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.


Peacemaker in Residence: Careers in the Foreign Service with Col. Ann Wright

Monday, March 16

4-5 p.m.

OIE Program Center, Holthusen Hall, 4th Floor

Col (Ret.) Ann Wright, Marquette’s Peacemaker in Residence, received the State Department Award for Heroism in 1997 for her actions while evacuating 2,500 people during the Sierra Leone civil war. She has served as the Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. embassies in Afghanistan, Sierra Leone, Micronesia, Mongolia, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Grenada and Nicaragua. As a prominent American peacemaker she continues her courageous work to advance human rights, justice and peace while on the ground in some of the most dangerous parts of the world. Join Col. Wright to learn more about careers in the Foreign Service.



Irish Cultural Event

Monday, March 16

6-8 p.m.

OIE Program Center, Holthusen Hall, 4th Floor


Milwaukee is home to many people from Ireland and other countries with Celtic traditions. Join us for an evening of music, dance and culture as we learn about and celebrate the rich cultural history of Ireland and the Celtic world.



Peacemaker in Residence: Stories of Following My Conscience in Foreign Affairs and Peacemaking
Tuesday, March 17
7-8:30 p.m.
AMU Henke Lounge

Col. (Ret.) Ann Wright will share stories of the experiences that have shaped her life and her career. She will share how following her conscience has helped guide her through making difficult decisions. Sponsored by the Center for Peacemaking. Register here.



Peacemaker in Residence: Panel Discussion on Just War, Pacifism, and Peacemaking
Wednesday, March 18
4-5:30 p.m.
AMU 157

The panelists, Dr. Stephanie Russell (Moderator),
Col. (Ret.) Ann Wright,
Dr. Terrence Rynne,
Rev. Thomas Hughson, S.J., will draw on their various backgrounds and traditions to discuss just war, pacifism, and peacemaking. Snacks and refreshments will be provided. Sponsored by the Center for Peacemaking. Register here.



Peacemaker in Residence: Working for Human Rights in the Holy Land
Wednesday, March 18
12-1 p.m.
AMU 157

For this Soup with Substance, Col. (Ret.) Ann Wright will present on her experiences working for peace and human rights in the Holy Land. A light lunch of soup and bread will be provided. Sponsored by the Center for Peacemaking. Register here.




Marquette social entrepreneur in residence to visit campus
The 2015 Social Entrepreneur in Residence, Pavi Mehta, social entrepreneur, writer-filmmaker and chief storyteller for Aravind Eye Care Systems, will visit campus Tuesday, March 17, and Wednesday, March 18. Mehta has a number of events scheduled on campus that are open to all students, faculty and staff.

All are invited to attend and hear more about the social venture she works with, the Aravind Eye Care Clinic in India – widely considered one of the greatest social enterprises globally. A complete schedule of events is online.

Tuesday, March 17
“Infinite Vision: How Compassion and Empathy Spur Innovation & Change”
AMU Monaghan Ballrooms
10 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Hosted by Marquette University Social Innovation Initiative

“Sharing Stories to Spread the Word”
Discussion about storytelling and media for different messages with Pavi
AMU 254
11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Bring your own lunch; drinks and snacks will be provided

“When Compassion and Business Meet: The Aravind Eye Care System’s Story of Social Entrepreneurship”
AMU Monaghan Ballrooms
5:30 p.m.
Hosted by the Kohler Center for Entrepreneurship
Registration is required.

Wednesday, March 18

“Quality Health Care in a Changing World: Lessons from Aravind”
Cramer Hall 087
6 p.m.
Hosted by the American Medical Student Association and Alpha Epsilon Delta



BSO Annual Cultural Show: Dancers of the Philippines - Following the Beat of One's Heart

Saturday, March 21

5- 8 p.m.

Weasler Auditorium

Join BSO for their annual cultural show filled with numerous traditional Filipino dances as well other cultural performances. This year we follow the story of two best friends striving to follow their passions. But when romance threatens the balance of their friendship, will they both be able to follow the beat of their hearts? Free admission. Doors open at 5pm. Show starts at 5:30pm.





The Charlie Hebdo Attack in Context

Tuesday, March 24

4- 5 p.m.

Raynor Libraries Beaumier Suites B&C


Join Middle East and North Africa Studies faculty for a panel discussion putting the Charlie Hebdo attack in context. Faculty presenters include, Risa Brooks, Political Science; Louise Cainkar, Social and Cultural Sciences; Phillip Naylor, History; Irfan Omar, Theology; Enaya Othman, Arabic; moderated by Richard Taylor, Philosophy.




FOLA Faculty Research Presentations
Wednesday, March 25
4-5:30 p.m.
Lalumiere Language Hall 114

The Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures invites faculty, staff and students to learn about the research Marquette faculty members are conducting.  Each faculty member will speak for 15 minutes, followed by a Q&A session. For additional information, contact Pilar Bellver, associate professor of Spanish, at (414) 288-6837. Presentations include:

  • Enaya Othman, assistant professor of foreign languages and literatures, “Gendering Education: Palestinian Students Shaping Identity Between Womanhood and Feminist Ideals”
  • Sonia Barnes, assistant professor of foreign languages and literatures, “The Use of Contact Features as Stance Markers: The Case of Ausurian “Ye”
  • German Carrillo, professor of Spanish, “Of Love and Love-Related Issues in G. García Márquez’s Latest Works”
  • Jennifer Vanderheyden, assistant professor of foreign languages and literatures, “Lettres de Cachet in Diderot’s La Religieuse (The Nun).


Easter Eggstravaganza
Wednesday, April 1
5-7 p.m.
OIE Program Center, Holthusen Hall, 4th Floor

Learn about the many traditions of spring and the ways that various cultures celebrate Easter in the U.S. and around the world. Make an Easter basket, color Easter eggs, and enjoy some tasty food at this popular event.








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Marquette international alum to open restaurant in Wauwatosa

Afro Fusion Cuisine Founder

Yollande (Tchouapi) Deacon is an international Marquette alum and entrepreneur taking her business, Afro Fusion Cuisine, from the farmer’s market to the restaurant table. Deacon brings the flavors and foods of her childhood to Milwaukee through developing the sauces, spices, condiments and foods that make it possible to conveniently prepare African and Jamaican food using locally grown produce.

Hailing from Cameroon in West Africa, Deacon comes from a family of restaurateurs and a culture where social interactions are focused around food. Deacon first previewed her Afro Fusion Cuisine products at the Wauwatosa Farmer’s Market where she found great support over the past few years.

Taking the business to the next level, Deacon purchased a property in Wauwatosa, which she will transform into the Afro Fusion Cuisine Flavor Design Studio - a commercial kitchen where she will develop and test new products. Once the kitchen is complete in spring or summer of 2015, Deacon hopes to add Irie Zulu: The Afro Fusion Cuisine Tasting Hut, a retail store and tasting room that will serve breakfast and lunch dishes.

Deacon is focused on creating an authentic culinary experience. She explains to, "The newest frontier in food is actually African and Jamaican food, in part because we really haven't done a good job putting out good information on what we have to offer," she says. "So my goal is to give people a place where they can come to experience my world, the way I cook at home. I want people to know Africa differently."

Learn more about Afro Fusion Cuisine on their website and read more about the new kitchen and tasting space on







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