NEWS & HIGHLIGHTS

OIE launches first crowdfunding campaign

Operation: Marquette Welcome The Office of International Education is excited to launch a crowdfunding campaign to bring an international exchange student to Marquette. OIE was invited to participate as a client in the Social Media Measurement and Analytics course taught by Marquette Social Media Director Tim Cigelske. The course examines analytics in the context of social fundraising. A recent Marquette Magazine web exclusive further explores the university's pilot project and experiences with the fundraising platform.

Hundreds of Marquette students have had the opportunity to enrich their lives through exchange and study abroad programs, an experience that impacts them personally and academically. Students from all social, economic and cultural backgrounds deserve that same opportunity, and OIE wants to do everything it can to give students from around the world a chance to attend Marquette.

Housing, visa and health insurance expenses tend to impose an additional financial burden on the cost of education. For international students from some countries, these expenses often hold back otherwise qualified students from being able to study in the U.S., even on exchange programs where tuition is already covered. Learn more about OIE's campaign to bring a deserving international exchange student to Marquette online at bit.ly/muwelcome.

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Professor from Cairo to speak about Egyptian politics today

Dr. Ann Lesch Political transitions are rarely a simple process, especially in the 21st century. Today, Tuesday, April 1, Dr. Ann Lesch will present “Troubled Political Transitions: A Perspective from Egypt,” a discussion about the ongoing political transition and turbulence in Egypt.

Dr. Lesch is an expert in Middle East politics and professor emeritus of political science at American University in Cairo. She has previously worked in the Middle East for the American Friends Service Committee, the Ford Foundation and Universities Field Staff International. She served as the president of the Middle East Studies Association, a non-political organization that promotes the study of the Middle East, and is a founder and former director of the Palestinian American Research Center.

Dr. Lesch’s vast experiences and personal insight will bring current events into focus through an Egyptian perspective. “Troubled Political Transitions” will be held in AMU Ballroom D at 5 p.m., to be followed by a reception.

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Step Up! Marquette presents film series to raise awareness for Rwanda

Map of Rwanda colored blue, yellow, and green (the flag of Rwanda) This week, Step Up! Marquette is hosting “Rwanda 1994-2014: The Search for Justice and Reconciliation,” a series of film screenings and panel discussions.

On Wednesday, April 2, at 7 p.m., watch a screening of the award-winning film “Rwanda. Through Us, Humanity,” which examines life for Rwandans ten years after the genocide. The film screening will be followed by a Q&A with the director, Marie-France Collard.

On Thursday, April 3, at 7 p.m., Collard will show another of her films, “Bruxelles-Kigali,” which explores the state of reparation and justice in Rwanda after the end of the criminal tribunal. Collard and humanitarian activist Martine Beckers will answer questions after the film.

Both film screenings will be held in Raynor Memorial Libraries Suites B & C.

On Friday, April 4,
join Step Up! for a Soup with Substance at 12 p.m. in the Henke Lounge with filmmaker, speaker and activist, Emmanual Habimana. A genocide orphan himself, Emmanuel in 2010 began co-directing Komora: to Heal, a documentary about the orphan survivors of the 1994 Tutsi genocide. Later join Collard, Beckers, and Emmanuel Habimana for a panel discussion about Rwanda’s current reality. The panel will begin at 5 p.m. in Straz 105.

Step Up! Marquette is a student organization dedicated to educating the population about the 1994 Rwandan genocide and helping rebuild Rwandan women emotionally, physically, and psychologically.

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First Lady promotes study abroad in China

 

Chinese First Lady Peng Liyuan and U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama with her daughters, Sasha and Malia, and her mother. First Lady Michelle Obama was in China last week, focusing on the power and importance of education, both in her own life and in the lives of young people across the world.

Mrs. Obama spoke at Peking University to students from both sides of the Pacific Ocean and highlighted the tremendous value that studying abroad could offer.

“Studying abroad isn’t just a fun way to spend a semester,” Mrs. Obama said. “It is quickly becoming the key to success in our global economy. Because getting ahead in today’s workplaces isn’t just about getting good grades or test scores in school, which are important. It’s also about having real experience with the world beyond your borders—experience with languages, cultures and societies very different from your own.”

Follow the First Lady's travel journal on the White House blog, and watch her answer questions about studying abroad on CNN iReport.

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Marquette accepting proposals for student diversity conference

Poster for WAICU Marquette University will host the 2014 Wisconsin Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (WAICU) Student Diversity Conference from Friday, May 2, to Saturday, May 3, 2014 in the Alumni Memorial Union. The mission of the WAICU Student Diversity Conference is to provide a collaborative forum in which students, faculty and staff can learn about differences, discuss diversity-related issues and create an action plan for their respective campuses and communities.

The 2014 conference theme is “Using Our Differences To Make A Difference,” focusing on valuing the presence and contributions of all identities to create inclusive communities. Marquette students are invited to attend and connect with students from all across the state of Wisconsin who are dedicated to learning about diversity and social justice while developing skills to create change as campus leaders. This interactive and reflective conference is FREE for Marquette students. The registration deadline is Friday, April 11.

Marquette faculty, staff, and student leaders are also invited to submit a workshop proposal for the 2014 WAICU Student Diversity Conference to assist with achieving conference goals. The program submission deadline is Friday, April 4.

To register, submit a presentation proposal, and learn more about the conference, please visit www.marquette.edu/waicu2014.

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EVENTS

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.

 

Troubled Political Transitions: A Perspective from Egypt
Tuesday, April 1
5 p.m.
AMU Ballroom B 

Political transitions are rarely a simple process, especially in the 21st century. Join Dr. Ann Lesch, professor emeritus of political science at American University in Cairo and expert in Middle East politics, for a discussion about the ongoing political transition and turbulence in Egypt. Dr. Lesch’s vast experiences and personal insight will bring current events into focus through an Egyptian perspective. Join us for a reception following the event.

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The Man Who Never Lied: Muhammad
Tuesday, April 1
6 p.m.
Raynor Memorial Libraries Beaumier Suite A

Local community leader, teacher and orator, Ameer Hamza, will present a narrative on the virtues and characteristics of Muhammad for Islam Awareness Week.

 

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Creeping Shari’ah: Misconceptions in Islam
Wednesday, April 2
6 – 8 p.m.
Raynor Memorial Libraries Beaumier Suites B & C

The Muslim Student Association presents a lecture and discussion with Imam Zia Sheikh, Ph.D., about the misconceptions associated with Islam.

 

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On the Ground Response to Typhoon Haiyan: Stacy McCoy’s Personal Testimony
Wednesday, April 2
6 p.m.
AMU Henke Lounge

Stacy McCoy, a graduate student in agricultural studies at Purdue University, spent four weeks supporting the Catholic Relief Services’ response to super-typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. McCoy will share her experience helping to implement an assessment of options for farmers who needed seeds for the upcoming planting season in the aftermath of the super-typhoon, as well as CRS's Integral Human Development framework.

Register online. For more information, contact the Center for Peacemaking at (414) 288-8444.

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Film Screening: ‘Rwanda. Through Us, Humanity’
Wednesday, April 2
7 p.m.
Raynor Memorial Library Beaumier Suites B & C

Step Up! Marquette will host a series of film screenings and panel discussions in remembrance of the 1994 Rwandan genocide. “Rwanda. Through Us, Humanity” allows survivors of the genocide to speak out on their current reality, ten years later. The film screening will be followed by a Q&A with director Marie-France Collard.

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Israelis & Palestinians: The Future
Wednesday, April 2
7 p.m.
Emory Clark 111

The second of a two-part series, Dr. Tim Crain, Marquette alum and professor in the College of Professional Studies will discuss the future of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Dr. Crain taught courses in the Abrahamic religions and the Arab-Israeli conflict at UW-Milwaukee. A popular speaker, Crain has also lectured to community audiences throughout Milwaukee and Wisconsin.

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Panel: “Does Religion Still Matter?”
Thursday, April 3
7 p.m.
Raynor Memorial Libraries Beaumier Suites B & C

Join three renowned Islamic speakers and activists from across the nation in a panel discussion about the role of religion in an increasingly skeptical, scientific and modern age. Dr. Zia Sheikh is the Imam at one of the largest mosques in the country, the Islamic Center of Irving. Haroon Moghul is a columnist at Al-Arrabiya and a Ph.D. Candidate at Columbia University. Tahera Ahmad is the chaplain at Northwestern University.

 

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Film Screening: ‘Bruxelles-Kigali’
Thursday, April 3
7 p.m.
Raynor Memorial Libraries Beaumier Suites B & C

An exploration of the state of reparation and justice in Rwanda after the end of the criminal tribunal. The film will be follow by a Q&A with director Marie-France Collard and humanitarian activist Martine Beckers.

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Soup with Substance: Filmmaker Emmanuel Habimana from Rwanda
Friday, April 4
12 p.m.
Henke Lounge

Emmanuel Habimana is a filmmaker, speaker and activist from Kigali, Rwanda. His work began as a youth activist in Kigali where he collaborated with peers to assist other orphans of the 1994 Tutsi genocide. A genocide orphan himself, in 2010 Emmanuel began co-directing Komora: to heal, a documentary about the orphan survivors of the 1994 Tutsi genocide. He has since traveled to the United States, where he has worked on the production of Komora, undertaken a nation-wide speaking tour, and has since returned to the United States for a third time to attend Lewis and Clark College as the 2012 recipient of the Romeo Dallaire Scholarship. He is set to return to Rwanda where he will finish his law degree at Kigali Independent University.

 

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Panel: Rwanda 2014
Friday, April 4
5 – 7 p.m.
David Straz 105

Discuss Rwanda’s current reality in remembrance of the 20th anniversary of the genocide with award-winning director Marie-France Collard, humanitarian activist Martine Beckers, and genocide survivor and co-director of “Komora: To Heal” Emmanuel Habimana.

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One Year, 100 Wells
Friday, April 4
7 p.m.
AMU Lunda Room

To conclude Islam Awareness Week, the Muslim Student Association is sponsoring a night of entertainment and inspiration, provided by comedian Aman Ali and local nasheed artists Awab Khan. Admission is free; dinner, a traditional Halaal meal, costs $10. All proceeds from the dinner will go to the Zakat Foundation to build a water well for a village in Africa.

 

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Bayanihan Student Organization Culture Show:
BOYANIHAN: The Boys Are Back

Saturday, April 5
4:30 p.m. doors open
Weasler Auditorium

What happens when your friends and you are at the top of your game and everything just falls apart? Like every boy band, Boyanihan eventually fell apart and each member went their separate ways. Ten years later, two of them meet by chance and decide to get the gang back together for one last performance. Free admission.

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Soup with Substance: ‘Island of Peace’

April 9

12 p.m.

AMU 157

 

Join Father Francis Mun-su Park for a presentation on peace and ecology. Born in St. Paul, MN, Father Park joined the Jesuits in 1960 and went to Korea in 1969. He taught sociology at Sogant University from 1979-1999 and was active in the poor people’s movement in Korea, 1979 to the present.

 

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Open Mic for Peace
Thursday, April 10

7 – 9 p.m.
AMU Henke Lounge

 

Peacemakers is hosting an open mic night to promote peacemaking and foster discussion about social justice issues. Students will perform spoken word, acoustic songs, poetry, monologues, and a variety of other creative possibilities. Anyone interested in performing at the open mic should contact Lauren Carufel-Wert (lauren.carufel-wert@marquette.edu).

 

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Scholarships & Conferencesdiploma

Visit 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.

Fellowships, Scholarships and Conferences

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CONTENTS

PROFILE

 

 

Ketty Alvarado

Ketty Alvarado
Lima, Peru
Business '17

When transferring to Marquette University from a college in Lima, Peru, Ketty Alvarado was not sure what to expect. She first heard about Marquette through our International Student Newsletters that get sent out to prospective International students. Taking a leap of faith, Ketty decided to join the Marquette family and she is sure glad she did.

 

Ketty is a double major in economics and finance. “School here is a lot different than in Peru. Here, participation is important where as in Peru the learning is more theoretical and lecture based.” In Peru, Ketty lived at home while attending school, but she has grown to love living on her own in the dorms. She plans on joining intramural volleyball and soccer during her time at MU. The most challenging part of being an international student, she has found, is understanding the different accents of English she hears every day. Ketty also believes that getting involved in groups on campus can sometimes be difficult but she has made it her goal to become more active on campus.

 

One program that Ketty is involved in is the International Friendship Program that the Office of International Education puts together every year. In this program, international students are matched with a local family in order to gain perspective of a typical American lifestyle. Often as an international student living on campus, it is difficult to experience the average home life of Americans. Ketty loves spending time with her Friendship Program family. Thomas and Patricia Benson have included Ketty in many of their family outings. They even took her to their daughters play at her elementary school. “The Bensons helped me transition to life here,” Ketty shared.

 

Ketty is looking forward to the rest of her upcoming years at Marquette. She is excited to become more involved and further her education here in America.

 



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414.288.7289