Scholarship recipients and donors recognized at annual award ceremony

Students will be taking on academic, internship, and research opportunities around the world during the upcoming year, thanks to the generosity of donors from across campus. The fall 2016 International Division Scholarship Award Ceremony, held December 6 at the Gordon Dining and Event Center, brought students, faculty, and staff together to celebrate students receiving scholarships and recognize the donors who made the awards possible.

Students with thank you sign

Students show off their scholarship award certificates and a sign thanking donors at the 2017 International Division Scholarship Award Ceremony.

“All of you embarking on something new,” said Dan Gold, director of International Academic Programs and MC for the award ceremony. “If you approach it in the right way it will be incredibly meaningful and impact you for the rest of your life.” Continue reading

New ESL active learning lab expands learning possibilities for international students

Students in Dan Pell’s course study in the active learning lab

Students in Dan Pell’s course study in the active learning lab in the English as a Second Language Department inside Helen C. White Hall. PHOTO: BRYCE RICHTER

It might be hard to imagine a journalism student, a future economist, a cancer researcher and an aspiring statistician in the same 16-person class in Helen C. White Hall.

More than 1,000 undergraduate and graduate students at UW–Madison are united by a common thread: the need for English language skills.

“Here in the ESL program, we have a pretty happy staff because they feel the same way I do,” says English as a Second Language director Sandra Arfa. “That we are rather lucky to have such a diverse population of students to work with — and it’s fun.”

The ESL program — part of the English Department — recently celebrated the launch of a new interactive learning lab. Dan Pell, the designer of the learning lab, sought to create a dynamic space that provided flexibility for instructors based on different learning goals.

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Story written by Will Hoverman.

Returned Peace Corps Volunteer Completes Service in Uganda

Lindsay Carrera

Lindsay Carrera

Peace Corps Volunteers know that service isn’t a bucket list item; it’s a life-long dedication. Once you are part of the Peace Corps family, you are always a member. No one knows that better than Lindsay Carrera, a Hartland, Wisconsin, native who recently completed her service in Uganda.

“I have always wanted to do Peace Corps – since I was young,” Carrera said, “I love learning about people and trying to help. It was an educational experience.”

As a primary education teacher trainer in Uganda from 2013-16, Carrera provided training and support to elementary school teachers. She also worked intensively with administrators and primary school management committees to improve education in her community.

Read the full story in the original post on Central Peace Corps Volunteers.

Story credited to PEACECORPSCHICAGO.

Remembering Kannikar Elbow

University of Wisconsin-Madison students, faculty, staff, friends, and family mourn the loss of Kannikar Chanprasert Elbow, a dedicated and innovative educator of Thai language and culture. Kannikar was loved by her students and greatly respected by her colleagues, having gained knowledge and experience through a variety of roles throughout her dynamic life.

Kannikar Elbow

Kannikar Elbow had a tremendous impact on students and fellow faculty members throughout her life.

Kannikar Chanprasert Elbow was associated with UW-Madison for nearly 30 years and in the past 12 years was a senior lecturer in Thai language in the Department of Languages and Cultures of Asia (recently reorganized as Asian Languages and Cultures). In addition, she served as a member of the Steering Committee of the Center for Southeast Asian Studies. At UW-Madison, she was a highly successful and greatly respected teacher, known to her students and colleagues as Ajan Daeng. Continue reading

Passport Drive gets students ‘travel ready’

UW–Madison is making sure its students are ready to pursue opportunities across the globe. That was the goal of Wednesday’s Passport Drive, held as part of International Education Week (IEW). Students were able to stop by locations across campus for tips on the passport application process and receive coupons for passport photos. Students and staff, were on-hand to share their own experiences and chat about global travel opportunities.

Passport Drive

Students and staff set up booths around campus to give the campus community resources for obtaining their passports.

“The passport drive was offered this year as an effort to increase the number of students who are ‘travel ready,’” said Maj Fischer, chair of the IEW Planning Committee and director of the International Internship Program (IIP) unit. “The most recent data for UW-Madison undergraduate’s post-graduate plans indicated that 16 percent of respondents did not have a passport at the time of graduation.” Continue reading

International Education Week celebrates global learning

The University of Wisconsin–Madison will celebrate the campus’s commitment to international education and cultural diversity through a week of lectures, programs, fairs, and other activities during International Education Week, November 14–18.

The week will kick off with a Global Information Fair, featuring live music, dancing, and food, followed by a keynote lecture by Wajahat Ali. Ali is a journalist, writer, lawyer, an award-winning playwright, a TV host, and a consultant for the U.S. State Department.  Ali and his team work to create social entrepreneurship initiatives, which benefit marginalized communities and work to encourage individuals to develop creative answers to global challenges. Continue reading

UW-Madison to host 150 Pakistani Fulbright scholars

UW-Madison will host 150 Fulbright scholars from Pakistan beginning on November 3 for a three-day orientation focused on social movements in the U.S.

The Institute of International Education’s (IIE) Fulbright Pakistan Orientation Seminar will bring together the Pakistani master’s and Ph.D. students, who are currently studying at universities across the U.S. as part of a two-year program supported by the U.S. Department of State. The seminar will focus on U.S. social movements, particularly #BlackLivesMatter, as well as other issues in the nation, such as marriage equality. Continue reading

Science festival to feature UW-Madison experts

From October 20–23, the Wisconsin Science Festival will be taking place across the state, giving attendees of all ages a glimpse at the ways science is changing the world and our every day lives. Last year’s festival drew approximately 37,000 attendees to 285 events throughout the state. This year the International Division will be cosponsoring two sessions at the festival. Continue reading

Gender parity takes center stage at annual Mildred Fish-Harnack Lecture

Although international law affects individuals across the globe, women are largely underrepresented in the roles responsible for legal policies and decisions. Viviana Krsticevic, executive director of the Center for Justice and International Law in Washington, D.C., discussed the significant lack of gender parity in international and regional tribunals in her lecture, “Judging and Gender in the International Realm,” at the 2016 Mildred Fish-Harnack Lecture.

“Many decisions are made without fair representation of women or without any representation at all,” Krsticevic said.

Alexandra Huneeus

Associate Professor Alexandra Huneeus introduced Viviana Krsticevic at the 2016 Mildred Fish-Harnack Lecture.

Some of these decisions include matters that affect geographic and political boundaries and establishing precedents for gender-related crimes. Continue reading