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Spotlight on Learning, Discovery, and Engagement

Dear Friends,

As we begin this fall season, I hope you will be energized by happy memories of a relaxing and enjoyable summer. It was definitely a busy, yet productive, summer in the GPS Alliance! In August, I was proud to represent the University of Minnesota on Governor Dayton’s Trade Delegation to Mexico, which he has called the “most productive” trip in which he has been involved. It was definitely productive for the University. While there, I signed an agreement between the University and CONACYT (similar to the U.S.’s National Science Foundation) to be part of the Mexican government’s scholarship program for students in science and engineering.

Dean McQuaid with Mexican alumnusI also met many of our enthusiastic and proud alumni at a Minnesota reception in Mexico City, including Jaime Reyes Robles, Jalisco State Minister of Innovation who earned a master's of chemical engineering from the University in 1970 (see photo). We hope to do more with our neighbors to the south in the months and years ahead. I truly appreciate the outstanding partnership we have with the State of Minnesota—especially the Minnesota Trade Office—which shares our goals to increase international engagement and build a stronger Minnesota now and for the future.

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Meredith McQuaid
Associate Vice President and Dean
of International Programs

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to see more photos from the trip.

Where in the World? graphic focused on IstanbulWhere in the World?

If you picked up the New York Times travel section in August, you might have spotted University of Minnesota alumni Mark and Nedret Butler. The Butlers and their hotel were featured in the article and video, “36 Hours in Istanbul, Asian Side.” The Butlers, both graduates of the School of Architecture, are model alumni who regularly give back to the University. They have opened doors to Istanbul for hundreds of faculty and students, and have been leaders and funders of the University’s Study Abroad Program in Istanbul. In recognition of this dedication, they both received Alumni Service Awards from the University of Minnesota Alumni Association in 2014.

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Mark and Nedret Butler in the New York Times video

Building a More "Workable World"

"When you find out what you do best, that’s probably where you will have the greatest impact. I hope that the students who get the fellowship will do as I do and try to make a more workable world." — Professor Emeritus Joseph Schwartzberg

Dr. Schwartberg and Dean McQuaidProfessor Emeritus Dr. Joseph E. Schwartzberg has lived as a world citizen in advocacy and action throughout his life. Now, through the creation of the Workable World Trust Fellowship to support students at the University's Interdisciplinary Center for the Study of Global Change, Dr. Schwartzberg is ensuring his legacy will continue as students pursue ways to improve global governance through peaceful evolutionary processes.

Read more about Dr. Schwartzberg and the students his fellowship will support >>

Flash Floods in Brazil, and Other Tales from the New Director of International Alumni

Audra GerlachAudra Gerlach became the Director of International Alumni and Travel for the University of Minnesota Alumni Association (UMAA) in June. She had previously worked for three years as the Director of International Recruitment for International Student and Scholar Services. In this new role with UMAA, she remains dedicated to spreading the word about the University of Minnesota.

And she will not let anything stop her—not even a flash flood in Brazil that blocked her way to her next appointment.

Read more about Audra and her adventures around the world >>


New & Notable

The University of Minnesota ranked #30 in the 2015 Academic Ranking of World Universities.

The University of Minnesota was named a top Fulbright institution, with 16 students receiving Fulbright awards in 2014-15.

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Mark Your Calendars

Oct. 3: U of M Remembrance of Josef Mestenhauser

Oct. 9-10: Creating a Workable World Conference

Oct. 20: 2015 Judd Fellows Expo

Sneak Peek: Stories from the 2015 Judd Fellows

“Meeting environmental activist Dr. Shiva confirmed for me that working in the world of food systems and community economic development is exactly what I want to be doing.” — Claire Stoscheck, 2015 Judd Fellow, India

Judd Fellow Claire with Activist ShivaJoin us at the 2015 Judd Fellows Expo to learn more about Claire’s time in India, and hear stories from the other Judd Fellows about their time abroad.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015
4:30-6:30 p.m.
McNamara Alumni Center

Please RSVP now

A Wet Display of Teamwork

The International Student and Scholar Service (ISSS) iSuccess pre-orientation program is not just about helping new international students get ready for the upcoming school year; it is preparing participants to be student leaders on campus—and on the lake!

Find out how a tippy kayak led to a leadership lesson for some new international students >>

Teachers Fill Their Book Bags

Local Chinese teachers went "shopping" at the annual book giveaway hosted by the U of M Confucius Institute on August 13. Over the two hours of the event, 30 teachers took home more than 26 boxes of books and other materials to support their students and classroom learning.

Chinese Book Giveaway

Where Do You Want to Go?

The Learning Abroad Center hosted its annual Learning Abroad Fair on September 16, where students could talk to program representatives and explore the more than 200 opportunities available for study, work, and internships abroad.

Erin at the Learning Abroad Fair

"I’ve been fortunate to travel a lot in the U.S. and I want to travel abroad for a whole semester or year. I’m looking at the British Isles. I’m really fascinated with the culture there." — Erin, freshman

See more photos and stories of students at the fair >>

"Today Will Have to Do"

Thirteen Australian students participated in the three-week enrichment seminar, Innovations in Environmental Sustainability, in June.

"The most important thing I learned during my time in Minnesota was that sustainability requires something from each of us today, not tomorrow. Yesterday would have been nice, but today will have to do. We must take ourselves and everyone we know into a better future." — Sustainability Enrichment Seminar participant

Do you know an international student who would like to study at the University of Minnesota for a semester or for a short-term program? Tell them to check out GO Minnesota's website or contact Leah Brink at

Bernardo touching the Little Brown Jug
GO Minnesota students have some fun during a USDA field tour.

Video: "Age of Ambition: Truth, Faith, and Fortune in China"

Did you miss the China Center's annual Bob & Kim Griffin Building U.S.-China Bridges Lecture, held on May 5? You can now watch clips from the lecture, which featured Evan Osnos, The New Yorker correspondent and author of "Age of Ambition: Truth, Faith, and Fortune in China." In his speech, Osnos discussed China’s plan to renew its place as one of the world’s most preeminent powers and the challenges that accompany that mission.

Video clip from Griffin Lecture

Are You a Golden Gopher Family?

Goldy Gopher

Let us share your story! The University is looking for families with multiple generations of Gophers to highlight in an upcoming publication of the University of Minnesota Alumni Association. If you are interested, please contact Jennifer Schulz at or 612-624-0557.

Make a giftTurn Great Ideas into Great Opportunities

Your philanthropic investment in the GPS Alliance Strategic Directions Fund will nurture “great ideas” that have too often withered on-the-vine for lack of a patron. This Fund provides the dean of international programs with flexible resources to respond quickly to emerging opportunities and help ensure that great ideas no longer become lost opportunities. Be a philanthropic partner with the GPS Alliance and help make an impact on our students, our campus, and our world!

Giving is easy through EFT!

Electronic Funds Transfer or EFT is a regular withdrawal from your bank account or credit card. When making a gift at the University’s “Giving” site, click on “Make this a monthly gift.”

"EFT is easy. I never think about it, and it becomes a part of our monthly household budget." — Alex Kotze, donor to the Learning Abroad Alumni Fund