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Spotlight on Learning, Discovery, and Engagement

Dear Friends,

November 16 to 20 was International Education Week at the University and around the world. The annual event helps us to recognize and celebrate all that we do together across the University of Minnesota to connect and engage with students, faculty, and staff in international teaching, learning, and research at home and abroad. Our celebration, of course, was muted in light of the horrific attacks in France, Beirut, and, sadly, too many other places around the world. We must continue to look for ways to learn from one another, and to be able to work peacefully across borders, cultures, and beliefs. International education is one avenue by which we can do this.

Thank you for helping us internationalize the University of Minnesota and prepare our students to live and work in a global society—hopefully one that is more peaceful and accepting.

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Meredith McQuaid
Associate Vice President and Dean
of International Programs

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University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler's nine-day visit to Hong Kong and Seoul, South Korea, in November has been deemed a success by all involved. President Kaler met with several hundred alumni in two friendly—and noisy!—events in Hong Kong and Seoul, met with a Korean international trade official, and visited seven leading higher education institutions.

Check out more stories and photos from the visit >>

Alumni who are faculty at Chinese University of Hong Kong
President Kaler with U of M alumni who are faculty
at the Chinese University of Hong Kong

Memories, A Few Tears, and Czech Sandwiches

The University of Minnesota hosted a Remembrance of Josef Mestenhauser on October 3, where more than 200 people joined in remembering the life and legacy of the distinguished professor and leader in the field of international education. The event highlighted the impact Professor Mestenhauser had on students and on the field, and reflected his Czech heritage through music and his favorite sandwiches made by the local Czech community.

Watch a video and see more photos and memories from the remembrance >>

Audience at the Mestenhauser Memorial

New & Notable

The University's 2015 Award for Global Engagement was presented to three faculty and staff members on November 20. More >>

The Interdisciplinary Center for the Study of Global Change (ICGC) received a $910,000 grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for the renewal of its collaboration with the University of the Western Cape’s Centre for Humanities Research in South Africa. More >>

The University's Twin Cities campus ranked in the top 20 U.S. institutions for study abroad participation and international student enrollment, according to the annual Open Doors report released on November 16. More >>

Where Do You Want Your Passport to Take You?

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Do you have a passport? Did you know that only about 46% of Americans do, compared to about 71% in Europe?

Let us know where you want to travel next, and you could win a leather travel wallet to hold your passport and other important travel documents.

Take our poll and get entered to win a travel wallet >>

Making an Investment in International Students

Some of the University's best and brightest international students were honored at a scholarship reception on November 20. With the generous financial support of individuals like you, International Students and Scholar Services is able to award a collection of competitive, merit-based scholarships to outstanding international students every year. These scholarships are an important component of the University’s plan to attract a diverse group of exceptional international students from across the globe.

"What you should really take from getting that scholarship is the knowledge that the University of Minnesota trusts you as a student and believes that you can do well in the classes and the program you chose." — Leonardo Buzzeto, Brazil, College of Science and Engineering

Watch videos of the student speakers >>

Four international students who spoke at the Scholarship reception
Leonardo Buzzetto (Brazil), Alejandro Calderon (Honduras), Mark Chia (Singapore) and Xinran Duan (China) spoke about the importance of student scholarships at ISSS’s recent International Student Scholarship Reception.

2015 Judd Fellows Expo

Enthusiastic supporters came to campus on November 10 to hear the 2015 Judd Fellows talk about their experiences abroad. In addition, 2010 Judd Fellow alumnus Laurie McGinley talked about the impact her Judd Fellowship in Turkey has had on her career in architecture. She talked about how her time in Turkey taught her to slow down and see the things she needs to see, which is quite different than the almost instantaneous results of 3D modeling on the computer she was used to.

See photos from the Expo and view the Fellows' posters >>

Judd Fellows answer questions about their poster

Study Abroad Scholarships:
By the Numbers

Make a gift to the Learning Abroad Alumni Fund today, so we can ensure that more students receive the scholarships they need to study abroad.

Where do students study?

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1 in 4 U of M students who applies for
a Learning Abroad Center Scholarship
receives an award

China Center Scholarship Recipients say "xie xie"!

In 2014-15, the China Center awarded almost $14,000 in scholarships to students to study in Greater China, thanks in part to private support from individuals like you.

Kenny Ngo in Hong Kong

"I started to be more conscious of the world and realized my potential to make an impact and difference."
— Kenny Ngo

Marlee Hein at the Great Wall

"I was stimulated by every topic we studied and have collected so many lifelong memories. "
— Marlee Hein

Aaron Lefkow at the Great Wall

"Being able to speak one-on-one with a teacher gave me the confidence and ability to utilize my Chinese to freely express myself. "
— Aaron Lefkow

See more photos and stories from students >>

Why I Give: Lisa Damon '95, '97

As a University of Minnesota undergraduate in 1994, Lisa Damon received a scholarship that helped her fund one of two experiences abroad in Europe. Today, Lisa and her husband hope to provide a new generation of students with the opportunity to study abroad through the Lisa M. Damon and Gregg E. Lauderdale Scholarship. The scholarship is meant for students who are studying abroad for a semester or summer—an amount of time Lisa and Gregg believe gives students the chance to fully immerse themselves in a new culture.

"We want students to have time to develop relationships, discover new environments, and have time for a deeper exposure and experiences abroad. It is important for students to have exposure to different world perspectives." — Lisa Damon

Learn more about Lisa's study abroad experiences >>

Good Question: What Second Language Should Our Children Learn?

Dr. Elaine Tarone, professor and director of the University of Minnesota’s Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition, was interviewed by WCCO-TV for their Good Question segment. Watch the video to find out what she recommended.

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Goldy Gopher

A gift to CARLA on Give to the Max Day was randomly selected to receive a $1,000 bonus from the University of Minnesota Foundation. Thank you to Kit H. for making the special gift, and to all of the donors for their extra support of CARLA’s work. It's not too late to make your own gift to CARLA!

A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words

It was such a busy fall with so many interesting and amazing stories that we can't share it all in one newsletter: Meeting the U.S. ambassador to UAE, Governor Dayton's reception for Mexican students, pumpkin decorating with international students, and more.

Check out our collection of photos from other fall happenings >>

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!

Ways to Give: Bequests

Bequests and other estate gifts provide the GPS Alliance with the level of funding needed to grow programs and ensure stable support for the future. Here is some sample bequest language to use in your will:

“I give [the sum, percentage, or description of property] to the University of Minnesota Foundation, Minneapolis, Minnesota, to be used [for the benefit of the name of the campus, college, or program] or according to my written instructions on file with the foundation.”

For more information on ways to support the GPS Alliance through your estate plans, contact Diane Young at 612-624-8819 or