Alumni Stories: Chaya Nayak (Global Studies Security Graduate, 2011)

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I graduated in 2011 with a Bachelors in Global Studies –Security and a Certificate in Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution. The time that I spent as a Global Studies student has laid the foundations for the work that I have done in the past 5 years.  While at UWM, I focused my time on understanding Global Security through the lens of food security.  In my Junior year, I studied and worked abroad in Hyderabad and Pune India, first spending 6 months at a graduate school, the University of Hyderabad, and then subsequently working for 6 months at the Watershed Organization Trust (WOTR).  At the WOTR, I worked to study the impact and feasibility of building Aquaponics systems in rural India – work that I would come back to when I graduated in 2011. My work and study in India, was one of the most foundational experiences of my career, in which I not only learned the intricacies of working and living in emerging markets, but also grew to understand the hurdles non profit development institutions faced when carrying out programs.

As a senior at UWM, I was given the opportunity to travel to UC-Berkeley for the Public Policy and International Affairs fellowship (PPIA).  PPIA is a summer fellowship hosted at top policy institutions across the country, and provides students with the opportunity to take graduate level courses in Economics, Statistics, and Public Policy in order to prepare them to entering the public policy space, and eventually pursue a Master’s degree in Public Policy. In this summer, I really learned the value of the interdisciplinary GS degree – I had significant subject breadth which really allowed me to excel in the summer fellowship. After returning to UWM and spending a year working with the City of Milwaukee’s Center for Environmental Sustainability and Sweet Water Foundation, I was admitted to UC-Berkeley with a full scholarship to pursue a Master of Public Policy which I completed in 2014.

Since my Master’s degree, I have transitioned to Data and Research Scientist roles at various companies.  Specifically, I have worked in consulting utilizing my understanding of policy and statistics to assist Mexican Consulates in optimizing their business practices.  I have also worked at two startup tech companies in San Francisco, Quid and Premise, in customer facing analytics and data science roles.  In my role at Premise, I served as a Data Scientist working primarily with international development institutions such as the World Bank, to help them use the Premise data collection and analytics platform to solve issues such as “whether a Sin Tax on Cigarettes will produce the hypothesized economic impact” or “are there sufficient financial access points serving the poor in an East African city.”

I have just begun a new role as a Research Manager / Data Scientist on Facebook’s Public Policy and Data For Good team. In this role, I am working to build research on how Facebook’s data can be used to support the world in developing and implementing strong policies to address poverty, health, and other divisive issues worldwide. For instance, I am leading an effort to partner with Humanitarian Crisis Response organizations to help them get the data they need for natural disaster relief.  I am confident that my foundations from the Global Studies program will provide me with a strong lens with which to approach my work and make an impact on global security and well being.

CIE is hiring – Main Office Assistant Supervisor

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Application Review: Will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled

Start date: As soon as possible

Department Description: Center for International Education (CIE), Main Office. CIE is the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s comprehensive office providing a range of services to the entire university.  Our services encompass study abroad, international student admissions, public programming, scholarly conferences, and more!

Position opening(s):  CIE Main Office Assistant Supervisor (LTE, 6 months)

Hours: Generally full-time; 8:00 am – 4:30 pm

Wage: Commensurate with experience, no benefits

Job qualifications:

Required: Microsoft office skills (Word, Access and Excel); excellent spoken and written communication skills, strong attention to detail, knowledge of international education, familiarity with geographical locations and cultural sensitivity.

Preferred Qualifications: bachelor’s degree; experience working one year or more in an office setting; prior study abroad experience; excellent data management skills and attention to detail, experience with supervising staff and training.

Job description:

The Center for International Education Office seeks a Limited Term Employee to implement academic and non-academic student services related to CIE’s broad range of programs. Specific work responsibilities may include but are not limited to: supporting international students through the application process; providing ongoing support for international students on campus; assisting study abroad advisors as they coordinate and plan UWM study abroad programs; coordinating classroom visits; some general office duties including answering many phone calls; providing marketing support for a variety of initiatives including social media outlets.

This is a 6- month, full-time appointment. There may be an opportunity to renew the contract at the conclusion of the 6-month period.  We hope to have a new person start as soon as possible.

Application process:

Email cover letter and resume, addressed to Rachel Schrag, to rschrag@uwm.edu

Finalists will be contacted for an interview.

 

Alumni Stories: Vic Oliver (International Studies Minor Graduate 2016)

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I graduated from UW-Milwaukee in May of 2016 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Conservation and Environmental Sciences, with a minor in International Studies: Option A -International Politics and World Affairs. Currently, I am the Zoo Education Coordinator at the Menominee Park Zoo in Oshkosh, WI.

An International Studies minor really helped to round out my education. As a Conservation and Environmental Studies major, I was studying ecological disruptions in diverse environments, how climate change is affecting water systems, why the Earth functions the way it does, how plants and animals respond to human interference, and what we can do to help the planet. However, these case studies and scenarios often took place on a local scale. International Studies allowed me to take the knowledge that I had about the environment and expand it to a global scale. Through International Studies I took classes such as; Intercultural Communication, Introduction to Mediation, International Organizations and the United Nations, International Conflict, and the Senior Seminar in International Studies: Affect, Art and Politics.

My goals have always been to work with an international organization such as a zoo. I feel like my minor in International Studies is what gave me the edge to land my current job. I work with animals that are native to places such as; Chile, Afghanistan, the Sahara Desert, Kenya, and Brazil. I educate zoo patrons about the dangers of the illegal pet trade, endangered species, animal welfare, habitat loss, etc. Without my knowledge of international policies and international trade agreements I wouldn’t be able to effectively answer questions about how these foreign animals can arrive in the United States.

My love of travel also influenced my decision to add International Studies to my course load. Throughout my years at UWM, I studied abroad 3 times. In 2013, I traveled to South Africa to complete 80 hours of volunteer work at Masebe Nature Reserve. We took habitat assessments, bird point counts, completed giraffe monitoring, and recorded all of our data for future rehabilitation of the Reserve. Then in the Winterim of 2015 I traveled to Mexico on the Atmospheric Sciences trip. We studied ancient ruins and took acidic rain samples in order to discover where the pollution originated. Lastly, in the summer of 2015, I studied soil productivity in the dry-lands of Kenya. What better way to showcase my desire for travel, policy, and foreign affairs than to add an International Studies minor to my course load. My experiences in both my major and minor have been invaluable in launching my career.  Thank you UWM and Go Panthers!

International Education Week 2016!

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Join the Center for International Education and UWM to celebrate International Education week!

International Education Week (IEW) is an opportunity to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide. This joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education is part of our efforts to promote programs that prepare Americans for a global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to study, learn, and exchange experiences.

For more information about all of the international events around campus check out our International Education Week Here: CIE International Education Week

International Student Recruitment in Vietnam

Meet UWM in Vietnam

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Greetings! I’m Kevin Beisser, Senior Immigration Coordinator, at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee (UWM) International Student & Scholar Services Office, and I would like to invite you to meet with me when I speak with prospective international students in Vietnam at the FPP Asia EDUEXPOS for students wishing to study in the U.S. in Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi in early November.

The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM) is a large, U.S. research university and holds the highest rating for a research institution from the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education.  The “highest research activity” rating was given to only 115 of the 4,665 universities evaluated this year. In Wisconsin, only UWM and UW-Madison received the rating, often referred to as R1.

UWM offers 93 undergraduate (bachelor’s) degree programs and 93 graduate (59 master’s and 34 doctoral) degree programs among its campus of 14 schools and colleges. More than 1,700 international students call UWM home!

You can learn more about UWM at our homepage at http://www.uwm.edu. If you have further interest in UWM, I hope to speak with you in Vietnam! However, if you aren’t able to meet with me then but you’d like to receive more information about our academic degree programs, please fill out our questionnaire.

Warm regards,

Senior Immigration Coordinator Kevin Beisser

Kevin Beisser (beisser@uwm.edu)

International Student Recruitment in Seoul, South Korea

Meet UWM in Seoul, South Korea

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Greetings! I’m Kevin Beisser, Senior Immigration Coordinator, at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee (UWM) International Student & Scholar Services Office, and I would like to invite you to meet with me when I speak with prospective international students in Seoul at the FPP Asia EDUEXPOS Seoul event.

The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM) is a large, U.S. research university and holds the highest rating for a research institution from the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education.  The “highest research activity” rating was given to only 115 of the 4,665 universities evaluated this year. In Wisconsin, only UWM and UW-Madison received the rating, often referred to as R1.

UWM offers 93 undergraduate (bachelor’s) degree programs and 93 graduate (59 master’s and 34 doctoral) degree programs among its campus of 14 schools and colleges. More than 1,700 international students call UWM home!

You can learn more about UWM at our homepage at http://www.uwm.edu. If you have further interest in UWM, I hope to speak with you in Seoul! However, if you aren’t able to meet with me then but you’d like to receive more information about our academic degree programs, please fill out our questionnaire.

Warm regards,

Senior Immigration Coordinator Kevin Beisser

Kevin Beisser (beisser@uwm.edu)

International Student Recruitment in Hong Kong

Meet UWM in Hong Kong

  • When? November 10, 2016 from 3:00 to 7:00pm (14:00 to 19:00)

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Greetings! I’m Kevin Beisser, Senior Immigration Coordinator, at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee (UWM) International Student & Scholar Services Office, and I would like to invite you to meet with me when I speak with prospective international students in Hong Kong at the FPP Asia EDUEXPOS Hong Kong event.

The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM) is a large, U.S. research university and holds the highest rating for a research institution from the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. The “highest research activity” rating was given to only 115 of the 4,665 universities evaluated this year. In Wisconsin, only UWM and UW-Madison received the rating, often referred to as R1.

UWM offers 93 undergraduate (bachelor’s) degree programs and 93 graduate (59 master’s and 34 doctoral) degree programs among its campus of 14 schools and colleges. More than 1,700 international students call UWM home!

You can learn more about UWM at our homepage at http://www.uwm.edu. If you have further interest in UWM, I hope to speak with you in Hong Kong! However, if you aren’t able to meet with me then but you’d like to receive more information about our academic degree programs, please fill out our questionnaire.

Warm Regards,

Senior Immigration Coordinator Kevin Beisser

Kevin Beisser (beisser@uwm.edu)

Alumni Stories: Kari Davidson (Global Studies-Management Graduate 2014)

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The Global Management degree at UW-Milwaukee has enabled me to create a step by step path into a career in international business. The coursework provides a deep understanding of business on a global scale and taught me to critically analyze the implications of globalization. I was able to apply my academics as I began to explore the world of international business and appreciate the art of crossing cultures.

The first step was a study abroad program at the Bader International Study Center in East Sussex, United Kingdom where I took upper level business courses with other international students. This experience was a full immersion program, complete with field studies and research.   I was able to begin cultivating my understanding the real world of global business. The second step was my overseas internship in international medical device sales in Dublin, Ireland with Meditec Medical which has operations in the UK, EU, and US. Through this internship I learned more about international sales and marketing, market research, and the effective implementation of CRM when the sales operations have expanded beyond the company’s current sales technology.

After graduation I taught English in Seoul, South Korea for five months before being recruited via LinkedIn for a position as Regional Sales and Recruitment Manager of North and Central East Asia with Cambridge Education Group, based in the UK.  This professional position is rewarding personally as I recruit students from South Korea, Japan, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and China for the leading U.S. University Pathway Provider, matching international students with US colleges and universities. My role is exciting and dynamic as I am responsible for the development, implementation, and measurement of the regional and local sales strategies, managing an agent network of 550+ agents, and in some markets leading effective teams while in others being fully responsible for all market activities.

The requirements for the Global Management degree naturally created a pathway towards my current career and provided experiences and education which made me marketable to employers. Thanks to the Global Studies degree program at UW – Milwaukee, I was able to fulfill my goal of attaining a career in international business.

World Affairs Councils of America (WACA) National Conference scholarship opportunity

The World Affairs Councils of America (WACA) is offering a limited number of scholarships to undergraduate students around the country to attend their 2016 National Conference.  The conference will take place from November 16-18 in Washington DC, and feature presentations and discussions by leading foreign policy figures exploring the theme “America and Global Megatrends.”

More information about the conference and speakers is available at http://nationalconference2016.worldaffairscouncils.org/. The scholarship includes the cost of registration and $1000 to support travel and lodging.

Scholarship recipients will be expected to blog and post on social media (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, etc.) before, during, and after the National Conference, and submit a two-page report on their experience after the conference.

CIE’s Institute of World Affairs (IWA) will nominate a student from the Milwaukee area for one of these scholarships, and is accepting applications for potential nominees.  If you are interested in applying, please send a resume and letter of interest to Nicole Palasz (palasz@uwm.edu) by Tuesday, October 4th, 2016.  The letter should outline how you meet most or all of the following criteria for the scholarships:

– Academic interest in international affairs
– Extracurricular activities in international affairs
– Leadership qualities and potential
– Travel experience
– Career aspirations
– Involvement with the Institute of World Affairs
– Ways you would share the experience during the conference and upon your return
– Any other information you think would be relevant

IWA will select one undergraduate student to nominate for a national scholarship by October 5, 2016 and may need additional information from the nominee at that time to submit to the national office for consideration.  Scholarship awards will be announced by October 14, 2016.

If you have questions or would like additional information, please contact Nicole Palasz at palasz@uwm.edu.