December 2016

students walking

The International Center celebrated its inaugural International Education Week, November 14-19, with many successful events. The first major event was the Parade of Nations, in which approximately 40 students donned in international fashion and carrying the flags of the world shared their diversity while marching through the Toner Center and Saint Mary’s Hall. The International Center hosted an international tea party so that the Saint Mary's community could sample Vietnamese coffee; Saudi Arabian, Chinese, and Japanese teas; and Mexican hot chocolate. International students later also shared their cultures with the university during an open house—this event included food, music, dance, art, and much more. Participants of SOUL, Study Abroad, and the Maryknoll Institute of African Studies trips shared their travel experiences in noon-hour presentations in addition to students displaying their worldliness at International Trivia Night. International Education Week ended with the celebration of Africa Night.

students in front of Big Ben

The Saint Mary’s London Program is a 12 week fall semester program. The program is open to all majors and required for theatre majors. The program offers courses to fulfill general education and major requirements. Courses in London are taught by British and American faculty and offer a wide range of field study. In the Art in London course, students visit an art museum each week, and the Theatre in London course takes students to a wide range of performances weekly. For more information, visit

LCT375 - Global Issues: United Kingdom
LOND 301 - Art in London
TA 301 - Theatre in London
LOND 329 - British Politics
LOND 431 - British Contemporary Writers
MG 410 - International Management Acting
TA 330 - Dublin Theatre Workshop
TA 358 - Acting: A British Approach
TA 360 - London Theatre: Page to Stage

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Congratulations to the following students who are starting graduate studies this Spring 2017

From Winona undergraduate to SGPP:
Marzena Drozd from Poland - Human Resource Management

From English as a Second Language (ESL) to SGPP:
Lu Hou from China - Geographic Information Science
Rui Wang from China - Project Management
Oanh Tran from Vietnam - MBA Customized Track
Yi Zhu from China - Geographic Information Science

Saint Mary's recent international alumni pursuing 12 month post or 24 month STEM extension Optional Practical Training (OPT)
Abdulelah Alsanouna from Saudi Arabia is working as a Nuclear Medicine Technologist at Pacific Medical Imaging (PMI), Inc., in Santa Fe Springs, CA.

Dong Min Lim from South Korea, Assistant Manager at Menards in Winona was promoted to an Assistant Front Office Manager in downtown Chicago, IL.

Marta Aleszewicz from Poland is working as a Trading System Engineer at Hutchin Hill Capital in New York, NY.

Curricular Practical Training (CPT)
William Arvinius from Sweden is a full time undergraduate student in accounting. He will continue working part-time on his internship for Spring 2017 at Wells Fargo-Goodview Office.


In November, the De La Salle Language Institute’s ESL students, together with the 25 visiting Mexican Proyecta students, had the opportunity to observe and participate in over 30 undergraduate classes on the Winona campus. Over 20 professors, from all departments, welcomed students into their classrooms to participate in academic discussions and exchange cultural perspectives.

Two of the many examples include education students participating in dialogues centered on how education is both delivered and received in seven foreign countries, and Spanish learners from the language department practicing their second language skills with native Spanish speakers.

The various interactions between students, inside each and every one of the classrooms welcoming our international students, created friendships, deepened cultural understandings, and ultimately built bridges between differing countries and their citizens.

Thank you to all Saint Mary's instructors! We had far more classrooms offered than we had students to fill. We look forward to continued opportunities in the future!