Eid al-Fitr in United States

Many Muslims in the United States celebrate Eid al-Fitr (also known as Id al-Fitr or Eid ul-Fitr) on the first day of Shawwal in the Islamic calendar. It marks the end of the month-long fast of Ramadan and the start of a feast that lasts up to three days in some countries.


What do people do?

Eid al-Fitr is an important Islamic holiday that involves many Muslims waking up early and praying either at an outdoor prayer ground or a mosque. Many Muslims dress in their finest clothes and adorn their homes with lights and other decorations. Old wrongs are forgiven and money is given to the poor. Special foods are prepared and friends or relatives are invited to share the feast. Gifts and greeting cards are exchanged and children receive presents.  Eid al-Fitr is a joyous occasion but its underlying purpose is to praise God and give thanks to him, according to Islamic belief.

Some Muslim groups in the United States campaign for schools in some parts of the country to allocate Eid al-Fitr as a day off without being penalized on Eid al-Fitr. For example, the Coalition for Muslim School Holidays, which is a group of more than 80 religious and ethnic organizations, have been lobbying to have the two Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha designated as days off in New York City schools.

Public life

Eid al-Fitr is not a federal public holiday in the United States. However, many Islamic businesses and organizations may alter their business hours during this event. There may be some congestion around mosques around this time of the year.


Eid al-Fitr is also known as the Feast of Fast-Breaking or the Lesser Feast. It marks the end of Ramadan and the start of a feast that lasts up to three days in some countries, such as Jordan and the United Arab Emirates. It is one of Islam’s two major festivals, with Eid al-Adha being the other major festival. Eid al-Fitr celebrates the end of the fasting that occurs during Ramadan. 


It is not possible to predict the date of Eid al-Fitr according to the Gregorian calendar accurately. This is because the month of Shawwal begins, and hence the month of Ramadan ends, after a confirmed sighting of the new moon. The new moon may be sighted earlier or later in specific locations. Hence, Muslims in different communities, for example on the east and west coasts of the USA and Canada, may begin the Eid-al-Fitr celebrations on different dates.




International Students

Bored? No plans? Come check out the MANY events happening this week in and around MKE!!


(Wisconsin State Fair Park)

Need something to do this weekend? Come celebrate traditional Greek culture in Milwaukee! Food, music, dancing, rides, and more!

Admission: FREE!!
Parking: $5

Friday June 20th: 11am-11pm

Saturday June 21st: 11am-11pm

Sunday June 22nd: 11am-10pm

For more information, visit: http://wistatefair.com/wsfp/events/greek-fest/



Lakefront Festival of the Arts
(Milwaukee Art Museum)
“Celebrating Art, Food, Music and Family Fun”


$17 general admission

$14 students (w/id) & seniors

$10 Milwaukee Art Museum Members

Free admission to Military (w/id) and 1 guest & Wisconsin K-12 Teachers (w/id)


Friday June 20th: 10am-10pm

Saturday June 21st: 10am-7pm

Sunday June 22nd: 10am-5pm

For more information, visit: http://lfoa.mam.org/






Summer Soulstice Music Festival
(E North AveBetween Oakland Ave & Prospect Ave and Murray AveBetween North Ave and Thomas St.)

Come see top acts from around the region come play on 3 stages.

Art rules this 1 day festival. From watching it, to creating it, to buying it, all ages will find something to their liking.



Saturday June 21st: 10am-midnight

For more information, visit: http://www.theeastside.org/categories/7-summer-soulstice/documents/12-summer-soulstice-music-festival-2011





Milwaukee Air & Water Show

(Between Bradford Beach and McKinley Beach)

Come watch amazing demonstrations going on in and above Lake Michigan.


Special headliner The Navy Blue Angels will perform around 3pm both Saturday and Sunday.


This event runs from 10am-4pm both Saturday June 21st and Sunday June 22nd.

Free for all ages, however you can purchase Reserved Seating.

For more information, visit: http://www.milwaukeeairshow.com/index.html




Don’t forget about River Rhythms every WEDNESDAY from 6:30-9pm and Jazz in the Park every THURSDAY from 6-9pm!


This information is brought to you by MSOE Student Activities

Thanks to Elizabeth Donohew for the info!!!

The first amusement-park roller coaster was really two roller coasters ... 

Jun 16, 1884: 

First roller coaster in America opens


On this day in 1884, the first roller coaster in America opens at Coney Island, in Brooklyn, New York. Known as a switchback railway, it was the brainchild of LaMarcus Thompson, traveled approximately six miles per hour and cost a nickel to ride. The new entertainment was an instant success and by the turn of the century there were hundreds of roller coasters around the country.

Read all about it!

This Day in History — History.com — What Happened Today in History


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Poster in Art Deco style, depicting a simplified figure of a goalkeeper making a save in its upper half. The lower half contains writing in a heavily stylised font: "1er Campeonato Mundial de Futbol" in black, and "Uruguay 1930 Montevideo 15 Julio Agosto 15" in white and orange.

On July 13, 1930, France defeats Mexico 4-1 and the United States defeats Belgium 3-0 in the first-ever World Cup football matches, played simultaneously in host city Montevideo, Uruguay. The World Cup has since become the world’s most watched sporting event.





... Uruguayan team celebrates victory in the first World Cup 30 July 1930

WORD OF THE DAY.pngretroactive


Retroactive has been around since the 17th century and designates operation with respect to something in the past, such as a retroactive law.  The Latin word retroagere, an ancestor of the adjective retroactive, means "drive or turn back," and goes along with the meaning of the word.

This means that RETROACTIVE extends in scope or effect  to a prior time or to conditions that existed or originated in the past.

  • Sometimes governments pass rulings that are set as if they were in effect before the ruling was even made, and that means they are retroactive.
  • You might be awarded a salary raise that is retroactive, meaning you'll get paid more for work you did in the past. And, retroactive fads in clothing keep vintage clothing stores in business.


WORD OF THE DAY.pngindigence

Indigence is a synonym for extreme poverty. If you experience indigence, you have a critical need for food, money, and other resources.

To correctly pronounce indigence, accent the first syllable: "IN-dih-genz." It means "great lack of material resources," like money.

Indigence a noun, and indigent, an adjective, are related words that have to do with need.

If you are indigent — suffering from extreme poverty — you are living in indigence, the state of extreme poverty.


sugar act - WEBSITE: http://www.teachertube.com George Grenville Prime ...


Two hundred and fifty years ago last April,  the British Parliament passed the Sugar Act.  This was a  a revenue raiser that imposed a tax on sugar and other goods imported from New World colonies, while also fomenting the movement that eventually became the American Revolution.


glucose is natural sugar that occurs in fruits, vegetables, and animal tissues.It provides the body with its primary source of energy. The word is from Greek for "sweet" = GLUC with the addition of the suffix -ose, which identifies all sugars.

This type of sugar comes from digesting carbohydrates into a chemical that the body can easily convert to energy.

When glucose levels in the bloodstream aren't properly regulated, a person can develop a serious condition, such as diabetes.


Sugar Digestion http://bioweb.wku.edu/courses/Biol115/Wyatt/Exam1 ...


WORD OF THE DAY.pngfelon

Law related word that describes a criminal who has committed a serious crime (called a felony).  It derives from an Anglo-French word that meant "evildoer".

  (OLD Meaning)







Mother’s Day is a day for many people to show their appreciation towards mothers and mother figures worldwide. It is an annual event but is held at different dates in the calendar, depending on the country.







            Mother's Day in the United States is annually held on the second Sunday of May. It celebrates motherhood and it is a time to appreciate mothers and mother figures. Many people give gifts, cards, flowers, candy, a meal in a restaurant or other treats to their mother and mother figures, including grandmothers, great-grandmothers, stepmothers, and foster mothers.


Early Mother's Day celebrations can be dated back to the spring celebrations to honor Rhea, the Mother of the Gods, in ancient Greek civilization, according to some sources.





Later, Mothering Sunday in the United Kingdom was traditionally a day for people to visit the church where they were baptized, although it now also celebrates motherhood in modern times.



The modern-day origins of Mother's Day can be attributed to two women – Julia Ward Howe and Anna Jarvis, who were important in establishing the tradition in the United States. Around 1870, Julia Ward Howe called for Mother's Day to be celebrated each year. It continued to be held in Boston for about 10 years under her sponsorship, but died out after that. Other sources say that Juliet Calhoun Blakely initiated Mother’s Day in Albion, Michigan, in the late 1800s. Her sons paid tribute to her each year and urged others to honor their mothers.

In 1907, Anna Jarvis held a private Mother's Day celebration in memory of her mother, Ann Jarvis, in Grafton, West Virginia. In 1908, she played a key role in arranging a church service that attracted 407 children and their mothers. A Mother’s Day International Association was founded in 1912 to promote the holiday in other countries. Mother’s Day has grown increasingly popular since then.


Many people believe that Mother’s Day is now largely commercialized, with card companies, flower shops, jewelry stores, gift shops, restaurants, hotels, and department stores advertising promotions and special deals for this event. Anna Jarvis, in her lifetime, unsuccessfully filed a lawsuit to stop the over-commercialization of Mother's Day.


Remember to let your mother know that you are thinking of her today.


Happy Mother's Day Mom!



WORD OF THE DAY.pngscurrilous

                    from a Latin root meaning "buffoon"

  1. Given to the use of vulgar, coarse, slanderous or abusive language; foul-mouthed.
  2. Expressed in vulgar, coarse, and abusive language.
  3. Used most frequently in news reports of celebrities and popular people.


This is a scurrilous attack.

                                   The scurrilous rumor about the noble family is damaging their reputation.

                                   The King faced the scurrilous accusations with poise and grace.


Grammar point.png  WHAT IS SVO?


SVO is the basic word order of main clauses and subordinate clauses in present-day English:

Subject + Verb + Object.

Did you know...?

    • Compared with many other languages, SVO word order in English is fairly inflexible.

    • English shares this SVO order with other languages to which it is related, such as Greek, French or Norwegian, and with other languages to which it is not related, such as Swahili or Malay (Burridge, 1996: 351).


    • The communicative strategy found in the SVO word order can be considered listener-oriented because the speaker or writer, who has new information to communicate, considers more important the fact that the message is clear to the hearer than his/her necessity to communicate (Siewierska, 1996: 374).


    • The engineer [S] built [V] a strong design [O].


    • The students [S] need [V] papers, books and laptops [O].


    • The professor [S] held up [V] an orange [O].


Do you want to learn more?

Grammar and Composition - Homepage of About Grammar and Composition

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It means "like a monster," but it also means "abnormally huge," perhaps because we do not typically designate small things as monsters unless they are behaving very badly.  A long time ago it was used to describe  strange or unnatural events or people.

Today, we use this word to describe having an extraordinary often overwhelming size (gigantic) and in some cultures is even used to describe something very great  or awesome!!!!

The pattern of monstrous (where "monsterous" might be expected) is a regular transformation in many words, including disastrous and lustrous.



May 5th was the 150th anniversary of the birth of Nellie Bly, an American journalist who, in 1889, went around the world in 72 days, a feat intended to best the fictional account of the same in Jules Verne's Around the World in 80 Days. Circumnavigation is the Latinate way of say "sailing around." It found a home in English in the early 17th century and referred to the idea of going around the world from the get-go.

       Writing Guidelines for Engineering and Science Students


These guidelines for engineering writing and scientific writing are designed to help students communicate their technical work. To that end, these guidelines contain advice, models, and exercises for common writing and speaking assignments in engineering and science.



As an International Student, you will probably want to make summer plans a little earlier than your peers – at least a month in advance. Here are some ideas of what to do during this fantastic time.


4 Summer Options for International Students - US News