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Nominations sought for Awards for Excellence in Global Engagement

Deadline for faculty, staff, alumni award nominations is Sept. 12

The International Education Week Committee at Ohio University is busy preparing for International Education Week 2014, which this year will celebrate the 50th anniversary of OHIO’s Center for International Studies. The committee is calling on the OHIO community to nominate individuals for the prestigious Awards for Excellence in Global Engagement, which will be presented during International Education Week in November.

This is the second year that Ohio University is presenting the Awards for Excellence in Global Engagement. The awards recognize OHIO faculty, staff and alumni for their outstanding contributions to international education, global competency, cultural understanding and/or international programs at Ohio University or in their fields or disciplines.

“These awards profile the remarkable accomplishments of our faculty, staff and alumni who are providing tremendous benefits to OHIO students and faculty while making an impact on the lives of people around the world,” said Dr. Lorna Jean Edmonds, vice provost for global affairs. “Celebrating success and a desire to make a difference globally through excellence is what these awards are all about.”

The Awards for Excellence in Global Engagement are sponsored by the Senior International Management Team (SIMT) and administered by the International Education Week Committee.

Three Awards for Excellence in Global Engagement are presented annually – one for a faculty member, one for a staff member, and one for an OHIO graduate. The faculty and staff recipients will each receive a plaque and $1,000 to support their professional development endeavors. The alumni recipient receives a plaque and a travel allowance to fully or partially cover the cost of traveling to the Athens Campus for the awards ceremony.

Nominees for the Faculty Award for Excellence in Global Engagement must be full- or part-time (Group I or II) or emeriti faculty members at the University who have demonstrated excellence in promoting international education and global engagement in teaching, University/community service, and/or research. In 2013, the faculty award was presented to Dr. Gillian Ice, an associate professor at the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine and director of OHIO’s Global Health Programs.

Nominees for the Staff Award for Excellence in Global Engagement must be current or retired full-time staff members (either classified staff or administrators) who have been instrumental in advancing significant international understanding, global engagement or international education at home or abroad. Emily Singer, assistant director of the Center for International Business Education in OHIO’s College of Business, won this award last year.

Nominees for the Alumni Award for Excellence in Global Engagement must be OHIO alumni (as defined by the Ohio University Alumni Association) who have demonstrated outstanding contributions to global education and international programs offered through the University. Nominees must have been instrumental in strategically advancing the University’s reputation as a recognized global leader. The 2013 alumni award was presented to Vibert Cambridge, a 1988 OHIO alumnus and professor emeritus in the University’s School of Media Arts and Studies.

All current and former OHIO faculty and staff, as well as alumni, may submit nominations for the awards. A selection committee under the leadership of SIMT will select the award recipients.

The deadline for nominations is Sept. 12. Nomination materials should be submitted electronically to the Office of the Vice Provost for Global Affairs by e-mailing Marian Carr at

Additional guidelines and nomination forms are available at

Award winners will be announced in October and will be recognized at a special awards ceremony during International Education Week, which will be celebrated at OHIO Nov. 15-20.

For more information about the Awards for Excellence in Global Engagement, contact David Koonce, associate dean for Graduate College, at 740-593-9759 or

IEW to celebrate 50th anniversary of Center for International Studies

Ohio University will observe International Education Week (IEW) Saturday, Nov. 15, through Thursday, Nov. 20, with a plethora of activities designed to celebrate OHIO’s rich history of and dedication to international education.

This year’s festivities will pay special tribute to the 50th anniversary of OHIO’s Center for International Studies, which began in 1964 with the establishment of the University’s African Studies Program. Today, the center offers a Bachelor of Arts in Global Studies degree program; Master of Arts degree programs in African Studies, Asian Studies, Communication Development Studies, International Development Studies and Latin American Studies; and several Undergraduate and Graduate Certificate Programs.

A full schedule of International Education Week events is being developed.

The week will kick off with an International Dinner hosted by OHIO’s International Student Union on Saturday, Nov. 15, in the Baker University Center Ballroom.

On Sunday, Nov. 16, three-time Grammy-nominated Cuban music group Tiempo Libre will perform as part of the University’s Performing Arts Series.

International Education Week activities being planned for Monday, Nov. 17, through Wednesday, Nov. 19, will follow similar schedules with morning activities geared toward faculty, afternoon activities designed for students, and evening activities focused on cultural/arts activities. One speaker currently planned for the week is best-selling author and internationally-respected medical doctor Izzeldin Abuelaish, who serves as an associate professor of global health at the University of Toronto.

Also during International Education Week, Monday will feature activities that focus on African Studies; Tuesday’s events will focus on Asia/Southeast Asia Studies; and Wednesday’s program will feature Latin American Studies. Thursday, Nov. 20, will be dedicated to highlighting issues that affect all regions and will feature the Global Health Case Competition Day. Issues such international development and communication and development studies will also be featured during the week.

Additional information on IEW events will be announced in the coming weeks.

Faculty invited to incorporate IEW into curriculum

The International Education Week Committee invites faculty to incorporate International Education Week (IEW) into their curriculum. Speakers and panels during IEW will cover issues impacting our world, many of them timeless, cloaked in emotion and the cause of bitter divisions. The IEW Committee encourages faculty to review its list of speakers and resources and weave the topics into their courses. IEW events and speakers are listed at

Faculty can introduce topics, and IEW will provide a forum for further exploration. Several themes identified include war and peace, global health, food security/insecurity, violence, crisis mitigation, advocacy, tolerance, the Middle East conflict, and African motherhood.

This year’s IEW Committee identified several resources that students can read, watch and discuss before Ohio University’s IEW keynote speaker, Izzeldin Abuelaish, presents on Nov. 19. His experiences and his reaction to tragedy can launch course discussions and assignments. Those resources and others identified by the IEW Committee are listed at