IEW-Awards for Excellence in Global Engagement

Winners of the Awards for Excellence in Global Engagement are seen with Ohio University President Roderick J. McDavis, Executive Vice President and Provost Pam Benoit, and Vice Provost for Global Affairs and International Studies Lorna Jean Edmonds.

Photographer: Kate Vancouver

IEW-Global Health Case Competition

Students who participated in the Global Health Case Competition are pictured with Ohio University President Roderick J. McDavis, Executive Vice President and Provost Pam Benoit, and their professors and advisors.

Photographer: Kate Vancouver

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OHIO concludes IEW with Awards for Excellence in Global Engagement


Ohio University concluded its International Education Week (IEW) festivities with the Awards for Excellence in Global Engagement ceremony, an annual event that recognizes three particularly outstanding members of the OHIO community who have gone above and beyond in their contributions to international education and cultural understanding.

Representatives from OHIO, various supporters and nominees gathered on Thursday, Nov. 20, at the Ohio University Inn and Conference Center to announce and celebrate the faculty, staff and alumni who were nominated for the second annual Awards for Excellence in Global Engagement.

“Ohio University is a leader in the United States for international education through our large number of international students and students studying abroad,” David Koonce, associate dean for OHIO’s Graduate College, said in welcoming everyone to the event. “We are here tonight to celebrate international education at Ohio University and to recognize these award winners for their accomplishments.”

According to the Center for International Studies, these awards recognize exceptional faculty, staff and alumni for their “contributions to international education, global competency, cultural understanding and/or international programs at Ohio University or in their fields or disciplines.”  

This year’s award recipients were acknowledged for their diverse experience in international education and global engagement, and were chosen from a pool of nominees the IEW Committee solicited earlier this semester.

The Faculty Award for Excellence in Global Engagement was awarded to
Amritjit Singh, who is an OHIO Langston Hughes professor of English and African American Studies.

Singh was recognized for his extensive work over the course of his 59-year career, including three Fulbright awards with extended stays in Egypt, Austria and Germany, as well as his participation in the Friends of India Society and the Indian Student Association.

Singh is currently serving as a Fulbright-Nehru Academic and Professional Excellence Scholar in India, and is writing a book while teaching at the University of Delhi.

Singh’s wife and OHIO associate professor of mathematics, Premjit Singh, accepted the award on her husband’s behalf.

Reading her husband’s written speech, Premjit Singh said, “I am humbled and honored to accept Ohio University’s 2014 Global Engagement Award for my commitments as a faculty member to exploiting and practicing global paradigm in my teaching, service and publications.

“Doing the global is part of my life strategy,” finished Singh.

The Staff Award for Excellence in Global Engagement was presented to Gerard Krzic, director of the Ohio Program of Intensive English (OPIE).

“I’m very much humbled by this award today,” Krzic said before thanking various individuals from the University and highlighting some of his most notable students.

Krzic was acknowledged for his dedication to international education programs at OHIO, including his history as a Japan study abroad coordinator, a Fulbright scholar and a lecturer at Chubu University in Japan. Ohio University is celebrating its 41st year of strategic partnership with Chubu University.

The last award, the Alumni Award for Excellence in Global Engagement, was given to David Andrew Strobel, a regional American Red Cross representative in Bangkok, Thailand.

Strobel was recognized for his vast international achievements and positions, through the Peace Corps and the Red Cross, as well as his previous graduate assistantship with OHIO’s Latin American program.

Strobel is currently serving in Chile with local disaster response teams in an effort to prepare for future earthquakes.

“Receiving this award is an honor, and I am deeply grateful,” Strobel said in written remarks presented at the ceremony.

Strobel reminisced on his time at OHIO, and the effect it had on his future global endeavors.

“It was a surprise to find such an international presence and focus in this beautifully rural place,” Strobel said. “These aspects nurtured my passion to work internationally. I appreciate that to this day, and remember not only the academic side of Ohio University, but the great opportunities to interact with people from different cultures.”

Calvin James, an associate professor in and chair of the Department of Biomedical Sciences at the Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine, ended the evening by announcing OHIO’s 2014 Global Health Case Competition winners.

The Global Health Case Competition is an opportunity for OHIO students to research groundbreaking solutions to global health challenges.

This was the first year the competition was held and resulted in a total of 12 registered teams, with six of those teams making it to the finals. A team comprised of Katherine Clausen, Seth Baker, Morgan Stanley and Noah Rosenblatt won the competition and will be awarded a trip to Guyana to implement their ideas.

The Awards for Excellence in Global Engagement ceremony purposefully recognized OHIO members who affect students like those participating in the Global Health Case Competition.

Referring to the Global Health Case Competition, Deborah Meyer, director of the Global Health Certificate and assistant professor of global health, concluded, “For me, that really represents what International Education Week is all about. These students were amazing. You would not believe how amazing they were, and that’s what this is all about. This is about the education of our students and making them global partners.”