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Alumnus, Aggrey Otieno, receives Rolex Award for Enterprise

Aggrey Otieno, a 2011 Communication and Development studies graduate, earned the Rolex Award for Enterprise on June 13, 2012. Otieno will receive a grant of approximately $104,000 in support of his efforts to improve obstetric care in the slums of Nairobi, Kenya. Otieno's project is called Pambazuko Mashinani and it is a medical non-profit that will establish a telemedicine center bringing a state-of-the-art medical facility and trained, on-call obstetric staff to the community.

Read more about Otieno's project here.

CommDev Alumni Interviews

An Interview with Dr. Ekwow Spio-Garbrah
by Prosper Yao Tsikata ('10)

One of our proud global faces today is that of Dr. Ekwow Spio-Garbrah. When Spio-Garbrah arrived at the Center for International Studies in the fall of 1978, there was no doubt he knew what he wanted for a career.

His father had been an Ambassador of Ghana to Tunisia, Czechoslovakia, Poland and Hungary under President Kwame Nkrumah, and two maternal Uncles had also been Ambassadors one to China and Israel, and the other as the first Gold Coast Commissioners to the UK even before Ghana’s independence.

With a disciplinary approach to studies within the center which affords students a broad scope of specializations, his choice of a Master’s degree in International Affairs seemed to be a natural progression. Opting for the Administrative Studies option, he took courses in the Schools of Business Administration, Political Science and International Communication. It was in line with the multidisciplinary traditions of the center.

Having already proven to be a promising intellectual via his application to Ohio University, where he had been admitted to the Center for International Studies on a Graduate Assistantship, it was just a matter of time...

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An Interview with Clemencia Rodriguez ('91)
by Laura Newman

When Clemencia Rodriguez arrived in Athens Ohio in 1989 to begin her Masters Degree in Communication and Development Studies, it was not going to be her first time living in Ohio. Some twelve years earlier, Rodriguez spent a year enrolled in a rural Ohio high school as a Colombian exchange student.

Most of the students came to the program with a rather large amount of professional experience under their belts and Rodriguez is quick to point out that, during her first year at OU, she learned as much from her fellow classmates as from her professors. Within this group of students, Rodriguez says she “formed very strong friendships that to this day remain.”

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An Interview with Emmanuel Adugu ('04)
by Lourdes Caballero

Emmanuel Adugu ('04), who was part of the team that developed the CommDev Online Initiative, visited Ohio University recently. CommDev program director, Dr. Rafael Obregon, requested him to be a facilitator for the online course on Evaluation and Assessment.

Emmanuel is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in Rural Sociology and a Graduate Interdisciplinary Specialization in Survey Research at the Ohio State University. He is also a teaching associate. We had the chance to converse with him about his thoughts on the CommDev program. Here are excerpts of that conversation:

Question : What did you like best about being part of the CommDev program?

Emmanuel Adugu (EA) : I've always said I’m a “proud” alumni who benefited a lot from the program. It has really made such an indelible mark on my life. One of the best parts of the CommDev program for me is that it is like a “laboratory” where I developed a lot of skills for social change...

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