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University of Iowa News Release

May 1, 2006

International Programs Celebrates Achievements Of Faculty, Staff, Students

William Reisinger, University of Iowa International Programs associate provost and dean, praised more than 300 International Programs faculty, staff and students for their engagement with international teaching, research and service during the third annual International Programs awards celebration April 27 in the International Commons, University Capitol Centre.

During the event, faculty members were honored for International Program awards, including the Global Scholar and Major Project Awards, as well as highly competitive UI, national and international awards such as Fulbright Research Fellowships. Students were honored for receiving prestigious study abroad and international research awards, such as the Stanley Fellowships and Scholarships, Fulbright Grants and UI Presidential Awards for Study Abroad.

A comprehensive list of those who were recognized, is available in PDF form on the International Programs website, http://intl-programs.uiowa.edu/alumni/.

Reisinger and International Programs staff also recognized and thanked UI President David Skorton for his support of international education during his time at the university. Reisinger noted that internationality has been one of the themes of Skorton's presidency.

"In previous ceremonies, we hailed the visionary faculty and staff who made International Programs possible. This year we note the vital role presidential leadership plays in promoting internationalization," Reisinger said. "Our university has been extremely fortunate in this regard, and we look for the next president to be similarly committed to international education."

Reisinger and Skorton took time during the ceremony to remember the late James O. Freedman, who served as the UI's 16th president. Both acknowledged his role in international education during his time at the UI and credited Freedman with helping create International Programs at the University.

UI International Programs consists of a number of offices, centers, degree programs, academic programs, research projects and services. Organized under the associate provost and dean of international programs, these units serve to further internationalize the campus and the community and promote global scholarship, research and teaching.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

MEDIA CONTACT: Lois Gray, 319-335-2026, lois-gray@uiowa.edu; Writer: Kelli Andresen