The awards are given to faculty and administrators whose work inspires students to study and experience different cultures and encourage a better understanding of the world.
After a fun-filled week of cultural events for International Week, Texas Tech University's Office of International Affairs finished the weeklong celebration with its annual Global Vision Awards, where faculty members and administrators are awarded for their works that inspire students to study and experience different cultures and encourage a better understanding of the world.
Ambassador and Vice Provost for International Affairs Tibor P. Nagy, Associate Vice Provost for International Programs Sukant Misra, along with Texas Tech President M. Duane Nellis and Provost and Senior Vice President Lawrence Schovanec awarded eight recipients Friday evening (April 17) at the International Cultural Center for their efforts and works with the international community and engagement.
“Texas Tech is dedicated to bearing our banners far and wide as we prepare our students to be leaders in a global society,” Nellis said. “The Global Vision Awards allows the university to recognize those who are putting in their best efforts to help prepare these students for their bright futures ahead. I commend our faculty and staff for their never-ending work to help better prepare each and every student that sets foot on this campus.”
The Global Vision awards given were:
- Student International Research award – Recognizes an individual or group who has made significant contributions to international understanding and engagement in the Lubbock community and has demonstrated a commitment to promote and enrich international educational and cultural exchanges.
- Global Engagement Community award – Recognizes an individual or group who has made significant contributions to international understanding and engagement in the greater Lubbock community.
- Texas Tech International Alumni award – Recognizes the contribution made by international alumni. This award thanks students who embraced the Texas Tech community, helped introduce their home culture and customs to West Texas, then graduated and went on to do great things.
- The Donald R. Haragan Study Abroad award – This award is for the development and implementation of study abroad programs that support Texas Tech's commitment to provide high-quality international education opportunities.
- The Faculty International Scholarship award – Recognizes a tenure-track faculty member for his/her excellence and sustained international scholarship.
- Global Vision Lifetime Achievement award – Recognizes an individual who has made extraordinary contributions to the internationalization of Texas Tech through his/her many years of leadership in promoting international scholarship and teaching.
- Campus Internationalization award – Recognizes a college, department or office within the Texas Tech University System that has made significant contributions toward internationalization.
During the ceremony, the awards were given to students, faculty, staff and a college/department at Texas Tech.
The recipients included:
- Cristina Rios-Blanco, a doctoral student studying bat ecology in Colombia, received the Student International Research award for her poster that represented research conducted in Africa, Asia, Europe and South America, which covered topics such as art, biology, economics, education and human nutrition.
- Breedlove Foods, Inc., a local 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in Lubbock, received the Global Engagement Community award, for providing dehydrated food to other nonprofit organizations to help with hunger relief projects.
- Rogelio Carrera, an alumnus of the Department of Natural Resources Management, received the Texas Tech International Alumni Award for his teaching efforts in Mexico. After graduating with his doctoral degree in 2008, Carrera taught at Texas Tech as an adjunct professor and later obtained a faculty position in Mexico. Carrera has been an integral part of the university's efforts to get Texas Tech accredited with the Mexican equivalent of the National Science Foundation, so Mexican students can come to Texas Tech with Mexico government financial support.
- Linda Donahue, a professor in the Department of Theatre and Dance and an integrated scholar, received the Donald R. Haragan Study Abroad award for leading groups of students to study abroad for the past 13 years. Donahue has led students to programs in Seville, Spain, started the first “Study Theatre in London” program and single-handedly developed “The Arts in Prague” program in 2009.
- Paul Paré and David Weindorf received the Faculty International Scholarship award for their excellence and sustained scholarships.
Paré, a professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, maintains an active research program that fosters the training of undergraduate,
graduate and post-doctoral researchers. He has received funding totaling more than
$2 million from NASA, the United States Department of Agriculture, the North Atlantic
Treaty Organization, American Chemical Society/Frasch Foundation, Welch Foundation
and the Fulbright Scholars Program. This year Paré was awarded funding from the Brazilian
government to train Brazilian students at Texas Tech as well as mentor students at
the University of Sao Paulo.
Weindorf, associate dean for research in the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources and B.L. Allen endowed chair of pedology in the Department of Plant and Soil Sciences, has led international collaboration and engagement and has encouraged student involvement in international research. A former Fulbright scholar, he has conducted research in China, Romania, India and Spain and provided agronomic assessment and training in Haiti.
- John Masselli, who has served as a committee chair for the Study Abroad competitive scholarship program for 10 years, received the Global Vision Lifetime Achievement award. He has taken more than 185 students abroad on faculty-led programs and forged a partnership with the University of New York in Prague through which have sent 16 students in the past two years.
- The Edward E. Whitacre Jr. College of Engineering received the Campus Internationalization award. The College of Engineering is the first state engineering program to require all undergraduate students to go abroad through research, study, service and/or internship opportunities.
The Global Vision Awards were first given in 2003 and have expanded since the beginning. The ceremony is a part of International Week that provides a weeklong celebration of different cultures from around the world.
“The Global Vision awards are exactly what the title says,” Nagy said. “It is recognition to Texas Tech faculty and staff who have undertaken extraordinary efforts to expand our global engagement and the university's global image. While we have achieved milestones this year, we hope for even greater achievements in the next academic year.”
Along with the Global Vision Awards, Texas Tech's Office of International Affairs hosted several events during International Week, including exhibits, forums, film viewings, lectures and activities for students to teach and celebrate different cultures around the world.