Texas Tech Architecture Dean Receives Global Vision Award

The International Cultural Center at Texas Tech University named Andrew Vernooy, academic dean in the College of Architecture, the recipient of the 2009 Global Vision Award.

The annual award, which was first given in 2003, recognizes a faculty member whose contributions have inspired students to study and experience cultures abroad as well as encourage a broader understanding of the world on campus.  Texas Tech University President Guy Bailey presented the award on behalf of the center. The architecture college is leading the way in study abroad opportunities for students. Vernooy has incorporated a curriculum in which each student is required to take one studio course abroad, ultimately sending each student that passes through his program out of the country. Currently, architecture has five programs per year taking approximately 80 students abroad. "Study abroad programs are a critical element of internationalizing a campus," Bailey said. "International exposure serves to dramatically expand a student's horizons." Three runners-up for the award are Norm Hopper, associate academic dean of the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources; Jorge Ramirez, professor in the Texas Tech University School of Law; and Cathy Duran, associate academic dean of the Rawls College of Business Administration. Find Texas Tech news, experts and story ideas at www.media.ttu.edu. CONTACT: Sandra Crosier, director of study abroad programs, Office of International Affairs, Texas Tech University, (806) 742-3667, or sandra.crosier@ttu.edu.