Texas Tech Architecture Dean Receives Global Vision Award
March 26, 2009
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.
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CONTACT: Sandra Crosier, director of study abroad programs, Office of International
Affairs, Texas Tech University,
(806) 742-3667, or firstname.lastname@example.org.