Galinova honored with staff Kopp International Achievement Award

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Elena Galinova, senior undergraduate studies adviser in the Division of Undergraduate Studies, is the staff recipient of the 2012 W. LaMarr Kopp International Achievement Award.

The award, established in 1995, recognizes faculty and staff members who have contributed significantly to the advancement of the international missions of the University. It is named for the late deputy vice president for international programs.

Galinova is honored for her global citizenship education initiative, based in the “Think Global” website in the Division of Undergraduate Studies. The website includes portals through which students can learn about global issues; Penn State courses, majors and minors with content relating to global issues; opportunities at the University and beyond to get involved with international organizations, research, study and work; and opportunities for graduate schools and careers related to global citizenship. As the founder of the “Think Global” program, Galinova has led a number of professional development discussions with academic advisers on advising for global citizenship.

In addition, Galinova is the adviser for the newly formed student Global Citizenship Club and for The Globe, a new living option for Schreyer Honors College students that promotes global interests through special events and discussions.

Last fall, she provided significant leadership for Advising for the Global Community, the 10th Annual Professional Development Conference on Academic Advising. The conference brought together faculty, staff and students to discuss ideas and academic and co-curricular programs directed toward bringing global perspectives into education.

Galinova holds a dual doctorate in educational theory and policy and in comparative and international education from Penn State. She earned master’s degrees in English and Russian from Sofia University in Bulgaria.

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Last Updated April 12, 2012