Award winners to be recognized at International Women's Day Breakfast

Penn State’s University Office of Global Programs (UOGP) has announced the winners of the 2012 Spirit of Internationalization Awards. The annual awards honor women from Penn State and the local community who embody the "spirit of internationalization" through academic achievements, artistic excellence, volunteerism in international organizations or dedication to advancing the status of women.

The awards coincide with International Women’s Day (officially observed on March 8), which is celebrated worldwide to bring attention to global women’s issues.

Faculty, staff, students and community members can learn more about the accomplishments of these women at the International Women’s Day Breakfast, to be held at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, March 13, in the Boardroom at the Nittany Lion Inn on the University Park campus. Attendees are asked to RSVP by noon on Friday, March 9.

This year's award winners are:

-- Talat Azhar, associate director of the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program.
-- Linda Caldwell, professor of recreation, park and tourism management, and human development and family studies.
-- Josephine Carubia, president of Global Connections’ board of directors.
-- Paola (Giuli) Dussias, associate professor of Spanish, linguistics and psychology.
-- Emily King, undergraduate senior majoring in economics, international studies and Spanish.
-- Marilyn McPheron, former study abroad coordinator in the College of Agricultural Sciences’ Office of International Programs (retired).

The featured speaker at this year's breakfast is Janelle Larson, associate professor of agricultural economics and head of the Division of Engineering, Business and Computing at Penn State Berks. Larson, a 2011 recipient of the Spirit of Internationalization award, currently is involved in a multi-disciplinary collaborative effort with the Children and Youth Empowerment Centre (CYEC) in Nyeri, Kenya. The CYEC is a dynamic and innovative residential and educational program for street dwelling children.

To make reservations for the breakfast, or for more information, contact Sandi Richter, special events coordinator, University Office of Global Programs, at 814-863-5973 or smr274@psu.edu. Tickets are $12 per person and proceeds of the event will benefit CYEC. Checks can be made out to “Zawadi Fund International.”

A flyer for the breakfast can be found here: http://www.global.psu.edu/events/pdf/event281.pdf.

This year’s Spirit of Internationalization selection committee included representatives of the American Association of University Women (AAUW), Centre County League of Women Voters, Graduate Women in Science (GWIS), Global Connections and UOGP.

Last Updated March 08, 2012