Nominations sought for Spirit of Internationalization Award

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Nominations are being accepted for the Spirit of Internationalization Award, which acknowledges women from Penn State University and the local community who excel in academic achievements, artistic excellence, volunteerism in international organizations or dedication to advancing the status of women. The award will be presented by Penn State’s University Office of Global Programs at their fifth annual breakfast in celebration of International Women’s Day. It will be held at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, March 13, in the boardroom of the Nittany Lion Inn.
The featured speaker this year is Janelle Larson, associate professor of agricultural economics and head of the Division of Engineering, Business and Computing at Penn State Berks. Larson’s research interests are focused on international rural development, with work primarily on land and labor markets. Her presentation is titled: “Engaging Universities in International Development: The CYEC-PSU Model.”

Larson, a previous recipient of the Spirit of Internationalization award, is currently 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. Its aim is to address specific gaps in the care and support of disadvantaged children and youth, including program sustainability and the successful reintegration of these young people into society.  In her presentation, Larson will share the success stories and challenges of this project.

Nominations for the Spirit of Internationalization award are due Wednesday, Feb. 22. Instructions for nominations, criteria, and a nomination form can be found here.
International Women’s Day, officially observed on March 8, is celebrated by universities, businesses, nonprofit organizations, and individuals around the world in the form of rallies, festivals, conferences, performances, and more. Originating in the early 1900s, the day has long been an opportunity to celebrate women’s achievements as well as to draw attention to pressing issues affecting women worldwide.
To make reservations for the International Women’s Day Breakfast, or for more information about the event or the award, contact Sandi Richter, special events coordinator, University Office of Global Programs, at (814) 863-5973 or Tickets for the breakfast are $12 per person. All tickets purchased via cash or personal check will contribute to the Children and Youth Empowerment Centre by way of Zawadi Fund International. Checks may be made out to “Zawadi Fund International” and mailed to Sandi Richter at 410 Boucke Building.

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Last Updated April 19, 2017