Global Programs announces 2011 award winners

University Park, Pa. -- Penn State's University Office of Global Programs (UOGP) is pleased to announce the winners of the 2011 Spirit of Internationalization Awards. These 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.

The 2011 Spirit of Internationalization Award winners are:

Alice Cheng -- undergraduate senior majoring in bioengineering

Rachel Sayre -- graduate student in the School of International Affairs

Sally Mouakkad -- graduate student in the School of International Affairs

Janelle Larson -- associate professor of agricultural economics at Penn State Berks

Consuelo DeMoraes -- professor of entomology in the College of Agricultural Sciences

Norma Keller -- vice president and treasurer of the Centre County Chapter of the United Nations Association

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

These remarkable women were honored at the International Women's Day Breakfast on March 15. The breakfast is a fundraiser benefiting Panzi Hospital in the Democratic Republic of Congo, specializing in treating survivors of sexual violence.

For more information about the Spirit of Internationalization Awards, contact Sandi Richter, special events coordinator, University Office of Global Programs, at 814-863-5973 or

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Last Updated March 17, 2011