Former Fulbright recipients from across the Penn State and local communities are invited to participate in these events, with a culminating gala held at the Nittany Lion Inn on April 6 for all awardees.
The University Office of Global Programs (UOGP) is currently accepting nominations for the 2012-13 W. LaMarr Kopp International Achievement Awards. The W. LaMarr Kopp International Achievement Awards annually recognize those who have contribute significantly to the advancement of Penn State's international mission. Winners in each of four categories -- faculty, staff, graduate student and undergraduate student -- receive a $1,000 stipend and an award plaque. Nominations/applications and supporting material should be submitted electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than 5 p.m. Monday, Dec. 10, 2012.
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. Faculty, staff students and community members can learn more about the accomplishments of the award winners at the International Women's Day Breakfast, to be held at 8:30 a.m. on March 13 at the Nittany Lion Inn. Attendees are asked to RSVP by noon on Friday, March 9.
Begin the quest to study abroad at Study Abroad 101, hosted by the University Office of Global Programs at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, February 2, in 412 Boucke Building. Global Ambassadors will provide the basics on study abroad and give interested students the tools to ask the right questions. Learn the difference between program types, program duration, financial aid and debunk the myths surrounding study abroad. Study Abroad 101 is held the first Wednesday of every month during the academic year and is available to all Penn State campuses by video conference.
As a kid growing up in rural Pennsylvania, Michelle Toumayants often found herself exploring new countries, new cultures and a new way of thinking, all without leaving home. The Penn State comparative literature doctoral student describes Everett, Pa., as typical small town: homogeneous, everyone knows everyone, hard to find on a map. As a kid, she wanted to escape and see the world, and she did it by absorbing all the books she could find. Today, Toumayants is actually seeing the world, taking every opportunity she can find to travel, including study-abroad programs.
Alumni Hall, in the HUB-Robeson Center, will become a fair-trade marketplace from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, April 14, during "A Better World" Festival where fair-trade vendors will sell a variety of items including handbags, soaps, and jewelry. This event, organized by Demand Worldwide, a Penn State organization dedicated to raising awareness about simple and sustainable solutions to global poverty, will show students how to make an impact on the world by changing their shopping habits.
The University Office of Global Programs and the African American Research Center are hosting "Another Key to the Dream: Are Some Students Missing Out?" a program about the benefits of studying abroad, that not all students are taking advantage of, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 19, in the HUB-Robeson Center, Heritage Hall on Penn State's University Park campus.