Ohio University ushered in the end of its third annual International Education Week (IEW) with a ceremony celebrating members of the Bobcat Family who embody the spirit of the week and who have contributed to OHIO’s rich history of providing students a global education and establishing global partnerships.
OHIO administrators, faculty, staff and students, as well as distinguished alumni and friends of the University, packed Nelson Commons the evening of Nov. 19 for the annual Awards for Excellence in Global Engagement Gala. Sponsored by OHIO’s Senior International Management Team and administered by the University’s IEW Committee and its Center for International Studies, the awards recognize faculty, staff and alumni for their outstanding contributions to international education, global competency, cultural understand and/or international programs at OHIO or in their fields.
At the event, the 2015 Faculty Award for Excellence in Global Engagement was presented to an OHIO educator who has served the University’s international program since 1991.
Steve Howard is a professor in the Scripps College of Communication’s School of Media Arts and Studies, served as director of OHIO’s African Studies Program for nearly 25 years, and earlier this year was named director of the University’s Center for International Studies.
Howard was nominated for the Award for Excellence in Global Engagement by several individuals, including Nancy Stevens, a professor of biomedical sciences who was also nominated for the faculty award.
In introducing Howard, Stevens noted his many contributions to OHIO’s international programs, which have benefited his students, the University as a whole, the state of Ohio and the world.
“He has kept our institution front and center on the global stage, promoting teaching and integrating scholarly work across disciplines,” Stevens said, also noting the influence Howard has had on her career. “It is a rare scholar who has touched the lives of so many, fundamentally shaping academia the way Dr. Howard has. It is, perhaps, no surprise that global engagement by Dr. Howard can be found in all corners of Ohio University.”
“I’m, of course, overwhelmed,” Howard said in accepting his award, sharing with the audience that a major reason for his 25-year commitment to OHIO has been the opportunity to attract amazing faculty and staff to the University.
“It has been a fantastic experience – and a chance to develop interdisciplinary collegiality across the campus,” he said.
Howard also took the opportunity to issue a challenge to those in the room, urging them to consider how the University can encourage monolingual Americans to explore the many languages taught at Ohio University.
Original article Angela Woodward
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