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December 1st, 2009
Texas State international scholars recognized


Four Texas State faculty, staff and students were honored during the Recognizing Achievements in International Education” session, which was held as part of International Education Week (IEW) on Nov. 19.

The first presentation of awards for outstanding achievement in international education began during IEW in 2002. Since then, awards have been presented each year during what has become “International Education Month” at Texas State. The Awards are presented by Texas State members of NAFSA: Association of International Educators. The acronym NAFSA was originally the National Association of Student Advisors but has been changed to reflect all aspects of international education and exchange.

Each year the awards are presented to one faculty member, one staff member, one U.S. student and one international student  who have significant accomplishments in international education.

The 2009 faculty recipient was Moonis Ali for his longstanding support for and interest in international students serving as the faculty advisor of the Indian Student Association. He has numerous involvements in international education. His international career began with a Fulbright post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Texas from 1974-1975. He has many published works to his credit through international conferences and journals. One of his most notable international positions is serving as editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Applied Intelligence, a post he has held since 1991.

The staff award was presented to Emilio Carranco, M.D. director of the Student Health Center for his accomplishments and involvements in a number of global issues. These issues include his development of a Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) response plan for Texas State and the continuous quality improvement of the student health insurance plan used by many Texas State international students. He assisted the Office of Correspondence, Extension and Study Abroad Programs with their crisis management plan and he currently has been addressing H1N1 pandemic flu issues.

Sarah Rangel, the U.S. student recipient of the Isis de la O Gomez Student Award for Outstanding Achievement in International Education for her accomplishments during her semester abroad. While she attend Universitas Castellae in Valladolid, Spain, she volunteered in a private elementary school.  Her students benefitted from her language lessons and may have learned something more. Rangel is a vision impaired student who uses a guide dog named Glorianne.  Rangel has never been hindered from accomplishing her goals and her message when she was involved with the Spanish National Organization for the Blind was,  “Independence and success is just as possible for the blind community.”

Akinyi Wadende, a Kenyan international doctoral student in the College of Education was awarded the Robert M. Seese Award for Outstanding Achievement in International Education. She is a member of three student organizations and is the current vice president of the International Student Organization. Since coming to Texas State in 2007, she has received five fellowships and scholarships.  While working as a research assistant in educational administration and psychological services under Susan Waite and Stanley Stephenson she also served as assistant supervisor in research projects.  Wadende has served on two editorial boards and has made many presentations at national and international conferences.

The keynote speaker of the event was Nathan Pino, associate professor of sociology and 2009 Fulbright Scholar in Trinidad and Tobago. His presentation was entitled, “Teaching in Trinidad.”

Opening remarks were presented by associate vice president for Academic Affairs, Debbie Thorne. The director of Academic Development and Assessment, Beth Wuest and English professor and Fulbright representative Steve Wilson  recognized 15 Texas State faculty who have participated in the Fulbright program.

Exchange visitors with the J-1 educational visas and their faculty advisors were recognized by the director of the International Office, Bob Seese.

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