International Affairs News Archive
Global Leadership Award Presented to Dr. Lee
February 11th, 2010
On February 11, 2010, USF President Judy Genshaft presented the President’s Global Leadership Award to Bae-Yong Lee, President of Ewha Womans University in South Korea. Lee was recognized for her efforts to promote global understanding and world peace through education In South Korea and around the world. PDF of Lee's Speech
USF Community Reaches Out to Crisis in Haiti
January 14, 2010
The USF community has been actively contributing to relief efforts in Haiti since the earthquake first hit. Student groups and faculty have been organizing drives and support systems to bring aid to victims in Haiti and to help students at USF with family in Haiti deal with the devastating crisis that hit early this month.
Say Yes to Global Opportunities Fair 2008
The Global Opportunities Fair offered hundreds of student's information and opportunities to study abroad, and participate in global initiatives and events here at USF. Representatives from the post office came to the fair allowing students and faculty to apply for their passports. Many student organizations were in attendance including the African Student Association, the Graduate Student and Professional Council, and Engineers without Borders. Five lucky students won a USF Program Voucher worth $300 off the price of a USF Study Abroad Program.
Visit our photo gallery to see all of the images from the fair.
World Refugee Day 2008
International Affairs, the African Student Association, STAND, and the Tampa Bay Community recognize World Refugee Day 2008, “African Refugees: The Untold Story.” News Release >> Photo Gallery > >
USF Health International Foundation
The USF Health International Foundation is the only health sciences academic center with a presence on the City of Knowledge campus in Panama City, Panama. Read more about the new initiative. USF Health
USF Gilman Scholar
USF is proud to announce Rachael Tackett has received a Gilman Scholarship. She is one of 700 undergraduate students from over 320 colleges and universities across the U.S. who was awarded the prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship to participate in study abroad programs worldwide. She is going to spend one year at the University Ghana. Read More>>
Education Abroad Trip: Panama
Dean María Crummett led a group of USF business students to Panama June 6th-26th. The program focused on Panama’s history and trade relations between Panama and the U.S. including the U.S.- Panama Trade Promotion Agreement. Students visited the American Chamber of Commerce, the U.S. Commercial Service, the Rotary Club, the Panama Canal Authority, and Tampa businesses operating in Panama.
Read the student’s blog >> Blog
World Refugee Day 2008
International Affairs, the African Student Association, STAND, and the Tampa Bay Community sponsored World Refugee Day 2008, “African Refugees: The Untold Story”. African refugees told of their experiences coming to the United States, followed by a panel of professionals who discussed their work with refugees. On December 4th, 2000, the General Assembly of the United Nations unanimously adopted a resolution naming June 20th as World Refugee Day. News Release >> Photo Gallery > >
USF Health Panama
The USF Health International Foundation is the only health sciences academic center with a presence on the City of Knowledge campus in Panama City, Panama. Read more about the new initiative. USF Health
Message to the Chinese Students and Scholars
The Confucius Institute at the University of South Florida expresses our deepest sympathy for the victims and their families of the May 12th earthquake in Sichuan Province, China. Message to the Chinese Student and Scholar Population from International Affairs
Cesar Guerrero Receives Provost Award
Cesar Guerrero, a Fulbright student from Colombia pursuing his doctorate in the College of Engineering, has received the USF 2007-08 Provost Award for Outstanding Teaching by a Graduate Student. The Provost Award is a prestigious award and an extraordinary recognition of Cesar's contributions to undergraduate teaching at USF. Congratulations Cesar!
2007-2008 Annual Report
International Affairs is pleased to release our 2007-2008 Annual Report. The annual report outlines the progress made over the past academic year in accomplishing our goals, examples of our world-class services, as well as our contributions to USF's Strategic Plan. Click here to view the 2007-2008 International Affairs Annual Report.
USF School of Social Work - Haitian Scholars
The USF School of Social Work and the Jim Walter Partnership Center invited eighteen scholars from Haiti to a six-month Youth Strengthening Organization course offered in the Fall of 2007 at USF. Scholars completed an array of classes in leadership, SWOT analysis, communication, proposal writing, fundraising principles and practices, non-profit accounting and financial management, as well as marketing and public relations. Participants returned to Haiti in December, where they began working immediately on the community action plans they developed during their stay in the US.
International Week April 14-18, 2008
International Affairs, the Equal Opportunity Affairs and Diversity Office, and the Office of Multicultural Affairs sponsored a week of International activites. Jean-Marc Hachey, author of "The Big Guide to Living and Working Overseas" held three seminars for anyone interested in going abroad to study, volunteer, intern, teach, travel or work! View Calendar
Watch a video highlighting International Week 2008. Video>>
USF Confucius Institute Opening Ceremony
March 2, 2008
The USF Confucius Institute Opening Ceremony was held Sunday, March 2 2008. International Affairs hosted a delegation from Nankai University, the Consulate General of the People's Republic of China in Houston, and an official from the Chinese Embassy in Washington D.C. Over 200 students, faculty, staff and members of the Tampa community came to the opening dinner. USF is the first university in Florida and the first major public research university in the Southeastern United States to establish a Confucius Institute. Learn More>> Photo Gallery>>
Dr. Jorge Nef awarded the title University Professor Emeritus
Dr. Jorge Nef, Director of the Institute for the Study of Latin America and the Caribbean, has been awarded the title University Professor Emeritus from the University of Guelph in Canada. The nomination was made in recognition of Dr. Nef’s outstanding contributions to teaching and research in the area of Rural Extension Studies/Capacity Development and Extension.
Dr. Juan Vázquez receives Global Leadership Award
December 15, 2007
The University of South Florida presented the Global Leadership Award to Dr. Juan Vázquez, Rector of Oviedo University in Spain during the Fall Commencement Ceremony. The President’s Global Leadership Award was established during the university’s 50th anniversary year to recognize individuals who have achieved exemplary accomplish-ments in international leadership or global relations. Dr. Vázquez is the second recipient of the award.
Dean Crummett meets U.S. Ambassador to South Africa
October 9, 2007
As part of a U.S. Department of Education Business and International Education Program grant, Dr. María Crummett, Dean of International Affairs, traveled to South Africa in early July 2007. She met with representatives of the Commercial Service Offices of the U.S. Department of Commerce in Cape Town and Johannesburg where two USF students from the College of Business interned this past summer. During her time in Johannesburg, Dr. Crummett had the opportunity to meet with the U.S. Ambassador to South Africa, Eric M. Bost. Ambassador Bost is an alumnus from the USF College of Education. He will visit USF October 9, 2007 to meet with USF faculty, students and staff as well as community leaders.
International Student Orientation
August 22, 2007
International Affairs welcomed over 250 new students at the International Orientation on Aug 22. Local ethnic restaurants contributed lunch for the event. A welcome reception was held on Friday at the Alumni Center, Traditions Hall for new students and friends. View photos from each event: Orientation & Reception.
Dr. Ravi Sankar travels to Korea to create new opportunities
Dr. Ravi Sankar, Professor of Electrical Engineering recently traveled to South Korea and Kunsan National University. There he met with several high ranking officials to discuss collaboration opportunities between Kunsan and USF. Dr. Sanker also attended the 8th International Symposium on Advanced Intelligent Systems (ISIS 2007), in Sokcho, South Korea.
International Affairs welcomed Dr. Zachi Milgrom
July 9-11th, 2007
International Affairs welcomed Dr. Zachi Milgrom, VP and Dean of Academic Affairs of Hadassah Academic College in Jerusalem, July 9-11th. USF and Hadassah College have close ties as President Genshaft received the, “The Captain of Education Award - A Visionary Who Dreams Big”, from Hadassah College in April of this year. Dr. Milgrom visited all four USF campuses and is very excited about the potential collaboration between both institutions. He is pictured here with the USF St. Petersburg Regional Chancellor, Karen White.
International Affairs raises awareness about Sudanese Refugees
June 22, 2007
Two USF students, Mogtaba Maki (on right) and Nada Abdelrahman (on left), from Sudan spoke and answered questions during the summer staff meeting after a viewing of the Emmy-nominated documentary Lost Boys of Sudan. The event took place during the week of the United Nation's World Refugee Day. WMNF interviewed Mogtaba on World Refugee Day about "his experiences during the civil war in Sudan, in a refugee camp in Egypt, and his new life in the United States." Click on the following links to listen to the WMNF two-part interview part 1 , part 2 .
USF Students Recently Awarded Competitive Scholarships Abroad
May 10, 2007
International Affairs is proud to announce that four USF students were recently awarded competitive scholarships abroad. Chad Cullen, (far left) was awarded a National Security Education Program Boren Scholarship. He will participate in an intensive Thai course at the Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok. Elizabeth Cooper, (center) along with Kendrick Hornack (far right)were both awarded Fulbright Research Scholarships. Cooper will be conducting her research in Sarawak state, non-peninsular Malaysia and Hornack will be researching the impact of the Euro on the German Economy. Margeaux Chavez (not shown), was awarded a Fulbright Teaching Scholarship to study in Germany. To learn more about these students please visit USF News. Visit NSEP Boren Scholarships and IIE Fulbright to learn more about these scholarship opportunities.
OAS Secretary General receives Honorary Doctorate
The Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), José Miguel Insulza, received an Honorary Doctor of Law degree from USF during its May 5th commencement ceremonies. Accepting his degree, Secretary General Insulza stressed the importance of strengthened relations among the nations of the Western Hemisphere, stating that “our cultures, economies and ways of life become more related as the ever-growing process of trade, communications and migration push us closer together.” Elected to his position in 2005, the Chilean statesman is an attorney with a law degree from the University of Chile.
Dr. María Crummett, Dean of International Affairs, hosted a reception for the Secretary General the prior evening at the USF Contemporary Art Museum. Following welcome messages from Dean Crummett and Dr. Jorge Nef, USF’s Director of the Institute of Latin America and the Caribbean, the Secretary General was presented with a crystal globe commemorating his honorary doctorate. The event was attended by USF faculty, students, and Tampa Bay community members, as well as the Consuls General of Panama and Paraguay. View reception photo slideshow>>.
During his visit, Secretary General Insulza was interviewed by Centro Mi Diario, the Spanish language publication of the Tampa Tribune. In addition to discussing his recognition by USF, Secretary General Insulza also addressed his work with the OAS and the affairs of the region. View Centro article from May 14, 2007>>
College of Business Program Expands Globally
In conjunction with Broward Community College and the Center for American Education, the College will offer a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration in Singapore. The degree will have concentrations in International Business and Marketing, and will allow students in Singapore to earn an American degree without leaving the region. Read College of Business Article>>
Sudanese refugee Abraham Awolich speaks to the USF community
International Affairs, along with the USF College of Public Health, Center for Civic Engagement & Volunteerism, student group STAND, and the Florida Center for Survivors of Torture, organized a screening of the Emmy-nominated documentary Lost Boys of Sudan on April 5, 2007. A group of nearly 400 students, faculty, and community members gathered in the College of Public Health Auditorium to view the film and to hear the experiences of Sudanese refugee Abraham Awolich. Read more about the film and Abraham’s story in The Oracle articles>> 1, 2.
International Affairs was honored to welcome Carol Bellamy to USF
Former Director of U.S. Peace Corps and UNICEF, Ms. Bellamy is President and CEO of World Learning, a global organization that promotes experiential education and community-driven development programs. After visiting International Affairs to discuss Peace Corps initiatives, study abroad programs, and USF’s growing international student population, Ms. Bellamy spoke to faculty, students, and community members regarding her international experiences. The lecture, co-sponsored by International Affairs and the Dr. Kiran C. Patel Center for Global Solutions, was followed by a question and answer session and welcome reception. To read more about Ms. Bellamy’s lecture visit The Oracle.
Nigerian artist and designer Nike Davies Okundaye visits International Affairs
Nike was brought up amidst the traditional weaving and dying practiced in her native village of Ogidi in Western Nigeria, she is known for her colorful batik and paintings. Visit www.nikeart.com/ to learn more about Nike's artwork. View photo album of Nike's visit to International Affairs >>
2007 Tampa Bay Chinese New Year Celebration
Dean María Crummett and Marcia Taylor, Interim Director of International Student and Scholar Services attended the 2007 Tampa Bay Chinese New Year Celebration on Saturday, February 17, 2007 as guests of honor representing USF. This annual celebration is organized by the Suncoast Association of Chinese Americans (SACA), the Chinese American Association of Tampa Bay (CAAT) and the Friendship Association of Chinese Students and Scholar of USF(FACSS).
ISLAC Acting Director, Noel Smith, Discusses Cuba’s Future
Noel Smith, Acting Director of USF’s Institute for the Study of Latin America and the Caribbean (ISLAC), was a guest panelist on the January 26, 2007 broadcast of WUSF’s Florida Matters. The program, entitled “The Future of Cuba”, discussed the speculation surrounding the health of Fidel Castro, the implications of a permanent change in leadership, and how future changes might affect Florida. Smith also serves as Curator of Education/Latin American and Caribbean Art at USF’s Contemporary Art Museum. In that capacity, she has been traveling to Cuba and recruiting artists since 1999. Listen Now>>
Dr. Renu Khator, Provost and Senior Vice President, visits India
1/23/2007 & 1/24/2007
Provost Khator will be giving a presentation about USF to prospective students in Ahmedabad, Gujarat and New Delhi.
International Affairs welcomes Betty Castor, the new Executive Director of the Dr. Kiran C. Patel Center for Global Solutions
Dean Crummett and the International Affairs staff welcomed former USF President, Betty Castor on January 18. To learn more about her new role at USF. View full article>>
International Students Receive Outstanding Dissertation Awards
Three international students were among those honored on January 16, 2007 for outstanding doctoral dissertations and master’s theses. Dr. Brent Weisman, associate dean of the USF Graduate School, commended the award recipients, stating, “These works of outstanding graduate scholarship demonstrate USF’s growing positive impact on a wide range of disciplines on a national and international scale.” The following international students were presented with 2007 Outstanding Dissertation Awards: Ismail Guvenc (Turkey, Electrical Engineering/College of Engineering) – “Towards Practical Design of Impulse Radio Ultrawideband Systems: Parameter Estimation and Adaptation, Interference Mitigation, and Performance Analysis” Jung Kwak (South Korea, Aging Studies/College of Arts and Sciences) – “Predictors and Outcomes of Hospice Use among Medicare and Medicaid Dual-Eligible Nursing Home Residents in Florida: A Comparison of Non-Hispanic Blacks and Non-Hispanic Whites” Christopher Mann (United Kingdom, Applied Physics/College of Arts and Sciences) – “Quantitative Biological Microscopy by Digital Holography”. View full article>>
International Student, Delia Joseph, Praised at Fall Commencement
During the Fall 2006 Commencement ceremony, President Genshaft relayed the inspirational story of international student Delia Joseph. In her commencement address, she stated:
“Delia came to the U.S. from the Commonwealth of Dominica in 1999 with her two children. She received her bachelor’s from USF in 2003 and started work as a substitute teacher. That experience led her back to get her master’s degree. Delia speaks of being busy with work, child-rearing, being a spouse, and going to school. As she says, “I want to make a difference and thanks to my USF faculty I feel equipped to face the world.” Indeed she is and lucky are the special education students who will have Delia as their teacher and inspiration. Today Delia’s three children, husband, and family friends are here to celebrate with her. Congratulations.”
International Affairs cheers Delia’s accomplishments and wishes her the best in her future endeavors!
On December 16, 2006, President Judy Genshaft honored two global visionaries during Fall 2006 Commencement
Dr. Tong Ki Woo, President of Yeungnam University in South Korea, was presented the President’s Fellow Medalion. Established in 1988, the President’s Fellow Medallion is awarded at the President’s discretion to highly distinguished meritorious individuals. Under President Woo’s leadership, Yeungnam University has positioned itself as a dynamic institution producing over 150,000 graduates who are influential leaders domestically and internationally. Dr. Woo and President Genshaft recently launched a major initiative that will provide for faculty and student exchange in research and teaching.
A second honor was bestowed upon Dr. Nava Ben-Zvi, President of Hadassah Academic College in Jerusalem. President Ben-Zvi was the first ever recipient of the President’s Global Leadership Award. This award was established during the university’s 50th anniversary year to recognize individuals who have achieved exemplary accomplishments in international leadership or global relations. Under President Ben-Zvi’s leadership, Hadassah Academic College has been elevated to a model of excellence on both a national and global scale. Through teamwork with faculty, students and staff, she has challenged the college to attain the highest level of academic and educational standards.
First International Sash Ceremony!
International Affairs proudly presented the Fall 2006 graduates with international sashes for commencement. View online gallery>>
Dean Crummett visits SUST in China
Dr. Crummet, Dean of International Affairs met Vice President Dr. Jin of Shandong University of Science and Technology (SUST) in TsingDao, China on Nov. 24,2006. Read the SUST article in Chinese or the English translation. Learn more about this trip by reading the feature article in the the Global Scene section of the USF Public Health Newsletter.
USF Welcomes the Bahraini Ambassador
USF had the privilege of welcoming His Excellency, Dr. Naser M. Al Belooshi, Bahraini Ambassador to the U.S., on November 8, 2006. Dean of International Affairs Dr. María Crummett hosted a luncheon at which Ambassador Al Belooshi and members of the university and Tampa business communities discussed Bahrain’s initiatives and development strategies in the areas of energy, science, and technology. Facing declining oil reserves, Bahrain is focused on developing alternative energy sources to meet the country's long-term energy needs. Ambassador Al Belooshi expressed interest in returning to USF soon to further explore the university’s work in the area of clean energy research.
Online Language Education Center
Dr. Crummett, Dean of International Affairs, engages in discussion of the development of an online language education center that would be available to any Florida public university student, in recent article by Reporter Adam Emerson, Tampa Tribune, Nov 8, 2006. Read article>>
NAFSA: Association of International Educators (www.nafsa.org), recognizes USF Associate Director of International Admissions, Evelyn Levinson, for leadership role.
USF Associate Director of International Admissions, Evelyn Levinson, was recently recognized for her national volunteer leadership role during her term as Chair of NAFSA’s Leadership Development Committee (LDC) for the past three years. Ron Moffatt, NAFSA President Elect, presented the award to Ms. Levinson during the NAFSA Region V Conference in Madison, Wisconsin on November 6, 2006. During the presentation, her peers commended her involvement with NAFSA and the Committee with the following statements:
“Everyone knows Evelyn Levinson for her enthusiasm and energy and great ideas. As the first Chair of LDC she was perfect. Undaunted by enormous task of launching the LDC, Evelyn, with a team of talented, skilled and experienced committee members and NAFSA staff liaisons, brought vision, dedication, a passion for international education, mentoring, and leadership development, and most importantly, a very healthy and productive Pan-NAFSA approach, and did a first rate job in bringing the LDC into focus. She will leave an incredible legacy as she rotates off this year. She has set the standard of excellence high and is a perfect example of one of NAFSA's top rated Member Leaders and a NAFSA Volunteer!“
Nigerian Ambassador to U.S. visits USF
Listen to the interview with Nigerian Ambassador Prof. George A. Obiozor and WUSF reporter Bobbie O'Brien during his recent visit to USF. Listen now>>
International Affairs was honored to host a delegation from Suratthani Rajabhat University in Thailand.
The group met with representatives from the College of Education, College of Business Administration, and the USF Sarasota-Manatee School of Hotel and Restaurant Management. Suratthani Rajabhat University, specializing in teacher education, recently attained university status and is exploring expansion of its programs and potential collaborative opportunities with USF.
International Affairs welcomes Dr. Barry Mowell, Honorary Consul of the Republic of Latvia.
During his recent visit to USF, Dr. Mowell met with Dean of International Affairs Dr. María Crummett and Dr. Bob Brinkmann, Chair of the Department of Geography, to discuss potential collaboration with universities in Latvia.
International Affairs hosted a luncheon on July 26th to welcome Dr. Carlos Alvarez from the Polytechnic University of Valencia (UPV), Spain.
After lunch, Dr. Alvarez, Professor of Electrical Engineering at UPV, delivered a presentation on "The Global Future of Power Systems." USF and UPV have signed a cooperative agreement and are exploring further areas for potential collaboration.
International Affairs hosted a luncheon in honor of visiting officials from Jordan.
The delegation was headed by Judge Ali Al-Dmour, Secretary General of the Ministry of Justice of Jordan, and included two other judges from the First Instance Court of Amman. The group is in Tampa to complete training in mediation. Dr. Jorge Nef, Director of ISLAC, and Dr. Dwayne Smith, Vice-Provost of Faculty & Program Development, welcomed the visitors on behalf of International Affairs and the University. Dr. Jamil Jreisat, Public Administration, led a roundtable discussion regarding the Jordanian and American legal systems, as well as the role of mediation in both countries. The luncheon, which was attended by representatives from USF and the Tampa community, laid the foundation for possible future collaboration between USF and Jordanian academic institutions.
Dr. Kiran C. Patel Center for Global Solutions building site dedication
USF’s Dr. Kiran C. Patel Center for Global Solutions dedicated the site of its new building on May 25th, 2006. The building design, a collaboration between the Patel Center and the USF School of Architecture and Community Design, was unveiled at the event. President Judy Genshaft opened the ceremony by recognizing the passionate work of Drs. Kiran and Pallavi Patel in the areas of education, health, and globalization. She stressed that USF provides the perfect environment for the work that will conducted by the Patel Center. In his remarks, Dr. Kiran Patel promised that the Center will be an “epicenter of change”. The keynote speaker of the dedication ceremony was former U.S. Ambassador to Morocco and Fox News correspondent Marc Ginsberg. Ambassador Ginsberg praised the vision of the Patel Center, a place where students, scientists, educators, and entrepreneurs will work together to foster global change. For additional information on the Dr. Kiran C. Patel Center for Global Solutions, please visit http://www.cas.usf.edu/globalresearch/index.php
Dr. María Crummett takes offical title as Dean of International Affairs
Visit the USF Bulletin to read the announcement article on March 30, 2006.
Agreement of Collaberation between USF and CETYS University of Mexico
USF President Judy Genshaft and CETYS University President Enrique Blancas attended the signing ceremony along with Robert Anderson, Dean of the USF College of Business, Rafael Perez, Associate Dean of Engineering and María Crummett, Dean of International Affairs. For more information about CETYS University please visit: http://www.cetys.mx/