USF World News
History in the Making
March 15, 2011
Celebrating the birthday of its namesake, the Kiran C. Patel Center for Global Solutions officially opened its doors to the world on Thursday, March 10, 2011. “It is a day in the history of our university,” said President Judy Genshaft in her welcoming remarks.
Special guest and the man behind the building, Dr. Kiran C. Patel also addressed the growing audience at the ceremony outside the building. Taking off the concept of thinking globally and acting locally, Dr. Patel encouraged the audience to consider a different perspective. “What would happen if we think globally and act locally?” he asked. “Sometime by solving the problems away from home, we can help ourselves in our own neighborhoods.” Engaging his audience with humorous yet meaningful anecdotes and stark statistics, he expressed an admirable long term global vision for the Center. A strong believer in collaboration between communities and the public/private sector, Dr. Patel sees the Center as a ‘do tank’ and not a think tank. “We did write a check,” he said. “But the currency of our gift was education as much as money.”
Moving over to the entrance of the building, Dr. Patel along with his wife Dr. Pallavi Patel, President Judy Genshaft, Provost Ralph Wilcox and other dignitaries associated with the building cut the ribbon that made the Kiran C. Patel Center for Global Solutions official on the USF map.
Inside the building, guests were greeted by an Indian choir and a series of portraits taken by world renowned photographer, Christophe Jouany, featuring students at USF. Guests were given tours of the building with detailed information on the environment friendly aspects of the structure.
Housing the offices of the President and the Provost, the building is also home to University Communications and Marketing, and USF World which oversees International Services, Education Abroad, the Confucius Institute, the Center for India Studies and Peace Corps.