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CIVIC to award International Citizens' Awards to two local teachers

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- A University of Iowa professor and a local junior high school teacher will receive the 1997 International Citizens' Awards Saturday, Nov. 8 at the 12th anniversary celebration of the Council for International Visitors to Iowa Cities (CIVIC).

Hua Ling Nieh-Engle, co-founder of the UI International Writing Program, and Jayme Skay, a teacher at Southeast Junior High School in Iowa City, were chosen for the awards because of their contributions to international educational exchange, said Tom Baldridge, CIVIC director.

In her 30 years at the UI, Engle has been "gracious and cooperative with CIVIC in meeting and entertaining visitors" to the university and to the community, Baldridge said. "She has been a wonderful ambassador for international exchange."

Skay has been "active in encouraging his students to think in global terms," Baldridge said, citing Skay's service as faculty advisor for the People to People student exchange program. "He has been active with young people in opening their minds to the world beyond Johnson County," Baldrige continued.

In addition to the awards presentation, the celebration will include a brief speech, "International Programs at Iowa: An Exciting New Frontier," by Michael McNulty, UI associate provost and dean for international programs. The UI Filipino-American Student Association will present a program of traditional dances.

The celebration begins at 5:30 p.m. in the Atrium Dining Room on the 7th Floor of the Colloton Pavilion at the UI Hospitals and Clinics.

CIVIC is a community organization of volunteers serving and hosting international visitors as a means of promoting global understanding on a person-to-person basis.

For further information about the organization or the anniversary celebration, contact Baldridge at (319) 335-0351.