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University of Iowa News Release

April 21, 2005

UI International Programs Awards 22 Global Certificates

UI International Programs has awarded 22 Global Certificates to faculty and staff who participated in the first "Building our Global Community" program. The Office of International Students and Scholars (OISS) facilitates the program with the support and expertise of the UI Office of Learning and Development. Nearly 100 staff and faculty participated in the program during this first year.

"I was impressed with participants' open minds," said Helen Jameson, assistant director of OISS. "This gave us a chance to ask the challenging questions and challenged the participants and us, as facilitators."

Participants who complete the required introductory workshop and their choice of four specialized workshops over a two-year period receive a Global Certificate. The workshops provide staff and faculty with useful skills and insight as they seek to educate and serve international students and scholars.

Word of this innovative program has spread to other institutions in the United States, said Diana Davies, International Programs director. "I have received correspondence from universities all around the country asking, 'How do we create something like this?'"

Recipients of the 2005 Global Certificates are:

--Melanie R. Allsup, Chemistry Library.

--Christine Catney, College of Pharmacy.

--Mary Jo Cooper, Cancer Center.

--Laurie J. Croft, Belin-Blank Center.

--Jane Dorman, College of Engineering.

--Sally Erickson, Office of Admissions.

--Debbie Foreman, Department of Physics and Astronomy.

--Carolyn Goddard, Language Media Center.

--Margaret Hahn, Office of Admissions.

--Becky Hanson, International Admissions.

--Jo Hendrickson, Special Education, Curriculum and Instruction.

--Judith Hermsen, Human Resources.

--Judy Holland, Civil and Environmental Engineering.

--Renea Jay, College of Business.

--Dan Kellogg, College of Engineering.

--Rebecca Kessler, Center for Asian and Pacific Studies.

--Linda Kroon, Women's Resource and Action Center.

--Barb Recker, Evaluation & Examination Services.

--Cindy Roberts, Office of Admissions.

--Alice Thorn, Office of Admissions.

--Grace Tully, College of Law.

--Jan Warren, Belin-Blank Center.

For more information about the program, contact Jameson at or 319-335-0335.

OISS is part of UI International Programs, which consists of a number of offices, centers, degree programs, academic programs, research projects, and services. Organized under the associate provost for academic programs and dean for international programs, these units serve to further internationalize the campus and community and promote global scholarship, research and teaching.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

CONTACTS: Media: Lois Gray, 319-335-2026,; Program: Helen Jameson, 319-335-3584; Writer: Po Li Loo