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University of Iowa News Release

May 9, 2005

photo: Joel and Sandra Barkan

International Programs Celebrates Achievements Of Faculty, Staff, Students

University of Iowa Provost Michael J. Hogan praised more than 300 International Programs faculty, staff and students for their engagement with international teaching, research and service during the second annual International Programs awards celebration May 5 in the International Center Lounge.

"'Diversity' means many things: intellectual diversity as well as diversity among our faculty, staff and students' personal and academic backgrounds," Hogan said. "No matter how we define it, it is essential to the educational experience and central to all parts of the university's mission."

Hogan added that while a global perspective has always been valuable, never before has there been a more important time to pursue intercultural, international diversity than today.

"For those reasons, the diversity of our campus, including the presence and contributions of our faculty, staff, visiting scholars and students, is crucial to our success as a university," Hogan said. "Tonight, as we celebrate the achievements of our International Programs community, we truly celebrate the achievements of the University as a whole."

During the event, faculty members were honored for receiving awards ranging from the Global Scholar and International Programs Major Project Development Awards to highly competitive national and international external awards such as Fulbright Research Fellowships and National Endowment for the Humanities grants. Students were honored for receiving prestigious awards such as the Stanley Fellowships and Scholarships, Fulbright Grants and UI Presidential Awards for Study Abroad -- all awards that enable UI students to study abroad or to conduct international research.

Joel Barkan, a retiring UI political science professor, was also recognized for his numerous contributions to International Programs and the UI Department of Political Science. Barkan joined the department in 1972 and served as its chair from 1985 to 1987. He has worked and conducted research throughout Africa and India and is a prominent scholar of political and economic change in the non-industrialized world. He was especially instrumental in the creation of the UI Center for International and Comparative Studies (CICS), the predecessor to International Programs, as well as the African Studies Program and the Iowa City Foreign Relations Council.

William M. Reisinger, associate provost of academic programs and dean of International Programs, announced the creation of a merit-based study abroad scholarship thanks to a generous gift from Joel and Sandra Barkan -- to provide opportunities for future generations of students to become internationally engaged. Sandra Barkan is an associate dean in the UI Graduate College.

"We hope that their colleagues and friends will contribute to the fund to ensure that the scholarship is one of the UI's premier awards," Reisinger said. "I feel fortunate that my position provides many opportunities to see our UI faculty, students and staff engaged in international teaching, research and service. With the coming year being 'The Year of Public Engagement' it seems particularly appropriate to focus on the many ways these individuals are engaged in the world."

The event also honored International Programs contributors for their generous support of international education at the UI. A special guest attending was Margaret Fox, a University of Iowa alumna and professor emerita of health and sport studies. Fox has created the Dr. Margaret G. Fox Presidential Scholarship for Study Abroad, which will be awarded to undergraduates who intend to study abroad during their sophomore, junior or senior year.

A comprehensive list of those who were recognized, is available in PDF form on the International Programs website,

UI International Programs 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 of international programs, these units serve to further internationalize the campus and the community and promote global scholarship, research and teaching.

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