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Dec. 11, 2007

Photo: William Reisinger, associate provost and dean of International Programs, presents graduate student Kate Karacay with the International Achievement Award. Click here for a high-resolution version of the image.

Winners of new International Achievement Award announced

University of Iowa International Programs honored the winners of the Outstanding International Achievement Award during a reception at the Iowa Memorial Union Gallery during International Education Week, Nov. 12-16.

The new award is granted to UI students and community members who demonstrate significant accomplishments in advancing international understanding and education.

The student winner of the achievement award was Kate Karacay, a graduate student pursuing a master's degree in interdisciplinary studies with an emphasis in international studies. Karacay is the founder and president of the Iowa Human Trafficking Awareness Project, member of the Iowa Network Against Human Trafficking, treasurer for the UI chapter of Amnesty International, and co-director of the Iowa United Nations Association.

Katy and Peter Hansen won the award in the community member category. The Hansens began their international careers as Peace Corps volunteers in the 1960s in Nigeria, and work to help students understand the world around them through local events, education and activities.

Katy Hansen serves as the co-director of the Iowa United Nations Association and is a regular guest columnist in several Iowa newspapers.

Peter Hansen, a program assistant in the UI Department of Chemistry in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, is an executive board member for the National Friends of Nigeria organization. He is also active in the Iowa United Nations Association, the American Civil Liberties Union and the Iowa City Foreign Relations Council.

"International issues spark passion," William Reisinger, associate provost and dean of International Programs, said. "We are incredibly fortunate to live and work in a community filled with people who turn that passion into dedicated action. I am proud that, with these awards, the University of Iowa will regularly recognize how important such individuals are for the university's educational and public service goals.

"I could not be happier with the inaugural awardees. While far from alone in their concern for world issues, they exemplify particularly well a commitment to advancing international understanding and education."

University of Iowa International Programs enables UI students, faculty, staff and the public to learn from and about the world. Its offices, degree programs and events provide life-changing opportunities on campus and abroad, heighten intellectual and cultural diversity, and give all university constituents access to vital international knowledge. For more information, visit or call 319-353-2700. International Programs is part of the UI Office of the Provost.

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

MEDIA CONTACTS: Kelli Andresen, UI International Programs, 319-335-2026,; Lois J. Gray, University News Services, 319-384-0077,; Writer: Cassandra Lalan