Congratulations to the 2003 Global Citizenship Award recipients

The International Programs Matrix congratulates the 2003 Global Citizenship Award Recipients. They are recognized for their commitment to international and intercultural awareness throughout the UST community. The awards will be presented at the International Dinner, Saturday, April 12.

The four recipients are:

  • Breaking Barriers Ad Hoc Task Force
    The International Matrix is pleased to award the Breaking Barriers Ad Hoc Task Force with a special Global Citizenship Award.  This group of UST faculty and staff came together in 1999 because of a common concern for students whose first language is not English.  Since then the group has increased awareness of the needs of ESL students through presenting papers, establishing a Web site with resources for faculty, staff and students, and submitting recommendations about serving non-native English speakers to the Executive Vice President’s Council, which then were incorporated into the university’s diversity plan.  The Breaking Barriers Ad Hoc Task Force also has hosted two very successful conferences titled “Breaking Barriers.”  More than 300 people attended these conferences.

    The efforts of this volunteer task force have led to a broader understanding of and concern for the challenges faced by students whose first language is not English within the university and in the greater community.  This understanding is improving the climate for students of all cultures at the University of St. Thomas.

    Members of the Breaking Barriers Ad Hoc Task Force are:
    — Suzanne Donsky, English
    — Elizabeth Dussol, Academic Counseling
    — Kendra Garrett, Social Work
    — Jean Giebenhain, Physiology
    — Matt Maruggi, Tutor-Mentor Program
    — David Moore, Reading and Study Skills Center
    — Kathryn Oakley, School of Continuing Studies

  • Dr. Karen Gulliver, director, Master of International Management Program
    According to the nomination written by MIM staff, Dr. Karen Gulliver epitomizes what it means to be interculturally sensitive and an outstanding global citizen.  Gulliver has provided leadership for the MIM program for nearly four years.  During this time, she has demonstrated her commitment to hiring faculty with international experience, internationalizing the MIM curriculum, recruiting and supporting international students, and supporting the MIM staff’s development of intercultural skills.  Gulliver’s connections in Taiwan and Greece have made it possible for over 200 students to receive their MIM degrees while taking most of their courses in their home countries.  With Gulliver’s leadership, the MIM program has sponsored a variety of cultural events on campus including culture nights featuring countries such as Mexico and Ireland, sponsoring global seminars, hosting international speakers, and supporting other international activities across campus.
  • Claire Moreau, student
    Claire Moreau’s contribution to St. Thomas is nothing short of her whole self. She timelessly volunteers for various groups and organizations in which she shares her time and perspective. These groups include PLEDGE, the peer mentoring program, GMSA, and VISION and VIA. She has been involved in many hours of volunteer work around the community working with groups that serve less fortunate children. Through her involvement with the Globally Minded Student Association (GMSA), Moreau has put a great amount of time into international programming on campus, including the coordination of the 2002 International Dinner and participation in many multicultural forums. She also works in the International Admissions Office. In this position she is primarily responsible for responding to international student inquiries and developing correspondence with them regarding student life at St. Thomas. She thoughtfully answers prospective students’ questions about the social and academic life at St. Thomas.
  • Phil Anderson, management faculty, College of Business
    Phil Anderson has been a strong advocate for international programs, especially study abroad. He was instrumental in the development and establishment of the London Business Semester in 1995 and was the first faculty director of the program. He also developed and leads a capstone course in management to London and Cork in the summer. He serves as an adviser to international business majors in the College of Business, serves on the Study Abroad Advisory Committee and chairs the Study Abroad Advisory Appeals Subcommittee. Anderson has initiated and provided a number of opportunities for St. Thomas students, faculty and staff including: a student-and-faculty exchange with the University of Ireland-Cork, and annual classroom visits to St. Thomas since 1991 by Paddy Hayes, former CEO of Waterford Crystal and Ford Ireland. A St. Thomas colleague quoted in Anderson’s nomination, “Phil is committed to making the ‘international experience’ accessible to students. … He also has championed many ways for St. Thomas faculty and staff to have accessibility to international opportunities.”