In years past, outstanding achievement in language or area studies
or other aspects of international education at Emory were recognized
by individual programs or departments, often with little coordination.
No longer. The first Institute for Comparative and International
Studies (ICIS) Awards, held Wednesday, April 3, in Winship Ballroom,
recognized individuals for achievement in study abroad, community
outreach, and language and area studies. Twenty-five students, one
faculty and one staff member walked home with hardware, for work
as varied as studying Latin to writing a 40-page paper in Spanish
to working with immigrant children at Chamblees Cary Reynolds
ICIS Executive Director Gordon Newby hosted the event, along with
Philip Wainwright, director of the Center for International Programs
Abroad (CIPA), and Mahmoud Al-Batal, director of the Emory College
Language Center (ECLC). In his opening remarks, Newby joked that
if he wanted to honor all the people across Emory who have contributed
to international education, he could just pull out the University
phonebook and start reading the names.
There are people who are doing tremendously accomplished
and complicated activities all across this campus, Newby said.
This is also a way to advertise and let the community know
what were doing and about the range of international activity.
Newby said this is the first year that student internationalization
awards have been pulled together under the single ICIS umbrella.
Dana Tottenham, study abroad advisor for ICIS, coordinated the event,
which drew nearly 100 people.
Gail Scheu, academic services coordinator for CIPA, received the
Service to Study Abroad Award for her work in helping make sure
students get overseas in the first place. Wainwright called Scheu
the unsung hero of study abroad.
She is giving every student a gifta summer they will
never forget and an opportunity to change their life, Wainwright
said of Scheu.
Judy Raggi Moore, senior lecturer in French and Italian, took home
the Excellence in Language Teaching Award. In presenting the award,
Al-Batal said Raggi Moore was the first faculty member to receive
a Crystal Apple award from the Student Government Association for
excellence in teaching and service, and that her contributions to
Emory go far beyond lecturing in a classroom.
You would be hard-pressed to find a University committee
on which Judy has not served [in her 16 years at Emory], Al-Batal
In the student awards, Alex Henderson and Samit Shah took home
awards for achievement in study abroad, and Michael Roche was honored
for academic integration of study abroad. In area studies, the awards
went to Viraj Patel (Asian studies), Jessica Clarke (Latin American
and Caribbean studies) and Felipe Duque (Middle Eastern studies).
Mary Ellen Mitchell received the honor for achievement in vernacular
modernities, and three students were honored with Community Connections
Initiative awards: Dale Epstein, Alyson Plotsky and Marta Rivera.
Finally, for excellence in language study, the following students
were honored: Martyn Smith (Arabic), John Habib (Chinese), Jeong
Woo Koo (ESL), Amelia Sitter (French), Nicolette Monaco (German),
Jessica Paletsky (Greek), Yaniv Rofe (Hebrew), Antoinette DiNapoli
(Hindi), Melissa Gossett (Italian), Kyeung-Min Kim (Japanese), Shaileen
Stillmank (Latin), Pegah Moghaddam (Persian), Gabrielle Frega (Portuguese),
Jamie Giganti (Russian) and Vanessa Lopes (Spanish).