It is a testament to Emory’s increasing engagement
with the world that two annual awards receptions now celebrate the
varied international activities of faculty, students, staff and
On April 1, the Institute for Comparative and International Studies
(ICIS) hosted its second-annual awards night in Winship Ballroom.
Gordon Newby, executive director of ICIS, began the event by congratulating
all of the nearly 100 guests, which included Emory College students,
faculty and staff.
“I wish all of you here could receive an award,” Newby
said, “because you are participating in internationalizing
Emory. And if you watch the news, you know that this is one of the
most important things we could be doing right now.”
More than 25 students and faculty members were recognized for their
work in several international areas. Students Pearl Wu and Amanda
Gish received awards for their achievements in study abroad. Ron
Schuchard, Goodrich C. White Professor of English, received the
Service to Study Abroad Award for his nearly three decades of work
promoting international experiences for undergraduates.
In area studies, awards went to students Philip Jones (African studies),
Samit Shah (Asian studies), Reem Marto (Middle Eastern studies),
David Buxton (vernacular modernities) and anthropology postdoctoral
student Carla Jones (vernacular modernities).
Student Minh Le and senior lecturer in the department of Spanish
and Portuguese Vialla Hartfield-Méndez took home awards for
their outreach work with the immigrant student population of Cary
Reynolds Elementary School.
The following students were recognized for their achievement in
language learning: Reem Marto (Arabic), Michelle DeBlieck and Meg
Rithmire (Chinese), Sang Hee Kim (ESL), Charles Andrew Kearns (French),
Jessica Lawson (German), Benjamin Bayer (Greek), Leora Fischer (Hebrew),
Aamera Thazyeen (Hindi), Joseph Dee and Nicholas George (Italian),
Eugine Oh (Japanese), Brie Allaman (Latin), Amy Malek (Persian),
Sally Chambers (Sanskrit) and Takiyah Tate (Spanish). Kristen Brustad,
associate professor of Middle Eastern studies, was presented with
the Excellence in Language Teaching Award.
Two nights later, on April 3, 150 guests gathered at the Miller-Ward
Alumni House for the Office of International Affairs’ (OIA)
annual awards dinner. The venue signaled a recent addition to OIA’s
awards night: the Sheth Distinguished International Alumni Award,
now in its second year. The Sheth award, created by the family of
Jagdish Sheth, Charles H. Kellstadt Professor of Marketing in Goizueta
Business School, honors Emory’s international alumni who have
gone on to achieve prominence in universities, governments, private
sectors and/or non-governmental organizations around the world.
This year’s award was presented to Ecuadorian biologist Eugenia
del Pino Veintimilla (’72G) in recognition of her outstanding
contributions to teaching, research and conservation. Del Pino,
who heads a research program at the Pontifical Catholic University
in Quito, has collaborated for 30 years with the Charles Darwin
Foundation, an organization dedicated to the conservation of the
Galapagos Islands. Her pioneering research into the developmental
biology of the marsupial tree frog has garnered several international
prizes, including the 2000 L’Oreal-UNESCO Award for Women
Also presented that evening was the Marion V. Creekmore Award for
Internationalization, which honors an Emory faculty or staff member
who has contributed to the University’s internationalization.
This year’s recipient was H. Kenneth Walker, professor of
medicine and associate professor of neurology, for his commitment
of time and energy to improving health care in the Republic of Georgia.
For more than a decade, Walker has been co-director of the Atlanta-Tbilisi
Healthcare Partnership, a collaborative effort between institutions
in the newly independent nation of Georgia and their Atlanta counterparts,
including the School of Medicine and the Rollins School of Public
Established in 1992, the partnership contributes medical expertise,
manpower and supplies to Georgia, whose healthcare and medical education
systems have been devastated by civil war and economic crisis since
the dissolution of the Soviet Union.
“This is a particularly important time in the United States
for us to be concerned about our involvement with and understanding
of the rest of the world,” said interim Provost Woody Hunter
in his closing remarks, “With bringing the world to Emory,
and taking Emory out beyond our cocoon.” Hunter thanked both
award recipients for doing just that.