SUNY Chancellor's Award for Internationalization Winners Announced

April 17, 2012

Albany – The State University of New York today announced five recipients of the 2012-2013 Chancellor’s Award for Internationalization (CAFI), which encourages the establishment of new and innovative study abroad programs in less commonly traveled destinations, and the exploration of underrepresented academic disciplines in study abroad.

“The Chancellor’s Award for Internationalization is representative of SUNY’s commitment to increasing opportunities for global exposure among our students and faculty,” said SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher. “Congratulations to each of this year’s recipients and to the students and campuses that have contributed to their success.”

The recipients of the Chancellor’s Award for Internationalization for 2012-13 are:

  1. Dale Tuggy, Assistant Professor, Department of Philosophy, SUNY Fredonia, for “Global Philosophy of Religion (India)”
  2. Jeremy van Blommestein, Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, SUNY Potsdam, for “Struggles of Change: South African and US Education in Global Times”
  3. Paula Moore, Associate Professor, Department of Nursing, Tompkins Cortland Community College, for “International Internship in Health Care Education in Nicaragua”
  4. Meredith Weiss, Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, University at Albany, for “Diversity and Development in Southeast Asia (Malaysia)”
  5. Peter F. Biehl, Associate Professor and Department Chair, Department of Anthropology, University at Buffalo, for “The Podgori Archaeological Field School in Albania”

Coordinated by SUNY’s Office of Global Affairs, the top proposals were selected by a committee of five SUNY campus representatives from applications submitted from across the state.

Thirty seven projects have been selected as recipients of the Chancellor's Award for Internationalization in the course of four competitions. Award recipients receive funding of $4,000 to support the program and to make the cost more affordable to students.

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