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T he University of Florida International Center
recognized faculty with outstanding
contributions to international research and
education at a ceremony in November.
Terry McCoy, professor of political science and
Latin American studies, was named International
Educator of the Year in the category of senior
Karen Kainer, assistant professor in the School
of Forest Resources and Conservation, College of
Agricultural and Life Sciences, and Guido Mueller,
assistant professor in the Department of Physics,
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, were junior
Sixteen other faculty members were recognized
as International Educators of the Year. Candidates
were nominated by their colleges, with the College
of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the College of
Agricultural and Life Sciences, and the College of
Medicine each nominating two candidates.
The UFIC established the awards to support
UF's strategic goal of internationalizing the campus
and the curriculum.
UFIC Dean Dennis Jett and Provost Janie Fouke
presented the awards at a ceremony in the Keene
Faculty Center Nov. 14.
McCoy has focused his entire career at UF on
internationalization. He has held appointments in
political science, Latin American studies, the
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and the Latin
American Business Environment Program in the
College of Business. His research specialization is
the political economy of Latin America, and he has
conducted extensive research on Caribbean
He has served as supervisor of 70 master's
candidates and has excelled in administration and
grant application. In addition, he has appeared on
radio and television programs and has testified
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UNADORNED by Sydney Schaef
Study Abroad Student Category
Sthe fall of 2005, Sydney Schaef was in an exchange
program in northern Tanzania, where he hoped to explore a
culture very different from his own in the United States.
During a trip to a small village, he noticed how elaborately
the Masai women adorned themselves with a variety of color-
ful jewelry. Schaef's eyes and camera were drawn to the
bright colors of their dresses and the drab color of their un-
adorned feet, which blended with the natural colors of the
earth and reflected the hard work these women perform for
More Global Photo Winners on p. 4, 5 and 7
Contest attracts Prize-Winning Photos
S th an array of prize winning photographs from
throughout the world on display at Grinter Gallery,
winners of the UFIC Global Culture Photo Contest
2006 received their awards in January.
The UF International Center recognized photographs
submitted during the fall of 2006 in four categories: study
abroad student; international student; faculty, staff, alumni; and
photography and journalism student. First prize winners were
awarded $200; second prize winners, $100; and third prize
winners, $50, with honorable mention in all four categories.
International Educators From p.
before the U.S. Congress on international topics.
The subject of Kainer's research is tropical forest
ecology and management in Latin America, particularly
the Amazon rainforest. With ajoint appointment in Latin
American studies, Kainer has focused her teaching,
mentoring and curriculum development on international
She collaborates with institutions and scientists abroad,
particularly in developing countries.
She has served on numerous student research
committees, and as major adviser she facilitates overseas
research for her students. She has served as co-principal
investigator for numerous projects in the Amazon. She
has disseminated her research information to lay
audiences through local and global activities, and she
participates in international societies.
Mueller's research focuses on ground-based and
spaced-based interferometric gravitational wave
detectors. He is a member of the Laser Interferometer
Gravitation Wave Observatory collaboration. His
gravitational wave research group at UF has raised UF's
reputation significantly and enables UF to compete with
prestigious research universities for funding and students.
Mueller has authored successful grant applications,
most \ ith an international dimension.
He has developed one of the few programs in physics
that provides international experiences for students. He
collaborates with colleagues from around the world in
gravitational waves, routinely organizing workshops,
conferences and exchanges.
Other faculty nominated for the International Educator
of the Year Awards are
Nicolas Comerford, professor and graduate
coordinator in the Department of Soil and Water Science,
College of Agricultural and Life Sciences;
Lawrence Datnoff, professor in the Department of
Plant Pathology, College of Agricultural and Life
Edward A. Evans, assistant professor and associate
director, Caribbean Affairs in the Center for Tropical
Agriculture, Tropical Research and Education Center,
College of Agricultural and Life Sciences;
Geoffrey J. Giles, associate professor, Department of
History, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences;
Raphael Haftka, distinguished professor, Department
of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, College
M.J. Hardman, professor of linguistics, College of
Liberal Arts and Sciences;
Jorge Hernandez, associate professor and director
of International Programs in the Department of Large
Animal Clinical Science, College of Veterinary
Berta Esperanza Hemandez-Truyol, professor,
Levin College of Law;
Leah Hochman, assistant professor, Department of
Religion and Jewish Studies, College of Liberal Arts
W. Robert Knechel, professor, Fisher School of
Accounting, Warrington College of Business
Davis Kushner, professor of musicology, College
of Fine Arts;
Marilyn Roberts, associate professor, Department
ofAdvertising, College of Journalism and
R. Terry Schnadelbach, professor, Department of
Landscape Architecture, College of Design,
Construction and Planning;
Glenn E. Sjoden, associate professor, Department
to Nuclear and Radiological Engineering, College of
Brijesh Thapa, associate professor, Department of
Tourism, Recreation and Sport Management, College
of Health and Human Performance;
Sergio Vega, associate professor, art and art
history, College of Fine Arts.
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UF Moves up in International Ranking
The University of Florida has moved up in its ranking
among top universities in the numbers of study
abroad students and international students.
The change in UF's rankings reflects the initiatives
of the UF International Center as well as a campus
wide commitment to internationalizing the curriculum
and the campus.
The Institute of International Education compares
universities based on various international indicators
and compiles annual rankings in its Open Doors report.
Its 2006 report of the nation's top doctoral research
universities is based on data from the 2005-2006 aca-
demic year. UF ranked sixth in the number of students
studying abroad. UF had 1,805 students studying abroad
in the last academic year, and the number has increased
this year. UF moved up from 11th place a year earlier.
Susanne Hill, coordinator of Study Abroad Services,
said more students are studying abroad each year be-
cause UF policies support faculty development of study
abroad programs. In addition, the UFIC supports study
abroad opportunities with $85,000 in scholarships. A
promotional program includes two Study Abroad Fairs
and 22 presentations at Preview, when incoming stu-
dents are introduced to campus. Another factor is that
UF allows students to apply their scholarships to courses
abroad, whether they are UF courses or courses estab-
lished by other universities.
For the same time frame, UF jumped from 18' place
to 12th place in the number of international students, with
3,749 on campus in the 2006 report.
International students seeking degrees in the United
States find several advantages at UF. For one thing, UF
is a good deal, said Debra Anderson, coordinator of In-
ternational Student Services. UF offers high-quality pro-
grams at a competitive price. Some UF colleges actively
recruit international students. Graduate students on fel-
lowships or assistantships pay in-state tuition and get
The improvement in UF's ranking in this area reflects
a growing international dimension to the campus, where
U.S. students gain international perspectives from their
classmates, Anderson said.
For a complete ranking of institutions, visit the lIE
UF Students Win Study Abroad Scholarships
Five UF students have won national scholarships to
study abroad this spring.
The students have received support from either the
Freeman Awards for Study in Asia, the Benjamin A.
Gilman International Scholarship Program, or both.
Christopher DeMarco received a $5,000 Freeman-
ASIA award to study at Hong Kong University of
Science and Technology.
Han Le received a $1,000 Freeman-ASIA award and
a $4,500 Gilman award to study at Mahidol University in
Jessica Neafie received a $3,000 Freeman ASIA
award and a $3,500 Gilman award to study with the
University Studies Abroad Consortium in China.
Carla Rubio received a Freeman ASIA award of
$5,000 to studt \ ith the Alliance for Global Education at
Beijing Language and Culture University in China.
Rebecca Williamson received a $5,000 Gilman award
to study at Freie Universitaet in Berlin, Germany.
This is the largest number of UF students winning
national study abroad scholarships, and the first time
four UF students have won Freeman-ASIA awards in
Freeman-ASIA awards support U.S. undergraduate
students who study in East or Southeast Asia. Recipients
are expected to share their experiences with students at
their home campuses to encourage Asian study abroad
participation and to promote understanding of Asian
peoples and cultures.
The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship
Program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State,
Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. It offers
scholarships for U.S. undergraduate study abroad
students who receive a Federal Pell Grant.
Contacts: Gilman awards, Susanne Hill, SHill@ufic.ufl.edu
Freeman-ASIA awards, Kirsten Eller, Keller@ufic.ufl.edu
The UFIC has moved
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to a new location in room 170 in the
Hub. Please visit us at our new offices.
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Homeless Under the American
Dream Wei Zhou
International Student Category
C oming from China, Wei Zhou saw the American
dream from a perspective much different than that
of many Americans.
While looking at the giant arch in St. Louis, he could
not help but notice a homeless man, seemingly
insignificant beneath the gleaming arch that soared
skyward in a pose of grandeur.
But in that contrast, Wei Zhou saw a story to tell with
"It gives the perspective that the homeless person is
so trivial under the arch of the American dream," he
Wei Zhou is a doctoral student in decision information
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New StudyAbroad Programs Unveiled in Fall and Spring Fairs
T TIC unveiled new opportunities for international
education and highlighted dozens of established
programs at the fall and spring Study Abroad Fairs.
Each fair featured about 60 exhibits related to studying
abroad and attracted some 2,000 students to view
educational opportunities throughout the world.
At the fall fair in September, the UFIC highlighted the
Center for International Studies in Beijing, where
students can study a range of business and
communication topics as well as the Chinese language.
UFIC promoted the program with a fortune cookie
drawing that included prizes for those who drew the
lucky cookie. Numerous students stopped by the UFIC
table for information, and many recognized the growing
need to learn more about China and its increasing role in
a global economy.
Daniel Hobbs, junior in finance, would like to start a
business in China that focuses on renewable energy.
Hobbs hopes to help reduce greenhouse gasses by
developing energy conservation programs involving solar
and other alternative energy systems. Studying in China
through the UF program is the best way to begin the
process, he said.
Others looked for more
opportunities in Europe.
Christina Mathew, a
nursing student, visited
many booths looking for a
summer 2007 program.
"I'm looking to gain a
good experience with
other languages such as
French," she said.
experience is becoming
increasingly important in A student prepares to select a
nursing, she said. fortune cookie at the Center for
Two new programs International Studies in Beijing
See Study Abroad, p. 5 exhibit.
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Sunset Soccer Mujahid Abdulrahim
Faculty, Staff, Alumni Category
M uj ahid Abdulrahim was in his native Syria in August
taking photographs of mosques.
The mosque he photographed in Aleppo is among the
most elaborate in the country. At sunset, it cast intricate
shadows across the courtyard, where a variety of
elements caught his eye.
The architecture of the mosque at sunset provided the
setting for children, inspire at the time by the World Cup,
The blend was not just visual; it reflected local and
international issues occurring simultaneously in his native
"There were a variety of elements in one frame that is
representative of the culture of mosques," he said.
Abdulrahim further wanted to show the positive
elements of his native country, which, he said, has been
cast in a negative light by the Bush administration.
Abdulrahim is receiving his doctorate in aerospace
Study Abroad, from p. 4
were among the many established programs at the spring
fair, with opportunities in Malaysia and Nicaragua.
UF in Malaysia, a summer program through the Center
for Written and Oral Communications, is an opportunity
to study at the University Science Malaysia Penang
campus in international and intercultural communication.
Students will take courses on the cultural aspects of
Malaysia in the context of international business.
The UF in Nicaragua summer program is designed to
expose students to urban and rural Nicaragua as well a
cross section of Nicaraguans. Students live with
Nicaraguan families and attend presentations by
Nicaraguan officials. They travel with Nicaragua
students and explore the culture of this developing
"Students will see how 75 percent of the world's
population lives. For people who want a real cross-
cultural experience in social class, language and culture,
this is the course to take," said program coordinator Tim
Contact: Susanne Hill, SHill@ufic.ufl.edu
International Honorary Organization
Phi Beta Delta Inducts New Members
phi Beta Delta, the University of Florida's international
honorary organization, inducted six UF students for
the fall 2006.
At a ceremony Nov. 27, 2006, at Matthew Lounge, the
new members officially joined an organization of
international students dedicated to recognizing their
scholarly achievements, experiences and interests.
Phi Beta Delta provides a forum for international
students to share their thoughts and experiences.
The organization, which has about 30 members,
promotes awareness on international issues and campus
diversity, said Annamarie Gabrenya, Phi Beta Delta
New members are Mina Bishop, Erin Smith, Steve
Cimorelli, Stephanie Smith, Heather Lear and Jason Scott.
Phi Beta Delta is supported by UF International Center
and NaviGators, a student organization.
Contact: Annamarie Gabrenya, email@example.com
FORMER PERUVIAN PRESIDENT ALEJANDRO TOLEDO
Peru's former President Alejandro Toledo exemplifies
the value of education. Born in the Andes Moun-
tains, he was one of 16 children. At age 5, his family
moved to the coast and he entered adulthood as a
shoeshine and newspaper sales boy. Peace Corps vol-
unteers recognized his potential and assisted him in get-
ting accepted at the University of San Francisco.
After a Stanford Ph.D., study at Harvard University,
and a position with the United Nations, Toledo was
elected president of Peru. During his campaign, he met
International Center Dean Dennis Jett, who was ambas-
sador to Peru at the time.
"I doubt that many of you, or any of you started so
far down," Jett said in introducing Toledo. "I hope some
of you will rise as high."
Toledo emphasized the importance of education in his
rise to the presidency but expressed regret that millions
of Latin Americans have not had such an opportunity.
Democracies cannot function in extreme poverty, he
said. "Poverty conspires against democracy."
SYRIAN AMBASSADOR IMAD MUSTAPHA
S yrian Ambassador Imad Mustapha traveled across
the United States telling a story about Syria that
many have not heard. At the University of Florida Oct.
2, he told a standing-room audience that Syria is not a
terrorist, anti-American nation, as it has been
characterized by the Bush administration.
Mustapha said the United States and Syria have
cooperated in international affairs for years. In the Gulf
War in 1990, Syrian and U.S. troops fought side by side
to force Iraqi forces from Kuwait. Syria provided the
Bush administration intelligence information about Iraq
prior to the invasion in 2003, he said. But Syria warned
Bush not to invade the country. Syria does support the
U.S. occupation of Iraq, he said.
In his speech entitled "Syria: Challenges and Crises,"
Mustapha was optimistic that peace with Israel will be
achieved. He faults the Bush administration for its lack
of interest in brokering a peace plan between the Arab
states and Israel.
RETIREDAIR FORCE COL. KIM OLSON
Retired Air Force Col. Kim Olson knows Iraq. As
executive officer to Gen. Jay Gamer, director of
Reconstruction and Humanitarian Assistance for Iraq in
2003, Olson saw the war from many perspectives.
ures Speak at UF
She shared her perspectives in a speech at the Uni-
versity of Florida Jan. 24.
Olson was deeply involved since U.S. troops entered
Baghdad. The early days of occupation were a honey-
moon of Iraqis and U.S. forces. She and Gamer visited
hospitals, schools and homes to try to understand the
needs of Iraqis. In conversation with an Iraqi family,
the mother said her greatest need was schools for her
children. If basic needs such as education and health
care are not fulfilled, democracy is doomed, Olson said.
The U.S. should utilize economic, social and intera-
tional tools in dealing with Iraq. A military strategy
alone will not resolve Iraq's problems, she said.
She doubted that an increase of troops in Iraq would
change the situation, which she called a civil war.
THE PEOPLE SPEAK
U university of Florida and Santa Fe Community Col-
lege faculty, meeting at The People Speak Presen-
tation, provided international perspectives on security.
Three faculty members, David Price, Vilma Fuentes
and Richard Nolan, and UF International Center Dean
Dennis Jett, who served as moderator, presented their
perspectives on the theme "Working together with the
World what's in it for the United States?"
Faculty discussed how the concept of human rights
has evolved, its implications to different cultures and
political settings, and how the United States' concept of
human rights is applied and perceived worldwide.
The panel also discussed the difficulties and threats
that have arisen from the increasing number of coun-
tries with nuclear weapons. Finally, the growing threat
of global warming emerged as important international
issue for developed and developing nations.
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SANAMVAKIL,JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITY
anam Vakil, a native of Iran and a faculty member
at Johns Hopkins University, gave UF students and
faculty a fresh perspective on Iran and its controversial
Vakil also presented her perspective Oct. 12 on the
Bush administration's efforts to prevent the spread of
nuclear weapons in the Middle East.
She explained that President Mohammad Khatami is
gaining support and his nuclear program is strengthened
by U.S. efforts to stop it. Khatami draws power from
See Speakers, p. 7
Speakers, from p. 6
U.S. threats, she said.
"Washington has no understanding that they are le-
gitimizing Iran's need for nuclear weapons to protect
this regime," she said.
Iran has the technology, skills and materials to con-
struct nuclear weapons, she said. Military attacks on
Iran will only strengthen the regime and its resolve.
The Bush administration would be more successful in
dealing with Iran through a policy of engagement, she
said. "Nixon went to China," she said. "Why can't
Bush go to Iran?"
MORT ROSENBLUM, ASSOCIATED PRESS
Sort Rosenblum, longtime Associated Press for-
eign correspondent, described the decline of for-
eign correspondence and international reporting.
"If we're not there, you're not there," he said in a
speech Nov. 16. Rosenblum described a scenario in
which reporters are increasingly remote from their sub-
jects, and editors have little interest in foreign affairs.
These factors combined with the high cost of maintain-
ing foreign correspondents has led to a decline in the
awareness of U.S. citizens about international issues.
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Photography and Journalism Students
Location: La Esperanza, Ecuador
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International Center Contacts
Dennis Jett, Ph.D., Dean
Phone: (352) 273-1523
Lynn Frazier, Executive Associate Director
Phone: (352) 273-1505
Pat Schauweker, Coordinator, Administrative
Phone: (352) 273-1534
International Faculty & Scholar Services
Yvette McKinney, Coordinator, Academic
Phone: (352) 273-1525
International Student Services
Debra Anderson, Coordinator of International
Phone: Phone: (352) 273-1501
Susanne Hill, Ph.D., Coordinator of Study
Phone: (352) 273-1500
Office of Program Development
Sandra Russo, Ph.D., Director of Program
Development & Federal Relations
Phone: (352) 273-1533
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