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President names award winners

Honors efforts to enrich campus globalization

9/10/2003 10:26:18 AM


LYNCHBURG, Va. — President Kathleen Bowman, speaking at the College's opening convocation in Smith Hall Theatre, presented this year's President's Award for Globalization to Eva Andrijcic from Croatia and Hana Brown, Aliya Gifford, Amina Rubin, and Atefeh Leavitt, four American students who comprise the leadership of UMMAH, a Muslim student group. Traditionally, the President's Award for Globalization is given one American student and one international student whose commitments and leadership have greatly enriched the College's globalization efforts -- both in student life and in the classroom.

Andrijcic, a senior majoring in mathematics with concentrations in anthropology and computer science, has served as international student orientation leader three times and, this year, as coordinator of international student orientation. She has also played a leadership role in bringing greater visibility to the rich diversity of this campus; serving as president of Pan World from fall 2002 to the present, organizing a session on Croatia during last year's International Education Week, and helping to organize the very popular Campus Reggae Party. She is a winner of the Outstanding Contribution to Cross-Cultural Awareness Award, the Spring 2003 Student-Mentor Award, and the Phi Beta Kappa Sophomore Award. She has also been a recipient of the Elizabeth Alsobrook Jibb Scholarship and the Marian V. Hummer Scholarship.

Brown, Gifford, Rubin, and Leavitt have all played crucial roles in bringing a greater awareness and understanding of Islam to both the R-MWC and Lynchburg communities. UMMAH, the group they created and serve, has sponsored films and discussions, brought lecturers to campus, invited all members of campus to take part in Muslim holidays, and created educational displays in Main Hall and the Lipscomb Library. Last year, the group created and executed a day-long workshop called "Pathways to Understanding: A Constructive Dialogue Between Muslims and Non-Muslims." The event, which also received funding from the Greater Lynchburg Community Trust, provided opportunities for discussion and debate among more than 250 people from local colleges and the Lynchburg community.

Founded in 1891, Randolph--Macon Woman's College is a highly selective undergraduate liberal arts college of 780 women with a distinguished history of establishing global connections through international education. The College was recently honored by NAFSA: Association for International Educators for the exemplary globalization of our campus, and has been recognized by U. S. News & World Report as one of the top ten national liberal arts colleges for our percentage of international students.

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CONTACT: Brenda Edson, Director of College Relations