University of Arkansas staff members Amy Farmer, Mary Serafini and DeDe Long were announced as winners of the 2016 Hoyt H. Purvis Award for Service in International Education.
The trio was recognized at the recent Chancellor's Reception for International Scholars.
University professor of economics Farmer was recognized as
the university faculty award recipient for her work with the global community
development programs in Belize, Mozambique and Vietnam.
The first program began
in Belize in 2007. Farmer led the program in its expansion to Mozambique and
"Students have told me how their experiences in Belize,
Mozambique and Vietnam have changed their lives …thanks in a large part to the
woman who made them possible (Farmer)," Honors College Interim Associate Dean
Jennie Popp said.
The university staff award recipient was Serafini, associate vice chancellor and Pat Walker Health Center executive director.
She ensures international students are treated with care and respect from
their first visit to the health center to their final checkup. She also helps
students prepare for their studies abroad.
For her work with international education, Long
received the Graduate School and International Education staff award.
Office of Study Abroad and International Exchange director, Long has increased
the number of students studying abroad. More than 1,000 Arkansas students studied
in nearly 50 countries in 2015-2016.
"DeDe has put the University of Arkansas on the world
map with her tireless efforts and unwavering dedication," Emeritus
University of Arkansas professor of journalism and international relations Hoyt
Purvis said. "No one has done more to establish and nurture study abroad
and international education at this university."
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