Kennesaw State recognizes its first “global citizens”

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KSU awarded its first Global Engagement Certification to 17 graduate and undergraduate students who…

Georgia (Jul 1, 2009) — KSU awarded its first Global Engagement Certification to 17 graduate and undergraduate students who have demonstrated a commitment to global learning and citizenship. The awards were presented at a May ceremony‚ and graduating awardees were also recognized during spring 2009 commencement exercises.

The certification‚ which validates the students’ global learning competencies and recognizes their achievements in learning global perspectives‚ developing intercultural skills and demonstrating global citizenship‚ is designed to give KSU students a competitive edge in an increasingly global society.

The Global Engagement Certification Program is another step in Kennesaw State’s commitment to becoming a leader in international education. In 2007‚ KSU launched the “Global Learning for Engaged Citizenship” quality enhancement initiative.

“This pioneering program is very significant milestone in our five−year commitment to increase global learning among Kennesaw State students‚ regardless of their declared majors‚” said Barry Morris‚ director of KSU’s cabinet strategic projects. “It is analogous to many professional certifications in which an independent group uses a set of rigorous criteria to attest to a candidate’s demonstrated level of competence. This certificate‚ in essence‚ gives students a credential as global citizens.”

Students receiving certification have completed anywhere from 12 to 24−semester hours of global coursework in upper division or graduate−level courses and four to eight weeks of approved study abroad in 16 different countries; demonstrated teamwork with individuals from different nations or cultures and foreign language proficiency; and performed community service that benefited individuals from other nations or cultures. Those receiving certificates with distinction have also demonstrated long−term immersion in another culture or leadership in work and contributions to global citizenship.

The rigorous criteria for the certification were developed by a 20−member Global Learning Coordinating Council consisting of KSU faculty‚ staff‚ administrators and students.

“The engineering of the program is the result of years of work by a number of interdisciplinary teams‚” said Morris‚ who chairs the GLCC. The process included meticulous program design work‚ the formulation‚ testing and retesting of measurement standards and ongoing quality control and quality enhancement efforts.”

Students earning the Global Engagement Certification‚ and their majors‚ the countries where they studied abroad and performed community service were:

• Edoh Agbehonou‚ Conflict Management (Togolese student in the
U.S.) *
• Chux Ibekwe‚ Conflict Management (Nigerian student in the U.S.) *
• Faizan Khan‚ graduate‚ Business Administration in Management
(Pakistani student in the U.S.) *
• Whitney Britton‚ Early Childhood Education (Belize)
• Melissa Casorio‚ Early Childhood Education (Trinidad and Tobago‚
• Stephanie Erin Clayton‚ Early Childhood Education (Trinidad and
Tobago‚ the Netherlands‚ Germany and the Czech Republic and
• JoAnn Hanna‚ Executive MBA Program‚ (Romania)
• Jacquline Halvorsen‚ Early Childhood Education (Ecuador)
• Kathleen Hitt‚ Early Childhood Education‚ BCOE (Ukraine and
• Jennifer Jackson‚ Early Childhood Education (Ecuador)
• Wes Johnson‚ Secondary English Education (Costa Rica and
• Hope Mayes‚ Early Childhood Education (Belize)
• Correna McDuffie‚ Early Childhood Education (Ecuador)
• Kimberly Ragghianti‚ Early Childhood Education (Belize)
• Rian Satterwhite‚ working on graduate certificate in Leadership and
Ethics‚ Siegel Institute (France‚ Germany‚ Italy‚ Australia‚ Singapore‚
Thailand and Australia)
• Jennifer Tillberry‚ Early Childhood Education (Ecuador)
• Stefanie Woods‚ Early Childhood Education (Belize)

* Students earning Global Engagement Certification with Distinction.

For more information on KSU’s Global Engagement Certification Program‚ or to learn more about the awardees accomplishments in global leaning and engaged citizenship‚ visit .


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