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6 Faculty to be Honored as Global Citizens

Globalization efforts of six faculty members to be honored at Nov. 13 award ceremony.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release, 11-8-2013

Mankato, Minn. – Six Minnesota State University, Mankato faculty members will be honored as “Global Citizens” in a reception and Global Citizen Award Ceremony from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 13 in the Centennial Student Union’s Heritage Room.

The award recognizes faculty and staff who have made a major contribution to globalization efforts at the University, and this year’s honorees include David Cowan (Facilities Services), James Grabowska (World Languages & Cultures), Kathryn Grant (Student Health Services), Jasper Hunt (Experiential Education), Mandy Prorok (International Programs Office), and Gregory Wilkins (Student Activities).

During the ceremony, Grabowska will share information on the agreement that was recently signed with Cuenca University in Ecuador. Scott Fee, interim associate dean in the College of Science, Engineering & Technology, will describe an innovative internship opportunity (the Bureau 507 concept) developed with HAN University (Netherlands) as well as a study abroad partnership between Minnesota State Mankato and South Central College that involved a faculty-led trip to South Africa in the summer of 2013.

Minnesota State Mankato’s Global Citizen Award ceremony is held each fall during Diversity & International Education Week. The reception is not open to the general public. Media interested in learning more about the Global Citizen Awards or attending the reception may contact Stephen Stoynoff, interim dean of international affairs at Minnesota State Mankato, at 507-389-1281 or by sending an email to

The Global Citizen awards will be presented by Minnesota State Mankato President Richard Davenport on behalf of the University and the Kearney International Center.

  • David Cowan (Facilities Services) is being recognized for his leadership in making the campus transportation system responsive to the needs of international students, including arranging for shuttle service when regular bus service is not available, facilitating access to campus during the International Festival, and providing international students employment and leadership opportunities.
  • James Grabowska (World Languages & Cultures) is being recognized for his extensive contributions to international education and his key role in the development of intercultural competence and a global perspective among Minnesota State Mankato students, including those in the Honors Program and the Department of World Languages and Cultures. He has developed and coordinated study abroad opportunities for students who want to study Spanish, and he was instrumental in establishing the University’s international partnership with the University of Cuenca (Ecuador).
  • Kathryn Grant (Student Health Services) is being recognized for her exceptional service and responsiveness to the special insurance needs of international students and scholars. Every semester her efforts make a difference in the lives of the University's international students and scholars.
  • Jasper Hunt (Experiential Education) is being recognized for his contributions to international and intercultural understanding and the celebration of difference. As a recognized scholar and leader in the field of experiential education, he has spent his career advancing international education and integrating it into the experiences of countless students during his 25 years of service to the University.
  • Mandy Prorok (International Programs Office) is being recognized for her participation in the Fulbright International Education Administrators Program to Germany. Her 2005 program included lectures, campus and business visits, and an introduction to both Germany’s and the EU’s higher education system.
  • Gregory Wilkins (Student Activities) is being recognized for his service on the Global Education Advisory Council and his international service to communities around the world. As a member of the student affairs division, he has played an important role in the University's annual International Festival.

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 15,409 students, is part of the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities system, which comprises 31 state institutions.

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