Cathleen Garrison, Samantha Saia and Caitlin Veteto will be the first to receive the International Knowledge and Education (IKE) certification and notification on their transcripts for their work toward becoming better global citizens. They were recognized as IKE graduates on Monday night, Dec. 8, during the International Banquet.
The three women all earned the certification by doing internationally focused coursework in addition to studying abroad.
"We have three in our first semester, which is fantastic," said Julia Helminiak, study abroad coordinator. "We're excited because it's a new program. We're still working on promoting and recruiting students to get started in the program, so it's good to have three strong examples to motivate more students to get involved with IKE."
Pitt State administrators laud the program for helping students develop sensitivity and understanding in their interactions with other cultures.
"The program exists because of faculty interest and faculty leadership," said Dr. Steve Scott, provost and vice president for academic affairs. "I appreciate the people who led this through the legislative process and put forth the effort to create this over the past two years. I'm anticipating these are just the first of many students who will be part of this program."
While the three women who are graduating this semester studied abroad as one component of IKE, the program does not require that students study abroad. They can take internationally focused classes, or participate in qualifying activities outside the classroom such as a Modern Languages & Literatures-sponsored language table or be a conversation partner with an international student. A number of other activities are available for students working toward the certification.
For more information, call Julia Helminiak at (620) 235-4221, or go to http://www2.pittstate.edu/iss/sap/IKE.html.
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