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Ellensburg, WA 98926-7408

2022 Globalization Appreciation Reception Recap

Dean Ediz Kaykayoglu speaks at the 2020 Globalization Appreciation ReceptionThe Office of International Studies and Programs (OISP) hosted nearly 100 attendees at the 2022 Globalization Appreciation Reception, held in the Hebeler Auditorium on the Central Washington University campus on April 27th.

The reception is an annual event held to thank CWU domestic and international faculty and    students, CWU staff, and community members for the contributions they have made to internationalize the curriculum, campus, and local community through their partnerships with international programs at Central Washington University.

The evening opened with remarks made by Provost and Vice President for Academic and Student Life, Michelle DenBeste, who showed her strong support of international programs at CWU. 

Ediz Kaykayoglu, Dean of Extended and Global Education, followed her remarks by highlighting the various activities that have transpired since the event was last held in 2019.

Guests at the Globalization Appreciation Reception enjoy the speechesThis included such items as increased international student enrollment, over 100 virtual recruitment events, the implementation of virtual exchange programs - providing 768 CWU students and 21 CWU faculty the opportunity to connect with international partner students all around the world this past academic year, resuming education abroad, hosting nine Department of State-sponsored students, welcoming a new visiting scholar to campus, online English as a second language programs, and welcoming back students from the Asia University America Program (AUAP).

Also mentioned were the numerous virtual and in-person events held to support and engage international students, the fact that CWU international student, Kathy Mae, received student employee of the year at CWU and is second in the state and top 19 for national student of the year, and the acknowledgement that CWU was a finalist for NAFSA’s prestigious Paul Simon International award.

Guests at the 2020 Globalization Appreciation Reception listen to speeches at the eventAfter guests learned of what has transpired, Nicki Kukar, Director of International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS), shared various ways in which faculty, students, and community members could become involved. Kukar stated, “while each one of us in this room has probably already engaged with international education in one way or another, one thing that the pandemic has taught us is that there are new ways to do things.  My challenge to all of you is to find one thing from this list that you haven’t done and try it!  Find new ways to engage with our office, with international students, with virtual exchange or new programs.”

Highlights of the event included both faculty and student speakers who shared information on their backgrounds with the group and why international education is important to them.

2021-2 Gerrits and Macinko Scholarship winner David Nmesoma Ezeifeka speaks at the 2022 Globalization Appreciation ReceptionSpeakers included Assistant Professor of Communication, Josh Nelson-Ichido, who is a seasoned expert at incorporating both in-person and virtual exchange activities into his course curriculum and David Nmesoma Ezeifeka, a current CWU international student from Nigeria, who was awarded the Gerrits and Macinko scholarship this academic year. 

Annie Young and Casey Ross from University Advancement shared information about the importance of alumni engagement and participation, and crowdfunding event #GiveCentral that took place the following day.  Through both the #GiveCentral event and a silent auction held during the reception, over $3,600 in International Student Emergency Funds were raised.  These funds help international students overcome barriers to their educational experience by providing them with direct financial relief during times of emergency.

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