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Central Washington University
Office of International Studies and Programs
Hebeler Hall 102
400 E. University Way
Ellensburg, WA 98926-7408

OISP Celebrates Inaugural Globalization Appreciation Reception

Central Washington University’s Office of International Studies and Programs (OISP) recently hosted the inaugural Globalization Appreciation Reception to thank the university’s domestic and international faculty, students, and staff as well as community members for their contributions to international programs at the university.

Highlights of the event, held in the Sue Lombard Room on the CWU campus, included music on cello by Tomas Estigarribia, an Argentinian international student majoring in music and Russian. Additionally, the evening’s speakers included international students and faculty, who each shared some of their background with the group and explained why international education is important to them.

Speakers included: Estigarribia; Josefine Holm, a graduate student from Denmark studying in CWU’s unique primate behavior and ecology program; Kendall Kramer, a domestic student who participated in an education abroad program in Peru; Professor Lene Pedersen of the Anthropology Department, a self-described “development brat” originally from Denmark and raised in Tanzania before eventually settling in Ellensburg; and Professor Dan Beck of the Biology Department, who has led a dozen faculty-directed Education Abroad programs to Mexico, starting in 1996. 

Guests had the opportunity to network and learn about the roles that others have played in Central’s internationalization efforts.  The event served to spearhead the broadening of lines of communication regarding potential ways to further globalize the campus and community, and will be followed up by more informal quarterly gatherings, regional interest groups, calls for donations to further the efforts of OISP, and similar subsequent events annually.

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