International faculty, students, staff recognized ...

International faculty, students, staff recognized with awards

The MTSU Office of International Affairs and Office of Education Abroad conducted their inaugural International Affairs Award and Recognition Ceremony April 28.

Officials recognized the 58 students who will study abroad in 18 different countries in the next academic year. They also led fall and full-year education-abroad students in pre-departure orientation.

In addition, Dr. Tony Johnston, professor of food science and agribusiness and enology consultant, and Dr. Doug Heffington, director of the global studies program, were honored as Faculty of the Year for their work to foster a more global campus.

J.R. Becker, secretary in the Intercultural and Diversity Affairs Center, was named Staffer of the year for his work to promote and support international activities and global education on campus.

Student of the Year honors went to Justin Wright, a Columbia, Tenn., native majoring in radio-television and global studies, and Daniel Gouger, a Whiteside, Tenn., native majoring in Spanish and biochemistry, for personifying global student-citizens.

Wright studied in Sweden in fall 2010, is currently on a four-week study experience in Italy and plans to study in Germany in spring 2013. Gouger studied for 12 weeks in Chile in summer 2010, dividing the period equally between classes and service learning at a medical clinic.

For more information, contact the Office of International Affairs at 615-904-8190 or the Office of Education Abroad at 615-898-5179.

— Gina K. Logue (