15 ASU students receive Gilman Scholarship for study abroad


May 21, 2014

Fifteen ASU students, including six from Barrett, the Honors College, will study around the world this summer with support from the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program.

The program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, and provides funding for study abroad programs to undergraduate students of limited financial means who are U.S. citizens. The scholarship helps defray the costs of tuition, room and board, books, transportation, insurance and airfare. Download Full Image

Barrett students who will participate in the 2014 summer program are:

Alex Gale, a biomedical engineering major in the Fulton Schools of Engineering, who received $4,500 to study in China.

Alisa Lee, a biochemistry major on the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS), who received $2,500 to study in South Korea.

Meredith Heth, an economics major in CLAS , who received $2,500 to study in China.

Sarah Patel, a global health major in CLAS, who received $5,000 to study in India.

Bradley Thompson, an art major in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, who received $2,500 to study in Italy.

Hunter Workman, a biochemistry and global health major in CLAS, who received $5,000 to study in India.

Other ASU students who will participate in the program are:

Julia Hernandez-Barron, a Spanish and secondary education major in CLAS and the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College, who received $4,000 to study in the Dominican Republic.

Brandon Garrett, an aerospace engineering major in the Fulton Schools of Engineering, who received $3,000 to study in the United Kingdom.

Valerie Gramiak, an aerospace engineering major in the Fulton Schools of Engineering, who received $2,500 to study in the United Kingdom.

Lissette Guerrero, a biology and society major in CLAS, who received $2,500 to study in the Dominican Republic.

Amanda Manz, a biological sciences and Japanese major in CLAS, who received $3,000 to study in Japan.

Derek Townsend, a German major in CLAS, who received $3,000 to study in Armenia.

Damaurya Seymore, an Italian major in CLAS, who received $3,000 to study in Italy.

Bryanda Silva, a speech and hearing science major in the College of Health Solutions, who received $2,500 to study in Malawi.

Anthony Proano, a political science and philosophy major in CLAS, who received $3,500 to study in Chile.

Named after retired congressman Benjamin A. Gilman from New York, the Gilman Scholarship Program was established by the International Academic Opportunity Act of 2000. Congressman Gilman, who retired in 2002 after serving in the House of Representatives for 30 years and chairing the House Foreign Relations Committee, commented, "Study abroad is a special experience for every student who participates. Living and learning in a vastly different environment of another nation not only exposes our students to alternate views, but also adds an enriching social and cultural experience. It also provides our students with the opportunity to return home with a deeper understanding of their place in the world, encouraging them to be a contributor, rather than a spectator in the international community."

The Gilman Scholarship Program is one of many study abroad opportunities for which ASU students can apply. ASU students can study abroad through over 250 programs in more than 60 countries facilitated by the Study Abroad Office.

The Lorraine W. Frank Office of National Scholarship Advisement (LWFONSA), housed at Barrett Honors College, assists students from all ASU campuses to prepare to compete for national and international awards of merit, including the Gilman, Rhodes, Marshall, Mitchell, Fulbright, Truman, Killam and Goldwater scholarships. Since 1991, LWFONSA-directed students have won more than 427 major national awards worth millions of dollars in external funding. In several competitions, ASU ranks among the top schools in the United States.

Nicole Greason

Public relations and publicity manager , Barrett, The Honors College

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Wilkinson is Business Woman of the Year


May 22, 2014

Christine K. Wilkinson was named Business Woman of the Year by the Tempe Chamber of Commerce at the 19th Annual Women in Business Conference on May 21 in Tempe.

“It is an honor to receive this prestigious recognition from the Tempe Chamber of Commerce,” said Christine K. Wilkinson, Senior Vice President and Secretary of the University and President of the ASU Alumni Association. “The Tempe Chamber of Commerce and business community know firsthand the importance of an educated workforce and the impact of Tempe’s K-20 educational system. ASU continues the work of transforming higher education to provide a workforce prepared to advance the state and city of Tempe’s competitiveness in the global marketplace.” Christine K. Wilkinson (center) Download Full Image

The Business Woman of the Year award recognizes an outstanding business woman who has positively impacted the Tempe community. Wilkinson was honored for achieving excellence in her field, displaying leadership in the community, serving as a positive role model and being active in programs within the community and the Tempe Chamber. She has received numerous awards and accolades for her professionalism and spirit of service.

“The Business Woman of the Year award recognizes the valuable contributions that the candidates have made to the business community and to the Tempe Chamber of Commerce. Their hard work and dedication have made an admirable and positive impact that we are proud to recognize,” said Mary Ann Miller, president and chief operating officer of the Tempe Chamber.

This is the latest in a distinguished career of accomplishments and honors for Wilkinson. Past awards include the University’s Award of Merit, the Alumni Achievement Award, the CASE Crystal Apple Award and the Valley Leadership 2009 Woman of the Year Award. She was also selected as one of Arizona’s 48 Most Intriguing Women for the Arizona Centennial Legacy Project.

At ASU, she has served as vice president of student affairs, the university’s interim athletic director on three different occasions and is a tenured faculty member in the Division of Educational Leadership & Innovation, Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College.

Wilkinson’s current involvement in the community includes serving on the Community Advisory Council for Wells Fargo, the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arizona Board and the Governance Committee for the Southwest Autism Research and Resource Center. In addition, she is a member of the Arizona Business Leadership Association, Arizona Women’s Forum and ASU Women & Philanthropy.

Wilkinson received a bachelor of arts in education with distinction from ASU, a master of arts in education, counseling psychology from the University of California at Berkeley and a doctor of philosophy in higher education administration from ASU.