President Haring-Smith Part of Panel to Discuss Global Education

WASHINGTON, PA (Nov. 6, 2012)—Washington & Jefferson College President Tori Haring-Smith, Ph.D., will join a group of college and university presidents from across the country at a public discussion in Washington, D.C., on steps higher education institutions can take to meet rising student demand for foreign languages, access to study abroad opportunities, and international experiences needed to compete for jobs in today’s global economy.

The five presidents are from institutions awarded NAFSA’s 2012 Senator Paul Simon Awards for Campus Internationalization for their success in developing international curriculums, integrating international students into the campus, and diversifying enhanced access to study abroad

The panel discussion will be hosted by NAFSA: Association of International Educators in collaboration with the U.S. Department of State and U.S. Department of Education. Following the panel, a reception honoring the award-winning schools will include remarks from Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs Ann Stock and Senior Adviser to the Secretary of Education and Director of International Affairs Maureen McLaughlin. Since the year 2000, the U.S. Departments of State and Education have celebrated International Education Week to encourage students to become globally competent and successful through international education and engagement.

NAFSA’s report on the eight award-winning schools and their successful models of internationalization -- the 2012 edition of Internationalizing the Campus: Profiles of Success at Colleges and Universities -- will be distributed at the event.

Event: 10th Anniversary of the Senator Paul Simon Award for Campus Internationalization, featuring a Presidential Panel and Reception Honoring the 2012 Award Recipients

When: Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Panel: 4:00 - 5:30 pm

Reception and Awards Ceremony: 5:30 -7:00pm

Where: Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill

Panel Speakers:
• Meredith McQuaid, NAFSA President and Chair of the Board, Associate Vice President and Dean of International Programs for the University of Minnesota
• Martin Simon, son of the late Senator Paul Simon
• Sanford Ungar, President of Goucher College, panel moderator

• MaryAnn Baenninger, President of College of Saint Benedict
• Thomas Kepple, President of Juniata College            
• John Haeger, President of Northern Arizona University
• Mary Sue Coleman, President of University of Michigan
• Haring-Smith

About the Senator Paul Simon Awards and Legislation
Named for the late Senator Paul Simon, (D–Ill.), these awards recognize outstanding and innovative achievements in campus internationalization. Senator Simon was well known as a strong supporter of international education and foreign language learning. His leadership in these areas was especially evident in his robust support for the creation of the National Security Education Program, which addresses critical national security deficiencies in language and cultural expertise, and in his vision of a national program to greatly expand U.S. citizens' knowledge of the world, which was the inspiration behind the Senator Paul Simon Study Abroad Foundation Act.