Ameson Representatives Attend Televised NAFSA Awards Event

2015nafsa-1Ameson's Executive Director, Stephen Smith (left) with Martin Simon (right)


n November 17, 2015, NAFSA: Association of International Educators held the annual ceremony of Senator Paul Simon Award for Campus Internationalization in Washington, D.C. with opening remarks by Marlene Johnson, Executive Director and CEO of NAFSA and a presidential panel discussion moderated by Debra Stewart, President Emerita at the Council of Graduate Schools (CGS) and member of the NAFSA Board of Directors. As a proud Global Partner of NAFSA, the Ameson Foundation was represented by its Washington D.C. office Executive Director, Mr. Stephen Smith; Deputy Director, Mr. Zhu Xiao Di; and Communications Manager, Mr. Nathan Montgomery.

The late Senator Paul Simon, the event’s namesake, was an esteemed politician from Illinois who served in the United States Congress for nearly a quarter of a century. He was deeply committed to international education and exchange, with a grand vision to send 500,000 U.S. students to study abroad every year. His legacy lives on through the annual presentation of the Simon Awards, which recognize colleges and universities acting as innovative leaders in the movement toward campus internationalization.

2015nafsa-2Ameson's Deputy Director Zhu (left) with Assistant Secretary Ryan (center) and Jared Butto (right)This year’s Senator Paul Simon Award for Campus Internationalization, an award for recognizing institutions making considerable progress towards comprehensive internationalization, was presented to University of Delaware, Mount Holyoke College, North Central College, University of San Diego, and University of Virginia. NAFSA’s Senator Paul Simon Spotlight Award for institutions with a creative approaches to a specific aspect of internationalization was presented to Rice University, Virginia Commonwealth University, and Wake Forest University. The awards were presented by Mr. Martin Simon, Senator Paul Simon’s son and a friend of the Ameson Foundation. 2015 marked the first year that the Presidential Panel held a simultaneous live webcast; a recording of the event can be found here.

The Presidential Panel discussion was followed by a reception, during which Ameson’s executives had the chance to engage many of the events distinguished guests, including Evan Ryan, Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) and Jarred Butto, Acting Branch Chief at EducationUSA.

The Ameson Foundation is proud to carry on Senator Simon’s vision by contributing to international education and cultural exchange through a variety of programs. This event was an opportunity to reflect on the importance of campus internationalization and reaffirms the mission of the Ameson Foundation to positively impact international exchange.

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