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Feb. 17, 2005
Contact: Alison Watkins, Graduate School & International Programs, (785) 864-4963.

First 17 students complete requirements for Global Awareness Program at KU

LAWRENCE -- Seventeen students from a variety of majors completed the Global Awareness Program (GAP) during its inaugural semester in fall 2004 at the University of Kansas. The students fulfilled the requirements retroactively by studying abroad, taking language and international courses, or participating in activities with an international focus.

As of the beginning of the spring 2005 semester, 180 students have registered to participate in the program, said Jane Irungu, GAP coordinator in the Office of International Programs.

" GAP fits perfectly into KU's internationalization mission and, therefore, has an important role in the university," Irungu said. "It is going to be one of the major certification programs at KU, and many other KU certification programs will use it as a model."

Katie Naeve, a senior in Spanish from Ames, Iowa, studied in Spain, interned in Morocco and participated in student organizations to fulfill the GAP requirements.

" GAP certification will be valuable when I apply for jobs with international organizations as well as for graduate schools," Naeve said. "GAP brings together all of one's international experiences into one visible, concise recognition on a transcript."

GAP is not just for domestic students. By being at KU, international students are having an international experience. Approximately 5 percent of the students registered in GAP are from abroad.

Abdirahman Gutale, a senior from Somalia, majors in international studies and political science and will complete the GAP requirements this semester. He sees GAP as a way to emphasize the internships, classes and international experiences to prospective employers and graduate schools.

The GAP program is one of the new projects at KU supported by tuition enhancement funds.
Fall 2004 certification recipients' names, hometowns, level or degree earned, and, if available, parents' names and high schools attended are listed below. Unless noted otherwise, all received their degrees in December 2004.

From Pittsburg
Erin Elaine Urich, former student, daughter of Skip and Betty Urich; Pittsburg High School

From Eudora
Aubry Jean Jamison, bachelor's degree in mathematics with a minor in French, daughter of Rick and Jean Jamison; Eudora High School.

From Lawrence
Sunjae Lee, bachelor's degree in psychology, son of Hesook Lee; Maur Hill Preparatory School, Atchison.
Katrina Rachelle Scott, bachelor's degree in political science, daughter of David and Rhonda Scott; Lawrence High School.
Frances Tan, bachelor's degrees in journalism in both advertising and broadcast management, promotion and sales.
Mary Fay Winter, bachelor's degrees in Latin American studies and Spanish, daughter of Wint and Mary Winter; Lawrence Free State High School.

From Gardner and Olathe
Misty Lee Williams, bachelor's degrees in business administration and chemistry, daughter of Patty Ulmer, Olathe, and Alan Williams, Gardner; Olathe South High School.

From Olathe
Joshua Clayton Briggs, bachelor's degrees in Latin American studies and Spanish, son of Coy and Connie Briggs; Olathe South High School.
Geoffrey M Cook, senior in East Asian languages and cultures, son of Michael and Karen Cook; St. Thomas Aquinas High School, Overland Park.

From Shawnee
Hayley E. Trapp, bachelor's degrees in history and journalism and mass communications (strategic communications emphasis), daughter of George and Leslie Trapp; Shawnee Mission West High School.

From Beloit
Kylene L. Austin, bachelor's degrees in Spanish and business administration, daughter of Kyle and Cindy Austin; Beloit Junior-Senior High School.

From Wichita
Benjamin Thompson, bachelor's degrees in Spanish and business administration, son of Ted and Kathy Thompson; Andover High School.

From Chicago
Katharine A. Rabbitt, bachelor's degrees in history and political science, daughter of James and Maridell Rabbitt; Mother McAuley High School.

From Eden Prairie
Angela Marie Truitt, bachelor's degree in human biology, daughter of Dean and Gina Truitt; Eden Prairie High School.

From St. Louis Park
Sarah Elizabeth Steiger, bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communications (strategic communications emphasis) with a minor in English, daughter of David and Rebecca Steiger; St. Louis Park High School.

From Omaha
Alissa K. Fitch, bachelor's degree in psychology with a minor in English, daughter of Roger and Joyce Fitch; Central High School.

From Madison
Danniel Todd Petersen, bachelor's degree in French; West High School.


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