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May 12, 2005
Contact: Alison Watkins, Graduate School & International Programs, (785) 864-4963.

75 KU students receive Global Awareness Program certification for spring 2005

LAWRENCE -- Seventy-five University of Kansas students have been recognized for completing the Global Awareness Program (GAP) in the spring 2005 semester.

At the end of the program's first year, 91 undergraduates have received certification for studying aboard, taking classes with an international focus and participating in international co-curricular activities. Currently, 230 students, including those who completed the program this semester, are enrolled in GAP.

" We are thrilled with the number of students who have completed GAP and who have enrolled," said Jane Irungu, GAP coordinator. "GAP has received support from administrators and faculty campuswide."

The program, open to all undergraduates, began in fall 2004. Current students may fulfill requirements with work completed before fall 2004.

The certification will appear on the students' transcripts and will inform future employers that they have completed a course of study and activities that gives them international understanding.

"GAP is one of the reasons that KU received the Paul Simon Award for Campus Internationalization," said Diana Carlin, dean of the graduate school and international programs. "GAP's success demonstrates that students understand the importance of international education."

Students completing the program in the spring semester are listed by home county or state at www.news.ku.edu/2005/may/directory.shtml.

Hometowns: Anderson, Chautauqua, Coffey, Douglas, Ellis, Johnson, Marshall, Pawnee, Reno, Riley, Sedgwick, Shawnee and Wyandotte counties; Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.; Boulder, Colo.; Dunlap, Glen Ellyn and Hinsdale, Ill.; Council Bluffs, Iowa; Minneapolis, Minn.; Kansas City, Lee's Summit, Peculiar and St. Louis, Mo.; Omaha, Neb.; Edmond and Pawhuska, Okla.; Katy and LaGrange, Texas; La Paz, Bolivia; Niterol, RJ, Brazil: Santiago, Chile; Bogota, Colombia; Jakarta, Indonesia; Santos, Panama; Lima, Peru; and Zambia.

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