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Global Citizen Award Winners

Nominations

For information on nominating people for Global Citizen awards, please see Global Citizen Award Nominations.

The Office of International Education (OIE) is pleased to honor CU's Global Citizens for their outstanding contributions to international understanding.

2013 Winners:

Campus Global Citizen of the Year

Dr. Stein Sture

Muneeb Kamal International Student of the Year Ramesh Kumar Muralimanohar

Study Abroad Student of the Year

Jeffrey Caston

Dr. Stein Sture, Vice Chancellor for Research, is a global citizen who represents the University of Colorado Boulder on the world stage and continuously brings the world stage and its players to the Boulder campus. He has served on Ph.D. advisory committees all over the world, has mentored a significant number of international students here in Boulder and around the world, regularly makes conference presentations at international meetings within the U.S. as well as at conferences outside the U.S., is an invited speaker in engineering at non-U.S. locations on a regular basis, has written numerous articles for U.S. and international academic journals, and represents CU-Boulder all around the world through his presentations, articles, and service to students and colleagues.  Dr. Sture’s cooperative research with colleagues worldwide helps enhance the image of CU-Boulder as a global crossroads for academics.  One of the most important ways that Dr. Sture has contributed to the internationalization of CU-Boulder is through his mentoring of students as their advisor.  After completing their programs, many have returned home to lead institutions overseas and send additional students to Boulder or contribute to cooperative research across borders. Other ways his contributions have helped raise the international focus of the CU-Boulder campus are by bringing colleagues here for research cooperation or by traveling to non-U.S. institutions for Ph.D. advising, cooperative projects, or consultations. He is a professional academic who takes international in stride and encourages others to internationalize the campus. Dr. Sture embodies “global citizen” in all that he does on this campus and beyond.

Ramesh Kumar Muralimanohar, Ph.D. candidate in Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences, has an outstanding record of humanitarian work and cross-cultural achievement.  Ramesh is a key leader of AID Colorado, a student organization that works to eradicate poverty in South Asia and brings South Asian cultural events to campus.  His dedication, determination and energy are key components of the group’s success. Ramesh is a kind, thoughtful leader who brings people together and inspires them to do their best.  Recently, Ramesh has collaborated with an off-campus non-profit group to hold a blood donation drive.  During the Dandiya Night which Ramesh helped organize, funds were collected to benefit the victims of the Colorado flood. Ramesh welcomes international students into his home and helps new students navigate their way around Boulder and the university.  He even volunteered for a work day after the recent flooding.  His efforts in his academic department have been widely acknowledged, too. In his capacity as a mentor and Lead Teaching Assistant he has made efforts beyond his normal responsibilities, including offering extra exam study sessions, holding office hours outside of the department in convenient locations, and creating a shared Google doc to which students can post questions.  He is also the Ph.D. representative to the SLHS graduate student advisory board. Ramesh’s achievements demonstrate that he is an excellent global citizen.

Jeffrey Caston, undergraduate student pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Geography, has been deeply involved in understanding environmental issues around the globe.  Before his studies abroad, he helped conduct an environmental safety assessment.  Then, he expanded to doing independent research on deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon and then studied in Uppsala Sweden, where he participated in Future Perfect, a sustainable living festival.  He conducted field research in northern Sweden and documented endangered lichen species, and he learned about a mixed housing project along the Oresund Strait.  Next, he moved to Copenhagen, Denmark to participate in the DIS program on European Sustainable Development. During this time, Jeffrey was involved in numerous events that broadened his understanding of sustainability and urban livability practices in Scandinavia. Jeffrey did a research project on bicycle urbanism and city infrastructure to increase the awareness of barriers to everyday bicycle use in the city.  Jeffrey traveled to Totnes, England as part of a DIS study tour to learn about the transition movement, a movement to see how local economies could become self-sufficient and sustainable.  As part of a leadership project sponsored by the Kaos Pilots, Jeffrey worked on a media campaign to attract young talent to study in the city. As part of Culture21-Nordic, he contributed to their campaign geared toward 101 urban interventions in one day. After his studies abroad, Jeffrey has been working to create programs that develop creative leadership, social innovation and foster international connections related to sustainability.  In addition to all these activities, Jeffrey is also generous with his time as he encourages others to study abroad.  Jeffrey exemplifies what it is to be global citizen.

2012 Winners:

Campus Global Citizen of the Year

Dr. Julie Yun
Muneeb Kamal International Student of the Year

Waqas A. Qazi

Study Abroad Student of the Year

Marissa Sieck

2011 Winners:

Campus Global Citizen of the Year

Nii Armah Sowah

Muneeb Kamal International Student of the Year

Kim Man Loh (“Gary” Loh)

Study Abroad Student of the Year

Mindy Bridges

2010 Winners:

Campus Global Citizen of the Year

Herbert Covert

Muneeb Kamal International Student of the Year

Watcharapong Ratisukpimol

Study Abroad Student of the Year

Nicholas Bertrand

2009 Winners:

Campus Global Citizen of the Year

Lynn S. Parisi

Muneeb Kamal International Student of the Year

Balnur Zhaleleva

Study Abroad Student of the Year

Lynda McGauhey

2008 Winners:

Campus Global Citizen of the Year

Jeannine Bell

Muneeb Kamal International Student of the Year

Philipp Wetzler

Study Abroad Student of the Year

Kashyap Kaul

2007 Winners:

Campus Global Citizens of the Year

Laurel Rasplica Rodd and Thomas Naumann

International Scholar of the Year

Lixin Lu

International Student of the Year

Muneeb Kamal

Study Abroad Student of the Year

Kaleigh Isaacs

SHIPster of the Year

Daniel Levinson

2006 Winners:

Campus Global Citizens of the Year

Anne Bliss

International Student of the Year

Galina Siarheichyk

Study Abroad Student of the Year

Katherine Bruch

SHIPster of the Year

Liza Hensleigh