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Source: Kathleen Witcher, 785-532-5990, kwitcher@k-state.edu

Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2010

THREE FACULTY MEMBERS RECEIVE INTERNATIONAL EDUCATOR AWARD

MANHATTAN -- Kansas State University's International Educator Award is being presented to three faculty members for their efforts to advance international education at the university.

Swinder Janda, professor of marketing; Delores Chambers, professor of human nutrition; and Edgar Chambers, university distinguished professor of human nutrition, will receive the award at a ceremony and reception at 3 p.m. Friday, Nov. 19, in Hale Library's Hemisphere Room. The event is open to the public.

The International Educator Award was established by the provost's office and is sponsored by K-State's Friends of International Programs and the office of international programs.

Janda is being recognized for leading numerous international efforts for the College of Business Administration, where he serves as the Paul Edgerley Distinguished Chair in Global Business. He has established and implemented global experiential learning activities for K-State students; developed online international marketing courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels; hosts meetings of the International Business Students Association at his home; serves as chair of the dean's international council; and has organized faculty-led group trips abroad to London, Paris, Brussels, Munich, Dublin, China, Italy and other destinations.

The Chambers are being recognized for their team effort in international research and training. With the investment of large corporations such as Frito-Lay, the couple has conducted many international activities at K-State's Sensory Analysis Center to create market penetration in Asia. The center is a part of the department of human nutrition in the College of Human Ecology. The Chambers have established a sensory analysis panel in Thailand, considered to be a satellite of the K-State program, and have similar programs under way in Argentina, South Korea and South Africa. They also have taught, along with American students traveling with them, short courses abroad to industry and academic professionals in Thailand and South Korea. In addition, they have developed extensive collaborations with international universities. They serve as active members and chairs of the International Standards Organization and personally host both visiting professor and graduate students at K-State.