Director’s Corner

Dear Globis Family:

The Center for the Study of Global Issues (Globis) is starting the 2014 spring semester by continuing its mission to foster educational and research activities focused on economic, political, and sociocultural change and development occurring at the global level. In the coming months with the continuation of some of our current research associates and the addition of several new faces we are working hard on cutting edge research. We are collaboratively working with Morehouse College in Atlanta following my acceptance of the Gandhi, King, Ikeda Community Builder’s Prize last spring.

Beyond our research activities and our core research mission, we continue to provide amazing opportunities to young people within the UGA community and beyond to study abroad.  These opportunities broaden their horizon and global awareness, helping them become successful as individuals and as members of a productive global community. Last year’s programs were a great success and we look forward to working with more students this year. Information about our study abroad programs is available on our new website http://www.globiscenter.org and we are going to be posting photo exhibitions and videos of our student’s experiences while abroad. We also welcome former and future students to join our Facebook page to share their experiences and receive the most timely updates about Globis happenings.

Globis is also committed to expanding the reach of the UGA community. We are continuing our Friday forum series in which we bring fascinating new research topics pertinent to our mission to a forum open to the public. We have also continued our graduate research paper competition “The Pelanda Award.” This year we received a record number of applicants.

Globis Center recently successfully completed the 7-year review. This review helped us examine the progress we have made over the years and provided us with a strategic outlook on the future. A team of hardworking staff, professors and graduate students has contributed immensely to the success of the Center. On behalf of Globis Center, I would like to congratulate Dr. Regan Damron and Dr. Nitya Singh with graduation and accepted job offers and thank them for their superb contribution in the development of Globis. I would also like to thank Edwige Damron for years of hard work as an accountant/office manager and her  commitment to Globis and its mission. This year we welcome two new Research Associates joining our team, Sukhoon Hong and Aaron Brantly. Another addition to our team is Nataliya Brantly who will be managing the daily operations of the Center. I am proud to work with a very talented team of individuals.

Globis, like the UGA Community, is committed to excellence and we are always looking for ways to enhance our programs and our center. This is made possible through state funding as well as contributions through The University of Georgia Foundation and The Arch Foundation. If you would like to contribute to Globis we have placed easily accessible red “Donate” buttons throughout our new website.

We are encouraged by all the positive feedback we have received over the last year and we look forward to continuing our work in the coming months. Our door is always open and we are happy to welcome students, staff, faculty, and members of the community at large to come by and learn about Globis.

Sincerely,

Han S. Park PhD
Director and University Professor
The Center for the Study of Global Issues (GLOBIS)

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