International council honors Clark University Study Abroad programs

Van Gils photo 2 w connie Adriane van Gils-Pierce (second from left) accepts the Outstanding Service and Support award on behalf of Clark University's Study Abroad and Away Office. Also pictured are, from left: David Fougere, CIEE Chief Operating Officer; Amy Dwyer, CIEE Director of Institutional Relations; and Constance Whitehead Hanks, Assistant Director of Clark’s Study Abroad and Away Programs.

The Clark University Office of Study Abroad and Away Programs was honored at the CIEE (Council on International Educational Exchange) annual Academic Consortium breakfast during the 65thNAFSA Annual Conference & Expo in St. Louis, Missouri, May 26-31. The conference theme was “Ideals and Impact in International Education.”

Adriane van Gils-Pierce, director of the Study Abroad and Away Programs, accepted the Outstanding Service and Support award on behalf of Clark University. Her office also will receive a $1,000 scholarship to be awarded to a Clark student studying abroad on a CIEE program during 2013-14.

There are more than 50 Clark-affiliated semester and year-long study abroad programs around the globe. They offer opportunities to increase language proficiency as well as active learning programs with internships, research, or service components.

Clark is one of 300 institutional partners in the CIEE consortium, which provides meaningful and enriching educational experiences across the globe. Two other U.S. schools received honors as well: Northeastern and Penn State.

Founded in 1887 in Worcester, Massachusetts, Clark University is a small, liberal arts-based research university addressing social and human imperatives on a global scale. Nationally renowned as a college that changes lives, Clark is emerging as a transformative force in higher education today. LEEP (Liberal Education and Effective Practice) is Clark’s pioneering model of education that combines a robust liberal arts curriculum with life-changing world and workplace experiences. Clark’s faculty and students work across boundaries to develop solutions to contemporary challenges in the areas of psychology, geography, management, urban education, Holocaust and genocide studies, environmental studies, and international development and social change. The Clark educational experience embodies the University’s motto: Challenge convention. Change our world.