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NAFSA journalist visits Green River


Chris Connell, along with President Eileen Ely, Vickie Sheehan, and Mike McIntyre.

As a winner of the Senator Paul Simon Award for Comprehensive Internationalization, a prestigious award Green River won earlier this year, Green River will be featured in an annual report published by NAFSA: Association of International Educators.

Journalist Chris Connell devoted April 3-5 to Green River, where he met with the International Education Team, former Green River President Rich Rutkowski and many Green River administrators, including President Ely, Deb Casey and Derek Brandes. He also met with Dr. Michelle Marshman of the history department, Dr. Frank Primiani, law faculty, and Dr. Jay Meuller, chemistry faculty. Connell also spent time at the Kent Campus.

Connell spent a significant amount of time with the Green River student body, meeting with student government members, International Student Activities representatives, international club presidents, and many international students. He frequently stopped for spontaneous chats with students in the cafeterias.

 "He loved the campus," said Barry Bannister, chair of the Senator Paul Simon Award Committee, "the natural surroundings and the trees. He took lots of photos."

He will submit his proposed article about Green River to the NAFSA organization, along with approximately 20 photographs, which the publisher will select from to illustrate our story of comprehensive internationalization.

The report, Internationalizing the Campus: Profiles of Success at Colleges and Universities, will be published this fall.

There will also be an awards ceremony to honor Green River and the other winners of the Senator Paul Simon Award in Washington, D.C. later in the year.