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CUA International Scholar of the Month Contest

The Center for Global Education (CGE) at CUA aknowledges CUA students, staff and faculty who have crossed borders to study abroad, teach or conduct research. CGE is sponsoring a monthly contest in which CUA students, staff and faculty will be recognized as international scholars.  If you or someone you know has made a global contribution via a cross-cultural experience, please fill out this short nomination form and email it to Winners will be featured on the CGE website as individuals taking initiatives to place CUA on the global map, and will receive a sweet gift of chocolate. For more information, please email

CUA International Scholars of the Month

September 2010
Dr. Gunnar Lucko, School of Engineering
Dr, Gunnar developed a two-semester Disaster Mitigating Design workshop course at CUA in which undergraduate engineering students learned about, designed, and tested low-cost earthquake foundation dampers for a small health clinic building in El Salvador. Collaborating with Engineers without Borders, Dr. Gunnar and his students traveled to El Salvador for the actual construction and to cover the costs for materials. The small health clinic was completed in 2009, and now serves the local community. Students in this course learned leadership and service-oriented engineering skills, and got a chance to visit El Salvador and create cultural bridges in the local community. This project innovatively combined service, teaching, and research - embodying CUA's mission.

May 2010
Dr. Mary Paterson, School of Nursing
Dr. Paterson's scholarly work is far-reaching. Her expertise has been invaluable to the success of international surveys and analyses on refugee welfare. Her outreach to establish the Australian Catholic University exchange for undergraduate nursing students is an exciting prospect that parents and students are thrilled to have in the CUA Nursing program. In addition, in beginning the dialogue with other universities interested in collaborating with the CUA School of Nursing, Dr. Paterson is moving the University's international work forward.

December 2009
Prof. Travis Price, School of Architecture & Planning
Fifteen years ago award-winning architect Travis Price created a modest initiative
to train architects to see the world differently. Since its inception, Spirit of Place/Spirit of Design has offered a design-build, educational exploration program for CUA architecture students. The program provides students the opportunity to research, design, and construct a project inspired by a diversity of cultures, often in remote places such as Peru, British Columbia, Ireland, Nepal, and Italy. Additional educational and extracurricular programs are planned in conjunction with with SPSD for the benefit of the entire school community, such as lectures on architecture and culture in conjunction with local Embassies; and events representing other arts of the featured country, such as literature, music, and film. While abroad, students have the opportunity to tour architectural sites, and explore myriad aspect of the local culture. Unlike typical tourists or exchange students, they work side by side on the project with local artisans, and get to know local community members. For many students, the program provides not just hands-on instruction in construction, but also the opportunity for cultural exchange and global insight. It is highly rewarding for students to see their designs realized, and to learn to work as a team with their peers, as well with real clients, and local contractors. 2010 will mark the 15th project of this innovative international course at CUA's School of Architecture and Planning. In that time, over 200 CUA undergraduate and graduate students will have participated in the program. Prof. Travis is recognized by CUA for expanding students' global understanding as founder of the Spirit of Place program.