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Extension’s Sheila Dwight Honored

Extension’s Sheila Dwight Honored With
UCEA Exceptional and Innovative Leadership Award

(April 23, 2002)

Sheila Dwight, Ph.D., associate dean and director of UCR Extension International Education Programs, received the University Continuing Education Association International Futures Award for Exceptional and Innovative Leadership in Continuing Higher Education. The award is given annually to an individual who is deemed one of the most valuable professionals in continuing higher education and who is leading peers and the profession successfully into the future.

Dwight has directed Extension’s International Education Program (IEP) for its entire 27-year duration, from its beginning with a one-time limited program for 22 students to its current status as one of largest programs of its kind in the United States and the largest in the University of California system with about 4,000 annual participants.

The award was given to Dwight at UCEA’s annual conference in Toronto last week.

'We are very proud of Sheila,' said Jack Azzaretto, vice chancellor, Public Service and International Programs, UCR. 'She has given us a window into other countries of the world and has allowed us to be partners in scholarly and career exchanges that have changed and will continue to change societies.'

The IEP program offers intensive English programs with an academic or business emphasis, American culture and conversation programs, international professional certificate programs and a certificate program in Teaching English as a Second Language.

In addition to the enormous growth of the program, other IEP accomplishments under Dwight’s direction include: an ESL program for parents in a local California school district designed to help non-English-speaking parents to communicate better with their children and children’s schools; teacher-training programs in foreign countries; development of a series of videotapes and CD-ROMs used for teacher training; a culture appreciation program in which IEP students visit local elementary schools to speak about their culture, art and way of life; establishment of a language center on the campus of Khon Kaen University in Northern Thailand; and the creation of professional programs developed with the Hanoi School of Business and Vietnam National University.

In the past year, two more milestones were reached with the opening of the new Gangnam-UCR International Education Center in Seoul, Korea and the establishment of an English department at Information and Communications University in Daejon, Korea.

For more information about UCR Extension’s International Education Program, please call (909) 787-4346.

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