International Newsletter Summer 2015

International Week Culminates with Global Vision Awards Ceremony

After a fun-filled week of cultural events during International Week, members of the TTU and Lubbock communities were recognized for their internationalization efforts during the Global Vision Awards ceremony. “The Global Vision awards are exactly what the title says,” Ambassador and Vice Provost for International Affairs Tibor P. Nagy said. “It is recognition to Texas Tech faculty and staff who have undertaken extraordinary efforts to expand our global engagement and the university’s global image. While we have achieved milestones this year, we hope for even greater achievements in the next academic year.”

Ambassador Nagy, Associate Vice Provost for International Programs Sukant Misra, along with Texas Tech President M. Duane Nellis and Provost and Senior Vice President Lawrence Schovanec awarded eight recipients during the Global Vision Awards ceremony on April 17 at the International Cultural Center.

“Texas Tech is dedicated to bearing our banners far and wide as we prepare our students to be leaders in a global society,” Nellis said. “The Global Vision Awards allow the university to recognize those who are putting in their best efforts to help prepare these students for their bright futures ahead. I commend our faculty and staff for their never-ending work to help better prepare each and every student that sets foot on this campus.”

The Global Vision Award categories are as follows::

Student International Research award – Recognizes international scholarship by a graduate or an undergraduate student at Texas Tech University. Awards were based on a poster competition.
Recipient: Cristina Rios-Blanco, a doctoral student studying bat ecology in Colombia.

Global Engagement Community award – Recognizes an individual or group who has made significant contributions to international understanding and engagement in the greater Lubbock community.
Recipient: Breedlove Foods, Inc., a local nonprofit organization that provides dehydrated foods for hunger relief projects.

Texas Tech International Alumni award – Recognizes the contribution made by international alumni. This award thanks students who embraced the Texas Tech community, helped introduce their home culture and customs to West Texas, then graduated and went on to do great things.
Recipient: Dr. Rogelio Carrera, an alumnus of the Department of Natural Resources Management.

The Donald R. Haragan Study Abroad award – This award is for the development and implementation of study abroad programs that support Texas Tech’s commitment to provide high-quality international education opportunities.
Recipient: Dr. Linda Donahue, a professor in the Department of Theatre and Dance and an integrated scholar.

The Faculty International Scholarship award – Recognizes a tenure-track faculty member for his/her excellence and sustained international scholarship.
Recipients: Dr. Paul Pare, a professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry; and Dr. David Weindorf, associate dean for research in the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources and B.L. Allen endowed chair of pedology in the Department of Plant and Soil Sciences.

Global Vision Lifetime Achievement award – Recognizes an individual who has made extraordinary contributions to the internationalization of Texas Tech through his/her many years of leadership in promoting international scholarship and teaching.
Recipient: Dr. John Masselli, a professor in Rawls College of Business.

Campus Internationalization award – Recognizes a college, department or office within the Texas Tech University System that has made significant contributions toward internationalization. Recipient: The Edward E. Whitacre Jr. College of Engineering.

Along with the Global Vision Awards, Texas Tech’s Office of International Affairs hosted several events during International Week, including exhibits, forums, film viewings, lectures and activities to teach and celebrate different cultures around the world.

Alumni Focus: Eduardo Conrado

Eduardo Conrado came to the U.S at the age of 13 when his family fled Managua, Nicaragua, due to the civil war. A hard working first-generation immigrant, he graduated from Texas Tech University in 1988 with a bachelor's degree in industrial engineering. He considered other engineering disciplines but found industrial engineering to be the optimal blend of technology and operations. During his four years at TTU, Mr. Conrado worked hard in and outside the classroom — working in the dormitory cafeteria as a way to pay for college.

Mr. Conrado is passionate about family, travel, learning and doing new things at work. His family excites him each and every day. He met his wife, Caroline, while pursuing a master's degree in international management from Thunderbird School of Global Management. They moved to Spain to continue with the MBA program at ESADE in Barcelona. After graduation, Eduardo and Caroline moved to Norway, Caroline's home country, for a six-month sabbatical. They married in Bangkok, Thailand, in 1992. They have two daughters, ages 19 and 18; Ina is a sophomore at the University of Minnesota studying biology and Maia is a senior in high school and will be attending the University of Chicago this fall.

Currently, Mr. Conrado serves as senior vice president and chief innovation officer for Motorola Solutions. In this role, he oversees product, software, service, business model and customer experience innovation. He leads the chief information office, the chief technology office and Motorola Solutions Venture Capital, the company's strategic investment group. Previously, Conrado led the company's marketing and IT organizations, which focused on driving a customer-centric strategy. He joined Motorola in 1992 and has served in a variety of leadership roles in multiple international businesses in a range of consumer and commercial segments across Motorola. He has excelled in his career with Motorola Solutions, and in 2011 he was named BtoB Magazine's Marketer of the Year.

Conrado is past national chairman of the Business Marketing Association and is on the boards of directors for the American Red Cross of Greater Chicago, the Association of National Advertisers and Ascension healthcare organization. Mr. Conrado was involved with the Business Marketing Association to help advance marketing as a career for others and set the agenda for what the role of marketers should look like in the future. His involvement with the Red Cross aligns with Motorola Solutions' work supporting first responders and helping people in time of crisis. Being part of Ascension's board provides him opportunities to be involved in an industry – healthcare—that is in a transformation phase.




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Jan 13, 2020