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Dr. McGee wins Atlantic Institute education award

Seminole State faculty and administrators traveled to Turkey in June as part of an agreement between the College and the Altantic Institute’s Central Florida branch.

Dr. E. Ann McGee, president of Seminole State College of Florida, was one of four honorees at the Atlantic Institute Central Florida’s annual Peace and Dialogue Awards.

At the Nov. 19 ceremony, attended by about 180 guests, McGee, president since 1996, received the Global Vision and Education Award for her work promoting diversity and intercultural exchange in Central Florida.

In June, Seminole State and the Atlantic Institute’s Central Florida branch signed an agreement that opens exchanges between students, faculty and staff at Seminole State and in Turkey and opens opportunities for faculty research collaboration. As part of the agreement, Seminole State faculty and administrators traveled to Turkey in June. This semester, five students from Turkey are attending Seminole State.

Dr. E. Ann McGee

Some of Dr. McGee’s recent achievements promoting diversity and intercultural exchange include:

  • Participating in the Fulbright Program Community College Administrator Seminar in Central Russia
  • Helping to launch exchange agreements with a Denmark college;
  • Hosting international delegations from China, Indonesia, the Ukraine, Turkey and Denmark
  • Establishing the Center for Global Engagement, which promotes cultural interaction and develops a culturally enriching learning environment by providing programs and services to facilitate international diversity and foster global understanding and awareness.

The Peace and Dialogue Awards also honored Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer; Darryl E. Owens, an editorial writer for the Orlando Sentinel; and James Coffin, executive director of Interfaith Council of Central Florida. Jose A. Fajardo, executive vice president of the Orlando Regional Chamber of Commerce, served as Master of Ceremonies.

All honorees were nominated by the Atlantic Institute’s local advisory board members.

Students from 86 countries attend Seminole State. For enrollment information, visit the International Student Office website.

About the Atlantic Institute Central Florida
The Atlantic Institute Central Florida is an independent, nonprofit organization whose goal is to facilitate dialogue and bridge cultures from multiple regions of the world. For more information on the institute, please visit www.theatlanticinstitute.org.

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