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USF World Recognizes Outstanding Contributions at the Global Achievement Awards Ceremony

TAMPA, Fla (November 20, 2018) -  USF World hosted the annual Global Achievement Awards Breakfast to celebrate the outstanding global contributions made during the 2017-18 academic calendar year. The Global Achievement Awards recognize the remarkable work of our faculty, staff, administrators and university organizations as together we raise the global reputation of the University of South Florida.

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President Genshaft and her husband, Steven Greenbaum, thank the winners for their contributions

The awards ceremony was held in Traditions Hall at the Sam and Martha Gibbons Alumni Center. Dr. Roger Brindley, system vice president for USF World, gave opening remarks and along with Dr. Judy Genshaft, president of USF, presented the winners with their awards. Dr. Kiki Caruson, assistant vice president for research, innovation and global affairs, was the master of ceremonies and detailed the extraordinary achievements of each awardee for the audience.

In addition, Fulbright fellows and visiting scholars were also recognized and presented with medals by President Genshaft.

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Dr. Brindley and President Genshaft present Javier Cuevas with the Global Visionary Award



“USF World is proud to recognize the international community at USF through the Global Achievement Awards. These exceptional faculty and staff have promoted student success and positive societal change through their inspiring accomplishments and I am delighted to be honoring them here today,” said Brindley.

To thank President Genshaft and Mr. Steven Greenbaum for their contributions to USF Education Abroad scholarships, Dr. Brindley presented them with the book, A Pictorial Celebration: Student Reflections on the Genshaft/Greenbaum Passport Scholarship Endowed Fund. The book featured photos from students who have studied abroad and testimonials from students who have received scholarships from the fund. Several of those recipients attended the event and gave touching speeches on how studying abroad made a positive impact on their lives.

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President Genshaft and her husband, Steven Greenbaum, are presented with the Pictorial Celebration book by Dr. Brindley and several scholarship recipients

 “My mom always told me, if you know your why, it will guide your how. And I knew my why - I wanted to study abroad and be in a community where I could help. You planted seeds before you knew it. In 2011, when you started this fund, you planted seeds of life and hope to give students like me an opportunity to do something I would have never imagined, never dreamed of. So I want to say thank you for taking a chance on me and for allowing me to be a part of this community and grow in so many ways. You blessed me and blessed the children in Ghana and I really appreciate it,” said Sachaye Walker, a student who participated in Study Abroad Ghana through the passport scholarship.'

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Sachaye Walker gives a speech on the impact the passport scholarship fund has had on her life




For attendees of the event, you can find all of the photos available for download here:




*** The University of South Florida, established in 1956 and located in Tampa, is a high-impact, global research university dedicated to student success. The USF System includes three, separately accredited institutions: USF; USF St. Petersburg; and USF Sarasota-Manatee. Serving more than 49,000 students, the USF System has an annual budget of $1.6 billion and an annual economic impact of $4.4 billion. USF is ranked in the Top 30 nationally for research expenditures among public universities, according to the National Science Foundation. In 2016, the Florida Legislature designated USF as "Emerging Preeminent," placing USF in an elite category among the state's 12 public universities. USF is a member of the American Athletic Conference.