STLCC-Forest Park Professor Receives Kubsch Award
March 05, 2008
Grace Liu, professor in English as a Second Language at St. Louis Community College-Forest Park, recently received the Werner Kubsch Award for Outstanding Achievement in International Education from Community Colleges for International Development (CCID).
The award is given to a community college educator who has demonstrated outstanding achievement in international education related to community colleges and to the betterment of international relations.
Since arriving at Forest Park in 1995, Liu has been integral in expanding international faculty exchange opportunities and globalizing curriculum. The campus has participated in the American Council on Education’s Global Learning for All project since 2003. It also is an active participant in the Missouri Community College Association’s Title VI-A Globalizing the Curriculum project. Forest Park faculty have had exchanges and taught short-term courses at Hunan Normal University in China since 1998. Faculty from Hunan Normal and Hunan First Normal Universities also have taught at Forest Park as well as visited other community colleges throughout Missouri. More than 30 staff members currently serve on the campus Global Education Advisory Committee. Liu also developed a study abroad program to China that typically reaches capacity within weeks of its announcement.
Liu and a colleague initiated the college’s participation in Project Hope, a program to provide financial support to children in China to enable them to go to school. Through Liu’s efforts this year, 420 Chinese students will be sponsored in school during the upcoming year.
In 1996, Liu helped establish a collegewide program to promote the development of English language skills and possibilities for postsecondary education among the immigrant population in the St. Louis area. The project earned STLCC’s District Innovation of the Year Award. Liu also received the 2005 Missouri Community College Association’s Global Educator of the Year Award. Liu also earned the 1997 Forest Park Innovation of the Year Award for the cultural presentation and cultural celebration program during which international students share their cultures with faculty, staff and students through presentations, cultural displays and ethnic meals.
The mission of CCID is to provide opportunities for building global relationships that strengthen educational programs and promote economic development.