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*International Education program gets international award


School children in Bolivia line up to use their new to toothbrushes, part of a collaborative program between Shoreline  Community College and Smiles Forever.


In Bolivia, dental care is rare and there is no school for hygienists.


At Shoreline Community College, the dental hygiene and study abroad programs are among the best in the state.


And for Rosie Bellert, Shoreline’s dental hygiene program director, that’s all she needed to create what is now award-winning opportunities to both ease suffering and educate.


The Institute of International Education (IIE) has recognized Shoreline Community College with a 12th annual IIE Andrew Heiskell Award for Innovation in International Education.


“We’re very honored that IIE sees this effort and our program as one of the top 10 in the country,” Shoreline President Lee Lambert said. “Director Bellert is passionate about helping patients and educating students. Combining her passion and Shoreline’s commitment to bringing international experiences to our students is a winning combination.”


That combination began by Bellert making a connection with non-profit group Smiles Forever. The organization is dedicated to providing opportunities for young women to break the cycle of poverty and improve health through education and training around dental care.


Bellert then worked with the Study Abroad office with Shoreline’s International Education program to develop the opportunity for Shoreline dental hygiene students to travel to Bolivia and provide care and training while expanding their own skills and international experience.


“There is tremendous need in Bolivia for dental care,” Bellert said. “But this is more than just an outreach effort because our students get as much out of this as do our Bolivian patients. Our students see in a very real way the impact of social, economic, political and environmental forces that determine the quality of life in other countries.”


The Andrew Heiskell Award honors the most outstanding initiatives in international higher education among the member campuses of the IIENetwork, IIE’s membership association of more than 1,100 higher education institutions.


Bellert, Lambert and International Education Executive Director Diana Sampson will present the program at the eighth annual Best Practices in Internationalization Conference and awards ceremony on March 22, 2013 in New York City. More than 150 campus leaders and international education professionals in the United States and around the world are expected to attend.


IIE's Heiskell Awards showcase the most innovative and successful models for internationalizing the campus, study abroad, and international partnership programs in practice today, with a particular emphasis on initiatives that remove institutional barriers and broaden the base of participation in international teaching and learning on campus.


Along with Shoreline, the winning campuses for 2013 are:

  • Susquehanna University
  • Pitt Community College
  • St. Cloud State University
  • University of South Florida
  • Wake Forest University
  • University of Pittsburgh
  • Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
  • La Trobe University
  • Saint Louis University


The IIE Andrew Heiskell Awards were named for the former chairman of Time Inc. and a long-time member of the Executive Committee of IIE's Board of Trustees. Heiskell was a renowned international and cultural philanthropist and a dedicated supporter of international education.

SCC/Jim Hills

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