Mark Welter World Citizen

Twenty students from Minnesota State Colleges and Universities have been selected to receive Mark M. Welter World Citizen Awards with $500 to be used for tuition, fees, and books during the 2013-2014 academic year.

Congratulations goes to the following recipients of this award:

  • Svetlana Traun, Hennepin Technical College
  • Hilary Permann, Minnesota State Community and Technical College
  • Gina Berardo, Minnesota State Southeast Tech
  • Yasar Aljabbasee, St. Cloud Technical and Community College
  • ShayQuan McFadden, Vermillion Community College
  • Candace Myers, North Hennepin Community College
  • Dewey Pihman, Lake Superior College
  • Anna Suprenant, Southwest Minnesota State University
  • Catherine Penning, Minnesota State University, Mankato
  • Jennifer Strei, Ridgewater College
  • March Phonphiboun, Minneapolis Community and Technical College
  • Vincent Staple-Graves, Bemidji State University
  • Cody Pogalz, Rochester Community and Technical College
  • Branko Tambah, Dakota County Technical College
  • Shannah Jones, Anoka-Ramsey Community College
  • Marcus Van Gelder, Saint Paul College
  • Walid Issa, St. Cloud State University
  • Farhad Barukzoy, Metropolitan State University
  • Ackea Davis, Normandale Community College
  • Barbara Kramer, Central Lakes College

Through the generosity of Dr. Mark Welter, this award provides an annual tribute to Minnesota State Colleges and Universities students who most exemplify the thoughts, words and actions demanded by a 21st century world citizen. Award recipients are nominated by college/university faculty and staff and share some or all of the following beliefs/commitments:

  • All people are of a common species who share a common adventure in a common home.
  • The world shares common problems (pollution, terrorism, challenges) but views them through differing cultural and religious value perspectives.
  • All citizens of planet Earth mutually share an interconnected, fragile biosphere.
  • All people—all cultures, all creeds, all colors, and all countries—have been “depositors and withdrawers at the world bank of knowledge.”
  • Our world is increasingly, inexorably, and undeniably interdependent.
  • No one nation, people, region, or creed can unilaterally deal with contemporary challenges of pollution, population, poverty, pandemics, and peace.

For more information on the Mark M. Welter World Citizen Award or to contribute to the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Foundation, contact Carmen Shields, Director of Development and Marketing at or 651-201-1566.

Last updated by jlaabs : 2015-05-27 08:28:02