Colby was one of five U.S. colleges or universities to receive the 2005 Senator Paul Simon Award for Campus Internationalization from NAFSA: Association of International Educators at the organization’s annual meeting in Seattle on June 1. The College is being recognized for a broad range of international initiatives. Among them:

– Half of Colby’s 53 majors have an international requirement
– More than 100 courses in more than a dozen departments satisfy requirements in the international studies major
– More than two-thirds of Colby students study abroad
– 66 countries are represented in the student body

Martha Denney, Colby’s associate dean of faculty and director of off-campus study, accepted the award during the plenary session of the annual meeting of NAFSA: Association of International Educators.

Below is the press release about the award issued by the organization. Click on the link at the bottom of the page for a list of initiatives that contributed to Colby’s selection for the award.

NAFSA: Association of International Educators press release
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Exemplary Colleges Receive Second Annual Senator Paul Simon Awards for Campus Internationalization: Selected schools featured in forthcoming report

WASHINGTON, February 15, 2005 – NAFSA: Association of International Educators is pleased to announce the recipients of the second annual Senator Paul Simon Award for Campus Internationalization. The selected colleges and universities will be featured in the NAFSA report Internationalizing the Campus 2005: Profiles of Success at Colleges and Universities, to be published this fall. They are Colby College, Colgate University, Howard Community College, the University of California, Los Angeles, and the University of Kansas.

The award is named for the late Senator Paul Simon (D – Ill.), who identified international education as an issue of crucial importance for the future strength and security of the United States. Senator Simon spearheaded an effort to create the Abraham Lincoln Study Abroad Fellowship Program, a bold and visionary federal program to dramatically increase the number of students at U.S. higher education institutions studying abroad in quality programs, with special emphasis on developing countries and on expanding opportunities for previously underrepresented groups. A congressional commission has been formed to consider and recommend such a program.

Three additional schools were selected for program or area spotlights in the NAFSA report. They are Columbus State Community College, El Camino College, and the University of Denver.

This year’s selections were made by the project’s Selection Jury, whose members were Stephen Curtis (Community College of Philadelphia), Stephen Dunnett, Chair (University at Buffalo – SUNY), Connie Perdreau ( Ohio University ), Wendy Weiner (Virginia Community College System), and Jim Williams (George Washington University ).

NAFSA gratefully acknowledges support for this project from the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State.

For information about the report and the Senator Paul Simon Award for Campus Internationalization, visit

With more than 9,000 members, NAFSA: Association of International Educators is the world’s largest nonprofit association dedicated to international education.