Sunday, November 15, 2020

Sarah Lande, a lifelong proponent of citizen diplomacy and key figure in the history of Iowa's relationship with China, and Patrick and Susan Keefe, whose commitment to serving the health needs of under-resourced and marginalized communities has taken them to many parts of the U.S. and the world, are the recipients of the UI's 2020 International Impact Award. UI President Bruce Harreld and International Programs Associate Provost and Dean Russell Ganim will present the International Impact Awards during WorldCanvass, the official kick-off for the UI celebration of International Education Week (November 16-20).  Recognition will also be given to Mishma Nixon and Nicholas Stroup, recipients of the UI's Global Student Awards.  WorldCanvass will be held virtually this year through Zoom, beginning at 5:30p.m. on November 16.

Following the presentation of the awards, WorldCanvass host Joan Kjaer will talk with the awardees about their lives and the personal commitment that has driven their efforts to make a tangible global impact. Joining the conversation are Dimy Doresca, director of the Institute for International Business in the Tippie College of Business, Donald Letendre, dean of the College of Pharmacy, and Jeanine Abrons,​​​​​ clinical associate professor in the College of Pharmacy.

The International Impact Award recognizes distinguished alumni and other individuals with significant ties to the UI who have made important contributions internationally or, in the case of international alumni, abroad in their home countries. It honors exceptional individuals in any field who have made sustained and deep contributions internationally or in the U.S. to promote global understanding. More information about this year’s recipients and all past International Impact Award winners can be found here.

Mishma Nixon and Nicholas Stroup are recipients of the 2020 Global Student Award, which recognizes current University of Iowa students who are emerging leaders deeply engaged in international education on campus or abroad. The award is given to two students annually—one to a student who has made significant efforts toward campus internationalization (Nixon) and another to a student who is furthering globalization through their international research or study abroad program (Stroup).  For more information about this year's Global Student Award winners, visit

Iowa in the World: Personal Commitment/Global ImpacT

5:30-5:45 p.m.

Segment 1: International Impact Award and Global Student Award presentations

Bruce Harreld—president, University of Iowa

Russell Ganim—associate provost and dean, UI International Programs


5:45-6:10 p.m.

Segment 2: Sarah Lande

Sarah Lande—International Impact Award winner

Dimy Doresca—director, Institute for International Business, UI Tippie College of Business

Russell Ganim—associate provost and dean, UI International Programs


6:10-6:35 p.m.

Segment 3: Patrick and Susan Keefe

Patrick Keefe—International Impact Award winner

Susan Keefe—International Impact Award winner

Donald Letendre—dean, UI College of Pharmacy

Jeanine Abrons—clinical associate professor, UI College of Pharmacy


6:35-7 p.m.

Segment 4: Global Student Awards

Mishma Nixon—Global Student Award winner

Nicholas Stroup—Global Student Award winner


Following the live event, the video recording of WorldCanvass will be available on the International Programs website and on YouTube.  In addition, audio podcasts of all WorldCanvass programs can be found on iTunes and the Public Radio Exchange (PRX). WorldCanvass is produced by University of Iowa International Programs.

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact Amy Green in advance at or 319-335-1433.