Thursday, July 17, 2014  
Otiso named Carnegie fellow | Family Campaign posts strong results


Kefa Otiso
Dr. Kefa Otiso is familiar with the geography around Kisii University in southwest Kenya. He went to high school across the river from the university when it was still a teachers college. Next summer, Otiso will return to the area for three months to contribute his geography expertise to the university through an inaugural Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship (CADF).

A geography faculty member in the School of Earth, Environment and Society, Otiso was one of 33 African diaspora scholars in the U.S. and Canada chosen this year to work with 24 higher education institutions in Africa on projects in curriculum development, research, training and mentoring, and graduate teaching.

"The program is mainly targeting people who were born on the African continent and who wish to help bring up its higher education standards," Otiso said. "It goes beyond the usual monetary remittances sent home by African diaspora members in that it seeks to harness their skills, networks and technical expertise to aid the continent's socioeconomic development. The program also deepens collaborations between the fellows' African countries of birth and the U.S. and Canada. It has many parallels with the U.S. Peace Corps and the Fulbright programs. The CADF program is a promising model that African countries can emulate in their quest to gain more from their diasporas."


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Students' financial burden may be a little lighter and their opportunities a bit greater next year, thanks to the generosity of the University community. Faculty, staff and retirees contributed $764,513 to this year's Family Campaign - money that will help support BGSU scholarships, programs and offices.

Overall, 50.36 percent of faculty and staff participated in the 2014 campaign, which closed June 30. "This is up significantly from 45 percent last year and is the second-highest participation rate since Family Campaign began," said Jennifer Wensink, director of annual giving.

Twenty-two departments achieved 100% participation, again topping last year's number.



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