The annual Grueber Awards for Globalization at Saint Louis University were presented to the late Fr. David Fleming, SJ, Gerardo Camilo, PhD, Tim Wilhelm and Caitlin Johnson (not pictured), presented by Dr. David Borgmeyer, director of the Center for International Studies. The Grueber Awards recognized these particular faculty and students as members of the SLU community who share an innovative and daring spirit by advancing the international and global mission of Saint Louis University.
Grueber Award winners pictured left to right: Fr. Chris Collins, SJ accepting on behalf of the late Fr. David Fleming, SJ, Dr. Gerardo Camilo, PhD, Tim Wilhelm and Caitlin Johnson (not pictured) presented by Dr. David Borgmeyer, director of the Center for International Studies.
Caitlin Johnson graduated summa cum laude with Honors in December 2014 with a double major in Spanish and International Studies and a minor in International Business. She served as a SLU International Ambassador, a Teach for China Ambassador, and graduated with honors, Caitlin was a founding member of the SLU Model United Nations, serving as its Secretary General and sending delegations to numerous national conferences - even while she herself was studying in Chile, interned at an immigrant information and services non-profit, was a leader in SLU's chapter of Habitat for Humanity, and also learned Chinese, all while maintaining a perfect 4.0 GPA.
Tim Wilhelm is an international man for others. He will graduate in May magna cum laude with majors in Communications, French, and International Studies. He spent a full year abroad at SLU's program in Lyon, France. On campus, he is the News Editor and writer for the University News and a research assistant in the French Department. He was one of the 60 winners of the Many Languages, One World essay contest chosen from over 1400 applicants in 128 countries - for an essay he wrote in French. He participated in a five-day Global Youth Forum in New York that culminated with a presentation at United Nations Headquarters. After graduation he plans to take a teaching position in France.
Gerardo Camilo is an Associate Professor of Biology at SLU with appointments in Latino Studies and International Studies as well as a Conservation Fellow at the St. Louis Zoo. Originally from Puerto Rico, he earned a Ph.D. at Texas Tech and taught in Puerto Rico before coming to SLU in 1994. He is a specialist in entomology, tropical ecology, and biometrics. Like Johann Grueber, Camilo is no stranger to hard to reach places, conducting research with teams of colleagues and his students where the plants and bugs are from St. Louis parks and Missouri Ozarks to remote areas in Nicaragua, Bolivia, Puerto Rico and elsewhere. He has been a secondary faculty member in International Studies for over ten years, and is active on numerous international college committees and the International Studies assessment committee.
For the first time, International Studies is awarding a Grueber Award posthumously. Fr. David Fleming, SJ, of the Society of Jesus died in 2011, after a long struggle with cancer. He was a Jesuit for 58 years. A former SLU faculty member, Jesuit Provincial, author, translator, and longtime editor of Review for Religious, Fr. Fleming was an internationally-recognized scholar and spiritual director who traveled and collaborated with colleagues all around the world, promoting the global mission of the university and the Society of Jesus. Fr. Fleming's legacy is one of global scholarship activity and profound Jesuit engagement makes him a particularly appropriate recipient. He was, in the words of one of his fellow Jesuits, "a giant." The Center for International Studies began exploring the idea of a Visiting Fellowship to bring outstanding international scholars to SLU's campus to promote the university's Jesuit mission and the globalization of our campuses. Whether through the intercession of Fr. Fleming or simply the force of his legacy, significant gifts to the Center for International Studies have enabled us to establishment of the Fr. David Fleming SJ Fund in International Studies to bring Jesuit and other visiting Fellows from around the world to SLU. Accepting the award in memory of Fr. Fleming was Fr. Chris Collins, SJ, of the Theological Studies Department and Director of the Catholic Studies Program.
PREVIOUS GRUEBER AWARD RECIPIENTS
2014-- Dr. Bert Barry, Ms. Julia Brucks, Dr. Carolina Aznar & Ms. Sara Rahim
2013--Michael Barber, S.J., Dr. Thomas Finan, Mr. Matt Jones, Ms. Meiqing July He
2012--Ms. Jane Beckerle, Dr. Richard Colignon, Mr. Timothy Troung
2011--Ms. Beth Fluhr, Dr. Kathleen Llewellyn, Mr. Ben Stephan, Ms. Mary Wolf
2010--Mr. Joe Adorjan, Ms. Anelga Doumanian, Dr. Ruben Rosario, Dr. Eleonore Stump