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The Sleepy Eye Herald Dispatch - Sleepy Eye, MN
  • Surprenant receives Welter World Citizen award

  • Anna Surprenant, a Southwest Minnesota junior from Sleepy Eye, is one of 20 students from the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system to be awarded a Mark M. Welter World Citizen Award.
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  • Anna Surprenant, a Southwest Minnesota junior from Sleepy Eye, is one of 20 students from the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system to be awarded a Mark M. Welter World Citizen Award.
     
    The award, through the generosity of Dr. Mark Welter, provides an annual tribute to MnSCU students who most exemplify the thoughts, words and actions demanded by a 21st century world citizen.
     
    Surprenant received $500 to be used for tuition, fees and books during the 2013-14 academic year.
     
    Surprenant was nominated for the award by Professor of Management Dr. John Gochenouer, the Enactus (formerly Students in Free Enterprise) club advisor. Surprenant, a Speech Communication: Public Relations major, joined Enactus last year and was a member of the presentation team that helped the SMSU group finish in the top eight nationally last May.
     
    Surprenant has taken mission trips to Mexico and Guatemala, and credits her parents, Scott and Judy, with instilling in her a curiosity about other cultures.
     
    “They brought us to different places, exposed us to different cultures,” she said.
     
    Her father Scott is a 1983 SMSU alumnus who played basketball for the Mustangs. She grew up “coming to every Hawaiian Night” and got to know the campus, initially, through sports.
     
    “I really enjoy working with other cultures,” she said. “There may be a language barrier, but by working together, there can be communication,” she said.
     
    Besides being involved with the entrepreneurial club Enactus, she is also a member of the forensics team, is a SMSU Ambassador and an orientation leader. She also headed up a project to help build greenhouses on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. She hopes to travel to Jamaica in March 2014, as part of an ongoing Enactus project at an orphanage there.
     
    A year ago, she represented Sleepy Eye in the Minneapolis Aquatennial Queen of Lakes scholarship program. She joined 49 other women for a week in the Twin Cities and, through a series of interviews, was selected one of two Aquatennial princesses. In that role, she traveled the state as a goodwill ambassador, talking about the benefits of volunteerism and community spirit while promoting the Aquatennial festival and the city of Minneapolis.
     
    Mark M. Welter is a former high school and college teacher in the Twin Cities area. World Citizen Award recipients are nominated by college/university faculty and staff and share 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 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.

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