Whitworth Communications

For Immediate Release

June 10, 2004

Whitworth Graduate Student Selected to Evaluate, Make Recommendations
on Poverty and the Environment during U.N. Graduate Study Program in Geneva

Jolene Piccolo, a student in the Master of International Management (MIM) Program at Whitworth, was one of only five graduate students in the United States selected for an academic internship in the 42nd Graduate Study Programme at the United Nations, in Geneva, Switzerland. Piccolo's appointment to the highly competitive program follows that of MIM graduate Mike Jazskowiak, '04, who was selected to participate in the 2003 program.

A resident of Nazareth, Penn., Piccolo is one of 80 graduate students from more than 40 countries who will gather July 5-23 at the Palais des Nations to evaluate and make recommendations on global issues including poverty and the environment.

"I am honored to be selected for such a prestigious program," Piccolo says. "Not only am I intrigued about the dialogue that I will hear in Geneva, but I am also looking forward to working with a diverse cohort of graduate students who will be the future leaders of our world. Maintaining a global perspective will be crucial to my success in the program."

The Information Service at Geneva organizes the annual graduate-study program as part of the educational activities undertaken by the United Nations. The 2004 program, "The United Nations and Partnerships for Peace," will include lectures by senior officials of the United Nations and other related agencies.

Participants will form working groups - under the guidance of United Nations experts - that will study issues related to human rights, the environment, and economic and social development. Each group will prepare a position paper based on information the participants will receive at presentations, as well as from United Nations documentation and publications. A representative will present each group's paper to the participants at the last plenary working session on July 22, and the papers will then be adopted by session members.

"The MIM Program at Whitworth has taught me to think more internationally and globally; both will be crucial components in my endeavors at the U.N.'s summer seminar," says Piccolo, who adds that the most beneficial aspect of Whitworth's MIM Program, compared to other graduate programs in the U.S., is that half of the program's participants are international students who bring invaluable perspective and discussion to the classroom setting; she says that the diversity of backgrounds and viewpoints has helped hone her communication and diplomacy skills.

"The combination of national and international students in the MIM Program has taught me to discuss international matters with more caution and diplomacy because I am not in a room with only Americans; I am with students who come from places that range from the far reaches of Mongolia and China in the Pacific Rim to the highly modernized and industrialized sectors of Germany and France."

Piccolo's involvement in Whitworth's MIM Program and application to the U.N.'s Graduate Study Programme is largely due to her meeting Kyle Usrey, dean of Whitworth's School of Global Commerce and Management, while she attended the International Business Institute. The institute, in which Usrey teaches each summer, is a consortium of Christian colleges and universities that sends a group of seniors to Europe and Russia for 10 weeks. The students take classes from business professors in international trade and finance, international marketing, comparative economic systems, and global-business strategy.

"The Graduate Study Programme is not a tour; the participants engage in real issues of global importance and produce a working paper that can influence U.N. policies and programs," says Usrey, whose background in international law and consulting makes him an ideal liaison for students such as Piccolo in the School of Global Commerce and Management who pursue competitive internship and career opportunities both nationally and abroad.

Usrey has worked in international arenas that include multilateral government organizations such as the World Trade Organization and the United Nations, and he has brought top-level officials, including Bernie Kuiten of the WTO, to Spokane to explain how the region's companies and individuals can benefit from closer association with international organizations.

Usrey has helped developing countries' governments, as well as private industries, take advantage of technical-assistance programs to improve their economic well-being. He has also helped bring private domestic and international entrepreneurs, such as David Bussau from Australia and Bob Lupton from Atlanta, to Spokane to help determine how their programs, which provide seed monies to harness market forces, might be used in the Inland Northwest to alleviate poverty.

Piccolo graduated cum laude with a B.S. in marketing in 2002 from Messiah College, in Grantham, Penn. In June 2004 she completed a nine-month internship in business operations and marketing at Technet, a Spokane-based nonprofit organization that promotes education and growth within the Inland Northwest's technology community.

In October, Piccolo will begin a master's of science degree program in marketing management at EDHEC University in Nice, France. Some of her EDHEC credits will transfer to allow her to complete her Whitworth MIM degree. For her second degree Piccolo will be required to conduct an internship and write a 50-page thesis on a university-approved topic. She expects to graduate from both schools in September 2005. After completing her degrees, Piccolo plans to obtain a position in global management or international affairs.

Whitworth's Master of International Management Program was founded in 1992 in response to a growing demand for professionals who are prepared to contribute meaningfully and effectively in both commercial and nonprofit organizations with international operations.

In 2001, Whitworth formed the School of Global Commerce and Management, further strengthening the college's academic and international commitment. Whitworth's MIM Program is unique in the Northwest, with graduates taking leadership positions in a broad array of international business and service organizations throughout the U.S. and abroad.

Located in Spokane, Wash., Whitworth is a private, liberal arts college affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (USA). The college enrolls 2,200 students in more than 50 undergraduate and graduate programs.

 

Contacts:

Kyle Usrey, dean of the School of Global Commerce and Management, Whitworth College, (509) 777- 4721 or kusrey@whitworth.edu.

Mary Alberts, director of the Master of International Management Program, School of Global Commerce and Management, Whitworth College, (509) 777-4280 or malberts@whitworth.edu.

Paul North, assistant director for marketing, internships and recruitment, School of Global Commerce and Management, Whitworth College, (509) 777-4606 or pnorth@whitworth.edu.

Julie Riddle, public information specialist, Whitworth College, (509) 777-3729 or jriddle@whitworth.edu.

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