Campus: CSU Fullerton -- May 27, 2003
Cal State Fullerton Student Embraces Internationalism
Resident Cynthia Tran is this year's recipient of Cal State Fullerton's
International Understanding Award.
"I take my education very seriously, and this is one way that I
make my parents proud," said Tran, who is earning a bachelor's
degree with a double major in French and child and adolescent development.
A future teacher, she maintained a high GPA and has been actively involved
in the university¹s Multicultural Leadership Center, as well as
such organizations as the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, EMBRACE, Student
California Teachers Association, Golden Key International Honor Society,
Phi Beta Kappa International Scholar Honor Society and the Finance Association.
In the community, Tran has volunteered at soup kitchens, homeless shelters,
Olivecrest, elderly nursing centers and the Special Olympics.
"Ms. Tran has demonstrated strong leadership skills and a passion
for educating others through the Educating Myself for Better Racial
Awareness and Cultural Enrichment Program with the Multicultural Leadership
Center," noted Andi Sims, center coordinator. "As an EMBRACE
peer facilitator, she was committed to teaching her peers about the
importance of diversity
appreciation," added Sims. "Moreover, her maturity, professionalism
and cultural sensitivity led to her involvement with the Study Abroad
Program, where she spent a semester in France."
" Having limited resources and facing many challenges while growing
up, I have made the most of all that was possible, all the while accumulating
a wealth of accomplishments and achievements," said Tran the youngest
of nine children.
"Throughout her college career, Ms. Tran has demonstrated her commitment
to scholarship, further reinforced by her participation in honors,"
said Ryan Alcantara, director of honors and scholars support services.
"As an honors student, she pursued academic challenges by completing
additional enrichment activities in many of her classes," he added.
She has worked in local elementary schools educating children about
various cultures and sharing her experiences as a study abroad student,
as well as offering guidance for students aspiring to study abroad while
in college. She has worked more than 1,200 hours in grades K-6 as a
mentor and teacher's helper. Additionally, she has assisted in special-education
Tran noted that the highlight of her college career was "my year
of studying and living abroad in France and being with CSUF President
Gordon on a post- 9/11 television broadcast to further international
In the fall, Tran will return to her alma mater to begin the multiple-subject
teaching credential program. Her long-range plans include earning a
doctorate in reading, language and literacy and teaching at the university
level.Tran will receive her award, which includes a cash prize of $300,
at the university's May 30 Honors Convocation. She also will be recognized
during commencement exercises Sunday, June 1.
Media Contact: Susan Katsaros, Office of Public Affairs, at (714) 278-4854
Photo: A high-resolution image of Cynthia Tran can be downloaded from
university's website at www.fullerton.edu/newsphotos/.