Emory & Henry Director and Professor Granted a Fulbright Award

by Billy Chandler

Gaia Awarded Fulbright Honoring International Education Administrators

The director of the Office of International Education at Emory & Henry College has been granted a Fulbright award for international education administrators, allowing her to participate in a two-week seminar in France during the next academic year.

During the seminar, Dr. Celeste Gaia, who has led the College’s international education program since 2007, will participate in briefings led by international educators and administrators as well as leading education experts and government officials. She also will examine international education operations at numerous French institutions of higher education.

The award is a timely opportunity for Gaia to enhance international education efforts at Emory & Henry as the institution transitions to university status in the fall. “We plan to expand our Office of International Education to the Center for International Education, including revised strategic goals to enhance study abroad opportunities, faculty exchanges, diversity in study abroad, and recruitment of international students,” Gaia said.

Gaia said she is eager to learn more about higher education in France and how culture and history have informed educational approaches. She also is interested in learning more about the role of international education and study abroad in French universities.

“Learning more about French culture and education will help me to be a more effective advisor, and I will share what I learn with our faculty, particularly in the World Languages Department, who also advise students for study abroad,” Gaia said.

Gaia began teaching at Emory & Henry College in 1997 as an assistant professor of psychology. Her interest in social psychology and culture led her to international education. Early in her career she developed a course on social psychology of the Holocaust. In 2007, she was named Emory & Henry’s director of international education and developed the College’s first Office of International Education.

E&H President John W. Wells praised Gaia for her leadership of international education at Emory & Henry, noting its growing importance to Southwest Virginia. “Often in rural regions, college students are not encouraged to think of themselves as citizens of the world,” Wells said. “Celeste has worked throughout her career at Emory & Henry to expand the perspectives of college students from rural areas and to think about the immense possibilities such perspectives bring to their lives.”

Gaia’s career has been marked by other honors, including the Exemplary Teaching Award given by The General Board of Higher Education and Ministry of the United Methodist Church, the James A. Davis Faculty Award, the Excellence in Teaching Award, the Appalachian Center for Civic Life Hope Award, and the Inclusion & Dialogue Center Award for Social Justice.

“Learning more about French culture and education will help me to be a more effective advisor.
I will share what I learn with our faculty, particularly in the World Languages Department, who also advise students for study abroad.”
—Celeste Gaia, Director of International Education

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  • <div class="lw_news_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/3408-emory-henry-recognizes-those-who-are-committed-to-servi"><picture class="lw_image"><source type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/531,0,2662,2134/15632_Hope-Awards-2024.rev.1712930829.webp 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/531,0,2662,2134/15632_Hope-Awards-2024.rev.1712930829.webp 3x" data-origin="responsive"/><source type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/531,0,2662,2134/15632_Hope-Awards-2024.rev.1712930829.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/531,0,2662,2134/15632_Hope-Awards-2024.rev.1712930829.jpg 3x" data-origin="responsive"/><img src="/live/image/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/531,0,2662,2134/15632_Hope-Awards-2024.rev.1712930829.jpg" alt="Hope Award recipients" width="345" height="225" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/531,0,2662,2134/15632_Hope-Awards-2024.rev.1712930829.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/531,0,2662,2134/15632_Hope-Awards-2024.rev.1712930829.jpg 3x" data-max-w="2131" data-max-h="2134" loading="lazy" data-optimized="true"/></picture></a></span></div><div class="lw_widget_text"><h4 class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/3408-emory-henry-recognizes-those-who-are-committed-to-servi">Emory & Henry Recognizes Those Who are Committed to Service with Hope Awards</a></h4><div class="lw_news_summary"><p> The Hope Awards were recently presented by the Appalachian Center for Civic Life at Emory & Henry to six outstanding members of Emory & Henry College faculty, staff, a graduate and an undergraduate student, a community member and an organization or service project.</p><a href="/live/news/3408-emory-henry-recognizes-those-who-are-committed-to-servi" class="link-with-arrow gold">Keep reading</a></div></div>
  • <div class="lw_news_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/2974-emory-henry-breaks-ground-on-new-multisport"><picture class="lw_image"><source type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2133/14060_Food-City-EmoryHenry-MultiSportComplex-Groundbreaking-6-26-23_900.rev.1687810362.webp 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2133/14060_Food-City-EmoryHenry-MultiSportComplex-Groundbreaking-6-26-23_900.rev.1687810362.webp 3x" data-origin="responsive"/><source type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2133/14060_Food-City-EmoryHenry-MultiSportComplex-Groundbreaking-6-26-23_900.rev.1687810362.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2133/14060_Food-City-EmoryHenry-MultiSportComplex-Groundbreaking-6-26-23_900.rev.1687810362.jpg 3x" data-origin="responsive"/><img src="/live/image/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2133/14060_Food-City-EmoryHenry-MultiSportComplex-Groundbreaking-6-26-23_900.rev.1687810362.jpg" alt="Emory & Henry Breaks Ground on new MultiSport Complex" width="345" height="225" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2133/14060_Food-City-EmoryHenry-MultiSportComplex-Groundbreaking-6-26-23_900.rev.1687810362.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2133/14060_Food-City-EmoryHenry-MultiSportComplex-Groundbreaking-6-26-23_900.rev.1687810362.jpg 3x" data-max-w="3200" data-max-h="2133" loading="lazy" data-optimized="true"/></picture></a></span></div><div class="lw_widget_text"><h4 class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/2974-emory-henry-breaks-ground-on-new-multisport">Emory & Henry Breaks Ground on new MultiSport Complex for the Region Thanks to Generous Lead Gift of $4 Million from Food City</a></h4><div class="lw_news_summary"><p> Hundreds of Emory & Henry College students and thousands of middle and high school students will soon be playing sports including lacrosse, track and field and soccer at the new MultiSport Complex at exit 26 just off the I-81 Emory & Henry Education Corridor. Emory & Henry spans facilities from Marion to Bristol in Virginia serving more than 1,400 students. It is estimated that the new complex will be ready for use by fall 2024.</p><a href="/live/news/2974-emory-henry-breaks-ground-on-new-multisport" class="link-with-arrow gold">Keep reading</a></div></div>
  • <div class="lw_news_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/3045-hundreds-of-new-students-arrive-at-emory-henry"><picture class="lw_image"><source type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,2132,2133/14238_Move-in-Day_8-5-23_0482.rev.1691522132.webp 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,2132,2133/14238_Move-in-Day_8-5-23_0482.rev.1691522132.webp 3x" data-origin="responsive"/><source type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,2132,2133/14238_Move-in-Day_8-5-23_0482.rev.1691522132.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,2132,2133/14238_Move-in-Day_8-5-23_0482.rev.1691522132.jpg 3x" data-origin="responsive"/><img src="/live/image/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,2132,2133/14238_Move-in-Day_8-5-23_0482.rev.1691522132.jpg" alt="Emory & Henry welcomes nearly 450 new students to campus." width="345" height="225" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,2132,2133/14238_Move-in-Day_8-5-23_0482.rev.1691522132.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,2132,2133/14238_Move-in-Day_8-5-23_0482.rev.1691522132.jpg 3x" data-max-w="2132" data-max-h="2133" loading="lazy" data-optimized="true"/></picture></a></span></div><div class="lw_widget_text"><h4 class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/3045-hundreds-of-new-students-arrive-at-emory-henry">Hundreds of New Students Arrive at Emory & Henry</a></h4><div class="lw_news_summary"><p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Nearly 450 new students are calling Emory, Va. home today!</span></p><a href="/live/news/3045-hundreds-of-new-students-arrive-at-emory-henry" class="link-with-arrow gold">Keep reading</a></div></div>
  • <div class="lw_news_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/3054-emory-henry-colleges-school-of-health-sciences"><picture class="lw_image"><source type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2133/14314_EH-SHS-Commencement_8-12-23_0724.rev.1691881550.webp 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2133/14314_EH-SHS-Commencement_8-12-23_0724.rev.1691881550.webp 3x" data-origin="responsive"/><source type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2133/14314_EH-SHS-Commencement_8-12-23_0724.rev.1691881550.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2133/14314_EH-SHS-Commencement_8-12-23_0724.rev.1691881550.jpg 3x" data-origin="responsive"/><img src="/live/image/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2133/14314_EH-SHS-Commencement_8-12-23_0724.rev.1691881550.jpg" alt="Emory & Henry School of Health Sciences awarded more than 100 advanced healthcare degrees to students in the Clinical Mental Health C..." width="345" height="225" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2133/14314_EH-SHS-Commencement_8-12-23_0724.rev.1691881550.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2133/14314_EH-SHS-Commencement_8-12-23_0724.rev.1691881550.jpg 3x" data-max-w="3200" data-max-h="2133" loading="lazy" data-optimized="true"/></picture></a></span></div><div class="lw_widget_text"><h4 class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/3054-emory-henry-colleges-school-of-health-sciences">Emory & Henry College’s School of Health Sciences Graduates Record-Breaking Class and Two Inaugural Cohorts</a></h4><div class="lw_news_summary"><p><span style="font-weight: 400;">On Saturday, August 12, at the Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center in Abingdon, Va., 103 students graduated from Emory & Henry College’s School of Health Sciences, marking a milestone of the largest graduating class to date. Additionally, the College celebrated the inaugural cohorts of the Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and the Doctor of Occupational Therapy. Many other students graduated with a Master of Physician Assistant Studies or a Doctorate of Physical Therapy.</span></p><a href="/live/news/3054-emory-henry-colleges-school-of-health-sciences" class="link-with-arrow gold">Keep reading</a></div></div>
  • <div class="lw_news_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/3493-emory-henry-senior-first-acting-fellow-at"><picture class="lw_image"><source type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/339,0,1703,1363/15773_destinee-nikole-theatre_2.rev.1713986200.webp 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/339,0,1703,1363/15773_destinee-nikole-theatre_2.rev.1713986200.webp 3x" data-origin="responsive"/><source type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/339,0,1703,1363/15773_destinee-nikole-theatre_2.rev.1713986200.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/339,0,1703,1363/15773_destinee-nikole-theatre_2.rev.1713986200.jpg 3x" data-origin="responsive"/><img src="/live/image/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/339,0,1703,1363/15773_destinee-nikole-theatre_2.rev.1713986200.jpg" alt="Emory & Henry student Destinee Nikole on stage" width="345" height="225" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/339,0,1703,1363/15773_destinee-nikole-theatre_2.rev.1713986200.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/339,0,1703,1363/15773_destinee-nikole-theatre_2.rev.1713986200.jpg 3x" data-max-w="1364" data-max-h="1363" loading="lazy" data-optimized="true"/></picture></a></span></div><div class="lw_widget_text"><h4 class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/3493-emory-henry-senior-first-acting-fellow-at">Emory & Henry Senior First Acting Fellow at Barter Theatre</a></h4><div class="lw_news_summary"><p> Senior at Emory & Henry First to Receive Barter Theatre’s Black Fellowship</p><a href="/live/news/3493-emory-henry-senior-first-acting-fellow-at" class="link-with-arrow gold">Keep reading</a></div></div>
  • <div class="lw_news_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/3482-emory-henry-plans-fall-opening-of-food-city"><picture class="lw_image"><source type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,2000,1500/15757_food-city-sports-complex.rev.1713798651.webp 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,2000,1500/15757_food-city-sports-complex.rev.1713798651.webp 3x" data-origin="responsive"/><source type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,2000,1500/15757_food-city-sports-complex.rev.1713798651.JPG 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,2000,1500/15757_food-city-sports-complex.rev.1713798651.JPG 3x" data-origin="responsive"/><img src="/live/image/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,2000,1500/15757_food-city-sports-complex.rev.1713798651.JPG" alt="Aerial view of the Emory & Henry Food City Sports Complex construction site" width="345" height="225" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,2000,1500/15757_food-city-sports-complex.rev.1713798651.JPG 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,2000,1500/15757_food-city-sports-complex.rev.1713798651.JPG 3x" data-max-w="2000" data-max-h="1500" loading="lazy" data-optimized="true"/></picture></a></span></div><div class="lw_widget_text"><h4 class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/3482-emory-henry-plans-fall-opening-of-food-city">Emory & Henry Plans Fall Opening of Food City Sports Complex</a></h4><div class="lw_news_summary"><p> Emory & Henry’s Food City Sports Complex on Track for Fall 2024 Opening</p><a href="/live/news/3482-emory-henry-plans-fall-opening-of-food-city" class="link-with-arrow gold">Keep reading</a></div></div>