BETHANY, W.Va. — Dr. Joseph B. Lovano, chair of the department of humanities and professor of world languages and cultures at Bethany College, received the International Association of University Presidents’ 2012 International Education Faculty Achievement Award on Sept. 13 at Fall Convocation.
Dr. Neal King, president of IAUP, said Dr. Lovano was chosen for the award “in recognition of his extraordinary commitment to fostering international understanding and preparation of students to be world citizens.”
Bethany College President Dr. Scott D. Miller nominated Lovano for the award.
“Dr. Lovano is so deserving of this award and the recognition that comes with it. His dedication to his profession and his students is a remarkable achievement,” said Miller.
Dr. Lovano has served at Bethany College for 15 years, and in his position as a professor of Spanish and Italian, he has helped redevelop and position the Spanish major to better meet the needs and wants of the college’s students. In addition, he challenges his department and colleagues with new ideas and changes to the curriculum, ensuring that students are adequately taught.
Dr. Lovano regularly teaches courses in Spanish and Italian. He is also fluent in French and Portuguese, and he is self-taught in Hindi and Arabic as well.
In addition to his classroom offerings, Lovano serves as adviser to the Spanish and Italian clubs, provides students with various trips to conferences and serves as the faculty adviser on numerous short-term study abroad trips that have included Puerto Rico, Spain, Mexico and others. He is currently in the process of planning with the Spanish club for a short-term study abroad tour to Peru during the spring semester of 2013.
Dr. Lovano works with the starlight and moonbeam breakfasts for students during exam week, green and white day, the Day of Dead annual celebration which he began in 1998, Speak Out Language Day, Christmas caroling, annual skit night, Phi Mu fashion show and the Alpha Xi talent show.
Despite that already heavy work-load, Dr. Lovano manages to attend various academic and teaching conferences as well, including the Faculty and Course Development in International Studies, West Virginia Foreign Language Teachers Association and Northeast Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Language conferences.
Dr. Lovano was even invited to participate in the FACDIS scholar-diplomat program in Washington, D.C., where he had the opportunity to have discussions with ambassadors from Bolivia and Venezuela. During his sabbatical, he visited Spain in order to better learn about the culture, language, history, literature and arts of its various regions.
In the summer of 2003, he received a grant from the Appalachian College Association which enabled him to have an extensive experience in Mexico.
Also, in February 2008, Lovano received a Bethany College Faculty Grant in order to participate in the Center for International Business Education and Research Business and Foreign Language Workshop held in the Wang Center for International Business at the University of Memphis, the purpose of which was to develop an international business major at Bethany College.
Bethany College is a small college of national distinction located on a picturesque and historic 1,300-acre campus in the Northern Panhandle of West Virginia. Founded in 1840, Bethany is the state’s oldest private college.