Tuesday, March 9, 2010
The Columbus Council on World Affairs International Awards Ceremony (Tuesday, March 9) will honor
AEP and educator Tricia Fellinger-Reyes of Upper Arlington High School. Keynote from Michael Morris,
AEP Chairman, President, & CEO. Content of ceremony will address global energy and climate change,
world language education, and the role of Ohio businesses and workers in the world marketplace.
ABOUT THE HONOREES
American Electric Power – By investing in energy research and environmental education locally, this
utility provider has established itself as a leader in addressing global climate change.
Michael G. Morris, Chairman, President, and CEO of AEP, says the company’s role in addressing global
warming is embodied by its voluntary efforts to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions, including investing
in carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology, but also in its support of the American Clean Energy and
Security Act of 2009. He says a comprehensive legislative approach, if it passes the Senate, will help
guarantee that “steps are taken to preserve jobs for American workers by ensuring that international
trade counterparties are taking comparable actions to address this global issue.”
While public debate continues over specific legislative approaches, or the role of technologies like CCS,
Patrick Terrien of the Columbus Council on World Affairs says “We honor AEP because they are
fundamentally involved in these global discussions, working to reconcile the needs of various parties.
Energy security and all of the related concerns – like the connection between energy and water or
international conflict over oil – are at stake.”
Patricia “Tricia” Fellinger-Reyes – She views language learning as a gateway to the development of
students’ “world citizen” identities. This outstanding educator doesn’t just teach her pupils the words
with which to communicate correct German phrasing, but fosters their desire to talk ABOUT something
with peers worldwide.
Fellinger-Reyes says she works to “give students access to the tools with which they can develop their
language proficiency so that they will be able to think, analyze, and defend their opinions on important
global issues in German.” This includes regular correspondence with peers in Deutschland. A recurrent
topic that has emerged regularly in online discussions between the two groups is the respective countries’
approaches to dealing with environmental concerns at the international, national, and household levels.
The Columbus Council on World Affairs educates Central Ohio about the people and events that shape
our world. Founded in 1975, the Council welcomes participation by anyone with an interest in
international affairs, including matters of both policy and intercultural relations. Our programmatic
offerings are tailored to multiple audiences, with income from general community member events (like
monthly lectures and discussion group subscriptions) helping support our youth programs (offered at no
cost to area students and schools). We are a not-for-profit, non-partisan organization funded by
individual members, foundation support, and business sponsorships.
Date: Tuesday, March 9, 2010
Time: 12 to 1pm (coffee reception with entertainment begins at 11:30am)
Locale: Hyatt Regency, Regency Ballroom (corner of High Street and Nationwide Blvd.)
Students in Arts Impact Middle School Steel Drum Band
Byron Stripling and Bobby Floyd representing the Jazz Arts Group
CCWA Mission Sponsors:
AEP, Battelle, Cardinal Health, ibelagency, Lindorf Family Foundation, The Ohio State University, Right
Management, and Honda of America Manufacturing, Inc.
A language motif designed with input from our International Educator of the Year honoree’s students and
OSU students in the recently formed Phi Sigma Iota language club
For more information about The Columbus Council on World Affairs, visit http://www.columbusworldaffairs.org
To notify us of your intent to attend the ceremony, contact Rhonda Nicholas at 614-229-4599 ext. 401.
– Bob Taft,
Former Governor of the State of Ohio