April 27, 2016, BY Matthew Beltz

The Burma Bucknell Bowl

Bucknell University Professor Angèle Kingué, French & Francophone studies, and Mona Mohammed '16 have been honored as recipients of the annual Burma-Bucknell Award.

This award is presented each spring to a Bucknell community member or organization who has made outstanding contributions to intercultural and international understanding within the University community.

Bucknell President John Bravman lauded Prof. Kingué for significantly impacting many students and the entire Bucknell community with her dedication to international diversity and understanding over her 25 years at the University.

Professor Angèle Kingué

"Angèle has gone above and beyond her job description, giving significant time and energy to encourage students to study abroad, in her tireless dedication to the Bucknell en France program and in so many other ways," said Bravman. "Through her own celebrated works of fiction and teaching, she promotes a better understanding of her own culture among colleagues and students. Her work engages students to think critically and to act as global citizens."

François Rabelais University, home to the Bucknell en France program, recently presented Prof. Kingué with a University Medal for her work in promoting the exception partnership between the French university and Bucknell. She received this inaugural award earlier this year at a ceremony held on the campus in Tours, France. She has also been instrumental in bringing international artists to Bucknell, including griots from Senegal, West African writers and African singer-songwriter Angelique Kidjo.

Prof. Kingué holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Yaounde in Cameroon, a master's degree from the University of North Wales in Bangor and a doctorate from Penn State.

Mohammed will graduate in May from Bucknell's five-year program in civil engineering and women's & gender studies. The Sana'a, Yemen, native has been heavily involved with numerous student organizations. She has served as an as international orientation assistant and leader, founder and executive leader of the Middle Eastern Student Association and undergraduate executive intern.

Mona Mohammed '16

"Mona has given significant time and energy to promote intercultural and international understanding for students, faculty, staff and the community," said Bravman. "Her focus on inclusive values and global perspectives has brought a welcoming warmth to the Bucknell community.

"As an involved member of many organizations on campus, Mona seems to know everyone, and she is consistently integrated in new initiatives to spur our campus forward with regard to diversity and inclusion. Mona has done all of these things while succeeding in a highly demanding academic program."

Each award recipient is presented with a replica of the original bowl, which was presented to the University by the president of Burma in 1958 as a symbol of the historic partnership between Bucknell and the nation of Burma, now known at Myanmar. His Excellency U Win, ambassador from the Union of Burma to the United States, presented a beautifully hand crafted silver bowl from the president of the Union of Burma and Mrs. Win Maung, "symbolizing 100 years of friendly relationship between the people of Burma and Bucknell University." Bucknell's first international student, Maung Shaw Loo, arrived from Burma in 1858.

Past recipients of the award can be found here.