Mosaic Steering Committee member Joel Glassman of UMSL honored

Director of International Studies and Programs set to retire Nov. 1, leaving legacy of internationalization

OCT/24/2018 | POSTED BY 

On the eve of his retirement after 45 years at the University of Missouri–St. Louis, Joel Glassman received a curious phone call.

On the other end of the line was Tim Nowak, executive director of World Trade Center St. Louis, who, apropos of nothing, asked for Glassman’s biography.

“I said, ‘Sure, anytime, what do you need it for?’ So, that’s how I found out,” Glassman recalled.

Glassman, associate provost of academic affairs, academic director of International Studies and Programs and associate professor of political science, was being awarded the WTC’s Global Ambassador Award.

“Through his career and tireless community work, Dr. Glassman has truly embodied the definition of a Global Ambassador and has enhanced the profile of St. Louis on an international scale,” said Nowak. “The World Trade Center St. Louis is honored to add Dr. Joel Glassman to the distinguished list of St. Louis Global Ambassador Award winners.”

The award acknowledges “a person or organization that has enhanced the image of St. Louis as a global center and whose efforts have resulted in the positive exposure of St. Louis to the international community” and was given out at the WTC’s annual Growing Global luncheon on Sept. 21.

The World Trade Center St. Louis awarded Glassman its Global Ambassador Award in recognition of his contribution to the internationalization of St. Louis (from left: Tim Nowark, Joel Glassman, Andrew Walshaw, chairman of the WTC St. Louis board). (Photo courtesy of the World Trade Center St. Louis)

“I’m very happy to receive the award,” Glassman said. “I was very proud to get it, and I feel like I’ve done a lot both for UMSL and for St. Louis. My sense is they recognized the link between what we’ve done for UMSL in terms of making it a more international university and what UMSL has done for St. Louis to make St. Louis a more international city.”


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